Selena Nelson-Salcedo, 38, passed away suddenly Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Bratislava, Slovakia, where she was the Consular Chief of the U.S. Embassy. She was born Aug. 6, 1978.
Selena was an exceptional human being who had a huge heart, endless empathy, unlimited compassion, as well as being brilliant and accomplished. Selena earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She joined the U.S. State Department as a foreign service officer in 2008, a job that took her to the Dominican Republic, Malaysia and Slovakia. During her tenure with the State Department, she earned many awards and accolades. One of her many passions was learning languages and exploring cultures. When her young life was cut short too soon, she spoke five languages fluently. She was passionate about civil rights and social justice, and spent much of her career working to improve the lives of the poor and disenfranchised around the world. Selena was a dedicated wife and mother. She traveled extensively with her husband, Jorge, and their immediate family, and rarely missed an opportunity to live life to the fullest. She will be missed by family and friends with the same ferocity with which she lived and loved life.
Selena is survived by the love of her life, Jorge; and daughters, Antonella (4) and Gaia (3); her parents, Janice Hobbs and Don Nelson; stepmother, Mary Kaye Perrin; and mother-in-law, Consuelo Barbosa; her siblings, Jenna, Jeremy (Clara), Micah (Lindsay) and Simone (John); six nieces and nephews, Henry, Diego, Emma, Max, Homer and Nelson; as well as countless aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of Selena’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 16, with visitation from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. before the service, at the The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ,161 West Broadway, Winona, MN 55987.
To make a contribution to education funds for the daughters of Selena and Jorge, go to: https://scholarshare.ebilling.com and enter code CAE6jpB or CAhAU5G, one account for each daughter.