Nelda Regena Nelson, age 76, of Storm Lake, Iowa passed away from COVID-19 complications, on Friday, December 11, 2020 at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Private family services will take place Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Linn Grove, Iowa. To watch the service live please click the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89184258043?pwd=VHl6VG1mTklTVHhtUnpHemxsU25CZz09 and enter the password: funeral. Burial will be in the Barnes Township Cemetery in Linn Grove. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.
Nelda R. Nelson, the daughter of Nelvin and Olga (Otteson) Nelson of Linn Grove, was born December 17, 1943 in Storm Lake. She was baptized February 22, 1945 and confirmed June 1, 1958 and remained a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Linn Grove. Nelda attended Sioux Valley Community School, graduating in 1961. After high school she attended and graduated from National Business Training College in Sioux City.
Nelda moved to Storm Lake after her graduation from business school and worked for Vilas & Company, Chamber of Commerce, Buena Vista Stationery and Printing, and Buena Vista County Farm Bureau where she worked for 44 years, retiring in 2015. She was very skilled in office procedures and was sought out by many individuals for assistance.
Nelda was active in her church; typing the church bulletin, teaching Sunday School, serving on committees, preparing food, and volunteering in many other ways. Nelda was a strong supporter of kids and education having established scholarships in memory of friends, Shirley Sorbe and Harriet Henry. Nelda was well known for the knitting of stocking caps, vests, and personalized Christmas stockings for numerous families and their pets. She was a co-founder of a sewing group, Labor of Love, and personally sewed hundreds of dresses that were shipped and distributed to girls in Uganda through Show Mercy International. Nelda also created home made greeting cards, never missing a family member’s birthday or anniversary.
Nelda enjoyed bowling for many years, treasuring the friendships she had with team members. She enjoyed the stock car races at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, very seldom missing a race. She loved her flower beds and garden. Many of her tube rose bulbs each year were distributed to family and friends as well as produce from her garden.
Spending time with family and friends was Nelda’s greatest pleasure. She was a very active aunt and attended many activities of her nieces and nephews. She also had numerous dogs and cats over the years that she adored.
Nelda had a smile that lit up a room and was a loving, kind, generous, positive, and spiritual individual. She had strength beyond measure when it came to overcoming various health issues, including her years of battling cancer.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Nelvin and Olga; brother Richard Nelson; nephews Brian Nelson and Wade Reeves; great niece, Gracelyn Nelson, and brother-in-law Larry Raveling.
Survivors include brother Bernard (Maxine) Nelson of Linn Grove; sisters: Carolyn (Francis) Kies of Storm Lake; Dianne (Tom) Petty of Norwalk; Linda Raveling of Omaha, Nebraska; Janice (Ed) Nelson of Ida Grove; sister-in-law Nancy Nelson of Linn Grove; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
Memorials can be directed to Sliefert Funeral Home, 212 W. 3rd St., Storm Lake, Iowa 50588.
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