Eileen Matilda Nelson, 88, Schnellville

Eileen NelsonEileen Matilda Nelson, 88, of Schnellville, died Sunday (October 13) at her home. She was born October 28, 1924, in Schnellville, to Theodore and Clara (Boeglin) Schnell. She married Jack Nelson March 10, 1951, in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Schnellville.

Eileen earned her diploma from Nazareth School of Nursing, St. Joseph Infirmary in Louisville in 1945. She began her career as an R.N. in the Army Nursing Corps. She later worked at Stork Hospital in Huntingburg and at Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas. She spent the majority of her career caring for elderly patients at Mile-Hi Nursing Home in Lakewood, Colorado, and at the Providence Home in Jasper.

She was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Schnellville, Sacred Heart St. Ann’s Society, St. Vincent De Paul, Farm Bureau, Schnellville Community Club, American Legion Auxillary, Schnellville Quilting Club, and the Home Economics Club. Eileen was an avid sewer, making clothes and blankets for her many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to bake and was especially known for her cinnamon rolls. She and her husband ┬áloved to travel whether it was visiting her children scattered around the country or touring Europe, Asia and the Holy Land. Eileen will best be remembered for her genuine love and deep compassion for everyone she met.

Surviving are her husband, Jack Nelson; six daughters, Jane Bromley and husband Robert, Lubbock, Texas, Mary Hutchison and husband Michael, Soldotna, Arkansas, Margaret Reilly and husband Mark, Palisade, Colorado, Catherine Werner and husband Steve, Boulder, Colorado, Laura Ruud and husband Eric, Sparks, Nevada, and Teresa Kimminau and husband Donald, Huntsville, Alabama; seven sons, David Nelson and wife Julie, Mazomanie, Wisconsin, Daniel Nelson and wife Patricia, Midland, Texas, Joseph Nelson, Golden, Colorado, Thomas Nelson, Jasper, Arnold Nelson and wife Lynn, Kasilof, Arkansas, John Nelson and wife Jensen, Normandy Park, Washington, and Timothy Nelson and wife Audra, Montgomery; 55 grandchildren; 25 great- grandchildren; and two sisters, Alvina Knust, and husband Pud (Leo), Schnellville, and Anna Mae Haury and husband Charles, Evansville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Arnold Schnell.

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Chuch with burial following in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and one hour before services at the church. The Sacred Heart St. Ann’s Society will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Cemetery Fund or to a favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.


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