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Adelia "Dee" M. Nelson
April 10, 1921 - December 3, 2011


            Adelia “Dee” M. Nelson, of Oelwein, passed away on Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa.

            Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 6th at Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 7th at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein with Pastor Leo Combs-Lay officiating.  Adelia will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein. 

Adelia “Dee” Marie Nelson was born on April 10, 1921 in Postville, Iowa, the daughter of William and Emma (Wiley) Nelson. Dee’s parents died early in her life and she was raised by a cousin (Charles Schweinefus). She grew up in Oelwein and graduated from Oelwein High School in 1939 and continued her education at Cook’s Secretarial School. After graduating from Cook’s she took a position with Rath Packing Co. in Waterloo and later was transferred to Washington D.C.  Later Dee moved back to Oelwein to care for her relatives and took a secretary position at Interstate Power Company. On June 11, 1950 she was united in marriage to Bernard Nelson at the Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein. Shortly after their marriage Dee went to KOEL to work.

            Dee was very active in her church, Zion Lutheran Church, where she was Baptized and Confirmed. She was also very active in her community, Cub Scouts, PTA, Oelwein Senior Housing Board and Red Cross volunteer and a blood donor. Dee enjoyed playing bridge and Dee and Bernard earned lifetime memberships in the Duplicate Bridge Clubs in Cedar Falls and Waterloo. She loved to sew quilts, to can and bake. Dee baked all kinds of cakes (graduation, wedding, etc.)  and cookies of every variety. She will leave a big void in our community and we will all miss her very much.

            She is survived by her sons, Steve Nelson (special friend-April Osborn) of Denver, Colorado, Bill (Denise) Nelson of West Union, Iowa and Jim (Ruth) Nelson of Clinton, Iowa; ten grandchildren, Ben Nelson, Chris Nelson, Bill Nelson, Kerry Nelson, Chris Grocholski, Cassie (Donnie) Schear, Abigail Nelson, Andrew Nelson, Peter Nelson and Thomas Nelson; three great grandchildren, Spencer Bolson, Hannah Schear, and Hailey Schear and a special God daughter, Christina (Schmith) Tufty of Des Moines, Iowa. Dee was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard on October 28, 2007, several brothers and sisters, a daughter-in-law, Linda (Lytle) Nelson, her parents, William and Emma and her foster parents. 


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Leanne Berns on December 7, 2011 at 6:04 PM said:

I just want to thank you for sharing your mother with us at Good Sam. I was so lucky to have continued corresponding with her after she left our facility. I will always remember her "matter of fact" attitude and her honesty. You are all in my prayers. 22bb9e
Sheryl Gosse & family on December 6, 2011 at 12:15 PM said:

Steve,Bill,Jim & families: What wonderful parents you had, who both spoke highly of their sons they raised. It was a pleasure to know your parents more while taking care of your dad a few years ago & in getting to know you all during visits. It was nice to say the Lord's Prayer each nite, together before retiring for the night. Your parents are together, playing bridge, sharing memories of their family or walking hand in hand on their trip in heaven. What nice memories you'll share for many years. We'll miss them during church. Both are at peace together, where they always wanted to be.
Christina Schmith Tufty on December 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM said:

Bless your hearts Nelson Family. Your mother and grandmother had a great impact on my life. I have many memories of Dee and Barney from growing up in Oelwein, and those two will always be in my heart. I was so touched that she was present at our wedding, and I have photos of her from that day I will cherish the rest of my life. She was one amazing lady. May the Lord strengthen our hearts with our memories and the knowledge that she's up there with Him now, undoubtedly hand in hand with Grampa Barney once again.

"Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy." - Anonymous

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