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Kerry Ann Nelson
January 14, 1975 - December 4, 2012


Kerry Ann Nelson, 37 of Decorah, Iowa died Tuesday, December 4, 2012.  Visitation will be 3-7 pm Friday, December 7 at Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein, Iowa.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Geilenfeld Funeral Chapel in Oelwein, Iowa with Rev. Charis Combs-Lay officiating.  She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein.

 Kerry Ann Nelson was born on January 14, 1975 in Oelwein, Iowa the daughter of William (Denise) Nelson and Lynette (Ron) Smith of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Kerry graduated from Central High School in La Crosse, Wisconsin in 1993 and later attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. At the present time Kerry was employed with Pizza Ranch in Decorah.

 She enjoyed the great outdoors, camping, canoeing and especially the family’s annual fishing trip to Oskais. Kerry loved her family very much and they were a very important part of her life. Her family will dearly miss her as will all her friends.

 Kerry is survived by her children Abigail Nelson and Spencer Bolson, her parents, William (Denise) Nelson of West Union and Lynette (Ron) Smith of La Crosse, Wisconsin; two brothers, Aron Smith of La Crosse, Wisconsin, Chris Grocholski of Urbandale, Iowa and a sister, Cassie Schaer of Waterloo, Iowa; a friend, Darin Bolson of Decorah, Iowa and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

 Kerry was preceded in death by her grandparents Bernard and Dee Nelson and Albert and Shirley Zanatta.

 A memorial fund has been established in Kerry’s name. 


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Tony Tarochione on August 23, 2020 at 7:55 PM said:

I found this news out a few years after her passing. I do believe that some of her family tried reaching out to tell me but I was probably to caught up in my own selfishness to reply or answer the phone. I’m posting here to at least let those know that I finally came across the news when I went to visit Kerry’s Facebook to see how she was doing. And what she was up to.. My heart sank and I still am having a hard time with it as I’m sure her family is as well. For those of you who wonder who I am, I am an old boyfriend of Kerry’s from college and a few years after. We were crazy about each other and at times drove one another crazy. After going our separate ways and allowing some time to pass, we spoke a few times and we’re still friends. Our lives were very different t but we still cared about each other. She was a wonderful person and this world will suffer just a little more without her here. I’m going to stop there. It just becomes to much. I know she is at peace. My sympathy to her children and family.
Abigail Nelson on April 8, 2019 at 6:17 PM said:

I beilive you are watching over me at this time. I want you to know that I love and miss you more then anything and sometimes I wish you were here with me. You mean everything to me mom and someday I hope to see you again. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!!!!!!
Abigail on January 12, 2018 at 10:59 AM said:

It's been 6 years but I miss you daily, love your daughter Abigail
None on May 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM said:

<3... 6 months.... Thoughts of you daily .....
None on March 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM said:

You will forever be with me in my heart......
Charles & Georgia Hutchison on January 12, 2013 at 8:53 AM said:

Just found this, we are in Az.and didn't check in Dec. We can remember when Kerry and parents lived across the street from us south of Oelwein. Both sets of grandparents were good friends of ours and cherished her dearly. We remeber watching Lynette and Bill grow up and they were sweet kids, didn't get to see Kerry over the years but we know she was as sweet as her parents were. Sympathy to all of you, have faith and cherish those great memories. God Bless.
Heidi silver Nauman on December 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM said:

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Kerry. She was a childhood friend of mine . Through the years we missed placed one another. But I never for got her sweet face! May u rest in peace Kerry. U will never be forgotten!
Cindy Koehler on December 13, 2012 at 3:33 PM said:

Sorry to hear about Kerry. Barney and Dee were good friends of my mom and dad--Edward and Dorothy Koehler. Mom died in 2003 and dad just died Oct 2.
Sandy Viera on December 13, 2012 at 10:48 AM said:

HMMMM...words cannot begin to express how much you are and will be missed, Kerry. Think about you everyday and hope you are finally at peace with yourself. You became a very good friend to myself and my daughter Candy. She also is missing you dearly. Your presence is often felt and at times comforting. Thoughts and prayers to your family and hope they will begin to be at peace with your absence on this earth. Guide your parents, sister, brothers, and your children in their dreams to let them know just how much they are loved each and every day. God Bless you Kerry A Nelson.
Lori (Jensen) Kamp on December 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM said:

Lynette, Ron, and family: I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God bless.
Chris Gerstenberger on December 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM said:

To the family of Kerry Nelson:
I am really sorry to hear about your loss and pray the Lord will help and guide you in the days to come. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Talk Jones on December 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM said:

I met Kerry when we just started our journey as adults. For awhile there, we would hang out on almost a daily basis checking out local parks, listening to music, or just talking. Then time and distance separated us for the longest time, but we would still run into each other every now and then. Her smile was one thing that could always make a bad day disappear. She showed me that no matter how tough things could get in life, a positive outlook and attitude will always go a long way. I carry that with me, and apply it in everything I do; I will for the rest of my days. I never got a chance to thank her or even let her know how big of a part she played in forming my attitude on life, so I will tell you all; more than anyone will ever know. Although it has been literally years since I had seen, or even spoken, with her last, my heart aches now that she is gone, and I will miss her dearly. My heart also aches for her family and her children in their time of loss and sorrow; you are all in my thoughts. We all love you, Kerry!
Elise Nelson on December 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM said:

To the family of Kerry Ann Nelson,
You have my deepest sympathy and prayers during this difficult time. I only knew Kerry a brief time, but I saw the care and love she had for her son Spencer.
May she rest in Peace with her Savior, and be waiting to be reunited with all of you on the last day.
Mary and Dan Goedken on December 8, 2012 at 8:26 AM said:

So sorry to hear of our loss. Our sympathy to you and your family.
Peg Freeman Wharram on December 8, 2012 at 6:22 AM said:

Dear Lynette,
I was so sad to read about your loss
of Kerry. I lost my son early 2012,
Nick Nelson. My thoughts and prayers
are with you and your family.
My deepest sympathy,
Peg Freeman Wharram
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