Nancy M. Nelson
Nancy M. Nelson

June 23, 1956 - December 3, 2017
Born in Indiana
Resided in Altoona, IA
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Nancy Marie Nelson, age 61, of Altoona, IA, passed away on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 surrounded by her family. Nancy was born in Hammond, IN, on June 23rd, 1956, the daughter of the late Fred and Jean Kwasny. She was a daughter-in-law to the late Bernie and Barb Nelson and a sister-in-law to the late Lori Augustine. She is survived by her loving husband, Rick Nelson, three sons, Jason (Alyssa), Jeff (Heather), and Jeremy (Stacey) Nelson, and her brothers David and Ray (Patti) Kwasny. Nancy had four grandchildren, Makayla, Connor, Isabelle, and Max Nelson.

Nancy loved home decor, fishing, lawn and garden work, and crafts. She had a passion for animals (especially her dog Benji) and she did everything with a sense of humor.

Anyone who knew Nancy would say that she always put everyone else above herself. She was a supportive wife and mother to her three sons. She had many roles in her life, including restaurant owner and pre-school teacher, but the roles she cherished most were mother and grandmother. She cheered on each of her sons at every sporting event and loved making crafts with her grandkids. She was their biggest advocate throughout her life.

Nancy was a loving sister to her brothers David and Ray. The relationship she had with her parents Fred and Jean was very special to her and she enjoyed conversations with her mom almost every day. Her family rejoices in Nancy's faith in the Lord, and her spirit will continue to live on.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society.

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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Thursday, December 7, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Thursday, December 7, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


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