Emma Nelson Obituary

Emma  Nelson
Emma Nelson

August 12, 1932 - October 8, 2021
Born in Highland, IL
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Emma Nelson, 89, passed away on Friday October 8, 2021 from complications of a stroke. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 1:30 p.m., with visitation from 12:30 to 1:30p.m., at St Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale, Iowa.

Emma was born two months premature on August 12, 1932 to Dominic and Eliza Nizzi in Highwood, IL. Soon after, the family moved to Madrid, Iowa, where Emma graduated from high school. After high school Emma worked at Central Life Insurance as a transcriptionist. Emma met her future husband, John Nelson, at the Vittoria Italiana Lodge. They were married on May 15, 1961 for 50 years. Emma also worked at Liberty Mutual for 20 years in middle management before retiring to her “best job ever”, providing care for her twin grandchildren.

Emma lived her life by following the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Emma loved being outdoors, nature, animals -especially dogs, cats, bunnies, ducks and cows - and spending time with her family. Her greatest joy was being a Mom and a Grandma. Emma was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church where she was part of the Rosary Society and a greeter. Emma volunteered at Caring Corps for many years.

Emma was preceded in death by her grandson, Justin Faust; her husband, John Nelson; daughter in law, Kim Nelson; along with her parents and siblings. Emma is survived by her daughter, Vicki Faust (Gordie); her son Tom Nelson, and her four grandchildren, Jordan and Jesse Faust, Michael and Taylor Nelson; her sister-in-law, JoAnn Wilkinson and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel




St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 - 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Friday, October 15, 2021
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 - 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Friday, October 15, 2021
1:30 PM
McDivitt Grove Cemetery
Meredith Drive
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Friday, October 15, 2021


Animal Rescue League Of Iowa
5452 NE 22nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
Greater Iowa Chapter Alzheimer's Association
1730 - 28th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50266