Funeral Mass for Edna K. Nelson of Emmetsburg is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Burial is in St. John's Catholic Cemetery.
The family will greet friends from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday (today) at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. There will be a Catholic Daughters Rosary at 4 p.m. and a vigil service at 7 p.m.
Edna Kathryn Nelson was born on Jan. 23, 1931 in rural Vernon Township, the daughter of Leo and Nellie (Calentine) Conway. She attended Vernon Township #1 Grade School, Ringsted High School and graduated from St. Mary's Academy, Emmetsburg in 1949. She worked as a secretary and as a bookkeeper for the Quaker Oats Co. prior to her marriage.
Edna was united in marriage to Charles L. Nelson on Oct. 9, 1950 at Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. To this union 8 children were born.
She and Chuck farmed north of Emmetsburg for 40 years and later moved to an acreage west of town in 1987. Edna loved her family and friends. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cooking, music, dancing, card games and traveling. She was an avid volunteer, especially for her church.
Edna was a member of St. Thomas Parish and then Holy Family Parish serving on the financial committee, a director for several years and taught C.C.D. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, served many different offices and was appointed State District Deputy. One of her greatest honors was being Grand Marshall for the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Celebration. It was a grand day with nearly 100 of her family in attendance.
On Monday, May 20, 2013, Edna passed away at PARC Hall in Emmetsburg.
Survivors are her husband, Charles; her children: Dick and Anne Marie Nelson of Emmetsburg, LuAnn and Dan O'Brien of Emmetsburg, William and Mary Nelson of Choctaw, OK, Chuck Nelson and Kelly McCool of Ames, Jim and Diane Nelson of Emmetsburg, Janet and David Klein of Hospers, John and Carol Nelson of Ames and Steve and Maria Nelson of Palo; brother, Leo and Arlene Conway of Emmetsburg; sisters: Lucille and Wayne Sewell of Guthrie Center, Alice Murphy and Virginia Fokken of Cherokee, Delores and Harry Hauber of Spirit Lake, Mary Ellen and Bob Schroder of Ankeny and Francis and Ben Brink of Rock Rapids; sister-in-law, Ida Mae Joosten of Council Bluffs; and her 24 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Florence Lynch; grandson, Daniel; and three brothers-in-law, Bob Lynch, Don Murphy and Paul Fokken.