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Shirley A. Nielsen

October 7, 1931 ~ June 10, 2021 (age 89)


Funeral Services for Shirley A. Nielsen, age 89, of Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 15th at Grace Lutheran Church.  Reverend Christopher Asbury will officiate.  Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday, June 14th, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Home for Funerals, 1203 W. Norfolk Avenue.  Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

She passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021 at the Community Pride Care Center in Battle Creek.

Shirley was born October 7, 1931 in Stanton County to Art and Clara (Wiedeman) Neitzke.   

She moved with her family near the Hoskins area and where she would later graduate from Hoskins High School.  She married Alvin Nielsen on January 21, 1951.  To this union were born 6 children Barbie, who died in infancy, Mardell, Bill, Peggy, Pam, and Tammy.  The family would later live in the Hoskins and Norfolk area, as well as in Illinois for a short time period.

Shirley worked as an aide at OLOL Hospital, provided daycare, and later assisted her husband Alvin in caring for both Prospect and Hillcrest Cemeteries, along with running their landscaping business. She spent the latter part of her life living at Community Care Center alongside her sister Donna Gubbels and Bob Spiegel, her daughter’s father-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin, infant daughter Barbie, grandson Cory Nielsen, infant grandchild, sister Lavern Bierschenk, brother Leon Neitzke, brothers-in-law Don Gubbels and Norm Bierschenk, son-in-law Ray Kohl and granddaughter’s husband Tyler Buoy.

Survivors include her children Tammy (Tim) Spiegel, Mardell Kohl, Bill (Marie) Nielsen, Peggy (Rich) Brown, and Pam (Gregg) Dahlheim.  Grandchildren Heidi Patsios, Zachary Spiegel, Phillip Spiegel, Chelsea Kuchta, Jill Pick, Bobbi Heppner, Heath Kohl, Wade Nielsen, Adam Nielsen, Jenna Buoy, Jared Prince, step grandchildren Jaime Manz and Andy Dahlheim, 23 great grandchildren, 3 step great grandchildren, sister Donna Gubbels, sister-in-law Charlotte Neitzke, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Zachary Spiegel, Phillip Spiegel, Josh Kuchta, Wade Nielsen, Adam Nielsen, and Jared Prince.

Honorary Pallbearers: Heath Kohl, Heidi Patsios, Chelsea Kuchta, Jenna Buoy, Bobbi Heppner, Jill Pick, Shawn Patsios, Jaime Manz, and Andy Dahlheim.

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June 14, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Home for Funerals
1203 W Norfolk Ave
Norfolk, NE 68701

Funeral Service
June 15, 2021

10:30 AM
Grace Lutheran Church
416 Park Ave
Norfolk, NE 68701

Graveside Service
June 15, 2021

11:30 AM
Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery
North 13th Street
Norfolk, NE 68701

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