Nathalyn F. "Nathie" NelsonSeptember 13, 1927 ~ January 11, 2018 (age 90)
A joint memorial service will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. for Nathalyn (Nathie) Faye (Krohn) and Eugene (Gene) Roy Nelson. The service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Norfolk, NE. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.
Gene and Nathie were born south and west of Wausa, NE. Gene was born on January 24, 1926 to Roy A. and Hannah (Nyquist) Nelson on the family farm southwest of Wausa. He was baptized on May 8, 1926 and confirmed on May 28, 1939 at the Mission Covenant Church in Wausa, NE. A brother Donald Adrian joined the family on April 29, 1929. Gene passed away at Heritage of Bel Air Nursing Home in Norfolk on June 26, 2017.
Nathie was born September 13, 1927 to Wilhelm Henry and Freda Justina (Frevert) Krohn on the family farm southwest of Wausa, NE. Phyllis Verlyn and June Marcell welcomed her home. She was baptized on October 9, 1927 and confirmed on June 16, 1940 at Golgotha Lutheran Church near Wausa, NE by Pastor George H. Pullman. She joined Gene in heaven January 11, 2018.
Both attended and graduated from Wausa High School. They were married December 22, 1945 at Golgotha Lutheran Church by Pastor George H. Pullman at Wausa, NE while Gene was on leave from the U.S. Army. He had been stationed at Camp Fannin, TX. They celebrated 71 years of marriage.
After he was discharged from the Army, he moved back to Nebraska and they settled in Norfolk. They both attended Norfolk Junior College. During their years of employment, Gene worked at Ballantyne’s Furniture for 39 years while Nathie worked for the City of Norfolk after their children were out of grade school.
Both were active in the community. They were charter members of Our Savior Lutheran Church where both served in many offices in the church. Gene was also active with the Norfolk Junior Chamber of Commerce and served on the tourism committee. He was a long-time member of the Lions Club, Legion Post 16 and served on the auditing committee of the Norfolk United Fund. Nathie was active in the Mrs. Jaycees of Nebraska, the PTA of Northern Hills School as President and received the State Life Member. She was a Girl Scout Leader for many years and a den mother for the Cub Scouts. She was also a member of the Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Norfolk Community Concert for many years. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of a bridge club that began in 1948.
During their retirement, the couple traveled to all 50 states and Germany. They wintered in Galveston, TX for many years and followed their grandchildren’s activities. The couple built a new home in the fall of 1997 leaving their home on Elm Avenue after 40 years.
They are survived by their four children, Adrienne and Dennis Hardt of Omaha, Candace Nelson of Omaha, Faythe Petersen of Norfolk, and Ross and Shawne Nelson of Omaha. Five grandchildren Sarah and Gary Lovely of Omaha, NE, Alexander and Katie Hardt of Omaha, NE, Katherine and Scott Morrill of Lincoln, NE, Hannah Nelson of Chicago, IL, and Andrew Nelson of Omaha; and great grandchildren Hunter and Maxx Morrill, Annabelle and Grayson Lovely and Myles Hardt as well as two step-great grandchildren Laura and Trevor Lovely. They are predeceased by a son-in-law, Don Petersen.
The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to all of the staff at Heritage of Bel Air for their many years of care, devotion and attentiveness to Nathie and Gene.
In lieu of flowers, the family request any memorials be sent to them for an organization of their choice.