Carole L. (Rautenberg) Nelson

April 4, 1951 ~ November 11, 2021 (age 70)


Funeral Services for Carole L. Nelson, age 70, of Battle Creek, will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 15, 2021 at St. John Lutheran Church in Battle Creek.  Reverend Joseph Leech will officiate.  Interment will be in Immanuel Zion Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the church.  Steffen Mortuary in Battle Creek is in charge of arrangements.

She passed away Thursday, November 11, 2021 at her home in Battle Creek.

Carole was born April 4, 1951 in Tilden, Nebraska to Elmer and Mae (Holy) Rautenberg.  She graduated from Tilden High School in 1969. 

On August 7, 1970, Carole married Craig Nelson at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Norfolk.  The couple was blessed with two sons, Rodney and Brian. 

Through the years, Carole worked at Dale Electronics, Sherwood Medical, JCPenney’s, The Heritage at Bel Air, and the Community Pride Care Center.

Carole enjoyed to sew, cook, garden and spending time with her grandchildren.  She loved to grow roses around her yard.  Carole adored her numerous cats.  Most of all, Carole loved her church.  She taught Vacation Bible School and Sunday School.  During the holidays, Carole enjoyed decorating the church.  She volunteered at the church to help in any way. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, and grandma.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Craig, sons Rodney (Kim) Nelson of Norfolk and Brian (Angela) Nelson of Bellwood, five grandchildren Brandon, Caitlyn, Alyssa, Abby and Colby and great granddaughter Kynsley, sisters Sharen (Gary) Mason, Lavone (Gene) Bichlmeier, Judy (Floyd) Brown, and Sheryle (Michael) O’Brien, and nieces and nephews.

Carole was preceded in death by her parents, in laws, and sister Joyce and brother-in-law Marvin Ryan.

Memorials are requested the St. John Lutheran Church Altar Guild.

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November 14, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St. John's Lutheran Church
305 S. 2nd Street
Battle Creek, NE 68715

Funeral Service
November 15, 2021

10:30 AM
St. John's Lutheran Church
305 S. 2nd Street
Battle Creek, NE 68715

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