Nellie Elizabeth Frances Petersen was born March 15th, 1914, the daughter of Charles & Frances Gremonprez. She died on July 8th, 2018 at the age of 104.
Nellie was born on a farm in Hanover Township near Denison, IA. She was baptized in the Catholic faith on April 12th, 1914, made her first communion May 25th, 1922 and was confirmed on September 3rd, 1925. She received her education at St. Rose of Lima school and was a lifetime member of St. Rose Church. She was also a member of Legion of Mary and Ladies Guild.
She worked in various homes in Denison and Vail tending to housework and people’s needs. She also worked many years at Evelyn’s Caf in Denison.
On May 21st, 1941, she was united in marriage to Harry Petersen at St. Rose Church in Denison. They made their home on Harry’s family farm near Schleswig and were blessed with four children. She dedicated her years on the farm to helping her family tend to farm work, and also spent many hours baking and cooking. She always had a large garden and loved her flower beds. She made many crocheted doilies and quilts in her spare time. They will be treasured greatly by her family.
She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved having her grandkids come and visit. They were always able to talk her into making banana splits. She especially loved her weekly visits every Friday from her great-grandson, Jake.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her parents; two children at birth; two sons, Tom and Darryl and his wife, Joyce; one great-grandson, Cade; three sisters, Marie and her husband, James, Josephine and her husband, Jerry, and Annie and her husband, Joe; brothers-in-law. She is survived by one daughter, Judy, and her husband, Gayle; one son Jim, and his wife, Madalyn; one daughter-in-law, Kathy; nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Melvin, and his wife, Marcella; many other relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts, prayers, and gifts evidenced by cards, flowers, memorials, and food donated. We pray that this acknowledgement and blessing will comfort those who have offered so much to our family at the loss of mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.