Margaret H. Nelson

Margaret H. Nelson
Margaret H. Nelson

On the evening of Sunday, May 25, 2014, we lost a great mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and mother-in-law to complications from Alzheimer’s. Margaret H. Nelson, age 88, of Madison, passed away peacefully at Homestead Living in Waunakee. She was born February 6, 1926 on a farm in Patch Grove the daughter of Richard and Mary (Krogman) Hanley. She married Lester Nelson on February 19, 1943 and he preceded her in death in December, 1999. Margaret met Lester when she was working at White’s Restaurant in downtown Madison and Lester was stationed at Truax Air Force Base while serving in the U.S. Army. When Lester was transferred to Baltimore, Margaret worked at the Glen L. Martin Company as a Rosie the Riveter, making airplane parts. Upon returning to Madison, Margaret worked various jobs, eventually taking a job in the food service division for the University of Wisconsin. She then transferred to the food service department at Central Colony where she worked for several years before retiring at the age of 62. Margaret’s Catholic faith has always been important to her. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Madison. When she wasn’t working, she kept busy with her many hobbies. She enjoyed cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting and sewing. Samples of her talent hung in her room. She also loved working in the garden, canning, and raising flowers. She also enjoyed baking for her family and was known for her pies, cakes and cookies. Another of her pastimes was looking for bargains at garage sales and camping. She kept busy in her later years doing puzzles, reading the newspaper with a cup of coffee, organizing things in her room and sitting by the fireplace.

Together, Margaret and Lester had six children, and she is survived by five sons, Dick (Diane), Don (Judi), Jim (Connie), Gary and Dennis (Carla); grandchildren, Ricky (Tiffany) Scott (Esmerelda), Debra, Melissa (Dean), Chrissy (Roy), Mike, Angie (Jim), Bryan (Lisa), Mary (Tyler), Christopher, and Caitlyn; fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cathy; two sisters and brothers-in law, Virginia and Larry Post, Rosie and Leo Halzel and nephew, Tom Halzel.

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Homestead Living in Waunakee for all the care love, and understanding they have provided to Margaret since she became a resident on December 28, 2011. Also, thanks to everyone at Agrace Hospice for their help and support.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 on Friday, May 30, 2014 at ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Avenue with Msgr. Charles Schluter presiding. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Garden. Visitation will be on Friday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com.

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