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Evelyn Nelson

Issue Date: February 24, 2021

Evelyn (Kopatz) Nelson, 106, of Suring, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. 

Born Feb. 8, 1915 in the Town of Brazeau, to the late John and Augusta Kopatz, she married Fred Charles Nelson in July 1930 and they farmed in Bagley until he started work at the Suring Co-Op in 1946. They celebrated 64 years together before his passing in 1994. 

They had a winter home in Lehigh Acres, Fla. for 20 years, returning in summer months to be near family and friends. She continued to enjoy her Florida home and beautiful yard until her eyesight failed when she then returned to Suring in 2003, living in the Manor Apartments until she was 101 years old.

Very creative, she could sew anything, make her own patterns, cooked tasty comfort foods, made piece quilts and crocheted many afghans for family and friends. While in Florida, she gathered seashells from Sanibel Island beaches and made a treasure of wreathes, winning blue ribbons at Lehigh Acres Shell Fair. Her cinnamon rolls were the best, and she made them into her 90's and no-one in the family has found her magic touch. She also made cottage cheese pierogies.

Over the years together, they traveled to Washington DC, California, Yellowstone Park, Seattle, Vancouver and also took trips to Denmark, France, Switzerland and Germany with a day cruise on the Rhine. Her husband was fascinated by the engines powering the boat, while she sat on the front deck enjoying the vineyards and the castles on the hills. When asked for her secret to a long life, she said "Stay on the good side, and stay with the Lord."

She is survived by four children, Jenevie Jensen of Milwaukee, Loretta Baxter of Franklin, Joan (Frank) Jones of Delavan and Charlette (Dave) Collins of Suring; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; a daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Frank Wyskochil; son and daughter-in-law, Neil and Lyn Nelson; sons-in-law, Bill Baxter and Russ Jensen; grandson, Chad Caughey and granddaughter, Wendy Sue Wyskochil.

Due to Covid, a Celebration of Life will be held and announced at a later date. Interment will be in Frostville Cemetery. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com Memorials can be sent to the Maple Valley Community Church.

 


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