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Katharine M. Nelson

Katharine M. Nelson

Katharine (Koller) Nelson, age 102 of Durand, died peacefully on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Plum City Care Center in Durand with her family by her side.

Katharine was born on April 3, 1914 in Durand. She was the daughter of William and Laura (Kraft) Koller. Katharine grew up on a farm near Durand and attended Sacred Heart School in Lima. After school, Katharine worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and also at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN. While at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Katharine met and married Walter O. Nelson. They travelled to California during the war and returned to work the home farm in Durand. That is where they raised their family of six boys and one girl.

Katharine was a member of Holy Rosary’s Altar Society and helped with many church functions. She made thousands of rosaries for the missions in her later years. Katharine enjoyed traveling with her husband in retirement. Walter died in 1990. She enjoyed her family, gardening, canning, crocheting, cooking, baking and playing cards.

Katharine is survived by her children; Ed of Chippewa Falls, Lois of Faribault, MN, Glen of Florence, AL, Herbert of Apple Valley, MN, Greg of Blaine, MN and Walter Jr. of Chicago, IL, 18 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Walter, one son; Dennis and one sister; Wilma.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 AM Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima with Rev. James Kurzynski officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:30 AM until the time of services at the church on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made in Katharine’s name to the American Cancer Society.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Joanne Hewitt

    Condolences to Katherine's family. Such a special lady. God Bless.

  2. Judy john parr

    Sorry to read about your loss

  3. Patricia A Rosenberg

    Sorry I was ill and not able to attend any of the services for your amazing mom.
    May she be at rest in the loving arms of the Lord and back with Walt. I hope all of you are well and happy. May God help you in your sadness. We will see her again someday. God be with you all. zzz

  4. Gary & Judi

    Our sympathy to the Nelson Family
    Thinking of you all.

  5. Bill & Dorothy Ableidinger

    Our sympathy goes out to all of Katie's family. May all the great memories of her comfort you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Msgr. Jeff Burrill

    My condolences to the family. I had the honor and blessing of being Katharine's pastor. She was a great person of faith!! May she now rest with the angels and saints!

    Msgr. Burrill
    1 Corinthians 2:9

  7. Marie & Joyce

    A remarkable woman who touched many lives thru her prayers. An inspiration of faith to all. We will miss her immensely. Our sympathy to all of her family.

  8. Marie Valburg

    Hello Cousins,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. You all have wonderful memories of your mother, I'm sure. Hold on to those memories and they will help you get through this sad time. Sorry I cannot attend the funeral, but will have all of you in my thoughts and


    You all had a lot of years with your mom. Hold tight to each other and savor every day. Sorry that I cannot be there with you all.

    Cousin, Bonnie

  10. Colleen & Tom Garnevicus

    We will miss Katie--she was a wonderful, smart, and holy woman. Her day revolved around God--her devotion was inspiring. May your memories of her sustain you in this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, her family.

  11. Vicki Dahlstrom

    I am sorry I can't come to the funeral. I have to work that day. Katie really lived a long life. So to my cousins, I hope to see you another time.

  12. Ann McCue

    So sorry to hear of your loss. It was always fun to visit Katie when I went to see Grandpa and Uncle Tom. She was always so happy and excited to see us. May God bless you all during this difficult time. Ann (Jim Ableidinger's daughter)

  13. Nadine Schuh

    Glen and family, Prayers for comfort during this time.

  14. Sharon Dell

    I am so sorry I will not be able to come to your mothers service as Harry and I are in Arizona right now. She truly was a remarkable lady! Hold the blessings of your memories close! Love, Sharon & Harry

  15. Fred and Mindi Slayton

    Our thoughts are with you all. She will always hold that special place in your heart.

  16. Renee

    Katherine was a beautiful soul. I enjoyed our visits and talks. She tought me so much she will be dearly missed.

  17. Ruth peters

    Lois, I remember spending overnights at the Nelson house with you... even though you had SIX brothers bothering us, it was always a lot of fun because your Mom always had a blast with us! She and Wally are finally together again. Be strong my friend and hug your brothers for me. RIP Katie... til we meet again.

  18. Dennis and Vanessa Rogers

    Our sincere condolences. May you all find comfort and peace in knowing she is now in heaven.

  19. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Our sympathy to the entire Nelson family. May she rest in peace.

  20. Susan and Bob Ableidinger

    Katie was a very special lady with a remarkable sense of humor and a beautiul outlook on life. We'll miss her always. Enjoyed our visits together very much. I wish I could be there for her service but Bob will be there, of course. I'll be there in spirit and sending up prayers. Love you, Katie!!!

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