Leona Nelson, 97, of Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of Wayne, died Sunday, March 26, 2016 in Oklahoma City.
Services will be held Friday, March 31 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne. The Rev. Carl Lilienkamp will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne.
Memorials may be directed to the Nelson family for later designation.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.
Leona Mary Ella Stuthman was born to Henry Stuthman and Dorothea (Koehlmoos) Stuthman on June 13, 1919 at her home near Pilger. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altona. She attended school at District 18 in Stanton County and two years at Trinity Lutheran Parochial School in Altona. She was confirmed on April 9, 1933 by Rev. E.J. Moede at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altona. Leona married PFC Harold N. Tiedtke on June 21, 1942 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Pilger by Pastor Walter H. Koenig. Harold served his country in the Army in the Southwest Pacific area and was killed in action in Dutch New Guinea on Oct. 11, 1944. Leona worked at the former Ben Franklin Store in Wayne during the mid-1940's. On March 10, 1949 she married Ivil E. Nelson at St, John's Lutheran Church in Pilger by the Rev. A. J. Bernthal. Leona and Ivil farmed on farms near Pilger (1949-1958); Wakefield (1958-1966) and Wayne (1966-1981) and retired to Wayne in 1981. Ivil passed away on April 3, 1995 at Wayne. Leona moved to The Oaks in Wayne in August 1996 and lived there until May 2008, when she moved to Edmond, Okla. to Tealridge Independent Living to be closer to her son. On April 14, 2015 she moved to Copperlake Assisted Living in Edmond where she resided at the time of her death. Leona enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and dominoes; doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles; gardening; attending local fairs, festivals and celebrations; and, particularly in her later years, listening to and singing along with old-time music. Leona has been a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne since 1958.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Harold Tiedtke and Ivil Nelson; five brothers, Carl and wife, Bertha; Ernst and wife, Pearl; Albert and wife, Elna; Arnold and wife, Faith, and Henry Jr.; four sisters, Elsie and husband, Hans Tietgen; Olga and husband, Arthur Dreyer; Clara and husband, Irvin Stunkel; and Alma and husband, Clarence Stradley; brothers and sisters-in law, Norman Nelson, Albin Nelson, Irvin and Adeline (Nelson) Solko, and Lorene (Nelson) Brooks; two nephews, Deon Stuthman and Dennis Stradley; and one niece, Marlene (Stunkel) Timm.
Survivors include one son, Lyle of Edmond, Okla.; two sisters-in-law, Marcella (Sally) Stuthman of Pilger, and Raezella Nelson of Des Moines, Iowa; 22 nieces and nephews, and many great, and great- great and great -great -great nieces
Pallbearers will be Ted Reeg, Eldon Heinemann, Gary Books, Steven Stuthman, Ken Nolte, Dick Nolte and Warren Stuthman.