Gladys Viola "Josie" Nelson - 94

10/13/1915 - 1/8/2010

Rockford, IL

Gladys Viola "Josie" Nelson, age 94, died January 8, 2010. Josie was born in Rockford, IL, October 13, 1915 and lived there until 4 1/2 years ago. Then she moved west to live with her daughter Susan first in Littleton, CO, and next in Hillsboro, OR, since January 2007. Predeceased in 1992 by her husband of 52 years, attorney C. Oliver Nelson. Survived by her three children Lyn (Ron) Bianchi, Susan (the late Bengt) Carlstrand and local attorney Oliver W. Nelson (Mary Jo); 8 grandchildren (including local Sarah and Stephanie Nelson) and 4 great-grandchildren.

In her early twenties, Josie was a hospital lab technician, work which she enjoyed greatly. She was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church and worked on many service committees there and elsewhere. She was a 20-year member of Alpine Senior Center.

Josie's artistic and creative sides found expression in gardening, decorating, knitting, crafts, furniture refinishing and precision hand work, especially professional heirloom-quality sewing and hand-painted porcelain. She enjoyed cribbage and played party bridge with pals for seven decades. We remember Josie for her competency, gritty practicality and zest for life. Memorial service to be held at a later date. Local arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL.

To be held at a later date.

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