Katherine Maxine (Duffy) Nelson - 93

7/10/1924 - 11/16/2017

Rockford, Illinois

Kaye, 93, passed away on November 16, 2017, surrounded by her family in Presence St. Anne Center, Rockford after a lengthy illness. She was born on July 10, 1924 to Leo and Anna (Kane) Duffy. She was born and raised on a farm outside of Fairbank, Iowa. During World War II Kaye moved to Rockford and worked in the war effort as a "Rosie the Riveter". She married her husband, Cully, in 1946 after his return from the war. She was always there to help. Helping Cully, helping her children and helping her community. As a stay at home mom, she served on many PTA boards, as a homeroom mother, as well as being a Girl Scout Leader, Mom and Peacemaker. Her children were her life. She loved them all and they loved her. She was never afraid of hard work and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. A cup of coffee and a donut always made her happy whether it be with the kids or visitors and she loved to share a story or provide a meal for anyone. Her home was always bright and cheerful as her flowers bloomed and her gardens flourished. Her faith and love were never ending and everlasting. Kaye and Cully "wintered" in Florida for 25 years. Survivors include her sons, Jim (Linda McAllister) Nelson of Rockford, Tom (Denise Chapman) Nelson of Aurora, IL, and Russ (Deb Davis) Nelson of Nekoosa, WI; daughters, Cheri (Nelson) Friemuth of Rockford and Kathy (Terry) Meinking of Cincinnati, Ohio. She is survived by 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; sister, Audrey (Richard) Selander of Bloomington, MI; and sister-in-law, Dorothy (Jack) Duffy of Fairbank, IA. Predeceased by her husband, Carl W. "Cully" Nelson on September 19, 2011; and her parents; two brothers, Warren (US Navy KIA August 1942 in the battle of Savo Island and Jack; sisters,  Marion (Sister Mary Carol), Gladys DeTimmerman-Mahoney, and Betty Anderson.

Mass of Christian of Burial at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in St. Rita Catholic Church, 6254 Valley Knoll Drive, Rockford, IL with a visitation from 10 a.m. until Mass time. Fr. John Evans will  officiate. A luncheon will be served following Mass at the St. Rita Parish hall. Burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery following the luncheon.

Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Northern Illinois Hospice, 4215 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL 61108. 


10 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017 in St. Rita Catholic Church, 6254 Valley Knoll Drive, Rockford


11 a.m., Saturday, November 18, 2017 in St. Rita Catholic Church, 6254 Valley Knoll Drive, Rockford

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