Ellen Marie (Saner) Nielsen
April 9, 1922 – July 23, 2019
A loving mother and good friend to many. She is survived by her children: Mary Ann Meier, (Dave), Chris Nielsen, Barbara Nielsen, and Susan Nielsen; grandchildren: Amanda, Nicholas (Marcy), Everett, Clayton, and Jack; great-grandchildren: Shayna and Maryn; beloved relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends on Monday, July 29th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, July 30th at 10am at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 1920 N. 102nd St. Interment: Calvary Cemetery on Wednesday, July 31st at 10am. Memorials are suggested to Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging.
Ellen was the second of five children born to Anthony and Irene (Leahy) Saner on a small farm in Fremont County, Iowa. She was born on Palm Sunday and baptized on Good Friday at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Imogene, IA. At the tender age of twelve, Ellen lost her mother; she carried many cherished memories of her Mom and spoke of her frequently. She was surrounded by her father and siblings, Devona, Paul, Michael, and Joseph, as well as many aunts and uncles in the close-knit community.
Ellen’s first job was at Earl May in Shenandoah, where she earned 40 cents per hour. After graduating from high school, she moved to St Louis and enjoyed spending time with friends and working. She later moved to Omaha to join her father, who had relocated from Iowa. She enjoyed working in vibrant Downtown Omaha, including a position at Memory Lane which was owned by one of her best friends.
She married Arnold Nielsen in 1957. They lived in Omaha, where they welcomed four children: Mary Ann, Chris, Barbara, and Susan. It was during these years that Ellen gained notoriety among family and friends for her delicious chocolate chip cookies.
Ellen was a devoted mother and supported her family both in the home and in the workforce. She was an Avon lady, then worked from home typing dictation for a court reporter. She eventually took a full-time position as an Administrative Assistant for Clarkson Hospital. She retired from Clarkson in the 1980s but continued to work from home typing for an attorney and insurance company.
Ellen was fiercely independent and lived on her own until 2017. She loved watching sports and was a fan of the Huskers and Creighton Blue Jays. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and playing bingo.
She will be dearly missed by all for her generosity, wit, willingness to listen, kind smile, and wonderful sense of humor.