Norma J. Nelson

Norma J. Nelson

November 3, 1935 – April 21, 2021

 Preceded in death by husband, William A. Nelson.  Survived by son, Clark D. Nelson (Eileen); daughters, Catherine A. Nelson, Mary J. Tollefson (Mike); four grandchildren: Brian and Nora Nelson, Anna and Alyssa Tollefson.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Monday, April 26th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, April 27th at 10:30am at Lutheran Church of the Master, 2617 S. 114th Street.  Interment: Pleasant Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Lutheran Church of the Master and Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

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Norma J. Nelson was born in Blair, Nebraska to George K. and Vera L. Nelson on November 3, 1935 and she passed away peacefully on April 21, 2021.  Preceded in death by husband, William A. Nelson (“Bill”) to whom she was happily married for 50 years.  Survived by son, Clark D. Nelson (Eileen) of Concord Township, Ohio; daughters, Catherine A. Nelson of Omaha, Nebraska, Mary J. Tollefson (Mike) of La Crescent, Minnesota.  Norma was blessed with four beautiful grandchildren, Brian and Nora Nelson, Anna and Alyssa Tollefson.

Norma grew up on a farm where she assisted with chores, participated in 4-H and excelled at school.  After graduating from Blair High School, Norma earned a teaching degree from Wayne State College and her first job was teaching second graders in the Fremont School System.  Shortly after starting her teaching career, she met her husband, Bill, and they were married on August 3, 1958.

Norma and Bill were blessed with three children; Clark, Catherine (“Cathy”) and Mary and upon becoming an empty nester, Norma “adopted” a Creighton student and expanded her family of loved ones to include Nicole “Nikki” Regan, her husband Jim and their children Madeline “Maddie” and Jackson “Jack”.  Always a wonderful hostess, Norma made the simplest of events special and she instilled in her family the important values of kindness, faith and love.  She was active in golf, enjoyed painting, appreciated music, cheered on the Huskers and she was a regular in her later years at playing duplicate bridge.

Norma definitely cherished her family, especially her grandchildren, and while we know she is in a better place, she will be missed by many – – especially her family.



  • Ruth Muchemore Posted April 24, 2021 10:14 am

    I knew Norma through duplicate bridge. We shared many games together at the Bridge Studio. She was always gracious at the table, a lovely person. Her sister -in-law was Norma’s good friend. I enjoyed both of them. My sympathy to her family. “Ruthie”

  • wayne simpson Posted April 24, 2021 10:16 am

    Is this the same Norma Nelson that graduated from Blair High School in 1953?

  • Jeff Morrow – Phoenix, AZ Posted April 25, 2021 4:42 pm

    To the Nelson family, my deepest condolences. I knew Norma when I was in school at Millard South and good friends with Mary. Mary’s mom was a gracious host and always made us feel welcome in her home. Her rock solid and successful offspring are a direct reflection of Norma’s positive influence and nurturing spirit. May memories of her warm your heart for years to come.

  • Brenda (Meyer) Accola Posted April 26, 2021 8:25 am

    I remember the Nelson’s from St. Paul’s and was in band with Mary at Millard South. I am so sorry to hear of Norma’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

  • Vikki Galvin Posted April 27, 2021 9:34 am

    My deepest sympathy to you all! Through your reflections and sadness, I hope you can remember all the good memories. Thoughts and prayers for your family!

  • Jean Conrad Posted April 27, 2021 9:39 am

    My sincerest condolences to Norma’s family. She was such a sweetheart.

  • Susan Clifford Posted April 27, 2021 2:00 pm

    My sincerest sympathy in the loss of my favorite cousin, Norma. She was so loved by my sister Shirley and me as we grew up and spent many happy times together in the summer and on family holidays. Please extend my sadness and prayers to your family.

  • Cary Hall Posted May 4, 2021 7:43 pm

    My fondest memories are when my parents first moved back to Mlllard and they were getting settled. Norma and Bill extended a warm welcome and included my parents and me in many social events and opened their home to all of us. We were new to Omaha and they helped to make us feel at home. Cathy has continued to make us feel like family. I can’t thank her enough for her friendship and her compassion while our father needed her help. Thinking of you all at thIs time. Cary

  • Robin and Jacqueline Backhaus Posted May 8, 2021 11:46 am

    Our deepest sympathies
    Norma has been such a good friend of our family for so long
    We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers

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