Leone V. Nelson, age 97, of Renville, died Monday, March 18, 2019, at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Renville. The Rev. Keith Mercer will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Renville. Visitation will be on Friday one hour prior to the services at the church in Renville. In Lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Renville County Hospice or The Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties. A special thank you to the staff at Renville Health Services and Renville County Hospice.
Leone V. Nelson was born on October 12, 1921, in Selby, South Dakota to Emory and Clara (Schmidt) Bishop. At the age of 13, her parents divorced and Leone went to live with her aunt Elsie in Stewart, MN. There she worked at Elsie’s Café, this is where she met Stillman Nelson, a NSP worker, and they began dating. Stillman was drafted into the Army during WWII, Leone later joined him in San Francisco, and they were married there in 1942. They spent the remaining part of the war in Miami, FL. After the service, they returned to Norwood, MN and lived there until moving to Renville in 1951. Leone enjoyed gardening, she and Stillman always kept a large garden. Her favorite flowers were Irises, peonies, and tulips. Leone was also an excellent baker, and was known for her cinnamon cookies, pies and caramel rolls. Leone will be remembered for her special way with children. The neighborhood cats and dogs were drawn to her knowing that she would love and care for them. Leone was a huge NBA and Timberwolves fan. She knew the player’s names and would analyze their play. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Renville, and belonged to the United Methodist Women’s Society. She volunteered at church as a custodian and worked in the kitchen for years at church dinners. She also served meals at the senior center. Some of her last smiles were looking at her great grandchildren’s pictures surrounded by her family. She will be dearly missed.
Leone is survived by her children: Jenean (and Peter) Cordon of North Oaks, MN, Linda Johnson of Brooklyn Park, Wendy Nelson (and Gary) of Sacred Heart, Reed (and Mary) Nelson of Shoreview, MN, and Kay Nelson of Minneapolis; her grandchildren: Steve (and Stephanie) Johnson, Eric Nelson, Todd (and Elise) Nelson, James (and Samantha) Cordon, Andrew (and Meg) Nelson, and Ross (and Anna) Nelson; her great grandchildren: Madelyn Cordon, Amelina Cordon, August Nelson, and Kai Nelson; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Stillman, her son-in-law Charles Johnson, her brothers Allison, Virgil, and Milo Bishop, and her sisters Delores Johnson, Gladys Stock, and Shirley Spencer.
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