Mathilda "Tillie" Nelson

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Funeral Mass for Mathilda “Tillie” Nelson, 99, of Dickinson, will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Father Christian Smith celebrating. A rosary will be led at 10:30 a.m., prior to the funeral service. Private burial will be Wednesday, August 12th at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Visitation for Tillie will be held from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 10th at Stevenson Funeral Home.

For those attending, please adhere to the Covid-19 social distancing guidelines as recommended by the Department of Health.

Tillie passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at St. Benedict’s Health Center.

Mathilda was born near Scheffield, ND, on June 14, 1921, the daughter of Marcus and Monica (Olheiser) Emmil. Growing up she attended school through the sixth grade in Scheffield. Tillie moved to Washington state during the war, where she worked in a factory and a café until the end of the war. Following her return home, she met Carl O. Nelson who became her husband on January 20, 1947 in Wibaux, MT. Their marriage was blessed with five sons and a daughter. Tillie and Carl resided in Dickinson until their move to Denver and Kansas City in 1948 where Carl attended school for watchmaking and gemology. They returned to Dickinson in 1952 and Carl opened and operated Nelson Jewelry for 41 years until his death in 2001.

Tillie was fussy about her home, inside and out. She enjoyed preparing her famous German dishes including Borscht, Cheese buttons, Knoephla, Paprikash and Sauerkraut. She enjoyed treating her whole family to “China Doll,” the Chinese Restaurant, where they always greeted her by name.

She was famous for babysitting for several families in Dickinson and she kept in touch with the kids through the years. But her priority was watching her grandkids grow up, especially in their backyard swimming pool “showing off” on the diving board and the slide. She really enjoyed keeping in touch with her nieces & nephews, brothers & sisters, as well as neighbors.

The many family dogs were her “fur”ever buddies and she fed them just like family. But, the special family pet was Chipper, the squirrel monkey.

We will miss you, Gramma, especially your sense of humor and the smile that went with it. We know you’re watching over us and you’ll always be in our hearts.

Tillie is survived by her children, Vern (Barb) Nelson, Dale (Ashley) Nelson, Jim Nelson, Carla (Randy) Zillich, and Gordon Nelson all of Dickinson; grandchildren, Elaine (Dennis) Wolberg, Westen Nelson, Wyatt Nelson, Wade (Aizzah) Nelson, Mandy (Donavan) Slag, Nicole (Nathan) Wandler, Amy (Shawn Ell) Nelson, Jessica (Brandon) Deavy, Kristen (Aaron) Radtke, Tyler Nelson and his mom, Lori; great-grandchildren, Lindsey (Tanner) Davis, Xzavier Nelson, Willa Wandler, Jameson Wandler, Elliot Ell, Taylor and Maggi Deavy, Jaxen Radtke; great-great-grandchildren, Addisyn & Emberly Davis; sister, Adeline Klein of Dickinson; brother, Cyril Emmil of Dickinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl O. Nelson (2001); son, Oscar J. Nelson; daughter-in-law, Helen F. Nelson, Nancy Scheeler Nelson; sisters, Mary Wolf, Veronica Schlosser, Louise Emmil, Katie Gabel; brothers, Leo and George Emmil; grandchildren, Travis Nelson, and infants Michael Paul Nelson and Kayla Marie Nelson, who died at birth.
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    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    310 2nd St. West
    Dickinson, ND 58601
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    Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2020


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Pat Meyer

Posted at 01:53am
Our deepest sympathy at this time of your great loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Ivan and Pat Meyer

Mike Booke

Posted at 04:43pm
Nelson Family, we are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. We have many good memories being at the Nelson house. God Bless, Mike and Connie Booke Family

Bob Allan

Posted at 08:49pm
Vern, Dale and Nelson Family,
Sorry to hear about your loss
May you find God’s peace

Bob and Paulette Allan

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Posted at 06:01pm
R.I.P. Aunt Tillie With Love LInda & Arnie Binek. Sister Richarde, Jan & Dan Hagan, Nancy & Del Kussy, Charlene & Leo Hofer, Karen and John Ulrich
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Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Nelson Family. Peace and Love, God Bless. Jeff and Brenda Mayer family
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