Catherine Nelson, 94

Published 5:44pm Sunday, August 5, 2012

Born: April 8, 1918


Died: June 12, 2012

Catherine R. Nelson, 94, of Mishawaka, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Bremen Health Care Center, Bremen, Ind.

Catherine was born on April 8, 1918, in Detroit to John L. and Winifred (Brahaney) Perkins. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, John B. Perkins.

On April 7, 1951, in Niles, as the former Catherine Perkins, she married Eugene E. Nelson, who preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 2004.

Surviving are two sons, Dennis J. (Shirley Walls) Nelson of Bremen, Ind., and Thomas W. (Toni) Nelson of Milford, N.H.; two grandchildren, Jason Nelson and Rae Pierson; and four great-grandchildren, Simon and Molly Nelson and Carter and David Pierson.

Catherine lived in Niles until 1951, when she moved to Mishawaka. She attended business college after high school. She was a bookkeeper. She worked for Bendix, Clark Equipment, First United Methodist Church and retired from the South Bend Tribune. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Niles, First United Methodist Church in Mishawaka, where she was a member of the choir and rang the hand bells, and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 332 in Niles. Catherine loved sewing, knitting and needlepoint.

There will be a memorial service for Catherine on Monday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior, in First United Methodist Church, Mishawaka. The Rev. Larry Whitehead will officiate.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lawall Scholarship Fund at First United Methodist Church.

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