Kathryn M. Nelson
March 17, 1949 - May 11, 2017
Biography

Kathryn Marie Nelson, daughter of Albert Cato and Phyllis (Kostad) Westby was born March 17, 1949 in Dawson, MN. She was a graduate of Dawson High School.

Kathy lived in Graettinger, Estherville and Emmetsburg throughout most of her adult life, raising her children in the Graettinger area. She worked as a CNA at Rosewood in Estherville and as a home health nurse. She truly enjoyed taking care of the elderly, and she would give her shirt off of her back for anyone in need. She loved playing pranks on her siblings and cousins, and she was the life of parties. Kathy was a true lover of Western movies, songs, books and life. Her family brought her the most joy in life, and she will be remembered for her wonderful smile and laugh.

Kathy was a member of Lost Island Lutheran Church. On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Kathy passed away at Mercy Hospital in Mason City, IA.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Kelley Jo Nelson (Tom), Stacy Lynn Whitney (Joe) of Emmetsburg, Clint Nelson (fiancé, Tammy Williams) of Fenton, IA and Zachary Nelson (fiancé, Lindsey Johnson) of Estherville; three grandchildren: Paige Jewell, Noah Jewell, Cooper Whitney Jordyn Whitney, Ariyonna Williams and Riley Johnson; brother, Michael Westby (Beth) of Dawson, MN; sister, Alice Westby of Jacksonville; Aunt, Helen Haverburg and nieces: Tobi Kemen and Mackenzie Peterson.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will take place Tuesday, May 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home in Graettinger. Private family services will be held. Online condolences: joycefuneralhomes.com.



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Date & Time

Tue, May 16, 2017
5:00 AM - 7:00 AM


Location

Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home
204 N. Van Gordon Avenue
Graettinger, Iowa 51342


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Barb Christie
May 31, 2017

She was such a pretty redhead and always had a smile on her face and a kind word for EVERYONE!! So much fun to be around and was so generous and caring. So enjoyed her "pranks" in study hall, she was a hoot. Kathy w... more

May 31, 2017
She was such a pretty redhead and always had a smile on her face and a kind word for EVERYONE!! So much fun to be around and was so generous and caring. So enjoyed her "pranks" in study hall, she was a hoot. Kathy will be missed.

Barb Christie
Carla & Roger Rose
May 18, 2017

I was saddened upon reading of your mom's death in the paper. I'll always remember what a kind, loving, caring & fun person she was. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

DIANE JOHNSON
May 16, 2017

SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER AND SISTER TO WESTBY FAMILY. KATHY WAS A VERY KIND HEARTED, LOVING PERSON. WE WERE CLASSMATES, VERY GOOD FRIENDS AND HAD MANY GREAT TIMES. SHE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED.

Denny and Joan Nelson
May 15, 2017

We remember Kathy as a smiling, caring sister-in-law who had a great laugh. I especially enjoyed our time together in the kitchen after a big family dinner at Harry and Betty's farm. Kathy would always wash the dishes, ... more

May 15, 2017
We remember Kathy as a smiling, caring sister-in-law who had a great laugh. I especially enjoyed our time together in the kitchen after a big family dinner at Harry and Betty's farm. Kathy would always wash the dishes, and Debbie and I would clean up and dry, all the time talking and catching up. She was interested in what we were doing, and she happily talked about her kids. She truly loved them. Denny and I send thoughts and prayers in sympathy.

Denny and Joan Nelson
Deb brune
May 14, 2017

Fond memories of your mom. She had great style and was always smiling and such a kind person. So sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

Deb brune
May 14, 2017

Fond memories of your mom. She had great style and was always smiling and such a kind person. So sorry for your loss. God bless you all.

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