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Ruth A Nelson

September 24, 1938 ~ January 10, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Ruth Nelson Obituary

Ruth A. Nelson passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 10, 2024. She was 85 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband Sven Raymond Nelson (Ray) on November 21, 2012 and her son, Timothy Nelson (Kara Condon) on September 10, 2022. She is survived by three of her children Janet Myers (Mark Myers), Karen Mazur (Karl Mazur), and David Nelson (Hannale Nelson). She adored her 10 grandchildren Tommy Becker (Emily), Lindsey Carus (Jake), Ellinee Nelson, Jacob Myers, Jenna Kuhn (Mike), Emma Nelson, Daniel Myers, Kendra Mazur, Nathan Myers, and Lilah Nelson. She was also blessed with four great grandchildren Isabella Carus, Logan Becker, Grace Carus, and Blair Becker. 

Ruth was born in Chicago, IL on September 24,1938 to William F White and Loretta F (Liddy) White. She was third of four siblings and preceded in death by Frances Schnitizius, William White (Margaret White), and Nancy Bishop (Thomas Bishop), as well as Ray's brother, Arne Nelson. She is survived by Jackie Nelson, her sister-in-law and 17 nieces and nephews. She married Ray Nelson on January 9, 1960, and were married 52 years at the time of Ray’s death. She was a devoted wife and mother. 

Greatly admired by all who knew her, Ruth studied to be a nurse at Little Company of Mary Hospital. She was committed to her work as a nurse, first in the Emergency Room at South Suburban Hospital, then Heather Medical Associates, and finished her career with Vitas Hospice. Even in her final years as Alzheimer’s claimed her memories, she continued to believe she was nursing the residents of The Fountains Memory Care Unit and later the other residents at Alden McHenry Memory Care Unit. Her care, kindness, and compassion for her patients, family, and friends inspired all of her children and others to serve in helping professions. 

Visitation will be held at Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 Bull Valley Rd., McHenry, IL from 9:30 to 10:30am on February 2, 2024, followed by a Memorial Mass at 10:30am.

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February 2, 2024

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Church of the Holy Apostles
5211 Bull Valley Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Funeral Mass
February 2, 2024

10:30 AM
Church of the Holy Apostles
5211 Bull Valley Road
McHenry, IL 60050


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