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Donlon, Nelle Jane (Inman) 1920 - 2017


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 9/8/2017 at 11:58:41

Nelle Jane (Inman) Donlon, age 97, of Decorah, IA, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Barthell Eastern Star Nursing Home in Decorah.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the St. Benedict Catholic Church, 307 West Main St., Decorah, IA, with Father Phillip Gibbs presiding. Burial will be in St. Benedict Cemetery, Decorah, IA.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m., until the time of service on Saturday morning at the Church.

Memorials may be given to Barthell OES Home, (911 Ridgewood Dr. Decorah, IA), St. Benedictís Catholic Church and St. Benedictís Catholic School.

Nelle Jane was born on January 11, 1920 in Davenport, IA, the daughter of Dr. C.C. and Stella (Peck) Inman. The family moved to Decorah, IA where Nelle Jane attended Decorah public school, graduating in 1937. After graduation, Nelle worked as a telephone operator and secretary for Northwestern Bell in Decorah. She was united in marriage to Joseph F. Donlon on January 17, 1945 at St. Benedictís Catholic Church. This union was blessed with Joseph G. (Jerry) Donlon and Barbara Jane Donlon Gavle. She was active in St. Benedictís Church where she was a member of St. Theresaís Circle and the Rosary Society. Nelle was a member of the Hospital Auxillary and enjoyed volunteering at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital. Nelle and Joe were charter members of Oneota Golf and Country Club. She also worked alongside her husband at Donlon Rexall Drug Store. Nelle enjoyed her home and garden; her greatest love was her family, being a wife, mother and grandmother. Her favorite room in the house was her kitchen where she found great pleasure in baking and preparing weekly Sunday family dinners. Many family, friends and bridge groups benefited from her baking skills. She loved people and always enjoyed visitors, but nothing was more important than a call or visit from her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Nelleís family would like to extend special thanks to everyone for their prayers, caring concerns and many acts of kindness shown to them. Special thank you to the loving staff at Barthell OES Home for their wonderful care and to Kathy Petersburg, Winneshiek Medical Center.

Nelle is survived by her two children: Jerry (Cheryl) Donlon, Decorah, IA and Barbara Donlon Gavle (the late Gary Gavle), Decorah, IA. Four Grandchildren and Eight great grandchildren: Keith (Ali) and sons, Blake and Cale of Decorah; Kathryn (Jeremy) Rasmussen and daughters; Taylor and Norah of Ankeny; Jennifer (Andrew) Steffensmeier and children, Miles and Ella of Waukee; Joe (Jamie) Gavle and daughters; Maggie and Elsey of Decorah.

Nelle was preceded in death by her husband Joe. Son-in-law: Gary Gavle. Brothers: Charles and Robert Inman. Sister: Mary (Inman) Weiser. Parents: Dr. C.C. and Stella (Peck) Inman.

Source: Schluter - Balik Funeral Home database

St. Benedict Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bill Waters.
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