Shirley Nelson

Shirley A. Nelson of Grafton died Sunday, Jan. 13. She was 82.

Mrs. Nelson was born on April 12, 1937, in Milwaukee to Lester and Verna Draheim Horneck.

The family later moved to Thiensville and then to Cedarburg when Mrs. Nelson started her freshman year at Cedarburg High School, where she graduated in 1954.  

She married Jules Nelson on Aug. 4, 1956, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedarburg.

They initially lived in Cedarburg but later moved to Grafton, where they lived for 53 years.

While her children were growing up, Mrs. Nelson held numerous part-time jobs, including at  Gilbert Shoe Factory in Milwaukee, the News Graphic newspaper, in Ozaukee County government offices, Beck & Co. shoe shining in Grafton and at Woodview Elementary School in Grafton.

Later in life, she took accounting classes and worked at Grafton State Bank.

Mrs. Nelson was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedarburg and current member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grafton. She was very active at both churches in the choir, teaching Sunday school, quilting, participating in Bible study and being a greeter.

She also participated in the Ozaukee Chorus and enjoyed square dancing.

Mrs. Nelson is survived by her husband; daughters Jodi Nelson of Grafton, Lori (David) Overbye of Naperville, Ill., Julie (Rick) Schuerman of Mayville; grandchildren  Diane Overbye, Tyler Videkovich, Alex (Sonya) Videkovich, Troy (Sarah) Videkovich; and brother Richard (Carol) Horneck of Antigo.  

She was preceded in death by her brother Lester Horneck Jr. and her son Robbie Lee.

A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at Grace Lutheran Church in Grafton.

Visitation will be from 4 to 5:45 p.m. on Friday at the church.

Interment will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Crystal Falls, Mich.  

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital are requested.

Mueller Funeral Home is assisting the family.



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