Kathryn Nelson 1949-2017
May 16, 2017


GRAETTINGER -- 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 the 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, Kathy passed away at Mercy Hospital in Mason City.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Kelley Jo Nelson (Tom), Stacy Lynn Whitney (Joe) of Emmetsburg, Clint Nelson (fiance Tammy Williams) of Fenton, and Zachary Nelson (fiance Lindsey Johnson)?of Estherville; three granddaughters: Paige Jewell, Jordyn Whitney and Ariyanna Williams; three grandsons:?Noah Jewell, Cooper Whitney 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 be Tuesday, May 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Joyce-Alesch Funeral Home in Graettinger. Private family services will be held.

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