Shirley Kissel Nelson
November 15, 1927 ‒ May 18, 2017
MANSFIELD: “Well, you know I can’t see” was Shirley Nelson’s self deprecating explanation for the limitation Macular Degeneration placed on her the past ten years. But it never limited the way Shirley could “see” the world: She saw Beauty, Kindness, and Opportunity.
Remembered as hardworking, talented and capable, Shirley passed into the Lord’s care Thursday morning May 18, 2017 from The Good Shepherd Home, Ashland. She was 89.
Born Shirley Jean Winters November 15, 1927 in Shenandoah to Harold and Donna (Cline) Winters, she was graduated from Union High School and studied music at Ashland College.
She married Robert Kissel June 1, 1947, and Shirley set to the work of raising their family of a son and four daughters. As the children grew, she took a job driving school bus over 25 years with Crestview Local Schools. It was when Robert became ill that Shirley jumped into operating the family farm: helping milk 125 head of cows (she dearly loved those cows!), tending the hogs and chickens, and all the work that accompanies an 80 acre farm. Shirley was milking well into her 80s!
Shirley “saw Beauty” in raw materials. Her crafting knew no ends – she worked in ceramics, wove her own baskets, tooled leather, decorated cakes, quilted, and wood carved. She could “see” a bird or “ball-in-a-box” trapped in a plain piece of wood.
Shirley “saw Kindness” as her spiritual gift. She loved the Lord, and beyond her generosity, never a mean word crossed her lips. She was a lifelong member of Shenandoah Christian Church.
Shirley “saw Opportunity” to work hard – she never shrank from the hard work it takes to operate a farm – and leave a legacy of love to her family.
Though her eyesight may have been limited, Shirley’s vision was broad.
Her husband Robert passed away in 1980. She later married Irwin Nelson, and he survives.
Her adoring family also includes her son Darrell (Linda) Kissel of Mansfield, daughters Deanne (Rick) Smith of Port Clinton, Deborah Smith and Denise Rebman both of Mansfield and Donna Spoerr of Beachwood; three stepchildren; grandchildren Diane (Ed) Veley, Doreen Kissel, Dana Kissel, Jason Ross, Christopher (Kelly) Smith, Tanya (Carey) Cooke, Benjamin Smith, Rebecca Smith, Stephanie (Michael) Kulig, Wendy (Josh) Ball, Jason (Mindy) Kemp, Michelle (Kurt) Rood, Jeremy (fiancée Teressa Roar) Spoerr, Amy (Justin) Bays, Michael (Megan) Spoerr; 24 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Wanda Winters of Mansfield and Carolee Kissel of Shelby; dear friends Beatrice Picking and Marilyn Haught; cherished caregivers Mickey McWilliams and Betty Dotterer; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her first husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son Darwin Kissel, sons-in-law J. Bruce Rebman, Jr., and Herbert Smith, a grandson Joseph Bradley Rebman; a great grandson Kyle Landen Ball; a stepdaughter; a brother H. Bruce Winters; and an infant sister Mary Ellen Winters.
Friends can “see” Shirley’s family Monday, May 22, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Visitation continues Tuesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. in Shenandoah Christian Church, 5642 State Route 13, Shiloh, where her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Pastor Steve Oswalt will officiate. Burial will follow in Shenandoah Cemetery.
Contributions in her memory to Shenandoah Christian Church or American Macular Degeneration Foundation may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Shirley’s family. Send them a message of sympathy – and watch her tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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