Shirley Kissel Nelson

November 15, 1927 ‒ May 18, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

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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  • Many hours of joy were spent with Shirley and Bob, as Dean and I grew up together in the Shenandoah Christian Church, raising our families. There was nothing like the annual church project, making apple butter, picnics, day at Lake Erie, sitting in Sunday School class up in the balcony, every Sunday – the people may be gone but the memories live on forever. God Bless each one and may He hold the family in his arms as they celebrate the life of a true “frontier lady,” Shirley Winters Kissel Nelson.

  • Our Deepest Sympathy to all of Granny Kay’s Family,She will be Sadly Missed by Many.She is with the Lord now May she Rest in Peace Love and Prayers from the Bays and Hickey Families

  • My sincere sympathies to the entire family of this precious, kind, and loving woman. Although I never had the honor of meeting her, I knew her through the “loving words spoken about her” by her daughter, Donna Spoerr. Words of love, kindness, caring and such love for her family. She has now been given her heavenly wings and restored sight to see all that Heaven has in store for her.

  • My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the whole family. I will always remember Mrs. Kissel fondly. She was the best bus driver we had. She always had a kind word and a smile for all of her “kids” as she called us on several occasions when driving the bus. She didn’t put up with any grief either from us kids. R.I.P. Mrs. Kissel Nelson. You will be missed by many.

  • Thank you mom for teaching me to be a strong woman in every aspect there is. You showed me family love, strong work ethic, how to be a kind and loving individual to others hence my being pulled into nursing profession. You showed me a deep love for the land and God. You were always there to help me through the rough times esp when we lost Dad and Herbie even though you were suffering your own pain. I always said I was blessed to have been given the best parents in the world and now I rejoice that you are together again in each others arms looking into each others eyes for all eternity. Hug him tight mom. God give us all the strength to go on without you and thank you God for giving us the best. Love you forever Mom. Till we are together again. Your loving daughter. Deb

  • So very sorry for your loss. Never met your mother but knew Donna and Darrell and what a great tribute these two to their mother. Many prayers to ease your loss.

  • We are so very sorry to hear your Mother, Grandmother passing. I remember spending many hours talking with her at Indian Trails way back in the day. She always had great stories to share with me.

  • I just want to send warm thoughts, loving prayers and extend my sympathy to all the Kissel family. Your Mom was my mom’ s very special friend, fondly referred to as, “Mrs. K” for many years. My Mom thought the world of her. They spent many hours laughing and crying together and praying for each other. I spent a few hours with her recently and our hours were sweet, precious times to reconnect and reflect. I will treasure those moments forever. She was a dear friend and an awesome role model! She will be fondly remembered! Love to you all, Elise

  • Its been several years since I saw my Aunt Shirley but was so glad to visit her 2 summers ago.

    She was always fun to hang around with as a young child – esp watching her making her cakes! I loved watching her decorating them and esp being lucky to eat them (or the left over scraps).

    She loved going to Sanibel Island with my dad and mom and we collected shells together every morning. I loved her laugh and her smile.

    Im very lucky to have her as my aunt.

    Rest in Peace, Aunt Shirley and all my love to the family.
    Michelle

  • Donna, prayers for your family in this time of loss, but we celebrate your mother’s home-going with you as well. I loved reading about her and see that your faith is just one of the legacies she leaves.

    Thinking of you,
    Rhonda

  • Kissel Family,
    I have lots of memories of your family and your mom and dad. Your mom was a very special friend to our mom, and was a great bus driver to all my kids. We were neighbors for 30 years, she didn’t bother us, and we didnt bother her, but she knew if she need us we were right here.
    Remembering all the good times will help get you through this. May God give you peace and strength, and though its bitter sweet, your mom can now take in all the beauty, can you imagine? , Love to your
    whole family. Elaine Tuttle

  • We are so sorry for your loss, Darrell. Our sincere sympathies to you and your family at this time. Prayers for comfort.
    Love, Dick and Debbi Pacelli

  • SHIRLEY WAS THE BEST SISTER-IN-LAW. SHE WAS VERY KIND AND CARING.
    WHEN I MARRIED BRUCE {HER BROTHER} SHE WELCOMED ME WITH HER KNDNESS AND OPEN ARMS.
    BRUCE AND I WERE MARRIED ON JUNE IST THE MONTH AND DAY THAT SHE AND BOB WERE MARRIED {DIFFERENT YEARS} . BRUCE THOGHT JUNE IST WAS A SPECIAL DAY TO CELEBRATE WITH BOB AND SHIRLEY FOR MEMORIES OF THEIR AND OUR WEDDING.
    SHIRLEY AND I ALSO HAD GOOD MEMORIES OF DOING CERAMICS AND TRAVEL.
    I WATCHED HER TOOL LEATHER AND SHE MADE ME A SPECIAL BEAUTIFUL
    PURSE THAT I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH. SHE WAS SO TALENTED.

    SHE WAS SO SPECIAL AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET HER.

    PRAYERS, LOVE WANDA WINTERS

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