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Nelda J. Simonson

February 20, 1940 January 22, 2019
Nelda J. Simonson
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NELDA J. SIMONSON
January 22, 2019

Funeral services for Nelda Simonson, 78 year old Buffalo resident who passed away Tuesday morning at the Johnson County Health Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Friday, February 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sheridan with Reverend Paul Cain officiating. Visitation will be held from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sheridan from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo with graveside services to be held at 3:00 on Friday the 1st of February. Donations in Mrs. Simonson’s memory may be made to the Mission Central in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com
Nelda Jean Simonson was born on February 20, 1940 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Alex and LeOra Pitsch. She grew up on the family ranch at Ucross, Wyoming and graduated from Buffalo High School with the class of 1958. After high school she attended Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska where she received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She was accepted into a graduate program and received a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1965. She was married on August 30, 1964 in Sheridan to Duane Simonson and they made their home in Omaha, Nebraska where Nelda was a Social Worker for Lutheran Family Services and Duane taught school. In 1969 they moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming where she continued her social work. In 1973 they moved to Springfield, Illinois and she worked while Duane attended Seminary. In 1975 they moved to Rushville, Nebraska where they lived until moving to Douglas, Wyoming in 1979. They lived and worked in Jackson Hole, Wyoming from 1986 until 1990. They then moved to Deshler, Nebraska where they lived until Nelda retired in 2000. It was then that they moved to Buffalo, Wyoming where she did some part time work and lived until her death.
Nelda began her eternal walk with Jesus when she was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church on April 7, 1940 by Pastor Bernthol. Through God’s Holy Word, the Holy Spirit kept Nelda in her faith in Jesus as her Savior. Following instruction in the Christian Faith by Pastor Nolan Obermueller on April 11, 1954, she publicly confessed and confirmed her faith and Baptismal Vows. Her confirmation verse is Psalm 32:8.
She is survived by her husband Duane of Buffalo: two sons Joshua Simonson of Casper and Curtis Simonson and his wife Michelle of Chicago, Illinois; three daughters, Tasha Widger and her husband Donal of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Stacy Henkel of Gretna, Nebraska and Gretchen Townsend and her husband Adam of Wellington, Colorado; four brothers Gerald Pitsch and his wife Vera of Oak harbor, Washington, Leland Pitsch and his wife Della of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Curt Pitsch and his wife Janice of Bullhead, Arizona and Pete Pitsch and his wife Madeline of Rock Springs, Wyoming; two sisters Doris Schuman and her husband George of Sheridan, Wyoming and Pat Ogan and her husband Ted of Reno, Nevada: and twelve grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son-in-law Rick Henkel and one brother-in-law Dean Simonson.


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Visitation

Thursday

31

Jan

9:00 AM 1/31/2019 9:00:00 AM - 3:00 PM 1/31/2019 3:00:00 PM
Harness Funeral Chapel

351 N. Adams Ave
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834

Harness Funeral Chapel
351 N. Adams Ave Buffalo 82834 Wyoming
United States

Visitation

Thursday

31

Jan

5:00 PM 1/31/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 1/31/2019 7:00:00 PM
Immanuel Lutheran Church

1300 W 5th St
Sheridan, Wyoming 82801

Immanuel Lutheran Church
1300 W 5th St Sheridan 82801 Wyoming
United States

Service

Friday

1

Feb

10:00 AM 2/1/2019 10:00:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church

1300 W 5th St
Sheridan, Wyoming 82801

Immanuel Lutheran Church
1300 W 5th St Sheridan 82801 Wyoming
United States

Graveside

Friday

1

Feb

3:00 PM 2/1/2019 3:00:00 PM
Willow Grove Cemetery

351 N. Adams
Buffalo, WY 82834

Willow Grove Cemetery
351 N. Adams Buffalo 82834 WY
United States

Memorial Contribution

Misson Central

C/O Harness Funeral Home 351 N. Adams Ave. Buffalo, WY 82834
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