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Obituary for Margaret C. ‘Claudia’ Nelson

September 22, 1940 – May 16, 2023

Margaret C. ‘Claudia’ Nelson, age 82, of Sturtevant passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at her home.

Margaret Claudia Nelson
Margaret Claudia Nelson

She was born in Pitcairn, Pa., on Sept. 22, 1940, one of 11 children of the late Edward and Gloria (nee: Williams) Williams. She attended Pennsylvania schools and proudly received her degree as a Certified Medical Assistant.

She met the love of her life, Rolf A. Nelson, while he was serving with the United States Air Force. They were united in marriage at Andrews Air Force Base on July 18, 1964. Sadly, he preceded her in death on March 8, 2021.

Claudia had been employed as a CMA at All Saints Hospital for many years, retiring in 2016. She enjoyed cooking, baking, shopping, spending time with her family, and holiday gatherings. She loved talking with her sisters in Pittsburgh and visiting whenever she could. She loved traveling, with her favorite trips being Colorado, Alaska and England. She was involved in her children’s schools and activities, being a stay-at-home mother until she went back to school when she was in her 40s.

Above all, her absolute favorite thing to do was to spend time with her grandchildren. She took the term “grandmother” to another level. She loved caring for them, spoiling them, and cheering them on during their many activities and accomplishments. She adored them and couldn’t wait to share stories about them with anyone she could. She had a special relationship with each and every grandchild, but nothing compared to her relationship with her only grandson, Tristan, who she helped care for and spoiled for four years until her health started declining.

She is survived by her daughters, Col. Rebecca Bahm, USAF (retired), Robin (Charles) Broadway, and Anne (Paul) Schmidt; grandchildren, Ashley Nelson (Cody LeCount), Brooke and McKenna Broadway, and Skylar and Tristan Schmidt; great-granddaughter, Remi; sisters and brothers, Gloria Baker, Edwina Bicsey, Anna Basser, Kenneth (Cindy) Williams, Dolores Pass, Richard (Georgia) Williams, Robert (Janet) Williams, Thomas (LaVerne) Williams, Mary Gay (Frank Jr.) Grazulis, and Mark (Cindy) Williams; sisters and brothers-in-law Herbert (Emma Jean) Nelson, Gerald (Beverly) Nelson and Clifford (Arlene) Nelson; and many other relatives and honorary grandchildren.

Along with her parents and husband, Claudia is preceded in death by a beloved granddaughter, Brandi Broadway; mother- and father-in-law, Ingvall and Estella Nelson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Baker, Ray Bicsey, Edgar Moody, Ernie Basser, Chuck Pass, Darlene Williams, Mary Rose Williams, Knute (Esther) Nelson, Irene (Carl) Halverson, Doris (Richard) Willborn, Violet (Dick) Dickinson and Helen (Otis) Jacobsen.


Visitation will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 25 at the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Interment will be held privately in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the Nelson family has suggested memorial remembrances be considered to the American Heart Association.

Special thanks to all of her healthcare providers from Ascension and Ascension at Home, who gave us additional time with her. A very special thank you to her favorite nurse, Crystal.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

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