Constance (Connie) Marie Nelson


Constance (Connie) Marie Nelson, age 90, went home to the Lord on April 5. She died at the South Lincoln Medical Center in Kemmerer.

Connie was born on Oct. 31, 1926, to Amilil and Felicia Victoria (Zappacosta) Velloni, in San Francisco. She was raised in the northern California area between San Francisco and San Jose until she moved to Ogden, Utah. 

She completed high school at Ogden High School, after which she worked at Hill Air Force Base during WW11 as an ammunition and weapons inspector. She also oversaw German and Italian prisoners of war who assembled and packed the weapons.

Connie moved to Kemmerer in the summer of 1945, with her mother and stepfather, Bob Smith. Her sisters Josephine Borino and Jennie Koviac also came with them.

Shortly after moving to Kemmerer, she met the love of her life, David M. Nelson of Opal. After a very short courtship, they were married on Nov. 15, 1945, by Judge J.A. Christmas, at the Kemmerer Courthouse. Connie and David were married for 69 years. This union was blessed with four boys and two girls. 

Connie is preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, David M. Nelson; her sons, David and Steven Nelson; one grandson, Barry Hankin; her parents; her sisters, Josephine Borino and Jennie Koviac; and her brother, Carmen Velloni.

Connie is survived by her daughters, Judy Hankin and Linda (Orval) Taylor; and her sons, David Robert (Jeanne) Nelson and Michael Ernest (Vickie) Nelson.

She is also survived by five grandsons, three granddaughters, fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

At her request, cremation will take place under the care of Ball Family Chapel. Graveside services will take place in the summer. Memorial donations may be made to that of the donor’s choice, and they would be greatly appreciated.

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