Therese Nielsen
1929 - 2020
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Therese Nielsen

West Des Moines - Therese Marie Nielsen went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on September 13th, 2020. She was born in Des Moines, IA to Paul and Margaret (Breheny) Lydon on February 1, 1929. She grew up in Highland Park, attended North High School and worked at Northwestern Bell, during that time she met many of her lifelong friends.

On February 4th, 1951, she married the love of her life Kenneth Nielsen at All Saints Catholic Church. Together they raised five sons and one daughter.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church for over 60 years. Belonged to the Iowa Questers, Catholic Daughters of Americas, Sacred Heart Women's Guild, Volunteered at many nursing homes, Mercy Hospital gift shop, was a Den mother for her sons. She especially loved to volunteer at Sacred Heart School where her children and grandchildren attended.

She loved celebrating every holiday by decorating her home, hosting parties with friends and family and helping out at Nielsen Greenhouse. Summers were spent at the family cabin at Clear Lake where she welcomed anyone to enjoy the Nielsen hospitality and always great food.

Therese is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, her son, Kenny and her grandson, Erik Nielsen, her parents, three brothers and five sisters. She is survived by her sons, Paul (Nancy), Fred (Carol), Peter, Tim (Beth) and daughter Julie (Dave) Tantillo and daughter-in-law Janette. She cherished her grandchildren: Blythe (Richard), Alec (Holly), Ryan (Michelle), Ken, Jessica (Bryan), Erin, Leslie, Matthew, Christopher (Sigrid), Tony, Jeff, Anna, Daniel and Rebecca. Great grandchildren: Kendel, Carson, Mila, Braylin, and Piper. She will be missed by many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, September 16th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 9:30 am with Mass of Christian burial beginning at 11:00 am. Interment with be at Glendale cemetery.






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Published in the Des Moines Register from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2020.
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September 16, 2020
Therese was always very friendly and warm. She loved her family very much and enjoyed visiting and conversing about how proud she was of them. Most of all, she has wonderful children and grandchildren who make great neighbors. I had to work today at her alma mater, North High School, so I could not participate in her services like I wished but Mike and I said prayers for her and her family and I thought of her often today as I walked the halls at North High School. May the love of friends and family support you during this difficult time. Terri and Mike Kruse
Terri and Mike Kruse
Friend
September 16, 2020
Therese was always very friendly and warm. She loved her family very much and enjoyed visiting and conversing about how proud she was of them. Most of all, she has wonderful children and grandchildren who make great neighbors. I had to work today at her alma mater, North High School, so I could not participate in her services like I wished but Mike and I said prayers for her and her family and I thought of her often today as I walked the halls at North High School. May the love of friends and family support you during this difficult time. Terri and Mike Kruse
Terri and Mike Kruse
Friend
September 16, 2020
Terri and Mike Kruse
Friend
September 16, 2020
Therese was always very friendly and warm. She loved her family very much and enjoyed visiting and conversing about how proud she was of them. Most of all, she has wonderful children and grandchildren who make great neighbors. I had to work today at her alma mater, North High School, so I could not participate in her services like I wished but Mike and I said prayers for her and her family and I thought of her often today as I walked the halls at North High School. May the love of friends and family support you during this difficult time. Terri and Mike Kruse
Terri and Mike Kruse
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September 15, 2020
I will cherish you for all you gave to my mother in support and friendship of many years. I am also grateful for the love and support you gave to everyone in our family. The last few years you gave me a most special gift that has brought much meaning and comfort to my heart and Soul. Thank you!
Teresa Lacona
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September 15, 2020
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September 15, 2020
The halls of North High are diminished with Therese's passing. Prayers and thoughts to her family and friends. Therese's 1947 North High class page:
http://www.ndmhs.com/pages/yearclass1947(2007.60).html

Claradell Gergely Shedd
Class of June, 1953
Claradell G Shedd
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September 14, 2020
I grew up near the Nielsen family and have so many fond memories of the special effort Therese made to make everyone feel welcome in her home. She was a gem. Thoughts and prayers for her family.
Dawn Hendrix Smith
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