Nellie Thurk
1931 - 2020
December 1, 1931
September 14, 2020

Thurk, Nellie Irene (nee Straveler)

LEROY - Nellie Irene Thurk (nee Straveler) age, 88, of LeRoy, passed away peacefully at her daughter's home after a short battle with cancer on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 with her family by her side.

Nellie was born the daughter of Joseph and Laura (Eastling) Straveler on Dec. 1, 1931 in Brantwood, Wis. On Nov. 15, 1951 she was united in marriage to her one and only love George C. Thurk, Sr. in Oshkosh. Together they built their home and farm in the town of LeRoy where they raised their two children.

Besides farming Nellie worked numerous jobs. Over the years she worked at a canning factory in Brownsville, National Rivets in Waupun, and Grande Cheese. She also did home care for numerous people and her last job was a custodian worker for the town of LeRoy. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mayville.

In her spare time, Nellie enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking, canning, and drinking a good beer along with spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed going on casual car rides, looking at nature and wildlife and stopping at the casino.

She is survived by her daughter, Christine (Larry) Kraemer of Theresa; her grandchildren, Richard Kraemer, Joan (Jacob) Breitkreutz, Jennifer (Christopher) Davison, George (Kari) Kraemer, Keith Kraemer, and Penny Kraemer; Her 10 great grandchildren, Jacob (Amanda) Kraemer, Tristan Breitkreutz, Brandon Breitkreutz, Skyler White, Justin Davison, Derek Davison, Kayla Kraemer, George Kraemer, Dominick Kraemer, and Jonathan Kraemer; great grandchildren, Parker Giese and Izabella Kraemer; and her sister, Josephine Schutt of Vestal, N.Y. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George Sr.; her son George, Jr.; her sisters Catherine Weisinger and Rosemary Cooley; her five brothers, Joseph, Norman, Hubert, Ernest, and Eugene Straveler.

A visitation for Nellie will take place on Friday, Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mayville with a private family funeral service (due to current health restrictions) to follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Sara Gillespie officiating. Burial will be held at Graceland Cemetery in Mayville.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kenny and Theresa Schraufnagel for your great kindness and a thank you to the hospice Metro team.

The Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville is serving the family. For online condolences and other information please visit

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Published by on Sep. 17, 2020.
11:00a.m. - 1:00a.m.
St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church
16 S. Walnut St., Mayville, Wisconsin 53050
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Koepsell Funeral & Cremation Services, Mayville
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Sorry for your loss of grandma turk she was a very good and kind woman.
September 17, 2020
This to me was my aunt Nellie. She was fun, kind, entertaining and a pleasure to be around. I always looked froward to Wisconsin, just to hang around Nellie. Weather it be her out fishing me, or her pancakes in the morning, she would put a smile on my face. Just sitting around listening to her stories about her childhood, and life, made me feel like I was sitting with my mom. I will miss her. Love You Nellie
Randy Cooley
September 17, 2020
Condolence Ms. Penny, thanks for the time that we talked about our grandma's so that we understand each other because of our Loving grandmother ❣❤ My deepest condolences to your whole Family

- Julie from Philippines
Julie Ann De Guzman
September 16, 2020
Such a beautiful, caring women. Always enjoyed visiting with her. The boat rides on Gary's boat were enjoyable too. Rest in peace. Prayers & hugs to her family. Kim Thurk
Kim Thurk
September 16, 2020
so sorry for your loss,RIP Nellie you were a very good neighbor,prayers and hugs to all.RIP nellie
shelly Feucht Valle
September 16, 2020