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Obituary for Germaine E. Nelson

Germaine E. Nelson, age 97, passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. She was born in Oshkosh, WI, on December 13, 1924, the daughter of the late Eldor and Elma (Lichtfuss) Boeshaar. On October 7, 1944 she married Otto Nelson at Peace Lutheran Church, Oshkosh. Germaine was an amazing cook and baker, retiring as head cook at UW – Oshkosh Food Service after 25 years. She crafted beautiful quilts, including individually designed quilts for each of her four children and eight grandchildren. Faith was very important to her and she was an active lifelong member of Peace Lutheran Church, especially cherishing the camaraderie of quilting with the VPs. She enjoyed spending summer days in the garden and long winter nights picking out hickory nuts. Germaine will be remembered for her smile, the twinkle in her eye, her laugh and the delight she had for family and friends. She had a quick wit and sense of humor, and was always cheerful and happy. Her trademark phrase to her children and grandchildren was “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.”

Germaine is survived by her children: Rosanne Schmitz, Shirley (Lee) Konczak, Jeanette (Craig) Spilde and Gerald (Genie) Nelson; grandchildren: Michelle Picard, Jennifer (Chris) Matson, Dan Schmitz, Bethany (Scott) Thomas, Aubrey (Brent) Miller, Erica Spilde, and David Nelson; great-grandchildren: Colin and Ava Picard, Cleo and Josie Matson, Oliver and Amelia Schmitz, Lincoln, Sawyer, and Camden Thomas, Linnea and Maren Miller; sister, Elaine Bradley; and sister-in-law, Betty Kromm. She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto; her parents; granddaughter, Melissa Wesner; sister, Doris (Mike) Martin; son-in-law, Ron Schmitz; brothers-in-law: Wayne Bradley, Elmond Kromm, Francis (Theresa) Nelson and Eugene (Marie) Nelson.

A visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Peace Lutheran Church, 240 W. 9th Ave., Oshkosh. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Oshkosh. The family requests that masks be worn for visitation and at the funeral service. The service will also be live streamed on the church’s Facebook page.