September 4, 1935 ~ October 30, 2016

Born in: Frederic, Wisconsin,
Resided in: Boone, CO

Joan Mae Nielsen, 81, passed away on October 30, 2016, after a short illness. Born September 4, 1935, in Frederic, Wis. to Martin Edward O'Donnell and Augusta Raitz O'Donnell. She received nurses training in Minneapolis and served as a nurse at both Corwin and Parkview Hospitals in Pueblo, then later at the Department of Corrections. She is survived by her husband, Lee Nielsen of Boone, Colo.; her daughters, Mitzi A. Leaver of Denver, Colo. and Erin Edney of Chattanooga, Tenn; and son, Mark D. Nielsen of Huntsville, Ala. She is preceded in death by her son, Eric A. Nielsen of Pueblo. Funeral Mass, 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 240 Hwy. 50 Bus, Avondale. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Parish, 240 Hwy. 50 Bus, Avondale, CO 81022. Online condolences,

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  1. She was a passionate woman. She had a passion for adventure and to see everything in the world. She had a passion to help others, and she helped countless people as a nurse. She had a passion for family. She loved her brothers and sisters, her nieces and nephews. She loved her family, her husband, children and grandchildren. She would do anything for anyone. She had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. She was always willing to talk with anyone about anything. She was a woman of many talents and she enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others.

    She taught me so many wonderful things in my life. She gave me the passion to see the world. She gave me a reason to smile. She was a wonderful grandma and I am so proud to be her granddaughter.

  2. Joan was an exceptional woman. Both independent and adventurous, you only had to know her a brief time to realize what a wonderful life she led. The world was a better place because she lived. I am proud to have called her “friend” and will miss her smiling face. Eddie Simpson-Kocurek

  3. We are so very sorry for your loss. Wish we could be there to give hugs to everyone. We are with you in our hearts and will be praying for you.

  4. It has been an honor to serve Joan at New Outlook Dental Center. We always enjoyed her smile and lively conversations.
    Dr. Kyle Schulz and his team express our deepest sympathy to your family.

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