Karen “Joleen” Nelson, 80, of Lenox, Iowa, formerly of Corning, Iowa, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020, at Vintage Park in Lenox. Memorial Services will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Corning, Iowa. Pastor Tim Maxa will officiate. Family will receive friends 10:00 – 10:45 A.M., prior to the service. Social distancing will be practiced, and face masks are recommended. A private inurnment will be at Oakland Cemetery at Quincy, rural Adams County Iowa. Rev. Jessica Paulsen will officiate. Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Corning, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, Corning, Iowa. Memories may be shared at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Karen Joleen Nelson was born December 31, 1939 to Joseph Cecil and Leta Viola (Selders) Rubin in Corning, Iowa.
Joleen was raised on a farm near Brooks, south of Corning. Joleen worked in various offices and was the plant manager at Lazy Ike as part of her career until retirement. During retirement, Joleen enjoyed playing golf, socializing with her quilting clubs, working in her flower gardens, volunteering at Mercy Hospital and various other places in the community. In April 2018, Joleen moved to Vintage Park where she met new friends and always had a room full of friends visiting. She was a member of the Corning First Presbyterian Church.
Joleen is survived by her son Kurt of Omaha, Nebraska; son Joel (Lisa) of West Des Moines; grandchildren Zach and Tori Nelson of Omaha, Nebraska; Taylor Nelson Umscheid (Joe) of Kansas City, Missouri; Alex Nelson of Stamford, Connecticut, and Nick Nelson of West Des Moines; sister-in-law Hazel Rubin of Johnston; sister-in-law Bernice Lostroh of Glenwood; and several nieces, nephews and many good friends.
Preceding Joleen in death were her husband Robert Dean Nelson; parents Joe and Leta Rubin; father and mother-in-law Virgil and Laverne Nelson; brother Ronald Rubin; brother-in-law Bill Lostroh; granddaughter Tara Nelson; and daughter-in-law Stacie Nelson.