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Lillian D. Nelson

Lillian D. Nelson

June 9, 2012

Lillian D. Nelson, age 89 of Arpin went home to heaven at 8 A.M. on Saturday June 9, 2012 from the Bethel Center in Arpin.

Lillian Daisy Libbey was born at home in Milwaukee, WI, on April 22, 1923, to Fred and Daisy (Hicks) Libbey. She had eight siblings of which two sisters remain; Lottie Kennedy of Ridgecrest, CA and Theresa (Jim) Snyder of Oconomowoc, WI. She was educated in Milwaukee and at Cedarburg High School.

Lil was united in marriage to Howard Gerald Grob Sr. on September 11, 1941, in Dubuque Iowa. They resided in Waukesha, WI, until his death in 1966. They had seven children. She was married to Reuben Nelson in 1973 until his death in 1983.

Lil had many interests including singing in the Marshfield Palm Sunday Choir for 42 years, baking pies,  playing cards, crocheting towels, quilting, reading, collecting knickknacks, bird watching, gardening and canning, raising flowers, shopping, making maple syrup from trees in her woods, playing any type of game and especially interacting with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church. At First Presbyterian Church in Arpin, she was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, organizer and teacher of summer Bible School, teacher of childrens' story during Sunday worship, Elder, President of PW, on the council of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, and Moderator of Presbytery.

She is survived by her children Billie Elaine (John) Houston of Pittsville, Charlotte (Craig) Kuhlka of Arpin, Gerald (Laura) Grob of La Crosse, Catherine (Donald) Behselich of Pittsville, and Howard (Jane Zettler) Grob Jr. of Marshfield; 34 grandchildren; and 58 great grandchildren.

Lil was preceded in death by her parents; six siblings; two husbands; and two sons, Larry and Charles Grob.

A memorial service is planned at First Presbyterian Church of Arpin on Saturday July 7, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Buchanan of Marshfield officiating. There will be a meal at the church following the service.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services is serving the family 


A memorial service is planned at First Presbyterian Church of Arpin on Saturday July 7, 2012 at 11 a.m.

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  • Rev. Mary Pol So, so sorry to read of Lil's death. She was quite a lady. I served Arpin Church for a short time but Lil was a big part of the time there. She was a devoted, loving, caring Christian and, I'm sure, organizing heaven right now. Rest in Peace.
    Pastor Mary

    June 19 at 8:09am

  • Brenda Champan How I loved Lil. Her passing brings a great sadness to my heart. My memories are many. From the time we moved to Central Avenue all of us quickly latched on to the Grob family. Linda (who passed away 2/11/12) with Elaine and me with Chardy (Charlotte) - and so on - with all of the children between the two families. Lil was so smart and talened. She helped me a lot - always patient - always had a smile and always loving. My heartfelt sympathy is being sent to all of you today.

    June 11 at 11:30am

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