SHERRI MICHELLE KLEJCH NELSON

Sherri Michelle Klejch was born February 3, 1958 to Norman Dean Klejch and Doris Pratt Klejch at the Ringgold County Hospital, Mount Ayr, IA. Her siblings are Craig Klejch, Janelle Klejch Huffman and Valerie Klejch McClaran.
Sherri attended Mount Ayr Schools from kindergarten through graduation in 1976. She was active in the Diagonal Methodist Church youth group. She was proud to be the pianist for youth church services. She was in 4-H and participated in both static projects and particularly loved her beef projects. She played basketball and softball and ran track for Mount Ayr schools She participated in band and chorus.
After high school graduation, Sherri attended Graceland College and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1980. She received her status of Licensed Registered Nurse while working at the Ringgold County Hospital in 1980.
Sherri spent 33 years as a Registered Nurse working for Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, IA, the Madison County Hospital in Winterset, IA and over 30 years working for the Veterans Administration Hospitals in Knoxville, IA and Des Moines, IA. She was very proud of her work and provided compassionate, skilled nursing care to thousands of patients.
Sherri met her future husband, Randall Nelson of Clearfield, IA while participating in 4-H Camps and beef cattle shows while they were both in junior high and high school. They were married on September 26, 1981 at the Diagonal Methodist Church. The couple have had residences at Peru, IA, Van Meter, IA, Columbia, IA, Knoxville, IA and Otley, IA.
Sherri and Randall have three children, Tiffany Nichole Nelson (Kelley), Christopher Lynn Nelson and Ashley Rene Nelson. The Nelson children participated in numerous 4-H and sporting activities in Marion County, IA and Knoxville Community Schools. Sherri was very driven and she helped install a very competitive spirit in her children. She enjoyed watching her children participate in their activities and rarely missed an activity. Sherri spent hundreds of hours behind the scenes helping her children develop their various skills and projects.
Sherri loved music. She loved to sing and to play the piano. She practically danced on the piano bench. She played the piano for many church services at both Diagonal Methodist Church and Columbia Methodist Church. She worked with many of the church youth in preparing and presenting special services. Sherri sang in both the Ringgold Singers and Columbia Methodist Church Choirs as an adult. She played the clarinet in the Mount Ayr High school Band and also the Graceland College Band. She learned to play the guitar as an adult. Sherri made sure that all three of her children took piano lessons and helped instill a love for music in all of her children and grandchildren.
Sherri loved the farm life. She enjoyed being outside in nature, working in her yard and flower beds and helping care for the farm animals. She especially loved her cats and dogs, the calves and lambs.
Sherri silently fought through numerous health problems throughout her life. She defeated cancer at age 44 and returned to normal activities on the farm and at work for many years before retiring from the Veterans Administration at age 55.
Sherri joins her father, Norman Dean Klejch in heaven. She is singing and dancing across the piano keys. She and Norm have plans to take long nighttime walks across the farm fields and to laugh at the jokes at the Presley County Music Show.
She is survived by her loving husband, Randall Nelson, children, Tiffany Kelley (Daniel) of Wilton, IA; Christopher Nelson, (Emily Wentworth) of Post Falls, ID: and Ashley Nelson (Bill McKee) of Valparaiso, IN. Grandchildren, Madison and Emma Kelley and Barrett Lynn Nelson. Mother, Doris Klejch of Mount Ayr, IA, brother, Craig Klejch of Diagonal, IA and sisters Janelle Huffman (Dave) of Pella, IA and Valerie McClaran (Dale) of Independence, MO; brother-in- law, Gene Nelson of Des Moines, IA, sister-in-law Ruth Stowe (Bob) of Gillette, WY, and brother-in-law, Leroy Nelson (Mary Ann) and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Graveside service for Sherri will be Saturday, November 28 at 2 p.m. and she will be laid to rest at the Bohemian Cemetery, Diagonal, IA near her childhood home.
Memorial contributions are suggested for the Columbia Methodist Church, Columbia, IA or Marion County 4-H.
Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville was in charge of arrangements.

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