Evelyn L. Nester (wife of Tony)

West Des Moines

Evelyn Louise Nester was born June 29, 1947, in Nyack, New York, the daughter of Leif and Mary (Minchinton) Erickson. Her career as an obstetrical nurse allowed her to serve families at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Bergan Hospital in Omaha, NE, and Allen Hospital in Waterloo, IA. Active in her church, her involvements included choir, bell choir, Sunday School teacher, nursery coordinator, as well as many other activities. Evelyn’s first priority was her family. She gave her family and friends the gift of hospitality, putting thought and purpose into every occasion. She found joy in her grandchildren, feeling pride and love for each one. She also enjoyed baking, quilting, knitting, hiking, and special times in Colorado.

Evelyn passed on into the Lord’s presence in the comfort of her own home on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the age of 70. She was surrounded by the love of her family.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dr. Tony R. Nester; children, Charissa (Dave) Konz, Keith (Estelle) Nester and Carolyn (Chase) Petsche; grandchildren, Benjamin and Abigail Konz, Devon, Jesse and Drew Nester, and Olivia, Elise and Penelope Petsche; brothers, Tom (Janet) Erickson and Bruce (Debbie) Erickson; as well as a host of other loving extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leif and Mary Erickson and twin sons in infancy, Matthew and John.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Service of Death and Resurrection at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 12, 2018, at Altoona United Methodist Church. Evelyn will be interred at Prairie Union Cemetery in Clinton County, Iowa on Tuesday, February 13 at 12:00 p.m.

Contributions in Evelyn’s honor may be directed to UnityPoint Hospice with a special thank you to the Blue Team.

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Service Details

Monday, February 12, 2018
10:00 to 11:00 am
Altoona United Methodist Church
602 5th Avenue SW
Altoona, Iowa
Monday, February 12, 2018
11:00 am
Service of Death and Resurrection
Altoona United Methodist Church
602 5th Avenue SW
Altoona, Iowa
Prairie Union Cemetery
Clinton County, Iowa
Hamilton's Funeral Home
605 Lyon Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-5221

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