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Susanne Louise Nelson

December 30, 1947October 7, 2020

Susanne Louise Nelson, 72, of Riverdale, IA, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 16, at St. John Vianney Church in Bettendorf. Burial will be held at a later date at Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport. Memorials may be directed to the Cancer Center of the University of Iowa for Research. Online condolences may be expressed at

Susanne was born December 30, 1947, to Fant and Norma (Ciocca) Ball in Wheeling, West Virginia. On August 28, 1971, she was united in marriage to Richard Charles Nelson in Shadyside, OH. Susanne worked as a registered nurse at a variety of hospitals, as a school nurse for Pleasant Valley Schools, and as a certified occupational health nurse, before retirement in 2016. After retirement, she continued to lead a busy life attending local cooking courses, participating in water aerobics, babysitting her grandchildren, and volunteering at Pleasant View Elementary School classrooms and libraries to be near her grandchildren. Susanne was a member of St. John Vianney Church and active in the parish nurse program, providing pastoral care to the community since 2018. Her involvement in the church brought her great joy. She was a regular visitor to hospital patients at all campuses, was a Eucharistic minister at Clarissa Cook Hospice House, and assisted with caregiver and grief support groups. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities, cooking, baking, hosting social gatherings, and decorating for the holidays.

Susanne will be missed by her sons, Dr. Rich (Genevieve) Nelson of Bettendorf and Brian Nelson of Riverdale; grandchildren: Joshua Spencer, Audrey Isabella, and Amelia Jillian Nelson; brothers: Fant William (Mary) Ball III of New Iberia, LA; Dr. Bob (Linda) Ball of St. Clairsville, OH, Andy (Connie) Ball of St. Clairsville, OH, Pat (Barb) Ball of Belhaven, NC, Tom (Jill) Ball of Shady Side, OH; sister: Linda (Don) Marie Moors of Charlottesville, SC; her sister-in-law: Patricia Nelson of Gahanna, OH, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a daughter in infancy, Jennifer Ann, her brother, Kenneth Ball, a brother-in-law, Clark Nelson, and her godmother and aunt, Lorraine Dakovic of Wheeling, West Virginia.


  • Dr. Rich (Genevieve) Nelson, Son
  • Brian Nelson, Son
  • Joshua Spencer, Grandchild
  • Audrey Isabella, Grandchild
  • Amelia Jillian Nelson, Grandchild
  • Fant William (Mary) Ball III, Brother
  • Dr. Bob (Linda) Ball, Brother
  • Andy (Connie) Ball, Brother
  • Pat (Barb) Ball, Brother
  • Tom (Jill) Ball, Brother
  • Linda (Don) Marie Moors, Sister
  • Patricia Nelaon, Sister in Law
  • Susanne also leaves many nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a daughter in infancy, Jennifer Ann, her brother, Kenneth Ball, a brother-in-law, Clark Nelson, and her godmother and aunt, Lorraine Dakovic of Wheeling, West Virginia.

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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, October 16, 2020


Susanne Louise Nelson

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De Dickerson

October 16, 2020

My sympathies to the family. Susanne visited my parents many times in the hospitals. They enjoyed her visits and her prayers were comforting. May she rest in peace.

Carol Burns

October 16, 2020

I met your mother through the parish nurse program. She was a very kind and compassionate soul. I will miss her gentle spirit. My sympathies to you and your family, Carol Burns

Sandy Trigg Marling

October 16, 2020

Susanne and I rode school bus to Key Ridge School for many years. We always sat together on the bus. She was such a nice person and I am so sorry that she has passed. I will always remember her. RIP

Gary Runyan

October 16, 2020

I graduated with Susie class of1965 she was a very nice person. Prayers for her family she will missed.

Paulette Gibbons

October 15, 2020

Susanne and I went to Bellaire High School together. She lived across the hall from me at OVGH school of nursing. She was always vibrant, pleasant, kind, caring, and ambitious. The memory of her laughter has always stayed with me. She meant so much to so many! She was an inspiration to her nurse classmates and all who knew her. The world is a better place because of her. Such a beautiful person that will be greatly missed by all of us.


October 15, 2020

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Susanne. Susanne and I first met at the Genesis Water Aerobic class. We hit it off immediately, I always looked forward to seeing her. Our paths crossed again at a meeting I attended at the Caregiver Support Group held at St John Vianney Church. I will always remember her gentle smile and compassionate concern for everyone. My deepest sympathy to her family especially her sons and grandchildren whom she loved so very much.

Jody Millar

October 15, 2020

So sorry to hear about Susie's passing. She was always such a delightful and upbeat person. She always had a smile and something nice to say. My condolences to the family.

Becki Maxson

October 15, 2020

I first met Susanne when we worked at Illini Convenient Care, we lost touch and then met up again as Parish Nurses.
She was a ray of sunshine, always a smile on her face, never a negative word, always willing to help. Our lost here on earth is heavens gain. I consider myself lucky to have known her. She is at peace .

Montie and Caryn Gauss

October 12, 2020

When we remember Susanne, we will think of Monday evening dance classes, New Year’s Eve dinner dances, and her smile you would see whether at the grocery store, working at Alcoa, or on a neighborhood walk. She always had time for a wave and a “How are you doing?”
Susanne’s love for her family and grandkids was truly a special thing.
We hope Susanne and Rick are dancing to their favorite song in heaven.

Linda Guebert

October 12, 2020

My sympathies and prayers to Susanne's family. I will miss Susanne's smiling face at our Parish Nurse meetings. She enjoyed visiting people at Clarissa Cook home and meeting with our Parish Nurse team. She was proud of her family and I heard she was a wonderful Grandmother. May you feel the comfort from God and the prayers of many who loved Susanne. Linda


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