Donna Nielsen Born April 12, 1924 Died January 9, 2012 Our cherished mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and treasured friend of many years passed away peacefully on January 9, 2012 at her longtime home in Torrance, CA. She was born on April 12, 1924 in Manley, Iowa where she was the second youngest of seven children. Donna met her husband of more than fifty years, Robert J. Nielsen, in St. Paul, Minnesota during WWII. There they married and had two children, Mary Kay (Bills) and Jim. In 1953, the family made a difficult decision to leave their extended family in Minnesota to be part of the post war California boom. Donna proudly retired as a planner from North American Aviation (Boeing) in 1985 after 33 years of service. She was most proud of her work on the NASA Space Shuttle including the meeting of our astronauts. She was a proud lifetime member of the U.A.W. and was regular sight at their monthly union meetings in Downey. She especially loved spending time with her family and neighbors, playing bingo, twice a week at the Carson Jolly Senior Citizen Club. Every Saturday she joined fellow parishioners in celebrating the 5:30 Mass at St. Catherine of Laboure. Her daughter and son would like to thank Dr. Paul Brown and his staff for their compassionate care during her arduous battle with Lung cancer. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Bob; sisters Lolly, Millie and Mary; and brother Eli Grubich. She is survived by; sisters Birds Elliott and Cathy Palmesino; daughter Mary (Joe) Bills; son Jim (Tina); grandchildren Jim Jr. (Kim), Geoff (Michelle), Kate (Dan) Krause, Ryan Seitz, Zack (Larissa) Seitz, Suzanne (Shawn) Goodfellow, and Alan Bills; and 12 great grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be held Friday, January 13, 2012 at St. Catherine Laboure Church at 10:00 am, followed by a reception in the church hall. Our mother will be interned with her beloved husband Bob at Riverside National Veteran's Cemetery in a private family ceremony.

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  1. Our heartfelt condolences to the Nielsen family.We will greatly miss Donna, she has been a wonderful friend and neighbor.We always enjoyed her presence in our parties and special celebrations,like our 25th wedding anniversary and Ralph’s retirement from the US Air Force.We will also be forever grateful to her for watching over our house when we are not around. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. God bless you!

  2. Dear Jim and Family, I was deeply saddened to learn of your Mom’s passing. I have fond memories of chatting with her as she walked the track at North High. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all. May the strength of family and friends bring you comfort and peace. Sincerely, John

  3. Mother so enjoyed all the wonderful people in her life. Thank you all for your prayers and love at this time. Daughter MaryKay Bills

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