Alta E. Nelson

Resided in Bark River, MI
Died November 29th, 2016

Alta E. (Schneider) Nelson, 97, of Bark River, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at her home with her family around her.

Alta, daughter of Clement and Mabel (Dunnevant) Schneider, was born on January 26, 1919 in Dayton, Ohio.

In 1939, the former Alta Schneider married Allen Nelson in Pontiac, Michigan. He preceded her in death at a young age in 1940. Alta subsequently made a new life in Bark River where she later married Victor Nelson. They shared 58 years of marriage, raising seven children. Victor preceded her in death in 1999.

In Victor and Alta’s senior years, they enjoyed traveling, golfing, bowling, and most of all spending time with their family. Her children and grandchildren were the main focus of Alta’s life.

Alta will always be remembered for her positive attitude, witty sense of humor and her smile that made the day for others.

She is survived by her seven children, Jeanne (John) Mills, Lynn Myers, David (Sue) Nelson, Daniel (Norma) Nelson, Kathleen (Jim) Webb, Gail Nelson and Debra Nelson; twelve grandchildren, Dawn Campbell, Holly Mills, Jeremy Mills, Joshua Mills, Teri Myers, Kelly Myers, Brian Nelson, Dennise Mons, Danice West, Daniel Nelson, Richard Fritz and Kevin Fritz; eleven great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Schneider and son-in-law, Edward Fritz.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The funeral service celebrating the life of Alta will follow at 3 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Bark River with Pastor Strom officiating. A meal will follow in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Alta’s favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or else you may visit

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Nelson family with arrangements.

3 Tributes to “Alta E. Nelson”

  1. Reflecting on many fond memories of times spent together. My heart and prayers go out to everyone. Love Marty

  2. Lynn & Family, So sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. I hope she did not have to suffer and went peacefully. Although you were lucky to have her with you for a lot of years, sometimes that makes it harder to see them go because they have been such a part of your life for so long. God bless you and your family.

  3. Our Sympathy to the Nelson Family as Alta’s Father and Mother-in Laws were family friends. I receive the Salem News-Letter and just learned of Alta’s passing.

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