Lavina Nellenback

December 22, 2012  

LOWVILLE, N.Y.  —  Lavina Nellenback, 89, of River Street, formerly of Glenfield, died Saturday morning, Dec. 22, at Lewis County General Hospital.

A funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Glenfield with Rev. Christopher Carrara, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Brantingham Cemetery. Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

Born April 30, 1923, in Boonville, a daughter of Paul and Mary Wilbert Milles, she graduated from West Leyden School. 

She married Martin Nellenback Jr. on Nov. 21, 1942, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, West Leyden with Rev. Edward Rivette officiating. Mr. Nellenback died April 10, 1999. 

Mrs. Nellenback raised her family before working for Lally’s Manufacturing, Kristin International, and as a custodian at South Lewis Central School. She was a cook for Head Start in Lyons Falls until her retirement. In 2008, she moved to Valley View Courts in Lowville.

Mrs. Nellenback was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Glenfield. She was a member of Tug Hill Quilters and of the Glenfield and Lowville Senior Citizens.

Lavina enjoyed playing cards, baking, quilting, crocheting, and cross stitch. She especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by nine children and their spouses, Frederick Nellenback, Lowville;,Jeanette and Richard Ash, Lowville, Bonnie and Theron Scoville, Pulaski, Patrick and Kyong Cha Nellenback, Carthage, Brenda Nellenback, Tully, Doreen and Maynard Olmstead, Glenfield, Joanne and Daniel Fahey, Syracuse, Benjamin Nellenback, Glenfield, and Marshall and Kelley Nellenback, Chittenango; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. 

Two daughters, Ruby Jean Hawk and Linda Lou Nellenback, two brothers, William Milles and Leo Milles, and a sister, Pauline Hall, all died before her.

Contributions may be made to Lewis County Office for the Aging, 7660 State Street, Lowville, NY 13367; or to 3-G Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 112, Glenfield, NY 13343.

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Information provided by Iseneker Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.