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Jan 27 2008

Passing of Nelda (Grandma) Danz


My mother passed away this morning at the age of 76 after a long slow decline in her health. The photo above is from college and below is with her grandsons Drew and Will is from this past Thanksgiving. Her obituary is below.


Nelda Rose Danz (nee Buller) of Palatine, Illinois, for the last 35 years died January 27, 2008, at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Born May 4, 1931, in Shattuck, Oklahoma. Nelda was proceeded in death by her beloved husband Donald Winston Danz on December 20, 2003, whom she married on March 6, 1955. Nelda is survived by her daughter Donelda CarVen Danz of Carol Stream, Illinois, and Don William Danz (wife Mary) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grandsons Drew Winston Danz and David William ("Will") Danz.

A graduate of Goltry High School, Oklahoma, Nelda received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Oklahoma A&M College now Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater, in 1953, where she was a member and served as President of the Tau Gamma sorority. After graduating OSU, Nelda went to work for then Standard Oil International in Tulsa where she met her husband, Donald who was a geophysicist who spent a career searching for oil.

Married in 1955, the couple soon embarked on a world-wide journey together. They were transferred in 1957 to Venezuela, where they lived for four years and started a family. They spent the early 1960s in Libya, then Donald was transferred to an oil camp facility in Indonesia, while Nelda and Donelda lived in Thailand where Don was born. The next several years were spent in Mozambique, Holland and Norway, with the family returning to the United States in 1970. After two years in New Orleans, the family settled in Palatine.

An avid bowler, bridge player, craft maker and Chicago sports fan, Nelda was a dedicated wife and mother who ran a tight household while Donald was away on extended business assignments. Family was always Nelda's priority as she never missed a sports game or other activity of her children and proudly doted over her grandchildren as her health increasingly declined the past few years.

In lieu of flowers, tax deductible contributions may be sent to Palatine Park Foundation, 250 E. Wood Street, Palatine, IL 60067, for the preservation of open space and scholarships for Palatine Park District activities.

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  1. #1
    Jane said on January 27, 2008 | Reply

    What a wonderful lady and an equally wonderful legacy. May God comfort you in your mourning. May she live in your memories, smiling with her adorable babies.

  2. #2
    guido said on January 27, 2008 | Reply

    Let me know what you need

  3. I just want to offer you my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

  4. #4
    Michelle said on January 28, 2008 | Reply

    We are thinking and praying for you. We also are hoping you have safe travels. We love you all so much!

    Matt, Michelle & Gillian

  5. I want to express my sympathy to all of you...praying that your sorrow is quickly replaced with fond memories of your beautiful Mother! I always thought, especially as a youngster that your mom was so beautiful and glamorous!

    I am the oldest daughter of Joan (Johnson) Clausen...Alma Danz was my Great Aunt. In 1999 my father, John Clausen passed away and your mom and dad came to the visitation. I had not seen them for many years, but enjoyed visiting with them at that time. I Texas realtor and live just north of Corpus Christi. My mom being a winter Texan is down here now. She just called me and told me of your mom's passing...she heard from Karen Zipparro, daughter of Alvera (Johnson) Walker.

    I was on my computer at the time of her call and typed in Google search Donelda Danz and was pleasantly surprised when I found this family website.

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    william allen said on February 11, 2008 | Reply

    i am the grandson of the late edmund danz i wanted too express my sympathy don and my grandfather and my grandfathers late sister mildred simpson were 1st cousins due too the snow storm i was unable too make it too palatine but please know our family sends it sympathy

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