Katheryn Elizabeth Nielsen


Katheryn Elizabeth Nielsen, age 95, of Mecosta, formerly of Lakeview, passed away on May 20, 2014 at Royal View Assisted Living in Mecosta.  She was born on January 24, 1919 in Lakeview, the daughter of John Pratt and Ella (King) Royston.  She was raised in the Lakeview area and graduated from the Lakeview High School in 1936.  She furthered her education by obtaining a teaching degree from County Normal.


Katheryn was a teacher at the one room school house on Yankee Road for over two years.  She married Charles Stuart Nielsen in 1941 and relocated to the Kalamazoo area upon their marriage.  Katheryn has been a life-long member of the New Life United Methodist Church.  Her hobbies include Macramé, volunteering at the hospital guild, housekeeping, baking and participating with the child study group.  She especially loved caring for others.


Katheryn is survived by her son, Ron (Kathy) Nielsen of Oceanside, California; her daughter-in-law, Beth Nielsen of Lakeview; 4 grandchildren:  Brent (Lisa) Nielsen, Jay (Angel) Nielsen, Lise (Jeff) Fate and Jennifer (Chris) Schwandt and 9 great-grandchildren.


Katheryn was preceded in death by parents, John and Ella; her husband, Charles in 1999; a baby girl; a son, Gerald Lee Nielsen in 2004 and her siblings:  Marian (Erenus) Larsen, John “Jack” (Arlene “Suzie”) Royston and Lavinia (Arthur “Art”) Steinbauer, John Harland Royston, Claude Royston, Roscoe Royston, and Clara Royston.


A funeral service in Katheryn’s honor has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Brigham Funeral Chapel, 9977 W. Howard City-Edmore Road, Lakeview.  The family will receive the love and support of their friends and extended family members on Tuesday evening, May 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brigham Funeral Chapel in Lakeview.  Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery.  A luncheon will be served at Brigham Funeral Chapel in the Banquet Room following the interment.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Katheryn’s name may be made to the New Life United Methodist Church.


Condolences may be expressed to the family utilizing the guestbook below.






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  • polo outlet (Tuesday, October 21 14 05:08 am EDT)

  • LEIGHTON ROYSTON (Monday, June 23 14 07:18 pm EDT)

    I wish to extend the sympathy of the Claude Royston family for your loss.

  • Linda (Wilkinson) Stephans (Thursday, May 29 14 08:41 pm EDT)

    Ron and family, so sorry for your loss. No matter what age our loved ones are, it is not easy. Your family was a very important part of Lakeview for many years. Our thoughts are with you,

  • John and Cindy (Mero) Raven (Monday, May 26 14 03:14 pm EDT)

    Our deepest sympathy to Ron, Kathy, Beth and Kathryn's grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cindy had the honor of knowing Kathryn for most of her life. She and Stuart were Master and Mistress of
    Ceremony at our wedding 40 years ago. I'm sure she and Stuart are celebrating being united and hopefully Cindy's mom and dad are playing cards or golfing with them now. She was a wonderful lady and
    will be greatly missed.

  • Carolyn Hansen (Friday, May 23 14 10:19 am EDT)

    Beth and Families- Thinking of you at this sad time as you say good bye to your Mother In Law and Grandma.You all have such fond memories or a caring and loving person that had an important impact on
    each of you.Thinking of You-

  • Barbara Schut (Thursday, May 22 14 03:42 pm EDT)

    I want to express my sincere and deepest sympathy to Katheryn's family, Ron, Kathy, and Beth and all of the grandchildren who she deeply loved.
    Kathryn was a joy to know, and a priviledge to care for at Royal View Retirement Community. I had the pleasure of some special visiting times with Katheryn. She will be missed greatly.

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