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Nelle E. (Rushing) Rolf

August 6, 1922 ~ September 13, 2022 (age 100)
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Nelle Elizabeth (nee Rushing) Rolf

 Was born to the parents of Le Roy and Ethel Mae (nee Martin) Rushing on Sunday, August 6, 1922, in Grand Tower, IL.  Entered into rest on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Wilbur, Robert, Rena, Raymond, Betty, Wesley, and baby Paul @ 6 months of age in 1936. Husband Louis F. Rolf, Jr., and daughter Shirley J. Wilson.  She is survived by loving son Charles F. (Vicki) Rolf, Cherished grandmother of Ryan and Robyn Wilson. Great-grandmother of 5 Beloved aunt and friend to many.

Nelle was baptized on January 24, 1924, at Methodist Church, Grand Tower, IL.

She was educated with the Grand Tower School distract from elementary and high school from 1928-1940.  Nelle received her associates degree in communications majoring in journalism at age 55 from 1975-1978 St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley MO.

Nelle was employed by W.W.II Curtiss- Wright Airplane Manufacturing, also Western Cartridge on Goodfellow Blvd and Lillian Ave in Walnut Park Neighborhood.  Also, former Food Center Markets.

June 1947 joined St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Walnut Park.

United in Holy Matrimony to Louis F. Rolf, Jr. on November 27, 1948, at St. Matthew Church by the Rev. Paul W. Streufert.

Nelle activities with St. Matthew that she was involved in were the parish choir, altar guild, communion committee, bible class leader (train two courses), LWML member & zone offices; editor 1986-1990 of Missouri mission (MO district LWML newsletter).  She volunteered for 35 years at Lutheran resale shop in Jennings, Mo. Clerk, secretary, of President of Board of Director for 10 years. Nelle was an avid reader of the Bible; devotional studies, and a wide array of books & magazines, enjoyed study of words and writing since high school.

She moved to Baden, MO in 1989 after Louis passing on January 6, 1989. Then moved to Kirkwood, MO in 1998 to Rose Hill House Apartments.  Soon after she joined Concordia Lutheran Church of Kirkwood.  Nelle was active in acappella choir, lady’s lifelong bible class, altar guild, LWML, prayer chain, welcome committee to new members.  Active resident of Rose Hill House for 24 years. 

Nelle had a small heart attack in January of 2013 and brain surgery in May of 2014.  Slowed down a lady who had a ready smile and joy in the love & service of her best friend & Savior Jesus!

Visitation will be held on Monday, September 19, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at JOHN L. ZIEGENHEIN & SONS,    4830 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63129.  Visitation Tuesday, September 20, 2022, from 10:15 a.m. until services at 11:30 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church of Kirkwood, 505 S. Kirkwood Blvd, Kirkwood, MO 63129.  Immediately following services interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  Memorial donation can be made to Concordia Lutheran Church of Kirkwood, Lutheran Women Missionary League, or Rose Hill House of Kirkwood.  

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September 19, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
John L. Ziegenhein & Sons South County
4830 Lemay Ferry Rd
St. Louis, MO 63129

September 20, 2022

10:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Concordia Lutheran Church
505 South Kirkwood Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Funeral Service
September 20, 2022

11:30 AM
Concordia Lutheran Church
505 South Kirkwood Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Interment following funeral service
September 20, 2022

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Road
St. Louis, MO 63125


Concordia Lutheran Church of Kirkwood
505 S. Kirkwood, Kirkwood MO 63122
Tel: 1-314-822-7772

Lutheran Women Missionary League
801 Seminary Place Suite L010, Saint Louis MO 63105
Tel: 1-800-252-5965

Rose Hill House
225 W. Rose Hill, Kirkwood MO 63122
Tel: 1-314-966-0747

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