The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 16, 2014

Nell M. Wyrsch

JOPLIN, Mo. — Nell Marie Wyrsch passed from this life in her home on Friday, March 14, 2014.

Born April 14, 1913, she was only one month away from her 101st birthday. She was born in Springfield, Mo., to Henry and Clara Schellhardt.

She married Leo M. Wyrsch on Sept. 17, 1932. They resided and raised their family in Springfield.  Nell moved to Joplin in 1980, to be near family. She is the mother of five children, Libby Jennings (husband, Bob, deceased), Leo M. Wyrsch Jr. (wife. Doris, deceased), Bill Wyrsch (wife, Rhonda), and Mary Greenwood (husband, Anthony). She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo; and by her daughter, Sarah Jane O'Connor (husband Mike). She has 22 grandchildren; and over 50 great and great-great grandchildren who lovingly call her Nelmar. She will be missed, but her legacy and spirit will bless many generations of her family to come.

Visitation will be Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary followed by a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at St. Peters Catholic Church in Joplin followed by a 2 p.m. burial service at St. Marys Cemetery in Springfield.

The family wishes to thank all of Nell's caregivers: Liz, Cassie, Penny, Debbie, and Elaine. Thanks also to the compassionate staff at Mercy Hospital and Omega Health Care.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House of the Four States in Joplin.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website

Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Mo.

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