Rev. William Nelson
Rev. William C. Nelson, 93, of Meshoppen, PA, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, June 2, 2014 at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. He is now at peace and is reunited with those who have gone before, including his wife of 70 years, Eva Mae; his daughter, Sandra Jean; his father, Conrad William, and mother, Syster Ethel.
Born on May 30, 1921 in Worcester, MA, Rev. Nelson was the former pastor of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church, Tuscarora Township, Laceyville. In the past he had served as the pastor of the Fairdale Methodist Charge, comprised of the Retta, East Rush, Rush and Fairdale Methodist Churches.
He began his ministry in Mendon and Whitman, MA, and then went to work for The American Baptist Convention in Valley Forge, while also serving in the ministry in Wayne, PA. He then moved to Northeast Pennsylvania in 1965 to bring together parishes from Clarks Green and Clarks Summit into the Abington Heights Baptist Church, which was eventually located on Noble Road, Clarks Summit.
Eva and Bill met during WWII while working at the Norton Company, a machine tools manufacturing plant in Worcester, MA. Their first date was for a canoe ride, on which Bill mentioned that they would be married. She didn’t know about that at the time, but was soon won over by his charms, smile and blue eyes that everyone loved so much. They were together as partners in the ministry and in life for 70 years.
He worked tirelessly to help others, going beyond the church proper to work with migrant workers throughout NEPA and Ecumenical Councils and groups in the Scranton area. He taught his children and their children to be thoughtful and caring and to give to their community in whatever way they thought was proper. He also taught them that caring about and respecting every person, regardless of race or color or thought, was the most important thing we could do each day of our lives.
William is survived by sons William of Sheridan, OR and Ronald of Meshoppen, PA. He is also survived by his siblings, George Nelson of Boylston, MA, Lillian Lambos, Margaret Taylor and Virginia Mason, all from Worcester, MA, Violet Jablonski of Leominster, MA, Barbara Dione and Shirley Mondor, both from Auburn, MA. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, J. Guy Gaulin of South Hadley, MA and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides their sons, “Rev. Bill” and Eva are survived by grandchildren David, Geoff, Sarah, Benjamin, Alan and Jennifer; six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
William and Eva donated themselves to the Humanity Gifts Registry of Pennsylvania, so that medical schools may benefit from study and research. He has already continued on his life’s journey of always helping others.
Arrangements have been made for this by the Sheldon Funeral Home of Meshoppen. There will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held in the coming weeks at the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church at the convenience of the family, following announcements by both the church and family. It will be held sometime in early July.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation may do so in Bill’s name to the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church, c/o Pastor Vickie Ellis, 2198 Clapper Hill Road, Laceyville, PA 18623.
Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com.