Naoma (Nelson) Falde

August 25, 1921 ~ February 28, 2021 (age 99)


Naoma Loretta Falde (Nelson), age 99 of Spring Valley WI passed away February 28, 2021 at Ellsworth Health Services in Ellsworth, WI.  Naoma was born August 25, 1921 in River Falls, WI to Lauritz and Effie Nelson.  She graduated from River Falls High School and River Falls State Teacher College.  She taught school at Oak Center and Gertrude rural schools.    She married Gaylord Falde on August 29, 1944.  They were blessed with four children; Terry, Lowell, Nola and Jodi.   Naoma farmed alongside of Gaylord in Pierce County, WI.

Naoma was very involved in volunteer activities in her community and held many leadership roles.  Always a teacher at heart, she taught Sunday school and was the superintendent at Martell Methodist Church for 25 years.  She served as Town treasurer, homemaker president, 4-H leader, Farm Bureau chairwoman and Martell Methodist cemetery board. She was passionate about politics and was one of the first organizers of the Pierce County Republican Party as well as serving on the Martell Township election board for 40 years.

Naoma and Gaylord enjoyed RV traveling and cherished their trips to Alaska, Canada and the US.    After Gaylord’s death Naoma enjoyed taking cruises with friends and spending the winters in Texas and Arizona.  In her generous spirit she treated her children and spouses to a memorable trip to Hawaii.

Naoma brought a sense of purpose in all she did.  Faith, family and hard work were her cornerstones.   She and Gaylord provided their children a wonderful foundation, she always said she loved kids even more than adults.  Naoma’s greatest joy was being with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She loved all children as they did her.   She shared her loved of the outdoors whether gardening with her family and the joy of spring fieldwork or fall harvest on the farm.   Her love of reading ranged from the Bible, historical biographies, to genealogy.  She was always game for a pontoon ride or a weekend at the lake with family members and loved the activity that it brought.        

Naoma is survived by her children;  Terry (Noreen) Falde of Spring Valley, Lowell (Jodie) Falde of Beldenville,  Nola (Cal) Wilkens of Bloomer, and Jodi (Tim) Wiff of Spring Valley; grandchildren, Chad (Robin) Falde, Joel (Emily) Falde, Nathan(Melissa) Falde, Kris(Kirsi)Wilkens, Nicolas(Kathryn) Falde, Lindsay(Kevin)Lindner, Cody Wilkens, Noelle Falde, Morgan(Dave)Bruggeman; and  18 great grandchildren.  Sister-in-law Wandie Nelson.

Naoma was preceded in death by her husband, Gaylord, her parents; Lauritz and Effie Nelson, brothers Elton(Mert) Nelson, Lambert(Gerry) Nelson, Velmo(Ruth) Nelson, sisters Marcia (Jack) Crothers, and Emogene Nelson. 

Private family services will be held in the spring.

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