Nella Louisa Worst (neé Tonet), born January 28,1929 in Chicago, Illinois, passed into eternal life on July 1, 2021 in Lisle, Illinois at age 92.
Nell was the only child of John and Luisa (neé Mercatali) Tonet, and grew up in Chicago during the depression. Early in her work career at Roberts-Stage Electric Company, Nell met the love of her life, Lester Fred Worst. They married on her 21st birthday, January 28, 1950.
Nell and Les were blessed with two children, Rev. Terry (Carol) Worst of Newark, Ohio, and Betty (Rev. Mark) Schulz of Bolingbrook, Illinois; three grandchildren, Jennifer Shannon of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jonathon Worst of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Christian Schulz of Bolingbrook, Illinois; and two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Gavin Shannon. She also has many nieces and nephews and a large extended family. She was a great baker, a wonderful cook, and the best mom anyone could hope for.
Nell and Les raised their family in Chicago, later moving to the suburbs of Berwyn and then Elgin, Illinois. They were involved in scouting when their children were young and throughout their lives maintained active participation in the Lutheran churches in each community where they lived. In retirement they enjoyed membership together in the Midwest Division of the Train Collectors Association. They enjoyed more than 58 years of marriage until Les passed away in 2008.
Nell forged friendships and found support in her Elgin neighbors as well as in the Primetimers seniors’ group at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Elgin. In 2017, she moved to Lisle, Illinois to live closer to family and became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Nell was preceded in death by many dear relatives and close friends.
Visitation will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1101 Kimberly Way, Lisle, Illinois on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 9:00 am until time of funeral service at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to King of Glory Primetimers with the memo “Nell Memorial.” For those who cannot attend the services, but want to offer a memorial, they may be mailed to King of Glory Lutheran Church, 36W720 Hopps Road, Elgin, IL 60123
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