Remembering Del Nelson

Dec. 13, 2018

Adele C. Nelson

July 24, 1934 - December 10, 2018

God rest her sweet soul. We extend our sympathies to Del’s family and all those who were blessed to have known her, who loved her, and were loved by her. Del has been a dear friend to all of us and we have been so blessed to have had her in our lives. We will miss her!

In 1980, Del began her career at Bishop Dwenger High School. During her tenure of teaching many Saints, Del taught Spanish, Speech, and American Literature. She had such a gentle way of redirecting students and had excellent and polite control of the classroom. She was the first recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award at Bishop Dwenger High School in 1985.

Outside of the classroom, Del gave of her time to students by moderating Speech Club and Spanish Club. At one point, Del even served as the cheerleading moderator.

Ask anyone who worked with Del, or had been taught by her, and you will find that she was loved by everyone. She was a mother to us all, wrote notes of encouragement, and coached us to be better people. She was wise beyond her 84+ years, a true disciple of Christ, and touched the hearts and minds of her students.

Del retired from teaching in 1999 but did not retire from Bishop Dwenger altogether. She worked part time in the front office of the school, wearing many hats – some of which included counting money for the Business Office, answering the main office phone, protecting our students as the gatekeeper of the front doors, and sharing the rich traditions and history of BDHS.

In 2015, Del was inducted into the Bishop Dwenger Hall of Fame in the Citizens of Two Worlds category. This award honors an individual who, through his or her actions, best exemplifies the Dwenger tradition of unselfish service to others, a person who has made significant contributions of time, talent, and treasure over the course of his or her lifetime to our school, the Church, and the community.

Well done, good and faithful servant.