Hastings resident Joyce A. Nelson, 68, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at
Mary Lanning Healthcare, Hastings, NE.
Services will be held at a later date. Private condolences may be sent to the family at
www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is
serving the family.
Joyce was born April 19, 1953, in Fremont, NE to Alvin and Matilda (Beranek) Soukup.
She grew up on a farm outside of Morse Bluff until the age of 12 when they moved into
town. Joyce graduated from North Bend High School in 1971 and attended Wayne State
College for a year. During her time at Wayne, she met her husband, Michael “Mike”
Nelson. They married on March 3, 1973, and settled in Lincoln, NE where Mike was a
trooper for the Nebraska State Patrol. Mike’s job later took them to North Platte, NE in
1981 and then to Hastings, NE in 1984. Together they raised three children.
Joyce was an extremely talented and creative person. That passion led her on many
adventures in her career path, the most notable being her wall art consisting of murals and
faux finishes. Her biggest passion was the role of Nana to her seven grandkids. Joyce
loved cheering from the sidelines or applauding from the audience watching them
participate in the activities that they love.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles Soukup.
Husband: Mike Nelson – Hastings, NE
Children, Spouses & families:
Melissa & Matthew Koch – Papillion, NE
Danielle, Hunter, & Owen
Jill & Bob Hilgendorf – Hastings, NE
Haggan & Madalynn
Eric & Ahna Nelson – Nebraska City, NE
Natalie & Dominic
Siblings & Spouses:
Robert & Anne Soukup
Donald & Diane Soukup
Darlene & LeMoyne Johnson
Janice & Jerry Boyd
Richard Soukup & Malinda Law
Many cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.