Born January 21, 1930, to Leo Beasley and Helen (Patterson) Beasley she was born the seventh of ten children, Bruce, Herbert, Arthur, Jane, Mary Ellen, Francis, Florence, Renata, and Catherine, in Iowa City, Iowa. She earned her primary and secondary education at St. Patricks Catholic Schools. On March 10, 1949 she married her life partner, Charles (Chuck) Donald Sindelar. Charles was in the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Mammoth, New Jersey, there a daughter Gail Catherine (1949), and son Stephen Wencil (51), were born in Red Bank, New Jersey. Charles was then transfered to Ft. Wainwright, Anchorage. AK. Nellie stayed behind in the lower forty-eight to give birth to a third child, a daughter Laura Ann(52), then joined Chuck in Alaska, with her three small children. Upon discharge of the military the family then moved back to Iowa City, where Lisa Marie(58) and Kathryn Lynn(59) were born. Life and employment then took the family by train to Green River, Wyo. where Charles Franklin(61) and Stella Louise(63) were born. In 1964 families final destination was then to Ely, Nevada were Sara Jane(64) was born, and where Chuck became an electronics/accounting teacher at White Pine High School until his retirement in 1990.
Sara became physically and mentally retarded in infancy and Nellie cared for her until the age of twelve in the home, looking for numerous miracles from God, taking her to far off places for treatments, and in the end had to resign herself that she must be place into a “home” in Sparks, Nevada. During those years, Nellie found every possibility to help her partner financially raise their eight children on his meager teaching salary, whether it was ironing for others for pay, child care for working mothers, fostering teens, renting out a room and board for summer BLM summer employees, and managing properties for property owners who no longer lived in the area. When Sara was no longer in the family home, Nellie looked around and realized “that none of these children are mine!” So she quit babysitting and began working as a clerk at Halls Hardware, which she loved the social aspect of interacting with the public. In 1979, the two took on a whole new adventure and purchased the El Rancho Motel, to which Nellie ran during the day while Chuck was at school, doing all the maid work and upkeep herself, and having it done by noon so she could enjoy a round of golf in the afternoon which she became fond of and made great friends with the ladies, but she was always a competitor, possibly too competitive to some. During the motel ownership they selflessly helped shelter domestic violence women, and mothers.
Daughter Sara died in 1983, from complications of her illness.
Upon Chucks untimely and premature death in late 1991, Nellie continued to own and operate the motel, with brief hiring of managers, including her son Stephen, or maids, until it sold in 1999. Then she was finally “free” no diapers, no children, or motel that tied her down for 50 years. She then began volunteering at various organizations, such as RSVP, the Sacred Heart Funeral Ministry, March of Dimes walkathons to name just a few. She enjoyed traveling back to Iowa or Florida for reunions with her siblings.
In 2001, she also lost her son Stephen.
She instilled hard work in her children by example, and a sense of selflessness, and proved that “anything could be done if you put your mind to it”. Some of her favorite sayings was “Idle hands, are the devils play things” , “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all,” and “charity begins at home”.
When her health began to deteriorate, in 2010, she moved to Grace Assisted Living in Meridian, Idaho, where daughter Kathy resides with her family. She was once again liberated from the mundane responsibilities of cooking and cleaning, and that she thoroughly loved. She enjoyed bingo, playing cards, yoga, weekly mystery trips, and the Senior Olympics, where she got to feed that drive of competitiveness again, and in doing so won numerous medals. She resided there until her death, August 12, 2015.
Nellie was grandmother to ten grandchildren, Timothy, Annie, Michelle, Ryan, Zachary, Angela, Anna Marie, Sara, Eric and Amelia. Eight great grandchildren, Alex, Courtney, John, Vince, Mason, Golden and Dylan.
There will be a Catholic Celebration of Life, at Grace Assisted Living 1960 The Lakes Place Meridian, Idaho, Friday August 21, 2015 at 11:00 am, presided over by The Holy Apostles Catholic Church. Interment and graveside services will be held at the Ely City Cemetery in Ely, Nevada Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Father McShane, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, will reside and bless the grave site.
She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Proverbs 31:27 (NLT)