Oscar E. Nugent

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Graveside services for Mr. Oscar E. Nugen, were held Wednesday, March 17, at West Holman Township Cemetery in Sibley, Iowa. Rev. Tony Metz officiated the service.

Oscar Ervin Nugent, the son of William and Anna (Schroeder) Nugent, was born on Oct. 28, 1921, in Sheldon, Iowa.

He married Caroline Wathen on Sept. 19, 1955, in Pipestone, Minn. They made their home in rural Sibley. Together, they operated Nugent's Jewelry in Sibley for nearly 50 years. They were blessed with two daughters, Teresa and Carol.

Oscar enjoyed spending time with his little Chihuahua dogs that he loved so much, visiting with his customers in the jewelry store, and riding his bicycle.

As fate would have it, Oscar and Caroline were both stricken with Alzheimer's disease. Following a steady decline in his health, Oscar became a resident of the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley, in November 1996. Caroline's battle with Alzheimer's ended when she passed away June 17, 2006. Oscar continued his own struggle, until succumbing to the disease on March 13, 2010, while still at home at the Community Memorial Health Center. He was 88. During his time there, he had so enjoyed visiting with the wonderful staff that had become like family to him.

He is survived by his daughters: Teresa Popkes and husband, Randy of George, Iowa, and Carol Van Arnam and husband, Mike of Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Caroline; his infant daughter, Mary Ann; and one brother, Walter.

Memorials given in Oscar's name may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association.