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Nilsa Nieves

Nilsa Mercedes Nieves (Suarez-Cruz)

April 24, 1951 - October 23, 2020
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Obituary

Nilsa (Mercedes) Suarez-Cruz Nieves, 69, of Clinton, Iowa passed away at the University of Iowa Hospitals on Friday, October 23, 2020. Funeral services occur at 12 pm on Thursday, October 29, at Lemke Funeral Homes – South Chapel (2610 Manufacturing Dr.). A visitation occurs one-hour prior from 11 am until the service hour at the Funeral Home. Burial takes place at the National Cemetery in Rock Island. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.

Nilsa was born April 24, 1951 in San Juan, Puerto Rico the daughter of Carmelo and Carmen (Cruz Soler) Suarez Andino. Following High School, she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from The Inter American University of Puerto Rico.

Nilsa was united in marriage to Jose Nieves Oliver on March 19, 1971 in San Juan, Puerto Rico – meeting each other at an early age, they were together for a total of 57 years.

Nilsa was a devout Apostolic Christian.

She retired from the AEE Electric Energy Power Company in Puerto Rico after many years of service.

Nilsa was a very gifted and talented artist, she acquired her artistic license in Puerto Rico. She loved making traditional Puerto Rico Cultural crafts. She would also sell these items to customers especially around Christmas. She had a deep love in her heart to help those in-need. She would counsel those whose hearts were searching or those facing difficult life challenges – she was a real spiritual mother. She also enjoyed teaching Bible School and loved sharing the stories of the Bible with her children. She enjoyed tending to her garden, especially her lemon trees and Spinach plants. She also enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family. Within Nilsa heart were sustained virtues of being a very strong woman, a tenacious woman, a very selfless woman and a woman of resolve - never a quitter. These virtues and her strength came from God – she was a true prayer warrior for God.

Nilsa is survived by her husband - Jose Nieves Oliver of Clinton, IA; her daughter - Nilsalys Nieves of Puerto Rico; one son – Rachid (Jessica) Nieves of Kill Devil Hills, NC; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one brother – Carmelo Suarez; with several nieces nephews cousins and friends

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorials made can be directed to the family.

Fond memories and condolences for Nilsa’s family may be shared at www.lemkefuneralhomes.com, obituary page.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday October 29, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday October 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Lemke Funeral Homes - South Chapel
    Address
    2610 Manufacturing DR.
    Clinton, IA 52732
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  • Service

    Thursday October 29, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday October 29, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Lemke Funeral Homes - South Chapel
    Address
    2610 Manufacturing Drive
    CLINTON, IA 52732
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Carmn & David

Posted at 07:25pm
Todavia no me acostumbro a tu partida. Te recuerdo a cada instante por tantos momentos compartidos. Gracias por el gran regalo de tu amistad.
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Carmen albarran

Posted at 01:40pm
Nilsa amiga de infancia, ya estas en los brazos de Dios .Te recordare por siempre Vuela alto. Descasa en paz .
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Judy Nieves

Posted at 07:50am
My deepest sympathies to you. My heart is breaking for you. My love and prayers always. Judy
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Gisella Burgos

Posted at 09:03pm
Familia, estan todos en mis oraciones. Un abrazo y que Dios los bendiga. Familia Gisella Burgos y Roy Torres
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Vicky, Jose, Roberto & Genubis

Posted at 08:55pm
Our most deepest condolences on the lost of your beautiful, strong and kind mother. We love you.
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