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Marsha Woleshin

So sorry to hear this. Mr. Nissen was our neighbor for years, and we shared a common love of our native Iowa.Every time I ran into him at Publix, we would talk about "home" and the memories of our days there. He was always eager to talk and we laughed a lot. I will miss those conversations and someone who always knew what Iowa meant to me.

Wanda Braddock

I am so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing.He always had a friendly word for everyone. And he seemed ageless to me . I pray GODS blessings on his family, and that they will find comfort during this very sad time .Sending love to all of you .

Mary Fiala Stevenson

I'm so sorry to see this. I will always remember his beautiful smile and kind word. My thoughts and prayers to all his family.

Charles Julius Nissen


Charles Julius Nissen died on September 5, 2021 at Baptist Hospital.
He was born April 28, 1924 in Walcott, Iowa, the son of the late Herman and Hilda (VonHoldt) Nissen.

Charles graduated from Rock Island High School, Class of 1946. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines during World War II earned the following medals: American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign with bronze battle star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon Good Conduct, and World War II Victory Medal.
After the war, he married his sweetheart, Mary Ann (Nolan) Nissen and they settled in Rock Island, Iowa. They would have celebrated 73 years of marriage in October.
Charles transferred to Fernandina Beach in 1954 where he retired from Container Corporation of America in 1986 after 40 years. Charles became a member of the St. Michaels Catholic Church in 1954 where he was the President of the men's club and treasurer for the boy scouts.
He loved doing woodwork, participating in construction projects, singing in the barber shop quartet, offshore fishing, morning coffee at the Marina Restaurant, doing yard work, and watching his beloved Chicago Cubs.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters Dorothy Nissen, Pauline(Bob) Miller, and brother Herman Nissen.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Mary Ann (Nolan) Nissen, are his sons, Gregory C. Nissen Sr. and his wife Anita of Fernandina Beach, Florida, Matthew J. Nissen and his wife Frances of Marianna, Florida; daughters, Sheila A. Piccalo and Joe Kielbasa of Orlando, Florida, Maureen Ivey and her husband Richard of McKinney, Texas.
He leaves behind grandchildren Gregory Nissen Jr. and his wife Amber of Yulee, Florida, Deanna Nissen of Yulee, Florida and Jerry Kielbasa and his wife Johanna of Orlando, Florida as well as great grandchildren Brynleigh, Paislee, Arianna Nissen and Alexa, Isabelle, and Noah Kielbasa.

Viewing will be held Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 2-4pm at Oxley Heard Funeral Home.
A service of remembrance will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Monday, September 13 at 11am.
Interment will follow at Bosque Bello Cemetery, Fernandina Beach.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Charles in a special way may make gifts to the St. Michael's Catholic Academy.


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