Helena 'Leni' Nelesen

Apr 28, 1947 - Aug 18, 2012


 ‘Leni was born April 28, 1947 in a small town in Germany called “Morbach”  Morbach is located  in a low mountain region of Germany know as the “Hunsruck”  Her father was a farmer and used horses to work his fields.  Leni loved horses, cats and dogs.

Leni was married to Peter Nelesen who was stationed at the nearby Hahn Air Base, in October 1965.  She went on to have a 4 1/2 pound daughter, Katharina Marie, pre-maturely in June 1966. 

She loved Gardening, embroidery, photography, horses, cats and dogs and always found time for them in her life.  She had a special eye for arranging things to convey a message.  No matter if it was setting up Christmas Decorations, other holiday decorations, or taking picture of the flowers in her garden.  Everything she did was done with the utmost of care.

She was a devoted wife and mother and was just fun to be around.  She took joy in making others happy and smile and would smile at the smallest flower or humming bird.  She would run for her camera to capture the moment forever then look through the picture again and again.  She was sensitive and caring about everything.  She couldn’t stand to see hurt or suffering and would always put her own personal needs aside if someone needed help.

In 1993 she was diagnosed with stage 4 brest cancer.  She only had a 5% chance of living 5 years.  Being the fighter she was she beat the odds and lived another 19 years, after undergoing a lot of painful surgeries and treatment.  Although the last 10 years was filled with pain and missery.  She continued to take care of her family and friends when ever they needed something.

She passed on Aug 18, 2012 peacefully at Mercy San Juan Medical Center under the care of some very compassinate and caring doctors and staff.  Her husband of 47 years, her daughter, Katharina Marie Mutz, and son-in-law, Bert Mutz, stayed with her the entire time she was in the medical center and were by her side when she passed away.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


  • Patricia Nealon says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful wife and mother. Pls take care, Patricia

  • Timmi Uhlich says:

    Pete: I was so very sorry to here of Leni’s passing. She was such a beautiful wife, mother, and friend to all those who were lucky enough to meet and know her. I will never forget the wonderful hospitality she showed me – her love of life was so evident everywhere in her home. She is safe with her heavenly father now and free from pain and suffering. God Bless you, Kathy, Bert and your family and friends. Timmi

  • Hildegunde + Detlef Kruell says:

    We are so sorry to hear Leni has passed. Our condolences are with you and your family. Hildegunde and Detlef

  • Reid Murray says:

    Kathy and Bert, So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you both. -Reid

  • Jenny P McCormack says:

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayer with you and your loved one in this time of sorrow. My you keep the smiles and happy times spent together with your mother. May God keep you in his care and keeping. With love, all the Best Jenny

  • Nyle & Kathleen Baker says:

    Kathy, We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother. She sounded as though she was a great lady. You have expressed some of the memories of your Mother but I am sure that you have many more. We wish the best for you as only time will ease the pain you feel now. You and Bert are great people and have a good support team. If Kathleen and I can help in any way we would be happy to do so.

  • Pat and Del Redd says:

    We are so sad to hear of Leni’s passing. She was so fun to be around especially when she was in her true element of entertaining family and friends. The special St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Birthdays and Christmas holidays will always be remembered. Leni paid attention to even the smallest detail to make you feel loved and welcomed in her home. We will miss her but will never forget Leni. Pete, Kathi and Bert please take comfort in the wonderful memories of your Wife, Mother and Mother-in-law through the years. We love you and May God Bless each of you.

  • Robert & Katherine Rose says:

    Dear Kathi/Bert and family, our sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, may God bless you, and remind you of many happy/loving memories you shared with your mom. Sincerely Bob & Kathy Rose.

  • Cheryl and Joseph Matterson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Kathi and Dad. May your memories of your beautiful mother comfort you in this time of loss, Kathi. We were touched that she always remembered the kids at Christmas! She was a very giving person.

  • Jennifer Aragon says:

    So sorry to hear of Helena’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Kathi and her family during this difficult time. May your memories of her give you comfort.

  • Carolyn Harrington says:

    For here have we no continuing city,but we seek one to come.Hebrews 13:14 With Love and sympathy. Carolyn & Tom Harrington Lewisville,Tx

  • Carolyn Harrington says:

    or here have we no continuing city,but we seek one to come. With Love and Sympathy, Carolyn&Tom Harrington Lewisville, Tx

  • Stacy Newland says:

    I am so sorry to hear Leni has passed she was a fighter and I wish she could have continued on. My condoldences to Kathi and her family in this sad time. Love Stacy

  • MAURICE says:

    Your mothers memory will always be with you. Remember the good things and she will never be far from you.

  • John Bargas says:

    Sorry for your loss, John B.

  • George & Ceil Mutz says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss. May God comfort you and supply your every need.

  • Lorna Myers says:

    Finally at peace she can rest without pain. My heart goes out to you Kathi, Bert and Pete.

  • Warren L. Walker says:

    Pete: Words cannot express how I feel about your loss. You and Lenny have always been there for me through the ups and downs in my life. And I also loved her cooking. :-)If there is anything I can do for you in any way, I will be right there. My prayers and condolences are with you, Kathy, and Bert and the rest of the family. She will be sorely missed, but just try to remember the happier times…God Bless.

  • Brenda Lane says:

    Pete: Sorry for your loss. Time passes swiftly these days especially when a loved one leaves us. Try to remember the happy times spent with her. God bless.

  • Tom Moore says:

    Pete – So sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences are with you and your family. Take care and stay in-touch. Tom

  • Lee & Marge Innocenti says:

    A mother holds a special place in our hearts forever. What a blessing to have many happy memories of your courageous mother. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Kathi and Bert & Kathi’s dad & family.

  • Sharon Pixler says:

    My deepest sympathy to Pete and his family. I know she will be missed very much.

  • Ray Overton says:

    Leni, I know I haven’t been a part of your life for a while, but you have always been my favorite baby sitter. I probably have known you for more time than most, and have nothing but fond memories of you and all off your family. May you rest in peace for all time. With Love, Ray

  • Doug Veale says:

    My thoughts on Leni go back many years. I remember her wonderful voice, so soothing to hear. She was always doting on her dogs. Leni was a very kind person both in action and in word. She is now at rest and with the LORD. May all that know her find peace and comfort with this message. Praise be to God.

  • Melissa DeMello (Carey) says:

    Pete and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. As you grieve, please know I’m thinking of you all and honoring Leni.

  • Dino & Trini Frattaroli says:

    Our deepest sympathy to one of the best friends we ever had the privilege of knowing. Although we had lost touch with Leni and her family over the years, we thought of them often with the fondest of memories. Our prayers are with the family and especially Pete and Kathy.

  • Ivan Talley says:

    My prayers are with the family

  • Eddie & Bonita Fletcher says:

    I’m at a loss for words, GOD BLESS you….

  • Paula McClarin says:

    Aunt Leni was one of the most caring and nurturing people I’ve ever met. Her yard looked like the cover of a Better Homes & Garden magazine and she taught me so much about caring for plants. She was a true inspiration to me. She always treated me and my kids with with loving, open arms and we always enjoyed our visits, especially around the holidays. To know Aunt Leni was to love her. We will miss her very much. God bless you, Aunt Leni.

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