A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Brenda Tophoj, PMA officiating.
Services will be streamed live and available to watch after the service at www.facebook.com/hbfunerals.
Inez A. Cohen, 102 of Hillsboro, Ore., passed away Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 at Rosewood Park in Hillsboro. Inez was born Sept. 24. 1918 at Big Springs, Neb., to Niels (Mike) and Glyde (Polley) Nielson.
As a teenager Inez moved to Oregon where she began a long and successful career in the restaurant business as a waitress and quickly worked up to management. During World War II Inez took a short break to pursue waitress work in San Francisco.
In the 1960's Inez changed careers, entering the real estate field where again she was very successful in both selling and knowing the right purchases for her own portfolio. Inez was most proud of successfully assisting numerous women in their first home purchase.
Her dedication to family was as strong as to her professional career. Her Oregon family included her brother Arley; sister Iona, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to career and family over the years Inez became a world traveler, with Russia, Hong Kong, Alaska and Hawaii being her favorites and most often visited. Her home décor was a display of her world travels. She loved music and dancing, a favorite dance tune being "Tiny Bubbles."
The younger generation of the family was inspired with the Nielson work ethic and the zest for life exhibited by Inez. Family always looked forward to the elegant dinners she hosted and trips to the Oregon coast she coordinated. Inez will always be remembered for her red hair and her beloved red sports car "Awesome."
Inez was preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Glyde Nielson; three brothers, Arley, Glenn and an infant brother; five sisters, Iona Schaffer, Ilene Wolford, Rosetta Zorn, Esther Norwood and Irene Harmonson.
Survivors include her sister, Gladys (Larry) Benzing of Longview, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services are pending at Ash Hollow Cemetery in Lewellen, Neb. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
A memorial service will be held September 18, 2021 in Oshkosh with details to follow.
Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home and Cremations in Oshkosh is assisting with local arrangements.