Inez ‘Inie’ Gertrude Nuzum, 91

Published 9:53 am Monday, March 16, 2015

Inez “Inie” Gertrude Nuzum, 91, of Austin, died Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Sacred Heart Care Center in Austin.



Inez was born in Freeborn County on June 26, 1923, to Charles and Dorothy (Skamfor) Bailey. She attended various grade schools in small towns around Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1941. During WWII, she worked in the lab at the George A. Hormel Company. Inez married Joseph S. Miller in 1944 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. She was a homemaker while her boys were growing up and was a charter member of “The Sewing Club” in Austin. Joseph died in 1959 and is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Austin.

After Joe died, Inez learned how to drive a car and worked in the cafeteria at Ellis School, Sears and Fantles. She remarried in 1964 to J. Frank Nuzum at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hayfield. They wintered in Apache Junction, Arizona, for many years. She and Frank were proud to be “snow birds.” They helped manage campgrounds in both Minnesota and Arizona. Frank died in 1985, and his ashes are scattered on Superstition Mountain, Arizona. Inez stayed in Arizona until 2004, when she moved back to Austin. She lived at Pickett Place and moved to Sacred Heart Assisted Living when her health started to fail. Inez was friends with everyone. She loved people, camping, music and dancing.

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Inez is survived by her sons: Ron (Jackie) Miller of Rochester, Bob Miller and his wife Sandi Fogo of Superior, Wisconsin, Gary (Jo) Nuzum of Owatonna; her daughter, LaDonna (Harris) Goplen of Albert Lea; grandchildren: Joe Miller and his wife Genia Hesser, Bailey Miller and Mike Eull, Rhonda (Larry) Burgess, Craig Klingfus, Curt (Peggy) Klingfus, Rachelle Klingfus, Teresa Nuzum-Drydahl, and Tanya (Rob) Anthony; along with lots of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Jim (Kay) Bailey of Stewartville, LaDonna Klapperick of Austin, Lois (Wayne) Bates of Austin; a sister-in-law, Joyce Bailey of Austin.

Inez was preceded in death by her parents; husband Joseph, and husband Frank; brother, Don Bailey and sister, Elaine Ball.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday April 17, 2015, at Mayer Funeral Home. Visitation will be held an hour prior to services. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Online