Nellie (Kuceyeski) Wood

  • Died: August 25, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Pine Valley

1320 East Dupont Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

NELLIE (KUCEYESKI) WOOD, 89, passed peacefully at Parkview Regional Medical Center on August 25, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Nellie was born in Alliance, Ohio on November 3, 1929, the daughter of the late Julius and Stella Kuceyeski. She was the daughter of Polish immigrants and the youngest of six children. She graduated from Alliance High School in 1947 and was immediately employed as the personal secretary to John Robertson, President and Owner of the John Robertson Heating and Supply Company. She married Walter, the love of her life, on April 25, 1953 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Alliance. Together they had three children, Jeffrey, Kevin, and Kimberly. Nellie's children were all active in local, high school, and college sports, and she was their #1 fan. She was very proud that her children were all very successful in their chosen careers. Nellie was highly supportive of her husband's career with the railroad, as Walter's job took them to various locations, beginning in Minerva, then to Cambridge, and Niles, OH and Sharon, PA, finally landing in Ft. Wayne, IN in 1977. Nellie also had a very successful professional career herself. She held many positions with The Sherwin-Williams Paint Company, beginning in Niles, OH. She first started selling paint, then transitioned to interior decorating, and finally retired after 20 years as the District Secretary to multiple District Sales Managers in Ft. Wayne. In addition to her devotion to her family, Nellie enjoyed polka dancing, cooking, traveling, and participating in many social clubs. Their travels took them to Hawaii, Alaska, Cuba, Poland, Italy, Greece, the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Honduras, China, Japan, Okinawa, South Korea, Thailand, and the Caribbean Islands. Nellie was especially excited to meet Lech Walesa, President of Poland, in Poland, and Pope John Paul II in Vatican City. River cruises, railroad trips, and traveling to polka festivals brought Nellie and Walter much joy during their 66 years of marriage. Nellie was an active member of many organizations. She was very proud to be a lifetime member of the Polish National Alliance, where she also served as the recording secretary for many years. Other organizations that Nellie was active in included The Altar & Rosary Society, Encore, Gadabouts, 3-5 Club, and Noontime Diners. She was also a Girl Scouts leader for six years at St. Stephen Catholic School in Niles, where all 17 members of her troop earned the Marion Medal, the highest award for Catholic Girl Scouts. Nellie and Walter have been proud members of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Ft. Wayne for more than 42 years. Nellie is survived by her husband, Walter; sons Jeffrey (Barbara) Wood of Champion, OH and Kevin Wood of Barberton, OH; and daughter, Kimberly (Jack) Lundy of Orange Park, FL; and grandchildren, Elizabeth Wood and Jessica (Christopher) Costic, all of Columbus, OH; Stephanie Lundy (Thomas Brooks) of Waco, TX, Michael Lundy of Orange Park, FL; and sister, Camille Visi of Delray Beach, FL. Nellie was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Ignatius, John, and Stanley, and sister, Laura. Nellie will be tremendously missed by her loving family and friends. Memories of Nellie will be a blessing and treasured forever. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church 4916 Trier Road Fort Wayne, IN 46815 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be from 4-7pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at the D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood 4017 Maplecrest Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815 with a Rosary Service beginning at 6:30pm. A graveside service be held at Noon on Friday, August 30, 2019 at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Chapel in Alliance, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to Masses at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church or the St. Anne's Home. Condolences may be left online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Aunt Nellie was one of the best and brightest. Her smile was warm and brilliant. Her wit was truly sparkling. Her warmth and wisdom made every family gathering even better. It was such a pleasure to see her and to hear about her travels. She made the world a better place. I will miss my Aunt Nellie and love her always.

Posted by Rayna Alsberg - Wheeling, IL - Family   September 25, 2019

God Bless you Uncle Walt and the extended Wood family. You and aunt Nellie were always so kind and even showed up for our kids graduation parties. Lots of memories of all of us at grandma's house in alliance. One thing is certain, the polka music in heaven just got the volume turned up with aunt Nellie's arrival. God bless you all.
Paul and Sandy Kuceyeski

Posted by Paul Kuceyeski - Louisville, OH - Family   September 25, 2019

When I think of Aunt Nellie, I remember her smiles, laughter and love. Her silly knocking on our hotel room on our honeymoon morning, her quizzing is on our kids and her excitement to see family are some of my favorite memories. Aunt Nellie will always hold a special place in my heart. And Uncle Walter, we love you so much too. Love and hugs to all of the family.

Posted by Sandy Kuceyeski - Louisville, OH - Family   September 25, 2019

My Aunt Nellie will be missed. A very nice lady.

Posted by Philip Kuceyeski - Perrysburg, OH - Family   September 25, 2019

Most people are blessed with just one amazing mother but I've been doubly blessed with two in my life. Nellie welcomed me as a second daughter almost 36 years ago when Jeff and I were married; in fact, she loved to refer to herself as my other mother. I'm going to dearly miss this matriarch of our Wood family. She brought joy, laughter and happiness to every occasion and her generous spirit knew no bounds. Her love for family and friends was endless. I'm certain she's already celebrating her arrival in heaven with a huge polka party. Thank you for all the unconditional love, support, and guidance you've given me for so long. I love you Mom. I miss you.

Posted by Barbara Wood - Warren, OH - Family   September 25, 2019

Our deepest condolences to the entire Wood Family. Rest In Peace Nellie...

Posted by Arno and Carol Hill - Lordstown, OH - Family Friend   September 25, 2019

I will miss Nellie she was a joy.
Barbara Marshall

Posted by A friend   September 13, 2019

The Hancock family sends their sympathies at this sad time. We remember your mother fondly, and appreciate the friendship she and Walter extended to our parents, Jim and Marce. Cherish your memories of her very happy and busy life, and enjoy the time you have left with your father.

Posted by Sue Turco - Leland, NC - Family Friend   September 03, 2019

The Burgess family is so sorry to learn of Nellie's passing. What an amazing lady and life lived with 66 years married. I wish she had been my girl scout leader. She certainly lived a life of faith and passed the best of herself on to her children.

Posted by Pat Burgess-Fisher - Niles, OH   August 29, 2019

I have fond memories of Mrs. Wood as my girl scout leader at St. Stephen's in Niles, Ohio. She guided us through many adventures and helped us to earn numerous girl scout badges. She arranged horseback riding, roller skating, ceramics, sewing, a trip to Washington, DC and many more. She was a fantastic scout leader and I am grateful for all of the experiences I had because of her. My condolences to Kim and all of the Wood family.
Sincerely, Ellen Ford

Posted by Ellen Ford Ford - Niles, OH   August 27, 2019

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Wood. Our prayers are with you and your family Mr. Wood, at this most difficult time. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived. Nichole (Poignard) Austion and Family

Posted by Nichole Austion - Lawrenceville, GA - neighbor   August 27, 2019

Our family is so sad to hear of Aunt Nelie's sudden passing. My father, Ron Visi and my grandma, Camille Kim Visi just had a wonderful conversation with Nellie on 8/17. I choose to remember the wonderful conversations that were had that say. Nellie's big heart shines through the phone, even though we were many miles apart. My dad, Nellie's nephew is on a trip right now, and unreachable. I will share this news with him when the time is right. I know him, my mom, and my grandma will approve of my post on here. MOJA DROGA JACIE KOCHAM

Posted by Joanna Clark - Lake Worth, FL - Family   August 27, 2019

So sorry to hear about her passing.We will miss our Aunt Nellie very much. She had a very joyful life. Greg, Bonnie and Gregory Jr.

Posted by Greg Visi - kernersville, NC   August 27, 2019

I will miss Nellie so much. Such a kind, loving and beautiful person. We were all so blessed to be part of her life. I offer this Irish blessing for your sweet and wonderful wife -
"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand "

Love, Jack

Posted by Jack LUNDY - ORANGE PARK, FL - Family   August 27, 2019

Will miss our talks very much,your neighbor Charles

Posted by Charles Poignard - Fort wayne, IN   August 27, 2019

I was so sorry to learn of Aunt Nellie's passing. I have great memories of visiting her and Uncle Walt and my cousins when I was a child. She was a wonderful lady with lots of love to spread around. I will miss her. Please know I will be praying for the family as you grieve.

Posted by Maryjo Miles - Abilene, KS - Family   August 26, 2019

Family Album

Nellie and Walter with their 4 grandchildren
Father's Day 2018 St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Ft. Wayne, IN
Jessica's Wedding October 2018 Columbus, Ohio
Stacia's Wedding with her Polish Family Summer 2017 Columbus, Ohio
Winery & Antique Car Show Summer 2017 Ft. Wayne, IN