Anastasia Viktoria "Doris" (Asenkerschbaumer) Nelson (1923 – 2017 - )

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Anastasia Viktoria Asenkerschbaumer Nelson, 94, long-time resident of Destin, Florida passed away on Wednesday, October 25 after a brief illness. She was born on January 2, 1923 in Höhenkirchen, Germany. The eighth of nine children, "Stasi" as her siblings called her, grew up in a large, loving family that stressed the importance of self-discipline and service to one another while celebrating each and every member's unique personalities. As a teen and young woman, "Dora" as her schoolmates began to call her, endured the horrors of World War II in southern Germany by further fostering the bonds of family and of community. It was during these formative years that Anastasia would develop the strength of character, the calming demeanor, and the generous and kind personality that all who knew her throughout her life were invariably drawn.
By 1946 peace was restored in Europe and the rebuilding of Germany had begun with the aid of many United States servicemen. In a chance meeting at the local dance hall called the "700 Club", Anastasia fell in love with Sgt. William "Bill" Nelson then stationed at Neubiberg Air Base. Delayed by German government regulations, the couple married in July of 1951 to begin an adventurous life together. With two young sons, Rainer "Sam" and Larry in tow, the young family made the first of many military transfers that took them first to Michigan, then Newfoundland, the Philippines and several other U.S. bases before eventually retiring in Destin, Florida. Drawing upon her own family upbringing and her adopted American culture, Anastasia was the "Ozzie & Harriet" fifties T.V. show mother and wife: She always wore fashionably coordinated dresses, kept her home spotless, served family dinners in the evenings and made sure her boys were always well behaved. Beyond her duties as wife and mother, Anastasia was very active in her community her whole life working with a number of organizations like the NCO Wives Association, the Thrift Club, as a Cub Scout Den Mother, in multiple PTAs, and being active in both Golf & Bowling clubs just to name a few.
"Doris" or "Omi" as friends and family knew her, will always be remembered for her innate ability to fully embrace the moment and live life to the fullest. Always involved in many activities, Doris did not slow down after the children left home or upon Bill's retirement. She regularly traveled to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Biloxi and back home to Bill's Michigan and her Germany. Omi always enjoyed maintaining her home, "fiddling" in the flower beds, or swimming in the backyard pool. Drawn to the ocean, she enjoyed going to the beaches in Destin or on Pensacola Beach, any time of day or night. We will all remember her going snorkeling off the Big Island of Hawaii well into her eighties or parasailing on her 93rd birthday. Perhaps most importantly to her sense of purpose, Omi loved spending time with her family including her grandchildren and great grandchildren, visiting with her friends and going to various German Club activities. All will miss you Omi - Pfiat di Gott (God Protect You.)
Anastasia is survived by her sons Rainer "Sam" and Larry and wife Kim; Grandchildren Denise and husband Eric, Scott, and Eric and wife Connie; and great Grandchildren, Jordan, Devon, Cory, Sidney and Kendall.
A celebration of life was held at Club Germania of Fort Walton Beach on Tuesday, November 14.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful nurses and doctors at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for their compassion and caring during Anastasia's illness.
Published in The Crestview News Bulletin on Nov. 15, 2017
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