DeNelda “Nellie” Ramm


A visitation to celebrate her memory will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 12-3 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. Interment will follow the service at Baker Cemetery, Maple Park.

DeNelda “Nellie” Ramm, age 84, of Maple Park, IL, passed away, Tuesday, February 2, 2021, supported by the love and prayers of her family.

She was born November 18, 1936, in Waukegan, IL, to loving parents, Robert and Wanda Boxley.

Nellie grew up in Fox Lake, IL and attended local schools. She graduated from Grant High School with the class of 1954. Later the family moved to Elgin, IL and worked at Gromer’s Supermarket for a time.

Nellie had an active social life and loved to cut a rug at the Blue Moon. It was there that she caught the eye of Bob Ramm. He swept her off her feet, both figuratively and sometimes literally, until waltzing down the aisle on June 9, 1962. They began their new life on the family farm on Ramm Rd where they worked as hard as they played. They were blessed with two daughters, Rachel and Denise, which made their family complete. In later years, and in addition to being a fulltime wife and mother, Nellie wore many hats working part-time with several local businesses.

Nellie was a past member of the Lily Lake Congregational Church.

She was a life-long Cub’s fan, proudly wearing the blue and red and participating in fantasy baseball. Nellie coached girls’ softball for many years and was an avid golfer for a time. When she wasn’t on the golf course, Nellie enjoyed her time in the garden. The kitchen is where she ruled and was an excellent cook, as well as baker. A social butterfly, Nellie enjoyed playing cards and spending time with a countryside full of farmers and friends. It was the time with family that she treasured most and those memories will be shared still, for generations to come.

She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Bob Ramm; two daughters: Denise (Chris) Lenz and Rachel (Glenn) Hofer; two grandchildren: Claude and John Lenz; step-granddaughter, Leigh Ann (Jake) Tysiak; two siblings: Silvia (Fred) Sassone and Jim (Julie) Boxley; sister-in-law, Charlene Ramm; several nieces, nephews and a special friend and caregiver, Cindy.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Wanda Boxley, one brother Robert Boxley and a brother-in-law, John Ramm.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date for family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Tributes and memories may be left on the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at where you can find her full life story.

6 thoughts on “DeNelda “Nellie” Ramm

  1. So sorry to hear of Nellie’s passing. You all have had a tough year. You are all in our thoughts and prayers for comfort.

  2. Sending my deepest condolences to Bob, Denise, Rachel and the entire Ramm family. I worked with Nellie at the Virgil School in the late 1970’s and was Denise’s 5th grade teacher at Lily Lake School. Nellie was so kind, hard-working, and a great listener. She was the best baker and cook and the teachers looked forward to what she was bringing for us to sample at school. Because of her undying love for her family and friends, she will have a special place in Heaven. May she rest in peace and forever be held in our memories.

  3. I was so sorry to hear about Nellie passing. My sincere sympathy. I knew Nellie through an investment club. I was brand new and very happy to learn. Nellie was very generous with her knowledge and willing to help a novice. I have very fond memories of Nellie.

  4. We met Nellie through Chris. She was such a happy and caring soul. She welcomed us into their home, and we once shared a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner together. Our sincere consdolences to the family. She will be greatly missed.

  5. Nellie was my most favorite Mom of my dear friend Denise. So many wonderful memories of her with taking us kids sledding, roller skating and being our softball coach. She even came to my bachelorette party and wanted a “Texas Tea”(Long Island) to join in on the fun. She would tell us- don’t ever grow up it’s more fun to be a kid. Her good nature and young at heart qualities I admired so much. Much love to the Ramm family

  6. Nelda and I go back to Fox Lake grade school, and my husband Pat through high school. We were very busy kids, doing all sorts of things together. Her home was always open to us and the lake was right out her back door which allowed for swimming and ice skating. We were also in girl scouts and 4 H. Growing up during those years was wonderful as we were able to go places and create our own fun without adults hovering. We were really free and the joys of our childhood will live on forever. Pat and I have great memories of reunion gatherings with Nelda and Bob, and the many times we, along with other childhood friends, were invited to their home. So it’s those memories of Nelda that will be with us forever, and that is the way it should be. We send our love and deepest sympathy to the Ramm Family.

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