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Saint Nicholas Catholic Church
Saturday February 22nd, 2020

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Mary Grace Nielsen

Mary Nielsen passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 8, 2020 surrounded by love.

She was born in Washington, DC to Alfio and Betty Leonardi and was raised there with her two sisters, Lizzie and Cathy. Mary moved on to Virginia Beach where she raised her family. Her husband of 36 years, Bob, predeceased her in 2007. She leaves behind her three sons, Rob, Erik and Adam and her grandchildren, Ashley, Victoria, Katelyn, Sarah, Raegan and Garrett – all of whom she loved fiercely.

She fought Multiple Myeloma for the last eleven years, a marvel in itself. She was an active and loyal member of Saint Nicholas Catholic Church where she had many dear friends.  Mary was a great painter and an avid gardener.  She was a huge Washington DC sports fan and thoroughly enjoyed the recent National’s World Series Championship.

We’ll miss her smile, laughter and huge personality, but know she’s moved on to a better place.

A funeral mass is scheduled at 1pm on February 22 at Saint Nicholas Catholic Church, 712 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452.

Memorial donations in her honor may be made to Saint Nicholas Catholic Church or to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.

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My sincere sympathy to the Nielsen family. One of my best days in the Suffolk Treasurer's Office was meeting Bob Nielsen and hearing all about the family. This meeting eventually led to the privilege of meeting Mary and Rob. May your precious memories sustain you during the loss of your Matriarch.

Sylvia Duck May 13 2021 12:00 AM

My brother, our family and I just lost another dear cousin. Her captivating smile and sense of humor will be missed by all of us. Deepest condolences to the Nielsen Family. See you all at the service. Anthony Magri

Anthony Magri May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Our most sincere sympathy to the Nielsen Family. We will cherish 47 years of many fond memories and good times we had . You will be missed by all who knew you. Rest in Peace Dear Friend!

Mary & Mario Convertino Sr. May 13 2021 12:00 AM

Mary Grace was my second cousin. My father has many fond memories of Mary Grace and her two sisters Elizabeth and Carhy. We were fortunate enough to have seen her Dec 2019 and enjoyed a great dinner together as part of my nephew's college graduation celebration in Williamsburg. She was a lovely lady and will be greatly missed. Condolences to the immediate family- I hope I can meet her boys one day soon! Stephanie Mathis

Stephanie Mathis May 13 2021 12:00 AM