Obituaries » Nina M. (Scott) Legerski
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October 23, 1923 - April 13, 2018
Nina Mae Scott Legerski was born October 23, 1923, the daughter of Bert Allen & Ada Pearl Scott, at Kleenburn Wyoming. She passed away April 13, 2018 at Lone Tree, Colorado. She was raised in Kleenburn and later in Sheridan. She attended schools in Sheridan.
After high school, Nina worked at Bear Lodge and had a room in the loft over the dining area. One time it was robbed, and she and a fellow employee stayed safe by hiding upstairs. Her future husband came to rescue them.
She married John Legerski, Jr., the love of her life, on January 18, 1941, in Hardin, Montana. When John joined the Army during World War II, she managed to eke out a living for herself and her two oldest children on a stipend of $100 a month. She transported her children around in an old Model A. They loved the rumble seat. Once John returned from World War II, she assisted him in his various positions. When John’s mother became elderly and was in poor health later in life, they brought her into their home and surrounded her with love and family. Nina tenderly cared for her dying mother-in-law for the last few months of her life.
Nina loved people, most of all she loved her children, her grand, great and great-great grandchildren. She enjoyed laughing with friends and family, playing cards, putting puzzles together with her children along with a big bowl of popcorn, cooking and baking. She delighted in going to games her son and grandson played and participated in. She took pride in the accomplishments of her family. She enjoyed travelling to visit family and friends throughout the United States. In Oregon her daughter once took her to a coffeeshop that had a live music program. Her daughter will always remember how she exuded happiness and wonderment and had the biggest smile on her face. Ne’er did anyone come to visit when Nina didn’t whip up a meal. Her friends and family will miss her homemade vashuntka, chokecherry syrup, and biscuits and gravy.
Nina loved her husband’s Polish heritage, and embraced the warmth, humor, and kindness of the Polish people. She and John went to many Polish dances. In her 90’s one could still find her watching a weekly Polish TV program at home in Sheridan.
Nina canned a great deal of fruit and with her mother in-law and other sisters-in-law at the family ranch. She later took to canning at home. One year she canned around 600 jars. Nina was also an accomplished seamstress, sewing outfits for her children. She later had a passion for making dolls and sewing their dresses. Whatever she did, she was very accomplished. Nina designed three houses and she and John built two for their family. She still was designing a fourth house.
Nina was a lovely person. Once her oldest son saw a beautiful woman walking down the street and when she drew nearer, he found out it was his mother. She believed in dressing up when she went to town. She loved bright colors, and in her later years amassed a fine collection of wearable tie-died art.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Legerski, Jr.; her parents, Bert and Ada Pearl Scott; her sister Audrey Scott Chalfant; her grandson, Brice Crosby Legerski; nieces, June Sturtz, Charlene Trujillo, and Michelle Legerski Schleyer; and nephews Wilford A. Catterall, John Haratyk, Edward Kilmarx III, and Gregory Legerski.
Nina is survived by her sister, Irene Scott Ellsworth; three children, Colleen Ann Bushmaker, Floyd Legerski, and Dr. Randy John Legerski; three grandchildren Keri R. Legerski, Tamara Bushmaker, and Scott Bushmaker; four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. Although she was close to all of her nieces and nephews, she was particularly close to Jerry Catterall, who she partially raised.
Nina had a great wit and loved telling stories about her family and her life in Sheridan. Her family drew strength from her and she will be missed intensively. “We cannot see her, but because she is with God she is with us still. She is more than a memory; she is a living presence.”
A visitation will be held at 6:00 pm with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Champion Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Holy Name Catholic Church with Father Ron Stolcis officiating. A luncheon to follow in the Parish Hall. Interment will follow the luncheon in the Elks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The Brice Crosby Scholarship Fund at Sheridan College.