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Jeanette L. Nelson

July 30, 1949 ~ October 19, 2021 (age 72)


On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, Jeanette Nelson, loving wife, and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 72 surrounded by her family.

Jeanette was born July 30, 1949 in Royal Oak, MI to Lee and Evelyn Johnson. On December 6, 1968, she married Tom Nelson. They raised two sons, Chris (Marci) and Greg (Devin). Jeanette served her younger years as a CNA before leaving nursing to run an in-home daycare. It’s here where she was able to express her true passion for taking care of others. Nettie, as she would become known to children and adults alike, helped to shape the lives of numerous children that came under her care. Many parents of these children became lifelong friends. Nettie ended her career continuing to take care of others working as a senior care companion, assisting others to remain independent in their homes.

Nettie loved crocheting and created many works of art with yarn over the years. “What’s your favorite colors” would often be one of the first things you would be asked after meeting Nettie. A few weeks later you would have a beautiful new afghan to keep you warm. Nothing meant more to her than her family and she would always beam with pride anytime she was able to talk about her grandkids or great-granddaughter.   

Jeanette was preceded in death by her father, Lee, and her mother, Evelyn. She is survived by her husband Tom, her two children, Chris and Greg, her grandchildren, Haleigh, Cole, Katlyn, Bubba (Amanda), Alyssa, Hailee, Thomas, Devin, Nick, and Sydney, her great grandchildren, Callie, Lillian, Addison, and Ashlynn, her brother Clyde, her sisters Lynn, Spring, and Dawn as well as several nieces and nephews. 

A celebration of life will be held at a date to be determined later. The family asks that memorial donations be made to University of Wisconsin Foundation, Nephrology Fund for Excellence in memory of Jeanette Nelson.


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