Jeanne B. Nelson. 60, Ford River, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at her home.
She was born in Manistique on January 3, 1955, the daughter of Heman and Nancy (Clifton) Strasler.
Jeanne was raised in Cooks and graduated from Big Bay de Noc High School.
On July 5, 1975, she married Allen Nelson at St. Anne’s Church. Jeanne and her bridesmaids wore dresses that she made.
After high school, Jeanne moved to Escanaba and started working in Delta County Probate Court. She also worked at Northern Home Nursing Services, and most recently as an instructor and a seamstress at the Academy of Dance creating costumes and sets. She was known to many of her students as “Mean Jean.” She also volunteered at the Ford River Township voting precinct and St. Anne’s Church picnic where she was also a member. She also loved to crotchet, garden and research her family’s genealogy. She was known for her participation with the “Dress a Doll” fundraiser held by Salvation Army at State Bank, and won many awards for the costumes she created.
Jeanne is survived by her husband, Al; daughter, Nicole (Erickson) Zelton of Green Bay; son, Corey Nelson of Harris; parents, Heman and Nancy Strasler; sisters, Janis (Paul) Groleau of St. Jacques, Jewell (Rodney) Hoy of Limestone, MI, Jerri Lyn (Tim) Bliss of Sundell, MI; brothers, Randy (Kathy) Strasler of Danforth; grandchildren, Amber, Xavier, and Lilyana; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.
Burial will be in Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Nelson family.