Jeanne Beth Nelson

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died April 18th, 2015

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.

10 Tributes to “Jeanne Beth Nelson”

  1. She was kind, and funny, and strong. She talked about her family all the time. She loved you all. Not sure why God took her home so soon, but her job on earth mush have been done. She raised incredible children. “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4. Wow !!
    I wish I could have seen her just one more time. She will be missed. I will never forget her.

  2. Dearest family of Jeanne….We were so very sorry to hear of her passing. Treasure all your memories and hold them close to your hearts…I have been sick so I could not attend her services.Know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow and during this difficult time..May God Bless each and every one of you and your entire family.

  3. To me, Jeanne was not just “Corey’s mom” but for all the weekends spent at the Nelson home over many years, she was another mom. She was warm and welcoming, always offering to make a lunch for us (to eat at the table or, more often, to pack off to one of our many forts), tolerant of all the muck, smells, and animals that returned with us, and showing interest in the video-games-on-paper we designed or goofy “radio station” cassettes we recorded. She will continue to bless the lives of others through the ways she has touched and shaped those that knew and loved her.

  4. I will always remember how nice Aunt Jeanne was to me, sewing and taking in my dresses while I was growing up. I’m so grateful for all she did for our wedding; picking out flowers and arranging them, hand-making all our bridesmaid’s dresses and making my dress fit after having Ozzy. If it wasn’t for her, my wedding dress would not have fit! We will miss you, Aunt Jeanne. Uncle Allen, Nicki and Corey are all in our prayers.

  5. I am so sorry to hear about Jeanne. I have many fond memories of her in 4-H and school. Hold her memories close to your hearts and she will always be with you.

  6. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I remember Jeannie from 4-H. I am glad to see she used her skills into her adult life as she was so very talented. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. To Uncle Allen, Corey and Nicky,
    I am so sorry. Aunt Jeanne fought so hard. She was a beautiful, talented and loving person. I have many fond memories of her.

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Tracy

  8. My sisters and I have such fond memories of the Strasler girls and our years in 4-H. We had some good times. Jeanne was a wonderful person and I am thankful to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. I was so saddened to hear of Jeanne’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. Anyone that met her only had good things to say about her. She was a special lady and will be missed by all. Please know that my prayers go out to Allen, Nicky (and family), and Cory. You have my heartfelt sympathy.

  10. My deepest condolences for your loss. She was an amazing person and will be greatly missing.

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