Theresa J. Nelson

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died July 6th, 2019

Theresa J. Nelson, 86, passed away on Saturday afternoon, July 6, 2019 at Christian Park Health Care Center.

She was born on December 16, 1932 in Escanaba, daughter of Frank and Catherine (Reiss) Beaudry.  Theresa was raised in Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1950.

On January 23, 1953, the former Theresa Beaudry married Lynn F. Nelson at St. Patrick Church.

Theresa was employed with Michigan Bell prior to starting her family.

She loved spending time with her family.  Theresa and her son, Eric often enjoyed going out to eat and going for car rides.  Theresa had a smile to be remembered and her friendliness will never be forgotten.

Theresa was a member of St. Anne’s Church.

Among survivors include her two children, Kim (Gary) Luokkanen of Virginia Beach and Eric Nelson of Escanaba; three grandchildren, Aaron Luokkanen and Danielle Luokkanen of Virginia Beach and Desiree Nelson of Menominee; sister, Catherine Higgins of Kenosha, WI; three nephews and one niece.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lynn; she was preceded in death by daughter, Catherine Nelson and two brothers, Robert and Kenneth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, July 10th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anne’s Church in Escanaba with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating.  A meal will follow in the church hall.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Lynn in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or the National Kidney Association of Michigan in Theresa’s name.

A message of condolence may be directed to the Nelson family by visiting

3 Tributes to “Theresa J. Nelson”

  1. Eventhough I have never met your Mom, she raised an awesome daughter! May God hold you and your family in the palm of His hand during this time of grieving and remembrance. Try to remember the good times!

  2. I am so sorry for your loss and I pray Jesus gives your family the strength and peace to get through this sad time.

    Wendy Beaudry Millo

  3. I got to know Mrs. Nelson (“Mom”) through her daughter, Kim, who I’ve known since she married and moved to Virginia Beach. I’ve adored her ever since I met her. According to Kim, her mother always asked about me and wondered how I was doing, and I always knew she sincerely cared about me. Knowing this, I just KNEW that she poured her heart and soul into her children and grandchildren.

    Mrs. Nelson reminded me of my own mother – raised Catholic, held old fashioned beliefs, devoted to her husband and considered raising her children as her #1 priority. Whenever Kim told me that “Mom” had asked about me, I genuinely felt as if my own mother was checking in with me.

    I’ll miss the stories that Kim would tell me about her, but we all know that she and Lynn are together again for eternity.

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