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JoAnn Helen Nelson

December 24, 1938 December 25, 2018
JoAnn Helen Nelson
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Obituary for JoAnn Helen Nelson

JoAnn Helen Nelson was born to George and Mabel (Hoefert) Swenson on December 24, 1938 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She passed away December 25, 2018, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Community in Blair, Nebraska after a lingering battle with Alzheimer Disease.

JoAnn grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she attended grade school and graduated from Washington High School.

On January 23, 1960 she married Larry Nelson in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After living in Sioux Falls, Viborg, and Canistota, South Dakota, they moved to Nebraska. First stop was Loup City and then settling in Tekamah for the last 40 years.

She was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church volunteering in many capacities at her church. She was a visiting member of the Blair Hospital Hospice group; a receptionist at the Emmanuel Lutheran Hospital and Emmanuel Lutheran Village of Omaha.

JoAnn loved outdoor activities, especially gardening, fishing, golfing and snowmobiling. For years she and Larry operated Northwinds Nursery. She was proud being the first woman to score a hole in one at Northridge golf course and repeated this feat while golfing in Arizona. She was always ready to go fishing and would always bait her own hook.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stepfather Loren “Andy” Anderson, brother Gerald (Jerry) Swenson, and son Scott on December 1982.

Survivors include husband Larry Nelson: sons Todd (Glenda) Nelson of Omaha, and Mark (Brenda) Nelson of Elkhorn: 5 grandchildren: Bryan (Jaccie) Nelson, Jeff Nelson, Sarah (Brad) Soflin, Nick Nelson, and Greg Nelson: 5 great grandchildren.

Special thanks go out to the nurses, aides, and staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Community.

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Memorial Visitation




5:00 PM 12/28/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/28/2018 7:00:00 PM
Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah

1103 J Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Family will be receiving friends.

Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah
1103 J Street Tekamah 68061 NE
United States

Memorial Service




11:00 AM 12/29/2018 11:00:00 AM
Emmanuel Lutheran Church Tekamah

210 S 12th Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Emmanuel Lutheran Church Tekamah
210 S 12th Street Tekamah 68061 NE
United States

Cemetery Details


Private Family Burial Final Resting Place
United States

Memorial Contribution

Emmanuel Lutheran Church Tekamah

210 S 12th Street
Tekamah, NE 68061

Tekamah Fire and Rescue

ATTN: Mike Bank
1515 M St
Tekamah, NE 68061

Alzheimer's Association Nebraska

11711 Arbor Street
Suite 110
Omaha, NE 68144

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