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Joan Erichsen services Friday

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Joan Erichsen, age 79 of Brook, Ind., formerly of Chesterton, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014.

She was born on January 13, 1935 in Chesterton, to Walter and Victoria (Yagelski) Nellessen, both of whom preceded her in death.

She was married to Karl Erichsen who preceded her in death on January 1, 2009.

She is survived by her children, Eric (Shari) Holst of Noblesville, Ind., Greg (Diane) Holst of Union Mills, Ind., Scott Holst of Lawton, Okla., Monika (Bob) Reeise of Easley, So. Car., and Heidi (Tim) Cawby of Valparaiso, Ind.; sisters, Therese Nellessen-Sallac of Atascadero, Calif. and Patricia Nellessen-Dommer of Chesterton; thirteen grandchildren, Jessica, Lauren, Christopher, Aaron, Brian, Shannon, LeAna, Mitch, Sabrina, Rebekah, Robert and Karl Dane and sixteen great-grandchildren, Margot, Luke, Kennedy, Tyler, Jordan, Justin, Jude, Jayda, David, Brian, William, Robert, Brody, Karl, Ryan and Olivia.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Walter “Wally” Nellessen and grandson, Christopher Scott.

Joan was a homemaker and loved spending time with her children. She enjoyed traveling and horses.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m., with Father James Meade officiating, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N Calumet Rd., Chesterton. Burial is to follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 13, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton.

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Posted 3/12/2014