Joan Erichsen, age
79 of Brook, Ind., formerly of Chesterton, passed away Monday, March 10,
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
Joan was a
homemaker and loved spending time with her children. She enjoyed traveling
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,
to the family may be left at