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Memorial Services Sunday for Jean Nelson age 84

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Jean Nelson, age 84 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on July 6th, 2016. She was born on May 5th, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois to Harold “Jack” and Marian (Bovee) Hildebrand.

Jean is survived by her daughters, Deborah (Darren) Farris and Edithe (Paul) Hahn; son, Gary (Laura) Nelson; grandchildren, Jennifer (Craig) Horton, Kristopher (Alina) Hahn, Lyndsey (Jeremy) Hooley, April (Dennis) Kelly & Sherry Nelson; great grandchildren, Robert, Ryan and Karrigan Horton, Westin Hahn and Garret Kelly; great great grandson, Matthew Horton; sisters, Eilene Bond, Linda Aabey and Mary Armagast. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Nelson; her parents, Harold “Jack” Hildebrand and Marian (Bovee) Wright; and her brother, Buddy Hildebrand.

She was the longtime owner of the Yellow Brick Road Gift Shop and Oz Museum. Jean “Mama Jean” was the Founder and Creator of Chesterton’s Wizard of Oz Festival. Jean loved the west, especially her trips to the Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota. After retirement she enjoyed traveling with her family.

Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, 46304, with Pastor Jay Birky officiating.

Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 17th, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at 6:00 p.m. Cremation services provided by Heritage Crematory, Portage, IN.

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Posted 7/15/2016




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