Barbara Nelson

Born: Friday, February 1, 1929
Passed: Saturday, December 9, 2017

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Barbara E. Nelson, 88, of Rockford, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017. Born February 1, 1929, in Dekalb, the daughter of Clarence and Laura (Jensen) Strack. Graduate of Kingston High School, Class of 1946; and Northern Illinois University, Class of 1966. She married Johnny D. Nelson on June 10, 1949, in Rockford. He predeceased her on December 13, 2015. Barbara loved making her house a home for her family and was a home-economics teacher. She was a member of Alpine Lutheran Church, serving in many ways including Altar Guild and reception/kitchen committee.

Survived by her children, Dewaine (Carol) Nelson - Schaumburg, Elaine Malzahn - Reynoldsburg, OH, Diane (Dr. Ralph) Dirksen - Macomb, and Joanne (Gary) McCue - Dover, PA; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marjorie Blake and Charlotte Houtz; and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister, Joyce Mathison, brothers-in-law, Arnold and Everett; and son-in-law, Rev. John Malzahn.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View Ave, Rockford, with Pastor Dan Wynard officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. in the church prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Alpine Lutheran Church, 5001 Forest View Ave., Rockford, IL 61108.

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  1. Judie

    Dear Elaine, Diane, Joanne and Dewaine, So sorry for your loss. Your mom and dad were super friends and neighbors for more than 40 years. I have many fond memories of them both! They are both sorely missed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, and I will be with you in spirit tomorrow as you celebrate a wonderful life!

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