Lois C. Nelson

Lois C. Nelson

May 4, 1942 ~ February 25, 2019

Age 76

On Monday evening, February 25, 2019, Lois Carol Nelson (née Oder) passed away at Hospice House in Omaha, NE, at the age of 76.

Lois was born on May 4, 1942, in Joliet, IL, to Karl and Olga (née Erickson) Oder.  She married Burton Nelson in 1963 and moved to Lockport, IL, where they raised their two children, Jeffrey and Carol. 

Lois’ life was filled with music!  She was the organist at the First Congregational Church in Lockport for over 20 years.  She was also the choral accompanist at Lincoln Way High School in New Lenox, IL.  She moved to Portland, OR, in 1994.  There, she was an active church organist as well as the choral accompanist at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR.  In 2007 she moved to Bellevue, NE, to be closer to her grandchildren.  There, she was the choral accompanist at Lewis and Clark Middle School for 10 years.  Every place she lived, she was a gifted piano and organ teacher.

Lois is survived by her son Jeffrey Nelson and wife Kelli; daughter Carol Colwell and husband Martin; grandchildren Christopher and Annika Nelson;  brother Glenn Oder and wife Marlin; and her beloved dog Jenny.  She was preceded in death by her parents Karl and Olga Oder and her brother Kenneth Oder.

A short celebration of life service will be held at Bellevue Memorial Chapel on March 11 at 6:30 p.m. with a viewing starting at 5 p.m. Her cremains will be spread at her favorite place on earth, Lake Tahoe, NV. In lieu of flowers, the family requests the remembrances be sent to the Kidney Cancer Association.

1 Comment

  • Shawn Shields Posted March 11, 2019 4:06 pm

    Jeff, Kelli and Carol, It was a privilege to know your Mom, as her nurse and friend. She was a feisty gal! I will miss her.

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