Dorothy L. Nelson
Dorothy Loretta Freeman Nelson passed away in Vero Beach Florida on January 6, 2019 at age 98. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 7, 1920 to Thomas Herbert and Lucille (Heinrich) Freeman. She is survived by her caring brother Ronald (Patricia) Freeman of Third Lake, IL, loving son Thomas L. Nelson (Mary nee: Belec) of Wildwood, IL, caring daughter –in- law Nanette Paparelli of Sebastian, FL, cherished grandchildren Kimberley Nelson Serzynski (Patrick) of Lake Villa, IL, Daniel Nelson (Tina) of Vero Beach, FL, David Nelson of Sturgis, MI, Thomas Nelson Jr. (Crystal) of Wildwood, IL, John Nelson of Wadsworth, IL, Timothy Nelson (Nicole) of Salt Lake City, UT, and precious great-grandchildren Daniel (DJ) Nelson, Donald Nelson III, Patrick Serzynski, Nicolette Nelson, Ryan Nelson, Sabrina Nelson, Ace Nelson, Ava Nelson and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved spouse of more than 60 years, Milford (Mel) W. Nelson and loving sons Richard H. J. Nelson and Donald H. Nelson, brother Thomas Freeman, sister-in-law Stephanie Freeman, sister Jean Mills and grandchildren Jerald C. Nelson, Donald H. Nelson Jr., and granddaughter – in-law Sheryl Nelson. Dorothy enjoyed many activities including bowling, guitar playing and singing. Nothing made her happier than a spirited game of pinochle or bunko with family and friends. Dorothy worked in a textile factory in the 1940’s and as a switchboard operator in the 1950’s. In 1966, Mel and Dorothy started D.L. Nelson Manufacturing Company in their basement and when the company grew, moved their business to Grayslake, IL until they sold it in the 1980’s and enjoyed an early retirement with family and friends. Dorothy and Mel also led the St. Gilbert’s Guitar Mass for several years and enjoyed their time as snowbirds between Lake County, IL and Vero Beach and Arcadia, FL. Friends and family may visit on Tuesday, January 15th at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium at 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL from 4:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A funeral mass is scheduled for Wednesday January 16th at 10:00am at St. Gilbert Catholic Church 301 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL. Interment will follow at Ascension Cemetery 1920 Buckley Rd., Libertyville, IL. For more information please call (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org or our facebook page.