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Todd W. Nielsen

Published May 25,2023

Obituary's Biography:

Todd William Nielsen, age 47, a resident of Grayslake, passed away on May 24, 2023.  He was born on December 24, 1975 in Des Plaines to John Paul Nielsen IV and Mary Jean (nee Rockensock) Nielsen.

Todd was one of nine children born to Mary and John Nielsen and was the second youngest son. Born in Buffalo Grove, he spent many childhood summers at the camper at Lakepoint Resort in Wilmington, Illinois where he would fish, swim and sit by the campfire. Todd was a hardworking and dedicated employee who started working for Brown’s Chicken at the young age of 14. He proudly graduated from Buffalo Grove High School in 1993, a year early, when he started working in the parts department at Dakota K Auto Repair. Todd was a life-long learner and enjoyed problem solving and helping others. He naturally gravitated toward a career path in the automotive insurance industry and worked for many years for an after-market automotive insurance company in the southern suburbs and most recently for Allstate Insurance Company as a Claims Adjustor. Todd loved playing basketball, watching the Bulls and Bears on television and being with his son’s. The formidable years he spent at the campground in his youth molded him into the person he became as an adult. He loved sharing his camping experiences early on in his boys lives and helping them to develop a love for the outdoors. He was private and quiet but once you got past his tough exterior he was loving and caring. More than anything Todd loved his family and his children. He was very close to his brother, Chad, who passed away in 2019 and devoted himself to being the primary caregiver for his mother. He was amazing with managing meals; doctor appointments and household needs without complaint. We will his witty sense of humor, quiet reserve and powerful hugs. Todd passed away peacefully at the age of 47, in his Grayslake home.

Todd is survived by his sons, Kyle of Lemont, Carter of Crestwood, Cole of Oak Forest, and Brayden of Coal City; his mother, Mary Jean Nielsen; his siblings, Natalie (Bart) Hoppe of Algonquin, Michele Nielsen (John T) of Mundelein, John Nielsen V of Kenosha, WI, Adam (Nicola) Nielsen of Sussex, WI, Kimberly (Joseph) DiSalvo of McHenry, Melissa (Brent) Dominowski of Round Lake, and Shelly Nielsen of Hampshire; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, John Paul Nielsen IV; and his brother, Chad Nielsen.

A visitation will be held at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030 on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 from 5pm until 7pm, with a funeral service commencing at 7pm.  Interment will be held privately.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana https://rmhccni.org/donate/

For more information, please call (847)223-8122 or visit www.StrangFuneral.org.

5 replies on “Todd W. Nielsen”

  1. It gives me pleasure knowing; I have known you as a friend.
    Souls like yours will be missed.

  2. Todd will be missed by our whole neighborhood. He was always the first to be there when a neighbor needed help, doing so much for all of us. Sending peace to the family.

    1. I am so sorry for your loss. I have such great memories of him at Lake point. He will be missed.

  3. Todd, as well as Chad, were as much as a positive influence on me as any of my family members. Growing up with him/them was many of my greatest memories and will be thought of and missed forever. My condolences to the entire Nielsen family and you all will always have a huge place in my heart. LPC for life.

  4. Mary and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Todd. Sending healing prayers and comfort during this tough time.

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