LILLIAN J. NELSON | AUG. 10, 1933 - AUG. 1, 2013

Whiting woman lived for her family

2013-08-20T00:00:00Z Whiting woman lived for her familyCHARLES F. HABER Times Correspondent
August 20, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Lillian Nelson was a loving mother who gave birth to all seven of her children within a decade.

"It was for the love of all of us that she did it," said her son, Keith Nelson.

That love extended to her husband, Keith, who died in 1996.

Lillian J. Nelson, 79, of Whiting, died Aug. 1.

Many neighbors remember her as the nice lady sitting on her front porch with her dog, Wrigley.

"She loved sitting on her porch, talking to the neighbors and passersby," said her daughter, Ellen Chavez.

In providing for her family, Nelson worked nights at the Olympia Restaurant for many years, Keith Nelson said.

"She sacrificed so much for us and yet, at that time, we had no idea how hard it was for her."

With a chuckle, he recalled how she insisted they go to St. Pat's Church on Sundays, but they sometimes ended up at Walgreens with their collection money.

Her son added that when they did make it to Mass, they learned all about peace with God in heaven, where their mother now resides, he said.

He also recalled the hours their mother spent making pierogi for the family.

Chavez proudly noted that their mother specialized in old Polish paczki for Fat Tuesday. They had raisins and other features not found in store-bought paczki.

The St. John Rosary Society, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Whiting, was often blessed with Nelson's baking talent.

"She made those every year for Lent," Chavez said.

Nelson also loved her great-grandchildren, Marley, Brooke and Luke, who always called her "GG."

Chavez needed just three words to give the best description that any mother could want: "Everybody loved her."


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