Joan Nelson

Published On: Nov 16 2012 05:29:55 PM CST

Joan Nelson, age 79, of Janesville, died on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center. She was born in Janesville on Feb. 8, 1933, the daughter of George and Eva (Pierce) Rector. She attended Madison East High School and married Claire Nelson in Dubuque, IA on June 2, 1952. Joan enjoyed gambling and loved to read. She loved her family, especially her grandkids, and enjoyed being a "substitute" Messenger delivery person for her grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving husband, Claire Nelson of Janesville; daughter, Debi (Al) O'Leary of Janesville; 4 grandchildren: Stephanie O'Leary of Janesville, Michael O'Leary of Greenville, SC, Eric O'Leary of Columbia, MD and Kevin O'Leary of Janesville; sister, Dorothy Busse of Rice Lake, WI; brother, Don (Connie) Rector of Madison; many other extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Delores Duane.

A private family service will be held at a later date. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family.