Jean K. Nelligan

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HARVEYS LAKE — Jean K. Nelligan, 74, of Harveys Lake, died in the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, as the result of a serious automobile accident.

Born in Clermont, Fla., she was a daughter of the late Simon Kessler and Edythe Brinen Kessler, of Tampa, Fla. She was a graduate of Plant High School, Tampa, and was a member of Temple B'nai B'rith, Kingston, Harvey's Lake Women's Club and other civic and religious organizations.

She was a very unselfish and generous person who was known fondly as "Mrs. Rum Cake," due to the thousands of rum cakes she had baked.

In addition to her mother, Jean is survived by her loving husband, former U.S. Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, James L. Nelligan; son, James C. Nelligan and his wife, Joanne, Dallas; two grandchildren, Ryan and Rachel Nelligan; brother, Martin Kessler, Tampa; sister, Beverly Kessler Fruit and her husband, Melvyn, Jacksonville, Fla.; niece and nephew, Lori A. Fruit and Andrew J. Fruit and his wife, Julie; great-nephews, Michael I. Fruit and Samuel Fruit.

Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, with Rabbi Roger Lerner officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to charity of donor's choice.

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Rosenberg Funeral Chapel - Wilkes Barre
348 S. River St
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 822-1210
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Published in Times Leader from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2014