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Arthur J. Nelson

Arthur J. Nelson, age 87, passed away on October 11,2020. He was born and raised in Staten Island, New York and lived in Port St Lucie, Florida for 35 years.

He is survived by his four children Noreen, Skip (Pattie), Edward (Tsuna), and Kristen; sister Dr. Marguerite Nelson (Brandon); five grandchildren Megan, Amy, Patrick (Hillary), Kellie and Desiree; five great-grandchildren Jadan, Riley, Lacey, Skylar, and Julia as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years Joann and his parents Arthur C. Nelson and Marguerite Nelson.

Art was an active member of the Holy Family Catholic Church for over 30 years. Art and Joann spent their early years in PSL actively fund raising for the construction of the now beautiful Holy Family Church. He was a member and past Commandant of the Marine Corps League Jack Ivy Detachment No. 666. Art or Skip, as he was known to many, joined the detachment when there were only a handful of Marines on the detachment's active roles. He helped build it into the robust organization it is today. Proud of his Korean War service, Corporal Nelson, USMC was an Aviation Electrician assigned to VMO-6, just above the 38th parallel in direct support of 1st MARDIV. He was an active member of the Korean War and Defense Veterans Treasure Coast Chapter 106, the American Legion Post # 0400 and a member of the VMO-6 Memorial Project, erected in 2012 at the Semper Fidelis Park, National Marine Corps Museum, Quantico Virginia. He was a member of both the 1st Marine Division and Third Marine Aircraft Wing Associations. Art was also a life-member and past trustee of the Port St Lucie Elks #2658, as well as a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Knights of Columbus. His life of service was devoted to his wife and family, his church, his community, our country and his beloved Corps. His was a life well lived, and one worth emulating. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the myriad of others he touched along the way. His lifelong journey of love and service, which he shared with Joann for more than 70 years, will not soon be forgotten. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate. Semper Fidelis.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at 10:30 a.m. in the Holy Family Catholic Church in Port St Lucie. Interment will follow at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the "Semper Fi & America's Fund" (For our Combat wounded, ill and injured (, Holy Family Catholic Church, or the Fisher House Foundation.(

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Published in TC Palm from Oct. 19 to Oct. 20, 2020.
Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
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October 19, 2020
Our prayers to the extended Nelson Family during this time of great loss and sorrow. May your memories always bring you some measure of comfort. I knew both Joann and Skip as neighbors on Rice Avenue, Staten Island before they were married. Sleigh riding down Rice Avenue during the snowy winters with Skip and Joann was always fun. Skip owned a 1946 Ford coupe with a modified the engine to make it very fast. When he was ready to sell it, he offered it to me which was my first car.
Fair winds and following seas Marine. Semper fi! Ernie Grecsek, USMC
Ernie & Terry Grecsek
Ernie Grecsek
October 19, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the family of Skip & Joann, they were wonderful people and an inspiration to all who interacted with them.
Ed & Bonnie Grecsek
Edward & Bonnie Grecsek
October 18, 2020
The U.S. Marines, Navy Fleet Marine Force Corpsmen, FMF Chaplains, and Associate Members of the E. T Brisson Detachment #063 of the Marine Corps League in Naples, Florida, hereby salute and recognize Arthur J. Nelson for serving God and his country by becoming a United States Marine. We honor his memory and valiant service to our Corps and our great Nation. Please accept our heartfelt sentiments as a token of our esteem and admiration of his L’Esprit du Corps. Semper Fidelis.

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