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Helen J. Nelson


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Helen J. Nelson Obituary
Helen J Nelson passed away on June 24, 2015 at the age of 84. The youngest daughter of eleven children, she was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Frank and Helen Turk on November 28, 1930. She moved to California as a young adult, where she met and married her beloved husband, John. They settled in San Gabriel where they spent their entire lives and raised three children, Michael, Kelly and Maureen. Her greatest joy in life were her grandchildren; Sarah, Colin, Ian and Eric. She devoted her entire life to the San Gabriel Mission, the Claretian Missionaries and the Dominican Sisters. Helen was employed for over 43 years at the San Gabriel Mission. After the 1987 earthquake, she was named Restoration Director where she chaired the committee that raised over $11 Million to restore the historic church and surrounding buildings. She was a Board member of the California Mission Foundation and the California Mission Studies Association up until the end of 2014. She was instrumental in securing funding for projects across the state for the California Missions. She will be remembered for her love of life, her incredible generosity and her proud Irish Catholic heritage. Our lives are better for who she was and what she meant to so many. Services will be held at the San Gabriel Mission with the rosary on Tuesday, June 30th at 7:30pm and a memorial mass on Wednesday, July 1st at 9:30am. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 27 to June 28, 2015
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