Stevens Memorial Chapel

607 28th Street, Ames, IA


Janet Lee Nelson

February 8, 1944July 20, 2020

Janet Lee Nelson, 76, of Ames, Iowa, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Mary Greeley.

Jan was born on February 8, 1944, in Ames, Iowa, to Robert and Leona (Mindemann) Clouser.

Jan graduated from Gilbert High School in 1962, then attended cosmetology school. Jan was an excellent cook and enjoyed cooking for family and friends.

Jan was united in marriage to Kenny Nelson on November 24th, 1998. Kenny and Jan shared 18 years of marriage.

Jan worked at Hach Company for 20+ years. During retirement, she enjoyed watching the Food Network, NASCAR racing, Cyclone and Hawkeye sports, and spending time with her group of girlfriends.

Her favorite time of year was Christmas, she loved baking Christmas cookies and candy, Christmas decorating, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed hunting and cooking morel mushrooms, (but actually disliked eating them herself). She also spent many years at Lake Cornelia, making memories with family and friends.

Jan was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, and her parents. She is survived by her brother Mike (Susie) Clouser of West Des Moines, Iowa, loving children, Kim (Jason) Hambly of Vinton, Iowa and Todd (Nicole) Jorgensen of Gilbert, Iowa; grandchildren, Megan (Greg) Annis of Marion, Iowa, Logan and Luke Jorgensen.

There will be no visitation or memorial service per Jan’s wishes. The family will have a celebration of life at a later date.

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Becky Berglund

July 31, 2020

Awww, Jannie....I can still see your smile and hear your laugh. Such a loss for us all. Love to Mike and all of Jannies family. Becky

Ann Rasmussen

July 24, 2020

I worked with Jan at Hach . She was the sweetest lady I could ever get to know. She will be missed by all. Rest In Peace.🌸

Sherry Locker

July 24, 2020

We were friends for 37 years, I’m going to miss our talks, daily phone calls, shopping, lunch dates, and your wonderful friendship! I know you’re at peace, like the candle in the wind. Fly high sweet lady! Put the top down🎶❤️

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