Barbara Kay Nelson

June 17, 1950October 4, 2020

Barbara Kay Nelson, 70, passed away on October 4, 2020. Barbara was born on June 17, 1950 in Darlington, Wisconsin to Freeman and Minnie Nichols. She graduated from Harlem High School and shortly after in 1973, married the love of her life Dennis Nelson. Barbara was a supervisor for over twenty years at Bon-Ton. In her free time Barbara enjoyed fishing, traveling and being an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary for the VFW; but there was nothing she loved more than spending time with her grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by her sons, Scott (Angela) Nelson and Brendon (Sarah) Nelson; grandchildren, Trenton, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Olivia, and Zachary; sister, Wendy Lynde; special friend, Tom Grimes. Preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Nelson; parents, Freeman and Minnie Nichols; brother, Cecil Nichols.

A Walk Through Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 1pm until the time of Service for immediate family at 2pm at Sunset Funeral Home (8800 N. Alpine Rd, Macheseny Park, IL 61115). Interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois or The Ladies Auxiliary VFW of Loves Park.


  • Celebration of Life Walk Through Visitation

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service (Immediate Family)

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

  • Interment

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020


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Norma and Richard Andrus/Sterkowicz

October 19, 2020

It was wonderful being your friends from the pool and bingo trips to Sterling. You were a great lady and a good friend. You were a hard worker and a super cook. You will be missed. God bless you. I know your grandkids will surely miss you a lot. 💕🎈

Ashley Rasmussen

October 13, 2020

Scott and Brendon,

I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a wonderful woman and a fantastic addition to the Grimes family. She was loved like an aunt to Tom's nieces and nephews. She played an integral role in the family and her warmth, kindness and conversations will be remembered always.

She loved helping in any way she could. A fond memory I have is when planning Shelley's baby shower for Madden years ago, she was insistent on being equally involved and contributing. She wanted it to be just as special as I did. She loved all of Tom's family as her own.

To Uncle Tom and families;

She will be forever missed, but always cherish the memories and use those as beacons of light through your darkest times. I love you all.

"May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten."

Ashley Rasmussen and family

Brad Lynde

October 12, 2020

To Scott, Brendon, and Tom,

We are all very sorry for your loss. I will certainly miss Aunt Barb. Her and Uncle Denny were always very good to me.

I will always remember sharing holidays and other times together at our family's farm and at your mom and dad's house. I will mostly remember the countless times of seeing Aunt Barb at a holiday or just at a visit at Grandma's place on Northfield. I wish we could go back and capture one of those days.

In the last couple years I will remember your mom coming to the hospital to stay with us when my mom had a heart attack and again when she had a stroke. Your mom was always a good sister and a loving aunt.

I know my kids will remember the times that your mom and Tom hosted for us and/or them at Lake Carroll and at Lake Summerset.

We will all miss Aunt Barb and are praying for you and your families, Scott, Brendon, and Tom,


Brad Lynde


October 9, 2020

To Scott , Brenden and families . we are so sorry and sad to hear about Barbs passing . she loved her family but the Grand kids was the ones, she was so proud of them .We played cards most sunday afternoons (untill covid - 19 sheltered us to stay home) she had lots of stories to tell about what each one was involved in or where she was taking them,swimming, shows or out to eat . It was as much fun for her as it was for them .Barb also had room in her heart for Toms Grand kids we heard stories about them also.She loved spending time with all of them. We liked beating the men at cards .she will be in our hearts forever we miss her too. Dorthy and Don

Janice Grimes

October 8, 2020

Barb was great sister-in-law, friend and all around wonderful person. She will be greatly missed by all.
I always told her that if something happened between her and Tom, we were keeping her.

Sandy Grimes

October 8, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss, we will miss sitting around the bon fire at the camper with Barb, we had alot of good times, she will be missed.

Debbie Raethz

October 8, 2020

Barb was a very giving person. We were honored to have her as a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Loves Park and she did SO MUCH every year at our State Convention being in charge of the hospitality room for the 6th District. She did an AMAZING job every year. She be terribly missed.

Sandra Thomas

October 7, 2020

My cousin loved her family that's what we do we love and take care She has 2 great kids and grandkids rip barb

Shelley Frederick

October 7, 2020

Barb was such an amazing woman. An awesome role-model, and she gracefully fulfilled the role of bonus mom in mine and my brothers’ lives for the last 17 years. She was also the most wonderful granny to my 4 boys. Our world shines a little less brightly without her.

To Tom (my dad). I’m so heartbroken at the loss of your best friend. I love you and wish you peace as you navigate forward without her by your side.

To Scott, Brendon, and family. I am so sorry for your loss as well. Your mom was an exceptional woman, and we are all better humans because of her guidance. I wish you peace in your grieving.

Brian Borchardt

October 7, 2020

Barb was a member of the A-1 family where Tom works. She would stop in and brighten the office every time she did. I would always razz her about her " fishing stories". She always had time to talk, a kind word, and was always very upbeat. I never met her boys but felt like I did, as she talked about them and her grandkids constantly. She was just a delightful person, and we truly miss her.


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