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Patricia "Pat" Nelson

March 14, 1941 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Patricia "Pat" Nelson Obituary

Patricia “Pat” Nelson age 82, peacefully passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, January 21, 2024. 

She is survived by her children, Susan (Jim) Swetlik, Janice (Steve) Skalsky, Ray Matthews, and Julie (Christopher) Wuest; grandchildren, Courtney (Steven) Burkett, Amanda Matthews, Zachary Swetlik, Nick (Ashley) Droski, Joseph Matthews, Caitlin (Trevor) Kirsh, Michael Skalsky, and Thomas Skalsky; great-granddaughters Brailee and Abbie; sister Stella Zralka. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Bertha Brzenk (Czernia); cherished daughter, Karen Droski (Matthews); and nine siblings. 

Pat was born at home on March 14, 1941 in East Chicago, Indiana and was one of eleven siblings. She raised her five children and settled in Hegewisch, Illinois. She was a homemaker and caretaker her entire life, and maintained the tidiest house, even as old age made it harder to get around. Pat was a waitress at Steve’s Lounge in Hegewisch for a number of years. She loved to go out to dinner with “the girls”, and always tried to win big on slot machines. She loved the Christmas season and wished for snow on Christmas Eve every year. You could often hear her humming Christmas songs, even during the summer months. Pat was a treasured mother and Nana, and will be greatly missed by her family. 

“Mothers plant the seeds of love that bloom forever.”

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