Jean Ann <I>Hildebrand</I> Nelson

Jean Ann Hildebrand Nelson

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 6 Jul 2016 (aged 84)
Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Burial Portage, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 166745022 · View Source
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Jean Nelson, age 84 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on July 6th, 2016. She was born on May 5th, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois to Harold “Jack” and Marian (Bovee) Hildebrand.

Jean is survived by her daughters, Deborah (Darren) Farris and Edithe (Paul) Hahn; son, Gary (Laura) Nelson; grandchildren, Jennifer (Craig) Horton, Kristopher (Alina) Hahn, Lyndsey (Jeremy) Hooley, April (Dennis) Kelly & Sherry Nelson; great grandchildren, Robert, Ryan and Karrigan Horton, Westin Hahn and Garret Kelly; great great grandson, Matthew Horton; sisters, Eilene Bond, Linda Aabey and Mary Armagast. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Nelson; her parents, Harold “Jack” Hildebrand and Marian (Bovee) Wright; and her brother, Buddy Hildebrand.

She was the longtime owner of the Yellow Brick Road Gift Shop and Oz Museum. Jean was the Founder. She opened the Yellow Brick Road is 1978. Creator of Chesterton’s Wizard of Oz Festival first in 1982. she was voted "Woman of the Year" in 1999. She sold the Yellow Brick Road to 1/1/2001 to Gerald Bishop and Marilyn Zengler.

Jean loved the west, especially her trips to the Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota. After retirement she enjoyed traveling with her family.

Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, July 17th, 2016 at 6:00 PM at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN 46304 with Pastor Jay Birky officiating. Memorial Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 17th, 2016 from 3:00 PM until the time of service at 6:00 PM. Cremation services provided by Heritage Crematory, Portage, IN.

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Jean began in the Sept 1978 as the Yellow Brick Road.

The Wizard of Oz parade begins 1981.


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  • Created by: Eva Hopkins
  • Added: 10 Jul 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 166745022
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jean Ann Hildebrand Nelson (5 May 1932–6 Jul 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 166745022, citing Heritage Cemetery, Portage, Porter County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Eva Hopkins (contributor 47159848) .