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Joann Alice Nelson

January 11, 1932 ~ December 21, 2017 (age 85)

Joann Alice (Wolff) Nelson, 85, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2017, in the comfort of her son’s home in Springfield, MA, with her family at her side. Born on January 11, 1932, in Los Angeles, CA, she was the loving daughter of Robert W. and Helen (Sperle) Wolff. She was raised, educated and spent her life in Southern CA, a true “California Girl.” She married her high school sweetheart, Berwin H. Nelson on February 14, 1953, a devoted wife for over 64 years. Joann loved cooking, crafting, gardening, and the sunshine on her face. She was humble, kind and loving to all who knew her. Her faith in God carried her through many difficult challenges. Joann’s most valued treasure was her family. In addition to her husband, she leaves behind her loving children who will cherish her memory, Brad Nelson and his wife, Kathy of Springfield, MA, Lorie Simcox and her companion, Rick Harold of Santa Rosa, CA, and Lynn Nelson of Santa Rosa, CA; her adored grandchildren, Brandi (Simcox) Robinson and her husband T.J., Erin (Nelson) Hulea and her husband Brian, Shane Nelson and great grandchildren Kara (Robinson) Morgan and her husband Jonathan, Zack Robinson, William, Abby and Katelyn Hulea, and her great-great grandson William Morgan. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Robert “Bobby” Wolff. There will be no calling hours and interment will be private. For online condolences please visit

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