Joanne Nelson, 82, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2019, surrounded by family in Lodi. She was born Aug. 7, 1936 to Victoria Madruga (married to Jack Madruga) and Michael Marzono. She had two sisters, Rose Fuller and Donna Malanado. She was married to Dale Nelson on Dec. 3, 1955. Joanne lost her husband on April 17, 1994. Shortly after his death, Joanne relocated to Galt in 2002.

Together they raised five children, Brian Nelson (married to Janice, children Christy, Brian, Kevin, Shannon, Jason, Lisa), Vickie Lotz (children, Jamie, Curtis, JR, Jonas, Daniel, Jimmy), Terry Carson (children Julie, Roy, Jodi, Kit), Rick Nelson (married to Carol, children Justin, Nicholas, Ella), and Mitchell Nelson (married to Kathy, children Amber, Ashley, Anthony). In addition to her 22 grandchildren, she was also a great grandma to 27. She was everyone’s grandma; that is something that made her special. She loved to have people visit and she loved to offer treats. Even in her final days, she developed the reputation of being the room to stop at for candy with all the residents and staff at Brookdale Memory Care in Lodi where she resided for the last six months.

Although toward the end of her life she spent it battling dementia, she always remembered her family and was able to spend memorable moments with those she loved. Even if some had missed those opportunities, know that she thought of everyone often and was comforted by sharing memories from past moments in time where she felt real joy. It is with hopeful and sorrow filled hearts that we say goodbye.

A memorial service for Joanne will be held on Saturday, March 23 at 12 p.m. at Real Life Church, 550 Industrial Drive in Galt.

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