Phyllis J. “Joanne” Nickelson

Phyllis J. “Joanne” Nickelson

December 3, 1934-November 27, 2023

Phyllis “Joanne” Martin was born near Monticello, Illinois, on December 3, 1934, to Elbert and Bertha (Cooley) Martin. She graduated from Monticello High School and attended Northwestern University where she earned her BS degree in Education. She taught second grade at Southside School in Champaign, Illinois, for 3 years. Joanne married Willis “Nick” Nickelson, on June 19, 1960. She dedicated her life to the upbringing of their 3 children. When their grandchildren were born, she provided loving care to them as well. Joanne enjoyed reading and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s various activities.

Preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Elbert, Jr., LaVerne Connell, William “Bill” (Dorothy), Bernice (John) Anderson, Imogene (Lonnie) Smith, and Mary (Louis) Olivero. She is survived by her husband, Nick; children: Jeffrey (Carol Anne), their children: Kelly, Nicole and Stacie; David (Kristin) and their children: Lesley Nickelson and Ashley (Ryan) Meyo; Carol Struck and her children: Cody, Trevor and Jacob; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A private burial service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.


  • Bob & LeAnn Holtzbauer Posted November 30, 2023 2:46 pm

    Dave, Kristin and Family.
    Thoughts and prayers with you at this time.

  • Deanna Hartwell Posted December 4, 2023 2:04 pm

    Jeff and C.A., Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Jennifer Goforth Posted December 5, 2023 6:56 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May you find peace and comfort in your many memories.

  • Terry and Brenda Sparks Posted December 5, 2023 9:41 pm

    Sending love and prayers to Uncle Willis, Jeff, David and Carol. Aunt Joanne was a kind gentle soul. Love you all!

  • LeAnn Steele Posted December 5, 2023 10:36 pm

    CA , Jeff and family- may you find comfort in the cherished memories you shared with your mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. Please know that you are not alone, and if there’s anything I can do to support you, whether it’s a listening ear or a helping hand, please don’t hesitate to reach out. CA you have done so much for others- let us know if we can help you or your family. May you find strength, peace, and healing in the days ahead.

    Psalm 23: 1-6
    John 14: 1-4

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