BERYL M. (HODGES) NELSON

October 31, 2023

BERYL M. (HODGES) NELSON

BERYL M. (HODGES) NELSON – of Woburn, formerly of Erie, PA, died peacefully, October 31st, after a brief illness, with her family by her side, at the age of eighty-five.  Beloved wife of 53 years to the late Robert B. Nelson. Devoted mother of Christine Bockoven, her husband Peter of AZ, Jean Mac Leod, her husband Scott of Woburn, Cynthia and her late husband, Edrick Smith, of Woburn, Cheryl and her late husband, David Christiansen of Pepperell, Melissa Bourassa, her husband Timothy of Windham, NH, Robert Nelson, Jr. of Erie, PA and Scott Nelson, of Windham, NH. Treasured grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 29. Beryl was pre-deceased by her grandsons, David Christiansen and Corey Nelson, and great-grandson, Noah Larson. Dear sister of Beverly Beckage of NM and Charlene De Dionisio of Erie, PA, and the late Charles, William, Clayton, Randall, Donald, Ronald, and Dennis Hodges, and the late Ava Yankowsky and Mary Phalon. Also survived by her dear friends, Kay Zastawa of Erie, PA and Ann James of Billerica, as well as many, many loving nieces and nephews. At the family’s request all arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Remembrances may be made in Beryl’s memory to Best Buddies, 8 Consodine Rd., Brewster, MA 02631

BERYL M. (HODGES) NELSON – of Woburn, formerly of Erie, PA, died peacefully, October 31st, after a brief illness, with her family by her side, at the age of eighty-five.  She was the beloved wife of 53 years to the late Robert B. Nelson.

Born and raised in Erie, PA, Beryl was a daughter of the late Charles and Ethel (Pogue) Hodges. She was a graduate of East High School.

Beryl and Bob got married on April 12, 1958 and raised their seven children in Woburn, to whom they were devoted. Beryl was the most kind, generous and supportive wife, mother, and grandmother who gave herself to others.

After her children were grown, Beryl went back to work, as a bookkeeper for many years at Jordan Marsh.

Beryl was a professional bargain shopper, a lover of flowers, an avid reader and expert solver of crossword puzzles. Her laughter was contagious, and her sense of humor brought joy to all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Devoted mother of Christine Bockoven, her husband Peter of AZ, Jean Mac Leod, her husband Scott of Woburn, Cynthia and her late husband, Edrick Smith, of Woburn, Cheryl and her late husband, David Christiansen of Pepperell, Melissa Bourassa, her husband Timothy of Windham, NH, Robert Nelson, Jr. of Erie, PA and Scott Nelson, of Windham, NH. Treasured grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 29. Beryl was pre-deceased by her grandsons, David Christiansen and Corey Nelson, and great-grandson, Noah Larson. Dear sister of Beverly Beckage of NM and Charlene De Dionisio of Erie, PA, and the late Charles, William, Clayton, Randall, Donald, Ronald, and Dennis Hodges, and the late Ava Yankowsky and Mary Phalon. Also survived by her dear friends, Kay Zastawa of Erie, PA and Ann James of Billerica, as well as many, many loving nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request all arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Remembrances may be made in Beryl’s memory to Best Buddies, 8 Consodine Rd., Brewster, MA 02631

At the family’s request all arrangements are private and under the direction of the Lynch Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Remembrances may be made in Beryl’s memory to Best Buddies, 8 Consodine Rd., Brewster, MA 02631

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  1. I was thinking of her today and found out she had passed. I worked with her at undercover wear for awhile. We became very good friends until I moved to NH and life got so busy because I went to nursing school for my RN. My condolences to the family. May she rest in peace. She was a wonderful person.

  2. Chris, Jean, Missy and all of the Nelson Family. I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. I remember her kindness from back in the day and enjoyed chatting with her and Scott later on at Building 19. She was a lovely woman and what a fantastic legacy she leaves with so many beautiful children, grandchildren and great grandchildren!! I hope you all can find peace and solace knowing she is now with Bob and together they are looking over all of the family from above with loads of love and pride. My sincerest condolences. B.L.

  3. Jean and Scottie, and families; Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Although I didn’t know your Mom, I known you for many years and I’m positive your Mom must have been an incredible person because you turned out to be a tremendous mom and person yourself. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during these sad times. Sincerely, Bobby C

  4. Dear Robert, Jean and family of Beryl, You have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved mother. May you share the comfort of knowing she is in God’s loving arms at this time. Treasure the many wonderful memories that you have made with her. God bless you all as you mourn her loss on earth and celebrate her heavenly entry. Sincerely, Kathy Schaaf

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