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Jessi Marena Nelsen: In loving memory

Jessi Marena NelsenSeward resident Jessi Marena Nelsen, 27, passed away in a plane accident on Merrill Field on August 24, 2013.

A graveside service for immediate family and close friends will held at the Seward Cemetery on September 5, 2013 at 1PM.  A Celebration of her Life will be held at 2PM at the hangar at the Seward Airport.

Jessi was born and raised in Seward, excelled academically and then went to PSU for 2 years. She then decided to take a break from her studies and backpacked through Mexico for 4 months and immersed herself in the their culture completely. She then moved to Anchorage and went to work at the Spenard Roadhouse where she instantly was part of their family and was proud to have served their very first order when they opened 2009. She returned to Seward in 2011 to be with her nephew for a full year as she wanted to be there for him every day. They shared the most special bond and she was his “Diddi”.

She returned to Anchorage in fall of 2012 until the present but traveled down once a week to long shore and to be with her family.

Jessi worked many places including Princess Tours, Royal Celebrity Tours, Portland Harley Davidson, Cracker Jack Sport fishing charters, J-Dock Seafood, Resurrect Coffee House, Spenard Roadhouse, The Anchorage Press, Zine Magazine, I.L.W.U Local 60 Longshoreman, Tony’s and The Pit Bar.

Her family wrote, “Jessi is the sweetest, kindest and most loving child since the minute she was born. Many were drawn to her positive outlook, her independent thinking and solid loving advice. She was strong-willed in her beliefs, meticulous, and always a little late.  She ran on “Jessi Time”. Her family calls her a “Foodi” as she absolutely loved food. Jessi had a flair for style, she definitely had her own style that everyone knew and loved. She was the ultimate socialite, always at the center of the arts, night life and local events. Jessi had an incredible amount of friends. Introducing friends was a great joy of hers. Amidst an extremely busy schedule coordinating work, play, school, music, gift giving, writing, travel and her beloved Rob, she always found time for family and friends.

Jessi loved to travel on her own terms, and created her own path.

She loved Seward, she would always travel, but Seward was her home.

She met a lot of stars in her life, but she was our super star who touched and influenced and inspired our lives. She was our special gift. We will miss her and she will forever live in our hearts.

Survivors include her mom and dad Mike and Mari Nelsen; brother Jasen Nelsen; nephew Reilly; grandpa Herman Nelsen;  numerous uncles, aunts, & cousins.

Arrangements are with Janssen’s Evergreen Memorial; to sign the guestbook and view the online memorial please visit




  1. Dixie Landenburger

    Sincere condolences to the Nelsen family on this tragic loss of a young, vibrant woman’s life.

    Dixie and Eric Landenburger, Brooke (Landenburger) Thomas

  2. I did not know Jessi. For a very long time, I have been allured by and fascinated with the reading of obituaries. Similarly, I’ve benefitted by walking graveyards, reading the superficial recordings of longevities. Both activities have gained me humility, and an increased appreciation for the very specialness of the years we are allowed, ourselves.

    In reading Jessi’s biography I was touched by the investment she made to gain worldliness, her work ethic, her familial loyalty and love for others. When I consider her life cut so short, and with such an obvious potential for goodness and accomplishment, it saddens me greatly. Such an admirable life. My sincere condolences. Myron Rosenberg

  3. Jack and Dixie williams

    Jack and I remember the Nelsen Family especially Mike whom our daughter went to School with. so sorry to hear of your loss. Such a terrible Tragedy. Will keep you in our heart and Prayers go out to the family
    Jack and Dixie Williams

  4. My heart goes out to each of you on the loss of Jessi.
    She was a very special gal.

  5. This is such a huge loss. I’m still stunned.

    We will miss you Jessi.


  6. Tanya, Sandy and Dan Sandefur

    Our thoughts and sympathy are with you. Hugs and love,
    The Sandefur Family

  7. Their is nothing that can be written or said that can lesson the pain that you must be feeling Mike, Mari and family. Just know that many of us our thinking of you during this difficult time.