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Our Staff

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Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.

Karen Walsh Nussbaum

Karen Walsh Nussbaum

C.F.S.P, Owner

Karen graduated from Marquette High School and then studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. After graduating from Worsham College, Karen and Jack Cooter purchased the Ottawa Funeral Home from her father, Edward J Walsh. A Licensed Funeral Director, Karen has served on various state committees and for many years as President of District Five of the The Illinois Funeral Director's Association, she is a Illinois Licensed Insurance Producer for National Guardian Life, Funeral Director Life Insurance Company and Great Western. 

Karen is nationally recognized, having been one of the first recipients of the David Baue Scholarship which is awarded to women in the funeral service profession. Karen has been profiled and published in a funeral trade journal. Her credentials extend to being certified by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Her volunteer efforts in the community have included Rotary, Zonta, YMCA and Hospice. She initiated the Camp Fires Treasure of Life Program, a bereavement camp for youngsters. Karen was honored by the Business Professional Women in 1995 when she was named Woman of the Year.

Her husband, Nelson, is also a funeral director, and owner of the Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home in Seneca, IL. They have two children, JB, his wife Katie, and daughter Micki Nussbaum, and her husband Ken Chiang MD, and now six grandchildren Gavin, Charlotte, Kennedy and Quinn Nussbaum, and Chloe and Julia Chiang


Nelson J Nussbaum

Nelson J Nussbaum

Owner

Born and raised on a farm near the town of Forrest, Illinois, located about 60 miles South East of Ottawa, Nelson graduated from Forrest/Strong-Wing High School in 1965. He joined the service in 1966 serving in the Vietnam War as a US Navy Seabee. In 1968 he enrolled at Illinois State University and graduated in 1972 with a BS in Vocation Agriculture Education. After college he took a position with Archer-Daniels-Midland in their grain elevator company's Illinois River division, serving for 14 years. He also worked part-time as a teacher at Ottawa High School.

He attended and graduated from Worsham College. In addition to being on staff at Ottawa Funeral Home, he is owner of the Osborne-Nelson Funeral Home in Seneca, IL. In 2013 he completed the Crematory Operator Training.

Nelson is involved in numerous community groups serving as past Presidents of Kiwanis and the Camp Fire Board and was treasurer for the Masonic Temple for 15 years. Nelson has served as Treasurer of the Ottawa High School Booster Club. His outside activities include golfing, softball and snow skiing. Married to Karen Anne Walsh, they have two children, JB, his wife Katie, and daughter Micki Nussbaum and her husband Ken Chiang MD and six grandchildren Gavin, Charlotte, Kennedy and Quinn Nussbaum, and Chloe and Julia Chiang


Jacob R. Dunn

Jacob R. Dunn

Funeral Director/Embalmer

Jacob was born and raised in Aurora, where he attended Aurora Central Catholic High School, graduating in 2015 with honors. He later attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he graduated Cum Laude in December of 2018. During his time in school, he was awarded the James C. Lyerly Memorial Award for outstanding business and management skills and the Arthur J. Russler Memorial Award for the highest competency in clinical embalming theory. Jacob has been a licensed crematory operator since 2013. Jacob served his internship starting in 2019 and is now a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.   


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