Eric J. Nielsen

POWELL, Ohio — Eric J. Nielsen, 53, of Powell, Ohio, and formerly of Eagan, Minn., passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 after a valiant three-year battle with cancer.

Eric was raised in Stillwater and was a Class of 1977 graduate of Stillwater High School.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1981. Eric relocated to Ohio in 1997, where he was a 15-year employee of BankOne-JP Morgan Chase.

Preceded in death by his mother, Alice Nielsen, Eric is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Teresa Nielsen; his children Andrew Nielsen and Katie Nielsen; his father John Nielsen of St. Michael, Minn.; his sister Janice Nielsen of Chaska; the extended Rickel family and nieces nephews, co-workers and friends.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 10700 Liberty Road in Powell, where Eric was a faithful parishioner and where  Eric’s family will receive friends one hour before the Mass and then immediately after the Mass in the Social Hall. A private family burial will be observed.

If they choose, friends can make memorial contributions in Eric’s memory to: The James Cancer Hospital, c/o The James Development Office, 660 Ackerman Road, PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112,

The Rutherford Funeral Home at 450 West Olentangy St. in Powell assisted the family.  Please visit to send condolences to Eric’s family.