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Glenn Thomas

January 24, 1938 – June 1, 2022

Glenn Nilsen
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— Oliverie Funeral Home
"Will always remember you Dad as a loving, giving, compassionate person who loved his God, his family, his friends. Always gave a helping..."
— Donna Lee Nilsen Thomas
"A good friend has passed away, rest in peace Glenn. The memories of you will be saved in our hearts"
— Anne Karen Birkeland w/ family
"A beautiful family and a beautiful legacy. Sending my love to the Thomas Nilsen family. "
— Lauren Shiell
"Thank you Glenn for the friendlyness you showed me when we met in Norway. May you be remembered with joy and gratitude."

Obituary for Glenn Thomas Nilsen

Glenn Thomas Nilsen, son of the late Thomas and Astri Nilsen (nee Abrahamsen) was born on January 24, 1938, in Jersey City, New Jersey. Mr. Nilsen, a life-long resident of New Jersey, died peacefully in his home in Jackson, NJ on June 1, 2022.

Glenn is survived by his second wife of 12 years, Bonnie Nilsen (nee Bornkamp); his children, Debora Nilsen-Brown (William), Donna Thomas (Stephen), Dean Nilsen (Maria), Derek Nilsen (Krista), and Diane Boylan (Bob); Bonnie’s son Bradley Bornkamp (Dawn); his siblings, Parker Nilsen (Ruth), and Roger Nilsen (Janet); his fifteen grandchildren, William (Leigh), Alexander, and Mackenzie Brown; Ashlee and Katelyn Thomas; Matthew, Michael (Wally) and Rachel Nilsen; Thomas Child, Tyler (Nela) and Hunter Nilsen, Nicholas, Karl, Rebecca and Peter Boylan; and Bonnie’s grandchildren Cassia and Nicholas Bornkamp; and five great-grandchildren, William, Ellie and Hannah Brown, Jackson Thomas and Lorenzo Cani. He is predeceased (2008) by his first wife of 48 years, Marilyn Nilsen (nee Omland).

Glenn grew up in Maywood, NJ and graduated from Bogota High School in 1955. He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY earning a Bachelor of Architecture in 1960. He served as Vice President of Sales for the MacKenzie Group in New York City for 35 years. On September 10, 1960, he married Marilyn Anna Omland, of New City, NY and resided in Bergenfield and West Milford, NJ. Glenn married Bonnie, of Marlboro, NJ on July 10, 2010, and resided in Jackson, NJ.

Glenn was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and devout Christian involved in many church activities, including singing in the choir. He was an avid Model Railroader and skilled craftsman in building a life-like model train layout in his home. He loved to travel and explore the United States with his family in their travel trailer, visiting many of the 50 states. In addition, he loved people and would strike up a conversation with everyone he met on his life journey. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

Visitation is Sunday, June 5th from 4-8 PM, with a service at 7 PM at Oliverie Funeral Home, 125 S. Cooks Bridge Road, Jackson, NJ. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 6th at 11 AM at Park Evangelical Free Church, 4 Roosevelt Place, New City, NY, with interment to follow at Martinus Hogenkamp Cemetery, New City (next to Park Evangelical Free Church). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105; Camp Spofford 2022 Building Project at, Camp Spofford P.O. Box 162 Spofford NH 03462; Parkinson’s at, The Michael J. Fox Foundation P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

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First Visitation

When Sunday, June 5, 2022 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Oliverie Funeral Home - Jackson
125 S. Cooks Bridge Road
Jackson, NJ 08527
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Service Information

Monday, June 6, 2022 11:00am
Park Evangelical Free Church
4 Roosevelt Place
New City, New York 10956

Interment Information

Monday, June 6, 2022
Martinus Hogenkamp Cemetery
4 Roosevelt Place
New City, New York 10956
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