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Funeral Services for Caitlin Nelson, 20, of Clark Will Take Place at St. Helen's Church

Services have been set for Caitlin Nelson, who died Sunday. Credits: Facebook

CLARK, NJ – A funeral mass for 20-year-old Caitlin Nelson has been set for Saturday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Helen’s Church, 1600 Rahway Ave., Westfield.

Nelson, who was a junior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, died Sunday, just days after choking during an eating contest at a sorority event.

According to Walter Johnson Funeral Home, relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, April 7 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. Helen's Church. 

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:

Sr. Pat's Kids Camp
c/o of St. Helen's Church
1600 Rahway Ave.
Westfield, NJ 07090


Camp Sea Stars North
c/o Resiliency Center of Newtown
153 South Main St. Newtown, CT 06470

Both are organizations with which Nelson volunteered.

“Caitlin gave in every aspect of her life, including donating her organs as a final act of giving,” the obituary said.

Click here for the full obituary and to leave condolences for her family. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

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