Nancy Kelly, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, peacefully passed away on June 18th, 2023, at the age of 84. She was born on November 5, 1938 a daughter of Ernest and Margaret (Pagel) Krueger.
She was a graduate of Antigo High School 1956. She married Donald Kelly on December 1, 1956 in Milwaukee. Their memories together will forever be treasured by those who witnessed their deep connection. They were a beacon and an example of what a marriage and family should be. He preceded her in death on February 28, 2013.
Later in life, Nancy found companionship and joy with her special partner, Sam Hardin. Their bond brought comfort, laughter, and a shared journey filled with love.
Nancy dedicated several years of her life to public service as a postmaster in Deerbook before her retirement. Her commitment to her work and her community was admirable, and she made a lasting impact on those she served.
Nancy's unwavering faith in God was an integral part of her life. She was a devout Christian and a dedicated member of Peace Lutheran Church. She shared her faith through her words and actions, serving as a beacon of light and inspiration to her loved ones. Nancy's devotion to God was unwavering, and her legacy of faith will continue to inspire those who knew her.
She had a zest for life and enjoyed a variety of activities. One of her favorite pastimes was skiing, which she pursued with enthusiasm. Nancy was also an avid reader and dedicated her time to volunteering at the local hospital and nursing home. She was a talented knitter and made numerous afghans, baby blankets, booties, and sweaters with intricate patterns that she gifted to friends and family.
Her love for her family knew no bounds, and she embraced her role as caretaker with grace and selflessness. She will be deeply missed by daughters, Kim Kelly of Antigo, Kathy Dobson of Appleton, and Karen (Eric) Lindstrum of Wausau; grandchildren, Ashley Hightower, Jeremy (fiancé Lea) Dobson of Merrill, Kelsey (Brad) Borchardt of Green Bay, Lynn Hightower of Wausau, Syndeny (Kendall) Giles of Denton, TX, and Alissa Lindstrum (Michael Powell) of Neenah; great-grandchildren, Aaliyah Hightower, Isaac Dobson, and Harvey, Kennedy and Haven Giles;
The oldest of nine siblings Nancy is also survived by five brothers, Gene Krueger of West Bend, Gary (Penne) Krueger of Antigo, Ernie Krueger, Jr. of Manistique, MI, Kenneth (Mary) Krueger of Lake Tomahawk, James (Wanda) Krueger of Plover; a sister, Vicki (Daniel) Young of Wausau; sister-in-law, Ann Krueger of Germantown; brother-in-law, David (Karlene) Kelly of Arizona.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Justin Dobson; a sister, Connie (Jack) Holfeltz; brother, John Krueger, brother-in-law, Dennis Kelly, sister-in-law, Mary Johnson, sister-in-law, Betty (Gus) Taylor, sister-in-law, Pamela Kelly.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church with Rev. David Karolus officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 28, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Burial will take place in Elmwood Cemetery on Thursday, June 29 at 1:30 p.m.
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Antigo, Wisconsin 54409
Antigo, Wisconsin 54409
To the family: I knew Nancy thru the Post Office as I was the Postmaster of Bowler and always found her with a smile and kind words. I will say a prayer to our Creator for all of us to remember her kindness and contribution to this ground that we live upon to always be nice to each other as she was to us. Greg Miller
Thinking of you and your family. Alliance Management StaffFlorist's Choice Bouquet was purchased for the family of Nancy Kelly by Anonymous.
I have been missing my talks with Nancy may she rest in peace I'm so sorry for your loss what a great lady! !
God called a very good friend of mine home. We have been friends. For so many years I can't remember a time we were not. Tuesday mornings over breakfast at Dixie many topics were hashed out. After two pots of coffee all issues were resolved both of us looking forward to the next Tuesday. Nancy was a caring, wonderful person who I was fortunate to have had in my life and to have called my friend. Dawn
Kim, Ashley, and extended family-- Sorry to read about the death of your Mom and Grandma. Previously living in Deerbrook, we knew her through the PO and also as Grandma to Ashley, a former student. She was a caring person with a positive attitude to help. She will be missed by many. Our prayers. Jeanne and Jim Peters.
Karen and Family, it was an honor to know your beautiful mother. Losing our mothers is one of lifes hardest challenges. She is not here, but she is near and will live in your heart forever. God’s peace now and always. Penny (Parsons) and Scott Schumitsch Family
Kim and Sam and Family,
Nancy was such a lovely lady who I enjoyed visiting with be it Class of '56 gatherings or sharing a meal. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Penny
Karen and family....I'm so sorry for your loss. Nancy had a huge impact on the Voight family. She was always so kind. Marla