Nancy Haley nee Bancroft

Jan. 20, 1930 April 20, 2015

Nancy Haley nee Bancroft Nancy Haley, 85, of Oconomowoc, passed away peacefully and of natural causes on April 20, 2015, at Matthews Senior Living Center.

Nancy was born January 20, 1930, in Madison. She was a loving wife to Robert G. Swan Jr. until his passing in 1982, and also a devoted mother to her three sons, Scott, Peter and Todd. In 1983, Nancy remarried to Leroy Haley, a longtime friend. She was with him until he passed in 1988.

She spent the early years of her first marriage raising her sons on the family farm south of Dousman.

Following a move to Oconomowoc in 1965, she obtained her real estate license then joined her husband Bob in the real estate business. Together they enjoyed the rewards, challenges and, oftentimes, long hours of that profession.

Nancy loved art in all its forms, but her favorite medium was watercolor.

An accomplished artist herself, she shared her artistic passion with many artisan friends throughout southern Wisconsin. She was often invited to present her work in various galleries, fairs and art shows across the state. One of her favorite venues of years past was the annual “Art Fair on the Square,” which was held around the Wisconsin State Capitol building in the center of Madison.

Although she could be passionate and outspoken at times, her compassionate and outgoing nature was equally evident to those who knew her well.

She was always available to provide help and support to anyone in need. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her second husband, Leroy; her parents, George Russell and Ann Bancroft; and her younger brother, Russell Bancroft.

She is survived by her three sons, Scott of Missoula, Mont., Peter of Oconomowoc, Todd and his wife Mae of Oconomowoc, and sister Suzanne and Jim Elder of Bozeman, Mont. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, one step-grandson and seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service date for family and close friends has yet to be determined.

When that date is set, she will be interned at the Town of Ottawa Cemetery, approximately 2.5 miles south of Highway 18 on Highway 67, just south of Dousman.