Nancy Smith-Wenzlaff, 83
Aug. 21, 1935 -- Feb. 17, 2019
Nancy A. Smith-Wenzlaff, 83, departed this earth on Sunday, Feb. 17,
2019, in Grand Junction, Colo., surrounded by family and their love for
her. She has made the incredible journey to her eternal home to meet
Jesus face to face.
Nancy was born Aug. 21, 1935, in Sauk City, Wis., to Helmuth and Mona (Stubley)
Schroeder, the only daughter and youngest of five children. She was
brought up in the Lutheran Church, and attended high school in
Middleton, Wis., graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and
earned her master’s degree at Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee. Nancy
married Don Smith on Feb. 2, 1957, and they wonderfully raised four
children: Don, Steve, Tari and Sandy. Nancy and Don had a wonderful life
together, until his death on April 22, 1996. She was blessed a second
time in marriage to James Wenzlaff on Oct. 8, 1999, and gained a second
Nancy was a special education teacher and taught children with learning
disabilities in the Mequon-Thiensville School District for 23 years,
from 1972 to 1995. She was blessed with a gaggle of grandchildren and
great-grandchildren and she loved nothing more than spending time with
them. Nancy left a legacy of memory-making that will last a lifetime.
She loved God, family and friends. Nancy enjoyed friendships, parenting,
teaching, traveling, quilting, hiking and had an adventurous spirit. She
highly valued humor, honesty, integrity, kindness and morality.
Nancy is survived by her children: Don (Noel) Smith, Steve (Robin)
Smith, Sandy (John) Knol and Dave Blank, as well as her dear
step-daughter, Teri (Jere) Johnson. In addition to her parents, she is
preceded in death by her husbands: Don Smith and James Wenzlaff; her
daughter, Tari Smith-Blank; her brothers: Helmuth “Smokey,” Forrest,
Merrill and Zane Schroeder; and many other wonderful friends and family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Woodland
Lutheran Church in Rome, Wis. Pastor Margo Peterson will officiate.
Burial will take place at LaBelle Cemetery in Oconomowoc, Wis., at a
later date. Visitation for family and friends will be Saturday, March 2,
2019, beginning at 9 a.m. until the funeral service at the church.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.taylorfuneralhome.net. Herman-Taylor Funeral Home is honored to
be assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the
Mayatan Bilingual School at Sesesmil Copan Ruinas, Copan Honduras, Copan
Ruinas, Copan 00000, Honduras. The donations will help fund scholarships
to educate underprivileged children in Honduras.