Nancy Wenzel, 79

Nancy Wenzel, age 79 of rural Lowry, died Sunday, November 6, 2011 peacefully surrounded by her family at home after a valiant battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 12th at the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood. Inurnment will be in the Reno Mission Cemetery in rural Lowry. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.

Nancy Hasseltine Henning, born on November 13, 1931, in Padroni Colorado, the second daughter of two, to loving parents John Millard Henning and Elsie Maude Metlan Henning, grew up and attended schools in SLC, Denver and Ames Iowa. She graduated from Paseo High School in Kansas City, MO and also attended William Jewel College of Kansas City MO.

It was during college that Nancy met and married Richard "Dick" DeMun. They began their marriage and family together with first son Norman John DeMun in Norfolk Virginia while Dick was stationed there as an Ensign in flight training with the US Navy. The young family then moved to Park Forest Illinois, starting their civilian life and a career in the steel industry. Son Steven Michael, daughter Karen Sue along with 2 more sons, Robert David and William Bruce were all happy additions to the growing DeMun brood. The family also lived in Youngstown Ohio and the Twin Cities area for a time and eventually settled into a cozy old farm house on lake Minnewashta in Excelsior MN, with horses, dogs, cats and never a dull moment.

Nancy was a loving wife, and mother and an accomplished homemaker. She volunteered in her children's classrooms and taught Sunday school. There were fishing, hunting and camping trips, horseback riding, time spent with grandparents, aunts and uncles, holidays and birthdays and in general much love and laughter in her busy household.

In 1968, Dick suffered a fatal heart attack, leaving Nancy as a single parent of 5. Nancy worked in the post office and other various positions in Excelsior during this time and managed to be not only mother but father as well. As luck would have it though, there were blessings in this challenge, as it was during this period that Nancy met the love of her life and soul mate, Lawrence Douglas "Larry" Wenzel. They married in 1972 and Larry joined the family and life on the lake.

The couple spent the next 39 years devoted to each other and the blended and extended family that included not only Larry's 2 daughters from a previous marriage, Pam and Linda, but over the years also grew to include daughters-in-law, significant others, grandchildren and eventually great grand children too.

Nancy and Larry also formed bonds and maintained many friend ships during their married life. They shared hobbies, horseback riding, hunting and golfing with many of their good friends. Nancy was active in women's golf at the Hazeltine Country Club in Excelsior MN, and became an accomplished quilter too, creating a prolific body of work and wining prizes for many of her pieces along the way. She was also involved with the local Lake Preservation Group and the "Some Place Safe" shelter for women and children in Glenwood.

In 2003, Nancy and Larry moved to Lowry to spend their golden years in a beautiful post and beam home that they designed and built on Lake Reno. Together with their beloved pets, Molly, Griz, Moose and Misty, they embarked upon yet another chapter of life together, making many wonderful and lasting friendships in their newly adopted community up North. They cherished each and every day of retired life together on this new lake, where Nancy enjoyed outings in the boat, sunsets and sunrises, cooking, sewing, gardening and in general the good life.

Nancy left this world in much the same way she lived in it, her blue eyes sparkling, a gentle spirit and wry sense of humor in tact, and her trade mark traits of strength, dignity and grace, all front and center. Her warm and loving physical presence will be missed by all, and yet, although we mourn her passing, we also give thanks for the legacy of love she has left behind, knowing it will comfort and sustain us in the days ahead and that we are much the richer for her loving presence in our lives.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Larry; children, Norman (Francie) DeMun of Santa Monica, CA, Steven (Terri) DeMun of Hailey, ID, Karen DeMun of Chaska, MN, Robert DeMun on Excelsior, MN, William DeMun of Bellvue, ID, Pam (Troy) Prinsen of Minnetonka, MN, and Linda Wenzel of Eden Prairie, MN; grandchildren, Melissa (Trent) Rushton, Luke Ramsey, Nancy DeMun, Neal DeMun, Georgia DeMun, Ryan (Sarah Adams) Prinsen, Tricia Prinsen, Morgan Prinsen, and Joseph (Marcia) Wenzel; great-grandchildren, Dillon and Parker Rushton, Carter Prinsen and Kailee and Ashlyn Wenzel; sister, Joyce (Richard) Allen of San Jose, CA; other relatives and many friends.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents and first husband, Richard DeMun.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to breast cancer research.