DEFOREST-Nancy H. Meinholz, age 62, of DeForest, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 5, 2018. She was born December 3, 1955, to Donald and Elizabeth (Schauer) Schmit. She married her sweetheart, Walter Meinholz, on December 13, 1991. She retired from farming at Blue Star Dairy. As the oldest of 15, mother of 5, and having cared for numerous children in her home throughout the years, she was a mother all of her life. Nancy was passionate about her faith, her family, and caring for those in need. She enjoyed gardening, caring for her animals and attending daily mass. Nancy was an active member of St. Olaf's Catholic Church, donating her time and talents to teaching religious education, many youth ministry projects and events at many local parishes.
Nancy is survived by her children, J'aime (Adam) Montanye, Nicole Valley, Angel (Chris) Hebbe, Thérèse Valley (Mark Stevens), and Joseph Meinholz; granddaughters, Rozlyn, Lydia, and Adeline; father, Donald Schmit; sisters, Mary Servia, Susan Hyatt, Jeanne Harshman, Theresa Budde (Curt Gerhard),and Ann Buettell (Scott Berry); brothers, Randy Schmit (Donna Talley), Ron (Terri) Schmit, Larry Schmit, Joseph Schmit, Jeff Schmit, Stephen (Tammy) Schmit, Donald (Shannon) Schmit, and Brian (Josi) Schmit; brothers-in-law, Eugene (Jenny) Meinholz, Louie (Joanne) Meinholz, and Arthur (Lori) Meinholz; sister-in-law, Linda Meinholz; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth; husband, Walter; brother, Stephen; sisters-in-law, Kathy Schmit and Elaine Meinholz; and brothers-in-law, Raymond Meinholz, Luke Buettell, Joseph Hyatt and Albert Meinholz.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St Peter's Catholic Church, 7121 County Rd K, Middleton. Rev Tait Schroeder will officiate. Friends may call at the Winn-Cress Funeral Home, 5785 Hwy Q, Waunakee on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) or Women's Care Center of Madison.
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I am honored to have known you! I am grateful for the gift of friendship and love you shared. Until we meet again with our Lord Jesus Christ, rest my friend, rest in His arms.
I have many memories of Nancy throughout the years. We were classmates at St. John's Catholic School in Waunakee. She was a quiet, but kind, and we sometimes hung out on the playground together during recess. I particularly remember being invited for a sleepover in the 6th grade and being treated like a princess at her home. Nancy had this innate ability to draw pictures with incredible detail and, what I consider, introspective and spiritual expressiveness. When she signed my high school annual our senior year, she drew of full page picture and wrote, "Gail, instead of words..." I lost track of Nancy until I became the choir director at St. Olaf Church in DeForest in 1985, and discovered that's where she went to church, so, of course, I enlisted her service to create the cover of the Holy Week and Easter Liturgy and Music worship aid. What a beautiful spirit she was, and I am so blessed that our paths have crossed throughout the years. My deepest sympathy to her children and grandchildren, and her siblings. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. I am happy that she is now living in blissful peace with her beloved husband, Walter, her brother, Stephen, and her mom and dad.
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