Nancy Marie Schlei
- February 7, 1946 - July 17, 2012
- Ixonia, Wisconsin
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“Happy Mother's Day, still cannot believe you are not here, miss you so..
Love you always
1 of 11 | Posted by: Vicki
“Nancy and Jim often visited my bookshop, and there the friendship began. She had a magical sense of humor, and anyone who met her immediately warmed...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Jackie Klish - Lake Geneva, WI
“Happy Birthday Mom..this is the first year that I can not send you flowers and you call me and tell me 'they are just sooo BEAUTIFUL...thank you,...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: vicki
“Mom, it has been 5 months today since I said goodbye to you, it fees like yesterday. I don't feel much like celebrating Christmas this year, but know...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Vicki
“I miss you so much, I hope you know how much I loved you, I so wish I could talk to you again. I am, though, so happy you are at peace and not...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Vicki - Daughter
“I am so very sad to learn of Nancy's passing. She and I were in a meditation class together a few years back. There were 4 of us and our teacher,...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Sue Ellis - Waukesha, WI
“Mom, one month has passed since you went to be with Dad..I am at peace you are not suffering, but really wish you could have been with us longer, I...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Vicki - Daughter
“My dear Nancy,
I was so sorry to hear about your passing but I know you are in a much better place and reunited with Jim. I have missed you in my...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Claudia Ransom - Oconomowoc, WI
“Love you! You were a beautiful! Talented ! and one of the feistiest people I know!
Gave Emma and Hannah a Kiss and Hug for you today! They miss you...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Melissa - WI - Daughter
“Grandma, I miss you and love you very much . I'm sure you are having a ball up there with grandpa, Don't party too hard!
10 of 11 | Posted by: Lauren - Merton, WI
“Mom..I thought about picking up the phone and calling you to ask you a question the other day and then I remembered...I know you are with Dad,...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Vicki - Fredericksburg, VA
Nancy Marie Schlei went to heaven on July 17th, 2012. She was the widow of James G. Schlei and they were reunited on the day that would have been their 47th wedding anniversary. She was 66 years old.
Nancy was born on February 7th, 1946 in Medford, WI. She married Jim, the boy next door, on July 17th, 1965 in Menomonee Falls. They spent many happy years together, in Wisconsin, raising their three children.
Nancy was a gifted artist and loved to paint, sketch and create. She was a very talented seamstress, quilter, crafter, gardener, decorator and adventurous cook as well. Nancy excelled at almost anything involving her creative skills. She was able to share her talents in many ways, from volunteering with Scouting, to working with children at vacation Bible School. She belonged to several book clubs, cooking, painting and quilting groups throughout the years and her large collection of books and cookbooks serves as a history of those experiences. Nancy was a member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc.
She loved her husband and family dearly and is survived by her three children and six grandchildren; Daughter, Vicki Fritter (Darrell) of Fredericksburg, VA and their sons, Colin and Brenden . Son, Bradley Schlei (Lori) of Milwaukee and their sons, Christopher and Nicholas. Daughter, Melissa Peters (David) of Merton and their children, Mitchell and Lauren.
Nancy is further survived by her Mother, Joyce Wedeman of Oceanside, CA. Sisters, Jeanne Wedeman of Oakland, CA and Shelley Erl of West Allis. She is also survived by her brother, William Ruesch of Bristol. She also leaves behind two very special cats, Emma and Hanna, who she loved so much.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James (Jim) Schlei; her father, Harold Wedeman; and her brother, Donald Ruesch.
She will be missed greatly by many friends and family. Nancy was the kind of person that once you met her, you would probably not forget, but remember her wit. She appreciated the world around her and saw the beauty in many things that others did not.
One of her favorite authors/artists, Tasha Tudor states it best;
"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is. Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!
Private services were held for the family.