Nancy Ann Walkowski, 80, of Appleton, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Nancy was born on July 26,1941 in Neenah, Wisconsin to the late Henry Paul Van Handel and Arlene Lillian West. Nancy went to Appleton High School. She then married Daniel Rochon and had 4 children: Richard, Todd, Tracy and Marcia. Then after she ditched that guy, she found a great man and married James Ronald Walkowski and had a son: James. Soon after their marriage, he adopted her four children. They lived a happy life until his death in 1982.
Nancy had 2 jobs, in her lifetime, that she really loved. The first one was at Simple Simon Bakery (as children, we really loved her doing that job) and then many years later went to work at the Appleton Post Crescent where she retired from quite a few years back. She loved to collect bells, beanie babies and anything James Dean. She loved to dance to live music.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Arlene including her stepmother Leora and husbands parents Harry and Sylvia , her husband James, her brother-in-laws Robert Seeliger, Greg Walkowski and Jack Fleury. She is survived by her sisters: Susan Seeliger, Peggy (Ed) Brin, Cindy (Jerry Slinger), Evelynn (Dave) Fahrbach; brothers: Dennis (Judy) Van Handel, Paul (Terri) Van Handel, Richard (Anne) Van Handel, Bill (Suzan) Van Handel, John (Traycee) Van Handel. Sister In-law: Carol Fleury and Sue (Jerry) Roberts. Brother In-law: Robert (Kay) Walkowski. 5 children: Richard Walkowski, Todd (Marlene) Walkowski, Tracy Walkowski, Marcia Walkowski and James (Anne) Walkowski. Grandchildren: Shayna Walkowski, Lindsay (Agustin) Vela, Ariel (Andrew) Marcus, Joseph (August) Walkowski, Lauren Walkowski, Mae Walkowski. Great Grandchildren: Dante King, Malik McDaniel, Lilly Vela, Avaree, Ellis, Laney and Emelia Marcus.
A special thank you goes out to the staff of Azura Memory Care of Oshkosh for their quality care. A Celebration of Life will be held in early spring.
As my mother would always say “If you can’t be good, be careful” “Love you!”