Nancy Coenen, age 79, passed away on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Nancy was born on March 20, 1935, in Kaukauna, to the late Norman and Erna Gerhartz. She married Harry Coenen on May 30, 1958.
Nancy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her family. Nancy was a 1953 graduate of Kaukauna High School and was actively involved with class reunions for many years. A well-known drummer, Nancy was awarded a 50-Year plaque for her long tenure in the Kimberly Community Band. She was employed as a secretary at Martinson and Eisele, until her retirement in 1998. Nancy also enjoyed her “get-aways” with the Gerhartz nieces. She also followed all the boys' sports activities.
Nancy is survived by her husband of 56 years, Harry. Lovingly, she often referred to her sons as her “four miracles.” Jeffrey (Kathy) Coenen, Pickerel, Wisconsin; Scott (Val) Coenen, Combined Locks; and Kevin (Aleshia) Coenen, Pleasanton, California, survive her. Her son, Gregory, preceded her in death in 1998. She is further survived by her grandchildren, Jason Coenen; Bryant (Beth) Gasper; Steven (Sarah) Gasper; Kelly (Brad) Uecker; Amy (Stephen) DeWitt; Nicole (Gabriel) Brickler; Korina (Jared) Heuvel; Jordan Coenen; Kevin Wade; Moniay (Linda) Wade; Stokley Chassee; and Brittany Coenen; her great grandchildren, Vanessa Gasper; Samuel, Shawn and Seth Gasper; Hailey and Morgan Uecker; Gregory DeWitt; Lexus Brickler; Rhian, Ryder, Jax and Keegan Huevel; Keegan Thiel; Kayden Wade and Korina Wade; her sisters, Shirley Hurst, Patricia Nagel, and Mary (James) Nussbaum; her brother-in-law, Jerome Coenen; and her sister-in-law, Betty Rentmeister. Nancy was preceded in death by her son, Gregory; her brothers, Donald (Marie) Gerhartz and Norman (Rosalie) Gerhartz, her sister-in-law, Eunice Coenen; her brothers-in-law, George Hurst, Clarence (Rita) Coenen, and Francis Rentmeister.
The Funeral Liturgy will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH, 500 W. Marquette Street, Appleton, with Fr. Thomas J. Farrell officiating. Friends may call directly at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Appleton. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Seth Dailey, Dr. Douglas Mielke, Dr. Jeffrey Whiteside, Dr. Amy Coulthard-Atwater, Protime Registered Nurse Denise, and caregiver Paula Kabat, for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit the Kimberly Community Band and the Outagamie County Humane Society. Online condolences may be offered at www.wichmannfargo.com
Mom, you called us your “four miracles.” But you truly were a “miracle Mom.”
Nancy, you may have been my mother-in-law, but you were more like a mother and a friend. You will be deeply missed. Val.
We miss you and you are forever in our hearts. Kevin and Aleshia
Your love, laughter, strength and the kindness you've shown to our families will never be forgotten and forever appreciated. Our lives will never be the same without you. Love, Amy, Nicole and family.
Mom, who is going to make my cookies now? Love, Scott.
Not only were you my Grandma, but also my best friend. I'll like you forever, I'll love you for always. Brittany.