Nancy Jo Laux (Proud), age 86 of Appleton, WI passed away on August 9, 2023. She was born to Lawrence and Minnie (Whitaker) Proud on October 1, 1936 near Clinton, Iowa. Nancy graduated from Clinton High School with the class of ’54 and, later in life, worked as a baker’s helper at Rich’s Bakery, filling jelly donuts until all her shirts were stained red. Nancy married Dave Laux in June of 1979 and they spent 36 wonderful years together.
Nancy started every day with a bowl of cheerios, an orange, and a smile on her face. She enjoyed going to the casino and was always working on a jigsaw puzzle. Whenever there was a family event or get-together of any kind, she would spend hours making her famous fruit pizza to bring for everyone. Whenever Halloween came around, she’d be ready to receive her frostbitten grandkids from trick-or-treating with a big batch of delicious chicken noodle soup and creamy hot chocolate. Every Friday, you could find Nancy getting her hair done and meeting up with her friends to go out for a fish fry and play cards. More than anything, though, Nancy was a family woman. She was so proud of her kids, her grandkids, and everyone else in her family and loved them so dearly.
Nancy is survived by her kids, Brenda (Kim), Steve (Jamie), Rhonda (Johnny), and Dawn; her grandchildren, Shannon (Ryan), Karrie Jo (Steven), Kyle, Becky (David), Bradley, Brian (Courtney), and Jeremy (Beth); 13 great-grandchildren; her beloved grand-cat, Elliot; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended relatives, and dear friends.
Nancy is preceded in death by her husband, Dave; her grandson, Kasey; her parents; and 4 siblings.
A memorial visitation will be held for Nancy on Friday, August 18, 2023 from 10 AM – 12 PM at Highland Memorial Park – Star of Hope Chapel, 3131 N. Richmond St, Appleton, WI 54911 with a memorial service to follow at 12 PM. Please consider leaving a message of sympathy for Nancy's famiy below.
Nancy’s family would like to send a special thank-you to the ICU staff at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton for all their care and compassion.