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In Memory of

Nancy Lewis Burns

February 8, 1935 - December 2, 2011

Obituary


A light was extinguished and the world grew a bit dimmer but the heavens grew brighter with a new shining star on December 2, 2011, when after a brief illness, Nancy Lewis Burns passed away at Hayward Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family.
Nan (Nancy) Lewis Burns was born on February 8, 1935 in Jackson, Michigan to Dwight (Dee) and Ruth Lewis. She lived in many places in the U.S., including Boulder, CO and Jackson, MI.
She married the love of her life Robert (Bob) Burns in 1959, and settled in...

A light was extinguished and the world grew a bit dimmer but the heavens grew brighter with a new shining star on December 2, 2011, when after a brief illness, Nancy Lewis Burns passed away at Hayward Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family.
Nan (Nancy) Lewis Burns was born on February 8, 1935 in Jackson, Michigan to Dwight (Dee) and Ruth Lewis. She lived in many places in the U.S., including Boulder, CO and Jackson, MI.
She married the love of her life Robert (Bob) Burns in 1959, and settled in Iowa City where Bob owned a successful residential construction company. In Iowa, their family grew with the addition of their four children: Deborah "Debby", Steven "TA", Rebecca "Becky", and Richard "Dee".
In 1976, after spending summers in their home on Hinton Bay, Round Lake, Bob and Nan decided to enjoy an early retirement and settle permanently in Hayward. Nan delved into many charitable and civic activities, sharing her time and talents. She used her calligraphy talents when she wrote all of the original information displays for the National Fishing Hall of Fame, she was active at Hayward Golf and Tennis both as an avid golfer and as a member of the Board. She volunteered at the Hayward Hospital and Weiss Memorial Library. Her versatility shined through with her artistic hobbies, her knitting, gardening, and her decorating talents as evident throughout her final home which she and Bob built in 2001 overlooking Round Lake.
She was broken hearted when her soul mate Bob passed away in 2006, who she tended to with loving care. Still she continued to enjoy family and friends, her summer afternoons lounging on the porch and her winter days in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
She was a wonderful Mom, she adored and cherished her children. She relished her grandchildren and spoke of them with love and pride. She was a wonderful friend to many as she loved unconditionally and without judgment. She was truly a unique and vibrant individual. She possessed natural beauty and grace. She personified class yet she always enjoyed a cold beer and a bawdy joke.
She will be missed by many but none more than her loving children: Debby (Kurt) Barthel of Hayward, WI, Steve (TA) Burns of Wayzata, MN, Becky (John) Waggoner of Hayward, WI, and Dee (Linda) Burns of Hayward, WI. Her grandchildren: Jessica Howe, Hannah Howe, Sarah Barthel, Becca Barthel, Christopher "CJ" Waggoner, Caleb Waggoner, Stephanie (Adam) Tollers, Kimberly Gillis, Kevin Gillis, Katelin Burns, and Anna Burns, many aunts, cousins, sister in law Betty Frahm, brother in law Rich Burns, her surrogate daughter Maureen Meersman Shane of Illinois, and many nephews and nieces.
As she touched many people's lives, those hearts now grieve, but in time it will be replaced by loving memories of Nan, a woman who indeed lived well, laughed often and loved much.
A celebration of Nan's life will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at the Hayward Wesleyan Church at noon. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10:30 until noon at the Church. The family requests memorials be made to the Regional Hospice at 15910W Company Lake Rd., Hayward, WI 54843, or to the Donor's choice in Nan's name.