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Nancy L. Jandt

Issue Date: May 16, 2019

Nancy Lou (Devroy) Jandt, 86, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 at Appleton Medical Center with her only son Steven at her side.

Born June 18, 1932 in Green Bay, to Raymond and Anna (Hipke) Devroy, she grew up in Suamico until the family moved to Peshtigo. She graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1950 and received a certificate from Marinette Teachers College.

She met her husband Walter "Butch" Kenneth Jandt while she was serving dinner at a wedding and they married on June 21, 1952 at Zion Lutheran Church in Peshtigo. They farmed in Porterfield until 1970 and she also worked as a full-time teacher.

Known as a farmer and teacher throughout her life, she taught at Harmony School, was principal at Porterfield Elementary and taught first Grade at Merryman Elementary in Marinette. At age 30, she returned to school to complete her four year teaching degree, alongside her mother and sister-in-law at UW-Oshkosh in 1965.

She loved teaching children, especially first graders to read, as she had a love of reading that carried through her life.  She retired in 1991 after 38 years of teaching.

They sold their farm and built a home in Harmony in 1972, but continued to keep a hobby farm until the 1980s. She loved her home, the woods, her flowers and her gardens and enjoyed playing her piano, walks in the woods, taking the four wheeler for a ride, picking raspberries, baking, feeding the birds and sometimes would peg off a chipmunk or squirrel with her 22 out her porch window into her 70s!

In 1977, at age 45, she had her only child, Steven Walter Jandt and she was a good mother to him, making sure he had experiences including reading, pets, camping trips, traveling on bus trips out west, out east, to Florida and to many Packer and Brewer Games.

Known as a great cook, she sent her son cookies in the mail; made spaghetti, ribeyes on the grill and in later years making her grandchildren chili, taco soup, and homemade applesauce. She instilled caring, compassion, dedication and love in her son and he took great care of her as she aged and appreciated all she did for him.

An active part of her Church, she played organ and was part of the Ladies Aid at Zion Lutheran Church in Peshtigo. She then joined First Trinity Lutheran Church in Marinette where she was a member until selling her Peshtigo home in 2009 and moved to The Fox Valley to be closer to family. She then joined First English Lutheran Church in Appleton.

On Jan. 24, 2012 at age 79, she became a Grandmother to a set of twins whom she adored and she met her goal of seeing them start school. She enjoyed shopping trips to the grocery store and library, hanging out at Steve and Shelleys and helping watch the grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Steven (Shelley) Jandt and two grandchildren, all of Black Creek; a brother, Jerry (Marian) Devroy of Peshtigo; a sister-in-law, Judy (Jandt) (Robert) Steinmetz of Cleveland, Oh. and many special nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter "Butch" Jandt of Peshtigo; a brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Marla Devroy of St. Charles, Mi.; a sister and brother-in-law, Marian (Jandt) and Howard Olson of Porterfield; a sister-in-law, Joan (Jandt) and Bernie Lundin of Coleman and in-laws, Adolf and Bertha Jandt of Peshtigo.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 18 at Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home in Peshtigo from 9:30 a.m. until time of the services at 11 a.m.


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