THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Nancy Louise (Smaney) Cowling
Nancy Louise (Smaney) Cowling, 79, most recently a resident of Rennes West Nursing home, Peshtigo ended her suffering and went to Heaven with the angels on Aug. 7, 2013 at the nursing home.
Born March 3,1934 in Niagara to the late John and Anna Mae (LaPlante) Smaney, she graduated from Niagara High School in 1952 and married David W. Cowling in 1952 in Niagara. She was employed as a secretary at Garden Village and Woodland Elementary Schools retiring in 1996 after 25 years. She lived in Kingsford and was a member of American Martyrs Catholic Church until her retirement when she moved to Marinette to be with her daughters. She loved to watch any football, especially the Green Bay Packers, spent a lot of time knitting for her grandchildren and in the past year loved playing Bingo at the nursing home. She also enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by a sister, Virginia "Ginger" Brault of Niagara; her four children, Debbi (John) Fiorucci of Iron Mountain, Michael (Pam) Cowling of Rapid City, SD, Robert (Cindy) Cowling of Bacliff, Tx. and Mary (Scott) Edwards of Marinette; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren with a 10th great grandchild due.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles Smaney and a brother-in-law, Merton Brault.
She fought 3 different forms of cancer in 12 years and taught her family how to be strong and fight. She was also a hero to her children and grandchildren.
Visitation was held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain followed with a memorial service at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Fr. Joseph Gouin officiated with burial in the Niagara Cemetery.
Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain was in charge of arrangements.