Nancy Lou Jandt, 86, was called home on Friday, May 10, 2019, at Appleton Medical Center with her only son, Steven, at her side. Nancy was born to Raymond and Anna (Hipke) Devroy on June 18, 1932, in Green Bay.
   Nancy grew up in Suamico, Wis., with her family until they moved to Peshtigo, Wis. She graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1950.  She then received a certificate from Marinette Teachers College and began her career in education. She met her husband, Walter “Butch” Kenneth Jandt, while she was serving dinner at a wedding. They married on June 21, 1952, at Zion Lutheran Church in Peshtigo. Nancy and Butch farmed in Porterfield, Wis., until 1970. While farming, Nancy simultaneously worked as a full time teacher. Nancy strongly identified as a farmer and a teacher throughout her life. She taught at Harmony School, was principal at Porterfield Elementary and taught first grade at Merryman Elementary in Marinette. At the age of 30, she went back to school to complete her four-year teaching degree. She completed this degree alongside her mother and sister-in-law at UW-Oshkosh in 1965. Nancy loved teaching children, especially teaching first graders to read as she had a love of reading that carried through her entire life.  She retired from teaching in 1991 after 38 years in education!
     Nancy and Butch sold their farm and built their home in Harmony in 1972. They continued to keep a hobby farm until the 1980s. She loved her home, the woods, her flowers and her gardens. She enjoyed playing her piano, walks in the woods, taking the four wheeler for a ride, picking blueberries, baking, feeding the birds and occasionally was known to peg off a chipmunk or squirrel with her 22 out her porch window into her 70s!
In 1977, at the age of 45, Nancy had her only child, Steven Walter Jandt. Nancy was an amazing mother to Steve and ensured he had opportunities and experiences that included reading, pets, camping trips, traveling on bus trips out west, out east, to Florida and to many Packer and Brewer Games. She was also known as a great cook; sending her son cookies in the mail; making spaghetti, ribeyes on the grill, and in her later years making her grandkids chili, taco soup, and homemade applesauce! I think she would say her greatest accomplishment in life was raising her son. She instilled in him caring, compassion, dedication, and love. Even though Steven enjoyed pestering his mother from time to time, he took great care of her as she aged and is extremely appreciative of all that she has done for him.
    Nancy was an active part of her church community.  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 and was a member there until she sold her Peshtigo home in 2009 and moved to The Fox Valley to be closer to her family. She then joined First English Lutheran Church in Appleton, Wis., with her family. On Jan. 24, 2012, at the age of 79, Nancy became a grandmother to a set of twins she loved so much: Lukas and Haley Jandt. She adored these kids, and her goal as Grandma was to see them start school. She met that goal, and they are now in first grade learning to love reading, just as their grandma did. When they were babies and toddlers, she enjoyed Saturday shopping trips to the grocery store and library as well as hanging out every Friday at Steve and Shelley’s home helping to watch her grandkids, Her face truly lit up anytime they came in the room or someone talked about them.
     Nancy is survived by her son, Steven Jandt  (Shelley); and her two grandchildren: Lukas and Haley Jandt, age 7, of Black Creek, Wis.  She is also survived by her brother, Jerry Devroy (Marian) of Peshtigo; sister-in-law, Judy (Jandt) Steinmetz (Robert) of Cleveland, Ohio; and many very special nieces and nephews. Nancy is preceded in death by her husband, Walter “Butch”  Jandt, Peshtigo; her mother and father, Raymond and Anna (Hipke) Devroy, Peshtigo; one brother, Roger and sister-in-law, Marla Devroy, St. Charles, Mich.; sister- and brother-in-law, Marian Jandt and Howard Olson, Porterfield; sister-in-law, Joan (Jandt) and Bernie Lundin (Coleman); and her father- and mother-in-law, Adolf and Bertha Jandt, Peshtigo.
    A celebration of life will be held for Nancy on Saturday, May 18, at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home in Peshtigo, from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m.
     Her son and daughter-in-law would like to thank Willow Lane Assisted Living in Appleton, and the staff on the eighth floor at Appleton Medical Center for the care and compassion they showed Nancy. She will be missed greatly by her family but leaves a lasting legacy through her love of reading, music, her strong faith and love. So in the words of Dr. Seuss, an author she loved  reading to her grandchildren, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”