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1959 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Nancy Ellen Keener Obituary
Nancy "Nan" (French) Keener, 52, Wausau, died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Hospice House after an 18-month battle with cancer — a battle she fought with positive attitude, determination, humor and grace.

Nancy was born April 27, 1959, in Cuba City, Wis., to George and Virginia French. She is a 1977 graduate of Benton High School and a 1981 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She married William "Will" Keener on May 23, 1981, at the United Methodist Church in Platteville.

During her years in Wausau, Nancy worked for the Eye Clinic of Wausau, the YMCA and, most recently, the Wausau School District for about 12 years. She was also Will's right hand, assisting with his construction business, Keener Inc.

Nan loved spending time with her family, especially at their cottage in Lake Tomahawk. Nancy was an artistic person and enjoyed interior decorating, photography and scrap booking.

Survivors include her husband, Will; her children Nathan and Elizabeth, both at home; her parents, George and Virginia French of Benton; her brother, Jon (Jacque) French, Davis, Ill.; her sisters, Jeanne (David) Steffen, Glenwood City, and Lynn (Jeff) Pollei, Dodgeville; in-laws, Robert and Joan Keener, Wausau; sister-in-law, Kay (David) Harpole, Green Bay; brothers-in-law, John (Brenda Autz) Keener, Lodi and James (Michelle) Keener, Geneseo, Ill.; many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Nancy was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Lyle and Jane French; and maternal grandparents, Joseph and Mildred Winskell.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the Brainard Funeral Home, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Wesley United Methodist Church,1101 Elm St., Wausau, with a visitation prior to the service from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

A private burial will be Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Benton United Methodist Cemetery with a visitation from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benton United Methodist Church.

A memorial fund has been established in Nancy's name.

Nancy's family would like to thank everyone for their care and concern during this difficult time, especially the nursing staff of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16, 2012
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