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Nancy C. Berger

Nancy C. Berger

With autumn leaves shining brilliantly through the windows, Nancy C. (Ellis) Berger passed away peacefully at her home in Elk Mound, with family and pets close by, on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

 Nancy was born in De Pere, Wisconsin on December 30, 1942. She graduated from Gillett High School in 1961. She received her LPN degree from Green Bay Vocational School, RN degree from Moraine Park Technical College in West Bend, and her BSN from Marian College. Nancy worked as a nurse for 43 years in many different nursing environments, from correctional institutes to home care, but her love was hospice care.

Nancy married James S. Berger in Elk Mound, Wisconsin on April 16, 1966. A year after their marriage, she and her husband moved to Fond du Lac, and raised their three boys. She continued her career in nursing during that time while James taught at Moraine Park Technical College. Upon retirement, Nancy and Jim built a home on the family farm in Elk Mound.  Nancy and Jim, now having an empty nest, added more cats and dogs to their family. Nancy loved her family, caring for people and animals and most of all giving afghans and shawls just as fast as she could crochet them.

Nancy is survived by her husband James, sons, Jeffrey (Kristine Rhyner) Berger, Darren Berger, Blair (Jennifer Quarderer) Berger; grandchildren Kasey and Jarod Berger, Emily and Benjamin Berger, Blake, Ethan, and Aaron Berger.

She was preceded in death by her mother Agnes (Falevsky) Ellis, father Lyman Ellis, brother Jon Ellis and granddaughter Sarah Berger.

Nancy’s family would like to thank St. Joseph’s Hospice for all the loving care given to her and her family.

Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 PM Friday October 19, 2018 at Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie with a service at 5:00 PM

In lieu of flowers, Nancy’s wish is for you to plant a tree in her memory.  Memorial funds will be used to establish a nursing scholarship.


  1. Sosa Family

    Our family was saddened to read about the passing of Nancy. No doubt she leaves behind many fond memories that can brighten your day when you are thinking of her. As we look forward to the time when we are reunited again with our loved ones, think about what you would like to say and how big the hugs will be. My family is encouraged reading about this hope at jw dot org (hope). May the God of comfort bless and guide your whole family during this difficult time and in the days to come.

  2. Dave & Kris Hodorff

    Jim, Jeff, Darren, Blair and family, I am saddened to hear of Nancy's passing. Please know all of your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. dorothy sorlie

    Margaret is my good friend so have been aware of the cancer and agony of this fine woman. She spoke often and with warmth of your family's devotion and attention to Nancy - your kindness, dedication and love.

    Sending sympathy and understanding for your loss,
    Dorothy Sorlie

  4. Pamela Wendt

    Jim, Darren and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Nancy was my second mom.. I was blessed to have a very special relationship with her all the years Darren and I have been close friends. She will be missed but I am so thankful she wil no longer be in pain. I will always remember her as kind, generous, spunky and sassy! I am a better person for having her in my life. She takes a piece of my heart with her. Much love to you all!

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