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Nancy Ann

Unconditional in her love, Nancy Hanke was a woman of honesty and compassion, who gave her all in everything she did with an unwavering and optimistic demeanor. Underneath her easygoing nature and positive outlook on life was a reservoir of strength, which those around her came to depend on. Nancy was a constant in the lives of her loved ones, very dependable and loyal. In her, her children and grandchildren found not only a mother and grandmother, but also a true friend. Always thinking of others before herself, Nancy was both blessed by and a blessing to those she loved.

1935 was a harsh time in the history of our nation with the country in the depths of the Great Depression, an event that took its toll on everything from the largest factory to the smallest family. For Clarence and Marion (Seewald) Bartz of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it was also a time of great joy as they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Nancy, on June 23, 1935. Nancy was one of four children in her family, with two sisters, Sharon and Gloria, and one brother, Ronald. She and her siblings shared many wonderful childhood memories together, especially the summers they spent with their grandparents in Tomahawk. Nancy received her education in the Milwaukee area schools, graduating in 1953. It was while in high school that she met the love of her life, Paul Hanke, Jr., who attended Boys Tech High School. Funny, he was known as “Geets” to his friends because of the cleats he wore on his shoes. Nancy and Paul were happily married by the Justice of the Peace in Milwaukee on May 18, 1957.

The couple became the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Diane and Kathy, who brought them so much joy. It was evident by the life Nancy lived that she fully embraced that being a mother was truly a matter of the heart. Becoming a grandmother was simply the icing on the cake and one of life’s greatest gifts. She was always very caring and sensitive, and a good listener who uplifted those who came to her with words of encouragement. Reassuringly she’d say “Everything will be just fine, it will all work out” and that seemed to make everything better! And if you got one of her “two thumbs up,” then you knew everything was going to be fine. Family was the greatest source of happiness for Nancy, and she derived great joy from watching them grow and succeed in life. She loved watching her grandchildren and great-granchildren play, and was all ears when they told her about their adventures in life.

Outside of family, Nancy enjoyed going for walks, shopping, having a warm Hamm’s beer, and listening to old time country music singers, like Charlie Pride, Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette. She was meticulous about her hair being combed just right and colored red, and it wasn’t unusual to see her in white slacks even in the off season. Nancy cherished the Fridays she spent at her daughter Diane’s home, and Sundays when her daughter Kathy came to visit. Also numbered to her family was her cat, Taffy, her constant companion. All those who knew Nancy loved her, and those who already loved her grew to cherish her even more! She will be dearly missed.

Nancy A. Hanke (nee Bartz) died on Friday, March 7, 2014. Age 78 years. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul Hanke Jr., and her brother, Ronald Bartz. Cherished mother of Diane Herzog and Kathy (Johnny) Samarripa. Loving grandmother of Melissa (Ty) Nowak, Samantha (Matt) Leipolt, Cassandra Murray, Ashley Herzog and Nicole Herzog. Dear sister of Sharon Donaldson and Gloria Mortek. Further survived by great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Past Comments

kathy samarripa

Hello Beautiful i seen you today sitting on my window ledge you were that pretty red bird you came to say hi to me and check up on us all that was very nice of you and today is your birthday happy birthday to you i am trying to write to you and cry at the same time not working to good can’t see what i am typing to you today i would of been over at your house to take you out to eat or what ever you wanted to do i know i would of fixed you hair for you and maybe got you some new clothes i would of took you to speedway then to the liquor store God how i miss them days. love you LOVE YOU LOVE YOU miss you till we meet again.

kathy samarripa

Hello mom i love and miss you so much i just wish you were here with us des is very happily married to a great guy still no kids yet we all are waiting. Arianna is still working and after work she is always gone with her friends i sure do miss her alot i dont see her much no more at all and i remember when she was little i had her all the time well i guess that is what happens when they grow up i remember you saying how you were so close with Des and as she got older you said she did not go by you as much i don’t think they know how much it hurts us but it does i don’t think you ever known but Damian has lived me now every since Roberto left to go to live in Mexico. Sareya likes to come by me mainly when Roberto is here Sam still has all her health issues God i wish they would find out what is wrong with her so she could get better.well mom i will be talking to you soon love you so much !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I miss you mom i miss are beautiful talks and we had a lot of them. i miss not going to your house 3 or 4 times a day. i miss not walking to Speedway with you every day sometimes 3 times a day. i really just miss my good hearted mom. i miss it so so much i think of you every day. have a lot of bad days thinking about you i just still cannot believe you are gone i can’t if i had one wish it would be that you could still be here with me mom. you were not only my mom you were my best friend also. i know one day one day i am going to see you again. and we can talk about all the things you have missed okay i will even have a beer with you maybe 2 ha ha. I know you are at peace now no more suffering. and right now things are bad we have a very bad virus going around here. and it has killed a lot of people.johnny within the last 3 years has been sick a lot he had a heart attack had his gall bladder out now he needs surgery on his shoulder not sure yet if it will be both or just one shoulder.LOVE YOU MOM FOR EVER YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART talk soon

kathy samarripa

Hello Beautiful mother i just wanted to say hi to you and that i really really miss you mom you were my everything it is so hard to go on with life without you it really is one good thing is that i will see you again some day and boy o boy i will have a lot to tell you all the grandkids are doing great I think about you every day you will always always stay tucked in my heart mom well Thanksgiving is coming up soon don’t think we will do much there is a bad virus going around it has killed a lot of people already that’s how bad it is so i just think it is safer to stay home well so long for now mom I LOVE YOU AND THINK OF YOU EVERY DAY MOM.

kathy samarripa

Hello mom i was thinking of you so i wanted to just write to you i miss you and love you so much i wish i could just hold you and talk to you fix your hair for you go to S A with you we took are walks every day sometimes 2 times a day i still remember well just wanted to let you know i am thinking of you like always i will talk to you soon love you so much XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

kathy samarripa

Hello Beautiful mom just wanted to tell you Happy Easter i wish you could be here with us we all miss you so much talk again soon love you love you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Samantha Leipolt

Nanny other then my mom u were my most favorite women in the whole wide world. U werent just my grandma u were my second mom, my best friend, my secret keeper. I held your hand for hours the day u left me… i couldnt let u go… its been 4 days now and i still cant believe your gone

Cheryl Holsten


So Very Sorry For Your Great Loss

Your Mom Was One Of The Best

Thank You For Sharing Her

I’m So Grateful To Have Known Nancy

To Know Her Was To Love Her

It Won’t Be The Same (who’s going to eat all my dip)

My Thoughts And Prayers Are With You Your Entire Family

I’m So Sorry I’m Unable To Be With You Tomorrow For Her Service. Please Know I’ll Be There In Thought.

My Deepest Sympathy To You And Your Entire Family

With Love, Cheryl Holsten


mother mother i love you so i dont know why you had to go. you are just one of those that we all needed you around us without you it just is not the same. my life has change so much words cannot even tell. all i know is you are with me all the time i know you are alway watching me and wishing me the best all i can say is you are one in a million noone and i mean noone could ever take your place i love you may be gone but you will never never be forgotten.


My Thought are mom mom why did you have to go why there is not a day I don’t think of you. or miss you.or even still talk to you I know you are watching down on all of your family and I know you would want us all to be happy because that is what you were always a happy person life could of been tuff on you sometime but you never would of though that you were to strong to strong of a person to ever show things that you might have needed anything.i just wish mom I can be like you a strong person but I cannot. well mom until we meet again I love you and I am always thinking of you.i know you are up there talking to dad and grandma and your brother having some drinks maybe playing some cards maybe just you smiling because you always did, always you good by for now till I see you again.

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