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Nancy Bursch 11/30/2021

Nancy Andrea Bursch, nee Shay, age 83 of Somerset, WI, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the Christian Community Home in Osceola, WI. Nancy was born the daughter of Bruce and Selma (Measner) Shay on September 26, 1938 in East Orange, New Jersey. Nancy grew up in Osceola, WI, graduating from Osceola High School with the class of 1956. She was married to Dennis Bursch on September 6, 1958 at Zion Lutheran Church in East Farmington, WI. Nancy was a homemaker raising 4 children. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Christ Lutheran Church, and various bowling leagues. Nancy enjoyed snowmobiling, golfing, bowling, and exercising. She was a Packer and NASCAR fan, an amazing cook, especially her ginger cookies, and an excellent seamstress. Nancy was known for her infectious laugh and her amazing faith. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Selma Shay; husband, Dennis Bursch; granddaughter, Andrea McCance; sister, Rosemary Shay; and brother, Douglas Shay. Nancy is survived by her children, Kimberlie White, Kristen (Steven) Silbernagel, Bruce (Dee Christensen) Bursch, Pamela (Vince Harrington) Bursch; grandchildren, Rachel (Nate) Warner, Jacob (Allie) Silbernagel, Derek Silbernagel, Michael (Kelly) Wedig, Nicole (Sam) Schmitt; great-grandchildren, Rhea and Melia Warner, Melody, Tessa and Laura Silbernagel, Noah and Eden Schmitt; siblings, Peter (Kathy) Shay, Kathy (Gary) Hauble; and many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.  A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 11:00AM at Christ Lutheran Church (510 Germain Street) in Somerset, WI  with a visitation starting one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Emmanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Somerset, WI at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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  • Beth Sarsland Posted December 1, 2021 4:27 pm

    I am so sorry Kris, praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. She was an incredible lady. Beth Sarsland

  • Sue DeMenge Posted December 2, 2021 8:49 am

    Prayers to all of the family Nancy was a great lady and will be missed by many blessing to you all

  • Jan Halkoski Nelson Posted December 2, 2021 1:23 pm

    Nancy was a glowing light and always smiling. She was a dear neighbor, wonderful friend, and always had time for everyone. Her family was the light in her life and a devoted wife to Dennis. She never complained about the pain she lived with. She will always be remembered for her laugh and her heart. Rest In Peace dear Nancy! My sympathy to Kim, Kris, Pam and Bruce.

  • Dee Quist Posted December 4, 2021 1:38 pm

    I am so sad to see that Nancy has passed. I was lucky to get to know her at CCH. My Mom, Regina Quist, was there with her. She was always so happy and uplifting. I’ll always remember her yelling “Awesome” to every musician that came to play. What a sweet little lady. So sorry Kris and the whole family.

  • Jamie Tinney Posted December 6, 2021 12:40 pm

    Deepest Sympathy to all of Nancy’s family. She was such a delight to work with when I was the social worker at OMC. May all the wonderful memories you hold dear of her comfort you always!

  • Harold Rivard Posted December 18, 2021 12:30 pm

    Always a happy lady-She was a great partner for Dennis and accompanied him to so many ballgames and other activities- my sympathy to the family-

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