Nancy J. Schiefelbein


MENDOTA - Nancy J. Schiefelbein, 80, of Mendota passed away Oct. 9, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Kent Svendsen officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded after the funeral. Private burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. 

Nancy was born Nov. 16, 1936 in LaSalle to Albert and Edna (Amsler) Wood. She married Duane Schiefelbein on Jan. 6, 1957 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death in 2010.

Survivors include two daughters, Sara (Mark Stuart) Schiefelbein of Mendota and Susan Mash of Carefree, Ariz.; two sons David Schiefelbein and Kevin (Cinthia) Schiefelbein, both of Mendota; one brother, Phillip (Barb) Wood of Sandwich; one sister, Patricia Lemmer of Huntsville, Texas; five grandchildren, Jason (Jennifer) Mash, Tyler Mash, Kurt Stuart, Erica Stuart and Luke Stuart; and one great grandson, Ethan Mash.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers, Allen Wood and Gerald Wood.

Nancy was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She worked as a unit secretary for Mendota Community Hospital/OSF St. Paul Medical Center for over 40 years. She was an excellent seamstress and was very artistic. She made all her own curtains, comforters and table linens. She is well known for her famous “bunnies” that she lovingly sewed for family and friends. She was an enthusiastic crafter and would travel far and wide to find that perfect gift or seasonal home decoration. She also enjoyed spending time with her many friends - especially ladies’ night card club - and dinner at Rips was always a yes. Holidays were special to Nancy because her house was full of her loved ones. She was a fantastic cook and baker who enjoyed all the preparation and decorating but really, it was just spending time with her family that made her the happiest. She will be missed terribly.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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