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Nancy Ann Gardner

September 1, 2020 | 23 comments

Nancy Ann Gardner passed away unexpectedly on August 28, 2020.  She was surrounded by her best 2 best friends and brother.  She was born to Alice (Mcmann) and Cliff Gardner.  She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.  She is survived by her best friends Kathy Miller and Chad Longway, her brother Rick Gardner (Marcia), nieces Alice Gardner, Abbie Gardner, nephews Eli Gardner, Aiden Gardner, and Evan Gardner.  She will also be greatly missed by many special friends and acquaintances she met over the years.
Nancy worked many years at La Crosse Footwear before becoming one of the owners of All Star Lanes for over 20 years before her retirement.  Nancy traveled the country via train and car trips, as well as cruises to the Carrabean, Alaska, and the Panama Canal.  Her special place to relax was at her cabin on Lake Namakagon, in Northern Wisconsin to watch the Eagles soar.
We would like to thank the staff from La Crosse Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, Emergency department and Critical care staff at Gundersen hospital for their excellent care of Nancy.  Also a big thank you to Dr. John Teske her longtime physician from Mayo Health System in La Crosse.
Nancy is best know for her smile, laugh, and caring for others.  Today please remember a time or story when you laughed or smiled with her.  That is the way she she would like to be remembered.



  1. John Roth

    Rick and family, So sorry for your loss.

    • Brenda Howe

      Love this lady had so much fun and Good Times in and out of Work
      FISH-ON Nancy

  2. Vicki Freidel & Jane Duncan

    TO Kathy Miller & Rick Gardner: We are sorry to hear of Nancy’s Passing!

    • Vickie Kloss

      Dave and I have been neighbors of Nancy for many years. We will miss this special lady.

  3. Jim & Sue Furlong

    Nancy was the most caring people we have ever known. Even though we have not seen her much over the last few years, she will always be in our heart.

  4. Janita Larson-Plachecki

    I am so sorry to hear about Nancy. She was such a great lady. She always called me by my high school nick name. “Banana”. Her contagious smile will be greatly missed.

  5. Ann Sandvig

    I worked with Nancy at LaCrosse Footwear.
    She was always a good person and fun to work with.

    • Mary

      I remember

      Nancy and I cleaning the bottle hoppers at the Doghouse tavern to earn treat money. A long time ago. God bless

    • Mary Jo Klonecki/Rathman

      Dear Rick, I am shocked to hear of Nancy’s passing. I loved that girl since we were classmates at Aquila’s. She, Rita Teske and I hung together at dances, theMaid Rite and your parents house. This girl had a heart of gold! Her laugh is so contagious. Peace, hugs and prayers for all of you. I will send a card on her memory

      • Lori Meyer

        Praying for your family. Keep those special memories close to your hearts. God’s blessings to all that loved her.

  6. Kim Cable

    I worked with Nancy when she owned All Star Lanes, and I worked at Riverfront. She was an amazing person, and will be missed on this earth. Her generosity was unsurpassed. The world lost a good one.

  7. kathryn nichols

    So Sorry to hear this, I haven’t seen Nancy for years but she was always a great gal. RIP Nancy all your friends will dearly miss you. Kathy, Rich and family you have my Condolene.

  8. James Dockendorff

    We’re sorry to hear about Nancy’s passing. She was a classmate of mine at St Mary’s Grade School, and also at Aquinas High School, class of 1961. I remember Nancy as a fun person to be around and also that she was quite a fan of Elvis, back in the day. Our prayers and sympathy are with family and friends. May she rest in peace.

  9. Joe Hoesley

    Sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing, I remember all the fun times at St. Mary’s, she was a very wonderful person. I’m glad I had the time to visit with her last year, she brought back lots of good memories. I thought of her often o er the years. She will be missed.

  10. Linda Kuehl

    Nancy’s Family… she was a good friend in High School. We always had a good time. In fact when I ran away from home at 14 I went to her home. Nancy, Dee Sutton and I went to a movie at the Rivoli before I was caught at DeeDee’s. We only had $.20 between us – it was $.10 to get in so we cheated a bit. Nancy & DeeDee bought tickets and then they opened the 2nd floor door to the outside of the bldg so I could sneak in. Please don’t tell anyone at the Rivoli! We had a great time, but I don’t remember the movie!! Rest in Peace Nancy!

  11. Cheryl Crawford

    I am so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was a wonderful friend to David and I. She will be greatly missed.

  12. Judi Konze / Linda Vian

    We are so sorry for your loss.

  13. Roxanne Knutson

    I am so sorry to hear of Nancy passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. When she gets to heaven she will have alot of family waiting for her. Love your cousin Roxanne Knutson (Beverly Gardners daughter).

  14. norman jeffery aylsworth

    R.I.P. Nancy !!! You were alway’s a good friend with a big smile.I remember the good old days with cousin Jim !!! Had lots of fun.

  15. Tamara Kaufmann

    Nancy was one of the most genuinely kind people I’ve ever known. That alone is amazing, in this world; she was witty, loyal, thoughtful, tolerant…the list could go on & on. I had the privilege of getting to know her over sixteen years; I’ve missed her since I moved out of state, and now I will miss her forever. She was a good human, and she helped me in many ways. I’ll never forget Nancy, and her example will continue to help me, but knowing she’s gone is a great sadness. Godspeed, Nancy. Thanks for everything.

  16. Diane & Bill Pintz

    Will say prayer for Nancy on her way to heaven. Kathy and Rick stay strong.

  17. Katherine A Boarman

    Rick and family so sorry for your loss. She always had a smile when I saw her.

  18. Louise Riddle

    I remember Nancy from St Marys. Even in grade school she had that twinkle in her eyes. So much fun. I remember her bedroom the walls covered with Elvis pictures. I remember going for a ride in rumble seat of her parents car. One afternoon we skipped school in 2nd grade. It went fine until we decided to bake a cake and I singed my arm so I had to go home and tell my mom. It was always an adventure and fun to be around her.


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