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Nancy Marie Schiltz

December 2, 2019 | 6 comments

Nancy Marie Schiltz passed away surrounded in love with her family on November 25, 2019. She was born to Jerald (Buddy) & Deloris (Dodie) Tryggestad in Viroqua, WI on June 24, 1954 where she graduated from Viroqua High School in 1972. In the early 80’s she and her family moved to Sparta where  as a secretary at Fort McCoy she shared her smile and humor. In 1987 she returned to Viroqua and took over as owner of Midway Motel from her parents. When she wasn’t offering unparalleled hospitality by making every guest that came through town immediately feel like family, she was busy playing practical jokes on them. Whether it was placing fake doggy doo on their bed or strategically leaving a sound sensitive rubber rat in their shower, it was only out of her love for keeping things fun and making people feel welcome that she always went the extra step. In her free time she loved to be surrounded by her children at a “fine meal” as she’d say. Or when she received her favorite cocktail, a SoCo Old Fashion Sweet with extra cherries, expertly crafted she’d say, “That was the checkers!”. In 2005 she sold the motel and moved to Onalaska, WI to be closer to her children where she continued to make everyone she came across feel special. Her children called her a “social butterfly” due to her outgoing personality and ability to make connections on a human level anywhere she went. She was especially elated recently as she welcomed her first grandchild into the world, Payton Marie Donley. In the short time they had together, Grandma Nancy enjoyed “teaching her school” where stories were read and Payton learned to stick her tongue out for grandma, a skill that will surely remind Payton’s parents, Sarah & Adam, to think of Grandma Nancy every time she does it. Her brilliant light, warm heart and infectious smile will be sorely missed. She was proceeded in death by her father Buddy and mother Dodie. She is survived by her children Calvin Schiltz, Dustin Schiltz (Kaitlyn), Sarah Donley (Adam), and her sister Alana Sherry (Andy). A celebration of life will be held summer of 2020, the family will provide details at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be designated in her name for cancer research at Mayo Clinic. Memorials can be made online at philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donatemc or mailed to Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905



  1. Dustin Schiltz

    Love you mom.

  2. Peggy Gernes

    Your presence has always been so enjoyable. I will really miss you this Christmas as it was so much fun last year. You have always been so dear to Calvin and not having you here physically here is going to be really difficult. We will take care of him.

  3. Kaitlyn

    Thank you for being such a wonderful mother-in-law to me. I’ve felt like family since the first time I met you. Love you forever, Nancy.

    • Barb and Ed olson

      We are very sad to hear of Nancy’s passing, she was a super person and a lot of fun to be around, she will be greatly missed, our sympathy to the family

  4. Natalie Erickson

    Nancy you always had a smile..now you will smile down on your children and their families!
    So sorry for your loss, may the memories you have in your heart help you through the most difficult days ahead.. 😇

  5. Barb Long

    Dearest Nancy, may you rest in peace. I have so many memories of you with Sarah and Melissa going through ballet and dance in elementary school, Brownie Scouts, all of their middle school shenanigans 😂, and High School proms and homecomings, etc. I always enjoyed your welcoming, friendly conversations. I am glad you got to share some time with your granddaughter! You will be missed by many! Barb Long

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