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Nancy L. Gardner

January 3, 1947 — November 9, 2023


Nancy L. Gardner, 76, of Waukesha, WI, passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

Nancy was born on January 3, 1947, in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William and Thelma (Teets) Navoney.  Nancy married David Hickman on May 9, 1970, and the couple enjoyed 10 years of marriage before his passing on November 2, 1980, she then remarried Leonard Gardner on June 18, 1983, and the couple enjoyed 31 years of marriage before his passing in 2014. Nancy was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Monongahela, PA and Brookside Baptist Church in Brookfield, WI. She earned her master’s degree from PennWest University and worked in education for over 40 years. She was a member of the American Baptist Association, where she received her licensing in 1986, and was later ordained as a reverend. She had a passion for music that led her to introduce both schools and churches to everything music, including plays, choirs, and talent shows. In her free time, she continued her passion for music by giving piano and voice lessons, going out for dinner, crocheting and was a connoisseur of shopping. Above all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Nancy is survived by her daughter Jody (Rob) Leonard, son Will Gardner and sisters-in-law Carolyn Gardner, Sharon Gardner and her brother-in-law Gary Gardner; niece Yvonne (Brady) Shimer; and extended family: Stefanie, Jeanette, and Elise Mabel; Mahaylee Grace and Mayson Elias. She is also survived by other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and husbands.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm at First Baptist Church of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

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