Nancy Ann Knepfel, age 87, of Ripon, WI, passed away on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Prairie Place.

Nancy Ann Knepfel

Nancy was born April 28, 1934 in Pipe, WI, the daughter of William and Beatrice (Burg) Bergen. She graduated from Chilton High School and attended UW-Oshkosh for 2 years to earn a teaching degree. In 1954, Nancy married Joseph Knepfel in Chilton, WI. In addition to her early years as a teacher, Nancy worked for many years as a motel operator. In her free time, Nancy enjoyed knitting, painting, sewing, crafting including making Christmas ornaments, and baking. She was also a member of Green Lake Business and Professional Women and The Federated Church of Green Lake.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Joseph Knepfel of Ripon; children, Jeannie (Jeff) Hildebrand of Phillips, WI, Keith (Judy) Knepfel of Green Lake, WI and Kathy (Jeff) Fischer of Pickett, WI; grandchildren, Rebecca (Jordon) Zahn of Pickett, WI, Katie Knepfel of Seattle, WA, Anne Swanson of Seattle, WA and Bill (Bayley) Knepfel of Winneconne, WI; and great-grandchildren, Gianna, Leonard, Maverick, Harley and Isabella. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, William and Beatrice Bergen; brother, William Bergen; son, Mark Knepfel; granddaughter, Sarah Poniewaz; and great-grandson, Delton Knepfel.

A visitation for Nancy will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 10 – 11:00 am at The Federated Church of Green Lake, 489 Scott Street, Green Lake, WI 54941.

A memorial service for Nancy will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 11:00 am at The Federated Church of Green Lake, with Reverend Karen Gygax Rodriguez officiating. Inurnment will follow at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Town of Ripon, WI. A memorial is being established in her name.

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