Nancy Preston, 72, Portage

April 3, 2019

Nancy M. Preston, 72, of Portage, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019, at her home.

Nancy was born March 7, 1947, in Portage, the daughter of Walter and Marie (Cook) Nehrlich. She had worked at Weyenberg Shoe Factory in Portage. She was the office manager and a delivery person for the Milwaukee Sentinel, and the Portage Daily Register. She also worked at Moto Interstate and Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home. Nancy was a member of Portage United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She had been a leader in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

She is survived by her children, Julie (Randy) Knapton of Oxford, John (Marci Ward) Preston of Pardeeville, Brenda (Frank) Christopherson of Montello, and Timothy (Robyn) Preston of Portage; her grandchildren, Zackery Knapton of Owatona, Minnesota, Breanna (John Osburn) Preston of Waukesha, Austin Knapton of Sun Prairie, Kimberly (James) Peters Berg of Black River Falls, Paul Brockley of West Palm Beach, Florida, Kyle Brockley of Portage, Cameron Christopherson and Rose Christopherson, both of Montello; her great-grandchildren, Bentley and Leonardo; her sisters, Betty (Don) Warren of Oxford and Janice (James) Waydick of Portage; the father of her children, James Preston of Portage; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Donald Powell and Farrell “Flip” Powell.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Portage United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Countryman officiating. Burial will follow in Silver Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Brenda and Frank for their commitment and care of Nancy.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage, pmmfh.com, is assisting the family.