Nancy R. Gast, 68, Wausau, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
She was born August 26, 1952, in Wausau, daughter of the late James and Susan (Hooker) Brose. On December 15, 1973, she married Lyle Gast Jr. at First United Methodist Church, Wausau. He survives.
Nancy graduated from Wausau High School in 1970. She spent three years in the Women's Army Corps from 1970 until 1973. Nancy worked at East Bay Corp. in Customer Service, and also worked at Hadley Office Supply in Wausau for over 25 years. Nancy played Viola and was a member of the Wausau Symphony Orchestra for many years. She was secretary of that organization for three years. She also played for churches and weddings, and was in the "pit" orchestra for many musical plays. In June 2004, when Nancy was presented with the "Noel Seim" award by Wausau Community Theater, she had played in over 20 musical plays in 30 years of being in the Symphony Orchestra. In later years, she returned to school, and in 2007, Nancy received an Associates Degree as "medical coding specialist" from North Central Technical College in Wausau.
Some of her favorite pastimes included gardening and spoiling her grandchildren. She had a large collection of salt and pepper shakers and her crocheted afghans are treasured possessions of the many family members who have received them as gifts.
Survivors include her loving husband, Lyle Gast Jr., Wausau, her children, Allen (Wendy) Gast, Loyal, and Bonnie (Mark) Dean, Weston, her four loving grandchildren, Bryce and Caleb Gast and Kaitlyn and Anna Dean, her mother and father-in-law, Dolores and Lyle Gast, Wausau, her siblings, Evelyn (Bill) Johnston, Jackson, Jamie (Bob) Fink, Cleveland, and Maxine Huebner, Wausau, her sisters-in-law, Linda (Daniel) Meschefske, Wausau, and Donna (Norbert) Normand, Wausau, and her brother-in-law, Larry (Mary) Gast, Rib Mountain and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at Noon, Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at Rib Mountain Lutheran Church, Rib Mountain. The Rev. Tim Swanson will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, town of Maine. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Rib Mountain Lutheran Church, Wausau. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com
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