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Nancy C. Trombla

Jun 20, 1932 - Jan 31, 2023


Nancy C. Trombla, 90, of Oconomowoc passed away peacefully on January 31, 2023. She was born on June 20, 1932, in Sheboygan to the late Emil and Frieda Nelson. Nancy graduated from Central High School in 1950, and after working to save money for college, she obtained her Bachelors from Central State College (UWSP). She later returned to UW-Stevens Point earning her Masters, while teaching and raising her children.
She met William G. Trombla, Jr, after being set up on a blind date. She realized he checked every box on a hand-written list of spousal requirements she gave her sisters prior to dating. Her sisters presented her this checklist on the day of her marriage to Bill on August 18, 1962 in Plymouth, WI and all agreed she had found her soul mate. They will now be able to celebrate their anniversaries together.
During her working years, she was a teacher in Plymouth, Pulaski, and most notably in Westfield for 22 years until her retirement in 1995. Nancy was very proud when she was honored as the Westfield School District’s Teacher of the Year in 1988-89.
Throughout her life, she was always generous and compassionate. In her younger “auntie” days, she would help her mom run the Annual Nelson Family Christmas Party. More recently, she was the provider of bingo prizes, treat bags, and knitted items for the Nelson Family Reunion. She spoiled her grandkids throughout the year, Christmas in July trips were always special. Her passion for knitting and sewing left a legacy of pillows, placemats, Barbie clothes, hats, mittens, and dish clothes.
Nancy is survived by her children, David Trombla & Leigh (Michael) Jordan, and grandchildren, Ellen & William “Will” Trombla; Stephanie, Jacob (Samantha), and Amanda Jordan. She is further survived by many loving nieces & nephews. Nancy is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sisters, Catherine Rinka, Betty Stenske, Joyce Gruenke, Pearl Haen; brothers, Raymond and Milton Nelson.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Wilkinson Woods, Aurora Summit & Watertown Hospitals, Western Lakes & Watertown EMS, The Marquardt, and Common Heart Hospice.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan, from 10:00 am until the time of Memorial Service at 12:00 pm.
Online condolences may be expressed at
To honor Nancy’s love of reading and education, donations can be made in her memory to Friends of Ethel Everhard Memorial Library in Westfield; Mead Library Foundation in Sheboygan or any other charity of your choice.


Date: Saturday Feb 11, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]

Memorial Service

Date: Saturday Feb 11, 2023
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



Guestbook Entries SIGN GUESTBOOK

Sheila Nelson

My love and prayers are with you, Leigh, David, and families. Your Mom was an A+ aunt. I have so many beautiful memories of times spent with her. I know she's happily reunited with your Dad and with our grandparents and the whole family. I know she touched thousands of lives and will always be remembered with love and gratitude.

Rebecca Wolf

To Nancy’s family, I am very sad to learn of Nancy’s passing. I was her therapist at Wilkinson Woods. I very much enjoyed hearing all the stories telling of her life many of which are mentioned in her obituary. I especially enjoyed hearing of her book “Too many Pickles” and the reason she wrote it! Very funny indeed! She was certainly very proud of her family. I was very fond of her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers,. Sincerely, Rebecca

Beverly Trombla

I won't be able to make the drive to Sheboygan but Danette is planning on coming. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Aunt Beverly ❤️

Jim, Jen, Jamie, and John Kirk

Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss.

Diane Klarkowski

Dear Leigh and family, Paul and I send our deepest sympathies to all of you. Take care.....carry her memories in your heart always. Love you Diane and Paul

Karen Jordan

Rest in peace, Nancy.