Nancy Eleanor Behnke, 78, of Reedsville passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019 after a short battle with cancer.
Nancy was born May 4, 1940, daughter of the late John Sr. and Ida (Valleskey) Mattes. She was a graduate of Valders High School, class of 1958. She married Eugene Behnke on May 21, 1960 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Collins. She enjoyed reading, baking, playing cards, listening to country music, and sharing her homemade jam. She had a knack for remembering people on their birthdays and anniversaries, and made it a priority to have the family gather on holidays throughout the year.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene; her five children, Julie (Michael) Webster, Brenda (Kelly) Ott, and Bruce (Jenene) Behnke, all of Reedsville; Dean Behnke of Manitowoc, and Scott Behnke (special friend Marguerite Weeden) of New Holstein; her seven grandchildren, Gerald, Kelli, Brenton, and Josette Ott; Hunter and Casey Behnke; and Conor Behnke; her brother and sister-in-law, John Jr. “Jack” (Judy) Mattes; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Marlene Cardinahl of New Holstein, Dennis (Joyce) Behnke of Chilton, and Beverly (Howard) Riemer of New Holstein; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her mother- and father-in-law, Henry and Myrtle (Wegner) Behnke; as well as a brother-in-law, Rodney Behnke; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Behnke-Runice; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Collins. The Rev. Robert Weiss will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the church on Friday from 2 to 4:45 p.m. Online condolences may be made at
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Nancy’s name.