Nancy Wetherell

Nancy Wetherell

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Services for Nancy Ann Wetherell, 64, of Iowa City, Iowa, formerly of Northeast Nebraska, will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Iowa City, with the Rev. Rudolph Juarez officiating. The family will greet friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church. She died on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics surrounded by her family


Nancy Ann, beloved wife and mother, was born on June 19, 1955, in Osmond, the daughter of William and Evalyn (Tuma) Kirby.

Nancy attended Wausa Public Schools and graduated from high school in 1973. She attended Southeast Community College in Lincoln, where she earned a dental assistant certificate. She accepted a dental assistant position with Dr. Aaron Walters, at his private dental clinic in Norfolk, where she worked for nine years.

On June 18, 1983, Nancy married the love of her life, her husband, Daniel Wetherell at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Norfolk.

Nancy had a passion for cooking, shopping, was an avid reader and loved to travel. She spent many hours traveling with her husband Dan on business trips across the Midwest. She enjoyed their 20 years of family beach vacations to the Florida gulf coast near Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Nancy was a generous volunteer for many organizations including the Girl Scouts, Catholic Schools and Parishes, Birthright, Meals on Wheels and Area Education Agency of NC Iowa. She enjoyed meeting, getting to know new people, making new friends and continuing to cherish old friendships. She had the gift of making people feel warmly welcomed, comfortable around her and making a connection with everyone she met. She had a remarkable smile and an infectious laugh. Her final gift of kindness was a tissue donation through the Iowa Donor Network so that someone else may have a better life.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Dan, her children, daughter, Emily Buchanan (Joe), St. Peters, Mo., son, Nathan (Lauren), Idaho Springs, Colo., and daughter, Sarah, Columbia, Mo. She is the proud grandmother of three granddaughters, Caroline Ann, age 3, Cecilia Rae, age 2 and Rosalie Evalyn Buchanan born on Sept. 6.

She also is survived by six of 10 siblings, Kathy Obrien (Dave), Yankton, S.D., William Kirby Jr., Clearwater, Fla., Neil Kirby (Terri), Elkhorn, Greg Kirby (Mary), Omaha, Mark Kirby, Crofton, and Sandy Kirby White, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Nancy is also survived by over 100 first cousins, many nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Evalyn Kirby and siblings, Sheila Barnett, Kevin Kirby and Celeste Kirby.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics who provided loving and compassionate care for Nancy.

In lieu of flowers the Nancy Wetherell Memorial Fund has been established. Online condolences may be made at

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VERDIGRE — Services for Tillie Janak, 91, of Verdigre are pending at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Verdigre.

NELIGH — Services for Dorothy Chilvers, 92, of Neligh will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Neligh with the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Z. McNeil officiating. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

STANTON — Services for Doris (Mrs. Harlan) Kuester, 79, of Stanton will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Faith Lutheran Church in Stanton with the Rev. Timothy Booth officiating. Interment will be in the Pilger Cemetery.

NORFOLK — Services for Tracy Lanphear, 54, of Norfolk will be 10:30 a.m. Friday Oct. 25, at Peace Evangelical Church in rural Norfolk. The Rev. Clark Jenkinson will officiate with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Norfolk.

STUART — Graveside memorial services for Janice E. Sweet, 73, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Cleveland Cemetery north of Stuart.

AINSWORTH — Memorial services for Ernest L. Marvin, 76, Bassett, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the New Apostolic Church in Ainsworth. Inurnment will be in the Ainsworth Cemetery.

ALTONA — Services for Harris D. Heinemann, 84, rural Wayne, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at First Trinity Lutheran Church at Altona. The Rev. Timothy Booth will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

HARTINGTON — Services for Gerald D. Konken, 76, Hartington, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartington. The Rev. Amanda Talley will officiate. Burial will be in the Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Coleridge with military honors provided by the Hartington VFW Post …

STANTON — Memorial services and inurnment for JoAnn M. Hrabak, 83, Norfolk, will be at a later date under the direction of Shultz-Vogel-Johnson Mortuary in Stanton.

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Jimmy Johns