Nancy Lou Welchlin

MESA, Ariz. – A Celebration of Life for Nancy Lou Welchlin, 60, of Mesa, Ariz., will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at 8730 East Mountain Bridge Dr., Mesa, Ariz.

Nancy Lou passed away on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at her home.

Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care.

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She was born Sept. 23, 1952, in Fairmont, Minn., to Louis Fredrick and Jeanne Elizabeth (Peterson) Welchlin. Nancy moved to Arizona from Roland, Iowa, three and a half years ago to retire and be closer to her family. She enjoyed reading, swimming, and spending time with her family, friends, and especially her grandchildren. Throughout her life, she worked with kids who had special needs, which is where she found her passion. Nancy would always give her shirt off of her back to help anyone and was always there to listen in times of need.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Jeanne Patton (Sheri Patton); son, Joshua Pedersen (Pamela Pedersen); grandchildren, Savannah Pedersen, Dawson Pedersen, Nyah Patton, and Josilyn Puhak; adopted son, John Puhak (Jennifer Puhak); brother, Douglas Welchlin, and his children, Robert Welchlin, Jane Welchlin, and Brian Welchlin; cousin, Pamela Heinbuch (John Heinbuch) and her children, Ryan Frisch, Courtney Frisch, and Tyson Frisch; and lifelong friends, Kenny and Mary Jensen.