Nancy Lou Kiessel, 64, of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Elmwood Adult Foster Care Home. Nancy was born March 13, 1946, in Suttons Bay, the daughter of Andrew and Martha (Swanson) Kiessel.

She enjoyed the simple things in life and was always happy. From her dad, Nancy inherited a great sense of humor, and in her heart she had an unending love of cats and babies.

Nancy is survived by two sisters, Shirley (Ralph) Kahrs, of Traverse City, and Marcella (Dale) Morrison, of McMillan; and two brothers, Ivan (Darlene) Kiessel, of St. Joseph, and David (Sharon) Kiessel, of Suttons Bay.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Alice Busby.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m., with a visitation a 30 minutes prior to the service, at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. Burial will follow in East Leland Cemetery. The Rev. Lawrence Matro will officiate.

Memorials may be directed to Elmwood AFC Home, 5861 Tilton Road, Traverse City, MI 49684 and/or Munson Hospice, 1105 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.

Please share thoughts and memories with Nancy's family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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