Nancy O'Connor

Nancy O’Connor, 84, of Ankeny, passed away September 17, 2022, in Hubbard, Iowa.

Nancy Page O’Connor was born December 18, 1937, in Grinnell, Iowa to Marian Manetta (Russell) and James Franklin Page. She graduated from Guttenberg High School in 1956. She was united in marriage to Lowell O’Connor on June 25, 1960. Six children were born into this union. Nancy was widowed at a young age and devoted her life to the care of their children.

Nancy worked to put Lowell through medical school. She was the first female city council person in Emmetsburg, Iowa. Nancy worked as a merchandiser for Hallmark Marketing for over twenty-five years. She loved to travel, garden, sew, read, jigsaw puzzles, baseball and spend time with her family. She was happiest in an auditorium, on a bleacher, golf course, or field cheering on her children and grandchildren. She demonstrated to her family how to live a life of hard work, adventure, perseverance, and how to find laughter in the things that break our hearts.

Nancy is survived by her children, Maureen (Frank) Pena, Colleen (Randy) Merkle, Kate (Kari Roehr) O’Connor, Patrick (Lisa) O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, and Mary O’Connor; her beloved grandchildren, Tiffany (James) Sheldon, Bryan O’Connor, Courtney (Anthony) O’Connor, Emily Merkle, Matthew Merkle, Molly Barten, and Maggie Barten; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Elliana, Micha, and Iyla; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her cherished husband, Lowell; her parents; her sister, Margo Vugrinovich; brothers, Bill Page and Marshall Page; her brothers-in-law, Frank O’Connor, Bernard O’Connor, Louis O’Connor, and John Vugrinovich; sisters in law, Darlene O’Connor, Jean O’Connor, and Mary Lou Page; nephew, David Page; and niece Anne Luepke.

The family wishes to express our deepest gratitude to Hubbard Care Center for their loving care in Mom’s final year.

A visitation will be held from 1 – 2 pm Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Graveside committal service will be at Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery following the visitation.  Kramer and Hamilton Funeral Homes have been entrusted with the care of Nancy.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hubbard Care Center, 403 South State Street, Hubbard, IA 50122, University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center/Melanoma Program, and/or My NESCO Health/NESCO Family Medical Clinic.


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