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Nancy E. Bethke, 72, of Pacific, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Nancy was born Dec. 7, 1945, in Poynette, the daughter of Victor and Nellie (Hamilton) Phelps. She graduated from Baraboo High School and married James Bethke on Oct. 19, 1968, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. Nancy worked at Flambeau in Baraboo for 20 years and Saint-Gobain in Portage for nine years. She enjoyed outdoor crafting, flower gardens and all Wisconsin sports. She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Portage.

She is survived by her husband, Jim of Pardeeville; children, Todd (Toni) Bethke of Delavan and their daughter, Tia, Kevin Bethke of Portage; sisters, Evy Kildow of Waupun, Barb Loomis of Deerfield; many nieces, nephews; other relatives; and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, June Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 850 Armstrong St., Portage, with the Rev. Greg Hovland officiating. Burial will follow at Pacific Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Nancy’s name to University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, 600 Highland Ave., K4/658, Madison, WI 53792-6164.

The family would like to thank the staff at Heartland Hospice and UW Carbone Cancer Center for their care and support.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage, at, is assisting the family.