Nancy Brokaw, 89, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 8, 2020, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, due to complications of COVID-19.
Nancy Ann Morgan was born Feb. 24, 1931, in Geneseo, Ill. She was the daughter of Rena Johnson Morgan and Orville Bartz of Geneseo. After graduating from the Geneseo High School in 1948, Nancy
worked at the Rock Island Arsenal.
Nancy married Ray C. Brokaw on May 25, 1949, at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo, Ill. The couple operated a Conoco Gas Station in Geneseo. In 1953, they moved to Monticello, Iowa, where Ray and Nancy started a Surge Dairy Equipment business. Nancy worked briefly as a telephone operator and a rural mail carrier but was primarily a lifelong home keeper. Ray and Nancy retired from the Surge business in 1993.
Surviving are two sons, Randy Brokaw and his wife, Sue, of Delhi, Iowa, and Kim Brokaw and his wife, Katherine, of Cedar Rapids; her daughter-in-law, Mary Brokaw of Monticello; her five grandchildren, Chris (Deb) Brokaw, Amber Barnhart, Robyn Eastin, Jack Brokaw and Kate Brokaw; and her 11 great-grandchildren, Serena, Sawyer, Griffin, Holden and Hudson Brokaw, Hunter, Reid and Kadence Barnhart, MaKenna Patterson, Connor and Tyler Eastin; and her sister, Carol VanMeenen of Atkinson, Ill.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray, in 2001; her daughter, Monica, on Feb. 27, 2020; her son, Milo, on Nov. 30, 2020; and her grandson, Nick, in 1990.
Nancy was a member of Peace Church in Monticello. She was a 50-plus year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved to do anything crafty, cross stitch, ceramics, knitting and crocheting.
Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, has taken Nancy and her family into their care. Due to COVID-19, services are not planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous or Peace Church.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their compassion and attentiveness in caring for Nancy, as well as to Above and Beyond Health Care & Hospice.