Nancy L. Bessel, age 47 of Excelsior, passed away while surrounded by family on Friday July 15, 2016 at Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse. She was born on July 29, 1968 in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Nancy was the beautiful daughter of Lonnie Hisel and Annie (Oman) Slaughter, loving wife to John Bessel (11-11-2011), caring mother to Samantha and Neight Mindham and step-mother to Tiffany Bessel, benevolent sister to Jess and Jaime Hisel, nurturing grandmother to Payton Wiest and step grandmother to Morgan and Mason Bessel.
Nancy was an avid and successful pool player with a 2nd, a 4th, and a 7th place finishes in singles event at the state pool tournaments, two 1st, two 3rd, a 5th, and a 7th place finish in team events at the state pool tournaments, and even won a national title in Las Vegas playing in the team event. Many of these accomplishments were witnessed by her son Neight and her number 1 cheerleader; her mother Annie. Annie traveled to most of the tournaments with Nancy just to watch, sometimes with only a few days of notice for a 5 day trip to the state tournaments. Annie could always be found by Nancy where ever she went in the pool room. Nancy’s ultimate goal was to eventually become a master pool player. This dream was realized this year when her team and she won the Stansfield tournament earning her the master title she worked so hard to receive.
Nancy also enjoyed Harley rides with her husband John where they would ride for hours.
Nancy enjoyed working on her home. She worked for two years and took great pride in the renovations she made to her house, especially the deck that she built with help from her mother Annie and son-in-law Travis Jerrett.
Nancy loved being a grandmother to Payton, son to Samantha. She loved nothing more than babysitting every opportunity she could for Samantha, and Payton loved his time he got with his na-na.
Above all though, Nancy enjoyed being a friend. She enjoyed nothing more than to be there for others who often relied on her as their go-to for a vent, advice, or just a friendly listening ear. She made friends easily and held friends indefinitely.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday July 24, 2016 at 3:00 at the Kendall Funeral Home in
Boscobel. Friends may call on Sunday July 24, 2016 from 1:00 until the time of service at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel. Online condolence can be sent www.kendallfuneralservice.com