O'Donnell, Nancy Caroline of Bloomington, MN, 85, passed peacefully after complications due to a stroke on Thursday, October 8th at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Nancy is preceded in death by her parents Henry and Alice Buettner, daughter Tracy, sister Mary Alice Hoover, brothers Donald, John, and Edward Buettner. She is survived by her loving husband Tom, sisters Esther (Bill) Pavlicek and Katie Rouse, children Michael (Diana), Daniel (Maryann), Leslie (Craig) Peterson; grandchildren Angela (Mike), Christie (Casey), Thomas (Renee), Sophia, Sophie, Charles, Erik, Chloe, Tyler, Mya; and great-grandchildren Sydney and Madison. She was born to parents, Henry and Alice Buettner on February 1st, 1935 at St. Barnabas Hospital in Minneapolis, MN, attended Roosevelt High School where she graduated in 1952, and in 1959 she married the love of her life, Thomas, her husband of 61 years. They raised four wonderful children together, and watched their grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. In 1975 Nancy and Tom built a cabin on Turtle Lake in northern MN, where they entertained family and friends and created many wonderful life-long memories. In 1991 the cabin became a home, and Tom and Nancy traded in the city life for their cabin home they had created, where they resided until they moved to Bloomington, MN in 1997. From 1992-2013, they escaped the harsh MN winters as snowbirds, spending winters in Punta Gorda, FL, where again, they made many lasting friends and memories. Nancy was always full of life - a true spitfire with a heart overflowing with compassion. She had a warmth that made you feel like family as soon as you met her. She had a special gift for remembering even the smallest details about you; she'd always have your lucky dabber color ready for you for Wednesday night bingo at Knights of Columbus. She loved the outdoors; you would often find her outside with bare feet pulling weeds, admiring the birds, and enjoying Tracy's wind chime in the backyard. She was a very special lady that touched the hearts of many, and we will miss her dearly. Special thanks to Fairview Hospice. A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to COVID-19.
Nancy Caroline O'Donnell
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