DIXON — Nancy J. Lange, 76, of Dixon, formerly of Waterman, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 2 at Dixon Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center. After a long battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s, she is now whole and walking the streets of gold with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born July 9, 1946 in Aurora, the daughter of Eugene and Lois (Greene) Beach. She graduated from East Aurora High School in 1964 in Aurora. She married Larry Lange on Feb. 27, 1965 in Aurora.
Nancy spent several years in the nursery and greenhouses working at E.L. Fasel & Sons Greenhouses in Big Rock, Illinois. She then became a floral designer and opened her own flower shop in Waterman. She volunteered as an EMT and served several years with the Waterman Community Fire Protection District retiring with the department as ambulance lieutenant. Nancy enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hinckley, Illinois. She loved singing in the church choir at Immanuel and later at United Methodist Church in DeKalb. Her hobbies included working with her plants and flowers, crocheting, reading and camping with her family and friends.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Larry Lange of Dixon; three children, Michael (Karna) Lange of Belvidere, Heidi (Jay) Bratko of Rochelle, and Mindy (Dennis) Lange-Hamel of Oregon; six grandchildren, Trevor and Kailey Lange, Matthew, Megan and Mark Bratko and Dylan (Elyse) Fisher; one great-granddaughter, Lucy Fisher; a brother, Gordon Beach of Rhinelander, Wisconsin and several nieces and nephews.
Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Lois Beach; twin sons at birth, Grant Lee and Gary Lee Lange and a brother Charles Beach.
A memorial funeral service will take place at noon Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. 6th St. in Rochelle with family friend Richard Criss officiating. Visitation will precede the service on Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Contributions in Nancy’s memory may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home. Please visit www.ungerhorner.com to sign the guest book.