MIDDLETON-Nancy L. Arneson, age 61, of Middleton died Thursday, May 2, 2013, after a long courageous battle with a series of strokes.

She was born on June 21, 1951, the beloved daughter of Alfred and Helen Abplanalp. She graduated from Middleton High School in 1969. Nancy worked at the Department of Transportation, where she met her husband, Rodney Arneson. They were married on October 28, 1977. Nancy and Rodney have two daughters; Heidi was born in 1978 and Edie was born in 1980.

NASCAR was a favorite pastime of Nancy’s. She claimed to be Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s sister, so Dale Earnhardt Jr. was like her adopted son. Nancy’s greatest passion was her family. She dedicated her life to being the most wonderful wife and the most loving, caring mother that a child could ever hope for. Her two grandchildren, Aishanay Pickett and Walter Moore were the light of her life.

During her 12-year struggle with strokes, Nancy proved to be such an awesome role model to her family, especially to her grandchildren. We all got to see the wonderful, strong and courageous woman that Nancy was. Nancy will leave a gigantic size hole in our lives.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Rodney; two daughters, Heidi (Henry) Pickett and Edie (Dartanyan) Moore; and two grandchildren, Aishanay Nancy Pickett and Walter Allen Moore. Nancy is further survived by her mom, Helen Abplanalp; and her brother, Chuck Abplanalp. Nancy was preceded in death by her dad, Alfred Abplanalp.

Funeral services will be held at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1 S. Rosa Road, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery near Avoca, Wis.

The family would like to thank Larry and Jeanette Arneson for everything they have done for our family, but especially for the care and love they gave Nancy over the last few years.

Visitation:
A visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.

Service:
Funeral services will be held at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1 S. Rosa Road, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.