Nancy Lee Wentzel Burns


Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006

Juneau resident Nancy Lee Wentzel Burns, 66, died Jan. 31, 2006, in Juneau.

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She was born July 21, 1939, in Seattle, to Bill and Jayne Wentzel. The family moved to Juneau in 1953, and she graduated from Juneau High School in 1957. She began working at Grummett Insurance in March 1959 and later became a partner in Shattuck and Grummett Inc., retiring in February 1998, after 39 years.

Family members said, "On Christmas Eve in 1964, Nancy married Jim Burns, and the two began their joint adventure of fun, family and friends."

She was involved in several local civic organizations over the years, and enjoyed many activities unique to life in Alaska.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, Bill and Jayne Wentzel; brother, David Wentzel; and godson, Will Shattuck.

She is survived by her daughter, Leslie (Craig) Dahl, and grandson, Jason Cameron, all of Juneau; brother, Roger (Suzanne) Wentzel of Washington; stepchildren, Jannine (Eldon) Swingler of South Dakota, Traci (Mark) Welborn of Utah, and Jim Burns of South Dakota, and their children; goddaughter, Lynn Shattuck of Maine; several nieces; and many longtime friends who she considered family.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. June 24 at the Hangar Ballroom in Juneau. Donations in her memory can be made to the charity of choice or to the Gastineau Humane Society.

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