Nancy A. Pynaker (1930-2019)

Nancy A. Pynaker, age 89, of Kenosha passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Nancy was born on March 21, 1930 in Kenosha to Arthur and Vera (Falk) Gemmell. She attended local schools and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1947.  Nancy married Andrew Pynaker on July 16, 1948 at the Kenosha Christian Reformed Church, where the couple remained lifelong members. She spent the majority of her life tending to her family, always making sure they were taken care of and always fed, even if they were already full. Nancy enjoyed praying, knitting, and sewing, as well as feeding her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew; her parents and her brother, Bruce Gemmell

Nancy is survived by five children, David (Paula) Pynaker of Apex, NC, Judy Gorter, Robert (Denise) Pynaker and Karen (Kenneth) Ade all of Kenosha and Pamela (Chris) Maurer of Waukesha; 12 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren and her sisters-in-law, Ann Brandes and Teri Gemmell.

Funeral services for Nancy will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at the Kenosha Christian Reformed Church (7506 – 25th Avenue) with interment to follow at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park. A visitation with the family will be held at the church on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. and on Thursday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the mission of Haiti /Operation Outpour or Hospice Alliance would be greatly appreciated. To celebrate Nancy’s life please wear something bright.


  1. Hi family. We are sorry we can’t be with you at the funeral but we are with you in spirit ❤️ Much love to you all!

  2. Pam Visser Sinclair October 29, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. Prayers and hugs to all of you

  3. So many good memories of your parents. I pray for God’s comforting arms around you.

  4. Carol Maurer Iaquinta October 29, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    So very sorry for your families loss. She wore her smile well!

  5. Sorry to read the passing of Dorothy. I remember her from Gateway lunch room. She was such a great lady. I now live in TN but she was always in my heart.

  6. I feel so thankful to have gotten to know her and Andy over the years! I’m so happy they are together again!

  7. Howard and Jannie Johnson October 30, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Our deepest sympathy to you all. We were blessed to have met your mom and dad when we moved to Kenosha in the mid 90’s. They were so welcoming to our family and we always looked forward to seeing them at church. Such an example of a faithful and godly couple. And now they are both rejoicing in the presence of their Lord and Savior. Our hearts go out to you and we pray for God’s comfort and peace at this time of loss.

  8. Nancy will be missed by us all. It was fun knowing both nancy and andy when they went to hemet, california in winter. Such wonderful people loved by somany friends.

  9. Dear family, I’m sorry I couldn’t be at the Celebration of Life Ceremony, this morning, but am lifting you all up in prayer for peace and comfort. Nancy was a wonderful, kind, loving and beautiful sister-in-law. I will miss her greatly.

  10. Thinking of you all as you celebrate Nancy’s life today. She was my first babysitter while she and Andy were still in high school and though I don’t remember that, our family reunions at Aunt Vera’s cottage on Brown’s Lake hold many fond memories of her laugh, her smile and her cooking. Love to all.

  11. As Gods cycle of life goes on, I’m sorry for the families loss of such a beautiful Christian lady. “I Can Only Imagine ” the joy she has found In Heaven . I will always remember the wonderful times I was able to have at her home, knowing her family and being part of the Christian Reformed community. Gods Blessings to all of you.
    Karen (Johnson, Lottie’s daughter) Larson


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