Nancy J. (Hilbert) Pregler

Nancy J. (Hilbert) Pregler

Nancy J. (Hilbert) Pregler, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 9:20 a.m., on Friday, February 14, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her loving family and her loyal dog, Sugar. To celebrate Nancy’s life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m., until 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture service held at 2:45 p.m. To honor Nancy’s life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Steven M. Garner officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Nancy was born on May 14, 1936, in Dubuque, Iowa, the only child of Frank and Olive (Frommelt) Hilbert.

Nancy grew up in Dubuque and lived her whole life in the Eagle Point area where she made many great friends. Nancy attended Holy Trinity Grade School and was a life long member of Holy Trinity Parish. She also attended Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque.

Nancy was united in marriage to Walter A. Pregler on September 17, 1955. Together they raised seven sons and were blessed with 65 wonderful years of marriage. Nancy was a stay at home mom and homemaker while raising her children. Later in life she was happily employed for several years at the Walsh Stores. Nancy volunteered at Holy Trinity Grade School with the lunch program and running the library, as well helping out at Mercy Hospital and working the polls on election days.

Nancy was an avid bowler and enjoyed league bowling. She was an active member of Holy Trinity Church, including the parish choir, Rosary Society and Mothers Club. Nancy enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and figure skating. She collected cardinal figurines and loved when they showed up at the bird feeder. In later years she enjoyed card games, dominoes and going out to lunch with the girls. She was frequently seen just relaxing on the deck, reading a good book, and eating a few gremlins. Most of all, Nancy loved her family and was happiest when around her seven boys, each one claiming to be her favorite!

Those left to cherish Nancy’s memory include

her husband,
Walter Pregler, Dubuque, IA;

her children,
Steven (Janelle) Pregler, Dubuque, IA,
Michael (Joann) Pregler, Dubuque, IA,
Bob (Christine) Pregler, Hampton, VA,
Tom Pregler, Dubuque, IA,
David (Kim) Pregler, Dubuque, IA
and John (Cheryl) Pregler, Dubuque, IA;

a daughter-in-law,
Donna (Michael) Foster, Carolina Beach, NC;

her grandchildren,
Brandon (SaRee) Pregler, Michelle (Brian) Huss, Mike (Anna) Pregler, Carey (Troy) Raab, Allan (Melissa) Pregler, Nick (Allison) Pregler, Justin (Melissa) Pregler, Ryan (Andrea) Pregler, Branden (Morgan) Pregler, Hayley (TJ) Habel, Shelby Pregler and Miranda Pregler;

her great-grandchildren,
Nolan, Sienna, Aleah, Raena, Dylan, Tarver, Jacob, Leah, Scarlett, Lucy, Clara, Benjamin, Kyra, Jonah, Mason, Lucas, Colton, Kenslie and Jaxton;

her great great-granddaughter,

and her special friends,
Marlene Melssen and Barb Bernhardt.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her youngest son, James Pregler; and a grandson, Scott.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Cindy of Hospice of Dubuque for her compassionate end of life care. Also thanks to Carey Jo Raab and Joann Pregler for their time and loving care, making Nancy’s last few days as comfortable as possible.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be accepted by the family to be distributed among her favorite charities.


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Behr Funeral Home
1491 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa
February 18th, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Funeral service

Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church
1701 Rhomberg Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
February 19th, 2020 at 10:00 AM

10 condolences for Nancy J. (Hilbert) Pregler
  1. Mark McDonald says:

    Pregler families..I was truly shocked to hear of Nancy’s passing, may the good Lord welcome her with open arms and may he provide comfort to the family during the difficult days ahead

  2. Tom Leicht says:

    Walt and family, so sorry to see the passing of your wife and mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Tom Leicht

  3. Ann Skemp says:

    Beautifully written obit. You all have our condolences. She will be remembered as a very nice person, with a great family. Ann and Tim Skemp

  4. Susan Searles says:

    Sympathy to the Preglar family from Hans and Susan Searles. Your mother was a remarkable woman with many gifts and talents. I know she will be forever treasured in your memories.

  5. Juanita Barrett says:

    Was saddened to hear of the passing of Nancy. We had many joyous days together working at the Walsh Store and playing cards. May the Lord keep the family in his hands and provide comfort for you all.

  6. Leora Bemboom says:

    Walt and family, you have my deepest sympathy in the passing of Nancy.
    She was always so friendly at the UAW dinners and made everyone feel welcome.
    What a remarkable lady she was.

  7. Merle Gaber says:

    Walter and family:
    Nancy was a remarkable lady. She will be in my prayers. May God hold and bless you all.
    My heart goes out to my good friend Walter. She is in peace at the hands of God.

  8. Patrick Prevenas says:

    So sorry for your family loss. It appears she had a full wonderful life filled with many family memories.

  9. Jim Thillman says:

    To the Pregler family I’m sorry to hear of your loss.

  10. Eugene Hingtgen says:

    Walt so sorry to hear about Nancy’s passing. you are in our prayers and thoughts in the coming days. Eugene and Donna Hingtgen

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