Details for Dawn Renee Nofsinger
January 14, 1955-January 27, 2018
Dawn Renee Nofsinger, age 63, of Milton, WI, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her beloved family, Saturday January 27, 2018. She was born with a zest for life, in Richland Center, on January 14, 1955, the oldest daughter of Philip and Judith (Zintz) Nofsinger. She graduated from Milton High School in 1973. Upon graduation, Dawn started working at McCain Foods in Fort Atkinson, and continued to work there for 43 years, until the plant closed in December 2015. She liked to brag that she was one of the oldest employees there. Not all of her time was spent there, however. In her giving and loving spirit, she also worked many years at Dungarvin, an assisted living care center for individuals with disabilities.
As a little girl, Dawn, along with her beloved cousins, was an avid explorer of the woods near her family home in Valley, WI. When she was around 8 years old, the family moved from the Valley area, to Johnstown Center, and began school in Milton, WI. This is where she met a whole new crew of lifelong friends, whom she still loved to razz with a silly memory. Some of her still-best-friends are Bones, Toots and Nancy, who were able to be with her in her final days. In 1980, Dawn married David Wendt, and together they raised 2 children, who she taught to love life, take it as it comes, and to know that ‘everything will be okay’. Dawn also loved to cut-loose at “the Boat Club” on Lake Wisconsin, spending the day out on the boat with her husband and children ‘sand-barring’, and many more nights “on the hill” sharing stories and laughing about the day’s mishaps. She was never one to let you slide out of one of those stories! When she wasn’t doing either of those, she was either tending to her ever-expanding flower gardens, or helping her children (in their younger days) with their scout meetings, projects and camp outings. Dawn was always quick to lend a hand when needed at her children’s households, and never one to turn down a band, or choir concert, or even a slumber-party with her grandkids, where she taught them to cheer on the Green Bay Packers.
Dawn is survived by her children, David (Kim) Dorcey, and Leslie (Nick) Kopke; her grandchildren: Mariah (Dakota), Alex, Desirae, Dayne, Rose and Ellise; two great-grandchildren, Charley and Cayde; her mother, Judith (friend Bud Pepper) Nofsinger; siblings: Jerry Nofsinger, Denise (Butch) Gutheridge, David (Shelley) Nofsinger, and Steve Maybee; father of her children, David Wendt; and many nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; and special cousins. She is predeceased by her father, Philip Nofsinger; grandparents: John Zintz, Mae (Zintz) Grandstaff, step-grandfather Harlan Grandstaff, and Otto and Myrtle Nofsinger.
A Celebration of Life will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, February 11, 2018, at Cross Pointe Church, Milton, with a brief prayer service beginning at 2 p.m. The family requests visitors wear their favorite brightly-colored outfit, and to share with her family the craziest story they have of Dawn. Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton, is assisting the family.
Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton
828 S. Janesville Street, Milton 608-868-2542
“When we lose someone we love; we must learn NOT to live without them… but to live with the LOVE they left behind.” – Healing Hugs