Nancy Ruth McNeill Raufman ATRA Volunteer - Obituary

June 1st, 2024

Nancy Ruth McNeill Raufman crossed over the River Jordon on May 29, 2024. Born October 6, 1937 in Janesville, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her parents Verne and Jane McNeill and brothers, Robert Verne McNeill and James Edward McNeill; sister, Mary Marjorie McNeill Singleton.


She is survived by two children, Mary Jane (Edward) Anderson, Mt Horeb, Wisconsin and Bruce Charles (Patti) Raufman, Janesville, Wisconsin; three grandchildren; Eric Anderson, McFarland, Wisconsin and Theodore (Renee) Anderson, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin and Aaron (Lydia) Raufman, Idaho; great grandchildren; Chloe, Courtney, Landon, Faith Ann Marie, Amara Grace, Mason and Savana; Special friend Gerald Richard Wesa, Janesville, Wisconsin; ex-husband Jack (Janet) Raufman, Janesville, Wisconsin.

Nancy worked over 20 years at Bliss Communications as an Advertising Designer. Prior to that she worked for the Rock County Historical Society for 10 years as Museum Development Coordinator. There, she worked to develop the Tallman Arts Festival, the Annual Tour of Homes and The Museum Mercantile Gift Shop as well as helping with membership, fund raising and public relations. She worked for two years as an Aide to the State Legislature at the Capital in Madison, Wisconsin, where she did research and wrote press releases.

She graduated from Janesville High School in 1956 and from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater with a Bachelor's degree in Art Education. She may be remembered by many for her work in fine arts as a painter. Over the years she produced hundreds of acrylics on canvas paintings. Her work is in collections from California to Florida and New York. Her favorite subject was Wisconsin and Florida landscapes. Her signature subject was Tractors. She worked for several years as the Editor of Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption (ATRA) monthly newsletter. ATRA encompassed 13 state and Ontario Canada. She also helped fund raising for ATRA.

She was a member of the Daughter's of the Utah Pioneers.

She loved the domestic arts of caring for her home; decorating, restoring, gardening, knitting and sewing as well as basket making. With the help of her friend Gerald and her children, she renovated her 1918 bungalow and surrounded it with perennials gardens. She often said that 'home is my favorite place - there's no place else I'd rather be."

A visitation will be held Sunday June 2, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, the service will be held at 1:00 p.m.