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Nancy Lee (Martinsen) Fagerlie

October 29, 1942 ~ August 8, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old


Nancy Lee (Martinsen) Fagerlie, 80, Gaylord, died Aug. 8, 2023, at The Brook of Gaylord, surrounded by family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Venmo account @DanForNancy. All donations will be given to the staff of The Brook of Gaylord in thanks for the staff’s care.

She was born Oct. 29, 1942, in International Falls, MN. She graduated from International Falls High School and went on to earn a teaching degree from Bemidji State College. She initially taught at the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota. She moved briefly to St. Louis, MO, and then moved to Michigan in 1970. She began teaching for Crawford AuSable School District and eventually retired from the district in 1995, after positively affecting the lives of hundreds of children. She enjoyed playing many games, but had a real penchant for dummy rummy, Yahtzee and slot machines. She was an avid reader of many different novels, but she especially enjoyed books that had suspense and intrigue. She spent years studying graphoanalysis and applied it in many areas of her life in the Houghton Lake and Grayling areas.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Henry and Ercel (Helmer) Martinsen; husband, Roger Fagerlie; brothers-in-law, Mick Myhera, Dr. Vernon Blaha, M.D., and Bob Hilke; nephews, Timmy, Ronny and Bobby; and sister, Cathryn (Hugh) McCoy.

Surviving Mrs. Fagerlie are her children, Dan (Loretta) McGregor and Gretchen (Carlo) Blackmore; grandchildren, Brianna (Michael) Edson, Willow Blackmore and Boomer and Emily Wingard; sister, Henrietta Blaha; nephew, Mike (Tiara) Myhera and their daughter, Alena; nieces, Kirsten McCoy, Dr. Rachael (Dr. Peter) Scornaiencki and their children, Kaitlyn and Tyler; and nephew, Matt (Kelly) McCoy and their children, Mallory and Seamus.

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