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In Memoriam ~ Nancy Moran ~ Grandparent of Jeremiah ’01, Sarah ’04, and Jonah ’13 Eisenschenk and Levi ’12 and Gabe ’16 Johnson

January 3, 1933 – September 30, 2015

Nancy Elvira Moran died September 30, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 3, 1933 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Madelon (Reidy) and Clarence Williams. She grew up attending school in Eau Claire and graduated in 1951 from St. Patrick’s High School. She attended the College of St. Catherine where she attained her nursing degree. In 1955, she married her precious love, Paul Thomas Moran, son of Sarah (Short) and John Moran of Slayton, Minnesota. They were married at the Nativity Church in St. Paul on August 27. The two then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where Paul completed his medical degree, and they started their family of seven children: Sheila, St. Paul; Michael, St. Cloud; Patrick and Laura (Myers), Plymouth; Mary and John Eisenschenk, Avon; Marty and Peggy (Steven), Monticello; Therese and Randy Olson, Monticello; and Dr. Kathryn and Phillip Johnson, Avon. They raised the children in numerous homes across the country while Paul served our country as a military doctor. The two finally settled in St. Cloud in 1965 to raise their family.

After 60 years of marriage, they now have fourteen grandchildren and two beautiful great-grandchildren. Nancy, grounded in her Christian faith, was an active volunteer in the parish and community where the family lived. She was one of the early members of New Beginnings and Birthline and continued to volunteer in these services for years. She was a loving caregiver of extended family and friends during their marriage, often opening the family home to those in need. Paul retired in 1996 from his medical practice to enjoy their last years together in the woods admiring God’s beautiful nature with family and friends by St. John’s University.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Paul, and their seven children and families. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Paul’s parents, nine of his siblings and other loved family members who will all welcome her into her heavenly home. A special thank you to the CentraCare Coborn Cancer Center, especially Dr. Harry Windschitl, Dr. Mark Hauge, Dr. Don Jurgens and all the nurses and staff (who Nancy knew by name and loved to see), CentraCare Hospice Services, and St. John the Baptist Parish, St. John’s Abbey and University community of priests, nuns, family, and friends in Christ.

A visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 4, 2015 at St. John the Baptist Parish Center on Fruit Farm Road. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 5, 2015 at St. John’s Abbey / University Church with a visitation one hour prior to mass. Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to CentraCare Coborn Cancer Center and CentraCare Hospice Services.

The Saint John’s Prep community remembers Nancy’s family in our thoughts and prayers.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”


– Matthew 5:3-9