Nancy Louise Woolworth, 89 years old of Eagan, Minnesota, passed away on September 23, 2022, in Bloomington, MN. Born in Providence, Rhode Island on May 7, 1933, Nancy was the eldest of three children born to Joseph and Marion (Shosenburg) Kubanek. As a child, Nancy moved to Dearborn, Michigan, with her parents and two brothers, Martin and David. After high school, Nancy attended the University of Michigan and in 1954 she earned a B.A. in Education and five years later completed a Master’s degree in American History.
A lifelong learner, Nancy spent her entire adult life pursuing knowledge, especially about the North American Fur Trade and Native American history. Between 1960 and 1975, Nancy and her husband Alan spent most summers doing archaeological excavations in or near the Grand Portage Monument in Minnesota. In 1968, she wrote The White Bear Lake Story, which was used to teach local history to students in that city’s school district. As a PhD candidate in historical geography at the University of Minnesota, Nancy studied the migration of Native Americans in Minnesota and was in the process of publishing a book about her findings when she passed away.
Preceded in death by her parents (Joseph & Marion) Kubanek and siblings (Martin & David) Kubanek.
Nancy is survived by her two daughters, Kathy Pegors (Kurt) of Canon City, CO and Marian Williams (Nelson) of Minneapolis, MN, 4 grandchildren, Nathan Pegors (Heather), Eric Pegors (Kylie), Emma and Sam Williams, and 2 great-grandchildren, Florence and Solana Rose Pegors. Also survived by nephews, niece and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Wayzata at 3121 Groveland School Rd. Thursday December 29th at 2:00pm.