MOUNT CARROLL—Nan Buss, 67, of Mount Carroll, passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Mount Carroll Church of God with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll, and one hour prior to Friday's service at the church. Family and friends are invited to share in Nan's life at lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Nan was born April 10, 1952, in Savanna, the daughter of Cecil and Nancy (Schindler) Handel. She grew up in Mount Carroll, attending Mount Carroll schools. On June 4, 1977, Nan married Robert Buss in Florence Station. Between the two of them they had nine children, but truly raised 10, including their grandson, Tyler.
Nan worked as a waitress and cashier at many establishments in Mount Carroll over the years. So many, that she became a fixture of the community, known by almost all.
But it wasn't just her work history that cemented her legacy in Mount Carroll. She guided and cared for numerous people through life's most difficult challenges, such as sickness and death, and she'd help with the more joyous things, such as babysitting for neighbors and friends, or helping watch over pets whose owners were out of town. Nan was a natural helper and it was this compassion that led to her being held in such high regard by so many.
When she found time for herself, Nan enjoyed writing poetry, bowling and collecting garden gnomes. She was an avid baseball fan, cheering on her Cubbies every chance she had. She cared deeply for her many dogs over her lifetime and loved cruising in her white convertible. But above all, Nan loved her family and was an active participant in the lives of every one of them.
Nan will be dearly missed by her husband, Bob; her five sons, Rob (Dee) Brashaw, of Albany, Dan (Carrie) Buss of Pearl City, Shawn Brashaw of Mount Carroll, Chad (Chris) Brashaw, of Clinton, and Jeff (Leslie) Brashaw, of Leaf River; three daughters, Amy (Neil) Buss, of Mount Carroll, Dawn (Dan) Buss, of Mount Carroll, and Kimberly McColley, of Savanna; 20 grandchildren, Tyler, RJ, Danielle, Cheyenne, Katie, Caleb, Cody, Carisse, Cassidy, Tommy, Sammy, Cole, Kegan, Courtney, Jenna, Joslyn, Hunter, Dylan, Chase, and Brittany; 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Niff (Jeff) Kloepping of Mount Carroll; two sister-in-law, Myrna Handel, of Mount Carroll and Valerie Fritz of Scottsdale, Ariz.; as well as many other family members and friends.
Nan was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Rodney Buss; her three brothers, Richard "Skip" Handel, Ted Handel; and Tom "Charlie" Handel; and Jim Shurman, who was like an adopted son.