Norbert ‘Norbie’ Ansay

Norbert J. “Norbie” Ansay, age 84, formerly of the Town of Port Washington, Wis., peacefully passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at his Belgium, Wis., residence.

He was born Sept. 9, 1937, to Walter and Dorothy Rieth Ansay.

Growing up on the family farm in the Town of Port Washington, he helped his dad with much of the farm work. He graduated from Port Washington High School in 1955 and worked at various jobs before starting at Simplicity Manufacturing in Port Washington. He retired in the early 2000s after 43 years as a product tester.

On Aug. 22, 1959, Norbert married Nancy Plier, the love of his life, at St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington, Wis. Together they shared and treasured 64 years of life. During those years they lived in the City of Port Washington, Town of Port Washington and most recently in the Village of Belgium.

Early in their marriage, Norbert was called away to serve on active duty in the Wisconsin National Guard during the Berlin Crisis.

Norbert enjoyed the outdoors and travelling. He and his wife Nancy volunteered at many state parks. He was proud to tell people that he had been to 48 of the 50 states and north of the Arctic Circle.

After his retirement, they wintered in various southern states before settling on the perfect spot in Florida.

Throughout his life, Norbert met many people who quickly became lifelong friends. Over the years, his family and friends have been of great support and comfort to him.

He is survived by his wife  Nancy; his children Catherine A. Ansay of Milwaukee, Michael J. (Linda) Ansay of Sheboygan Falls and William R. (Sherri) Ansay of the Town of Port Washington; and his grandchildren Matthew (Briana), Andrew, Monique, Rachel and Makayla.

He is further survived by his sister Janice Becker of the Town of Port Washington, brother John Ansay of Campbellsport, brothers-in-law Franklin “Joe” (Kathy) Plier and Sylvester “Butch” (Lynn) Plier, both of Port Washington, sister-in-law Effie Plier of Fond du Lac, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Daniel Ansay, sister-in-law Winnie Ansay and brothers-in-law Richard Becker, Merlin Plier and Donald and his wife Adrian Plier.

Father Steve Lampe will celebrate a memorial Mass at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at Divine Savior Church, Holy Cross Chapel, 5330 County Rd. B, Belgium (Holy Cross), Wis. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the church prior to the Mass.

Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Washington.

In lieu of flowers, any memorials will be shared with charities close to the family’s hearts.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Wilfong and all the wonderful caregivers over the years for their compassionate care of Norbert.

Poole Funeral Home/Crematory, Port Washington, Wis., is assisting the family.

Information and condolences are available at or (262) 284-4431.



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