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Nancy Ganka

Nancy Jane Ganka (Bird)

Tuesday, March 18th, 1958 - Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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Nancy Jane (Bird) Ganka, 61, died after a long cancer battle on January 30th, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. She was born in Chicago Ill on March 18th, 1958.
Nancy graduated from Alvernia Catholic High School in Chicago, Illinois and continued her education at Indiana University. She was married to John Ganka for 18 years and together they had two children, Melissa and Terry. Throughout her life, Nancy worked as a front office consultant, later enjoyed working in real estate, and most of all loved campaigning with the Monroe County Republican Party. Her most recent career had been as a direct support professional with special needs adults. Nancy was a member of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Frances Bird of Chicago, and niece Mary Bird (16). She is survived by her children Melissa Ganka-Collins (Michael) of Unionville, IN and Terrence Ganka (Melinda) serving at Ethnos360 mission in PNG, her grandchildren Ryan and Nora (Collins), Jay, Tyler, and John (Ganka), her sister Ruth (Ron) Rowe, brother David (Deb) Bird, sister Linda Wade, brother Glenn (Mary) Bird, and ten nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will take place in the chapel at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church on February 29th, 1pm. In lieu of flowers or gifts, Nancy would have asked for your support toward the Ethnos360 Mission. Contributions can be made at
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    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 1:00pm
    Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
    2700 E. Rogers Road
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Lawrence Morton

Posted at 05:02pm
My deepest sympathy to Nancy's friends and family. I first met Nancy, I first met Nancy when she came to Indy to attend real estate school. She stayed in my house while in Indy, She was a lovely houseguest and a consummate lady. From that time we were long-distance buddies. I think it was April 1, 1995, that we attended a John Mellencamp concert. She really enjoyed our "date" as she joked about it. I know the trials she face over the years and she was always optimistic and full of humor. I will miss our long-distance friendship but I know she is in that better place she talked about.

Chuck Augustyniak

Posted at 03:46pm
I grew up with Nancy. A kind heart strong will. Her presence will be missed.

Steve I Ball

Posted at 10:16am
I sure like hangin out with Nancy over the last 30+ years! I went shopping as she called it for a house and she found a great one for meee . Then we went out celebrating after I bought it. MISS YOU NANCY VERY SINCERELY DR I BALL On Feb 29th Ill be there late am coming from out of town.

Eileen McWherter

Posted at 01:24pm
Nancy was a very spirited and good person!!! She will be missed and my sympathies to the entire Bird Ganka family.
Eileen Kubica McWherter

Andrew De Vries

Posted at 08:50pm
We met Nancy at Terrence and Melinda’s wedding. She loved her kids and grandkids. We became Facebook friends and connected frequently. Our sympathy with the family in the passing of this wonderful person.

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