Nancy Ann Sova, age 60, of East Bethel died October 19, 2023. The Funeral Service will be held on November 4, 2023 at Circle B Wedding and Events Center at 27498 Railroad Ave, Isanti, MN 55040. Visitation and luncheon will be held from 11-130, Eulogies given at 1:45 pm, and the Funeral Service will be at 2pm (same location).
In true Nancy fashion, as we would hardly ever see her wearing black or white, and to reflect the color she would bring to all those she encountered, please wear vibrant colors.
In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation to Nancy’s Memorial Fund, please follow this link to the website https://gofund.me/e17edfd2. We would also love to hear about memories or condolences through the use of this website. Thank you.
Nancy Ann Sova (December 11, 1962-October 19, 2023) lived one beautiful, crazy life. Born to Orville and Bernie Rieland, Nancy grew up on the family farm in Melrose, MN- the middle child of 7. It was there she learned her strong work ethic and went to primary school. After graduating in 1981 she met Michael Hieb and in 1985 they were married. Together they had 2 beautiful girls: April and Colleen. It was in Colleen’s first year that Nancy underwent her first brain surgeries for her chronic headaches. Thus began a medical history that would take her and her family on quite the rollercoaster ride that included multiple chronic issues, as well as surviving a brain aneurysm and lung cancer.
During April and Colleen’s school years, Nancy, being unable to work, spent many hours volunteering for the art teachers at the kids’ elementary schools, attending school field trips, making the kids’ Halloween costumes and enjoying time with her family. All of this fed her drive for crafting and creativity. It was not unheard of for her to come back from a craft store with bags of supplies to make a minimum of 40 of whatever project she had her eyes set on.
After 19 years of marriage, Michael and Nancy divorced, but God had something– or rather, someone– exciting in store for her. In 2004 she met the man she would spend the rest of her days with; Ronnie Sova. To say they were happy together is an understatement. You could see it in the way Nancy lit up when Ron was around. Together they spent time fishing, hunting, and traveling alongside Ron’s work that took them all over the country. Alaska was a favorite of Nancy’s and they traveled there a total of 3 times. More recently they discovered their love of cruising and spent some time in the Caribbean. Being adventurous, Nancy and Ron even went ziplining on their cruise in 2023!
While she began her career as a stay at home mom, later Nancy took on her own cleaning business where she not just cleaned homes, but truly made a difference in her client’s lives, and they in hers. She always made it a point to get to know her clients, lending an ear when they needed to talk through hard times, and helping to celebrate the good ones.
In the most recent years, Nancy got to celebrate and enjoy one of her favorite new things in life; being a Grandma to 2 wonderful grandkids, Elijah (3.5) and Luna (1.5). She would get so excited when she knew she was going to see them. She always had fun things to share with them and enjoyed trips to the MN Zoo and the Science Museum.
Finally, Nancy’s generosity was unmatched as she was always thinking of others. She’d come home from shopping (raving about the amazing deals she got of course) excited to share what she got for someone special. This generosity could be seen in holiday gifting, with friends and family when they were in need (or even when she was just thinking of them), up until her last day when she donated both of her kidneys.
Nancy was preceded in death by her father Orville Rieland. Nancy lives on through the lives of her mother Bernie, her siblings Bruce, Brian, Lynne, John, Jennifer and Tim, her loving husband Ron, and her daughters April Robb (son-in-law Danny Robb, grandchildren Elijah & Luna Robb) and Colleen Hieb (Kory Mohs).