Nancy L. Mersereau
Nancy Mersereau’s 28-year career at Ozaukee Press was marked with her journalistic integrity and tireless work as a community servant.
She poured her energy into local causes and with a keen instinct for news, she chronicled nearly three decades of life in Ozaukee County and championed the defining principle of Ozaukee Press – the right of the people to be informed and the sacred obligation of a newspaper to make that right meaningful.
As a journalist, Mersereau earned the respect of her peers statewide and in 1992 was elected president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. She was the first and, to this day, only woman to hold that office.
A native of Green Bay, Mersereau was one of the first Green Bay Packers cheerleaders and graduated from high school there in 1951. After graduating from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., in 1956, she taught English at Antigo High School and at schools in El Paso, Texas, and Pulaski.
She married John Mersereau in Green Bay in 1958 and the couple moved to Port Washington in 1970. A year later, the self-proclaimed “news junkie” and former English teacher was hired as a reporter for Ozaukee Press, working her way up to managing editor, a job she retired from in 1999.
Mersereau passed away on Feb. 19, 2009, at age 75. She is survived by two sons.