Nancy Reid Cech
April 3, 1923 – September 10, 2019
Nancy Cech was born in Minneapolis, MN, and grew up in St. Louis Park, MN, with her brother John and parents Jack and Rachel.
Nancy attended St. Louis Park High School and was the valedictorian of her class. She attended the University of Minnesota, where she was active in YWCA. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Following graduation from college, Nancy moved to Manhattan, KS, where she became the Assistant Director of the Personnel Department for Kansas State University. She met Richard J. Cech in Manhattan and they were married there on April 7, 1947. Nancy and Richard had five children: Barbara, Daniel, Michael, Margaret and Joanne. The family lived in several cities across the Midwest as they grew, finally settling in Wheaton, IL, for nearly thirty years.
In the early 1970s Nancy continued her education, earning a master’s degree in educational counseling at Northern Illinois University. She later served as the Executive Director of the Salt Creek Council of The Campfire Girls of America, in LaGrange, IL.
Nancy and Richard retired and moved to Fort Collins, CO in 1988, where they enjoyed many active years, especially through their involvement with good friends they met through the Prime Timers Social Club. Nancy also attended the 70th reunion of her St. Louis Park High School class, a small but notable reunion with some of her classmates.
Nancy was a bright, talented, gracious woman who deeply loved and enjoyed her family and friends. Nancy was a voracious reader, loved music and loved to travel. She lived a long and full life.
Nancy was preceded in death by her father (Jack Reid), mother (Rachel Reid) and husband, Richard Cech. Nancy also was preceded in death by her oldest son, Daniel. Dan, who lived in Pennsylvania, made a special trip to Colorado in June 2019 to be sure he said goodbye to Nancy before she died. Dan died unexpectedly on September 4th, 2019. His service was held on September 12, 2019, in Pennsylvania with his family and friends.
Nancy is survived by her brother, John Reid, his two sons and their families, Gary Reid (Robyn; Erik (LeAnn, and sons Brecken and Huntington); and Ian), and Brian Reid (Dawn). Nancy is survived and beloved by her remaining children (and their spouses): Barbara (Ron), Michael (Carol), Margi (Owen), and Jo; Dan’s wife Debra; Nancy’s five grandchildren: Emily, Megan (Matt), Matt (Courtney), Amanda, Ryan (Becca), and great-grandson Brooks (son of Matt and Courtney).
The family will have a private interment for Nancy. Donations in Nancy’s name may be made to Pathways Hospice in Fort Collins (Colorado), or the Larimer County (Colorado) Food Bank. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Robert Homburg, M.D., and his staff, as well as to the care professionals at Pathways Hospice, Centre Avenue Health and Rehab, New Mercer and the Winslow for the compassionate and quality care provided to their mother.
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Nancy Reid Cech
September 18, 2019
Dear Mom - it is so difficult to say good-bye to you after having you as such a huge and constant part of my life. Your positivity, curiosity and tenacity has had a profound impact on my life, and you have provided the most amazing family full of love and support. I don't think I could ask for more! Love you always, Margi
September 16, 2019
Thank you, Nancy, for welcoming me as a member of your amazing family! It has been the greatest gift of my life to have shared so many wonderful experiences and hearty laughs at our family gatherings. I will fondly remember your gracious smile and gentle ways. And I will forever hear your voice exclaiming “Oh Dan!” along with your laughter over your son’s (and my husband’s) antics. Your legacy lives on through your children and grandchildren. May they, too, embody your grace and generosity.
Love always, for all your gifts,
Your daughter-in-law, Deb
September 16, 2019
Love you mom. You were a great role model for a life well-lived.