OBITUARY

Nancy Matsukis

November 12, 1936September 4, 2018

Preceded in death by parents; brother Gus; brother-in-law Pete; sisters-in-law Marilyn and Marlene. Survived by brothers Ted and Mike; sister Zoe; sister-in-law Georgia; many nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends.

Nancy was a retired OPS teacher who really loved her job and continued coaching the youth through Special Olympics and her church. She was quite active and generous in all aspects of St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, but was most proud of being a choir member and godmother. Nancy was constantly on the move. She received many awards including the Buffett Award.

Final remark from Nancy is to tell you, “I died”.

VISITATION: Friday, Sept. 7th, 4-7 pm with Trisagion at 7 pm at Westlawn-Hillcrest. FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, Sept. 8th at 10:30 am at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, 602 Park Ave. Burial to follow at Westlawn-Hillcrest. Memorials directed to the Special Olympics or St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, September 8, 2018
REMEMBERING

Nancy Matsukis

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Judy Yacio

September 9, 2018

Memory eternal, my Godsister Nancy (her brother Gus was my daughter's Godfather). Through the years Nancy gave her heart and energy to God's children. May she now rest in peace with Jesus and her family members.🙏💖🙏

Barb Edgar

September 7, 2018

My sympathy goes out to the family of Nancy Matsukis. I was fortunate to have Nancy as my elementary PE teacher at Boyd School. She always made PE fun and cared about all her students. I have a memory of her running everywhere. She never slowed down. She inspired me to become a PE teacher. I was lucky to be one of her team members for "Way Out Games" in 1976. It was an experience I will never forget. Nancy made friends with everyone on the show and modeled to us positivity and good sportsmanship. I volunteered with Nancy in high school and she was my cooperating teacher in college. I learned a great deal from her. She always challenged her students to improve and be the best they could be. She truly loved all her students and we all knew it. She will always hold a special place in my heart.

Pat Thompson

September 6, 2018

Matsukis Family,
I wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to all of your family. I was starting out as an OPS PE teacher about the time Nancy was finishing up.....It was easy to see how much of a dynamo, spark plug, and 'go getter' of a lady she was. At our meetings she would put everyone to shame w all of her energy and enthusiasm. She was like the energizer bunny w 20 monster energy drinks in her!!!! She took me under her wing and showed me the 'hows and how nots' to teach skills to elementary kids.. ....She had a passion, a drive, a gift of teaching that was unmatchable. I learned so much in my time with her ....Thirty years later I am still at it..But I know I, along with so many others, lost a little part of our soul w the news about Nancy. We are all better people for having had Nancy in our lives.
Pat Thompson

Mary Duffy

September 6, 2018

Matsukis family, I was so sorry to hear of Nancy's death. She was the ultimate teacher-always modeling life long learning to her students. I am sure that she is being welcomed in heaven for her service to others.

I know that she is being greeted in heaven with the phrase "Well done, good and faithful servant!" Rest in peace. Nancy. You will be missed. May God wrap His comforting arms around all those who loved her.

Mary Duffy

Fr. Rob Spaliatsos

September 6, 2018

Nancy is a saintly example of Christ-like love. Always with a smile, always with a kind word, always offering all that she had to others. She celebrated every person and her joy was something that I delighted in being near. She loved Christ, she loved his Church, and she loved the community of St. John the Baptist in Omaha, always serving without distraction and with a focus on the Gospel of our Lord. When I went to seminary, she sent a check every month of my three years at Holy Cross to the Finance office, making a contribution to my tuition. While these funds were a great help to our family, the greater blessing was to know that she was continually thinking about us and praying for us, even when we were so far away. I am grateful to have benefited from her example of love, both having received it, and having been given a model of how to love others with a focus always on the love of Christ. May her memory be eternal and may she continue to intercede for us all to our Lord, at whose feet I feel certain she has found her eternal home!

Jana Mehess Howe

September 6, 2018

Heaven has themselves one sweet, energetic angel in my beautiful Godmother, Nancy! She was 5' of love, life and all things good. As busy as she was, she always remembered me and my family on our birthdays and at holidays. We enjoyed reading her little notes updating us on what she was involved in at any given time. Nancy did so much for others, never expecting anything in return. She's made a positive difference in a lot of lives and I'm blessed to have had her in mine. I take comfort in knowing that she's whole again, memories intact and making her smile, speed walking everywhere she goes and probably already helping to organize some sort of Heavenly function. I love you, Nouna!! Fly high, lovely lady!!! ~ Your Loving God-daughter, Jana

Emmanuel M Vlassakis

September 5, 2018

Nancy was a life long friend of our family and Godmother of my youngest daughter. A woman who completely dedicated her life to others, to the church, and walked in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ. She was an example to so many in living the life in Christ everyday. She will truly be missed by all who knew her. May her Memory be Eternal in the hearts and minds of all who loved her and May she be granted peaceful repose.

FROM THE FAMILY