Nancy E. Hoy 1945-2021 | News, Sports, Jobs
WARREN – Nancy Elizabeth Curtis Hoy, 75, passed away peacefully at Hospice House in Poland on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, surrounded by her family.
Nancy was born November 24, 1945 in Cleveland, daughter of Walter Albert and Helen Marquette Curtis. The family moved to Warren in 1947, and they have always spoken fondly of her wonderful childhood living in Kenmore NE, where she spent endless hours playing outside with the neighborhood kids.
Nancy attended Garfield Elementary, East Junior High and graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1963. It was there that she met the love of her life, Bob, in grade 10. She didn’t know, as she timidly asked him to borrow a book from her in the study room, that this would be the start of a 60-year relationship. They dated in high school and college, while Nancy attended Marietta College (Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority member) and graduated from Mount Union College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Shortly after graduating, Bob and Nancy got married at Grace United Methodist Church.
Even before graduating, Nancy had already been recruited to begin her teaching career. Therefore, after a whirlwind month of graduating and getting married, Nancy began teaching second grade at Emerson Elementary School in August 1967. She continued to teach for four years until she and Bob decide to start their family. They decided to make Warren their home, raising their children, Amy Elizabeth, Heather Marquette and Robert Curtis.
Once Robby was preschool, Nancy helped found a preschool at Tod Avenue United Methodist Church and then pursued a career as a kindergarten teacher and leadership at Howland Community Church that spanned over 20 years. .
After she and Bob moved their family to Howland in 1993, they joined the Howland United Methodist Church. Nancy again felt driven to found a Christian preschool, and as a result, the first year was spent developing the curriculum, obtaining all relevant licenses, and purchasing equipment and of supplies. What started as a small project has grown over the years to become one of the region’s most sought-after preschools. This commitment of faith lasted from 2003 to 2011, when she retired as director. After her preschool years, Nancy felt tasked with taking training to become a hospice volunteer – she felt she could comfort patients, never knowing that this type of facility would one day become her final resting place.
Nancy was very active in all the churches of which she was a member. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, was in the women’s circle, and taught the Bible. As an active member of the HUM Church, she dedicated her time to working at the annual HUM Garage Sale, taught at the Holiday Bible School, and most importantly, chaired the Christian Preschool Committee.
Anyone who has ever met Nancy knew her deep love for all of God’s creatures! When the whole family went to pick a new puppy, they came home with two! She had names for all the squirrels in her yard and fed them on corn on the cob, as they might not find enough nuts around her trees. She planted a butterfly bush so that she could watch the hummingbirds, and she started volunteering at the new animal welfare facility in Vienna, helping with the “Hotel for kittens” take care of them and show them love. Before building the new facility, she became the children’s educator to teach “Animal care” in Trumbull County schools. She also volunteered at Trumbull County Mobile Meals for over five years, and she knew each recipient by name.
She is survived by her husband, Bob, whom she has spent the last 60 years of her life loving; and her three children, Amy Elizabeth Giesecke (Eric) of Pittsburgh, Heather Marquette Altermatt-Hoy (Stefan) of Glattfelden, Switzerland, and Robert Curtis Hoy (Stacey) of Cortland; as well as their six beloved grandchildren, Abigail and Ella Giesecke, Liliane and Claire Altermatt, and Cameron and Parker Hoy.
Nancy’s smile always lit up every room she walked into, but the beauty of her mind was what made her most special. No matter who you were in her life, she always made you feel loved. She was a pillar of strength through her battle with cancer, and to many she was a true testimony of trust in God and gratitude for each new day.
A service of life celebration will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the Howland United Methodist Church, with calling times from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and following service. Because Nancy has always found a way to look at the brighter side of life, we would like to pay tribute to her by asking you to wear colorful clothes in her service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nancy Hoy Angel Fund, which is a scholarship fund set up for children unable to meet HUM Church Preschool tuition.