Nancy Mary Hoover, 70,of McDonald, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 11, 2021.
She was born June 28, 1951, in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of the late Mary and Comiel Turello.
Nancy graduated in 1969 at the top of her class at Liberty High School. She was awarded a full scholarship to pursue her education at Kent State University. While pursuing her degree at KSU, she mourned the loss and injury of her friends during the Kent State Massacre on May 4, 1970 and thus transferred to finish her education. In 1973, she completed her degree at Youngstown State University earning her Bachelors of Arts in Education with Honors. While she attended YSU, Nancy was a member of the writing and editorial team for The Jambar YSU newspaper.
On September 3, 1971, she married the love of her life and high school sweetheart, William “Bill” Hoover, and they made their home in McDonald, Ohio. They were gifted with 50 beautiful years together as a married couple and constantly traveled, enjoyed hunting for antiques, loved playing at Disney and Universal, and genuinely enjoyed their time with each other. They had two children, Brian and Lisa. Nancy and Bill were very devoted parents attending all of their family’s activities. They enjoyed attending McDonald football games to watch Brian play football or Lisa as a cheerleader or playing in the band. They were supportive of Brian to earn his Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, participate in karate tournaments and play high school sports. They were encouraging and never missed performances when Lisa was in dance productions with Ballet Western Reserve or McDonald High drama club. Their assistance was key in Brian graduating with his Masters of Education and Lisa graduating with her Bachelor of Arts and Science in Architecture.
Nancy returned to her high school alma mater, Liberty High School, to teach High School Honors English. Her calling in life was to encourage, enlighten, and inspire her students to find their passion for the love of learning. While at Liberty, Nancy also developed the Honors Program, a curriculum that focused on developing writing skills to master and complete a research paper. After more than 35 years as a teacher Nancy retired from teaching and still receives acknowledgements and appreciation from former students that are successful all over the world. Nancy also enjoyed being an active member of the McDonald Literary Guild and formed life long friendships with many of its members.
This trustworthy, loyal and dedicated woman exemplified all of the qualities valued by our society but rarely achieved in one individual. She was absolutely devoted to her family and friends and would go to any lengths to help any person in need. Nancy had a way of bringing everyone together to celebrate holidays, birthdays, special events and everyday occasions. She was extremely intelligent, quick witted, and tenacious. She was the one everyone in the family went to for everything and she gave the best honest advice. She had a thirst for life and was a voracious reader, a competitive game player, enjoyed watching movies, liked listening to music, and loved taking a plethora of pictures and making creative scrapbooks. Nancy never forgot to honor a birthday or momentous event. On every card she sent, she wrote a sweet, personal note that was flawlessly scripted. She treasured the beauty in life and collected and cherished fine china, crystal, figurines, and brass. Nancy's charming and tastefully furnished home was always a feast for the eyes and she thrived on decorating for the holidays, especially Christmas.
She was her grandchildren’s number one fan and was at every school awards presentation, religious ceremony, scouting event, music performance, sporting events and birthday or holiday gatherings. She was a constant presence in a world of change, and she will live eternally in our hearts. All of her descendants and friends can be proud of her character and nature. All who knew this special lady will remember her for being a true friend and a person with immense integrity and compassion.
Nancy will be deeply missed and remembered by her husband, Bill; and her son, Brian Hoover; her grandchildren, Ashton, Rylie, and Aubrie; and her daughter, Lisa (Jose) Lugo; her grandchildren Ethan and Emily; her sisters Roz DeGennaro and Sylvia Maholtz, her sister-in-law, Cheryl Kucher, and many nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Carl and Twila Hoover; her brother-in-law Carmen DeGennaro; her brother-in-law Paul Maholtz; and her brother-in-law Robert Kucher.
Family and friends may call 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday August 19th at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home, 457 Robbins Ave., Niles, where a prayer will be conducted at 5 p.m. Burial will be in The Belmont Park Cemetery in a private ceremony for the family.
Arrangements are being handled by The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles. Family and friends can light a candle, sign the guest book and send e-mail condolences at www.josephrossifuneralhome.com
“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever” - Winnie The Pooh
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