Nancy Bozsa

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Nancy Bozsa, nee Douglas, 71, of Freeburg, IL, born July 4, 1951, in Brookport, IL, passed away with family beside her on Sunday, May 21, 2023, at Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, MO.  Her battle with medical issues in recent years showed her courage in facing life challenges in a positive light. Despite these difficulties, Nancy stayed strong until the end.

As a child, Nancy enjoyed spending time with her older siblings Hazel, Harry, and David and taking family trips to Florida. She spent much of her childhood helping at the family store.

After graduating from Eastern Illinois University, Nancy began a 34-year career as an 8th grade teacher at Red Bud Elementary. During her tenure, she served as an English teacher, a mentor, union representative, gifted coordinator, scholar bowl sponsor, and many other positions. She also went on to obtain her master’s and specialist’s degrees from SIUE. She positively influenced the lives of thousands of students and went above and beyond to serve the school community.

On July 1st of 1978, Nancy married the love of her life, James Bozsa. Together they enjoyed traveling to Florida in the winter months, watching T.V., and building their dream home. They went on to have two children together, Joe and Sara. She was a wonderful, devoted mother. She adored her two granddaughters, Ava and Addison, more than anything. Nina, as she was known to them, cherished having them over to swim in her pool, bake cookies, and read to them.

She cherished her friends and maintained many long-term relationships, including her Brookport friends and Red Bud colleagues. Nancy will be remembered by her friends as a wise, fun-loving, kind friend, who gave excellent advice.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Flora, nee Neely, Douglas; her brother, David Douglas; and her sister, Hazel Davis.

Surviving are her husband, James Bozsa;
two children, Joe Bozsa, and Sara (Alex) Finch;
two grandchildren, Ava and Addison Finch;
her brother, Harry Douglas;
and a niece and nephew, Diane Leonard, and Shane Douglas.

Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.


13 Comments on Nancy Bozsa

Frida Ferguson said : Guest Report Jul 17, 2023 at 10:47 PM

Mr Bozsa, Joe, Sarah and Family.Today, July 17 2023 I heard that Nancy had passed away and I cried. I have great memories of Nancy and her family. I know she is in Heaven and with Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior.Our deepest sympathy. Frida Ferguson and Family

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Julie Hudson said : Guest Report May 27, 2023 at 9:51 AM

Miss Boza was one of my 7th grade teachers. My fondest memory of her is when she would read the class a chapter or so two each day from a book. I don't remember what the books were, but I remember being mesmerized by her ability to read the stories with such feeling and emotion. I now read stories to my grandson, and wish so often that I could read them like Miss Boza. My sister and I bumped into her several years ago at St. Elizabeth's Hospital when our mom was having surgery. To our surprise, she remembered us and we sat and had lunch together. What a sweet moment. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  • Sparta
  • IL
Melanie Tomei said : Guest Report May 26, 2023 at 7:14 AM

I am so saddened by Nancy's passing. Our families have been intertwined for over 40 years with Joe being best man in my son's wedding. I will miss my good friend but I know she is in heaven praising God and walking with the angels.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Bill Becker said : Guest Report May 26, 2023 at 5:43 AM

Mrs. Bozsa nurtured her students love for reading. I was blessed to be one of those at Red Bud Elementary. I’m sorry to hear of her passing and pray for God’s peace to you her family!

  • Red Bud
  • IL
kay courtney said : Guest Report May 25, 2023 at 8:29 AM

I can't even begin to tell of all my wonderful memories of my twenty years with Nancy as my partner at the Red Bud Elementary School Junior Hugh Language Arts Department. Her classroom was always right next to mine, and I think there was a path worn from my classroom to hers from me going next door to consult with her on so many matters. She always had good, insightful advice for everything. We both loved our many years working with our students and wonderful staff at RBES.

  • IL
Diane Lucash said : Guest Report May 24, 2023 at 6:39 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to all the family.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Anna Jeffords said : Guest Report May 24, 2023 at 9:45 AM

So sorry for your loss. Went to grade school with Nancy. Many memories of her and our families. Love and prayers for all.

  • Metropolis
  • Il
Beth & Jeff Buehlhorn said : Guest Report May 23, 2023 at 10:27 PM

Sara & Alex - we are so sorry to hear about your mom. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Lindsie Rhodes said : Guest Report May 23, 2023 at 4:20 PM

Nancy Bozsa was my 8th grade English teacher but to so many of us she was much more. She was full of kindness and resilience. Prayers for family and friends.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tammy Herbert said : Guest Report May 23, 2023 at 12:36 PM

I worked with Nancy for many years at Red Bud District 132. She was a mentor and a friend. She was loved by her students and work collegues. My deepest condolences to James, Sara, Alex, Ava, Addison, Joe and everyone who loved Nancy. She made a difference in this world.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Glenna Glenn said : Guest Report May 23, 2023 at 12:24 PM

I am stunned and sick at heart. So sorry Sarah. I would have been there had I known she was so bad. Will try to be there for funeral:

  • asurorise
  • Az
Sharon Ebersohl said : Guest Report May 23, 2023 at 11:14 AM

I was very sad to hear of Nancy's passing. She was friend to many at Red Bud Elementary School. In my years there, she was one of the people that made work such a fun place to be.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Jim and Deb Thrasher said : Guest Report May 23, 2023 at 10:42 AM

Sarah and Family, we are all very sorry for your loss and have you in our prayers.

  • Smithton
  • IL

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