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 www.rennerfh.com.
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.