NANCY LOUISE (HESS) LANG
Nancy Louise (Hess) Lang, 83, of North Liberty, Iowa, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2021 at the Bird House in Iowa City. Nancy was born on October 22, 1937 and raised in Marion, Iowa, as the “middle child” of five children delivered to Robert and Iva (Comport) Hess.
In her early years, Nancy was a bit of a tomboy. She played ball in the street, hiked, slept and broke her arm while jumping from a tree. In high school, Nancy was active in girls’ music, theater and sports groups. His Camp Fire buddies were lifelong friends. She grew up singing in the choir of the First Christian Church of Marion, where she noticed another choir member Jim Lang, who had also noticed her.
Jim and Nancy were married on September 14, 1956. They created a strong and loving family, raising five children and having several more in foster care. Jim’s career guided their movements, leading them from Ames, Iowa to Rapid City, SD for a two-year stint in the US Air Force (Ellsworth AFB). The next move took them to Muscatine, Iowa – then Cleveland, Ohio – and again to Iowa, this time landing in Iowa City. Nancy made friends wherever she lived by getting involved in her community. She has spent many hours volunteering (Meals On Wheels, HACAP Headstart, Welcome Wagon), participating in church groups and working in the Dairy Farming Office at ISU, Baldwin’s Registrar’s Office- Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and with MedTech Program at the University of Iowa. She was also a full time mother, encouraging her children to play sports, scout, play instruments and eat their vegetables. She taught them the importance of family, as well as how to help others, laugh out loud and love unconditionally.
Beyond her family, Nancy’s heart and soul belonged to her flower gardens, where she spent countless hours beautifying her various homes. She was a master gardener for 35 years and was always ready to help friends and family with a seedling, root, gardening tips or a landscaping plan.
Nancy loved her neighbors and friends, getting together for picnics and alfresco dining in the summer and bridge clubs and vacations in the winter. Jim and Nancy have been active church members in either the Disciples of Christ or the United Presbyterian Churches, wherever they live. Music has always occupied an important place in Nancy’s life. Singing at school resulted in many happy hours with carols, church choirs, Muscatine Elks Chanters Wives, church musicals, and community theater. Nancy and Jim enjoyed Broadway shows, seeing various productions in Chicago, St. Louis and New York, as well as “Fiddler” and “Mama Mia” in London and “Phantom” in Melbourne. In retirement, Jim and Nancy enjoyed traveling to the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, the Philippines and Australia.
The family will welcome friends to First Christian Church (Disciples), 900 Lincolnshire Place in Coralville at 2 p.m. on August 8, 2021, for a celebration of Nancy’s life.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Nancy can be made to Table to Table, in Iowa City, Iowa – a food rescue organization that collects food and distributes it to agencies serving those in need – or The Bird House, (Hospice Home of Johnson County) which provides compassionate and dignified end-of-life care.
Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Jim; her children, Cari (Gordon) Marshall, Rob (Bev Lynch), Rick, Cathryn (Allan) Schau and Melissa; three grandchildren, Brandon, Jeremy and Marina; siblings, Diane Allen, Patricia Wullschleger and Tom Hess (Nancy York); as well as several nieces, nephews and longtime friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Iva (Comport) Hess; sister. Rosalie and her husband Norman Severinsen; and brothers-in-law, Morris Allen and Harry Wullschleger.
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