It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Nancy S Komocsar (Novalich). Nancy passed on September 23, 2023, in Indianapolis IN after a long battle with Alzheimer’s dementia. She died serenely, loved by family and happy up to the end with occasional lucid moments that brought tears to our eyes.
After graduating from Thorton Fractional North High school in Calumet City, IL in 1959, Nancy became a key punch operator at Lever Brothers in Chicago (she was an IT pioneer! …despite her dream of being a nurse.) She met Otto in 1961 and the two married in June 1962. Nancy became a homemaker and managed to keep a pristine home despite the chaos of raising 4 small children. Her organizational skills were a source of pride, and she was a master list maker.
After her children left the nest, Nancy and Otto moved to different areas of Florida before coming back home to Indiana. She noticed memory difficulties in 2011 and was eventually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia. As her Alzheimer’s progressed, she had stages where she had the mouth of a salty sailor, and the style of an eclectic artist. In her later years, although she did not know her family and friends by faces and names, she always responded to their voices with a smile that would light up a room.
Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Otto; sister Barbara (Burt) Hoolehan; children Wendy (Donald) Eickhoff, Marcy (William) Siegmund, Nicholas (Dana) Komocsar, and Karin Woerz; grandchildren Ben (Victoria) Eickhoff, John Otto and Addison Siegmund, Nicole, Kaitlyn, and William Komocsar, and Jacob Woerz, and great-grandchildren Miller and Elliott Eickhoff. She was preceded in death by their son Scott, her parents Nicholas and Susan Novalich (nee Boberski), her brother Louis Novalich, and her beloved pooch Baily.
There will be no funeral services but a private mass and remembrance with her close family.
We are so thankful for the amazing care Nancy received at Woodland Terrace (New Perspectives New Palestine, IN) with the help the hospice team at Paradigm Health.
We are comforted knowing that Nancy is now herself again, and likely watching a Cubs game with her dad and brother with Baily sitting in her lap and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in her hand.