SAVOY — Nancy Markiewicz, formerly of Waukesha, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday morning, April 26, 2022, at her home in Savoy.
She was born on August 10, 1949 in Madison, Wisconsin to parents William Robert (Bid) and Elizabeth Valeria (Betty) Smith. She came into the world with the perfect amount of freckles and German roots that gave her a strong yet passionate work ethic with a little extra sass. An only child, she needed it to keep her three brothers in their place.
Nancy graduated from Madison LaFollette High School in 1967. This proud Badger girl went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1971. Her favorite clothing colors revolved around Badger red and all the colors of Mickey Mouse and his friends.
Nancy began her teaching career in 1971 at Templeton Middle School in Sussex, Wisconsin, where she taught for 10 years. During this time, she met and married David Markiewicz, formerly of Union Grove, Wisconsin on July 14, 1973. She still expected her wedding to take place at the Olbrich Botanical Garden in Madison, Wisconsin. Mission accomplished.
In 1981, Nancy left teaching for several years to have her two children, Alicia and Josh, and launch them on their path in life. Nancy then returned to teaching for 22 years in Waukesha at Banting Elementary School and a final year at Pleasant Hill Elementary School. Over the years, many students moving into second grade at Banting hope to secure a coveted spot in the Mickey Mouse room with Professor Mickey Mouse. It was around this time that Nancy got a part-time job at the new Disney Store, which at the time offered high-end jewelry, watches, and memorabilia. His paycheck never left the scene, instead being redeemed for more goodies.
Nancy loved raising her family in the very small, close-knit neighborhood of the Randall School. She became heavily involved in the events and activities of her children and their Randall friends. Friendships started 40 years ago still survive today. Many would describe her as very outgoing and the friend you could always rely on, but she always wanted her privacy and was eager to cut herself off from the world and spend time with a favorite book.
Nancy was very proud of her children. Alicia wanted to teach like mom. She chose Savannah, Georgia, and got a sophomore job there. The two classes corresponded to learn the differences in life and culture between the North and the South.
Josh became a US Army Green Beret. The day Josh would receive his green beret was fast approaching, but the Army just couldn’t set a date. Nancy wrote a letter to the general telling him to understand. When Josh learned about the letter in front of his fellow trainees, he quickly contacted Mom and told her to stop writing letters to the General.
When Alicia married into the military, Nancy had two children on new adventures around the world. For her, it was a mixture of pride, excitement, worry and sometimes fear. It also provided two grandchildren – Sofia and Charlie. Two more hearts to love and cherish.
Nancy was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Bob Smith. She leaves behind her husband David, her children Alicia (CJ) Nauman and Josh (Christie) Markiewicz, her grandchildren Sofia Nauman and Charlie Markiewicz and her brothers Rick (Linda) Smith and Jerry Smith.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy (morganmemorialhome.com).