Nancy Ann Neher

November 25, 1939 ~ October 18, 2021 (age 81)


Nancy Ann Neher, 81, of Mishawaka, passed away Monday evening, October 18, 2021, in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center.

Nancy was born November 25, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Louis and Gertrude (Kent) Wilcox. She was a 1957 graduate of South Bend Central High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida Southern College and a Master in Social Work Degree from Western Michigan University.

Nancy was a long-time School Social Worker for the South Bend Community School Corporation. At one time she was a social worker at Logan Center, Catholic Charities and Family & Children’s Center. In 1999 she was named State of Indiana Department of Education School Social Worker of the Year. She was named the South Bend Community School Corporation School Social Worker of the Year for 1999-2000. In 2001 she was named NASW Indiana Region 2 Social Worker of the Year. Nancy’s memberships included American Association of University Women, St. Joseph County Retired Education Association, National Association of Social Workers, Indiana School Social Workers Association, and School Social Workers Association of America.

In retirement, Nancy continued to give to others by volunteering at several places including Ronald McDonald House as well as donating to numerous charities. She was an avid reader, sports enthusiast, and was faithful in attending her grandchildren’s activities.

Nancy married Donald Lewis Neher on July 8, 1967 and he preceded her in death on December 26, 2001.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Donia (David) Hudgen of Walkerton and Danielle Ruff of Mishawaka; a brother, Louis Kent (Ada) Wilcox of Chicago; and four grandchildren, McKenzie Hudgen, Sydney Ruff, Kyle Hudgen and Carter Hudgen.

A private family burial will take place in Bremen Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to RiverBend Cancer Services or Logan Center.

Nancy’s family would appreciate postings of remembrances and condolences on her obituary page at www.goethalswells.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Goethals & Wells Funeral Home, Mishawaka.

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