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Nancy Truhn

Nancy L Truhn (Truhn)

Monday, February 10th, 1947 - Friday, July 3rd, 2020
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Nancy Lou Truhn, 73, was born February 10th, 1947 to Donald and Barbara (Lee) Truhn at Watervliet Hospital in Watervliet, Michigan. She lived in Cookeville, Tennessee with her son Karl Truhn Koch caring for her after her longtime companion Wayne Hazen passed in 2014.
Though unexpected, Nancy died peacefully in her sleep on July 3rd, 2020. She is survived by her children, Heather (Koch) Beseler of Seattle, WA, Karl Koch of Crossville, TN, and her step children Jonathon Koch of Benton Harbor, MI, Jennifer (Koch) Hillman of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Joshua Koch of Lincoln, CA and her grandchild Joshua Koch, San Francisco, CA, her sisters are Gwen Greer of ,Arkansas, Susie Griffin of Coloma, Michigan, and Roxanne Truhn of East Lansing, Michigan, and her best friend Sally Manning of Tampa, FL.
Nancy graduated from Coloma HS in 1965, from Western Michigan University with dual majors in Home Economics and Art in 1969. She was briefly married to Wayne Hazen. She married John Koch (St Pete, FL) and they settled in Florida to raise their children.
Known for her passion for inspiring her students, she taught home economics and job skills to students in high school (Leto, Robinson) and middle school (Blake) and special education at Caminiti in Tampa. Nancy continued her education and earned a Master of Arts in Education Science in 1993. Her students fondly recall her unique recipes (crazy cake, pizza) but more so as an enthusiastic teacher who strove to see every student succeed. Her reputation as a fun and inspiring teacher brought students to take her elective classes where they learned the skills they would use throughout their life. Teaching came naturally to her and she built personal connections; she loved seeing them succeed as young adults who would often return to visit her.
Nancy was also known for her love of the arts and frequently attended classes to learn new skills. Her photography, paintings, and quilts won countless awards in county and state fairs. She was member of many sewing and painting groups and developed enduring friendships everywhere she went. She was humble about her skills as a craftswoman and artisan, yet her work was perfect and decorated many homes of friends and family. Angels were a favorite subject of her paintings as well as cheerful Christmas imagery, and lifelike birds and flowers.
Her chief specialty were her quilts, with spectacular attention to detail. She donated dozens and dozens of her quilts over her life, most recently volunteering her efforts to Quilts of Valor. Volunteering was a defining value that she instilled in all her children, leading by example.
Nancy was best known as a devoted mom, friend, and sister you could rely on through thick and thin, and a wonderful woman whose gift for striking up conversation was legendary. She was beautiful and lived joyfully from the heart, she radiated kindness and goodness, lighting up every room. Nancy is dearly missed, and we take comfort knowing she is in heaven, dancing with the angels and proudly telling Jesus about her children and grandchild.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Crossville, TN Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 at 11am. In lieu of flowers and gifts please make donations to your local Quilts of Valor chapter.
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Lorraine Hawks

Posted at 11:28am
Always lovely and kind.
Sally’s dearest friend.
Nancy’s laughter was the best.
AH

Amanda Hazen

Posted at 11:15am
So sorry for your loss Karl and Heather. Godspeed Nancy.
BE

Beth (Elsner) Eisbrenner

Posted at 06:41pm
Rest in Peace Nancy. Peace be with all
of the family. She was my home ec teacher at Coloma High School. I know she will be missed by all who knew her.
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