Nancy V. Robinson
- October 1, 2021
Nancy V. Robinson, nee Ferguson, 78, passed away September 28, 2021 at her home in Glenview with her son, Eric N. Robinson, and daughter-in-law, Jennifer L. Harder, at her side. She was a devoted mother of Eric (Jennifer) (Sacramento, CA) and grandmother of Henry (Sacramento) and Leigh Robinson (Los Angeles). Nancy dedicated her life to rearing her son and to 32 years of public school teaching in East Main Township District 63. Nancy grew up at 6557 N. Tahoma Avenue in the Edgebrook neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. After graduating in 1961 from Wayland Academy high school in Beaver Dam, Wis., Nancy attended Western Michigan University, earned a B.A. in 1965 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and later earned a Master’s Degree from National College of Education in Evanston. She married Dennis Robinson (Buffalo, NY) in 1965 and was divorced in 1975. Meanwhile, Nancy started teaching at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in 1969 and taught fourth grade at Washington Elementary School in Glenview for most of her career, retiring in 2001. Nancy shared her enthusiasm for life-long learning, travel, sports, and outdoor adventures with her family, students, and many beloved friends. She traveled the world, hiked and camped the Rocky Mountains, skied Sierra Nevada powder at the age of 70, played tennis and golf, biked Chicago’s lakefront and the Botanical Gardens with her friends, enjoyed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, opera, ballet, and theater productions large and small. Nancy’s zeal for life was fierce, particularly as she battled with Parkinson’s disease over the last three years. Nancy was preceded in death by her brother, James Ferguson (Sandra) (Woodstock), and by her mother and father, Margaret and Burton Ferguson (Edgebrook). She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and nieces, Krista Ferguson (Tuscson) and Lori Nitzsche (Richard) (Westchester) (Rachel, Conlan, Ethan). Nancy’s life will be celebrated at a wake from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, October 8 at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 Cicero Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646; and at a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 9 at Edgebrook Lutheran Church, 5252 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60646. She will be buried at the family plot in Mendota, Ill., where her parents were born and raised.