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Nancy H. Galvin

June 21, 1944 - December 6, 2020

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Lima, OH
Nancy H Galvin, 76, passed away December 6, 2020, at 11:55pm at home surrounded by her children. Nancy was born June 21, 1944 at St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima to Mary Lou (Robinson) and Vernon Hossellman Jr.
Nancy is survived by her daughter Beth (Martin) Lastrina of St. Louis, MO, her sons, Chris Galvin of Denver, CO and Charlie Galvin of St. Louis, MO. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Carly and Ella Galvin and Tristan and Elsie Lastrina, all of St. Louis, MO. Also surviving are her brother Jeff (Vicki) Hossellman of Honolulu, HI, her nephews, Chris (Emily) Hossellman of Huntington Beach, CA and Alex Hossellman of Honolulu, HI, and her aunt Lucia (Andrew) Burneson of Lima, OH. On August 24, 1968, she married John Galvin and he survives.
Nancy graduated from Shawnee High School in 1962 and she enjoyed her frequent class reunions. She was active in student government, but her legacy was that she was the Squaw on the varsity cheerleading squad. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Miami University and taught first and second grade and Head Start.
Nancy enjoyed time with her family and friends and could often be found chatting and laughing on long phone calls. She had an exceptional green thumb and liked to discover and nurture unusual plants. She had a sentimental heart and had many collections, most notably Barbies, Beanie Babies, purses, and pictures of her children and grandchildren. If you knew Nancy well, you likely received a $2 bill from her. Her favorite holiday was the Fourth of July.
Nancy was also involved in many community activities. She served on the American Cancer Society board, and the Ohio State University Citizen’s Advisory Committee. She belonged to many clubs over the years- Delphian Club, Lima Junior Service League, Modern Mothers, the “Younger Girls Birthday Club” and Shawnee Country Club where she was the first woman President. She started and wrote “The Smoke Signal” newsletter for many years and served on many committees of the Club. Nancy was a member of the Shawnee United Methodist church and had taught Sunday school.
She spent many summers at her family cottage on Wolfe Island in Indian Lake. Nancy loved to snowmobile in Harbor Springs, Michigan and summer there as well. She spent a lot of time in Ft. Lauderdale, FL too. She rode scooters for most of her life and was proud to have the motorcycle endorsement on her driver’s license into her seventies. She had a gigantic personality and will leave an equally large hole in the hearts and minds of many.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research to honor her multiple battles with the disease which she fought with an unnatural strength and grace.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 6-8pm at the CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, SHAWNEE CHAPEL. A private graveside service and burial will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


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