NANCY L. FLECHSIGNovember 17, 1938 ~ November 16, 2017 (age 78)
Nancy L. Flechsig, 78, of Pullman, WA, passed away at the Bishop Place Memory Care Villas, in Pullman on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.
Nancy was born on November 17, 1938 in Fall River, Massachusetts, to Lydie and James Fletcher. Together with her mother and siblings, Nancy relocated to Auburn, WA where she attended schools in the Auburn School System. While in high school her older brother, Jim introduced Nancy to his good friend Alfred Flechsig and they began dating. After graduating from Auburn High School, she set off for Washington State College, following her high school sweetheart, Alfred (Al). While at WSC, she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She completed office management and secretarial courses. She and Al were married on August 30, 1957 in Auburn, WA. Nancy and Al remained in Pullman while Al completed his education. They made Pullman their forever home after Al graduated and accepted a faculty position in WSU’s electrical engineering department. Meanwhile the couple welcomed daughter Becky, followed later by another daughter, Jennifer.
Initially, Nancy focused her heart and energy on home and family. The family temporarily located to Madison, WI and later to Baton Rouge, LA as Al completed his MS and PhD degrees, respectively. Nancy applied her secretarial skills to typing both Al’s thesis and dissertation. While in Baton Rouge, she additionally began her own career as a secretary at church. In 1968, the family returned to Pullman, and Nancy accepted a secretarial position in the W.S.U. Agronomy department. When her youngest daughter entered middle school, Nancy began her job as the secretary for Gladish Middle School. She often allowed her daughter to work in the office alongside her, teaching her valuable skills, such as answering phones, typing, and copying by using a mimeograph machine. When Gladish finally closed its doors, Nancy accepted a position as school secretary at Lincoln Middle School. Nancy had the honor to work together with many wonderful colleagues during her time working for the school district. Through the decades many caring and enduring friendships grew from those collegial relationships. She enjoyed working on behalf of and together with students, many of whom worked as office aids. In addition to managing the office, she also cared for ill students waiting for family rides home, managed the annual magazine drive, and participated in many school events. She and husband Al chaperoned dances and many school trips to Washington, D.C. and New York. Each of her grandchildren have special memories during their middle school years as Nancy lovingly juggled responsibilities as school secretary and grandmothering at home. Al’s retirement as electrical engineering professor at WSU in 2003 was followed shortly by Nancy’s own retirement from the Pullman School district.
Nancy and Al loved to travel both nationally and internationally, attend Cougar football games, and spend time with their daughters and grandchildren. Nancy passed her love of gardening, cooking, sewing, and community to both of her daughters. She was a member of the WSU Alumni Association and the Cougar Athletic Fund.
Nancy is survived by daughters Becky and Jenny, grandchildren Ryan, Katy, and Allison Conley, sister Norma Smith of Yakima, brother James (Ruth) Fletcher of Auburn, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Al, mother Lydie Spanick, step-father Alphonse Spanick, and father James Fletcher, and nephew Craig Smith.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Pullman Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m., with a memorial gathering after the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Al and Nancy Flechsig Fund for Lab Improvement (contact WSU Foundation at 509.335.6686, or 800-GIV-2-WSU [448.2978]), Boost Collaborative, or Special Olympics.
Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, WA is handling the arrangements. You are invited to leave online condolences and order flowers for the family at www.kramercares.com.