Nancy K. Schave
Sept. 1944 – Nov. 2009
Nancy Kay Schave was born on September 5, 1944 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She grew up on a farm and belonged to the 4H and FFA as well as other youth organizations. She graduated high school in 1962, Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in 1965, Eastern Michigan University in 1970 with a Masters Degree in Counseling, and the University of Michigan with a PhD in Education Administration in 1986. Through her career she was a classroom teacher, counselor, Assistant Principal, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Schools.
She was the first president and charter member of Alaskan Women in Education Administration, as well as a member in good standing and as an officer in a number of professional organizations; and an Elder of the Skagway First Presbyterian Church. After retiring from education she was a law enforcement Ranger with the National Park Service in Skagway, Alaska. She was a volunteer for years in the Skagway Volunteer Fire Department as an EMT III, an EMS Instructor, served as EMS Lieutenant, a firefighter and a search and rescue technician.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, John L. McClelland and Estelle L. McWilliams, and her daughter Jenny. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Frank Wasmer; granddaughter Dainean; siblings Laura, Lee, Ruth, David, Nina, William and many cousins in and around Adrian, Michigan. She also has 18 grand children. She was Mom to many children, adopted or fostered, and six international exchange students.
She also leaves close ties with “Nancy’s Kids”, youth from the 1970s and 80s whom she mentored and taught in a school setting, church youth groups, and youth organizations. Nancy loved children and was always happiest when she was working with kids.
She passed away while on vacation with her husband and granddaughters in Orlando, Florida on November 13, 2009. She is mourned and will be missed all around the world. – Submitted by the family
Nancy Schave holds a friend’s baby, with the help of granddaughter Dainean.
The family also wanted to have the following poem from Alexander Stork run with the obituary. As a youth, Alexander spent a lot of time in Skagway in the 1990s and lived at the hostel off and on, usually showing up in the fall and staying weeks or months until he had to return to his native Germany. He loved Skagway so much that he brought back his whole family once for Alex's and his dad Klaus’s birthdays. He was another of “Nancy’s Kids.”
The bush-pilot and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote:
“You can only see well with your heart.
The essential is invisible for the eyes.”
Who knows how to see with the heart could see how
Nancy walked in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
She knew how to share - even she shared her heart.
Those who did not see well with their heart she
gave them a bit of hers so they could see better.
Her home has become home of many people, for many
people she is like a mother. Her affectionate love
has been spread from her heart all over the world.
Our beloved Nancy - who never stood still - has
now gone to rest in peace.
But her spirit keeps on living in all of our hearts,
thus makes us responsible to treat our hearts well
to keep her spirit alive.
God bless Nancy, God bless all family and friends
who stood by her side all the time, God bless Frank,
who faithfully and affectionately never let go of her hand.
- submitted by Alexander + Zulema + Fernando Stork