Nancy Louise Bilhardt (nee Hughes), 79, of Lake Waynoka (Sardinia), Ohio and Matlacha, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, due to complications from esophageal cancer.
Mrs. Bilhardt was born July 19, 1932, to Clarence and Louise Hughes. She was graduate of Middletown High School, Middletown, Ohio, class of 1950, and Christian College now Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, Class of 1952. On Oct. 23,1954, she was united in marriage to Andrew J. Bilhardt Jr. in Middletown, Ohio.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, godmother and friend. Being both generous of mind and of heart, she volunteered with Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley, Brown County (Ohio) Women's Health Initiative and Beacon of H.O.P.E. in Bokeelia.
Nancy Louise Bilhardt (nee Hughes)
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Andrew; daughters, Andrea Ernest of Peoria, Ill., and Sarah Bilhardt (Timothy Soltis) of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Brandon Ernest, Collin (Rachele) Ernest, Evan Turnbull, Daniel Soltis and Katherine Soltis; great-grandchildren, Austin Ernest, Aiden Ernest, Emma Smith and Cameron Ernest; nieces, Kimberly Wright, Marsha Mancini and Carmen Ranelle; and nephew, Arthur Wilder. Additionally, she will be missed by her devoted extended family and her large circle of cherished friends.
She was proceeded in death by parents, Clarence and Louise Hughes; sister, Betty Wendt; infant brother, Robert Hughes; and nephews, Robert and William Wendt all of Middletown, Ohio.
Her family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to her close friends in Pine Island and Matlacha who made the last years of her life so special, especially Dondaleen McCaleb and Nick and Susie Ciccarello.
To celebrate her life in Matlacha, a memorial service in Pine Island will be scheduled at a later date. Donations may be made to the Beacon of H.O.P.E. in Nancy's memory.