Nancy J. Bortz, 73, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at her home in Downs, KS, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Nancy was born on February 13, 1944 in Vinton, Iowa, the daughter of Carl David and Blanche Lucille (Rollinson) Rogers. In September of 1961 she married Roger Stumma and to this union three children were born, Theresa, Stacy and Stephanie. They later divorced and she married the love of her life Bill Bortz in 1979, to this union a son was born, Eric.
She received her CNA license in the early eighties and worked at the Downs Nursing Center and later started doing home health care. She and Shirley Luft started Flowers, Plants and Things in Downs and later sold the shop and retired. After retirement she loved to work at the Christian Agape Shop in Downs, go to garage sales, do crafts at home and spend time with her children and grandchildren.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, her son Stacy Stumma in 2012, husband Bill Bortz in 2016 and a step-son John Bortz in 1993.
She is survived by her two daughters, Theresa Koster of Downs, Stephanie Ancona and husband Terry of Downs; a son, Eric Bortz and wife Rachel of Ellinwood; a step-daughter, Diane Coslow of Riverside, CA; eleven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
A celebration of Nancy's life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Christian Church, Downs, KS, with Pastor Kerry Hookstra officiating. There will be no public visitation as cremation was chosen. Memorials may be given to Hospice Services and Breast Friends and can be sent in care of the funeral chapel.