Nancy Baumgartner

BAUMGARTNER, Nancy (Brush)

Passed away on July 5, 2022 at the age of 72 after a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer. Loving mom of Erik Baumgartner, Elly (Darren) Takaki, and Mark Baumgartner. Devoted grandma of Nicklas, Aleksander, and Lukas. Dear sister of Sandy Gilchrist, Mary (Doug) McKeen, Ralph (Cindy) Brush and the late Gordon Brush (2022). Loving partner of Daniel Faus. Nancy was born and raised in the village of Colchester. After earning a degree in political science from the University of Windsor, Nancy entered local politics in the 1970s, serving the community on multiple committees as councilor, Deputy Reeve, and finally as Reeve of Colchester South Township for two terms, making her only the second woman to hold the lead position of a town or township in Essex County. In the late 1980s, she left politics to become a reporter, later buying the local newspaper Harrow This Week. After selling the newspaper, she worked as publishing assistant for Windsor Business magazine where she continued to work until late in her illness. She was an active member of the sorority Beta Sigma Phi. A voracious reader who cherished the library, Nancy also loved cooking, Lake Erie, holiday decorating with her grandchildren, baking for her sons and grandsons, shooing cats off tables, and playing tug of war with her "grandog" Sasha. Memorial Visitation at Gerald A. Smith Funeral Home 197 King St. W. Harrow on Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Windsor. You may send your online condolences to