Nancy Augustus Zuelke age 81 and long time resident Lincoln passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at her residence. She was the wife of the late Laurence W. Zuelke.
Nancy was born September 13, 1936 in Evanston, Ill. She grew up in Winnetka and Evanston with her sister Dottie (Martin). She attended Beloit College and then transferred to the University of Illinois at Champagne/Urbana where she completed a BA in sociology. Nancy met Larry Zuelke at a meeting of the Christian Science Student Organization. They married in 1957 and moved to Cambridge, Mass., and on to Lincoln in 1961, where they raised their three children. Larry, a former Lincoln Minute Man, passed away in 2015.
Nancy was always supportive and a strong force behind her family's activities. She was a Cub Scout den mother, and she taught and participated in various arts and crafts with her children. For a short time, she was a tour guide at Drumlin Farm before beginning a long career at the Lincoln Town Hall. Starting out as an assistant to the Town Manager inn 1972, she eventually served as Town Clerk and assisted on numerous town boards from Appeals to Zoning.
After retiring, she continued to help at elections and was active in the Council on Aging. In 2016, she received Lincoln's annual Bright Light Award. "I always thought [the award] was for someone with a bright idea and I've had no bright ideas. I'm just letting my light shine, that's all," Nancy said when she received the award at Town Meeting.
She enjoyed tennis, swimming, skiing, sewing, knitting, and gardening. Nancy and Larry had many adventures throughout the U.S and around the world. She was always a good sport even when confronted with the steep Chilkoot Trail and rapids of the Forty Mile River in Alaska or hiking the fjords in Norway. During much of her tenure at the town offices, she rode her bike to work.
Nancy was an active member of the Christian Science church in Concord, regularly serving in the Reading Room as well as on other church committees. She had a long history of helping others. Donations in Nancy's name can be made to the Friends of the Lincoln Council on Aging or a service organization of your choice.
Nancy has three children; Karl of Natick; Karen and Lynn of Fairbanks, Alaska; and eight grandchildren: Katrina, Elizabeth, Victoria, Leah, Gail, Jesse, Amy and Laura.
A public celebration of the life of Nancy J. Zuelke was held on Thursday, May 4th at the Pierce House to remember the long-time Lincoln resident and former Town Clerk. Many people met her at the town offices where she worked from 1972-2017.