Violette Nagy, age 99 of Stuart, formerly of Purdum, died May 1, 2012, at the Parkside Manor in Stuart. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at the United Church of Christ in Purdum with the Rev. Judy Cook officiating. Burial will be in the Purdum Cemetery with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of the arrangements.
Violette Bernice Rodocker Nagy was born on the home ranch, nine miles west of Halsey. She started school at RoseHill and moved to Halsey the next year where she attended school until she graduated in 1930. Upon graduation she attended Boyes College for one year, only to discover jobs difficult to find in the business field during the depression. The teaching field held more opportunities so Violette enrolled in Chadron Teacher's College and that began a 32-year teaching career.
Violette's first teaching job was at RoseHill where she taught for five years. She then moved to Hastings, where she enrolled at Hastings Business College then found employment at Stewart Home Appliance Company. Her employer was Col. Albert M. Butler who elected to return to service after five years, so Violette then moved to Grand Island, where she worked as secretary to the president of Russell B. Moore Company. During this period she met and married Captain Joseph L. Nagy, who was stationed at the Harvard Air Base, Harvard Neb. Last June they celebrated 67 years together.
Violette earned her bachelor's degree from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. She taught elementary school in Thompson, Ohio while her children grew up and until they graduated. She then moved to a larger school district in Chesterland, Ohio. She taught at Chesterland for nine years then moved to North Olmstead, Ohio to teach. While at North Olmstead she went to Kent State University earning a master's degree in education. During this time Violette became an active member in the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Women Educators and served as a delegate to the National Education Associa-tion Convention in Minneap-olis, Minn. She was named a professional teacher's aide or master teacher which allowed her to aid teachers at North Olmstead and groom for administration duty. She was awarded a scholarship to the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation this provided her the opportunity to meet Dr. Edward Teller who was credited with masterminding the atom bomb.
Violette was a natural at golf, hitting a hole in one on two occassions. She always had a rose garden with specialty roses. She was an avid fisherman, traveled a lot, and she and Joe visited every capital building in the US except Alaska. She loved to play cards especially Bridge. She played the piano and painted with oils. She crafted beautiful hats and crocheted baby blankets.
Violette is survived by her two children, Linda Joy Clark (Howard) from Lakeview, Ohio and Daniel Joseph Nagy (Jackie) from Long Pine; grandchildren, Julie M. Copp, Jason D. Nagy (Peggy), Linda Rochell Prahl (JR), Rhonda Marie Hatfield (Dillard), Tom Lutz, Jesse Lutz, Andrea Lynn Boyd (Ken), and 16 great- grandchildren.
Violette was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Nagy; her parents, David and Etta Rodocker; siblings, Wilbert, Glen Peter (Hazel), Gerald (Margaret), Roy, Theodore, Marie (Robert), Cleo (Elenore), Helen (Red), and Almerna (Dana); a grandson, Joseph D. Nagy, and a great-grandaughter, Katrina K. Trenchard.
Published in Custer County Chief May 10, 2012