Nancy L. Ratz

  • Born: September 25, 1942
  • Died: July 12, 2016
  • Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Dennis George Funeral Home

44 South Miami Avenue
Cleves, OH 45002

Tel. (513) 941-6700

Tribute & Message From The Family

Nancy Lou Newton Ratz, 73, passed away peacefully at her Springfield Township residence on July 12, 2016. She was a retired United Methodist Pastor, a member of The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church and The Cincinnati Carvers Guild. She is survived by her 3 children, Lisa Shaffer, George Ratz III (Jennifer) & Kristen Yancey (Brian), by her grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Thomas Jr. (Melissa), Rebecca, Logan, Ethan, Adam, Scott (Gabi), Dylan & Aaron, by her great grandchildren, Dillen, Conner, Brayden & Amelia, by her brothers, Thomas (Connie), Gerald (Lorraine) & Harold (Patricia) Newton & also by nieces, nephews, & cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas & Luella (nee Hill) Newton, by a granddaughter, Jaelyn, & by a sister-in-law, Myrna Newton. Memorial service Sat., July 23, 10:30 AM at the Presbyterian Church of Hamilton, 23 S. Front, Hamilton, OH 45011 with lunch following the service. Parking is available at the 23 Court St. lot. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family, c/o Kristen Yancey, 1209 Cadillac Dr., Hamilton, OH 45013. Overnight accommodations have been reserved under the name of Kristen Yancey at Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Hamilton, OH 45011 (513/896-6200). Other options include AC Hotel Cincinnati at Liberty Center, 7505 Gibson St., Liberty Township, OH 45069 (513/759-6500) & Four Points by Sheraton, Tyler's PL Blvd., West Chester, OH 45069 (513/777-1101).

Condolence & Memory Journal

Nancy and I were at United Seminary in Dayton ,Ohio. She was single parenting, carrying a large academic load and working- each a full time job leaving little time for self care. She was often weary beyond description, working on few hours of rest, yet she had a special light in her that drew others to her. We would sit and chat late at night as I grew to admire her. Somehow the world seems a bit dimmer without her, but I know that her light shines even brighter now.
Most of all...she has found rest.
I pray for her family, for their human loss is greater. Peace and prayers to you

Posted by D Ann Luzader - Cincinnati, OH - Friend   July 23, 2016

Nancy came to Lindsey just after my mom died. I needed a strong woman in my world. She lived so close to church and to my dad that I saw her nearly every day. She introduced me to Gevalia coffee when you had to order it because nobody close by to Lindsey sold it in the stores. Her words often saved me. I so appreciate all she did in my life.

Posted by Donna Reed - Tucson, AZ - Friend   July 15, 2016

Aunt Nancy always had a way of making you feel better no matter what might be going on. She was always ready with love and encouragement. I am comforted to think that her spirit will always be near.

Love to my cousins - Donna Hall

Posted by Donna Hall - St. Louis, MO - Family   July 14, 2016


Nancy and I shared a lot of summers together when she visited us in Ohio during our younger years which were lots of fun....She was seriously considering a trip to see me this summer but the circumstances came up and she decided not to come which was a big disappointment to my but I truly understood her reasoning...I know Nancy is going to have fun up there in the wonderful place called HEAVEN...but she will truly be missed by all of her family members....nLY8c

Posted by Bonnie Wentworth - Palmer, AK - Family   July 14, 2016

Dear Family,
We send you our sincere sympathy. Your mom was one of a kind... generous, friendly, community oriented and just a really nice person. We did not attend Lindsey Church, but that did not matter to her, we were treated as part of her "flock". She was very helpful with my aging parents...she had great insight. We hope your many memories and faith will ease your grief. Our condolences to you all.

Posted by Gary and Mary Jeanette - lindsey, OH   July 14, 2016

Love you all. Loved my sweet Aunt

Posted by Sue McCord - Peoria, AZ - Family   July 14, 2016

I first met you in Sunday school class- one of the 4 Nancy's- in Stewartstown, PA in 1981. We soon became great friends. So much we shared together and our children too. My goodness, the long, long theological talks we'd have! You moved. I moved. We grew older. Distance has a way of separating that we try to overcome. We didn't get to speak often, but when we did, we picked right up on our conversations as though time had not passed. We faced joys, heartbreak, and struggles, always knowing that God provided what we needed and led us. Our giggles and laughter sustained me. Our love for each other strengthened me. Our talks challenged me. I will forever miss you until we meet again. I have no doubt you'll insist to God that you will be the first person I see! I will be here for your children. They can call me any time. I love them like my own. You blessed my life like no other. I am broken-hearted that you've gone ahead of me.

Posted by Lynn Lear - Wichita, KS - Friend   July 14, 2016

She was a wonderful blessing to our family while she served at Lindsey Trinity. It was a privilege to work with her there. I will miss her words of wisdom. Comforting prayers to all those who knew and loved her.

Posted by Nancy Lipstraw - Lindsey, OH - Friend   July 14, 2016