Peggy Joan Nutsch Pierce was born to Henry and Alta (McCollum) Nutsch east of Haddam, Kans., July 8, 1936 and died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at her home in Narka, Kans. at the age of 80 years. She was raised on a farm near Haddam and attended the Blocker Country School until she went to high school and graduated in the 1952- 1953 school year. She married Cecil Pierce May 24, 1953 in Fairbury, Nebr. Together they raised nine children. The couple farmed in the Reynolds, Hubbell, and Narka areas.They then built and owned the Pierce's tavern in Byron, Nebr. for seven years until they moved to Mankato, Kans. where they first owned the Dreamliner motel and later built and owned the Hideaway Supper Club which was the first private club in Jewell County. In 1979 they moved to Jenkins, Mo. where she continued to work with her crafts and ceramics. In 1983 the couple returned to Narka, and they operated a grocery store and restaurant for nearly 20 years. She attended craft shows and was a Certified Bob Ross Instructor teaching classes at the Fairbury community college and Hobby Lobby. She also operated a dog kennel business. She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Alta Nutsch, three brothers, Jack, Lonnie, and Ernest Nutsch, a sister Rosa Nutsch, husband Cecil in 2015, and oldest daughter Charline Snyder, in 2004, and granddaughter Jessica Alcorn, daughter in laws Cathy Pierce, and Shelia Shoemaker. She is survived by her children, sons, Jeff (Erlina), Henry (Kim), Clifford (Beverly), and Matt (Linda) Pierce; daughters Susan Holmes, Angelia "Gilly" (Roger) Reiter, Andrea (Thomas) Held, and Beth (Michal) Svoboda; 28 grandchildren; 50 great granchildren; sisters; Edith Meyer, and Pamela (Ken) Hoge, and brother Melvin "Ike" (Sonja) Nutsch. Memorial services were held Wednesday, April 19 at the Presbyterian Church in Narka. Family inurnment in National Cemetery south of Narka. Memorials to the Narka Fire Department. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, in charge of these arrangements.
Written by myself, Susan Pierce Holmes published in the Belleville Telescope, Belleville Kansas
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