Obituary: Nancy Lee (Charvat) Ratzlaff


Nancy Lee (Charvat) Ratzlaff was born Feb. 13, 1942, in East St. Louis to Lee and Eleanor Charvat. Nancy left this life May 25, 2007, at Aurora Medical Center.

When Nancy was 8 years old, she and her family moved to Grand Junction, where she completed her education through high school. She then studied art at the University of Nevada in Reno before she returned to Grand Junction.

Her main passion in life was in the field of art, as a professional painter and teacher.

On May 1, 1970, Nancy married Harold Ratzlaff. Their first six years were spent at Mesa College. In 1976, they moved to Lamar, living there for three years. They moved to Craig in 1979. Nancy and Harold were joint operators of the Trailways-Greyhound bus lines franchise.

During her working years (prior to moving to Craig), she was employed at several institutions as an executive secretary, private secretary, office manager and loan officer.

All this time, she continued painting, teaching at Colorado Northwestern Community College and offering workshops and classes to home students.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Eleanor and George Frank, of Lamar; brother, Charles, of Aurora; husband, Harold, of Craig; step-children, Alan Ratzlaff, of Delta, and LoAnn Craig, of El Jebel; and step-granddaughter, Erin Craig, who is a student at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

A younger brother, Gary Charvat, preceded her in death.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church. Interment will be at the Craig Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Colorado VNA in care of Grant Mortuary.

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