Nancy Lee Hamler

June 18, 1948 ‒ May 13, 2018

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: To Nancy Hamler teaching was not just a profession, it was a life style.  Described as unselfish, caring and loving, Nancy’s focus and energy was not only on educating her students but also molding the character of her children and grandchildren.  A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Nancy Lee Hamler transitioned into the loving arms of her Lord, Jesus Christ, on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2018 in her home in the presence of her family after a hard fight with cancer. She was 69.

Nancy was born in Mansfield, to Joseph and Doris (Schmidt) Miller on June 16, 1948.  She graduated from Madison High School as well as Ashland College earning a degree in Education.  Nancy began her career teaching for Mansfield City Schools and continued teaching for Lexington Local Schools where she retired after 31 years.  Even into her retirement Nancy volunteered as a reading tutor for Lexington and Mansfield City Schools. She may not have been easy on her students, but each year Nancy’s classes produced some of the highest test results.  Even her fellow teachers would request their own children be taught by Nancy!

On June 13, 1970 she married Thomas Hamler in the Linden Road Presbyterian Church.  In many ways Tom and Nancy were inseparable.  Together they shared a love for golf.  Extending their interest to their two sons, the Hamlers spent many Sunday afternoons at local golf courses.  She also bowled in a Monday evening league at Lex Lanes.  Nancy spent her summers outside.  Keeping her property in pristine condition, she’d often prune her flower garden and tend to her yard.

She was her family’s “super fan”, especially of her grandchildren.  Cheering for them at sporting events or school functions she was a positive influence.  Her desire to teach often presented itself while spending time with her grandchildren and Nancy could see the potential of a learning lesson in almost any situation. Giving and selfless, Nancy placed everyone before herself.  Known as “Perfect Woman”, Nancy strove for perfection in all areas.  Whether in her preparation as a teacher, her outward appearance, or her many friendships, Nancy was always committed 100%.

A member of Lexington Grace Brethren Church, she volunteered for numerous church activities.  She served as a deaconess, and previously taught Sunday School.

Nancy is survived by her spouse Thomas Hamler of Lexington, their sons Touby (Charity) Hamler of Lexington and Scott (Bobby) Hamler of Akron; sisters Debbie (Jack) Taylor and Linda (Richard) Knackstedt; grandchildren Elizabeth, Nicklaus, and Robert, and her many nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her mother and father.

Her family will receive friends Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 4-7pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where her funeral service will be held Thursday at 11am.  Pastor Nathaniel Foote will officiate assisted by Dave Roberts.  Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to Lexington Grace Brethren Church may be made through the funeral home.

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  • To the Hamler family,
    Words will never describe the loss you are all feeling.
    What you can do is realize that Nancy is free now. She is no longer suffering.
    She will be missed by many
    Yet her legacy will be forever in motion.
    My heart aches for all of you
    Sending my love,
    Erin Underwood

  • Tom, Touby, Scott, Debbie, Linda & Families,
    Our hearts are heavy and we send our love and sympathy. May you feel God’s presence and comfort during this difficult time. Our prayers are with you…
    Myrna & Jim

  • To Nancy’s Family,

    So very sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was blessed in many ways and will be missed dearly by all. Prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. RIP Nancy.
    In Friendship,
    Darrel & Sandy (Dodds) Smith

  • We are so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful legacy she leaves. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Love knows no boundaries – Even those that divide Heaven and Earth. So whenever you feel sad, just remember, your hearts are connected together. With Deepest Sympathy.
    Rusty and Bonnie Kemper

  • Dear Thomas and family,My heart breaks for you and your family. Nancy was a wonderful wife,mother,grandmother,and sister, and friend, she was so full of life,and now just take comfort in the fact that she is no longer suffering or in pain,yes we will always miss her but she will always be with us ,because we have great memories to last us a lifetime. With Deepest Sympathy and lot of Prayers for your family Linda Weimer and Family

  • Touby and Family

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you in these difficult times.
    Our deepest sympathies,
    Jill & Jeremy Buzzard

  • Tom and family, Kim and I send our condolences to you folks on the passing of Nancy. We were not aware of her illness. We know it is a sad time for you, but we all know that she is in God’s Glory now and experiencing a eternal life that is free of pain and glorious beyond our comprehension. Take Care, Bob and Kim Currens