Nancy Harlett, professionally known as Patchwork Nancy, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas Jude Keefe and Scott Thaddeus Keefe, both of Tiffin; three grandchildren, Melissa Keefe Balduff of Tiffin, Stephanie Keefe Everman of Texas and Tyler Keefe of Tiffin; three great-grandchildren, Sayge, Kenzie and Duke Everman; two stepgrandchildren; her sister, Roselyn Schieda; two nieces; and three great-nephews, all from the Cleveland area.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Manfred and Marcelline Harlett; a sister, Janine Lortz; and a daughter, Laura Judith Keefe.
She was a graduate of Tiffin University and was employed at WTTF, also Tiffin Center for more than 10 years, worked in the funeral business for eight years and was a lifeguard and swimming instructor for The Red Cross at Seneca Shores Quarry for nearly 15 years.
Nancy was a professional guitarist and singer for more than 50 years. In that time, she performed with the bands Country Folk, Dandelion Wine, Fox Run, Eagle River, Patchwork Folk Singers and 3 Mile Run. She also worked as a solo artist as Patchwork Nancy. She worked with such artists as Jackie Gleason’s Trumpet Players band, Louise Mandrell, Ben Jones (Cooter on “Dukes of Hazzard”), Lulu Roman, Richie Havens, Duke Ellington’s Orchestra, Dell Reeves and Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys. Nancy played at fairs and festivals all over Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Canada and entertained at more than 50 nursing homes and retirement centers in the area for most of her 50 years as a musician.
Her body was donated to Ohio State University College of Medicine.
A celebration of life will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Tiffin Eagles No. 402, 68 Riverside Drive, Tiffin, OH 44883.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.