Northwestern University athletics director Jim Phillips called her a “great lady.” DeKalb native and ex-student assistant Joe Hart, who would become the sports editor of the Madison (Wis.)Capital Times called her “elegant, kind, and welcoming.” Former Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Conklin fondly reminisced what a “wonderful couple” they were.
For almost three decades through the early 1980s, Bud and Joyce Nangle were the first couple of Northern Illinois University’s prize-winning Office of Sports Information and, eventually in 2007, became the namesakes of the venerable Huskie Stadium press box.
Mrs. Nangle passed away Dec. 27 at age 91 in her Vista, Calif., home, surrounded by loving family
---sisters Dorothy Walbaum of Torrance, Calif., and Barbara Shortley of Fallbrook, Calif., plus brother-in-law George Shortley. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2006. The couple had no children and were married in 1947.
A 1 p.m. Pacific funeral mass is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 8, at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Vista. Mrs. Nangle will be laid to rest next to her husband Jan. 11 at the Hillside Cemetery in downtown Palatine, Ill., which is hometown to both.
Mrs. Nangle was a local church volunteer, an avid reader, and big crossword puzzle fan. In DeKalb, she worked for years at ServiSoft, a local water softener firm. In memorium, Joyce created academic scholarships at both NIU and Palatine High School in honor of her late husband.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce Nangle’s name should be made to Catholic Charities USA.