In Memory, Nancy Blumel

Midway and the entire speed skating family lost one of our greatest contributors this week.

Nancy Class Blumel of Woodbury, Minnesota, passed away on September 14, 2020 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Nancy was born in St. Paul on April 24, 1954.   She was the third child of Helen Hipp and Robert Class. Nancy spent her first three years of high school at St. Joseph’s Academy and graduated from Highland High school.

Nancy excelled in the sport of speedskating, a family affair enjoyed by all.  She was a member of Midway Speedskating Club, winning many national medals and titles.  She made the National Team and was training for Olympic and World Teams when cancer ended these dreams.  After marrying and moving back from California, Nancy began her next phase in the speed skating world as a Midway Coach for 25+ years, and it became a family affair once again.  Nancy’s sons competed internationally on Junior World and World Cup Teams, and Nancy and Joe enjoyed world travels as their number one fans.

Nancy was a giver of joy and compassion until her final days. She was talented and creative, running her own interior design business for many years.  Creating beautiful draperies was one of her many talents. Another one of her passions was gardening, and her home in Woodbury had beautiful gardens all around.  After years of sewing, she retired her machine to join her sister in the business office at Cafe Latte.  Nancy enjoyed sixteen years in the Latte office.  

Everyone loved Nancy.  Her kindness and patience were like no other.  She listened with a kind heart and soul, never one to judge, only listen and help in any way she could.  Nancy was always the one to depend on for family gatherings.  Christmas Eve dinner and festivities were a tradition Nancy and Joe took great pride and love in hosting.  

Survived by husband Joseph, sons Michael (Erin), Charles, Mac (Caitlyn), Mother Helen, siblings Mark Class, Annette (Eric) Ristau, Paula (Bob) Winsor, Rob (Katy) Class and Katie (Denny) Marquard, loving nieces and nephews, and many, many loyal friends.  She is preceded in death by father Robert and sister Connie (George Leibson)

A celebration of her life will be held when Michael is able to return from his Army duties.
Special thanks to the home hospice staff at Our Lady of Peace for their gentle, loving care of Nancy during her final days. And to her “skating moms”, for whom Nancy and family are forever grateful for their love and support.  Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Peace Hospice.