Nancy Jane Clossin

December 6, 2021

Nancy Jane (Unroe) Clossin, 84, of Frankfort was our mother.  She died on December 6, 2021 at Witham Hospital in Lebanon, Ind.  She was born on December 21, 1936 to Willis “Shim” and Nettie (Swisher) Unroe.  Nancy and her brothers were raised by their working mother.  As children, the family didn’t have much money, but she enjoyed walking the Interurban trail to the city pool and swimming all day.  Along the way, Nancy would “steal” fruit from backyards for her lunch.  She swam so much as a youngster that her blonde hair turned green!

Nancy married our father, Jim Clossin, on March 14, 1953.  Besides raising five kids, she worked at many different places as we all grew up, including Frazier’s Dairy Restaurant, Cream-Rich, Peter-Paul, the Key West Shrimp House and the Clinton County Hospital.

When Nancy was a young mother, she would sometimes drive her children to school on very cold and snowy days.  She would throw on a winter coat over her pajamas and was always nervous she’d have a flat tire.  Occasionally, when Dad was working out of town, Mom would splurge on a Bruno’s pizza and we’d be allowed to eat in the living room!

Mom would likely go unrecognized by her children if she wasn’t in the kitchen.  She was always in there cooking up our favorites – breaded tenderloins, “mom” chili, potato soup with “rivels”, ham salad (with bologna, not ham of course), “good stuff” (creamed eggs) on toast, ducky-duddles (bread with gravy), meat candy (bbq pork cutlets), angel food cake and peanut butter pie.

Nancy and Jim enjoyed many road trips – to California, Florida, and Texas – but Dad would not have listed either “map-reading” or “photography” as one of mom’s talents.

Nancy loved working in the yard – weeding, trimming, and raking – all the stuff most of us don’t love.  She especially loved flowers and she took it as a personal challenge to keep cut flowers alive for as long as humanly possible.

For many decades, our mother insisted on having a Christmas tree larger and taller than any of the rooms in the house.  Our father would eventually break down, get mom the tree, and – armed only with wire, hooks, hammers, and assorted tree-holding contraptions – spend hours cussing up a storm until that tree was conquered.  This annual conflict was a never-ending source of amusement to us, their children.

Our mother, Nancy Jane Clossin, thought Christmas was magical, and she made it that way for her children.

Memorial donations may be made to the Red Barn Summer Theater, P.O. Box 706, Frankfort, IN  46041.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, December 13, 2021 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort.  Funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Bunnell Cemetery. Pastor Paul Whitaker will officiate. 

Survived by:

She leaves behind her brothers: Robert Unroe of Frankfort and Ned Unroe of Florida; as well as her broken-hearted children: Michael Clossin, Carol (Jeff) Coffman, William (Elizabeth) Clossin, Lisa (Mark) Sheets, and Pete (Val) Clossin.  Nancy had 6 grandchildren: Mallory (Joe) Doyel, Nicholas (Kate) Coffman, Tyler Coffman, Patrick Clossin, Jay (Megan) Sheets and Jason Clossin.  She was very proud of her 2 great-grandsons: Rhodes and River – and was looking forward to meeting her new great-granddaughter in late December.

Preceded by:

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband: James Lee Clossin; infant brother: Jimmy Unroe; grandson: J.T. Clossin and her mother and father. 


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51 Condolences for “Nancy Jane Clossin”

  1. Gloria Ponton December 8, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Nancy, You will be greatly missed. You were blessed with great kids. I would always see one of their cars at the house taking care of you. I enjoyed working together at Peter Paul and Key West Shrimp House. You will certainly be missed.

  2. Janet E Rader December 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    I loved this lady with all my heart. She was very special and loved by so many. She dearly loved my little chiuaua, Pedro. He is still wanting to go up to her door and visit, knowing she would have a treat for him. So, he will miss her as much as I will. A true inspiration for me. Also loved her Christmas memorabilia. She was a real jewel in my book. Love ya Nancy

  3. Joyce Meiers Jacobs December 8, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Mike, Carol, Lisa, Bill, & Pete,
    Your Mom was such a sweet lady, I have lots of good memories (as I know you all do as well). I enjoyed stopping by and talking with her. She will be greatly missed.
    She loved you all.

  4. Michelle Ogden December 8, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Maureen Manning December 8, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    I’m so sorry you have my deepest sympathies.

  6. Rick & Tanny Irwin December 8, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss! Sending hugs and prayers for the family!

  7. Caroline Maxwell Hurt December 8, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Such a great Lady. Had so much fun working at the Shrimp House with Nancy, Bev, and Hella.

  8. Jenny (Fuel) Smith December 8, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    The family of Ms. Nancy are all in my prayers. She was the sweetest lady. She was a blessing to me each time I saw her. Hugs and Prayers to each of you.

  9. Jenny Doyel December 8, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    I was blessed to have known her and loved “kibbutzing” with her at family celebrations. Thinking of your family and holding you all in my heart.

  10. Susan Davis December 8, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Mike, Lisa, Pete

    Your mom was quite the lady. Whether supporting the theatre programs, music programs, or athletics, she was your biggest booster. I know how proud she was of all of you because through the years she was always sharing the neat things you were involved in. She will definitely be missed. You are in my prayers.

  11. Terry Flood December 8, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family.

  12. Tammy Danner December 8, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss . I so loved working with Nancy at the hospital. She always had a heart of gold . Always encouraged me even talked me into being in the Mrs. INDIANA PAGENT. She always saw the best in people . She loved her family and always talked about you all. She was also very funny. She will be missed, this world lost a precious soul.

  13. Susie Surber December 8, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    To Carol and all, please know I am thinking and caring about you during this time of loss of your precious Mom She was a very special lady, not just to her children but to many of us who knew her as your Mom, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Susie

  14. Susan Lidester December 8, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I remember her attending volleyball games when our girls played. She was a very sweet lady who will be missed by her family and friends.

  15. Eric Meiers December 9, 2021 at 2:37 am

    So sorry for your loss. Unfortunately this evening I discovered a fever so I probably won’t be able to be at the funeral home.

  16. Rita York December 9, 2021 at 4:28 am

    So very sorry for your loss, she was a remarkable lady!!!

  17. Gregory Finch December 9, 2021 at 8:07 am

    My heart goes out to the Clossin family for their loss. I recall speaking with Mrs. Clossin a few times at the Red Barn many years ago but I know from the quality of character of her children that she must have been a great mother. I hope that her passing so close to Christmas will, in the future, allow you to remember the joy she brought to this season and that your families will celebrate in the same spirit.

  18. Susie Plunkitt December 9, 2021 at 8:18 am

    So sorry for your loss. Just reading your lovely comments made me feel like our mothers were made from the same cloth! Rivels? How long has it been since I have even heard anyone say that word, let alone know what they are & how to make them? Ham salad, without ham but with bologna? Wasn’t that the ONLY way that it was made? Going out in the cold while inappropriately dressed? Of course! I recall our mother helping one of us get across the street to go to the store in the snow with her flip flops on! I know how you will miss her as we all miss our mother as well. Hang in there & carry on her traditions. Praise God for her life!

  19. Mary Patchett December 9, 2021 at 9:06 am

    I’m sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. I was just thinking about her a few a days ago and what a a wonderful person she was. My prayers are with all of you in your time of sorrow.
    Mary Patchett

  20. Becky Brewer December 9, 2021 at 9:53 am

    So sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed Nancy coming into Witham Rehab and sharing Zachary chocolate covered marshmallows. To this day I always think of her and how we all would get excited over the marshmallows! She will be greatly missed by all. Thoughts and prayers with the family during this difficult time.

  21. Patti Beisner December 9, 2021 at 10:21 am

    I’ve said this before, there are some people who cross your path whom the world is not the same without them!
    Nancy was this person!
    I’ll never forget her sweet personality, her smile last time I saw her, she was my patient and even in sickness she remained constant!
    Rest In Peace Nancy

  22. Larry & Jenny Sherer December 9, 2021 at 11:44 am

    We are so sorry to learn of your Mothers passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  23. Phyllis Millikan December 9, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was such a good and very helpful neighbor and friend to my Mother. I know she will be greatly missed. Sending my condolences to all as I try not to go into crowds with all the COVID. Thinking of you.
    Phyllis Millikan

  24. Cindi Shirar and family December 9, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    So sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She will truly be missed by so many!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!! Praying for comfort and healing for you all!

  25. Rox Hodenfield December 9, 2021 at 2:20 pm

    Dearest Clossin family, Our hearts are filled with sadness at the loss of “Mrs. Nancy”, the name our children knew her as. She was such a loving soul and beautiful lady. She will always remain in the hearts of the Hodenfield family. Much love and strength to you all.
    Love, KC, Rox, Cameron and Ruby Hodenfield

  26. Carol Scott December 9, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Thinking and praying for all of you during this difficult time. With Deepest Sympathy!

  27. Carol Reents December 9, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    I never knew your mother except recognizing her name. Your obituary telling her story was beautiful and thanks for sharing. She must have been quite a lady. My condolences in the loss of your mother.

  28. Julie Sagarsee December 9, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    What a wonderful, funny lady! It was my honor to help her these past few months. I will miss you Nancy “Lou”.. until we meet up in Heaven, I will hold fast to our talks and laughs! Ps.. thanks for teaching me how to make “good stuff”.
    Prayers and love to her “kids” and family.

  29. Ronda Walsh Schwab December 9, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    I’m thinking of you with love and joy! I have memories of our families being together that I treasure. I regret I am out of tow and will not be able to attend Nancy’s celebration of life.

  30. Jan Kersey December 9, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    So sad to read the news of your mothers passing. She was so loved by her children and many others. My prayers go out to all of you and especially Lisa, Mike and Pete. Your memories will be a testament of her love for you all.

  31. Chuck Lanman December 9, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Mike, Carol, Bill, Lisa, and Pete, My sympathy goes out to you. Nancy was such a special person and neighbor to us. She and Hella were more like sisters than neighbors. Jim, Nancy, Hella and I had some good times and memories over the years. Nancy touched a lot of lives and if any of us had a worry, it was her worry also. She will be missed. MY fondest memory was her love of chocolate. I always made sure I took her favorite chocolate when I went to visit her.

  32. Linda Benge December 10, 2021 at 8:57 am

    The world is better for having you in it, Nancy. You always welcomed with a smile and a hug and the question, ” you want something to eat, or drink?” Genuine graciousness! You exemplified that generation of women who put their families and home first. You persevered through everything. You sent me a card with frail handwriting and called me “your little friend.” I treasure that and treasure you. Enjoy Heaven, Nancy. See you when I get there! LOVE, Prayers, and HUGS to you all…Michael, Carol, Lisa, Bill, Pete and families.

  33. Jackie Meiers Funk December 10, 2021 at 9:08 am

    Dear Clossin Family,
    My heartfelt sympathy to you with the passing of your mother. I am so sorry for your loss. Regardless of age or circumstances, the death of our moms is a profound event in our lives. What a wonderful tribute you wrote in her honor! Thank you for sharing the delightful memories. I am grateful to have early childhood memories of being with you at Grandma Nettie’s. Something I carry close in my heart. May you all be comforted by the love of family and friends as you go about the days and weeks to come.
    Warm regards, Jackie

  34. Doug and Lisa Hines December 10, 2021 at 10:38 am

    We are heartbroken to read of your mother’s passing!!! She was a wonderful person, and always had a smile on her face!! The stories of her life have given us a whole new respect for her and brought a smile to our face!! We send you our love and prayers as you face the days ahead!! Much love, Doug and Lisa Hines

  35. Ron Bedt December 10, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Nancy was always very kind to me. I am sad to hear of her passing. Heaven just got one incredible person.

  36. Steve and Mary Andrews December 10, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Our condolences to the Clossin family. Nancy was so kind to us scripture kids growing up and very interested in our lives as adults, too. Your mom’s heartfelt obituary was so full of love and happy memories. Let those memories keep her spirit alive and bring you comfort during this difficult time. With our love, Steve and Mary

  37. Teri Pletch Miller December 10, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Dear Clossin Family,
    Thank you for unselfishly sharing your mother with me for all these years. I met her when moonlighting from my teaching job when we worked together at the Key West Shrimp House. She taught me how to be a waitress, bartender, and hostess. We stayed in touch, and when Mike came back, our delightful friendship continued. I don’t think she noticed I wasn’t one of her children, and I never reminded her I wasn’t. She would always, as long as she was able, make my favorite cookie, Mexican wedding cakes. Our conversations were full of laughter and occasionally tears. She wasn’t afraid to give me advice either. We worked side by side on theatre projects from costumes to props to stage work. I left Frankfort in 2007, and we have faithfully stayed in touch. She was beautiful, kind, and full of love, honesty, and courage. I will miss our phone calls and visits. My condolences come to you with some envy. You were so very fortunate to have her, and she left her thumbprints on each of you, and when I look at each of you I see her smile and zest for life and love. Holding you all close in my heart.

  38. Sandy Rudd December 11, 2021 at 10:07 am

    My condolences to the family on your loss. Nancy was such the sweetest and most elegant lady. I am so blessed to have cared for her these last couple months. Our little talks and shared memories for the love of her children and how she loved to cook and entertain. I witnessed so much love from her family to help their sweet Mom to stay comfortable in her home. I will continue comforting prayers for the family….love Sandy

  39. Those Bewleys December 11, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Sending you all love & light.

  40. Connie December 11, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    I am so very sorry and praying for you all. So many wonderful memories of your mom, she will be hugely missed by so many!

  41. Jane Kinslow Werner December 11, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Dear Clossin family, My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother.

  42. Dan Shearer December 12, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was a great person.

  43. Cheryl and Robin Ammon December 12, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Dear Clossin family,
    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. We will always remember her with a smile on her face and a hug to give. She has such strength and courage, an inspiration to all. Loved reading the stories in the obituary, made us smile.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Robin and Cheryl Ammon

  44. Glenda Harmon December 12, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Sending my sincere sympathy to all of you on the loss of your mother. Her story tells all the beautiful memories you have of her, may that carry you through your grief in the days ahead. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

  45. Stacey Martin December 13, 2021 at 11:52 am

    I am so sorry I can not make it up to calling today. To many conflicts. I did not know Nancy personally but I know she has some great kids. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I’m sure she will be missed by her family and friends.

  46. Jim Strode December 13, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Carol and family your loving mother was such a very nice and kind person who always had a kind word to say about all. Also my cousin Shirley from Oregon who she went to school with and has keep in touch from afar sends her love and hugs to all. RIP Nancy good prayers to all. Jim and Margie Strode

  47. Julia Chriswell (Orr) December 14, 2021 at 12:05 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss! I knew your grandmother, Bettie! She was my grandmother’s best friend! Ethel Stroup, they worked together in OB at the hospital! I got to know your beautiful, sweet, and kind mother! I did her hair for many years! All of your family were blessed to have a mother like her!

  48. William Davey December 14, 2021 at 12:08 am

    My condolences to you and your family.

  49. Tom & Barb Like December 14, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Carol and Jeff, God be with you both and give you strength at this time.

  50. Deanna Freeman May 17, 2022 at 7:15 am

    I am very sorry to learn of the loss of Nancy Jane. My mom and Nettie were friends for many years. I believe Nettie assisted in my birth. Nancy was always so sweet and even though we didn’t see each other often, she made me feel special. I want to extend my sympathy to the family. You had a wonderful mom. Warm regards, Deanna Freeman

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