Nancy J. Wiers

Nancy Jane Wiers, a woman known for being the mother of the neighborhood, died Monday, June 21, 2021. Nancy, 81, of Kalamazoo, was born October 8, 1939, in Highland Park, MI, the daughter of William and Effie Grace (Dietz) Waldrop. On December 17, 1966, she married the love of her life, Gerald “Jerry” Wiers. Nancy and Jerry ran a youth foster care home out of their house and fostered over 200 children. All of the neighborhood children would come to their house for Nancy’s cooking. Upon the passing of her husband, Nancy at the age of 50 earned a bachelor’s degree from Olivet College in Business Administration. She later earned a master’s degree from Western Michigan University in Public Administration. Nancy went on to work for the State of Michigan as a Financial Analyst for 35 years, and she worked for many school districts throughout Mid-Michigan. Nancy was a proud lifelong member of the Order of The Eastern Star, she was a member of numerous chapters throughout the state. She served as the past grand organist for 25 years. Nancy was also awarded the Worthy Matron 10 times. She also served as the Grand Treasurer for the Grand Chapter OES of Michigan. In her free time Nancy enjoyed reading, watching NCIS, playing the organ and piano, knitting, crocheting, traveling, collecting anything with ladybugs, and her dogs. Her biggest pride of her life was her husband Gerald “Jerry” and her grandchildren
Nancy is survived by her sons, Michael (Melissa) Wiers, Mark (Janie) Wiers; grandchildren, Steven (Emily Wise) Wiers, Ashlyn Wiers, Logan Wiers, Morgan Wiers, Jake Gibson, Maria Gibson, Paul Gibson, Becca (Michael Schultes) Mastin, and Travis Jones; daughter-in-law, Tammie Gibson-Lea; special friend, Larry Hoekstra; and numerous foster children. She was predeceased by her dear husband, Gerald “Jerry,” parents; and her son, Tony Gibson.
Friends are encouraged to support Nancy’s family by sharing memories on her tribute page at A graveside service will be held at Riverside cemetery in Bellevue, Mich. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 11 a.m. If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to The Alzheimer’s Association. The family is in the care of Pray Funeral Home, Charlotte.