Nancie Jo Bauer cartwheeled into life on June 8, 1955 as the daughter of Ted and Jean Bauer. Nancie grew up in Holt and lived and worked there her entire life. She left an indelible mark on family, friends and students.
Life for Nancie came to a close on June 25, 2021 and we are grateful for the many things she shared with us and the memories she created.
From the time she was a young child, Nancie wanted to be a teacher. She had a school set up in the basement of her house, and the neighborhood children remember playing school. Nancie was always the teacher.
She graduated from Holt High School in 1973 and from Michigan State University in 1992 with a BS in Physical Education and Exercise Science which she counted as one of her proudest accomplishments.
She worked at Holt Public Schools in several capacities beginning in 1991 and began teaching in 1995. Nancie considered herself fortunate to have a career which she loved, and it showed in her classes where her influence was felt by thousands of students. She had a passion for helping people of all ages lead healthy lives and students across the years will long remember her “magic apple” reward for healthy practices.
As a result of her innovative kinetics teaching which empowers students to become healthier in a fun environment and her devotion to a healthy lifestyle, Nancie was presented with the Governor’s Fitness Award – Champion for Health in 2013.
Her students were the joy of her life and Nancie loved each one of them, and in turn she was the light of their lives. That light will shine on forever through them.
Nancie loved dance from the time she was in her first dance class at the age of three. She founded the Nancie Bauer Dance Studio in 1978, and for the next 28 years, she taught thousands of children to love dance. Her annual recitals will long be remembered with joy by her students, their families and Nancie’s family and friends.
Nancie loved her beautiful home and pool, doing yard work and planting flowers, spending time with her children and grandchildren, sipping a glass of wine on her deck with her women friends and enjoying sunsets in South Haven.
She will be deeply missed by her parents, Jean and Ted Bauer, who she adored and admired, and her two sons who were the loves of her life: Nicholas (Jenn) Spyke and Joey Spyke. She especially loved and doted on her grandchildren Joss and Theo Spyke who adored their “Gugu.”
Nancie was the beloved sister of Joan Bauer of Lansing, MI and Joe (Liz) Bauer of Basalt, CO, and aunt to Trent, Anna and Megan Bauer who live in Colorado. She is survived also by many extended family and friends.
An open house will be held Wednesday, August 4, 2021 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at the Hidden Gem Event Venue, 4230 Charlar Drive, Holt. The family invites you to stop by to celebrate Nancie’s life and share memories of this very special woman.
In lieu of flowers, and to help keep Nancie’s passions alive, donations can be made to ahealthieramerica.org, elesplace.org or the Holt Community Foundation Nancie Bauer scholarship fund, 6419 Beecher Rd., Flint, MI 48532, holtcommunity.org. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.