Nancy V. Robinson


GLENVIEW - Nancy V. (Ferguson) Robinson, 78, of Glenview passed away Sept. 28, 2021 at her home with her son, Eric Robinson and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Harder at her side.

Nancy’s life will be celebrated at a visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 Cicero Ave., Chicago and during a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Edgebrook Lutheran Church, 5252 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. She will be buried in Mendota at the Mauer family plot in Restland Cemetery alongside her brother, parents and grandparents.

Nancy was born Jan. 11, 1943 in Chicago to Margaret and Burton Ferguson. She is the granddaughter of Henry and Bertha Mauer and of the Ferguson-McNett family, all of Mendota. She married Dennis Robinson of Buffalo, N.Y. in 1965 and was divorced in 1975.

Survivors include her son, Eric N. Robinson and daughter-in-law, Jennifer L. Harder of Sacramento, Calif.; two grandchildren, Henry Robinson of Sacramento and Leigh Robinson of Los Angeles; two nieces, Krista Ferguson and Lori (Richard) Nitzsche; and Lori’s children, Rachel, Conlan and Ethan.

She was preceded in death by one brother, James Ferguson and her parents.

Nancy was a devoted mother who dedicated her life to rearing her son and to 32 years of public school teaching in East Main Township District 63. She grew up at 6557 N. Tahoma Ave. in the Edgebrook neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. After graduating in 1961 from Wayland Academy High School in Beaver Dam, Wis., she attended Western Michigan University, earned a B.A. in 1965 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and later earned a Master’s degree from National College of Education in Evanston. Meanwhile, she started teaching at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in 1969 and taught fourth grade at Washington Elementary School in Glenview for most of her career, before retiring in 2001. Nancy shared her enthusiasm for life-long learning, travel, sports and outdoor adventures with her family, students and many beloved friends. She traveled the world, hiked and camped the Rocky Mountains, skied Sierra Nevada powder at the age of 70, played tennis and golf, biked Chicago’s lakefront and the Botanical Gardens with her friends, enjoyed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, opera, ballet and theater productions large and small. Nancy’s zeal for life was fierce, particularly as she battled with Parkinson’s disease over the last three years.

For funeral information, phone (773) 736-3833 or visit Nancy’s memorial at