Nancy C. Bloomfield
Nancy Carol Eichstaedt Bloomfield peacefully passed away on Good Friday, March 29, 2013 at her home at Montclair Park in Shreveport, LA. She was 82 years old. In the eyes of her four children, Pat, Tim, Kathryn and Theresa, she was the most beautiful woman that ever lived. With her high cheekbones, flawless skin, bright white smile and one of a kind laugh, Nancy was the sweetest and most generous mother, grandmother, great grandmother and above all, wife. As Cody George, her grandson, so innocently said, Grandma Nancy now honeymoons with Grandpa George in heaven.
Nancy was born on April 6, 1930 in Chicago, IL to Carl Ludwig Eichstaedt and Pearl Irene Hand. She grew up with her older sister Elaine and younger brother Carl in the Irving Park neighborhood of Chicago. A graduate of Carl Schurz High School, now a designated Chicago Landmark, in 1947 Nancy then attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College in Dekalb, IL where she met her soul mate, George Arthur Bloomfield, Jr., a soon to be TWA and later a distinguished USAF pilot. They married on August 8, 1952. Following a grand reception at the Ridgemoor Country Club ("the" wedding per her brother Carl), George and Nancy then began their storied life together in Salina, KS where George flew in the USAF. According to legend, Nancy would race her husband down the runway driving an MG as George was taking flight. Having the perfect disposition for an elementary school teacher and a stickler for correct grammar, Nancy continued her teaching career as she loved making a difference in children's lives.
As an Air Force family, the Bloomfields lived in and traveled to many places around the world. The Bloomfield children and Napoleon, a beloved Newfoundland dog, experienced several camping trips throughout Europe. It was, to say the least, an incredible way to grow up - to develop an early appreciation for history and culture.
While on these sojourns, Nancy always had a unique and distinct eye for interesting antiques, carpets, knick knacks and jewelry. She even took advantage of the opportunity to make brass rubbings from the most obscure churches in the British Isles, now a prohibited practice in the spirit of preservation. Nancy herself was a great interior decorator and exquisitely decorated the families' home, inside and out, on Country Club Drive in Shreveport.
After George retired from the USAF, George and Nancy bought a farm near Ringgold and attempted a new style of life, raising cattle. The children, except for one, loved the land, cows, barn, corral, horse and pony. However, Nancy, after a few visits, remained content to live in the "city" instead of the silver Air Stream trailer. Having moved to Louisiana in 1971 from Chicago, George and Nancy never left. Eventually, Nancy embraced the Louisiana spirit, and learned to enjoy gumbo, crawfish and an occasional LSU or Tulane football game, although the Illini, Bears and Cubs remained her teams.
Together for 57 years until George's passing, the glamour couple (George liked to joke that he resembled Paul Newman) lived long adventurous fun filled lives together. They both loved to play card games, (except a trading game called Pit wherein George pleaded for his children to be quiet on road trips), throw St. Patrick's Day parties, travel to interesting cities, attend the Shreveport Symphony, Shreveport Opera and local play productions and, of course, fly in George's Cessna or Beech Bonanza.
Perhaps a little shy deep down, Nancy was content to be a homemaker. She loved to make gorgeous salads, presentation always a key. She made jello and cool whip desserts from recipes in Family Circle magazine. She always adjusted the sprinkler outside, before relaxing in her lawn chair with a good book. She enjoyed several art classes from the Barnwell and took up china painting. Later, Nancy loved to go to aerobics classes at the Broadmoor YMCA, take long walk around South Highlands and hit the Barnes and Noble bookstore once Starbucks came to town.
Nancy will be missed. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Arlington National Cemetery on November 25, 2013.
She leaves behind her 2 siblings Elaine and Carl; her 4 children, Pat and his wife Betsy and their children Nick, his son Mason, Carolyn, Laura and Kevin; Tim and his wife Joan, their daughter Shauna and her husband Roman and their children Bailey and Peyton; Kathryn; and Theresa and her husband Scott and their children Jackson and Cody.
The Family would like to thank the staff at Montclair Park together with Nancy's new friends, Rosalind, Toni and Etta. Finally, her grandson Jackson will always remember Grandma Nancy's cinnamon toast.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.hillcrestmemorialfh.com
Published in Shreveport Times on Nov. 17, 2013