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January 17, 2014

Nancy Jean Snodgrass Kempf

Naples, Fla.

Nancy Jean Snodgrass Kempf, Naples, Fla. has found rest on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Nancy slipped peaceably away in her sleep in Naples, Fla.

Nancy led a long and active life and touched many other lives in extraordinary loving ways.  She met her lifetime partner, Tom, while attending Jeffersonville High School. Upon marriage, Nancy was blessed with four children and began her first career of loving (and very busy) Mother. Afterwards, she began a career at the Jeffersonville Court House under John Gelhaus, working as Deputy Voter Registration and Records Administrator. She was integral in the founding of T. Kempf Co. Inc., a local construction and development firm, and the U-Stor-It Mini-Warehouse chain. With her husband Tom, Nancy enjoyed many years of successful business which has left many a wonderful mark on the community. Nancy enjoyed many varied interests through the years. She was very active in animal rescue, including many dogs, cats, several chickens, a billy goat and one pig! Another of Nancy’s most heartfelt accomplishments was the initiation of the Clark County Youth Shelter. She was also an avid fishing companion with her husband, Tom. These fishing adventures included trips throughout Florida, Acapulco, the Great Lakes area, and Canada, with many wonderful stories resulting. Nancy was a great sports fan following her teams, which included Jeffersonville High School, Indiana University and University of Notre Dame.  In her later years she enjoyed her wonderful home with Tom in Naples, Fla., talking with her many friends “back home”. Naturally, Nancy surrounded herself with her pet schnauzer Abby and two cats, Murphy and Charlie.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Thomas William Kempf, Sr.; and four children, Thomas Kempf Jr. and his wife, Patty, Susan LeMay and her husband, Chris, Steven and Kathy Kempf. Nancy is also survived by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Katherine Snodgrass of Port Fulton, IN.

 A mass in her honor will be celebrated at a  later date.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made through donations to the Animal Protection Association (APA) of Jeffersonville,, or any organization promoting the welfare of animals.

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