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Rev. William L. Nagy

May 27, 1930 - February 11, 2019

Rev. William L.  Nagy Rev. William L.  Nagy
    February 15, 2019 | 3:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
  • Congregational United Church of Christ
    40W451 Fox Mill Blvd
    St. Charles, Illinois
  • February 16, 2019 | 3:00 P.M.
  • Congregational United Church of Christ
    40W451 Fox Mill Blvd
    St. Charles, Illinois
  • Burial Location
    Private-Congregational United Church of Christ Memorial Garden

Rev. William L. Nagy, age 88, of St. Charles passed away Monday, February 11, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born May 27, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to William and Matilda Nagy.

Rev. Nagy graduated from Hirsch High School in Chicago and Elmhurst College in Elmhurst.  He attended Eden Seminary in Webster Grove, Missouri and was ordained in Chicago in 1956.  He served at churches in Evansville, Indiana, Foreston and Adeline, Illinois, Immanuel UCC in Bartlett, St. Paul UCC of Crystal Lake and finally for 23 years at the Congregational United Church of Christ in St. Charles.

For 27 years, he served as the Chaplain for the St. Charles Fire Department.  For 16 years, he was on the board of the Bensenville Home Society, 37 years as Director of Church Camps, he was on numerous committees in the church and in the community. In his retirement, he served as Chaplain at Pine Acres in Dekalb and as an interim pastor for several churches.  In 2018,  Rev. Nagy received the Chalice Award, the Chalice award is given to servants of the Church, either lay or clergy, who have served the Illinois Conference, one or more of the Associations of the Conference, and/or one or more local churches while also giving service in the larger community.

Rev. Nagy is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rozella, three children, Loren, Donald and Cheryl (Rev. Timothy) Rhodes, four grandchildren, Matthew (Bernadette) Nagy, Rev. Amanda (Kimberly) Nagy, Hannah Rhodes and Rachel Rhodes, two great grandchildren, Nash and Gunnar Nagy, a sister Barbara Lane and a sister-in-law, Celia Drake.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be held 3:00 P.M., Saturday, February 16th at Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Charles.  Interment will be in the church’s memorial garden.  Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 P.M. until the time of the service at church and Friday from 3-8:00 P.M. at the church.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd, St. Charles, Illinois 60175. or to the Pilgrim Park Retreat Expansion 26449  1340 N Ave Princeton, Il 61356-8790



Chris and J. Schmidt from St. Charles, IL

"We are so very sad to hear about Bill. He was a giving and gentle man who always extended himself to others. All our love goes to Rozella, Loren, Tim, Cheryl, grand- and great-grandkids."

Bill Wettengel from CORVALLIS, OR

"I'm so sorry to hear about Rev. Nagy. I will always remember how kind and generous he was over the years. I didn’t see him all that often but when I did he always treated me as if I had just seen him yesterday. He was a great guy and I will miss not seeing him again. To all the Nagy family my condolences."

Jane Grimaldi from St. Charles, IL

"Bill was a very kind and intelligent man who led by example. His positive, accepting attitude touched many lives. He will be missed."

Jim and Sue Wade from Elburn, IL

"We send our condolences to you and your family. Jim and Sue Wade"

Larry & Mary Ellen (Mueller) Winter from Alma, MO

"So sorry to hear about the passing of The Rev. Nagy. Rosella you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers."

Carol McIntyre from Las Cruces , NM

"To the Nagy and St Charles UCC family, I am saddened to learn of Bill's passing. Seems like yesterday when I arrive at the church on 214 Walnut St and met Bill on my first day working at Elderday Center. He made a huge impact on the community and will be missed by all Carol McIntyre, LCSW"

Teamous & Barbara Newberne from Spring, TX

"With much sadness we express our condolences for the loss of Bill, a true friend, one who lived his life through demonstration. Rest in peace my friend."

Delores A Kuenning from Moline, IL

"I am saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He and my husband were Eden Seminary classmates. My heart goes out to Rozella and family."

Joey Boyd from Cleveland, OH

"Rev. Nagy was my childhood pastor who played an important part in my family's life for decades. He was always so kind and generous with his time. Many fond memories and a long history. He will be missed and my prayers go out to Mrs. Nagy and the Nagy family."

Tom, Betty Comstock & family from Davis, IL

"Our thoughts of comfort to Rozella & Family. Like others, Bill was a big influence on our family. Tom enjoyed moments with Bill, as chaplain at the Fire Dept. Our children from their attendance at Swing Set, confirmation, and beyond, influenced life choices. Betty through the committees Bill always convinced were a fit, for service to the church."

Kathy Westman from Elburn, IL

"Deepest Condolences to the wonderful Nagy family. Rev Bill and Rozella have been a part of shaping our family through the church for four decades. Our children, our lives - we are so lucky to have Rev Bill love and guide us. Working on Mississippi River flood mission to setting up a renewed church nursery, support of fire victims in our town - Rev Bill was about our community, our lives and all ways of support and love. He was a model for us and a great Sox fan! He is missed."

Patricia Travis from PORTLAND, OR

"Bill you will be missed by all. You were an exemplary model of what a good man should be. I remember all the fun we had at LITTLE SCHOOL ROZELLA and Family my heart and Prayers go out to you. ROZELLA could you please contact me ??"

Kathy Green from Evanston, IL

"Bill was an amazing man. He will be remembered for his kindness, wisdom and uncanny ability to ensure everyone was affirmed and had a place in this world. I feel blessed to have known him when I was younger. I pray Don, Cheryl, Loren and their families are comforted by the many great memories and the holy spirit."

Elkin and Angela Pérez from Franklin Park , IL

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are sorry for your loss"

Jim Ledbetter from North Aurora, IL

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Rev. Nagy. I am honored to say I had the privelege to know Bill since he became chaplain of the St. Charles Fire Department. The Rev. Nagy was always there for others, his presence a calming and warming influence especially during times of extreme stress at the scene of many personal tragedies. I am sorry for your, and our loss."

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"A very fine man who was a tremendous disciple for our Lord. Always enjoyed conversations and discussions with Bill. Blessings and joyful healing graces' to the entire Nagy family. Ryland & Joey Utlaut"

John A Brown from Aurora, IL

"I am so sorry to hear of Rev. Bill's passing. I knew him when he was Chaplain of the STC Fire Department when my father (Wally Brown) was on the force. My thoughts and Prayers are with the family!"

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