Children's Champion Passes Away

posted 3/16/23 -- Children’s champion Nancy Sabath, who retired from the LCCAA Board of Directors last fall, passed away March 12.

Sabath, 82, served on the LCCAA Board for 10 years including chairing the Head Start Committee. She knew the program well.

“She just loved children and was very committed to early learning of children and child development,” said LCCAA CEO Jackie Boehnlein. “She truly made a positive impact on a lot of lives.”

Sabath’s career included several years working in LCCAA’s Head Start program in the 1990s. She served as the Early Childhood Services Coordinator from 1994 to 1997. She was Executive Director of the Oberlin Early Childhood Center from 1998 to 2006. From 2007 to approximately 2019, she was a preschool licensing coordinator with the Ohio Department of Education. She was appointed to the LCCAA board in October 2012.

“Words cannot express my appreciation for all Nancy did for us,” said Head Start Director Shauna Matelski, Ph.D. “She has been a champion for young children and an advocate for the Head Start program for over three decades.”

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Gary, as well as their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Immediate family celebrated Nancy’s life at a private religious service and burial. Friends and family will be invited to a memorial at a later date.

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