Nancy LeHew-Krogsund

Nancy LeHew-Krogsund, 85 of Front Royal, Virginia passed away Saturday, February 13 after a courageous battle with cancer. Nancy was born to Roy and Georgiann Richardson on November 25, 1935 in Vicker, Virginia. When Nancy was two, the family moved to Front Royal. Nancy graduated from Warren County High School in 1954. She received a BA in Art and Education from Mary Washington College in 1958. In 1988, Nancy received her Masters Degree in Studio Art from New York University. During this time, she had the great opportunity to study in Venice, Italy for two summers, Paris, France for one summer, and New York City for one summer. Nancy was a beloved art teacher for Warren County Public Schools, inspiring thousands of young people before her retirement in 1991. She received the Virginia Art Educator of the Year Award in 1988.

Nancy was very dedicated to her community. She was a member of the Blue Ridge Arts Council where she served as President from 1990-1994. She was awarded the Arts Citizen of the Year in 1997 and at this time the Nancy R. LeHew Scholarship was created to honor Nancy’s love of arts in the community. This scholarship is given each year to two graduating seniors who display the love of art just as Nancy did. She was also a member of the Warren Heritage Society and served as President. She was a member of the Beautification Committee in Front Royal and Warren County. Nancy was also an enthusiastic member of the Warren County Garden Club, winning dozens of blue ribbons for her creative arrangements. She became a certified judge for The Virginia State Garden Club and traveled Virginia judging garden shows. Nancy served on the Town of Front Royal Board of Architectural Review.

When Nancy wasn’t volunteering, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Nancy had a love for people and a true gift and passion for entertaining. Nancy was captivated by the beauty that surrounded her and her love for people made her the loving, gracious, creative person she was. Leaving behind her family who dearly loved her is her husband Jon Krogsund, a son Jeffrey LeHew and wife Sondra, her daughter Wendy LeHew-Condrell and husband Dr. Bill Condrell, and five grandchildren Jay, Lindsay and Nicholas LeHew, Jade and Gray Condrell. Nancy is also survived by her sister, Barbara Carr.

A service honoring Nancy’s life will be held Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, followed by a committal in the Garden at Calvary Episcopal Church and then a reception at The Blue Ridge Arts Council 305 E. Main Street in Front Royal where years of Nancy’s artwork will be displayed. Please join her family to celebrate her colorful world and the beautiful life she lived.

In lieu of flowers, you may send donations to the Blue Ridge Arts Council Nancy R. LeHew Scholarship Fund or the Calvary Episcopal Church.

  13 comments for “Nancy LeHew-Krogsund

  1. Bonnie Goad Kirkland
    February 18, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Jeff and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always one of my most favorite teachers of all. Not only was she my teacher but she was my friend. Sending prayers for all

    • Jim and Mary Kay Moose
      February 18, 2021 at 6:17 pm

      Dear Lehew family: Jim and I wish to send our deepest sympathy to all of you . Nancy was a significant part of our Warren County School faculty. We will never forget her, her smile, her Spirit, and her love of her art and her students. Her memory will live on with all who knew her . May her soul Rest In Peace.

      • Teresa Prince-Day
        February 18, 2021 at 8:14 pm

        My deepest sympathy to Wendy and Jeff. Your mom was beautiful both inside and out. I have fond memories of her art class.

  2. Cornelius and Braidwood Costello
    February 18, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Nancy was one of Front Royal’s most dedicated and hard working person. Knowing her for many years, she spent most of her time being committed to art, horses and other people, I never saw her show any anger or disappointment when doing her charitable endeavors. She was one of the sweetest , kindest resident in Front Royal.

  3. Janet Brome
    February 18, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    We send our condolences to Jon, Wendy and Jeff. Nancy was such a kind and classy lady! She touched many lives. We are grateful to have known her.
    Sincerely, Janet and Chuck Brome

  4. Prudence Mathews
    February 18, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Words can’t express it. She was my friend. So many good times.
    Much love to her family who loved her deeply.

  5. Peggy Rosenberry
    February 19, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to Wendy, Jeff , Jon and families in the loss of our most loved Nancy.
    There is an empty space in my heart and sorrow, however, there is also joy for having her in our lives. Wonderful memories!
    Pegger and Bill

  6. Pam and Bob Walling
    February 20, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Jeff and Sondra and family our prayers are with you. We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. As you celebrate your Mom’s life may God fill you with special memories of her giving you all comfort, strength, and peace during this time. We love you all!

  7. Maura Whitmore
    February 20, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was a lovely and gracious lady, with lots of vitality too! I am sorry for Jeff and Sondra, Wendy and Bill, and all of their extended families. I know you all will miss her greatly. I am sorry for the Front Royal community, as Nancy was a vibrant part of so many worthy groups. I am especially sorry for my father Jon, who was extremely happily coupled with Nancy for 27+ years. She was his “Little Darling”, and I know he misses her, but is grateful for their wonderful life together. My heartfelt condolences to all.

  8. Rich and Bonnie Sheahan
    February 20, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    Our condolences to Dad, Jon Krogsund, the LeHew family and the Condrell family.
    Nancy was a sweet and gracious woman who welcomed us into her family with love. She was the ultimate hostess and so generous with her time and sharing her knowledge and many wonderful stories. We will miss her and never forget the joy she brought us. Love you Nancy!

  9. Denise Eastham
    February 21, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Jeff, Wendy and family. My heart goes out to you. Simply, I just loved Nancy. I will cherish the happy memories of time and fun with her. A very special, loving, kind and gracious lady.

  10. Kelly Sheahan
    February 21, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    My condolences to all of Miss Nancy’s Virginian and Floridian family members; she was such a lovely and lively personality and will be greatly missed. When I make Rum Cake, re-pot orchids, divide hosta, work with acrylics/oils and in myriad other moments, I’ll remember her guidance.

  11. February 23, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Dear Jeff and Wendy,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Such a lovely lady and my favorite art teacher ever. Please let us know if you need anything. It would be good to catch up sometime. Drop me a note if you’d like to get together.

    Love to you both.

    Tom and Aracely Zinn

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