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Creator of popular 'Sewing With Nancy' show dies of cancer

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BEAVER DAM (WKOW)  –  Nancy Zieman, the beloved host and co-producer of “Sewing With Nancy," died Tuesday at her home in Beaver Dam after a battle with cancer. 

“This is a profound loss,” said Mike Schuster, general manager of Nancy’s Notions in a news release. "Nancy Zieman was more than an educator and entrepreneur. She was our friend. She served as an inspiration, and her spirit will always be at the core of what we do. Nancy influenced so many lives with her compassion and grace. Our thoughts are with her family and all those she touched on her journey."

Zieman served as an icon, a leader and a visionary in the sewing world. She paved the way for many other women to become entrepreneurs and business owners. In 1979, she founded Nancy’s Notions, based in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. After a long battle with cancer, Nancy passed away at home surrounded by family on November 14,2017. A private service is planned with family and close friends.

"Nancy Zieman was a genuinely kind and generous person," said Kathy Gittus, vice president of digital and print production. "She inspired the people she worked with and the millions who watched her public television show. We will miss her."

Warehouse manager John Nickel said he is grateful to Nancy and her husband Richard for giving him the chance to work for them.

"I would not be where I am today if it weren't for them," Nickel said.

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