Nancy Fouks is the first face many see when they enter O’Connell funeral homes. Her empathetic presence provides a bright spot for many members of the community. She also brings beauty to the whole community, by planting the gardens in the city parks.
What brought you to O’Connell?
I have been contacted by O’Connell’s to see if I would be interested in being a hostess. Tom O’Connell asked me to give him two weeks and see what I thought about it. I explained to her that I cried watching ads about homeless dogs and questioned my ability to hold back tears at the funeral home. He reassured me that it was normal to show emotion.
I didn’t need a two week trial. I knew after having made two visits that this job suited me perfectly!
What do you like about your role there?
I love people and stand by their side as they face their difficult losses. The O’Connell staff are like family to me. We work very closely as a team. They are the best.
When people look around town, what gardens have you created?
The city gardens that I maintain are Lakefront, Prospect Park, Williams Park, and Corky’s Pier.
Why do you want to get involved in these community efforts?
I like to get involved because I’m with two of my favorite things… people and flowers.
What impact do you hope these efforts will have on the community?
I hope the people of Hudson and the surrounding communities find O’Connell’s as a very caring personal funeral home. It is a family business with deep roots in the community. I was mentored by the best funeral director, Tom O’Connell.
I hope the gardens provide the community with the beauty of Mother Nature at its best.