Reel’s Nancy Lasch starts new chapter in AZ

Nancy Lasch

With boundless
gratitude, we
offer a heartfelt
bon voyage to a
true champion of
keeping it Reel

Reel Chicago offers a heartfelt bon voyage to Nancy J. Lasch, who served as the magazine’s office manager, bookkeeper, and all around master of everything for nearly twenty years before announcing her retirement last month.

Nancy Lasch
Nancy Lasch

Raised in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, Nancy has been a member of Chicago’s film and advertising industry since she accepted a job duplicating and distributing television commercials for Modern Talking Picture Services (MGS) “right after high school.” After spending 17 years with the company, she opened the Chicago office for Multi-Media Services.

A short while later, the industry began to change and fortunately, it was just around that time in 2000 when she received an interesting request from Ruth Ratny, who was then still publisher of Screen Magazine.

“Ruth called and said, ‘Can you come over here and straighten my office?’”

Nancy had known Ruth since the mid 70’s, and the pair often went to lunch during her days at Multi-Media Services. She began working as office manager a couple of days each week for Ruth and then made the transition when Ruth sold Screen and founded Reel Chicago.

In addition to handling all of Ruth’s professional and personal financial matters, Nancy handled a variety of duties like performing sales, managing affairs, and sharing her love for cooking and baking.

“Ruth got all the leftovers,” she recalls.

Now, nearly two decades later, Nancy is heading to Arizona, where she intends to live about three months out of every year as a “snowbird.” But not until after Halloween, her favorite time of year. She will be joined by a handful of longtime Chicago friends and her significant other, Pete Calandra.

“The future now is a lot of R&R,” she says. “I’m going to take some cooking and baking classes that I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the time.”

Nancy plans on returning to Chicago each year to spend the Christmas season with her extended family.

Among the things on her to-do list before heading southwest is having a meal at Via Venito, one of her favorite Chicago Italian restaurants, which will be closing on November 3rd after serving patrons for 35 years. After recently meeting a cousin who found her through, Nancy also plans to research her own Czech and Italian roots, “when I find the time.”

Quick-witted, down-to-earth, and incomparably reliable, Nancy is an expert of business administration, a champion of keeping things real, and a loyal friend who will be missed by many in the Windy City, especially those of us at Reel Chicago.

With boundless gratitude, we wish her all the best.

  • My love and appreciation for my dear friend Nancy Lasch is immeasurable. Those who were close to Ruth knew that Nancy was Ruth’s right arm, both in keeping her organized, and keeping her well fed and healthy. When I stepped in to take over the Reel, it was Nancy who got me up to speed and turned a difficult and emotional time into a smooth transition. We would not have made it without her calm demeanor, her meticulously organized paperwork, and her amazing memory of the history of who’s who in Chicago production. Nancy, you deserve your R&R in beautiful Arizona. You will be missed but I couldn’t be happier for you.

  • Jacqueline Boland

    Best warm wishes Nancy , to you and Pete . Big hugs and love , Jackie Niemi Boland

  • Mel

    Ah, sweet Nancy your smile is contagious. And a well deserved well done. Wishing you a spectacular journey ahead Nancy love to you and yours and knows Ruth is with you every step of the way. Thank you for all you’ve done enjoy your time now xox Melanie

  • Mary Ann Sochacki

    All the best to you Nancy. Enjoy your new adventures! xo Mary Ann Sochacki