Meet the TXINS Team – Nancy Novosad Pfeil

nancy-pfeilNancy Novosad Pfeil has been with TXINS for 10 years. She is extremely knowledgeable in Personal Lines and is seen as the “go-to gal” for advice and guidance. Nancy has a warm and giving personality and is quick to lend a hand if help is needed. She has an incredible inner strength and we grow more thankful for her each and every day.

 

 

 

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My wonderful and loving husband Calvin. He stood by me through my cancer treatment and I don’t know what I’d do without him. He means the world to me!

  1. How long have you been with TXINS?

I started working for TXINS in August 2004. Two weeks after I started I began attending classes to receive my Accredited Customer Service Representative designation. In January 2006 I finally received my ACSR. I continued to take classes and in June 2007 I received my license to be a General Lines Agent for Property and Casualty. I’ll be completing my Texas Independent Insurance Advisor (TIIA) designation later this year. It’s been a wonderful 10 years with Texas Insurance!

  1. What is your favorite thing about working for TXINS?

Definitely the caring leadership and the family atmosphere. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2013. I was very grateful that I was allowed to take an extended leave of absence for my surgeries, doctors’ appointments, and treatments. When I returned, I was fortunate to have my same job at my same desk…it was one less thing I had to worry about. I thank God every day that I work for such caring people.

Me holding my precious granddaughter Madison at a family wedding in Dripping Springs in October 2014. My mother, Marie, and hubby, Calvin, are sitting next to me.

Me holding my precious granddaughter Madison at a family wedding in Dripping Springs in October 2014. My mother, Marie, and hubby, Calvin, are sitting next to me.

  1. What are your hobbies?

I really enjoy baking, especially in the winter when it’s cold outside. It makes my house feel more cozy. I love the smell of fresh baked bread, cookies, and other treats. I also really enjoy sewing and crafting.

  1. Tell us about your family.

I became a widow in June 2001 when I lost my first husband, Marty Novosad, to cancer. I thought I’d never remarry. But I met a new friend at my church that I connected with and we began dating. When I was diagnosed with cancer he stuck by me through what I call “the good, the bad, and the ugly”. I told him I wouldn’t blame him if he didn’t want to see me anymore but he wouldn’t hear of it. He never left my side. I married this wonderful man, Calvin Pfeil, in December 2013. I cherish the love we share and I am grateful to him for all he has given me.

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Calvin and I at the Relay for Life Walk in Wharton this past October. Together, we walked more than 6 laps around the football field (not consecutively)!

My son Chris works for Amazon and he and my daughter-in-law Amber have given me two beautiful granddaughters, Kendall (3) and Madison (6 months). They live in Washington. My daughter Sara is an Education Diagnostician in Katy. She is married to Brock, who is in banking. They have given me two more beautiful grandchildren, Madelyn (13) and Zachary (11).

I am fortunate that I still have my mom, Marie Hlozek. She is 89 years old and lives in El Campo so I am able to see her all of the time.

When I married Calvin my family grew! Neither one of us like using “stepchildren” so I say I have three additional children. My extended family includes my son Adam and his wife Tammy, another son Jeffrey and his wife Julie, and my daughter Staci. My additional grandchildren are Kami, Lucas, Brady, Justin and my great-grandson Riley. I love each of them to pieces!

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The Novosad grandkids on Christmas Eve 2014. From left to right are Kendall (3), Madelyn (13), Maddie (4 months) and Zach (11). They call me Momo.

  1. What are some of your favorite things?

I don’t really have one specific favorite food but I love my mom’s Czech apple dumplings. And I can never turn down Mexican food. My favorite color is pink (any shade) but the two colors I don’t like are purple and orange. I’m not a big sports fan but I do enjoy watching my grandkids play softball, baseball, football, or go bowling.

  1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I wish I could turn back time. I would change a lot of the things I did in the past, namely taking things for granted, specifically my family and my life in general.

Calvin and I visited a beautiful winery in Washington State when we visited my son and his family last August. The wine was delicious!

Calvin and I visited a beautiful winery in Washington State when we visited my son and his family last August. The wine was delicious!

  1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

I actually wanted to be two things. First I wanted to be a homemaking teacher because I wanted to teach students how to sew and cook because I enjoyed them so much. Second I wanted to be a flight attendant so I could travel the world.

  1. What’s still on your “bucket list”?

I definitely want to travel more. I’d love to return to the Czech Republic, where my mother was born, and also visit the area where my father’s parents were from.

  1. Where’s your favorite place to relax and unwind?

I’m pretty easy-going. I just want to sit in my recliner and watch the original N.C.I.S. marathons. I would watch that show 24/7! I have all seasons on DVD.

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Me at my very last chemo treatment on October 31, 2013. The saying on my shirt has become my mantra…Celebrate Life! Now that I’m in remission, I try to live every moment to the fullest!

  1. What is your favorite movie?

“Heaven Knows Mr. Allison”. It’s an old movie with Robert Mitchem and Deborah Kerr. It’s just a good, clean movie with no bad language. Very rare these days!

  1. What’s something most people don’t know about you?

My dad was stationed in Czechoslovakia during WWII. While there he met my mom. She’s what they call a “war bride”. My mom took me and my two older sisters to Czechoslovakia in 1969 when I was 14 years old and I met my grandfather for the first time. That is a very special memory for me. While there, I also met my two aunts and other relatives. One of my cousins, also 14 at the time, had a friend who wanted an American pen pal. We’ve been corresponding in Czech for 45 years now…he doesn’t know any English at all. I visited him there in 1971 and again in 1980.

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The Pfeil grandkids. From left to right: Justin (2), Kami (23), Riley (3), Lucas (11) and Brady (7). Riley is my only great-grandson.

  1. If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

First, I would wish for a much safer world for our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to grow up in. There is too much violence in the world today.

Second, I would wish for a cure for all types of cancer and other horrific diseases. I pray that none of my family members ever have to their live life battling a horrible disease.

Third, on a more selfish note, I would wish that my children and grandchildren who live in Washington would move to Texas so I could see them more often. I really miss them!

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