Former Lakeville City Council member dies

Many remember Nancy Enright for her kindness

A longtime Lakeville public official who helped manage and plan city development in a time of unprecedented growth died Jan. 20 at Our Lady of Peace Home in St. Paul.

Nancy Enright, 77,  served on the Lakeville Park and Recreation Committee from 1974-1977 and was a Planning Commission member from 1978 until August 1981 when she was appointed to the Lakeville City Council. She served on the council through 1989.

Former Mayor Duane Zaun called Enright “one of the most wonderful people ever to serve on the City Council.”

“She was very understanding,” Zaun said. “She would listen to a lot of concerns. She was a very compassionate person, a wonderful human being.”

Former Lakeville Parks and Recreation Director Steve Michaud described Enright as humble and “fun to be around.”

“She is one of my favorite City Council members of all time,” Michaud said. “She was always smiling. She always had a positive spirit around her.”

He said she served as a balance on the City Council, directing wandering conversations and encourage thoughtful review of the issues.

“People were screaming for parks, trails and ball fields,” Michaud said. “She always wanted us to slow down, analyze everything and make the right decision.”

She is most remembered for kindness and compassion.

“She was a wonderful lady,” Lakeville City Clerk Char Friedges said. “I loved her. She was very sweet and very pleasant to work with.”

Former City Council Member Pat Harvey said fellow council members always knew where she stood on issues.

“She was true to her goals,” he said, noting that she was more concerned about people than “whatever the ordinance said.”

Friedges said Enright was “passionate” about the parks system. Zaun said she always listened to people and cared about their concerns.

Lakeville Mayor Matt Little said he never had the opportunity to meet her, but added, “I’ve never heard a bad word uttered about her, which is a testament to her character.”

Enright is survived by her husband, Joseph; son, David; daughter, Rachael; grandsons, Mitchell Tompkins and Justin Enright.

At her request, no services will be held.