KISSIMMEE, Fla., July 1, 2011 – Kissimmee Utility Authority is saddened to announce the death of former chairwoman Nancy F. Gemskie who passed away Friday evening at the age of 63. She is survived by her husband, Kissimmee City Commissioner Jerry Gemskie, and three adult stepchildren.
“We are deeply saddened by Nancy’s death,” said Jim Welsh, KUA president and general manager. “Those of us who knew her respected her as a civic leader with an inexhaustible passion for this community. I can’t begin to express the great personal loss to me, as well as to the entire KUA family.”
The retired president and CEO of a Chicago, Ill.-based insurance company, Gemskie moved to Kissimmee in 1995 and joined the utility board in 2000 as its first female member. In her 10 years on the board, she served as director, assistant secretary, secretary, vice chairwoman and chairwoman.
Gemskie also served the electric utility industry as a member of the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council as well as other board and committee positions with APPA, the Florida Municipal Electric Association and the Florida Municipal Power Agency. She was the 2009 recipient of APPA’s Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award and was named FMEA’s Member of the Year in 2004.
In recognition of her decade of service, the boards of directors of KUA and FMPA in 2010 paid tribute to Gemskie by naming the fourth generating unit at its Cane Island Power Park in her honor. The $479 million, 300-megawatt generating unit will be formally dedicated on August 24.
Gemskie previously served on the City of Kissimmee’s Board of Adjustments and as risk management consultant for the advisory board that oversees Kissimmee’s municipal airport.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent