ROCKINGHAM, Vt. – Nancy Elizabeth Narkiewicz, 94, of Rockingham passed away on Oct. 7, 2017, at Springfield Rehab with her loving daughters by her side.
Nancy was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Bellows Falls, Vt., to parents Flora and Reuben Merrill. She was the first of their 10 children. She attended local schools and later worked for many years at Robertson Paper Company. In September 1945, she married the love of her life, Jacob Narkiewicz of Pine Banks Road in Westminster, Vt. Together, they managed Jacob’s honey business (Riverside Apiaries) and raised their family up near Herrick’s Cove.
Surviving Nancy are her two daughters, Mary Narkiewicz of Bellows Falls, Vt., and Carol Heady of Bellingham, Wash. Also surviving are son-in-law Raymond Heady and sisters Barbara Nichols, Madeline Taylor, Arlene Blake and Lorna Merrill, as well as numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family.
Our mother Nancy had a long and beautiful life. She was a “people person.” It seemed that everyone was her friend. She was a great dancer, a snappy dresser, a passionate collector of trinkets and tchotchkes, loved listening to music, and watching television and movies. She loved babies and animals (especially cat friend Gwendolyn). Back in the day, she could be found in T-Bird socializing with a group of friends. In recent years, she had a habit of waving to say hello to anyone who might be around – whether she knew them or not! Bellows Falls’ hot spots, goings-on, people and places were the center of her life. She loved the village and surrounding areas.
Two or three trips to visit daughters in Washington and Oregon were major events back in the 1980s. “Seattle is the cleanest city I have ever seen,” she often said admiringly. One of her favorite places in the world was Newport, Vt., where she spent summers near Lake Memphremagog with her Aunt Nan and Uncle John back in the 1930s. And all along these many life paths she was taking photographs. She filled dozens of photo albums.
Nancy’s charming personality, vitality and infectious laughter will always be remembered, along with her gentle, tender spirit. Oh how we loved her! How we hated to say goodbye! But there is a peace in knowing her recent struggle is over.
Thank you to all the compassionate and capable people at Sterling House, Springfield Rehab and Bayada Hospice, who took such loving care of Nancy. You can rest now, Dear Mother.
There will be calling hours 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Fenton & Hennessey Funeral Home in Bellows Falls, Vt. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls on Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. Burial at Oak Hill Cemetery following funeral service. Refreshments at Sacred Heart social center after the burial.