In Memory

Nancy Carolyn Heyer

Nancy Carolyn Heyer

NANCY C. HEYER, NURSE, VIETNAM VETERAN: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

Buffalo News, The (NY) - Wednesday, April 10, 2002


A memorial Mass for Nancy C. Heyer of Grand Island, a nurse and Vietnam veteran, was offered today in Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church.

Ms. Heyer, 56, died Sunday (April 7, 2002) in Sisters Hospital after a long illness.

She was project manager of the Women & Children's Health Research Foundation of Children's Hospital, raising funds for research, until taking disability retirement in 1999.

Earlier, she was an infection-control practitioner at Sisters Hospital, assistant director of nursing at the American Red Cross and a public health nurse for the Erie County Health Department and the Episcopal Long-Term Home Health Care Program.

A native of Dekalb, Ill., Ms. Heyer graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Phoenix and joined the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam. She retired as a captain in 1977.

She Heyer moved to Buffalo to complete her bachelor's degree in nursing at D'Youville College. She later earned a master's degree in epidemiology from the University at Buffalo, where she had nearly completed her doctoral degree.

"Nancy was noted for her sense of humor," said a longtime friend, Sister Donna M. Lord, chaplain at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. "A special touch with children was also one of Nancy's gifts. Her hobbies were gourmet cooking for friends and enjoying her pet golden retrievers."

For many years, Ms. Heyer was a Eucharistic minister at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where she also ministered to homebound people.

Survivors include her companion, Shirley A. Lord.


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06/07/13 04:58 PM #1    

Barbara Ann Ludy (Griffin)

I really can't stand it to see so many of "The Marching 100" listed here. I have so many fond memories of our band days and band marchng practices, and trying to revive ourselves with cokes at Ritchies Drivein, with Marilyn, Nancy, Paul and me. Sadly, that was many moons ago.


01/27/14 08:50 PM #2    

Marilyn Romine (Huffman)

Nancy was a good friend and my walking partner at graduation.  I met her in band where she was a clarinet player.  Chances are if you weren't in band, you didn't know Nancy.  That's because if she weren't in class or at evening band practice, she was at work.  She was on her own with no family support and no time for many care-free teen activities.   High school was a tough time for her.

Nancy may not have had much, but she had a witty sarcastic sense of humor, the faith of a Catholic convert, and a dream of becoming a nurse.  And, as it turns out, she had what it took to overcome tremendous odds!

I'll miss her at our reunion.  I'd love to be able to tell her how very proud I am of her. 

Thank you to Guy Ferstl for finding out about my friend, Nancy, for me.

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