Mass of Christian Burial
Obituary of Nancy J Holdsworth
Holdsworth, Nancy J of West Seneca, NY passed peacefully on April 10, 2019 surrounded by friends and family. Devoted wife of the late Robert N. Holdsworth Sr.; Beloved mother of Robert Jr. (Sharon), Sharon (Anthony) Molik, Peter (Kathlyn), and Joanne (Andy) Zakowski; Loving Grandmother of Nick (Kaitlin) & Alex Holdsworth; Abby, Jesse, & Johanna Molik; Allison, Sam, Kelly, & Melanie Holdsworth; and Grace & Emma Zakowski; Sister of Peter (Patricia) Pellegrine, the late Robert & Norman Pellegrine, and Rose Scheda. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Friends will be received 2-7 pm Sunday, April 14 and 7-9 pm Monday, April 15 at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, same as Curtin Funeral Home, 1340 Union Rd. West Seneca, NY 14224 716-674-5776. Please assemble at Fourteen Holy Helpers 11 am Tuesday, April 16 for a Mass of Christian Burial, followed by procession to St. Cecelia’s Cemetery on Bartz Rd. in Strykersville. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Buffalo. Online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
Nancy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and devout practicing Catholic. From a very young age, Nancy developed a love for Browns Camp on Lake Ontario. She spent every summer there for as far back as her memory could reach. Lazy summer days were spent swimming, boating, and visiting with loved ones around the campfire each night.
Nancy met her husband Bob at Roswell Park Cancer Institute where they both worked. Nancy was in an elevator and Bob was running to catch it while asking her to hold the door. Evidently, Nancy was in too much of a hurry and let the elevator leave without him. Bob then sprinted up 3 flights of stairs to um … “express his opinion” and the rest as they say, is history.
They fell in love in spite of that awkward first meeting and were married on October 22, 1962.
Bob and Nancy had four children; Rob, Sharon, Peter and Joanne. All are married and living in western NY with their eleven grandchildren; Nick, Alex, Abby, Jesse, Johanna, Allison, Sam, Kelly, Melanie, Grace & Emma. She was known affectionately by all of them as “Meema.”
In her spare time, Nancy enjoyed listening to classical music, but she also enjoyed old country music, most likely because it reminded her of Bob. She also liked reading, crossword puzzles, playing solitaire on her laptop, jigsaw puzzles, and watching TV. Her favorite programs were crime dramas, Jeopardy, pretty much any musical especially The Sound of Music. Nancy was also a rabid Bills fan and never missed a game on TV. She was well known for jumping out of her seat during a big play and yelling, “Go! Go! Go!” at the television.
Nancy will not be remembered as an exceptional cook, but she was famous for a handful of staples. Her specialties were rhubarb pie, green Jell-O salad, mountains of Christmas cookies, canned tomatoes and fresh strawberry jam. There always seemed to be too many tomatoes and never enough jam. Around May of each year she would usually begin rationing the jam in an effort to carry her through to the end of June when we could pick fresh strawberries.
Nancy adapted to the information age with mixed results. She never did become adept with a smart phone or using the On Demand and DVR features of her television, but she loved her laptop. Nancy also loved her Alexa. If a question arose in conversation about which nobody was sure of the answer, she’d announce, “Let’s ask Alexa!” She would marvel at the device and often said it was one of the best presents she ever got.
Nancy was also a huge stickler for grammar and spelling and was forever pointing out errors in the newspaper, television commercials and printed advertisements. “How could they let that happen?” she would exclaim while shaking her head in disgust
As Nancy took her last breaths surrounded by her loving family, the song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri was playing softly in the background. The lyrics, “I have loved you for a thousand years, and I will love you for a thousand more” were astonishingly appropriate. Nancy’s family has loved her forever into the past and we will love her eternally into the future.
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