Nancy Marie Engelhard

Nancy Marie Engelhard, 82, passed away peacefully in her home on May 18, 2013. Her final days were spent surrounded by loving family and friends. Nancy was born on Aug. 3, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of the late Emil F. Engelhard and the late Elma Fire Engelhard. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Susan (James) Hanson of Jamestown, N.Y.; her son, James Mungai of Kennerdale, Pa.; her grandson, Jamie (Audra) Hoofna-gle of Frankfort, Ky.; and “G.G.” to Carly Marie Hoofnagle, her great-gran-ddaughter; and niece and nephew, Jessica and Ben Engelhard of Pittsburgh, Pa. She was predeceased by her brother and best friend, Robert C. Engelhard, who passed away July 15, 2009.

Nancy graduated from Westview High School in 1948, and was a standout saxophone player in the school marching band. She attended Westminster College and held numerous executive secretary positions with Westinghouse, AIRCO, State Department in Washington D.C., and Boeing, until her retirement from Boeing in 1987. After her retirement, Nancy volunteered with the Seat-tle Crisis Help Line for several years. An avid trav-eler, Nancy leaves behind many friends in Washington state, Nevada, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania.

During the 1960s, Nancy would visit the many jazz clubs around Pittsburgh, listening to some of her favorite jazz musicians: Art Blakey, Erroll Garner, Ahmad Jamal, Ella Fitzgerald and many other jazz greats. Her love of jazz music continued throughout her life and she enjoyed listening to music while she painted. A gifted painter, who al-ways continued to learn and improve her craft, she left behind numerous pieces that included painted birdhouses, watercolors and furniture that her friends and family will continue to cherish. Nancy continued to teach painting until shortly before her death.

Nancy continues to teach others through the Univer-sity of Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program. In lieu of flowers, Nancy’s family is suggesting that donations be made to WNED, Buffalo’s Public Broadcast-ing Station, which Nancy loved because of its quality programming and educational content, or to the Chautauqua County Hos-pice Program, who helped ease her final days. Nancy requested that there be no funeral in her honor, but her family would like any-one who knew Nancy to raise a glass of wine in her memory.