Nancy Raphelson Bush

July 6, 1949June 18, 2018
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Nancy Raphelson Bush, 68, a resident of Loudon for 42 years, died peacefully on Monday, June 18, 2018 at her home. She was a successful kidney transplant survivor for over twenty-five years and passed away after a short battle with cancer. Born on July 6, 1949, in Philadelphia, PA, Nancy was the daughter of Morton and Helen (Moore) Raphelson and spent her youth in Cinnaminson, NJ. After graduating from Cinnaminson High School, she received her B.S. from the University of Maine in 1971 and took advanced studies in cytotechnology at Thomas Jefferson University. She took great pride and was a dedicated professional as a cytotechnologist for the Eliot Hospital until her retirement in 2005.

Nancy was always thinking of others. It wasn’t unusual to find her sending care packages to her nieces at college or to a friend in the service stationed overseas. Nancy loved her grandchildren and delighted in finding gifts they would enjoy. She was an outstanding cook! Family and friends were the recipients of their favorite dishes that she made on many fun occasions. During retirement, she was an industrious and accomplished gardener who was always amazing the neighbors with the latest additions to her gardens. She was also talented with crafts, building dozens of bird houses during the winter as well as constructing a fairy garden each spring to the delight of the neighborhood children. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Morton and Helen of Cinnaminson, NJ; her brother, Mark Raphelson of Sheridan, WY and a nephew Nicholas Piacentini of Philadelphia, PA. She is survived by her loving husband, John of 46 years; son, Kevin and his wife, Michelle of Derry, NH; grandchildren, Jason and Madison; her sister, Jean Piacentini and her husband, Frank of Philadelphia, PA; her brother, Bruce and his wife, Terri-Lyn of Haddonfield, NJ; her nieces, Samantha and Meredith Raphelson and nephews Jason and Christopher Brugler and Eric King.

Nancy’s family and friends would like to thank the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association for their help in her final days.

A calling hour will take place on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 9am to 10am followed by a Celebration of Nancy's Life at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St. Concord.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, The Slusser Center, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Bush family.


  • Concord Regional Visiting Nurses Association


  • Calling Hour Monday, August 27, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 27, 2018

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Ann and Amy Wright

June 26, 2018

We lived two doors from the Raphelsons for 60 years so had the great fortune to watch Nancy grow up. The eldest in the young neighborhood she was my go-to babysitter, taking Amy for walks and bathing her in the sink over and over again to earn her girl scout badge!!

Mark was the leader of the street snowball fights. Every house built a snow fort and heaved snowballs at one another for hours. Nancy was the only one with any sense and she stood at the door making sure no one got hurt.... Then she and Helen would make us hot chocolate.

Every Christmas Eve we decended upon the Raphelson household for a fun filled evening of great food and a fat Christmas tree waiting for Santa.

Even at a young age Nancy was quick to lend a hand, caring of others, and smart as a whip. We were privileged to have Nancy, Mark, Jeannie and BJ in our lives. Honestly, it just doesn't get any better than our neighborhood and the Raphelson family!

Love to you all- we so miss those days.
Ann and Amy Wright

Dick & Kathie Flanders

June 23, 2018

Nancy was one of those special persons that you meet in life that make you immediately feel like a family member. How caring and thoughtful she was, making a favorite dish, always finding time to drop a 'thank you' card after a visit, or sharing a photo of a favorite plant or project. She so loved her beautiful gardens, her children and grandchildren, and, of course, John.
Nancy will be sorely missed in so many ways-as a friend, encourager, and confidant. May she rest without pain and in peace.
John- as we say our goodbyes to Nancy, we are also sharing our memories and heartfelt thanks with you. You have been a wonderful and supportive husband to Nancy over the many years you have shared together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you knowing that although this time is difficult, you will gain strength through love of family and friends.
Dick & Kathie

Shirley & Ken Ikeda

June 22, 2018

Nancy was one of Ken's first students at Cinnaminson Public Schools. She was a diligent and enthusiastic student.
Our early memories of Nancy and her family centered around delicious dinners, magical Christmas Eves, and Nancy's mother, Helen, marching her guests around the house to "76 Trombones" from "The Music Man". It must have horrified Nancy, Mark and Jean, but the guests enjoyed it immensely. When BJ was born, Nancy was like a second mom to him. We always felt like an adopted part of the family. Nancy's father, Mort, photographed our wedding and advised us when we shopped for our first home. Nancy's thoughtfulness was evident when she e-mailed me to let me know she had sent a package of stained glass ornaments from her father. She was so concerned about their safe arrival and asked me to call when I received them. We last saw her and John in mid-April and could tell she was unable to endure more than a brief visit. We said our goodbyes, hoping we would see her again. Although that was not to be, we are heartened that she is now with Helen, Mort and Mark. Our deepest sympathies go to John, Kevin and family, and to BJ and Jean and their families. Peace be with you all.

Hugh and Bridie Doherty

June 21, 2018

We will always love Nancy for her warm and caring love and support that she so generously shared with all of us. When one of our daughters had a kidney problem some years ago, Nancy was so kind. She leaves a big hole in the hearts of all our family. We have no doubt that she is in Heaven and still sharing her love and support with all of us. We will always miss her.
It is with deep sorrow that we send our sincere condolences to you. Thank God for Kevin and Michelle and your beautiful grandchildren. They are such
special people. We know they will help you through this sad time, and your unimaginable loss. Take care of yourself. Fondly Hugh Bridie and