Nancy Jean Druelinger
June 1, 1949 – January 7, 2021
DRUELINGER - Nancy(nee Norton) Passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness. Absolutely loved and cherished by her children, Erin, Joshua and Thomas, as well as her eight siblings, six grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. Growing up in Sloan, NY as the oldest of nine, Nancy moved to East Aurora with her parents and siblings in 1964, writing her own script for the role of big sister and “assistant mom” while a teenager. After graduating from Buffalo State College Nancy experienced and enjoyed living, working and raising her young family in Elizabeth City, NC, Concord, NH, and later Washington, DC. But East Aurora was always home, where she welcomed friends, family and especially her grandkids to enjoy “family-time” on Maple Road. In addition to raising her kids and being a loving “Nana” to her grandkids, Nancy found time for two meaningful careers during her adult life: one as a newspaper reporter and photographer for the Daily Advance in Elizabeth City, NC. And the second after returning to school at Buffalo State College and earning a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology. Nancy then had a long and fulfilling career as a Teacher/Speech Pathologist with Erie County BOCES where she touched countless lives, helping children and their families through their challenges and struggles in overcoming learning and speech difficulties. During this time Nancy reestablished her strong ties to East Aurora, her beloved Buffalo Bills, and to family and countless friends in the area, both old and new. In retirement Nancy stayed busy and engaged, giving back to the community by volunteering her time, energy and passion by helping victims of domestic abuse find safe living arrangements via the WNY Justice Center, joining other concerned mothers in seeking common sense gun safety laws with Moms Demand Action, and spreading her love of education, history and America as a volunteer docent at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. Nancy very much enjoyed biking, hiking, swimming, cooking (and eating!!), taking care of her home and yard and days spent just relaxing and picnicking at the beach. She also loved to travel to visit family and friends, and to explore new places like Sevilla, Spain and Paris, France with her daughter Erin. But most of all, Nancy enjoyed hosting family gatherings and spending time loving and laughing with those who loved her too. She will be greatly missed. Arrangements by WOOD FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences may be shared at www.woodfh.com **IF MEMORIALS ARE BEING MADE PLEASE WRITE IN MEMORY OF NANCY DRUELINGER IN "YOUR PUBLIC POSTED COMMENT"**
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Nancy Jean Druelinger
January 14, 2021
Nano was remarkable. Among the other indelible moments, was being with Nancy, Cindy & I, as we waved goodbye to her son as he left on a party bus from the BarBill parking lot. Party Bus was for his Uncle Chris's stag night. Under normal circumstances women wouldn't be so relaxed. Nano laughed & cheered, and we all remarked on the irony. We laughed at ourselves & the men we love; then went back into the BarBill & had cocktails : ) Rest in peace gentle woman xo
Mary Lynn Wekenmann
January 13, 2021
I am so sad to hear that beautiful, full of life lady is no more! I have known Nancy for probably 30 plus years, but have not heard or spoken to her since she moved to DC to help Erin and her grandson. Nancy was always, warm, loving , caring and fun! She was just a wonderful person who loved her family and life in general! We shared such fun times with Betsy Tyler and many others! She was just a person, who gave much to many and made this world a better place! I will miss her, as will so many others! Love you Nancy!
January 12, 2021
In Loving Memory of Nancy Druelinger
To Nancy's family and friends,
It is with deep sadness that I am writing now on this Memory Page for Nancy. I knew Nancy as a loving and kind person. She always seemed to make everyone feel like that person just said or did something that was the most original thing ever done. Nancy was truly sincere, generous and peaceful in both words and deeds.
I met Nancy in Alexandria, Virginia in 2019. She had moved to Alexandria to help Erin with Nancy's grandson. We met at the YMCA in the pool. I just felt such a sense of kindness and joy in Nancy. Always busy... always going off to work at the Smithsonian or to pick up her grandson, Nancy made me feel like every day was the first day of school... life was joyful and exciting when I looked at things through Nancy's eyes.
With her usual zeal, she joined the Pool Girl's Book Club and her varied interest and keen mind for learning was a huge benefit to our group. Plus, Nancy loved to break bread with friends, so Book Club was that much better with Nancy's awe over our potluck appetizers... even if she couldn't eat most of them! She just always seemed like the scales in life tipped towards community and human connections.
I didn't know when I would see Nancy once she moved back to Buffalo last summer. I didn't know it would be the last time. I learned from Nancy to not to wait to call your friends... or be your best self.
With love and sadness,
January 12, 2021
I was in the Duncan Library book group with Nancy. She frequently provided the perspective of the folks she grew up with. Not that she necessarily agreed with them, but she recognized that these were viewpoints we usually didn't hear. Nancy was proud of her working class roots. She was thoughtful and plain spoken. I have been enriched by knowing her. My thoughts are with her family.
January 12, 2021
Growing up next door to each other in Sloan, a fond memory is dodge ball in the large area between your house and mine.Skating at the Beatos back yard flooded by them every year for us. Your mom at JFK school and helping with fish fries at the restaurant. So so many more countless things too many to list.Always as part of my childhood May you rest in Jesus arms.