Nancy K. Wardinski
September 5, 1929 – April 17, 2019
Of Alexandria, on April 17, at the age of 89.
Caring mother of Michael Wardinski, Jr., Kathleen (Dennis) Seliquini, Bruce (Christine) Wardinski, and Paul (Anne) Wardinski; dear grandmother of Anthony, Lauren, Kristen, Michael, Scott, Brandon, Tyler, Catherine, and Lisa; and great-grandmother of Miley, Quinn, and Greyson. Sister of Joseph Long, Tricia Stanley, Richard Long; the late Kao Long, Rosemary Venzke, Stuart Long, and Michelle Ambrosio.
Nancy was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Maryland, she joined Special Services accepting a position in Berlin, Germany, where she met and married her husband Michael L. Wardinski. She and Mike were married 59 years before his passing in October 2014. Nancy proudly served as an army wife for 33 years, and furthered her own pursuits in education, volunteer work, and business.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Nancy’s memory to The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).
- Graveside Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Nancy K. Wardinski
July 9, 2019
Today we lost an amazing woman!
My mom battled Alzheimer’s for over 10 years but this latest battle/illness was just too much for her. She passed away early this morning. I had a meeting with Hospice set for tomorrow, but she wanted to go home now and I do not blame her. Plus it is a really good week to go to heaven during Holy Week!
I knew this call would come, but I am glad nothing else even more drawn out and painful for her occurred; she had been through enough for a very long time. She died peacefully in her sleep and is now with my dad, her four siblings that have passed before her, her parents, other relatives and unfortunately a lot of friends. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, and all the other roles she played in her almost 90 years of life. She was a fighter and showed me how strong a person can be no matter what!
It is surreal to realize that both my parents have now passed and now my siblings and I are the oldest in the family! I feel a lot more responsibility.
But that said, I am prepared because she taught me a lot and did it well. She taught me that there is nothing better than a Krispy Kreme lemon doughnut. She taught me that it is ok to advocate for yourself. She taught me to be smart with my money and how I spend it. She taught me that to be a good spouse sometimes you have to take the backseat and just be supportive. She taught me that being an educator is a really important job! She taught me to always eat dessert! And the many other lessons go on and on. I am a better person because of everything my mom taught me!
I know she is in a better place and in much better conditions. She was loved by so many and now has the opportunity to reconnect with so many of them who have gone before her.
I had a great 56 year run with her—I was blessed. I miss her greatly, but I truly know she will always be a part of me in all aspects of my life forever!
She will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to my dad.
April 23, 2019
Paul, Anne and family,
Our prayers for you and your family. Surely you mom is in a better place. Alzheimer disease is incredibly difficult and sad to witness, especially when it overtakes a family member. We have been through this with my mother several years ago. Reflecting on our lives with Mom and sharing her life in a family gathering helped each of us recognize what a tremendous impact she had on all of us. Memories are forever there when we need them most.
Our peace to you,
Jim and Donna Moulton
Dean & Linda Sissler
April 21, 2019
Condolences and best wishes to the family.
April 21, 2019
Nancy, you are the closest thing to a saint I have ever met. You endured the herculean effort required to transform your eldest child from a smart-ass kid to what passes for a mostly decent adult. Although I am definitely flawed and not even in the same galaxy as perfect, all that is good in me is due in large part to you not giving up on me. I pray you are granted the eternal peace and happiness you are entitled to as you are reunited with Mike, your family, and friends who have gone before you.
Love --- Michael