Obituary: Nancy F. Burt

The Chronicle Express

Nancy F. Burt, 89, of Penn Yan, passed away at The Homestead Friday, July 10, 2020.

A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 17 at Weldon Funeral Home in Penn Yan. A private funeral service for the family will follow, with interment at Lakeview Cemetery in Penn Yan. At the convenience of the family, a celebration of life will be held at a future date.

Nancy was born in Buffalo May 17, 1931, the daughter of the late Earle and Ermina (Lockie) Forrester. She graduated from Bennett High School in Buffalo in 1949. While in high school, she received the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award. She began her training as a Registered Nurse at Buffalo General Hospital in 1949 and graduated in 1952. She married Edward S. Burt in Buffalo on June 5, 1953.

Nancy worked at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan for over 35 years. Her career spanned from the maternity ward to geriatrics. She also worked at Keuka College and Penn Yan Elementary. She loved her career, and she was known for her compassion and kindness.

She was a devout member of The First Presbyterian Church of Penn Yan for over 60 years. She was also a member of a weekly Bible study group.

Nancy’s favorite quote was, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” Her eldest child, David, died from Cystic Fibrosis at age 5 1/2. Although she was devastated by his loss, her strong faith led her through this heartbreaking time. She was a staunch supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for many years.

Nancy, Edward, and their children took summer-long vacations each year. They visited 49 states in the U.S. and every province in Canada. Nancy loved traveling but disliked the packing involved for each trip. Nancy also tolerated the love of motorcycles that her husband shared with their sons.

Nancy is survived by a sister, Deenie Miethaner, of Buffalo; children, Douglas (Sheila) Burt, Jonathan (Sandra) Burt, and Diane (Richard) Costello; six grandchildren, Lisa (Pat) Cronin, Christina Burt, Jennifer (Mark) Donnelly, Renee Burt, Emmett Costello, and Ryan Costello; and several nieces and nephews. Nancy was predeceased by her husband, Edward; sons, David and Jeffrey; and sister, Eleanor Hegeman.

Memorial contributions may be made in Nancy’s memory to The First Presbyterian Church, 211 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY, 14527; or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 1100 North, Bethesda, MD, 20814. Memories of Nancy may be shared with her family and friends at