Nancy O. Landskroener of Dover, Delaware passed away Monday, October 28, 2013.
Nancy was born on June 4, 1935 in Altoona, PA. In 1986 she was inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Gallery of Goldey-Beacom College where she graduated with the Class of 1953. Nancy started her career working with the DuPont Magazine. However, it wasn't long before politics called her. She ran for State Representative in 1968 and although she did not win, she gave her incumbent one of his toughest races and in the process broke new ground for women. Soon after she found herself in the Delaware House of Representatives as Chief Clerk. Nancy would then go onto work at Legislative Hall for Governors Pierre S. DuPont IV and Michael N. Castle. She later was appointed to Director of Delaware Division of Volunteer Services, where she retired early only continue her passion of working with people by becoming the Director of Volunteers for Bayhealth Medical Center, in Milford, DE.
Nancy was very active in the community and several civic groups throughout her entire life. She was a past member of the Executive Committee of the Council of State Governments, past President of the Women's Republican Club of Dover, former Chairman of the Community Improvement Program, Chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, President of the Northeast Dover Civic Association and appointed to the Interstate Cooperation Commission by the Governor. She was the first woman to serve as a member of Congressman DuPont's Academy Selection Committee and listed in the Who Who's of American Women in 1984. She has been member of the Dover Century Club since 1969. She was also a member of the Garden Club, Potpourri Club and a Book Club. There wasn't a club she didn't want to join.
Volunteerism was at the core of Nancy's being. Helping her community and giving her time and efforts afforded her many opportunities to meet people and make new friends. The one organization that stands out the most to our family was the Make-A- Wish foundation. Even during her diagnosis of Breast Cancer, she found the strength to go out and grant a wish to a sick child and their family. This brought so much joy to her knowing she was helping someone else despite her own challenges at the time.
Nancy loved playing bridge and having poker nights with some of her closet friends. She enjoyed socializing, eating out and rarely turned down an opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
Nancy could light up the room when she came in with her beautiful smile and contagious laughter. Her funny stories are legendary; they were often something silly or embarrassing she had done. She gave everyone a great laugh. Her positive attitude was infectious and she always put others before herself.
She was a great inspiration not only to each of her daughters and to each of her grandchildren but to her friends as well. Her accomplishments and positive, can-do outlook on life will continue to encourage all of us daily. She always met every challenge head-on with a can do, let's get it done attitude. Nancy was loved by all who met her, she will be greatly missed.
Page 2 of 2 - She was predeceased by her beloved husband C. Smith Landskroener. Her parents Ada Irwin Fowler and Wilbur Fowler, her brother Dexter “Duck” Fowler.
Nancy was a loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother “Mamu”. She is survived by her three daughters and their families: Kristina Olsen and her husband David Seager, Katherine Olsen, Cynthia Yencer and her husband Kevin; grandchildren: Brandon and Dustin Yencer; Samantha, Jonathan, and Jessica Seager. Her brothers David Fowler and his wife Linda and their son Mark, and Darwin “Bill” Fowler. Her stepchildren R. Bruce Landskroener and wife Cristina, grandchildren Nathan and Erica Landskroener and Kyle Decker and her husband John and a great grandson Dominic. Stepdaughter Dale Blohm; grandchildren Ashley Blohm and Taylor Suwala, her husband Justin and, sister-in-law Joan Landskroener, great grandchildren Jacob, Hayley, Justin and Joshua. Stepson Jeffrey Landskroener, grandchildren Stephanie Landskroener; great grandchildren Geana, Tess and Cristie.
Family and friends are invited to visit Pippin Funeral Home at 119 W. Camden-Wyoming Avenue on Saturday November 2nd from 7-9pm. Funeral services will be Sunday November 3rd at 1:30pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church located at 210 Old North Rd in Camden, Delaware. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 3519 Silverside Rd., Suite 100, Wilmington, DE 19810, Suite 100, Wilmington, DE 19810.
Letter of condolences can be sent via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.