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252 Regent St.
Sudbury, ON P3C 4C8
Phone: (705) 673-9591
Fax: (705) 675-2998
Nancy Thurston

Nancy Jane Thurston (Wullschleger)

Monday, July 7th, 1930 - Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
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Nancy Jane Thurston, resident of Sudbury since 1989, died peacefully at her home on March 19, 2019. She was born in Orange, New Jersey, on July 7, 1930 to the late Rev. Gerret Wullschleger and Nancy Wullschleger (nee Campbell). A graduate in Geology from Bryn Mawr in 1952 and in Library Science from the University of Toronto in 1967, she was the long-time head of the Mines Library at the Mines and Minerals Division of the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, and supervised the relocation of the library from Queens Park to Sudbury thirty years ago.

Oma is survived by her loving children Janet (Gordon) Webb of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ted (Toni) Kavanagh of Pelham, New York, and Gerret (Heather) Kavanagh of Thornhill; also survived by her nine cherished grandchildren Alex (Xi), Barth, Caroline, Will, Peter, Julia, Patrick (Caitlin), Andrew, Timothy; and by her two great-grandchildren Siqi and Sixian. She is predeceased by her brother Gerry and will be greatly missed by her sister-in-law Sonja Wullschleger of Westminster, Colorado.

Nancy leaves behind many friends in Sudbury, including members of the Northern Echoes choir for whom she was the long-time accompanist. A lover of music all her life, she went back to university after retiring from the Mines Ministry to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Music, and was playing (from memory) her beloved baby grand piano earlier this month. A voracious reader, solver of crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and backyard birdwatcher, she was the most dependable writer of heartfelt, humorous letters to friends and family. She will be especially sad to be missing the Blue Jays opener on March 28th.

Friends may join Nancy’s family at a memorial service at All Peoples United Church, 400 Antwerp Avenue in Sudbury, at 11:00am on Saturday March 23rd. In lieu of flowers, donations to Salvation Army would be appreciated.
Arrangements entrusted to the Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home.
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    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    All Peoples' United Church
    Address
    400 Antwerp St.
    SUDBURY, ON P3C4M7
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Eileen Evans

Posted at 06:53pm
With thanksgiving for having known Nancy. May her Memory be Eternal!
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Eileen Evans

Posted at 06:49pm
Nancy was my boss for four and half memorable years at the Mines Library when it was still in Toronto. I grew to value her insight, her intelligence, her sense of humour, and as she became a cherished friend, her empathy. We also enjoyed "etymological" discussions! I was the fortunate recipient of her "heartfelt and humorous letters" over many years. I will always think of Nancy with love. My deep condolences to Janet, Ted, Gerret and families. My prayers are with you all. Eileen Evans
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Jane W. Muller

Posted at 03:23pm
We were so sorry to hear of my cousin's passing. She and I more or less grew up together, and I stayed in New Paltz many times over the years. The Summer we were 17 we worked together in a boarding house cleaning, serving meals, ironing, as well as doing as much mischief as possible. She was high spirited and independent. Over the years she visited us in Needham several times. I will miss the sharing of our family history with her in letters. Our condolences to her children and grandchildren. Jane Wullschleger Muller.
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Linda Davis

Posted at 11:01am
Nancy was a wonderful mentor to those of us who worked with her during her library career. She will be remembered for her many accomplishments and her ability to make the best of all situations. Sincere condolences to her family.
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Ted's colleagues at SG

Posted at 08:18pm
Ted, We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
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