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Nancy Dooley

Nancy L. Dooley

Thursday, November 30th, 1933 - Saturday, August 1st, 2020
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Nancy Lee (Johnston) Dooley passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday August 1 at the Peter Becker Community in Harleysville where she had resided for the past 7 years. Nancy is survived by her 5 children: Kathleen (Brendan), Christine (Arian), Eileen (Oscar), John and Nancy (Dave), her sister Betty Lou Bosse, 7 grandchildren (Matthew, John, Kerry, Caroline, Matt, Aidan and Jane) and 6 great grandchildren (Jack, McKenzie, Sophia, Jill, Josh and Kevin). Nancy was predeceased by Joseph, her beloved husband of 51 years, and her grandson Shane.

Nancy was born in Dundalk Md., on Nov 30, 1933. She led what she called the idyllic small-town American childhood. Bicycling, swimming at the snake hole and playing with her numerous cousins are memories that she often talked about. Nancy enjoyed dogs and horses and was an avid equestrian in her youth. She was also a gifted musician who loved to play the piano or ukulele for friends and family.

Joe and Nancy met during the Korean War while he was on leave from the Navy. They married in 1956 and settled in Dundalk where their five children were born. They moved to Warminster, Pa in 1965 and stayed there for the next 51 years. Nancy loved being a mother and a homemaker. She gave her love to her family wholeheartedly, unconditionally and selflessly.

Family, faith, friends and fun were central tenets to Nancy's life. She was a constant source of support to her family, she had a strong Catholic faith, she belonged to a wonderful sorority of girlfriends and she was always ready for good times and laughing, dancing and music. Nancy was also fiercely patriotic; she loved America for everything that it stands for. She was always appreciative of her good fortune in life and was rarely without a smile. Her family will sorely miss her love of life and its simple joys, her eternal optimism and her generous and everlasting love.

Nancy's Funeral Service and interment will be private. Flowers and donations are always a generous gesture, but the family would prefer to keep this simple. Prayers and good memories are always welcome.
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    St. John Neumann Cemetery
    County Line and Upper State Rds
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Private Condolence

Betty Lou Bosse

Posted at 07:58am

wishing you a Very Happy Heavenly Birthday Nancy, I love you....

Rosalia Hoffman

Posted at 04:51pm
My deepest condolences to the entire family. My dear friend Chrissy was gracious enough to share the many memories and poignant nuggets of wisdom that her Mother, Nancy instilled in her. One of my favorite stories told to me is when Nancy was young and spunky and at the dinner table. Little Nancy refused to stop snapping back at her Mama Nancy which ultimately landed her over a week of dishes duty, to which the other Dooley siblings were only to happy to hear! While I may have never met Nancy, her children represented her in the highest regards and with a lot of wonderful humor. I know they will continue to keep her alive in memories and in the legacy she formed in her children.
B Posted at 06:44pm

Love this! Thanks for sharing!

Michael Bosse

Posted at 05:42pm
Aunt Nancy, Oh how I looked forward to our summer visits with Grandpop to see you, Uncle Joe and my 5 cousins. Precious memories that I will cherish forever. I even recall you making a trip to Dundalk to see us and grandpop and you made a SPECIAL day for me. Just you and I at the pancake jamboree. I will never forget. I know that you are with Uncle Joe and Grandpop along with your mother and I'm sure you got a HUGE welcome. Rest in Peace beautiful Aunt and we'll all meet again. Love always, Michael

Betty Lou Bosse

Posted at 02:49pm
Nancy, my sister..She helped raise me, taking over when our Mother passed away. Nancy was my mentor, my hero, while I was growing up. Through her classical training in piano, she taught me to love the classics. she taught me to dance, she even taught me how to come down the stairs when I was very small. She entrusted me to take care of her first born, Kathy, when she went to the hospital to bring Chrissie into this world. In essence, she taught me how to be a good mother. She was a perfect role model.

I have so many memories of my sister and brother-in-law Joe, who I really loved as the brother that I never had. Together they saw to it that I completed my Catholic Catechism , and they attended all my school functions, sitting through plays that I was in. They helped provide me with stability after our mother passed away.

So my beautiful sister, rest in peace. You are whole now, and with Joe, Mommy and Daddy, and my Ed.....I love you Nancy....

Posted at 09:16am
Many years ago I had a car accident and Aunt Nancy sent me a green scapula. That scapula hangs on my bed post along with my rosary. It was many years later that I found out what the green scapula meant to our Church. Thank you Aunt Nancy...that scapula lead me back to the Catholic Church...

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