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Nancye L. Bechard
July 22, 1943 ~ December 31, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Nancye passed away at her home in Sarasota FL on 12-31-2023 surrounded by her family after a two-year battle with cancer. She fought ever single second of every single day.
Nancye was a wonderful person who cared about everyone, they were first, and she always came second. If you needed something or just an ear, she was there for you. A wonderful mother to John and Deborah, Mema to her grandchildren and wife to Henry.
Nancye was born in Hamilton Ohio to Francis and Mary Hapner, July 22, 1943. The family moved to a number of locations because of her father’s work. She lived in Dayton, Ohio, Miami Springs, Florida, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hyattsville, Maryland and finally in Nashua, New Hampshire. She attended schools in those communities and graduated from Northwest High Scholl in Hyattsville Maryland where she was involved with Music Review, A Cappella Choir, Art Club, Bowling Team, Tea House. After moving to Nashua New Hampshire, she did a post graduate study program at Nashua Senior High School. She excelled in all of her studies and made friends everywhere she went.
Nancye met her future husband, Henry Bechard Jr at a ski movie although she had never previously skied, she decided to learn how to ski and spent many hours on the slopes with Henry, the children and many skier friends,
After a two-year courtship Nancye and Henry married on September 7, 1963. They are the proud parents of two children, John and Deborah. The children were extremely active in school and sports and Nancye and Henry spent their time in hockey arenas, football fields, lacrosse fields, and cheerleading for football and basketball, hockey. The family could always be found on a ski mountain in New Hampshire, Vermont and Colorado. Both children were excellent skiers and as parents were always trying to keep up with them. Wonderful family days. When the days warmed up the family could be found on their boat, or water skiing, sitting on the beach catching the rays and surrounded by friends.
When Nashua was Nancye’s home, she was involved in her children’s school events, sporting events and volunteered to assist wherever she could. Nancye could always be counted on, always ready to help.
While living in Nashua she was involved with a number of non-profits. She was a member of the Nashua Junior Women’s Club for a number of years and served as its President. Her goal was to achieve the highest award given by The Federation. Nashua Junior Woman’s received that award which was presented at the national convention in Phoenix Arizona.
Nancye was also the liaison to the Epilepsy Foundation, The Walk-A-Thon, SIDS, The Lung Association, Easter Seals and the International Food Festival.
She was a thirty-year member of The Nashua Country Club where she played golf, tennis, curling and enjoyed the wonderful camaraderie of the members.
Travel for business and pleasure brought Nancye and Henry to many amazing countries and locations including British Virgin Islands on a long boat charter, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Netherlands, Germany, France, Greece, England, Mexico, South America, Brussels, Austria, Canada, Hawaii. She made friends wherever she went and that never changed.
Nancye was a wonderful cook and hostess; she baked fabulous cakes, and everyone wanted her birthday cakes, and her decorating was world famous.
We will miss that beautiful smile, her helping hand to anyone that needed it. Husband Henry, she was his partner for 61 years. Her Daughter and best friend Deborah of New Hampshire. Her Grandsons Ty, of New Hampshire, Jonathan, Joshua, and Matthew of Florida. They all knew that Mema was always there for them, and their love always showed when she was around or talking to them on the phone,
Nancye was predeceased by her son John, who passed from cancer in 2016. He has saved a place for his mother as they are reunited in their forever new home. She also leaves her three sisters, all from Ohio. Judi Cettel and husband James Rafael, Lynda Hapner, Sara Burns and husband Charles and many nieces and nephews scattered around the globe.
God has chosen well as he welcomes his newest angel, Nancye.
There will be no calling hours, the burial will be private.
A Celebration of life in New Hampshire and in Florida will be announced at a later date.
Gifts may be sent in Nancye’s name to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis Tennessee 38105.