Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Woodstock, Thursday, May 15, at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at the Woodstock Inn for Nancy Bourdon, 69, beloved wife, adoring mother, devoted grandmother, loving daughter and treasured friend to so many, who passed away at her home in West Woodstock on May 9, surrounded by her husband, Don Bourdon, her three daughters: Stephanie Torrijos, Stacey Wieland and Samantha Jones (all formerly Schuetz), her mother, Catherine Bernet, and her siblings, Phyllis Hayes and Larry Bernetich. She fought a courageous battle with cancer. There will be no calling hours.
She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, and attended Holy Angels Academy in Fort Lee, New Jersey, graduated in 1962, and went on to earn her Diploma in Nursing from Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1966.
Nancy resided in England for three years with her former husband, George Schuetz, which directly influenced their decision to move to Woodstock in 1973. It was on a drive through Woodstock that Nancy fell in love with the countryside, as it reminded her of England, and Woodstock became her cherished home for 41 years.
Nancy was an active member of her community and her church, and often spoke of how much she enjoyed raising her three girls. She will forever be remembered by her daughters for how hands-on she was in all aspects of their lives from early childhood on into adulthood. The joy she had found in motherhood shined on when she became a grandmother. Nancy took tremendous pride and pleasure in each of her four grandchildren and leaves them with special memories of her maple syrup and pancake breakfasts, exploring the property hand-in-hand, and searching for frogs around the pond.
“Grandma Bee,” as she was affectionately known to her four grandchildren, always managed to make each one feel so special. She was thrilled to be a part of Rudy’s everyday life in Woodstock, and she treasured the memory they shared of camping out overnight at the Bronx Zoo when he was little. She enjoyed helping him with his schoolwork and she was proud of his athletic abilities in soccer, snowboarding and lacrosse. She admired Sage for her big heart, her caring soul and their shared love of cooking; Lily for her energetic spirit, constant smile and her frog-catching skills; and both of her granddaughters for their impressive creativity and athletic abilities in both soccer and downhill ski racing. She absolutely delighted in stories about her youngest grandchild, Cyrus, and his various infatuations over the years, from Papa Don’s tractor to all things Santa Claus this past Christmas. She was proud of his inquisitive nature; she applauded his artistic skills and his athleticism, and she nurtured his interest in cooking by teaching him how to make French toast.
Beyond her love for her daughters and her grandchildren, Nancy’s greatest love in life was undeniably her devoted husband, Don. They were married on June 3, 1995 at their farm in West Woodstock and the bond they shared was not only that of husband and wife; they were truly best friends. Together they restored their 1850 farmhouse and made various improvements to their family’s homestead. They were committed maple producers, making several thousand gallons of maple syrup each season. Additionally, they were active enthusiasts in the vintage car hobby, touring over 25,000 miles in their 1911 Stanley steam car throughout North America with friends, visiting numerous National Parks in over 20 states and six provinces as well as trips to Great Britain.
Nancy is survived by her husband of more than 20 years, Don Bourdon; three daughters, Stephanie Torrijos and her partner Tony Accurso of Woodstock, Stacey Wieland and her husband Sean of Mill Valley, California and Samantha Jones and her husband Travis of Boise, Indiana; four grandchildren, Rudy, Sage, Lily, and Cyrus; mother, Catherine Bernet of Portland, Maine; sister, Phyllis Hayes and her husband Dan of Ocean Park, Maine; brother, Larry Bernetich and his wife Nikki of Brookfield, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Eileen Graham, Diane Tiezzi and Kathleen Halperin; and 13 nieces and nephews, Amy, Drew, Rebecca, Sarah, Angelica, Darren, Rob, Christine, Ryan, Sean, Tristan, Bill and Annie.
She was predeceased by her father, Louis R. Bernet, and brother-in-law Curtis L. Bourdon,
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Nancy to the Charitable Works Fund, c/o Our Lady of Our Snows Catholic Church, PO Box 397, Woodstock, 05091.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock and further information is available from www.cabotfh.com
This obituary first appeared in the May 15, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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