Longtime Fair Havenite and Fair Haven Fire Department First Aid Squad member, Nancy D. Hartman, lost her battle with ALS on Sept. 7. She passed away at home with her loving husband Larry by her side.
“Nancy was a proud EMT in the town of Fair Haven. It seems only fitting that this year’s Firemen’s Fair be cancelled as it would be the first in over 40 years that she couldn’t serve seafood platters and watch the Ferris wheel come down with friends that became family.
“Nancy and her husband Larry raised their two daughters, Deborah Acerno (Thomas) and Theresa Pearman (Evan), in Fair Haven. “Their childhood was filled with spontaneous camping trips and summer evenings at Sea Bright Beach,” her obituary said. “Nancy taught her daughters to enjoy the simplicity of the every day. She made a blueberry buckle and potato salad that were second to none.
“Nancy and her mother, Diane Cross, shared a very special bond. They enjoyed morning cups of coffee and bird watching from her Rumson home.”Loved ones of Nancy Hartman in her obituary
Nancy was predeceased by: her father, Franklin; and her two older brothers, Danny and David.
She will forever be a guardian angel to her grandchildren whom she adored: Charlotte, Adeline, Bennett, McKenna, and Hallie. She loved spending time dancing in the kitchen, reading them books, and watching them play.
Nancy will be missed by her mother-in-law Barbara, with whom she shared a love of reading, many cousins, her brother and sister in law, her nieces, and one very special aunt who was more like a friend.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, with a fireman’s service at 7 p.m., at Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank. Facial coverings are required.
Guests will be directed to briefly greet the family and exit the building as soon as possible as only 25 persons are allowed in the funeral home at a time. An outdoor celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Fair Haven Firehouse.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Joan Dancy & PALS Foundation, which makes a positive difference in the quality of life of ALS patients and their families.
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