Ann E. Stenard

May 8, 2011

WATERTOWN, N.Y.    Ann Elizabeth "Nancy" Stenard, 79, of County Route 53, passed away Sunday morning, May 8, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Born Oct. 31, 1931, in Albany, as the first of three daughters born to William and Dorothea O'Neill Heath in Albany, she has been a member of the Watertown community for over 50 years. Nancy graduated from the College of St. Rose and Syracuse University with a master's degree in education. 

She married John D. Stenard on Oct. 12, 1957, in St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Albany.

They parented seven children, John K. (Amy) of St. Petersburg, Fla., Karen Irwin (Mark), Medina, N.Y., William (Suzanne), Watertown, Kathy Burns (Richard), Potsdam, Mary Beth Chen (David), Superior, Colo., Joseph (Alicia), Albany, and Krista Muszak (Steven), Hilton, N.Y. 

During these years, Nancy was a homemaker and found time to complete a program at SUNY Oswego in Elementary Literacy. She was a reading teacher for nearly 20 years in the Rochester, Indian River and South Jefferson school districts.

Nancy was passionate about life and encouraging to all people. She supported children in developing countries, was active in the local Right to Life Chapter as well as Covenant House and Catholic Worker. Volunteering at the Urban Mission Food pantry brought her much joy. Nancy was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Brownville, NY and a member of their bereavement committee. 

Other organizations Nancy participated in include the Golden Rose of the College of St. Rose, The College Women's Gourmet Club, Christian Family Movement, Cosmopolitan Club, and Madonna House in Combermere, Ontario. Nancy and John were members of the first group of commissioned lay ministers in the Ogdensburg diocese.

That same passion for life was found in Nancy's zest for travel. Together, Nancy and John traveled to visit family and friends across this country and pilgrimages to Europe, Greece, and Turkey. While in Rome, they had the fortune to be blessed personally by Pope John Paul II. They were constantly looking for fun and adventure as seen by their white water rafting down the Colorado River and taking a snow cat to observe polar bears in Hudson Bay. 

Last but not least, Nancy was an avid bridge player.

Survivors include two sisters, Margaret Sullivan, Dover, N.H., and Mary Leonard, Atlanta, Ga.; all seven children, 20 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

Calling hours will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. A prayer service will be 9:15 a.m. Thursday, May 12, at the funeral home followed by the funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, Watertown, with Rev. Kevin O'Brien, Immaculate Conception Church, and Rev. Donald Robinson, St. Patrick's Church, co-officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, town of Watertown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Urban Mission Food Pantry, 247 Factory St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Information provided by Cummings Funeral Service and, Watertown