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Nancy Stephenson Pedrera, 68, a Butler native, passed away Saturday Sept. 28 at North Hills Passavant Hospital. Born March 8,1951 Nancy was the daughter of the late Mark R. and Virginia McBride Stephenson.
A 1969 graduate of Butler High School, she earned a BSN at Carlow College of Pittsburgh, Class of 73, then moved to Boston to work at Beth Israel Hospital.After moving to the Philadelphia area she became the nurse manager for ICU and CICU for Kennedy Health System Hospital of Washington Twp., NJ. Her integral role in the design of the hospital's new critical care wing led her to the promotion of Director of Nursing at Kennedy.
Her passions were skiing and sailing. She also loved heirloom sewing and knitting, which produced intricate Irish knot and chain sweaters as well as antique French embroidery and lace inflating techniques. Anyone who ever received one of these sweaters, christening gowns, or communion dresses knows she infused each stitch with the love she felt for them.
Nancy shares her extremely generous nature and loving spirit with all. She would do anything she could do to help friends and family. Her devotion to family and desire to spend more time with her brother’s children spurred her return to the Butler area. Tragically, in her early fifties, Alzheimer’s began robbing her and everyone who loved her of the time all had hoped to have with her.
She now joins her parents Mark and Virginia who also were taken from their family far too soon at ages 69 and 67.
She is survived by her sister Susan of Slippery Rock, her brother Gerald (Jerry) and his wife Mary Ann of Harmony, and her nephew Mark and niece Courtney.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, October 22 at St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church in Zelienople. Her cousin, Father William C. McGuirk, will offer the mass. Friends will be welcomed by the family following the mass for a joyous celebration of her life. Arrangements completed by the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 East Cunningham St. Butler, PA 16001.
Memorial contributions maybe made online to Carlow University Nursing Programs in honor of Nancy at Carlow.edu under the tab Memorial Giving.