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03/01/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
Nancy Madagan Van Orden

Nancy Ellen Madagan Van Orden
(25 Dec 1942 - 24 Feb 2016)

Newport News High School Class of 1961

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  I am greatly distressed to relate somewhat belatedly more sad news today.  
Nancy Madagan Van Orden, Class of 1961, sister of  Mary Ann Madagan Franzyshen ('56) of VA      Joe Madagan ('57) of FL, and Sally Madagan Sullivan ('63) of Northern VA, passed away at home in Rochester, New York on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the age of 73.

      From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 02/25/16, 8:22 AM and 02/29/16:

Learned last evening of the passing of my sister, Nancy Ellen Madagan, NNHS Class of 1961 passed away yesterday, 24 Feb 2016 in Rochester, New York. Born 25 Dec 1942.

She had recently suffered a stroke. We will miss Nancy.


Here is the link to the obituary for Nancy Ellen Madagan Van Orden:

   Thank you so much, Joe. I don't understand why I was unable to locate this previously despite my repeated attempts. You and your family certainly have my deepest deepest sympathies.

From Miller Funeral and Cremation Services - 02/2_/16:

                Nancy Madagan Van Orden

    ROCHESTER, NEW YORK - Nancy Madagan Van Orden passed away peacefully in her apartment in Rochester, NY on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly, her brother Joe, sister Mary Ann, and sister Sally.

Nancy was an avid lifelong learner with a passion for reading nonfiction to expand her world, and fiction to entertain her mind. She enjoyed photography, especially capturing photos of beautiful places, her daughter Kimberly’s face, and her “grandkitten” Mitsy’s snuggles. She loved music and singing along to her albums.
Nancy Ellen; Joe (known as "Bucky" then); baby sister, Sally Patricia; and Mary Ann Nancy Madagan Nancy and Kimberly

Nancy had an adventurous side: she was known to careen down hills on roller skates with her nieces and nephews, served in Vietnam (as a civilian), and would bodysurf in ocean waves that would make many folks run to shore. She loved to “water walk” in the Gulf of Mexico despite warnings of sharks and icky jellyfish.

She had a green thumb, growing flowers to make her gardens a sanctuary for her spirit, as her heart was broken by her husband’s death in 1987. Nancy loved her husband, Van, and was delighted to welcome their “baby girl” Kimberly into the world in 1979. Although illness sometimes made it hard for others to connect with her and her loving heart, Nancy loved her daughter with all her heart, mind, and soul. She taught Kimberly how to love the ocean and find it to be a place of play and peace; she taught her to love writing as an expression of her passions and worldview; and she taught her the joy of music.

Nancy was loved by friends and family. She loved her nieces and nephews and playing with them during their childhoods. She was lucky, at the end of her life, to make two dear friends, Loretta and Chuck. She spent hours laughing with them over glasses of wine or cups of tea. These beautiful people brought joy into Nancy’s last few years.

Nancy will be buried with her beloved husband, Van, in Arlington National Cemetery sometime this summer. She will be missed by her family, friends, and especially her daughter, Kimberly. She struggled for many years and now is resting in peace, in the arms of her husband, and looking down from heaven to watch over her daughter, Kimbie.

“For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise
and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”

  --Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Consider planting flowers or a tree in honor of Nancy, or donating to The Sierra Club, as Nancy loved nature and beautiful places:

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February, 2016

I'm so sorry for your loss, Kim. Beautiful obituary. Thinking of you. Hugs!

Heather Buckley

February, 2016

Thank you for Kim.

Janet Feigelson

February, 2016   

What a beautiful tribute to your mom, Kim. You nicely captured the essence of Nancy. It made me think about her love of music...and her love for you. I will miss her beautiful and feisty spirit and I am grateful that I got the chance to know her. Hugs to you

Carol Podgorski

February, 2016

I leave Kimberley with a message of gratitude for sharing her mother with Melissa, Rob and me. Time spent was one adventure after another. Many surprises and a few hiccups, but so many wonderful memories. Just wish I had one more phone call filled with gut, belly rolling laughter. Nancy, you were a real hoot and will never be forgotten!

~ Diane R. Steele

February, 2016

Kimberly, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I will always remember with fondness the many times your mom graciously welcomed me into your home while we were growing up. And oh, her Christmas cookies! Her boundless love for you, her only daughter, was evident in word and deed; your passions were her passions, your countless accomplishments her own. This was one of the many similarities that intertwined our hearts, and you have expressed her devotion so beautifully in this tribute. Although many years have passed, I know the same zest for life (spunk may be the better word here!) that characterized your mom in the years I knew her was with her to the end. I celebrate your mom's life and her legacy that lives on in you, my dear friend.

~ Erin Freeman Branham

February 29, 2016  

Truly. A special person that we will all remember. RIP, Nancy

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Nancy's family and friends at this difficult time.

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  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Words by Henry van Dyke (10 Nov 1852 - 10 Apr 1933), 1907

Music: Ode to Joy, from the Symphony No. 9 of Ludwig van Beethoven (17 Dec 1720 - 26 Mar1897)

Adapted by Edward Hodges (20 July 1796 - 01 Sept 1867), 1824

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

"Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 09/21/12 (sic)

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

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