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Nancy Carrol Barner Reynolds, 86, of Danville, formerly of Madison, Wis., passed away on Aug. 23, 2016, at Maria Hall Hospice.
She was born June 4, 1930, in Wilkinsburg, a daughter of the late Ray Russel Barner and Letha Armeda Brown, of Mount Lebanon, Pa. Nancy taught her parents to love a child again after their loss of twins in child birth and a four year old son Richard George Dickie.
She graduated from Mount Lebanon High School and spent many a summer with her parents at the Andrews Hotel in Shady Side, Md. She discovered her vocation of teaching from Miss Ethel Andrews, teacher at Shady Side. She graduated from Cornell College in 1952 and quickly began her career in teaching. She taught elementary school in the Madison school district for almost 40 years. Earning many teacher awards, her biggest satisfaction came from teaching many of Madisons at risk children and advocating for early education programs. A perpetual learner herself, she spent one summer break traveling to New Zealand with fellow teacher Patty Lucas to study their excellent literacy programs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Attorney Robert L. Reynolds. Through her first marriage (Jan E. Marfyak) she is survived by two children, a son, Jan S. Marfyak, of Washington, D.C.; and daughter Brook (Dolph) Courchaine, of Danville. From her second marriage she is survived by her adopted son, Dan C. (Laura) Reynolds. of New York, N.Y. Upon retirement she taught four of five grandchildren to explore the world through the Elderhostel programs: Pierce (Lucy) Courchaine, Taylor Courchaine, Claire Marfyak, and Lee Marfyak. Her fifth and newest grandchild is Stephen Marfyak.
In her final years, with dementia taking hold, she was still able to teach her children about her past ancestors in the Barner and Brown families, including Adam Barner, a revolutionary war hero of Liverpool.
No services will be held. Nancys last requests were for honorariums to go to the Columbia Montour Hospice. Her body was donated to science to continue teaching Medical Students and researchers on the mysteries of Dementia and Alzheimers.
Published on August 27, 2016
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