Nancy Joyce St.Onge, 60, passed away on October 17, 2010 after a heroic six-year battle with breast cancer.
She did not lose her battle to cancer; she beat cancer – cancer never took her spirit, her love for family and friends, her smile, or her hopes.
Nancy was born in Buffalo, NY to the late Peter Robert Joyce and M. Virginia Seiler. She graduated from Orchard Park High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oswego. She spent her life working to advocate for the public with jobs at Oswego County Opportunities as an educator, trainer and counselor as well as with OCM BOCES where she was a tobacco policy coordinator. Nancy’s passion was volunteering with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) where she was a lead legislative ambassador, advocating for cancer funding and legislation. She made it her mission to education family, friends and the public on cancer’s effects and prevention. She was honored with many awards for her work and volunteerism, including being the 2008 ACS Advocate of the Year and Onondaga County Legislative Certificate of Recognition.
She is survived by her mother, Virginia Joyce; her brother Peter Joyce, and sister Dr. Ginger Joyce (Oliver Stanton). Nancy was the proud mother of Brian (Eliza) St.Onge; Mark St.Onge; Ginny St.Onge; Matt (Jen) St.Onge; Andrea (Peter) Litzenberger; Laura St.Onge (Drew Litzenberger); and Chris (Amy) St.Onge. Nancy’s pride and joy were her grandchildren – Luke, Kellen, Addyson, Grace, Reider, Alex, Justin, Nathan, and Jonathan.
Nancy was overwhelmed by the caring, thoughtfulness and love shown to her through her illness by her wonderful family, friends and colleagues. The family wishes to express a special thanks to Danielle Walsh, Dr. Anthony Scalzo at HOA of CNY, Dr. Carmen Klass of NGOC and Pastor Paul Herpich for their unprecedented level of support.
In lieu of flowers, it was the request of Nancy that donations be made to ACS CAN, attn Sherry Tomasky 260 Osborne Road Loudonville, NY 12211 or online at http://action.acscan.org/goto/nancystonge.
Visitation will be held from 2-4pm and 6-8pm on Friday, Nov 5 at Maurer Funeral Home – Baldwinsville. Funeral services will be held at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Liverpool, NY on Saturday, Nov 6 at 11am.