Nancy Ann Syer

Friday, 12 October 1945 - Friday, 24 November 2017

Death Notice

SYER, Nancy Ann– Peacefully with family by her side, Nancy Ann Syer, age 72, of Vision Rest Home, Sarnia passed away on November 24, 2017 at Bluewater Health, Palliative Care. She is survived by brothers Bob and his wife Gail of Waterloo, and Dave and his wife Donna of Sarnia and also nieces, nephews and their families. Nancy is predeceased by her parents Eileen and Arthur Syer and sister and brother-in-law Lynda and Jim Short. She will be sadly missed by aunts, uncles, cousins and all those who knew and loved her. The family would like to thank the staff at Vision Rest Home, Dr. Nyholt, Dr. Kim and the Palliative Care team at Bluewater Health for their comfort and care. Also thanks to CCAC, VON, the Red Cross and Smith Funeral Home for their guidance and support. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 28 from 10:30-11:30 am. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Nancy’s life at 11:30 am on Tuesday at the funeral home. As expressions of sympathy, friends who wish may send memorial donations to The Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. A private family interment to be held at a later date. Memories and condolences may be sent online at



Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 28 from 10:30-11:30 am.


A memorial service will be held to celebrate Nancy’s life at 11:30 am on Tuesday at the funeral home.


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17 Condolences

  • Mary Lee Herb DeWitt December 2, 2017 01:00pm

    Heartfelt condolences to friends and family - Dave & Donna, Bob & Gail and all. We just learned of Nancy's passing, and were so sorry not to have been with you as you celebrated her life. Thinking of Nancy, our dear Lynda and Jim, Art & Eileen, and the many wonderful memories of the ways they touched so many lives, including ours. Praying for God's peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  • Susan Brannon and Cheryl Dawson November 30, 2017 10:48pm

    We are saddened to hear of Nancy’s passing. We have been in Arizona for 10 years and had not spoken to her in several years, but we loved her and were always happy to see her when we visited Detroit. Heaven welcomed an angel!!

  • CATHY Ryan November 29, 2017 07:00pm

    I knew Nancy from church, she was so enlightening. As I sang in the choir I loved to focus on her, she loved music and it gave her such a look of joy and peace. I admired her focus on not giving up, she helped me deal with my moms illness and death with her kind and positive words. Mark and I loved taking her out to dinner and visiting with her. I know that she will be with the others who have gone before her. I am sure she is an angel watching over me as I grieve but also rejoice in her going home. Mark and I will miss your ever loving positive attitude and faith. Till we meet again watch over us. Much love to you and your family.

  • Bonnie Meek November 29, 2017 04:40pm

    My heartfelt condolences to Nancy's family. Nancy was a dear friend of mine. I met her at her church home, Metropolitan Community Church of Detroit, MI, a good number of years ago. She brought joy to my life! When I think of Nancy I remember her laugh that was absolutely infectious. I will forever remember her fondly and miss her earthly presence. I pray she is resting in God's arms feeling peace and love.

  • Doris Richards November 28, 2017 08:23pm

    Dear Bob & Gail, Dave & Donna and extended family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I saw Nancy at her Uncle Irvine's 90ieth birthday party and did not know she was not well. I spoke with her then and she told me she was at Vision Nursing home, she wasn't sure how long she would be there. I was shocked to hear that she had died. Her and I were second cousins and we use to ride the school bus together. Unfortunately I heard too late about her death or I would of been there. As so many as said before that she was a fun person to be around. I use to visit her mother when she was at Fairwinds and Afton place and she use to tell me about Nancy. May she rest in peace and may God comfort those that are left..

  • Deborah LaPorte November 28, 2017 07:14am

    I had the pleasure of working with Nancy, when she lived in Windsor. She called me Tootsie Roll. I may not have been the only one she had that nickname for, but I embraced it as if it were mine. We had many great conversations together. However, what I will remember the most is the encouragement she gave me to solve Cryptograms. Nancy was a Crossword and Cryptogram solver like no other.
    Rest in Peace, dear lady. You had class.

  • Shannon Hansen November 28, 2017 02:33am

    The last few weeks have been a difficult journey for Nancy and for all those who loved and cared for her. Yet through it all she would put on that I can do it face and soldier on. Two years ago she would send me notes, cards and words of encouragement. I told her that she really helped me and that I would be there for her. She was such a independent, witty and kind person. I know her move from Windsor to Sarnia was a difficult journey and after all she had been through she still was able to finally make Vision her home. From what I've read about her from others who had her as part of their lives I totally agree that I am glad that she was a part of mine. I will miss her and now I know she no longer suffers. RIP Nancy, you've made the world a better place.

  • Bob Lenora Jamieson November 27, 2017 07:59pm

    Dear Dave, Donna, Bob, Gail, Faye, and extended family members.
    We feel badly that illness has sidelined me tomorrow, and we will be unable to make it to Sarnia to celebrate Nancy's life with you, but we send along our sympathy and thoughts.
    As a little girl, and an only child I always appreciated having a play day with Nancy & Bob. (Dave & Lynda were just too young.) My Bob actually met Nancy before he met the summer of 1960 or 1961 when she was working at Tab's Drive In. As we got older and went our separate ways, there was always the extended Brown Christmas dinner to look forward to. As time moved along, the running joke between us whenever we got together, was always which of us was younger. Nancy, it doesn't matter; whichever way, you left us too soon!

  • Janet Tancrede November 27, 2017 04:06pm

    Thankful to have known Nancy.

    She was a wonderful women.

    Glad she is at peace now

    Janet Tancrede

  • Deanna Desjardins November 27, 2017 12:58pm

    Dave and Donna my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Nancy was a beautiful kind soul, she was a wonderful neighbour and friend. God Bless and Love in Jesus Christ - Deanna Desjardins

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