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Nancy Lee Garceau

Feb 22, 2022

Nancy Lee Garceau, age 80, of Nashua, died on February 18, 2022, from complications related to a ruptured brain aneurysm. She was the beloved wife of Gene H. Porter.

She was born Nancy Lee Webster in Nashua in January 1942, the oldest of nine children of the late Victor Webster and Elizabeth (Leach) Webster. She thrived in the Nashua Public School System and kept in touch with many of her classmates throughout her life. Always a diligent and dedicated worker, Nancy enjoyed a successful 45-year career at Sanders Associates/Lockheed Martin/BAE Systems, retiring in 2010 as the Executive Secretary to the Company President. She subsequently served for eight happy years as a joyful teachers’ aide in Pre-K classrooms at St. Christopher Academy in Nashua, where she was well-loved by the children and staff alike.

Nancy often spoke of her great fortune in having two wonderful marriages with loving and supportive husbands. In 1961, Nancy married Gordon Garceau and they lived happily together raising their two children until Gordon’s tragic passing in 1988. Thereafter, Nancy found love again, marrying Gene Porter in 1993 with whom she enjoyed nearly 30 joyful years until her passing.

Nancy had a remarkable ability to quickly recognize old acquaintances after decades of separation and remained an adept taker of shorthand notes even at age 80. Nancy was a meticulous custodian of her historic home in Nashua’s North End, and enjoyed her beach home in Maine, gardening, travel, time with loved ones and combing through what seemed like every craft fair in New England.

Nancy is survived by her devoted husband Gene Porter, her two children and their spouses Lynn and Fred vonOldenburg of Austin, Texas, and Derek and Mary Garceau of Cleveland Heights, Ohio; her six grandchildren: Brittany, Hannah, Olivia and Sarah vonOldenburg and William and Andrew Garceau; her eight siblings and their families, and her many close friends. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

Nancy’s family wishes to thank the dedicated doctors, nurses and support staff at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital for their outstanding treatment and tireless efforts to treat Nancy. Nancy’s children also wish to express their deep appreciation to Gene for his unwavering devotion and attentive care of Nancy, especially over the past several weeks.

SERVICES – True to her humble nature, Nancy wished for no funeral service. A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s honor to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, 269 Hanover St., Hanover, MA 02339 www.bafound.org or for the benefit of underprivileged students at St. Christopher’s Academy, 20 Cushing Ave., Nashua, NH 03064 www.SaintChrisAcademy.org. Arrangements in the care of the DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua, NH 03064. An online guestbook is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com (603) 883-3401. “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.”