Wilmington, DE – Nancy Ann “Gummi” Goland, age 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.
Born on September 15, 1930, in the Bronx, New York, Nancy was the daughter of the late Desider and Ella (Kovacs) Frankl. She was a graduate of Girls High School Class 1946.
Nancy grew up during the Depression but “never realized her family was poor” because she was surrounded by so much love and happiness. Nancy was an exceptionally bright student and graduated from high school at the age of sixteen. She had a medical scholarship to Long Island Post University but instead, went to work as a bookkeeper to support her mother after her father’s untimely death. Nevertheless, Nancy maintained her interest in medicine and calls to “Dr. Gummi” for advice were made many times over the past 60 years.
Nancy met her husband, David, when she was 19. He fell in love with her “bright blue eyes and her Grandma’s delicious cooking!” Nancy and Dave were married on July 8, 1951 and lived first in the Bronx, NY, then in Pine Brook, NJ and Rosedale, MD, before moving to Wilmington, DE, in May of 1967. Nancy was a stay at home Mother for several years, returning to the workforce as a school aide at Heritage Elementary and then Skyline Junior High. Later in life, Nancy worked at Ambassador Travel as their accountant. She was very proud to have implemented Ambassador’s first computer system.
Nancy enjoyed traveling, making trips to Australia, Hungary and Israel. But her true passions were her family, her cats and reading. She wore out several generations of e-readers, consuming over 3,000 books over the years. Her favorites were mysteries and love stories, especially J.D. Robb, and historical fiction.
Nancy befriended many people during her life time. She had an infectious smile, a love of wicked puns, and an open heart. Using e-mail, Facebook, Skype, and Words with Friends, she kept in touch with family and friends all over the world. She never forgot a birthday or an anniversary, and she was generous with her love and financial support. Our fondest, most recent memory, is when Nancy officiated Spencer’s and Rachel’s wedding in October, 2017. Gummi wrote the vows herself and conducted the entire ceremony, which included all of Rachel’s and Spencer’s combined family.
Nancy was predeceased by her husband of nearly 52 years, David Goland. She is survived by her three children Daphne (David Lupfer), Tony (Nancy Sinatra) and Spencer (Rachel Munroe), grandchildren Sasha (Colbey Ryan), Andrew and Samantha Goland, Gregory, Katherine and Molly Munroe and Christopher Sinatra; great grand-children Colton and Kayden Ryan. Gummi will be keenly missed by her three beloved cats, Pinky, Shasta and Kitten.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dora, Nancy’s caregiver, and the staff from Homewatch Caregivers; as well as her many friends for all of their love, care, and support.
Nancy wished to be cremated and her remains will be joined with her husband’s. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any offerings be made to either Forgotten Cats, Inc., Suite 422, 4023 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807 (www.forgottencats.org) or Wounded Warrior Project, Inc., PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org).
A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE, on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 12 PM, where friends and family are invited to a visitation beginning at 11 AM.