FAMILY-OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1912

Nancy Ann Goland

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. 

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Submitted by Ronnie and Larr... on
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Rest In Peace to our darling Aunt Nancy. Always loved and never will be forgotten.

Submitted by Kerri Lupfer on
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Gummi you were mine by association and I thank Daphne for sharing you with us. One of the most upbeat and quick witted women I have ever known. The way you said chocolate always reminded me of home. Rest easy now.

Submitted by Kerri Lupfer on
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Gummi you were mine by association and I thank Daphne for sharing you with us. One of the most upbeat and quick witted women I have ever known. The way you said chocolate always reminded me of home. Rest easy now.

Submitted by Renee Lief on
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Aunt Nancy I will never ever stop loving you and never forget you. I remember you asking uncle David “if you’re so smart how do you spell syzygy”? I don’t recall if uncle David knew the spelling but I was blown away by this word. And your mom Ella how she used to make delicious health salads every time I saw her. Aunt Nancy I’m going to miss you so much, the wonderful talks we had...my mom is going to miss you as well. I love you and Rest In Peace.. Renee

Submitted by Pauline Leif on
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My Dear Sister, not sister-in-law Nancy how I am going to miss you. We spoke over the phone very often and you and Daphne thought of me and visited me. I met you before you married my brother David. I lived on baretto street and you lived on southern boulevard, what fun times we had in pops luncheonette. I will always love you darling....rest in peace, until we meet again...love PAULIE

Submitted by Lois on
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There was truly no one like my Aunt Nancy . She showed all of us what kind and loving really means . Always there with a big hug , warm smile and an open heart. You will be missed so very much .... much love Lois & Jeff

Submitted by Joao Bloodgood on
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I met you through family and I consider myself blessed for knowing you. You are one of the kindest souls I have ever met. Rest now in the arms of our loving God. We will meet again.

Submitted by Nancy Atkinson on
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I only met Miss Momma Nancy once, the day my daughter Nancy Lee & her son Tony got married. From that day forward my family & extended family also seen and felt the Caring giving Love Her Heart held & Shared. I will miss all Her Facebook activity & updates. I am Blessed to always be reminded of Her Loving Spirit through Tony, as He inherited that same Spirit. I am pretty sure Heaven just got a little Brighter & noisier as She walked in. ♥♥♥

Submitted by Eva Cieniewicz,... on
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My condolences to all who are missing Nancy’ presence in their hearts.Family Love is the happiest reality on this earth. Nancy rested in Lord’s peace we have prayed for! Thank you Lord!

Submitted by Molly Mauro on
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Even though its been decades since we have seen each other, we kept in tough via holiday cards. I will always cherish the memories, kindness and humor of the Goland household. Congratulations, Heaven, you just got a good one !!

Submitted by Carmen Ruiz-Calzada on
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I will miss you dearly Mrs Nancy. I had alot of fun taking you places and just keeping you company while you read. I will miss our talks about all the places you had been and the stories about your great grandchildren. You will forever be in my heart. Rest in peace and say hi to your husband for me. Love you lots.

Submitted by John Tentromono on
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I was so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. I remember her fondly having worked with her at Skyline Jr. H. S. for several years. Nancy was indeed a special person. She was a wonderful aide who assisted us in so many ways. I also remember her wonderful family, husband David,and her children Daphne, Tony and Spencer. Nancy, David and the entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy! John Tentromono

Submitted by Rebecca on
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Grief can be so hard and painful, but our special memories  can help us to cope. I'm sorry to hear about your loss and wanted to share the Bible's hope of a resurrection at a time when there is no more sickness, pain or death right here on earth according to Revelation 21:3,4.