Nancy D. Beechler, 89, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on December 17, 2019. She was born March 20, 1930, the fourth of ten children of Frank and Esther (Wesling) Donnellan of Olean, New York. She will be forever held in loving memory by her son, Jim Fahey, and his wife, Alicia; daughter, Bethmarie Fahey; grandson, Gabriel Fahey and his wife, Emily; her sister, Judi Barrett, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Nancy grew up in Olean, NY and graduated from Olean High School. She married James H. Fahey (deceased 1980) at St. Mary’s Church in 1951. A few years later, along with her young family, they moved to Buffalo, NY where she lived until her retirement from St. Gregory the Great Church. There she worked as the office manager and bookkeeper since the church’s inception. Even though working full-time and raising a family Nancy still found time to give back to the community working with inner city mothers through the Diocese’s Bishop Committee.
Nancy married Donald Beechler (deceased 1995) in 1982. Together they moved to Sun Lakes, AZ. In retirement Nancy become involved in the Assistance League of the East Valley, a philanthropic organization devoted to raising funds to provide clothing and school supplies to children in the Phoenix area, as well as other causes that provided assistance to at-risk mothers and young families. She was an active member serving on the board as Treasurer, Vice President and then President. She was also one of the leaders that opened and managed the volunteer run Thrift Shop that funded many of their projects in the community.
The center of Nancy’s life was her love of family. She traveled frequently to visit siblings, nieces and nephews scattered across the country. She loved to host her many siblings at her home in Sun Lakes, greeting them at the airport in her red cowgirl boots and hat. Arizona quickly became the favorite destination for many in her large family. She also traveled to Seattle, WA several times a year to spend time with her son and grandson, and other family members who had settled there. Eventually she moved to Seattle to spend the last few years of her life surrounded by family.
Nancy’s ashes will be buried in the Donnellan family plot in Ferndale, WA on February 14th. A private Celebration of Life will be held in Seattle on February 15th. The family asks that in lieu of flowers anyone who wishes to honor her lifelong commitment to helping others please give a donation of time and/or money to a worthwhile local organization that will benefit from your support.
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