Nancy Ann Schenk Blumenthal, a resident of Monroe Township, New Jersey, died peacefully in her bed on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020.
Nancy was born on June 25th, 1950 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. A lanky and active child, she could often be found swimming in the Lake at PV Park. She continued an active lifestyle as an avid member of the ski club at Pequannock Township High School. She was also passionate about art, winning numerous awards during high school, including a scholarship that brought her to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. Always on the move, Nancy left New York to attend Ohio State, and she ultimately graduated from William Paterson University with a BA in Art Education. During this time period, she met her beloved husband, Robert David Blumenthal, when he asked her to dance at the Red Barron nightclub in Cedar Grove. That night was the start of a 31-year partnership, the beginning of which was spent traveling around the United States in an old Volvo. Through these travels, they discovered their mutual love for the Rocky Mountains, and they moved to Colorado in 1978 to start their life in the west. In 1988, Nancy gave birth to their only child, Anna. Nancy continued to pursue her commitment to art and education, working for an after school enrichment program where she did art projects with youth. In her free time, she was an avid hiker, skier, camper, and lover of art and culture. She also took up her young daughter Anna’s passion for ballet and classical music.
After Robert’s death in 2003, Nancy returned to the East Coast to be closer to her family, ultimately retiring in Monroe Township. Surrounded by a wonderful community of neighbors, Nancy spent the last decade of her life reviving many of her old passions. She was active in the local Democratic party, working to get out the vote, and was an ally to the African American Heritage Group, where she gave a speech on the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nancy spent her final years living in peace and comfort, and she was deeply grateful for the devoted love and support of her family over the course of many years.
Nancy is predeceased by her husband, Robert David Blumenthal, and her parents, Robert and Nancy Schenk. Nancy is survived by her beloved daughter, Anna Blumenthal; her sisters, Susan Lamond (Robert Lamond) and P.J. Schmerber (John Schmerber); her brother, Bobby Schenk; and a number of treasured nieces, nephews, and cousins. Nancy’s family will always love and miss their “Nanook of the North,” as Nancy was affectionately called. They will remember how quick she was to laughter, and of course, her famous Mick Jagger impression.
A memorial service will be held on Nancy’s next birthday, June 25, 2021. In lieu of flowers, and in line with Nancy’s activist spirit, donations can be made to https://fairfight.com. Fair Fight is an apolitical organization dedicated to ensuring fair voting and democracy.