Nancy Julin Wolf (nee Snider), 91, of Marlton, New Jersey, passed peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. While born in Pittsburgh, PA and living briefly in Southampton, PA, Nancy lived for more than 40 years in Indiana, PA, with Ed, her devoted husband of 62 years, before moving to New Jersey.
Nancy was raised by her mother Florence but grew up alongside her first cousins, Jack and Marion, like siblings. Mom spoke proudly of how her mother had raised her during the depression as a single mother but always had her dressed impeccably in clothing she designed and made by hand. This love of fashion led to some local modeling experiences. Her mother also opened the door for Nancy to explore the arts. Nancy’s love of dance began with some training as a child and blossomed into a lifelong passion. Nancy also studied piano and became quite an accomplished classical pianist.
Nancy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1956 and became a physical education and health teacher at Shaler High School, where she found Ed, who became the love of her life. In her more recent years, she loved to share the story of how when she and dad, a history teacher at Shaler, first started courting, that the girls who surrounded dad’s desk at the end of class would act jealous when she stopped in to see him. They got married in 1958. Their family expanded over the next handful of years as Mark, Joyce and Lisa were born and they moved to Indiana, which became their home for most of their lives. Nancy was a physical education teacher at Indiana High School. She was an innovator and that passion for dance found its home at school. She introduced dance into the physical education curriculum and became the choreographer for all the musicals during her tenure. While being a great source of embarrassment to her teenage daughters when their mom wiggled her hips and sporting her black spandex leggings as she demonstrated the Hustle for her students, she was known to be a cool and very caring teacher, nurturing students who weren’t very confident expressing themselves through dance. She was also so proud of her great coup – successfully recruiting key players of the football team to join the musical ensembles , making dance and music athletic and cool.
Nancy and Ed and had a lifetime of adventures during their 62 years of marriage, ending in 2020, when Nancy lost the love of her life. Nancy and Ed had been joined at the hip during those many years, so to talk about Nancy’s ventures is to talk about Ed’s. While Ed was called upon for his homemade bread, Nancy was known for pie making skills so was always asked to bring her creations to all family and friend events. Nancy and Ed were world travelers, devouring the cultures of all but two continents. Nancy and Ed both had a great appreciation and love of wildlife. When they moved to New Jersey, they would often interrupt their catching-up-on-the-day phone calls with their children to describe the wild turkeys coming for a visit in their backyard. And one of Nancy’s favorite outings with her girls after Ed passed involved a trip to the Mount Laurel Animal Hospital to visit her friends: the goats, longhorn cows, emus and pot bellied pigs being protected there.
Nancy is survived by her daughters Joyce (Stephen) Malcolm and Lisa; grandchildren Juliana, Maxwell, Eric and Alex; She was pre-deceased by husband Edward, son Mark and mother Florence.
Friends are invited to a visitation and brief service on Sunday, October 15 from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM on Sunday, October 15 at Mathis Funeral Home, Medford, NJ.
In lieu of flowers her family would be honored if you made a donation to The Alzheimer’s Association, the ASPCA or Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary.