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In Memory of Nancy Pivar

Nancy Sue Pivar, age 63, passed away peacefully at her home in Hudson on January 20, 2021 after her courageous fight with dementia. Nancy was born on May 4, 1957 in Muttontown, New York to parents Stuart Pivar and Anne Lansing. After graduating from High School Nancy continued her education by taking a variety of courses that interested her at various universities. She worked for her fathers company Chem-Tainer Industries and also worked for the New York Academy of Art. Nancy loved living her life full of adventure, laughter, and Independence. Her and her husband Richard Gibbons where married in 1994 and made many wonderful memories together traveling the world and driving to every State in America. Nancy had a magnetic personality and smile, and made friends with ease wherever she went. She will be missed greatly by her whole family.

A letter from her niece – “My Aunt Nancy died today.

When we were little she saved my brother Jasper’s life by diving into a river that was leading to a waterfall and pulled him out.

She survived a terrible accident that took away her ability to walk and speak, but she relearned how to do everything from sheer will power.

She was always singing and looking for fun, even after her accident. She was the life of every party, and until her last days her husband Richard took care of her and loved her. I am so grateful for Rick for the quality of life he helped provide for her.

There are no words to express the kind of person she was. You just had to know her. I only wish I had spent more time with her, to see her leading the crowds and enabling all the fun in the world! Like Nancy and Rick deciding on a whim to fly to the Virgin Islands with only a brown paper bag filled with a spare set of clothes and whatever else you might need for an adventure.

Nancy Sue Pivar I love you so much. You lit up everyone’s world and now that you’re gone I can’t help but feel like I didn’t get enough time with you. You are an inspiration. You are a survivor. You are the most beautiful person I’ve ever known.”

Nancy is survived by her husband Richard Gibbons; Father Stuart Pivar; sisters Margie Pivar and Amy Pivar; nephews Jovie Federici, Jasper Hoitsma and niece Sheyna Rose Hoitsma. She is preceded in death by her mother Anne Lansing Memorials are preferred to Dementia Society of America.

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    • Nancy was my teacher, mentor, and friend during my time attending Studio Art School. Nancy took time to know each of her students and help each one grow develop into young adults and artists. Her methods were before their time known today as child centered and best practice. Wth out Nancy and the other teachers myself and so many other young people would of been lost. Instead, I was encouraged, protected, and inspired to develop my art and find beauty even in struggle. I still paint, draw, and I also became a teacher. Thank you, Nancy for a that you did your for me and you will never be forgotten.


    • Richard,
      Nancy truly brought life and smiles to those around her. I’m thankful for the ability to have known her and her beautiful voice. You were such an advocate for her wishes and dignity. You were her guardian angel on earth through your cares. May you find comfort, knowing she is now at peace!
      Dr Severson