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Nancy Carole Erck

Nancy Carole Erck

Nancy Erck, 71, Mitchell, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at her home under hospice care from Gliobastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Memorial services will be Saturday, November 23, 2013, 11:00AM, at the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Nancy Carole Anne Pierce was born on June 28, 1942 in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of the late Margaret and Fred Pierce. She grew up in Mount Lebanon, PA as the fifth of seven children.

Nancy graduated from St Francis Academy High School before entering the Catholic Convent of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden, PA. She dedicated seven years of service teaching Catholic elementary school and earning a college degree in education before leaving the convent and entering the nursing profession.

Nancy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA. in June of 1970. She continued her education at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, receiving a M.S. in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing in May 1972.

She married John Erck on September 4, 1976 in Washington, DC. They resided in McLean, Virginia until January 2003.

She had a psychotherapy practice in Hyannis MA then joined the staff of Boston City Hospital. In 1975 she moved to the Washington DC area where she was a psychiatric nurse and therapist until her retirement in 2001. She was a paid consultant to the National Institutes of Health from 1985 until 2001.

In January 2003 after her husbands retirement, they traveled for more than 30 months across the United States, Mexico and Canada in a motorhome. It was their adventure of a lifetime. They purchased a home and settled in Mitchell in August 2005.

Shortly after arriving in Mitchell, Nancy began serving as the Program Manager for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected Children). She served in that capacity until 2010. She continued to serve on the CASA board. In 2007, she began serving as an Adjunct member of the Nursing Faculty at Dakota Wesleyan University. As a member of the Universitys Parish Nursing Outreach Project, she regularly volunteered her services to monitor blood pressures of residents of the Wesley Acre Retirement Community. She was a member and Past President of the Mitchell Lions Club; she served on the Board of Mitchell Main Street and Beyond; she served on the Board of the Mitchell area Concert Series and also served on the Board of the Abbott House.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband John. She is also survived by brothers, sisters and their spouses: Fred Pierce and his wife, Mary in Pittsburgh, PA, Patricia Getty and her husband, Frank (deceased) in Bethel Park, PA., Joan Gross and her husband, Richard in Fairfield, OH; Rosemary Gray and her husband, John (both deceased), John Pierce and his wife, Liz in Longview, TX, Daniel Pierce and his wife, Anne of Coral Springs, FL and by many loving nieces and nephews.