Nancy Jane (Johnson) Page, 83, of Upper St. Clair, PA, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2022. She was a caring and creative person with an encyclopedic memory and passion for preserving nature – loved and inspired by all who knew her. Born the only child to parents Oscar Ludwig Johnson and Nancy Jane Barr Johnson on July 6, 1938, in Greensburg, PA, she was raised in Mt. Pleasant, SW Greensburg, and Hempfield Township, PA. Nancy graduated from Greensburg High School in 1956 and Westmoreland Hospital School of Nursing in Greensburg in 1959. She was the beloved wife of Paul H. Page (d. 2020) for 58 years, loving mother of Heather A. Page (Todd McMullen), Thomas A. (Kristin), and David L. (Kerrin); cherished grandmother of Sarah, Matthew, Cullen, and Lillian.
As a Registered Nurse, she worked in the operating room at Westmoreland Hospital and specialized in urology at Syracuse University Hospital, Syracuse, NY. She left the field to raise her children but later returned to work, focusing on geriatrics and finally pediatrics at Mt. Lebanon Pediatrics, Mt. Lebanon, PA.
Nancy said that her life began when she moved to the country in 1948 (Twin Run Farm, Hempfield Twp.) where she spent many hours in the fields and forest near her home. It was there where she learned to love the natural world which set her course for its conservation. Amongst nature, she would find the love of her life, her husband Paul, while she was a camp nurse and he, a counselor at Pine Springs Camp in the Laurel Highlands. After their wedding they resided in Syracuse, NY, followed by 54 years in Upper St. Clair where they raised their children.
Nancy had a deep faith in God and was a devoted member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair, PA. She served in the Choir, as a Sunday School Teacher, Elder, and Deacon, member of the Women’s Circle, and was the go-to gal for philanthropic projects. A talented and creative seamstress, she loved working with students, leading USC High School Theater’s costume department for 25 years. Nancy was an avid western PA history enthusiast and has donated historical pieces to the Heinz History Center, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and the McCarl Coverlet Gallery at St. Vincent College. She was an avid conservationist and birder and for decades led and was the founder of the local Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count for Pittsburgh South Hills Bird Circle and Co-Founder of USC Citizens for Land Stewardship. She was also a Guild Member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, recognized for her exquisite Painting on Tin, Bronze Powder Stenciling, and Theorem Painting.
We will remember her smile, warmth, energy, sassiness, Swedish pride, creativity, love for life, family, and friends- but also students, colleagues, and patients, many of whom over time became her dearest friends. She cared for others all her life, up until the very end, and made a difference in the lives of many. Her unwavering faith and compassion for all God’s creatures, manifested by her life’s work, is the legacy she leaves to us all.
She will be interred at Westminster Presbyterian Church columbarium. A memorial service to be held at a later date. The family suggests memorials to Westminster Church, Westminster-church.org, Pine Springs Camp, pinesprings.org, or Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, waterandlife.org. Arrangements by Paul Henney, Cremation & Funeral Tributes, Bethel Park, PA.
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