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| Monday, Jan. 10, 2005

Nancy E. Black enjoyed keeping busy and spending time with people.

Whether it was watching children in the day-care program at Butler County Community College or playing bingo at the Greenwood Manor personal care home in her later years, she never slowed down.

Nancy E. (Shidler) Black of Butler, formerly of Cooperstown, Butler County, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005, in Butler Memorial Hospital. She was 95.

Mrs. Black, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., grew up in a working family, said her son, Ronald A. Black.

Her parents lived in Wisconsin, where they ran a motel, before moving to Western Pennsylvania, he said.

Nancy Black continued working and cared for her children after her husband, Raymond Black, was struck and killed by a car in 1973, Ronald Black said.

Raymond Black, a tree surgeon, was from the Butler area.

In addition to keeping the books for her husband's business, Mrs. Black worked at the former Gimbel's department store in the North Hills and as a nurse's aide in various area nursing homes, her son said.

Later in her life, Mrs. Black worked in the field that gave her the most satisfaction -- child care, Ronald Black said. She worked in the child care unit at Butler County Community College into her 80s.

"She loved the kids," Ronald Black said. "We were a little afraid the kids would jump on her lap and break something."

In her free time, Mrs. Black enjoyed going with her friends to the local fire halls and American Legion halls to play bridge.

"She had a wonderful personality," Ronald Black said. "She got along with everyone. And everyone who met her loved her. She made friends easily."

Mrs. Black moved into the Greenwood Manor personal care home in Butler in 1998, where she enjoyed playing cards and bingo with the other residents, said Janice Simon, one of the owners of the home.

"She was very pleasant and had a good mind," Simon said. "Her death is a real loss for everyone."

Nancy Black is survived by sons Ronald Black, of Saxonburg, and Jerry A. Black, of Oil City; daughters, Shirley Ann Fetteroff of Cooperstown and Nancy Jane Fry of Butler; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Black; a son, David Black; a sister and two brothers.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Herbert R. King Jr. Funeral Home Inc., 2841 Woodland Circle at Route 8, Hampton. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Butler.

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