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Nancy Blomquist Shattuck

May 22, 1937 ~ August 12, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old


Nancy Blomquist Shattuck, 86 years old of Mars, PA, was an extraordinary mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. She left this world peacefully on August 12, 2023 in Wexford, PA. 

She was born May 22, 1937 to the late James Alfred and Audrey Sears Blomquist of North Warren, PA where she lived most of her life. After graduating from Warren High School, she attended Allegheny College and Jamestown Business College.

While raising her children as a single mother in North Warren, she worked in the loan department of Pennbank, was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, was a Notary Public, coached girl’s softball, and cared for her elderly parents, aunts, and uncle.

When Nancy retired from full-time work and moved to Mars, PA she was able to pursue her calling, caring for and working with children. She worked as a nanny for various loving families over the years and in church nurseries at Memorial Park Church and Valencia Presbyterian Church. Most of all, she was always there for her grandchildren and prioritized attending their activities, taking them on special outings, and showering them with love. 

In recent years, Nancy was active in the PennMar Plaza apartment building association where she resided. She acted as board president for several years, planned monthly resident parties, organized the weekly Steelers football game pools, and provided musical support for the monthly Caring Hearts Program.  She was always there for her neighbors, providing support for whatever was needed be it transportation, pet assistance, shopping or just a listening ear.  She was sad when she had to move next door to St. John’s Specialty Care Center, but kept her friends close in her heart.

Committed to her Presbyterian faith, Nancy was a member of North Warren Presbyterian Church until she joined Valencia Presbyterian Church upon moving to Mars. She was an avid sports fan following the Cincinnati “Big Red Machine” baseball team in the 1970s and later the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers. Nancy loved to read, sing, dance, draw, paint, work on her family’s genealogy, and travel - especially to anywhere near the ocean.  She loved the water and spent every summer of her childhood and young adult life at her family’s cottage at Cheney’s Point on Chautauqua Lake.  She also fostered a passion for animals, loving many pet cats over the years, decorating her homes in chicken and rooster decor, and volunteering at Animal Friends in Pittsburgh.

Nancy demonstrated strength in many ways, including surviving breast cancer twice. Her life was full of love, laughter, faith, and family, which she treasured above all else. Her love for them is matched only by their love for her and they will forever hold dear her memory. 

She is survived by her children John R. (Mary Pat) Shattuck, Jr. of Warren, PA and Tammy  (Stephen) Hawbaker of Gibsonia, PA; one sister, Barbara Kocher of Honey Brook, PA.

She was blessed with seven grandchildren - Jade Shattuck (Michael) Burrus, Robin Hawbaker (Kevin) Elrod, Tara N. Shattuck, Megan Hawbaker (Jordan) Oeler, Coleton Hawbaker, Ryan Shattuck and Troy (Emily) Shattuck;  four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, grand and great grand nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her sister Rachel Blomquist Loree and nephew Thomas Loree.

Friends and family will be received at the Penn Mar Plaza Community Room, 2 Gilkey Drive, Mars, PA on Friday, August 18, 2023 from Noon until time of Memorial Service at 1:30 PM. Please park at St. John Specialty Care Center parking lot adjacent to Penn Mar Plaza.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Nancy’s honor to Animal Friends Camp Horne Road. Arrangements are under the direction of the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA and condolences are available at



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