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Nancy VanEtten

d. April 1, 2022

Nancy Jean VanEtten, 66, passed away at The Kaplan Family Hospice Residence, in Newburgh on Friday, April 1, 2022.
She lived in Ulster County her whole life; most recently residing in Rosendale for over twelve years.

She was the first twin daughter born to the late Gordon Elmond VanEtten and June Dell Nesbitt.

Nancy had a 37-year career in banking, beginning immediately after High School. She worked in both Ulster and Orange Counties and survived several bank mergers. Her real passion, however, was traveling. She lived for her vacations, and these were the highlight of each of her working years. She traveled to Arizona, Florida, and Utah several times each, among other states. She loved visiting her brother Steve and his family in Utah, and she particularly enjoyed their trips to Yellowstone National Park.

Nancy’s love of travel started with the countless trips she took with her parents growing up. She thrived on camping, day trips, and other trips with friends and family. Closer to home she enjoyed Lake Minnewaska and Mohonk. She toured New York extensively and could read a map like a pro.

In addition to traveling, Nancy loved music, particularly Oldies/Rock & Roll. Her favorite band was Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons. She also loved County Fairs and Carousels. At fairs, Nancy enjoyed visiting the farm animals, and she rode any carousel she ever encountered, with the joy and glee of a child. She also was a great fan of dogs, and never failed to greet them at every encounter.

Nancy made many friends in Rosendale. People loved her energy. She lived life to the full, and in doing so she logged an amazing number of miles. She will be remembered for her positivity, light, and spirit.

Nancy is survived by her brother David J. VanEtten and his wife Meredith VanEtten, of Wawarsing, her sister-in-law, Bonnie VanEtten of Kaysville, Utah, two nephews—Damon VanEtten (Amie) of Kaysville, Utah, and George Daniel VanEtten (Heidi) of Laramie, Wyoming, and one niece, Tammy VanEtten, also of Utah. She is also survived by several great nieces and nephews- Ashleigh, Christopher, and Lexie (Utah) and Tyler and Breanna (Wyoming.)

In addition to her parents, Nancy is predeceased by her brother, Stephen VanEtten and her twin sister, Debra VanEtten.

A graveside service will be held for Nancy at Pine Bush Cemetery, Kerhonkson, on Friday, May 6, 2022, at 11:00 am.

Simpson-Hammerl Funeral Home is honored to assist the family of Nancy with the funeral arrangements.

Online condolences may be left for Nancy by visiting

Contributions in Nancy’s name may be sent to The Arc Mid-Hudson, 471 Albany Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401. Contributions may also be made online:, under Tribute gift.
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