Our beloved Nanette Jane Mershon, who was born on September 2, 1938, in Newark, New Jersey, died peacefully on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Suncoast Hospice Center near St. Petersburg Florida. She attended High School at St. Mary’s Villa Academy, a private boarding school for Catholic girls, in Sloatsburg, N.Y., graduating in 1956. After attending Montclair State Teacher’s College in Montclair, N.J. for two years she started her family but then finished college at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, with a Bachelor’s degree in teaching. She went on to receive several post graduate degrees as well. She moved to the Chicago area in 1962, where she raised her family, and taught in the Glen Ellyn, Il. school system for 25 years. She returned to New Jersey in the early 90’s, to care for her ailing Mother and elderly Aunt. Her final teaching position was in Atlantic City where she taught special needs children from the inner city.
Nan was a very special, fun loving person, and her passing leaves a hole in the hearts and a void in the lives of her family as well as the many hundreds, or thousands, of people whom she touched and embraced throughout her very full and enriching life. She was an inspiration to everyone who called her Mom, Nana, Auntie Nan, Teacher, Colleague or Friend. Nanette has now rejoined the love of her life, Herb Mershon, her parents, Robina (Beebe) and Arthur Bradshaw, her brother, Michael, and her stepdaughter, Ann Marie Slaven, as well as the many others who were lost to her in this liftime. She is survived by her brothers Robert (Judith) and George (Polly) Bradshaw; her children, William (Gerda) Slaven, Timothy (Kelly) Slaven, Daniel (Angela) Slaven and Robin (Rod) Quilitz; her step children, Teresa Casey and Michael Anthony (Rhonda) Slaven, Kelly Miracle and Michelle (Dave) Chappell. She also had many grandchildren, as well as many nephews, nieces and cousins, each and every of whom were so very special to her. She will never leave our hearts or our memories, and the many lessons she taught us through her words and actions will continue to inspire and guide us.
She will be remembered in a celebration of her life on June 30, 2018 in Barnegat Light, N.J., the place she loved so much and chose to be her home. Not one of us will ever think of Nan without thinking of LBI - or think of LBI without thinking of her. You are welcome to join us in our celebration, and we will provide more details as time and planning will allow. If you are not immediate family and wish to be contacted when the details of the celebration have been planned, please leave your contact information in the message area. If you cannot attend in person, then raise glass to her memory on that day (Miller Light would be most appropriate).
If you are so inclined, donations in her memory may be made to an organization that inspires you. Nanette was inspired by organizations that supported children, education, racial equality and justice.
David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Central Avenue Chapel in St. Petersburg is serving the family.