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Nanci L. Ortwein

June 27, 1944 - September 09, 2021

Nanci L. Ortwein

June 27, 1944 - September 09, 2021

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Obituary For Nanci L. Ortwein

Ortwein, Nanci L. (Leverone) of Brewster and Arlington where she was a longtime teacher on September 9th. Loving mother of Kristin Caruso and her husband Michael of Peabody, Kathlyn Ortwein of Yarmouth, and Michael Ortwein and his wife Jennifer of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cherished grandmother of Camryn, Jake and Luke Caruso, Aubrey and Teddy Fleming and Jack, Peter, Charlie and Tommy Ortwein. Sister of Lillian Peracchia and her husband Camillo of Rochester, NY. Aunt of Luigi Peracchia and his wife Nancy of Strasburg, VA; Carla Peracchia of Rochester, NY; and Tanya Baker and her husband John of Fairport, NY, as well as all of her beloved cousins, great-nieces, and great-nephews, and her best-friend of sixty-five years Sandra Brown-Papasedero. Nanci is also survived by her former spouse Bernard M. Ortwein II and his wife Karen of Estero, Florida. Relatives and friends are invited to visit in the DeVito Funeral Home 1145 Mass. Ave., ARLINGTON on Thursday from 4-7 pm and Friday from 9-11 am. A funeral mass will be held on Friday at 11:30 am in St. Agnes Church and can be live streamed by visiting cparl.org. Burial to follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in memory of Nanci to: McCarthy Care Center, 73 Service Road, East Sandwich, MA 02537. Please visit devitofuneralhome.com to view an online guestbook and an expanded obituary.

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16

Sep

Visitation

04:00 PM - 07:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington
1145 Mass. Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476

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17

Sep

Visitation

09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington
1145 Mass. Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476

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17

Sep

Funeral Mass

11:30 AM

St. Agnes Church
32 Medford St.
Arlington, MA 02474

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17

Sep

Burial

12:30 PM

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
70 Medford St.
Arlington, MA 02474

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  • Nanci did everything to keep AHS unified and enjoyable. She worked so hard with the yearbook, Senior Night and Graduation exercises. A fine person that will be dearly missed ! Never to be replaced, with her wonderful ,warm ,welcoming smile!

  • I was very saddened to hear of Nanci's passing. I know there are many generations of Arlington students that valued her as an educator. I got to know her when I when ran multiple times for school committee. Although the campaigns were unsuccessful, she was always a bright light and voice of optimism. Her faith in me meant more to me than she probably knew. To this day I still have the paperweight she gave me that says "Well done is better than well said." So, to you Nanci...you did a great job., now is your time to rest. I will miss you.

  • I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, grandmother, family member, and friend. Nanci was always easy to talk with, interesting, genuine, and fun to socialize with. She will be greatly missed.

  • Nanci added so much fun to our summers in Brewster, such a wonderful woman. You brought so much love and so many laughs..one of my folks (Stan and Joan's) favorite people! So sad for Nanci's family's loss. - Julie (Smith) Taylor

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Katie, Aubrey and Teddy during this difficult time. I know Nanci Ortwein was loved by so many as a beloved teacher and friend. Both of my daughters were blessed to have her as a teacher and guide. Rest In Peace, Ms. Ortwein. You will be greatly missed.

  • Kristin and all of Nanci's family, our deepest condolences on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ken and Libby Peura

  • We knew Nanci going back to Parmenter school days she was a lot of fun and always represented Arlington well . Our sincere condolences to her family Dick and Kathy Milne

  • To Nanci's family, I was very sad to learn of Nanci's passing. Nanci taught me to speak Spanish at AHS, her alma mater, and thanks to her, I can still speak it today. She was our guide when I went to Spain, as was her mom. I have fond memories of Nanci and happy we reconnected on FB. Mucias gracias, Senora Ortwein. Vaya con Dios ❤️ Anne Louise Mammola Breslin

  • May this light shine on you in heaven! Your sister!

  • Nanci was my cousin and friend. We grew up together and had many adventures vacationing in New Hampshire with other cousins, at home at family gatherings and by ourselves. We often would talk and laugh about our memories of Nana and Papa, our parents and aunts and uncles. It was a way of keeping them close to us. My cousin had a loving and generous heart and she loved her family fiercely. If a family member needed help and support, she was there giving it. My cousin I hope you are having a celebration with all our family that have passed. I miss you and love you. There will always be a piece of me with you, our connection is forever. May you rest peacefully in the loving arms of God and may your children and grandchildren receive these blessings. You are forever in my heart. ----Donna Walton

  • So sorry to learn of Nanci's passing. I didn't know Nanci very well, but do remember her from when we were in high school. She has surely made a memorable impact on all those she touched. May her legacy be remembered always. Barbara Peacock-Coady

  • I am appalled. Literally minutes before checking my g-mail account, I was wondering why I had not seen any posts from Nanci on Facebook lately in this high-octane political atmosphere. I surmised that her ardor in defense of liberal causes might have toned down a notch now that President Biden is in charge. Nanci was a redoubtable warrior in support of others...each and every member of her family, her students and colleagues, her friends, her community, her causes...yet, she had given me no clue that she was in a battle for her own life. Nanci and I were the only members of our Senior Seminar in Spanish at Regis in 1966. While she analyzed or recited, I would listen carefully, but my eyes would dwell upon her wide-band ring or her snazzily cropped blonde hair. I was frankly in awe of her comfortable social self. That Nanci would go on to be a much-adored and vigorously involved Spanish teacher in Arlington, MA is no surprise. She must have legions of students who loved her (about 5,000, by her surmise.) I might not have foreseen her then as a grandmother, but she surely was a lively "Mammy" to her brood and a courageous single mom to her three. I can only pray that Nanci, who would have fought tenaciously to stay a bit longer with those she cherished, is now in spiritual communion with those who left this earth before her. I hope that she and her life-long soulmate, Kate Pearson, are up to mischief in another realm.

  • Nanci was one of my first friends at AHS when I started teaching there in 1970. We shared many, many laughs and adventures. We went to Suffolk University to get our Masters together. More laughs, more adventures. She had the ability to find the students who needed her most and to advocate for them. She directed every graduation, almost every yearbook, and many Proms and other school activities. I can't imagine an Arlington without Nanci. My condolences to her family and to the town of Arlington. She will be missed.

  • Talk about positive impact in the world! Nanci Ortwein was a tremendous mentor and friend to hundreds of AHS students through the years. She was a kind and fun person and I loved being part of the 1975 Student Council where she was teacher leader. I learned so much from Mrs. Ortwein and she encouraged all of us in our endeavors. I'll never forget her. Rest in Peace, Mrs. Ortwein. We will miss you. Mary Flynn Myers Class of 1975

  • A wonderful and caring person and teacher. Generous of heart, humor and compassion. With gratitude for all you did for me and others that crossed your path. Condolences . Michele Rivais

  • Thoughts and prayers to the family and many friends. She was an amazing person, teacher and inspiration to many. She meant a great deal to me during my time at AHS. Warm memories, love and gratitude. Peace

  • Nancy L. Ortwein was one of my favorite teachers at Arlington High. I will always cherish my memories of our class trip to Spain. My thoughts and prayers go out to her whole family. Jeanne Rodrigues Varney

  • I'm so saddened by this sudden loss - she's left us too soon! I'll never forget when I first met Nanci - "THE Nanci" was how she introduced herself to me @ The Commons in Lincoln, where we were colleagues for about a year. It was then I knew her reputation preceded her and discovered we both had children who attended the College of Holy Cross. In one word, she was a "firecracker" and her personality made me smile and laugh on many sad and stressful days at that desk that we shared. I shared a photo of us on the page showing the complementary leopard prints we both wore one day. I'll never forget you Nanci - you made such an impression!!

  • I love you Mumma with all my heart. I miss you every minute of every day. You were the best mother anyone could ask for , a great friend, remarkable and memorable teacher, and a legend in Atown. I wish you knew all the love people have for you. You will be forever missed. Thank you for being you and all you have done for us. Thank you for all you have taught me, thank you for being my best friend. R. I. P sweet Mumma

  • Nancy L. Ortwein was one of the best teachers Arlington High School ever had. My thoughts and prayers go towards her family, friends and all members of the Arlington community. God bless.

  • Much Love and condolences to the Ortwein and Leverone families. RIP Nanci. -Rich Mottla

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