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Nancy Jean Arcesi

December 8, 1950 - November 25, 2020


Waverly, New York

Date of Death:

November 25, 2020



Birth Date:

December 8, 1950

Birth Place:

Towanda, Pennsylvania

Service Information:

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 12:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York


Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 11 to 12 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York


Lockwood Cemetery, Lockwood, New York

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Nancy Jean Arcesi

Nancy J. Arcesi, age 69, of Waverly, NY passed away peacefully at home on November 25, 2020 after a brief battle with an aggressive, rare brain cancer.

Nancy was born on December 8, 1950 in Towanda, PA to Bernard and Mary Jane (Lynch) Safford. She was raised on her Dad's farm in Lockwood, NY, where her love for animals developed from a young age. Nancy was a 1968 graduate of Waverly High School and a lifelong Valley resident. 

She was pre-deceased by her parents and niece, Denise Schreck of Medina, NY.

Nancy is survived by her son, Shawn (Nicole) Blakeman of Raleigh, NC; daughter, Karen Blakeman of Waverly, NY; sister, Margaret "Peggy" (David) Schreck of Medina, NY; nephew, Matthew (Maggie) Schreck of Atlanta, GA; and five grandchildren, Nolan and Nate Blakeman of Raleigh, NC and Willow, Lincoln, and Cullen Sharpsteen of Waverly, NY. She also leaves behind dear friends, Barb Bucholtz of W. Melbourne, FL, Gail Williams of Sayre, PA and Mary Rita Genevia. Surviving Nancy at home are her beloved pets, Monty, Tuffy, Phyllis and Ace and her spouse, Mike Arcesi.

Nancy worked for the hometown paper, the Morning-Times, for over 20 years and developed lifelong bonds with several of her colleagues. She thoroughly enjoyed the daily exchanges with her friends in the Composing and Sports departments. Every day she completed the crossword in its entirety. She was a passionate fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and infamously "watched" their thrilling SB52 win with her eyes closed, holding two lucky charms, because she was too terrified to watch firsthand. 

After retiring, she turned her love of animals in to a pet sitting service which kept her quite busy, but never made her rich. Nancy's focus was making sure both the pets and people were happy and cared for, not on making money. Many of her closest friends were initially clients she met via her new venture. 
She had a heart of gold and rarely said 'no', which lead to Nancy adopting multiple cats over the course of her life. She contributed extensively, both individually and working with others, to trap, spay/neuter, and release countless feral and stray cats in the Valley. 

Nancy was a kind, gentle woman who was most comfortable at home. Not one to seek the spotlight or travel, she lived an honest, faithful life. You could often find her in the audience or bleachers at her children’s' events, then in later years at her grandchildren’s' events. She loved them all dearly and lit up any time she saw them. Always doing for others and never quite aware of what a good person she was, Nancy will be remembered for her humility, grace and quiet example. 

Nancy was also a devoted member of Athens' Wesleyan Church, and found great support in her church family.

A time of calling will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 11 to 12 at Blauvelt's Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. A funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 12:00 PM at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY 14892 with Pastor Joshua Householder officiating.  For those unable to attend the services, they will be Live Streamed at  Private interment will be at the Lockwood cemetery, Lockwood, NY. Nancy will be laid to rest directly adjacent to the fields her father worked on the farm.  For those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Nancy’s family, you may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be sent to Stray Haven Humane Society & SPCA, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892 

Sympathy Messages

From: Marilyn palmer
Nancy was the kindest, most generous person I ever knew.  She followed her heart even when it brought her great pain.  She deserved better than what life gave her.  I will  carry her memory in my heart forever.

From: Dawn Campbell
Nancy was a wonderful, kind woman.  I got to know her through her pet sitting service, which was always top notch.  I will miss seeing her around the community.  The best always leave us way too soon.  My sympathy and condolences to you all.

From: Lynda Williams
I'm sorry to hear this.
Nancy was my good friend and wonderful cat sitter for over 15 years.
I will miss her.

From: Diane Lopreste
What a shock to hear of this wonderful women's passing.  She did a great job taking care of our cats for us!  She was very generous in donating to Barb Rocket's spay and neuter fund.  Always a pleasure to run into her and see her at the Village office.  My condolences to her family.

From: Jessica Blackwell
I will miss Nancy's warm and wonderful smile and compassion! I am so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing woman!

Nancy was a Neighbor of ours in Lockwood.  So sorry to hear of her passing.  She was always so kind and smiling,  She will be greatly missed by anyone who knew her.

From: Alice Bennett
I'm so very sorry for your loss.  I didn't know Nancy well, but I knew her to be caring and a true lover of animals, making her a very special person.  My sympathies.

From: Alison Creedon Ferro
I was so sorry to hear about your mom's passing.  You are all in my prayers.

From: Glenn Rolfe
This is so heartbreaking. Nancy (or Bison as i called her!) was an incredible co-worker who made the stress of daily sports composing deadlines so much fun. 
For two decades we worked together and shared a zillion laughs. 
Condolences to Nancy's family and adopted family, her loving animals.

From: Cindy Webster
I met Nancy through my work at Stray Haven and she was a kind, helpful, and caring soul.  She helped me find homes for some of my rescues.  So very sorry to hear of her passing this is a great loss.  My thoughts and prayers to Karen and the family at this awful time. RIP Nancy

From: julie wendela
Nancy was a wonderful person and will be missed. She was a joy to know and a friend to all. I had the pleasure of knowing Nancy from Silver Sneakers exercises in Nichols.

From: Laura Hoppe
I first met your mom through your grandparents as their back yard connected with my husband's family's back yard (Center St./William St.). I'd see her walking a dog around town but became close to her through our exercise program at the Creamery in Nichols.  She always greeted everyone with a smile. I have never known a kinder more gentle, loving person.  You are all in my thoughts.  My prayer is that she is basking in the love she so deserved.

From: Kaye Stanton
Yes, you would say this was a shock to read of Nancy’s passing. I was a classmate of hers from Waverly, I was in High School Band with her and we were in the same Home Room..
I Will remember her most for the duet we played together in our High School Band  during our Graduation ceremony in 1968.

From: Ronald Bleiler
What a wonderful lady and great mom.  My deepest condolences go out to the family.  God Bless, Nancy.

From: Steve and Paula Piatt
So sorry to hear of the passing of a dear friend and former co-worker at the Evening Times (now the Morning Times) many laughs and memories of a person who was a big part of our daily lives for many years....thoughts and prayers to Shawn, Karen and family....

From: lee warner
Dear Mike and Family sorry to hear about Nancy my prays are with you.  She was a very nice lady.

From: Cindy Lord
My sympathy for the family in the passing of Nancy.  I so admired her love for animals and what she did for them when she could.

From: Barb Bucholtz
I will miss my dear friend forever. We shared so many happy memories and she was someone you could always count on to be honest and thoughtful. Such a conscientious pet sitter. I never worried for a minute when she watched my animals. May she be at peace now after the trauma she's been through. Blessings to her family.

From: Vance Tracy
My thoughts and prayers to Nancy’s family and friends. Sorry for your loss. I first met Nancy in 5th grade at the old West End school. We were Waverly graduates of 1968. Hope, you find comfort and joy in the memories you have of her.

From: Mary j Kershner

Aunt Nancy and Uncle Michael, I love you very much. You are always in my heart and I will forever hold on to memories of my awesome aunt and uncle..   with all my love for you, Mary j.

From: Tom & Rhonda Tighe
Rhonda and I are so sorry for your loss.
you are in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Julia
I’m so truly sorry for your loss.  Sending much prayers,hugs and love your way.

From: Sue Briggs
With great sadness, I do send you all my prayers for strength and wisdom these coming days weeks etc.
I have only recently gotten to know Nancy in a more personal way.  My heart breaks with yours at her passing.  Truly your loss is great!  Her obituary is very well written and honors her beautifully.

From: Stephen Tubbs
Our sincere condolences to Nancy's family.  Nancy was a fellow classmate in the WHS Class of 1968.  She was in Jeff Millard's typing class with me and could type one hundred words a minute to my twenty. She saved the keys on my Remington electric many times from my ham hands!  Nancy was a friend to all and beautiful soul who will be sorely missed by those who knew her.  May she rest in everlasting peace with the Lord.
Steve and Julia Tubbs

From: Jim Tuccinardi
Condolences on the loss of your spouse, mother, Aunt, Grandmother

From: Pat Bonning you
It is with great sadness and surprise that I read of Nancy’s passing.   I met her in 7th grade home room, our seats being next to each other.  From there, we became great friends all through high school.  After listening to a  school announcement one morning asking for junior band newcomers, we looked at one another and agreed that was something we’d like to try, so we joined band together and took our lessons after buying matching clarinets from the same local store.  That  solidified our friendship and love of band until we graduated in 1968.  
     I remember her intelligent wit and her poise throughout our student years together.  Though I lost contact with my high school friends, I never forgot how much she meant to me growing up. 
     Pat Russell Bonning

From: Dale Porter
So sorry to read of Nancy’s passing. This time of year brings back fond memories of Nancy, Peggy, some other members of the Lockwood church, and myself going door to door in Lockwood singing Christmas carols. What an “outdated cultural depiction” of a more civilized time that is. Peace be with you all in this time of sadness.

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