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May 24, 1963 - August 7, 2017
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Nancy Ann Bronder died August 7th, 2017 of injuries sustained in a bicycle accident in Hopkinton. Nancy was born May 24, 1963 in Camden, NJ. She was the daughter of Patrick Joseph Bronder and Carol Partlow Bronder of Hopkinton, MA.
Nancy was a graduate of the Bancroft School and was awarded the Physics Prize at her graduation from Dartmouth College in 1987. Nancy did graduate work in the History of Science at UW-Madison and received her Masters in Education at Antioch-NE. From 1989-2017 Nancy taught math to middle school students in New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming and Syracuse, NY. Nancy was tireless in discovering the most effective ways to help young people understand and use math. Nancy was a master gardener and enjoyed painting, biking, walking and skiing. More than anything else Nancy reveled in the world of ideas and literature. Nancy read good books every day.
Nancy married Philip Major at the Hanover Friends Meeting House in 1987. They shared the joys of dancing, music, good food and wilderness canoe trips together for 32 years. Together they built a home for their family on a hilltop in Sutton, NH. Nancy was a strong, perceptive, loving mother for her children, Eleanor and Noah. Nancy supported Noah, Eleanor and Philip in countless ways. Nancy was a deeply spiritual person. Her heart and mind were constantly concerned with seeking justice and truth. Nancy was a creative, faithful member of several Episcopal congregations where she led family programs, sang in choirs, and established a nursery for the care of the youngest members. Nancy and Philip found great joy in learning from each other and leading Appreciative Inquiry events, Couple Enrichment retreats and the J2A youth ministry program together.
Nancy will be dearly missed by her family, friends and students. Nancy was predeceased by her father, Patrick and her niece, Kylene. Nancy is survived by her husband, Philip, children, Eleanor and Noah Bronder-Major, mother, Carol, sister, Pam (Philip) Bronder-Giroux, brothers, Michael (Mary Kate), Tom (Leslie Collins) and Pat (Deb), sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor Major and Tom (Kristin) Major, 11 nieces and nephews and many other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Syracuse, August 27th at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heifer Project, heifer.org, or to Episcopal Relief and Development, episcopalrelief.com. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton, www.ChesmoreFuneralHome.com