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Nancy Rogers Shafsky

Nancy passed away at her home on February 25, 2014. She was born on March 25, 1921 to the late Bess and Claude Rogers in Indiana. She had an older sister, Betty Jane Lofland (2004). Nancy spent her childhood in Phoenix and Pasadena. She graduated from UCLA in 1943 where she was a member of KKG. She attended a CAA (now FAA) class to train control tower operators and was the first woman tower operator at the L.A. Municipal Airport. In 1946, she married Navy Captain Boyd Shafsky of Berkeley at the Chapel on North Island in Coronado. In 1950, their son Scott was born in Pasadena, while Boyd was on duty on the aircraft carrier Philippine Sea. They spent their married life moving from one Naval Station to another until Boyd retired from the Navy. They bought a house in Kensington in 1954, traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, had an antiques shop on Solano Avenue in Berkeley, and enjoyed their years together until Boyd died in 1988. Nancy then had a B&B in the apartment of her home and volunteered with the Richmond schools and at the Richmond Art Center. After her cancer diagnosis in 2013 (and a short trial of chemotherapy), she chose quality of life over all else. Her son, Scott, and his wife, Atsuko, were almost constant caregivers, as were the wonderful people of Sutter Hospice. Nancy leaves son Scott (Atsuko); and granddaughters Hannah (Joe) of Albany, Leah of Chico, Lilah of Los Angeles, and Pema of N. San Juan and Berkeley. She leaves four great-grandchildren: Soleil and Judah (Leah), and Isaac and Hayes (Hannah).  She also leaves her niece Vicki (Don) and nephew Hank (Billie). Nancy also leaves behind many dear friends and family members. There will be a private family celebration of her life. 


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 2, 2014
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