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Nancy L.K. Clemens

1945 - 2015 PITTSFIELD, MA Nancy Clemens died Saturday, July 11th, 2015 at home. Nancy was born on March 9, 1945 to Harry F. Kiligas and Marcella A. (Sherman) Kiligas at the House of Mercy in Pittsfield. She attended Crane and Pomeroy Elementary Schools, South Junior High and Pittsfield High School.After graduating from P.H.S. with the class of 1963, she entered Wagner College (Staten Island, NY) to major in German. She attended Wagner's Junior-Year-Abroad Program in Bregenz, Austria. To further strengthen her German language skills she worked at a Lutheran Girls' Home in West Berlin from 1967-1968. Desiring to begin her teaching career, she was assisted by a Lutheran organization and directed to an opening at Lutheran High East in Harper Woods, Michigan, near Detroit. After several months at the High School, she married English Teacher, Ron Clemens on Nov. 1, 1968; however, early in 1969, the school administration informed the couple that one would have to leave due to a rule against "First-Degree Relationships" on the faculty. The couple left Lutheran High East. Nancy secured a teaching position in the public schools of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; however the slot was for French and English_not German. Just prior to the Christmas checks and vacation of 1969, she was told not to return after the holiday because of pregnancy (with due date in March). In May of that year, mother, daughter and husband went East to Main Street, Otis, Mass. Eventually, Nancy was allowed to return to teaching of German. At Berkshire Community College she became the German Department and initially grew the offerings until austerity measures caused her to be laid off around 1976. After a few years as Assistant Personnel Director at City Savings Bank, Nancy returned to B.C.C. where she was Director of Development. In her three years with the administration, she helped in the formation of the B.C.C. College Foundation. After time at B.C.C., Nancy formed a home-cleaning enterprise, but the first of several encounters with cancer forced her to disband the business. During her treatment period, she worked as a VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer at the office of CONSTRUCT in Gt. Barrington. In 1994, after writing a grant proposal, she established "Project HEROA (Health, Education, Resource, Outreach, Advocacy), a federally-funded health screening program for uninsured women over 40." (Berkshire Eagle, May 30, 2002) Nancy's last endeavor was with Dayspring Realty from about 2004 until 2012. She was a Broker Associate with the firm until the birth of her great granddaughter in 2013. Along the way, Nancy was the organist at The First Church of Christ Scientist, in Pittsfield and she served as a substitute organist at churches around the Berkshires. She also worked on many genealogical projects, even visiting records in Vremen, Germany. She is survived by her husband, Ron Clemens, her daughter Kristina Cardot and her husband Gary Cardot of Marlborough, CT., sister Cheryl Sutton and her husband Steven Sutton of Naples, FL, her granddaughter Viktoria McCormack and her fiance Andrew Maguire of Pittsfield, triplet grandchildren Kassandra, Aleksand ria and Mikah Cardot, and great granddaughter, Anastasia Maguire, as well as many cousins in Florida, North Carolina and Dalton. A memorial luncheon will be served at noon Thursday, July 16 at Morningside Baptist Church (Tyler and Grove Streets, Pittsfield). In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice Care in The Berkshires, 877 South St., Pittsfield. (hcib.org)
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 14, 2015
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