Nancy Lanik CHARLOTTE - Nancy Lee Burgess Lanik, of Charlotte, formerly of Concord, NC, passed away on December 18, 2013, at the age of 66, following a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Nancy was born March 16, 1947, to the late James Duncan and Vertie Moore Burgess in Concord, NC. She was a 1965 graduate of Concord High School. After graduation, Nancy joined the Army where she served in the Women's Army Corps until her honorable discharge in 1967. While in the military she met the father of her four children who were the world in her eyes. Nancy lived in New York and New Jersey after her marriage before moving back to North Carolina in the early '90s. Nancy was educated in the field of occupational therapy while in the Army, became certified, and it became her lifelong profession. She worked for North East Home Health and later for Sundance Rehabilitation serving the Asheboro area. After becoming ill she moved to Charlotte to be closer to her family. Her patients loved her and have missed her tremendously. Nancy worked diligently after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer to help raise awareness of the disease. She helped organize many fund raisers to aid in ovarian cancer research and was always a participant when able. She was able to realize a longtime dream of visiting Rome, the Vatican, and travelling throughout Italy with fellow parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas. Her faith was very much a part of her everyday life and she credited the prayers of others for helping her surpass doctor's expectations. Nancy also loved cooking, gardening, and taking care of her children, who along with her other family members provided the utmost joy in her life. Those left to cherish her memory are children Kerstin Lanik of Carolina Shores, NC, Robert C. Lanik III of Lanoka Harbor, NJ, Cathleen Lanik Wesolek (Eric) of Charlotte, NC, and Christopher Lanik of Charlotte, NC; sisters, Barbara Burgess Burris (Randy) of Mt. Pleasant, NC, and Marlene Burgess Berk (Tony) of Southern Pines, NC; and brother Johnnie Burgess (Stephanie) of Hubert, NC; granddaughters Ashlyn and Brooke Lanik of Lanoka Harbor, NJ; and many nieces and nephews. All who knew Nancy loved her boundless energy and will miss her dearly. A service to celebrate Nancy's life will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church on Monday, December 23 at 10:30am. Memorial donations may be made to the Carolina's Healthcare Foundation Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Published in Charlotte Observer from Dec. 20 to Dec. 22, 2013