Nancy J. Ceccacci, 77, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died peacefully Wednesday morning at Moses Taylor Hospital, surrounded by her family. Her husband, Paul J. Ceccacci Jr., passed away on May 24, 1988.
Born in Scranton on August 9, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Mortimer J. and Madeline Winkler Nape. She was a 1953 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. For 22 years, she owned and operated the Scranton Bake Shop along with her husband, Paul, and, following his death, with her son-in-law, Shawn O'Malley.
Nancy loved her Catholic faith and was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish. When it was no longer possible for her to attend Mass regularly, she looked forward to and never missed the daily Mass on CTV. Nancy was an inspiration to all who knew her. She was sharp, intelligent, witty and she had a terrific sense of humor. She was also an extraordinary storyteller and everyone, especially her grandchildren, loved the stories she shared with them. Nancy was an exceptional chef and baker who loved to cook for her family. Wonderful memories were made at the countless holiday dinners at her house. She was also a sports enthusiast and an avid fan of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey club.
Nana Nan's grandchildren were the loves of her life. She was endlessly proud of her grandchildren and their accomplishments and they remain equally proud of her and will always value her incredibly positive attitude. Nana taught them many lessons, but especially that of acceptance. Nana accepted every challenge that came into her life and she did so without ever complaining. She was truly a fighter and a warrior who never gave up.
Nancy is survived by two daughters, Cheri O'Malley, Scranton; and Paula Levy and her husband, Rick, Clarks Summit; five grandchildren, Michael, Nancy and Shawna O'Malley, Scranton; and Brian and Justin Levy, Clarks Summit; two brothers, John M. Nape and his wife, Mary Louise, Taylor; and Charles Nape and his wife, Karen, Scranton; four sisters, Helen Barrett and her husband, Bill, Pittsburgh; Lois Morell, Jefferson Twp.; Mary Lou Sealey and her husband, Jerry, Scranton; Sylvia Morell and her husband, Jim, Scranton; sister-in-law, Pat Nape, Scranton; paternal aunt and godmother, Marie Labonich, Dickson City; nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Nape and Vincent Nape; and a sister, Madelyn Nape.
The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., Scranton, with Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 630 Genet Street, to be celebrated by the Rev. John M. Lapera. Interment, Italian-American Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the
, c/o Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509; or the
, 212 East Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. To leave an online condolence, visit www.au