FESTINGER--Nancy, aged 57, beloved daughter of Laura and Martin, loving sister of Neal, devoted aunt to Rebecca. Loyal and endearing friend to many who loved her and a dedicated and admired colleague, died on October 31st at home after an illness. There are few who could match Nancy for her energy, zeal, and love of languages, music, poetry, books, self-study, true friendship and family. Recently retired as the Chief Interpreter of the US District Court Southern District of New York, she was also a translator of books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She loved the outdoors and the wonders she would find all around her, whether in Prospect Park, the Berkshires, or Upstate New York. She loved the inner magic of music, spending hours at the piano singing and improvising. Nancy was a zestful traveler, a Parisian at heart, a troubadour in her soul, a tireless walker, talker, observer and sketcher of everything around her. She knew the importance of great humor, she laughed easily, and she made others laugh often. Her life was a beautiful watercolor, and those lucky enough to know her will miss her dearly.
Published in New York Times on Nov. 2, 2012.