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Nancy Lee (Schoonmaker) Zwerling

August 20, 1934 ~ September 10, 2022 (age 88)


Nancy Lee Schoonmaker Zwerling, born on August 20, 1934, in Monticello, NY, passed away peacefully on September 10, 2022, surrounded by her family in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Beloved wife of the late Sidney Zwerling, she is survived by her three children, Danny Zwerling and his wife Cindy, David Zwerling and his wife Mary-Terese and Elizabeth Crossfield and her husband Andrew. She was the adored grandmother of Jessica and Allison Zwerling, James and Kaitlyn Zwerling, and Sydney and Carolina Crossfield. She was the beloved big sister to the late Bill Schoonmaker and Carolyn Merget.

Nancy held a master’s degree in teaching from Cornell University and she had a long and well-respected career as an English teacher, most recently at Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, NJ. She was also an accomplished and award-winning watercolorist, and she travelled the world with fellow artists to paint.

A private funeral service will be held with immediate family only at Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home in Ramsey, NJ, followed by a private burial service at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date for all extended family and friends who wish to attend.  The details will be posted on this website in the coming months.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research in memory of Nancy Zwerling. Please visit (Please input David's home address at the end of the donation page for a notice of recognition. David's address is 146 Pine Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446.) or to donate by mail, The Lustgarten Foundation, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, New York 11797 

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Celebration of Life
November 12, 2022

11:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Old Stone Church
500 East Saddle River Road
Upper Saddle River, NJ, NJ 07458

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