Nancy Fickenscher, Wife, Mother, “Queen of Griggs Place” - East Aurora Advertiser: Local Obituaries

Nancy Fickenscher, Wife, Mother, “Queen of Griggs Place”

Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 11:55 am

Nancy Fickenscher

Nancy Fickenscher

May 1, 1933-Jan. 15, 2018

Nancy Sue Fickenscher (néeForhead), of East Aurora, died on Monday, January 15, attended by her family. Besides her husband of 60 years, Paul, Mrs. Fickenscher is survived her daughter Sally (Paul) Kenney; sons John (Sandra) and James (Jessica); and six grandchildren: Gunnar and Parker Kenney and Rutger, Julia, Jack and John Carl Fickenscher.

Mrs. Fickenscher grew up in the Parker/Hertel neighborhood of Buffalo and was a proud graduate of Bennett High School, Class of 1951. She attended the University at Buffalo, where she met her future husband. Nancy and Paul married in 1957, and in 1959, the couple moved to East Aurora. They eventually settled at the family homestead on Griggs Place, moving in on Election Day 1964. The prospect of home ownership only partially mitigating the disappointment of Barry Goldwater’s loss. Shaking off disappointment, Mrs. Fickenscher became a longtime election official for Aurora’s District No. 1 at the old town hall, where she made new and lifelong friends easily with members of all parties.

In their 60-plus years as fixtures on Griggs Place, Mr. and Mrs. Fickenscher raised their three children and enjoyed a wonderfully eclectic community of characters who inhabited their neighborhood by Hamlin Park. Mrs. Fickenscher’s corner of Griggs and South Grove became a welcoming haven for young and old alike, where visitors knew they would be treated to Mrs. Fickenscher’s nurturing way, her warm humor and the infectious laugh emanating from her signature four-foot-eleven stature. A tireless mother to her own kids, Mrs. Fickenscher was remembered by several of her children’s friends as a “second mom,” and, “my true mom.” Perhaps it is no coincidence that as a young girl, Mrs. Fickenscher had come to understand her Forhead family’s spiritual connection to Lilydale, and the importance that angels can play in life.

Mr. and Mrs. Fickenscher built a weekend cabin on Fancy Tract Road in Ellicottville in later years, but they enjoyed great adventures in traveling, as well. Mrs. Fickenscher loved beaches as far flung as Wells Beach in Maine and Coronado in California, where—no coincidence, either—those “hunky” Navy Seals could occasionally be seen training. She was a good sport when it came to indulging her husband’s passion for history, attending many trips to Gettysburg Battlefield with Herbie Schindler’s history classes as well as pilgrimages to Fenway Park. Mrs. Fickenscher loved her Sabres, cheering them from Section 16, Row J, Seats 4 and 5 at the old Aud. She always favored the underdogs, who knew they could count on her being in their corner. Her contagious good nature, her compassion for those around her, and her willingness to put everything on the back burner when an opportunity for a great time arose will be missed by all who knew her.

The family will hold a celebration of Mrs. Fickenscher’s life in the spring. Interment will be in the Fickenscher family plot at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo.