Nan Elizabeth (Diefendorf) Weltz, 72, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, October 1, surrounded by her loving family at St. Peter’s Hospice. She was predeceased by her parents, Irving and Marjorie Diefendorf; her sister, Dawn Sawyer (Larry); and her sister-in-law, Bonnie (Newkirk) Diefendorf.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Jeff, Her son Brian (Melissa), grandson Alexander, brothers Mark (Barbara) and Paul Diefendorf, sister Marie (Michael) Breen, nephews Crick (Wendy) and Jake (Sarah) Diefendorf, Kevin (Suzanne) Breen, nieces Jessica (Art) Tabakian, Terry and Lisa Sawyer, Erin Breen and Kate (Matthew) Gulino, Allie and Tess Diefendorf and many great nieces and nephews who loved her very much. Nan also leaves behind many faithful friends who will cherish her memory forever.
Nan was educated in Albany at Vincentian Institute then received her nursing degree from St. Peter’s Hospital and her master’s from Russel Sage College.
After beginning her career at Montefiore hospital in Bronx, NY, Nan spent 30 years as a Director at St. Peter’s hospital, overseeing critical care and emergency room. She also mentored many young nurses including her sister, Marie.
After retiring, Nan and Jeff enjoyed many Yankee games, Broadway Shows, frequent weekend trips, annual trips to Aruba and spending time with family and friends. Always the hostess, her backyard pool was a frequent gathering place for parties and special occasions.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Mary Ellen Drislane, M.D. and Sister Katherine Graber, R.S.M., for their care and friendship throughout Nan’s life and illness.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 4 at 11am at Christ the King Church. A visitation will be held prior to the mass from 9:30 – 11:00am. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens in Colonie.
In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to St. Peter’s Hospice, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208 and JDRF, Northeastern New York Chapter, 950 New Loudon Suite #330, Latham, NY 12110. Please make checks payable to JDRF.