Nancy (Fisanick) Vandrak, age 84, of Chippewa Township, Beaver Falls, PA died on Saturday October 24th at home. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Dr. Robert Francis Vandrak, in 2013 and her son Dr. Robert Stephen Vandrak, in 2015 married to Mrs. Heidi (Black) Vandrak.
Born June 1936 in Barnesboro, PA, she was the daughter of Michael and Julia (Dercotch) Fisanick. Preceded in death by parents and brother, Michael Fisanick.
Survived by her brother, William Fisanick and sister-in-law Nancy Fisanick and sister Patricia (Fisanick) Golgosky and brother-in-law William Golgosky and the following children: Mrs. Kathy (Vandrak) Hansan married to Mr. Kevin Hansan, Mrs. Valerie (Vandrak) Kunkel married to Dr. Thomas Kunkel, Mrs. Michelle (Vandrak) Vojtek married to Mr. Edward Vojtek and Mr. Kenneth Vandrak married to Mrs. Heather (Yalich) Vandrak.
Also survived by 15 grandchildren: Julia Vandrak, Jane (Luke) Roman, Robert P. Vandrak, Stephen Vandrak, Kylee Hansan, Jonathan Hansan, Kristen (Bill) Caplan, Kevin Kunkel, Craig Kunkel, Ashley Vojtek, Gregory Vojtek, Stephanie Vojtek, Chloe Vandrak, Carter Vandrak , and Corynn Vandrak; and one great-grandson, Grayson Caplan.
After her graduation from John Carroll High School, Carrolltown, PA, she enrolled in a nursing program at Mercy Hospital, Johnstown, PA, where she obtained her Nursing (RN) degree. She later continued her education and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and Psychology from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA. She then obtained a Master of Education and Counseling degree from Penn State University, University Park, PA, where she was inducted into Pi Lambda Theta, a National Education Honor Society.
Nancy’s employment history began as a Registered Nurse at Miner’s Hospital, Spangler PA, Magee-Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, and Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. In Leavenworth, Kansas she was a Visiting Nurse for the Leavenworth County Health Department and in Chippewa Township she performed Paramedical Physical Exams for Equifax, Greentree, PA.
She was married to Dr. Robert F. Vandrak for 55 years, who retired as a Colonel from the United States Dental Corps. As an Army Colonel’s wife she spent 21 years traveling with him and their 5 children to the following areas: Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland OH., Alexandria VA, Fort Dix NJ, Joppatowne, MD, Kansas City MO, Kaiserslautern, Germany, Fort Leavenworth, KS.
She was a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church, Chippewa Township, Beaver Falls, PA since 1981.
Friends will be received in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME, 117 Blackhawk Road, www.gabauerfamilyfuneralhomes.com, Thursday, October 29th from 2 to 8 p.m. Funeral prayers will be held Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Monica Catholic Church, Chippewa (formerly Christ the Divine Teacher) with Father Kim Schreck as celebrant.
Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Chippewa Twp.
Mass of Christian Burial
- Date & Time: October 30, 2020 (10:00 AM)
- Venue: St. Monica Catholic Church (Chippewa)
- Location: Chippewa - (Get Directions)
- Date & Time: October 29, 2020 (2:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
- Venue: Gabauer-Lutton Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.
- Location: 118 Blackhawk Rd Beaver Falls, PA 15010 - (Get Directions)