June Nanny Albany, 73, formerly resided with her daughter at the 6100 block of Silversmith Court, passed on to be with the Lord while hospitalized at Chesapeake General Hospital after an extended illness on Sunday October 28th 2001.
June Nanny was born May 20th, 1928 in Malden, Massachusetts and was the daughter of William Albert and Ruth Agnes Hosley Collyer. After completing high school she worked in various capacities as a nursing assistant and later returned to schooling to become an LPN. In later years after moving to Virginia Beach, June did private duty including working at Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia. In addition to working outside the home, Nanny helped her daughter with her sons, Frank and David, by taking care of them so that she could work. Nanny had the honor of seeing her daughter’s children being born. Also, seen them graduate as they promised her! So, although she had Frank and David closest to her, she had a special message for all her Grandchildren:
”I LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH. PLEASE REMEMBER ME & AT LEAST ONE PRECIOUS MOMENT WE HAD TOGETHER. IF YOU CAN NOT, JUST REMEMBER I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOU.”
She was married in 1952. Six children were born of that marriage. Two of her sons, Francis R. and Jeffrey E. have preceded her in death, along with her mother Ruth A., father William A., brother John A. Collyer and his wife Shirley. June’s interests have included playing Yahtzee, dancing, and watching movies. In addition, June was an ardent golf fan who always watched the tournaments and rooted for her favorite guy, Greg Norman The Shark.
One daughter and four sons survive June Nanny, the children’s father John W. Albany, retired of Cleveland, OH, also survives his late ex-wife. Christina M. caregiver for Mom of Va. Beach; Curtiss P. Merchant Marine of Norfolk; Eric J. Project Manager of Porstmouth and John W. III Police Officer and wife Debbie of Brooklyn, OH.
Her siblings also survive Nanny, Mrs. Hazel Jarosky a.k.a. Auntie Hazel of Windham, NH; Mr. William Collyer a.k.a. Uncle Bill of Saluda, NC and Ms. Patricia Loring a.k.a. Auntie Pat of Bourne, MA.
Grandchildren: Francis J. Frank Albany, David Lee Albany of Va. Beach; Heather Bowles of Va. Beach; John W. Albany, IV, Daniel Albany, Amy Albany, Kevin Albany of Brooklyn, OH; Jennifer Albany of Birmingham, AL; Michael Chapman and Curtiss Albany of Chesapeake, VA; Stephanie Hinkle of Brunswick, OH; Amanda and Joey Smithey of Portsmouth, VA.
Great-grandson: Patrick; great-granddaughter to be born in December 2001.
June Nanny has a school full of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles who she cherished.
On July 4, 2001, Nanny was blessed once more. An angel named Pam came to her and put her under her wing and never looked back. This is when Nanny went to live at Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia where she found an instant extended family. The love and care they gave her was remarkable. Thank you Barbara, Sheila and Lori.
Nanny made many friends while only being there a short while. Frank said all she had to do was smile. Two special ladies. . . Carmella and Regina who shared laughter and tears.
A viewing and visitation with the family will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462, on Wednesday, October 31, 2001, from 7-9 PM. There will be a service at 8:00 PM for those wishing to attend. Cremation will take place on Thursday and her ashes will be returned to the daughter and arrangements will be made at a later date for Nanny to finally be with her other sons.
”REST IN PEACE MOM”