Alice Jeanette (Heans) Noftsier

Born: Fri., Sep. 21, 1928
Died: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Aug. 30, 2017
Location: Croghan

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Aug. 31, 2017
Location: First Mennonite Church

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CASTORLAND, NY ~ Alice Jeanette Noftsier, 88, of Swiss Rd., Castorland, died peacefully while in the loving care of her family and Lewis County Hospice, on Friday, August 25, 2017 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Terry Blair, in Castorland. 

Born September 21, 1928 in Staten Island, NY, a daughter of Robert and Isabele (Hayward) Heans, she was educated in Brooklyn and Manhattan schools. Throughout most of her childhood, Mrs. Noftsier lived in the Brooklyn and Manhattan areas of New York City.  As a young child during the 1930’s and 1940’s, she travelled as a Fresh Air Child each year during the summer to Croghan where she would stay with the Leon Zehr household on their family farm.

She married Romeyn V. Noftsier on August 11, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY.  After her marriage, she moved to the Swiss Road in the Town of Croghan where she and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm and raised their family.  Mrs. Noftsier was also an employee of Beaverite Products, Inc., Beaver Falls, and worked out of the Croghan plant for over 20 years before retiring as a Machine Operator in 1984.  Mr. Noftsier died on January 3, 1997.

Mrs. Noftsier was a member of the First Mennonite Church of New Bremen and a member of the Beaver River Senior Citizens.

She enjoyed many pastimes including watching television, cooking and entertaining her family and friends.  She was also an ardent traveler during her life, traveling throughout the country with family, especially enjoying trips to Disney World, and in later years, enjoying Senior Citizen trips.  Above all, she loved any time spent with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her two sons, Robert R. “Chic” Noftsier, of Castorland, and Romeyn R. (Deborah) Noftsier, of Port Leyden, and her daughter, Roberta I. (Terry) Blair, of Castorland; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren; her sister, Isabelle E. Smith, of Lowville, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her loving husband Romeyn, of over 50 years, she was predeceased by her sister, Roberta B. Bush, who died in 1986.

Mrs. Noftsier’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Mennonite Church of New Bremen with Ed Steckly, Pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, August 30th, from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan.

Memorial donations may be made to either the Croghan or Beaver Falls Volunteer Fire Department, or, to Lewis County Friends of Hospice.

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Clair & Gwenda Segovis
   Posted Sat August 26, 2017
So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. Have peace in knowing you always took such good care of her. Clair & Gwenda

Alice Streeter Washington
   Posted Sat August 26, 2017
To The Noftsier Family: So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. She is at peace now and in a better place. She will always be looking down at her wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Lenna Purcell Schack
   Posted Sat August 26, 2017
My sincere sympathy and prayers to all of you. It is so difficult, losing our Moms but God knows best and she is now surrounded by all His love, forever. Many prayers and acts of kindness will be coming your way, I'm sure.

George Deshaies
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017
To Robert R. 'Chic' and family,
My sincerest condolences for your loss. You, your family and your Mom were so fortunate to have enjoyed each others' company for so many years. God Bless. George

m/m Andrew Bechard
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017
Sorry for your loss. She was such a good person and I know you will miss her

Joe & Debby Stevens
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017

Debby and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Debby & Joe Stevens

Nancy Rideout
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017
Chic, I am very saddened to hear of the death of your Mom, thank you for letting us know. You will miss her terribly but she is now pain free and at peace, she suffered a lot the past year or so. My deepest sympathy for your loss; they were certainly the greatest generation. You took such good care of her! Holding you and Sis in my thoughts, Nancy

Linda & Gordy
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017
Our sympathy to all of the Noftsier family. May God wrap his arms around all of you during this difficult time. Hold tight to the wonderful memories. Prayers & Hugs. Linda & Gordy

Marty and Shirley
   Posted Mon August 28, 2017
We are so sorry to hear of your mom passing. She and your whole family mean so much to us. Please let everyone know you are in our thoughts and prayers. You were a great son to your mom, she could not have ask for more. love Marty and Shirley

Wilmer J Lyndaker
   Posted Mon August 28, 2017
Dear Noftsier children...and all who loved Alice ~

we send our love & sincere sympathy, and pray that Jesus will wrap you in his loving arms, giving you his Peace as you mourn this great loss in your lives.

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

Sonny & Jo-Ann

Cheryl D.
   Posted Thu August 31, 2017
My condolences to the family for your loss. Look forward to the time promised, at Isaiah 25:8, when God "will swallow up death forever and...wipe away the tears from all faces." God always fulfills his promises.
(Numbers 23:19)

Arletha Zehr
   Posted Fri September 01, 2017
Thoughts and prayers are with Rome and family at this difficult time.

Larry Temple
   Posted Tue September 12, 2017
Dear Chic,
I met you and your mom (and sis) at an Army reunion in LA, CA years ago. Both our fathers had passed but our moms wanted to continue to attend those Army reunions because it was like an extended family for the greatest generation. I met lots of people, but I do remember you and your family. I remember Alice and Sis had a great time shopping! Last winter I read a letter you wrote to my mom updating us about your family and especially your mom's declining health. My mom and I really appreciated the information. There is hardly anyone left of the army family now. Most of the guys have passed. Unsure about Browner. Only a few wives survive at this time. Sad to watch this generation pass. They were all so special and we can be proud they were our parents. May life without your parents treat you well. I believe they look on after passing. Make them proud.

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