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Jeanne Nestler Dart
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Birth: Oct. 19, 1922
New Rochelle
Westchester County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 2008
Fluvanna County
Virginia, USA

Jeanne Nestler Dart of Palmyra died in her home Thursday, June 12, 2008, of natural causes.

Our mom was born Jeanne Emily Nestler in New Rochelle, New York, October 19, 1922, to the late John Peter Nestler, D.V.M., and Harriet Byrne Nestler.

She graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1940, and went on to LaSalle Junior College and later Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School. She worked as a secretary in New York City and during WWII she volunteered as a nurse's aide in New Rochelle Hospital. Mom married Robert C. Dart, an Army officer, and West Point graduate, on February 7, 1948. She traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe as a devoted Army wife, raising five children and making long-lasting friendships along the way. Despite duties of her busy family life she gave of her time to volunteer with the American Red Cross and other organizations. Her last "tour of duty" as an active Army wife brought her to Charlottesville in 1967.

Our family lived in Johnson Village for 9 years and made many wonderful friends with whom Mom kept in touch. She was affectionately known by her children's friends as "mean Jeanne the Casserole Queen". Thereafter, she and our father moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, for a few years while Dad taught college. But the Charlottesville area beckoned and they returned to an active retirement at Lake Monticello in 1981. At the Lake she was an avid bridge player and established the Marathon Bridge Group. She was an Investment Club member and even took up golf. Mom was a charter member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She maintained her active lifestyle in her own home, playing bridge three or more times a week. Her life's passion was how she died, placing first in her last game of bridge the day before she died. She considered her family and friends life's greatest reward. She had a special place in her heart for her many animal friends.

Besides her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Col. (Ret.) Robert C. Dart; her son, Richard R. Dart; her grandson, Cameron S. Dart; her twin sister, Virginia "Nestler" Galbraith; and her brother, Dr. J.P. Nestler.

She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn J. Fifer and her husband, Steven, of Newport, North Carolina; a son, Robert Jr. and his wife, Penelope, of Gambrills, Maryland; a son, Thomas N. and his wife, Corinne Sequin, of Naperville, Illinois; a daughter, Patricia A. Dart and her husband, John Houghton, of Lake Monticello; and daughter-in-law, Denise St. Ours of Fairfax. She is also survived by seven grand- children, Colin N. Dart, Kevin M. Dart, Katherine B. Dart, Lauren N. Dart, Mari-Claire Dart, Mackenzie T. Dart, and Peter S. Dart.

The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2008, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Palmyra.

There will be a funeral Mass 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at the church. She will be buried with her husband at West Point, New York at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Richard R. Dart ALS Clinic at UVA, P.O. Box 800809, Charlottesville, VA 22908; the Fluvanna County SPCA, Troy, VA, 22974; or the Lake Monticello Volunteer Rescue Squad, 10 Slice Road, Palmyra, VA 22963.

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Created by: Andie Parrish
Record added: Jun 14, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38342402
Jeanne <i>Nestler</i> Dart
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May you be at rest in God's blessed peace.
- Andie Parrish
 Added: Jun. 14, 2009

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