Nancy A. Barnum
Nancy Ann Barnum passed away quietly on January 13, 2020 after a long battle with dementia. She was born August 10, 1930 in Lockport to Dorothy M. (Snedeker) and Bernard L. Ritzenthaler.
She met her future husband, Harry E. Barnum, in St. Patrick's grade school. She went on to attend St. Joseph's Academy where she was salutatorian of her graduating class in 1948. After high school, she attended Eastman Dental Dispensary, where she studied and became a Dental Hygienist, class of 1950. She practiced as a hygienist in Washington, DC, Painted Post, NY, and Wilson Public Schools.
She and the love of her life, Harry, were married April 7, 1956 at St. Patrick's Church.
Over the next nine years they had four children, Kathleen E. (Christopher) Prucha, Harry P. (Kathryn), Michael D., and Mary Karen (Joseph) Seeger. She is also survived by eight grandchildren who were the light of her life, Michael (Kiersten), Sara, and Emily Prucha. Vance, Ava, and William Barnum, and Joshua and Katelyn Seeger; and two great grandchildren, Arthur and Wesley Prucha.
Nancy was a lifelong member of St. Patrick's parish where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, St. Patrick's School PTA, DeSales Mother's Club, an associate of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, and volunteered at the former Odd Fellows Home as a Eucharistic Minister. Nancy's kindness knew no bounds caring for family, friends, and fellow parishioners. Always leading by example and kind words, she was first to be there with a helping hand and a smile.
Nancy was a loving stay-at-home mom while her children were growing but later, she returned to her career, this time working for her only brother, the late Dr. James D. (late Sandra) Ritzenthaler. After she and Harry retired, they traveled extensively through the US and to Europe and visited over 17 countries in as many years. We were very blessed to have her with us so long, and we will miss her dearly.
Relatives and friends may call Thursday, January 16th from 6-8 PM in Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 17th at 12 Noon in All Saints Parish, 76 Church St., Lockport. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Nancy's favorite charity is The Sisters of St. Mary of Namur, St. Mary Center, 241 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14213.
Published on January 14, 2020


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Fr. David Whalen OSFS
Jan 21, 2020
I offer my deepest condolences to the Barnum family at this time of the death of Nancy. She was a bright light in St Parick's parish for so many many years. May God grant her a place of eternal light and peace and from there may she continue to watch over all her family and friends here.
Debbie Wills
Jan 17, 2020
Please accept my heart felt sympathy. Nancy was a very special person and it was a pleasure know ing her.
Patrick mack
Jan 16, 2020
To all the barnum children both of your parents were wonderful and caring friends and it was a pleasure to know them as knowing you all. May God bless you all
David & Sindee Garlock
Jan 15, 2020
Our condolences to you & your family , Kathy.
Mickey Scarcia
Jan 15, 2020
To all Nancy's family, She was one precious lady. A perfect Role Model for any young woman!!. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE AMEN!!
dolores goodian cushman S. J. A. 1948
Jan 15, 2020
My kindest condolences on the loss of your dear mother. You can all be at peace knowing she is with your dad. I met Nancy in September 1944 at S.J.A. and have considered her as a dear friend ever since. She is at peace. Dolores Goodian Cushman
Frances McCoy
Jan 15, 2020
My deepest condolences. Our mother was Nancy's roommate and we spent time with Nancy at our visits. A very sweet lady. May your memories carry you through this time. God bless.
Mary Jo and Bob Bauer
Jan 15, 2020
Dear Kathy
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! Know your mom is with your dad in paradise!! May God continue to bless and comfort you!! Love Bob and Mary Jo Bauer
Jim Geckler
Jan 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss
Ellen Ruhlmann
Jan 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss .