Nancy A. Herlocher, 83, of Bellefonte, passed away peacefully at home on September 29, 2017 surrounded by her family.
Born on January 2, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Harry C. Tanney and Gladys Peterson Tanney. Nancy is survived by three daughters and a son. Tatianna L. (Keith) Risley of West Palm Beach, FL; Tanney L. Herlocher, Phoenix, AZ; Tarynn L. Herlocher, Bellefonte, PA; and Roy H. Herlocher, III, Austin, TX. Nancy is also survived by her sister, Rosalie (Ron) Cimini, of Williamsport, PA; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with Nancy’s parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jerald, and sister-in-law Madeline Quici Tanney of Bellefonte, PA.
Nancy attended Bellefonte High School, Rhoades Prep School in NYC and then graduated in 1951 from the Greer School of Tyrone, PA. She attended Pennsylvania State University.
Nancy was an accomplished horsewoman. She had success with crossbreeding Arabian horses and Welsh ponies at her stable, Fair Weather Farm, in Bellefonte. Through the 1960s Nancy was a 4-H Leader with the Centre County Light Horse and Pony Club (150+ members), where she educated and trained many children and young adults in all aspects of horsemanship, as-well-as trained her own children. She was also an All- Breed Horse Show Judge in Clinton, Cumberland and Dolphin counties of PA.
In the late 1960s Nancy took a break from her horsemanship activities to travel to Panama with her children and husband. Roy had taken a geological surveying position in Colombia and chose to keep his family in Panama. While abroad, Nancy made great use of her time studying the art of pottery making. Her adventures also took her on successful archeological digs finding pre-Colombian pottery and artifacts.
Upon their return from Panama, Nancy with her three daughters continued activities with the 4-H horse club at the local, District and State levels.
Nancy had an incredible imagination and sense of humor. In 1970 thru 1971 she was commissioned to write a weekly humorous column named “Hoofbeats” for the local Centre Democrat newspaper.
As the 1970s progressed, Nancy’s passion for animals transitioned from horses to dogs when she began the Fa-We-Fa Afghan Hound breeding program. In later years Nancy was often reminded that she owed her husband Roy an afghan blanket woven from Afghan hound sheddings.
In the 1980s Nancy’s passion for animals transitioned once again. She became a founding member of the Bengal Cat Society and helped bring the domestic Bengal cat to prominence by breeding and introducing people to this new breed. Her successful breeding program lasted over two decades.
Whether it was horses, dogs or cats, Nancy’s experience and extensive knowledge of animals could fill volumes.
Nancy was a voracious reader and researcher. She loved to research antiques. She and Roy went across many states in search of treasures to sell from her antique co-op booth near State College.
Nancy loved her family and loved life. She was a giving and talented woman. She was always upbeat, independent, and a pillar of strength, in which she instilled in her children.
The family will receive friends to celebrate Nancy’s life on October 14, 2017 from 1pm – 4pm at Wetzler’s Funeral Home, 206 N. Spring St., Bellefonte, PA 16823.
On line condolences may be made to the family at wetzlersfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, on-line donations can be made in Nancy's name to: PetsComeFirst.net/donate/