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Nancy Koerts Rivolta, 82, led the Memory Unit at Williamsburg Landing

Nancy Koerts Rivolta
Nancy Koerts Rivolta

Nancy Koerts Rivolta, of Williamsburg, died Aug. 2, 2015, following an automobile accident in Williamsburg. She was 82.

She was born Nov. 17, 1932, to Helen Grace and Harry William Voorhess in Livingston Manor, New York. She was preceded in death by her sister, Sarah J. Pettifer, of Rochester, New York.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John Joseph Rivolta Jr., of Williamsburg; son, John Joseph Rivolta III (Nikki) and daughter, Lisa Marie Rivolta (Joan Meisen), of Vermont; sister, Mary L. Voorhess, M.D.; and brother, Albert “Bud” A. Voorhess (Marylyn), of Williamsburg.

Nancy received her BSN from SUNY Plattsburg. She was well known for her basic and practical knowledge about geriatrics, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. She began her career in Burlington, Vermont as the first director of the Interfaith Senior Center and then director of the Foster Grandparent Program and the Adult Day Program of the Visiting Nurse Association.

After moving to Williamsburg she led the Memory Unit at Williamsburg Landing for nearly 20 years and gave many lectures in the community about cognitive issues.

Nancy had many talents. She published a unique book titled “Circle of Love” which was a collection of recipes and a remembrance about each contributor… based on her own recollection of the person… all of whom had touched her life sometime. Profits were donated to the Champlain Senior Center of Burlington, Vermonr.

She loved to have family gatherings and her dinner table always has special decorations and food. The Boston Red Sox were important players in her life. Nancy was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church and Order of St. Luke Healing Society in Williamsburg.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Interment will occur at the Memorial Garden of Ascension Lutheran Church in South Burlington, Vermont, a church Nancy and her husband John helped found.

Donations in honor of Nancy may be made to the Benevolence Fund at Williamsburg Landing, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185, or the charity of your choice.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Nelsen Funeral Home.

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