Nancy C. McHale (Nana), 89 of Lutz, passed away June 17, 2019. Born in Buffalo, New York, she moved to Lutz from Long Island, New York in 2015. She is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Richard) Kuehn of Maryland, Roseann (Gary) Wessel of Lutz; her sons, Frank McHale, Jr., Tim McHale, Jeff (Wanda Hernandez) Gentile of Long Island and Jack (Laura) McHale of New Port Richey. Also surviving are her 14 grandchildren, Carey, Michael, Caroline, Kristen, Jesse, Lauren, Christopher, Ryan, Jaclyn, Kevin, Kelly, Kaitlyn, Steven and Mandy and 18 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Francis “Frank”. Nancy and Frank were married for 67 years at the time of his passing and together for 71. They were high school sweethearts and met at the age of 16. Nancy was a homemaker for most of her life, but before Frank and Nancy married with children, Nancy worked at the famed Rockefeller Center as receptionist and greeted everyone she met with her great big beautiful smile. She was a “social butterfly” so this was the perfect place for her to enjoy employment. Nancy and Frank reveled in family life and enjoyed raising their children in the Village of Floral Park on Long Island. The stereo player was always on in our home, every day and every night. She loved to sing. They both did, in harmony. Watching them on the dance floor was “poetry in motion”. She was the model of hospitality, and had the knack for making everyone feel welcome in her home. There was always room at the table for at least one more!
To get through the busy and hectic life they had raising 6 children, Nancy taught herself to play the guitar (very well) and wrote many songs. She had an enthusiastic live-in audience just within her own home! She was a self-proclaimed political junky, with very strong opinions and enjoyed watching the news and keeping up with current events, even at the age of 89!! She loved to be dressed “just so” and had her hair done religiously every week. She loved walking, cooking and especially being with her family. People took an instant liking to Nancy as she was a “glass half full” person, always being positive. She was the McHale family’s very own “Betty White”. That being said, Nancy would not want people attending her service wearing black; bright colors are preferred and also, in lieu of flowers, it would be her wishes for people to purchase flowers for the people in their lives that can enjoy them, rather than for her funeral. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 27th from 1-1:30 pm at Loyless Funeral Home 5310 Land O’Lakes Blvd. Land O’Lakes, FL. The family will be sharing memories from 1:30 until the time of service at 2 o’clock pm. Inurnment will be at Florida National Cemetery with her husband on Monday, July 1st at 1 o’clock pm.