Nancy Cantwell

4 December 2018
Nancy Cantwell
Nancy Cantwell

Nancy Cantwell, age 88, died on November 16th in an assisted living facility near her son’s home in Maryland. Nancy worked in the Carleton Library as an assistant in circulation from 1976-1986. She was married to Richard Cantwell, an emeritus professor of German, who died in 2014.

Nancy’s kindness, curiosity, and intelligence led her to be engaged in the Northfield community in many different ways, including the Cannon Valley Friends Meeting, the Northfield Arts Guild, the League of Women Voters, and book groups. She was an artist and an avid reader and writer of poetry. A more complete obituary can be found on the Northfield News website.

A memorial service for Nancy will be held on Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 am at the Cannon Valley Friends Meeting House, 512 Washington St. in Northfield. 

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  • 2018-12-05 11:43:15
    Jackson Bryce

    I am so sorry to learn of Nancy's death.  She was a dear friend, and a most kind and gentle presence in Northfield for all of us.  May she rest in peace.

  • 2019-02-07 20:50:09
    Stephen Gallagher

    I logged many, many hours in the Carleton library, and I am struck now, decades later, by the kindness and always gracious presence that Nancy Cantwell brought to that building and all who encountered her.  Quick with a smile and never lacking a word of encouragement, I picture a woman in constant motion who, in ways too subtle to recognize, never failed to connect.  Godspeed.