POLAND — Nan Shaffer, 91, reunited with loved ones in heaven Oct. 27, 2020, ending her long and valiant fight against the effects of Parkinson’s. While she entered the world on the eve of the Great Depression and departed during the great pandemic, the life lived in between was a storybook.
The lyrically named Mary Nannette Navin was born in Marion, Ohio, Oct. 15, 1929 to Francis E. and Helen M. Lutz Navin. She described her small-town childhood in Marion as idyllic. In 1945, she moved to Youngstown and attended Ursuline High School, where she joined a group of girls whose friendships would last a lifetime. She married Fred, whom she met while they worked at the Erie Railroad, May 8, 1954, and embarked on