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SABO, Nancy L.

SABO - Nancy L. Of Jericho, Vermont, passed peacefully on December 7, 2017, at age 69, in the presence of her loving husband and close family members and friends, at The McClure Miller VNA Respite House in Colchester, Vermont. For many years Nancy courageously battled rheumatoid arthritis and the many complications resulting from her illness. Nancy was born on April 23, 1948 in Buffalo, NY to Henry Albert and Janice Louise Poppendeck. After graduating in 1966 from West Seneca High School in West Seneca, New York, she attended the State University of New York, in Buffalo. Nancy graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology. Nancy married William Dennis Sabo on June 15, 1975 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She enjoyed a fulfilling career in medical laboratories in New York, Wisconsin, Connecticut and Vermont, as well as overseas. Nancy served, along with her husband, in the U.S. Peace Corps, from 1977 to 1979, in the Pacific Islands of Micronesia where she spearheaded a project to upgrade medical laboratory standards throughout the Islands. From 1985 to 1988, while accompanying her husband on a work assignment in Seoul, Korea, Nancy worked with the Seoul Olympics Organizing Committee. At the same time, she served on the Editorial Staff of Arirang Magazine, a publication of the American Women's Club of Korea, and which published many of Nancy's articles on her travels throughout Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and Korea. Nancy finished her medical laboratory work at the American Red Cross in Burlington, Vermont. Bill and Nancy created a life as avid international travelers, making numerous trips around the world, within geographies ranging from rain forests to deserts, and from oceans to high altitudes, from the Andes to the Himalayas. Besides nature travel, Nancy especially enjoyed visiting exotic cultures, including isolated tribes in such places as Borneo and New Guinea, as well as major archaeological sites in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, and across the Pacific Islands. Nancy had a keen interest in arts and crafts, and developed advanced skills in traditional silk embroidery in Korea. Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Bill, of 42 years. She is also survived by three brothers: Neil Poppendeck and wife, Mary, of Hamilton, OH; Mark Poppendeck and wife, Sharon, of Plymouth, MN; and Keith Poppendeck, of West Seneca, NY; and two sisters: Diane Fusco, of Buffalo, NY; and Carole Poppendeck, of Albuquerque, NM; and nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Nancy donated her body for the education and training of medical students to the Tufts University Anatomical Gift Program, following in the pathway of her parents, who donated their bodies to the State University of New York at Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program. Per Nancy's request, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Rheumatology Research Foundation, 2200 Lake Boulevard NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30319; online donations may be made at: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost

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