Nancy Lane

  • Born: August 5, 1930
  • Died: March 18, 2021
  • Location: Broomall, Pennsylvania

D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall

2811 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA 19008
Tel. (610) 356-4200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother


Nancy was born in Philadelphia on August 5, 1930. She was the youngest of five siblings of Fred and Marie Gogel. As the youngest sibling she looked up to her brothers John and Fred and sisters Marie and Alma. On April 26, 1952 she married John (Jack) Lane and together they raised their family in the Philadelphia suburbs. Nancy had four daughters, Carol, Patty, Nancy and Joann, and one son Jack. Nancy devoted her life to her family always pitting their needs ahead of her own. Nancy instilled in her children all the basic values particularly, love of family, respect for others, laughter and fun. While Nancy was devoted to family, she also developed close and lasting friendships that brought her great joy and happiness, and she gave the same in return.

Nancy's children will never forget their youthful last days of school, piled into the Country Squire, still in uniforms, off to Ocean City. They went, perhaps slightly in excess of the speed limit. And in Ocean City they remained, barefoot all summer until the station wagon returned them to Broomall the day before school. Summers at the shore left lasting impressions on everyone involved, summer friends, visiting relatives, spouses to be, and all are thankful for those fabulous memories.

Nancy was active in all her children's and grandchildren's schooling, she valued education and wanted everyone to know it, she got involved, stayed on top of homework, and even volunteered at school events, that occasionally went a bit sideways, she valued laughter.

Her love of beach and ocean took the family out to sea on many a cruise, she put tremendous effort into her crew behaving and looking the part. No matter what the setting she exuded, grace, kindness and an infectious good nature, not an easy task while getting five little sunburned kids dressed for dinner.

The demands of family evolved over time and later in life Sint Maarten became a focal point for Nancy and Jack to spend time away from the cold winter months. There they made new friends and always returned with great stories. Eventually they left Broomall for Ft. Myers Beach Florida, where visits from family were welcomed with opened arms. Eventually, Nancy left Ocean City to be with her family in Avalon. She enjoyed going out to dinner with friends and family and it was always her treat!

Nancy was once asked how she would like to be remembered. In her own humble, self-deprecating way she responded, "why would I be remembered?" After a long pause she continued, "I hope my family and friends know, I am only the person I am because of their love and support. I am a lucky woman." Anyone privileged enough to have shared a portion of Nancy's ninety-year celebration of living, is a lucky person, thank you, rest in peace.

Survived by her son John P. Lane, Jr. Esq. (Lori), her daughters Carol Lawlor (John), Patricia Lane, Nancy Rich (John), and Joann Stephens (John), her 12 Grandchildren are Katharine Reilly (Tom), Gabrielle Lawlor, Jacqueline Lawlor, Kelly Cecil (Peter), John Stephens (Jennifer), James Stephens (Rachel), Michael Stephens (Mary), Erin Oschell (Greg), Kate McLoughlin, Leanne Coyle (Carson), John Lane, III (Brianna), Matthew Lane and 11 Great Grandchildren, Caroline & Alexis Reilly, Hank & Gus Cecil, John, Harriet & William Stephens, Jacquelyn Stephens, Michael Stephens, Walter & Josephine Oschell.

A private family burial is planned for August 5, 2021 at Calvary Cemetery Conshohocken, PA.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Nancy's memory may be made to CRISTO REY Philadelphia High School. Gifts can be mailed to the school at 1717 W. Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130 or by clicking the link gifts online .

Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear about Aunt Nancy, she was a great lady. Years ago when I lived in Ocean City, I always enjoyed going out to dinners or just stopping over for a visit. Marie Haggerty

Posted by Marie Haggerty    April 09, 2021

I had sent a note last week, but something went sideways, as I do not see it. So I will try it again!
The Greeks have two words for time.
Chronos :the Chronological time that we live in
karios the appointed time in the purpose of God (the new Testament)
Rather than simply being gone I like to believe Nancy has gone from Chronos to Karios, and that God is happy to have her home!

Posted by Patti keegan - Fort Myers Beach, FL - Friend   April 02, 2021

Mrs. Lane, as I knew Jack's Mom, was a great friend to my parents, Ed & Patti Keegan for many years. Being one of my closest grade school friend's mom, I had the privilege (and challenge!) of being in her presence often. To say that she left her mark, would be an understatement. She had a quick wit that always was on target and she told it like it was. There was no way anyone who spent any time with Nancy would not have a significant memory. She was striking in the way she carried herself, how she expected her kids (and their friends) to behave and in the experiences to be had. For me that ranged from time on the beach or boat with Jackie, at after school activities or even working at the restaurant at the shore, all of which brought their own lessons and experiences. Being so full of life, I know she will live on in her children's, grand children's and great grand children's memories, as well as mine.

Posted by Ed Keegan - PA - Family Friend   March 29, 2021

Family Album

Community Photos

With brothers Jack & Fred and sister Marie
Nancy's High School Graduation Picture
With the "Gym Girls" in Ocean City, NJ
Nancy at her Surprise 70th Birthday Party in Ocean City, NJ

Community Photos

Nannie at Leanne & Carson's wedding in Stone Harbor, NJ
Nancy with sisters Alma & Marie
Dinner on Cruise with Family
Nannie & Poppie napping on beach at Royal Islander in Sint Maarten
Nancy & Jack with Lee & Lillian Diestelow and Patti & Ted Keegan, best friends from Broomall
Lane Family in Ocean City, NJ

Community Photos

Best friends from Broomall Lillian, Gladys, & Patti
Nancy on right with friends in Wildwood, NJ. Picture was in newspaper
Nancy as a teenager having fun.
Nancy out with friends
Nannie & Poppie in Ocean City 1995
Nancy on beach in Sint Maarten

Community Photos

Nancy & Jack with daughter-in-law Lori
Carol, Nancy, Patty, Jack, Joann & Nancy in Ocean City 1995
Nancy, Jack & Lori at Royal Islander in Sint Maarten
Nannie & Jackie Lane
All the Gogel siblings! Nancy, Fred, Marie, Jack, and Alma.
June 1947 Nancy, her father Fred, and sisters Alma & Marie.

Community Photos

Nancy & Jack with good friends Marie & Al Zelinski on beach at Royal Islander in Sint Maarten
Jack, Jr & his mom.