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“Nancy was a very supportive director for the Reading Department in Waltham. She was caring and listened to your concerns. She will be missed. ”
1 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Myers - Cambridge, MA

“Sorry for your loss. Take time to grieve and find comfort in knowing that God is near to all those calling on him. Psalm 145:18 ”
2 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“Expressing my sincere sympathy to the family. I, to, have lost my mother. It always was a comfort to read Isiah 41:10 ”
3 of 29 | Posted by: Lillie - MS

“Our sincere condolences to the Coppolino family in the loss of your dear love one. Our prayers are as yours, that God provide his care and comfort...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: - MA

“Dear Coppolino Family,We sit here, our hearts broken about Nancy. We knew Nancy for many years. She was a beautiful woman both in and out. She always...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Dr Bob and Sally

“Mike, it was a pleasure to work with you last year and I know you were looking forward to your retirement. What loss and sadness to have Nancy die. ...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Diane Davidson - MA - Coworker

“Nancy was a wonderful, kind person, and she will be missed by everyone who knew her. I will always have great memories of hanging out as a kid in the...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Monika Burns - Friend

“Mike, So sorry to hear this sad news. We know Nancy touched a lot of lives and will be missed! Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Bob & Donna Miller - Acton, MA

“We extend our profound sympathy to the extended family for your irreplaceable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the days ahead.Kevin and...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Kevin O'Malley - Groton, MA

“She was a wonderful presence in the neighborhood where I grew up and had a wicked good sense of humor. Always made us laugh. Thoughts and love going...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Alyssa Boyle - PHILADELPHIA, PA

“The ever present smile, the ability to laugh on one of those teaching days when things didn't go quite as planned, the loyalty to friends and the...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Barbara Wittenhagen - N Billerica, MA

“You will be long remembered for your steadfastness, uncompromising principle, good nature and leadership in life ... real life ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: William Wilde - Potomac Falls, VA

“Nancy and I have been forever friends since we were 17 . Dearest to my heart , I am blessed...she and her family have been a wonderful part of my...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Donna Brown - Ashburnham, MA

“Nancy and I became forever friends when we were 17 ... she is my dearest friend ,forever in my heart , missed more than words can express.RIP Nancy ”
14 of 29 | Posted by: Donna Brown - Ashburnham, MA

“Mike, Michael, Krista, and Matthew - Although words cannot take away the sorrow that you feel, please know that we share in this time of grief with...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Regina Neri - Hillsborough, NJ

“I had Mrs. Coppolino as a teacher at South Jr. High School, circa 1981. I remember her as a very kind, patient teacher, who was dedicated to her...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Michael Darcy - Thompson, CT

“Mike and family...I have just heard from Lu about Nancy. I hope that you all find comfort in the multitude of happy memories that you shared...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: JoAnne Billings - Jupiter, FL

“Mike, Michael, Krista, and Matthew,I'm so so sorry to hear about Nancy's passing. I have a pit in my stomach just thinking about it. This is such...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Jill Hooper - Amesbury, MA

“Mike, I am devastated for you! Please know that we have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Sue & Tom Reuther ”
19 of 29 | Posted by: Sue Reuther - Boxborough, MA

“We both met and got to know Nancy and Mike at South Junior Middle School in Waltham...Mike in 1976 and Nancy later in 1977. Nick and I also met at...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Nick and Susan Scioli - MA

“Oh Michael, We are so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you and your whole family. Anne Craig and Rob Bond ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Anne Craig - Woburn, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Coppolino family. May the many wonderful memories be with you in those difficult times. ”
22 of 29 | Posted by: Lou Abare - methuen, MA

“Mike, my condolence on the passing of your lovely wife. It's brutal. I've been there. Just be aware that the raw grief you're feeling now will...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: David Cutler - Nashville, TN

“Nancy was a mentor to me when I first started teaching in Billerica. She helped me understand so much about teaching Reading, kids, and being part of...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Amanda Waterman - Melrose, MA

“Dear Michael Sr., Michael Jr., Krista, Matthew and all -I cannot express how saddened I am that this amazing woman is gone from this world. I just...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Ariane Purdy - Swampscott, MA

“I am extremely saddened to hear about Nancy, one of the sweetest women and such fun with her positive energy! Please know, Michael and family, you...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Nancy Dyer - Naticket, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy. She lived next door to us on Ash Street in Waltham in the '60's. She was one of our babysitters and...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Patty Nix Debnam - Dedham, MA

“Michael, I am heartbroken for You and your Children...Nancy was a lovely and special lady and will be sadly missed.Love, Gloria ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: A friend

“My deepest sympathy to the Coppolino family. ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Lynn Ellard-Phillips - MA

Nancy Coppolino was a woman of principle who stood up for what was best for children and always remained a strong advocate for what was right. She saw the future in the eyes of her students and her life's passion was to teach every child to read. She knew that books weren't just filled with pages and words...rather with hopes, dreams and possibilities.

Nancy died unexpectedly but peacefully on Monday, January 22, 2018 at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. She was 63.

Born on May 31, 1954 in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Harvey E. and Theresa M. (Deveaux) Ouellette. Raised and educated in Waltham she graduated from Waltham High School class of 1972. She then earned both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education from Boston College.

Nancy began her career teaching at South Junior High School in Waltham in 1977 where she met fellow educator Michael J. Coppolino. They later married on August 11, 1979 in Saint Julia's Church in Weston. Over thirty years ago they moved to Acton to raise their family and Nancy stayed at home to raise their children before returning to education. She taught part-time in Billerica before becoming a Reading Specialist at the MacArthur School and later Director of Reading and English Language Arts for the Waltham Public Schools. It was a position in administration that she felt would enable her to have more influence in ensuring every child learns to read. After being diagnosed with a rare form of Melanoma in August of 2016, Nancy retired from her position in June of 2017 in order to focus on her health.

Nancy was her children's number one fan and delighted in watching her sons work at Fenway Park as batboys for her much loved Red Sox. She beamed with pride in knowing her daughter followed in her footsteps as a teacher. She gave back to her community through involvement in a variety of organizations including Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Council, A-B Little League Board of Directors, Educational Foundation of Acton and Boxborough and, Douglas Elementary School Council PTO Chairperson. Nancy was content sitting at the beach where one is able to breathe in the freshness of the sea and breathe out the cares of the day. Sun, warmth, the water, a good book and company of family and friends created years of memories on countless number of beaches, particularly on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, which was her favorite. At home, she and Mike enjoyed tending to the yard and gardens and entertaining their many friends. Fiercely loyal, she had an enviable host of great friends who became family. With a terrific and contagious sense of humor and natural ability to 'story-tell' she was also very vocal and honest about matters important to her. She will be very much missed.

In addition to her husband of 38 years, Michael J. Coppolino she leaves their children, Michael C. Coppolino and his fiancé, Jessica Mushel of Newburgh, New York, Krista M. Curley and her husband, Matthew of Sudbury and Matthew R. Coppolino of Acton; her brother, Robert H. Ouellette of Plaistow, New Hampshire; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, cousins and many close friends.

Family and friends will honor and remember Nancy's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Friday, January 26th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Julia's Church, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorials in her name may be made to DFCI Melanoma Research Fund of Dr. F. Stephen Hodi, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02245 or online at, click on GiveNow and specify In Memory of Nancy Coppolino.

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