Former Dobbs Ferry resident Nancy Lou Macca passed away on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020.
Nancy Lou graduated from Elizabeth Seton School in Yonkers in 1958 and then earned her bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the Bouve-Boston School of Physical Therapy (PT) at Tufts University in 1962. She held multiple clinical affiliations across New England, New Jersey, and New York. She treated patients at the Burke Rehabilitation Center, the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor, St. Joseph’s Hospital at Mary the Queen Nursing Home, Baptist Home for the Aged, and Providence Rest. She served as chief physical therapist in several of these locations, notably at Dobbs Ferry Hospital (now the Dobbs Ferry Pavilion of St. John’s Riverside Hospital). She was also a lecturer at St. Joseph’s School of Practical Nursing and was a clinician for PT students from NYU, Russell State, Bouve-Boston, Columbia, Ithaca, Downstate, and Buffalo.
In 1964, Nancy Lou met John T. Macca, who became her husband on Oct. 10 of that year. Their marriage lasted 54 years until John’s passing in 2019. They had three sons — David, Daniel, and John — who were Nancy Lou’s pride and joy.
In the late 1970s and ‘80s, Nancy Lou and her husband were integral parts of the foundation of the Special Olympics. In 2002, they moved to Pompano Beach, Fla., where she volunteered at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.
Nancy Lou is survived by her sons, David (Amy), Daniel (Karen), and John (Shana), and by her grandchildren David, Christopher, Taylor, Jack, Sophia, and Daniel. She is also survived by her niece Michelle Dellesandro and her family; her nephew Robert Conners and his family; her sisters-in-law Anne Killion and Mary Healy and their families; Crystal Rivera and her family; and the countless school and college friends of her sons whom she fed, boarded, and cared for. Nancy Lou was predeceased by her sister, Florence, and her cousin Patsy Cilurzo.
Funeral mass was Jan. 6 at Immaculate Conception Church in Irvington. Visiting was Jan. 5 at the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry.
In lieu of flowers, send donations in Nancy Lou’s honor to the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. Please make checks payable to: Nassau Parks Conservancy-Games for the Physically Challenged, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554. In memo of check, please list "In Memory of Nancy Lou Macca."