Marion Boomer, or “Nan” as most knew her, was a bold, vibrant, full of life woman before dementia took its nasty hold on her, the better part of a decade ago. A tough cookie to the end, she lost her battle with the awful disease on June 16, 2020, beside her full time caretaker and beloved daughter and best friend, Debi Fedoryk.
Nan was born a renegade from the start in Queens, NY, an only child of Nora and John Cunin. She met the love of her life and married him when she was 17. After returning from the Korean war, Henry and Marion had three beautiful and uniquely different daughters, Dianne, Suzanne, and Debi. Surrounded by girls, the two spent most of their lives on Long Island, before moving down to Florida in 1991, like all good New Yorkers do.
While living on Long Island, they also took to raising a fourth daughter, their granddaughter Wendy (Boomer) Olson for half her life. Six years later the first boy of the family was born, Stephen Fedoryk Jr, and it seemed all was well with the world. Then two more granddaughters, Siobhan (Fedoryk) Greene, and Erin Johnson. Each grandchild given a sweet nickname, or five, was lovingly taught manners, how to shop til you drop, the importance of Hallmark stores and how to keep them in business, and how to ride you first rollercoaster, (while filing her nails all the way down.) Nan also loved taking her kids to Disney, and letting them skip school in the process.
She was fearless and fun and full of spunk. While the dementia took most of her vibrancy in the end, it’s the world class attitude and class of Marion Boomer that will be remembered most. She made you believe in yourself and that anything was possible for you, no matter who you were. She taught you manners, and how to be stubborn in the most polite way. She taught you how to serve others, love others, and be someone people could trust. More friends made family than you could count, she brought everyone in, and served them a three course dinner. She became her husband’s full time caretaker in his later years, and was beside him to the very end when he passed on March 1, 2009. The family often wonders if it was the dementia or a broken heart that took her to her end. They were married 56 years.
She never backed down from an argument. She never left the house without makeup. She taught her eldest granddaughter to swim in the ocean. She built a pool in her backyard for her grandkids. She cared for her great grandson, and loved meeting her youngest great granddaughter, shortly before falling to dementia, but still remembered their names. She wasn’t afraid of much, and always knew if she did die she would be at home with Jesus… so why be afraid? She seemed to do this all effortlessly and with more strength than most of us can muster on an given day. She was strong and determined, hilarious with an infectious laugh, undeterred grit, and a gracefulness unmatched.
She is joined in death with her husband Henry “Pop” Boomer, and her mother and father. She is survived by us, her legacy: Daughters Dianne Boomer, Suzanne (Boomer) Johnson, Debi (Boomer) Fedoryk and Son in Law, Stephen Fedoryk. Grandchildren Wendy (Boomer) Olson and husband Matthew Olson, Stephen Fedoryk Jr, Siobhan (Fedoryk) Greene and husband Jared Greene, and Erin Johnson. Great Grandchildren Jalen Buchanan and Marin Olson.
There is a bold, brazen, classy, Nan-shaped whole left in our hearts and in the world the day she left this earth, but we are so grateful for God’s mercy and that she is no longer in any pain, and at her final destination in heaven where she belongs.
"Entrusted Into Our Care"
MacDonald Funeral Home
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