Nancy Najer is no longer with us, as she succumbed to a rare form of lymphoma Dec. 28, 2006. A community memorial service will be held for her on Saturday, March 24 in the Chestertown Municipal Center at 1:30 p.m. People are invited to share stories of her life. She loved spring and wanted her service to be at that time. Nancy was born here and lived here except for her young adult life when she was a social worker in Connecticut. Her father owned a lumber mill in Wevertown and was an expert woodworker. Her mother started the Najer Real Estate Company in the 1950s and Nancy returned to take it over in the 1980s when her mother was ill. The company had a reputation for integrity and consistent, fair treatment of all those who used it. After 50 years, the agency will continue under the Najer name with the eight associates who have worked with Nancy for years. Although Nancy worked from a beautiful office in her home where one could view her gardens and peacocks, Carol Monroe, Karen Burka, Laurie Hughes, Betty Hansen, Sue Bedell, Shery Perkins, Bob Hess and Catherine Linton will now be in one location together on Route 8 just west of the new Town of Chester Fire Hall. Nancy worked incredible hours all except the months of April and December when she stayed at her second home in Long Boat Key, Fla., or did extensive world traveling to lesser known exotic places. People will attest to the fact she was working from her hospital bed even in December. She loved cruises, but also rode horses in various places such as Portugal and South America. As a child, this was one of her many past-times here in the North Country. Another was caring for and owning many animals. Perhaps it was the social work background, but her many customers from outside the area who bought houses here through her remember her as especially good at listening to needs and finding a match. She knew her property and her people well. Nancy also quietly supported her community without fanfare, matching her resources with the needs she knew of and reminding people to harvest their woods with local woodsmen. Donations in her memory may be made to the Helpers Fund.