Nancy Sarbello-Leonard

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Nancy was a social butterfly who made the most out of her life. Already having two kids, a young Nancy headed off to Glassboro State College to get her teaching degree; at the time she also worked at the Woodbury Times. She then went on to spend a “brief” 37 years at Kingsway Regional and loved every minute of it.
During her time at Kingsway, she was a cheerleading coach, chaperoned all the dances, and took the Middle School kids on a yearly three-day trip to the Poconos. Nancy missed the staff and students after retiring and headed back as a substitute. Truth be told, she only retired to save the positions of younger teachers.
She’d later meet a handsome guy, the late Ed, at the Dutch Inn. No one could ever figure out who was the better dancer, but they made quite a team.
Besides substituting, retirement found her heading off to Delaware Park to bet the ponies and battle the one-armed bandits.
She was predeceased by her late husband Ed and her beloved son Joseph. She is survived by her daughter Terry Fulmer (Keith), her daughter-in-law (best daughter-in-law) Donna Sarbello, her grandchildren, Charlotte Campbell (Brian), Tiffany Zacharko (Mark), Joseph Sarbello III (Christina), her great grandchildren, Liam Sarbello, Lucas Campbell, Payton Campbell, Brynnley Campbell, Graycelynn Campbell, and her auxiliary kids, Ave and Russell Altersitz. All of them knew her feelings about her family as she would always say, “Love ya, Love ya, more than me.”
Come celebrate 81 great years Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro where there will be a 1:30 p.m. service.

4 thoughts on “Nancy Sarbello-Leonard

  1. Marty & Sandy Graham

    Mrs.Sarbello was my teacher in kingsway and at family picnics she would tell people Marty is 55 years old and I was his teacher Lol. In school Mrs. Sarbello wanted your respect and if she did not get it she would let you know Loudly Lol and i was at the wrong end of that many times. She didn’t take any crap but that’s because she cared so much about all her students and wanted them to succeed. We will miss her.

  2. Takiyah Dumas

    Nancy, aka Granny
    Was the life of any party. She was full of spunk & spirit. She had the knack for keeping the Kingsway family together with her lady inservice lunches & homemade soup days. Her warm heart and never too late attitude will be with me always. It is with great pride I honor her by keeping her winning streaks on a roll. Lucky to have shared precious moments of her life. #winning #payingitforward

  3. Jillian Truhan Smith

    She was definitely a favorite. Many good memories with her! Sorry to hear of her passing but thinking of her dancing with Ed again makes me smile ❤️

  4. Michael Camp

    My dear Granny S! I was lucky enough to know Nancy before I became a teacher. She was just my friend Tiffany’s spunky grandma that came into the bagel shop. And she would come in shot out of a cannon! Every time she came in, I would try to get her to talk about Tiffany and see if I could embarrass her and make fun of her later. And Nancy NEVER disappointed!

    When I began at Kingsway, Nancy was at the middle school and the days I looked forward to most were those district meetings because I knew she’d be there. Granny S always had a hug and kiss for me every time I saw her. Once in a while if I got fresh, she’d give me a whack upside the head. And when she would come in and the kids would see her? They lost their MINDS! And she hugged every single one of them. They remembered her. They had a story about her. And she did that for 37 YEARS! I remember I would ask her every time I saw her, “When are you done?” She would respond as Granny S would, “When I feel like it.” She also told me that she would retire once “my Tiffany has a job here.” Nancy cared about everyone, especially her family. And she succeeded, and I got to work with my friend Tiffany again! But I think she still stuck around a couple years after that, like I knew she would! When Nancy finally retired, she did so knowing that, by stepping away from a place she loved, she could give young teachers a chance to have the kind of legacy she had. That was Granny S!

    After I moved away from New Jersey, I would post something on Facebook (before immersing myself in politics), and every so often, I’d see a notification from Nancy Sarbello-Leonard. I would click on it and always smile, as she would comment small things like, “Looks like fun.” And she ALWAYS signed each comment, “Love Granny S.”

    I did love Granny S. Everyone did. I never met anyone, child or adult, who had a cross word to say about her. She certainly had some interesting words about people, but that was Nancy. You were gonna get someone who tells it like it is and not like it was. She taught me so much about education and is another person who motivates me even to this day to strive toward making a difference for kids and for a community, but never losing yourself in the process. I’ll never forget you, Granny S! Plus if I did, I know you’d still somehow find a way to crack me upside the head!

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