Nancy Hare Koltes


Nancy Hare Koltes, born June 29, 1922, died peacefully on September 6, 2013 surrounded by her loving children and family members. Born at home in Trevose, PA, she attended school in Somerton where she met her future husband, John, in first grade. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1944 and married in Trevose in 1946. Mrs. Koltes and her husband travelled extensively, including annual trips to St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, beginning in 1947, a 1955 six month residence in Great Britain, Europe and the Nordic Countries, several around the world tours, a trip to China shortly after it was open to travel (she complained of having no candy), and more recently family trips to St Tropez and Barbados with her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Koltes was an active volunteer in Chestnut Hill Hospital’s Main Street Fair, and its thrift shop, Monkey Business. She took cooking lessons from Julia Child, was active in a Wednesday Bridge club and was a highly accomplished knitter who produced sweaters from wool shorn from sheep at the family farm in Philadelphia. She was a member of the "Locust Club". This group of friends first met as young professionals in their neighborhood in North Hills, PA and remained friends for more than 60 years traveling together and descending on favorite spots like a swarm of locusts. Mrs. Koltes also was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Nancy Koltes was married for 64 years to John Albert Koltes, MD, who predeceased her in 2011. She is survived by their four children Nancy Gilbert Koltes, Karen Hare Koltes (John Tschirky), John Albert Koltes, III (Patricia), Steven Frederick Koltes (Corinne), seven grandchildren and her sister-in-law, Eleanor Barwis (William). Mrs. Koltes was predeceased in 2009 by her son-in-law, Ward Murphy, and in 1991 by her sister, Jean Hare Platt. On Friday, October 11, 2013 at 11am a Memorial Service will be held at Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church, 8855 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, PA followed by a luncheon reception at the Church. Interment will be private at the William Penn Cemetery in Somerton, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Audubon Society.