Nancy E. (Cornwell) Sego-Hirshfield 80, of Salem, died at 3:35 Pm Tuesday at Salem Regional Medical Center.
She was born on March 19, 1941 in Bridgeport, Ct., the daughter of the late Ellsworth C. and Inez E. (Freeman) Cornwell.
She was raised in the Bridgeport/Fairfield area of Connecticut, graduated from the Roger Ludlow High School, attended the Loreal School of Hair Coloring (beauty school) in New York, as well schooling for being a real estate agent. Nancy took her education back to the Fairfield are where she worked in a beauty salon as well as sold real estate.`
She and her husband Edward S. Sego moved south to Casselberry, Florida in 1979. Nancy found her self for the next 20 years as a manager of a Mr. Donut shop. In 2002, she moved to Salem, then a couple years later went back to Florida. There were a number of moves from Florida and Salem over the years. On February 24, 2004, she tragically lost her first husband of nearly 43 years. She married Edward Stephen Sego on September 22, 1961. She enjoyed being in Salem, being close to her children and grandchildren that she so passionately loved. Nancy later met Barry Jay Hirshfield and they were married on March 7, 2007. He was originally from Brooklyn, NY., and she later moved back to Florida. In April, 2021, was when she came back to Salem for her last time.
If you were to pick out a number of things to describe Nancy, they would be Jewelery, talking, family and her pets. In her younger years, she was a career minded lady, but was also there for her children. A volunteer at the schools, Girl Scout Leader, just being involved in the lives of her children, their friends and the whole family. There were many special memories as they would gather for Sunday meals, or the afternoon rides.
She did have a venturous side of her as she loved to travel, go to the beach, took numerous cruises with family members. In her later years, she took to helping people a lot more that were in need. She would go around to help others in the retirement village, be there in times of need, during a loss of a partner, she was there. Nancy also took an active part in the dinner theater they had at the village, brought in live entertainment. She was also involved in the Federation of Manufactured Home Owners of Florida, where Barry served as the Vice President.
The fur babies were always a major part of her life. She dearly loved her Bailey and Sassy over many of the others over the years. The newest one to adopt her was a black and white cat, “Kitty”.
She is survived by her daughters; Diane I. (Sean) Hart and Debi S. (Norman) Kelley both of Salem, step children; Eve Berg of Calif., Melissa Lane and Robin Tice both of Ark. And Lora (Kevin) Keith of Florida, a brother Ellsworth “Edward” (Barbara) Cornwell of Fairfield, Conn., grandchildren; Brendon (Elaina) Hart of Ca., Shanleigh (Justin) Luck of Akron, Nickolas (Jerrica) Sego of Salem, Amanda (Vince) Lovejoy of Randolph and Samantha Kelley of Louisville, great-grandchildren; Aniston, Lincoln, Sawyer, Kian, Natalee, Kinsley, Edward and Braxton, step great-grandchildren; Mason, Dalton (Mattie), Dillon, Dawson and Avery, there are also nine step grandchildren and eight step great-grandchildren from Barrys’ side of the family.
In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by a step grandchild of Barrys’.
The family will be having a Celebration of Life Gathering from 3-5 PM Saturday at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked to have donations made to a local animel charity.
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