Nancy M. Corrigan

Nancy Majak Corrigan, 74, of Dunkirk, N.Y., died March 11 at the memory care unit of the Somerby retirement community in Mount Pleasant, S.C.

She grew up in Dunkirk and attended Cardinal Mindszenty High School, graduating in 1957. Nancy went on to graduate from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She moved to Washington, D.C. in the 1960s when she took a job at the Washington Post, working in the paper’s book review section. She met her future husband, Richard Corrigan, then a Post reporter and several life-long friends at the newspaper.

Corrigan loved D.C. and often enjoyed walking stretches of the city. A lifelong reader, she frequented Washington’s libraries and finished several books a week. She also loved living in the heart of the political world. When Richard Nixon was first elected President, she posted a sign on her house that read “Impeach Nixon,” drawing laughs and cheers from mailmen and passersby.

Corrigan had four children from 1968 to 1979. She enjoyed taking part in Blessed Sacrament Parish. She worked at the National Cathedral’s gift shop for several years and continued working in retail after her husband died suddenly in 1991.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Genevieve Majak of Dunkirk, N.Y.; her husband, Richard; sisters, Patricia, of San Diego, Calif., and Mary Jane, of Louisville, K.Y; brothers Robert, Francis and James of Dunkirk, N.Y.

Survivors include her children, Kerry Falkanger of Apex, N.C.; Francis Corrigan of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Hilary Corrigan of San Francisco; and John Corrigan of Los Angeles; and four grandchildren.

A viewing will take place on Friday, March 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at DeVol Funeral Home on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C. A funeral mass will take place on Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.