Born: October 31, 1949, Hartford City, IN
Died: December 16, 2004, Rochester, NY

At right - Nancy is pictured with her family at a family reunion in 2001. Nancy is in the first row, at the far left.

( * Nancy legally added "Filbrun" as a middle name in 1995 as a gift to her mother, Phyllis Filbrun McNelly.)


Nancy Ann Filbrun McNelly Irondequoit, December 16, 2004, age 55.

Survived by her parents, Donald & Phyllis McNelly; brothers Thomas & Daniel
(Pamela); nephew Nicholas; many aunts, uncles & cousins.

Nancy was born in Hartford City, Indiana but soon moved to Rochester. She graduated from
Irondequoit High School, attended Boston University, received an A.B. in Biology & M.S. in Anatomy.

Nancy taught anatomy & was a research scientist at Boston University College of Medicine for 31 years. Nancy published 33 scientific papers on tissue culture, aging & embryology.

As an amateur botanist, her discovery of a wildflower new to the Northeast, is now preserved at the Harvard University Herberia. She traveled extensively in Central America, learned to read and write ancient Mayan hieroglyphics and developed the most popular website on the subject,, winner of 9 awards.

She developed software and started a business to translate and print personalized hieroglyphics on clothing. Her many other hobbies included needlepoint, mineralogy and geocaching.

Noted for her kind character, independence and open-minded thinking, Nancy will be missed by all who knew her.

Additional Biography:

Nancy obtained a M.S. degree from Boston University and, during her 25 years of work at Boston University School of Medicine, completed extensive work in the process of both development and aging in human cells. 

During trips to Central America, Nancy developed a great interest in the ancient Mayan Culture that led her to study it extensively.  As a result, she actively managed a Web site devoted to the Mayan Culture (, as well as a business, Nighthawk Designs, which produces shirts based on Mayan hieroglyphics. 

Nancy's diverse interests (and, she claims, her Uncle Bill's influence) also led her to publish two articles and found a Web site devoted to the alleged 19th Century ax-murderer, Lizzie Borden, ( .