Nancy Eileen Sikora
Nancy Eileen Sikora, who would have been 58 on November 17, 2023, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2023, in the comfort of her own home with her brother, daughter, and son by her side. She was in her second fight with breast cancer after 15 years but this time it came back as stage 4 triple-negative breast cancer.
Nancy was born on November 17, 1965, to Renee Sikora and Charles Sikora in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Most of her childhood and teen years were spent in Philadelphia with her brother, Chas Sikora, her sister, Marie Reihl and her other sister, Rena Pugliese. Philadelphia was somewhere that always held a special place in her heart. When you met her, you knew right away from her spunky attitude and her loud, care-free personality that she was definitely a Philly girl.
She lived out most of her adult life in Bowie, MD where she raised her two children, Jordan McNeeley (born in 1994) and Falon McNeeley (born in 1996), fathered by Kirk McNeeley. Her two kids were her pride and joy.
Nancy held many jobs through the years. Sometimes holding two jobs at once. Before her professional career, though, she was a caretaker for her father who had a stroke and went on to pass in 1992. In the early years of her working life, Lucky Luciano’s in Crofton, MD was an Italian restaurant that she would wait tables at for a few years and where she found her love for being a server. At the same time, she was a legal secretary from 1990-1998 in Washington, D.C. She then moved on to be a Case Analyst at The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, VA until 2007. She always mentioned how much she loved that job for all the good work she did for kids and families. She then moved on to be an administrative assistant for Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam funeral home in Annapolis, MD to be closer to home where she was taking care of her mother, Rena, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her working years came to an end working 11 years for K.C. Pella Windows and Doors in Beltsville, MD as a product service coordinator from 2012-2023. Her favorite job of all, though, was working as a server at Outback Steakhouse where she worked over the last 10 plus years while simultaneously working her day job. She was such a sociable person and just loved interacting with her customers, coworkers, and getting her steps in. She also didn’t mind taking home a ribeye on Sundays either.
If you knew Nancy, you knew she was hilarious and kept it real. Her personality was one that would make a whole room laugh even if she wasn’t trying to. Her sarcastic and blunt humor was like a magnet. There was never a dull moment with her. She was someone who took immense pride in taking care of others and always put herself second. You also knew she was someone who didn’t need a whole lot to be happy. She kept life simple. Most of her joy came from raising her two children, hanging out with her dogs at home and spending time with friends. Her friends were very special to her. Mostly, I think people will remember her as someone who didn’t complain when life didn’t go her way. She was tenacious and tough as nails. She would do anything it took to turn things around. Giving up is something that never crossed her mind. She was always hopeful and inspiring.
Nancy is survived by her brother, Chas Sikora, her daughter, Falon McNeeley, and her son, Jordan McNeeley. Nancy's wishes were to be cremated and for us to have a celebration of life for her. We are planning for Saturday December 2, 2023 at Knights Of Columbus from 12pm-4pm. The address is 6111 Columbian Way, Bowie, MD 20715. We would love it if you had any pictures with Nancy to share them with us either through this online portal or via our post on facebook. We Look forward to seeing you all there.
We are all so proud of you, Nancy. May you finally get the rest you deserve, and all the lobster tail you could ever ask for.