Nancy Church Logan Von Klemperer of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, formerly a longtime resident of Mill Neck, New York, died September 12, 2013. She was 95.
Mrs. Von Klemperer was founder of Episcopalians for Traditional Faith (ETF) and a leader in support of the traditional Episcopal liturgy. Her strong faith, high standards, spirited intelligence, and lifelong interest in sports informed her determination to stay in her Church despite its departure, beginning five decades ago, from its historic Christian roots. While other left for other denominations or simply stayed home, she declared, “You can’t win if you leave the playing field!”
Nancy led the grass-roots campaign to perpetuate the faith within the Episcopal Church through its classic 1928 Book of Common Prayer (BCP), based on holy scripture and widely considered one of the greatest works in the English language: “Great words for great occasions,” according to her longtime friend and colleague The Rev. Jerome F. Politzer.
In the 1960s, when The Episcopal Church started to introduce new “trial” liturgies, Nancy anticipated a sea change. She called a meeting in Garden City, Long Island, attended by 400. From this initial gathering developed the Long Island Chapter of the Prayer Book Society, later to become ETF. Nancy served as the national secretary of PBS, and in 2002 founded ETF, with the objective to stay in The Episcopal Church and focus on increasing use of the 1928 BCP. She was actively involved in ETF as Chairman Emeritus until just a few weeks before her death.
In 1979, Nancy was in the forefront of Episcopal traditionalists who prevented the Episcopal Church General Convention in Denver, CO, from discarding the 1928 BCP when it adopted Rites I and II as the official liturgy. The Denver Resolution, adopted by that legislative body, retained the 1928 BCP as a choice for parishes that prefer traditional services. At subsequent General Conventions, and at meetings with diocesan and presiding bishops, Nancy led delegations of Episcopalians from ETF to voice traditionalists’ concerns.
Born in Brooklyn, Nancy was the daughter of the late William John and Marjory Church Logan. Her husband, Fredrich VonKlemperer died in 2003. She leaves son William John Von Klemperer (Barbara) of Summit, New Jersey; Diana VK Resek (James) of Doylestown and Marie VK Logan (Paul) of South Pasadena, California; grandchildren Benjamin Von Klemperer, Matthew Von Klemperer, Anna Resek
Chung (Gabriel), William Logan (Arti) and Katherine Logan. She was the aunt of Herbert B. Gengler, Jr., Marjory, G. Smith (Stanley), Louise G. Thomas (Henry), John L. Gengler, Nancy Gengler- Saint (Harry), Jeanne G. Swiacki (William), Marion G. Melton (Andrew), Jean VK Makris (Phillip), James A. von Klemperer (Alison), and Catharine VK Utzschneider (Robert). Her sister Marjory Jeanne Logan Gengler (Herbert, Sr.) of Locust Valley, New York, predeceased her.
God rest her spirited soul.
This edited remembrance was taken from the ETF newsletter “Update”
The editor thanks Nancy’s son William Von Klemperer for providing information for this Remembrance, including a feature story on his mother from her alma mater Buckley Country Day School’s publication Buckley Spotlight. Other recollections are Nancy’s many friends and Jan Mahood, Vice President of Episcopalians for Traditional Faith