Schoharie community fondly remembers woman tragically killed in fire |

Schoharie community fondly remembers woman tragically killed in fire

Stella Porter
Created: September 30, 2021 07:46 PM

The victim who died in a fire on Main Street in Schoharie Wednesday was 74-year-old Nancy Oliver.

Investigators are still piecing together the cause of the fire.

Born Nancy Stoddard Oliver, she lived in Schoharie her entire life, and was an active member of the Schoharie Reformed Church.

She was known for being a talented seamstress active in the community.

Her church says she was born in the house that's now just a pile of wood.

"She was always so generous. In the last few years, she hasn't been able, but certainly before that and here at church, always giving," said Sarah Goodrich, who knew her. “I think of her so much in terms of food things, because she was one who would organize food events after funerals or for other community reasons."

When Schoharie was hit hard by Hurricane Irene, she and her husband welcomed volunteers into her childhood home for weeks at a time over a two-year span.

Her brother was Harvey Stoddard, sheriff in Schoharie County for more than 20 years.

Church members say this home burned so quickly that Oliver's family inside had no time to grab anything. The church is now collecting donations to help them get back on their feet.

MORE INFORMATION: Oliver Family Fund

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