Nancy T. Platukis
Nancy T. Platukis, 92, of Lake Placid and Clifton Park, passed away surrounded by family on Oct. 31, 2023.
Born on March 1, 1931, in Lake Placid, she was the daughter of Thomas J. Tarrant and Margaret Bancroft Tarrant and a graduate of Lake Placid High School.
After schooling, Nancy moved to Albany, where she worked at New York Telephone and met her husband of 61 years, Joseph (Skip) G. Platukis. She devoted her life to raising her four daughters, ensuring they were well cared for, healthy and happy. She cherished her 11 grandchildren — all girls — and her 10 great-grandchildren.
Growing up in Lake Placid left an indelible mark on Nancy, instilling a fierce independence, appreciation for the sporting life and a love of the outdoors and the Adirondacks, in all its seasons. So, too, the world-famous Lake Placid Club left its mark, imparting in Nancy her keen sense of style and sophistication.
Shortly after marrying, Nancy and Skip started their family downstate in Hartsdale, where at an apartment complex Nancy quickly started friendships with neighboring families, young and old. Nancy nurtured these friendships for the next 60-plus years. As her family grew, they moved to Briarcliff Manor, New York, and then back upstate to Clifton Park for the girls’ school years. Nancy loved raising her family there, relishing the wonderful memories, the schools, her friends and bringing her in close proximity to family.
Later in life, she enjoyed selling real estate for Veronica Lynch Realty and was a sales associate at The Country Miss, formerly of Latham, where she not only took pleasure in the camaraderie of her fellow employees but also loved being around the latest fashions and helping people look their best.
She had many interests and hobbies: knitting, sewing, decorating (and redecorating), rug hooking (where she made works of art), all things British, and the Adirondacks. Growing up, she would recount how, on a weekend day, she had a choice of activity — either attend a hockey game with her father where she would get a treat or have a picnic lunch while hiking or cross-country skiing.
Nancy had an impeccable eye and taste — and opinion — for clothing, decorating, and architecture. One of her dreams willed into reality was designing and building a custom, saltbox colonial complete with Rumson fireplaces. Upon her discovering the fireplaces were not made to genuine Count Rumson dimensions, the mason was last seen heading south.
Her final house project was finding an old relic of a farmhouse on a river in the Adirondacks. In need of so much work, the family gasped at her purchase, but also knew — never to be deterred — she followed fiercely her vision to completion, creating a stunning, peaceful respite for her entire family to gather and enjoy in all the Adirondack seasons. A home in every sense.
Nancy is survived by her four daughters, Melissa (Eugene Holtsinger) of Glastonbury, Connecticut, Beth (Bill Alcorn) of Jacksonville, Florida, Jennifer (Ken Migliorelli) of Red Hook, New York, and Emily (Joe Christian) of Niskayuna, New York; 11 granddaughters; and 10 great-grandchildren. Also, she had a special place in her heart for Thomas Glavin, who was like a son to her.
Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to Adirondack Land Trust (adirondacklandtrust.org).