Nancy Shyavitz Holczer, 68, of Newton left this world surrounded by her loving family on July 25, after a courageous bout with cancer. She was an amazing wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Geoffrey Holczer, her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Meredith Holczer, her daughter and son-in-law, Julia and Eric Smookler, her grandchildren – Emily Holczer, Dean Smookler and Zack Smookler, her sister Linda Shyavitz and her nephew Jonah Abrams.Nancy’s professional legacy as a social worker spanned four decades dedicated to helping children and families overcome challenges. She spent over 30 years as director of Newton’s One-to-One program, a mentoring program in the Newton Schools where she paired elementary school students with high school students to forge lifelong friendships.In lieu of flowers if Nancy touched your life, please consider a donation to the Nancy Shyavitz Holczer Memorial Scholarship Fund established in her memory for deserving students who would not otherwise have the financial means to attend college (please make checks to the City of Newton and send them to The Nancy Shyavitz Holczer Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street, Newton, MA 02460. Please be sure to note The Nancy Shyavitz Holczer Memorial Scholarship Fund in the memo section of the check). Additionally, consider making a donation of blood or platelets to Dana Farber (please see http://Nancy.Holczer.com). Funeral arrangements will be private. Details about an event to celebrate Nancy’s life will follow.