Visitation/Services: Friends may call on Thursday, January 12th, from 9:00 am to 10: 15 am at St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk, CT, followed at 10:30 am by a Mass of Christian Burial. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter (

Nancee L. Gell

July 19, 1957 ~ January 1, 2012

Nancee L. Gell, 54, of Norwalk, CT, wife of Greg Hunter, passed away Sunday, January 1,2012 in Rutland, VT after being struck by a car. Born July 19, 1957, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Jean Gell, Sr.

Nancee attended high school in New Canaan, CT and earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Florida. After working for the Social Security Administration, she became a sales rep. in the security industry, specializing in commercial fire, burglary, access control and CCTV systems. She had worked for Security Specialists in Stamford, CT for many years.

Nancee was a long time member of the Ski Bears of CT, the Norwalk Seaport Association, where she had served as a board member and volunteered and was a committee chair person for their annual Oyster Festival, as well as a longtime volunteer and committee chairperson with the SoNo Arts Celebration. She belonged to the New England Barbeque Society, the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the Gator Club of CT as well as many trade organizations, including ASIS, where she was an officer, and BOMA. In addition, she had recently become involved with Kayak for a Cause and the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, for which she participated last fall in their Walk to End Alzheimer’s, in memory and honor of her mother. She was also active with many other community and charitable organizations.

A self-described “foodie”, Nancee loved cooking, good food and good wine. She was an avid barbequer, and cooked in numerous barbeque competitions, first with Liquid Smoke and The Smoke Ring, before forming, with Greg, their own award-winning team, The Purple Turtle Catering Company. She loved both the cooking and the sharing of her barbeque with family, friends and organizations she belonged to. She competed in contests all over New England, and regularly traveling as far as MD and DE, earning invitations to the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, TN, the American Royal in Kansas City, MO and the Best of the Best in Douglas, GA along the way. She enjoyed sharing her love and knowledge of barbeque, especially within NEBS, where she helped at their cooking and judging schools and mentoring many aspiring pit-masters, as well as anyone who was interested in learning more about competition and barbeque in general.

In addition, she was an avid skier and scuba diver, and a lover of the ocean in general, especially sailing. Though not a major sports fan, she was a diehard follower of her beloved Florida Gators and the NY Yankees. Other passions were the culture and works of Native Americans, traveling, finding new restaurants and reading cookbooks.

Along with her husband, Greg, she is survived by her siblings John J. Gell, Jr. and his wife Wendy of Pittsford, NY, Susan Hugel and her husband David of Edgewater, MD, Barbara Carroll and her husband John of Charlotte, SC and Thomas Gell and his wife Janet of Boca Raton, FL, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 9:00 am to 10: 15 am on Thursday, January 12th, at St. Philip Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk, CT, followed at 10:30 am by a Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Connecticut Chapter (

  1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have worked with Nancee in the past and we used to network at the BOMA events. She will be missed.

    God bless you all


    January 9, 2012
    Ed Farmer -
  • Greg, you are kept in our prayers. We will miss Nancee’s postings on the Smoke Ring. We are so sorry for your loss.

    January 9, 2012
    Lucy Baker -
  • Nancee was a great competitor, Barbequer,and Gator, But most of all she was great friend.

    January 9, 2012
    Big Jim -
  • Greg, we are so sorry for your loss. Loved Nancee dearly and will miss my bbq sister.

    January 10, 2012
    Terry Sullivan -
  • Greg, sorry for your loss. Nancee was always giving of herself, and will be missed.

    January 10, 2012
    Jed LaBonte -
  • Nancee you will always be in our hearts

    January 10, 2012
    The whittel family -
  • Nancee was an amazing woman whose passion for helping and sharing with others was inspiring and will not be soon forgotten. Greg, I’m so sorry for your loss.

    January 10, 2012
    Laurel Zimmerman -
  • Greg,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Nancy was a great person and memories of her will last forever. She is missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

    January 10, 2012
    Frank and Bonnie Plankey -
  • Dear Greg,
    I was saddedened to read about Nancee’s accident. It is not easy when a spouse dies. You have lost a part of yourself.
    Keep well, Sincerely, Gloria , from volleyball at Tracey School

    January 10, 2012
    Gloria Neaderland -
  • Greg and Gell family (John, Tom, Susan, and Barbara),

    We are so saddened by this news. Nancee will always be alive in our hearts and memories. We are so sorry for your loss and will miss her dearly.

    January 10, 2012
    Diane and Jeff Improta - January 10, 2012 -
  • Greg,
    Words can’t express the tremendous sense of loss that I feel, there is a big emptiness in my heart. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and Nancee’s family. I will always remember the good times we had together! Be strong!

    January 10, 2012
    Cathy Power-Mulford -
  • I am so sorry to hear about this tremendous loss. I will remember all the happy times we spent together with the Bears and the Oyster Fest. You are in my prayers.

    January 10, 2012
    Carol Kana -
  • Greg and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I have such fond memories of Nancee, she always had a smile; a hello and an ear to listen to whatever I needed to talk about. She was such a giving person, always willing to volunteer her time to help with so many organizations. She will be terribly missed but also remember by so many people and those memories will keep her present in our hearts and minds for years to come. May these memories bring you peace in the days ahead.

    January 10, 2012
    Ginnie -
  • Greg,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Nancee I remember all the fun things she did , with the bears
    She will be sorely missed my prayers are with you.

    January 10, 2012
    Joe Calka -
  • Nancee and I were close in junior and senior high schools, and have vivid memories of Nancee as a life force, passionately committed to her interests and her loved ones. My condolences to Greg and her siblings and the close friends that have lost her so tragically.

    January 10, 2012
    Cynthia Maher Spencer -
  • Greg & Family,
    Megan and the children have nothing but fond memories of Nancy from the UF Alumni events. She was always a joyful personality that gave time & passion to all that enjoyed her company. Please know that there will never be another Florida event that she won’t be remembered. We cannot express our condolences enough and she will always be in our prayers.

    January 10, 2012
    The Bisset Family -
  • Greg,

    Nancy was an amazing person. We will always remember Nancy for her honesty,loyalty and sense of humor. Also, her help in getting Val a great job when we were in CT will always be appreciated.

    January 10, 2012
    Bob Hopko & Valerie Cerreta -
  • Greg,

    I was so saddened to learn this news. I will always remember Nancee from my days in the Ski Bears and more recently from her involvement in IFMA. My deepest condolences at this difficult time.

    Kevin Kingsland

    January 10, 2012
    Kevin Kingsland -
  • Greg,
    Everyone at the club was so saddened by the news. We have alot of fond memories of you and Nancee watching the Yankee games and truly having a good time. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and Nancee’s family at this very difficult time. You are always welcome to come on down to the club and know you have friends who will welcome you and help you through this difficult time.

    Cheryl Roosa – Commodore NBC

    January 10, 2012
    Cheryl Roosa - Norwalk Boat club -
  • Greg & the Gell Families and Hunter Familes. We are so very sorry for the loss of Nancee. She was a wonderful ‘spirit’ that will live forever in our incredible memories we shared with her and you Greg. We wish you and peace, and know that we are thinking of you all in this very sad time. She will be missed.

    January 10, 2012
    Tori & Gary Tobin -
  • To Gregg and Nancee’s family, Our hearts go out to you all. We will miss Nancee something awful and were always so appreciative of her concern and generosity. No Gator game will ever be the same without her. I can understand how difficult this must be for you and her loss breaks our hearts as well.
    Anne, Al, Alexis and Andrew Hoppe
    CT Gator Club

    January 10, 2012
    Anne Hoppe -
  • Greg – I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts & prayers,
    Tom Farrington

    January 10, 2012
    Tom Farrington -
  • This is such a terrible thing > I already miss seeing all Nacees posts. I also will miss her familiar face at our Wine Lovers meetup group. Nancee was always willing to help anyone. She definetly had a Joie De Vie.

    January 10, 2012
    Rozalyn K Moore -
  • Nancee, while our journey together was short, the mark you left behind will remain for a long long time. Thank you for being part of our family and for blessing us with your generosity.

    January 10, 2012
    The hundreds of paddlers and supporters of Kayak for a Cause -
  • Greg-

    How terrible your loss must be. You and the rest of Nancy’s family are in my thoughts. I knew Nancy through the Southern Connecticut and Westchester ASIS chapters and I’ll always recall a couple of dynamite fishing days out on the Sound and in New York harbor on chapter outings and Nancy yanking one fish after another up from the salt. She’ll be missed.

    Rob Muessel, Shelburne, VT

    January 10, 2012
    Rob Muessel -
  • Greg, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Nancee was a special woman and she will be missed by many.

    January 10, 2012
    Denny Schweitzer-Rarrick -
  • I don’t even know where to begin. I am so upset over this. I was very shocked. I will miss Nancee very much. Life will be very very different now. God Bless Nancee and Greg. I’m so sorry this happened. I can’t even believe it.

    January 11, 2012
    Kristine Nemeth -
  • Hi Greg,

    I was saddened to hear of Nancee’s death. Although I haven’t seen you two in a number of years, I always remember that Nancee had such a positive impact on people. My mom actually remembers the baby shower gift that Nancee gave me for Cameron from 1998. She was the life of the party. Even though she is not with us anymore, we can learn from her example. God Bless.

    January 11, 2012
    Robin (Caprari) Lynch -
  • Dear Greg, Ed and I send our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. You and Nancee were always there cheering on the Gators with the Gator Club. Nancee had a natural way about her to make everyone feel welcomed and special. I loved hearing her talk about food , the Yankees, yell for the Gators all at the same time! Her passion and love of life will be greatly missed. Ed and I hope you will find strength to get through these hard times with the help of your many friends that love you. You are in our prayers .
    Elaine and Ed DeVylder

    January 11, 2012
    Elaine DeVylder -
  • Greg,
    We’re so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and thoughts are with you and your family.

    January 11, 2012
    Todd & Florina Hayes -
  • Greg–
    We are both sorry and stunned… it was so sudden, and she was still so young. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jim & Robin Brown, Bears emeritus

    January 11, 2012
    Jim and Robin Brown -
  • To Greg, Gell and Hunter families, and all who knew Nancee; my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Try not to dwell on her passing, but instead revel in your memories of her. She touched so many lives. She will be missed. John Travis

    January 11, 2012
    Joln Travis -
  • Greg – Usually I’m pretty good at saying the “right thing” at the “right time” but this time….you got me. I’m finding it hard to grasp for words that have not already been expressed to help you ease your loss or your pain. Nancee and her one-of-a-kind spirit will truly be missed. I send out my thoughts, love and prayers to you.

    January 11, 2012
    Ellen Turner -
  • Greg,
    We are so very sorry for your loss, and will always remember Nancee’s warmth and passionate spirit. She will be missed. May you find strength in knowing that you have so many friends and family to lean on who share your grief. Our thoughts are with you.

    Debbie & Jason Zwickler

    January 11, 2012
    Debbie and Jason Zwickler -
  • We are so sorry to hear about Nancee. Our deepest sympathy to Greg and the Gell Family. The Gells and our family go back many years in the Norwalk group, Deepwood. I didn’t have the opportunity to get to know Nancee in the later years but she sounds like an amazing woman.

    Nancy Boardman & Family

    January 11, 2012
    Nancy Boardman -
  • Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. C. S. Lewis – Nancy was a beautiful kind soul – whom I had the pleasure to meet – my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    January 11, 2012
    Tomassina -
  • It’s hard to find the right words at a time like this as we are all still shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of a dear friend. My deepest sympathy to Greg, her family and friends.

    She was a true inspiration in my life and will continue to be and I am grateful for the many lessons she has taught me over the years. It was a pleasure getting to know her, really know her. She wasn’t just another member in Ski Bear, She was part of my family and I will miss her greatly. Somehow we always knew what the other was thinking without even having to talk about it. Hard to explain but some things you just know.

    Let us celebrate her life and all the wonderful things she did for others as she was truly an amazing woman. Love you always, xo

    January 11, 2012
    Christina Garabedian -
  • Greg, Family and friends, Nancee was such a great person in so many ways. She inspired so many people and was so thoughtful and caring. She reached out to me during a difficult period with compassion and guidance. I will always remember her and I know how much of a loss this is to all that knew her and loved her. Greg and Family my thoughts and condolences are with you and I know her memory will live on in all of our hearts.

    January 12, 2012
    Margie Levine -
  • Greg we feel so sad but truly honored to have known Nancee. She introduced us to the Pablano, it was love at first bite. She taught everyone lots of things, how to laugh and love people. We will be holding her in our hearts thinking of her and how she celebrated living life to the absolute fullest. Sending you, and both families/friends our love and prayers.

    January 12, 2012
    Michael and Barbara Brueski -
  • Greg, My deepest sympathy, prayers, and thoughts go out to you for your loss. Nancee was a wonderful, loving person who will be sadly missed by all who knew her.


    January 15, 2012
    Ada Spinola Mayer -
  • Dear Greg & Family,
    Although we didn’t know Nancee well, we wanted to express our sympathy to you for your loss.
    We worked with Nancee during one of the Ski Bears picnics getting food ready. She really had a generous spirit and was lots of fun to work with.

    Andy & Cheryl (former Ski Bear members)

    January 18, 2012
    Andy & Cheryl -
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