She did confide that she had recently discovered a school in Washington state that she thought would be good for Adam, said Mark Tambascio, the restaurant’s proprietor.
“They were going to move out there together,” Tambascio, who had known Nancy Lanza for several years, said Sunday night.
Her connections to her New Hampshire home town remained strong.
Her brother, James Champion, rose to become a captain on the eight-member Kingston police force. He retired in November 2011 but remains a part-time officer and county sheriff’s deputy. Nancy returned to Kingston for her brother’s retirement party.
Less than a week before Nancy was killed, her brother was hailed as a town hero after he resuscitated a man who began having an apparent heart attack while running on the high school track.
“He’s always been a great guy,” said Brian Stack, the principal at the high school. “He single-handedly saved that guy’s life, and he should be celebrating that this week instead of this.”
As Newtown began a wrenching week of multiple funerals Monday, two services had yet to be planned.
“She was my friend,” Marsha Lanza said. “I said to my husband, ‘Who’s going to bury Nancy?’ He said, ‘Knowing my brother, he’ll take care of it, because that’s the right thing to do.’ ”
Nancy’s family, including her mother and three adult siblings, have gathered at the old family farmhouse in Kingston, according to a family friend. They have been told the two bodies may not be released by the medical examiner for another week.
The first snow of winter came Monday, and the ground was covered in white, as were the cars coming to the home carrying people from around town offering condolences. There’s a banner outside that says, “Merry Christmas.”
Rosenwald reported from Washington and Slevin reported from Chicago. Rick Maese and Peter Hermann in Newtown and Sari Horwitz, Alice R. Crites and Julie Tate in Washington contributed to this report.