n Memoriam: Nora Nealis, Champion of the Dry Cleaning Industry
(October 22, 1953 - November 12, 2023)
With profound sorrow, we announce the passing of Nora Nealis on November 12, 2023. Nora, a beacon in the dry cleaning industry, served as the revered Executive Director of the National Cleaners Association. Her extraordinary journey began at Diversitron, where she sold and repaired equipment for dry cleaners, amassing invaluable insights and expertise.
Nora's tenure as Executive Director was marked by her remarkable acumen and dedication. She passionately advocated for the responsible use of perchloroethylene (perc), masterfully navigating environmental concerns while safeguarding the interests of countless small businesses. Her diplomacy and foresight were instrumental in harmonizing industry and governmental goals.
Yet, Nora's legacy extends far beyond her professional feats. Her boundless generosity and wisdom touched many lives, particularly those within the dry cleaning community. She was a mentor and a guiding light, offering her time and knowledge selflessly, even to those struggling to meet dues. Her compassion and commitment to inclusivity were unparalleled.
Nora's impact was not confined to those she directly assisted; her efforts to ensure environmental compliance have left an enduring imprint on the industry, benefiting even those she never met.
Nora leaves behind a loving family, a legion of friends, and an industry forever enriched by her contributions. Her spirit of magnanimity and her relentless pursuit of industry excellence will be profoundly missed.
The family graciously suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Coats for Kids, a charity dear to Nora's heart. (https://www.coatsforkidsusa.com/)
As we mourn her loss, we also celebrate the monumental impact Nora Nealis had on our lives and the industry. Her legacy serves as a steadfast foundation for a brighter, more inclusive future in the world of dry cleaning.