Sandra A. Sansoe
1950 - 2014
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Sandra A Sansoe
July 13,1950- September 5, 2014
Walnut Creek
Sandra A. Sansoe, 64, passed away at home in Walnut Creek on September 5th, 2014 after a four year battle with a rare neurological disease.
Sandy was born in Berkeley, California on July 13, 1950 to Robert and Norma Dal Porto of Oakley, California, and spent her formative years growing up on the family ranch near Brentwood. She attended Liberty High School graduating with the Class of 1968. She then attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, graduating in 1972 with a BA in Physical Education. She completed her postgraduate studies and earned a California Standard Secondary Teaching Credential. Sandy's teaching career spanned thirty-four years, during which she taught physical education classes and coached the women's swim team for Dublin High School. The second phase of her teaching career included a twenty-six year assignment at Village High School in the Pleasanton Unified High School District during which she taught Sandy a variety of courses. Her efforts along with the Village Staff supported a wide variety of students from diverse backgrounds. She was a respected educator who went the extra mile for her
students and staff.
Sandy was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Dal Porto. She is survived by her father, Robert A. Dal Porto (Earline), her husband of thirty-eight years Bob, sons Matthew (Alice); Michael, and daughter Katherine Bamberger (Eric); loving grandchildren Ali and Mason Bamberger, her brothers Steven (Carol); David (Jeannine), and Robert Jr. Sandy is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Sandy retired from teaching in the Pleasanton Unified High School District in 2006. Her early years of retirement were spent traveling, enjoying former colleagues who moved to the east coast, and traveling with her husband to visit their relatives in Italy. These two trips to Italy were the most enjoyable vacations in their retirement years. The connection among the Dal Portos and Sansoes of Italy formed a bond that continues for all of the members of their family.
Family was the center point of Sandy's life, She enjoyed watching her children grow into outstanding adults. She shared the holidays with family and friends and continued many of the holiday traditions she enjoyed growing up. Hosting large family events allowed her to hone her formidable cooking skill.
Most notable were the many Christmas Eve dinners she and Bob hosted, but most important were the Easter celebrations that included relatives from various locations around the state. This celebration was later nicknamed "Mafia Easter." The tradition continues today and is now hosted by the new generation of nieces and nephews.
Her grand kids were very special to Sandy. She frequently took them to school in the mornings and enjoyed watching them participate in their sporting events and school activities. Nonna will be sorely missed.
A memorial mass and celebration of life will be held at St. John Vianney's Church in Walnut Creek on Friday the 12th day of September, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with a reception to follow. The family request that donations be made in Sandra's name to Kaiser Hospice and The Memory and Aging Center, University of California, San Francisco.

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Published in Inside Bay Area News on Sep. 9, 2014.
Memorial Mass
10:30 AM
St. John Vianney's Church
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September 21, 2014
I, too, had Sandy for a teacher at Village. Like all the teachers and admin there, she was truly committed to us kids and our success. Rest in Love, Sandy.
September 15, 2014
I had Sandy for two years at Village. She was an inspiration and a great teacher. My senior year I was honored to do a speech about Sandy at graduation. I'm so saddened to hear of her passing, she will be greatly missed.
Kirsten Bengtson
September 15, 2014
I had Sandy as a teacher at Village in 1985 I fondly remember how she was a woman who would not take crap from any of us kids. I can say that she was a large part of my success as a adult in life today along with the other teachers at Village. She was one of those people who devoted her life to improving others abilities that the other High School teachers so quickly gave up on. I hope the knowledge of the profound effect and change she made on many of us helps her family in this time if sorrow. God bless you Sandy and God Speed to your classroom in the sky..
Daren Lasky
September 14, 2014
I remember her as my Computer teacher, using those blue gum drop imacs. I graduated the class of '00 You have made a huge difference in my school career that echo's beyond the call of duty as a teacher. Thank you for believing and helped me and hundreds of others to succeed. You will always be remembered as a passionate, and driven teacher. Thank you for the chances and opportunity to grow and thrive. May you always feel the joys and appreciations of your guidance. ad infinitum
Chris Auer
September 14, 2014
Rest in Peace Sandy.
Melissa Henson
September 12, 2014
Village High student ~
I remember her to be a very strong and proud teacher. She always made time for students and never took our crap. She was a part of a group of techers who really showed compassion for their students. Thank you Sandy, may you be smiling to the heavens.
Mic Velasquez
September 12, 2014
Sandy was my teacher for journalism at Village High School in 1993. Sandy was an excellent teacher, and a very kind person as well. I'm very sorry for your loss. The best any person can do in this life is to influence someone in a positive way. Hopefully, you can take some measure of happiness in the knowledge that many of her former students will always remember her, and how she helped shape our lives for the better.

- Tom Souers
September 11, 2014
Sandy will be missed she touch so many lives with her kindness. We had some great laughs in fl when she came for a visit. Sandy was a wonderful . Friend to my sister Kathleen her love will missed. Blessing
Eileen Alexon
September 11, 2014
So sorry to hear of Sandy's death. We will always remember her wonderful smile and how welcoming she was to all the YV girls. Please know that your whole family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Ann and Bill White
September 11, 2014
We are so deeply saddened by this terrible loss. Sandy will stay in our warmest thoughts and memories. Thank you Sandy for always opening your heart and home to our family.
Corey and Kassie Martin
Kassie Martin
September 10, 2014
Your smile, your energy, your giggle, sharing our July birthdays, your love of children, and your great cooking: that's what I'll miss about you the most! You've always been a dear friend, Sandy.
Kathleen Ryan
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