Sandra A Sansoe
July 13,1950- September 5, 2014
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.
Published in Inside Bay Area News on Sep. 9, 2014.