Marcia Dean Sanza
1954 - 2020
May 8, 1954
December 17, 2020

Marcia Dean Sanza

1954 - 2020

On December 17, 2020 Marcia Dean Sanza, amazing wife of (Napa) Nick Sanza and mother of Nick Sanza Jr., Tony Sanza and Lucy Sanza Souza, passed away at the age of 66. She was a warrior battling breast cancer for 5 years. Unfortunately, her body couldn't fight any longer.

Marcia was born in Vallejo May 8, 1954 and has lived in Napa her whole life. She graduated as a Napa High Indian in 1972. She was Princess of the California Yachting Association in 1974 and was a contestant in the Miss Napa County Pageant. She married (Napa) Nick Sanza on June 27, 1976, whom she had known most of her life. They were married for 44 years.

Marcia was secretary for the state of California for 30 years; 17 years at Yountville Veterans Home and 13 years at the Napa State Hospital. For 3 years Marcia taught catechism and volunteered for the ICF at St, John's Catholic Church. She was a professional polynisian dancer.

Marcia was a stand in for Susan Sullivan and Jane Wyman on Falcon Crest. She was a professional stunt woman for 3 movies produced by Francis Ford Coppola production company. She also was a stand in for Cloris Leachman and an assistant location manager for NBC's movie of the week Fine Things. She was a production assistant on ABC GMA and Barbara Walters 20/20.

Marcia loved going to scrapbooking retreats with her daughter (Lucy), sister (Patsy Salsman) and her niece (Terri Rodriguez). She loved playing Bunco with all of her girlfriends. Marcia really loved to go to Bodega Bay beaches with her husband and put her toes in the sand while collecting shells and sand dollars.

Marcia is preceded in death by her son, Tony Sanza and her parents Mattie and Homer Conant. She is survived by her husband (Napa) Nick Sanza, children Nick Sanza Jr., Lucy Souza, Jared Souza (her favorite son-in-law) and her 4 granddaughters Maddison Souza, Emma Sanza, Amelia Souza, Presley Souza and her sister Patsy Salsman.

Funeral services are being held on Friday January 8th, 2021 at 11 am at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa. Due to Covid restrictions, we will have her service outside at the actual gravesite marker 79.

In lieu of flowers, if you choose, please send a donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Published by Napa Valley Register on Dec. 27, 2020.
Funeral service
Tulocay Cemetery
, Napa, California
Funeral services provided by:
Tulocay Cemetery, Crematory & Mortuary
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Dearest Nick and Family Our prayers, love, and hearts are with you. I always loved seeing you two holding hands with smiles on your faces and with hearts to match. So sorry for your loss. Class of 72. Debbie
Debbie Zepeda Guardado
January 8, 2021
Nick and the entire Santa family, Lisa and I are so saddened by the news of Marcia passing. She was always such a pleasant woman to know through Napa High School work with Nick, the Miss Napa County Pageant program, and as a client. She left the world a better place and will be greatly missed by all of her friends and family.
John Stewart
January 4, 2021
My condolences to her family during your time of sorrow. I knew Marcia during high school. She was one of the sweetest of all my classmates! She was a friend to everyone and always had a cheery smile. Rest in peace, my friend.
Gail Klein
January 3, 2021
I´m so sorry for your loss Nick and Nick Jr and family. I didn´t realize that she and my mom had the same birthday. I hope they knew that and celebrated together. Peace and love, Carol
Carol Nelsen
January 2, 2021
Will miss Marcia's presence at the Veteran's Home Lunch Bunch's get togethers. Much sympathy to her husband Nick and family.
Mary Renz
December 31, 2020
Nick and Family, my heart is sad. I so fondly remember Marcia and me as young girls in Jobs Daughters and having so much innocent, girl fun! Such an amazing lady and what a warrior!! My prayer are with you all.
Sue Price Nachbaur
December 31, 2020
Our deepest condolences to Napa Nick Sanza and his family. I so enjoyed playing Bunko with Marcia the many years we played together while I lived in Napa. She had such an infectious laughter! May Marcia rest in peace!
Bobbi & Mike Adler
December 31, 2020
Nick sorry for your loss she was a great person she was tough she fought it for a long time no more suffering our thoughts and prayers are with your family don't worry Nick God will take care of you he always has .
December 30, 2020
Oh Nick, my heart aches for you and your family....prayers and hugs, my friend. She indeed, was a warrior !
Jan Dalluge
December 30, 2020
Nick, I´m so sorry for your loss, I totally feel your pain. I met Marcia in Elementary School through the Lacazes´ on York St. I pray for you and your family. God Bless You.
Kitty lathum
December 29, 2020
Nick and family, So sorry to read about Marcia's passing recently. I lost my own sister a few years ago to breast cancer, it's a nasty thing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Carol (Clendening) Wilkins
December 29, 2020
Dear Nick, I was so sorry to learn of Marcia's passing... I had no idea she was sick. When I think of Marcia I see her big smiling face, she was always smiling when I'd run into her around town. You and your family have been through a lot, I saw that your mother also passed away recently. You'll be in my prayers. Sincerely, Margie Patterson
Margie Patterson
December 29, 2020
Nick and family, we are so sorry for your loss! I can't imagine loosing my wife. Bruce and Caren Chinberg, Middleton ID
Bruce Chinberg
December 28, 2020
My prayers are with you Nick and family. I only meet Marci once but it seems that I known her for a lifetime. Adell (Cassandra sister from NJ)
Adell Halls David
December 28, 2020
Nick and family, sending our deepest condolences to you all. Marcia was an amazing person! She will be greatly missed!
Jeff and Beth Chambers
December 28, 2020
Drew Aguilar
December 28, 2020
I am so glad that having numerous class reunions I was able to get to know Marcia . I loved coming to her and nick´s property for reunions and the annual wine harvest party. She will be greatly missed and my heart goes out to Nick and family. God bless her. I wish I had more time to spend with her.
Sharon &warren whittington
December 27, 2020
Farewell dear sister you will be missed. RIP with Tony Love You
Joe and Dee Cuney
December 27, 2020
She was an amazing woman with great accomplishments. Her life was amazing and blessed with a wonderful family too Many blessings to the entire family.
Corinne Brown - Class of 1971
December 27, 2020
Dear Nick and family: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Steve and Gig Pizzico
December 27, 2020
Nick & Family We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out each of you. May she R.I.P.
Wynda, Jeff, & Jeffrey ll Daniels
December 27, 2020
I am so sad for you and the family. Let me know if I can do anything for you or the family. Hugs.
Joyce Winsett
December 27, 2020
So very sorry Nick. Prayers to you and family.
Larry Olmstead
December 27, 2020
Nick and Family, Greg and I are so sorry for your loss of Marcia. She was remarkable. Lots of love to you, Beth and Greg Katzner
Beth Katzner
December 27, 2020
Nick and Family: We are saddened by the loss of your dear wife and mother. Please know that we will keep your entire family in our prayers.
John and Joan Sanza
December 27, 2020
I´m so very sorry for your families loss. May she RIP.
Ray Sisemore
December 27, 2020