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Nancy Chapa
1943 - 2021
Nancy Chapa
September 7th, 1943 – January 1st, 2021
Nancy June Harman Chapa, 77, of State College, PA, passed away on Wednesday January 1st, 2021 at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. Nancy, and her husband, Israel Ibarra Chapa, had made the move to Reno, Nevada in early December 2020 to live out their remaining years. The move also brought them closer to their son, Christian, and his two children. Nancy was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas where her father worked as an attorney and her mother began a career as TWA's first flight attendant and later became a registered nurse.
Nancy attended the University of Kansas where she was a cheerleader for the Jayhawks basketball team and member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She then moved to NYC where, following in her mother's footsteps, she became an international flight attendant for TWA. She began her career in 1966 and retired in 2001. She loved flying internationally and spent most of her career flying to Spain which was her favorite destination. She met her husband, Israel, in Manhattan, New York where he worked as a maitre d' for a local Mexican restaurant, Fonda la Paloma. The restaurant environment would play a pivotal role in their lives. In 1976 they opened Pancho Villa's, a popular Mexican restaurant in Westport, Connecticut. The business afforded them the luxury of raising a family in the nearby town of Wilton.
Pancho Villa's became a fixture in Westport, winning numerous awards, and operating successfully for over 25 years until Israel's retirement in 1995. While employed as a flight attendant, Nancy worked to elevate the restaurant's status and reputation among locals. Whether it was serving and entertaining their loyal customer base, or creative contributions to the restaurant's historical décor, Nancy was instrumental in the success of the business.
Nancy often referred to Israel as "my Mexican", and their marriage lasted nearly 52 years! Nancy is survived by her sister Judy, beloved husband Israel, daughter Nicole, son Christian, and three grandchildren: David, Sebastian, and Samantha.
A celebration of life service will be held for Nancy on Sunday, August 8th, 2021 at 12:30pm at Greenland's Lodge, 3462 Birmingham Pike, Alexandria, PA 16611. For any additional information on the service, or interest in attending, please email Nicole and Christian at – "[email protected]"
Published by Westport-News on Jul. 12, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
Greenland's Lodge
3462 Birmingham Pike,, Alexandria, PA
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Almost a year later I am learning of Nancy's passing. We were pledge sisters and roommates at the Delta Gamma house while at the University of Kansas. Just tonight (12/8/2021) I was reading our Delta Gamma alumni magazine and just by accident I looked at the page listing the "Forever in the Bonds" (those who had passed away). So shocked and sad, I'm spending tonight remembering our times together. After graduating I too became a flight attendant (for United). Through the years we stayed in touch at Christmas time, sharing updates on our children. Last year's card was returned because of the address... so I didn't know that they had moved to NV. To summarize Nancy, she was one special kind, soft spoken, gentle, caring, non judgmental... and I could go on. I can still hear her sweet voice. With Love, Marilyn Basgall McAlister (Louisville KY)
Marilyn McAlister
December 8, 2021
I so badly would like to talk to Judy. Nancy was my BFF since 7th grade. I have been trying to reach her since her birthday on September 7th. I only found out a few weeks ago of her passing. I am beyond shocked and sad. I tried emailing to the address in Nancy's obituary, but no one answered me. Judy, if you see this please contact me at: [email protected]
Linda Rively Knox
November 2, 2021
Martha and Javier Sepulveda
August 6, 2021
Dear Christian, Nicole, and Israel, We were so sorry to learn of Nancy´s passing. As childhood friends that have continued to our middle ages, we remember Nancy with affection, most especially her bright and warming smile as well as patience and empathy during our teen and twenty-something years. I recall overnights and soccer dinners at Pancho Villas, where we were treated to delicious meals and your true hospitality. You welcomed us into your lives, and we hope you will think of us as family. Although angry and sad for your loss, we remain grateful for the time we shared. On behalf of the Walkers, we wish you peace and joy for the blessing of Nancy. With love, Tad
Tad Walker
July 15, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Dick and Nancy Hutchings
July 10, 2021
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