Today in My History
17 March 2020
We lost Nancianne Pfister today.
People who read this journal regularly will remember her from the years that I took photos when she had her head shaved to raise money for children's cancer research. In fact, St. Baldricks is usually shaving heads at this time of year, though the coronavirus has probably changed that this year.
Nancianne was the inspiration for Ned and me to have our heads shaved in 2015. After going to the event for a few years to take her picture, I decided I should have it done too.
Nancianne was a speech teacher at American River College and Woodland Community College. In her 80s, she was still teaching.
In looking for information for this obituary, I found comments from several of her students. I thought this one was particularly good.
Comments are being posted to her Facebook site.
She was a founding member of the Davis Comic Opera Company, and active in many backstage roles throughout its 30 year history. This is where we met her.
Director/actor Gil Sebastian wrote:
Stephen Peithman, an actor/director for the Davis Comic Opera Company wrote this, which made me cry.
She's been a part of our life for four decades too, but she was never in our house because she was deathly afraid of dogs. However, whenever she learned that any of us was sick with anything, even a cold, she would show up at the door with soup for us. Because of the dogs, she never rang the bell, but we would just open the door and find it sitting there.
Her house had a front yard that overlooked the community park and each 4th of July she invited a bunch of us to sit in her yard and watch the fireworks, so we didn't have to fight the crowds in the park.
She was also the hostess of the Chinese New Year tea parties I've gone to each year for the past few years.
She and Walt were both involved in a group (Citizens Who Care, now part of Yolo Hospice ) whose function was to provide support and care for Yolo County's frail elderly and their caregivers. The two of them spent a night every couple of weeks with a friend, who is in a wheelchair, so his wife could have a night out with some crafting friends of hers. Nancianne would rent a classic old movie and the three of them would watch the movie.
She loved theater and in the early days of my being a critic, on the rare occasions when Walt was not able to come to a show with me, for one reason or another, I invited Nancianne to come and she loved it. But she refused to let me drive and her driving terrified me. I even brought my car to her house and insisted I would drive, but that was her contribution to thank me for letting her come, so, sadly, I stopped asking her.
She was a wonderful person ... but she was not perfect.
I asked about a memorial service and was told that since most of the people who would want to come to the service are probably in our age range, the service will be after the coronavirus isolations have ended.
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