Nancy Shingler Messner

Nancy Shingler Messner passed away January 22, 2019, in Palo Alto, CA at the age of 80 years. Nancy was born on April 28, 1938 in Altadena, CA, to Arthur Lewis Shingler and Bertha Gunn Shingler. She grew up in Altadena and Pasadena, CA. Nancy attained a B.A. in Speech Communications from Pasadena College and an M.A. from San Francisco State University. She taught high school in Riverside, CA and Sacramento, CA for four years, and then began a career as a college instructor in 1965. During her career, she taught speech, communications, group discussion, and rhetoric at San Jose State University, Foothill College, De Anza College, West Valley College, St. Joseph’s Seminary, Cañada College, and other institutions. Nancy retired in 2000. Before her untimely passing, Nancy was also an avid reader and a brilliant chef. Her study was always packed with books that she had either just finished reading or was in the middle of reading, and to her dying day she always preferred a good book to any sort of movie or television entertainment.

She never stopped creating delicious and innovative meals in her kitchen for those whom she loved, even in her later years. Friends described her as one of the warmest and most generous people they had ever met. She married Gerald Michael Messner in August 1963, and the two resided in Sacramento and in Palo Alto before settling in Los Altos for 33 years. Gerald passed away in March 2004. Nancy is survived by her son Michael Harris Messner, daughter in law Nancy Potter Messner and grandson Stephen Gerald Messner of Mountain View; brother Arthur Lewis Shingler Jr. and sister in law Ginger Brady Shingler of Boise, ID; and numerous nephews and nieces. Nancy will be severely missed by her family. Our community is poorer for her passing, and heaven is richer for her arrival there.

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