Born Nancy Joan Blanchard on March 30, 1938 in Sacramento, she was a fourth-generation Californian. She graduated from McClatchy High School and the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. There, she met her future husband, Robert "Bob" Napoli, an engineering student working as a "hasher" at the sorority house. The couple married in 1959 and moved to Marin County, where she taught second grade at Santa Margarita Elementary School in San Rafael.
In 1966, they moved with to Los Altos, where they raised their two children. After focusing on parenting and volunteering in the schools, she started two small businesses and worked as a bookkeeper in a doctor's office.
She renewed her teaching credential in the 1990s and got a job as a fifth grade teacher at Slater Elementary School, where she taught for 10 years. She retired in 2002 to focus on her grandchildren.
She enjoyed attending Jackie Sorenson aerobic classes three times a week for more than 25 years, tutoring with Reading Partners, traveling to Maui and the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, and her book group, family members said.
She is survived by her children, Alison Napoli Leupold and Steve Napoli; her brother, Bob Blanchard; and her grandchildren, Olivia, James and Sophie Leupold.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, March 22, at 11:30 a.m. at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.
The family requests that memorial contributions in Nancy's honor be made to YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, 11000 Pescadero Road, La Honda, CA 94020.
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