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CSIZMAR, Nancy Ann (Cuffel) Passed away at her home Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 after a long struggle with stage four lung cancer and pneumonia. She was a resident of the AV for over 40 years. Born in 1939 and raised in Inglewood, Calif., Nancy attended Marymount College on a work scholarship and graduated in 1962. She had an excellent singing voice and upon graduation, was asked to join the Roger Wagner Chorale. Instead, she took a teaching post and taught Hawaiian children for several years on the island of Oahu. She was an adventurous individual and along with a cousin spent six months traveling Europe logging over eighteen thousand miles in a Volkswagen. She loved to travel and used her teaching status to teach in Hawaii, Norwalk, San Jose, The Philippines, American Samoa, Wisconsin, and the Antelope Valley. She retired from the Lancaster School District after many years of teaching kindergarten. 20 years ago, Nancy lost her eye to facial cancer which caused her to wear a white patch on her face. Despite limited vision, she was well known in the Valley for carving goose eggs, emu eggs and ostrich eggs. She gave away hundreds of her creations to cancer patients or as gifts to individuals who were kind to her or needed a little joy in their life. Her ability to carve and decorate gourds led to winning many awards an blue ribbons at the Antelope Valley Fair. As usual, she gave away her gourds graciously even though they took many long hours to create. She will be missed by friends and students and lovingly remembered by those who admired and received her works of art. Nancy is survived by her husband Jack Csizmar of 46 years; two sons: Eric (Heather) Csizmar of Sacramento; Kurt Csizmar of Triangle, Virginia; and two grandchildren. The Csizmar Family resided in Quartz Hill for 42 years before relocating to a smaller home a few miles away in Palmdale. Nancy and Jack have been members of the Father Serra Parish for many years. The family would like to thank Doctor Arroyo and his staff; Dr. Sudan and staff at City of Hope; and the Nursing staff at Palmdale Regional Medical Center for helping Nancy when she needed it most. Based upon her wishes, no formal services will be held.

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