Nancy J. Reisz, 78


Nancy Joan Reisz, 78, died on Aug. 23, 2021, surrounded by family. Nancy, the daughter of Lee and Eleanor (Alexander) Larsen, was born May 3, 1943, in San Francisco, California. She attended numerous schools in the Bay Area and graduated from high school in 1960. Nancy attended San Mateo Junior College where she met the love of her life, Leonard Reisz.  The two were married on Feb. 24, 1968, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dunlap.

Nancy was a wonderful cook and had a gift to cook extremely large meals. Nobody ever left the house hungry. She could make a meal made for a king in 30 minutes or less. 

Throughout her life, Nancy easily met people and quickly engaged them in conversation. Nancy had a trait of having an extremely caring nature and a quick sense of humor. She was able to strike up a conversation with a total stranger and by the time she finished, she literally knew the stranger’s complete life story, the names and ages of all of their children and an address as to meet at a later time to catch up on what she missed. Many of these chance encounters turned into a relationship that lasted a lifetime.

Family was Nancy’s greatest accomplishment. She had the most joy and satisfaction in her life when family was around. She would ask numerous questions as to get the most information on how all were doing. She was sincere in gathering this and was sure to tell you how proud she was of each and every one of you.   

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Rick Larsen. Nancy is survived by her husband, Leonard Reisz of Modesto, Calif.; children, Mark Reisz of Dunlap, David (Kim) Reisz of Logan, Michael (Maria) Reisz of Dublin, Ireland, Doug (Indira) Reisz of Logan, Brad (Megan) Reisz of Hughson, Calif. and Bill (Kim) Reisz of Modesto;  15 grandchildren and 2.5 great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald (Tiah) Larsen of Santa Rosa, Calif.; sister, Barbara Larsen of Manteca, Calif.; brother-in-law, Bill Reisz of Missouri Valley; sisters-in-law, Connie Larsen of Newark, Calif., Charlotte (Jim) Noble of Johnston, Cindy (Greg) Sheehan of Lake Stevens, Wash. and Helen Reisz of Woodbine; and many other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dunlap. Father Joel McNeil presided over the service. The musicians were Mary Michael and Barb Amsberry. The honorary pallbearers were Nancy’s granddaughters, Cambria, Sara, Isabel, Sabina, Rowin, Emalee and Ella, and great-grandchildren, Brayten and Ryker. The pallbearers were Nancy’s sons, Mark, David, Mike, Doug, Brad and Bill, and grandsons, Christopher, Dalton, Briar, Wyatt, Corbin, Breckin, Landin and Tanner. Nancy’s final resting place is at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dunlap.

Fouts Funeral Home in Dunlap was in charge of arrangements.