Nancy Louise Pohlmeyer Valenzuela Born in Milwakee, Wisconson on December 13, 1934, Nancy passed away at her home in Venice on February 28, 2007. She was a loving wife and mother, a loyal friend, a fierce sports enthusiast, an avid card player, and witty conversationalist who will be dearly missed by all. Nancy came to California with her family as a young girl. She grew up in Westwood and attended St. Paul the Apostle Elementary School where she met lifelong friends Beverly Marsden and Monique Staudhammer. She attended St. Monica High School and after studying a year at Purdue University, Nancy landed at Santa Monica City College where she met her husband Daniel Valenzuela. They were married April 7, 1956. Nancy and Daniel had three children, Anne, Paul and Peter. She was a devoted mother, active in the PTA, youth baseball, youth football and related activities. She never missed a game her children played in. Later, when her grandchildren were born, she continued her enthusiastic support of their school and athletic activities, earning the nickname from the neighborhood kids as “softball grandmother” for her constant presence and her warm inclusion of all the players in her cheering and encouragement. Nancy was a great friend with a big heart. She and husband Dan were active in St. Mark’s parish for 50 years, serving in many capacities and sharing the friendship of that community. Nancy was particularly noted for her service as a lector at St. Mark’s. An avid card player, Nancy played bridge regularly with friends for 40 years. She did volunteer work for the Archdiocese with her friend Barbara Kennedy. Most recently, she volunteered as a weekly reader for the kindergarten class at St. Mark’s where they stole her heart and became her dearest friends. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Daniel Valenzuela, her three children, Anne, Paul and Peter, her beloved grandchildren, Eloy, Dolan, Emma and Julia, and numerous relatives and friends. Nancy was preceded in death by her mother Valeria, her father Irving and dear brother Fred Pohlmeyer. The Vigil Rosary will take place on Friday afternoon, March 2nd at 5pm, with the Funeral Mass celebrated on Saturday, March 3rd at 10:30 am. Both will be held at St. Mark Catholic Church, 940 Coeur d’Alene Ave. Venice Ca 90291. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to donate to the “Nancy Pohlmeyer Valenzuela Kindergarten Fund” at St. Mark School, 912 Coeur d’Alene, Venice Ca 90291

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  1. My condolences to Paul and his family….I wish I could have met his mother. He said to me once, YOU SHOULD SEE MY MOTHER, SHE’S BEAUTIFUL…..That is a testament to the mother she was and is in their hearts.

  2. Thanks to all who have called and written to express condolences and offer help. It has been a great comfort to dad and the family. We appreciate your love and support.

  3. Thank you to all who have been so supportive of my family in the past few days and weeks. It is overwhelming to see how my mother has affected so many people. She was a special lady, and we will miss her so very much. Please keep our family in your prayers.

  4. Thanks to all who have shared memories, they are greatly appretiated. My grandmother was one of the best people I have ever known,she was very important to me in all aspects of my life. I’m sure she touched many people,I believe that she will be missed but not forgotten. Thanks to all

  5. There are no words to express our deepest condolences to you. You are in our prayers. Love, Zeke, Susan, Jonathan, Stephanie & Jennifer

  6. Dear The Valenzuela Family, I just wanted to send forth my condolences at this time of sorrow. May the memories that you shared continue to live on. Remember to celebrate her life and all the joy that she brought to you. My thought and prayers are with you …We’ll keep a candle burning… All the Best, Michelle

  7. Nancy was a tried and ture volunteer who lite up the 12th floor with her ready smile and good humor–I loved cooking for her! We will miss Nancy and thank you all for sharing her with us for so many years. Bless you, her family. Judy

  8. Your family is a living testimony to the fabulous person Nancy was. She is so proud of each one of you. All our love, Robert & Barbara

  9. Dear Valenzuela family, We just found out that Peter’s mom passed away. It’s a big shock for us although we never had the chance to meet her. But knowing Peter she must have been a great person with a big heart. Our condolences to the whole family and we hope you all have the strength to carry on. We know it isn’t easy, but we’re sure that’s what your mom would want you to do. A big hug from overseas, and we’re with you and the whole family in our thoughts, Your Dutch friends, Marius, Carola & kids

  10. Nancy was a great partner for Danny and together they raised a lovely family. Her passing leaves a huge void in the world. I fondly remember when they attended our 10th wedding anniversary at James Beach Restaurant and really “cut up the rug” dancing to the music. They were very good dance partners. It is a memory we will cherish. Linda Lucks & Michael Rosenfeld

  11. Dear Valenzuela family, I know Paul and knew he was always on top of things when it came to his mother and father. I can’t bear the thought of what your father must be going thru. All the children, family, friends who will dearly miss her. I never had the honor of meeting Pauls mother but from knowing Paul i know she must have been an Exceptional woman, to never be forgotton!! May you sit and laugh and cry and keep her always in your thoughts and conversations… You are all in my thoughts and prayers.. Lisa Jalili

  12. Mrs. Valenzuela was a music lover and a film buff. Last Christmas, she gave me three films to see on a list she especially wrote for me. They were cherished classics. She loved telling stories and really did a great job. Aside from those special qualities, she missed her grandchildren from her son, Paul and loved them dearly. She loved her other grandchildren and was like a mother hen to them watching them grow. She was a great grandmother, mother, person, and to those in Hollywood, a wonderful story teller, too! She will be an asset to heaven. Much love goes out to her family who will miss her so much.

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