Nancy
MUSTIZER, NANCY was born in Glendale, California, and was an award winning former Teacher of the Year. She graduated from UCLA and Pepperdine Universities with a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught kindergarten and first grade at Pennekamp Elementary School for 40 years in Manhatten Beach. Nancy is survived by her sister, Joy Schultz, brother, Richard Mustizer, neices, Christine Mustizer, Linda Balen and nephew Matt Schultz. Nancy will be remembered for her love of flowers and all things beautiful. She will be missed by her family, friends and the hundreds of children whose lives she helped guide.

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  1. My thoughts are with Nancy\’s family. The love, care and respect she gave the thousands of student lives she touched will never be forgotten.

  2. Nancy devoted her entire life to teaching. She was the best there was! She was my mentor and I will be eternally grateful for all her love and support as a beginning teacher at Pennekamp School. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of a wonderful, classy teacher. She made the difference in hundreds of childrens\’ lives. I will continue to strive to be the kind of teacher that puts the needs of children first, just like Nancy. She was my hero! I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Chris McRae

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. She will be missed greatly. She taught with grace, dignity, intelligence and humor. Her impact on all of the young lives she touched will continue to be felt for years to come. Our daughter Kristin was very fortunate to be one of her students. Our sincere sympathies to her family.

  4. We are sending to you our hearfelt sympathy on the loss of a very dear and special person. Take comfort in knowing that Nancy was loved by many, which was a reflection of what she gave of herself. Both of my children were Kindergarten students of Nancy\’s and I was fortunate to be her Head-Room Parent both times. This allowed me extra time spent with Nancy and she was and will always be a very special lady. I remember Nancy speaking of a trip to see the changing of the leaves and how much she enjoyed it. I will always think of her with the changing of the leaves. She was truly a treasure, but she is not lost to us, as she will always remain in our hearts. Take comfort that she has gone on to a better place.

  5. My thoughts and prayers for you. I first met Nancy when I started working at Pennenkamp. What a wonderful lady and teacher. I will miss her dearly.

  6. Our family was blessed to have Ms. Mustizer teach both Ann and Lisa. She is one of the finest people we\’ve ever known. Her grace, poise, warm smile,thoughtfulness and talent as a teacher will always be a part of our lives. Lisa and Nancy shared the same birthday – November 5th… And this was an annual celebration of our friendship and love. She made life wonderful and education a joy for all the Manhattan Beach students who walked through her door.

  7. Mrs. Mustizer will be missed by the thousands of students she loved. My daughter remembers her fondly. Our thoughts are with you during this time. Sincerely, Jayne & Sara Horowitz

  8. I will remember Miss Mustizer as one of the best and always as one of my favorite teachers. She was so kind and great with all of her students. I will miss her.

  9. Nancy will be missed by all who knew her. I was so very lucky to have been her T.A. for many years. She taught me so much. She was very warm, caring, loving and understanding to all. She talked often of her family and you could feel the love and pride she had of them. I had just recently talked to her and she was just as kind and caring and of course she put herself aside to see how everyone else was doing. Nancy always thought of others and put them before herself. She was and will always be someone to look up to. My condolences to the family. Sandy Sanchez

  10. Ms. Mustizer always had a kind word for everyone. She taught two generations within the Dempsey and Pardon family. She was Jeanne\’s brother\’s teacher and 30+ years later our son\’s and daughter\’s teacher. She was the perfect match for our kids especially our daughter, Jace. The elementary education years are the building blocks for our children\’s future. We could not have asked for anyone more genuine, kind and classy to build this foundation. We will miss her.

  11. She was the most inspiring, warm, and caring teachers of my life. As I enter junior year in high school, I truly can say I continued because of Mrs. Mustizer. I have never had a single person impact my life as much as that woman did. I regret that I was never able to tell her that. She was truly my inspiration in life and I as well as her other students will make her proud. I thank God that our paths crossed in life and she will be missed!

  12. Nancy and I taught first grade together at Pennekamp School. I learned so much from her. I am sorry she was not able to enjoy her well-deserved retirement. Nancy was one classy lady! Mary Ann Coughlin

  13. Goodbye Dear Nancy. You left us much too soon. You were a wonderful teacher to my son Tim, a favorite colleague of mine at Pennekamp, and a loyal devoted friend. I feel like I knew you forever. Goodbye my friend. Rest in peace. Love, Barbara

  14. Miss Mustizer, you will be missed. I couldn\’t have asked for a better kindergarden teacher. I remember sitting at a desk in your classroom as you leaned over my shoulder to help me. That helping hand touched many lives and will never be forgotten. Thank you from every student that set foot in your classroom.

  15. On behalf of Jana, and her parents, Nancy & John, please accept our condolences in the passing of Nancy. We have fond memories of Nancy, and her welcoming and hospitable manner. She had a divine-like way of comforting children, especially those entering Kindergarten. The summer of 1995, prior to Jana entering Kindergarten, Nancy enlisted Jana\’s help in organizing the classroom, in preparation for the new school year. That initial bond that Jana enjoyed with Nancy, allowed the transition into Kindergarten to be “what life-long memories are made of. . .”. I know that I speak in unison with all Pennekamp families–Nancy\’s endearing way of communicating with our children, has instilled confidence and a desire to give back that love to others. Love, Nancy Wise & John Barrett (for Jana Leigh Barrett)

  16. On behalf of Jana, and her parents, Nancy & John, please accept our condolences in the passing of Nancy. We have fond memories of Nancy, and her welcoming and hospitable manner. She had a divine-like way of comforting children, especially those entering Kindergarten. The summer of 1995, prior to Jana entering Kindergarten, Nancy enlisted Jana\’s help in organizing the classroom, in preparation for the new school year. That initial bond that Jana enjoyed with Nancy, allowed the transition into Kindergarten to be “what life-long memories are made of. . .”. I know that I speak in unison with all Pennekamp families–Nancy\’s endearing way of communicating with our children, has instilled confidence and a desire to give back that love to others. Love, Nancy Wise & John Barrett (for Jana Leigh Barrett)

  17. Both my daughters, Cheryl (1983-84) and Cathy (1986-87) were fortunate enought to have Nancy in first grade and I spent a happy year in her classroom as a volunter mother and later worked with her when her class did art projects and when I was the school librarian. She was a great person to know and the only teacher that never raised her voice (at least not as far as any parents knew). The community will miss her presence. Sincerely, Valerie Klein

  18. As a former student, I can truly say that Miss Mustizer transformed many children\’s lives. I hold fond memories of her in my heart. Her spirit will live on in the memories of those who\’s lives she touched. With much sympathy to her family, Susan Nash-Reider

  19. Dear Nancy – You really have left us too soon. I will always remember your kindness and support during our efforts to adopt children. I thank you for your friendship and your dedication to the world of teaching. I will always hold you deep within my heart.

  20. As my mom mentioned below, Ms. Mustizer was my 1st grade teacher. Thanks to her, I looked forward to school every day. I was a timid little kid and she was always gentle and patient. I remember zoning out when we were supposed to be doing math problems and rather than reprimanding me, Ms. Mustizer just asked, “Are you stumped?” and offered to help me with my work. I was so sad to learn of her passing — she is part of many fond memories of my elementary school experience.

  21. Ms. Mustizer was someone who was admired unanimously by all who knew her. When my children rehash memories of their years at Pennekamp, Ms. Mustizer\’s name always comes up as one of their most favorite and fondly remembered teachers. During parent-teacher conferences she was always perceptive, articulate, and able to keep her marvelous sense of humor. What an unfortunate and untimely loss.

  22. Ms. Mustizer was my first grade teacher over twenty years ago, and I am very saddened to hear of her passing. I still have fond memories of our class, and especially the times when we would have individual reading classes in the back corner of her class. She opened up the world of reading for me and encouraged me to strive. Her soft voice and calm demeanor mesmorized the class, and made us all feel so special. Now a parent of school age children, I realise how important it is to have teachers like her that leave such a mark in our lives, and I can only hope that my children will encounter one of such caliber as she was to me. Sincerely, Kirsten Le Sommier ne Plowman

  23. I came to Pennekamp in 1st grade so I just missed having Mrs. Mustizer as my teacher. All of my friends loved having her as a teacher and my little sister had her also. I knew her at Pennekamp and she was a great person.

  24. I give sincere sypmathy and condolence to Miss Mustizer\’s family and friends. She was my Kindergarten teacher and i have fond memories. I will miss her.

  25. Miss Mustizer: The impact you made on my daughter as her first experience with grade school will continue long after you are gone. Thanks for all you did, your professionalism, your dedication. Wish you could have enjoyed more of your retirement. I will never forget how much you loved Rug Rats. Cindee Fity, Ali & Mark

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