Patricia Jayne Nantz

Teacher, 75Patricia Jayne Nantz, 75, died Saturday, July 24 in Lynnwood, Wash., after a long illness.

Mrs. Nantz was born April 4, 1929 in Grand Forks, N.D., to Ed and Anne Buckley.

She was raised in East Grand Forks, Minn., and moved with her family to Long Beach, Calif., in 1948. She graduated from the University of California, Long Beach, in 1951, with a degree in education. She taught kindergarten in Long Beach to former Stanford basketball coach Mike Montgomery, among many others.

In 1952, she married Frank Nantz in Long Beach. He died in 1984.

Mrs. Nantz traveled across America and around the world, living in such diverse locales as the Philippines, South Carolina and Africa, always returning to Long Beach.

In 1973, she and her family moved to Seaside. She was a substitute teacher for the Seaside School District, then taught kindergarten at Seaside Heights Elementary School and Cannon Beach Elementary School until her retirement in 1989. She enjoyed travel, friends, reading and watching the waves roll in at the Cove.

After her husband's death, she lived with her sister and best friend, Eunice "Eunie" Buckley. They moved to Seattle in 2002 to be near family, returned to Seaside in 2003, then back to the Seattle area this year.

Mrs. Nantz is survived by two sons, Mike and Steve Nantz; and two sisters, Eunie Buckley and Ailleen Stromquist.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Aug. 12, followed by reception at Seaside's Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America 2000 L St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008.

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