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Nancy Opatoshu

March 16, 1929 - July 18, 2015

Service Date: Sunday July 26th, 2015

Service Time: 3:00 pm

Hillside Memorial Park - Culver City, CA

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Nancy Judith Saxon Opatoshu succumbed to her chronic health problems and passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 2:30 in the morning.

Nancy was born on March 16, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Leo George Rigler, MD and Matyl Rigler. She was a loving mother, devoted wife, and compassionate friend. Despite health problems for over 30 years, Nancy was incredibly resilient, a fighter, a passionate and compassionate person. She charmed many, while lightening the day of all around her with a positive attitude and a kind word. She loved to sculpt, garden (she grew spectacular roses) and to create detailed needle point art.

Nancy had her three children with her first husband, Eugene Ira Saxon, MD. Their marriage lasted 33 years, but ended in 1978. Eugene passed away in May of this year. Nancy had a second loving marriage to the actor, David Opatoshu. They were together over a decade, sharing a passion for the arts, until David’s death. Eleven years ago, Nancy moved to the Village at Sherman Oaks where she met her third “Great Love” and final life partner, Stanley Rice.

Nancy is survived by her sister Ruth Olincy. Her brother, Stanley Rigler, husband to Vivian Rigler, passed away many years ago.  Nancy also leaves behind in her immediate family three grown children: Nina Saxon, (her husband Elliott Rothman) Richard Saxon, M.D. (his wife Alexa Saxon and children Melina and Leo), and Jennifer Watson, PhD (her husband Joseph Watson, PhD and children Sarah and Emma).

The whole family is saddened by Nancy’s passing but is comforted by the fact that she did not suffer at the end. Mostly, they are truly grateful to have once called her mother or grandmother and for the dedication and unconditional love that Nancy showed all of them throughout her life.

The Family is very grateful for all of the people who touched Nancy’s life along the way and to those who helped to take care of her as her health deteriorated, especially Nancy’s granddaughter Emma. Emma took Nancy deeply into her heart and devoted much of her free time to help care for her at the end of Nancy’s life.

Nancy loved life.  Nothing made her happier than to spend time with her family. She often talked about how proud she was of her children and grandchildren, and their various life accomplishments. For too many years, Nancy had to figure out how to overcome obstacles life put in her path, but in the end she always found a way to climb over them, bounce back, and thrive. She demonstrated a unique strength and will to live. She will be deeply missed.

For those that might want to attend, Nancy’s funeral will be at 3:00 pm on Sunday July 26 at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, CA.