Nancy Olive Henninger
April 1, 1937-Nov. 5, 2015
Submitted by Lisa Bradley
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It was with heavy heart that we whispered goodbye to our Nancy Olive on Thursday, November 5, 2015.
A fourth generation Californian, Nancy was born to Madelyne and Lossie Leo Hays on April Fools Day 1937. The youngest of three sisters, she was raised in Santa Rosa and Oakland, California, graduating from Oakland High in 1955. Marrying Fred Henninger in 1956, they moved to Pleasanton in 1968 where they raised their four energetic kids and where they both resided until their respective passing's.
Nancy began her working career at Saint Rose Hospital in Hayward and eventually retired from Valley Memorial Hospital in Pleasanton, making lifelong friends along the way.
Best known for her keen and shrewd card playing skills, Nancy had a great sense of humor and was extremely creative with a gifted eye for decorating. Her warm home was always beautifully decorated for every holiday, with Halloween and Thanksgiving being her favorite.
The loving matriarch of her family, Nancy's kind heart and generosity touched her family and friends in so many ways, including the numerous children she shared her home with as she shepherded them through difficult times. A true friend, Nancy will be sorely missed by so many. her spirit lives on in her children, Deanne Henninger (Micheal Banchio), Kathryn Henninger, Jeffrey Henninger (Donna Henninger), Lisa Bradley (Scott Bradley); her grandchildren, Shane Henninger, Sarah Bradley, Trevor Bradley, Nicole Henninger and Chase Bradley, and her very close nieces and nephews.
"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death."