Nancy (Bachran) Frezza
July 8, 1931 - Jan. 15, 2018
Nancy (Bachran) Frezza, 86, passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Tyrone, after an extended illness, surrounded by her family.
A longtime resident of Altoona, she was born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late Theodore G. Bachran Jr. and Marie Gertrude (Cover) Bachran.
Surviving are three children: Nancy (Frezza) Batts and husband, David, of Altoona, Michael F. Frezza III and wife, Lucinda (DeMarco), of Walterboro, S.C., and Barbara (Frezza) Bassel and husband, Larry, of La Jolla, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Michael F. Frezza Jr.
Nancy moved to Altoona in 1962 with her husband and three young children. Shortly thereafter, she became a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Altoona, and she joined numerous social organizations, including Order of the Eastern Star, as well as the PTA.
She learned that “politics is powerful” and worked on election campaigns for num-erous politicians. Always the avid reader, she was appalled that the only public library was located in a single room in the old Roosevelt Jr. High School. She actively lobbied the city to fund and build the Altoona Public Library. Nancy also served on Altoona’s Hospital Authority Board for nearly 20 years.
When her children were older, Nancy returned to college to pursue a bachelor’s degree. She graduated in 1972 from the Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. From 1973-80, she was employed as a psychiatric caseworker for the Altoona Community Mental Health Center. Thereafter, she worked as an office manager and antiques appraiser for M.F. Frezza Co. Inc., doing multiple line adjusters and appraisals until her husband’s retirement in 2005.
A celebration of Nancy B. Frezza’s life will be held at a future date, when extended family can attend. Arrangements are by The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that one please consider donating to Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, Research Foundation at alzinfo.org/donate, or to Altoona Public Library at altoonalibrary.org/support-library.