Susan Pagni beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on January 28, 2018 at the age of 69 after battling cancer.
She was born on December 6, 1948 in Sonora to Victor and Doraline Viglienzoni and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Sonora High School in 1966 and married her husband James Pagni in August. They had two children, Emily and Michael and had just recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary.
Susan worked in the field of education for over 40 years as a special education assistant with her last 20 years at Sonora High School. She loved working with her students and was always available to tutor them when they needed a little extra help. She was involved in the Senior Project program as a mentor and made a huge impact on many lives. In addition to working in the school system, Susan was a champion in the special needs community as she was active with parent training and advocacy groups. In the late 70's, she was active in the process of lobbying the state of California to write laws to help parents advocate for their special needs children.
Susan had many talents and hobbies from cooking, sewing, needlepoint, wedding cake baker and avid reader. But most important to her was her family with whom she spent the majority of her available time.
She is survived by her husband, James Pagni; son, Michael; daughter, Emily (Rob); grandchildren, Tyler and Andrew; her mother, Doraline Fleeman, whom passed away shortly after Susan’s death; brother, Peter Viglienzoni, sisters, Theresa and Marie; and cousins, Ernie Joe Viglienzoni and John Viglienzoni.
Susan was preceded in death by her father, Victor Viglienzoni; and her brother, Nicholas.
The family wishes to thank all the nurses, caregivers and chaplain at Hospice of the Sierra for their excellent care of Susan. They were a source of comfort as the family navigated down this uncharted path.
No service will be held, however, a Celebration of Life will be held later in the summer. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made instead to Hospice of the Sierra in her name.