July 8, 1924 - January 31, 2018
Born in Sacramento, California
Resided in Salinas, California
She was born July 8, 1924 to Priscilla Harvey Oates and John Robert Oates in Sacramento, California and graduated from Salinas High School.
Priscilla moved to Salinas for her senior year in high school where her father got a job with the State Board of Equalization. She met Harold “Bud” Nitzke at the U.S.O. at Ft. Ord. They were married in the chapel at the air base in Salinas, where Bud worked. After the war they settled in Salinas.
Priscilla worked as a nurse’s aide at Park Lane Hospital and later she worked as a title searcher in the Court House for Coast Counties Title Company. Homemaking was her life-long job and love.
When her girls were young, she was very active in the Girl Scouts. She was a member of Monterey Peninsula Quilters Guild where she enjoyed the community of people who loved to quilt and do various other sewing projects. Also valued were the friendships made in the City Stitchers Quilt Group. She was a talented seamstress and quilter. She was proud to be chosen to quilt the Carmel Mission and Father Serra section of the California Sesquicentennial Quilt which now is on display at the California Museum in Sacramento. She used her sewing skills in many ways including with the Lunch Bunch group at Northminster Church making pillows for the heart surgery patients at the hospital. Priscilla also enjoyed her time as a volunteer at the Steinbeck House Restaurant. She loved the mountains and enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in the Sierra Nevada where she and Bud taught their children and grandchildren to fish and enjoy the outdoors as much as they did. She was a life-long reader who frequented the Salinas Public Library. She had a long and wonderful life with her husband of 62 years, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Marilyn “Buckie” Ramsey; her daughter, Susan Bacon; and her husband, Bud Nitzke.
Priscilla is survived by her daughter, Karen (John) MacDonald of Morgan Hill; her son, John of Salinas; her son-in-law, Gary Bacon of Salinas; grandchildren: Laura MacDonald, John MacDonald, Megan MacDonald, Casey Bacon, Christina (Gary) Wheelus; great-grandchildren: Autumn Wheelus and Maci Wheelus, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church at 315 East Alvin Drive in Salinas on Saturday, April 7th at 10:30am. All are welcome to join a reception with light refreshments after the service. Several people have asked how they can help. Making a favorite baked good to share at the reception would be greatly appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Northminster Presbyterian Church or Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association (P.O. Box 2489, Monterey, CA 93942), or your favorite charity.
Funeral Arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home.
Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com
Salinas, CA US 93906
Monterey, CA 93942
Salinas, CA US 93906