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Nancy Sanders, 96, Ridgewood Principal and Teacher

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. – Nancy Sanders, of Ridgewood, died at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J. Friday, Sept. 18. She was 96.

Sanders was born in Guglionesi, Italy, in 1918. She was the daughter of the late Luigi and Marietta Pollice and sister to the late Luigi Pollice Jr. She also leaves behind half siblings Antonietta, Antonio, Adamo and Nicola and was half-sister to the late Lucia Pollice. Sanders later was adopted by the late Joseph and Rose Sandersiero and was sister to the late Irene Sandersiero of Ridgewood.

She is survived by her goddaughter Maria Nahorniak, husband Michael and their four children Michael, Mallory, Meghan and Matthew; and granddaughter Mya. Sanders also is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren and relatives in the DeFranco, Ionata, Principi, Sandersiero, Schafer, Reno, Cuccio, Capuano, Florio, Perelli and Annichiarico families.

Sanders was a parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Ridgewood for more than 60 years, where she was a member of the first Neocatechumenal Community. She was a graduate of Columbia University and had a masters degree in music. She was principal, third-grade teacher, choir director, music teacher and organist for Most Holy Name School and Church for more than 40 years.

Sanders was a piano teacher until the age of 92. She was a devoted Catholic and lived her life dedicated to serving and loving God.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

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