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Marcia Sessa -- San Diego

Staff WriterMay 19, 2019

Marica L. Sessa, age 74, died on Thursday, April 25, 2019, in San Diego. Marcia grew up in Rochester, graduated from John Marshall High School, and then attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she obtained her teaching degree. Upon completion of her degree, she moved to California to pursue a lifelong career in education. She primarily taught kindergarten at Ballantyne Elementary School in El Cajon. She had a passion for teaching young people and loved doing hands-on learning with her students, as well as taking them on favorite trips to the zoo and ocean.

Marcia had a passion for travel — taking her to places like Iceland, Norway, Lebanon, Mexico and the British Virgin Islands over her years. She also enjoyed visiting all of the local attractions in Southern California with her husband, including the mountains, desert and ocean. Marcia was an avid reader, a collector of shells, and a jeopardy whiz. She loved eating out, stuff animals, the color blue, country music, and all of her nieces and nephews. She indulged them with frequent packages in the mail and trips to all of the amusement parks when they came to visit.

In her final year of life, she lived at Belmont Village Sabre Springs where she enjoyed daily walks observing the resident owls, lunch with new friends, and attending church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Helder and Lois Munson; husband, Joe Sessa; best friend, Patricia Johnson; and sister-in-law, Linda Munson.

Left to honor Marcia and remember her for her dedication to family are her sister, Margaret (Lyle) Schultz of Owatonna; her brother, Greg Munson of Rochester; brother, Curt (Judy) Munson of Okemos, Mich.; stepson, Gregg (Kristy) Sessa; granddaughters, Lainy and Ember; and many nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and nephews all over the United States.

Marcia will best be remembered for her dedication to teaching, her fondness of the ocean, her love of her family and enjoyment of times exploring with her husband.

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