Vanessa Annette Papotto

February 8, 1954June 25, 2019

Vanessa Annette Papotto entered into eternal rest on June 25, 2019 after a 7 year battle with cancer. She was born on February 8, 1954 in Quantico, Virginia to parents George and Janice Papotto. Vanessa was a graduate of Roseville High School and moved to Sacramento soon after. She graduated from Heald Business College and began a long career with the State of California.

Vanessa worked for the Department of Real Estate for over 35 years and retired in 2011. She was a hard-working employee who dedicated herself to making the DRE a better place and developed many life-long friendships with her co-workers. Vanessa was a masterful seamstress who enjoyed sewing anything for her friends and family, and her amazing costumes were fit for Broadway. She enjoyed traveling, lunch dates with her friends and family gatherings. Mostly, she loved devoting her time volunteering at St. Mary’s Parish and sharing her faith with others.

She is survived by her mother, Janice Papotto; brothers George Thomas, Jr., and Joseph and his wife Jenine; sisters Alisa and Teresa all of California, and Gina Martin and her husband, TC, of Nevada; nieces and nephews Mathew Papotto, Juliana Martin, Courtney Strouse-Long, Zac Strouse and Shelby Strouse. She is preceded in death by her father, George Thomas Papotto, Sr.

Memorial Mass will be at 11:30a.m. on Monday, July 8, at the church followed by a gathering celebration in the church hall. Private interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Nicoletti Funeral Home is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to St. Mary Catholic Church or a charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Mass Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, July 9, 2019


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Deacon Lu Del Gaudio

July 5, 2019

Vanessa and I were engaged together in parish ministry for over 25 years. She was so dedicated to serving and training of Eucharistic Ministers as well as serving in so many other capacities at the parish. She also served our Diocese as a member of the Diocesan Advisory Board for the Permanent Diaconate.
God+ Bless her and thanks be to God for all her service. May angels of the Lord present her to God the most high.

Barbara Bigby

July 3, 2019

We have lost our dear friend. Vanessa was stubborn and steadfast; courageous and complex; generous, kind and oh so very talented. She was a masterful seamstress. She made some of the most decadent and fabulous desserts. And, she did have an opinion or two.

My memories of her are many and I have been thinking of them over and over again. We have been friends since we were both 19 and been through a lot together....we cruised the Caribbean to celebrate our 40th birthdays, I took my first glimpse of Yosemite in her company, she made my Queen of Hearts costume that frankly was the hit of my last Halloween at DRE and we shared many, many happier times.

To her sister, companion and caregiver Terri Papotto - you were her angel on earth and she could not have been in more capable or caring hands. You were amazing. Thank you for all that you did for her.

RIP Nessa - Hug your dad for me.

Pam Herd

July 3, 2019

Vanessa was my best friend for over 50 years. We enjoyed traveling, mostly cruises to the Caribbean. We also enjoyed many adventures in California with Solvang and Disneyland being favorites. We helped each other study to receive promotions with the State of California. We lived in the same apartment complex and often cooked dinner for each other and loved to play Shanghai Rummy - even if I was not a very good player. I believe Vanessa knew me better than I knew myself. I will miss her more than I can say. My heart is broken.