Lee Ann Mazza

January 7, 1932 - February 16, 2024

Lee Ann Mazza

Lee Mazza born as Matilda Agostinha Gonsalves on January 7, 1932 in Oakley, California, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Friday, February 16 in Sacramento, CA at the age of 92. She was the 6th child of her parents from Madeira Island, Portugal – Antonio Gonsalves and Agostinha T. Miguel. Lee was born on the family farm in Oakley at Bridgehead area where her parents had Grape Vineyards and farming. She graduated from Antioch High School in 1949.

Lee, also known as “Tillie”, was the loving sister of Mary Cunha, Tony Gonsalves, Manuel Gonsalves, John Gonsalves and Hilda Wilcox. She was a loving mother and preceded in death by Jeff Osborne, Judy Osborne and Jamie R Mazza. She also was loved by her surviving sister Hilda Wilcox in Antioch and Sister-in-Law Norma Gonsalves in Oakley. She loved all of her 20+ nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

She survived by her daughter Sandra Fields (John Fields) of San Diego, CA, Daughter in Law Dana Mazza-Youell (Matthew) of Roseville, CA. Survived by five grandchildren: Katherine (Christopher) Caruso (Rocklin), Richard Mazza (Roseville), John William Fields (San Francisco), Alexander Fields (San Diego) and Jacob Youell (Roseville). Her two Great Grand Children Cali and Rylee Caruso as well as all of the AFS International Students with whom she touched from all around the world.

During her life she worked in partnership in model home decorating with her ex-husband William R Mazza Model homes (Developer) and the (BIA) Women’s Auxiliary. She was a Soroptimist and Executive Governor of Sacramento for Who’s Who Int’l a charitable organization. She worked with Meals on Wheels and Sacramento Children’s home.

Lee owned many businesses as well.  In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s she created and owned a Soft Drink Company called “TAMBA”. It was a passion fruit Guarana from Brazil that was made into a soda soft drink. She was able to get distribution into many Grocery Stores, Independent Retail Stores and Commissaries in California, Nevada and Hawaii. She owned a dress shop in Rancho Cordova called the Thred Shed and also a Consignment Store called Matilda’s after her own name. In the early 1990s she bought and owned the William Tell Restaurant & Bar on Highway 1 in Tomales. She loved the time there filled with many family gatherings and celebrations there.

Her major accomplishment was her involvement to American Field Service – a Student Exchange program. She hosted numerous Students from all over the world. Lee was AFS USA Area Director and was recruited dozens of Host Families, matching them with international students. Her hobbies included Travelling the world with family, dancing, playing cards, crosswords & parties. Her favorite place in the world was Dillon Beach where she owned a home and enjoyed the sunsets with her family. A Place in Sun was her all-time favorite.

We are deeply saddened by Lee’s passing. In Lieu of Flowers, contributions can be made to AFS in her memory will help provide scholarship support for AFS students from Northern CA. Link to the donation https://www.afsusa.org/donate/memorial-donations/the-lee-mazza-memorial-fund/

A family Interment will be at a later date in Sacramento.