Jeanne Mary Nagy, age 90, was lovingly called into heaven by a choir of Angels on October 16, 2017. She was born in San Francisco and was the eldest of two children by Frank and Bertha Ghiorso. In 1935, along with her brother Frank, her family settled into the beautiful and inspiring Napa Valley town of St. Helena. As a young child she was introduced into playing the harmonica and that is when her love of music began. Jeanne was strong willed, bright of mind, well spirited and loving to all who knew her.
While attending business school in San Francisco she met a handsome sailor, fell in love and got married to Nicholas H. Nagy. They raised 6 children and were additionally blessed with 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She supported her children in sports, academics, and mostly in how to be a respectful, responsible and loving person.
After her marriage in 1944 they lived for short periods of time in many different places including Philadelphia, Philippines, Corpus Christi and Spain. In 1952 they built their permanent residence on a third acre parcel in her parent’s vineyard in St. Helena. She was baptized in the St. Helena Presbyterian church in 1955, where she served the congregation in the choir for 60 years and as their treasurer for 28 years.
Jeanne had a passion for traveling, cooking, knitting, gardening, reading and playing bridge. She believed in giving back to her community and dedicated many volunteer hours over the decades by supporting many worthy organizations including the: St. Helena Schools, Brownies & Girl Scouts, Cub & Boy Scouts, Blue Sox, Rutherford Grange, Presbyterian Women’s Group and devoted over 20 years to help out at the St. Helena Hospital. A highlight for Jeanne was playing her guitar at school for the children’s singing classes.
Jeanne began every morning in prayer. She would play her guitar or organ and sing a special song she wrote especially for her family. She would then pray for her church’s friends in need. When asked what sustained her through difficult times, Jeanne, without hesitation, replied, “God”.
Her family will miss her fiercely and her quiet inner strength will always be an inspiration to us all.
Memorial service, celebrating her beautiful and memorable life, will be held at the St. Helena Presbyterian Church on November 11th, commencing at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Rianda House in St. Helena.