James Brooks

2007-01-07T00:00:00Z James Brooks Napa Valley Register
January 07, 2007 12:00 am


James D. Brooks, formerly of Yazoo City, Miss., and Napa Valley, passed away in his south Texas home on Dec. 27, 2006, due to an apparent heart attack.

Jim, the oldest of four boys, grew up in Yazoo City where he learned to fish and hunt with his beloved father, Luby. The family home was always surrounded by children, as his cherished mother, Gracie, was well known for her southern cooking.

Jim entered the Navy in his late teens and served his time in Vietnam. He came to California during his term. After getting out of the Navy, he went to work for Long's in Fairfield for many years, making many friends along the way. During this time, he developed a strong palette and a huge interest in wine, specifically drinking and finding the best Cab. He came to Napa in the mid-'80s and went to work for Inglenook Napa Valley. He was manager of the tasting room for several years. He became very wine knowledgeable and he leaves behind many friends who, throughout the years, benefited from his knowledge.

Jim survived cancer in the mid-'90s and soon caught up again with his old friends, John and Barbara Howland. He moved to Texas to become operations manager for Jones Cook Stationers. While in Texas, he lived on a ranch where he could hunt deer and wild pigs. After Jim's bout with cancer, he re-found his old zest for life and celebrated this with a trip to Scotland and Ireland. He was in the middle of making plans for a trip to Italy with his "little sister," Denise Lantz.

Jim leaves behind three younger brothers, Marvin, Bob and Billy and many friends. He and his infectious laugh will be very sorely missed. Goodbye, my good friend Š we love you!

Jerry Hamblin


Jerry Elred Hamblin passed away Dec. 24, 2006, in Sacramento, at 54, after a long bout with cancer.

Predeceased by his loving parents, Clyde and Olga Hamblin of Napa; and by brother, Larry Hamblin.

Dearly beloved brother of Ralph Hamblin of Sebastopol, Phil Hamblin and his wife, Joanne, of Napa, and Linda Hamblin Baker and her husband, Bill, of Hayden, Ida.; cousins David Duncan and his wife, JoAnne, of Santa Cruz, Thelma Van Arsdall and her husband, Leon, of Mesa, Ariz., Sharon Hamblin Pearson of Ridgefield, Wash., and Ann Hamblin Ross of Ridgefield, Wash.; nieces, Anna Hamblin in U.S. Service, Shelli Johnson of Salem, Ore., Rhonda Hamblin Thompson of Illinois, and Brenda Hamblin of Napa; nephews, Darrel Hamblin of Nevada and Danny Baker of Chico; and dear friends in Sacramento and Napa; and Tom Boag of Sebastopol.

Received loving care from Dee, Gail, Kim and staff at Asbury Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sacramento, and from Krista and Shannon of Sutter VNA and Hospice of Sacramento.

A native of Napa, Jerry lived in Sacramento, and was a volunteer at Sacramento Library.

Friends are invited to attend inurnment at Camelia Memorial Lawn, 10221 Jackson Road, Sacramento, on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m.

Instead of flowers, the family would prefer memorial contributions to Sutter VNA and Hospice, 2800 L St., Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Estelle Hamburger


Estelle Hamburger, 87, passed away on Jan. 4, 2007, at Sierra Vista Nursing Home in Napa. She was born Dec. 19, 1919, in Chicago, Ill.

She was the beloved wife of Morris Hamburger. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Kloos and son-in-law, Pieter Kloos of Napa; and daughter, Marcia Hamburger and son-in-law, David Richards of St. Petersburg, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Hamburger, whom she married on April 29, 1944.

Estelle grew up in Chicago, Ill., where she was married. She raised two girls there and worked at various jobs part-time. After having visited Napa for so many years and loving the area, she and her husband moved to Sonoma and lived there for 10 years, where they were near their daughter, Linda.

For the last three years, Estelle lived with her daughter in Napa and could be seen very often in her furniture store next to her red walker. She was constantly with her daughter and son-in-law, as they loved her dearly. She was our "Yiddish a mama." Estelle will be greatly missed and remembered always as a sweet, caring and beautiful woman.

A funeral service will be held on Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. at Claffey and Rota Funeral Home in Napa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Children International, in care of Linda Kloos, 1632 B St., Napa, CA 94559.

Herbert Hedemark


Herbert "Ralph" Hedemark, a native of Crocket, born March 5, 1920, passed away Jan. 4, 2007, at Queen of the Valley Hospital at the age of 86.

He was reared and educated in Willits and the Bay Area. Ralph worked as a pile driver in construction in the Bay Area for many years. He also worked for the Vallejo Housing Authority, and then went on to work for C&H Sugar in 1963 retiring in 1982.

He had lived in Napa County for 53 years. He was married Dec. 1, 1946, in Oakland to Priscilla Hedemark. Ralph and Priscilla traveled extensively with the SIRS Travel Club. An avid bowler for many years, Ralph also enjoyed fishing and golf.

Ralph was in the Navy, serving in both World War II and the Korean War. He was active in many organizations including Native Sons of Crockett, Elks of Vallejo, SIRS of Napa and Masonic Lodge.

Predeceased by his wife, Priscilla "Pat" Hedemark, daughter, Gladys Ann Pellegrini, and son, Jim Hedemark. Ralph is survived by daughter-in-law, Teresa Hedemark; grandchildren, Adam Jacob and Ryan Anola Hedemark, both of Napa; great-grandson, Caleb Joseph James Hedemark, of Napa; brother-in-law, Dan Freitas, and nieces and nephews, all of San Leandro.

Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at Richard Pierce Funeral Service, 1660 Silverado Trail, with the Rev. James Counihan officiating. Visitation at the funeral home will take place from 10 a.m. until service time.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society Memorial Program, Napa County Unit, 2025 Jefferson St., Napa, CA, 94559. Condolences may b sent to the family online at www.rpfsc.com.

Rick Hunter


Rick William Hunter, 42, passed suddenly at his home on Dec. 30, 2006. He was born on Aug. 2, 1964, in California and graduated from Napa High in 1982. Rick was a journeyman electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 180.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack R. Hunter; his grandparents, Bill and Helen MacDonald; and his mentor and step-father, Larry Poli.

Rick is survived by his mother, Carrol Poli; his sister, Lori Kuhn; and his niece, Brittany Kuhn.

Services and inturnment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Napa Chaplaincy Program, c/o Lee Shaw, P.O. Box 2022, Napa, CA 94558.

Joseph Perez


Joseph R. Perez, 77, died Jan. 1, 2007, at Queen of the Valley Hospital after a long illness. He was born May 16, 1929, in New York City. He attended public school and City College, and worked for Dunne and Bradstreet.

After serving in the Korean War, he moved to San Francisco in 1962, where he worked in management for Fireman's Fund and Laborers Trust. Joseph and his wife Sylvia loved to dance to big band music and enjoyed good food and wine. Their favorite vacation spot was Maui and they enjoyed camping, hiking, taking pictures and relaxing together.

He is survived by his brother, Robert Perry of Corpus Christi, Texas, cousin, Rose Guzman of Napa and three nieces.

At Joseph's request, there will be no services. Arrangements are under the direction of Richard Pierce Funeral Service with the online guest book at www.rpfsc.com.

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