Rich and Barbara Shurtz celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on April 2, 2014, at the Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga. Among the 62 friends and relatives in attendance were their maid of honor, Kay Kayser and her husband Scott, as well as their best man, Mick Wuth and his wife, Sue.
Married on March 22, 1964, Rich and Barbara moved to Napa County in 1972. Rich was born and raised in St. Helena where his mother, Ramona Shurtz, still resides. One memorable anniversary they were called home when an airplane crashed into their bedroom window in Angwin. It was reported in the Napa Valley Register, March 23, 1974.
Their hobbies together have shifted from tennis and square dancing, to wine tasting club, bocce and bridge. They could always be found at a Cal Bear football or basketball game. They’ve enjoyed travel to Europe, Hawaii, and Lake Tahoe.
Barbara worked as a second-grade teacher, then homemaker and was a longtime volunteer with the Red Cross, helping flood and fire victims.
Rich had a private CPA practice in St. Helena, which he sold and became CFO for Sutter Home Winery. He then transitioned to other positions at the winery until his retirement. Rich has been active in the St. Helena Rotary Club and volunteers on the board of the St. Helena Cemetery.
They have a daughter, Karen, and her husband, Ray Graziani of Napa; and son Robert and his wife, Jane Huseby, of Los Angeles; and grandchildren Alexa and Nathan Graziani, and Ryan, Catherine, Matthew and John Shurtz.