William (Bill) Bresciani was born in Petaluma, CA to Italian immigrants Frank and Margarette (Cadera) on November 13, 1925. He passed away peacefully at home on the evening of February 23, 2020. Bill lived an epic life, most of it in and around Napa, California. He often referred to the Napa Valley as God’s Country and never took the vistas for granted be it from the first big turn going up Oak Knoll Crossroad, the 10th tee box at NVCC or a high knoll at Skyline Park.
With the passing of his parents when he was still young, Bill moved frequently and lived in a number of small, rural towns along the coast in Marin and Sonoma counties, attending grammar school at Inverness, Marshal, and Tomales. He moved to the Napa Valley in 1940, living in Yountville and attending Napa High School from 1940 to 1944. He graduated high school just in time to be asked by Uncle Sam to vacation in Germany for two years. After a distinguished military career in which he rose to Master Sargent in the United States Army and earned a Bronze Star as part of WWII occupation forces entering Germany. He later served in the United States Air Force. He returned to Napa and attended Napa and Santa Rosa Junior Colleges.
Bill then started working at the Napa Milling Lumber Yard where rose to leadership levels. In 1960, he went to work for Sewall Parker at Seaside and Company. In 1962, Bill and Marie purchased the business from Sewall that would become Napa Valley Petroleum, which in later years he expanded considerably throughout the Napa Valley. He semi-retired after selling the company to John Chasuk in the 1980s. He stayed working with Napa Valley Petroleum until 2015, during which time he maintained close ties to the new owners. In addition to being a professional mentor, Sewall Parker was also instrumental in introducing Bill to Rotary International.
Bill was particularly proud of starting and serving as Chartering President of the North Napa Rotary Club. His work included heading up a scholarship committee, various important fundraising efforts, and international travel to establish sister cities in Japan and Costa Rica, all of which led him to receive a Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Bill was also a past President of the Napa 20/30 Club and Napa Ski Club, and a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, Elks Lodge, and the Napa Valley Country Club. Bill was chair of the Old Bale Mill committee, which raised over $100,000 to begin restoration of the mill. The State of California took over in 1975 has restored the mill to operating condition. This was quite a volunteer effort; work that spanned several decades and three different service organizations. Bill was recognized in 1975 for his passion for this volunteer project, which spanned two decades and three service clubs when he was awarded the coveted Golden Bear Award by the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Bill shared many of those activities with his close long-time friend John Duser.
Bill first married in 1952, and had his first child, Linda. Later in life, after meeting through skiing and related club activities he married (Catherine) Marie Edmonds of Vallejo, CA on December 7, 1957. The couple had a son, Dean, and daughter Randi. They were happily married for 62 years and lived in Napa until his death; Marie remains in Napa.
Bill was cremated at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa. Three older brothers, James, Louis, and Frank, and one sister, Francis, preceded him. He is survived by his wife Marie, daughter Linda of Sacramento, son Dean of Fargo, ND, daughter Randi of Clyde Park, MT and countless nieces and nephews across the country. At Bill’s request there will be no ceremony.
My first day started in Gasden Arizona, June 20th 1931. As a youth I grew up going back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico. I tried my hands in boxing, bull fighting, and soccer. Along my way I met my wife Rafaela. We had 5 children. My oldest Manuel, Tony, Grace (Chela), Cora and Louis. We first settled in St Helena. I was known for being a hard worker, quick witted and a jokester. On special occasions I would take my family to the ocean. We would meet other families there that included the Reyes, Torres, Verdin, Luna, Madrigal, Mendez, Espinoza, Leija, Partida, and several others. We would lay on the beach, and maybe roast a pig in the sand! I also enjoyed golfing, fishing, “occasionally”... also enjoyed a cold can of Coors, or two, or three.
I then spent time in Rutherford taking care of a private estate. I eventually ended in Napa, this lead me to the place I retired from as foreman at Silverado Golf Course. I spent 37 years in the union.
Due to dementia I was placed at Green Hill Care Home in American Canyon, under the care of Kam Ganton and her staff. While under their care I would participated in many activities. One day I told Kam “I am tired and am ready to go to sleep”.
And now that I have gone to sleep, I leave you with my parting words from one of my favorite song.
Ed was a long time Napa resident, born in Richmond, California to Andrew and Sofie Greendale. He died February 15th, at the age of 93, with his family by his side. In his words “I’ve had a long life and lived it the way I wanted. Who could ask for more?”
He is survived by his step-daughter, Colleen Cole; his grandchildren, Ryan Cole (Lisa) and Cathern Kipsey (Dan); four great-grandchildren; his sister, Selma Gasner; and many nieces and nephews.
At Ed’s request there will be no service and he will be laid to rest by his late wife, Cathern Greendale.
A special thank you to Collabria Hospice and Your Home Nursing Services who helped to care for him in his final weeks at home. If you so desire, donations may be made to Collabria Hospice, in his memory, 414 So Jefferson St, Napa, Ca 94558.
Candi lost her brave fight with Leukemia on Valentine's Day.
A Napa native, born on March 10, 1955 to Dr. Thomas and Mary (Freddie) Ledwich, she attended St. John's Elementary and Justiniena High School before heading to UC Santa Cruz for her bachelor's degree. It was there, as a freshman, that she met the love of her life, Todd Tsukushi. They were married in Nov. 1978 and settled in Santa Cruz, raising two wonderful children, Kevin and Alyssa.
For several years, Candi ran Creative Pre-School and was on the Board of Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center. She then began her career as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher at Natural Bridges School, where she remained until it closed. She taught at Gault Elementary as long as she was able.
Candi's other love was dance. For 34 years she and Todd taught Ballroom Dance through the Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Dept., and she spent many, many happy hours taking classes, teaching and performing at Dancenter, Capitola.
She is survived by her husband of more than 41 years, Todd, her son Kevin Tsukushi of Santa Cruz, her daughter Alyssa Tsukushi of Montrose, CO, her sister Lisa and brother Michael (Denise) of Napa. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Tom and her sister Martha.
No services are planned. If you would like to do something in remembrance, you could donate to the Arts or give supplies to an elementary school teacher, take a long walk along the shore or in the woods and admire the beauty of life, or you could dance.
Maggie and Ray were two of the most incredibly compassionate, giving, honest and hard-working people that you could ever meet. Instilling all these wonderful qualities into their family, they would say their greatest achievement is their family. They were extremely proud of all their kids, grandkids, great grandkids, nieces, nephews and all their family. Maggie and Ray were married in 1951 and fondly called Pope Valley, Rutherford and Vacaville their home.
Maggie Lou McDaniel was 91 yrs. old, born 1/10/29 in Holdenville, OK to Elvin and Annie Pettygrew. Maggie’s heart was one of the biggest, most giving that graced this earth. Maggie left school in the 11th grade to help raise her siblings after the passing of their mother. She briefly worked at Beaulieu Vineyard Winery. She was a Mom and homemaker and enjoyed baking and decorated birthday cakes for all her kids and grandkids. She even made wedding cakes. You can ask any of her family and friends, and they will tell you that she made THE best chocolate chip cookies ever! She even won an award when she entered them in the county fair. She was also known for her homemade fudge and amazing deviled eggs. Maggie’s beautiful smile and warmth made everyone feel welcome and loved.
Raymond Albert McDaniel was 92 yrs. old, born 4/11/27 in Los Angeles, CA to Albert and May McDaniel. Raymond Dad could fix or design ANYTHING and was the families go-to guy! Ray graduated St. Helena High School after serving in the United States Navy on the battleship USS New Jersey—Seaman 2nd Class. Then he worked on the railroad traveling on the cars from Napa to Calistoga. He drove a taxi all up and down the valley. He had to know where all the streets were because they did not give them any maps. He started his long career at Beaulieu Vineyards Winery and worked there for 40 years. During that time, he also served as a volunteer firefighter for the Rutherford Volunteer Fire Department for 38 years at the rank of Assistant Chief. The family still remembers the “Plectron “ alarm blaring at all hours of the day and night! Dad hopped into his turn-outs jumped in his truck and was usually the first one to the station. Often, they were long nights, only to get up and be at work on time the next morning.
Some of Maggie and Ray’s favorite travel and pastimes involved staying at Cold Creek Campground near Truckee, Benbow Campground in Northern CA where Raymond could golf with family, The Sierras and playing in Sparks, NV. Sharing family stories of adventures, fishing, golfing, family gatherings, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas where the more family and friends, the better. Ray loved hunting, especially pheasant hunting. He enjoyed this with his twin sons and their brittany spaniels; Babe, Skeeter & Buttons. Ray also loved shooting sporting clays, skeet & trap. Maggie and Ray celebrated life every day. They never judged, criticized or put anyone down, they were always polite, positive and loved by all. Sadly, on February 9, 2020 Maggie and Ray passed away. We feel very fortunate to have shared our lives with them and hold in our hearts and minds all the wonderful memories they created. They will be greatly missed by all.
Preceded in death by: Son, Jerry Wayne McDaniel, Brothers: Wesley (Red) McDaniel, Harold Pettygrew and Sister, Millie Criswell.
Survived by: Sisters—Charlene Pestoni (Calistoga, CA), Ann Needham (Alma, AR) and Shirley McDaniel (Magalia, CA) Sister-in-law: Lynda McDaniel (Yountville, CA), Children- Kathy (Craig) Nelson, Umpqua, OR; Gary (Joeni) McDaniel, Napa, CA; Donna (Bill) Giltner, Vacaville, CA
Mattie Anna Conant, known as Granny or GG, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2020, at the age of 101 years old. She will be missed by family and friends for her sweet disposition and sense of humor. Mattie was born on May 29, 1918 to Howard and Mattie Rhyne in Morganton, North Carolina. She was one of nine children. She graduated from high school in 1935 and married Summie Rhodes. They had a daughter, Patricia. Mattie went to work in the hoisery millls as part of the war effort performing a job men had done before World War II. In 1946 she and Patricia moved to Napa to take care of an aging aunt. In 1950 she married her second husband, Homer Conant, and had a daughter, Marcia. Mattie was a member and Past Matron of Eastern Star Order No. 59. She went to work for Basaltillingham as a bookkeeper until her retirement in 1980. In her retirement years she enjoyed traveling to North Carolina to visit family and playing bingo, jigsaw, crossword and word search puzzles. Mattie was always a big SF Giants fan and attended her last game on her 100th birthday. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Napa.
The family wishes to thank the Napa Valley Care Center for the wonderful care they provided to our mother.
Mattie was predeceased by her parents and 8 siblings and grandson, Anthony Sanza. She is survived by daughters Patricia Salsman, Saratoga, CA and Marcia Sanza (Nick), Napa. She is also survived by grandchildren Terri de Rodriguex (Arnaldo), Richard Salsman, Nick Sanza, Jr., and Lucia Souza (Jared). Also surviving are great-grandchildren Jessica Rodriguex-Wellmaker (Ryan), Maxx Rodriguex, Syd Salsman (Samantha), TR Salsman, Maddison Souza, Amelia Souza, Presley Souza and Emma Sanza. Mattie leaves many nieces and nephews in North Carolina.
The family will have a private “Celebration of Life” service at Tulocay Cemetery.
Norbert “Bert” Joseph Doll, 87, of Napa, California passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 surrounded by loving family and friends.
Bert was born April 17, 1932, in Ellinwood, Kansas to Bernard and Mary Doll. Following high school, he proudly served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1953.
Having learned to play the piano and guitar from his mother, Bert’s wanderlust spirit led him to share his musical talents all over the world. He performed in subways, taverns, piano bars and cruise ships. Eventually, he found his home in San Francisco where he met the love of his life, Reiko (Ando) Doiron. Bert continued to follow his passion and performed throughout the Bay Area singing in numerous venues including communities for the elderly in San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma Counties. He especially enjoyed entertaining family and friends with stories of his adventures and singing the latest version of his favorite songs. Bert documented his life story and aspirations in his incredible Troubadour: Origins & Journeys CD. Bert will be remembered as a kind, gentle, loving, and charming gentleman who was quick to share his beautiful smile.
Bert is survived by Charlene (Doiron) & Scott Reinhart and their children and grandchildren; Jackie Doiron; nieces and nephews especially Anita, Kayla, Wes, and Stacey who were there to comfort him in his final months; and dear friends he considered family Beth Nickel, John & Julie Nickel, Erik Nickel, Michael Loftis, Rossi Scott, Aurelien Roulin and Cynthia May. He was preceded in death by his 12 siblings and his beloved, Reiko Doiron.
A private celebration of life will be held for close family and friends on February 29, 2020 in Napa Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to zSharp zsharp.org or Music for Minors mtm.org.
Marilyn Ann Strotkamp Lyle, 70, passed into God’s hands on February 7, 2020, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by her family and ready to enter her heavenly home. Born on September 17, 1949, in Napa, California, Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Edward and Audrey Land Strotkamp, and her son Laine Krannichfeld Lyle. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dennis Lyle of Rio Vista, son Devin (Sarah) Lyle of Rancho Cordova, grandchildren Mira, Audrey, Alyssa, Carrie, Angela, and Brianna, great-grandchild Scarlett, sister Janet (William) Freitas of Santa Rosa, brothers-in-law Donald (Margaret) Lyle of Rio Vista, Daniel (Lynn) Lyle of Napa, Thomas (Ann) Neumann of San Luis Obispo, and Robert (Laine) Neumann of Arnold, along with many nieces and nephews.
Celebration of life for Marilyn at 2:30PM on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at the Veteran’s Hall at 610 St Francis Way in Rio Vista, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to UC Davis Cancer Center in Memory of Marilyn Lyle.
Our mother, Joan M. Eddy, passed away on January 13, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease surrounded by the love of her family. Joan was born on October 28, 1929 to parents, Irene and Thomas McCreary, in San Francisco, California where she grew up.
As a youngster, she enjoyed tap and acrobatic dancing and apparently was quite good in a time when everyone wanted their little girls to be like Shirley Temple. She met and married the father of her four children, Jack Phelps, Sr., just after World War II, and they began their family. Mom started her career in the Banking Industry in the San Francisco Financial District. In 1956, they moved to Santa Rosa, Ca. where our father had career opportunities.
Mom spent a number of years then as a homemaker and mother. In 1965, Mom moved with her four children to Napa to take a managerial position with what was then Summit Savings and Loan Company when the bank building at 3300 Jefferson Street, Napa, California was first built. While working there, Joan met the real love of her life, Wendell K. Eddy, Keith. They were married in 1970. Keith brought to the family his daughter, Carol and son, David. He worked at Mare Island as Mom continued her work in Banking in Marin County. After Keith’s death and the death of son, David (David K. Eddy) both in 1977, Mom continued her work until 1981 when she retired from banking to devote her time to her children and coming grandchildren. Always clever and creative, she pursued her interests in gardening, designing the landscaping surrounding her home and music, taking up playing the organ among many other creative interests.
The family has many wonderful memories of family gatherings in her home with lots of talking, laughter, music and good family fun. She managed to get in a few trips here and there which she enjoyed and remained devoted to her family through the years. At the time of her death, she was residing at the Nazareth Classic Care of north Napa, not far from the home she loved and enjoyed so much.
Joan is survived by her children, Dianne Phelps of Napa, Ca., Christina Phelps Spivia of Wilton, Ca., Russell Phelps of Tulare, Ca., Jack Phelps of Exeter, Ca., and Carol Eddy Reasonover of Lincoln, Ca; Niece, Gayle Reed of Healdsburg, Ca. and nephew, Don Partone, Eufaula, Oklahoma, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great nephew and great-great niece.
A memorial service will be held on February 29, 2020 at 11am, at Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel 2383 Napa-Vallejo Highway Napa, Calif. 94558
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael, California (Guidedogs.com) or to the Alzheimer’s Association, (act.alz.org), or a respected organization of your choice
Long-time Mexico denizen and Yountville native Donna Jane Tiedemann died January 31, 2020, in San Pedro Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.
From an early age, Donna was known for her vigor and joie de vivre. Throughout her life, her vivacity, love of style, culture, and beauty were manifest.
Her varied endeavors included her restaurant The Oakville Public House, and, with her sister Marsha, import company Articles and of Adventure, and Tiedemman’s Pepper Jelly.
Beginning in 2001, she found her home in Puebla, Mexico, where she loved and embraced Mexican life and culture. Her deeply satisfying life there was immeasurably enriched by her loving and loved companion Maestro Jose Luis Juarez Chilaca.
Any time spent with Donna was known for its energy, laughter, stories (and wagers), and beautifully set tables and artfully prepared food.
Especially later in life, Donna drew strength from her Napa Valley heritage and the rich and vibrant example set by her beloved parents, of whom she often remarked “I speak to them every day”.
Donna is survived by her children Jami Marie Janes and Jason Tiedemann Janes; her sisters Marsha Tiedemann Bettinelli and Jody Tiedemann Payne; grandchildren Calli James Genest, Indie Irvine Genest, Wynston Genest, Tristan Wayne Tiedemann Janes, and Serafina Marie Janes; nephews and nieces Giancarlo Tiedemann Bettinelli, Lia Elizabetta Tiedemann Bettinelli Goldberg, Silvio Gaetano Bettinelli, Kristine Massey, and Maryann Payne Gonzalez. She is predeceased by her parents Henry Irvine Tiedemann and Mabel Dorothy Ghirardi Tiedemann.
Pat’s family is hosting a Celebration of Life at the Napa Elks Lodge at 2840 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 94558, on March 1, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pat was pre-deceased by her husband Dr. Roger Sward and brother Tony Sutton. She is survived by her loving family, sons, Mack, Tom and Eric Secrest, step-daughters & spouses Patty Sward- and Frank Malczewski, Kate (Sward) and David McElfresh, and Jen Sward and Larz Hommel, and her granddaughters Olivia and Savanna Secrest and Johanna and Laura McElfresh, and Tony’s wife Linda Sutton, children Cindy, Drew, Patty, and Teresa, and grandchildren.
peacefully passed away at home surrounded by family on February 14, 2020. Ron was born in Chicago to Alfred and Alice (Koertgen) Antti on October 26, 1938. He graduated from St. George High School in June, 1956. He worked for United Parcel Service for 34 years, first in Chicago and then in California after relocating the family to Napa in 1970 to escape the cold Chicago winters. In retirement Ron enjoyed playing tennis, his rowing machine, taking long walks and most of all, dancing and singing. He also loved the piano and eventually taught himself to play. He enjoyed all sports but remained a proud and die-hard Chicago Bear devotee throughout his life.
Ron is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marilyn (Vaughan), sons Jim (Susan) and Scott Antti, sister Joyce (Rich) Hodnett and brothers Richard (Raylyn) Antti and Steven Antti. Grandchildren Kylie, Katie and Jonathan Antti, Rebecca (Kevin) Quenga, Brittany (Tony) Teresi and Derek Antti. Greatgrandchildren Kevin Haugen and Ava and Joey Teresi as well as many nieces and nephews. Ron’s parents, brother Alfred “Guy” Antti and sister Joan Antti predeceased him.
Ron will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony at Tulocay Cemetery. A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ron’s name be made to Hospice by the Bay or other charity of the donor’s choosing.
Nathan (Nate) Paul Hale III, 60, passed away unexpectedly on January 9, 2020 in McArthur, CA.
Born in San Francisco on August 17, 1959, Nate was a Napa resident since 1973 and graduated from Vintage High School in 1977. He was a passionate San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan, an active sportsman, an avid traveler, a skillful card player, a knowledgeable gardener, a generous friend, a devoted stepfather and proud grandfather.
Nate always offered a smile and a helping hand. Whether helping clients as the co-owner of Hale Interior and Exterior Design, at Van Winden’s Garden Center, or in food retail, his customers often became his friends.
He is survived by his mother, Lucille Geear, siblings Daniel Grajeda (Chris), Louis Grajeda, Venita Bush (Rodney) and Susan Geear (Tina), former wife Rachel Neely, stepchildren Katie Stober and Broc Stober (Crystal), grandson Ryker, nephews, Christopher Bush and James Bush (Amber) and niece, Elizabeth (Jade) Bush.
He was pre-deceased by his father Nathan Hale and his stepfather Robert Geear.
We will always remember Nate’s good heart and kind soul.
Services will be held on Thursday, February 27 at 10:30am at Skylawn Funeral Home, Hwy 92 at Skyline, San Mateo, CA
Donald Richard Bunce, 84, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather entered his final rest at home surrounded by his family on February 13th, 2020.
Donald is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Christine Valentine (Amanda), stepdaughters LeeAnn Ohlandt and Bonnie Arndt (Kent); grandchildren Yohannes Bunce, Amir Bunce, Edmund Valentine, Rebecca White, Zoe Marciano (David), Marcella Johnson Santana, (Avin), Shai’Don Dupris, Rachel Arndt, Melissa Arndt, great-grandchildren Lily, Noah, Thea, Ava and Axel; cousins Mary Southard and Marjorie Sovereign. He was preceded in death by his parents Kenneth and Edna Bunce, first wife Terri Bunce, his infant daughter Donna Bunce and his stepson John Johnson.
Donald was born and raised in Napa graduating from Napa High School, serving in the United States Navy as a Seabee before embarking on a career as a surveyor. He loved the great outdoors and was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and scuba diving. He liked watching sports of all kinds but was especially fond of golf and tennis. He enjoyed his classic cars and was a member of the Lake County Model A club attending car shows and tinkering with machinery of all kind. In his quieter moments he read mystery novels with his cat perched in his lap, watched hummingbirds feed and quail scuttling about in his yard. He relished sharing meals with his family and friends and as a quiet man he often watched and smiled taking in the fun and fellowship of his extended social circle.
A special thank you to the people at Collabria Hospice who cared for Donald and his family in his final weeks at home. Also, the family wishes to express their sincerest thanks to the “sweaty boys” who helped Donald maintain his home and continue to have outdoor adventures in his last years.
Donald will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Donald’s memory be given to any charity focused on conservation of wildlife and green spaces.