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.
Marvin Pesses, formerly of Rock Island, IL, Cleveland, OH, and Boca Raton, FL, passed away peacefully at his home in Napa, CA on 2/10/20, surrounded by his loving family. He was 96 years old. He was interned in St. Helena, CA, with his late wife of 62 yrs., Elaine Katz Pesses.
George B Grant, of Yountville California, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Chuck, as called by his friends, was born in Portland, Maine on October 30, 1933. He spent his childhood years on Larch St, in Portland. Chuck was the son of Winifred and Charles Grant, who predeceased him.
Chuck served in the Navy and Army, during the Korean War. In 1955, Chuck married the love of his life Shirley R. McDougall. They were together 51 years until his wife’s passing in 2006. He then found comfort with his companion, Dee for the last 13 years.
Chuck loved life, music, and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s sporting events, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his daughter, Gail Jacka (Chris), his son Robert Grant, and daughter, Kelly Neklason (Glenn) and 9 grandchildren, and 2 great granddaughters.
A celebration of life will be held at Rancho De Napa, on Saturday, February 29 at 1:00. Chuck’s family wishes to extend a thank you, to Queen of the Valley Hospital, and Hospice of Napa Valley, for the excellent care he received during his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of Napa Valley in Chuck’s name would be greatly appreciated.
Charlene Ellen went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by family in her home on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. She enjoyed 90 beautiful years of life and touched countless souls with her unconditional love and limitless compassion.
Charlene was born Wednesday, April 24, 1929 in Hyannis, Nebraska to Charles Harris and Hattie (Smith) Harris. Her first seven years were lived in the ‘sand hills’ of south-western Nebraska. The family lived in a hay-bale house in the tiny town of Arthur surrounded by fields of grain crops and pasture for their few livestock. After enduring several years of blistering drought and watching the precious topsoil of their land blow away as dust clouds, the decision was made to sell all they could, pack the rest on top of an International pick-up truck and head west.
The family moved to Napa, California in 1936. Her brother Bob who was seventeen at the time, procured several carpentry books at the tiny Goodman Library downtown. The family began to build a home on a small parcel of land they purchased in North Napa on Park Avenue just a few blocks from Napa Union High School. Charlene enrolled in the second grade at Lincoln School (Currently New Tech High School). She attended Intermediate school for the seventh grade and then Napa Union High school, graduating in 1947. Charlene was known for her kindness, beautiful smile and creative writing skills. Friends made in those early school days were friends held dear until her last days here.
The year after graduation she married Dan Watson (1948) and they had two daughters, Sandra in 1949 and Nancy in 1951. After fifteen years of marriage they were divorced in 1963. Charlene juggled working and parenting her two teen girls for the next four years. In 1967 she met and, that same year, married Gaylon Kephart. They had two children, Darrin in 1969 and Julie in 1972. Charlene and Gaylon enjoyed 42 happy years together.
Charlene’s early employment was working for Watson’s Jewelers, Montgomery Ward and Albert’s Department Store. For ten years she worked at Pacific Telephone and Telegraph, in the business office, from 1958—1968. She made many good friends there whom she continued to see for an annual lunch into the present time.
She was a life-long Christian and active in the Church of Christ and Napa Valley Baptist Church (currently Napa Valley Life Church) for many years. She taught a number of children’s and ladies’ bible classes over the years. Her ‘bible-class ladies’ were some of her dearest friends and she looked forward to their lively discussions of scripture weekly.
Charlene was an avid bowler knocking pins with her husband Gaylon in many amateur leagues in Napa over the years. She also loved to sing—her clear soprano notes rang out beautifully as they wove in and out of the hymns in church. Writing—both prose and poetry—was one of the great creative pleasures of her life. She would document life, comment on love and spin out tales of the challenges and beauty of living in this world.
Her greatest satisfaction involved her family, especially her grandchildren. She and their grandpa, Gaylon, were the ‘kids’ biggest fans and supporters in all that they did. Gramma always had an empathetic ear, a ready band-aid and chocolate-chip cookies that could cure any ill.
Charlene cherished her many friendships both old and new.
She looked forward to bi-monthly lunches with a group of school friends, some of whom she had known since grammar school, including—Irene Gochenouer, Maxine Bardessona, Delores Bailey and Joan Burrell. She loved reconnecting semi-annually with her friends from the Telephone Company and she valued the ‘sisterhood’ relationships she shared with her ladies bible class.
Charlene is survived by her
Children—daughters, Sandee Fuller and Julie Rhorer, her son Darrin Kephart Maisha (Jasper Trout) and son-in-law Joel Rhorer.
Col. Clifford “Cliff” Kunkel passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 in Fairfield, CA after a brief illness.
He was born in Jamaica, New York on February 4, 1932 and later moved to Bayonne, New Jersey where he attended local schools. He is a graduate of Bayonne Junior College and attended Rutgers University. He graduated from the University of Maryland where he majored in Political Science. During his college years he lettered in baseball and fencing.
Cliff enlisted in the Air Force in 1952 and was a crew member on B-29’s during the Korean conflict. On February 10, 1957 he married Jean Marie Nissen, a former classmate from Bayonne JC. She would be the love of his life for over 62 wonderful years of marriage. Together they traveled through many military moves while raising 3 sons. In 1973 they settled in California. Cliff was rated as a pilot, navigator, bombardier, and was a missile combat crew commander. He flew many airplanes including the C141 and the C 5. He was a military advisor in Vietnam. His decorations include; The Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Commendation Medal.
After retiring from active duty in 1978, Cliff enjoyed an 18 year career as a Vice President/Financial Manager with Home Savings of America. He is a past president of the Napa Sunrise Rotary Club. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Napa-Solano United Way, the North Bay YMCA, the Silverado Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Napa Chamber of Commerce. He is a life member of the VFW, the American Legion, the Order of Daedalians, the Air Force Association , the Retired Officers Association, the National Rifle Association and the National Association For Uniformed Services. He has associate degrees in Banking and Finance, Fire Technology and Real Estate from Solano Community College and is a member of The California Community College Honor Society.
Cliff’s passions included spending time with his family, traveling to Carmel and Hawaii, and, of course, flying. He could often be found at Nut Tree Airport teaching flying or just hanging out with friends and planes. The FAA honored him with the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award. He also was a 21 year veteran firefighter/assistant Fire Chief & Emergency Medical Technician in the Gordon Valley Volunteer Fire Department. For fun, Cliff spent a few years as a winery tour guide in the Napa Valley at Charles Krug and Monticello Wineries.
He was preceded in death by his father August, mother Theresa, sister Geraldine, and brother Gerard. He is survived by his wife Jean Marie, sons; Clifford Anthony (Pamela) of El Dorado Hills, Paul William (Catherine) of Sacramento, and Roger Alan (Ruth) of Davis; grandchildren: Clifford, Jon, Megan, Kelsey, Patrick, Gabriel, and Joseph.
Funeral Mass: February 18, 2020—11:30am, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2700 Dover Avenue, Fairfield, CA
Internment: February 18, 2020—2:00pm, Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Rd, Dixon, CA
Celebration of Life: March 21, 2020—3:00pm, Paradise Valley Estates
Patricia Edginton passed away at Five Star Premier Residences of Reno after an eight year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Pat was 87 years old. Pat attended public schools in Santa Rosa, California and Vallejo, California. Pat graduated from Vallejo Junior College and San Jose University. Pat taught first grade at Pueblo Vista Elementary School in Napa, California for thirty five years.
Pat and her husband Jim were married in 1955 in the Reno First Methodist Church. They lived in Napa, California for fifty one years and in Reno, Nevada for thirteen years.
Pat was a member of Napa’s First Presbyterian Church, Rainbow Girls and was Worthy Advisor and Grand Drill Leader in that organization. Pat was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma, California State Teacher’s Association, Napa Valley Retired Teacher’s Association, Native Daughters of the Golden West, Napa Council of the Navy League, Reno Council of the Navy League, an associate member of National Active and Retired Federal Employees and a member of Napa County Landmarks. Pat was also a supporter of the Napa Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Reno Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
After retirement, Pat volunteered in her grandchildren’s class rooms in Napa, volunteered with Napa County Landmarks walking tours and at Renown South Meadows Medical Center.
Pat loved to travel and visited many of the countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, most of the islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific and Australia and New Zealand with Jim. She was an avid reader, a wonderful cook and a nurturing daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Pat had a terrific smile; she was everyone’s friend and she loved animals.
Pat is survived by her husband of 64 years Jim, daughter Lynn (Henry), son Mark (Sheryl), grandson David (Elaina), granddaughter Jennifer, granddaughter Amanda (Josh), granddaughter Bridget, grandson Adam, grandson Nicklaus, great grandchildren Jeremy, Jacob, Titus, Maddilyn, Amelia, Eli, Justyne, Johanna and Daniel.
Inurnment will be at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa. At her request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Shriner’s Hospital for children or a charity of your choice if you so desire. A Celebration of Life and a memorial will be held at a later date and it will be private.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Kindred Hospice team for their many kindnesses and thoughtful care they gave our wife and mother.
Bill passed away peacefully in his favorite chair at home on Sunday, February 9th. Bill, also known as Dad and Poppy is deeply loved and is already very missed. He built a legacy of kindness, laughter and teachable moments. Always willing and eager to lend a helping hand, Pops was an old soul- full of wisdom. He is survived by his wife of 53+ years, Doti Shipp, kids Matthew (and Jennifer, wife), Heather Sherwood Christmas (and Eric, husband), grandchildren Madison, Jack, Carly and Julia. Bill also cherished his relationships with his Nephew, Eric Shipp and niece, Jennifer Hanek Erdman and numerous other nieces and nephews. Bill is also survived by his sister, Barbara Baker.
Russell Grey Moore passed away peacefully on January 24th, 2020 at the age of 82 at Mercy Medical Hospital in Redding, Calif. His beloved wife Sidney and his daughter Susan were at his bedside.
Russ was born in Red Bluff, Calif. on March 4th, 1937. After graduating from Willows High School in 1955 Russ enlisted and served for four years in the United States Air Force. In 1961 Russ met and married Sidney, the love of his life, and they remained happily married for 59 years. A short time later Russ successfully completed his training at the California Highway Patrol Academy, after which he served for 30 years in law enforcement first as a member of the CHP and later as a member of the Napa County Sheriff’s Department.
Russ was a member of a number of service organizations, including the Elks Club. He loved singing and was a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), where he sang lead. Russ and his wife enjoyed traveling in their R.V. and were able to visit all 48 of the contiguous United States both before and after his retirement.
Russ is survived by his wife Sidney, his daughter Susan Deicke, his brother Allen James Moore and his grandchildren Monica and Greg Deicke.
Darius Bocage, 32, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on 2/8/20 in Napa, CA. Darius was born in San Francisco, CA. on 12/9/87. Darius grew up in Napa, attending local schools and graduated Napa High in 2006.
Darius was a die-hard Raider Fan, where he got his nickname Raider-D. He always had a bright smile and an open heart. He made friends easily and many became “family” to him. Darius was a hard worker and was a member of Laborers’ Union Local 261.
He was predeceased by his grandparents and Dad “Pops”, Butch Miller. He is survived by his Mom, Bonnie Miller, and siblings: Tim Miller, Bobby (Tasha) Gutter, DeDe (Craig) Lockett, Robert (Desirae) Hamilton, Jayne Skwarecki and Eric (Maria) Miller. Many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, extended family and friends, including his best friend, like a brother, DeCory Burgess.
There will be a viewing from 10:00-10:45 a.m. and services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on February 19, 2020, at Hopewell Baptist Church, 3755 Linda Vista Ave. Napa, CA. 94558.
ANGWIN (Napa Valley), Calif. – The residents and staff of Linda Falls Guest Home, a family-owned and operated assisted living home overlooking the Napa Valley, regret the passing of Barbara Archey, the home’s longest member at 102. Barbara’s infectious smile, sharp wit and charm will be missed.
Born in Irvington, New Jersey, on August 25, 1917, Barbara was an advertising, publishing, and marketing professional with many years devoted to hospitality and travel planning. After her official career ended nearly 35 years ago, Barbara became a much sought-after volunteer for the City of Long Beach, California. Her passion was teaching children about renewable energy, water conservation, recycling and the mysteries of aquatic life off the coast of Southern California. In 2003 Barbara was awarded the prestigious Mary Mulvey Award by the City of Long Beach for outstanding volunteer service to her community.
In May of 2014 Barbara relocated from Long Beach to Linda Falls, a hillside community in the heart of the Napa Valley.
Barbara was proud to be part of a nation-wide collective of over 70,000 elders who are 100-years and older. This group represents the fastest growing segment of the US population.
From all of us at Linda Falls Guest Home and your Napa Valley friends – We send our love and admiration.
For more information about Linda Falls Guest Home and the care options they provide, contact Norbert Sacro at 707-963-1440.