Irene Ann Lach, age 98, of Napa, CA, passed away on March 17, 2020, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Irene was born January 28, 1922 in Scranton, PA to George and Ella Kraynick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Peter Lach, in 1967 after 20 years of marriage. Irene is survived by her sister, Eleanor Kraynick of Scranton, her daughter Larraine Ewing of Napa, her son Paul (Debra) Lach of Oakland, NJ, and 4 grandchildren: David (Samantha) Ewing, Santa Clarita, CA., Paul (Sharae) Ewing, Aliso Viejo, CA., Jennifer (Vincent Stout) Lach, Collingswood, NJ, and Kathryn Lach, Piscataway, NJ.
After graduating from Technical High School and Lackawanna Business College in Scranton in 1940, she started her career as a secretary in a legal office. In 1942, after war had broken out,
Irene went to work for the Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service in Wilkes Barre where she worked until 1947.
Irene and Paul married in 1946 after Paul’s discharge from the army. Irene then worked for the International Salt Company until 1949 when Larraine and then Paul were born. In 1967, her husband Paul died suddenly and Irene returned to work. In 1967, she became the secretary for the principal at Blakely High School in Peckville, PA. In 1969, several of the local school districts consolidated and she became the executive secretary for the superintendent of schools, Valley View School District, where she worked for 25 years until she retired at the age of 70.
Volunteer work was always a huge part of Irene’s life Not only was she a volunteer, she also held office in most of the organizations including being President and chairman of major events.
After rejoining the workforce, she became an active member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) of Peckville. She volunteered with Friends of the Library for the Interboro Library, Peckville and helped with sorting books and their book sales. Then she became very active with the Red Cross where she helped with the weekly blood drives every week in the greater Scranton area.
In the 1990s she became a volunteer at the Lackawanna County Long Term Care Center, a skilled nursing facility in Peckville. She helped there once or twice a week with activities for the residents such as arts and crafts and bingo. She was one of the staff to accompany residents to the local Walmart and push them around the store in their wheelchairs so they could do their shopping.
In 2011, at the age of 89, she moved to Napa to live with her daughter, Larraine. Continuing her dedication to volunteer work, she became a volunteer at The Napa Senior Center. She was a member of St. Appolinaris Catholic Church and the Women’s Guild. She joined Napa Friends of the Library and was a volunteer with the quarterly book sales, where she was affectionately known as “the bag lady” helping on set-up day to organize all the bags that had been donated by local stores so they were neat and easy to access during the sale. She enjoyed playing Mah Jongg with groups at the church and the senior center. She was also a member and volunteer with the Napa Valley Orchid Society.
Over the years, she won numerous awards. In PA, these included:
1991-1992 – Woman of the Year Award from the Peckville Business and Professional Women’s Club; 1996- Volunteer and Woman of the Year; 2003 – Woman of the Year from the Lackawanna County Health Care Center; 2010 – Veteran’s Award – Legion of Honor for volunteer help
In California, in 2016, she received the California Parks and Recreation Services Community Service Award that covered Napa, Sonoma, and Marin Counties for her work at the Napa Senior Center.
Irene will be greatly missed by her family, friends and fellow volunteers who loved and admired her.
Irene will be buried next to her late husband, Paul, at Holy Ghost Cemetery in Blakely, PA. A private memorial and celebration of life will be held for her in Napa and Scranton at a future date.
Steve McCoy passed peacefully from this life into the loving arms of Jesus on March 13, 2020 after a 1½ year battle with brain cancer. He was 73 years old.
He was born and raised in Russell, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. There, he met and began his 52-year marriage to his wife Janet. They lived in Colorado for 24 years and in Napa, California for 28 years. He loved his family, loved people, loved sports, loved life.
He is survived by his wife Janet, his daughter Shelby, his son Jared, and four grandchildren, Kayla, Landon, Sydney and Savannah. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Lorena McCoy and his sister, Lynda Dreiling.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Steve requested donations to the Napa Valley Life Church Missions fund (2303 Trower Ave., Napa, CA, 94558) in lieu of flowers.
Donna Kay Johnson, age 86 passed away on February 10th, 2020 at her home in Napa after an 18 month battle with cancer.
She was born on November 16th, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Henry Rasmusen and Edna (Ingleby) Rasmusen. It was the depression years and times were hard but she had wonderful memories of Family picnics at Liberty Park, going to Museums and the Salt Lake City Zoo. In good times her Father would take her and her siblings to the Saltair andLagoon Amusement Parks.
The Family past time was watching her 3 Uncles play baseball for Church League teams and watching the Semi-pro team that her Grandfather once played for. She developed a life long passion for baseball and was an avid San Francisco Giants fan.
At the age of 12, her Family moved to California, settling in Vallejo. In 1948, at a Vallejo Minor League baseball game, she met the love of her life, Dean Johnson. They were married on October 8th, 1949, settling first in Sacramento and then in American Canyon and Napa, where they raised their two Daughters. They were married for 62 years before Dean passed in 2011.
Donna was an electronics assembler and worked for the Varian Company of Napa, and Westach-Westberg Company in Sonoma where she assembled gauges for the aviation, marine, and auto industry. She enjoyed bowling and was on many leagues at Kentwig Bowl, Belair Bowl and Napa Bowl for many years.
She was an accomplished Artist who enjoyed painting, mosaics, pottery, working with a glass kiln, and all forms of arts and crafts. Her hand painted Gourds always sold out quickly at Craft Fairs. She had a passion for Genealogy, tending her flower garden, and was an avid reader. After Dean passed, she joined a book club in her community, gathered with other Ladies on Tuesday mornings to paint, and volunteered at the Napa Senior Center, where she made many new Friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her Husband Dean, her Sister Ellen Matthews, her Brother Kim Rasmusen Sr. and her Great-Granddaughter Sabina Hutchins.
She is survived by her Daughters, Debbie (Jim) Bast, Tona (Al) Warner, Grandsons Allen (Angelina) Warner, Casey Hutchins, Ryan (Suzanne) Hutchins and Great-Grandchildren Walter Warner and Juniper Hutchins.
She is also survived by Sisters Lynn (Bill) Violet, Sharyn (Gene) Hubert, Tye (Ron) Long and Sue Rasmusen. Also numerous Nieces and Nephews.
The Family would like to thank Collabria Hospice and Homecare Assistance for their compassion and care.
Due to currents events, a Celebration of Life will be held in the future. Donations made be made to Collabria Hospice, 414 South Jefferson St. Napa 94559 or the charity of your choice.
Jan ended the earthly chapter of her journey on February 8th after a long illness. Her journey began at Parks Victory Hospital in Napa California on May 31 of 1952. She was born to parents Walter J. Gorham and Alice K. Gorham who predeceased her.
Jan attended Napa schools and graduated from Napa High class of 1970. She loved animals, was a Girl-Scout and developed a love for reading that continued throughout her life. She married the love of her life, Arvin Mills in May of 1974.
Jan is survived by Arvin, her son Cameron Mills, daughter Amber Carlson (David), her granddaughter Alice Carlson, brother Jim Gorham, nephew Steven Gorham, niece Laurie Gorham and many grand and great grand nieces and nephews. Jan is also survived by life long friends Beverly, Lora, Mary and Sandy. She will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Napa County Library or the Alzheimers charity of your choice in her name.
Dorothy Mary Cowger was born in Napa to Italian immigrants, Adamo Polidori and Angiolina Polidori. She attended Lincoln Elementary and Napa High School. Dorothy retired from Bank of America after 30 years and volunteered at Community Projects, Highway Patrol, and the Discovery Shop.
Dorothy was a loving, compassionate and active woman who enjoyed her independence up to the last few days of her life. She is predeceased by her beloved husband, Charles Ellsworth Cowger, Jr., sisters Eva Morrow and Norma Polidori, and nephew William Morrow, Jr. She leaves behind many heartbroken family members and cherished friends.
Pearl Huxtable Sherwood passed away March 14th in Napa, CA. She was born in England to George and Emillie Jayne Huxtable and was one of 7 children.
Pearl had a happy childhood. Her brother Bedford was her mentor. He was 2 years older and always there for her. Knitting was one of favorite hobbies that she learned at an early age. Her Mother gave her some left over yarn and said “knit yourself a cardigan”.
Pearl started her working career in the same hospital as her mother had many years before, as well as some of her aunts. It was there that she met her future husband Russell Edwin Sherwood who was stationed with the 185 general hospital USA in the dental department. They were married Oct. 1st 1945. Pearl followed her husband back to the states where they lived for a brief time in Illinois. They later moved to Napa at the request and urging of his sister Eva. Eva and her husband Clyde operated a dairy ranch on Silverado Trail. Pearl worked at several different jobs while attaining her citizenship which enabled her to work at Napa State Hospital, where she retired after 22 years of service.
Pearl and Russ traveled extensively in the US, Canada and the Mexico border. They made numerous trips to her beloved England one of which they celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary, renewing their vows at St. Francis of Assisi Church of England, Bridgewater, Somerset with the Rev David Avnort officiating. Pearl’s family in England arranged to have the event videotaped which is one of her many treasures. Later Pearl and Russ had the pleasure of Fr. David staying with them for a brief visit while on sabbatical. During his visit he blessed their house and all who crossed their threshold. It was a humbling and gratifying experience.
Pearl lost the love of her life in May of 2002. She was also predeceased by her brothers Bedford George Huxtable, Eric Huxtable, sisters, Blanch Clarke, Betty Salvage and Hetty Harris (twins). Pearl is survived by sister Eunice Dorothy Hake and God-daughters Susan Hallman, Jayne Douglas (twins) niece Carol Phillips and nephew Michael Harris all of England. She is also survived by her beloved dog Monte, sister-in-law Millie Jolliff, niece Paula Sherwood and many great nieces and nephews in the Napa area.
A celebration of life will be held at a later time to be determined. Memorial contributions can be made to the Napa Humane Society.
Eric Wolfe, lifelong resident of the Napa Valley died from a brief illness on January 27,2020.
Eric was born January 20,1957 at Parks Victory Hospital in Napa to Dr. and Mrs. George Wolfe. He grew up on Big Ranch Rd. and attended Justin-Siena high school, graduating in 1975. He went on to graduate from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo with a degree in civil engineering. After graduating he returned to Napa and started his own company, Eric Wolfe Construction and spent his adult career as a respected building contractor.
Eric loved the outdoors, especially the ocean and his family’s island on Lake Of the Woods in Ontario, Canada. He recently joined a Senior league bocce ball team with long time friend, Archie Euser. Eric had a genial personality and was a stalwart friend. He will be missed.
He is survived by two brothers, Dean(Helen), Tim(Cindy), and a sister, Ingalisa of Idaho, nieces and nephews Alex, Andrea, Jacob, Megan, Sarah, Lea and Cole. He is also survived by his life partner of thirteen years, Beth Wert and her children, Steven, Katherine(Trey), and Madeline.
Burial is private. A memorial service will be at a late date.
Gifts in memory of Eric my be made to 40cean.com, an organization dedicated to cleaning the ocean and coastlines of the world.
Resident of Vacaville, CA. Robert “Bob” Miller Crampton passed away peacefully on March 6, 2020, in Vacaville. He was 93 years old. He is survived by his sons and their wives, Robert J. Crampton and Lieu Le of Dixon, CA; Jon Crampton and Grace Crampton of Santa Clara, CA; Stepdaughter, Nora Grijalva of Elverta, CA; three grandchildren, Joe Grijalva of Dixon, CA, Anastasia Crampton of Dixon, CA, and Michael Crampton of Vacaville, CA; and extended family members. His 4 siblings Evelyn Mae Crampton Franke, Mary Helen Crampton Martin Helms, Gene Arthur Crampton, George Remlinger Crampton; first wife Virginia; and stepdaughter Kathy Hagen predeceased him.
Bob was born on the family ranch 6 miles west of Dixon in the town of Allendale on August 21, 1926, to Eunice Mae Miller Crampton and Arthur Henry Crampton. He graduated from Vacaville Union High School in 1944, enlisted into WWII, and was accepted into the Navy’s ROTC Aviation V-12 program at Univ. Redlands, CA and graduated from the University of Davis in 1954. He worked on the family ranch off and on, at Standard Oil in SF, Bank of America locations in Northern CA. He met his boy’s mother on Picnic Day in Davis in 1962. He worked at McClellan AFB in Sacramento, CA as a weapons system manager until his retirement in 1993.
One of his lifelong dreams was to be a lawyer, so in 1976 at the age of 50, he enrolled at Lincoln Law School Night and weekend courses and in 1982 graduated from Ocean University with a law degree. He would attempt the 3-day test for the California Bar exam for the next 20 years without success. While working at McClellan AFB, he traveled around the world on various assignments.
In Retirement, he played tennis and golf, volunteered at the Napa Valley Genealogical Society, studied for the bar exam, and worked on the Vacaville Union Class of 44’ committee. He Volunteered as a census taker in 2000 in Napa, CA. Over his long life, he had many friends Joe Lopez of Barber Joe’s of Vacaville, William “Wild Bill” Lavis, Steward C. Potter, Courtland family of Vacaville, Williams family of Rosamond, William Barnett of Napa, Judy Tansey of Santa Rosa, and the many caregivers at Magnolia Court in Vacaville.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at a later time. Please Contact Jon Crampton at Robertmc95620@gmail.com for details. In place of flowers, donations may be made to, American Macular Degeneration Foundation, or Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
Robert Vernon Cramer, 98, passed away peacefully at his home in Napa on March 3, 2020. Bob was born October 19, 1921, in Kalamazoo, MI to Jane and Vernon Cramer.
After Pearl Harbor was bombed he joined the U.S. Merchant Marines. By 1945 Bob “Boomer” was an Able Bodied Seaman and had traveled the world by sea on several merchant Liberty ships.
Bob met his future bride Phyllis Hitchner on a blind date. They married on August 5, 1947, and moved to Napa in 1950. They had two children.
Bob worked for 26 years at Mare Island as a design engineer, where he wrote a pipe stress analysis program. He was highly involved in early computer programming.
In his youth, Bob was an athlete and gymnast. He was an avid reader, poet, outdoorsman, inventor, craftsman and loved to play cribbage. Bob and Phyllis traveled after retiring and spent long summers in Wisconsin.
Bob was a member of the SIRs Roving Roosters RV group, and the Napa Masonic Yount Lodge No. 12 for over 50 years.
is survived by his wife of 72 years, Phyllis Elizabeth Hitchner, daughter Gail Ann (Jerry) Bins—Napa, CA, son Robert Glen Cramer—Bend, OR; granddaughters Julie (John) Smith, Amy (Aaron) Medina, Rebecca Parker, and Katie Cramer; 10 great-grandchildren, Chyan, Shelby, Kyle, Cole, Scott, Zayne, Tanner, Phoebe, Mason, and Adrian; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Virginia (Guisness), his siblings and their spouses Neil (Mary) Cramer—Whittier, CA, Hugh (Ruth) Cramer—Dayton, OH, mother and father Jane (Ouimette) and Vernon Reynolds Cramer of Whittier, CA.
Bob supported the Napa Masonic Yount Lodge No. 12 scholarship fund, P. O. Box 2068, Napa, CA, 94558.
Our beloved Father, Terry L. Foster, formerly of Napa, California, passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at the VA Community Living Center in Reno, Nevada. He was 72 years old.
Born in Crescent City in 1947, Terry grew up in Eureka, California with his two younger brothers, Rick and Cliff. He was educated in Eureka through the 8th grade and attended Fortuna Junior Academy for grades 9 and 10, returning to Eureka to finish his high school career. Terry went on to enroll in the theology program at Pacific Union College before moving into the medical field, becoming a Psychiatric Technician and working for the Napa State Hospital, from which he retired in 2005.
Terry was drafted into the US Army and fought in the Vietnam War in 1967. Refusing to fire a weapon, he became a combat medic in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade. Just months into his tour, he and his unit were caught in a firefight. Responding to screams for “Medic!”, Terry sustained multiple gunshot wounds, which would ultimately send him home. Terry was transferred out of Vietnam to a medical facility for treatment and recovery. Following his recovery, he was honorably discharged and returned home to marry his Sweetheart, Linda Thomas. Together, they had three beautiful children and were married for 25 years, before separating in 1993.
Terry spent his final years in Reno, Nevada, near his eldest daughter, Dawn, residing at the VA CLC for more than three years. After sustaining a debilitating fall, he fell into a delirium and passed away in his sleep.
Terry is survived by his daughter, Dawn Gilmore of Reno, NV and husband Ryan Gilmore; daughter Heather Rogers of Fairfield, CA and husband Scott Rogers; grandchildren, William and Rebecca Gilmore of Reno, NV; granddaughter, Kensi Rogers of Fairfield, CA; younger brother, Richard Foster of Redding, CA; youngest brother, Clifford Foster of St. Helena, CA and wife Denise Foster; nieces and nephews and many, many friends and extended family.
Memorial Services have been postponed due to the Corona Virus Outbreak. A service will be announced at a later date.
Terry’s remains will be placed in a niche at Tulocay Cemetery, near his beloved son, Mark, who preceded him in death.