Richard W. Cliff passed away on August 8, 2019 in Richmond, California at the age of 79 after a long illness.
Richard, who often went by Rick, was born on March 15, 1940 in Napa, California to Howard W. Cliff and Edna M. Cliff. Rick graduated from Napa High School in 1958 and then attended CCAC in Oakland and graduated with a professional degree in Interior Design.
Rick worked with Moriguchi and Associates for some years installing model homes. He loved art, museums and antiques and had a very creative mind. As a child, he entered floral arrangements in the Calistoga, Napa and Vallejo Fairs. He also loved Christmas and would decorate a tree and donate it to the Napa Valley Symphony Festival of the Trees to help raise money for their program. He also loved gardening and plants and was the past president of the Golden State Lily Society.
Rick is survived by his brother, Gary D. Cliff and several cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Edna Cliff.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations on behalf of Rick to the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums. Condolences and words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.tulocaycemetery.org.
Sam died peacefully at his home in Napa, CA on August 17, 2019. Sam was born January 15, 1931 in San Pedro, CA to Sam and Josephine Cappelle.
Sam attended schools in San Pedro and graduated from San Pedro High School. He then received his art degree at the Woodbury Art Institute. Graphic Arts would become his profession and his passion.
Sam met Patsy Miller at Cabrillo Beach and they were married a year later in 1956. Then came the birth of his two children Kim and Bill. Their first home was in San Pedro, but throughout their married life they lived in Westminster, Fountain Valley, CA and eventually retired to the Napa Valley in 1993. They would be married for 56 years until Pat’s death in 2013.
Sam’s professional career spanned 37 years with one company; North American Aviation, then Rockwell International, becoming Boeing. He started as a draftsman and rose to the position of manager of the Graphic Arts division. Sam’s talents were utilized to highlight and display the evolution of America’s space program. Cartooning and animation were his hobbies.
If his family and friends could say anything about him, they would say that “He was the kindest, sweetest and most wonderful man they know”. Besides his family, Sam loved everything Disney and Mickey Mouse. Anyone who knew Sam, knows that Mickey is crying for the lose of his biggest fan!
Sam is predeceased by his wife Pat, his son Bill, his sister Barbara and parents Sam and Jo. He is survived by his daughter Kim and her wife Judy, his grandchildren Ryan and Reanna, their spouses Alex and Carl and six great grandchildren; Maddison, Jaxson, Natalya, Isaiah, Jayden and Brielle.
Funeral services will be held at Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on August 28, at 11:30 am in the chapel. Viewing will be August 27, between 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local hospice provider.
Betty, a wonderful and deeply loved wife, mother, grandmother and great- grandmother passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on August 15, 2019 in Napa, California.
Betty was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 31, 1929. Her family left the islands for San Diego soon after World War ll broke out. She had so many stories that she shared about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She was an accordion player for the USO and supported the troops during this time. After graduating from Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego the family relocated to San Francisco. There she took a job as a teller at American Trust Company (now Wells Fargo) and met her future husband, Norman, who was the head teller. They eloped on August 1, 1948 and had just celebrated 71 years of marriage. Norman’s job took them to Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, American Samoa and Napa.
When her children were young, Betty worked for the Santa Clara School District as a secretary (before computers); her penmanship was perfect and she could type a mile a minute! She then returned to banking, working for First Interstate Bank in Napa for 25 years retiring as an assistant vice president.
Betty took joy in spoiling her daughters and grandchildren. She would take her grandchildren on many shopping excursion always slipping them some pocket money. She made sure her refrigerator was stocked with all their favorite foods……including wine for the grownups.
She loved taking trips with Norman to Reno to fill the slot machines. There were travels to Hawaii, London and visits to relatives in Seattle, Minnesota and South Dakota. Along with cruises to Norway and Alaska. They also hit the road exploring the USA in their RV.
Betty is survived by her husband Norman, daughters, Sandy Clarke (Steve Ourso), Jeanie Brown (Mark Jaffee) and Debbie Murray (Roger), grandchildren Benjamin Jaffee (Valerie), Amanda Heath (Keith Cullison) Mitchell Clarke (Carolyn) great grandson Alexander Jaffee and Roger’s daughter Deserae Murray. Her memory will be held forever in their hearts.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at Brookdale Senior Living (Napa) and the staff at Collabria Care (Napa Hospice) for the loving care they gave to their mother.
Services were held on August 20, 12019 at Tulocay Cemetery.
Carol Jean Blumer, age 88, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on Friday August 9, 2019, in Napa, California. She was diagnosed in 2016 with late stages of the disease.
She is preceded in death by her brother Edward Dane, and husband Dale Blumer. She married Dale in 1952. They met shortly after Dale’s honorable discharge from the United States Navy at Skaggs Island, while Carol was working in her father’s Railway Express Office in Napa. The couple had two children together, Jeff and John.
Carol was born on February 23, 1931 in Colfax, California to mother Pearl Dane, and father Archie Dane. She graduated from Napa Senior High School in 1950.
In 1963, she and Dale moved to Watsonville, California where Dale worked in bookkeeping and accounting, and Carol volunteered in the local school district working in the elementary school library, as well as at the California Department of Farm Labor. Carol and Dale were very involved in the Presbyterian Church in Watsonville and enjoyed activities with friends they met there. In 1972, Carol’s husband Dale found a business opportunity back in Napa, and the family moved there and remained until Dale’s retirement, after which they toured the country in their motor home. After Dale’s passing in 1992, Carol moved to Green Valley, Arizona, and worked in a few clerical positions before retiring. Carol was active in her church there, participating in several home Bible studies and Valley Presbyterian ministries, most notably, Stephen’s Ministry. She was active in their Senior Supper Club and sang in the church choir for several years.
Carol was a loving and nurturing mother. She was a socially active woman who was deeply involved in writing, music and various forms of art for most of her life. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing golf, and fellowshipping with camping friends from the Napa Presbyterian Church, Merrimac’s with Dale, and participating in Bible Study Fellowship for many years. Her family and friends will always remember her as an outgoing and spiritually encouraging person who loved to laugh and have fun.
Carol is survived by her son, Jeff Blumer and her daughter-in-law Kim, of Napa; her son, John Blumer and her daughter-in-law Kathy, of Clovis, California; and her grandchildren, James Blumer of Tokyo, Japan, Karen Follis of Clovis, Henderson Blumer of Los Angeles, David Blumer of Clovis, Rieson Blumer of El Cerrito, California, and her great-granddaughter Paige Follis.
In lieu of services or flowers, Carol’s children request, if so led, that you would send donations to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (NY—www.alzinfo.org), or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (NY—alzfdn.org). The family would like to thank Collabria Care Hospice of Napa (collabriacare.org) for coordination of Carol’s transitioning care with Napa Valley Care Center, also prior to this more recent transition, Nazareth Rose Garden of Napa-Dementia Care, and Angels Above of Tucson, Arizona.
Steve passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of 7/24/19 after a short battle with lung cancer. We are grateful his last days were good ones, with minimal discomfort, enjoying time with family and friends.
Steve was born in Napa at the Parks Victory Memorial Hospital. He moved with his family to San Leandro for his childhood and teen years, and back to Napa to attend community college. He also lived in Tracy and at his place in Timber Trails, Avery, California. Steve loved music, especially harmonies, and had a gifted voice. He played the piano, organ, trumpet, and guitar. For years he performed in a band along with his cousin Kirk Brown. He enjoyed restoring cars and fishing with his best friend Greg Lampson (Sacramento) and sons. He also had a passion for gardening.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances Robinson, his sister, Mary Beth Rose, and his beloved chihuahua Willie. He is survived by his brothers Mike (Kathy) Robinson and Pat Robinson; his sister, Nancy (Brian) Nunley, and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life with us and join us in a reception. We are gathering on Saturday, September 7 at 2pm at the Crosswalk Community Church courtyard, 2590 1st Street, in Napa, to share memories and to comfort each other.
Marilyn Jean “Bib” Nelson Williams died peacefully in her home in Napa California on August 15, 2019, she was 84. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by family and friends.
Marilyn was born in Eagle Butte, South Dakota and moved with her family, at a young age, to Adin, California to grow wheat. She went to college at PUC in Angwin where she met Norman Williams, they married in June of 1958. Marilyn and Norman had five sons. Marilyn spent her career as a grade-school teacher. The family moved to several locations in California where she taught in Seventh-day Adventist schools including; Roseville/Orangevale, Arroyo Grande and Pacifica/San Francisco. After her retirement Marilyn enjoyed caring for her family, and she volunteered tirelessly at the church community center.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Norman. She is survived by her brother Robert Nelson of Adin, California, and sons Michael , Mark, Mitch, Marvin and Murray. Grandchildren David, Michelle, Jason, Calvin, Vanessa, Patrick, Jordan, Matthew and Dylan, and three great grandchildren. After becoming a grandmother, Marilyn was lovingly known to everyone as “Granny”.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the Napa Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1105 G Street, Napa, California.
Howard Zweier, MD, 71, passed away on the morning of July 21, 2019 at home with his wife and daughters by his side after waging a valiant two-year battle against pancreatic cancer.
Howard was born on April 23,1948 to Rosaline and Paul Zweier in Brooklyn, New York. He spent most of his youth in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Eastmoor High School before attending college at Syracuse University. He earned his medical degree at State University of New York Downstate in Brooklyn and went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan and a fellowship in infectious disease at Brown University.
After enduring a lifetime of frigid winters and the historic New England Blizzard of ‘78, Howard headed west in search of sunshine and a job.
In November 1979 he began his 30-year career as a physician and chief of infectious disease at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Vallejo. Just as he started his practice, the tragic AIDS pandemic struck, and he proudly found himself on the forefront of HIV management.
He diagnosed and treated hundreds of other complex illnesses and was an extremely valued consultant to his fellow physicians in all departments.
Howard was a hardworking perfectionist and it was not uncommon to find him making extra rounds on his patients late at night or on days off. Medical staff and patients alike appreciated his thoughtful care delivered in a down-to-earth manner. Even ten years after retiring, “Dr. Z.” was always enthusiastically greeted when returning to his home hospital for his own appointments. Howard built a family as well as a career at Kaiser Vallejo. He met his wife, Linda, a physical therapist there in 1980 and their daughters, Lauren and Adrienne (Adi), were born at the facility in 1986 and 1992, respectively.
Howard was likable, honest, and fun to be around and he accrued many close friends with whom he shared a love for medicine, golf, sports, politics, and life in general.
He was a Bay Area sports super-fan and enjoyed rooting for the Warriors, Giants, and 49ers. He attended many noteworthy games throughout the years, but perhaps his most memorable experience was riding out the Loma Prieta earthquake from the upper deck at Candlestick Park during the 1989 World Series. Howard was a 35-year member of the Napa Valley Country Club and enthusiastically teed off with his band of golf buddies at every given opportunity.
Howard was a devoted and loyal family man. He lovingly cared for his parents in their later years and visited his mother nearly every day during her seven-year residency at the Meadows Care Center.
He was his disabled sister’s legal guardian and best friend and made four trips a year to the East Coast to visit her without fail. He was a wonderful, fun, charmingly quirky, and never boring husband to Linda, his wife of 35 years.
As a father, Howard taught Lauren and Adi to not sweat the small stuff and that anything can be made interesting with the right color commentary. He was their number one cheerleader for all academic, professional, and extracurricular pursuits and the best fixer in times of crisis.
Howard made sure that his girls knew the lyrics, history, and lead singer of all Beatles songs and routinely led rousing Fab Four sing-alongs on family road trips.
Howard is survived by his wife, Linda, of Napa, and their daughters, Lauren Zweier of San Francisco and Adi Zweier of Portland. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Rosaline and Paul Zweier, and sister Rita Zweier.
He was simply the best of the best and will be forever loved and missed. Fighting pancreatic cancer takes a village and ours was incredible. We are eternally grateful to all medical personnel, friends, and family who supported us along the way and became an integral part of Team Zweier.
There will be a celebration of life for Howard on September 28, 2019. Please contact Linda at email@example.com for details. Condolences and words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.tulocaycemetery.org.
John Richard Straily was born on May 3, 1951 in Lamar, Colorado and died August 14, 2019 in Napa, California. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and younger brother. John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Monette Straily, daughters Lindsey Branch (Lawson) of Vancouver, Canada, and Cassidy Straily (Marcus Collar) of Napa. He was the proud grandfather of Keaton and Quinn Branch. His sister Martha Satterly resides in Burlington, Co. John had 6 nephews and 3 nieces.
John spent his childhood in Lamar where he was an outstanding athlete. Receiving the Byron “Whizzer” White Academic Scholarship to the University of Colorado in Boulder, Co, he played football at CU until a serious injury ended his football career. Majoring in business, John became a CPA working in Colorado, and then for the last 35 years in Napa. John was happiest watching both college and pro football and spending time with his perfect grandchildren.
No Services will be held. The family would like to thank the Queen of the Valley ICU nurses and doctors especially Dr. Schoeder and Cathy Dundas for their care and dedication. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice or any organization dedicated to defeating Donald Trump’s re-election.
James Michael Andrews passed away peacefully on August 15, 2019 surrounded by loved ones.
James was born in Napa Valley on February 18, 1942 to Melvin Joseph Andrews and Emma Jaeger. James, referred to by his friends as Jim, was a Napa native and graduated from Napa High School in 1960. In 1963 he married his high school sweetheart, Stana Lee Vallerga. Shortly after, he began his meat cutting career at Vallerga’s Market where he was known and loved by customers for always having a smile on his face and brightening anyone’s day. After 15 years at Vallerga’s, Jim and Stana opened Andrews Meat and Deli. Together they owned and operated Andrews Meat and Deli for 19 years. Jim was famous around town not just for his meat cutting skills, but for the great affection he showed his customers. He always made sure people left with a smile on their face. After closing up Andrews Meat and Deli, Jim worked for 15 years in the meat department at Browns Valley Market. He retired after a career of 45 years, but always remained the go-to-guy for butchering questions.
Jim’s hobbies included fishing, golf, woodworking, and cooking. He will be forever remembered by his family for waking them up in the morning to the smell of bacon and eggs and for never missing an event that was grandchild related. He will also be remembered by many as the President of the Rotary evening group and a member of Napa Sunrise California.
The second of three children, Jim was predeceased by his brother Philip Andrews and sister Marcia Andrews. Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Stana Lee Andrews of Napa; son, Jeff Andrews; two daughters, Susan Kampton and Carrie Androlowicz; and his 10 grandchildren, Brandon, Tyler, and Alyssa Andrews; Max, Nicole, Luke and Kelsey Kampton; Chris, Emma, and Abby Androlowicz; as well as many loved ones
Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral service on August 26 at 11 AM at Tulocay Cemetery. Following the service will be time to share stories and celebrate the life and positive impact Jim had in each of our lives.
Les Gray passed away January 22, 2019, having reached the age of 102, in his home in Hemet, California. Born on Long Island, New York, he was active in the Boy Scouts, sang in a band while in high school, and worked as a caddy to help support his family. His “kid” brother was shot down during WWII, and his four sisters predeceased him. He met his beloved Carolyn in high school and they were married in 1937. The two were devoted to each other throughout their sixty-year marriage that ended when Carolyn passed in 1997.
They reared two daughters, Nancy Gray Vopat, who passed in 2003, and Linda Gray Newberry (Jack), of Napa. The family moved to Southern California in 1947, and Les and Carolyn moved to Calistoga in the 1970s only to relocate to Southern California a few years later for health reasons.
Les is survived by four grandchildren: Sharon Vopat Mitchell (Ken), Kristi Vopat Abundis (Rob), Steven Burgess (Marne), and James Burgess. His nine great-grandchildren are: Kasey, Kendyll and Kolby Mitchell; Isabella and Gavin Abundis; Kira and Brandon Burgess and Thatcher and Crawford Burgess. He is also survived by his second wife, Sylvia Leading Gray, with whom Les was fortunate to spend 15 happy years.
Les was a born salesman, was a Civil War buff, and had a lovely voice. His idols were John Wayne and Abe Lincoln. At his 100th year birthday party, accompanied by a guitarist, he sang, strong and true, Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World. He was a positive thinking, humorous and grateful gentleman who will be greatly missed by family and friends.