Larry Earl Outlaw passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020 surrounded by his family.
Larry was born on September 20, 1944 to Elbert and Helen Outlaw in Seattle, Washington and spent his early childhood in both Washington and the San Fernando Valley. Having spent so much time in Southern California he loved to surf, was a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and later in life became an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, and Golden State Warriors.
Larry attended Sylmar High School, graduating in 1963, later attending Pierce College and California State Fullerton to study Cultural Anthropology. Following his studies, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in South Korea. When he returned home, he began his career with AT&T as a Lineman. After 30 years with AT&T, he retired with distinctions of excellence as a Business Analyst and Manager of Corporate Staff.
In his “retirement years”, with no prior experience, he went to work in the Napa Valley wine industry. He learned about the craft of winemaking with Niebaum Coppola, Diamond Oaks, Vine Cliff and Rutherford Hill Wineries. And due to his fun and hospitable personality and desire to continually learn, he excelled in his new career.
Larry loved technology, and would spend countless hours researching articles, references, and every available source of information when he found topics he was interested in or items he wanted to purchase. He had a true passion for reading, especially on his Kindle, and could finish a book in a day! He read the S.F. Chronicle each day front to back, back to front, in the following order: Sports, Front Page, Business and Politics. And on Sundays, he anxiously awaited involving his family in the weekend trivia questions…because he usually knew all of the answers.
Another passion was gourmet cooking. Larry would find recipes that appealed to him and would, of course, research and shop for all of the ingredients himself, even if it meant driving all over town to find the exact ingredient as featured in the recipe. Larry also enjoyed coffee, Peet's of course, and his weekly coffee rituals with this coffee buddy, Bill.
Larry was a gentle soul and taught many by example. An incredibly loving and supportive spouse, an amazing father, and wonderful grandparent. A happy man, very approachable, a jokester, he brought smiles and laughter to so many. He nurtured and shaped these qualities throughout his life. His parents taught him the importance of living a loving and happy family life, and he instilled and shared those values with those who shared his world. He was a great provider and assured his family was always taken care of. Even in his final days, his main concern was that his family would be safe, and he made lists of what he felt was needed to make this happen, even for his beloved dog, Mojo. He often referred to Mojo as his “chick magnet,” and would cook and serve him finely shredded organic chicken. He would say “only the finest for my buddy”. So, it makes sense that his list instructing his family about the exact care and love needed for Mojo was one of the more important lists he made.
Larry is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 21 years, Carmen; two brothers Kenneth (Sandy) and Gary (Sally); his children Sean (Ginger), Felix, Catherine, Marissa (Manny) and Brian (Tracy); and his three granddaughters: Peyton, Sophia and Makenna. He is also survived by numerous extended relatives whom all loved him dearly.
Larry was predeceased by his parents, his brother Dick and sister-in-law Babe.
Services for Larry will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church, 3700 Lassen Street, Napa. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at the Hall at St. Apollinaris. In keeping with family's wishes, his mass and Celebration of Life will be private for family and close friends.
Contributions in Larry's name can be made to the research department at UCSF for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Steven R. Lopez was born in Berkeley, California on October 24th, 1957, and, after a sudden illness, left us on January 7, 2020 in Napa, California.
Steven grew up in Martinez, and was an instrumental part of Alhambra High and Joe DiMaggio baseball championships. He was a very fine amateur golfer for many decades.
He will be fondly remembered by his coworkers and customers throughout the Bay Area.
He is survived by his daughters, Ericka and Stephanie; two sisters, Jacklyn Daniels and husband Dan, and Denise Casanova and husband, Frank; three brothers, Alvin Lopez and wife, Sandra, Joseph Lopez, Jr. and wife, Debbie, and Marc Lopez and wife, Meg; eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and many close friends.
He is preceded in death by parents Joseph and Winifred Lopez, and brother Robin Lopez.
Please join the family for a celebration of life honoring Steven Lopez at 11:00 am on Wednesday January 15, 2020. Tulocay Funeral Home, 411 Coombsville Road, Napa CA 94559.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Aaron Matthew Kreimeier. Aaron was born on February 8th, 1982 and passed away on November 29th, 2019. He was 37.
Aaron was the eldest of three siblings. He was a bright and compassionate young man with a love for animals, anime and punk rock. He developed a love for the outdoors from an early age, spending summers with his siblings and cousins at his grandparent’s ranch in Arizona.
Aaron was an artist who created his art whenever and wherever, on any surface he could find. He was quiet and observant with a talent for figuring out how things work. From models to difficult machinery, if you put it in his hands, he could put it together. As a man he spent his time creating, fishing and going to every punk show he could. Though stoic in nature, he loved his friends and family deeply. Those who were lucky enough to call Aaron a friend had a loyal friend for life, always there when needed. He didn’t have to say much for you to know how much he cared. He never passed the opportunity to spend time with his family. Especially enjoying hiking and visiting National Parks with his sister.
Aaron was not without his struggles. He was an addict who fought everyday for sobriety. His battle with addiction caused him much pain in life, costing him his health, relationships and precious time. It brings those who knew him great joy to know he received his 18-month chip in the days before his passing and was actively working on his sobriety daily. During the past 18 months Aaron began writing, he created more art and worked hard to fix the many relationships broken by his addiction. He was a man with renewed passion for life. He enrolled in the welding program at Napa College and was excelling. He went on a fishing trip with his father, brother and cousins. He spent much of his free time with his mother and sister. He had a new hope.
Aaron is survived by his father Alan Kreimeier, mother Danis Kreimeier with husband Lowell Downey, brother Nick Kreimeier with wife Andria Kreimeier and two beautiful nieces, and sister Amy Kreimeier.
A memorial will be held for Aaron on January 18th at 5 pm and the Napa Women’s Club at 218 Franklin Street, Napa, CA 94559. All are invited to come celebrate the life and memory of Aaron Matthew Kreimeier.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Serenity Homes Napa Valley, 1971 Lernhart St, Napa, CA 94559. 501 (c) 3, 20-2233852. Help others have a safe and warm home as they move forward in recovery.
“It is impossible to see the angel unless you first have a notion of it.” — James Hillman
Shirley J. Moretti, loving sister, wife, aunt, cherished friend, philanthropist, and verifiable “earth angel,” passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the age of 84.
Born in Seattle, Washington on November 21, 1935 Shirley was the fourth and last child of Matt and Phyllis Dragin, a family of Croatian descent. Though Shirley lost her mother at a tender eight years of age, she was loved and raised with the help of her two sisters and a brother. She remained extremely close with each of her siblings until their passing. On November 8, 1958 Shirley married Dino Moretti from Salt Lake City, Utah, who preceded her in death in 1990. During their marriage Shirley and Dino lived in many locations across the U.S. including Anchorage, Alaska, but they eventually settled in Orange, California.
Long before the women’s movement ever demanded permission, Shirley used her immense social gifts and business acumen to build a highly successful four decades long career in the male-dominated banking industry. After she retired from Wells Fargo, Shirley then cared for her ailing husband until his death, taking every opportunity to travel and enjoy the world despite many limitations. Later, while facing her own health issues battling cancer, Shirley turned the life threatening experience into an opportunity by developing and helping to fund a breast cancer foundation in 1989: The Foundation for Advancement in Breast Care. Later, with a generous endowment from Virginia Knott Bender, the organization changed names and opened a center under the title: The Cordelia Knott Center for Wellness in Orange, California, under the Cordelia Knott Wellness Foundation. The community based non-profit provides cancer patients with support and offers educational services for the mind, body, and spirit. Shirley served as the president, a survivor, and a generous financial sponsor of the foundation, also funding The Moretti Family Resource Library once located in the original center, among other vital programs. The Cordelia Knott Fund later moved to The St. Joseph Hospital where Shirley envisioned and launched the Ginny’s Gift Shop at The Center for Cancer Prevention. The shop offers cancer patients compassionate assistance with items for recovery and treatment. She also put her generous volunteer skills and monetary contributions to work for the hospital foundation serving on the board of directors since 2012. Always the organizer, Shirley sat on the gala planning committee, and co-chaired the Innovating for a Healthier Community Comprehensive Campaign, with a goal to raise 75-million dollars by 2022. Currently the campaign has raised over 55-million dollars. Shirley is the largest donor in the history of St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.
In addition to her philanthropic work in the medical field, Shirley has given her time and money to many other organizations throughout Orange County including: The American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), Working Wardrobes of Orange County, Contacts of Orange, and KHERUT (helping survivors of human trafficking.)
On the day of her passing, a close friend remarked of Shirley, “she taught us how to live.” No six-word statement could be more appropriate. Shirley had a true zest for life and she never let one blade of manicured grass grow beneath her petite feet. She had a particular fondness in her heart for the magic kingdom, Disneyland! She absolutely never said no to a visit with out-of-town guests and friends, and was even known to “close down the park.” Passionate about food, wine, world travel, crafting, and most importantly spending time with family and friends, her loving kindness and extreme generosity was her trademark. Her sweet voice and laugh, her gentle spirit and joy for celebration were literally contagious. She taught us how to live, how to give, and most importantly — she taught us how to love.
Shirley was preceded in death by her sisters Velma and Neddie, brother Walter, her husband Dino, brothers-in-law, Berto Moretti, Tony Barrutia, Howard McKean and Jack Farrington, nieces Carla Barrutia-Keller and Jacqueline (Jackie) Foster, nephew Matt Dragin. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Ariella Moretti-Barrutia, Joy Moretti, and many nieces and nephews who all consider her to be their second mother, or “Auntie Sissy.” Shirley was extremely close to her friends Tom and Susan Debin who spent years traveling with her and enjoyed a special companionship in both health and sickness. There are countless other friends who also call Shirley “their own.” Fly high angel, we now definitely do “have a notion of it.”
Family and friends are invited to attend a Rosary prayer service for Shirley on January 16, 2020 at The San Antonio Catholic Church in Anaheim Hills at 7:00 P.M. Mass in her name will be held on January 17, 2020 at The San Antonio Church at 11:00 A.M. followed by a celebration of life reception in the parish hall: 5800 East Santa Ana Canyon Rd., Anaheim, CA. Shirley will be interred with her husband, Dino, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
A special heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at St Joseph’s Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa Valley, CA, They took such amazing care of Shirley in her final days. In Shirley’s memory and the love she spread so abundantly, donations can be made in her name to the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation: 1100 W. Stewart Dr. Orange, CA 92868 To donate online: https://www.providence.org/locations/st-joseph-hospital-orange/foundation/donate
Ronald Boyd Puffer passed away unexpectedly on December 24, 2019 after a brief illness. He left us far too soon and his family will miss him greatly.
Ron was born on September 20, 1944 in Cedar, Utah to Beth and Boyd Puffer. He was the eldest of 4 children, and as the oldest worked hard on the family farm. They did not have much, but what they did have was a lot of love and lots of great family get togethers surrounded by family and great food. One of Ron’s favorite traditions was Grandma’s homemade noodles with mashed potatoes, and we have carried on that holiday tradition every year much to his delight.
Dad joined the National Guard to see the world and ended up in California where on a blind date he met the true love of his life Sharron. A brief romance and an elopement sealed the deal and 53 years of marriage. Together they managed to have a good life raising 3 girls and have enjoyed showering their two granddaughters with unending love and affection. He was a man surrounded by all of us girls (the poor guy), and he was as puzzled by all of our antics as he was proud of all of our accomplishments big and small. When his girls married, he enthusiastically welcomed his new sons-in-laws (Donny and Doug) into the family with open arms.
Dad and Mom loved their “retirement” home in Utah where they hoped to retire one day, but they could not leave their granddaughters, so they traveled back and forth between their two homes every year. When in Utah, Dad loved to have his family and friends over to the house for summer fun and for the annual deer hunt. We are told deer camp was quite fun and sometimes they even came back with a deer. (What happens in deer camp, stays in deer camp).
Dad was so proud of the beautiful Beaver mountains he grew up in and was so happy to share it with his family and friends. One of the things he loved doing most in the latter part of his life was caring for their horses and fishing the beautiful lakes surrounding his home. He enjoyed sending pictures of his “catch-of-the-day” just to make everyone jealous and wish they were there fishing alongside of him.
Our dad was an avid golfer and really enjoyed golfing with his golfing buddies every week. He loved going out there before light to get in his 18 holes to start the day rain or shine. He really enjoyed his time out at Kennedy with you guys, Thank you.
He was a member of the SIRS bowling league and enjoyed the companionship of his fellow retirees as well as bowling. He has bowled on and off for 50 years on various leagues at the Napa Bowl and even obtained a few 300 games along the way.
Anyone who knew our Dad, knew he was a man of few words. It used to drive us all crazy, but the one thing we knew for sure was that he loved his family without question or doubt, and his sudden passing has broken our hearts and our sadness cannot be measured.
Dad led an exceptionally good life and was loved by many. In the end those are the blessings we count, and if you counted his blessings he was one of the wealthiest people we have known. We hope that wherever he has gone the bucks are huge and the fish are plentiful. We will miss you pop!
Our family would like to thank the doctors and nurses in Kaiser Vallejo, 4th Floor East, for the compassion and caring they showed our dad and our family during this difficult time.
Ron is survived by his wife Sharron, daughters Debbie Cravea, Kristina Cole (Donny), daughter of his heart Michelle Dahme (Doug), granddaughters Morgan and Patience, his sisters Della Jo and Kay, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother Beth and father Boyd, and his younger brother Gary.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Table at the First Presbyterian Church, 1333 3rd Street Napa CA 94559, (707) 224-8693
is ashes will be spread alongside his brothers in his beloved Beaver mountains at a later time. A memorial to celebrate his life is scheduled for January 18, 2020 from 2-5 at the Moose Lodge—3275 Brown Valley Road, Napa CA 94558
Ricardo Torres, affectionately known as Ritchie, passed way unexpectedly on October 29th, 2019. His life was taken in an act of gun violence in Long Beach, California. A northern California native, Ritchie was a loving son, loyal friend and partner remembered most for his adventurous, compassionate and goodhearted spirit.
Ritchie was born on November 2nd, 1990 and grew up in the Napa Valley. He attended Yountville Elementary, continued to Redwood Middle School and later Vintage High School. From a young age, he demonstrated a lively curiosity for the world around him and a strong ability to connect with everyone around him. Those who knew him remember his friendly and caring personality always smiling with a positive attitude.
A self-declared “foodie,” Ritchie was a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in San Francisco. For him, the kitchen was a sacred place where he was able to express his creative side and bring family and friends together to part take in his creations. He had a passion for learning about food and culture which complimented his adventurous spirit and love for traveling near and far. From his frequent hiking trips up Mount St. Helena to his travels all over Latin America, he walked his talk and never stopped pursuing his passions and dreams. One of his dreams was to someday return to the Napa Valley and open his own bakery.
Ritchie’s legacy is one of love for life and courage to live life to the fullest. He is survived by his father Manuel Torres Ochoa, his mother Susana Torres Ortiz, his older sister Alma Gonzalez, his older brother Juan Torres, and his brother-in-law Carlos Gonzalez. He was a proud uncle to Gael and Luca Gonzalez. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Becky Stephany Lara, of 10 years whom he had been living with in Los Angeles, CA.
Ritchie will truly be missed but leaves his family and friends a lifetime of memories full of joy and humor, his kind heart and warm smile.
James Sailius passed peacefully on January 1, 2020 in Napa, California after a long battle with vascular dementia. Jim was born May 13, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating high school, he joined the Marine Corps where he served for four years. While stationed in Balboa, Jim met the love of his life, Sandra, at a party. To hear Jim tell it, Sandy jumped in his lap and it was love at first sight. They married in 1960 and shared 59 happy years making each other laugh and trying to outdo one another answering Jeopardy questions and solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles.
Jim attained his Master’s in Computer Engineering in Southern California. In 1976, Jim and Sandy moved their family of five daughters to the beautiful Napa Valley, so he could work at Mare Island. Jim nurtured a lifelong love of history, airplanes, and flying. In that vein, his wife and daughters and their families surprised him for his birthday with a glider ride over Calistoga. Jim loved to read and could spend hours immersed in a spy novel. He was a die-hard 49ers fan, and spent hours cheering on his beloved Warriors team. Jim enjoyed going to the beach, traveling to the Tahoe area, and lounging around in the color red every day that ended with the letter “y”.
Jim will be forever loved and missed by his wife, Sandy, his sister Maryann (Ray) of Michigan, his daughters Debi (Thomas) of Germany, Denise (Perry) of Napa, Melissa (Greg) of Oregon, Kim (Bo) of Lodi, and Nikki (Brian) of Petaluma, and his grandchildren Christopher, Nicholas, Kayla, Julia, Laurel, Kyle, Kurtis, Noah, Mikenna, Elijah, and Molly and great-grandchildren Noah, Kaley Rose, Sofia, nieces and nephews, and his faithful Coco. He was predeceased by his parents John and Anna and his sister Betty. A special thank you for the tremendous care provided by Kaiser Hospice Team and caregivers Pierre (Perry) and Rosa.
A rosary will be said in his name at 7:00 pm on January 13 at Claffey and Rota Funeral Home. A mass will be held in his name on January 14 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 10:00 am. Interment to follow at Tulocay Cemetery. A reception will be held at St. John’s hall.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish to donate in his memory, donations will be welcomed at Alzheimer’s Association, https://www.alz.org (Search: Tribute pages, Find a Tribute—James Sailius).
Richard Lee Welch passed away on December 2, 2019, following a stroke. He was born on January 6, 1936. He moved to Napa with his family and graduated from Napa High. He was drafted into the Army and served in Italy and then the Reserves. He returned to Napa in 1960 to work in the family business, Roy’s Auto Wreckers on Highway 29. In 1961 he opened Rich’s Auto Sales which he ran until he retired.
Rich was predeceased by his parents Roy and Mary Welch and his siblings Deanna Welch Lucas and Donald Welch. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Jerilyn Welch, his children Melanie Hunter, Mandee Whitney and Richard Welch, his nine grandchildren, many “adopted” grandchildren, and his siblings Helen Johnson and Billy Welch.
A celebration of Rich’s life will be held at Napa Valley Life Church on Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 am, 2303 Trower Ave, Napa.
John Charles Adamo, 84, a resident of Vacaville, passed away on December 23, 2019 at Vaca Valley Hospital in Vacaville after a long illness.
John was born on May 30, 1935, in Napa, California. He was the son of Albert and Julia (Panuzzi) Adamo. He was raised in Napa and attended St. John’s Catholic School and Napa High School, graduating with the Class of 1953. At Napa High, he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He received a baseball scholarship to Santa Clara University, where he graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Philosophy.
John was married to his high school sweetheart Jean Desnoyer, in Napa on August 11, 1956. They made their home in Santa Clara for John’s last year of college, and their first child, Lynn Catherine, was born on May 28, 1957 in San Jose. In 1958 they returned to their hometown of Napa, and John, Jean and John’s sister Carol opened Adamo Music Center, which they ran successfully for 10 years. Their second child, Christopher John, was born in Napa in 1960.
After closing the music store, John pursued a second career in teaching. His first job was at St. Vincent High School in Petaluma, where he taught for two years. In 1971, he moved to St. Patrick High School in Vallejo, where he had a 20-year career. In those years, he taught English, Religion, Philosophy and Psychology. He was also the Director of Guidance, and Yearbook Advisor. He served as vice principal for a time.
He received a Masters degree in Psychology from Kensington University in 1993.
In 1981, John and Jean moved to Vacaville, where they embarked on an adventure growing jojoba. On their 5-acre parcel, they planted 3 acres of jojoba plants, with the desire to create a business selling jojoba oil and products containing jojoba. Through trials and tribulations of having an agricultural business, they succeeded in creating a mail-order business selling products that has kept them busy till this day.
John is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Frank Adamo.
John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean, his daughter Lynn Adamo and her husband Bob Faber of Bend, Oregon, son Chris Adamo and his wife Maureen Adamo of Medway, Massachusetts, grandsons Mark Adamo of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Peter Adamo of Medway, a twin sister Carol Adamo Johnson and her husband Delano Johnson of Napa, and nieces and nephews: Jolie Johnson Hutchens of North Liberty, Iowa, Hollie Johnson Schmidt of Napa, Greg Johnson of Napa, Len Adamo of Discovery Bay Calif., and Michael Adamo of Baldwin Park, Calif.
Funeral service will be held on January 23, 2020, 11:00 am at Tulocay Chapel, 411 Coombsville Rd, Napa. Reception immediately follows at Tulocay Reception Center, and interment at Tulocay Cemetery at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations to EWTN in John’s name would be appreciated. EWTN, Global Catholic Network, www.ewtn.com, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210. Memories and notes of sympathy may be shared at claffeyandrota.com.
Polly was born on September 11,1927 and was one of 6 children. She lived through the great depression, and for a number of years lived in an orphanage in Texas with her sister Christine. Her 4 brothers Buster, Wayne, Cliff and Tutor stayed home to pick cotton with their Mother Flora Sisko. She moved to California around 1945 and quickly became a supervisor for the phone company at the age of 17, something she was very proud of. Around this time is when she met her two best friends, sisters Feme and Leola who thought that Polly was the perfect match for their brother Jerry Jones. They were right. Polly and Jerry were married 10 months later. They went on to have 5 children, Wanda, David, Greg, Sandy, and Pam. They suffered the loss of their son Greg in 1972. Polly was widowed for the first time when Jerry passed away a few years later at the age of 46.
Being a single mother with 2 teenage daughters at home Polly decided to go to cosmetology school. This was the perfect fit for Polly. She was a natural! She worked for many years in downtown Napa in Parkway Plaza as a beautician.
Later she met and married Robbie Robison. Polly and Robbie loved to travel in their 5th wheel, so much so that they decided to sell their home and travel full time. They were together for 19 years when she was widowed again at the age of 67.
After Robbie passed away Polly had a permanent spot at the fairgrounds in Napa. She lived in her 5th wheel where she stayed for several years. This was always a treat for all of her grandchildren during fair time. They could always stop off at Grandma Polly’s house to cool down and enjoy an ice cold coke and a snack of peanuts or a Snickers bar. Then back to the fair when they were rested up and ready!
In 1999 Polly’s son David passed away suddenly, which was another great loss in her life.
While living at the fairgrounds Polly met and married Roy Lundquist in 2001. They moved to Calistoga where they spent their free time taking day trips to nearby casinos. This was something that they really enjoyed and looked forward to. They were married for almost 16 years. Roy died after a brief illness in 2017 leaving Polly a widow for a 3rd time. Three weeks later her youngest daughter Pam died after being diagnosed with cancer 2 months prior.
Her great grandson Johnny Bull died as the result of a car accident in early 2008.
Polly was an inspiration and the strongest woman her family has ever known. She always picked herself up and carried on with life no matter what kind of challenge or loss she suffered. She was often referred to as “Polly Perfect” by friends and relatives. Her hair was always done. Her makeup was always perfect. Her clothes were always pressed. Her house was always spotless. Her days were always mapped out. Polly never took any medications, something that she was very proud of! She took very good care of herself and took walks regularly for most of her life. She believed in having a positive attitude. She always got the job done! She had a wonderful sense of humor and we all enjoyed laughing with her. We will all miss her and her wonderful laugh.
Polly passed the morning of January 3rd, 2020. She is survived by her daughters Wanda Bull and Sandy Church (Donald). Step-Children Christine Lesti (Mark), Terry Lundquist, Julianne Lundquist, and James Lundquist. Grandchildren Stacy Guck (Ray), Jerry Bull, Carey Shirley (Eric), Jennifer Veveiros (Steve), Dustin Lyons, Jeremy Jones (Stephanie), and Andrew Church (Amanda), and her many great-grandchildren. The family will hold a memorial at Tulocay on January 14th at 11am.
Harold Wesley Bunnell, aged 96, passed away on January 2, 2020 in Napa, California.
Hal was a third generation Californian, born in Bakersfield on March 5, 1923. He grew up during the Great Depression and graduated in 1942 from high school in LA—just in time to be drafted into the US Army for service in World War II.
He married Charlotte, his childhood sweetheart, on September 19, 1943 when he was on furlough from training before being shipped abroad to participate in the Normandy Invasion (landing on Omaha Beach), The Battle of the Bulge and other operations in the European theater. When asked about his service, Hal repeatedly made it clear that he, like all his comrades, just wanted to do their duty and get home alive.
Back in California, Hal and Charlotte had three sons. Hal worked his way up from laborer to electrician and finally retired as Area Facilities Director for the LA Unified School District before retiring to Napa.
Harold was the epitome of the devoted, loyal, hardworking husband and family man. He was a man of simple tastes and a deeply committed Christian. His faith was evidenced by his high moral character and his virtuous life. Late in life he was always smiling, always humble, continually amazed by the good fortune of the life he had lived and how deeply he had been blessed. In his final years his philosophy was a sort of amazed, joyous stoicism.
He was clever, modest, and curious. He could fix almost anything. He loved sailing, gardening and all aspects of nature.
Hal is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 76 years, Charlotte Alberta Bunnell (Morris). He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn Bunnell of Idyllwild, CA, his three sons, (Mr. John Wesley Bunnell of Fountain Valley, CA (Peggy), Rev Charles Steven Bunnell (Elizabeth) of Chatsworth, CA, and Daniel Harold Bunnell MD (Catherine) of Napa, CA), eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
A service to celebrate Hal’s life will be held on Friday, January 10 at 11 am at Tulocay Cemetery Chapel, 411 Coombsville Road, Napa, CA 94559. A reception will follow in the Tulocay Reception Center.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Harold’s honor to the church or charity of your choice.
Rochelle “Ro” Kay Goetz (Fitch) passed away on December 30, 2019 in Vallejo, California at the age of 65.
Rochelle was born on August 14, 1954 in Napa, California. She graduated High School and was a housekeeper for 30+ years. Her previous jobs included Robert's Nursing Home and the Queen of the Valley. She married Steve Goetz on April 25 of 2005.
Rochelle's hobbies included bingo, collecting angels and the colors red, white and blue.
Rochelle is survived by her husband, Steve Goetz; sisters, Randi Fisher, CeCe Mitchell and Laura Ogletree (Bill); brother, Rod Fitch (Jacquie); sister-in-law, Letitia “Tish” Fitch; and nieces, nephews, step-sons and her cat, Scooter. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Dorothy Fitch; sister, Vivian; and brother, James Fitch.
A funeral is scheduled for January 11th at 10:30 am at Tulocay Funeral Home.