Melissa Denisoff, 41, a resident of Poughquag, died on January 23, 2020 at home.
Born on April 25, 1978 in Hayward, CA, Melissa was the daughter of Clifford and Linda (Engelbrecht) Victorino. On June 27, 2015 in Calistoga, CA, Melissa married the love of her life, Daniel Denisoff.
The center of Melissa’s world was ballroom dancing and her fur babies. She danced at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Brewster and her friends from the dance studio were her life. She loved to travel the world – she especially loved her trip to Africa.
In addition to her husband at home and her parents in CA, Melissa is survived by her stepdaughter, Haley Denisoff of New York City; her sister, Eileen Kaplan of Vacaville, CA; her niece and nephews, Jessica, Justin and Tyler; and her pride and joy, her dogs, Gus and Bruno.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 4-7pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A funeral service will be held at 6:45pm.
James Arnold Maggetti passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on Sunday, January 5, 2020 in Napa at the age of 95.
Jim was born on September 15, 1924 to Joseph and Marion Maggetti. Jim was the second generation to be born in the Napa Valley; his grandfather having immigrated from Switzerland to the valley in the late 1800’s. As a child, Jim attended John L. Sheer Elementary school. He then went on to graduate from Napa High in 1942. Jim began his studies in Business Administration at the University of California Berkeley but was interrupted with the outbreak of WWII.
In 1943, Jim joined the 94th Infantry Division of the United States Army serving under General S. Patton. Jim fought in one of the war’s most decisive battles, the Battle of the Bulge, eventually being awarded a Silver Star, the Army’s third highest honor.
After returning from the war in 1946, Jim resumed his studies at Cal, received his degree in Business Administration, and went to work for the Basalt Ship Yard in Napa. In 1948, through mutual friends, Jim met his future wife, Barbara Natzel. After working for Basalt for a couple of years, he decided to return to Cal to earn a degree in Industrial Engineering. On September 16, 1951 he and Barbara were married and established their home in the Napa Valley where they went on to raise their three children. Jim returned to Basalt which was acquired by Kaiser Steel shortly after. He worked his way up the ladder becoming the manager of the fabricating plant in Napa. In 1959, Jim was selected to attend Stanford University in the Stanford Sloan Program; a program designed for employees who were ear marked for executive positions. At some point thereafter, Jim was promoted to Vice President of the Fabricated Products Division for Kaiser Steel working out of the Oakland offices. He commuted to the office in Oakland because he and Barbara loved their home and community in Napa. In addition to Napa, Jim and Barbara spent many happy times with family and friends at their second home at Lake Tahoe.
In 1971, Jim and several other prominent men in Napa founded Napa Valley Bank. Prior to this time, Napa had not had a local bank. The bank was an immediate success and in 1984, Jim served as Chairman of the Board for Napa Valley Bank. Eventually, the bank was acquired by Westamerica Bancorporation and Jim remained on the board. He also served on the boards of Oregon Steel, Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation, and Napa Valley Opera House.
After Jim’s retirement, he and Barbara traveled extensively and enjoyed spending time at their additional home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Jim is survived by his three children, Martha Gabrielli (Earl), Marianne Elam (Gary) and David Maggetti (Ruthie); grandchildren Kailie, Drue, Tim and Greg; and greatgrandchildren Luke, Elle, and Emerie.
Friends are invited to a memorial service on February 10, at 11:00 am in the chapel at Tulocay Funeral Home.
Gifts in memory of Jim may be made to the Queen of the Valley Foundation, 1000 Trancas Street, Napa, CA, 94558 and Continuum Hospice Care, 5401 Old Redwood Hwy, Ste 110, Petaluma, CA 94954. Memories and words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at tulocaycemetery.org.
“Preesh” v. an abbreviated sometimes exclamatory form of appreciate or I appreciate it or the like…Chris Kennedy lived his life “live” and in stereo, he shared his “preesh” to all those around him. Music fed his soul, as well as literature, family, friends, baseball, especially the simple pleasures like Taco Tuesday. His passing was unexpected, falling ill while in Tahoe watching playoff football with friends, one of his favorite pastimes. First off, he was so cool he went by his initials, CK or even better Mister Lucky, names that he wore so well. CK was born in Evanston, Wyoming, he lived in Washington, Colorado and the Bay Area. He moved to Napa, his mother’s hometown in 1978, attending Vintage High School, Napa Valley College and San Francisco State, graduating with a journalism degree, CK was a talented writer and artist.
CK was shaped so much by growing up in the bay area, he really loved this part of the world and spoke often about how lucky he felt to live here, head to San Francisco or Tahoe for a night. CK loved the landscape, people, along with the food and wine culture of Napa Valley. He never missed an opening day of the Giants and followed local sports fanatically. His deep love of music is something he shared with so many around him. It started young for him and by high school he was making coveted mixed tapes, this evolved to playlists, he would share via text. Often it would be names of a new band or song play lists artfully drawn on the back of a coaster from Bouchon, passed to friends, patrons. So many concerts, most likely hundreds, from Jazz, to Rock, to hip hop he loved it all. Starting with the “how to travel” part of the concert, the coming and going was full of adventure, dive bars, local taco shops and small venues, ending with coveted set list in his hand to take home. Music was his muse.
CK landed at Bouchon and that is where he felt at home, met his wife, made lifelong friends and impacted so many people from near and far. He was cherished as a team member, friends with locals and visitors alike- you knew his shift and chose to dine there at the bar because he was there, sharing a story, music recommendation or sports chat.
Chef Thomas Keller put it this way in his Bouchon Bistro Instagram 1/9/20
“Chris Kennedy was part of Bouchon’s origin story, working with us since the day we opened in 1998. His bright smile, calming demeanor, team spirit, and work ethic became part of the fabric of our restaurant and the town of Yountville. Locals and loyal guests from all over the world treated the Bouchon bar as their “Cheers” with “CK” as their Sam Malone. He always knew your name, your drink, and certainly had a love of baseball….“CK” was the kind of team member who “showed up” – whether it be volunteering on Thanksgiving to serve Veterans, arriving early to set up Bastille Day, or simply checking in on colleagues whom he treated as friends”
His family, friends and colleagues will miss the countless text messages, book recommendations, play lists he so often shared. There was a special sparkle in his eye followed by a devilish grin, a witty comment, CK liked to keep you guessing. Survived by his loving four-legged companion Jonesy, a massively impressive vinyl collection and hundreds of adoring friends, colleagues, patrons and a very large and loving family.
CK was pre-deceased by his father Owen Kennedy and his stepfather Zale Freed., his grandmother Sarah Furlow and grandparents Rex and Veoma Bridges. He is survived by his mother Nancy Kennedy (Lynn Scott), his sister Kimberly Kennedy, stepmother Irene Kennedy, and ex-wife Wendy Kennedy. Half-sisters include Kathy Cluny (Rick), Karen Johnson (Dan) and Kristine Trout (John), Stepbrothers and Sisters include: Michael Jones (Jodi), Aaron Scott (Jenny) , Luke Scott (Jennifer), Seth Scott (Shannon), Leslie Freed (Tony), Michael Freed (Shari), Karen Solar (Phil), El Cleveland (Chuck), Michele Sprague (Gary).
A Celebration of Life is being held Sunday January 26th from 3:00pm—6:00pm at the Heritage Room in the Yountville Community Center. RSVP can be made to the Facebook event called Celebrating CK. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Napa County animal shelter or better yet adopt an animal.
CK made such an impression in the lives of those who knew him, meet him and worked with him. Turn up the radio, text a loved one, read a good book, enjoy the simple pleasures of life and remember to “preesh” it all—CK would “preesh” that from you.
On Saturday December 28, 2019 Patricia Ann Hill (Aguiar) peacefully left this Earth. She was the mother of four children, Craig, Alisa, Jeffrey and Ryan , wife Paula. Grandmother to Alison Barstad, Lauren and husband Don Caldwell, Jessica Hill, Lanie and husband Robert Oliveto, Kalie Hill, Jeffrey Hill, Madeline Hill. Great grandchildren Remington, Donnell, Olivia and London.
Patti, as most everyone called her, was born in Los Gatos CA and moved to Vallejo as a child with her parents Alice and Anthony Aguilar, both of whom are deceased. She was very proud of her Portuguese heritage and was always willing to chat about it. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, entertaining and her many lifelong friends. She graduated from Vallejo High in 1958. Patti spent most of her working years as a legal secretary eventually retiring from the Napa Police Department.
A Catholic mass and reception will be held on February 1, 2020 at 11am which would have been her 80th birthday. Please join us at St Basil’s Catholic Church 1339 Tuolumne Street Vallejo. Charitable contributions in Patti’s name can be made to the SPCA.
Stanley E. Ware, Sr. passed away peacefully on January 16, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. He was 78.
Stan grew up in the Monterey area and worked as a hardware salesman in Northern California for over 40 years. He was a true salesman and accumulated over one million miles “on the road”. He enjoyed everyone -no matter who they were. Treated all his accounts as family.
Stan and Mary lived and raised their four children in the Napa Valley. He was very active in the Napa Moose and served as President for two terms. His favorite hobby was playing golf with his friends until his health caught up with him.,
Stan is survived by his wife Mary of 58 years, his daughter Patti (Greg) Long, Stanley, Jr.(Lisa), Debbie Ware and Brenda Ware. Loved by his grandchildren: Tommy Long, Jordan Long, Cody Ware, Michaela Ware, Taylor Hill, Garrett Hoover and Brianna Hoover, His Great Grandchildren: Austin Long and Sawyer Long.
He will be missed by his family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
Gary passed away peacefully in the night after an extended illness. Gary was Mr. outgoing and had more friends than anyone could count. He was a very talented mechanic and could fix just about anything. His first job was working as a checker at Safeway which was a good fit as he could chat with people going through line. But he wanted to use his talents in other ways. He decided to become a commercial refrigeration mechanic. In this job he built grocery store refrigeration from the ground up or repaired all the equipment in the machine rooms. He was well respected by all the grocery store managers as he always could fix any problem.
Gary is survived by his wife Janice, daughter Stephanie Beard, grandchildren Dylan and Devan Beard, brother Mike Kranz (Janice) and sister Teri Bordeau.
He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at noon at the Elks Lodge, 2840 Soscol Ave Napa.
Raymond Anthony Schrutz, 73, died in Napa after prolonged illness, on December 20, 2019. He was born June 6, 1946 to Earl Staack and Eulalie Kempf in Oakland, California.
Ray was known by many in the Napa Valley, as a revered teacher, a hot rod fanatic, a mountain biking enthusiast, a builder/renovator of houses, an award winning artist (sculpture) and a writer. He was a man of many talents, who experienced life head on with a big heart, a ready smile and a great sense of humor.
Ray spent most of his youth in Fairfax, Ca with his mother and grandmother. There, in the Marin hills, he first experienced mountain biking, which he later picked up at age 40, fearlessly flying down the hills at Skyline Park.
When he was 20, Ray married his high school sweetheart, Jill Nelson. After graduating from Chico State University in 1972 with a degree in Geography, Ray completed his California Teaching Credential in 1973. Six years later, their daughter, Sally was born. Ray loved being a dad, and his teaching responsibilities allowed him to spend more time at home with Sally.
The Teacher: Ray taught elementary, middle and high school in the Napa Valley Unified School District for 38 years. But he will best be remembered for his 20 years at Temescal, where “Schrutz” taught shop, focusing on at risk kids, many of whom now work in the construction or auto industries.
The Car Guy: Ray loved old cars but none more than his customized 1938 Plymouth. He was passionate about collecting old cars and restoring them. He frequented car shows and rarely missed the annual Father’s Day show in Yountville.
The Sculptor: Ray focused on large steel ‘one event’ pieces. He enjoyed entering the Napa Fair Art Shows, and always brought home a ribbon. However, his first piece to sell from a gallery in Napa, was a pop piece: steel and paper, sporting a well known 1930’s comic character in the driver seat of a vintage car—iconic and humorous, very much like the artist.
In 2004, Ray married Hunter Hollingsworth and began their relationship by renovating her home in Browns Valley. Ray could build anything and proved it once again by transforming the plain 1960’s tract house into a beautiful modern home. For many years, Ray was a loving and generous husband.
He will be missed by his many students, colleagues, friends, and family, especially his only daughter, Sally.
Ray was predeceased by his parents and his step-father Jerry Schrutz. He is survived by his daughter, Sally Starr Schrutz, his former wives Jill Schrutz and Hunter Hollingsworth, and his favorite cat, Tess.
Ray Schrutz memorial service will be held Saturday, February 1, 1:00pm at First Presbyterian Church, 1333 Third Street, Napa, Ca.
Gail Marie Adams, age 70, was born June 18, 1949 in Centerville, IA, and left this earth on January 15, 2020 in Vallejo, CA. She was the daughter of Francis and June Harvey Adams who predeceased her.
Gail grew up in Napa Valley, graduated from Napa High School in 1967, and received her AA degree from Napa Junior College in 1969. While living in Napa, Gail entered many baked goods in the Napa Town and Country Fair, the Solano County Fair, and the California State Fair. She was an avid needleworker who specialized in and taught unique embroidery, including various cutouts, blackwork, and nyzynka embroidery. Gail was never far from her “purse projects” and a good book.
She moved to Las Vegas with her mother in 1996 where she attended UNLV and received her bachelors degree.
Gail is survived by her brother Larry (Mary Ann) of Paulding, OH, niece Laurel (Daniel) of Antwerp, OH and nephew Daniel Adams of Oakland, CA, along with her great nieces Alexandra and Dania Lehman.
Gail will be laid to rest at Canfield Cemetery in Ivy, Iowa.
Robert Garcia who was lovingly known to his family as “Bobby”, passed away just five days before his 82nd birthday. He is survived by his two daughters; Cristina Garcia Parks and Lourdes Xóchitl Garcia-Caravantes, and his two grand children; Susan Elizabeth Parks and Carlos Enrique Caravantes.
He lived Napa for over thirty years and served on many community boards and organizations. He was best known for his extensive work the Napa County Hispanic Network (co-founder and past president); also, countless hours of work the the Napa County Democrats and “The Three Tenors” scholarship benefit concerts held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
He retired and moved to Mexico in 2001, where he enjoyed warm weather and good food.
He was laid to rest on his birthday January 6, 2020 in Mérida, Yucatán at “Our Lady of Lebanon Church”. He will be greatly missed by family and friends in both the U.S. and México.
Carol H. Lema loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and lifelong friend passed away peacefully January 15, 2020 after a brief illness from Pancreatic Cancer.
Born and raised in Oakland California, daughter of Hilmar and Hazel Hultberg; she was an Art Major at San Jose State, 1951 Theta Chi’s Dream Girl, member of Kappa Alta Theta, past President of Napa—Solano Panhellenic Society, owner of Napa Aquathentics, active in her community, and a garden enthusiast.
She is preceded in death by her father Hilmar, her mother Hazel and her son Kenyth “Rusty” Hall. She is survived by her husband of 51 years Walter Lema, daughters Pamyla Means and Mindy Hall, grandchildren Shane Means (Jill) and Shelby Means (Chad DeLaca), great grandchildren Max and Ryan Means, Rylee, Nolan and Koa Means and forever son-in-law Dave Means.
Hers was a life well lived and loved. With Walt by her side she traveled the world, enjoyed the water, golf, bocce ball, cards and lunches with “the girls”, Taco Tuesday’s, and yearly reunions with lifelong friends. She and Walt were always ready to organize a bit of fun with friends and never stopped holding hands. When asked what she wanted after receiving her diagnosis, she replied “Nothing, I have done it all!”
e honor her wishes for direct cremation with no service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Collabria/Hospice Care of Napa and the American Cancer Society. Special thanks to the staff at Aegis Community Living and Collabria/Hospice Care who helped in so many ways to provide dignity, grace and so much compassion for our family’s journey. We are so grateful for your care and support. A very special thank you to Granddaughter Shelby who managed the myriad of care services for her with love and grace.
Happy travels Mom/Gigi... we love you and the life you built for us ~