Mary Catherine Johnson Resendez- unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on Thursday August 8, 2019. Cathy was Born in Ajo, Arizona July 14, 1954 to her parents Glen & Joyce Johnson. Husband David Joseph Resendez, daughters Shannon Renee Resendez and Kelley Lorraine Pacas, Siblings Glen Johnson Jr., Michael Johnson, David Johnson, and Brenda Gay Resendez. Son-in-law Victor Pacas. Grandchildren Michael McGraw, Matthew McGraw, Myles McGraw, Alicia Cervantes, Andrew Resendez Ochoa, Aaron Resendez, Ysidro Resendez Zavala, Breana Pacas, Brendan Pacas, Amanda Bennett. Great Grandchildren Montana McGraw, Mason McGraw, Madilyn Bennett, Mychel McGraw, Analisa Cervantes, Alyiah Cervantes, Ramon Munoz. Rachel, Tom, Numerous Brother-in-Laws, Sister-in-Laws, Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.
Cathy went to Shearer Elementary School, Ridgeview Junior High and received her GED. Cathy married David on September 2, 1969. Cathy worked for West Side Pizza, she worked as a teachers aide and also drove school bus. Cathy had 2 daughters who were the love of her life. Cathy was a devoted mother, wife and grandma. Cathy had a beautiful laugh and smile. Cathy just celebrated her 65th birthday with her family. Cathy will truly be missed many.
Viewing will be at Tulocay on the 28th of August 4:00-8:00 PM on August 29 Viewing will be from 9:00-11:00 AM Funeral Service will be 11:00-12:00 PM, Burial Site will be from 12:00-1:00 PM and 1:00-4:00 PM will be the reception.
We would like to invite everyone to come to the reception after the services and bring a favorite dish or dessert to share for the pot luck.
Donald King Montez, 94, passed away peacefully on July 2nd, 2019 in St. Helena, CA after a short illness. Donald Montez was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1925. At a young age he moved to Iowa with his mother and stepfather. He attended Franklin High School, graduating in 1943. After High School he worked as a Window Designer for Marshall Fields in Chicago, IL. He spent two years in the Navy prior to graduating from Antioch College in Ohio with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. Upon graduating, he joined Kaiser Engineers, headquartered in Oakland, CA, where he spent his entire professional career.
Donald traveled throughout the world for Kaiser Engineers, including Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Canada and Diego Garcia Islands in the Indian Ocean. He was a talented, successful engineer, known for being extremely professional and getting the job done with ease.
He married Toni and had two children, Kim and Michelle, whom have both passed. Donald and Toni divorced and then Donald found Mary when they both worked at Kaiser Engineers. They married July 14th,1973, having a long and happy marriage for 44 years. They moved to Calistoga where they enjoyed their time together in their art studios spending hours on their masterpieces. Donald, from the years, 1981-1990 was a volunteer fireman with the Mountain Fire department when first moving to Calistoga. He then joined the City Council Planning Commission in Calistoga.
Throughout the years 2000-2004 he was recognized for his outstanding contributions. He enjoyed many things including his time working on European cars, like his red Austin Healey.
Donald enjoyed all kinds of music, especially jazz with this favorite, Charlie Hayden. A voracious reader, he read every issue of New Yorker magazine cover to cover! Donald was a talented, highly regarded painter, always perfecting his craft by attending art classes at the Calistoga Art Center and at Up Valley Campus, Napa Valley College. Nobody wore a vest, jacket, and tie with the assurance and class to equal Donald. A true gent, interested and interesting, he loved Calistoga and the Napa Valley. He will be remembered and missed by many.
Preceded in death by his daughter and son, he is survived by his loving wife, Mary Burke Montez, stepdaughter, Jennifer Adams Bunkers and six grandchildren; Taylor, Haley, Freddy, Georgia, Piper and Rowan Bunkers. We will be having a Celebration of Life; Potluck Picnic for Donald at Pioneer Park in Calistoga, on Sept 8, 2019 from 12-2:00. Please come and share your memories.
Martha Stutzman passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on this beautiful summer day of August 12, 2019.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband John Henry Stutzman on August 6th 2009. Martha was born in Vallejo in 1921 to Claud M Ellis and Bessie Wolf Ellis. Her relatives were pioneers settling in Vallejo as early as 1886. She had fond memories growing up in Vallejo and enjoyed visiting her father’s, Ellis Dairy and Creamery, which was located near the school and frequented by her friends where they enjoyed delicious milk shakes after school. One of her very exciting days was a trip piloted by her Dad in his BiPlane at age 8. (Her mom found out after the flight) oops! This may have incited a degree of exploration, travel and adventure, which would follow her throughout her life.
Perhaps her most favorite memory of growing up in Vallejo was meeting our father in the high school marching band, where she played the piccolo and our father played the clarinet and tenor sax. They had a lifelong appreciation of music and enjoyed singing in the church choir under the direction of Norman Skeels and Travis Rogers. Support for the Napa Valley Symphony and Chamber Music of Napa was important to them as they promoted and helped to sell season tickets. They also enjoyed attending Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for a series of classical concerts, which became for them a way to experience the music, which plays an enriching part in all of our lives.
On June 29th 1941, our parents married at Vallejo First Baptist Church and remained married for 68 years. In 1950 they moved to Napa and built their first Photography Studio which they operated alone for the first couple of years. Martha did bookkeeping, printing, photography, and managed the business. On many weekends during the summer, they would photograph weddings. They enjoyed working and being a part of many celebrations of joy. The Photography Center specialized in portrait, wedding, baby, commercial, aerial and landscape photography. They were proud to have the first one-hour color processor in Napa. All of their children worked in their business and Joan Wayne continued until they sold the business in 1998.
They designed and had their home built in 1960 on a foothill in west Napa with views to the east of Napa. Our family enjoyed hosting summer gatherings around the pool. The family’s main sport was boating and waterskiing. On Wednesdays during the summer, we took a day off and headed up to Lake Berryessa for a day of skiing, swimming, and picnicking. Waterski days always included my mom’s famous potato salad and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. We learned to ski from a young age, this included friends, cousins, and anyone else willing to give it a try. We spent a week or two in the summer at Trinity, Shasta, Donner or Sly Park with friends and family for a memorable camping and skiing vacation.
Our mom was a member of the Eastern Star Gateway Chapter #3 for 79 years. Our parents were also members of the Napa Biographical and Genealogical Societies.
From a young age Martha was raised in a loving home that believed faith in God is important and that our lives should be a reflection of his love and glory. The American Baptist Missionaries serve in over 20 countries showing love to millions by providing, healthcare, food and education to some of the most under served parts of the world. This opportunity to give to missions and the mandate to go into all of the world to share God’s love was promoted by our mom on a local, as well as a regional level.
Martha was predeceased by her brother Robert William Ellis in 1926 and her sister Edna Claudine Ellis in 2003. She is survived by her sister Helen Ellis Freeland of Loomis and Dr. Harlan Ellis of Visalia. Also her 2 sons Jack and Dave Stutzman and her 3 daughters and son’s in law, Joan and Bill Wayne, Laura and Doug Smith, Jean and Steve Hebenstreit, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Martha was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends. The family wishes to express their appreciation of care from Dr. Heather Paciotti from Kaiser, Nancy Trego PA Kaiser, Kaiser Hospice, The Meadows staff of dedicated, hard working, and caring nurses and all auxiliary care givers. Memorial gifts in Martha’s honor may be made to Missions c/o Crosswalk Church of Napa 2590 First Street, Napa, CA 94558. A service to celebrate her life will be held here at Crosswalk Church on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at 11:00 am.
Marge Kirwan Smith died on August 1, 2019 at the age of 93. She is survived by her four sons: David Smith (Andrea Lappen), Doug Smith, Jim Smith (Lorinda Smith), and Jeff Smith (Carolyn Duryea Smith); her daughter, Kathryn, predeceased her in 2016. Marge leaves behind eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Marge was a native Californian, born (and raised) in Taft, near Bakersfield, in 1925. In her family of origin she was the youngest of 3 children, with a brother and a sister. Marge attended UC Berkeley in the 1940s, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English. She taught grade school until her marriage to Edward (Ned) Smith in 1949. Thereafter, she was primarily a homemaker, raising her five children as the family moved from Orinda to St. Helena (1965). She lived in the Napa Valley until her passing.
Marge and her husband, Ned, who passed in 1990, built The Wine Country Inn on Lodi Lane in St. Helena in 1975; it was only the second such bed and breakfast in Northern California at that time. Their son, Jim, managed the Inn until it changed hands two years ago.
Marge was an intellectual; she loved reading and keeping up on current world affairs. She was a member of the American Association for University Women and the World Affairs Council. As an active advocate for world peace, she was selected to be a member of the first delegation of American women to visit the Soviet Union's organization of women, helping to promote the thaw of the Cold War and the early stages of Glasnost. She was also active in many progressive social causes, including financial support for local low cost housing at Lugo Park.
Marge returned to teaching for several years after her children were launched, working in Special Education.
Marge was an accomplished painter, favoring landscapes. She also made beautiful quilts. A number of her paintings and quilts graced the rooms of The Wine Country Inn. Marge had a lovely flower garden; she enjoyed her women's garden club, and had many friends in the community.
Marie Antoinette Somky was born in Salinas, California on January 6, 1926 to Theodore and Mary Somky. She passed away on August 6, 2019 in Napa.
Her family moved from Salinas to Napa where Marie helped her father with the operation of their ranch.
A mass will be held at 10:00am on Friday, August 16 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Napa. She will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma. Memories and notes of sympathy may be shared at claffeyandrota.com.
Cheers to you Mom! We find it so hard to believe that you have been gone for two years. Our world is not as bright or joyful without you, and certainly way less fun! We miss you more each day. All of our love to you today and always.
Doris Ann Alley passed away peacefully in her home on August 9th 2019 with her family by her side. She was 88 years young. Doris was born/raised in Indianapolis Indiana to Arsula and Elmer Maddox on May 21, 1931. She was the oldest child with two younger brothers, Charles and Ronald Maddox.
Doris married Robert R. Alley on Sept, 16, 1949 and moved to Napa in 1950. Over the next 9 years the couple welcomed four children into their home. Mark Alley, Susan Rogers (Richard) Jill Altman (Philip) and Kim Alley.
Doris was preceded in death by her husband Robert, daughter Kim, brother Ronald and one great grandson. She is survived by her 3 children, 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held on August 16, 2019 @ 6:00 pm at Crosswalk Church, 2590 First St Napa CA. All are welcome to attend. The family would like to thank Collabria Hospice Care of Napa for their wonderful care.
Shane was born on March 22, 1969 in Vallejo, Ca to Sally Ogletree and Theodore DeWilde. Shane had an avid love for motorcycles since he was a young boy and there was never a time in his life he didn’t own a few motorcycles for pleasure rides or tinkering. His son Jake was born in 1991 and he bought him his first bike before the birth. His daughter Vanessa “Ness” was born in 1992 and was “his girl”. Shane worked in law enforcement and served as a Marine Corps Reservist. He also had a love and knowledge for computers and had a career in computers when he met and married his wife Teresa in 2000. Shane loved his many tattoos and each one had a special meaning behind it. He enjoyed several cruises with his wife and spending time on long bike rides, he loved to cook and collect cookbooks and discuss recipes. He claimed the name POP’z proudly when his grandson Bryson was born and that was the name he claimed from that day forward.
Shane was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, and a brother. He is survived by his, mother Sally Ogletree, wife Teresa , his two children, Jake and Vanessa, his sister Shiloh Fehring, brother Kris Fahrion, brother Mike DeWilde, Grandsons Bryson and Brody Wright and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Shane would love if people donated to The Wounded Warriors Project or to The Semper Fi Fund.
Celebration of his life will be held at the Lions Hall 101 May Clarksdale, Mo. 64430 on Aug. 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Thomas Powers, age 70, of Napa passed away surrounded by his loving family August 6, 2019. Born March 9,1949 in San Diego to Marcia and John with siblings Jack and Audrey, he attended St. Augustine High School and got a B.A. at UC San Diego in 1973.
Thomas was a father, Little League Coach, Napa Sunrise Rotary Charter Member, Teacher, Principal, State of California retiree: California Conservation Corps, Department of Justice, California Attorney General’s Office, Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Department of Mental Health, CalPERS, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, and California Parole Board.
He loved to run marathons every year and watch Giants’ baseball, 49ers’ football, and Warriors’ basketball. Thomas loved travel, music, helping others, family time, and is survived by his four sons: Matthew, Bryan, Patrick, and Colin.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019, 2:00pm, at Hillside Christian Church, 100 Anderson Rd, Napa, CA. In lieu of flowers, the Powers family asks you to donate to the Substance Use Disorder Program at the non-profit Aldea Behavioral Health Services at Wolfe Center where Thomas served as the executive director between 2006-07. Donation Link: www.aldeainc.org/donate
Jean Thompson of Carson City, NV, formerly of Napa, CA passed away surrounded by loved ones. Jean was not afraid of dying because she knew she would be spending eternity in heaven with her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jean was born in England to Charles and Gladys Goddard, the oldest of seven children. She married John Thompson, a USAF Officer, in Vallejo on her twentieth birthday.
Jean is survived by her son David (Charlene) of Napa, daughters Karen Ortwig (Sam) of Cannon Beach, OR, Lisa Wicker (Ron) of Angwin, CA, five grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, and one sibling.
Services for Jean will be held on August 17, 1:30 pm at Grace Community Church, 2320 Heybourne Rd. Minden, NV.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Life Choices Pregnancy Clinic, 1201 N. Stewart St. #110, Carson City, NV 89701, or City of Refuge 952 Qadosh Rd. Gardnerville, NV 89410.