ANGWIN (Napa Valley), Calif. – The residents and staff of Linda Falls Guest Home, a family-owned and operated assisted living home overlooking the Napa Valley, regret the passing of Barbara Archey, the home’s longest member at 102. Barbara’s infectious smile, sharp wit and charm will be missed.
Born in Irvington, New Jersey, on August 25, 1917, Barbara was an advertising, publishing, and marketing professional with many years devoted to hospitality and travel planning. After her official career ended nearly 35 years ago, Barbara became a much sought-after volunteer for the City of Long Beach, California. Her passion was teaching children about renewable energy, water conservation, recycling and the mysteries of aquatic life off the coast of Southern California. In 2003 Barbara was awarded the prestigious Mary Mulvey Award by the City of Long Beach for outstanding volunteer service to her community.
In May of 2014 Barbara relocated from Long Beach to Linda Falls, a hillside community in the heart of the Napa Valley.
Barbara was proud to be part of a nation-wide collective of over 70,000 elders who are 100-years and older. This group represents the fastest growing segment of the US population.
From all of us at Linda Falls Guest Home and your Napa Valley friends – We send our love and admiration.
For more information about Linda Falls Guest Home and the care options they provide, contact Norbert Sacro at 707-963-1440.
Patricia Ann Sutton Sward’s family is hosting a Celebration of Life at the Napa Elks Lodge at 2840 Soscol Ave, Napa, CA 94558, on March 1, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pat was pre-deceased by her husband Dr. Roger Sward and brother Tony Sutton. She is survived by her loving family, sons, Mack, Tom and Eric Secrest, step-daughters & spouses Patty Sward and Frank Malczewski, Kate (Sward) and David McElfresh, and Jen Sward and Lars Hommel, and her granddaughters Olivia and Savanna Secrest and Johanna and Laura McElfresh, and Tony’s wife Linda Sutton, children Cindy, Drew, Patty, and Teresa, and grandchildren.
John Langan Merchant was an adventurous, loving Renaissance man. A creative force with boundless energy and a wonderfully dry sense of humor, he had a generous spirit that touched all who knew him.
His extraordinary life began on March 10, 1944 in Sacramento and ended on January 14, 2020 in San Francisco. In his 75 eventful years, John’s path included serving in the Vietnam War, where he earned a Purple Heart; becoming a husband, father and grandfather; and co-creating Indian Springs, one of the most iconic resorts in the Napa Valley.
John, along with his three sisters, spent his formative years in Yakima, Washington. He made lifelong friends there and briefly joined the Jesuit seminary after high school. Becoming a Jesuit brother, however, was not in the cards, and seeking adventure, John joined the military. He served honorably as an intelligence officer in Vietnam before suffering severe injuries from a grenade explosion.
In San Francisco, John recovered at Letterman Hospital before completing the remaining months of his service commitment. He then obtained a degree in biology at USF, with the hope of becoming a doctor. Pursuing this goal, he attended medical school in Liege, Belgium. Returning to San Francisco, John supported himself as an ambulance driver. It was during this time that a friend encouraged him to invest in real estate. Borrowing a small amount of money from his mother, he purchased his first property. From that point on, one of his ongoing passions was real estate investment.
It was also in San Francisco that John met his future wife, Patricia, a kindred spirit (and a spirited match). Together, they created a rich, experiential life for their family. John loved being a father and raised his three children in his own eclectic way. Erin, Ryan and Danny were at the center of his life and a part of countless adventures, including round-the-world trips, living abroad in Spain and France, African safaris, and yearly scuba diving trips to Mexico. John was proud of each of them and reveled in their accomplishments and successes. In turn, how John lived his life to the fullest while providing for his family set a lasting, invaluable example for his children.
John continued to grow his real estate investment business before discovering a gem in Calistoga. When an historic but somewhat distressed resort property came up for sale, he fearlessly purchased it. Over many years, John’s energy and vision helped transform the property into the Indian Springs of today. The resort was also an emotional investment for John; he never tired of seeing and hearing how much people enjoyed being there.
In addition to his business acumen, John had a constant desire to create beauty around him. It was an important element in his business projects and a key interest personally. With a great appreciation of art, John’s adventures took him to many of the world’s major museums and galleries. Not content to be a passive “consumer,” John drew and painted after taking classes in Paris and the Bay Area. He championed local artists and collected a variety of artwork.
John had a curious mind and a continual need to seek out new experiences and share them with family and friends. He dreamed big and his enthusiasm for life and ideas encouraged others to do the same. John believed strongly in the benefits of real estate investment, always encouraging others to try their hand at it. As many of his friends have said, it was one of John’s ongoing themes, and he frequently handed out books on the subject to friends and strangers alike. Motivated by a desire to lift others up, he generously offered a helping hand whenever needed.
With his zest for life, John was the focal point of many indelible memories and amusing stories. He could rap on nearly any subject—and did so often. He explored local farmers markets, the flea markets of Paris, and much of New York City with equal enthusiasm. An independent thinker, John read constantly on a wide range of topics. He savored a good steak or a plateau de fruits de mer, as well as the occasional after-dinner cigar. John valued his diverse, extensive circle of friends, many of whom he had known for decades. Although he enjoyed a crowd, he loved having one-on-one conversations, always deeply interested in other people’s lives.
John leaves his beloved wife and partner, Pat Merchant, his daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Tom Furtney, his son Ryan Merchant, and his son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Jackie Merchant. He also leaves his adored grandchildren: Fiona, Ford, Audrey and John Ryan Furtney, and Oliver Merchant. John leaves his sister, Judy Neid, her family, and the families of his two other sisters, Mary and Peggy.
John’s family has been touched by the many heartfelt messages they have received and would like to thank everyone who has reached out to them.
A celebration of John’s life is planned for February 15 at 1:00 p.m. at Indian Springs, Calistoga.
Assisted by Monte’s Chapel of the Hills, San Anselmo, CA.
Leigh Ellen (Carter) Halvorsen was born November 10, 1949 in Los Angeles, California and passed away peacefully on February 2, 2020 at her Ranch in Ukiah, CA. From her days spending time with her “Grandpa at the Mine” to her own Ranch, she absolutely loved the rustic outdoors.
As a young child, her family moved to the small town of French Gulch, CA just Northwest of Redding. The town was comprised of a General Store and a one room school house. In 1957, the family moved to Napa, CA when her father, John, accepted a teaching position with the Vallejo School District. When school was out for the Summer, Leigh would return to French Gulch visiting her “Grandpa Carter”. She loved his off the grid rustic cabin, the Washington Mine, Mill and property.
Leigh attended Napa schools, graduating from Napa High School in 1967. She continued her education, graduating from Napa Junior College in 1969, San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1970 and with a Secondary Teaching Credential in 1971. In 1979, she attended and graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a Masters of Business Administration.
While in college, she met and married Ronald Halvorsen in 1970. Ron later passed away in 1981. Leigh moved to Santa Rosa, CA in 1989 and then to her Ranch in 1998.
Through the years, Leigh worked as a Systems Analyst, Controller and Accountant for many HiTech Companies which included the Southland Corp., ISS, Sperry-Univac, Microma, Intel, AMD, Performance Semiconductor, Versatron, Solid Waste of Willits and most recently, the City of Ukiah.
She was a member of Jobs Daughters, the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Ukiah, Kingsley Augusta Chapter #58 Order of the Eastern Star of Ukiah, Clearlake Chapter #231 Order of the Easter Star, Deputy Grand Matron, District 11, Grand Chapter of California #11 Order of the Easter Star.
Leigh loved animals of all kinds. She always had a black cat and raised sheep for their wool. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting and various craft projects which she sold at Craft Faires throughout the area. Her taste in music was broad. She enjoyed everything from the Rolling Stones and the Beatles to classical.
Leigh is survived by one sister, Carey Anne Carter of Santa Rosa, CA and brother and sister-in-law, Scott H. & Kathryn S. Carter of Napa.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. 640 S. Orchard Street, Ukiah, with Rev. Bill Abrams and members of Kingsley Augusta Chapter #58 Order of the Eastern Star officiating. No visitation is planned. Inurnment will be private.
The family suggests Memorial Contributions to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 640 S. Orchard Street, Ukiah, CA; Mendocino Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), P.O. Box 4, Talmage, CA or Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA.
Janet E. (Ferguson) Davis of Lake Berryessa passed away unexpectedly in her sleep January 22, 2020 at the age of 76. Janet was born April 13, 1943 to Margaret and William Ferguson of Oregon. She was the youngest and last survivor of their 8 children.
Janet and her late husband Jim Davis raised three sons, Bill, Lee and Jimmy. Together Jim and Janet spent their lives on the backs of horses whether it was working on the cattle ranch or competing together in team pennings or other horse events. Janet spent many years traveling to horse shows to compete in Western Pleasure and Trail Courses where she won many competitions all while raising a family, working and helping run the ranch.
In her early years her first job was as a draftsman for the US Forest Service in Yreka, Ca. They later moved to Napa County where she continued to train horses and became a Livestock Brand Inspector. She was a Brand Inspector for Napa, Solano, Yolo and Lake Counties. She retired after 20+ years of service.
Janet is preceded in death by her loving husband James L. Davis (9-26-2011). She is survived by her sons Bill (Sandy), Lee (Melissa), Jimmy (Pam), 9 grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren.
She will be greatly missed.
There will be a celebration of life at the Pope Valley Farm Center on April 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Audrine Wehinger, our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother and lifelong friend, on February 2, 2020. She left us sleeping peacefully in St. Helena, California, in her 94th year.
Audrine was devoted to and survived by her son, Michael Thomason (Gabrielle) of St. Helena and daughter, Patricia Groggins of Angwin; granddaughters, Michelle Holguin (Gary) of Calistoga, Amy Thomason-Richardson (Tim) of St. Helena and Jessie Thomason (Pablo) of Middletown; great grandchildren, Tawny Holguin Toci (Keegan), Jake Holguin, Camelia Escobar Thomason, Ruby Rae Richardson and Carmen Escobar Thomason; great-great grandbaby, Tanner Toci. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and other much-loved family members and friends that will miss her smile, spirit and unwavering support. Audrine was preceded in death by her first husband and forever love, Claude Thomason of Calistoga, and her beloved parents and siblings.
Born in Patterson, California on May 22, 1926, Audrine, the eldest daughter of Andrew and Amy Bergman, was raised in faith and love with her six siblings. She took great pride in her Swedish heritage, always continuing to pass down tradition and family knowledge. She loved to sing hymns, participate in church choirs and trusting in her steadfast pillar of faith, she found courage and energy by continuing to be very active in church throughout life.
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. Psalm 119:30
After graduating from Patterson High School in 1943, Audrine worked in town at the Evans Telephone Company as an operator for several years. At the request of her father, she waited to wed until her sweetheart returned from war in the Pacific. At the age of 19, Audrine wed Claude Thomason on January 12, 1946. After several years the young family moved to San Carlos, and later San Jose, where she enjoyed an impressive 29-year career with Pacific Bell Telephone Company as an Accounting Supervisor. Audrine was proud to belong to the Telephone Pioneers of America and was a Life Member of the Patterson Township Historical Society. Eventually, the wish to be closer to her son, daughter and granddaughters, led her to Napa Valley in 1984.
With quiet and profound strength, Audrine always saw the best in people, and would selflessly help anyone in need. She devoted much of her time and energy to being a caregiver, including for her parents in their elder years and any child she could “love on”. Children were one of her greatest joys in life. Affectionately called Farmor (father's mother in Swedish) by her son's daughters, she became Farmor to many of their friends in the community as well. The example of an independent, determined and generous woman has been a source of admiration and inspiration to both her family and those she embraced as family.
The ultimate fan, Audrine was always in the audience to cheer her family on, whether it be music, baseball, football, basketball or ballet. In her later years, nothing got in the way of watching the game – any San Francisco Giants baseball game. Audrine won at the game of life, leaving her significant imprint of love from start to finish.
A celebration of life is to be held at Lonesome Duck Ranch on Saturday, February 15th, 2020.
John Lewis (“Jack”) Welch, M.D., age 100, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2020, surrounded by his loving daughters. He was born May 24, 1919 in Bozeman, Montana to Howard and Harriet (Kinney) Welch. Growing up, John was a well rounded young man. He excelled in school, always striving to challenge himself. His fondly remembered youth included playing the trumpet as a member of the Boy Scouts and the Bobcat Band, helping out at his uncle's ranch in the Madison Valley, hiking, fly fishing, and skiing the snowy slopes that eventually became Big Sky. “We got out in the snow as soon as we could walk,” John recalled. His happiest memories included the family cabin called Lodgepole Lodge, built by his father in 1923 along the banks of the Gallatin River. It was an idyllic childhood.
John was educated at Montana State and Northwestern Medical School, Chicago, graduating just as the U.S. entered WWII. He served as a medical officer, U.S. Army Medical Corps, 1943-1946 in the South Pacific, primarily in New Caledonia and Fiji. After returning to the states he completed his medical residency in Portland and San Francisco, where he met and married Margaret Sharkey in 1952. They settled in Medford, Oregon, where he and Margaret raised their four children and John practiced Internal Medicine until retirement in 1986.
An ambitious cyclist and wine hobbyist, John enjoyed riding throughout the Rogue Valley and beyond, and tending to his vineyard on the slopes of Roxy Ann, perfecting the latest vintage of Jacklyman wine. Winemaking ended when John was in his 80s, but he continued to ride his bicycle whenever, wherever, and as far as possible. He also never lost his love of skiing, and moved briefly to Bend, Oregon in his early 90s in order to enjoy a few more good seasons on the snow.
In early 2017, at age 97, John moved from Medford to St. Helena, California to live closer to family. He could be seen riding his bright orange recumbent tricycle around the Napa Valley until just months before he died.
John was a curious, unassuming man, a caring physician, and a gentle, loving father. At the top of his list of important things in life: a good education, a healthy lifestyle, and protection of the environment. All those who knew him have been inspired by his positive outlook and life-loving spirit.
John was preceeded in death by his wife Margaret (1925-2003), his son John Howard Welch (1958-2005), his brother Col. Howard K. Welch, and a sister Katherine who died in infancy. He is survived by his three daughters: Barbara Tumanjan (Harry) of Boise, Idaho; Katherine Mathes (Matt) of Castle Pines, Colorado; and Celia Welch of St. Helena, California; six grandchildren: David Tumanjan (Maria), Christine Tumanjan (Danny George), Katherine Hollingsworth (Andy), Sarah Norell (Drew), John Masyczek, and Marie Masyczek; and four great-grandchildren.
At his request, no funeral will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Hospital, Medford; the Pacific Crest Trail Association; or the Oregon Historical Society.
Shane Hollister Brady passed peacefully on January 25, 2020 in Napa, California at the age of 92.
Shane was born on June 26, 1927 in Ohio to Juliet King Rogers Brady. After growing up in the Midwest, he joined the Navy and became a pilot, flying Bearcat Airplanes. Shane loved analyzing stocks, and had a successful career working as Assistant Manager of the San Francisco main office of Dean Witter. Shane later moved to San Rafael, where he was the Branch Manager of Dean Witter in Marin County. Shane married the love of his life, Karen Dendahl Oppenheimer on February 14, 1989 and went on to open his own brokerage firm in 1990.
Shane was a huge lover of animals, especially his German Shepard, Cougar. He also enjoyed golf and fishing. Shane was a resilient survivor of the October 2017 wildfires and was passionate about rebuilding his beloved Creekside home. Shane was a role model and inspiration to his large community of friends in the Napa Valley.
Shane is survived by his son Ted Brady of Marin, stepson Peter (Mary Beth) Oppenheimer of San Luis Obispo and stepson Scott (Peggy) Oppenheimer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and many countless friends he also considered his family. Shane was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Dendahl Brady of Marin and son, Shane Brady of Marin.
A memorial service is scheduled for February 17, 2020, at 1:00pm, at CrossWalk Community Church in Napa, with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Shane’s life. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Shane’s name to the charity of your choice. Shane’s family and friends would like to thank the staff at the Queen of the Valley Hospital, especially Lou (nurse), Kathy, Doctor Ju and Doctor Srebro for their support and dedication to Shane throughout the years.
Alyce Elaine Joyce left this life on February 6, 2020 after a long battle with COPD and a massive lung infection.
Alyce and her husband Lowell were married more than 65 years. They were perfect for each other.
They settled in Napa and started a family, bought a home and began to live a life of love and happiness. They raised 2 children; Robin (Jerry) and Lowell Edwin-”Chipper”. They have one granddaughter Rebecca (Victor) and 6 great-grandchildren; Hailey, Rose, Alexzandra, Destiny, Edwin and Victor Junior.
Joseph (Joe) Charles Jaeger, 84, of Lafayette, CA, died peacefully Thursday, January 30, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.
Joe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pabby Jaeger; his three children, Mike Jaeger and his wife Anne of Alamo, CA; Doug Jaeger of Calistoga, CA; Julie Hollerbach and her husband Paul of Orinda, CA; his brother Marshall Jaeger and his wife Billie of Napa, CA and eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, his beloved dog Woody, and many close friends and relatives.
Joe was born on August 2, 1935, in Napa, CA, to Joseph and Marshalla Jaeger. While attending Napa High School, Joe was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball, and was voted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. However, his most important high school accomplishment was meeting his future wife Pabby Brink. Joe was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend the University of California at Berkeley, where he was an active member of the Zeta Psi fraternity, a pitcher for the baseball team that won the 1957 College World Series, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. After his active duty in the Air Force, Joe and Pabby settled in Berkeley, CA where they made many good friends that they still have to this day. In 1968 they moved to Lafayette, CA where they have lived ever since.
Joe had a very successful career in accounting and finance, beginning his career at the CPA firm Haskins and Sells, and eventually becoming the Chief Financial Officer at C&H Sugar and then Delta Dental. He retired at the age of 63, and then became involved in several board positions and charity organizations.
Joe had a passion for golf, Cal sports, and attending events with and for his children and grandchildren. Joe served as a President of the Lafayette Moraga Youth Association (LMYA) and was always the head coach of one of his children’s teams, whether it was baseball, basketball, softball, or even soccer that he was completely unfamiliar with. His love for sports has been successfully passed down to all of them. Thankfully his barbecuing shortcomings and love for deeply charred chicken have not been passed down.
As an avid golfer, Joe played at least twice a week at the Contra Costa Country club where he was a member for 40 years and also made many wonderful friends.
A few of his best memories include the birth of his children and grandchildren, the monthly Bridge club, Cal vs Stanford ”The Play” game, family get together’s in Palm Desert, attending The Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club, and celebrating his and Pabby’s 60th wedding anniversary in Carmel, CA with his entire family.
All who loved him dearly will never forget his integrity, humility, loyalty, generosity and undying love and care for them. A private burial will be held February 13 at the Oakmont Memorial Park & Mortuary in Lafayette, California. Friends and family are invited to his ‘Celebration of Life’ that will be held on Saturday, March 7th from 2pm to 5pm at the Stadium Club, 4th floor at the Cal Memorial Football Stadium in Berkeley, CA. Please contact a family member for further details. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the John Muir Health Fund or the Bruns House/East Bay Hospice in Alamo, CA where Joe spent the last few days of his wonderful life.
Carolyn Camille Burris (Wagner) died peacefully after a long and difficult illness in Napa, CA on February 6, 2020 at the age of 76.
She is survived by her six loving children: Shane Kollin Ripon WI, Charlie Kollin Redwood City CA, Gina Morhun (Kollin) Glenview IL, Michael Kollin Marin CA, Joey Kollin San Francisco CA, Amber Mills (Kollin) Napa CA, her nine grandchildren John and Jeffrey Kollin Ripon, Shelby Kollin Napa, Elena Kollin Santa Cruz, Ashley Cullison Napa, Nicklas and Zachary Mills Napa, Camille and Drew Morhun Glenview, her great grand-daughter and the joy of her life, Azariyah Mclemore Napa. She is further survived by her four brothers Joseph “Jay” Wagner Napa, Mervyn “Butch” Wagner Billings MT, Ronald “Ronnie” Wagner Suisun CA, George Paul McCuen Napa, two step sisters Maureen and Collen McCuen Napa, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.
Carolyn is preceded in death by parents Josephine “Joey” McCuen, Mervyn “Babe” Wagner, son Gary James Kollin, husband Gary Gordon Kollin.
We acknowledge our sister Amber Mills for her unwavering loving care and support of our mother over the last four years so that she could continue to live in her home the final years of her life and for being at her side in her passing. We would also like to thank the many members of Collabria Care Hospice in Napa, especially Maggie, Ally, Jamie, Teri and Chaplain Greg who supported our family through this difficult journey. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to www.collabriacare.org in Carolyn’s memory.
No services are planned per Carolyn’s wishes. Her ashes will be interred at a private service to be scheduled at a future date at Tulocay Cemetery.
Aubrey Eugene “Gene” Lyle passed away on December 18, 2019 after a brief illness. A great man of the Greatest Generation; a loving family man, traveler, golfer, fisherman and Master Woodworker. Born in Vallejo and raised in Napa, he served in both WWII and the Korean War with an Honorable Discharge achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. He worked at Mare Island before and after WWII and after the Korean war, retiring as the Head of Quality Control of Nuclear Inspection.
Predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Lyle and children Aubrey Lyle Jr. and Janet Gelow (Mark). He is survived by his second wife, Barbara (Pine) Lyle; his children Patricia Moak (William) of Seattle, WA, Kenneth Lyle (Debbie) of Lebanon, OR, and Edward Lyle (Sue) of Napa, CA; 8 Grandchildren, 9 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; also, Barbara’s 3 children, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Celebration of his life will be held on February 22, 2020—11 AM at Tulocay Cemetery Funeral Home.
Carrie Beth Brown died peacefully in her sleep in Sugar Hill, Georgia on February 3, 2020 after a long battle with autoimmune disorders. She was 48 years old.
Carrie grew up in Napa, graduated from Napa High and received a B.S. in Art and Education from UC Davis.
Carrie was a talented artist, graphic designer and writer. When her health made it impossible for her to work, she wrote health-related articles for online health blogs to help educate and support people facing similar issues.
Carrie is survived by her husband (Dave Brown), mother (Sherrie Basford), grandparents (Bob and Carol Kirkbride), and uncle (Randy Kirkbride). She was preceded in death by her father, Christopher Mattos.
Carrie’s ashes will be scattered as she requested in the Georgia mountains and at the Sonoma Coast. No service or memorial is planned.
Carrie’s family welcomes cards, emails or phone calls from friends who wish to share a memory of Carrie.
Jim fell asleep in death on January 16th, at the age of 96 in Napa, CA. An only child, Jim was born on September 4, 1923 in Alameda to Lloyd & Lillian (Ceriotti) Russell. He is survived by his children, Sandra (Ray) Beauchemin and Scott Russell, grandchildren Gabrielle (Todd) Kuchta and Travis (Sherry) Arnold, and great-grandchildren Jacob, Julian, and Raquel. Predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Betty and his son Stephen.
In 1942 he quit school and joined the Navy to see the world. After being discharged, Jim returned to Alameda, received his diploma and continued to work at the Alameda Air Force Base. As side job, he worked evenings at Rollerland Roller Skating Rink, where he helped a girl who was falling more than skating. Her name was Betty Lorraine Treantafel, they married 6 months later on November 12, 1944. Within 7 years they bought their first home and had their three children, Sandra, Stephen and Scott.
Jim and Betty were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses together on July 25, 1954. They made a lifelong career of helping more than 100 people learn the Bible’s clear teachings.
Known by many names, Jim, A.J., Dad, Grandpa, Uncle and Brother. He lived a life of love and self-sacrifice giving to his 6 generations of family, caring for aged grandparents, then for his aged parents, spending much of his life caring for his chronically handicapped son, Steve, as well as his other children, his grandchildren & great-grandchildren. He will forever be known as one who put his God Jehovah first, his stories many, his travels much, his life well lived. We look forward to seeing his crystal blue eyes when he wakes up in the earthly paradise.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 on Feb 15, 2020 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1976 Wise Dr, Napa, CA 94558.
Bob is survived by his wife Liliane Constance Guaslard Nelson, Daughters Kassandra (Greg) Wright of Carson City NV, Victoria (Paul) Hein of Deer Park CA, Robin Nelson of Napa CA, Stepchildren Thierry (Marty) Florent of Elk Grove CA, Serge (Penny) Florent of Dixon CA, Louis Miller of Cottonwood CA, & Jacqueline (John) Schuler of Rancho Cordova CA. Numerous Grandchildren and Great grandchildren also survive.
Bob is predeceased by his Parents Victor C. & Elaine C Bronstad Nelson, sisters Florence Teverbaugh, Carol Cammarota, Karen Allen, Mary Havelock, and brother Rockwood Nelson. Daughter Paula Nelson, Stepson Christian Florent, and Grandson Paul E. Hein.
Bob was raised in Montana, relocating to Napa CA with his family in 1940. He graduated from Napa High School, followed by work at Basalt Rock Co. as a boiler maker helper until he left to enlist in the US Army, where he served in Korea during the Korean War.
After his time in the Army, Bob went on to work a long career for Western Electric Co. where he was involved in the installation of the Bell System Central office switches across the Western US as installer, then supervisor. During his time in Baker Oregon, he met and married his first wife Mina Renae Hottel Nelson, with whom he raised his 4 daughters in Napa CA. Those years included every summer spent at the family trailer at Lake Berryessa. He loved to water ski, teach the kids to ski, and drive his Tahiti jet boat! After divorce, he met and married his life long love Liliane, whom he celebrated almost 44 yrs marriage. He also helped raise her youngest daughter Jacqueline as his own. Jacqueline was able to return home and help Liliane take care of Bob in his last couple years. After retirement from Western Electric, Bob kept busy by driving school bus for the Napa Valley Unified School District, which he really enjoyed. Bob and Liliane spent their early retirement years taking Caribbean cruises, multiple visits to France to visit Lilianes family and touring Europe. They loved the French Riviera!! Bob also very much enjoyed touring with Liliane and their grandson Jeffrey around the western US states & national parks in their motor home. They relocated from Napa to Folsom Lake CA in 1999. They both truly loved their new home and community. Especially the LDS community, whom have shared so much love and comfort to them over the many years. Bob & Liliane were baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Napa CA. Their marriage was sealed in the LDS Oakland Temple.
Bob was a loving and caring husband, and wonderful father to all his children. He was a terrific husband, Dad, Grandpa, and Uncle Bob. Bob is our example of how to live an honest, hard working, caring life.
Military: Army of the United States Pfc in Co “B” 765th TRSB inducted 1951 and transferred to the Army Reserve 1953, then honorably discharged in 1956. Served in Korea, earning his Korean Service Medal w/3 bz svc stars and the United Nations service medal. He served as Boiler Repairman.
Affiliations: Past member of Member of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local No. 1002, Veteran of Foreign Wars Anthony Lakes Post #3048, International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, Iron Ship Builders and Helpers of America, Affiliated with the A.F. of L., and the IBEW.
Bobs ashes will be placed in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California at a later time. No services are planned at this time.
In the early morning hours of Monday, January 20, 2020, Edie (Purdy) Mingus passed away after a 2 year battle with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends and was only 69 years young.
Edie was born in Vallejo, CA on June 22, 1950, to Robert “Bob” Purdy and Beatrice “Bea” (Enriquez) Purdy. After graduating from Napa High School in 1968, Edie married Alexander “Al” Mingus who was active in the Navy. They moved around during Al’s time in the service then settled back in Napa, CA.
Edie was the definition of a Go-Getter. She was an active member of the Napa community as she volunteered at “Shop With A Cop” with the Napa Police Department and was a member of her Class of 68’ High School Reunion Committee. She loved to travel and had been to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, NYC, Disneyworld, Arizona, Las Vegas and many other Domestic and International locations. In addition to traveling, she loved to do yard work, knit, read, go to the movies and always spend time with her closest friends and family.
Edie’s #1 pride and joy were her grandkids, Marques, Hunter, and Alex. They brought a smile to her face and filled her heart with so much love and joy, she would do anything with them and for them. She took them to the movies, traveling and supported all their baseball and football games. All 3 grandchildren were her world, they were her angel’s and now she is their angel.
Edie is preceded by her late father Robert “Bob” Purdy and her late ex-husband Alexander “Al” Mingus. She is survived by her mother Beatrice “Bea” Purdy, her children Craig Mingus and Natalie (Mingus) Fletcher, her son-in-law Cal Fletcher, her grandchildren Marques Mingus, Hunter Fletcher and Alexandria “Alex” Fletcher, her sister Rose Mary (Purdy) Eaton, her brother-in-law Jon Eaton, her niece Kristi (Eaton) Lasher, her nephew Scott Eaton, along with many cousins and friends.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11am, located at the Crosswalk Community Church, 2590 1st Street, Napa, California 94558. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society at https://donate3.cancer.org.
On January 21, 2020, Jeffrey John Howell, loving father of Veronica Gibson and Benjamin Grover, passed peacefully after a very short battle with cancer at the age of 63.
Jeffrey was born on August 21, 1956 in El Cajon, Ca. He was married twice, in addition to his children he is survived by Penelope Howell (the mother of his children), his son in law Adam Gibson, daughter-in-law Jill Grover, many loving grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Jeffrey is also survived by his loving sister Julieanne, his brother Michael Howell and his sister Suzie. He was an entrepreneur, (owned the salon MoneyPenny’s with Penelope Howell), Sea Captain, chef de cuisines at Mustards Grill, and lastly an electrical estimator for various companies throughout the west coast over 25 years.
Jeffrey had a love for music, sailing, and many outdoor adventures, he was passionate in everything he did.
A memorial service will be held at the Pelusi building at Kennedy Park in Napa, Ca on March 1, 2020 at 12:30pm. If he touched your life in some way please join us to celebrate his life.