Napa native and lifelong resident, Roland Ceriani passed away peacefully on November 7, 2019 at the age of 99. He is survived by his wife Gloria, son David Ceriani and his wife Anne, Daughter in Law Jane Ceriani (Stephen); Grandchildren, Joanna Nelson of Napa, Sergio Ceriani and his wife Misti of Sioux City, Iowa, Matthew Ceriani of Payson, Az and Ryan Ceriani of West Sacramento; Great Grandchildren, Brook and Madison Ceriani of Sioux City and Noah Nelson of Napa.
Roland was preceded in death by his son Stephen.
He was born on October 23,1920 in Napa to Battista Ceriani and Regina Maria Borsani Ceriani.
He graduated from Napa High School in 1938 and married his high School sweetheart Gloria June Walker in 1943. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last December.
Roland joined the U. S. Army and served his country during WWII from Oct. 1942 to Dec. 1945 in the Pacific Theatre.
He spent the majority of his working career as a cost accountant for Kaiser Steel in Napa and was a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West for 79 years. He loved playing Pedro at the Native Sons hall especially when they played to win a Thanksgiving turkey.
He was the kindest and most thoughtful person you would ever hope to meet.
A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20 at 11:00AM at Tulocay Funeral Home, 411 Coomsville Rd., Napa, Ca with a reception to follow.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Brookdale, Napa for their compassionate care and dedication.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association (Alz.org).
James A Porter Jr passed away peacefully on 11/10/19 at Aegis Assisted Living Home. Jim was born in McAlester, OK in 1927 to James A Porter Sr and Maude Frazier Porter. They moved to California in 1936 settling in Banning and later Indio.
Jim graduated from Coachella Valley High School in 1945 and was soon drafted into the U.S. Army in WWII. He served 15 months in the U.S. and Korea on occupation duty. He received a medical discharge at Sam Houston in May 1947.
After graduation from the University of Southern California he was employed by the State of CA for 14 years acquiring rights of way for the highways and freeways. He was later employed by the Real Estate Research Corp appraising investment properties on the West Coast. Later he became a self-employed appraiser in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay area.
He is predeceased by his parents James A Porter Sr and Maude Frazier Porter, his wife Carrol Gury and Blanche Foster Porter, his sisters Pauline Whaley, Marjorie Jordon, brothers Robert Porter Sr and Michael Porter, sister-in-law Dixie Porter and nephew Robert Porter Jr.
He is survived by stepsons Kevin Groom (Susanna), David Harker (Susan), brothers-in-law Richard Foster, Chester Jordan, sister-in-law Patty Porter Beckett (Pete), nieces Robin Porter, Sue Cole (Chuck), Toby Duarte (Danny), Debbie Porter, Kristen Porter (Steve), nephews Tim Jordan (Karen) and Randy (Donna) and numerous great nieces, nephews and step-grand children.
Raymond Victor Johnson passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 19, 2019, at the age of 90, shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Susanne Weir Johnson, his three children: Laura Garland of Pt. Blank, Texas; Steve Johnson (Kristin) of Eureka, California; David Johnson (Joanne) of Grand Terrace, California; granddaughter Lauren Manning and great granddaughter Jameson Manning; stepdaughters Laura Weir Hill (Scott) and granddaughter Sydney HilI (Emma) of Davis, California and Eileen Weir Rasmussen (Alex) of Santa Barbara, California; and niece Renee Castle (Larry) and nephew Michael Pfrommer (Kelly) of Memphis, Tennessee.
Ray was born in Chicago on May 6,1929, and spent his teen years in Michigan. He attended Iowa State College. On December 8,1956, Ray and Sylvia Houser were married at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, Iowa, presided over by Sylvia’s father who was the minister. They moved to Diamond Bar, California, in 1964 where they raised their family. In 1980 they moved to Napa. Ray was a contract manager for Bigalow Carpets in San Francisco until his retirement when he obtained his Broker’s License and sold real estate. Sylvia passed away due to a sudden illness on February 12,1995.
Ray was a generous man with his time and talents and was always available to help his family, friends, and neighbors. He served in the Navy Reserve and held many positions in the Napa Kiwanis, the First Presbyterian Church of Napa, and the Napa Land Trust; and he was an officer on board the Chaser, the Sea Scout Ship in Napa. Ray and Susie were married for 18 years. Ray was an avid sailor, and he and Susie spent happy years sailing Blue Moon, their 31 foot sailboat, and traveling the world with family and friends.
A memorial service is planned for November 16, 2019, at 2:00 pm at The First Presbyterian Church of Napa. Donations may be made in Ray’s memory to Collabria Hospice, Napa.
Reginald “Reggie” Earle Johnson, Jr. passed away peacefully at home with his family in Napa, CA on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at the age of 76, after a short battle with Glioblastoma Brain Cancer. Reggie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marty; daughters, Amy Berilla and Cindy Johnson (Randy); and four grandchildren Ryan and Justin Berilla, and Sean and Abigail Johnson; and his sister Regina Dukes (Toby) of Branchville, SC. He was also loved by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Reggie was born on July 17, 1943 in Folkston, GA to Reginald and Mildred Johnson. He is the oldest of three children, Reggie, John C. Johnson, and Regina Dukes. He graduated from Hilliard High School in Hilliard, FL in 1961. Reggie then joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Travis Air Force Base. Reggie and Marty (Pasco) married October 2, 1964 at First Presbyterian Church in Napa. Reggie was a hard working man. Over the years Reggie worked as a Car Salesman, a Foreman in Vineyard Irrigation, and at Mare Island Naval Shipyard as a Pipe Fitter in Shop 56, retiring in 1996. He then moved on to be the Plant Facilities Coordinator at Glen Ellen Wines/Diageo, retiring for a second time in 2009. Reggie was an active member of the Napa Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees); Napa Masonic Lodge #93; served on the Napa Order of Rainbow for Girls Advisory Board, and was honored to be a Rainbow Dad. For many years, Reggie also coached for the Napa Junior Girls Softball (Robins) and Napa Girls Softball League. Reggie also served as President of the PFC at Bel Air Elementary School and was active in the Vintage High School Athletic Booster Club. Reggie enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood carving, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a loving father and grandfather. With pride, he supported his grandchildren in their various activities. Reggie had a witty personality and loved to share stories. He was a good friend, always willing to lend a hand. A funeral is scheduled for November 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Napa Valley Life Church, where Reggie worshiped, located at 2303 Trower Avenue, Napa. A reception will follow. Pastor Tony Valenti will officiate the ceremony. All are welcomed to attend and celebrate Reggie's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Collabria Hospice, 414 South Jefferson Street, Napa, CA 94559 or www.collabriacare.org Condolences and words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.tulocaycemetery.org
Doris Jensen Zylinski, age 93, passed from this earth Monday evening, November 4, surrounded by her loving family. Doris was born May 27, 1926, in Avoca, Iowa to Jens Henry Jensen and Jessie Ruth Owens.
After graduating high school at 16, she enlisted in the U.S. Cadet Nursing Corps. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Evansville, Indiana and later her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She devoted her early career to Psychiatric Nursing, and held many supervisory positions in Nebraska, Kansas, and Indiana. She was recruited to California to be Director of Nursing at Mendocino State Hospital followed by Napa State Hospital where she revised patient care standards to respect the individual patient while maintaining safety. Doris was then appointed Chief of the Bureau of Nursing for the California Department of Mental Health in Sacramento. She traveled throughout the nation on behalf of the National Institute of Health while overseeing the nursing departments in all of the California State Hospitals.
In 1969, she joined Napa Valley College where she created the Health Occupation Division, developing the Associate Degree Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Psychiatric Technician, Emergency Medical Technician and other health related programs. She secured the initial grant to provide paramedic level training in Napa County.
Doris was always active in both local and state services, usually as chairperson. She served on the following boards: The Mental Health Advisory Board, (to be declared Mrs. Mental Health by the Board of Supervisors in 1984), the American Lung Association, and the American Red Cross, to name a few. In 1992 Doris retired from Napa Valley College as the first Dean of Health Occupations. Following retirement, she continued to work on the Tech Prep grant, which coordinated the curriculum for vocational programs between high school and college allowing high school students to earn college credits.
Doris enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. Family traditions were important to her. Her family will always remember holidays in Tahoe, trips to Disneyland, many wonderful years of boating on the Delta on the “Mr Lucky”, and bingo with her children.
She is survived by her daughter Linda (Harvey) Grant; her son David Zylinski (Timm Branam); grandchildren, Kelli (Robert) Sordello, Jeremy (Tara) Grant and Ryan (Sarah) Grant, six great grandchildren; Nicole and Tyler Sordello, Jacob, Olivia, Charlotte, and Catherine Grant as well as many nieces and nephews.
Doris was preceded in death by her husbands, Frank Trobaugh and Walter “Lucky” Zylinski and her siblings: Helen Linser, Joyce Bonebright, Robert Jensen, and Jon Emerick.
The family would like to thank all those who loved and cared for her at Piners and Stayman Estates. A special thanks Dr. Leni Stayman and “Her Angels”, Maria, Kelvin, Beatrice, Francis, Wineth and Susan.
A Memorial Service will be held at Treadway and Wigger, 2383 Napa Vallejo Hwy, Napa, Sunday, November 17 at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Doris Zylinski Memorial Scholarship, c/o Bank of Marin, 2007 Redwood Road, Napa, Ca 94558
Carol E. Rodriquez was born to care, support, and love others. Carol was a carefree, adventurous spirit who cared about others more than she cared for herself.
Carol spent her life working with children, devoting herself to the families of Browns Valley Elementary School. Her love of her work was evident through the elaborate experiences she provided to her after-care students, from plays she wrote herself to “The Italian Cafe” and family barbeques.
She always loved all of her children.
Her passion, creativity, and inventive games were always a part of any party or event she planned. She loved bringing her friends together in celebration, always with food, decorations, activities, and fun.
Carol was a world traveler, throughout Europe and the United States, but her favorite city was San Francisco, where she appreciated art museums, dancing, live theater, and all kinds of dining.
Carol’s love of life was matched by her love of the Lord. She found fellowship at Grace Baptist Church in Napa where she was a member of Galatians 2:20 Choir and later was a part of Church of Christ in Vacaville.
Carol loved learning and attended Napa Valley College, where she received her AS in Liberal Studies. She worked toward her teaching credential at Chapman University and received a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in music and a Masters from Sonoma State University.
If you were lucky enough to find yourself on an adventure with Carol, whether it was a day at the beach, watching a thunderstorm, driving around at night, watching a live concert or a play, sitting at a bonfire, watching the fireworks, cheering at a sporting event, traveling to a new place, a day at Disneyland, or even just a good conversation or a big hug, count yourself blessed.
Carol is survived by her loving friends, who are comforted to know she is now dancing with her beloved Mama and organizing her own welcome party with Jesus, who undoubtedly said, “well done, good and faithful servant.”
All who knew her are welcome to celebrate Carol at a Remembrance Party Potluck on Saturday 23rd 3-5:30pm. Please RSVP for the details at email@example.com
Katherine Enlow Fields, 83, passed away on October 26, 2019, in Fullerton, California, surrounded by her family.
Katherine was born in Napa, California, on March 8, 1936, to Claire and Truman Enlow. She attended St. John the Baptist Grammar School and Napa High School. On May 3, 1955, she married James Frederick Fields. They had three children, Laura Miller, Jean Shawesh, and Susan Fields.
Jim and Kathy loved to travel. Kathy enjoyed entertaining and cooking for family and friends. She was known as a gracious hostess and a fabulous cook. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She received much joy from being with her family.
Kathy is proceeded in death by her husband, Jim, her father Truman Enlow, her mother, Claire Enlow, and her daughter, Susan.
Kathy is survived by her daughters, Laura Miller (Bob Miller), Jean Shawesh (Cliff Shawesh). Her grandchildren, Amanda Pelkey (Adam Pelkey), Courtney Miller, Adam Shawesh, Sarah Shawesh, and Emily Lindahl, (Chris Lindahl). Her great granddaughter, Addison Lindahl, and her brother, Philip Enlow.
Funeral services and Rosary will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association in Kathy’s memory.
Del was born at St. Helena Hospital on February 24, 1942 to Ross and Violette Miller. His son Tim and granddaughter Nicole were privileged to be by his side when he died of kidney failure at his home in Napa on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Del joined his son Daniel in Heaven—what a joyful reunion that must have been! He enjoyed several years in the Baptist ministry as a Bus Pastor, then went on to become a Psychiatric Technician, working at Napa State Hospital for over 20 years. He was proud being part of the Napa County Grand Jury for the 2001-2002 term. He liked astronomy, sketching, and reading, but nothing was more essential than his Savior Jesus Christ.
He is survived by Kathie, his wife of 56 years, daughters Joanne (Jeff) Nelson and Rebecca (Chris) Johnson, son Tim, grandchildren Christopher Titus, Andrew Mayton, Brandon Behymer, Nicole Titus, Jessica Titus, Joy Gray, Wendy Miller, Kayd Miller, Courtney Miller and Colby Miller as well as nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, step-mother, son Daniel and great-grandson Chase Miller Titus. Services will be held at 11:00 Saturday November 16th at Calvary Baptist Church, 117 Theresa Ave, American Canyon. Family style meal at the church afterwards, and a private family only burial will follow. Memorial donations may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation. Condolences can be shared with the family at claffeyandrota.com.
Danny passed away peacefully at the age of 64 with his family by his side on October 31, 2019.
He is survived by his wife, Lenore, former spouse and friend, Patty, and his precious children, Charles, Nicholas, and Demitria and son-in-law, Alex; and grandchildren, Dalia and Xavier. He is also survived by his siblings, Gloria, Alice, Petra, Frank, Joann, and Ozzie.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Geronimo and Ramona; brothers, Jerry, Sam, and Benjie; and sister, Stella.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at Tulocay Chapel, 411 Coombsville Road, Napa. Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life in honor of a marvelous son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. The celebration will be held at the Elks Lodge, 2840 Soscol Avenue, Napa, from 1:00—4:00 p.m.
Daniel Most of Napa passed away peacefully in Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo on November 7, 2019 at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Most, three children, Donna Gulnac, Cindy Most and Sandy Most.
A funeral is scheduled for November 14, 11 am at Tulocay Funeral Home in Napa. A reception will immediately follow the service. Additionally, there is a viewing starting at 10 am. All who knew him are welcome to attend and celebrate Dan’s life.
Condolences and words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.tulocaycemetery.org, where you will also find a longer obituary.
Dwayne died peacefully Nov. 7, 2019 at Queen of the Valley Hospital with his wife by his side. Dwayne was a long time barbershop harmony singer; over 70 years- but has sung his last song.
Family requests donations in his memory to Harmony Youth Camp, c/o Richard Lund, 6164 Windlestraw Rd., Placerville, CA 95667, or to Keepa Melody Ringing at Harmony Foundation International, 110 7th Ave. north, Ste 200, Nashville, TN 37203, 1-800-706-8021
Dwayne requested no funeral services. Arrangements for a celebration of his life are being finalized for early February. Memories and notes of sympathy may be shared at claffeyandrota.com
Theodore Andrew Brandlin played out his 9th inning and hit his final home run into Heaven on October 13, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Theodore was born on January 5, 1929 to Theodore and Dorothy Brandlin in Napa, remaining living here all his 90 years. Ted attended elementary, junior high school, and graduated from Napa High School in 1947.
Ted started work as a young boy working at Tulocay Cemetery opening the gates in the morning before school and closing them at night. He only lived one block from Tulocay so it was easy for him to ride his bike to do his job. He also worked for Modern Milk Dairy delivering milk and for Berglund Tractor.
On May 3, 1948 Ted went to work for PG&E at 19 years old. He worked in the gas department as a pipefitter. He was a hard working, honest, loyal employee for 42 years, retiring from PG&E on May 3, 1990. Ted was well liked by his co-workers, maintaining many friendships throughout his life. He was still in touch with his co-worker and best friend, Al Lang.
As a young boy Ted was always playing baseball with his friends, leading him to play fastpitch softball at Napa High where he was team captain. He was well known around Napa for being a talented and scrappy 3rd baseman—not many balls getting past him! In 1946, when Ted was 17 years old he played for Odd Fellows, then moving on to play for Rothchild Jewelry, American Legion, Napa Merchants, Rough Riders, Kaiser Steel, Sheriffs, and Stornetta’s Dairy.
During all these years of Ted traveling to play softball he played in three Fastpitch Softball World Series and multiple state and city tournaments. Ted won many trophies, MVP awards, and has many years of newspaper articles in scrapbooks about his teams. Throughout the years, he was always a team player, encouraging his teammates and being a good sport. He loved baseball and would watch every game he could on t.v. He would support his son Dennis, who still plays hardball, and went to his games for years. He’s even in some of Dennis’ team pictures! Ted could be seen watching Dennis playing ball, as he would have his small portable radio to his ear catching a baseball game.
“Teddy” as many of his friends called him, was a life-long Dodger fan. Always wearing his LA Dodger’s hat, friends and family would lovingly tease him about his loyalty to a non-local team. He would just smile. Ted passed away wearing his blue Dodger T-shirt.
Ted also played basketball, was on a bowling league, and was a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West for over 50 years.
Ted met Shirley Anderson in 1953 when Shirley would go to watch him play softball at the Napa Fairgrounds. They were married on February 20, 1954. Together they raised their son and daughter. Family camping, Disneyland, lots of family parties filled his life with happiness.
After he retired, Ted and Shirley traveled to 42 states, the Caribbean Islands, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Canada. They took several paddle wheel cruises along the Mississippi River.
Ted, lovingly call “Pa” by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, said how blessed and happy he was to have his family around him all the time. He spent many years camping with family, creating lasting memories, love, and laughter. Pa was a humble, genuine, kind, honest, loyal, and loving husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, and friend.
Ted is survived by his loving son Dennis (Melody), daughter Valerie (Mark), grandchildren: Jamie (Jill), Phillip (Melissa), Benjamin (Stephanie), Amy (Rey), great grandchildren: Kaden, Wyatt, Avery, and Emma. Ted was predeceased by his parents, loving wife Shirley, and granddaughter Colleen.
The family wishes to thank his caregivers at Stayman Estates—Edward, Louie, and August for their love and care during his one month stay with them; and to Collabria Hospice and the wonderful angels who lovingly helped Dad during his final journey: Adriana, Ted, Elizabeth, Marissa, Kim, Daisy, Maureen, Jackie, Drew, Greg, and Daryn—your kindness, love, and compassion helped him to hit that home run to Heaven!
Dad we miss you so very much, but we’ve been blessed to have you in our lives for so many years. Knowing you’ re with Mom and that we’ll see you again makes it better. We love you, Dad. Thank you for setting such a great example of what a good man is.
A celebration of Ted’s Life will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Creekside Community Church, 1050 Hagen Road in Napa. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful if a donation was made to Collabria Hospice, 414 S. Jefferson St., Napa, CA 94559
Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel is serving the Brandlin family and friends may share condolences online at treadwaywigger.com