Frances passed away on December 20th, 2019. She joins her mother and son. Frances Elizabeth Pace (Ingram) was born October 29th, 1942 to Maye and Thomas Pace. She was the beloved niece of Glenya Westbrook. She graduated from Napa High School in 1961, married Samuel R Sanford on December 24th, 1963 and had 3 children, Elizabeth, Stephen, and Christie (and two grandchildren from Christie—Sylvia and Jimmy). Well known for her beautiful soprano voice, she sang at many events including the 1967 Wine Festival. An accomplished seamstress, she made many beautiful wedding gowns, formal gowns, alterations, etc.
Not only could she sing, she acted as well, participating in many plays in Napa including leading roles—My Fair Lady, Hansel & Gretel, etc. She bellydanced under the name of Fariza, loved the ballet and museums. She was a lover of the arts and instilled this love in her children. She believed in the love of Jesus and spread his belief of tolerance and acceptance to her children as well. We would like to thank her assistant Tammy Castereno, the team at Brookdale and Collabria, your kindness and friendship was so meaningful to her. Most of all, we give our deepest gratitude for her long time friends (who were family to her and gave her comfort to the end) – Gayle Housman, Marlene Pratt, and Marlene’s daughter Angela.
Service will be held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1917 Third St, Napa—Saturday February 8th at 10am. You are encouraged to wear something pink, purple, burgunday, etc. as a celebration of Mom’s love of those colors!
Heaven gained another angel on January 7, 2020 with the passing of Mary Anne Donohoe, beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Mary Anne was born on October 28, 1967 to Daniel and Ellen Jean (Bertain) Donohoe and from that day forward the lives of her parents and five siblings were forever blessed. At the tender age of two Mary started attending Caymus, The Little Red School House in Rutherford, and her love of learning began. After a few years at Caymus she went on to Wintun School and eventually took classes at both Vintage High and Napa College. Following graduation Mary Anne joined the work force, trying a few different jobs before being hired as a member of a housekeeping team at Villagio Hotel in Yountville. She was extremely proud to remain employed there for over 20 years.
Mary Anne was a dedicated athlete participating in multiple Special Olympics events throughout her life, including relay, swimming, softball, bowling, tennis, downhill skiing and gymnastics. In 1986 she traveled to Brighton, England with the Special Olympics Northern California team, competing as a gymnast in the Special Olympics World Games. Mary was an avid fan of the Forty-Niners, Oakland A’s and Nascar and when she wasn’t participating in sports, she watched them on TV. She so badly wanted to become a Nascar racer that she once commandeered a motorized cart in an Alaska grocery store and drove herself throughout the aisles, stopping only after knocking over several displays.
One of Mary’s favorite activities was that of greeter at St. John’s Catholic Church and she was very proud to welcome parishioners to the 5:00 PM Mass at the church she dearly loved. Her faith was very important in her life and she believed that prayer could accomplish anything, even making her legs grow so she could drive.
Mary Anne is survived by her brothers, Dick Donohoe (Lisande) of Anthem, AZ & Joe Donohoe of Napa, her sister Marty Hamaker (David, deceased) of Napa, her aunt, Sister Anne Bertain of San Francisco and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her parents as well as her brothers, Kevin Donohoe of Wasilla, AK and Dennis Donohoe of Kirkland, WA.
A Rosary in Mary Anne’s honor will be recited at 4:30 PM on January 30, 2020 at Claffey and Rota Funeral Home and a Memorial Mass will be offered at 1:00 PM on January 31, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Following the Mass friends and relatives are invited to attend a celebration of her life in the church hall. Mary Anne loved dancing and parties and will always be remembered for her parting phrase, “never stop loving you”.
For those wishing to donate, the family suggests the Developmentally Disabled Christian Ministries of Napa County, PO Box 5131, Napa, CA 94581 or Napa Valley Special Olympics, PO Box 2405, Napa, CA 94558.
Went home to our lord in Napa on December 23, 2019. Born on Dec 1, 1927 in Anamoose North Dakota on her family’s farm, where Millie attended a one room school house which was serviced by a horse drawn wagon (school bus). She always said that they had a roof over their head and food on the table.
Millie moved to Minneapolis Minnesota where she attended Business College and worked as a Nanny at the age of 18.
In 1948 Millie followed her friend Laverne Johnson to Napa, California where she worked for the Basalt Rock Company with a second job as an Usher at the Uptown Theatre.
Millie met her husband Woody (LeRoy) Woodruff and they were married on June 11th 1949.
Millie raised three children and later worked for Kaiser Permanente Group in Napa and then San Diego, retiring in 1996.
Millie was an amazing women, her spirit was contagious with happiness beaming from her beautiful blue eyes.
She loved to laugh, and always had a hysterical joke to share, making us all think in wonder how does she remember all that!
Millie’s pies were her proudest gift to all. No one could bake a pie better then Millie and she shared THAT SKILL with abundance.
Her love of music and dancing will always be remembered, but more than anything was her love of family and friends. Mom was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchild. She was always happiest when surrounded by all.
Millie is predeceased by her father and mother, Bert and Mable, brothers Irvin, George and Dean. She is survived by her children Gary Woodruff, Robert Woodruff and Diane Bishofberger ( Jim),
Grandchildren Daniel Bishofberger (Connie) Lauren Bishofberger, Stephen Bishofberger, Devon Woodruff, Alexis Woodruff and one great grandchild Tatum Bishofberger .
We will all miss her outlook on life, tolerance of people and the ability to always see some humor in situations as they arose, especially in herself…. Love you Millie!
Millie’s celebration of life will be on January 25, 2020 at Tulocay Mortuary at 10 am. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to UCSF Oakland Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Branches, In/Oncology, 5700 Martin Luther King Jr Way T-2, Oakland, CA 94609-1673 where Tatum spent the last year for her leukemia treatment.
Joseph (Joe) Ponti, age 79 passed away at his home in Napa, CA on 12/15/19 following a brief illness. Son of Olivia Ponti, brother to Pearl Ponti. Joe was born in Vallejo Ca, grew up and graduated from Vallejo High School on 1958.
Joe started photography at Vallejo High School, he then went to work at the Vallejo Times Herald as a photographer.
Joe served in the National Guard, he was present at the riots in Watts. He worked as a mail carrier for the Post office. He then went to work for Mare Island as a Metals Inspector. He went to for Biagi trucking after he retired from Mare Island.
Joe had a passion for cars and racing. He was a starter for Vallejo Speedway until it closed, then at Petaluma Speedway.
He was preceded in death by his mother Olivia Ponti, sister Pearl Ponti. He is survived by his wife LaMara Ponti, married Sept 1986, daughter Laurette Ramsey (Ponti), step son Shane Cooke, 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Mr. Joseph (“Joe”) Russell passed away peacefully in his home in Napa, CA on January 12, 2020 after being diagnosed with gastric cancer in early December 2019.
Joe was born on July 14, 1972 in San Francisco, California. He grew up in the East Bay Area, and in Marin County during high school. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994 with a degree in Political Science. After moving to Berkeley, California, he started his own business providing home inspection services for insurance companies across Northern California.
In 2005 he married Suzann Brunel, and moved to Napa. He designed and built their first home at Lake Berryessa, which was completed in 2007. In 2010 they welcomed their first child, Samantha Ann, then Allyssa Joann was born in 2012. Being a father was the most important thing in Joe’s life, so he dedicated his time to taking care of the girls as a full-time dad, while continuing to operate his business remotely. His wife and girls remember him as a man that was loving, principled, fun, dedicated, and always encouraged all of them to do their best across all facets of their lives.
Joe loved everything and anything involving sports. He coached youth baseball even before he had his own children, then coached both girls’ softball teams and Ally’s soccer team. He was known by many as “Coach Joe,” which is fitting because his coaching did not stop at the sports field, it continued into our everyday lives.
Over the past decade, Joe’s sporting endeavors developed into a profound passion for the sport of Bocce, and just like every other area of his life, he was fully committed to being the best he could be. He joined the Hone Dogs Bocce team in 2013, and proceeded to play a pivotal role in 22 league and tournament championships, culminating with his tournament-winning lag at the 2019 Peppermill All-star Bocce Classic in Reno.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joe was a devoted Warriors, Niners and Giants fan, and he was as loyal to his friends as he was to his sports teams. He often spoke about how deeply he valued his friendships, and the camaraderie and banter he shared with his buddies. He was an endless fountain of 80’s movie quotes, he could argue sports strategy with the best of them, and if you were in Joe’s truck there was sure to be some Pink Floyd or other classic rock playing on the stereo.
Joe also had an amazing talent for bringing people together. It was his gift. He was forever organizing ski boat trips and vacation getaways for both his family and friends, where he would make sure everyone was having the time of their life, even at his own expense. He was the catalyst for an immense amount of joy and happiness being felt and shared by those around him. We are all better people for having known Joe, and the memories he helped create will endure in our hearts forever.
He is survived by his Mother, Mary Bitzer, Stepfather John Bitzer, Father Jack Russell, Stepmother Marci Russell, brothers Chris and Drew Russell, wife Suzann Russell, daughters Samantha & Allyssa, Grandparents Henrietta and Richard Kistner, and an enormous extended family that loved him dearly.
The funeral mass is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Saturday January 25th at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church located at 3700 Lassen Street, Napa, CA 94558. A reception will follow at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia (Napa campus) located at 500 First Street, Napa, CA 94559. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Joe’s life.
In lieu of flowers, Joe requested donations be offered to support the St. Apollinaris School music program. Checks can be mailed to:
St. Apollinaris School
Attn: Anna Cardwell, Administrative Secretary
3700 Lassen Street
Napa, CA 94558
Alternatively, donations can be accepted via phone with a credit card through the school office at 707-224-6525.
In either scenario, a receipt with information for tax purposes will be provided.
After a long illness, Daniel Lee Calaway passed away surrounded by his family on January 1, 2020. Dan was born on September 5, 1956 in Vallejo, California to Lee and Rose Calaway. At the age of 7, he moved to Napa and attended St. Appollinaris School and also graduated from Vintage High School, Napa Valley College and UC Davis.
In 1980, Dan married Julia Wilson. He worked for many years at KTVU Channel 2 Television. He loved to converse and read books in Spanish.
Dan is survived by his mother, Rose Grimmer; his sisters, Catherine Milne and Carolyn Memmott; nieces, Sarah (Bob) Dunn, Amy (Gary) Donaldson and Julie (Joey) Tofte as well as five great nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father, Lee, and step-father, Galen Grimmer. Dan will be greatly missed and always remembered for his kind, gentle nature and his incredible sense of humor.
A Mass will be said in his honor at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yountville at 11 a.m. on January 22, 2020 with a reception immediately following in the church hall.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks to Pueblo House of Napa for the wonderful care Dan received. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Memories and notes of sympathy may be shared at claffeyandrota.com.
Edward (Ed) Earl Martinson passed away at his home on Monday, January 13, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born August 23, 1934 to Harry and Susie Martinson in La Junta, CO. He grew up in Vallejo and worked at Mare Island from 1951 to 1989. Ed retired in 1989 as Reactor Plant General Foreman. He also served in the US Army. He married the love of his life, Jackie, in 1964.
Ed learned to fly and earned his commercial license in the 1970s. He built his own airplane between 1991 and 1994. It was an RV-6 and flying it was the passion of his life. He helped establish a Builder’s Club (Sacramento RVators) in 1991 and ran the club until 2016. He and Jackie took several flying trips with friends from the club to different areas in the Western United States.
Ed had a love for fast cars and owned the first 1963 convertible Corvette on the West Coast, as well as several other hot rods. He was a very gifted, meticulous craftsmen. He resided with his family in Napa in the house he built on Silverado Trail for many years. He then moved to Granite Bay to get Jackie closer to her beloved 49ers training camp (and the Lincoln Airport). They eventually settled in Vacaville in 1997.
Ed was a gentle soul, an incredibly loving and supportive spouse, an amazing father, and a wonderful grandpa. A jokester, he brought smiles and laughter to so many. He was a great provider and assured his family was always taken care of.
Ed is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jackie, and his four daughters, Debbie Meier (Myles), Cathy Powell (Darnell), Donna Lee (Wes), and Sandy Ellena (Dean). He has 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. Ed was predeceased by his parents and his only brother, Harry.
Services for Ed will be held at Oakmont Funeral Home in Vacaville on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 1 PM, with visitation starting at 10 am.
Rick was born to Silas Kendrick Everett III and June Elizabeth Everett. He was born in Alameda and came home to the family home up in Alta Heights, in Napa. As a child, he was stricken with a mild form of polio. After much physical therapy, he overcame polio and was able to play sports. Ricky enjoyed baseball. I remember my mother sitting on her heels catching his fast balls. He was an avid tennis player and excelled at playing the piano.
My brother was very important in my life. When Daddy was away on business, Ricky would stand in for him and take me to the Father-Daughter functions. He was always there for his little sister. After graduating from Napa High, Ricky attended the Napa JC and was voted Student Body President. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. It was at this time he refused to be called Rick or Ricky. He would scold his family if they addressed him as such. So, Silas became a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He was in several movies. Most notable are the 1965 movie, Torn Curtain, with Paul Newman and Julie Andrews and the 1987 movie, Baby Boom with Diane Keaton.
His life style eventually transitioned into a business, becoming a distributor specializing in health food and supplements.
Ricky leaves behind his wife Toey of Santa Barbara, his sister Lynn of Napa, his brother Bruce Heckard of Napa and numerous cousins.
Due to my brother succumbing to heart failure, donations may be made in his honor to the American Heart Association.
It is with a heavy heart to announce that Lazaro Maldonado Reyes Has passed at the age of 81 from a long battle of Parkinson’s disease, Larry was born on September 13th, 1938 in San Bernardino Ca. Larry love to golf, fish, and watch all kinds of sports but especially love spending time with his family and friends. Larry opened up Larry’s Barber shop in 1973 in Yountville California, and retired in July 2012. Larry is predeceased by his parents Lazaro Reyes and Angela Maldonado Reyes, Brothers Rudy, Manny, Eddie, and sister Norma. Larry is survived by his Sisters Hope Lugo, Dee Pena, Stella Alvares, Christina Thompson, brothers George, Steve, and Arthur Reyes,and Son Damon Reyes Sr. And daughter (Chita) Monica Reyes both of Napa, four beautiful grandchildren, Damon Jr., Sonny, Roman, and Diana Reyes, two great grandchildren Maite Autumn, and one more granddaughter on the way. He is also survived by his wife Janice. A small memorial service will be held at Claffey and Rota funeral home on 1975 Main St., Napa, CA on Tuesday, January 21st at 11 AM immediately following will be a potluck reception at the American Legion Hall from 1 to 4 PM on 1240 Pearl St., Napa, CA donations can be made online through www. Gofundme.Com /also flowers may be sent to Claffey and Rota funeral home under Lazaro Reyes all donations will be greatly appreciated.
James William McKenzie passed away early Monday, January 13, 2020. Jim was born to Claude and Carol McKenzie in Napa, California on September 3, 1935.
Jim is survived by his loving and devoted wife of nearly sixty years, Annette McKenzie of Vacaville, California. He also leaves behind his favorite daughter Julie and her husband Per Axelsson of Djursholm, Sweden and his son Scott and his wife Kristin McKenzie of Vacaville, California. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Katherine (Parker) McKenzie Itow and Trevor and Derek McKenzie, all of Vacaville, California, Marcus and Lucas Axelsson of Djursholm, Sweden, his great grandson Jack Palmer Itow (Vacaville, CA) as well as his older brother Ding McKenzie (Pam) of Newcastle, California. Jim leaves behind many life-long friends who he considers to be family.
Jim spent his first seven years of life in the small ranching and farming community of Monticello, California – now covered by 250 feet of water and called Lake Berryessa.
During World War II his family moved to Napa, California where he finished grammar school, high school and junior college. In 1957 He graduated from Sacramento State College and the following January went into the US Marine Corps through their Officer Candidates Program at Quantico, Virginia.
In 1959, Jim was transferred to Twentynine Palms, California but not before he convinced Annette to marry him. They were married June 3, 1960 in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They then began their lives together in Twentynine Palms.
In 1961, Jim and Annette moved to Vacaville, California where he entered into business with his uncle Albert (Bruz) McKenzie and his cousin Sandy. For the next nearly 40 years, Jim, along with his cousin Sandy, then Sandy’s sons David and John, and then his own son Scott, would own and operate Pacific Ace Hardware on Merchant St.
Jim was loved and well known by many in Vacaville. This community has always treated the McKenzie family well and as such, Jim felt strongly about repaying it through community involvement. Jim served on the Board of Trustees for the Vacaville Museum and later served as President of the Board of Trustees. He also served on the Elmira Cemetery Board and as a leader for the Boy Scouts of America where as a young man he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in numerous callings including Ward Executive Secretary, Sunday School Superintendent, and Young Men’s President.
Jim enjoyed the beauty and mysteries of God’s good earth. He loved to hunt, fish, boat, snow ski and spend time at his cabin near Echo Lake. Jim made numerous trips to fish at Pyramid Lake, Nevada, pack trips in Wyoming, elk hunts along the Greys River, Wyoming and yearly visits to Yellowstone National Park and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada with his forever girlfriend, Annette. Jim owned property in Lake County, California and loved to spend time there, deer hunting with his family and friends. If that wasn’t enough to keep him busy you could find him in Pope Valley playing Pedro or hunting with his other family, the Haugs, who treated him as one of their own. He will be remembered as the best chocolate chip cookie maker, a man who never met a stranger, the defender of the underdog, and in the eyes of his grandchildren, one of the “Great ones.” He loved watching NFL football (but many times couldn’t stand to tune in until the last quarter) and NBA basketball where he would cheer Annette’s team, The Golden State Warriors, on for the final five minutes of the game.
Jim’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. He deeply loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandson. He and Annette never missed a football, basketball or rugby game. They attended numerous school band concerts and musicals where their grandchildren were the “stars.” Jim looked forward to summertime when Julie and her family would visit from Sweden. He would pack as many adventures as possible into those precious weeks when he had all of his clan together.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents Carol and Claude McKenzie, brother-in-law Donald Taysom and his son David Alexander McKenzie who died just a three weeks ago.
A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. followed by services for Jim and David at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 311 Alamo Dr., Vacaville, CA, on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Donald “Papa” Rossi, surrounded by family, entered eternal life on Tuesday, January 7 at the age of 88. Don was born in El Cerrito, California. His spirit is carried on by his wife, three children, and four grandchildren. Donnie, Don, Dad, Daddy, and Papa were the names you might often hear called around the ranch. Papa loved his family. He also loved his home and his John Deere Green tractors and “putt putt,” which he used as a shuttle for himself and his friends visiting the ranch. Don had a workshop that anyone would envy, that is until the 2014 earthquake hit and the entire family was summoned to help organize each nut and bolt into its respective container. He loved to tinker away at the barn and could repair or build everything and anything. In fact, as a teenager, Don, his brother, Leno, and their father built the family summer cabin in Russian River using only a hand saw, hammer, and level.
Don was an accomplished baseball player and served in the Navy during the Korean War. Upon completing his service, he entered the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers where he celebrated 60 years of service, retiring as a highly skilled electrical foreman. He spent the last 15 years of his career at the UC Berkeley campus and was regarded as the best electrician and problem solver. He was a 4-H Youth organization leader, an active member of St. Apollinaris Catholic Church, a lifetime member of the Galileo Club in Richmond, and a 15-year member of the Breakfast Club.
Don’s spirit is carried on by his loving wife, Bette Mae, of 64 years, his three children Gary Rossi, Sharon Ross, and Michael Rossi; and his four grandchildren Tasha, Cameron, Amanda and A.J. He was recently preceded in death by his older brother, Leno Rossi.
Don never missed a celebration of the family regardless of where it might be even though he dreaded travel by air. He often wore sweatshirts bearing some name of school or association for one of his children or grandchildren – his way of showing his love and pride of family. He was a man of few words, except to his family who knew at any point what he was thinking by the look on his face or by the words he used. Don was a hard worker and instilled his work ethic in his children. His passing leaves a void, and his spirit will forever be cherished.
A Rosary is scheduled for Monday, January 20, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Apollinaris Church. Mass will be celebrated at St. Apollinaris on Tuesday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. with a military service and blessing of the gravesite at Tulocay Cemetery followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial garden will be created in memory of Don at the family ranch. Live shade plants are welcome or donations to the Veterans Home of California, Yountville, Independent Living Account – Volunteer Services, 105 California Drive, Yountville, CA 94599.
Lawrence Angelo Servente, forever known as Larry, passed away on January 8, 2020, at his home, in Napa, where he lived for the past 26 years. Larry was born on April 4,1943, in Vallejo, to Norma Josephine Maffei and Angelo Francis Servente. He was a fourth generation Vallejoan and a twin to his brother, David, who shockingly passed away nine days before him.
Larry grew up in Vallejo, attending St. Basil’s Elementary School, St. Vincent Ferrer High School (Class of ‘61), and Solano College. His life was fundamentally shaped by his Catholic faith, education, and values. As the Senior Class President of the Class of ‘61, Larry never doubted that every 5 years for the rest of his life it was his bound duty to summon his classmates for their class reunions. At these reunions, Larry would take the mic and introduce every classmate, their spouse, from where they had traveled, and update their stories. Affectionately referred to as “the glue that held the class together,” he loyally affirmed that this class was the finest and most successful that the city of Vallejo had ever produced.
In 1967-68, Larry was drafted into the army for service in Vietnam, and although this was not what he would have chosen, he went and upon his return home remained steadfastly proud of his status as a veteran. It was soon after his deployment, that his loving Aunt Lina, asked a young college student if she would write to her nephew who tragically had just lost the mother for whom he had been caring to breast cancer and subsequently been sent to Vietnam; thus began the love story that Larry would forevermore repeat to new friends and acquaintances.
Of course, for those who knew Larry’s story, they are aware this is how he met his future wife, Frances Marie Malta, of San Mateo. They corresponded for a year and a half and shortly after Larry’s return home, met for their first date in San Francisco. Married in 1970, they made their home in Vallejo, and mostly, until their move to Napa, lived their lives there. This is where their two children, Jeff and Sally would grow up as the fifth generation. Larry enjoyed involvement in his communities and brought passion and enthusiasm to his roles as a Vallejo City Planning Commissioner, President of SPSV Parent’s Club, President of the Solano County Unit of the American Cancer Society, and as a member of the 2014 Napa Grand Jury.
His working career was in sales and management, mostly in the trucking industry. In semi-retirement, he had fun driving a limo in the Napa Valley for a few years. Likely, there are many visitors to Napa that recall a certain, gregarious limo driver.
Larry is survived by Frances, his adored wife of 49 years, and their children Jeff (Karina) Servente of American Canyon, CA and Sally (Carlos) Zuniga of Orangevale, CA. A loving, doting and proud grandfather, he leaves behind his three grandsons: Lorenzo Servente, Tristan Zuniga, and Gabriel Zuniga. Larry is also survived by his beloved brother, Stephen Servente of Rohnert Park, CA; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his parents, Norma and Angelo, and his twin brother, David Joseph Servente.
Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass on Saturday, January 18, at 10:00 am, at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church, 3700 Lassen Street, Napa. Reception will follow in the parish hall. Burial will take place on Monday, January 20, at 12:30 pm, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon. All friends and family are welcome at the burial.
If you are considering donations in Larry’s honor, veteran’s organizations and his faith were closest to his heart. He was especially touched by Father Fred and his commitment to building the Holy Family Catholic Church for American Canyon. Donations may be made to the construction fund online: www.gofundme.com/holy-family-new-church-building
Beatrice C. Junk, age 96, passed away peacefully, with her grandson George by her side, on January 4, 2020. She was born in Pasadena, CA and lived for many years in Southern California with her beloved husband of 27 years, “Red” Floyd. She retired from McGaw Laboratories after working there for 30 years. After retirement, she moved to Northern California and lived at Steele Park in Lake Berryessa for 25 years.
Bea loved the outdoors, taking her grandson George’s dogs on long walks, going to bingo every week and collecting everything to do with turtles! She was one of a kind, a great lady and if you knew Bea, she was always smiling and happy. She will be deeply missed by her friends, family, and all who knew her.
Bea was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; daughter, Vivian Scollard; and her 5 younger siblings. She is survived by her grandson, George Scollard (Veronica); granddaughter, Stacey Pino (Raul); great grandchildren, Tiffany; Michael; George; and Sean.
A funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 am on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Skyview Memorial Lawn in Vallejo, followed afterward by internment at Rolling Hills Cemetery in Richmond.
Cecilio Rubio Garcia also known as “Cecil”, passed away on January 3, 2020 in Napa, California at the age of 80.
Cecil was born on October 30, 1939 in Rancho Cucamonga, California. On August 8, 1959, Cecil married the love his life, Rose Perez. He owned Garcia Plastering Company for 42 years. He loved going fishing with his grandchildren.
Cecil is survived by his wife, Rose Garcia of Napa, CA; daughter, Cecilia Garcia of Sonoma, CA; son, Sol Garcia (Angela) of Suisun, CA; daughter, Wendy Garcia of Idaho; brothers, Greg Garcia of Vacaville, CA and Rito Garcia of Napa, CA; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a public Viewing on Friday, January 17th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Tulocay Chapel, with a Service beginning at 2pm, and a Reception to follow the service.
Willis “Bill” Taylor Howland, 95, of Napa, husband of Ann Oldham Howland and the late Evelyn Weins Howland passed away early Sunday morning January 12, 2020. He was born October 2, 1924 in Janesville, WI to Jerome J. and Mabel A. Howland.
Right out of Janesville High School at 17 years old (1942), he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served 22 years with honor and valor during WWII in the South Pacific in torpedo bombers (TBF’s). He also served as an artillery officer in the Korean Conflict and endured the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. He retired from the Marines (1964) with the rank of Major with training in logistics and management. He then worked another 17 years in manager positions for Crocker Nationalells Fargo Bank and then several local credit unions. After his second retirement, he volunteered his time to help less fortunate persons by working with the Rural Communities Housing Development Corp. in the Ukiah, CA area. By doing this, he helped hundreds of low-income families realize their dreams with self-help affordable housing. Even in his later years he volunteered helping seniors do their tax returns.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jerome J. Howland, Jr., sister, Hazel Howland Sorenson, former wife of 68 yrs., Evelyn “Evie” Weins Howland and daughter-in-law, Pam (Gary) Howland. He is survived by his wife, Ann Oldham Howland; his 3 children: John (Lynda) Howland, Barbara (Bill) Mayer, and Gary (Lea) Howland; 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and many friends. He will be remembered for his generosity, work ethic, value of the dollar, discipline, organization and perseverance.
Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery. Full obituary available at claffeyandrota.com
It is with great sadness that the family of Barbara Marshall McCleary announce her passing on December 30 after a brief illness in Reno, Nevada. The long-time Napa resident was 94.
Barbara was born April 22, 1925, in Easton, Penn. Her father was a mining superintendent in West Virginia where she lived through her high school years. Barbara graduated from Huntington High School, and from there attended Connecticut College for Women. She then moved to New York City, attended Tobe-Coburn School of Fashion Careers, and became a buyer for several major department stores during and immediately after the War years. Shortly after the war, she moved to Germany, where her father was superintendent of coal production in the Ruhr Valley.
Barbara met her future husband, Captain Robert H. McCleary, at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Penn. in 1951. They married the following year, whereupon she began Army life, moving to six posts over the next 12 years. Along the way, she had three children and volunteered often at local hospitals.
Robert retired from the service in 1963, and they moved to Los Altos, Calif. and later Napa, where they lived for almost 40 years. They enjoyed world travels and time with their Napa friends. Barbara was active at Napa Presbyterian Church until moving to be near her daughters in Folsom and then Reno.
Barbara, a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (2015). Barbara is survived by her three children: Barbara (Mark) Hockaday of Folsom; Susan (Jeff) Tissier of Reno; and Hunter (Lorraine) McCleary of Durango, Colo., seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She will be remembered most for her patience, her good cheer and resilience. She will also be remembered for her meatloaf, chocolate chip cookies, and the many pots of orchids she nurtured over the years.
We mourn the passing of our beloved husband, father, son, brother, nephew, cousin and steadfast friend, Adam J. Lawson. A resident of Santa Rosa, California, he left us too soon on 1/8/20 at the age of 47. Adam was born in Cincinnati, Ohio; the son of Danny D. Lawson, Wanda Lawson Whalen and stepson to R. Lee Whalen. He was the younger brother of Danny R. Lawson. Adam was an avid Ohio State, Cincinnati Reds and Bengals fan.
He has lived in California since 1987, a graduate of Vintage High School in Napa. After graduation, he pursued various jobs in the Wine Industry and recently started his own company, “Consumer Solutions”. While he was so excited about this new business, Adam would say that his greatest accomplishment is his family. He married to the love of his life and best friend, Becky Warner Lawson and blessed with their beautiful eight year old daughter, Lexi J. Lawson. He was best friend to Curt Zirzow.
Adam was a kind and gentle soul and will always be remembered for his great sense of humor, his hotshot chili and barbecue skills and the company, California Cornhole, which started a whirlwind of competitive events in the Bay Area.
We are all especially blessed to have had this Renaissance Man in our lives. A celebration of his life will be in May, 2020
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.
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.