Eleanor Polimeni passed away in her sleep in Napa, CA on December 10, 2019 at the age of 97. She was born Madeline Eleanor Paredes on February 26, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, the 3rd daughter of seven siblings of Giuseppe and Vita Paredes.
Eleanor grew up in Brooklyn New York during the depression and learned how to be a resourceful, capable woman. She met and married Michael Forma after World War II and they had two sons shortly thereafter. Eleanor divorced Michael in 1952.
She went on and worked for Western Union and eventually met Frank Polimeni and they were married in 1959. They honeymooned in Los Angeles, CA and determined that Southern California was where they wanted to live and work. In 1968 they built a New York-style delicatessen in Montrose, CA. and their business thrived. In 1980 they retired and decided to relocate to Northern California to be closer to their sons’ families in Sonoma and Napa.
There was never a skill that Eleanor couldn’t pick up and master. From cooking to sewing to painting to embroidery to knitting and duplicate bridge. She played weekly in Sonoma, CA for over 20 years until she and her husband Frank moved to Napa in 2007.
She made every Holiday lovely and special teaching all her grandchildren how to make the Christmas specialty “rice balls”, otherwise known as arancini. Her efforts were legendary and always amazed her grandchildren.
Eleanor made many friends during her lifetime, none she loved as much as Lucy, her high school classmate, who predeceased her 20 years ago. She loved to play Duplicate Bridge at the Vintage House in Sonoma and claimed that she was “pretty good.” She had a terrible crush on Omar Shariff, but that’s another story. Eleanor was excellent at everything she did, and she leaves a legacy of traditions for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to perpetuate.
Sadly, Eleanor was pre-deceased by her husband of over 50 years, Frank. As well as her parents and siblings. She is survived by her sons Michael (Margaret) Forma of Napa, CA, Joseph (Lisa) Forma of Georgetown, CA.
Her Italian heritage prescribed how important family was to her. And she gave her whole family the Italian traditions that make for a great gathering whether it was Christmas, a backyard barbecue or a lovely dinner at home. She was exceedingly proud of her sons, Michael and Joseph Forma and was even more delighted by the women they married and the grandchildren and great-grandchildren that followed including 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by six nieces and nephews and their families in Southern California, New York and Chicago.
Funeral Service to be held on Monday, December 16th at 11 am at Claffey & Rota Funeral Home, 1975 Main Street, Napa CA 94559 followed by interment at Tulocay Cemetery, 411 Coombsville Rd, Napa, CA 94558. Memories and notes of sympathy may be shared at claffeyandrota.com.
Born in San Francisco, CA on Aug 9, 1922 to Frank J & Elizabeth Hoagland. Died Dec 5, 2019, at home in Sarasota FL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman H. Quale on Feb 20, 2003. Funeral service private.
Janet Marie Rodriguez (KILLIAN) (PELLEGRINO) died peacefully on December 9th in Roseville, CA at the age of 73.
Janet is survived by her husband, Jose “Butch” Rodriguez of Browns Valley; daughter Frances Pellegrino Myatt and her husband Mike of Sacramento; daughter Sabrina Pellegrino De Caprio and her husband Antonio of Italy; brother Jim Killian of Clear Lake; brother Bill Killian and his wife Ginny of Redding; and multiple grandchildren.
Janet was born on May 2, 1946 in Vallejo, CA to Fenn and Betty Killian. She graduated from Napa High School in 1964. She attended Cosmetology School in Napa and worked as a hair stylist for 13 years at Cut and Curl, Haircrafters, and other Napa salons. She later shifted to retail and worked for McCaulou’s department store and Walmart. After moving to Roseville, CA, she continued to work for Walmart until she retired in 2011.
While in Roseville she met and married Jose “Butch” Rodriguez in 2014. Butch was the love of her life, and she was lucky to have been brought into his wonderful group of family and friends.
In Napa, Janet volunteered 100’s of hours (PTA president, Room Mom, etc) at Vichy Elementary School where both of her daughters attended school. Janet played the violin in high school where she played in the Symphony. She was a Napa Valley Symphony season ticket holder for many years, and her children fondly remember attending symphony concerts with their mom. She was also a supporter of the Chamber Music Society in Napa. She was a member of St. John the Baptist church where she sang in the choir. After she moved to Roseville she became a member of the Red Hat Society and sang in the choir at Diamond K Estates where she lived for 15 years before moving to Browns Valley, CA with her husband.
She will be remembered for her love of music and her fun-loving and caring spirit.
A memorial is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th at the Almond Tree Grill and Lounge in Roseville, at 3:00PM. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Janet’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Napa Valley Symphony. Condolences can be sent to email@example.com. The family would like to thank Kaiser Permanente Roseville for their efforts and care for Janet during her last days of life.
Frank was born in Kansas to Ray and Edith Palmer. While growing up he lived In Colorado and Portland, Oregon. He married and moved to Ceres, CA where he learned to be a machinist at the canneries. He moved to Napa, CA in 1966 and started working for Kaiser Steel. He divorced and married Ann Cole. He retired from C&H sugar in 1985 and worked part time for Napa Pipe and then for B. V. Winery. He was predeceased by his wife, Ann, in 2008.
He is survived by his two daughters from a previous marriage, Karen Lynn Melbin and Michelle T. Palmer, stepdaughter, Linda (Willard), Michael (Joanne) Cole. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Heather, Michael (Laurel) Melbin, Nicholas (Samantha) Lang and five great grandchildren.
Frank was a kind, gentle, loving man. He helped numerous people and family throughout the years. His family will miss him tremendously, but will be forever loved.
With a heavy heart but the knowledge that her gentle spirit will be with us forever, Marie Jeanne Perry (Jeanne) passed away peacefully in her home on November 2019 at the age of 91. Born and raised in Yountville, Jeanne made her entrance in October 1928. Much of her childhood and early life revolved around the Veterans Home where she lived with her mother Edith and stepfather Cleve Borman. She always enjoyed telling stories of growing up in a big house with an open air porch and the days her older brother Bob, who was in the Airforce, would fly over the smoke stacks and get everyone in an uproar saying “there goes Bobby again”.
Growing up, she attended Yountville Elementary and Napa High school. After graduation, she attended secretarial school and then worked the next 20 years for the Napa Valley Unified School District.
During the 50s, she married, had a daughter (Nancy) divorced, became a working single mother, and remarried the man (she met at a friend’s Christmas Party) who turned out to be the love of her life. Jeanne and Merton were married for 53 years. They brought up their family, which now had an addition (Jeff), in the house they shared for the next 50 years. Jeanne enjoyed entertaining and hosting family events. Mert and Jeanne had many travel adventures over the years. Her greatest joy was seeing their family expand with the addition of two son-in laws and two granddaughters (Kaitlyn and Mackenzie).
Jeanne always enjoyed entertaining and a good party. The couple hosted an annual Christmas Party for many years. In honor of her request for no funeral but a gathering in her home, the family is inviting those who would like to celebrate A Life Well Lived. Please drop by and have a bit to eat, drink. and share a few stories at the family home on December 18, 2019 from 2pm till … The family is requesting in lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.
Long-time Napa resident Marilyn Jacqueline (Barnett) Grover, 91, died in her sleep, at home in Pacific Grove, on October 23, 2019. Her father, Wyatt H. Barnett, served in the US Cavalry in the Philippines, chased Pancho Villa in Mexico, and served in France during WW I, where he met her mother, Suzanne Malabat. Marilyn was born August 8, 1928, in Fort Riley (KA) and her family moved to Cheyenne (WY) where she grew up with her sister and two brothers. She graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1946. Following graduation, she moved to Cleveland (OH) for fashion design school. By late 1949, she moved to Tulsa (OK) where she met and married David H. Grover, on January 28, 1950.
Her married life took a winding path largely across the west, from college town to college town, following David's career. Along the way, their four children were born. Prior to moving to Napa, in 1972, the longest span that they had lived anywhere was seven years (in Corvallis, OR). Marilyn and David lived in Napa for 44 years, where she was an active member of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church. They moved to Pacific Grove three years ago to be closer to family.
At age 52, Marilyn decided to go to college to study art, which had always been an interest of hers. After finishing an AA degree at Napa Valley College, she transferred to UC Davis, where she earned a BA in studio art in 1984. She worked initially at the Oberon Gallery and for 20+ years maintained a strong connection to the vibrant art communities of Davis and Napa. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and is part of the permanent collection at the DiRosa preserve.
She was predeceased by her brother Maurice, her son Jeffrey, and her husband of 69 years, David. She is survived by her brother Bill and sister Evelyn; daughters Gretchen, Jill, and Becky; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Inurnment will be at the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in Seaside with her husband.
Survived by husband Bob Brackett. 5 children, Tom (Teena), Shirley (George), Mike, Ruth, Dean Jr. 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 4 step children, 16 step grandchildren, 11 step great grandchildren and former husband Ernest Dean Bowen.
Paul D Edwards, a fifty-year resident of Napa, returned to Heaven on Dec. 6, 2019. He was born in Salt Lake City, UT on Nov. 13, 1937, the son of Verd W and Verna Laura DaBell Edwards. The family later moved to Spokane, WA and Palo Alto, CA.
After studying at Eastern Washington University, Paul proudly served his country in the Army Reserves at Fort Ord, CA. He had a 35 year career at Chevron Oil Company, working up from pumping gas to being Territory Manager of all Chevron-owned stations in California. After retiring, he received a degree from Cal Berkeley in Finance, specializing in Investment Portfolio Management. He was an avid fan of Warren Buffet.
A devoted husband and father, Paul loved serving family members and friends, checking the stock market and working in his yard. He enjoyed gardening and tending his fruit trees while maintaining an impeccable landscape. An active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Paul’s generosity and love for Our Savior while serving others brought him much joy and satisfaction in life.
Eight years ago, he was stricken with incurable cancer, T-Cell lymphoma. We are very blessed to have had his life extended for so long.
Paul was predeceased by his parents, son Scott and sister, Julia Ann. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Judith Matley Edwards; son Chad; daughter Tysha (Don Rainey); sister Linda Hosking; step-children Brian Gibbons (KariAnn), Gary Gibbons (Kirsten), Becky Dawson, Jeff Gibbons (Tiffany); nine grandchildren, Caroline, Benjamin, Brad, Nikolas, Kayla, Tyler, Dyllon, Garrett, and Jared; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11:00 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15 Chapel Hill Drive in Napa. Interment will follow at Tulocay Cemetery.
Jerry LaVerne Pujol died on November 1, 2019 after a prolonged illness. Born on January 25, 1945 to LaVerne and Viola Pujol, Jerry grew up in Woodland with his older brother Robert Prewett. Jerry graduated from Woodland High School in 1962 and UC Davis in 1968 where he studied Political Science, Mathematics and earned his Teaching Credential. In 1966 he married Patricia S. Conner, also of Woodland, and lived most of his adult life in Napa, California. Jerry is survived by his two children, Cass and Lisa, and 5 grandchildren Shelby, Sully, Lindsey, Caroline and Cameron (“Kit”).
Jerry was a major, and beloved, part of many lives throughout his life. He brought an appreciative interest in others, caring support, and an active joy for life to his many friends. Jerry’s openness to enjoy life was accompanied by a willingness to actively engage it. Jerry carried his love of children into his career as a teacher. Caring for and contributing to his students was always the center of Jerry’s work, and earned him the appreciation of those students, their parents, and his colleagues. Gregarious and fun, Jerry was notorious for inflicting corny jokes on all who knew him.
Although he spent his professional career teaching Math at Redwood Junior High and Vintage High School, Jerry’s longest passion was music, which he shared with his young friends, and as a young adult set out to learn to play guitar and became an accomplished musician in his own right. His love of listening to and playing music grew throughout his life and built ties to a community of friends throughout the California Bluegrass Association and the California State Old Time Fiddler’s Association where he served as District 9 and State Presidents and was honored with a Lifetime Membership for his contributions to not only the organization, but for the perpetuation of Old Time Fiddle Music in California.
He was an active member of the California Bluegrass Association and a fixture at the Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival, helping to build the stage, jamming, and enjoying his favorite performers. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of fiddle tunes and styles and taught both of his children to play without the benefit of being a fiddle player himself. Jerry, joined by his wife and kids, made up “In Cahoots”, the Pujol Family Band.
Friends remember Jerry’s generosity with instruments, books, recordings, and transcriptions of hundreds of songs he meticulously drawn out on paper for others to share. Jerry hosted weekly jam sessions culminating in his infamous New Year’s Jam. In all these ways and more, Jerry touched many lives. Those who felt this touch will cherish its lasting presence.
A Celebration of Jerry’s Life and a Memorial Jam Session and Potluck will be hosted by his children on March 21, 2020 at Churchill Manor in Napa, Ca. For further information and to RSVP, please send an email to Lisa Pujol Boe at TheJerryPujolCelebrationAndJam@gmail.com. We hope you can join us.
In remembering Jerry and if so moved, please make a charitable donation to the IBMA Foundation “Bluegrass in the Schools Program” which supports educational programs that educate, teach, and perpetuate Bluegrass music. For more information and to donate, please go to: https://bluegrassfoundation.org/programs/bluegrass-in-the-schools
“When you leave this earth for a better place someday, the only thing you’ll take is what you gave away.” Fallen Leaves, written by Grandpa Jones, 1992.
A memorial mass will be conducted at 11:00 am, Monday, December 16, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Father Dennis C. Day presiding. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date in St. Helena, California. Internment will take place in Burns, Oregon.
Seana was born January 16, 1936 in Richmond, Kansas the daughter of Oliver “Fergie” and Mary “Marjorie” Ferguson. She and her family moved to the Napa Valley in 1940. She attended St. John's Catholic School for eight years, graduated from Napa High School in 1954 and later went to Napa College.
For many years she owned and operated her own secretarial service business in St. Helena, California. She was a long-time member and past President of Soroptimist (an international organization for women that encourages women's empowerment through education.) She was also active in the Napa High Alumni Association.
Seana's pride and joy was her beautiful rose garden. Neighbors walking by would always comment on their beauty. She loved needle point, playing the piano and had a beautiful singing voice.
Seana is preceded in death by her husband Ron McGowan, her parents and her brother Jack Ferguson.
She is survived by her brother Jim Ferguson (Judi) of Sandpoint, ID; a sister-in-law Madeleine Ferguson of Yountville, California; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Donald (Don) C. Gagliardi passed away on Sunday November 30th in the comfort of his home. Don was born on October 15th, 1938. He was the first-born son of Dominic and Josephine Gagliardi. In his early years he and his family lived in San Jose where he attended Willow Glen High School. After graduating Don entered into the Mount St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery where he became a Brother in the Catholic Church. Upon much reflection Don felt his gifts were better utilized outside of the monastic life where he could share his love for his faith to others in a broader setting.
Soon after leaving the monastery he chose a career in Real Estate where he met his beloved wife Patricia (Patti). From that moment the two were inseparable and they shared 42 beautiful years of marriage together. Don continued to educate himself in Catholic Theology and Prophecy throughout his entire life. He was a wealth of knowledge and his insight and teachings in this area of expertise was extraordinary. Don incorporated his Love for his faith through his gifted musical and vocal talents. Anyone who was fortunate to spend time with him walked away feeling uplifted and hopeful for a better day. Don dedicated his life to wife Patti, his faith and to his strong devotion to Our Blessed Mother. He is survived by his wife Patti, his son Kevin and wife Margie Baker, his daughter Kathy and husband Neil Ridout, grandchildren Jamie, Lyndsay, Meghan, Jay Marie, Abe and Lucas along with his great grandchildren. His siblings Joseph Gagliardi, Donna Minardi and Shirley Gagliardi-Ruzzo along with a plentitude of nephews, nieces and Godchildren. Don was an angel sent to us for a brief time from heaven and has been called back home. His presence here is dearly missed, however we take great comfort knowing we have an angel praying for us all in Heaven.
Mass services will be Dec 12th at St. Helena Catholic Church 1340 Tainter Street, St. Helena, CA 94574 at 11am with a Rosary directly following.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Carmelite Monastery 1000 Lincoln Street, Santa Clara CA 95050.
Lillian June Dickson was born on March 16, 1932 to Rose and Anthony Machado. She was the youngest of four children: Rosemarie, John, and Adrienne.
She grew up on the family dairy farm in Dixon, CA. For high school, she attended Dominican High in San Rafael, CA and went to college at the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a BA in painting. After graduation, she returned to the west coast and met and married Richard Dickson who was stationed at Travis Airforce base. They proceeded to have five children: Anne, Richard, Matt, Greg, and Tim. After raising the kids, Richard and Lillian built a successful ranch featuring Merlot and Cabernet vineyards and a Taggiasca olive orchard.
She passed away December 8, 2019. The funeral will be held at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, 960 Caymus St., Napa on December 13 at 1:00. A rosary will be held at Claffey & Rota Funeral Home, 1975 Main St, Napa on December 12 at 6pm.
Seana Del McGowan, 83, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2019 in Kootenai, Idaho.
A memorial mass will be conducted at 11:00 am, Monday, December 16, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Dennis C. Day presiding. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date in St. Helena, California. Internment will take place in Burns, Oregon.
Seana was born January 16, 1936 in Richmond, Kansas the daughter of Oliver “Fergie” and Mary “Marjorie” Ferguson. She and her family moved to the Napa Valley in 1940. She attended St. John’s Catholic School for eight years, graduated from Napa High School in 1954 and later went to Napa College.
For many years she owned and operated her own secretarial service business in St. Helena, California. She was a long-time member and past President of Soroptimist (an international organization for women that encourages women’s empowerment through education.) She was also active in the Napa High Alumni Association.
Seana’s pride and joy was her beautiful rose garden. Neighbors walking by would always comment on their beauty. She loved needle point, playing the piano and had a beautiful singing voice.
Seana is preceded in death by her husband Ron McGowan, her parents and her brother Jack Ferguson. She is survived by her brother Jim Ferguson (Judi) of Sandpoint, ID; a sister-in-law Madeleine Ferguson of Yountville, California; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jony McQuiddy passed on October 26, at the age of 88. She wrote her own obituary earlier this year:
She was born on June 12, 1931 as Joan Marie Lambrecht Corwin, at the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) Lying-In Hospital, to James Henry Horton Elston Corwin and Else Anna Jacobi.
She was a child of the land, extremely proud to be the daughter and only child of a self-taught engineer/inventor whose Sunny Orchard Apple Farm near Princeton, New Jersey reflected his long farming ancestry. The first American Corwin family arrived at the Plymouth colony in 1633, and for three centuries continued to farm on Long Island and Middletown, New York.
On her maternal side, Jony’s grandparents immigrated from Germany, adding an artistic background; her great-grandfather was part of early photography as the court photographer to the last Turkish sultan, and her grandfather was the last Persian rug designer in New York City.
Her early childhood in Florida was followed by many moves on the East Coast as her father designed farm machinery and then plastic items for several companies. Jony attended eight schools in twelve years, then worked her way through three years of college in Boston and Miami, Ohio, planning to become an architect.
Instead, an early marriage produced seven children in ten years. During their upbringing in six states (Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas), she also worked at various part-time jobs in administration, retailing, research, and writing, all while pursuing her love of designing, remodeling, and landscaping homes.
Her personal desire to live in California was finally in sight after a 1968 trip to Napa Valley. The purchase of land on the Silverado Trail in 1975 achieved her life-long dream, and over twenty-five years, Deer Trail Farm, with its barn and homestead, was home to a walnut orchard, fruit trees, vegetable gardens with Forni-Brown Gardens, and always various dogs and cats.
Jony (a childhood nickname spelling carried on through adulthood) also worked at Folie a Deux Winery in its early years, the Heritage School, the Wine Lab and as caretaker for the Admiral’s House. For two years, she wrote her “Straight from My Hearth” column for the St. Helena Star.
She was part of the initial Land Trust Fundraising Committee, the Lodi Farm Center (and “Ladies Dept.”), Rianda House, and the Federated Women of Napa Valley.
In 2000, she bought and completely updated a small cottage in St. Helena, now and then still writing while becoming an urban farmer, spending her final years in her beloved garden with companions Ol’ Blue and Willi. A good and full life.
She is survived by her seven children: Michael McQuiddy (Trudy), Robin McQuiddy, Erin Selby (Bob), Lainey Johns (Doug), Stephen McQuiddy (Debby Coulthard), Susan McQuiddy (Cameron Batchelder), Andrew McQuiddy. Grandchildren: Joshua Addison (Ingrid), Jessica Addison (Marco Brownstein), Cory McQuiddy (Lori), Jill Powell (Thomas), Marc Selby (Meghan), Alexander Hall, Brian Johns (Megan), Kevin Johns (Mariah), Daniel Johns, Grace Franklin (Darian), Alison Batchelder. Great-grandchildren: Izabelle Addison, Gabriel Addison, Sean Addison, Tristan Ayscue, Reece Powell, Brooklyn Powell, Cedar McQuiddy.
Those were her words. The family adds: Jony made many friends during her nearly 40 years in St. Helena, and there are too many names to list them all here. Her final days were made more comfortable by her kind and caring neighbors, and the various local organizations dedicated to end of life care. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Collabria Care Hospice, St. Helena Fire Department, or the MILO Foundation. And be sure to shop often at Sunshine Market! A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Interment will be at St. Helena Cemetery.
Richard Charles Hall, known to many as Dick, passed away peacefully in his home in Vacaville, California, on November 24th surrounded by his family. He was 70 years old.
Born to parents Burton and Virginia Hall on October 23rd, 1949 in Santa Monica, CA, Dick grew up in the Napa Valley and graduated from Calistoga High School in 1967. He worked several years in the wine industry and took to making wine at home, securing awards for his house-made vintages. A man who enjoyed working with his hands, he eventually became a stonemason and owned the Hall Concrete Company. After retiring, Dick followed combined his passion for viticulture and wine, spending a few years as a petite sirah grape grower in Calistoga.
He was married to his high school sweetheart Elizabeth “Lynne” Luney in 1968 and together they spent more than 50 plus years living happily in their hometown of Calistoga before retiring to Vacaville. Dick is survived by Lynne, their daughters Robin Johnson and husband Sam, Dana Blakeley and husband Josh, Kim Rostak and husband Chad, as well as 5 grandchildren: Gatlin, Molly and Ellie Blakeley and Natasha and Nikolas Rostak. He is survived by siblings Steven (Cheryl) Hall, Susan Hall & Gerry Wieland, Judy (John) Kowalsky, Margaret (Mike) Scrobonia and Mike Linnell as well as many nieces and nephews. Dick was predeceased by his parents Burton & Virginia Hall.
Dick was a kind and generous man who was looked up to as a father figure by many people. In the last month of his life, his family had the chance to celebrate his 70th birthday next to his beloved Pacific Ocean- they are grateful and happy to have watched him hit this milestone surrounded by the people he loved.
In the spring of 2020 Dick’s ashes will be spread over Bodega Head in Bodega Bay, California. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Hospice Department, 1761 Broadway Street, Suite 101, Vallejo, CA 94589.
Leslie lived most of her life in Napa and was married to her husband of 38 years, Dick Bertolino. She spent most her career working for Napa Valley Unified School District.
Leslie was so proud of her two boys, Tony Solis, a LAPD Officer in the motor division and Brandon Bertolino a Cal Fire Police Officer. Over and over again, she talked about how blessed she was that they had done so well. Tony is married to Maribel and they have a daughter, Cassandra. Brandon is married to Krystal and they have three boys, Everett, Elijah and Abram. Leslie loved the time she spent with her grandchildren. Her oldest grandchild, Catherine Howard-Solis spent many days with Leslie and Dick and Leslie are very proud of her attending college and doing so well.
Leslie had 6 siblings: Pam Riddle, Jeffrey Zuehlke, (deceased), Valerie Plum (Steve), Michael Zuehlke, Linda Sedgley (Scott), Rhonda Mapes (James).
Her parents Garland Riddle and Romayne and Betty Zuehlke predeceased her.
Leslie loved her family, her church, and her beloved German Shepard, Cinder.
Life was not always easy for Leslie, but she met each challenge in her life with grace, courage and she never gave up.
She was funny, positive and tough as nails as quoted by Dick as she endured chemo, radiation and enduring the emotional and physical pain of cancer. She love all of her friends from Grace Church. Leslie’s friends and family will remember Her fondly, and even though she left this life early, she left an impact that will affect many of us for years to come.
The family would like to thank Hospice for their wonderful care of Leslie. She was especially close to her nurse, Justine Hall. A huge thank you to Grace Church for being there for the family it is truly appreciated.
Leslie’s service will be Saturday, December 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at Grace Church, Napa.
Lloyd Dwayne Hassenplug, 73, of Napa, died on November 25, 2019. Dwayne was born in Vallejo, California to Lloyd and Lena Hassenplug. Dwayne joined the Military (Air Force) in 1964 basic training was in Lackland AFB in Texas and then was stationed in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. He returned back to Napa in 1968 where he started working for Western Electric where he worked there for a few years until he got into the Electricians apprentice program.
He then began working at Napa Electric where he eventually became part owner and retired from there. He was a member of the Martinez trap shooting club and loved to compete in trap shooting clubs around Northern California. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, CWA, the Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge where he was the camp host.
He is survived by his Daughter, Kimberlee Hassenplug Saunders-Foerder (Mark Foerder), also his grandchildren, Drew Hassenplug, Sam Saunders, Kylie Hassenplug, & Step grandchildren Cassidy & Ethan Foerder. Also survived by his Sister Marlene Howatt (Darrell Howatt) and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents Lloyd and Lena Hassenplug, Brother Don Hassenplug, Son Dwayne Allen Hassenplug.
He enjoyed camping with his friends, rolling dice, hunting and fishing, country music and coin collecting. He will be greatly missed by his Family and Friends.
Celebration of life will be held at the Elk’s Lodge on January 3, 2020 @ 6:00 PM
Andrew Hugh D’Anneo died peacefully at the age of 90 on December 1, three days after celebrating Thanksgiving with his family. He was born October 28, 1929 (black Monday the day of the stock market crash) in Rome, Italy. He was the son of the late Ruth Dobbins D’Anneo of Berkeley CA and Arnaldo D’Anneo of Rome. (his father served as Italian consul in SW France, at the Italian embassy in SF, and at the United Nations in NY before retiring to Italy.) Andrew was predeceased by his sister Francesca and brother Paul.
His early schooling was in France before returning to Berkeley with his mother and siblings prior to WWII. He graduated from Berkeley High School, received his AB from Stanford University in 1951 and his JD from Stanford Law School in 1956. He practiced law in SF, worked for the labor commission and later practiced law in Calistoga.
He leaves his wife of 31 years, Barbara Nechis, his former wife Jean Charles Gansa, mother of his 5 children, Roberta (Scot Terry), Drew, Allan, John (Cidnee), and Paul. Grandchildren Chris, Kelsey, Nick, Isabella, Samuel and Anthony D’Anneo. and stepchildren and step grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was passionate about family, loved languages, opera and his small vineyard in Calistoga which he purchased in 1972. He spent summers at Fallen Leaf Lake near Lake Tahoe (a tradition started by his grandparents who had honeymooned there.) He lived life to the fullest, deeply generous and caring to friends, family, clients, frequently rewarding us with his million $ smile. Complicated, charming, compassionate, funny, quirky, oh so unpredictable and extremely particular about grammar. I regret that I did not write this obit sooner so that he could have edited it.
Dad, Nonno, Andrew, Andy, Dru, Andrea Ugo, you will be forever remembered and missed.
Our thanks for the love and beautiful care given to him by Irais Lopez, Paulina, Monica, Maria, Rosalia, Bella and all the caregivers at Cedars Care Home in Calistoga during the last year of his life.
A celebration of Andrew’s life will be held at his vineyard in May.
Richard Reisman, long time resident of Napa, California, passed away on October 26th at The Meadows of Napa Valley after a protracted illness. He was 84 years old. In declining health for several months, Richard decided to “cross the river,” which he did surrounded by the many friends who loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney Reisman and Miriam Gumble Reisman, his longtime partner Ken Reid, and most recently, his brother John N. Reisman. He is survived by his sister-in-law Jane D. Reisman of Columbus, Ohio, his nephew John D. Reisman (wife, Kimberly) of West Lafayette, Indiana, and his niece, Joanne R. Pinder (husband Ken) of Liberty Township, Ohio.
Born November 17, 1934, Richard grew up in Scarsdale, New York and Westport, Connecticut. He was a graduate of Staples High School (Westport, CT, 1951), Cornell University (1955), and Yale Law school (1959). After graduating from Yale, Richard served as a JAG officer in the United States Coast Guard (1959-1962). In 1960, he moved to San Francisco where he practiced law in private practice and later for the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Richard became a member of the Green Valley Ranch partnership in 1980 and began residing there fulltime in 1984. The Green Valley Ranch in Napa was his home for 35 years before moving to The Meadows earlier this year.
Richard was passionate about the arts and was involved in several significant organizations such as the San Francisco Symphony Foundation and the San Francisco Opera. A particularly special commitment, however, was to the San Francisco Art Institute, where he enrolled as a student shortly after moving to the city. He would go on to become the first student representative on the Board of Trustees, and chair its famed Artists Committee. Richard’s commitment to the arts continued after his move to Napa. He was instrumental in the development of the di Rosa Preserve, working for 18 years (1986-2004) as its administrator and curator, overseeing management of its founders’ famed art collection, and shepherding the construction of modern galleries for visitation by the public. He continued to be an invaluable resource and source of wisdom and support for the di Rosa for years after his retirement. Richard amassed an extensive personal collection of art and was an accomplished photographer, a talent he utilized in his many travels across the world.
A strong advocate for land conservation, Richard along with several others, spearheaded the largest single grant to the Napa Valley Land Trust in 1987, establishing 4 miles of scenic ridgeline between Napa and Solano counties that will remain open and undeveloped in perpetuity.
A memorial service will be held at Green Valley Ranch in Napa in the spring (date to be determined).
Jeanne Marie Abblett of Summerville, South Carolina passed away on Friday Nov. 22, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Jeanne was born in San Francisco, and raised in Napa where she attended Bel-Aire, Redwood and Vintage High Schools. Jeanne served in the Navy in Norfolk Virginia, and after her discharge began her organic vegetable business known as “The Organic Jeanne”.
Jeanne was predeceased by her parents Joyce Abblett and Eugene Abblett and her aunt, Janet Clark. She leaves behind her sister, Sherry Abblett, niece Anna Payne and great nieces Ashli Horrell and Reese Larson.
Wanda Irene Weber passed away in Oakland, CA on December 4, 2019 at the age of 96. She was born on November 3, 1923 in Yale, Oklahoma, the youngest of four siblings, and the only daughter of Ira Brandon Minnick and Goldie Arretta Huff. Joining her band of brothers, she learned to be scrappy and independent. In high school she worked in her father’s printing office, hand-setting type for the local newspaper. She played cornet in the marching band and studied with a biology teacher who encouraged her to apply to nurses’ training at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. There, she met Eugene Arnold Weber, a stellar medical student, and they married in 1950. By 1958 they had five children and had settled in Covina, California with an ever-changing menagerie of pets.
After many happy years as a full-time mom, Wanda began a long commitment to volunteerism, offering help most notably to Pacific State Hospital, Planned Parenthood, Red Cross blood drives, and Napa’s Community Projects. Wanda passionately pursued antique furniture refinishing, weaving, organic gardening, cooking, knitting, and travel. She was a lifelong “news hound,” beginning with her early experience in the newspaper business.
A person of strong convictions and certainty about her sense of right and wrong, Wanda was not afraid to act in the face of injustice. One example was her one-woman picket line (at the age of 85) on the highway outside a Napa car dealership that had, in her opinion, not honored its promises.
Tragically, Wanda was pre-deceased by daughter Elizabeth Haynes (Ken) of Lexington, KY and son Edward Weber (Anne Jungerman) of Napa, CA, as well as her husband, Gene. She is survived by daughters Susan Weber of Oakland, CA, Jane McCabe (Tom) of Georgetown, TX, and Marilyn Kleinhein (Jason) of Los Angeles, CA.
The importance of family connections was foundational for Wanda. As their children became adults, she and Gene began a tradition of organizing and funding an annual family reunion. These gatherings, now attended by more than thirty family members including ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, continue to this day. Wanda’s family lovingly remembers her as their devoted and inspirational matriarch.
Rowena Genevieve Hopp passed away on November 23, 2019 after a short illness. Rowena was referred to as Nonie by her family and friends. She was born on September 25th 1933 in Concord, California and brought home to Napa, where she lived until she was seven. She lived in various bay area locations and southern California, returning to Napa in high school where she met the love of her life, Harlan. They married in 1951 and were blessed with 67 years together.
Rowena raised four children. She cared for numerous others as a childcare provider. She enjoyed catering for friends and family. She cooked hot lunch for St. John's Lutheran school for many years. Her greatest joy was her family, hosting many large family reunions.
Rowena was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan Hopp. She is survived by her children: Debbie Kessel (John) of Alabama, Sharon Tews (Ken), Joe Hopp and Leanne Williams all of Napa. Grandchildren: Zina, Jared, David, Justin, Tammy, Michael, Sam, Alicia, Brian, and Stephanie. Great-grandchildren: Finnegan, Elwin, Cohen, Marvin, Ezra, Ridley and Truly.
There will be a private interment at Tulocay Cemetery. Condolences and words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.tulocaycemetery.org.