Carol Jean Blumer, age 88, died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease on Friday August 9, 2019, in Napa, California. She was diagnosed in 2016 with late stages of the disease.
She is preceded in death by her brother Edward Dane, and husband Dale Blumer. She married Dale in 1952. They met shortly after Dale’s honorable discharge from the United States Navy at Skaggs Island, while Carol was working in her father’s Railway Express Office in Napa. The couple had two children together, Jeff and John.
Carol was born on February 23, 1931 in Colfax, California to mother Pearl Dane, and father Archie Dane. She graduated from Napa Senior High School in 1950.
In 1963, she and Dale moved to Watsonville, California where Dale worked in bookkeeping and accounting, and Carol volunteered in the local school district working in the elementary school library, as well as at the California Department of Farm Labor. Carol and Dale were very involved in the Presbyterian Church in Watsonville and enjoyed activities with friends they met there. In 1972, Carol’s husband Dale found a business opportunity back in Napa, and the family moved there and remained until Dale’s retirement, after which they toured the country in their motor home. After Dale’s passing in 1992, Carol moved to Green Valley, Arizona, and worked in a few clerical positions before retiring. Carol was active in her church there, participating in several home Bible studies and Valley Presbyterian ministries, most notably, Stephen’s Ministry. She was active in their Senior Supper Club and sang in the church choir for several years.
Carol was a loving and nurturing mother. She was a socially active woman who was deeply involved in writing, music and various forms of art for most of her life. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing golf, and fellowshipping with camping friends from the Napa Presbyterian Church, Merrimac’s with Dale, and participating in Bible Study Fellowship for many years. Her family and friends will always remember her as an outgoing and spiritually encouraging person who loved to laugh and have fun.
Carol is survived by her son, Jeff Blumer and her daughter-in-law Kim, of Napa; her son, John Blumer and her daughter-in-law Kathy, of Clovis, California; and her grandchildren, James Blumer of Tokyo, Japan, Karen Follis of Clovis, Henderson Blumer of Los Angeles, David Blumer of Clovis, Rieson Blumer of El Cerrito, California, and her great-granddaughter Paige Follis.
In lieu of services or flowers, Carol’s children request, if so led, that you would send donations to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (NY—www.alzinfo.org), or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (NY—alzfdn.org). The family would like to thank Collabria Care Hospice of Napa (collabriacare.org) for coordination of Carol’s transitioning care with Napa Valley Care Center, also prior to this more recent transition, Nazareth Rose Garden of Napa-Dementia Care, and Angels Above of Tucson, Arizona.
Steve passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of 7/24/19 after a short battle with lung cancer. We are grateful his last days were good ones, with minimal discomfort, enjoying time with family and friends.
Steve was born in Napa at the Parks Victory Memorial Hospital. He moved with his family to San Leandro for his childhood and teen years, and back to Napa to attend community college. He also lived in Tracy and at his place in Timber Trails, Avery, California. Steve loved music, especially harmonies, and had a gifted voice. He played the piano, organ, trumpet, and guitar. For years he performed in a band along with his cousin Kirk Brown. He enjoyed restoring cars and fishing with his best friend Greg Lampson (Sacramento) and sons. He also had a passion for gardening.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances Robinson, his sister, Mary Beth Rose, and his beloved chihuahua Willie. He is survived by his brothers Mike (Kathy) Robinson and Pat Robinson; his sister, Nancy (Brian) Nunley, and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life with us and join us in a reception. We are gathering on Saturday, September 7 at 2pm at the Crosswalk Community Church courtyard, 2590 1st Street, in Napa, to share memories and to comfort each other.
Marilyn Jean “Bib” Nelson Williams died peacefully in her home in Napa California on August 15, 2019, she was 84. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by family and friends.
Marilyn was born in Eagle Butte, South Dakota and moved with her family, at a young age, to Adin, California to grow wheat. She went to college at PUC in Angwin where she met Norman Williams, they married in June of 1958. Marilyn and Norman had five sons. Marilyn spent her career as a grade-school teacher. The family moved to several locations in California where she taught in Seventh-day Adventist schools including; Roseville/Orangevale, Arroyo Grande and Pacifica/San Francisco. After her retirement Marilyn enjoyed caring for her family, and she volunteered tirelessly at the church community center.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Norman. She is survived by her brother Robert Nelson of Adin, California, and sons Michael , Mark, Mitch, Marvin and Murray. Grandchildren David, Michelle, Jason, Calvin, Vanessa, Patrick, Jordan, Matthew and Dylan, and three great grandchildren. After becoming a grandmother, Marilyn was lovingly known to everyone as “Granny”.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at the Napa Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1105 G Street, Napa, California.
Howard Zweier, MD, 71, passed away on the morning of July 21, 2019 at home with his wife and daughters by his side after waging a valiant two-year battle against pancreatic cancer.
Howard was born on April 23,1948 to Rosaline and Paul Zweier in Brooklyn, New York. He spent most of his youth in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Eastmoor High School before attending college at Syracuse University. He earned his medical degree at State University of New York Downstate in Brooklyn and went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan and a fellowship in infectious disease at Brown University.
After enduring a lifetime of frigid winters and the historic New England Blizzard of ‘78, Howard headed west in search of sunshine and a job.
In November 1979 he began his 30-year career as a physician and chief of infectious disease at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Vallejo. Just as he started his practice, the tragic AIDS pandemic struck, and he proudly found himself on the forefront of HIV management.
He diagnosed and treated hundreds of other complex illnesses and was an extremely valued consultant to his fellow physicians in all departments.
Howard was a hardworking perfectionist and it was not uncommon to find him making extra rounds on his patients late at night or on days off. Medical staff and patients alike appreciated his thoughtful care delivered in a down-to-earth manner. Even ten years after retiring, “Dr. Z.” was always enthusiastically greeted when returning to his home hospital for his own appointments. Howard built a family as well as a career at Kaiser Vallejo. He met his wife, Linda, a physical therapist there in 1980 and their daughters, Lauren and Adrienne (Adi), were born at the facility in 1986 and 1992, respectively.
Howard was likable, honest, and fun to be around and he accrued many close friends with whom he shared a love for medicine, golf, sports, politics, and life in general.
He was a Bay Area sports super-fan and enjoyed rooting for the Warriors, Giants, and 49ers. He attended many noteworthy games throughout the years, but perhaps his most memorable experience was riding out the Loma Prieta earthquake from the upper deck at Candlestick Park during the 1989 World Series. Howard was a 35-year member of the Napa Valley Country Club and enthusiastically teed off with his band of golf buddies at every given opportunity.
Howard was a devoted and loyal family man. He lovingly cared for his parents in their later years and visited his mother nearly every day during her seven-year residency at the Meadows Care Center.
He was his disabled sister’s legal guardian and best friend and made four trips a year to the East Coast to visit her without fail. He was a wonderful, fun, charmingly quirky, and never boring husband to Linda, his wife of 35 years.
As a father, Howard taught Lauren and Adi to not sweat the small stuff and that anything can be made interesting with the right color commentary. He was their number one cheerleader for all academic, professional, and extracurricular pursuits and the best fixer in times of crisis.
Howard made sure that his girls knew the lyrics, history, and lead singer of all Beatles songs and routinely led rousing Fab Four sing-alongs on family road trips.
Howard is survived by his wife, Linda, of Napa, and their daughters, Lauren Zweier of San Francisco and Adi Zweier of Portland. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Rosaline and Paul Zweier, and sister Rita Zweier.
He was simply the best of the best and will be forever loved and missed. Fighting pancreatic cancer takes a village and ours was incredible. We are eternally grateful to all medical personnel, friends, and family who supported us along the way and became an integral part of Team Zweier.
There will be a celebration of life for Howard on September 28, 2019. Please contact Linda at email@example.com for details. Condolences and words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.tulocaycemetery.org.
John Richard Straily was born on May 3, 1951 in Lamar, Colorado and died August 14, 2019 in Napa, California. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and younger brother. John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Monette Straily, daughters Lindsey Branch (Lawson) of Vancouver, Canada, and Cassidy Straily (Marcus Collar) of Napa. He was the proud grandfather of Keaton and Quinn Branch. His sister Martha Satterly resides in Burlington, Co. John had 6 nephews and 3 nieces.
John spent his childhood in Lamar where he was an outstanding athlete. Receiving the Byron “Whizzer” White Academic Scholarship to the University of Colorado in Boulder, Co, he played football at CU until a serious injury ended his football career. Majoring in business, John became a CPA working in Colorado, and then for the last 35 years in Napa. John was happiest watching both college and pro football and spending time with his perfect grandchildren.
No Services will be held. The family would like to thank the Queen of the Valley ICU nurses and doctors especially Dr. Schoeder and Cathy Dundas for their care and dedication. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice or any organization dedicated to defeating Donald Trump’s re-election.
James Michael Andrews passed away peacefully on August 15, 2019 surrounded by loved ones.
James was born in Napa Valley on February 18, 1942 to Melvin Joseph Andrews and Emma Jaeger. James, referred to by his friends as Jim, was a Napa native and graduated from Napa High School in 1960. In 1963 he married his high school sweetheart, Stana Lee Vallerga. Shortly after, he began his meat cutting career at Vallerga’s Market where he was known and loved by customers for always having a smile on his face and brightening anyone’s day. After 15 years at Vallerga’s, Jim and Stana opened Andrews Meat and Deli. Together they owned and operated Andrews Meat and Deli for 19 years. Jim was famous around town not just for his meat cutting skills, but for the great affection he showed his customers. He always made sure people left with a smile on their face. After closing up Andrews Meat and Deli, Jim worked for 15 years in the meat department at Browns Valley Market. He retired after a career of 45 years, but always remained the go-to-guy for butchering questions.
Jim’s hobbies included fishing, golf, woodworking, and cooking. He will be forever remembered by his family for waking them up in the morning to the smell of bacon and eggs and for never missing an event that was grandchild related. He will also be remembered by many as the President of the Rotary evening group and a member of Napa Sunrise California.
The second of three children, Jim was predeceased by his brother Philip Andrews and sister Marcia Andrews. Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Stana Lee Andrews of Napa; son, Jeff Andrews; two daughters, Susan Kampton and Carrie Androlowicz; and his 10 grandchildren, Brandon, Tyler, and Alyssa Andrews; Max, Nicole, Luke and Kelsey Kampton; Chris, Emma, and Abby Androlowicz; as well as many loved ones
Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral service on August 26 at 11 AM at Tulocay Cemetery. Following the service will be time to share stories and celebrate the life and positive impact Jim had in each of our lives.
Les Gray passed away January 22, 2019, having reached the age of 102, in his home in Hemet, California. Born on Long Island, New York, he was active in the Boy Scouts, sang in a band while in high school, and worked as a caddy to help support his family. His “kid” brother was shot down during WWII, and his four sisters predeceased him. He met his beloved Carolyn in high school and they were married in 1937. The two were devoted to each other throughout their sixty-year marriage that ended when Carolyn passed in 1997.
They reared two daughters, Nancy Gray Vopat, who passed in 2003, and Linda Gray Newberry (Jack), of Napa. The family moved to Southern California in 1947, and Les and Carolyn moved to Calistoga in the 1970s only to relocate to Southern California a few years later for health reasons.
Les is survived by four grandchildren: Sharon Vopat Mitchell (Ken), Kristi Vopat Abundis (Rob), Steven Burgess (Marne), and James Burgess. His nine great-grandchildren are: Kasey, Kendyll and Kolby Mitchell; Isabella and Gavin Abundis; Kira and Brandon Burgess and Thatcher and Crawford Burgess. He is also survived by his second wife, Sylvia Leading Gray, with whom Les was fortunate to spend 15 happy years.
Les was a born salesman, was a Civil War buff, and had a lovely voice. His idols were John Wayne and Abe Lincoln. At his 100th year birthday party, accompanied by a guitarist, he sang, strong and true, Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World. He was a positive thinking, humorous and grateful gentleman who will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Mary Catherine Johnson Resendez- unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on Thursday August 8, 2019. Cathy was Born in Ajo, Arizona July 14, 1954 to her parents Glen & Joyce Johnson. Husband David Joseph Resendez, daughters Shannon Renee Resendez and Kelley Lorraine Pacas, Siblings Glen Johnson Jr., Michael Johnson, David Johnson, and Brenda Gay Resendez. Son-in-law Victor Pacas. Grandchildren Michael McGraw, Matthew McGraw, Myles McGraw, Alicia Cervantes, Andrew Resendez Ochoa, Aaron Resendez, Ysidro Resendez Zavala, Breana Pacas, Brendan Pacas, Amanda Bennett. Great Grandchildren Montana McGraw, Mason McGraw, Madilyn Bennett, Mychel McGraw, Analisa Cervantes, Alyiah Cervantes, Ramon Munoz. Rachel, Tom, Numerous Brother-in-Laws, Sister-in-Laws, Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.
Cathy went to Shearer Elementary School, Ridgeview Junior High and received her GED. Cathy married David on September 2, 1969. Cathy worked for West Side Pizza, she worked as a teachers aide and also drove school bus. Cathy had 2 daughters who were the love of her life. Cathy was a devoted mother, wife and grandma. Cathy had a beautiful laugh and smile. Cathy just celebrated her 65th birthday with her family. Cathy will truly be missed many.
Viewing will be at Tulocay on the 28th of August 4:00-8:00 PM on August 29 Viewing will be from 9:00-11:00 AM Funeral Service will be 11:00-12:00 PM, Burial Site will be from 12:00-1:00 PM and 1:00-4:00 PM will be the reception.
We would like to invite everyone to come to the reception after the services and bring a favorite dish or dessert to share for the pot luck.
Donald King Montez, 94, passed away peacefully on July 2nd, 2019 in St. Helena, CA after a short illness. Donald Montez was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1925. At a young age he moved to Iowa with his mother and stepfather. He attended Franklin High School, graduating in 1943. After High School he worked as a Window Designer for Marshall Fields in Chicago, IL. He spent two years in the Navy prior to graduating from Antioch College in Ohio with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1950. Upon graduating, he joined Kaiser Engineers, headquartered in Oakland, CA, where he spent his entire professional career.
Donald traveled throughout the world for Kaiser Engineers, including Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Canada and Diego Garcia Islands in the Indian Ocean. He was a talented, successful engineer, known for being extremely professional and getting the job done with ease.
He married Toni and had two children, Kim and Michelle, whom have both passed. Donald and Toni divorced and then Donald found Mary when they both worked at Kaiser Engineers. They married July 14th,1973, having a long and happy marriage for 44 years. They moved to Calistoga where they enjoyed their time together in their art studios spending hours on their masterpieces. Donald, from the years, 1981-1990 was a volunteer fireman with the Mountain Fire department when first moving to Calistoga. He then joined the City Council Planning Commission in Calistoga.
Throughout the years 2000-2004 he was recognized for his outstanding contributions. He enjoyed many things including his time working on European cars, like his red Austin Healey.
Donald enjoyed all kinds of music, especially jazz with this favorite, Charlie Hayden. A voracious reader, he read every issue of New Yorker magazine cover to cover! Donald was a talented, highly regarded painter, always perfecting his craft by attending art classes at the Calistoga Art Center and at Up Valley Campus, Napa Valley College. Nobody wore a vest, jacket, and tie with the assurance and class to equal Donald. A true gent, interested and interesting, he loved Calistoga and the Napa Valley. He will be remembered and missed by many.
Preceded in death by his daughter and son, he is survived by his loving wife, Mary Burke Montez, stepdaughter, Jennifer Adams Bunkers and six grandchildren; Taylor, Haley, Freddy, Georgia, Piper and Rowan Bunkers. We will be having a Celebration of Life; Potluck Picnic for Donald at Pioneer Park in Calistoga, on Sept 8, 2019 from 12-2:00. Please come and share your memories.
Martha Stutzman passed away peacefully at the age of 97 on this beautiful summer day of August 12, 2019.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband John Henry Stutzman on August 6th 2009. Martha was born in Vallejo in 1921 to Claud M Ellis and Bessie Wolf Ellis. Her relatives were pioneers settling in Vallejo as early as 1886. She had fond memories growing up in Vallejo and enjoyed visiting her father’s, Ellis Dairy and Creamery, which was located near the school and frequented by her friends where they enjoyed delicious milk shakes after school. One of her very exciting days was a trip piloted by her Dad in his BiPlane at age 8. (Her mom found out after the flight) oops! This may have incited a degree of exploration, travel and adventure, which would follow her throughout her life.
Perhaps her most favorite memory of growing up in Vallejo was meeting our father in the high school marching band, where she played the piccolo and our father played the clarinet and tenor sax. They had a lifelong appreciation of music and enjoyed singing in the church choir under the direction of Norman Skeels and Travis Rogers. Support for the Napa Valley Symphony and Chamber Music of Napa was important to them as they promoted and helped to sell season tickets. They also enjoyed attending Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for a series of classical concerts, which became for them a way to experience the music, which plays an enriching part in all of our lives.
On June 29th 1941, our parents married at Vallejo First Baptist Church and remained married for 68 years. In 1950 they moved to Napa and built their first Photography Studio which they operated alone for the first couple of years. Martha did bookkeeping, printing, photography, and managed the business. On many weekends during the summer, they would photograph weddings. They enjoyed working and being a part of many celebrations of joy. The Photography Center specialized in portrait, wedding, baby, commercial, aerial and landscape photography. They were proud to have the first one-hour color processor in Napa. All of their children worked in their business and Joan Wayne continued until they sold the business in 1998.
They designed and had their home built in 1960 on a foothill in west Napa with views to the east of Napa. Our family enjoyed hosting summer gatherings around the pool. The family’s main sport was boating and waterskiing. On Wednesdays during the summer, we took a day off and headed up to Lake Berryessa for a day of skiing, swimming, and picnicking. Waterski days always included my mom’s famous potato salad and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. We learned to ski from a young age, this included friends, cousins, and anyone else willing to give it a try. We spent a week or two in the summer at Trinity, Shasta, Donner or Sly Park with friends and family for a memorable camping and skiing vacation.
Our mom was a member of the Eastern Star Gateway Chapter #3 for 79 years. Our parents were also members of the Napa Biographical and Genealogical Societies.
From a young age Martha was raised in a loving home that believed faith in God is important and that our lives should be a reflection of his love and glory. The American Baptist Missionaries serve in over 20 countries showing love to millions by providing, healthcare, food and education to some of the most under served parts of the world. This opportunity to give to missions and the mandate to go into all of the world to share God’s love was promoted by our mom on a local, as well as a regional level.
Martha was predeceased by her brother Robert William Ellis in 1926 and her sister Edna Claudine Ellis in 2003. She is survived by her sister Helen Ellis Freeland of Loomis and Dr. Harlan Ellis of Visalia. Also her 2 sons Jack and Dave Stutzman and her 3 daughters and son’s in law, Joan and Bill Wayne, Laura and Doug Smith, Jean and Steve Hebenstreit, 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Martha was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends. The family wishes to express their appreciation of care from Dr. Heather Paciotti from Kaiser, Nancy Trego PA Kaiser, Kaiser Hospice, The Meadows staff of dedicated, hard working, and caring nurses and all auxiliary care givers. Memorial gifts in Martha’s honor may be made to Missions c/o Crosswalk Church of Napa 2590 First Street, Napa, CA 94558. A service to celebrate her life will be held here at Crosswalk Church on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 at 11:00 am.