On Monday, October 7, Roger Lee Wood, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 73 after a battle with ALS. He graduated from Menlo Atherton High School in 1964. Roger was a member of Plumbers Local 393.
Roger (lovingly known as Papa to many) was an amazing man and was loved by all who met him. He was inquisitive and always interested in hearing about your life — he could talk for hours on a variety of topics. He was full of life and incredibly helpful. If you ever needed assistance with anything at all, Roger was your go-to guy. If he wasn’t working on a project for you, he could be found cheering on his grandchildren and their friends in any of their sports or extracurricular activities.
Roger was born on December 14, 1945 in Palo Alto, CA to Robert and Elinor Wood. He was married to his sweetheart Karla Romeo Wood for 38 years. They raised two children, Lorrie and James. Roger was preceded in death by his father, Robert, and his mother, Elinor (Lightbody) Wood. He is survived by his wife Karla, his daughter Lorrie, her husband David, son James, his wife Jennifer, and grandchildren Analise, Kate, Madison, and Colton. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Lawrence, and brother Robert Wood.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa.
Thank you to Collabria Palliative Care and Collabria Hospice who helped care for Roger. A special thanks to the Dunbar, Housley and Ilsley families for your support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and Alaina’s Voice.
Barrie Lee Zuehlke was born Sept. 21, 1964 and passed away Oct. 5, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones; her father, sister, sons and friends. Barrie was preceded in death by her mother Barbara Zuehlke of Napa and her son Andrew Ortega. She is survived by her sons Adam Ortega of Escondido; Alec Ortega of Brentwood; father Lloyd Zuehlke of Napa; sister Kellie Esser (Rick) of Napa; brother Gordon Zuehlke of New York and her devoted friend and caregiver, Melissa Darnell. Barrie was a loving daughter, sister, teacher, auntie, mother and grandmother. She taught elementary education for 27 years, mothered three children for 24 years and 55 years living as a Disney fanatic. On April 17, 2019 Barrie was diagnosed with Bulbar-ALS. She kept strong and courageously fought this disease for nearly 7 months, never letting ALS prevent her from doing what she wanted to do in her brand new San Diego home.
Visitation will be held from 5-7pm with a Vigil service at 7:30pm, Thurs., October 17th at Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1313 A Street, Antioch. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am, Fri., October 18th at Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Tillie Gondak died peacefully at age ninety-nine at her home in Larkspur on September 16, 2019. She was born Mathilda Wilhelmina Vanderschoot in Napa, Ca. on March 28, 1920 to Felix J. Vanderschoot Sr. and Anna Koopman, both of the Netherlands. She was predeceased by Charles R. (Chuck) Gondak, her beloved husband of forty-seven years, and her seven brothers and sisters: John; Andy; Felix Jr.; Ann; Margaret; Bill; and Conrad.
Tillie was an honor student at public schools in Napa. In her school days she took up the violin and became a promising musical talent. In 1937, following graduation from Napa High she had to support herself and went directly to work for the Napa Valley Railroad, followed by ten years at Pacific Telephone in Napa. Once, as a lark, she magnetized all the tools of the switchmen working in the PT&T central office. Chuck had moved west after the war and was also working as a manager for Pacific Telephone. As family legend goes, they met dancing under the stars at Hoberg’s Resort on Cobb Mountain in Lake County. They married in 1948 and raised three children: Cris; Ross; and Matt. In 1956, the family moved to Larkspur which became the family’s home of sixty-three years. Tillie loved it there. Friendships and support from her neighbors were key to her long life.
Tillie took to the role of full time Mom and homemaker with the same lively spirit she brought to everything. Whether baking cookies, making Halloween costumes, running fashion shows, cheering at her kids’ athletic events, or selling hot dogs for the PTA, she approached each activity with enthusiasm and a sense of humor. She volunteered for the PTA, Sunny Hills, Redwood Benchwarmers, the American Cancer Society, and other organizations. She was also an avid cook and gardener. For a time she and the kids raised pet ducks in the backyard.
In her early forties, Tillie’s interest turned to golf. She became a formidable competitor perhaps surprising even herself. She went on to win club championships for six years at Marin Country Club, followed by nine years at the Meadow Club, as well as several Marin County Women’s golf championships. Tillie and Chuck played golf together every weekend and developed a wide circle of good friends through golf. They also traveled with their friends (and their golf clubs) internationally through People to People Golf Tours. After Chuck died in 1994, Tillie continued to play golf at the Meadow Club. In addition she became an avid Giants fan, competed at Dominoes and Jeopardy, and read every chance she got.
Tillie is survived by her three loving children: Cristine of Santa Rosa; Ross (Julie) of Greenbrae; and Matt (Brenda) of Corte Madera as well as her grandchildren; Erin (Reese); Charlie; Will; Emily; and, Geneva. The Gondak children and grandchildren would like you to join us for a celebration of her life on Wednesday, October 23rd at 2:00 pm at the Meadow Club, 1001 Bolinas Road, Fairfax, CA. Donations may be directed to: Hospice By the Bay—Marin County. 17 E. Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Larkspur, CA 94939 or https://hospicebythebay.org/service-areas/marin-county/
Gloria Nolan passed away on September 27. She was 96. Gloria was predeceased in 2011 by her husband of 67 years, Jim. Born in Peace Dale, Rhode Island, Gloria was one of the youngest of eight children. She met Jim in elementary school and they were married in 1945 when he was on leave from Coast Guard duty in the South Pacific during WWII. Gloria attended Mount St. Vincent College in New York and worked as a kindergarten and Grade 1 teacher.
In 1967, Jim was offered a job at Mare Island Naval Shipyard and the family moved west. Coming over the hill into Napa, Gloria deemed it “a nice little place to raise a family”. The Nolans stayed in Napa until the 1990’s and were active in St. Apollinaris parish.
Gloria was a popular elementary school substitute teacher and also taught grade one at St. A’s. Gloria is survived by her four children: Mary Jo and her family of Indiana, Jim and his family of Louisiana, Margaret and her family of California, and Beth and her family of Massachusetts. A funeral Mass was held at St. Francis Catholic Church in Wakefield, RI.
Our beloved Thomas Richard Lyons Jr passed on October 1, 2019, in Valladolid, Spain where he and his loving wife, Diana, were walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail. Tom passed away peacefully in his sleep as a result of a cardiac arrest, where he then took the final steps of his earthly journey with Diana by his side.
Tom was born in Alameda, California on May 1, 1958 as the second of six children to Joan Maggenti (Lyons, Kitterman) and the late Thomas Lyons Sr. He is survived by his wife, Diana, and two stepdaughters, Alicia and Andrea Fischer, as well as his mother Joan Maggenti, sister Anne Heaphy (Mark), brother John Lyons (Dawn), sister Joanie Lynch (Joe), brother Jim Lyons (Karen), sister Marie Geisser, and brother-in-law David Emery (Pamela). He was the best uncle to his many nieces and nephews Jessica, Mark (wife Anna), Spencer, Erin, Kelsey, Ryan, Jack, Jennifer, Nicole, Emily, Sean, Ashley, David, Alex, Robby, Brandon, Tessa, and Tiffany, and his great nieces and nephews Scarlett, Zoe, Freya, Robert, Ciara, Kaeden, and the late Sequoia. Tom’s family was his number one priority. He had many friends throughout his life who also greatly adored him.
Tom was raised in Alameda where he attended St Joseph’s Elementary School and graduated from Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in 1976. He played various sports for the Franklin Park Eagles and was an avid lover of baseball throughout his life.
In early adulthood, Tom worked as a restaurant line cook which fueled his passion for food and cooking that he carried throughout life. He went on to work as a paralegal in San Francisco, and eventually became a Commercial Real Estate Broker selling Income and Investment Properties in Sacramento and Solano counties.
In 2000, Tom settled in downtown Napa where he maintained a career as an independent Commercial Real Estate Broker for Napa and Solano Counties, and loved his part time job pouring wine in the tasting room at Franciscan Winery from 1998 to 2002. He ended his career as a Commercial and Residential Broker for Berkshire Hathaway Drysdale Properties in Napa .
Tom met Diana Emery and her two daughters in 2003, and were married in Napa on April 4, 2004. He was a devoted father and loved raising Alicia and Andrea in partnership with Diana, considering them as his own daughters. He was a devout Catholic who practiced his faith since childhood, and deeply cherished his commitment to marriage.
Tom loved to keep up with the world’s current events and each day read two papers from front to back with his morning coffee. He enjoyed playing golf, keeping up with his favorite sports teams, traveling, drinking and tasting wine, cooking for family and friends, and working to renovate and update his home with Diana. He loved music and attending concerts, practicing his hobby of photography, making people laugh, and was the life of the party—always sharing with the world his jovial laugh, quick sense of humor, unforgettable smile, and sparkling blue eyes. Tom made everyone feel welcome and happy with his genuine and loving spirit and will be greatly missed.
A service to honor Tom’s life will be held on Friday, October 18th at 11AM at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church in Napa, with reception to follow at Tulocay Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers Friends have set up a Memorial Fund. Tom Lyons Memorial Fund, Bank of Marin, 1715 Second Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 603-4888
Karen Alvarez (Arends) age 77, of Fairfield passed away Sunday, October 6, 2019. She was born August 22,1942 in Illinois, to Ray Arends and Mertie Quarterman. She was a homemaker and spent much of her time and energy as a caretaker. She enjoyed holidays, especially Christmas and spending time with her family.
Karen is survived by her husband, Salvador Alvarez, whom were married for 49 years. She is also survived by her son, Randy Alvarez; her two daughters, Cindy Lopez and Alicia Alvarez; 10 grandchildren, Ana Elisa, Miguel, Anjelica, Alexis, Mario, Leticia, Alex, Karina, Maricela, and Sophia. Four great grandchildren, Sammy, Maximilian, Eliana, and Anthony. She also leaves many other family members and friends who will miss her dearly. Karen is preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Louise Calderon.
Visitation and rosary is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2019, at Napa Valley Memorial Park in Napa, 2383 Napa-Vallejo Hwy.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019, also at Napa Valley Memorial Park in Napa.
Karen’s family would like to thank the staff at DeVita Vacaville Dialysis Center and Northbay VacaValley Hospital, for all the loving care she received up until her final day.
Margaret Miriam Crabtree peacefully passed on September 14, 2019, at the age of 106. Her family was at her side.
Margaret was born in El Paso, Texas, and eventually came to San Francisco with her family. She graduated from high school and obtained her nursing degree. She moved to Middletown and eventually met her man, Franklin Crabtree (deceased 1976) where they started their long life adventure bringing up two beautiful daughters, Jane and Carol (both deceased).
Margaret and Frank moved to Napa where Margaret started in pediatrics seeing life starting for all the Napa children. Later she started working for many of the fine doctors of Napa until retirement in 1967. She was very involved with her family and the many grandchildren who were the joy of her life.
She enjoyed traveling and dragged Franklin and family on many adventures such as camping at the Grand Canyon, New York’s World Fair (‘64), Italy, Sweden, Hawaii, and Mt Rushmore; but her favorite spot was Lake Tahoe, “the most beautiful place on earth.”
She is survived by her family: little sister Bette Blake; five grandchildren, Victoria Mullen, Elizabeth Motto-Ros, Steven Edington, John Motto-Ros (Jr), and Walter Motto-Ros; five great grandchildren, Jason Edington, Jarrod Edington, Brandon Edington, Adriana Motto-Ros and Joseph Motto-Ros; seven great great grandchildren Ryan Edington, Liana Edington, Kaitlyn McGowan, Justin Motto-Ros, Grace Motto-Ros, Alexandra Edington, and Zackery Motto-Ros as well as many nephews and nieces.
Please join us in sharing a celebration of Margaret’s Life on Oct 26, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Napa First United Methodist Church, 625 Randolph Street.
The angels took Wanda Billings home on October 4, 2019. She was born on September 1, 1937 in Seminole, OK to Monroe and Louzetta Crow. In 1946, Wanda’s family moved to Napa, CA where she went to local schools, graduating from Napa High in 1955. Also in 1955, Wanda married Leo Billings and together they raised a beautiful family.
Over the years, Wanda worked at Bertain’s Laundry, Rough Riders, and the offices of Dr. Max P. Reed and Dr. Charles DeLorimier. In 2013, Wanda and Lou moved to Diamond Springs, CA to be near their oldest son. Her hobbies included reading, crafts, RV trips, working puzzles, camping, riding motorcycles, spending time with family and friends, and taking trips in their vintage 1968 Mustang.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe and Louzetta Crow; brothers Jack, Harvel, Billy and Bob Crow; and sister Patricia Brown. She is survived by her beloved husband, Leo Billings; children Christopher (Angela) Billings, Mark (Bobbi) Billings, Brandy (Tony) Ringle, David (Debbie) Billings, and Brian Billings; 11 grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, October 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home, 2855 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, CA, Father John Cantwell officiating. In lieu of flowers, Wanda requested donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
A golden heart stopped beating... Hard working hands at rest …It broke our hearts to see you go..
God only takes the best…They say that memories are golden…well maybe that is true…but we never wanted memories…we only wanted YOU…Your life was love and labor…your love for your family true. ..you did your best for all of us…we will always remember YOU…we sat beside your bedside…our hearts were crushed and sore…we did our duty to the end…”til we could do no more…in tears we watched you sinking…we watched you fade away…and though our hearts were breaking…we knew you could not stay…our lips cannot speak how we loved you…our hearts cannot tell us what to say...but God only knows how we miss you…in our home that is lonely today.
We Love you and Miss you… XXOO. Carol, Noah Nicole & Jodi
I’ve finished life’s chores assigned to me…so put me on a boat headed out to sea…please send along my fishing pole…for I’ve been invited to the fishing hole…where every day is a day to fish…to fill your heart with every wish…don’t worry or feel sad for me…I’m fishing with the Master of the sea…we will miss each other for awhile…but you will come and bring your smile…that won’t be long…you will see…till we are together you and me…to all of those who think of me…be happy as I go out to sea…if others wonder why I’m missin’
Siena Mondavi O’Connell, age 79, passed away on Friday, October 4th, 2019.
Siena was born on February 22, 1940 in Sacramento, California. She lived most of her life in St. Helena in the Napa Valley, attended St Helena High School where she was a cheerleader, and Sacred Heart in Menlo Park where she was active in athletics. She then attended the University of San Diego.
She married John O’Connell of St Helena on June 7, 1969 and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Siena will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by her husband, John, son Tim (wife Celia, children Carson and Annika), daughter Kate (son Steven), daughter KC (daughters Siena and Bryn), her brothers Marc Mondavi (wife Janice and children Angelina, Alycia, Riana and Giovanna) and Peter Mondavi (wife Katie and children Lucio and Lia), and a wide extended family. She was preceded in death by her daughter Molly.
Siena continued her love of sports playing tennis, water skiing, snow skiing and scuba diving throughout her life. Siena enjoyed her trips to Europe in her younger days and her many travels to Mexico and Twain Harte. As always Siena was accompanied on these adventures with good friends of which she had many. She was beloved by her family and all those who had the joy of knowing her. Her beauty shone both inside and out. She always shared her warm smile, her outgoing personality and her genuine love of people.
Siena will be buried at the Catholic Cemetery in St Helena in a private ceremony followed by a celebration of life with her family and many friends at the Charles Krug Winery Carriage House on Sunday, October 13th at 3:00.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name are welcome to the St. Helena Food Pantry and/or the Napa Humane Society.