Joseph F. Barletta passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on October 28, 2019 at his home in Napa, California. He is survived by his wife, Karen; by their daughter Sara Johnson and her husband, Mike; daughter Susie Porter and her husband Jerry Root; and grandchildren Bella, Aaron, Victoria, and Steven Johnson and Charlie and Cecilia Root. He is also survived by his brothers Michael, George, and Van.
Joe was born in Punxsutawney, PA, October 1, 1936 to Vandolyn and Michael Barletta. Joe was proud of his Italian heritage and his family roots. Joe received his BA degree from Marietta College and at that time worked as a reporter for the Marietta (Ohio) Daily Times. After earning a law degree from Duquesne University he practiced law with his father, Michael, in the Ellwood City firm of Barletta and Barletta. In 1967 Joe left his hometown to begin a career in the newspaper world at the Wall Street Journal. From there he would go on to become one of the most important media executives of his time, personally known to many of the nation’s media and government leaders from coast to coast. These companies included the Tribune Company, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, Freedom Newspapers, Thomson Newspapers, and News Corp. In 1995 Joe was retained as Senior Associate Counsel to the Office of Independent Counsel in Washington, D.C. He served on a number of corporate boards in addition to civic, charitable, academic, and artistic organizations.
In Chicago in 1993, Joe married the love of his life, Karen Porter. In 1998 Joe and Karen retired to their home in Napa. Friends and family remember Joe as infinitely caring and generous. Through his example, we all learned to be more loving and generous to those in our lives. We will miss him more than words can express. A celebration of life will be held after the holidays. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Collabria Hospice, whose loving care was invaluable to Joe’s family during his final days. (collabriacare.org).
Nora Haymond passed away peacefully on 10/30/19 at the age of 91. Nora is survived by her daughter Jean, Jean’s husband Jon Sugarman and grandsons Max and Ross. She is also survived by her son David, David’s wife Nancy, grandson Peter and granddaughter Grace. Nora is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She is predeceased by husbands Pete Haymond (1957) and Don Howard (1996) and grandson David Haymond (2011).
A Rosary will be held on Tuesday 11/5/19 at 7pm at Claffey & Rota Mortuary in Napa. The Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday 11/6/19 at 11am at St. Apollinaris Church in Napa. A reception will be after mass at the church hall.
Nora was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved all of her extended family and friends. She was a world traveler, a retired principal, and her circle of friends was wide and far. She will be missed by all, but her feisty spirit, her sense of humor, and her determination not to be defined by tragedy will remain a legend. She will be missed.
Cynthia (Cindy) Marie Perry, 69, of Napa, passed away on October 24, 2019 in Citrus Heights.
Cynthia Marie Perry was born in Oakland, California to Fred and Loretta John on December 6, 1949. She went to school at Marina High School in San Leandro, California. She married Joseph (Joe) Perry on January 10, 1970. They had two children, Marsha Jean Perry (Taras), and David Joseph Perry. Cindy and Joe loved to travel. She also enjoyed cooking and entertaining. She was happiest when surrounded by her beloved family and was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Cindy found joy in being involved at Grace Church and singing with the choir during the holidays.
Cynthia Marie Perry is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph M. Perry, her father Fred John, her mother Loretta Coombs, and her stepfather Robert Coombs.
Cynthia Marie Perry is survived by her son David Joseph Perry and his wife Monica Perry, her daughter Marsha Perry Taras and her husband Curt Taras, her brother Daniel Coombs, brother Curtis John, sister Diane Mouser, her grandchildren Anacristina Perry, Nathaniel Perry, Brandon Park, Chase Taras and William Taras, and her stepmother Patricia John.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Tulocay Cemetery in Napa. A burial ceremony will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association at act.alz.org. The family of Cynthia Perry wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Grace Church, Blossom Ridge Hospice, and the care team at The Courte at Citrus Heights.
Barbara Jeanne Kinst McDonnell passed away on October 14, 2019 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on January 24, 1931 in Oakland, CA to Bill and Eura Kinst.
She became the third generation of teachers in her mother’s family and was an expert in the field of child development. Inspired by her dad, she became an avid baseball fan starting with the Oakland Oaks. Attending Giants games with her grandchildren was a highlight of her summers. With her husband John, she traveled the world, making new and lifelong friends wherever she went. Later in her life, her interest in writing became a passion and she had a novel in the works. The greatest love of her life was her family, and the job she did the best was grandma, which she excelled at. She taught us to love learning and teaching, because she never stopped doing so. She taught us to not be afraid to express our individuality, or our opinions, of which she had many. She taught us to be grateful for what we have and to hold out a hand to those not as fortunate. She gave us the most wonderful gift of all, a family full of support, laughter, opinions, sometimes anxiety, but always, always full of love. She was always at the center of our lives, and will always be at the center of our hearts. Barbara is survived by her children Christie (Dan), Nancy (Jerry), Julie (Bob), and Bill, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, John McDonnell, her parents, and her brothers George and Bill.
Carmen Elaine Withrow (Terrell) passed away peacefully on October 8th, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. A wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend, she will be dearly missed by those that knew and loved her. She was a compassionate person, kind to everyone, not one to talk about others and always there for you in a time of need. She was born on June 19, 1942 at home in Whitt, Texas, the youngest of 6 children and 12 years younger than the next oldest sibling. Struggling in Texas to make ends meet, her parents moved with her to Clovis, California in 1953 where her older brother Wayne and his family had settled. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1960 and started taking classes at a local business college.
In 1964 Carmen married Max Withrow and moved to Fresno where they bought their first home and had their children, Kim and Greg. In 1978 they had the opportunity to move to South Lake Tahoe and become partners in a welding supply and compressed gas business with Max’s brother. Carmen kept the books, did payroll and worked to keep the business afloat; she wasn’t always the “good guy”, having to collect money from a few not so great customers and dealing with creditors in those early years. Eventually, Carmen and Max bought Tom’s share of the business so he could retire. The business became very successful over the years allowing them the ability to sell the business and retire in 2006.
Carmen loved calling South Lake Tahoe home. She spent a lot of time walking in the meadow near her home and going on hikes and walks with girlfriends all around Lake Tahoe. She was a member of Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra for many years and was proud of the work they did for women. She was involved with her children’s sports leagues including Bobby Sox Softball and South Tahoe High School Athletic Boosters. As a business owner they always were donating helium gas and balloons for fundraisers or money to sponsor local teams. She was a member of the Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s Jeep Club, a member of Women of the Moose and she bowled in a senior league where she made many friends. Later in life she became active at Hope Lutheran Church and volunteered at the church’s day care center.
In 2014 Carmen and Max moved to Napa to be close to their children and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and going to Yoga at the gym where she made new friends. She was actively involved in raising her grandchildren by driving them to and from school, sporting events and other after school activities or just bringing them lunch to school on occasion. She loved spending time with them and was so committed, that for many years she drove from South Lake Tahoe every other week to help with their daycare.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ban and Addie; her siblings, Wayne, Jennie, Bob; and her son Greg. She is survived by her beloved sisters, Frances and Susie; her husband, Max; daughter, Kim; son-in-law, Tom Blackwood; and grandchildren, Marissa and Kyle. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on November 16, 2019 at Tulocay Cemetery, 411 Coombsville Road, Napa, 94559 with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please support Queen of the Valley Foundation—Cancer Care or Cancer Wellness Program or a charity of your choice.
My big brother Mitch died October 8 at age 64. Born and raised in Napa, graduated NHS 1973, BS in Biology from Sacramento State in 2000. He will be remembered in a way unique to each person who ever knew him. Through several conversations over the past 15 years, I will remember him as: the proudest father on the planet of his three sons, the giddiest grampa ever for his granddaughter, and the most opinionated crusty curmudgeon to trudge among us. All this, and a SF Giants fan to the end! (Thank you 2010,2012,2014!)
During his many years in Sac, Chuck (as he was known there) enjoyed attending Giants games with his friend Percy and exchanging riveting banter with his friend and neighbor Rick. And always, through thick and thin, his very good longtime buddy Ray was there for the nearly everyday phone call to shoot the breeze. My brother once confided to me that he hoped in the long run that he had done right by his family and close friends. He had trouble expressing this endearment to those who needed to hear it most; perhaps, the sentiment will linger for a while as we remember him, each in his//her own way.
Mitch was predeceased by our parents, Jackie D. Henderson and Charles W. “Bill” Henderson. He is survived by his sons Charles Benjamin (wife Linea and their daughter Naomi), Charles Zachary (wife Tanisha), and Charles Joseph Henderson; his brother Tracy Henderson (wife Tori and their son Ross), myself, his sister Cassi (husband Don Tynan) and several cousins. Inurnment will be private at Tulocay in November.
Brother, go to where the air is cool and your tread is light: this is the Peace you seek to rest your weary head in the forever evening.
Long-time Napa resident Victoria (“Vickii”) Marie Jennings died on September 22 of natural causes in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was 81.
Born in Tracy, California and raised in Tracy and Anderson, Ms. Jennings moved to Napa in the 1960s after graduating from Loma Linda University. Ms. Jennings was a physical therapist, and worked at all of the hospitals in the Valley, including the Veterans’ Home. She also had a private practice in Sonoma (Valley Physical Therapy) in the 1980s and 1990s. Her favorite part of her career was providing home care to elderly patients, especially when she got to drive around town in her little red Miata. Excessive paperwork forced her into retirement.
A single mother, Ms. Jennings raised two unruly but grateful children, both of whom graduated from Napa High School. She generally encouraged her children to find their own paths in life, even if she didn’t always understand or agree with them. Somehow, things usually worked out — mostly with her support. Both of Ms. Jennings’ children went on to graduate from college, and then from graduate school. This was a point of pride for Ms. Jennings as there were times when she didn’t think they would make it out of high school.
Ms. Jennings retired in 2005, followed her daughter to Knoxville, and spent most of her retirement happily gardening. She also occasionally imbibed a good bottle of wine while recounting stories, especially about former patients, and complaining that she did not like getting old very much. Her best story was about accidentally giving valium to the family cat, Jiggs, coincidentally curing his cancer in the process.
Ms. Jennings lived a good life (usually in high heels), and plans to enjoy the afterlife with her parents as a rambunctious five-year-old trying to dodge spankings from her mother. Her father had neither the desire nor will to do so, which probably explains why she was a daddy’s girl.
Ms. Jennings is survived her ex-husband Josue Hoyos, who worked at Ridgeview Junior High School and Napa Valley Community College in the 1960s and 1970s. She is also survived by her two children, Renee Hoyos, who lives in Knoxville, and Roman Hoyos, who now lives in Los Angeles. Both remain unruly…and grateful.
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Paul Maroon succumbed to cancer on October 15th. He was resting peacefully beside his loving wife, Renée. Paul, an extraordinarily gracious host and devoted family man, never met a person that didn’t become a fast friend. He was beloved by countless friends and relatives and will be sorely missed.
In the late 1990s Paul began the journey to fulfill his life-long dream to create his own boutique small production winery in Napa Valley. His interest stemmed from his agricultural roots working with his father in his family’s produce business and later producing wine with his uncle in Pennsylvania. He started with the purchase of 300 acres on the backside of Howell Mountain in Pope Valley then ultimately the 37 acres within the gates of the Napa Valley Country Club that would become Maroon Vineyard’s permanent home in what is now included in the prestigious “Coombsville Appellation.”
Paul truly loved wine! He was often found sharing his knowledge and plethora of industry adventures. He was a staunch advocate of the wine industry and lent his support to educate the population at large through his active membership in the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the of the Knights of the Vine and Save the Family Farm.
Paul is survived by his wife, Renee, as well his step children, Aaron and Daniel Levin, daughters-in-law Rhea and Akiha, and their children Kaylee, Zachary, and Arisa.
John Robert Henley, a former Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, died peacefully on Oct. 6, 2019, in Napa, at the age of 94, surrounded by his loving family. John fought in the Allied invasions of Salerno and Normandy in World War II, served during the Korean War and enjoyed a lifetime maritime career, even after his retirement from the Navy.
He was born on July 17, 1925, in the city of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, to American parents, and eventually became a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was the son of the late Lowell Henley, who served in the Maine State Legislature, and the late Virginia Kluth. He was the step-son of the late Walter Berry, a lieutenant, in the Navy.
His parents divorced when he was young and John spent much of his childhood on family farms in and around idyllic North Waterford and Norway, Maine, during the Great Depression before moving to live with his mother and step-father in San Diego, California.
After enlisting in the Navy at 17, he was sent to join the war. During a port call in New York, fate intervened and, when a young telephone operator named Barbara Strutton dialed the wrong number, it was John who happened to answer. They went on to exchange letters for two years during his deployment in Europe. Less than a month after their first actual meeting, under the wall clock at New York’s Penn Station three days after Christmas of 1945, the two married on Jan. 25 in the Rectory of St. Peters Church in Jersey City.
After participating in the major Allied landings in Europe, for which he earned a chest full of ribbons and four battle stars, John went on to the Pacific Theater in the waning days of the war. He remained in the Navy after World War II and would also be sent to the Korean War in 1953. He ultimately reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Toward the end of his military career, John moved to Groton, Connecticut, where he reported to the legendary Admiral Hyman Rickover (“the father of the nuclear submarine”) as an officer supervising the construction of the USS Skipjack, the third nuclear submarine ever to be built.
With his two children Sharyn and Greg growing up fast, John retired from the U.S. Navy in 1963 to spend more time with his family, but his travels around the world would continue. Soon after, he began a second, 20-year maritime career with United States Salvage, a company that assessed damage to marine vessels for insurance underwriters. The work took him all over the West Coast, Alaska and the world, with moves to Portland, Seattle, Tampa, Yokohama, Japan, and London, England. During this time, he also obtained a pilot’s license and enjoyed flying his Piper Arrow with Barbara. Other hobbies included equestrian pursuits and golf, which would become a regular activity during the later years of his life, which were spent at a retirement community in Roseville, Calif. He was also a talented scribe and wrote a riveting memoir that will be passed down by his family for generations to come.
Our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather John Henley, our lifelong friend, mentor and war hero, is survived by his wife of 74 years, Barbara Strutton of Napa, Calif.; his sister Alair Van Outrive, 97, of Clayton, Calif.; his daughter Sharyn Lindsey of Napa, Calif.; his son Greg Henley and his wife Lotta Henley of Tahoe City, Calif.; his grandson Dwight Lindsey and his wife Kristy Lindsey of Napa, Calif.; his grandson Daryl Lindsey of Berlin, Germany; and his great granddaughters, whom he would live long enough to know as adults, Alyssa Lindsey, a senior at UC Santa Barbara, and Amanda Lindsey, a sophomore at San Diego State University.
His burial service will be held at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 8, at 9:30 a.m.
Clarke Meacham Wheeler passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in his home on October 26, 2019. He left the world too soon at the young age of 57 years.
Clarke was born on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1961, in Oroville, California. He and his older sister Kallene grew up in Feather Falls in Butte County on a 360-acre ranch with every type of animal imaginable—cattle, horses, pigs, and many others. Clarke loved growing up on the ranch.
He started elementary school in Feather Falls. Later the family moved to Potter Valley where he spent grades 3 through 8. He attended Ukiah High School, graduating in 1979. He was a natural athlete and excelled in many sports including basketball, rugby, football, and he was an avid “business” golfer.
One of his fondest accomplishments was riding sections of the Pacific Crest Trail on horseback from Mexico into Oregon in the early 1980’s. He had a love of animals – especially his canine companion Clifford – and an appreciation and interest in elephants.
Clarke married Diane Erickson on September 28, 1991, in Hopland, California. They made their home in Napa. They soon welcomed a son, Beau, and a daughter, Alexandra (“Sissy”).
Following in his dad’s footsteps, Clarke worked in the lumber industry, first in mills and later in lumber sales in the Napa region. He had his own lumber remanufacturing plant in Woodland, turning ugly pieces of lumber into beautiful wood for sale for special projects.
In spite of his tough exterior, Clarke was a well-rounded renaissance man with a soft and sensitive side. He was an excellent cook – creating his own gastronomic creations by trial and error – and enjoyed entertaining friends and family in the custom home he designed in the Napa hills. He had a green thumb and enjoyed bonsai and Asian floral design.
Clarke was a devoted spouse and father to his family. He was extremely proud of his two kids and enjoyed their company as children and as young adults. He loved the fellowship of his mom and dad, Nancy and Joe, and his large extended family.
Clarke is survived by his wife Diane, his children Beau and Alexandra, his mother, Nancy Wheeler, and his sisters Kallene (Joe) Casias, Kathy (Rich) Carr, Judy Allmon, and Theresa (Mike) Conn. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Wheeler.
A memorial service is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of your choice or to the “Save Elephant Foundation” (www.saveelephant.org/donate/).
Luella “Lulu” passed away peacefully at her home in Dallas, Oregon surrounded by family and friends on October 6, 2019. She is survived by her four children Judy (Stan) Church, Phyllis (Bob) Roller, Curtis (Sue) German, Chris (Anela) Jonas and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Martin and her son Donald “Coop” Cooper.
Luella was born on April 23, 1922 and raised on a farm in Hutchinson, Kansas with seven siblings. During her long journey through life she brought love, care and kindness to those around her, for which we are truly grateful. While she will be missed dearly, we take comfort in knowing she is in good hands and will be watching over us as she travels the open road on the back of that Honda Goldwing motorcycle with her true love Harry.
Betty (Rhoda) Hamilton is now with her beloved Harry, who told her he would be waiting for her “on the other shore”. Betty, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Monday afternoon, October 28, 2019, at her home in Browns Valley, at the age of 88.
Betty will be remembered for her devotion and fierce loyalty to her family.
Born in St Helena to Frank Rhoda and Marian Chase Rhoda on July 26, 1931, a third generation Napa Valley resident, of which she was very proud. Betty met the love of her life at a local Dinner House in Napa and married Harry three months later. They raised three children, Doug (Lorna), John (Joan), and Susan Bennett (Greg), and Betty devoted her life to keeping her family safe and loved.
Betty is predeceased by her Husband, Parents, and five Siblings and is survived by her three children and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will be missed more than words can express. We love you.
A graveside service will be held Sunday, November 3, 2019, 1:00pm at St Helena Cemetery.