Miscellaneous Napa County, California Obituaries

Joseph E. Heitz 

A formal service will be held Friday, Jan. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Helena Catholic Church for Napa Valley winemaker Joseph E. Heitz, who died Dec. 16 at St. Helena Hospital with his family at his side. He was 81 years old. 
Mr. Heitz was born in Princeton, Ill., Dec. 10, 1919, to Jacob Theobald Heitz and Eva Elizabeth Diedrick Heitz. He was the youngest of five children and the only son. 
He came to California during World War II with the Army Air Corps and, in 1945, met and married Alice Marie Maloney, of South Dakota. 
After the war Mr. Heitz attended the University of California at Davis to finish his education. He graduated with both a bachelor of science degree and a master's degree in enology. 
He worked in the wine industry for Gallo and Beaulieu Vineyards, and also taught at the California State University, Fresno, before founding his own winery, Heitz Wine Cellars, with his wife, Alice, in 1961. 
Mr. Heitz saw his Heitz Wine Cellars become a small but quality-oriented winery dedicated to producing outstanding wines, especially cabernet sauvignons from the Napa Valley. The Heitz family, together with grape growers Tom and Martha May of Martha's Vineyard, and Barney and Belle Rhodes of Bella Oaks Vineyard, as well as the Heitz Wine Cellars professional staff, built a reputation for excellence through their uncompromising commitment to the tradition of fine winemaking. 
Mr. Heitz is survived by his wife, Alice; three children, David, Kathleen and Rollie; and four grandchildren, Harry, Rebecca, Ryan and Jennifer, all of St. Helena. He is also survived by his 92-year-old sister, Mildred Dimmick, of Utica, Ill. Following the January services friends are invited to join the Heitz family at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone to celebrate his love for life that touched all. 
The Heitz family is grateful for all the time they had together, for the love and friendship, and for the laughter shared, a family member said, and extends this wish to the community: "Please enjoy the holidays with your respective families and raise your glasses in a toast to Joe; for a life well lived and one full of spirit and passion."
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following associations of choice: St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574; Boys & Girls Club of St. Helena, 1341 Tainter Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574; or the University of California Bodega Marine Laboratory, P.O. Box 247, Bodega Bay, CA 94923. 

Edith 'Aline' Shields 

Funeral services were held Dec. 18 at Morrison Funeral Chapel for Edith "Aline" (Mosley) Shields who died Dec. 14 at Marlinda. She was 64. 

Mrs. Shields was born in Bristo, Okla., Aug. 26, 1936. She had lived in the Napa Valley area since 1941, and in 1954, the year she graduated from St. Helena High School, was selected queen of the Harvest Festival. She went on to graduate from Sacramento State University with a bachelor's degree in political science and from the University of Southern California with a master's degree in the same field. 

She was a member of the St. Helena Jr. Women's Club, Girl Scouts, and started an M.S. support group in Napa in 1978. She also volunteered with the Cancer Society, helping patients obtain rides to their physicians appointments. She was involved in the community as a disabled persons activist. She was a buyer for Beringer Winery in St. Helena and served as a legislative aid. She had hoped to obtain a position as a lobbyist and bring about change in policymaking for the disabled. 

Mrs. Shields is survived by her mother, Nora Ruth Thomas of Yountville; a son, Michael Butala of Danville; daughters Pam Butala of Napa and Janet McLean of Kansas City, Kan.; brothers James Mosley of Soledad, Calif., William Mosley of Nevada, Aaron Mosley of Yountville; a sister, Barbara Etheridge of Napa; and grandchildren, Cortney Lindsey of Kansas City, Kan., Mathew Butala and Megan Butala, both of Danville. 

Donations in memory of Edith Aline (Mosley) Shields may be sent to NMSS (National MS Society), 150 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94612.

Arrangements under the care of Morrison Funeral Chapel.

John Bruno Tagliaferri 

Memorial services were held Dec. 20 at the St. Helena Catholic Church for John Bruno Tagliaferri who died Dec. 15 in St. Helena. He was 76 years old. 

Mr. Tagliaferri was born in Jersey City, N.J., June 25, 1924, and lived in Napa County for 53 years. 

During World War II he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific and earned an air medal with clusters, a D.F.C. gold star. 

He worked as a carpenter with local contractors in Napa before working at the California Veterans Home, Yountville, from which he retired in 1987. He was also a member of Sirs, branch 65, and of Aetna Springs Men's Golf Club where he made two holes-in-one earlier this year. 

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Frances; by children John Tagliaferri of Napa, George Tagliaferri of St. Helena, Franie Skinner of Trabaco Canyon, Calif., and Melissa Youngman of Danville; grandchildren Brian and Kendra Dietiker of Cypress, Calif., Kevin Skinner of Trabaco Canyon, Calif., and Alexander Johnston of Danville; a sister, Lucy Zanello, of Park Ridge, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John B. and Clotilde Tagliaferri. Memorial donations may be made to charity of choice or the St. Helena High School Athletic Fund. 

Celena Virginia Fairman 

A memorial service was held Dec. 20 at the St. Helena Presbyterian Church for Celena Virginia Fairman, who died in Portland, Ore., Dec. 11 of congestive heart failure. She was 93.

In 1974, Mrs. Fairman a retired Oakland School teacher, moved to St. Helena where she was active in Eastern Star, the Republican Women's Club and the St. Helena Garden Club, and was a member of the St. Helena Presbyterian Church. 

A native of Grass Valley, she married Hobart Fairman in 1931. At the time of his death in 1990 they had been married 59 years. 

Mrs. Fairman is survived by her son, Robert D. Fairman, of Beaverton, Ore.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by a daughter, Carol Ann Gassin, who died in 1971. 

Memorial donations in Mrs. Fairman's name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of St. Helena, 1428 Spring St., St. Helena, 94574. 

Helen Caroline Paulus 

A funeral service will be held Friday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. at the St. Helena Catholic Church for Helen Caroline Paulus, who died Dec. 23 following a short illness. She was 86. 

Mrs. Paulus, the last of nine children born to Martin Mertle and Karoline Schwartz, moved to California in the mid-1930s and lived at various times in Fort Bragg, Vallejo and Rancho Cordova, and, most recently in St. Helena. She was a homemaker until her early 50s when she became a nurse.

She is survived by her children, Gary of Napa, Nancy of Pleasanton and Jack of St. Helena; grandchildren Kim, Ed, Kristi, Jim, Annie, John, Aaron, Amber and Jake; and great-grandchildren Jahlelah, Ram, Carmella, Jacob, Dylan, Mya, Garret, Kylie, Marissa, Josiah and Caleb. 

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Edmund John Paulus, and by her eight siblings, John, Martin, Jake, Jakie, Ed, Bill, Ray and Kate. 

Arrangements are under the care of Claffey and Rota Funeral Home, 1975 Main St., Napa, with a Rosary today, Dec. 28., at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Johnyé Reid Butler 

A memorial service will be held Friday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 1314 Spring St., St. Helena, for longtime Napa Valley resident Johnyé Reid Butler, who died Dec. 30. She was 65. 

A native of Hillsborough, Calif., Mrs. Butler was active on numerous charitable boards there, serving as president of E.C.H.O., a charitable mental health organization. She was a member of the Hillbarn Theatre League and the Hillsborough Garden Study Club. She also sold real estate and won many awards. She moved to St. Helena with her family in 1989. 

She is survived by her former husband, William D. Reid, of Yountville; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Michael Geiger, of Orinda; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Kathleen Reid, of Corrales, N.M.; two brothers, Harry Boyle of Chico; Colden Boyle, of Arkansas; five grandchildren, Michael, Reid and Weston Spiegl, all of Southern California, Sean and Connor Reid of Corrales, N.M.; and two step-grandchildren, Kimberly and Chris Geiger. She was predeceased by a sister, Carolyn. 

Memorial donations may be sent to We Care Animal Rescue, 1345 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574. 

Clarabell L. Hamling

Private family services were held at graveside Dec. 29 for Clarabell Lorraine Hamling, who died Dec. 26 at St. Helena Hospital. She was 70. 

Mrs. Hamling, a housewife, is survived by her husband of 53 years, Allen; a sister, Geraldine Sears; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Melvin and Edeltraud, of Napa. Arrangements cared for by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 

Helen Steffen Hempel 

Memorial services will be held at the St. Helena Catholic Church at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 5, for for Helen Steffen Hempel, who died at St. Helena Hospital Dec. 27. She was 81. 

Mrs. Hempel worked for the aerospace industry for 23 years. She and her husband, Norman, were married for 50 years and raised four children. She moved to St. Helena in 1998 and became involved in community activities.

She is survived by her son David and his wife, Patricia, of Lakewood; her son Dennis and his wife, Debi, of Chino Hills; and a daughter, Kathryn Fowler and her husband, Alan, of St. Helena; and seven grandchildren. 

Her husband and a son, Donald, preceded her in death. 

Arrangements cared for by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 

Marion McVickar 

Marion Bullard McVickar, a native of Sausalito, Calif., died Dec. 31 in St. Helena. She was 75.

A memorial service and reception celebrating her life will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross Friday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. 

Mrs. McVickar was born in San Francisco to Florence and Harold Maxwell Kelly. She attended Miss Greaves School in Sausalito and graduated from Tamalpais High School. She attended UC-Berkeley, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. 

She married Edward W. Bullard, Jr. in 1945. Edward, the third generation to lead his family's pioneering safety equipment business, died in 1971. In 1973, she married Malcolm McVickar of Kent-field, a widower with four children. The couple lived in Kent Woodlands until retiring to St. Helena in 1993. 

Mrs. McVickar was a devoted mother to her children and step-children and loving "Nonnie" to her grandchildren and step-grandchildren. She loved life, her Irish and British heritage, travel, stories, music and art, especially the highly acclaimed watercolors of her husband, Malcolm. She gain-ed tremendous pride from her husbands' work. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children, Edward (Jed) of Lexington, Ky., Brian of Fairfax, Elizabeth Degner of Springfield, Ore., and Esther Sanborn of Santa Rosa; and six grandchildren. She is also survived by her step-children, Malcolm, Jr., Morgan and Douglas McVickar and Marcy McVickar Madden; and four step-grandchildren. A sister, Patsy, died in 1995.

Memorials may be made to Friends of St. Helena Library, 1492 Library Lane, 94574 or a favorite charity. 

William Kendall Noble 

A memorial service will be held Jan. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel Center, Travis Air Force Base, for William Kendall Noble, a former principal of St. Helena High School, who died Dec. 22, in Puerto Madryn, Argentina, while he and his wife were on a cruise celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. 

A native of Oakland, Dr. Noble graduated from University High School in Oakland and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He was honorably discharged as staff sergeant and went on to graduate from California State University and San Francisco State with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in industrial arts. He later earned a master's in secondary school administration. He was principal of St. Helena High School for 11 years, during which he earned a doctorate of education from Nova University, Florida. He held a position with the State Department of Education, Private Post Secondary Education in Sacramento until retiring in 1989. 

Dr. Noble was president of the California School Administrators Association, 1976-77; founder of the St. Helena Museum and vice president of the Pacific Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as a member of the American Legion, Native Sons of the Golden West, the Elks and Solano County Planned Parenthood. He traveled to Russia in 1970 as a representative of the Association of California School Principals. In 1973 he was was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Daughters of the American Revolution for his service to education. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; a daughter, Cynthia Noble Jaeger and her children, Leah and William; a son, Kendall Noble, of Pleasanton, his wife, Mavis, and their children, Will, Chet and Leslie; a sister, Patricia Whitely, of South Lake Tahoe; his aunt and uncle, Sylvia and Earl Benedict, of Napa. 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Boy Scouts of America. 

Sunny Seymour 

A memorial service will be held at noon, Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2222 Spring St., for Sunny Seymour who died Dec. 19. She was 91. 

Mrs. Seymour was born in Wyoming and grew up in Massachusetts. Her given name was Minerva Roberta Outwater but her cheerful disposition earned her the nickname, Sunny. She studied dance from age 3 and danced professionally for 10 years, working on Broadway and touring with various dance companies in South America, Cuba and Montreal. She met her future husband, Robert Frank Seymour, during World War II when he was a soldier stationed at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts. Following the war, the couple married and settled in Keene, N.H., where she opened a dance studio in her home and taught classes for 23 years. She directed the annual fund-raiser for the Keene Lions Club for 11 years. Her husband died in 1964, and she moved to St. Helena in 1975. Arrangements cared for by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Evelyn 'Nonie' Wilmoth 

Private services were held at the Carmelite Monastery Chapel in Oakville for Evelyn "Nonie" Wilmoth, who died at home Dec. 16 with her family by her side. She was 89. 

Mrs. Wilmoth, a St. Helena resident of 20 years, was a member of the Carmelite Monastery, an avid walker and a member of an aerobics class well into her 80s. She is remembered for her pride in being a "homemaker." She is preceded in death by her siblings, Raymond, Ralph, Zada, Leo and Hess and by her husband, Evid Bedford Wilmoth, who died in 1965. 

She is survived by a son, George, and his wife, Sherry, of St. Helena, eight grandchildren, Bryan, Pamela, Christopher, Michael, Jude, Amy, Joshua and Luke Henry; and three great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Carmelite Monastery, P.O.Box 347, Oakville, CA 94562-0347. 

Services under the care of Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Kenneth Arnold Willis 

A celebration of life was held for former St. Helena resident Kenneth Arnold Willis, who died at home in Port Townsend, Wash., Dec. 24. He was 83 years old. 

Mr. Willis was born Dec. 2, 1917, in Waterloo, Iowa, and grew up in Omaha, Neb. During World War II he served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He worked as a salesman for numerous companies in Nebraska before moving to Clinton, Iowa, to manage a new radio station.

In 1958, he and his family moved to San Jose where he worked as an account executive for KXRX Radio for 15 years before retiring due to his health. In 1973 he moved to St. Helena and in 1994 to Washington. He loved reading, golf, sports, his family and his cat.

"Ken devoted the last years of his life to his wife, Marjorie, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. His visits three to four times each day to see her were looked forward to by Marjorie as well as the staff of Martha and Mary's Health Care Center," a family member stated. 

Survivors include Mar-jorie, his wife of 60 years, of Poulsbo, Wash.; son Steve Willis and his wife, Shirley, of Stockton; daughter Linda Maguire and her husband, Bob, of Port Townsend, Wash., and Pleasanton; and three grandchildren. 

Donations may be made to Martha and Mary's Alzheimer's Unit or to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Lael Thomas 

Lael Elizabeth McCormick Thomas, member of a pioneer Napa Valley family, died Jan. 1 at Pleasant Care Convalescent Hospital. She was 83. 

Born June 14, 1917, in Sacramento to Rodney and Emma McCormick, she was a descendant of John and Lucinda York. The Yorks settled in the Napa Valley in 1845, and Mr. York was a member of the Bear Flag Party. Mrs. Thomas' father, Rodney McCormick, operated one of the first real estate offices in Napa and was Napa's postmaster. 

Mrs. Thomas graduated from Napa High School in 1935 and, because of her young age, went to secretarial school for a year before going away to college. She graduated from UC-Berkeley in 1940, where she was active in the honor society. She worked as a medical transcriptionist at the Veterans Home and also worked for the Napa city manager, the Economic Development Office in Sacramento and for her brothers at Philip and Wayne McCormick Real Estate. 

She is survived by her niece, Elizabeth (Betty) McCormick Malmgren, who attended to her needs; Betty's son, Ken Malmgren; devoted friends Enid Carter and Marilyn Buschini, and a nephew, William McCormick. 

She was predeceased by a son, Richard, her parents, brothers Philip, Wayne and Rodney Jr., a sister Margery and an infant sister. 

Arrangements were handled by Richard Pierce Funeral Services. Interment will be in the McCormick family plot in St. Helena. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. The family suggests that memorial donations may be made to the Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation.

E. Grayson Mosher

Former St. Helena resident E. Grayson Mosher died Dec. 29 in Medford Ore. He was 89 years old. 

Mr. Mosher was born Oct. 13, 1911, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He married Margaret Oatman in 1942 and served in the Navy during WWII. He was a landscape architect and nurseryman and owned his own nursery in Concord for many years. He was a member of the St. Helena Planning Commission and was a consultant for the St. Helena Parks Department.

He enjoyed gardening and wine and beermaking. 

Mr. Mosher is survived by his daughters, Marilee M. McLaughlin of Jacksonville, Ore., and Vilette Revander of Sunnyvale; son Frank of Fair Oaks, Calif.; a brother, Orland, of Vista, Calif.; a sister, Eloise Junkin, of Hollywood; 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, daughter Laura Hilderbrand and grandson Chris Koch. 

Gladys Elizabeth de Man 

Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Hill and Valley Club in Castro Valley for Gladys Elizabeth de Man, who died Jan. 7 in St. Helena. She was 71 years old. 

Mrs. de Man was born in England Aug. 19, 1929. She was a member of the British American Club and the East Bay Holland Club. 

She is survived by daughters Elaine de Man of St. Helena and Gerarda Stocking; sister Patricia Landhear; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Donations may be made to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558. Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Santa Rosa. 

Ann Elizabeth Gane 

Ann Elizabeth Gane, 95, a resident of Napa For 11 years, died on Wednesday, Jan. 3, in Napa. She was born on April 7, 1905 in San Jose, California to John and Rachel Hughes Ritchie. Originally from San Francisco, she had resided in St. Helena with her husband, Robert Gane, since 1968. After his death in 1981, she remained in St. Helena until 1989 and then moved to Napa where she lived until her death. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Orpha Kenville of Millbrae and granddaughter, Priscilla Polonz of Redwood City. Also surviving are her brother and sister-in-law, Ben and Isabelle Gane of Calistoga. At Mrs. Gane's request, no services will be held. Cremation arrangements were cared for by Treadway and Wigger Funeral Chapel and Crematory. 

Carol Alexander 

Former St. Helena resident Carol Alexander, most recently of Hannibal, Mo., died peacefully on Dec. 24 after a lengthy illness. She was 66 years old. 

Ms. Alexander was born July 14, 1934, in Denver, Colo., to Laverne and Laurene Alexander. After her retirement from PG&E, she enjoyed housesitting and taking care of pets. 

She is survived by her sisters, Doris Peterson of Napa and Joyce Conley of Hannibal, Mo.; her brother, Laverne of La Plata, Mo., numerous nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents. 

At her request, there will be no service.

Liberty Baughman 

Private services were held for longtime St. Helena resident Liberty Baughman, who died Jan. 14 in Davis. She was 82. 

A native of Canada, Mrs. Baughman worked as a baker in the school cafeteria when her children were young, and later worked at Grandview. In the 1960s she was an active member of The St. Helena Players. In recent years she lived in Stockton and Davis to be close to her daughters. 

She is survived by four children; Brian Baughman of Alta Loma; Nancy Kilpatrick of Davis; Debbie Parker of Stockton; and Terry Baugh-man of St. Helena; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a brother, Dave Nicholson, of Nevada and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and a son, Martin. 

Vernon E. Berg

Funeral services were held Saturday in Napa for Vernon E. Berg, owner of Vern's Copper Chimney in St. Helena, who died Jan. 8. He was 77. 

Reared and educated in Salina, Kan., Mr. Berg enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific during World War II. Following his discharge, he moved to Napa County and in 1951 opened the Copper Chimney, which he ran with his former wife, Marie. He was a volunteer with the St. Helena Fire Department and a member of the Church of Christ in Napa. 

Mr. Berg is survived by his wife, Irene, of Napa; a son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Marilyn Berg, of Livermore; a stepson and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Margaret Austin, of Rapid City, S.D.; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.

Arrangements cared for by Richard Pierce Funeral Service. 

Pearl S. Erwin 

A graveside service will be held today, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. at St. Helena Cemetery for Pearl S. Erwin, who died Dec. 27 at her daughter's home in Tillamook, Ore. She was 87. 

Mrs. Erwin, a native of Butler, Okla., attended college in Humboldt County and was graduated in 1940 from Loma Linda University School of Nursing. An R.N., she worked for 40 years at St. Helena Hospital. In 1936 she married Carroll W. Erwin. At the time of his death in 1989 they had been married 53 years. 

Mrs. Erwin, an avid gardener and furniture refinisher, was a member of the Elmshaven Seventh-day Ad-ventist Church for 37 years before transferring to the Tillamook church. 

She is survived by three daughters; Willita Mae Hale of Washington, Margaret Anderson of Georgia and Carolyn Betlinski of Tillamook; a brother, Chester Stoeling, of Angwin; a sister, Edith Young-Horning, of St. Helena; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla College, Student Mission Program, c/o the Chaplain's Office, College Place, WA 99324. 

Arrangements cared for by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 

Patricia Morehouse 

Funeral services were held Monday for Patricia Alline Morehouse of Angwin, who died Jan. 11 at Rosehaven Board and Care. She was 71. 

Born in Africa, her family moved to the Napa Valley when she was 11. After living nearly 40 years in Southern California, Mrs. Morehouse returned to the Valley in 1992. Self-employed for many years as a bookkeeper and office manager, she was a member of the Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, C. Calvin Gepford; a brother, Robert Jones, and a sister, Dorothy Barrington.

Mrs. Morehouse is survived by her husband, Dale Morehouse; sons Richard and David Gepford, and a daughter, Jan McDonald, all of Angwin; a brother, Donald Allyn Jones, of Escondito, and a sister, Marianne Louise Cory, of Dove Canyon; six grandchildren and nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements cared for my Morrison Funeral Chapel. 

Nino J. Poncioni 

Services will be held in Sacramento today for Nino Poncioni, who died at home Jan. 7. He was 87. 

Mr. Poncioni, the son of Swiss immigrants, worked for Western Pacific Railroad for more than 42 years for which he was awarded the Gold Spike.

In the mid-1970s he helped clear the area that would become St. Helena's pocket park, Lewis Station. 

The former track and wrestling star at Sacramento High School remained active until the last weeks of his life, skating with the Sunrise Senior Skaters, jogging daily, maintaining a two-acre garden and riding the roller coasters at Marine World. 

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Alan Baldwin, of St. Helena; and a daughter, Pam Poncioni, of Sacramento; grandchildren Kerry Bald-win of St. Helena and Lori Cholmondeley of Napa; and sisters Marie Curran, Amalia Fluallen and Annie Rossi of Sacramento. 

Harold J. Thorsen 

Former St. Helena city attorney Harold J. Thorsen, died Jan. 6 at his St. Helena home. He was 83. 

The son of Harry and Celeste Thorsen, Mr. Thorsen was a graduate of St. Helena High School, Santa Rosa Junior College and Stanford University. During World War II he served as a gunnery officer on the USS Bootes. After the war, he graduated from UC-Berk-eley's Boalt School of Law and returned to St. Helena where he served as city attorney and then started a private law practice. He is survived by two sons, Eric and James. He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Willa Gene Budelman. 

At Mr. Thorsen's request, no services were held. Arrangements cared for by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 

Aline Monnett Ramsay 

A memorial service was held at Grace Episcopal Church for Aline Monnett Ramsay, who died in her sleep Jan. 24 following a prolonged illness. 

Mrs. Ramsay was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1917. She was educated in Paris and London and married Constantine (Tino) Ramsay in Helsinki in 1942. The couple immigrated to the United States in 1945 and settled in Oakville, where they lived until moving to San Rafael in 1991.

Mrs. Ramsay is survived by two sons, Sheldon C. Ramsay and his wife, Nonie, of Piedmont, and Dr. Michael A. Ramsay and his wife, Nancy, of Mill Valley; four grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Gaston Autigeon, of Mont St. Aignon, France. 

Memorial donations may be made to Hanna Boys Center, P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476. 

George Michael Wargo 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at Yountville Signs Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church for Dr. George Michael Wargo, who died at home Jan. 24. He was 89. 

Dr. Wargo was born July 11, 1911, in West Hazelton, Pa. He graduated from Philadelphia Conservatory of Music with a doctorate in music composition. 

He was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, and served as chairman of the music department at Pacific Union College in Angwin. He was also conductor of the Vallejo Symphony Orchestra from 1960-80. 

Dr. Wargo is survived by his wife, Audrey, whom he married in 1937; a son, Paul, and his wife, Betty, of Pleasanton; two grandchildren; and a sister, Violet Balch, of Chicago, Ill. He was preceded in death by his sister Catherine. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena.

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