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Thelma Louisa Gentry 

A memorial service was held April 10 for Thelma Louise Gentry of Napa, who died peacefully in her home April 4 following a two-year illness from cancer. She was 75. 

Mrs. Gentry was born in Kansas City, Mo. Feb. 23, 1926 to Ira and Marguerite McIntyre. She and James C. "Clyde" Gentry married on Dec. 8, 1941 in Kansas City, shortly before he shipped out to the Pacific. 

The Gentrys lived in the Midwest until the late 1950s, when the family moved to Southern Califor-nia. In 1967, they moved to Napa, where Mrs. Gentry worked for many years for Stucco Stone Products. She enjoyed bowling, fishing and gardening, as well as spending time with all of her grandchildren. 

Mrs. Gentry is survived by her children, James Michael Gentry and Patrick Steven Gentry, both of Florida; Teresa Ann Axtell of Napa; and Claudia Lynn Eisele of St. Helena; sisters Marjorie Brown, Charlene Murillo and Dorothy Bowman, all of Napa; brothers Billy McIntyre of Missouri; Lloyd McIntyre of Florida; Stanley McIntyre of Missouri; and Bobby McIntyre of Germany; 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, James C. "Clyde" Gentry, in 1994 and by a brother, Ira McIntyre. Arrangements were under the direction of Treadway & Wigger, Napa. 
 

Donald Thorsen Drouin 

A celebration of life is being planned at a later date for longtime St. Helena resident Donald Thorsen Drouin, who died April 10 at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Vallejo. He was 88. 

Mr. Drouin was born Oct. 31, 1912 to Emil and Alice Drouin in Alameda. He was a towboat captain for 44 years with Chervon Shipping Company and lived in the St. Helena area since 1956. He was active in the First Presbyterian Church of St. Helena and enjoyed building model steam trains from scratch as well as woodworking and being in his metal shop. He was a descendent of the Thorsen family and a third-generation resident of St. Helena. 

Mr. Drouin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Drouin of St. Helena; daughter and son-in-law Diane and Jim Aguirre of Preston, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law Larry and Lori Drouin of Richmond; a brother, Howard Drouin of Colma; sisters Carol Ross of Santa Clara and Ila Hodge of Palm Desert; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 1428 Spring St., St. Helena, CA 94574, or to the San Francisco Theological Seminary, #2 Kensington Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960-2905. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Morrison Funeral Chapel of St. Helena. 
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Neta Hilker Cole 

Neta Hilker Cole died Wednesday, April 18, at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She was 77. 

Mrs. Cole, a longtime resident of St. Helena, was born Jan. 22, 1924, in Cotopaxi, Colo., to John and Bertha Ong. 

Most recently Mrs. Cole lived in Roseburg, Ore., then moved to the Flathead Valley in Montana to be closer to her daughter, Deborah Morine. 

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Cole is survived by five sons; James Holland of Florida; Gene Holland of Oregon; Raymond Moss of California; Michael Moss of Utah; and Larry Moss of Wyoming; one sister, three brothers, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and three brothers. 

Interment will be at a later date in St. Helena. 
 

Eleanor M. Maliani 

Private services were held April 23 for longtime St. Helena resident Eleanor Martha Maliani, who died April 17 in Citrus Heights. She was 86. 

Pastor Harvey Goldstein of the First Baptist Church of St. Helena officiated. Interment followed at the St. Helena Cemetery. 

The eldest of three girls, she was born Eleanor Schneider in Rutherford Nov. 9, 1914, to Carl and Martha Schneider. Before graduating from St. Helena High School in 1932, Mrs. Maliani began working part-time as a bookkeeper for Knipschild Dehydrator and Manufacturing Company of St. Helena - a move that turned into a full-time, 50- year career with the company. 

In April 1937 she married Theodore Maliani and they moved into the house they built on Hunt Avenue. She continued to live there for more than 61 years until moving to Citrus Heights in 1998. 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Diane Mills and Dr. Robert Mills, of Carmel; a daughter, Nancy Maliani, of Carmichael; and a sister, Edna Cox, of St. Helena. 

Her husband of 52 years, Ted, predeceased her in 1989. 

Donations may be made to The Eleanor Maliani Scholarship Fund, c/o Mr. Craig Bond, chairman; St. Helena High School Music Department, 1401 Grayson Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574. 

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena. 

Thomas Harrison Baker 

Thomas Harrison Baker, an Upvalley resident, died April 23 in Deer Park. He was 81. 

Mr. Baker, a decendant of William Henry Harrison, ninth president of the United States of America, was born in Bloom-field, Neb., in 1920 to Nicholas and Clare Baker. 

He graduated cum laude from Yankton College in Yankton, S.D., and taught high school in South Dakota. He served with the U.S. Navy on Admiral Nimitz's staff on Guadalcanal during World War II. After the war he became the registrar for the Amercian School on the campus of the University of Chicago. 

A Master Mason for more than 55 years, Mr. Baker is survived by Charles E. Sampson, a business partner for 30 years and friend for 55; a brother, John Crosby Baker and wife, Virginia, of Coronado. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers James Baker, Lee D. Baker and Russel Baker. 

Mr. Baker's ashes will be scattered at sea. Memorial donations may be made to Yankton College, P. O. Box 123, Yankton, SD 57078. 

Funeral arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 
 

Donald T. Drouin 
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A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1428 Spring St., for long-time St. Helena resident Donald T. Drouin, who died April 10 at age 88. 

Special music will be provided by the Jazz Salvation Company, a traditional jazz band from Santa Rosa and one of Mr. Drouin's favorite musical groups. A lunch will follow at the church. 

Mr. Drouin had lived in St. Helena since 1956 and was a retired towboat captain for Chevron Shipping Company. He was active in the St. Helena First Presbyterian Church and known among the congregation as a genial greeter on Sunday mornings. He was also a talented woodworker and skillful machinist, creating many models of steam engines, early steam-powered locomotives and other miniatures. 

Mr. Drouin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Drouin, of St. Helena; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Jim Aguirre of Preston, Wash.; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Lori Drouin of Richmond; granddaughter Lisa Semon of Ravensdale, Wash.; grandson, Paul Aguirre of Blaine, Wash.; and three great-grandchildren, all of Washington. 
 

Julia Ann Kalil 

A memorial Mass is planned at a later date at St. Helena Catholic Church for Julia Ann Kalil, who died April 23 at Queen of the Valley Hospital. She was 84. 

Mrs. Kalil, the mother of St. Helena Catholic Church associate pastor Fr. Gordon Kalil, was a native of Michigan City, Ind., and a frequent visitor to the Napa Valley. 

The wife of the late Charles P. Kalil, she worked for 35 years as a supervisor for a women's sportswear manufacturer and was recently a volunteer at Share and at the Michigan City Senior Center. 

In addition to Fr. Kalil, she is survived by sons Thomas Kalil and John Kalil; daughters Camille Kalil and Cynthia Plank; sisters Katherine Bolka and Rose Shawley; a brother, Michael Nowfel, all of Indiana; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held in Indiana. 

Memorial donations may be made to Share Foundation for the Handicapped, P.O. Box 400, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371. 

Local arrangements by Claffey and Rota Funeral Home, Napa. 
 

Lois Janet Walker 

Lois Janet Walker, a librarian for 50 years at numerous academies and colleges of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, died April 22. She was 96. 

Miss Walker was born in Valley City, N.D., one of four daughters of John and Hattie Belle Walker. The family moved to Canada when she was 6 and lived there for 14 years. She loved bird watching and will be remembered as a friendly, energetic woman who enjoyed talking with people. 

Hazel McVicker-Geraty 

Memorial services were held May 12 in Loma Linda and the following day at Pacific Union College Youth Chapel in Angwin for Hazel Mae Ellen McVicker-Geraty, who died May 6 of Parkinson's disease. She was 88. 

Mrs. McVicker-Geraty was an elementary school teacher and taught in California, China, Lebanon, Washington, D.C., and Michigan. 

A son, Lawrence Geraty, is currently president of La Sierra University in Riverside, and an alumnus of Pacific Union College in Angwin. 

In addition to her son and his wife, Gillian, she is survived by her husband, Thomas Geraty, of Loma Linda; a daughter, Kathleen Marie Geraty, of Riverside; a son and his wife, Ronald D. and Sheila Geraty of Marblehead, Mass.; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and is remembered by a host of former students and friends. 

Memorial donations in Mrs. Geraty's name and earmarked for elementary education student scholarships amy be sent to the Department of Education, Pacific Union College, 100 Howell Mt. Rd., Angwin, CA 94508.

Hong Thi Duong 

Services were held Sunday, May 20, at Pacific Union College Youth Chapel for Hong Thi Duong, who died May 14, at St. Helena Hospital. She was 48.

Mrs. Duong was born Nov. 10, 1952, to Duong Thoi and Nguyen De in Vietnam. She moved to the United States 24 years ago. Mrs. Duong made a career as a flight attendant for United Airlines, and was active in the Association of Flight Attendants. 

She is survived by her parents, Duong Thoi and Nguyen De, of Angwin; husband Rodney Davis of Novato; sons Stuart and Levi Davis of Angwin; a brother and sister-in-law, Trang and Phuong Duong of Granite Bay; and a brother, Cac Duong, of San Jose. Arrangements are by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena 
 

Anna Marie Lukens 

A memorial service will be held today, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the PUC Youth Chapel, Angwin, for Anna Marie Lukens of Angwin, who died May 16 at St. Helena Hospital. She was 86. 

Mrs. Lukens worked at St. Helena Hospital as an RN before becoming a private duty nurse for many years. She and her husband, Dr. Dick Lukens, moved to the area after missionary duty in the Philippines. She took pride in her manufacturing of religious teaching materials for children all over the world. 

Mrs. Lukens was attending Pacific Union College Adventist Church as well as the Village Church of Angwin. 

In addition to her husband of 61 years, she is survived by daughters Dixie Firman of Palm Desert and Betty Lukens of Rohnert Park; a son, Rick Lukens, of Weimar, Calif.; a brother, Harold Jones, of Simi Valley, Calif.; and six grandchildren. 

Graveside services were held May 18 at St. Helena Cemetery. 

Funeral arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St.Helena 
 

Elizabeth Resendez 

Funeral services were held May 18 at Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena, for Elizabeth "Betty" McNeal Resendez, who died Tuesday at Marlinda Convalescent Hospital. She was 89. 

Mrs. Resendez had lived in the Napa Valley since 1971. She moved here from Chicago, Ill., where she serv-ed the state of Illinois for 18 years as a police officer. 

She is survived by her husband of nearly 20 years, John; two sons, Stanley Tufo of Apple Valley, Calif., and John David Tufo Sr. of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

She is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. 

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558. 

Cremation arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena. 

Inez Leona Boeger 

Memorial services will be held Sunday, June 3, at 11 am at Nicoletti Funeral Home, 5401 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, for Inez Leona (Nichelini) Boeger who died May 27. She was 85. 

Mrs. Boeger was the last of 12 children of Antone and Catarina Nichelini, a pioneering Napa Valley winemaking family. 

She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Oakland, attended the California College of Arts and Crafts and worked as a commercial artist for Hales Brothers in San Francisco. She was an active member of the Oakland Ski Club where she met her husband-to-be, Frank Boeger. They were married in 1941. 

In 1946 the family moved to Sacramento where her husband worked for the California Division of Highways. Mrs. Boeger was a free-lance artist for both Weinstocks and Hales until retiring in 1973. During that time she and her husband were active members of the Highwaymen Square Dancing Club. 

While living in Japan in 1977 she taught American cooking and English. After her husband's death in 1986, she spent many years as a member of a local Italian language class and The Sacramento Book Club, and continued her involvement in the activities she loved most: gardening, family history, travel, music, and grandmothering. 

In addition to her son Greg of Placerville and daughter Karen Boeger of Reno, Nev., she is survived by grandchildren Justin and Alexis Boeger and Patrick and Caroline Tanner. 

Interment will be Monday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 2121 Spring St., St. Helena. 

Remembrances may be sent to the Nichelini Family Memorial Fund or to a charity of choice. 

Jerome W. Komes 

Jerome W. Komes, founder in 1978 of Flora Springs Winery, died May 24 in his San Francisco home. He was 89. 

Mr. Komes, a long-time engineering and construction company executive, was born in Racine, Wisc., and graduated from St. Columba High School, Fresno. He was with Barrett & Hilp Construction, San Francisco, from 1928-38; a part owner of D.W. Nicholson Corp., Oakland, 1938-41; and held a number of executive positions with Bechtel Corporation from 1957 to 1977. 

In addition, he served as a director of Crocker National Corporation, Crocker National Bank; as a trustee of Santa Clara University; and was a member of St. Mary's Hospital's corporate board; a lay boardmember of the Marianists Province of the Pacific; and a number of professional organizations. He belonged to the Order of Malta and Order of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, as well as served on the San Francisco Regional Cancer Fund. In 1974 he was appointed to the Commission on Judicial Qualifications. 

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Flora; their sons J. Michael and John A., a daughter, Julia K. Garvey; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

A rosary was held May 28 at St. Helena Catholic Church. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marianst Province of the Pacific in Cupertino, CA, or to the Farmworkers Housing, C/O St. Helena Catholic Church, 1340 Tainter St., St. Helena, CA 94574. 

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 
 

Mary J. Luisetti 

A memorial service will be held at a later date for Mary J. Luisetti of St. Helena who died at Napa Care Center Friday. She was 95. 

Mrs. Luisetti was born in St. Helena in 1905 at the William Tell Hotel, which her father was managing at the time. She lived in San Francisco for many years and was a saleswoman for the City of Paris clothing store before her retirement. A longtime member of the St. Helena Catholic Church, she is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, a sister, Ada Mori, and a brother, Charles Brovelli. Surviving are her brother Nathan Brovelli and sister Josephine Walker, both of St. Helena, and many nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Hanna Boys Center P.O. Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476-0100. Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 
 

Ann E. Ragus 

Graveside services were held in Mesa, Ariz., for Ann Elizabeth Ragus who died May 21 at Marlinda Convelescent. Hospital in St Helena. She was 95. 

Mrs. Ragus, a Valley resident for 10 years, graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1928 and taught school in Arizona for over 30 years. She came to the Napa Valley to be closer to her family. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Nick, and survived by a niece, Barbara Lincoln, of Napa, and nephews Jim, Pete, Stanley and Tom. 

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 
 

Maria Monica West 

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 31, at 2 p.m. at Claffey and Rota Funeral Home, 1975 Main St., Napa, for former St. Helena Wells Fargo employee Maria Monica West, who died May 8. She was 60. 

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Napa Valley. 

Denise Abbey 

Longtime St. Helena resident Denise Abbey died May 31 in Calistoga. She was 86. 

A Spokane, Wash., native and the daughter of Frank and Lillian Carabin, she married Richard Abbey in 1936. At the time of his death in 1987 they had been married 51 years. 

Mrs. Abbey is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Peggy Abbey of Calistoga, a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Suzanne Abbey of Oakland; grandchildren Sharon Hoffman of Palo Alto, Heather Abbey of Oakland, Gannon Abbey of British Columbia and Molly Abbey of Seattle. A grandson, David Abbey, predeceased her. 

Mrs. Abbey was active in the St. Helena Women's Club, the St. Helena Garden Club was on the St. Helena Library Board and was a docent for several organizations. 

Rather than memorial donations or flowers, she asked to be remembered in the garden or at the library. 
 

Ilse Hilde Kotz 

A memorial service will be held June 6 at 3 p.m. at Rose Haven, 520 Sanitarium Rd.,. St. Helena, for Ilse Hilde Kotz of St. Helena, who died April 25 at Rose Haven Board and Care. She was 88. 

Ms. Kotz was a private nurse for over 40 years. She is survived by niece Arla Jean Squires of Colorado and a niece and nephew living in Australia. 

Memorial donations may be made to Adventist Frontier Missions, P.O. Box 346, Berrien Springs, MI 49103-9907. 

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 
 

Mildred D. Parriott  

Memorial services will be held Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at Morrison Funeral Chapel, 990 Vintage Ave., St. Helena, for Mildred Dukes Parriott of St. Helena, who died May 31. She was 89. 

Mrs. Parriott, the daughter of Elmer and Ida Dukes, married Melvin Parriott in 1931. She and her family lived in Middletown for several years and moved to the Napa Valley in 1942. 

During World War II she worked for Yuba Manufacturing in Benicia machining 155mm Howitzer barrels. While there she administered first aid to people injured in the Port Chicago blast. 

Mrs. Parriott was a laboratory technician for Beringer Vineyards for 20 years, a volunteer in the St. Helena Hospital gift shop, a member of the Rebekah's Lodge of St. Helena and past noble guard. She was also a past member of the Degree of Pocahontas and a member of the Elmshaven Seventh-day Adventist Church. Among her many interests was cooking for family and friends, and crocheting afghans for all of her grandchildren. She also had a penchant for driving fast. 

Mrs. Parriott is survived by two sons and their wives, Melvin "Guy" and Terese Parriott, and Milton "Bear" and Rebecca Parriott, all of St. Helena; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Melvin, and a brother, Wilbur. 

Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity. 

Marion R. Swim 

Private graveside services will be held for Marion R. Swim of St. Helena, who died May 27. He was 96. 

Pastor Gary Gifford of Calistoga Seventh-day Ad-ventist Church will officiate. 

Mr. Swim was born June 23, 1904, in St. Edwards, Neb., to Francis and Berda Swim, but most of his life resided in Napa County, where he was a rancher-farmer before working for Napa State Hospital as a psychiatric technician. 

He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family, and was an avid gardener who retired to his rose garden and craft work. 

Mr. Swim is survived by his wife, Elgie; three children, Alyce Cadd of Geyserville, Robert Swim of Lake County and Ronald Swim of Napa; a sister, Edith Pittman, of Redwood Valley; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren 

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association: 1400 N. Dutton Ave., Suite 20, Santa Rosa, CA. 95401. 

Funeral arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 
 

Maria Monica West 

A memorial service was held May 31 at Claffey and Rota Funeral Home, Napa, for former St. Helena Wells Fargo employee Maria Monica West, who died May 8. She was 60. 

Mrs. West was born Sept. 26, 1940, in Germany. She came to the U.S. in 1954 with her mother and brother to visit her great-aunt and uncle in Clearlake Highlands and lived there for a time. She moved to San Francisco where she met Thomas J. West, married, moved to Long Beach, Phoenix, back to San Francisco and then to Lake Berryessa for 30 years. 

Mrs. West worked for Wells Fargo Bank in St. Helena and Napa. She is survived by her husband, Thomas J. West; her father, Friedrich Karl Kohlmeier, of Germany; a brother, Fred C. Kohlmeier, and his wife, Jeanette, of Napa; daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Ted Cebulski, Patricia and Kevin Fleet; grandchildren Robert J. West Devitt, Kristopher C. West Devitt, Michael B. West Cebulski, Chrystal D. Fleet, Thomas J. Fleet, Kevin E. Fleet Jr. and Samantha West. 

Mrs. West is predeceased by her mother, Grete Mosel, and a son, Thomas J. West Jr. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558. 

Jerry Komes, founder of Flora Springs

Jerry Komes, the 89-year-old founder of Flora Springs Wine Company and former president of Bechtel Corporation who died of complications from Parkinson's disease May 24, was a pioneer in the engineering business as well as a vintner. 

In 1978 he bought Louis Martini Vineyard Estate as a simple retirement project. The Flora Springs Wine Company, named after his wife of 66 years, Flora, grew into one of Napa's most prestigious and critically acclaimed family wineries, garnering numerous awards over the years. Flora Springs was named Wine Spectator's "Top 100 Wines of the Year" in six out of the last nine years with five different varietals. Under Komes' direction, Flora Springs was the first to use "barrel fermented" on it's label, and was among the first to produce blended "meritage" wines (Trilogy). The family owns over 600 acres in nine distinct locations in the Napa Valley, and Flora Springs was among the first in the state to produce sangiovese and then produce it as a 100-percent varietal. 

In addition, the winery is noted for innovative vineyard techniques. Flora Springs will continue to be run by Komes' son, John, and daughter, Julie. 

Komes, born in Racine, Wisc., in 1911, never attended college. He rose from meager beginnings during the Depression to become a respected San Francisco businessman and philanthropist. He served as president and director of Bechtel Corporation from 1946 until 1977. Komes served on several boards, including the Corporate Board of St. Mary's Hospital, San Francisco, trustee for Santa Clara University, Director for Crocker National Bank, and lay board member of the Mariansts Province of the Pacific. His memberships included the Pacific-Union Club, Olympic Club, Stock Exchange, World Trade Club, Silverado Country Club, San Francisco Golf Club and the Bankers Club of San Francisco; he belonged to the Order of Malta and the Order of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. Komes is survived by his wife, Flora; sons, J. Michael Komes of Houston, Texas, and John A. Komes of St. Helena; a daughter Julia K. Garvey of St. Helena; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Marianst Province of the Pacific in Cupertino, or the Farm Workers Housing Fund, c/o St. Helena Catholic Church, 1340 Tainter St., St. Helena, CA 94574. 

Helen C. Harper 

A family graveside service was held April 6 in St. Helena for Helen Catherine Harper, who died Oct. 25. She was 77. 
 
Mrs. Harper was born in Thoeny, Mont., to Allen and Anna Johnson on Sept. 1, 1923. She married Robert L Harper in 1942 in Sabinal, Texas, where he attended Navigators School during WWII. She finished her college education at Pacific Union College in Angwin. Upon graduation in 1957 she was hired as a full-time music teacher by PUC. She received a masters of arts in music in 1967. She taught special education in Napa County from 1969 until her retirement in 1999. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for 46 years. 

Mrs. Harper is survived by her sisters, Marjorie Inggs of St. Helena and Donna Elwood of Harlowton, Mont.; a son, Dan Serruys Harper, of Petaluma, and four grandchildren. 

James J. Horning 

James J. Horning, 83, retired secondary teacher, died Friday at Rose Haven in St. Helena. He was a patient of Hospice of Napa Valley. 

The private burial will be in Hollister. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1777 Main St. 

The son of John and Josephine Horning, he was born in Chico, Aug. 28, 1917, and educated in Central California. He graduated from Chico High School in 1935 and Pacific Union College in 1941. Eleven years later he earned a master's degree from Chico State College. 

Mr. Horning served in the United States Army during World War II, attaining the rank of private first class. He served as a medic at the Second General Hospital in New Guinea. 

Following the war, he spent his professional life teaching industrial arts and special education in both parochial and public schools in Hawaii, Arizona and California. He retired from the San Benito Unified School District. 

Mr. Horning lived in the Napa Valley twice, first as a student at Pacific Union College, and then for the last 18 months of his life, when he and his wife, Edythe, moved to Silverado Orchards Retirement Apartments in St. Helena. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, James Jay, of Palo Alto, and a daughter, Patricia Horning Benton, of Buena Vista, Colo. 

Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558. 

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena. 
 

Verdyne Lillian Toben 

A memorial service was held June 8 at United Methodist Church of St. Helena for Verdyne Lillian Toben, 83, who died June 5 at St. Helena Hospital after a brief illness. 

Mrs. Toben was born in Stockton in 1917, was graduated from Napa High School and worked as a secretary in the St. Helena school system for 24 years. She has lived in either Napa or St. Helena most of her life. Her sole survivor is her son, Michael, of Lynnwood, Wash. Friends remember her for her desire to help others. 

Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Church of St. Helena.


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