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Lowell W. Stewart

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. at Elmshaven Seventh-day Adventist Church, Deer Park, for Lowell William Stewart, who died Aug. 12 following an auto accident. He was 82.

Mr. Stewart, an Army veteran of World War II, worked at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on the electrical systems of submarines in the early 1950s. 

His interests included photography, ocean fishing expeditions with friends, playing the pipe organ and piano, and building ham radios from scratch. 

At the time of his death, he and his wife, Lola, lived in Deer Park where he enjoyed rising early to work in the garden and around the home.

Mr. Stewart, a native of Milton, Ore., who outlived two of his three wives, was first married to Alice Louise Gentry and they had a daughter, Maureen Barnard. His second wife was Bessie Laverne, who had two daughters from a prior marriage, Ramona White and LaVona Allen, now deceased. Following Bessie's death, Mr. Stewart met and married Lola Snyder, who also had two daughters from a prior marriage, Carol Giordano and Connie Bertolucci.

In addition to his five daughters and his third wife, Mr. Stewart is also survived by a sister, Tola Hasse, and her husband, Ray; a younger brother, Warren Stewart, and his wife, Nancy; five grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Interment will be at the Chapel of the Chimes, Napa.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

John Campbell Britton

A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena Friday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. for John Campbell Britton, 63, who died at McKinney Creek Ranch in Klamath River Sept. 2 with family and friends by his side. 

McKinney Creek Ranch was where the longtime St. Helena resident created and built a small purebred cattle operation over the past nine years.

Mr. Britton was born in Ely, Nev., and reared in Palo Alto. He lived in Oakland for many years, where he met and married his first wife, Ruth Bauman Britton. He graduated from The Califor-nia College of Arts and Crafts in 1965 and earned a master's of fine arts in sculpture from UC-Berkeley in 1967. He taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts for a number of years. 

Mr. Britton lived briefly in Monument, Ore., working as a buckaroo and operating a small commercial cattle ranch. In 1976 he founded Britton Tree Services, Inc. in St. Helena in which he worked with his wife and companion of 20 years, Denice Froehlich Britton. Mr. Britton became a nationally respected arborist and was actively involved in his community and profession, earning numerous awards for his contributions to arboriculture, including the National Arborist Association's Award of Merit. 

In additon to his second wife, Mr. Britton is survived by his mother, Jean Campbell Britton, of St. Helena; sisters, Margaret Nyhan of Lake of the Pines and Kathleen Hood, of St. Helena; children Jason and Lola; a stepson, Robert Brian Wyatt; and granddaughters Brianna and Brittany Wyatt.

Memorial donations may be made to the Arboricultural Research Trust Fund: ISART/NAF, P.O. Box 3129, Champagne, IL 61826.

Deirdre deCorsia
 
A celebration of the life of Deirdre deCorsia will be held at Meadowood, 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena, at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12. Ms. deCorsia, Meadowood's membership director, died at her St. Helena home Aug. 31 of complications from cancer. She was 55.

Ms. deCorsia, a native New Yorker, relocated to Southern California with her family, attended Utah State College and, in 1978, married Robert Stricker of Mill Valley, whom she later divorced.

Ms. deCorsia moved to the Napa Valley in 1986 and joined the Meadowood staff as chief concierge, earning a place in the prestigious Les Clefs d'Or. In 1993 she was named membership director.

Ms. deCorsia is survived by a son, Alex Stricker, of San Francisco, and step-children, Gabriel Stricker of New York and Shanti Stricker-Bischop of Mendocino; a sister, Carey Cramer, of Scottsville, Va., a niece, Elizabeth Glynn of Chicago, Ill.; and her parents, Rachel and Ambrose Cramer of Charlottesville, Va. 

Following her request a "celebratory frolic" is being planned in her honor. Friends, Meadowood members and staff, and their children are invited to attend.

Memorial donations may be made in Ms. deCorsia's name to We Care Animal Society, 1345 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574.

Evelyn Skoda
 
A funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 5, at St. Helena Catholic Church for Evelyn Skoda, a former co-owner of Rutherford Vintners Winery and long-time resident of St. Helena. She died in her sleep Aug. 30 in Napa after a long illness. She was 85.

Born Margaret Evelyn Gould in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Jan. 9, 1916, Mrs. Skoda grew up in Vancouver, British Colombia. After leaving Vancouver in her early 20s, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work with the United Nations. She met her husband, Bernard Skoda, while a representative to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency in Germany. They were married in Heidelberg in 1948 and lived for a time in Vancouver, where they had two children, Louis Douglas and Jacqueline Evelyn.

The Skodas moved to Burbank in 1954, and six years later to St. Helena when Mr. Skoda took a position as an executive with Louis Martini Winery. In 1976 Mrs. Skoda started Rutherford Vintners Winery together with her husband and family friends. She continued to work at the winery until it was sold in 1994, a year after her husband's death.

She is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Skoda Welsh, and son-in-law Jim Welsh, of St. Helena; and a sister, Audrey McKenzie, of Vancouver, British Colombia. She was predeceased by her son.

Interment took place at Holy Cross Cemetery in St. Helena. Memorial donations may be made to the Napa Valley Symphony, 2407 California Blvd., Napa, CA 94558. Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Charlotte T. Post Amaral

Long-time Napa Valley resident Charlotte "Tardé" Post Amaral died July 25 in Auburn. She was 82.

Mrs. Amaral, the daughter of Charles and Emma Post, was a 16-year employee of Napa State Hospital.

She is survived by daughters Jannine Gaughan of Grass Valley and Cindee LaPointe of Spokane, Wash., a sister, Nettie Ensminger, of St. Helena; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Arthur Amaral, and three siblings.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, North Bay Chapter, 50 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa CA 95404.

John A. Logue

Funeral services were held Sept. 7 at Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel in Napa for John A. Logue, who died Sept. 3 at Queen of the Valley Hospital following an extended bout with cancer. He was 59.

Born in Sparks, Okla., Mr. Logue moved to California with his family in 1943, attended school in St. Helena and graduated from Vallejo High School. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, 7th Battalion, 15th Artillery, Battery A, earning the rank of sergeant and numerous commendations. He retired as a rigger foreman in 1995 after 31 years at Mare Island Naval Shipyards.

Mr. Logue was a boating enthusiast, and most recently was restoring a 54-foot Enterprise trawler at the Napa marina with the moral support of his canine companions, Buddy and Missy.

Mr. Logue is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sandra, of Napa; a son, Michael; step-daughters Lynnette and Leah; four grandchildren, Jonathan and Tynaia Logue, and Kristine and Daniel Paoli; sisters Pat Monk and Virginia Campbell; brothers Ted and Ron Logue; and nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1031 Jefferson St., Napa CA 94559.

Lillian Ann Suffia

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at St. Helena Catholic Church for Lillian Ann Suffia, who died Sept. 10 at her home in St. Helena. She was 81.

Mrs. Suffia, the daughter of Italian immigrants, was born in St. Helena in 1920 and lived here all her life, working as a floral designer for Garaventa Florist in Napa and Heflin Florist in St. Helena. She enjoyed cooking, cards and camping in Truckee with her family.

Mrs. Suffia is survived by her husband of 63 years, John Suffia; daughters Judi Reguera of Fairfield and Janice Rudloff of Dixon; a son, Robert Suffia, of Guinda, Calif., grandchildren Donald Reguera, Ronald Reguera, Johnny Reguera, Travis Rudloff, Kimberly Donaldson and Michael Suffia; numerous great-grandchildren; a niece, Barbara Green, of Concord, and a nephew, Larry Bianchi, of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Visitation will be noon to 5 p.m. today, Sept. 13, at Richard Pierce Funeral Service, 1660 Silverado Trail, Napa. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in St. Helena.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1031 Jefferson St., Napa CA 94559.

William R. Amaral

A funeral mass will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church, 1340 Tainter St, Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. for William R. Amaral, 87, who died Sept. 17 at Mt. Diablo Hospital in Concord. 

Msgr. John Brenkle will officiate.

Mr. Amaral, born in Oakland in 1914 to Joseph and Maria Rapoza, married Mary Amaral in 1938 in San Jose. He had worked for Beaulieu Vineyard for 32 years before retiring as maintenance supervisor. He was a member of the St. Helena Catholic Church.

Mr. Amaral is survived by three children, Janet Thomas of Martinez; Don Costa of Elk Grove and Louis Costa of Healdsburg; a brother, Ray Rapoza, of Livermore; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

His wife, Mary, died in 1992.

Visitation will be today, Thursday, from 5-8 p.m, at Morrison Funeral Chapel, 990 Vintage Ave., followed by the rosary at 7 p.m.

Burial will be at the Holy Cross Cemetery.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Arlene Hunt

A celebration of life was held Sept. 16 in Danville for Arlene Hunt, who died Sept. 10. She was 62.

Mrs. Hunt, a graduate of the University of the Pacific and a long-time Danville resident, was born in St. Helena in 1939. She was a 30-year employee of Pacific Bell before her retirement in 1991. In addition, she was a volunteer for the town of Danville, the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Museum of San Ramon Valley and served as a Contra Costa County election officer as well as parttime staff member of the Eugene O'Neil foundation. 

She is survived by her daughters, Diane Cox of Madera and Shannon Zamczyk of Redwood City; sons Bryan Hunt of Ceres and Christopher Hunt of Brentwood; her mother, Edna Cox, of St. Helena; a brother, Ron Cox, of Lake Berryessa; and 11 grandchildren.

Her husband of 32 years, Al, died in February.

Memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Koman, The Koman Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265, or to Hope Hospice, 6500 Dublin Blvd, Suite 100, Dublin, CA 94568.

Ellen W. MacVeagh

A funeral service was held Sept. 7 in New Hampshire for former St. Helena resident Ellen Warder Mac-Veagh, who died Sept. 3. She was 92.

Mrs. MacVeagh, the wife of the late Francis MacVeagh, was a noted horsewoman and rancher who moved to New Hampshire in 1996.

She is survived by her daughter, Ellen Rublee, of New Hampshire; a brother, Gray Thoron, of New York; a sister, Faith Knapp, of New York; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery in St. Helena.

Memorial donations may be made to the Napa County 4-H Council, 1710 Soscol Ave., No. 4, Napa, CA 94559; or to Emmanuel Church, P.O. Box 499, Dublin, NH 03444.

Louise Thomson Whalin

Graveside services were held Wednesday for Louise Thomson Whalin, who died Sept. 13 following a short illness. She was 83.

Mrs. Whalin, born in Pineland, Texas, in 1918, was graduated from the secretarial and business department of what is now Southwestern Adventist University. She worked in Adventist conference or mission offices in Tennessee, Northern California and Hawaii before coming to the Napa Valley and working at the Pacific Union Conference office from 1976 to 1979.

At the time of her death she was living in Paso Robles, where she had moved to be closer to her daughter, Karen, and foster daughter, Jo.

In addition to her daughters, Mrs. Whalin is survived by a stepson, Melvyn Whalin; sisters Julia Snyder and Lienda Jones; sisters-in-law Evelyn Thomson and Emma Drake; six step-grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward, her brother, George, and a sister, Lucille.

Arrangements directed by Richard Pierce Funeral Service, Napa.

Nancy Fuller Wood

A private memorial will be held at a later date for Nancy Fuller Wood, who died at her Napa home Sept. 15 after a lengthy illness. She was 72.

Ms. Wood was born in San Francisco in 1929 to Maybelle and Paul Wood, and was graduated from Burlingame High School and Ogontz Junior College in Pennsylvania. She grew up riding horses at the old Gymkhana Club in San Mateo and never lost her love for them. For many years she and Dr. Del Weaver raised thoroughbred mares and foals on their ranch in Chiles Valley, for which she served as president and director of sales. 

Ms. Wood was on the board of the Northern California Thoroughbred Association for 12 years.

In retirement she cared for her garden and her cats and dogs until a paralyzing stroke five years ago.

Ms. Wood is survived by two sisters, Peggy Mitchell of Napa and Betsy Brooks of Sun Valley, Idaho; nieces Mary Keilman of Napa, Betsy Anne Latham of Lorena, Texas, Nancy Jane Diaz of of Hamilton, Texas, Jan Marriott of Smith, Nev., and Katie Eudy of McKinney, Texas; two nephews, Joel Shawver of Stephenville, Texas, and Anthony Mitchell of Napa, all of whom came to visit Ms. Wood in the final weeks of her life.

Two of her nieces and Dr. Weaver were at her bedside at the time of her death.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558; or to the Humane Society of Napa County, P.O. Box 695, Napa, CA 94558.

Mary Anne Gay

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the St. Helena Catholic Church, Tainter and Oak streets, for Mary Anne B. Gay, who died Sept. 30 at her St. Helena home with her family by her side. She was 50.

Mrs. Gay is survived by her daughter, Anne, two sons, Scott, and Matthew Gay, all of St. Helena, and by their father, Thomas Gay, of Napa.

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

Gladys Brown

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at St. Helena Cemetery for Gladys Brown, who died Oct.6 at Nene Rest Home after a lengthy illness. She was 95.

A resident of St. Helena for 15 years before moving to Fairfield, Miss Brown is survived by her nieces, Judy Church, Carmel Mills and Thelma Deagle; seven grandnieces and one grandnephew; and her caregiver of 10 years, Emileta Miranda.

Arrangements by Mor-rison Funeral Chapel

Lavera M. Caiocca

Private family services were held for Lavera Marcey Caiocca, who died Oct. 6 at St. Helena Hospital. She was 90.

Mrs. Ciocca was born in Weir, Kansas, to Oscar and Josephine Gray Jones. In 1963, she and her late husband, Julius, moved to St. Helena from San Francisco and were noted for their love of dancing.

Mrs. Caiocca, a member of The Silverado Chapter O.E.S #189, is survived by a daughter, Rosalie Marsha Harris, of Sonora; a daughter and son-in-law, Marcey and Jack Smith, of Calistoga; grandchildren Martin Varrel-man, Cheryl Smith and Jason Smith; and a great-grandson, Kolby Smith.

Entombment was at St. Helena Cemetery. Arrang-ements by Richard Pierce Funeral Service, Napa.

Memorial contributions may be made to We Care Animal Society, 1345 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574.

Mary Anne Gay

A memorial service was held Oct. 7 at the St. Helena Catholic Church for Mary Anne B. Gay, who died Sept. 30 at her St. Helena home with her family by her side. She was 50.

Mrs. Gay is survived by her three children, Scott, Anne and Matthew Gay, all of St. Helena, and by their father, Thomas Gay, of Napa.

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

Arrangements by Tread-way & Wigger Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Napa.

Daniel Koval

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Pacific Union College Church youth chapel for Daniel Koval, who died Oct. 1 at St. Helena Hos-pital. He was 78.

Dr. Koval, the son of Dimitri and Mary Koval of Fitchburg, Mass., earned both an MA and Ph.D. in mathematics from Boston University and had taught for 42 years. 

In 1945 he married June Sands and the following year began his teaching career at Atlantic Union College, South Lancaster, Mass. From 1960 to 1971 he taught at Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, Md., before moving to Angwin and joining the teaching staff at Pacific Union College. He retired in 1988 after 11 years.

Dr. Koval, who enjoyed woodworking and photography, is survived by his wife of 56 years, June Koval, of Angwin; two sons, David Roy Koval of Calistoga and Daniel Gary Koval of Portland, Ore.; a brother, Stephen Koval, of Ukiah; and two grandchildren.

He was a member of the Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Church in Angwin. 

Memorial donations may be made to AMAZING FACTS, P.O. Box 1058, Roseville, CA 95678-8058. 

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.

Doreen Lui-Birebent

A funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at St. Helena Catholic Church for Doreen Lui-Birebent, who died Oct. 7 in St. Helena. She was 38. 

Born at Hahn Air Base, Germany, and reared and educated in Fairfield and Sacramento, Mrs. Lui-Birebent had been a St. Helena resident for the past five years.

She is survived by her husband, Pierre Birebent; a daughter, Isabelle Birebent; a son Paul Birebent; four brothers and sisters and her parents, Jeone and Anita Lui.

Visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Friday, October 12, at Richard Pierce Funeral Service, 1660 Silverado Trail, Napa. Graveside services following the Mass will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery in St. Helena.

Shirley 'Ike' Prouty

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. at the St. Helena Catholic Church for Shirley "Ike" Raphael Prouty, a lifelong resident of St. Helena.

Mr. Prouty, whose grandparents came to St. Helena prior to 1871, was born in 1914 and was an auto mechanic, working at a garage on Main Street for 10 years before opening his own shop on Allyn Avenue. He was an avid reader who enjoyed studying health, nutrition and history.

He is survived by two nieces and their husbands, Connie and John Cookus of Santa Rosa and Connie and David Casida of Carson City, Nev.; three grandnephews Matthew D. Jones of Des Palines, Ill., Christopher P. Jones of Chicago, Ill., and Matthew Casida of Carson City, Nev.; and two great-grandnephews: Zachary D. Jones and Tristan J. Casida.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert H. Prouty. 

Visitation will be at Morrison Funeral Chapel, 990 Vintage Avenue, St. Helena, Thursday, Oct. 11, from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be at the St. Helena Cemetery.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel. 

Bernice L. Squier

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Signs Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church, Yountville, for Bernice Leona Squier, who died Oct. 1 at a local nursing home. She was 95.

Born to Elmer Ellsworth and Nancy Marie Squier of Pine Island, Minn., she graduated with a masters degree from Pacific Union College and taught for 39 years for the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She retired to Yountville 19 years ago.

Miss Squier is survived by three sisters, Joyce Adams of Calistoga and Marjorie Squier and Ardith Emde of St. Helena. She was predeceased by three sisters, Myrtle, Gladys and Grace, and a brother, Theo.

Inurnment will be at St. Helena Cemetery.

Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena.

Vivian N. Whipple

Memorial services were held Wednesday at the chapel at the Meadows in Napa for Vivian Naomi Whipple, who died Oct. 3 at Queen of the Valley Hospital. She was 81. 

A native of Kansas and a graduate of Northwest Christian College, Mrs. Whipple was a librarian for many years. She and her husband were members of Napa Community Seventh-day Adventist Church, and had lived in the Napa Valley for eight years, some of those at Silverado Orchards in St. Helena. 

In addition to her husband of 57 years, George, she is survived by two sons, David B. Whipple of Cotati and John M. Whipple of Stockton; and two grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.


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