Edna B. Cox
Graveside services will be held for Edna B. Cox at the St. Helena Cemetery Saturday, Jan 19, at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow at the First Baptist Church, 1343 Spring Street. She was 85.
Mrs. Cox, an 81-year resident of St. Helena, died of a respiratory illness Jan. 10 at the Queen of the Valley Hospital, Napa.
At the time she was born on the family’s Rutherford farm, her father was working for Beaulieu Vineyards. When she was 4, the family moved to St. Helena. Mrs. Cox graduated from St. Helena High School in 1934 and later married her high school sweetheart, John Cox. They settled in St. Helena and raised two children, Ron and Arlene.
Mrs. Cox was employed at Goodman’s Department Store for more than 40 years, and filled in part-time after retirement.She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, an officer of the Rebeka's Lodge #92, a member of the Women's Improvement Club, the garden club, sewing club, and the Diablo Valley Quilting Guild.
In addition to her son Ron, of Lake Berryessa, Mrs. Cox is survived by grandchildren, Terri Burnsed of Napa, Leslie and Julius Cox of Los Angeles, Chris Hunt of Brentwood and Shannon Zamczyk of Redwood City; three great-grandchildren, Chris Burnsed of Sacramento, Nicki Rodriguez of Napa and Saxon Hunt of Brentwood; four great-great-grandchildren of Sacramento and Napa; and three nephews, Tom Price of Monterey, Mike Price and Jerry Price of Vallejo; and two nieces; Diane Mills of Carmel and Nancy Maliani of Carmichael.
She was predeceased by her husband, John; her daughter, Arlene Hunt; and her sisters, Eleanor Maliani and Lois Price.
Memorial donations may be sent to the First Baptist Church, 1343 Spring Street, St. Helena, CA 94574.
Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Services.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at the St. Helena Catholic Church Friday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. for lifelong St. Helena resident Theresa Elizabeth Corallo, who died at Sunbridge Convalescent Hospital in Calistoga Jan. 5. She was 76.
A member of the St. Helena High School class of 1943, she was a member of the St. Helena Catholic Church.
Following graduation, she was employed by the Naval shipyard on Mare Island as supervisor of the mail and file department in the planning and estimate section, retiring after 35 years.
In addition, she was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and a 24-year member of the St. Helena Parlor La Junta # 203 Native Daughters of the Golden West.
Memorial donations may be made to We Care Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 70, St. Helena, CA 94574, or to the American Diabetes Assoc-iation, 631 Howard St. #520, San Francisco, CA 94105.
Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
A funeral service for Fontaine Cornero-Stralla will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mrs. Cornero-Stralla, the wife of former St. Helena Mayor, Louis Stralla, died at her St. Helena home Nov. 27 and was buried in Toquerville, Utah Dec. 3. She was 93.
Mrs. Cornero-Stralla was born in Toquerville Oct. 18, 1908, to James Zimmerman Naegle and Anna Rebecca Jackson. In 1931 she married Louis Donald Stralla and the couple lived much of their lives in St. Helena where they were active in local politics and the wine industry.
The late Mr. Stralla was one of the founders of the St. Helena and Calistoga Wine Company and, when Prohibition ended, was instrumental in reviving the old Krug winery prior to its purchase by the Cesare Mondavi family.
Funeral services were held Jan. 16 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, for Beatrice “Bea” Maud Phillips, who died Dec. 18 in Concord, Calif. She was 92.
A resident of St. Helena and Napa from 1976 to 1994 and a former volunteer at the Veteran’s Home of California in Yountville, Mrs. Phillips was the daughter of Henry and Ida Wilson of Canada.
She is survived by a step-daughter, Sharyn Fernandez Galloway of Concord; a niece Patricia Morey of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; a nephew, Robert Carmichael Sr. of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; and a grandnephew, Robert Carmichael, Jr. of Calgary, BC.
Mrs. Phillips was predeceased by two husbands, E.K. Fernandez, Jr. who died in 1979, and Brevard “Buzz” Phillips; and two sisters, Gwen Ferguson, former owner of Gami’s Scandinavian Imports in Yountville, and Corona Josephs of Santa Rosa.
Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
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.
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.
Susan Jane Pacey
Robert Mondavi Winery will hold a celebration of the life of Susan Jane Pacey on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m., who died at her home in Napa on Dec. 27. Ms. Pacey developed and published the Napa Valley Cancer Resource Guide in early 2002 and was instrumental in forming a Woman’s Cancer Survival group at the St. Helena Women’s Center. She was 53.
Born in Seattle, Wash. in 1949 to John and Merle Pacey, Ms. Pacey grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and Orange County, Calif., and moved to the Napa Valley in 1980 after her marriage to Justice Wes Walker in 1977.
Ms. Pacey created the Alpaca Ranch, helped to plant and cultivate a vineyard and became a Caretaker and Breeder for Canine Companions for Independence, raising dogs for the handicapped.
Ms. Pacey was a computer consultant, on the Board of Directors of the Elaine Mackie Charitable Trust and Alpaca Fiber Co-op of North America.
Ms. Pacey is survived by her husband, Justice Wes Walker; her son, Bret Pacey Walker; five stepchildren, Michael, Casey, Jennifer, Timothy and Christopher; four stepsisters; her father, John Pacey; her mother, Merle Pacey; stepfather, Bob Peacock; three sisters, Ann, Karen and Kay; and many nieces and nephews, including her namesake, Susan Zoe Pacey-Beale.
Memorial contributions may be made to:
The Elaine Mackie Charitable Trust, P.O. Box 3077, Yountville, CA 94559.
Fae E. Tacy
Former Calistoga and St. Helena resident Fae E. Tacy died Dec. 22. She was 81.
Born to William and Gracetta Kidd, Mrs. Tacy was raised in Calistoga and St. Helena, graduated from St. Helena High School, worked at Mare Island and married William H. Tacy in 1945. In 1961, Mrs. Tacy went to work at Concord Naval Weapons Station at the Port of Chicago, where she worked until her retirement in 1982. Mrs. Tacy was a member of NARF, the St. Helena Methodist Church and the Florence Douglas Senior Center in Vallejo.
Mrs. Tacy is survived by her sisters, Maxine Hollis and Sharon Siebenaler, and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Tacy was preceded in death by her husband, William. At Mrs. Tacy’s request there will be no services.
E. Kenneth “Ken” Smith
A memorial service was held at Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Church on Jan. 11, for E. Kenneth “Ken” Smith, of Angwin, who died on Dec. 28. He was 83.
Born in Norwalk, Calif., to Early and Etta Smith in 1919, Mr. Smith graduated from Pacific Union College in 1948, received his master’s degree in 1950 and his doctorate in 1984 from Loma Linda University. Mr. Smith began his teaching career in San Francisco as principal at many schools in California and finished his 40-year career at Pacific Union College Elementary School as principal for 11 years. During World War II, Mr. Smith served as Master Sgt. In the U.S. Army. In 1946, Mr. Smith married his wife of 56 years, Phyllis Sidle, and the couple moved to Angwin from Loma Linda in 1977. Mr. Smith was a member of the Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Church and a former chair of the Advisory Board of the Area Agency for Ageing of Angwin.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Phyllis; his three children, Gary A. Smith, M.D., of Honokaa, HI, Galen R. Smith of Folsom, and Sherrilyn Roth of Angwin; a brother, Lauren Smith of Redding; two sisters, Virginia Harris of Burney, Calif., and Shirley Gurr of Redding; and 10 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the PUC Elementary Worthy Student Fund, Angwin, Calif.
Arrangements made by Morrison Funeral Chapel.