Seth Richards Jr.
Longtime St. Helena resident Seth Richards Jr. died at home Feb. 24. He was 89.
Mr. Richards was a native of Spokane, Wash., and the grandson of the founder of Washington Water Power, a private Northwest utility.
A graduate of the University of Washington, he was a member of Alta Delta Phi and a fencing champion with the old Pacific Coast League. During World War II he served as a naval officer, saw action in Saipan and in the Philippine Sea, and gained the rank of lieutenant commander. After the war he returned to Seattle but remained active in the naval reserve for 20 years. He worked as a loan officer at University National and Pacific National banks. Following his retirement he and his wife, Garnetta, moved to St. Helena, where Mr. Richards worked for a time for the California Student Loan Commission.
He was a member of the St. Helena Kiwanis Club, the VFW and Meadowood Country Club.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by four children.
Arrangements by Claffey and Rota Funeral Home.
Doris Marie Steiner
Private services were held Wednesday for Doris Marie Steiner of Rutherford, who died Feb. 22. She was 77.
Mrs. Steiner, a Napa County resident for 54 years, was a homemaker and a bottle line worker for BV Vineyards.
She is survived by her husband, Rudolph Steiner; brothers George Kohler and Charles Kohler; a sister, Dorothy Yancey; and a sister-in-law, Anne Marie Storeide, of St. Helena.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements by Richard Pierce Funeral Service.
Geneva E. Durham
Geneva E. Durham, an Angwin resident since 1948, died at her home Feb. 1. She was 86.
Miss Durham, a member of the Pacific Union College Seventh-day Adventist Church, a math and astronomy teacher at Pacific Union College for 15 years, also taught at Atlantic Union College and at Napa High School and Vintage High School before her retirement.
She is survived by one niece and five nephews. She was predeceased by twin brothers, Lowell and Lawrence.
Memorial donations can be made to We Care Animal Rescue, 1345 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574.
Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena.
Pauline C. Hoisington
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the memorial chapel of The Meadows of Napa, 1800 Atrium Parkway, Napa, for Pauline C. Hoisington, who died Jan. 28 at The Meadows Care Center. She was 94.
Mrs. Hoisington was a 25-year resident of Napa county, 15 of them she spent at Vineyard Valley in St. Helena. She was the wife of the late Homer R. Hoisington. At the time of his death they had been married 57 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Judith Kaiser; grandchildren Kevin Heistand, Kerry Heistand, and Alison Friedman; a step-granddaughter, Gail Hales; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Oyster Bay, Pearl Street, Oyster Bay, N.Y. 11771.
Phil S. Ransome
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 7, at St. Helena Cemetery, 2461 Spring Street, St. Helena, for Phil S. Ransome, who died in Napa on Feb. 4. He was 88.
Born to Robert and Eppie Ransom in Scranton, Penn., Mr. Ransome was a grading and paving contractor in Escondido for 55 years. He and his wife, Helen, moved to St. Helena two years ago.
In addition to his wife of 67 years, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Koerner Rombauer, of St. Helena; two grandchildren, Sheana Rombauer Blackwood and K. R. Rombauer; and five great-grandchildren.
Donations can be made to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558.
Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
Helen A. Hardcastle
Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, at 3:30 p.m. at Elmshaven Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1 Woodland Lane, Deer Park, for Helen A. Hardcastle, with Pastor Robert J. Surridge, officiating.
Mrs. Hardcastle, 82, passed away at a local convalescent hospital Feb. 3. A native of Alto, N.M., Mrs. Hardcastle was reared and educated in Roswell, N.M. and moved to Deer Park in 1956. She was employed as a dietician at St. Helena Hospital from 1956 until she retired in 1982. She resided in the area until she moved to Napa nearly three years ago. She was the wife of the late Harvey Hardcastle, who passed away in 1963.
Her survivors include her children, Earlene Edenfield of Napa and Bob Hardcastle of Forestville; her sisters, Ruth Fox of Carmel and Mary Jane Bruce of Santa Monica; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Private family graveside services will be held at St. Helena Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Richard Pierce Funeral Service, Napa.
Hodge Services were held for longtime St. Helena resident Lucille Clair Hodge, who died at St. Helena Hospital on Jan. 21. She was 84 years old.
Mrs. Hodge was born to Lester and Catherine Kellogg in Sonoma April 19, 1916. She married Albert Hodge on Nov. 23, 1932, moving to Napa in 1945 and to St. Helena in 1951. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of St. Helena and the United Methodist Women’s Organization. She was a homemaker and also loved spending many hours babysitting for families she loved. She enjoyed working in her yard and embroidering and was very close to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and treasured the time she spent with them.
Mrs. Hodge is survived by her son, Alan Hodge, and his wife, Donna, of Napa; daughters Janice Wolters and her husband, Gill, of Napa, Alice Dalessi and her husband, Greg, of Napa, and Rowena Parnell of St. Helena; her brother, Harold Kellogg of Northridge, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert, on Aug. 8, 1975, two brothers, Hanford Scott and Lester Kellogg, and two sisters, Virginia Fitzgerald and Myrtle Porovich.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the United Methodist Church Memorial Fund for Lucille Hodge, 1310 Adams St., St. Helena, CA, 94574. Interment was held at the Morgan Hill Cemetery.
Annemarie Pierre Heine
Services will be held today, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. for former St. Helena resident Annemarie “Annie” Pierre Heine, who died Feb. 3. She was 87 years old. A memorial funeral Mass will be held at Star of the Valley Catholic Church, 545 White Oak Drive, Oakmont.
Mrs. Heine was born Dec. 21, 1913, in Oakland. She was a strong supporter of the Assistance League of Santa Rosa, an active member of the Silverado Country Club, and a contributor and parishioner of Star of the Valley Catholic Church in Oakmont. While living in St. Helena, she was involved with many civic activities, including Carpy Gang, Red Cross, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, 4-H Club, St. Helena Catholic Church, Ursuline Academy and the Napa County Election Board. She also served on the Napa County Grand Jury appointed by Judge Thomas Konsgaard.
She is survived by her son, Peter M. Stem, of Monte Sereno; daughters Patricia “Pinkie” Van Otten of San Jose and Judith O’Kane of Sacramento; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Heine was preceded in death by her first husband, Stuart Fischer Stem of St. Helena in 1967, and Jackson Otto Heine of Oakmont in 2000. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the Assistance League of Santa Rosa.
Arrangements are under the direction of Adobe Creek Funeral Home, Petaluma.
Harold Wellington Jewkes
Harold Wellington Jewkes was born May 15, 1908, in Canora, Saskatchewan, Canada, and died February 27, 2003, at his residence in Yountville, CA. He graduated from Walla Walla College, Washington in 1936. He began his career of ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist church as a teacher and assistant pastor in Tacoma, Washington. In 1936 he and his wife Glenna moved to Singapore, where over the next 5 years Harold held several administrative positions from the school principal to Youth Director and Sabbath School Secretary for the Malayan Union Mission, which included several countries in the Far East.
Returning to the United States in 1941, he continued his work as evangelist, pastor and church administrator in various youth and educational departments in Washington, Idaho, Texas, Wisconsin and Michigan. During this time he wrote a book about some of this experiences while managing Camp Au Sable, a large nature camp for youth and families in Michigan. Entitled “Zip, Zoom, Zassie and Rascal,” it chronicled the antics of four raccoons raised at the camp, as well as the activities of other animals and birds. In 1969 Harold and Glenna moved to California where he pastored churches in Fort Bragg and Calistoga.
Finally retiring in 1976, Harold and Glenna lived in St. Helena and remained active in their church and community while he pursued one of his favorite pastimes--writing letters to the editor at the St. Helena Star. In addition, he and his wife spent many summers as volunteers working with young people at Camp Au Sable. In 2000, Glenna, his wife of nearly 70 years, passed away.
He is survived by his second wife, Laverne; his two daughters Elaine McGee of Angwin, and Marilyn Caskey of Colorado Springs, Colorado; four grandchildren and on great grandchild. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, at 3 p.m., in the Calistoga SDA Church.
Memorial donations may be sent to the PUC Prep Worthy Student Fund, One Angwin Avenue, Angwin, CA 94508.
Arrangements are being cared for by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena.
Mathew Hernandez, a long- time resident of Calistoga, died in the Queen of the Valley Hospital on March 2. He was 61. Mr. Hernandez is survived by his ex-spouse Jenny Hernandez of Calistoga and two daughters, Lisa Dubois of Hidden Valley and Christina St. Clair of Geyserville. He also had 3 grandchildren. Mathew was a long-time resident of Calistoga before moving to Napa.
His ashes will be buried with his mother’s in Half Moon Bay. There are no services.
John C. Stanton, M.D.
There will be a memorial service for John C. Stanton, M.D., on Sunday, March 16, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Helena Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1777 Main St. in St. Helena. Dr. Stanton died on March 6 at his home in Angwin. He was 73.
Dr. Stanton was born in Los Angeles in 1929 and moved to Angwin in 1974. Over the last 30 years he worked as a physician in the Napa Valley for the St. Helena Hospital and the Napa State Hospital, and most recently for the Department of Social Services in Sacramento.
Dr. Stanton is survived by his wife Carolyn B. Stanton of Angwin; his children, John Stanton, Jr. of St. Louis, Mo., Stephanie Fisher of Angwin, Louis Stanton of Sacramento, and Allen B. Stanton of St. Helena; and his four grandchildren, Christopher, Cassidy, Abigail and Emily.
Arrangements made by Morrison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena.