Funeral services were held Tuesday at Morrison Funeral Chapel for Dolores Espinoza-Russi, who died at her home March 15 with her family by her side. She was 70.
Mrs. Espinoza-Russi had lived in the Napa Valley for over 65 years after relocating from Arizona.
She served as secretary of the California Growers Foundation for many years and attended the New Life Tabernacle Church in Napa.
She is survived by a daughter, Monica Russi-Talbot, and a son, Alfredo Russi, both of St. Helena; brothers Joe Espinoza of Rutherford, Justice Espinoza of St. Helena, Frank Espinoza of St. Helena and Salvador Espinoza of Napa; sisters Mercy Mora of Crowslanding, Calif., Ortencia Ramos of Norland, Utah, and Cora Geisner of St. Helena; four grandchildren, Loli, Freddy, Chris-tina and Eddy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Arrangements by Morr-ison Funeral Chapel, St. Helena.
Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at St. Helena First Baptist Church, 1343 Spring St., St. Helena, for Ruby “Nonny” Foss, who died Friday, March 16 at her daughter’s home in Napa.
Pastor Harvey Goldstein will officiate. Mrs. Foss was a resident of Mora, Minn., born to Harvey and Ethel (Stone) Tinker on August 13, 1914.
Mrs. Foss was reared and educated there and in 1941 moved to St. Helena with her family where she lived until November of last year when she moved to Napa to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Roger Wilson.
She was a 50-year charter member of St. Helena First Baptist Church.
In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, she is survived by a son-in-law, Kenny Miller of Corning; grandchildren Teirey Tamagni-Tagleaferri of St. Helena, Robert Clair of San Jose, Teddy Tamagni of Calistoga, Shawna Adams of Napa and George Tagleaferri of St. Helena; great-grandchildren Jason and Jessica Tamagni.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Bev Miller, in 1998.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Napa Valley, 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558.
Arrangements by Richard Pierce Funeral Service.
Christopher B. Morf
A memorial service will be held at Grace Cathedral Saturday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. for Christopher Blane Morf, who died March 4 at Blue Lake of natural causes. He was 30 years old.
Mr. Morf attended Cathedral School for Boys, Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School in St. Helena, Stuart Hall for Boys and St. Ignatius Preparatory School.
In addition, he studied at San Francisco State University, College of Marin and College of the Redwoods where he pursued courses leading to a career in the wine industry. For eight years he was cellar master at Mad River Brewing Company.
He is survived by his wife, Beth Morf; parents Barbara Farnum Morf and Duffy Morf; and a brother, Joseph Morf.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Blane Morf Memorial Fund, 1640 Central Ave., McKinley-ville, CA 95518.
Virgil Bertram Fardig
A private scattering service will be held off the coast of San Francisco for Virgil Bertram Fardig, who died Friday at his St. Helena home. He was 79.
Mr. Fardig and his wife, Sarah, moved to St. Helena from Anaheim in 1984 following his retirement from Soule Steel Co.
Mr. Fardig graduated from Lead High in Lead, S.D. and served in the Navy during World War II. He was an inveterate traveler who also enjoyed photography and reading.
In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by nieces and nephews.
At his request no services will be held.
Cremation arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
John O. Gantner
John O. Gantner, a descendent of the Salvador Vallejo family and an early Napa Valley vineyard owner who produced pinot noir under the “School House” label, died in San Francisco Feb. 25 following a short illness. He was 92.
In their childhood and youth, Mr. Gantner, his brother Vallejo, and sister Adela were among a group of gifted children studied by Lewis Terman of Stanford University. The study led to the development of the Stanford-Binet I.Q. testing scale.
Mr. Gantner, a graduate of Grant Grammar School, Lowell High School and Stanford University, joined the family’s knitting firm, Gantner & Mattern, where he created the revolutionary, tight-fitting, knitted swim suits that became known as the Gantner “Wikies.” As president of the company he developed a florescent dye used in the clothing business in the 1940s and ‘50s.
In 1939 he married Florence W. Erskine and the couple had three children, John, Steven and Anthony. The Gantners divorced in 1957.
Mr. Gantner sold the family business to Hathaway Shirts in 1954 and became west coast manager of Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, Mass.
In 1940, he bought a vineyard on Spring Mountain in the Mayacamus range above St. Helena where he planted bud wood given to him by a Stanford friend, John Daniel, owner of Inglenook Winery. The pinot noir wine Mr. Gantner produced under the “School House” label was sought after by collectors.
In addition to his three sons, Mr. Gantner is survived by two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a nephew.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at Morrison Funeral Chapel for Alfred “Fred” Beroldo, who died Tuesday, March 6, in St. Helena. Interment follows at Holy Cross Cemetery. He was 89.
Mr. Beroldo was born in San Pablo, Calif., to Angelo and Amelia Beroldo, and married his wife, Rina, April 15, 1933. At the time of her death in 1999, they had been married 66 years.
A rancher and a member of the Napa County Farm Bureau, he maintained a vineyard and prune orchard for 60 years. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, making homemade wine and caring for his garden.
He is survived by his sisters, Edith Stice, Adeline Trutta and Dolores Weeks; nieces Judy Parady, Sandy McIntire, Denise Pererich, Arlene Dowski and Jayne Alcorn; and nephews Ron Stice and Frank Richards.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his parents, brothers Ernie and Eddie Beroldo, and a sister, Eva Richards.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 9, from 5-8 p.m. at Morrison Funeral Chapel, 990 Vintage Ave., St. Helena. Funeral arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
Memorial services will be held at Morrison Funeral Chapel Friday, March 9, at 10 a.m. for Pope Valley community activist S. Jo-Ann Burns, who died March 5 at St. Helena Hospital. She was 75.
Private inurnment will be held at Pope Valley Cemetery.
Since her marriage to Jack Burns Dec. 9, 1948, in Bombay, India, the couple had been world travelers. His job in the oil industry took them to England, Italy, Bahrain, Bombay, India and the Hawaiian Islands, as well as throughout the United States.
Mrs. Burns was an avid gardener, a member of the Republican Women of Napa County and an Esther in the Eastern Star.
In addition to her husband of 52 years, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Don Bollander, of St. Helena; grandchildren Molly and Ray Tomsick and Lisa Rowe, all of St. Helena; a nephew and his wife, Richard and Debbie Hodges, of Dallas, Texas; a brother-in-law, Capt. Robert P. Burns, and his wife, Georgie, of Port Townsend, Wash., and their children Mary of Washington and Kathi of Canada.
She was predeceased by a son, John Michael Burns, who was born in Bahrain and died in 1992; a brother, Henry Speilman, and a sister, Helen Hodges.
Arrangements by Morr-ison Funeral Chapel.
Elena L. Calone
Services will be held today, March 8, at the Church of Good Shepherd, Pittsburg, for Elena Lizzio Calone, who died March 4. She was 83.
Born in Rutherford and a graduate of St. Helena High School, Mrs. Calone worked for 60 years side-by-side with her husband, Sal Calone, a former mayor of Pittsburg, in the family business.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Anne Ingram, of Pittsburg; sons Rich Calone of Stockton and Robert Calone of Pittsburg; eight grandchildren and two nieces. She was predeceased by her husband, who died last September.
Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Antioch. Memorial gifts can be sent to Church of The Good Shepherd Spiritual Garden, 3200 Harbor St. Pittsburg, CA 94565
Ernest L. Rhodes
A private memorial service was held Feb. 25 for Ernest L. Rhodes, who died of acute leukemia Feb. 23 at his home in Angwin. He was 75.
Mr. Rhodes was born in Visalia to Stewart F. and Lillie Adams Rhodes. He moved to Sonoma with his family when he was a teen. During World War II he joined the Navy at 17, serving in the Pacific and later in Korea for about five years.
In 1973 he married Jeanine Eddy-Carr and the couple moved to Angwin three years later.
Mr. Rhodes was a lover of animals, gardening, boats and airplanes.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by stepsons Greg Carr and his wife Christina, and their children, Jessica and Tyler, of Calistoga; and Bill Carr and his wife, Dorothy, and their children, Michael and Danielle, of Altamont Springs, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Meda Eddy; a brother, James R. Rhodes, and his wife; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Stewart F. (Fern) Rhodes; and nephews and nieces.
He wished his ashes to be scattered at sea.
Alice E. Fowler
Services were held on March 31 in Washington for Alice Elizabeth Carr Fowler, who died on March 24. She was 96.
Born in Sumner, Wis., to Fred Maxson and Etta May Carr, Mrs. Fowler taught English and speech as well as worked in the library at various educational institutions including Union college, Auburn Academy and Pacific Union College.
Mrs. Fowler is survived by her husband, Ray W. Fowler; two foster daughters, Stacia Merickel and Vivian Black, of College Place, Wash., and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Clara E. Rogers Elementary School Building Fund in Care of Mountain View Funeral Chapel, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Wash., 99362.
Arrangements made by Mountain View Funeral Chapel and Crematorium.