Helen Rosalie Trainor
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11, at 10 a.m. at the St. Helena Catholic Church, 1340 Tainter Street for Helena Rosalie Trainor, who died on April 6. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Morrison Funeral Chapel, 990 Vintage Ave. She was 88.
Mrs. Trainor worked as a Legislative Secretary for the State of California for 22 years and was a member of the Ukrainian club of Sacramento and the Retired Legislative Secretaries.
Mrs. Trainor is survived by her three sons; Tom Trainor of Calistoga, Michael Trainor of Turkey and Richard Trainor of Eugene, Ore.; five grandchildren, Mick Trainor of Pittsburg, Penn., Tom Trainor of Long Beach, Josh Trainor of Napa, Tess Trainor of Calistoga and Chris Regalado of Deer Park. Mrs. Trainor was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Pryhoda.
Arrangements made by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
There will be services on Saturday, April 12, at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Richard Pierce Funeral Sevice, 1660 Silverado Trail in Napa, for Tafesse Alemu of St. Helena, who died on April 4. He was 62.
Born in 1941 in Ethiopia, Mr. Alemu came to California over three years ago to work for Home Health. Mr. Alemu was a member of the Ethiopia Orthodox Church.
Mr. Alemu is survived by his wife, Askale George, three children, Sophia Tafesse, Paulous Tafesse and Naomi Tafesse, all of St. Helena.
Arrangements made by Richard Pierce Funeral Service.
Leo Irving Morgan
Memorial services will be held at Elmshaven Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday, April 12, at 3 p.m., for Leo Irving Morgan of Deer Park. He was 76.
Born to Leo and Georgette Morgan in Denver, Col., in 1926, Mr. Morgan served in the US Navy during WWII, lived in National City, where he met his wife, Virginia. He later moved to the Deer Park area and worked as a surgical technician at St. Helena Hospital and as a caretaker at Deer Park Community Hall for nearly 40 years. Mr. Morgan was an active member of Elmshaven Seventh-day Adventist Church and a longtime counselor for the Pathfinders.
Mr. Morgan is survived by his wife; two children, Doug Morgan of San Francisco and Charlene Morgan of Pasadena; four brothers, Marcel of New Mexico, Jacques of Texas, Pierre and Joe, both of California; one sister, Marie H. Enley of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thunderbird Pathfinder Club, c/o Elmshaven SDA Church, PO Box 277, Deer Park, CA 94576.
Arrangements made by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
Alice M. Gleffe
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 9, for Alice M. Gleffe of Deer Park who died on Saturday, April 5. She was 85.
Born January 22, 1918, Mrs. Gleffe supported her husband in his medical practice and the couple traveled abroad for medical missionary work for three years in Curacao. Mrs. Gleffe was a member of Elmshaven Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Mrs. Gleffe is survived by two children; Ralph Gleffe, III (Celeste) of Phoenix, Ariz., and Betty Wilson of Riverside; one brother; Charles McFarren of Modesto; three grandchildren; Steve Wilson of Kansas City, Kan., Pam Puccinelli and Priscilla Wilson, both of Antioch; and two great-grandchildren, Kaila and Jack. Mrs. Gleffe was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ralph Gleffe, Jr.
Arrangements made by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
Della Marler, a longtime Calistoga resident, died in a local hospital April 5 following a lengthy illness, Her family was at her side. She was 60.
Born in Oakland to Camillo and Vicky Dominguez, Mrs. Marler moved to Calistoga with her family in 1960, attending and graduating from Calistoga High School.
Following high school she worked at Homer Wright’s Fruit Stand, stacking and sorting fruit and vegetables. She began a 38-year career in the wine industry working first for Hanns Kornell Champagne Cellars in Calistoga. Later she worked for Inglenook Winery, Christian Brothers Winery and, most recently, Napa Wine Cellars in Oakville.
Mrs. Marler was the director of the Napa-Sonoma Women’s Bowling Association, as well as a member of the American Bowling Conference so that she could participate in bowling events with her husband, Doyle.
She served as secretary of the Monarch Bowling League, taking honors of excellence from the local bowling association.
Mrs. Marler is survived by her husband Doyle Marler; children, Michelle Renee Theis, Doyle Marler, Jr., and Aaron Michael Marler; and two grandchildren, Brandon Douglas Marler and Natalie McKayla Marler.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 1746, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life for Evan Morrison Schoch who died suddenly April 8 at St. Helena Hospital. He was 17.
The service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the St. Helena Elementary School auditorium, 1325 Adams St.
Evan was born in Monterey, May 18, 1984, with cerebral palsy. He was never able to walk or speak, but using his computer he communicated enthusiastically with his friends and family.
He was a junior at St. Helena High School and had been looking forward to graduating in spring 2003. His positive outlook and enthusiasm for life inspired all who knew him, said his family, who will remember him for his contagious laugh, his enjoyment of life and the winning smile that he regularly displayed in spite of his adversities.
He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Schoch, his father Nikko Schoch, and a brother Galen Schoch, all of St. Helena; his grandfather John Nye of El Cerrito; a cousin Christopher Anderson, of Louisiana, and a special friend and caregiver, Michelle Ortiz.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Read-Aloud-Volunteer Program (founded by his grandmother) 8311 Buckingham Dr., El Cerrito, CA 94530.
Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at noon Monday, April 15, at St. Helena Cemetery for former St.Helena resident Bill Thompson, who died April 4 at his home in Kenai, Alaska. He was 67.
Born in San Francisco to Ruby and William (Tommy) Thompson, he was raised in St.Helena and graduated from St.Helena High School in 1953, then served four years with the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Thompson began his career with the phone company in Ripon, Calif., in 1958. In 1966, Continental Telephone Co. transferred him to North Pole, Alaska, where he managed the Glacier State Telephone office. Later, he moved to Kenai to manage that telephone office. He retired in 1995, after 37 years of service.
Always ready to volunteer on club projects, he served a term as president of Ripon Junior Chamber of Commerce, and was an active charter member of the Rotary Club of Kenai. He earned a pilot’s license in 1968, giving him greater access to hunting, fishing and the beauty of Alaska.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda, of Kenai; daughters Elaine McGee of North Pole, Alaska; Elizabeth Thompson of Stockton; Brandi Harbaugh of Soldotna, Alaska; a son, Mike Thompson of Kenai; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lenore Farnsworth.
Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by his son, James,
Memorial donations may be made to the Bill Thompson Sportsman Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank branch. The fund will be used to sponsor sports fishing activities for the young and old.
Local arrangements by Morrison Funeral Chapel.
Nicholas Y. Turley
Nicholas Yeomans Turley died Tuesday April 4, in Sonoma. He was 14.
A native of San Francisco, he had been severely disabled since birth, and lived most of his life cared for by the doctors, nurses and others at the Sonoma Development Center. His gift, said his family, was the ability to help others appreciate the things in life too often taken for granted.
He is survived by his mother, Jeanne Yeomans, of Tiburon; his father, Larry Turley, of St. Helena; and his sisters Nelly Turley and Christina Turley.
Burial was held in St. Helena.
A memorial tea for friends and family will be held April 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Meadows in Napa for Connie Wilks who died at the Meadows April 2. She was 89.
Born Constance Amy Maude Claydon in Moose Jaw, Saskatwan, Canada, she studied nursing in Moose Jaw and met her future husband, Jim Wilks, there. At the time of his death last December, they had been married 64 years.
When the couple moved to the United States, they settled in San Mateo but also lived in Reno, Nevada, and Guam.
She and her husband moved to St. Helena in 1978, and enjoyed all the gifts of the area including gardening, bridge and golf. They both had a love of travel and enjoyed many trips around the world. In 1997, they moved to The Meadows in Napa.
Mrs. Wilks was a 58-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by two sons, Randall of Hollister and Allan of Santa Cruz; a daughter, Leslie, of St. Helena; a sister, Dorthy Scharer, of San Mateo; a brother, Allan Claydon,of Victoria, BC.; three grandsons; Robbie, Bryan and Eric Wilks; a granddaughter, Karoline McLaughlin; and one great-granddaughter.
Memorial donations may be made to: Hospice of Napa Valley; 3299 Claremont Way, Napa, CA 94558; or to Born to Age, P.O. Box 6863, Napa, CA 94581.