Anthony “Tony” Nunes
A funeral Mass will be held Thursday, June 20, at 1 p.m. for Anthony “Tony” Nunes, longtime Upvalley barbershop owner. He was 71.
Mr. Nunes was born in Rockville, Calif., to Manuel and Alfonsa Nunes. He served four years in the Navy during the Korean War and then moved to St. Helena with his wife, Diane Hazeltine Nunes. While in St. Helena he owned and operated Tony’s Barber Shop for 35 years before retiring in 2000. He was a parishioner of St. Helena Catholic Church and a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Diane of St. Helena; his children, Toni, Pilar and T. J. of St. Helena, Andrea of Talkeetna, Alaska, Patti Peterson of Reno, and Sharon Salizar of Nevada. He is also survived by four siblings, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his brother Ralph Nunes.
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.
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.
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.
Larry Cecil Myatt
Funeral services were held June 12 at the chapel of Richard Pierce Funeral Service for Larry Cecil Myatt, a truck driver for over 50 wineries in the Napa Valley, who died in Napa June 4. He was 45.
Mr. Myatt, a native of Sumter S. C., moved with his family to Napa in 1959. He attended Lincoln and Westwood Elementary schools, Ridgeview Junior High and Napa High School.
He worked for 16 years at Sequoia Supply Prime Source in the window and door department, and then began driving trucks, hauling lumber, windows and doors. In 1992, he went to work for Wine Service Co-Op in 1992. It was during this time that he began to work for several wineries in the Valley.
An outdoorsman, he also enjoyed working on cars and trucks and hoped to build a hot rod.
He was involved with Babe Ruth T-ball, as well as a baseball coach for Napa Saints Youth Football and cheerleading organization for nine years. He served on the Napa Saints board as vice president and head of concessions.
Mr. Myatt is survived by his wife, Tammie Joy Myatt, of Napa; three children Stephanie Joy Myatt, Emilie Ann Myatt and Larry Jacob Myatt all of Napa; his mother Louise Elaine Myatt of Napa; two brothers Mark Elwood Myatt of Napa and Richard Myatt of Sacramento; three uncles Darwin Grimes of Kelseyville, Cecil Grimes of Medford, Ore., and Bob Grimes of Napa; and an aunt Nola Conner of The Dalles, Ore.
Interment was in Tulocay Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Larry Myatt trust fund c/o Wine Service Co-op, 1150 Dowdell Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574.