Colette Hatch DeRoma

In loving memory of Colette who, after a long illness, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2023, at her home in Santa Rosa with her two children and her husband at her side. She was the loving wife of Joseph H. DeRoma and mother of daughter Corinne Taylor of Sunnyvale California and son Dean Adams of Doha, Qatar, all of whom survive her.  She also leaves her brother, Fernand, of Chaussin, Jura, France, grandchildren Christiane T. Lancieri of Healdsburg and Cameron J. Taylor of San Jose, California, as well as many relatives and extended family in France and the United States. She was predeceased by her brother Celestin Lepeut of Foucherans, Jura, France.

Colette was born on May 22, 1942, in France amid the turmoil and privation of World War II, the youngest of three children, to parents of modest means.  As a woman at that time, she achieved the extraordinary feat of obtaining an education, pursuing a career in hotel management in Europe and ultimately immigrating to the US to pursue a career in the culinary arts.

After earning her BA from the Lycée Hotelier de Bourgogne Franche Comte d’ Etat Poligny in Jura, France, Colette managed several fine hotels in France, England and Corsica including a prestigious apprenticeship at the Michelin three-star restaurant Jeunet.   In America, she made her career managing French restaurants in Connecticut.  In the 1990’s she relocated to Sonoma County, the heart of California Wine Country, where she reinvented herself as Madame de Fromage, a role that saw her advocating for artisanal cheese makers the world over, importing their creations to California and building state of the art cheese counters at the four branches of Oliver’s Market where she also organized and coordinated the cheese departments and hired and trained the cheese mongers. She also worked with California wine makers on cheese and wine pairings, lectured at culinary institutes and traveled to American Cheese Society and Slow Food International events in the U.S,, France and Italy.  Eternally committed to education, Colette served as a founding member of the Cheese School of San Francisco faculty.  Helping to establish the initial curriculum, she continued her tenure there for over a decade.  She was inducted into the prestigious New World Chapter of the Guilde des Fromagers.

All who knew her would understand that when Colette determined to do something, she followed through with a force of will that was unstoppable. . She had a charisma about her that was almost magnetic, a presence that was larger than life and a loving nature such that in turn made her beloved by all who knew her,

At her request, no services will be held.  There will be a celebration of her life event scheduled in coming weeks.  If you wish to participate, or just to be notified, please email jhderoma@sonic.net

Donald Hunsperger

Donald Wayne Hunsperger passed away peacefully surrounded by family in his Santa Rosa home on December 28, 2022 at the age of 77.  Wayne, as he preferred to be called, was born in Dos Palos, CA on August 22, 1945.  The youngest of five children, Wayne overcame obstacles from a difficult birth and developed a strong work ethic and a “do-it-yourself” ability that was important when his family moved to a small farm without indoor plumbing in Koshkonong, Missouri. When he was 11 years old, the family moved back to California and eventually settled in South San Francisco.  At the age of 20, Wayne enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.

 

After his service he returned to the Bay Area where in 1969, Wayne met a teacher named Valerie Samuels. He was always supportive of her activities and pitched in on any project, big or small, that benefited her or the children with whom she worked. Four years later on September 29, 1973, the two were married in San Francisco. When they met, Wayne was employed by CalTrans and while working there, he enrolled at San Francisco State University where he graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. In 1976 the couple moved from Daly City, where in his mid-twenties Wayne had bought his first house, to Santa Rosa at which time Wayne worked for the Federal Government at the Presidio in SF and as an inspector on the Warm Springs Dam.  Wayne began his job as an Engineering Technician for the City of Santa Rosa in 1980 in the Traffic Department at City Hall.  Later he transferred to the City Water Department from which he retired in 2005.

 

In 1978, Wayne and Valerie welcomed their first child, Scott. A wonderful father from the beginning, Wayne took on additional roles as a Little League coach, Boy Scout dad, and countless others.  In 1986, the family adopted a daughter, Carol, and then Wayne became a soccer coach and an honorary veterinary assistant helping take care of the many pets his daughter gathered over the years.

 

Wayne was an avid cyclist, participating in century (100 mile) bike rides.  His enjoyment of gardening produced tasty vegetables, fruits and berries, along with beautiful roses.  His skills and abilities seemed endless. He maintained all of the family cars and demonstrated his expert mechanical ability even moreso when he completely restored a vintage 1939 Oldsmobile using original parts whenever possible. He used the master sewing skills that he learned from his mother to  reupholster car seats and furniture in addition to creating intricate quilts. There was no construction or plumbing task that he could not do. “Handyman” isn’t a strong enough description for someone who could do things from the bottom of the house where he laid all the hardwood and tile flooring to the top, reroofing of his two-story home and everything in between. In his limited spare time, he enjoyed attending Cal Berkeley football and Giants baseball games as well as going to and sometimes ushering at local theater productions and concerts.

 

At the root of so much of what Wayne did was helping, whether it be people or the environment.  He rode his bike wherever he could and picked up litter every time he walked his beloved dog, Buddy.  He made his own compost for the garden and never let food go to waste.  Wayne was always looking for creative ways to conserve water and when he installed energy efficient windows for the house, he built a greenhouse from the old ones. He volunteered at the St. Vincent dePaul Food Bank and the Cathedral Thrift Shop both located at St. Eugene’s. He was also a 10-gallon level blood donor to the Blood Bank of the Redwoods.  Never saying no to helping a neighbor, friend, or family member; almost everyone who knew Wayne has a memory of him assisting them in some way. As one friend put it, “He was always there in his quiet but strong way.”

 

His kind heart and giving spirit will be remembered always.  Wayne is survived by Valerie, his loving wife of more than 49 years, and their two children Scott and Carol; his sister Myra Raymond (Dale) and brothers Steve Hunsperger and Bruce Hunsperger (Shirley); brother-in-law Paul Samuels (Nancy) and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Dorothy Hunsperger and sister Bonnie Cearley-Bolan.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of his favorite charities: the National Parks Conservation Association, the Sierra Club, or a charity of your choice. The interment will be at Santa Rosa Memorial Park and is private for immediate family members only. A Celebration of Wayne’s Life  which other family members and friends are invited to attend will be held in the Spring.

Cheryl Elizabeth Felly

CHERYL ELIZABETH FELLY

March 8, 1945 – December 7, 2022

 

Cheryl Elizabeth Felly, born March 8, 1945, in Santa Rosa, CA, passed away peacefully at home on December 7, 2022.

Cheryl is survived by her sons, Ronald Felly (and wife, Tina) and Michael Felly (and wife, Wendy); her twin sister, Carol Kent; and her two granddaughters, Tandra and Brooke Felly.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Frank George Felly, with whom she is now reunited, as well as her parents, Arnold and Sylvia Maki, and sisters, Sally, Patricia, and Marilyn.

Cheryl loved spending time with her two granddaughters and was a dedicated member of Santa Rosa Nazarene Church. She was known for her great love of butterflies, gospel and country music, and never missed an opportunity to start a new puzzle or tabletop game. She is leaving behind a legacy of faith and will be greatly missed by all who loved her. While we will cherish the time we spent together, we will also rejoice in the fact that she is now resting peacefully in Heaven.

Graveside service to be held Friday, January 20th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. Reception to follow at the home of Ron & Tina Felly.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” Revelations 21:4

JAIMEN FOSTER


JAIMEN TROY FOSTER

Jaimen Troy Foster, born June 24, 1962 in Arcata, CA passed away on Oct 21, 2022 in Santa Rosa.

Born and raised in Humboldt County, Jaimen, known as ‘Jaime’ in his early years, was reared by a lifelong timber worker and an elementary school teacher. He treasured the outdoors, athletics, and had a passion for learning. In Arcata, Jaime’s youth was spent riding and racing motorcycles, digging for clams, harvesting abalone, cutting timber, hunting, and fishing.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business from Humboldt State University, Jaime moved to Santa Rosa and began his career in Mortgage Lending working for IMCO, North American Mortgage, and Chase. He was a well respected originator, manager, and coworker.

Jaimen met his wife Jennifer working at IMCO, proposed in the building’s lobby, married at Church of the Incarnation in 1990, and raised three red-headed sons. His family meant the world to him.

Jaimen was an amazing athlete, excelling in all sports: baseball, football, basketball, and track. Basketball was his greatest passion. He was Point Guard for Arcata High School, earned All-County, played at College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State. His post-collegiate career included 25+ years in Sonoma County Leagues, Santa Rosa Airport Club 5am squad, countless 6’ and Under tournaments plus repeat medalist at Sonoma County Senior Games. Jaimen was active in his community, volunteering at church and school events. He loved coaching basketball for all 3 sons’ teams in YMCA, CYO, Santa Rosa Middle School and Santa Rosa High School.

His passion for the outdoors included hiking, backpacking, fishing, skiing, motorcycle riding and mountain biking. Many wonderful memories spent at the Pacific Ocean for abalone diving, spear fishing, backpacking in the Trinity Alps, and summers at Lake Almanor.

Weekends were often spent at the family ranch in Humboldt County working the land, harvesting timber, clearing roads, and caring for the mountainous land he loved. Jaimen enjoyed travel, with trips to Spain, Portugal, Italy, New Zealand, Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Jaimen will be remembered for his athletic prowess, determination, and willingness to help others. His friends and neighbors only had to mention the need for a tree trimming and he’d be there with climbing gear and chain saws. His enthusiasm for sport, outdoor adventure, and family was unmatched. Jaimen worked steadfastly, whether at the office or on personal projects, to leave things better than he found them.

Jaimen is survived by his wife Jennifer, his sons Michael, Cameron, and Evan, his mother Marilynn Cooper Foster, brother Lonnie Foster (Carrie), sister Shawna Thorson (Greg), many beloved nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father Darol Lee Foster.

Jaimen passed following a lengthy battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s. He left this world too soon and will be missed by all who knew him. Services to be held Fri Dec 2nd at Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa. A Celebration of Life will be held June 24th 2023 in Humboldt County.


Service:

Friday, December 2nd, 2022

11 AM

Church of the Incarnation:

550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, Ca 95401



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LISA ANNE ENGLANT

 

Lisa Anne Englant, wife of Tony Englant, stepped out of this world into her Heavenly home on February 14, 2022.
Lisa blessed the lives of all who knew her. She was born March 11, 1962 to Birl and Merelee Bellar. Lisa’s curiosity to learn new things and to investigate situations until she found the answer only aided her work as a nursing home administrator, EMT, and police officer. Though she was injured in the line of duty that altered her life plans, Lisa never stopped learning, investigating, and finding new ways to help others. She was a wonderful confidant, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Her heart never knew a limitation of love. She loved her Lord and did her best to carry His love and Grace throughout her life.
Lisa loved crafting, making varieties of bath soap, gardening, researching new things that sparked her interest, spinning her own yarn out of wool to knit, and many more things in life that brought her joy. Though Lisa was skilled at so many things, the part of her life that she loved the most, was loving and caring for her family, most especially her husband, Tony. Her family will continue to bask in the love of Lisa’s legacy.
Lisa was blessed to give birth to one child, and to open her heart to 4 more children, of whom she all calls her own. She has seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Lisa joins her parents and her son Brandon in Heaven.
She is survived by her beloved husband Tony of the home, children, Mark, Preston, Rick and Miki, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Services for Lisa will be held in Bovina, Texas and Paradise, California – the dates yet to be determined.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Lisa’s honor.

JACK CHESTER

JACK CHESTER

March 9, 1943 – October 18, 2022

Jack E. Chester, beloved father of Lorraine and Amanda Chester, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2022. Jack graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Veterinary medicine in 1967. He went on to join the US Army from 1968 through 1970 where he was one of eight candidates in the military selected to work with cutting edge laser technology. After his honorable discharge as a Captain in the Army, Jack went into Veterinary practice with a focus on large animal medicine. He was so dedicated to his work, he often worked late nights, weekends and holidays in addition to his regular business hours, whenever animals were in need. Besides always being there to save the lives of his furry patients, Jack spent other free time volunteering with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue on their Dive Team, saving lives of humans.

Jack’s gentle sweet disposition, optimism, spirited sense of humor, strong work ethic and undying love of chocolate and coffee will be greatly missed and never forgotten.



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MARJORIE JEANNE NELSON


MARJORIE JEANNE NELSON

September 14, 1927 – October 19, 2022

Marjorie Jeanne Nelson known as “Jeanne” of Penngrove, CA passed away on October 19, 2022, at the age of 95. Jeanne is predeceased by her father Alfred Falkenhagen and mother Marian Falkenhagen,  her brother and sister, Richard Falkenhagen and Janet Wahlberg (Engels).

Jeanne is lovingly remembered by her 3 children: Suzanne Cade and spouse Michael of Fayetteville, AR, Elizabeth Baughman of Santa Rosa, CA, and Laurie Thrasher and spouse Barry of Pascagoula, MS. She is survived by 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren: Derek Baughman and spouse Eileen with great grandson Lucas, Brent Baughman and spouse Nadine with great granddaughter, Riley, Lacey Whitlock and spouse Wesley, Samantha Dixon and spouse Chris with great grandsons, Shepherd and Edmund and great granddaughter, Alice.

Jeanne was born on September 14, 1927, in Montevideo, MN where she later graduated from Kasson High School. On October 29, 1947. Jeanne was married to Stanley Nelson. Jeanne and her husband, who worked in the oil industry, moved to many places including Des Moines, IA; Overland Park, KS; Naperville, IL and Houston, TX. Jeanne ultimately settled in Sonoma County, CA in 2011 to be closer to her family. Jeanne was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, gardening, golfing, but mostly playing bridge with her friends.

In her last years she lived in Penngrove, CA with her grandson Derek Baughman and his family. Derek dearly loved his grandmother and was her gracious and devoted caregiver until the end of her life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org (800-242-8721) in memory of Jeanne Nelson. Memorial will be private for family. Friends can celebrate her life at the Eggen and Lance website www.srmel.com



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Michael Ryan Whalen

Ann Rowcroft Bulawsky


Ann Rowcroft Bulawsky

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Ann Rowcroft Bulawsky

Ann Rowcroft Bulawsky passed peacefully on September 15, 2022 in Santa Rosa, California. She was ninety-one years of age.

A native Californian and descendent of pioneer families, Ann was born October 4, 1930, to Lyle and Helen Jackson of Turlock. The family re-located to Stockton in 1937. After graduating high school, Ann attended the College of Pacific. Soon thereafter, she met her husband-to-be, then Lieutenant Lawrence (Larry) H. Bulawsky, Jr. of San Francisco. The loving couple married in 1949, embarking on an exciting and adventurous life in the military. After three decades of continuous service, a multitude of family moves and travels throughout the U.S., and all while adeptly wrangling a family of seven with countless pet creatures of all kinds (indeed she was a “koi whisperer”), Ann and Larry retired to Santa Rosa in 1976. They became active in many community functions and organizations, including the Retired Officer’s Association and Wives Club and the Santa Rosa Symphony League. Both were active members of the First Presbyterian Church. Larry passed away in 1984. In the years following, Ann continued being the ever-loving, strong and caring matriarch to her ever-growing family of many: children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and all of their kids, ongoing. She will be missed by all in presence of her loving nature, gentle strength, and that heartwarming smile of hers.

Ann is survived by brother Stephen Jackson (wife Debbie), daughters Catherine Grantham (husband Bob), Sandra Beltz (husband Dale), Laura LePera, and son Lawrence H. Bulawsky III (wife Misty Rose).

Loved ones who predeceased Ann were her husband of thirty-five years, Col. Lawrence H. Bulawsky, Jr., daughter Christine Warren and husband Steve, caring and supportive companion of over 20 later years Donald B. Dalton, brother Howard Jackson and wife Sally, nephew David Jackson, nephew Adam Jackson, son-in-law Dale LePera, mother Helen Jackson (Garrison) and father Lyle Rowcroft Jackson.

She is interred at Santa Rosa Memorial Park in Santa Rosa, California.



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Walt “John” Taddeucci


Walter “John” Taddeucci

September 8, 1937 – September 22, 2022


On September 22, 2022, beloved husband, father and grandfather, Walter Taddeucci, passed away after a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Walt was born in Sebastopol in 1937 and spent most of his 85 years living in Occidental on land where his family has farmed and ranched since arriving from Italy three generations ago.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Norma, children Debbie, Kevin, Crystal and Cedric, grandsons Brandon and Kyle, sister Anita (Alton) Vanderford, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
After graduating from Analy High School, he worked on a dairy farm before serving in the military as an Equipment Engineer Mechanic. In 1964 he was hired to work for the newly incorporated City of Rohnert Park. He spent 30 years working to develop and maintain the city before retiring from the Public Works Management Team at age 55.
Walt’s hobbies included spending time outdoors, building and inventing things, riding his mountain bike, camping, traveling, exploring, and repairing antique engines and farm equipment. His greatest talent was his ability to understand, design and repair anything mechanical, making him the “go-to-guy” by everyone that knew him. His vast knowledge and eagerness to help solve any problem will be missed by all that knew him.
He spent many years in the Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association promoting the collection, restoration, preservation and exhibition of gasoline and oil engines, gas and steam tractors, power driven machinery and other equipment of historical value.
It was important to him to pass along his knowledge, values, and guidance to both his children and the many children he cared for while serving as a foster parent for nine years.
He enjoyed hanging out with family and friends, having coffee with the guys, and most of all spending time with the love of his life Norma and their dog Sadie.
The family would like to thank all family and friends for their support and prayers, and the Hospice team from Sutter Hospital for their compassionate care.
A private celebration of life will be held.
Any donations may be sent in Walt’s name to: http://giftfunds.stjude.org/waltertaddeucci




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