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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 2:39 pm

Stanley A. Ziganti

A life well lived

Stanley Ziganti died suddenly in Healdsburg, October 14, 2011 after a well-lived life of nearly 81 years. Stan was the loving partner of June DeSilva, the late Lorilei Ziganti, and Denise Ziganti of Sonoma. He is the beloved father of Elisa Ziganti of Sonoma and Alison Crosier of Redmond, Washington, and a proud grandfather to Ty and Katie Brenninger and Will, Drew and Erin Crosier. As the last of his Ziganti family generation, most of which settled in the Healdsburg area, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, November 6, at 1 p.m. at the Villa Chanticleer in Healdsburg.


Michael B. Delfino

Navy veteran

Michael B. Delfino died on October 16, 2011 at the age of 70, after a brief bout with cancer. Mike was the son of the late Frank and Wanda (Pan Warner) Delfino. He was the loving father of Michele and Frank (Jessica) Delfino. Mike was the adored grandfather of Danielle and Nicholas Delfino and the beloved brother and best friend of Frank (Mary) Delfino, Debra Delfino (Stanley Buchignani ) and the late Gary Delfino and survived by Gary's wife Linda Delfino and several nieces and nephews. A native of Healdsburg and a life long resident of Sonoma County, Michael graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1960 and entered the U.S. Navy. Michael returned from the Navy and began a 27-year career as a heavy equipment operator. He worked for Basalt and later their successor Syar Industries. He was a second-generation employee. Michael enjoyed his ranch on Rock Pile Road in Geyserville and collecting tractors. He made friends with everyone and his family says he touched the hearts of so many and that he will be greatly missed in the community. Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of his Life, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at the Geyserville Grange from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inurnment will be private and memorial contributions are preferred to the American Cancer Society or your favorite charity.

Nicholas T. Grace

Community physician

Dr. Nicholas T. Grace, age 77, of Healdsburg, California died after a brief illness on October 2, 2011, surrounded by his family. Nick, the son of Nicholas Thomas Sr. (a Pediatrician) and Mary O'Leary Grace, was born in 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. His father died when Nick was just 8 years old, after which his mother remarried and the family moved to Pasadena, California. After attending Loyola High School in Los Angeles, he joined the Army and served as a field mechanic during the Korean War. Following his military service, he attended Santa Clara University and received his medical doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco, being honored by his fellow students and faculty with the prestigious Gold-Headed Cane Award for embodying those qualities of the true physician. In 1965, Nick opened a family medical practice in Healdsburg, with Dr. Clyde Wellock and Dr. Ed Neal. He practiced medicine in Healdsburg for more than 44 years, caring for families in the community and delivering more than 4,000 babies. He retired from medicine in 2007 and continued his lifelong enjoyment of sporting adventures, including skiing, cycling, scuba diving, hiking and gardening. Nick is survived by Lois Grace, his wife of 54 years; his sons Michael Grace of Santa Barbara, CA, Nicholas (Stephanie) Grace of Windsor, CA, and John (Mary) Grace of Healdsburg; his daughters Maria (Doug) Wilson, Elisabeth (Tony) Sciullo, and Catherine Grace, all of Healdsburg, and Annie (Dave) Reilly of Piedmont, CA; and his 16 grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life for Dr. Nick Grace will be held at the Villa Chanticleer, 1248 N. Fitch Mountain Rd. in Healdsburg on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorial donations be made to Bear Valley Search and Rescue, P.O. Box 5103, Bear Valley, CA 95223, or to the charity of your choice.


James Michael McQuaid

Navy veteran

James Michael McQuaid died unexpectedly on October 14, 2011. Jim, as he was known to many, was born January 25, 1956 in Ludlow, Massachusetts. He moved to Rohnert Park in 1966 and graduated from Rancho Cotate High School in 1974. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1975 to 1977 aboard the USS Wichita and in the Naval Reserves from 1977 to 1980. In March of 1978 Jim was initiated into IBEW Union Local #551 and devoted the next 33 years to his trade. "Sparky" was currently serving as President of his local. Jim married the love of his life, Kathy, on April 25, 1987. Jim will always be remembered by his family for his kind and loving demeanor, willingness to help others with a helping hand and for being a friend to all. He was always there for his children as a mentor and coach, loved good times with his family and friends and especially loved muscle cars, including his beloved 1973 Camaro Z28. Preceded in death by his father Chester "Dennis" McQuaid and brother Dana McQuaid. Survived by his loving wife and best friend Kathy, adoring children Justin and Katie and daughter-in-law Savannah. Mother, Blanche McQuaid. Brothers Bob (Rheda) and Paul McQuaid. Sister Dianne Greenwald. In-laws Forrest and Vera Bray and sister-in-law Mary Bray. Nephews Paul (Nikki) McQuaid and Jacob Greenwald. Nieces Lisa, Jennifer and Kerry McQuaid. Great-niece Siena McQuaid. Longtime family friend Crystal Meese. Also survived by numerous other family members and wonderful friends. His family say they will always love and miss him and he will forever be in their hearts. Graveside services will be held Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Shiloh District Cemetery, in Windsor.

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