Bill Wallace - Healdsburg High School graduate
William (Bill) Carroll Wallace passed away Sunday, June 14, 2009, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. He was born June 24, 1925, in Berkeley, Calif., and was the only child of Carroll and Elinor Wallace. He graduated from Healdsburg High School and quickly enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he was a quartermaster on a troop transport carrier in the South Pacific.
After graduating from the University of California at Davis with a bachelor’s degree in plant science, he went to work on the family farm in Healdsburg growing prune trees and later wine grapes. He met and married Norma Kelley, had two children and later divorced.
Bill married June Polly in 1963 and they merged their two families together. Bill and June moved to Lewiston in 1974, where they built their own home. They later moved to Dixie, where they enjoyed the recreational opportunities of the nearby wilderness.
Bill was an avid fisherman, hunter, and snowmobile enthusiast. He loved entertaining family and friends in Dixie. During the winter months Bill and June traveled south, and enjoyed visiting family and friends, far and wide.
Bill was resourceful and innovative. He built and designed some of his own farm equipment on the Healdsburg farm, and lately operated a small business making model airplane landing gear taking orders from all over the world. He was a member of the local radio-control model airplane club, the Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge No. 10 A.F. and A.M.
Age and health issues prompted Bill and June to move back to Lewiston, where June passed away in December 2005. Bill was also preceded in death by his parents and his son Kelley Wallace.
Bill had the good fortune to meet Jo Schultz and they were married last year on July 5. They spent many happy months together dancing, traveling and just holding hands; sadly, the time was too short.
Bill is survived by his wife, Jo Schultz-Wallace; his son, Wes Wallace and wife Anne of Lewiston; his daughter, Janet Wood and husband Clayton of Lewiston; and daughter, Jean Wallace of Oroville, Calif. He has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Hospice in Lewiston or the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Spokane.
Joyce Rochioli - Moved to Healdsburg in 1930
Joyce Lucille Rochioli, “Noni,” “Grandnoni,” aunt and good friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, June 18, 2009. Born Gioia Lucia Rossi on Feb. 26, 1926 in Montigiano, Italy, Joyce and her family sailed to the United States in August 1926, and settled in Healdsburg in 1930. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Rinaldo and Mariangela Rossi, and her best friend, constant companion and husband of 56 years Harry Rochioli. Sisters Christina Blasi (Alvi) of Santa Rosa and Stella McClelland (Gene) of Carson City, NV, are the sole survivors of the Rossi pioneers. Joyce, a devoted mother, will be remembered and celebrated by her daughter Dianne Smith (John) and son Dan Rochioli; grandchildren Michael Smith (Karen), Sheri Smith-Jones (Sean), Raymond, Marc (Andrea) and Daniel Rochioli; great-grandchildren Tyler and Savannah Rochioli, Ashton, Aaron and Johnny Ray Smith, and Grace and Julia Dayton. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Joyce will be missed by so many, but none more than her affectionate pet, Gato.
Friends are invited to a Funeral Mass on Monday, July 6, 2009 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 208 Matheson St., Healdsburg. Interment will be in Oak Mound Cemetery, Healdsburg, CA. The entire family is extremely grateful for the kindness and loving care provided by Karalaini Koroi this past year, as well as Dr. Jaffe and his staff at Redwood Regional Medical Group. If desired, donations may be made to Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA, 95401.