Celebration of Life

Happy Birthday  Vickie Norris

Happy Birthday Vickie Norris

Vickie is the graphic designer, production director, layout artist, webmaster, and fiscal administrator for Cloverdale Connect.

Since 1993 she has focused on creating business and corporate marketing plans, materials and websites for consumer products, companies, retailers, and business owners. She owned and operated a construction business and is a serial entrepreneur. Raised on a dairy farm, she was driving a tractor at age six and bucking hay by eight years old.

Vickie is a founding member of American Business Women’s Association of Sonoma County, and served for many years on the boards the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce, and Geyserville Chamber of Commerce.

Updates from Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch

Updates from Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch

The Board of Directors for CPP was very sad not to have been able to hold Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch this past year due to the COVID restrictions. It has been a tough past year for all of us and so many wonderful events cancelled and missed.

We are happy to report that due to this supportive community, Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch was able to gift 13 care baskets to cancer patients in our community and present “The Courtney Jade Davis Memorial Scholarship” to two very deserving seniors. Logan Axell and Alyssa Moffett.

Our sincere thanks for donations this past year goes to: CD Grant/Eric Neel, Joe Rock, Thomas King/Dobie Edmunds, Kathryn Dogali in memory of Sherry Donahoo and George Dogali, Kay Staretz, Ron and Jane Pavelka in memory of Al King, Brandt Insurance Agency, The Blackbaud Giving Fund/Your Cause/ PG&E, Kurt and Karie Kelder, Mike and Robin Dunsing, MaryJo Winter, Sharon Pastori, Joan Trimble and Jaemi Rose in memory of Frank Rose, Will Jopson, Jeff Mogannam, Geraldine Giovannetti, Corb and Marcia Flick, JoAnn Woosley, Julie Carter in memory of Greg Carter.

A big shout out and much appreciation goes to Chris and Kathy Cross and the Back Road Rejects Motorcycle Club for putting on the Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch Run on June 20th. It was a lot of fun and over $2,000.00 was raised for Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch.

Also, thank you to Patrick King and all of the staff at the Soil King Garden Center for hosting the Back Road Rejects to benefit Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch. Thank you to the Cloverdale Roadrunners for being there and showing your support. And, a big thank you to all the donors and to everyone who attended. We are thankful and appreciative for your contributions and support.

We are so pleased to announce that we will be having Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch this year on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. This year, we will be branching out on our own at the east side parking lot of the Dahlia & Sage market. Lots of pumpkins as usual, food and wine, live music and fun activities for the kids. See you there!

Tina Reuser Dogali, April 21, 1970 – May 16, 2021

Tina Reuser Dogali, April 21, 1970 – May 16, 2021

Tina Reuser Dogali was a caring friend, a loving daughter, a protective sister, and a wonderful mother. Tina grew up in Sonoma County but spent some time in Colorado and Nebraska. She loved being part of the family business and worked her way through the company doing everything from picking sticks to washing trucks to being a loader operator and finally, settling into the office as dispatcher.

Tina is survived by her son, Henry Dogali, her father, Bruce Reuser and her “mom” Darlene Reuser. She also leaves behind her siblings, John Reuser (Starla), Tammy Johnson (Tim), Merle Reuser (Peggy), Paula Mello (Bryant), Bobbie Kitson (David), Elissa Kalista (Joshua), Amanda Higgins (August), and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Loretta Bernhardy Sells and her step-mother, Soleda Higgins Reuser. In lieu of flowers the family asks that in the spirit of Tina commit a random act of kindness for someone in need.

Greg Carter  11/10/1959 – 4/12/2021

Greg Carter 11/10/1959 – 4/12/2021

Two things I’ve discovered:

  1. There is nothing that I must do, say, think, feel, accomplish, prove, create, destroy, manipulate, manage, arrange, judge, give, receive, see, hear, taste, smell, or touch in order for my life to be perfect and complete just as it is in this moment.
  2. There never was.” (Greg Carter 1/2021)

The Carter family moved to Cloverdale in 1998 from Orange County, California.  Beginning in 2000 Greg worked locally on computers. He was the original owner of Cloverdale Computer.  In 2005 he joined Kiwanis and his wife Julie joined shortly afterward. Through the years he worked on many projects.  His most passionate community project was bringing the Imagination Library to Cloverdale.  Through his efforts and those of other Kiwanis members, nearly 30,000 books have been given to local kids.  As a source of funding for the Imaginations Library, Greg created the Cloverdale Harvest Runs in 2010.  This grew into the Cloverdale Kiwanis Vineyard Runs which are held annually in October in the Gallo Vineyards.  Greg’s community connections have also included Toastmasters, Friend of Lake Sonoma, Relay for Life, 4-H and Scouting. .

He became an avid hiker and trail runner exploring many places including Mt Fuji, the Grand Canyon, and the Southwestern deserts.  Over the years Lake Sonoma became his sanctuary, as he hiked and ran every trail. . The best trails were those shared with family and friends. So his Celebration of Life will take place on June 27, at the South Lake Trailhead at Lake Sonoma 2 -5 P.M. This will be an open house style event. Using an abundance of caution masks will be required.

Greg was preceded in death by both of his parents Bill and Ola Carter, who also lived in Cloverdale. Greg is survived by his siblings Savannah and Stan, his wife Julie, his children Greg, Will and Clay, grandson Ezra and a large extended family

In his memory donations can be made to the Cloverdale Imagination Library. at http://Donate.CarterSystems.com    

For additional information go to http://CloverdaleImaginationLibrary.com

To read some of Greg’s reflections on life and death please go to: https://www.facebook.com/GregCarterBlog

The Carter family can be reached at -GregCarterMemorial@gmail.com.


Ron & Jane Pavelka Anniversary

Ron & Jane Pavelka Anniversary

For those that believe in “Love at First Sight”, this is an adventure that began over 41 years ago on a scuba diving excursion in Southern California. “Ron asked me to marry him the first night we met in 1980” states Jane. They married one year
later and the rest is history! The Pavelka’s are now celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They have traveled the globe, love to fish, hike, scuba dive & forage for wild edibles. In 1984 they moved to Sonoma County, raised 2 children and became part of the fabric of beautiful Cloverdale.

Michael & Beverlee Laird Celebrate 50th Anniversary
Remembering Doris Jean Julius

Remembering Doris Jean Julius

Doris Jean Julius was a strong, courageous, caring and faithful mother. She passed away suddenly on March 27th 2021 in Cloverdale, California at the age of 90. 

Doris was born to Otto and Eva Beck in Anaconda Montana on Feb 13th 1931. She graduated from Anaconda High School in June of 1949. In 1965 she moved with her family to California. Doris began her career as a maid in a convalescent hospital and through hard work, dedication and talent rose to be the head of the purchasing department at Ames Research Center in Mountain View California, a division of NASA. In 1986 she received the distinguished service award from NASA because of her contributions to the Apollo missions, the Space shuttle program, and the development of vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

Doris retired from NASA in 1988 and moved to Cloverdale California with her 2nd husband, Bob Julius, who in 2012 proceeded her in death.

She is survived by her four children, Lawrence (Melinda) Grimes, James Grimes, Melonie (Al) Delsid, and Daniel (Carol) Grimes as well as 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Doris had a strong Christian faith which carried her through the trials of life and informed her loving and caring motherhood. Doris had a note in her bible written in the margins of Samuel 1 saying “Mothers can be priests. Hannah knew the words of the Lord she was to give to her children. If a mother has faith, she can teach hope”. Doris’ proudest accomplishment was being a woman who not only taught, but exemplified, hope, love, and graciousness to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her family will miss her guidance and love.

“If we live, we live to the Lord and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8). No matter how much we miss her, Doris Julius was, and always will be, the Lord’s.

 The family would like to thank the staff at The Villas Assisted Living in Cloverdale for the compassionate care they provided to Doris in her final years. A memorial service will be held May 25th, 2021 at 2:00pm at Fred Young Mortuary in Cloverdale.

Donations in her name can be made to your favorite charity.


Doris Jean Julius

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