Celebration of Life

Jerome Wolter

Jerome Wolter

Jerome Wolter passed away peacefully at his home in Cloverdale, CA surrounded by his loving family on June 2, 2022, after a difficult battle with cancer.  Jerome was born in Philadelphia and moved to Cloverdale with is parents 25 years ago. He was employed with International Wood Products and enjoyed the beautiful California scenery while driving his “big rig” truck daily. Jerome was preceded in death by his mother, Arlene Campbell. He is survived by his parents Gus and Cindy Wolter of Cloverdale; his sisters, Amy Fowler, Collegeville PA and Dorothy Mayer (Jeff Winokur) of Langhorne PA; his two nephews Brandon and Andrew also of Langhorne PA, and his longtime close friend, Jenifer Borges. Jerome is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Services will be held in Langhorne, PA for immediate family only. A Celebration of Life will be held in Cloverdale at a later date. Donations may be made in Jerome’s memory to Memorial Hospice, 439 College Avenue, Santa Rosa CA 95401 or online at http://give.providence.org.

Richard Pellegrini 1932-2022

Richard Pellegrini 1932-2022

Richard Pellegrini 1932-2022

Richard was born at Healdsburg General Hospital to Ruth Finney Pellegrini and Raoul Pellegrini. He had deep roots in Sonoma and Mendocino counties; at one time, his
Pellegrini grandparents owned the Asti grocery store. His maternal grandparents were Grace and Charles Finney; Charles was a blacksmith in Booneville.

Richard spent most of his life in Cloverdale, moving to Healdsburg in later years. He met his wife, Marie Butler, at the Harvest Fair in 1997, where they shared a booth, both volunteering for their respective Chambers of Commerce, Richard was proud to have been a Chevron representative and owner of the Chevron Service Station in Cloverdale for over 35 years. He also owned the Napa Auto Parts store, and was a realtor. Upon retirement, he worked part-time at ACE Hardware in Cloverdale, and enjoyed golf, gardening, travel, and being a “handy-man.”

Richard was always been involved in the community, and he served on the board of Rotary International, Cloverdale (Past President), the Druids Grove #203, and the Cloverdale Citrus Fair. Richard was also active in the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce and other service, social, and business organizations. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. He served in the Korean Conflict from 1951-1955, aboard the Escort Carrier, USS Point Cruz.

His love of cars led to him racing with the Northern California Racing Association (NCRA) circuit for many years, with car number 14, a super-modified he built himself. His daredevil spirit once had him veering off-track, landing into a barn alongside a startled cow after he missed one turn.

He also loved flying and had his pilot’s license. He and Marie enjoyed going to the Reno Air Races. A Forty-Niner football fan, Richard held season tickets for many years. He cheered on the San Francisco Giants, as well.

He is survived by a daughter, Janice Garner (Michael) of Santa Rosa, son, Daniel Pellegrini of Hawaii, and step-son Corey Butler (Mitsuyo) of Pt. Mugu Naval Air Station, CA. He is a grandfather of five, and great-grandfather of four. Richard has one brother, Gene Pellegrini (Lee Morris) of Santa Rosa; his sister was the late Fay Seghesio.

The family thanks St. Joseph-Providence Memorial Hospice and Park View Acute for their excellent care.

Richard was a kind and generous man, deeply loved by family and friends. A life well-lived. A life well-loved.

Anna Maria Amaroli Gillis

Anna Maria Amaroli Gillis

Anna Maria Amaroli Gillis

September 8, 1920 – February 18, 2022

Anna passed away peacefully at home with her family at her side after a brief illness. Anna was born in Porretta Terme Italy. She arrived in Boston on a ship at the age of eleven months with her mother, Teresa. This was after her dad had made enough money to send for them. Daughter of Attilio Amaroli and Teresa Guidotti Amaroli, she lived most of her life on a small farm n Dutcher Creek Road. During the Great Depression, they raised turkeys, chickens and eggs, cattle, vegetables and fruit. They managed by picking hips and grapes for others. It was very difficult to make enough money to survive, but they did. The farm is still with the family today.

Anna attended school in a one-room schoolhouse on Dutcher Creek Road not far from her home. The bus became available at 2nd Grade and she transferred to Geyserville schools. Anna’s all A’s report card was sent to U.C. Berkeley by her principal Mr. Richardson. She was accepted to attend. She loved playing the violin and mandolin, but a music major was discouraged. She worked her way through school as a maid, cook and au pair for a wealthy family with two daughters. When the girls became school age, Anna did not drive and was unable to take them to school. She gave up the job and found another as a waitress at a nice family restaurant. Her wage was .35 cents an hour plus tips. Anna graduated in 1942 with a B.A. major in Languages and a minor in Home Economics. She took a college graduate business course at Armstrong Business College learning office machines and she became very speedy in shorthand.

Anna found a job with the State of California, seeking a secretary skilled in Spanish. She worked for the California Farm Production Council. Her boss drew up contacts with farmers who wanted to hire “Braceros” workers from Mexico. This was to help in California agriculture during World War II. She worked with the agency until it closed in 1947.

Anna and her girlfriends attended many dances during the war years in the Bay Area. Here she met Alexander S. Gillis from Texas who was not a good dancer, but wanted to learn. She danced at the commissioning dance for the USS Fulton, which was Al’s ship. They enjoyed dancing and continued their love of it until Al passed. Anna still loved to dance and you could see here at Friday Night Live in Cloverdale still dancing with many special partners.

Anna and Al became engaged in 1943 and wrote daily letters while he was in the Pacific. She volunteered as a USO hostess, but her priority was meeting Al when his ship returned to port. They married December 30, 1945.

Anna and Al moved to Dutcher Creek after his job at Atlas Diesel closed. He worked in the lumber mill and she did secretarial work. Anna was lucky to get a job with Henry Trione in Santa Rosa. She would ride with her brother Ralph to work. Mr. Trione was funding new subdivisions. Anna did the plats for him on paper showing the size and configuration of the house the loan was on for FHA. Long legal sized contracts, she became an expert at producing acceptable requests for FHA loans. Anna and Al decided to build their own little home across the road from the family farm.  The book was “How to Build Your Dream House for $3500”. Having no experience except what she learned from Mr. Trione, Anna, Al and Anna’s brothers Ralph and George, built the house by hand. No electricity was brought in until the house was completed.

Al decided to go into the insurance business. He became a Farmers Agent and required Anna’s capable assistance in running the office. She helped him for 27 years until they retired from insurance. Anna went back to work in the medical office of Lombard Sayre MD and then Dr John and Terrie Spenst. Anna worked until 1997 until she was diagnosed with stomach cancer and she retired.

Anna survived cancer and became very interested in organic produce. She supported the Healdsburg Farmer’s Market since its opening in 1978. Anna loved to still go to the market at age 101 and visit with her favorite farmers. She was still cooking daily until her passing. Here love of cooking was enjoyed by family and friends. Her specialty was gnocchi – she loved teaching people how to make them. Gnocchi was always made Christmas morning by Anna.

She did many fundraisers for the Cloverdale Senior Center by cooking elaborate dinners with help from friends. The fundraisers helped build the Senior Center. The Senior Center gave her a 101st Birthday Party in September and she was so thrilled to see all her friends. She loved supporting this worthwhile organization.

Anna was also a strong supporter of the Cloverdale Historical Society. She was a speaker for some of their events about the history of Cloverdale. Her life story is on file at the History Center and she was so honored when a young girl wrote a story about Anna for a class assignment.

Anna and Al loved to travel in their trailer and had many happy adventures. They met many people and came home with great memories. They traveled cross country several times, one to attend the decommissioning of the USS Fulton in 1991. They were both active in the USS Fulton Association, traveling to many reunions. Al was a plank owner of the ship and Anna danced at the commissioning. They loved to share their memories with new members.

Anna’s passion was painting and she said that this was her therapy. She loved sharing her paintings with others. She served on various art groups and was Cloverdale’s representative to the Sonoma County Arts Council for ten years. Anna was still painting daily until her fall.

Anna was a founding member in the early 1970’s of the “Fun Girls” luncheon group. Many new members were added throughout the years and the still met until the shutdown. Anna loved seeing her friends and giving hugs.

Anna was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and past member of Cloverdale Grange #456.

Anna is survived by her loving daughter Shirley and her “favorite” son-in-law Gary; her beloved granddaughter Cara and partner Adam; nieces Jackie Kennedy (Jeff), Aileen Reeves (David), and Lisa Amaroli; nephews Thomas Amaroli (Gisella) and Paul Amaroli; great nieces and great nephews and a large extended family in Italy. Anna leaves a host of many cherished friends. She was preceded in passing by husband of almost 70 years, Alexander Gillis; her brothers Ralph Amaroli (Theodora) and George Amaroli (Marilan).

A heartfelt “Thank You” goes to ProMedica-Heartland Hospice. Their compassionate care of Anna and support during this time was much appreciated. Thank you to our friends for your support, too. Donations in Anna’s memory may be made to the Cloverdale Senior Center 311 Main Street Cloverdale CA 95425 or to the Cloverdale History Society 215 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Cloverdale CA 95425.

A Celebration of Anna Maria’s life will be May 21, 2022 at the Cloverdale Veteran’s Memorial Building located at 205 W. First St. Cloverdale CA from Noon-3pm. Please RSVP to the Cloverdale Senior Center 707-894-4826 before 4pm May 13th.

Ruth Guritz Anderson

Ruth Guritz Anderson passed away on March 26, 2022, at her home for over fifty years in Cloverdale, with her family by her side. Ruth was the 2nd of four daughters born to Herman and Maggie (Kalmbrunn) Guritz in Middletown Township, Jackson County, MN, on July 10, 1926. Described as an animal lover and a no-nonsense Minnesota girl, with a playful side, she was always up to mischief with her sisters. Ruth graduated from Jackson High School, and while working at the Hutchinson Agency in Jackson, she met her future husband, Dr. G. O. Anderson (Doc), a local veterinarian. They were married in 1957.
In 1966 the Andersons moved to Yreka, CA and then in 1970’s, to Cloverdale, establishing the Cloverdale Animal Hospital. Ruth worked by Doc’s side for over thirty-four years, running the animal hospital on Cherry Creek Road.
Ruth raised Burmese cats and later became bitten by the “traveling bug.” Highlights of her travels included a trip to Australia and cruises to Alaska and the Panama Canal.
Ruth is survived by her sister, Sandy (Harold Walton) in MN, her daughter Andrea L. Anderson and Andrea’s partner Chris Edgell (Ruth’s favorite Sports Buddy) of Cloverdale, CA. and many nieces and nephews in the San Francisco Bay area and MN.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters, Marie and Hermene, and their spouses.
Andrea said the day after Ruth passed away, so did her very last Burmese cat. Andrea believes Mom swept by and gathered her pet to go to heaven with. In her later years, Mom became an avid reader. “A book a day—although we thought we had taken all books/books on tape back, I received an email on Sunday that a book was due: Everything Here is Beautiful. I’m taking that as a sign as well. Ruth was known for her response, “exactly true”, said Andrea.
The family would like to thank her caregivers, especially Makelesi Taoi and Cindy Swanson, who helped make Ruth’s wish to remain in her home a reality. At Mom’s request, there will be no services.


Wayne E. Schwartz

Wayne E. Schwartz

Wayne E. Schwartz
Feb. 5, 1941-December 4, 2020
Lucinda “Cindy” L. Schwartz
July 9, 1949 – June 11, 2021

Wayne and Cindy were that special couple we all admired in one way or another. A loving couple who made friends wherever they went. They retired early and lived their dream retirement in Cloverdale. They passed away within six months of each other, not wasting any time not being together forever. Please join our families in celebrating their lives on Saturday, June 11, 2022, 1-4pm at the Veterans Building, 205 W. 1st Street, Cloverdale, CA. Contact Jacque Benton with inquiries jacquette@comcast.net

Celebrate Dennis W. Parker

Celebrate Dennis W. Parker

Dennis W. Parker

Dennis W. Parker passed peacefully on March 2, 2022, in his hometown of Cloverdale, California. Born in San Francisco to Walter and Irene (Gianoli) Parker on October 7, 1943, Dennis was raised in Cloverdale, a 1961 graduate of Cloverdale High School.  He played French Horn and was a star athlete (baseball, basketball, football). He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman throughout his entire life.

The first time Dennis left California was to attend the US Coast Guard Academy.  He sailed the USCG Barque Eagle to Europe in 1963 and through the Panama Canal to San Francisco in 1965.  He graduated in 1966 and married Katie Wilhelm the next year.  Two weeks later he deployed to Vietnam for one year aboard the USCG Cutter Gresham.

After returning stateside, completing Naval flight training in Pensacola and USCG flight training in Mobile, he became a Search & Rescue helicopter pilot.  Dennis and his growing family (daughters Joanne and Judy) served tours in Astoria, Oregon; Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; Ogden, Utah; Kodiak, Alaska; San Diego, California; and Washington, D.C.  Through it all he continued his education, earning two Masters’ degrees (Business/Counseling) in Puerto Rico and teaching Air Force flight school in Utah.  Dennis earned several Commendation Medals, Ribbons and Meritorious Citations during his career.  He was especially proud of his Air Medal earned for a July 4, 1978, rescue in Kodiak.  He cherished his life-long friendships with his Coast Guard classmates and participated in veterans’ organizations with pride.


Dennis married Nita Jackson in 1984 and they were transferred to Long Beach to serve out the remainder of his 22-year Coast Guard career.  Their daughter Laura was born in 1987 and he retired honorably in 1988. He soon began a second career of service to others as a financial advisor, one he excelled at for the next 25 years. Dennis liked to say that he saved people physically and fiscally.

Dennis enjoyed traveling to Hat Creek to fish with friends. He loved listening to live music and attending local sporting events, whether his daughters were playing or not. He and Nita met on a tennis court and played tennis together for many years. He was always a loyal Giants fan. Maui was his favorite home away from home and he and Nita enjoyed escaping to their little island paradise.

Dennis is predeceased by his parents; sister Cheryl; Uncles Jack, Lawrence, and Henry Parker; Aunt Elsie (Gianoli) O’Connell and eight other Gianoli aunts/uncles. He is survived by his loving wife, Nita; daughters Joanne (Matt), Judy (Scott), and Laura (Ryland); grandson Oliver; nephew Tyson; sister Penny; cousin Roberta; Aunt Frances; and the Gianoli/Parker cousins whose company he enjoyed.  A Celebration of Life will be held on April 13th from 12-3pm at Alexander Valley Hall. Thursday morning, April 14, the family is hosting a Walk to End Alzheimer’s on the Healdsburg Plaza (8:30–10:30).  Please join us!  Donations can be made to Alz.org, Cloverdale schools (cusdcare.org) or the Cloverdale Historical Society (cloverdalehistoricalsociety.org) in memory of Dennis W. Parker. ​

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