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William B. "Bill" Nystrom ’48 was born on Jan. 16, 1922 and died on Oct. 24, 2012, completing his 90-year-long and distinguished journey on this earth. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Grace S. Nystrom, his daughters, Sue A. Hughes (Rodger) and and Karen L. Church, his sister Helen Konowitz, brother-in-law Al Auten, grandchildren Krista (Hughes) Stamper (Jim), and Keegan ’03, Katie, and Heidi Church (their father, Robert), and extended family, Deryn (Moore) Holland. Pre-deceased by his parents, Herman F. Nystorm and Vira B. Nystrom, brother, John Nystrom (Lucille), and sister, Shirley Auten.
Bill lived in New Jersey until 1942 when he entered the US Army during World War II. Before serving overseas in the Pacific Theater, he received engineer and communications training at the University of Santa Clara and UC Davis.
Upon returning to civilian life, Bill and his young family returned to the University of Santa Clara, graduating magna cum laude. Ultimately they returned to Grace's hometown, Redding, Calif. Bill started his public accounting business in 1948. Obtaining his CPA accounting certification, he founded Nystrom and Company. He retired after 40 years with his company.
Bill's dedication to public service is legendary. It includes locally serving as the President of the Enterprise Elementary School District for 17 years. He served on the Board of Mercy Medical Center as well as Mercy Air Ambulance. He served on the boards and committees of Boy Scouts, March of Dimes, Chamber of Commerce, as well as the City of Redding and Shasta County. Bill also served on the Board of the McConnell Foundation including as its Chairman.
On a national and international scope Bill was prominent in Rotary International (RI). He joined the Redding Rotary Club in 1964 and became its President in 1971. In 1975, he became District Governor and a national RI Executive Director in 1985. He served on the RI Executive Committee as Treasurer in 1986. He continued on dozens of RI committees which included visits and presentations in many states and 13 foreign countries. Bill received the Distinguished Service Award and Citation for Meritorious Service from the Rotary Foundation. In his spare time, Bill enjoyed photography, fishing, travel and family visits.
Special thanks to Mercy Hospice for their care and thoughtfulness, to Kasa Latikua for her patience and dedicated care, and to the several other caretakers involved in his care.
William Ahern '48, resident of Danville (formerly of San Leandro). Bill passed away Saturday, July 3, 2010, in San Ramon, Calif., at age 87. He was born in Oakland, Calif., on June 20, 1923 to Wilhelmina and Raymond Ahern. He attended St. Francis deSales Grammar School, St. Joseph High School, Santa Clara University and finally the University of San Francisco for his law degree. Bill married his beloved wife Eleanor Stohlgren on June 14, 1947. They just recently celebrated 63 years together. Shortly after their marriage, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He attended the Wartime Submarine Schooling, learned to fly and attained the rank of Lieutenant. He later entered the Navy Reserves which enabled him to head home to family and start a new career. Bill worked in the District Attorneys Office in Alameda County and was assigned to supervise the Southern Alameda County Office. After a successful career with the District Attorneys Office, he established a private practice with his close friend Robert Mooney in San Leandro. Harold Moore joined the Law firm a short time later. Besides the normal aspects of practicing law, he performed a great deal of pro bono work for those in need. He retired from his Law practice after 50 years. Bill was an accomplished athlete in several sports. He was a championship level tennis player at Bay O Vista Tennis Club. He was inducted into the St. Joseph High School and Santa Clara University Basketball Hall of Fame. He will best be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved life, family gatherings, Tuesday lunches with his brother George and the poker club, all horse races, and any reason to celebrate! He was a devoted Catholic, a daily communicant, and a very witty Irishman. He will be greatly missed by his wife Eleanor; children Michael Ahern, Patricia Manifesto, Elizabeth Hackl, Gregory Ahern; their spouses: Sandra Ahern, Thomas Manifesto, Ric Hackl, and Kathleen Ahern; grandchildren Cynthia Martino, Kimberly Windsor, Jonathan Ahern, Kevin Ahern, MaryAnn Torres, Michael Ahern, Erin Ahern, and nine great-grandchildren.
William (Val) Molkenbuhr Jr. ’48 passed away March 16, 2012, in Lewiston. Val was born and raised in San Francisco and attended St. Ignatius Jesuit High School, where he was student body president. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in World War II. He graduated from the University of Santa Clara as the student body president and was awarded the Nobili medal. He married Patricia Catherine Murphy in San Francisco in 1948 and graduated from Stanford Business School, receiving his MBA in 1950. Patricia passed away in 1975. Val moved to Lewiston in 1968, and managed Great Western (Best). In 1976 he married Lou Raffety Morgan. Val retired from Best in 1991 and was an active volunteer with various community organizations, including VALCAN, Retired Senior Volunteer Programs, St. Stanislaus Church, Interlink and the Marine Corps League. He was a devout member of St. Stanislaus Church and Knights of Columbus. Survivors include: wife Lou Molkenbuhr of Lewiston; children April (Pat) Shinn, Val M. III, Ann Marie M., DeAnn (Roger) Johnson, Raydeane (Jonathan) Owens, Darcy (Jim) Nelly, and Jame (Ryan) Davis; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Thomas Francis Griffin ’48, a resident of San Jose, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away March 19, 2012, at the age of 85 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis and pneumonia. He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Eileen. He is survived by his seven children, Maureen Ricketts, Kathleen (Tim) McCaughey ’73, Thomas Griffin, Jr. (Michele), Sheila (Norm) Griffin Whiteman ’81, Ellie Powers (Mark), Terry Griffin (Michelle), and Timothy Griffin ’88. Cherished grandfather of 23 and great-grandfather of 1. He was born in San Francisco and was a resident of San Jose for 55 years. Thomas was a graduate of St. Peter's High School and Santa Clara University, where he received his degree in electrical engineering in 1948. He went on to work for IBM Corporation for many years and was a proud member of their Quarter Century Club. He was a past member of the St. Christopher Holy Name Society and served on the original fundraising committee to build Presentation High School in the early 1960s. He was a supporter of many Catholic causes and organizations.
Robert M. Falasco ’48, J.D. ’51, retired Merced County Superior Court Judge and Los Banos native, has died. He was 89 years old.
Read more at http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/04/01/2292080/retired-merced-county-judge-robert.html#storylink=cpy
Robert E. Jones ’48 died on March 12, 2013. A resident of Hollister,
Robert Eugene Jones was born in San Jose, CA to Ralph and Rose Jones on February 17, 1924. As a third generation native Californian he grew up in San Jose, amidst the splendor of the vast flowering orchards and beauty of Santa Clara Valley.
In 1942 he eagerly volunteered in the United States Army. Under the command of General George S. Patton he advanced to the ranks of Sergeant, and was taken to the fighting lines in Austria, Germany and France. He was awarded the Silver Star for carrying one of his wounded commanding officers to safety in the midst of battle.
After three years of military service he returned to his studies at Santa Clara University, where in 1948 he proudly earned a degree in Structural Engineering. Following his engineering passion along with his team partner/architect, Norton Curtis, many notable buildings on the campus of SCU were erected: Swig, Dunne and McGlaughlin Halls; Graham Complex; Sullivan Engineering; and Benson Center.
As a successful self-employed structural engineer he enjoyed living in the Almaden Valley. Upon his retirement he moved to Hollister.
His pride and joy was his cattle ranch, located in Paicines, CA. During the 1800s this historic property was once a part of the booming New Idria Quicksilver Mine.
In 2009 after a near fatal accident on his ranch his health declined. Prior to his accident he led a very active life attending many Santa Clara University Alumni functions, Elks Club activities, traveling, and working on his cattle ranch. He peacefully passed away on March 12, 2013.
He is survived by his second wife, Doris I. Jones; his sister, Frances Jones Weller; his first wife, Jane Walters and their four children, Mark Jones, Patrick (Oh) Jones '74, Gayle (Steve) Newgren, and Cindy (Gary) Frazier; grandchildren, Greta Newgren (Jeff) Fitzgerald '02, Tyler Newgren, Colter (Szilvia) Frazier, Carly Frazier, and Chelsea Frazier.
Robert A. Camozzi '48 of Orangevale, Calif. passed away on March 31, 2011 at age 84. He was the husband of the late Alice Camozzi and father of Michael Camozzi, Paul Camozzi, Robert Camozzi Jr., Mark Camozzi, Ron Camozzi and David Camozzi. He was the grandfather of Matthew, Jeffrey, Jenerra, Brian, Kevin, Kyle. Brother of Anthony Camozzi. Preceded in death by his sister Joan Herman. Robert graduated from Santa Clara University and UCLA, and went on to be a teacher at Will Rogers Middle School for many years.
Marshall F. Moran ’48, 86, passed away peacefully on June 23 after a period of declining health. He was ready to "go home" to his beloved wife, Jackie, who passed away in 2009. Marshall was born in Oakland to Sarah and Thomas Moran, who raised five rambunctious children. He attended Saint Ignatius High School where he excelled at competitive swimming and Santa Clara University. He interrupted his schooling to enlist in the Army where his bravery in the European theater earned him a Silver Star and a Purple Heart for a severe wound in combat. After the war, Marshall finished college and soon entered the growing family plumbing supply business Moran Supply, started by his father. On a blind date in 1947 arranged by his sister, Ginnie, he met the love of his life, Jacqueline Blanquie, on a hike along the Dipsey Trail to Stinson Beach. He and Jackie married and lived in Orinda for 61 years, building their first home there in 1948. They passed on to their seven children the best elements of their Irish and French heritages. The family calendar was anchored by the annual summer vacation to the beach at Aptos and a Thanksgiving celebration at Monterey Dunes (both involving 20 to 30 people in the later years as the family grew). Marshall's personal passions were food, tennis, golf, travel, the study of history and politics, and food. Jackie and he traveled much of the globe and relished in meeting fellow travelers while savoring the local cuisines and culture. He loved long swims in the ocean well beyond the waves at Aptos beach. Marshall valued education above all. He encouraged, cajoled, or did whatever it took to get his seven children through college, and often graduate degrees. He was an active participant in FACE, an Oakland charity that provides scholarships to local disadvantaged children so they can attend Catholic grammar schools. He also helped many people over the decades recover from addiction through the Alcoholics Anonymous program. Marshall will be dearly missed by his six children: Michele Culberson ’71, Marshall Jr. ’72 (Charlene), Christine, Therese ’79 (Steve Schmid), Susan (Tom McKinnon) and Mark (Liz Fitzgerald); nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; and many extended family members. He was predeceased by his beloved Jackie and son, Brian.
M. Tenney Campbell '48 died on January 13, 2010 at the age of 83. He was born on December 9, 1926 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Anthony and Gwen Tenney Campbell. Tenney was a long time executive in the hydraulic and pneumatic engineering distribution business. Not the retiring type, he was associated with the Sweetland Company and its successors, most recently Berendsen Fluid Power, until his recent passing. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ellen, his sons, Mark and Greg and their spouses Marianne and Kathy, as well as grandchildren, Lauren, Ryan, Jason and Oliver. His sister, Carolyn and her husband Bill Gaul as well as many nieces and nephews also celebrate his life and their time with him. Tenney was an avid golfer who visited Scotland several times, the most recently in 2003 to the Highlands home of Donald Ross, Dornoch. He was a long time member of the Olympic Club and a member of a group dubbed "The Dawn Patrol," four old guys waiting for the starter to arrive so that they could tee off and be done in three hours.
James E. Sweeters '48 on Jan. 13, 2009. The Anaheim native graduated from Loyola High School and went immediately to the Jesuit novitiate in Los Gatos, where he studied for the priesthood and a career in teaching. He was ordained into the priesthood as a Jesuit in 1955 and assigned to Santa Clara University, where he served as dean of students, vice president for student services, and director of athletics. He later continued his academic training in Rome, Italy at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he earned a doctorate degree in 1968. He returned to SCU as a full-time teacher in the Religious Studies Department where he served until his retirement. In 1978, he was laicized and married Jo Ann Vasquez, his spouse of 30 years. During his tenure at SCU, he designed and taught courses such as Eastern Religions, Theology of Non-Violence, and New American Religions.
James Rowan Hardin '48, native son of Sonora and Tuolumne County, passed away peacefully at his home on March 6, 2010. Known throughout the community as both attorney and Superior Court Judge, he is best remembered as a beloved husband, father, and friend.
Born August 12, 1923, he went on to attend Santo Clara University. At the outbreak of World War II, he qualified for Navy pilot school. He was commissioned Ensign, JG during the war and was assigned as a fighter pilot for duty aboard aircraft carriers. During his service, he married Alice, also a native of Sonora.
At the end of the war he returned to Santa Clara and earned a law degree. He and his wife moved to Sonora to work and raise their family. Judge Hardin practiced law for 31 years before serving as a judge for 12 years. At one time he was the sole Superior Court Judge in Tuolumne County, and the California Judicial Council recognized that he was performing the workload of 2.2 judges, referring to him as "The hardest working judge in California."
He was an active member in many civic and private organizations, including the Stockton Diocese Council and Sonora High Shool Board of Trustees, and he was a charter member and drafter of the constitution and bylaws of the Tuolumne County Historical Society (CHISPA).
He was predeceased by his daughter Susanne. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alice, his children Jeanette Thorup '68, Arkme Matschullat '70, Rowena Garon '73, Debra Hardin, Corinne Larson, James Hardin, Jon Hardin, 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, his sister Annetta Roberts, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Henry W. Spini '48, September 12, 2013. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Henry "Hank" Spini, husband, father and grandfather. He was 90 years old, and a resident of San Carlos. Henry was born on August 18, 1923 in Turlock, Calif. and was the youngest of four children, and the only boy, born to Christopher and Emma Spini. Henry was raised on a typical dairy farm in Stevenson, Calif., and arose early each morning to tend to the daily needs of the ranch. He attended Hilmar High School in Hilmar, Calif., enjoyed playing football, and was named All-Conference Tackle one year and All-Conference Fullback the next. After graduation from Hilmar High, he received football scholarship offers from Stanford and Santa Clara University. He chose Santa Clara University, and for two seasons played the old Notre Dame formation as Quarterback and Linebacker. His coach, Buck Shaw, later became the first coach of the San Francisco 49ers. A proud World War II veteran, in the fall of 1942, he signed up for the Army Air Corps. March 1943, saw Hank's entry as a Cadet in the Army Air Corps, later to become the U.S. Air Force in 1946. He went through flight training and became a pilot and a First Lieutenant at the ripe old age of 19. He then went on to become First Pilot in B24 and later the B29 Bombers flying seven days per week. He later became a flight instructor, and Hank and his crew were poised and ready to go anywhere in the world, however, the war ended. After the war, Henry left the service to continue his education. He completed his undergraduate work at San Francisco State University and did his post-graduate work at Golden Gate University. It was in college that he met Virginia White. They married in 1953, and several years later, moved to San Carlos where they raised their three children. In 1951, he went to work for Guittard Chocolate Company in San Francisco (now Burlingame). Henry became Vice President of Sales 1979, and retired from Guittard in 1999. He remembers his years at Guittard as a "...wonderful experience, from beginning to end", and forged many life-long friendships throughout his tenure there. His son, Mark, continues in his Father's role at Guittard today. Henry loved to travel the world with his wife, Virginia, and their home holds many wonderful mementos of their adventures together. He was immensely proud of his children, and adored his grandchildren. He loved to garden, meet with his investment-breakfast group, and cherished most being at gatherings with family and friends. Henry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia, their children, Laureen, Mark (Karen), David ’87, MBA ’90, J.D. ’90 (Angie) and grandchildren, Emma, Brad, Brian and Jenna. He is also survived by his sister, Evelyn Besone, his nephews Ronald (Sally) Migleo and Richard (Donna) Besone, and numerous great-nephews and nieces.
Frank Albert Genochio MBA '63 on Nov. 10, 2006. He earned a master's degree from Stanford University and served in the Marine Corps during World War II. At age 16, he was one of the first and youngest licensed HAM radio operators in Calaveras County. He took this passion with him during the war, serving with the famous Navajo Talkers. After a few years of teaching mathematics and Spanish at El Dorado High School in Placerville, he had a 36-year career in radio communications and telecommunications with KAAR Engineering, Canadian Marconi, CATEL and United Scientific Corp. He is survived by his three children and four grandchildren.
Edward Franklin Barnett ’48, 87, died Nov. 23, of complications from a heart attack.
Barnett was born in Glendale and grew up in South Gate.
He graduated from South Gate High School in 1942, and then enrolled in the University of Santa Clara.
He left college during World War II to attend the Naval V-12 Program at UC Berkeley in 1943 and 1944. Then he served in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1946.
When his service ended, he returned to Santa Clara, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in history in 1948.
Barnett moved to Redlands in 1953, and worked for his father-in-law, Louis Scherer, at the Scherer Construction Co., which had earlier built Redlands' historic post office.
Barnett established his own company, Citation Construction Corp., in 1960, and as a developer produced 2,000 homes in Redlands, Riverside, Rialto, Rancho Mirage, San Bernardino and Trona. His final development was Smiley Heights in Redlands.
He moved to Newport Beach in 1970, and returned to Redlands in 1997.
He subsequently became an instructional aide in the Colton school district, a position he held until the day before his heart attack.
He enjoyed reading, traveling, fine food, wine, and having coffee at the Olive Avenue Market.
Barnett is survived by two daughters, Tina Pyatt of Redlands and Melissa Honacek of Dana Point; two step-sons, Richard Freeman of Encinitas and Bruce Freeman of Bakersfield; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
William F. Donnelly, S.J. ’49 February 28, 1928 - October 26, 2012 Reverend William F. Donnelly, S.J., Professor of Economics at Santa Clara University, died suddenly October 26, 2012. He was 84 years old and had been on the Santa Clara faculty since 1969. Father Donnelly was born in Galveston, TX on February 28, 1928. His family moved to San Mateo in 1939. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1945 and from Santa Clara University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce. While at Santa Clara, he was involved in many student activities, including manager of the football team. After graduation, he worked for Tide Water Associated Oil Company before entering the Jesuit novitiate at Los Gatos in 1951. Father Donnelly did further studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, where he received an MA in Economics in 1957. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from New York University in 1969. Theological studies were made at Alma College, Los Gatos (a campus of Santa Clara) 1960-64, and he was ordained a priest in San Francisco on June 7, 1963. Before joining the Santa Clara faculty in 1969, Father Donnelly taught English and mathematics at Bellarmine College Preparatory and philosophy at Loyola University of Los Angeles (now known as Loyola Marymount University). In addition to his many decades in the classroom, Father Donnelly served generously in multiple capacities at Santa Clara University, including Academic Vice President, 1973-1978, Rector of the Jesuit Community at Santa Clara, 1982-1988, member of the Board of Trustees, 1973-1978 and 1982-1988, and Chaplain of the Catala Club from 1993 until his death. In addition to his University duties, he also served on various committees and boards of the Jesuit Order. He is survived by nieces Dianne Bonino ’76 (and her husband Mark Bonino ’76 and their daughter Julia M. Bonino ’09) of San Carlos, Cathy Donnelly McAvoy of San Jose, and nephews Tim Donnelly of South Korea and Terry (Niki) Donnelly of Meridian, Idaho, as well as many grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Thomas E. (Ted) Donnelly and his nephew Thomas Donnelly.
William Earle Watson J.D. '49 passed away peacefully on March 28, 2011 in San Jose. He is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Elizabeth, his daughter Sally (John) Clithero of Petaluma, Calif., son Tom Watson of Encinitas, Calif. and son Bob (Margaret) Watson of Los Gatos; seven grandchildren, Brianna (Bob) Norland, Katie Waston, Leslie Clithero, William Clithero, Emily Clithero, Emma Watson, Larry Watson and 1 great grandson, Tom Norland, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law. He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert W. Watson MD and John L Watson MD. Bill was born on May 29, 1921 in Galesberg, Ill. The family moved to San Jose in 1932 where he attended Herbert Hoover Jr. High School and San Jose High School. He received a Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley in 1942 and University of Santa Clara Law School Class of 1949. During WWII he served his country in the United States Navy. As an active member of the California State Bar Association, Bill practiced law in the San Jose area for over 50 years. During these years, he was a member of the San Jose Rotary Club where he attended weekly meetings with his long time friends. His sense of humor and dedication to family and friends will long be remembered. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Chi Ta for her loving care in the last 15 months of Bill's life.
Roland W. Belanger Sr. '49 on April 9, 2011. Belanger graduated from Santa Clara after serving in the Navy during WWII. He received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1954, was the district attorney for Pershing County, Nevada, for 20 years, and then had his private practice for the next 30 years.
Robert M. Jirgal ’49 died on October 6, 2010. Jirgal was born on August 3, 1924 and passed away at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Evelyn M. Jirgal.
Robert M. Jirgal '49 passed away on Oct. 6, 2010.
Richard Lee Hennessy ’49 passed away on May 7, 2013 peacefully at his home in San Mateo. He was a resident of San Mateo for over 60 years.
Richard is survived by his wife, Beatriz Almario-Hennessy, his sisters Gail McDonald, Patricia Frey and husband Jack, his children Timothy and wife Cheryl, Corey, Dan and Mary Beth; three grandchildren William, Lee Ann and Shannon, great-grandson Joshua; sisters-in-law Mercedes and Rosana, brothers-in-law Jose M., Edgardo, Alejandro, and Nelson A. Almario, and many nephews and nieces.
Richard L. "Dick" Smith '49 passed away Thursday, June 17, 2010, at the Elizabeth House. A native of San Diego, Calif., he was born March 12, 1926, son of the late Walter D. and Mayme A. Smith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Jean. A graduate of St. Augustine High School, San Diego, Calif. and later Santa Clara University, he held degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering. His entire professional career was with General Electric which took him from coast to coast and included two relocations to Hendersonville. He retired from the New York City corporate office in 1986 and moved to Keowee Key, S.C., returning to Hendersonville in 1998. He served his country with the Army Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, N.J., and was stationed at the weather observatory atop Mount Washington, N.H. Vacationing with his entire family throughout the years brought particular enjoyment. Interests included sports, home and gardening projects, birds, photography and sharing his many talents with others. He was the historian for the Apple Country Woodcrafters for many years and thoroughly enjoyed contributing to its annual Christmas toy drive for children in need. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Elizabeth A. (Betty Shay); their three children whom they reared here in Hendersonville, Deborah Adams of San Jose, Calif. and her husband, Peter, Kathleen Brown of Wickford, R.I. and her husband, Win, and David Smith of Helena, Mont.; a sister, Patricia A. Weseloh of Oceanside, Calif.; five grandchildren, Sarah and Michael Adams, Cate, Brad, and Kelsey Brown.
Ralph Bargetto '49—a Soquel native and Italian boy affectionately nicknamed ""terromoto"" more than 80 years ago, meaning roughly, little earthquake—died July 12, 2011 of complications from Parkinson's disease. He is a father of 10 and key descendent of the well-regarded Bargetto Winery family. He was a man who worked hard at the family winery, seeing Prohibition first-hand, was impassioned by the study of language as a boy and at Santa Clara University, and was pulled away to serve in the 13th armored "Black Cat" division of the Army under Gen. George S. Patton. He came home to run a successful real estate operation and became a denizen of top county charity board rooms. And though he didn't want to leave the winery business in the 1950s, he didn't grouse when it got tough. So tough that his efforts selling 50-gallon tanks to Monterey County farms and Central Coast Italian and French restaurants—when most Americans didn't drink wine—forced him to go into sales of another sort, his son said. It was frustrating to this Italian American to go into restaurants in those days and see no wine on the tables, Tom Bargetto said. But Bargetto, who until his last days drank wine out of a simple glass without a stem, never had much time to think about what might be lacking. He did an incredible amount of giving back, friends and family said. "He was a very outgoing, very confident man who thrived on all this stuff," Tom Bargetto said. "I think that was taught to him and his brother by their dad, to be so capable ... This was a good man who lived very simply and on his own terms. He had a tremendous value system. He had a nice home and nice cars, but he lived modestly. He was a well-educated man of the earth, you could say." Bargetto died at his Soquel home, surrounded by his large, close-knit family. Bargetto's influence has been left not only at the family winery and "compound" on Main Street, but in real estate and Chamber of Commerce circles, at Dominican Hospital, Good Shepherd Catholic School, Goodwill Industries and Long Marine Lab—just a sample of the governing board leadership he was involved in until his early 70s. Many will undoubtedly miss the decades of Sunday barbecues and annual cardone celebrations the gregarious gardener, wine lover, entertainer and cook held. A cardone is an "ancient vegetable" similar to celery that Bargetto perhaps loved more than all the things he grew. And he could always find peace in the garden, and the subsequent celebrations always included Bargetto and others singing an old Northern Italian folk song. Among his volunteer work, Bargetto "had a tremendous love for Dominican Hospital," his son said, and the services provided by the nuns and others working for Catholic Healthcare West. He left part of his estate to Dominican Hospital Foundation. "Even though he was a conservative businessman, he saw that America gave his parents and good break and he was concerned others get that possibility, too," Tom Bargetto said. "A lot of that had to do with his faith, too; his Catholic faith. He was a great listener and a natural leader," he added. "People seek out confident and capable people and he never said 'no.' ... It wasn't always the easiest thing to be Ralph Bargetto's son. He expected a lot. He expected us to shake hands, look people in the eye and follow through on our promises. And he was not the type of father to go to our baseball games, but in the grand scheme of things, it worked out just fine." As his longtime Rotary buddy, Bob Rudolph, put it, Bargetto was exceptionally good to be around. "He was one of the nicest persons I have ever known in my 86 years," he said. "I had the misfortune of following him as president of Rotary, and it wasn't easy, I'll tell ya. I just got an email about it. I feel terrible; I'll miss him." Bargetto Winery was founded by Bargetto's uncle, Phillip, and his father, John (Giovanni) Bargetto. Both emigrated from Castelnuovo Don Bosco, a small town in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. The brothers moved from San Francisco in 1917, establishing the winery on the banks of Soquel Creek. Daily operations are now handled by Martin Bargetto, John Bargetto and Loretta Bargetto Mujal. The family established Bargetto Regan Estate Vineyards near Corralitos in 1992. Bargetto's twin sons, Peter and Paul, later founded Soquel Vineyards. Bargetto left the wine business in 1963 and helped found the Real Estate Center in 1967. It later expanded from seven agents to 85 agents. In 1990, Bargetto was elected president of the Board of Realtors. Though he suffered from dementia, Bargetto started talking about his wife of 60 years, Marguerite, the day before he died, his son said. She too died of Parkinson's disease, on Aug. 29, 2010. Bargetto is survived by 10 children; 27 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Beverly Bargetto. He had several close cousins in Italy as well. His brother, Lawrence Bargetto, died in 1982.