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California Holstein “Remembers Friends”


Manuel Gonsalves Petaluma, Calif. Manuel Gonsalves (1933-2010) Passed away peacefully on May 25, 2010 at his Petaluma residence surrounded by family and close friends. Son of the late Victor and Angelina Teixeira Gonsalves. Survived by his wife of 45 years, Eleanor “Ellie” Craig Gonsalves. Loving father of Kevin Gonsalves of Petaluma, Su- zanne Iskander and her husband, Nasif of Albany, CA. Adored by his grandson, James Iskander. Dear brother-in-law of Bill and Fran Craig of Novato, CA. Will be missed by his nieces, nephew, and cousins. A third generation dairyman, Manuel grew up on Big Rock Ranch in Lucas Valley and graduated from San Rafael High School in 1951. He served in the US Army in the 6th Army Honor Guard. He and Ellie moved to Petaluma in 1969. He was a board member and past President of the Sonoma Land Trust, served 20 years on the Sonoma County Fair Board, and was a co-founder and board member of Sierra National Bank. He will be remembered for his many years of service to the agricultural community. At his request, there will be no services. Memo- rial contributions may be made to 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County, 6445 Commerce Blvd., Rohnert Park, CA 94928-2420 or UCSF Osher Center, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, SF, CA 94115-3010 in his memory.


Published in the Marin Independent Journal on May 30, 2010


James Joseph Grossi Sr. Grossi Dairy Farm; Novato, Calif. Mr. Grossi was born February 2, 1912 at the current site of No- vato’s Stafford Lake. Passed away June 25, 2010. He was one of eleven children of Swiss immigrants, Domenico and Teresa (Buzzini) Grossi, who came to the U.S. in the 1890’s; and has lived his entire life in Novato. He married the former Rose Ma- rie Halter (deceased 1988) in 1945, and they have four grown children: James Grossi, Jr., Ralph Grossi, and Beverly Grossi, all of Novato; and Edward Grossi of Santa Rosa. Mr. and Mrs. Grossi also have seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Brothers Domingo, Henry and Alfred; as well as sisters Eda Spal-


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etta, Helen Bianchi, Mary Rogers, Virginia Gallagher, and Lily McWhorter have pre-deceased him. He is survived by brother, George D. Grossi of Novato. All but Mrs. McWhorter have been dairy ranchers in Marin and Sonoma counties; and many nieces and nephews continue in agriculture today.


James, Rose and their children operated a dairy on Novato Blvd., selling grade-A milk to local bottlers and registered Holstein breeding cattle to other dairymen in the U.S. and overseas. Te dairy was converted to beef production in 1987, and continues to be operated by their four children. And, in a look toward the future, Mr. Grossi was anticipating the first harvest this fall of a newly planted Pinot Noir vineyard. For more than 20 years, Mr. Grossi also farmed hay and silage on leased land that is now the city of Rohnert Park. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing on his ranch.


An active leader in the dairy industry he served as: the first Manager of the Marin County Cow Testing Association; Presi- dent and long-time director of Western Dairyman’s Co-op of San Francisco; District Director (three years) and State Director (six years) of the California Milk Advisory Board; Director of So- noma-Marin Dairyman’s Association (15 years); long-time Di- rector of Marin County Farm Bureau; and, Director of Sonoma County Farm Supply (six years). Mr. Grossi was also active in his community, having served as: a founding board member of Novato Community Hospital; a three-year term on the Marin County Draft Board; on the Marin County Grand Jury; as Direc- tor and Vice President of Franciscan Savings and Loan Asso- ciation; as Director and President of the Burdell School District board of directors; and, a member of the incorporation com- mittee for the City of Novato.


Services were on a Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church, 1806 Novato Blvd, Novato. Burial to follow at Valley Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice By Te Bay or Petaluma FFA.


Published in the Press Democrat from June 26, 2010 caholstein.com


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