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Age 91, died peacefully Wednesday, May 7, 2014 in El Dorado Hills, CA Survived by his wife, Dolly (Chelini); his children Bill (Patty), Ray (Linda), Joe (Kris), Tom Domenichelli; Valerie Domenichelli-McIntosh (Scott); Gina Illingworth (Jeff); his grandchildren Dan, Rebekah, Danielle, Matt, Jessica, Mark, Kayleigh, Mary, Deanna, John Domenichelli; Netti Gregoire (Brent); Andi Rosales (Tony); Carrie Zanoline; Kathy Marzullo (Dylan); Kristina Miller (Mark); Erik, Amy Nellessen; Stephanie Setzer (Garrett); Rachel Hansen (Ken); and 11 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his brother Raymond Domenichelli, his son Stan and his daughter Reneé Domenichelli, and his grandson Samuel Domenichelli. Gene was born in Geyserville, CA to Almino and Anne (Guadagni) Domenichelli. Almino was the oldest of the seven Domenichelli brothers, and Gene was the first grandchild in the family. Raised on the family ranch in Geyserville, he graduated from Geyserville High School, moving on to SRJC and then to CalPoly, San Luis Obispo with a goal to become an engineer. Instead as World War II broke out, he joined the US Marine Corps to fly corsairs. After the war, he settled in Sonoma, CA with his wife, Dolly, and became a masonry and swimming pool contractor as they started their family of eight children. He was active in the Sonoma community, specifically coaching CYO Basketball and Little League Baseball. In 1960, they bought a prune ranch in Healdsburg, CA and became highly regarded in construction as a stone mason and contractor. Gene also continued to be active in the community, serving on the Healdsburg High School Board of Trustees and the Healdsburg Planning and Recreation Commissions. He was an accomplished accordion player. As a young boy, he often performed at dances, and as he got older he played with local bands, but he especially liked and continued to play at family gatherings throughout his life. An avid baseball player through high school and college, he also played on community teams and played fast-pitch softball. He was a hunter but truly enjoyed fly-fishing and tied his own flies (bucktail fly). He was a golfer, winning a tournament in Sonoma in 1960, but rarely played until the last 20 years of his life when he became a regular at Tayman Park in Healdsburg with his golf cart and wife Dolly. This year would mark Gene and Dolly's 70th wedding anniversary in July. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church in Healdsburg on Monday, May 19 at 11 a.m. A rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m. Sunday May 18, 2014 at St. John's. Entombment will be private at Oakmound Cemetery, Healdsburg. Memorial contributions may be made in Gene's memory to the Healdsburg Greyhound Boosters, P.O. Box 401, Healdsburg, CA 95448 or Geyserville High School Boosters, P. O. Box 83, Geyserville, Ca 95441 or to . Arrangements by Fred Young F. H. Cloverdale, 707-894-2540
Published Online in the Press Democrat from May 13 to May 19, 2014
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