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Passed away suddenly in Petaluma, CA, April 22, 2012, beloved husband of Melanie Dado-Stammler. Loving father of Craig Stammler Jr. (fiancée, Courtney), Brian Stammler, Christopher Stammler and Vannesa Stammler. Beloved step father of Angelina Caballero. Dear grandfather of Mason Stammler. Loving son of Sharon Stammler. Brother of Cheryl (Stephen) Hunt, Gordon (Susan) Stammler and Kim (Joe) Espil. Brother-in-law of Alan Dado and Sharlyn Dado. Also survived by the mother of his children, Maria DeJesus Iniguea and numerous nieces and nephews. A native of Brooklyn, New York. Age 50 years. Craig was well known as the former owner of Bella Luma Caffe' and worked with his wife at StarStruck Boutique, in Petaluma. He was currently working as a server at LoCoco's Cucina Rustica in Santa Rosa, doing what he loved most. Craig was a loyal member of the local Odd Fellows Association, enjoyed playing poker with the Petaluma poker club, loved golf, the SF 49er's, and of course, was an avid SF Giant's fan. Craig was truly blessed with the gift of gab, he was witty and charming and he was a free spirit. He lived life to the fullest and always made complete strangers feel loved. He was a family man who adored his children and was beyond selfless and always eager to lend a helping hand. We invite you to celebrate his amazing life with us; ~ There will be a viewing on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma. Family and friends are also invited to the Funeral Mass, Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 4:20 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma. Please wear your favorite hat and In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the Craig Stammler Memorial Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Account # 8941598800.

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Published in Press Democrat from Apr. 25 to Apr. 28, 2012.
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101 entries
April 19, 2020
It is so true that you will NEVER be forgotten. You were unique, funny, helpful. Dear "Cragio". My husband and I enjoyed seeing you at LoCoco's and going to the horse races with you. You are an inspiration to anyone who met you even once. We love you.
Kathy & Mike
Kathy Welch
April 19, 2020
Wow...8 years have passed since you did.......this reminder is touching and your picture makes me smile....
Hope that your family is in good health and are prospering!
You were a good soul......glad that we were friends.
Thank you for the fun times.
Brent Miletich
April 19, 2019
I remember with affection the great fun at LoCoco's over the years. Test in Peace.
Michael Micciche
October 22, 2012
miss you're smile.
mary rand
August 6, 2012
Melanie, I have returned to this online guest book and just read your words to your Craig. I lost my previous husband of 17 yrs in 2001 and was advised "Keep a journal or any piece of paper handy at all times." It was the best thing anyone told me so I feel the need to tell you the same. Writing to him constantly for over a year and recording my dreams was exactly what I needed. I hope this would do as much for you, Melanie. We send so very heartfelt wishes for you and your family. -Vangie and Lyndon
Vangie Pullins
August 4, 2012
Just found out...we're crushed. We're from Maryland and enjoyed him at Lecocos. Always told us of his family...his greatest love. Miss him.
Kevin Hanley
June 11, 2012
Melanie, what a heartfelt, beautiful message to your Craig, your husband. I feel honored to be able to read such an intimate message to such a wonderful man. Such a beautiful love letter and such an inspiration. A perfect tribute. Be well and comforted by your memories of a lovely life you two had.
Kathy and Mike
Kathy Alexander
June 11, 2012
My beloved, my best friend and the love of my life; I miss you soooooooooo much every single day. My heart aches, my mind hurts and I am lost without you. I cant wrap my self around all this. You were the best thing that ever happend to me because you let me be me. Thank you for loving me, for believing in me and for showing me how to live in the moment. I always called you a butterfly, and enjoyed watching you flutter from person to person. Heads turned constantly, and you always walked back to me! You lit up the room when you walked in the door; You made me laugh all the time, you were "THE" party when you finally arrived and you made one hell of a mean latte (with latte art in the foam)for me every single day of our marriage...Who does that? You were so genuinly concerned about everyone else, all the time. Over the top with Your love and laughs...You were a rare breed and I liked you instantly when I first laid eyes on you because you were simply really really nice. As I grew to know you, you charmed me and wooed me like nothing I have ever, ever experienced. You made me feel valued, cherished, you put me on a beautiful pedistol and offered me your attentive ear, every single night..Ohh the nights, oh, the moon and lucky us! We did it Craig, we had it all. Thank you. We raised all of our kids despite the never ending obstacles, oh, our amazing children.... How lucky was I to have had the honor to watch them all grow into the amazing people they have become. I know time will grant them peace. I only pray... I am a better person for having known and loved you. My life will never be the same; I will hold you you close, hold you dear and relish in the love we made ~ and that is enough my friend... Rest in peace, take a load off man, and watch over us...forever more. Forever...MENU
Melanie Dado-Stammler
June 9, 2012
Anytime I start to feel mean or grouchy: I think of how Craig would shoot a quizzical look at me, beam that brilliant smile, and remind me of how good I really have it. I miss that!
Kyle Jackson
June 9, 2012
Craig was the most precious son-in-law that I could ever have hoped to have. Always available to help me with anything that went wrong in my home. When he arrived to fix things, he had that smile and sense of humor and charisma that not only fixed my dilema but warmed my heart.I miss you soooooo much, but I am sure that you are in that heavenly kitchen practicing on those with you so that when I join you someday, Im going to be served a feast like none I have ever known. God Bless and keep you Craig. Keep that special seat reserved for me at your table. Love, Your M.I.L! Fran
Fran Dado
May 24, 2012
This is unfortunate. I met him in passing yet he was always full of spirit and laughs, his presence will be missed but not forgotten. In peace- Craig!;)
Sincere sympathy,
Monique Tremblay
May 16, 2012
OCraig Jr,Brian,Chris and Vanessa....I am sorry for your loss. If I had known sooner I would have been at the funeral. My thoughts and prayers are with you all..i love u guys as if u were my own. I remember taking care of u guys and remember your dad and all our fun times we had together..
julie degutes
May 3, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear of your and your family's loss of Craig. My heart goes out to you and your children. He took really good care of us at the restaurant in Santa Rosa and kept us laughing!! Much love to you . . . Rozanna (Reyes) Pierce
May 3, 2012
Thank you so much Don & Karen Canepa for keeping the guest book alive for another year :) Our family is so grateful to have been surrounded by such beautiful friends and family. Its amazing what a community can do for each other. My dad will always continue to inspire me and glad that he touched your hearts as well. I LOVE YOU DAD
Craig Stammler Jr
May 1, 2012
I was so very sorry to hear of your and your family's loss of Craig. What a great couple you made and I know what a wonderful father Craig was. Much love to you and your children,
Patty Wong
April 30, 2012
It has been an honor and joy to share in the lives of Melanie and Craig together with our family. We will always remember him. He was so much bigger than life. He filled our lives with so much love and fun and wonderful meals. He is so missed. Pat, Bob and Grandma
Patricia Clark
April 30, 2012
Dear Melanie, our hearts go out to you during these challenging times. Although no one can take the place of your beloved Craig, who was so vibrant and full of life and mischief, please let us know in the coming days if you need us. Sincerely, Don & Karen
Karen & Don Canepa
April 30, 2012
Craig was charismatic and one of those people who radiated charm and light. He made every one feel special. It's a huge loss for all. My most sincerest condolenses to his wife and family.
Kim Olsen
April 30, 2012
Thank you, Craig, for being such a great person. You were such a great person to be around and I am saddened and will miss you. Much love, Jaime Ayala (the 'bike man')
April 29, 2012
Melanie Stammler & Family..
What a tremendous loss .. Craig was a lovely person and would always make one smile no matter what mood you were in.. He touched our lives and all who crossed his path.. I met Craig when he was around 12 years old , working in San Francisco for Courtesy Tow. He became close friends with my cousin John Tufo , he was like a member of their family , everyone adored him.. He lit a path where he travelled and will continue to wherever he is...
Mark & Lillian Pappas
April 29, 2012
So sadened when i heard the news, you really knew how to make people laugh, smile and make them feel welcomed... I knew craig from working next to bella luma...thank you for all the extra candied walnuts!!! Rip craig, you are irreplaceable.....
Jenni Laurea
April 29, 2012
We knew Craig from Lococo's. He was our favorite waiter. We jokingly called him Dean because he looked like Dean Martin and he would always sing for us. He was so warm and welcoming and we always enjoyed seeing him. We are stunned to learn that he has passed away. Our hearts go out to his family. He was clearly a wonderful man with a warm and generous heart. As for us, Lococo's will never be the same without him.
Michael and Theresa Fallon
April 28, 2012
I never saw it coming my friend. I don't think anyone did. You were the definition of life, full of it (in more ways than one ;) I am stunned that you're not here in person but you will always be with me in my heart and spirit. We had so many more things to do, dinners to have, golf to be played and poker to play. Not to mention all the projects you always needed help with and of course, beers to drink as well. I'm going to miss you buddy. You were the best!!
April 28, 2012
I never saw it coming my friend. I don't think anyone did. You were the definition of life, full of it (in more ways than one ;) I am stunned that you're not here in person but you will always be with me in my heart and spirit. We had so many more things to do, dinners to have, golf to be played and poker to play. Not to mention all the projects you always needed help with and of course, beers to drink as well. I'm going to miss you buddy. You were the best!!
Alan & Jeanette Brownlie
April 28, 2012
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. "Craigorio"
LoCoco's will never be the same without your bigger than life presence..."Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal" Love and God blessing with you always
Carrie Gaytan
April 28, 2012
Melanie and Family,
So so sorry to hear about Craig's passing. We often talked about ideas on how we were going to get Petaluma to accept us as we were. Being new businesses at the time, it was not an easy task for either one of us. But still, his love and passion for perfection, and people,kept the both of us willing to go on to try and beat the odds. He was a good man, but I guess you already knew that. God Bless you all, Petalumans will never foget.

Jen and Frank Capurro (Kentucky St. Finbar Devine's )
April 28, 2012
With much sorrow, i pray for all the family. A wonderful man and always had a smile. Craig you'll be missed. Thank you for your friendship and support over the years. Rest in Peace my friend.
Alex Valdez
April 27, 2012
Melanie, my prayers and thoughts our with you and your family. God Bless you all. Rest in Peace Craig...
Jean Burnett
April 27, 2012
You lit up rooms upon entering. Your vibrant spirit will be dearly missed. My deep sympathies to the Stammler family.
RIP Amigo.
Pat Mace
April 27, 2012
I met Craig through his beautiful wife Melanie Dado-Stammler, one of my sisters', Michelle Grabb-Leonard's, best friends. I liked him immediately. Then three and a half years ago my family lost our brother. It was the first time our immediate family had experienced a death. We were grief stricken and very broken. It was Melanie and Craig who came to the rescue with the beautiful food they so lovingly prepared and served for our brother's "Celebration of Life." The following year we lost Dad. And again, Craig was there with the beautiful food. Then 363 days later, we lost Mom to Cancer. Again, this loving, kind and generous soul came over with the food tenderly prepared. I loved this thoughtful, beautiful man! Now there is just me and my sister left and we never thought we would be experiencing his passing here and now. Craig, may your beautiful soul meet my family in the heavenly spirit world and share a platter of loving gratitude... God Blessed You...
Marjorie Grabb
April 27, 2012
Craig has such an amazing spirit. I will never forget his laugh or how genuinely nice he was.

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to Melanie, his family, and the many others who's lives he touched.
Camille Torres
April 27, 2012
With our deepest sympathy and sorrow.
The Cheavacci Family
Rhonda Cheavacci
April 27, 2012
I am deeply sadened by this passing, if anyone left us too early it was Craig. His love for his family and life in general makes this passing a very difficult one. I will miss the "Ciao Bella" every week walking through the door. I will miss the little nudges as he showed off his love of the Giants, I will miss the happiness he spread as easily as breathing. My husband Bill and I would like to express our prayers to the family and let you know how special he was to everyone he came in contact with.
Stevie & Bill Halverson
April 26, 2012
It is so difficult to wrap our heads and hearts around the fact that you are gone, Craig. We will so miss your zest for life and your bubbly personality. We know you have moved on to another, eternal life. May you be at peace. May your family find the strength to cope with your tragic loss in the coming weeks and months. Così lunghe e sicuri viaggi, nostro caro amico.
Joe & Judy Tufo
April 26, 2012
I met Craig while having dinner at Cafe
Giostra ten years ago. I was with my sisters, we were discussing my upcoming
divorce. Craig was our waiter . . . toward the end of the night, as the crowd thinned and he was finished with his tables; here comes Craig with a bottle of wine . . . he sits down, fills his glass (and ours) and says,
"I've just gone through this myself,
want some advice?" He entertained us
for an hour and it's a night I will always remember.

In the years since, I would see
him at various events and he would ask
how things were . . . how many others
did he befriend? Hundreds, I think.
Craig Stammler.

Like everyone else who has written here, I was grateful for the gift of his charm, wit, charisma, intellect and
compassion. There will never be another Craig in our town. To lose someone "bigger than life" (as he was), to lose someone who shined brighter than anyone else wherever he went, to lose someone who loved (the way he did), is almost unimaginable to those he touched.

My thoughts are with Melanie and his
children, love to you. We are all
sharing your loss.
dorothy oliker
April 26, 2012
dude...i just came back to town and you left before i could say: "HEY,got focaccia?"
i drove past your gig a few weeks ago with the intent of saying hello but there was not a parking spot!
you were ALWAYS nice to me everytime we ran into each other>>EVERYTIME!! you ALWAYS made me feel good! remember that night when the electric bill was paid late and we had to run aroung looking for dry ice to preserve the Gelatto?...and you still had good spirits...and we drank a few! you were quite the handsome strapping lad as well and had a way with words and a personality of a Prince ..i dug your energy, your smile, your kindness, and warmth! we need more cats like you walking the streets...thank you for the nice times and parties and all the good stuff that you and melanie brought to the table!! remember those late night events after the bars closed at Bella Luma? damn it was fun!!! and that little AREA OUTSIDE THAT MADE A BEER AND A 'SAMWICH SO COZY!!! with all of the various characters that floated by and the concerts at the square, etc...ok now please save a seat for me in heaven but let me hang down here for a hot minute!~~ I love you brother and of course will miss the chance of never to see you on this planet again..."death is not so sad for those who pass but hell on those that remain!" all of your friends and family i wish you all the best and may we all thank the powers that be that we had Craig here in our lives.... Brent Miletich
Brent Miletich
April 26, 2012
Melanie and Family- We were shocked to read about Craig's passing in the PD. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your children as you cope with this sudden, terrible loss.
Scott and Lauren Swanson
Lauren Swanson
April 26, 2012
Craig first and foremost was an amazing father. I cherish the many conversations we had about being parents. An amazing man, husband, friend and chef. Such an incredible and rare friend...unexpectedly showed up at our house with an entire Tiramisu (the best I've ever had), it was my birthday...a gift I have often remembered and always cherished. This is who Craig was and the kind of memories he has left behind.

Craig, Brian, Chris, Vanessa, Mel and Angelina I am so very sorry for your loss. Words cannot come close to accuratly express how special Craig was, I will always remember him and am grateful he walked in my path.
Leah Millstein (Davis)
April 26, 2012
A tragedy when one so vibrant and generous and charming and good has a shortened life. A real loss and we send our heartfelt condolences to all of Craig's family.
Melanie, we wish you comfort that no words can express. So sorry.
Vangie and Lyndon Pullins
April 26, 2012
I was shocked to open the paper and hear of this tragic loss. We just saw him last month. We joined him and Walter at the horse races last year. Craig made the day so fun! Our hearts go out to Craig's family. Lo coco's won't be the same.
Kathy Alexander
April 26, 2012
We were so sorry to hear of Craig's passing. There are no words to express how sorry we are for your loss. You have our deepest sympathy.
Peter and Jenny Demos
April 26, 2012
I have known Craig since he began working at LoCoco's. I can't imagine not seeing his happy, smiling face at the restaurant. He always made my wife, family and friends feel at home. He had a great sense of humor and loved life and his family . He often talked excitedly about things going on in his life. We will miss him very much.
Michael (Michele') Micciche
April 26, 2012
A life that ended too soon. Craig you will be missed. Thanks for bringing a smile to everyone you met.
Lynn Wong
April 26, 2012
I offer my condolences to Craig's wife and all of his family and friends. Sudden loss makes great grief in the lives of those that are here. You, Craig, are free to continue to share the Light that so many saw here ~ May that light comfort all who miss you ~
Karen Wilson
April 26, 2012
Saddened and shocked to hear the news. What a tragic loss.
Always upbeat and a friend to everyone he came in contact with, Craig will be sorely missed.
To you and your family.
Our hearts go out to you with sympathy and the warmest of thoughts and a great appreciation for Craig and yourself having such a positive effect in our community.
Peter and Dione Rochelle and Family
April 26, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Craig's passing. He was an amazing person in every way. Our sincerest condolences to all his family.
Bob and Elaine Segale
Elaine Segale
April 26, 2012
I have a picture of your shining smiling face. You "accidently" took a picture of yourself instead of me and my boyfriend on my birthday dinner. You will always be our favorite waiter! We love you!
April 26, 2012
Kindhearted and friendly man...always had a smile for you! He will be missed by all.
elaine fernandez
April 26, 2012
Craig was one of the best friends I've ever had in my life. He would give you the shirt off of your back, regardless of how busy he was or what was going on in his own life. He taught me what it means to be (and have) a generous spirit. He was a funny, gregarious person who had a positive effect on everyone he came into contact with. The world is a poorer place without him.
Sean Daily
April 26, 2012
I knew Craig from Caffee Giostra. The phrase "larger than life" seemed to have been composed with him in mind. Without him, the world has a bit less humor, laughter, and joy. Godspeed, Craig! Jerald R. Gerst, MD
April 26, 2012
Wow, jeez, I couldn't believe it Craig. Well at first there's that shock part of it. Then I remembered the jokester that you are and how we always tried to top each other. Part of me wanted to believe that you were just kidding around again. Now that I think of it, I thought that we were even. But you are so cool because you could have trumped me evey time.
God speed.
God bless your family and you.
Tom Pope
April 26, 2012
I am so thankful to have know you for the past 10 years my friend. I am thankful that I got to receive one of your great big bear hugs just a couple weeks ago. I can't believe you will not be on the streets of Petaluma exerting your energy and smile any longer, but you will NEVER be forgotten. My love to you, Melanie, the kids and the family! Rest in peace my friend!
Kim Summers-Schubert
April 26, 2012
I didn't know Craig very well, I knew his sons, Craig and Brian. I know how much they loved,
respected, and admired their dad. He was the center of their world. He made them the wonderful young men that have been a part of our family for many years. God Bless your family.
Sharon Lewis
April 26, 2012
Craig, You are one of the kindest people I've ever met. I ALWAYS felt like the world is a good place after spending even a few moments with you. Our mutual love and respect for Jacob was always a "touchstone" for you & me and I'll forever hold those conversations dear. Your legacy lives on in the kids who looked up to you and everyone you touched so magically.
Gary Vogensen
April 25, 2012
Craig all I can see is light all over P-Town. Like tiny drops of crystal light cascading from a Heavenly province. It extends to several places from sea to shining sea. Your love reigns. I am deeply saddened for the loss and continue to thank The Holy Father for sharing your character. I am the cry baby and cannot stop, and I had the great pleasure of knowing you face to face perhaps on ten occasions. So little time yet an impact written about over and over. I know you will watch over your loved ones with God. To Melanie and the several family members mentioned God Speed, and know you will be cared for. With love and joy and laughter...
Michele J. Turner
April 25, 2012
Your time on this wonderful planet was much too short. Your infectious smile and big heart always made everyone feel as if they were one of your best friends. I am honored to have known you and to have had you as a friend. I will miss you. May God bless you and your family.
Stacy Horton
April 25, 2012
Marlies and I are still just stunned! Marlies is already missing the hug and kiss on the cheek every time Craig would greet us, for as long as we can remember!
I in my thoughts will always remember the picture I took at Melanie & Craig's wedding. Craig on his knee cupping Melanie's grandmother's face in his hands! It spoke to me volumes of the kind and gentle man that Craig was.
We will sure miss you Craig! I don't believe I have ever met someone as kind and gentle at the same time able to walk into any room and put a smile on everyone's face!
Dave Erickson
April 25, 2012
My heartfelt prayers go out to Melanie and her family, the loss of such a gifted and caring man will affect all who knew him. Thanks for the good times Craig. God will certainly bless you.
Randy Stewart
April 25, 2012
I'm sending this message through John-(Gonzo), for those that care. He was crying when he told me of this loss...He went on and on about what a great gift it was to have known Craig Stammler. I wish I had that honor of knowing him also. God Bless his Family. I know how much this loss hurts- I have been there many times but God has a way of protecting & healing us by remembering the good times with laughter and love. Sincerely, Kathy (Gonzo's Girl).
Kathy Soga
April 25, 2012
I met Craig through my work at Petaluma High School. Craig was the best father and loved his kids so much. If he had concerns he would call right away and get the issue resolved. I always told Craig that I wish all parents were as loving and concerned as he was about his kids. Bella Luma was one of my favorite places. Craig was always so generous when it came to the high school staff appreciation days and contributed his delicious food. Craig, you were one in a million - our community's loss is Heaven's gain. God bless Melanie and your children during this difficult time.
Arla Norton Luna
April 25, 2012
Craig's smiling face and good humor will truly be missed. Our Petaluma community won't be quite the same without Craig around to make us laugh. The memory of Craig will live on through all that had the pleasure of knowing him. My heart goes out to Melanie and Craig's loving family, I am so sorry for your loss.
Suzanne Young
April 25, 2012
Craig was an amazing person, and could make everyone laugh even at the toughest of times. Your smile and laughter will truly be missed.
George Wagner
April 25, 2012
To Craig's wife and family your dad and husband made our lives more special he was our waiter at our son's engagement he was there for so many of our life celebrations we loved your place downtown and enjoyed seeing him every time we ran into him he will be miss by all our family our deepest sympathy goes out for your loss of a wonderful loving husband father friend grand pa he always spokes so lovingly of all of you.
Debra and Tom Durgin
April 25, 2012
Our prayers and love go out to your entire family. So so sorry for your loss. Craig was one of the best!!! God Bless all of you.
Joanie& Lee Boyajian
April 25, 2012
Craig's hand
I knew you for too short of time Craig. You brought great laughs and fantastic cooking to our monthly poker games. In our last hand together you coaxed me right into a call with your booming "ALL IN" bet and your sheepish grin. You had me convinced my pair of jacks along with a third on the board was good. I can still hear your laugh as you turned over that straight I didn't suspect and dragged my chips accross the table. Every time I look down at a pair of jacks now I'll think fondly of you and use more caution!

My deepest sympathy goes out to all of your loved ones and many friends. We will all truly miss you and cherish every moment shared.

See you at the next card game Craig. Save me a seat.....
Greg Gustafson
April 25, 2012
i will always remember, your laugh, smile, and gregarious bear hugs... Life will never be quite the same, but I'm forever grateful to have had the lifelong priveledge of being your "littlest couin"
Rachel Trotter
April 25, 2012
big craig, we always had a great time and i will miss you big guy
soheil mostaghal
April 25, 2012
Craig, you were and will continue to be a source of light for those of us that had the distinct privilege of knowing you. Every time we met, irrespective of how many years had passed, you embraced me and greeted me and joked with me like it had been only a week since I was a scrawny kid up to adolescent shenanigans with your sons. You were always generous, always smiling, always making it a point to make others laugh. You will be deeply missed and your loss widely felt, but through Craig and Brian and Chris and Vanessa and Melanie--and the countless others whose lives you touched--your light will live on. See you on that other side...
Matthew Van Nuys
April 25, 2012
Even though we haven't known you for that long, Craig, you made you feel as if we were lifelong friends. Your smile, charm and good looks will surely be missed in your community and for us especially at LoCoco's.

Our warmest thoughts go out to Melanie and your family..... our hearts are full...
Kevin & Wendy Tara Bella Winery
April 25, 2012
Craig, it's hard to image a world without you. I'm proud to say that I've known you for 49 years.... I only wish we had another half a century. Thank you for the THOUSANDS of wonderful memories! I love you man!!!
David Domenichini
April 25, 2012
I never knew you outside the restaurant but I sure thought you were a great person. You were always upbeat with a smile, a joke and a hug. I am lucky to have seen you twice on Friday. I pray for your family and all of your friends. You are irreplaceable. I won't ever forget you.
Daniel J. Christensen Jr
April 25, 2012
We will never forget your infectious smile and radiant spirit. What a shining star!!! I am sure that the higher power has you right at the entrance inviting all the sweet souls like yourself into the heavens like you did here in our town. Jerry and I will miss you Craig! We are sending the family all our love and prayers.
Melissa Byrd & Jerry Arretche
April 25, 2012
I'll always miss you Craig. Thank you for all your love and friendship.
Matthew Eshoo
April 25, 2012
Craig, my friend. This is the hardest letter I have ever had to write. I stared at this screen for hours before I could write a single word. How do you say good bye to someone so full of life. I would love to say that you were my best friend but you were really everyone's best friend. I have never had such a wonderful time as I had with you over these years. The Ball games, Poker on mondays, cooking side by side with you at Belle Luma, at your house, Gol (which you were really bad at but made it fun anyway). Save me a seat at your table. I'm cooking this time. Love you.
Bill Bradley
April 25, 2012
My daughter just called me to tell me Craig passed away. My daughter is now 30 years old and has fond memories of Craig waiting on us at Grazianos when she was a child. She and i feel a great sadness. We loved his sense of humor!
April 25, 2012
I will always remember Craig for his smiles, hugs and exuberant "Ciao, Bella" whenever we ran into each other. One of the shining stars of Petaluma. We will miss you sorely, Craig. There is no other like you. All good wishes to Melanie and the children.
Patsy Griffin-Young
April 25, 2012
So many found memories! My favorite "where all my baskets" a joke most of the local business's. We always got food to go and took his baskets and didn't return them until we had about 10! lol Sorry Craig! But I will cherish the last memory. Him throwing his hands up in the air and laughing as if life was grand no matter the issues that may have surrounded him! Mel, we love you and Craig will be missed, but his smile, and voice will always be in our hearts and our memories! (even from Kentucky Ave to Petaluma Ave, I can still hear his laugher an entire street away!
Kristin Douglas
April 25, 2012
Craig, you were an amazing, loving and caring person. I will miss and remember you always. Whenever I will need a smile on my face, I will just think of you. My prayers and condolenses go out to the whole family! You will always be in my heart!
Hadas Lipman
April 25, 2012
It has always been such a pleasure to be around Craig and Melanie - they were so in love with each other and it showed. My heart goes out to the Stammler family and especially to Melaine. Craig was definitely her soul mate and a one of a kind fabulous man.
Erin Clark
April 25, 2012
I will miss hearing your jovial voice around town. You had a gift of making people feel good and welcomed. You were a handsome devil. I always thought You and Melanie were the beautiful couple of Petaluma.
Susan Ortiz-St.Claire
April 25, 2012
Our memories of "Craig Stammler" depends on others so much that at the root of our existence is a fundamental need for love and happy-ness That is why it is good to cultivate an authentic sense of responsibility and concern for the welfare of others, friendships like "Craig Stammler" gave us the very best memories to live forever in our hearts........words from Dali Lama/Fernando Nugent.....
April 25, 2012
Craig you will be deeply missed! We go way back.... The Peoples's are sending lots of hugs to heaven especially for you. Ana,Donald Sr.Donald Jr. Iris, Baby Elias, and your god daughter Ashley Peoples.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Melanie and your children. They will stay in our prayers.
Ana Peoples
April 25, 2012
I did not know Craig very well. I have seen him around town for over 20 years and talked with him many times. The one thing I did know was that Craig and Melanie loved each other very deeply. You could see that every time they looked at each other. Craig you will be missed. Mel stay close to your good friends. They will get you through this tough time.
Rick Meyer
April 25, 2012
We will always love you and miss you Craig. Prayers to your family.
Shelley Klaner
April 25, 2012
God Bless Craig in Heaven.
God Bless his beautiful wife Melanie and their children.
Gina Brians
April 25, 2012
Craig, this obituary should not be here, you should still be here, laughing, playing golf and poker - giving us a hard time. We will all miss you, your magnetic personality. My favorite memories of you are on the golf course. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
God Speed
Will Bomar
April 25, 2012
I used to come by Bella Luma often for breakfast... Craig was such a warm, great spirited guy... I am so very sorry for the family's loss.... it is truly everyone's loss... He was one made the world a better place to live in!
John Sarter
April 25, 2012
I hate seeing this here, Craig your obituary should not be here! You should still be here, playing poker, golf and giving us all a hard time. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family. Your magnetic personality will me missed. God Speed,
Will Bomar
April 25, 2012
I have chills and tears. I loved Craig since he was a server at Graziano's - he was our server the last time we were at Lococo's and always our favorite! I always have had a great admiration of him and how he would drive his kids down to San Francisco to his mom's, work all evening and then drive back down to San Francisco to pick his kids back up, put them in sleeping bags so they could sleep in their beds at home and then do it all over again the next day. I am sooo incredibly saddened to learn of his passing at such a young and vibrant age with so much life to live!! I am so sorry, Melanie and to his children. Craig will be truly missed by many!!!
Tabatha Bonetti-Asker
April 25, 2012
What a shocking loss! He had a luminance surrounding him. I never saw him down, always smiling or grinning. May his soul rest in peace. Till we meet again.
Dan and Cathy Whooley SF
April 25, 2012
So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Vicki Benham
April 25, 2012
Herlinda & I
Craig, I know that you are in Haven. I met you a my daughter's birthday party. I heard that you were very kind to my my Granddaughters-you made them laugh. I thank you for being a friend to my daughter Herlinda. I see you soon. Eloy Ashton Heras Amarillo,Texas
Eloy Heras
April 25, 2012
My heart and prayers go out to everyone Craig has touched, his wife Melanie, his children and the many, many people he put smiles on their faces with the love and laughter he exuded! I will miss his smiles, humor and dressing up in fancy clothes/costumes with him.
Tiffanie Kowalski
April 25, 2012
Craig will be remembered by his beautiful smile and ability to make anyone laugh at any moment! He touched the lives of all those who were lucky enough to be around him! We need to continue celebrating his life for all the years to come and support his family in this very shockingly difficult time. We have set up a meal schedule on Please get in touch through this website or on facebook for more info.
Karen Anderson
April 25, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Bill and Leilani Fuiten
April 25, 2012
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jeanine Robbins
April 25, 2012
To an "Old and Dear Friend" Melanie Dado-Stammler. Loving father of Craig Stammler Jr. (fiancée, Courtney), Brian Stammler, Christopher Stammler and Vannesa Stammler. Beloved step father of Angelina Caballero. My heart is heavy with sadness for all of you. As I too will MISS this irreplaceable spirit. People like Craig are "FAR AND FEW BETWEEN" and will be greatly missed by anyone who spent more than five minutes with the man. What I will treasure is that what ever we talked about. good or bad we always parted laughing. That is a true gift. Rest is peace my friend!
Aubrey White
April 25, 2012
Our hearts and prayers go out to Craigs family. We are so blessed to have had someone like Craig as a friend. He truly was one of a kind. We will miss him dearly.
Ross & Jackie Watt
April 25, 2012
My prayers are with Melanie, Family and Friends during this time. The way Craig treated people reminded me of my Son, the highest complement I have to give.
Bill Wiggins
April 25, 2012

My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Craig. May your beautiful memories of him carry you through as you grieve a loved one lost and celebrate his life.
Christine Mellon
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