Donald E. Vanni
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DONALD E. VANNI Donald E. Vanni, 78, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away surrounded by his family on June 2, 2013. Don was born in Arcata, California on December 9, 1934 to Angelo and Nida Vanni. Don graduated from Arcata High, class of 1952. He served in the U.S. Army in 1957 and was recalled for the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961. Don was a life-long resident of Arcata and married the love of his life, Barbara Brady, on May 4, 1958. Together they raised two sons. He worked at Hammond Lumber Yard, co-owned Arcata Bowl for 30 years with his brother Fred, and worked at Rendezvous Music before retiring in 1997. Don was an active member of the Italian Catholic Federation, Swiss Club, Beau Pre Golf Club and St. Mary's Catholic Church. He loved going to Giants and 49er games, playing golf with Barbara and their many friends, and fishing with Tom Circe. His greatest joy was being Papa to his special girls, Kimberly and Kaylee. Friends and family will miss his unique laugh, sharp wit and booming singing voice in church. He was preceded in death by his parents Angelo and Nida Vanni, his sister Linda Vanni Shor, and his nephew Chris Fauerbach. Don is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara, and his loving children: son Mark and fianc‚e Patricia Souza of San Leandro, son Michael and wife Christina and his granddaughters Kimberly and Kaylee, all of Santa Rosa. He is survived by his brother Fred and wife Sally of Arcata and their sons Dave and Dean, his sister Donna Fauerbach and husband Sid of Eureka and their daughters Stephanie and Jennifer. He is survived by his brother-in-law Jim Brady, wife Mary and their children Barbara and Matthew and sister-in-law Peggy Kirkpatrick, husband Bob and their sons Craig, Kevin and Kenny. He is survived by his aunt Lena Dal Porto, cousin Mike Dal Porto and wife Joan and cousin Diana Bridges. He also leaves extensive family in Italy and many cousins and special friends locally. A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Arcata June 15, 2013 at 12pm. Reception to follow at St. Mary's Levy Hall. The family wishes to extend special thanks to Father Gerry Gormley, Terri Dal Porto, Dr. Shahram Abbassi, Dr. Mahan, Dr. Suryadevara, Kate Vogelsang, N.P., Dr. Ploss, UCSF and their staff, also Scotty, Mac, Ernie, Karen and staff of Hospice of Humboldt. Barbara would also like to thank the many friends and family members who supported them with their visits, phone calls and meals. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church 1690 Janes Rd. Arcata, California 95521 or Hospice of Humboldt 2010 Myrtle Ave. Eureka, California 95501. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com, click on obits.


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Published in Times-Standard from Jun. 9 to Jun. 13, 2013.
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June 17, 2013
Our deepest condolences to your family.

The Ed Guy Family
Ed Guy
June 15, 2013
Barb & Family,
Our sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I often refelect on our close working relationship over those years and the many laughing moments we shared then. Hoping that you find comfort in knowing that his loss is felt by his many friends and aquantences.

In sympathy,
Sal & Gloria Cira
June 14, 2013
Barbara, My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family. Don was a great guy!
Frank Gruhn
June 14, 2013
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Vern & Ruth Schieberl Villier
June 14, 2013
My sincere condolences to Don Vanni's family. Personality guy! That infectious laugh could get you smiling.
Dick Messer
June 13, 2013
Barbara our condolences, God Bless you and your family. Jim and Sandy Taylor.
June 13, 2013
I was saddened to here of Don,s passing. He was a special person and will be remembered by many. My heartfelt prayrs go out to Barbra and the Vanni family.

Don Rassbach
Don Rassbach
June 13, 2013
Sending thoughts and prayers to friends and family.
Gail Enright Marvin
June 13, 2013
My sympathy to Barbara and the Vanni Families.
Shellie Dortch
June 13, 2013
Our thoughts are with you the Vanni family.Love Mike and Carol Combs
Carol Combs
June 13, 2013
Deepest Sympathy and Prayers. Memories of Don as we attended Arcata High School.
Gary Taylor
June 12, 2013
JUNE 12 2013
BARB SO SORRY TO HEAR OF DON'S PASSING. WE HAVE BEEN FAR APART FOR MANY YEARS,BUT HE WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON TO ME, AND WE KEPT IN TOUCH WITH EACH OTHER. WE WENT TO SCHOOL AT ORANGE COAST JR COLLEGE AND ROOMED TOGETHER FOR A WHOLE YEAR. I DID SPENT A GREAT DEAL OF TIME WITH HIM WHEN I LIVED IN ARCATA. I WILL ALWAYS HAVE THOUGHTS OF HIM AND I COACHING THE GREAT LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM WE HAD AT THE ARCATA BALLPARK
ARE THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

AL @ LOUISE DENIZ
al deniz
June 12, 2013
Barbara, My most sincere sympathy to you and your family. Don was a very special man and will be missed. I just loved working with both of you. Much love,
Wendy Madsen
Wendy Madsen
June 12, 2013
So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Erin Rettke
June 11, 2013
So very sad to hear of Don's passing.
He was one of my favorite people. Will never forget that smile and that wonderful laugh.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, Barb.
Bill and Dolores Rogers
June 11, 2013
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS PRAY'S ARE WITH YOU
GARY AND DONNA FILIPPE
June 11, 2013
Our sincerest sympathies go out to the many family and friends of Don Vanni. We are especially mindful of Don's tremendous family: his wife, Barbara, his sons Michael and Mark, his sister-in-law Peggy, and of course his exceptional granddaughters. He will be remembered and missed for his terrific sense of humor, friendly, caring nature, and a zest for life itself. Thank you, Vanni Family for touching us with your lovely spirit.
Kevin, Lisa, Lauren, and Julianna Kirkpatrick
June 10, 2013
We send our deepest sympathy to you Barbara & your family. We will miss Don so much with his laughter, & dedication to St. Mary's & fun living life. We know God will Bless him with eternal happiness. May God look over & Bless you & your family also Barbara
John & Mary Avila
June 10, 2013
Were not sure how to express our thoughts right now other than we both loved Don and Barb as part of our family. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to you and the rest of the family Barb
Tom and Dorothy Circe
June 10, 2013
Barbara, I'm so sorry for your loss. I sure will miss teasing and being teased by Don. He sure was a special guy and I always looked forward to seeing him at family gatherings. He would always come outside and tease me when I was washing my car, I'll never forget that. I'll miss him so much. I'm thankful to call him a cousin, neighbor and friend. Sending love to you!
Kimberly (Kelly) Hicks
June 10, 2013
jimmy and I were so sad to hear of Don s passing. Barbara and family our prayers are with you. Jimmy has a lot of fond memories and Don will be missed by many.











BARBARA AND FAMILY, OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. DON WILL BE MISSED BY MANY AND REMEMBERED BY MANY. GOD BE WITH YOU. JIMMY AND VERA SHUMARD
June 9, 2013
My sincerest sympathies go out to you Barbara and family; may you have peace.
With Love,
Penny Wolfsohn/ And family
June 9, 2013
Uncle Don was witty and warm, with a gentle heart. He gave much in his life and will be greatly missed by all of us. It is a given that his parents Nida and Angelo, as well as his sister Linda and others who have gone before him, will be welcoming him to the Kingdom of Heaven with loving arms.
Dean and Robin Vanni
June 9, 2013
So many great memories of our days as kids playing ball at Arcata Ballpark under the watchful and kind eye of Mr. Papini. Don was a long time friend and I will miss him. Throw it hard and straight and nail'em at second Don. My prayers go out to his entire family.
Bill Pittman
June 9, 2013
My deepest condolences to you, Mrs Vanni, Mark, Mike & family,
My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this difficult time of your loss.
Mary Paradise
June 9, 2013
Our sincere condolences to Barbara and the family. We missed Dons laugh on the golf course when we moved. You always knew when he was around. We are very sad for you Barb.
Ted & Monica Heistuman
June 9, 2013
Peace and light to the entire Vanni family.
Nancy
June 9, 2013
Our sincere condolences, Donna and Sid.
Winston and Bonnie Kavanaugh
June 9, 2013
You are missed. The occasional joy that was your radiance you took with you when you left. I am a cradle Catholic, and subscribe to the Canon of the Catholic Church. I know in my heart the will of Jesus be done, both now, and forever. I find this clip exciting and peace-giving at the same time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW2TLZLYgm4

I pray that God warms and comforts you in this final reward.

Fred
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