Helene Minelli
A Sonoma native, died January 31, 2010 at 91. Her parents were from Germany. Helene graduated from Tule Vista Grammar School and Sonoma Valley High School. Helene enjoyed an incredible life she embraced with a sense of adventure. Her mind was always in motion and her feet followed. When Helene turned the corner entering her eighties she had no desire to slow down. Family and friends are so thankful for her inspiration and enthusiasm in a life well lived. She met the love of her life, Louie Minelli, while dancing at the Boyes Springs Bath House. They married and had three children. Later on, they opened their home and hearts to children who needed a home. Several children became lifelong members of the Minelli family. Helene was a dedicated volunteer with boundless energy and spirit. She helped start the St. Francis Solano Mother's Club, assisted in fundraisers for The Catholic Social Services also a hardworking member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and State Art Chairman. She participated in forming The Sonoma Valley Art Center and Gallery providing a valuable asset for artists. Helene founded the North Coast Viticulture Art Exhibit and Sales with Richard Kundi. To learn more about Helene's art career view her website www.heleneminelliart.com Helene is survived by her daughter, Carol DiGiulio (George) of Sonoma; sons, Michael Minelli (Lily) of Sonoma, Art Weyers (Sherry) of Sebastopol; grandchildren, David DiGiulio (Lisa) of Reno, Dino DiGiulio (Trina) of Sonoma, Christian Weyers of San Francisco, Scott Weyers of Santa Rosa, Jenna Weyers of Sebastopol, Anthony and April Minelli of San Jose, Michelle Minelli of Sonoma; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Danielle DiGiulio and Kasey Malchow of Reno, Chance and Corey DiGiulio of Sonoma; daughter in spirit, Beverly Silva Lawless (Hal deceased) of Grants Pass, Beverly's four daughters Lisa, Lori, Leann, Linda and their children. Helene was preceded in death by her husband Louie, their son, Ernie, her parents, brothers, sisters, numerous nephews, and a niece. A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Helene will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 6th at Duggan's Mission Chapel, 525 W Napa St., Sonoma, 996-3655.
Published by Press Democrat from Feb. 3 to Feb. 6, 2010.
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Dear Carol and family, it is so hard to express how very sorry we are for your loss. Helen was a phenomenal women and we feel we were lucky just to have known her. The legacy she leaves behind of her work and her family are blessings to be treasured by the rest of us.-Love Tracy & Rick
Tracy Burns
February 6, 2010
To all of the family, We certainly are thankful for the memories and the wonderful gifts that Aunt Helene gave to everyone who knew her or were blessed to view her art. Tristan and I will be caravanning with Denise and Spencer Amos to come with you to pay our respects to you....I'm sure she is smiling down at us right now and saying "Celebrate a Life Well Lived!".......... Terrie and Tristan Wallin (Los Angeles, CA)
Teresa Wallin
February 4, 2010
To Carol & George, Michael, Lilly and Michelle and all,

We will all miss Aunt Helene. I'm confident she's in a happy place looking down at us all.

Love, Dwight, Neysa, Jordan & Jered Hinton
February 3, 2010
dear Carol & George & Family.We were so sorry to hear of helen's passing.May god bless you & your family in this time of sorrow. our thoughts &prayers are with you all. Just remember all the fond memories of her. God bless you all.love Rena, Chris,Daryl,Jennifer,Renee,Kathy &Arthur.
Rena Bottarini
February 3, 2010
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