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Franz Alfred Wartenweiler
June 10, 1936 ~ October 15, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
Franz Alfred Wartenweiler, 87, of Napa, CA, passed away in his home surrounded by family on October 15, 2023.
Franz is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Patricia; daughters: Elke Wood, Leta Caulder (Wayne) and Pia Mooney (Eric); his sister, Joyce Wong; and loving grandchildren: Austin Mooney, Keely Caulder, Amanda Mooney, Delaney Caulder, Will Caulder; nieces, nephews, and extended family. He is predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Sylvia Hancock.
Franz was born to William and Dorothy Wartenweiler on June 10, 1936, in San Francisco, California. His family moved to his father's home country of Switzerland in 1938, where he spent his formative years living with close family in the countryside. His family returned to California in 1945. Following high school, Franz served in the Air Force, and then trained in hotel management. It was on his return from working in hotels in Switzerland in 1962, that he met the love of his life, Patricia, who was on her way to New York from her native country of England. They married in 1963, and lived in Berkeley and Australia before settling in Napa.
After a few years working for his father, running Buttercream Bakery #3 in Bel Aire Plaza, they moved to Iowa for Franz to attend Palmer Chiropractic College. Upon returning to Napa, Franz established a thriving practice in St. Helena and became very involved in serving the community. Franz spent more than 47 years as a member of Rotary International, traveling overseas several times for philanthropic projects and eventually served as district governor.
Franz became an avid golfer, and he and Patricia were long time members of Napa Valley Country Club. They shared a tremendous love for travel and took their family on many adventurous trips around the world.
Franz had a fabulous sense of humor and is fondly remembered for his quick wit. He was never short of jokes to share with his friends and family.
The family will be holding a private memorial.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Rotary International or Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.