Obituary of Pasqualina "Pat" Black
Pasqualina "Pat" Black, Dry Creek Valley Respected Farmer and Resident, left us at age 94 from her home on West Dry Creek Road near Healdsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband Hollis Black, brother Vince Lodrago, parents Frank and Antonetta Lodrago, daughter Jan Black, grandsons Tom Nelson, Russell Black and Benjamin Black, mother-in-law Pauline Black, and several brothers- and sisters-in-law. She is survived by her children Claudia (Allan) Nelson, Teresa (Glenn) Ishikawa, June (Dave) Kincaid, Henry (Judy) Black, Ron (Lynne) Black, Harry (Lea) Black; grandchildren Carl Nelson, Ronnie (Kelly) Black, Scott (Amy) Kincaid, Sean Kincaid, Nicole (Dave) Knapp; great grandchildren Ian Black, Gavin, Aiden, and Addison Kincaid, and numerous nieces, nephews, and family. Frank and Antonetta Lodrago gave birth to Pasqualina Theresa Lodrago in October 1922 in Healdsburg, CA. She first lived in Dry Creek Valley on Mountain View Ranch Road as a teenager, hiking the steep road daily. She and her younger brother Vince would walk over four miles round trip daily to Grape School from their home in Dry Creek. After graduating from Healdsburg High School in 1939, she was manager of the Raven Theater. In 1945, Pat married Hollis Black, who had five brothers and sisters. The Black Ranch was a short distance from where Pat had lived as a teenager, and was primarily prune orchards, with pears and vineyard as well. After his father passed away, Hollis ran the Black Ranch, and Pat was the bookkeeper for over 60 years. In the 1980s, Hollis managed the conversion of the Ranch from prune orchards to wine grapes. The extended Black family, gathering at the home of Grandma Pauline Black in Dry Creek Valley, frequently met for numerous celebrations, summer break, and weekends. Mom, Aunt Pat, or "Grandma", as many in the family remember her, was frequently surrounded by children. Just as Pat had graduated from Healdsburg High School, her six eldest children, her brother Vince and his children also were alumni of Healdsburg High School. Pat was a great Italian cook. Her mother had traveled from northern Italy near Torino, while her father was born in Bari, southern Italy. She knew both styles of cooking, and canned tomatoes and many other fruits and vegetables grown by Hollis. In her "spare" time, Pat loved her flower garden, watering, weeding and pruning by hand. Her love for gardening often made her home a joy to visit. She was also a member of the Healdsburg Garden Club. Donations may be made in Pat Black's memory to the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society, P.O Box 952, Healdsburg, CA 95448 and to the Ben Black Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 232, Geyserville, CA 895441.