Francesca Antoinette Piccolo-Wignall Francesca Antoinette Piccolo-Wignall was born in Elmira, New York, on March 3, 1930, to John Piccolo and Virginia Intelisano-Piccolo, who, along with her siblings, Mary, Carmella and Joseph, settled in Vallejo in 1939. Chosen to be the Queen of the Vallejo Military Ball during her senior year in high School, Francesca married her high school sweetheart, Charles William Wignall, an electrician, builder, and avid deer hunter in 1950 at St. Vincent's Catholic Church. Over the next decade, Francesca became a real estate broker and an interior designer and, with Charles, built and sold a half dozen homes while employed full time. In 1965, Francesca became a licensed dry cleaner operator and opened Spring Road Coin-Op Dry Cleaners in Vallejo. In 1972, Francesca and Charles moved to St. Helena where they raised their five children and were to live for the remainder of their lives. Francesca became a Hatha Yoga instructor at Napa Valley College and, with her husband, founded and developed a children's camp, Camp Indian Meadows, also known as Intermountain Sports Camp, on property they purchased in 1960 on Cobb Mountain. Charles died in 1989, after 39 years of marriage. In 1995, Francesca met Joseph Martin Doody, who became her life partner the following year and with whom she became a volunteer for many organizations and a traveler to many places throughout the United States and the world. Joe died in November of last year. Francesca is survived by her five children, John, David, Jennine, Charleen, and Joleen, and grandchildren, Edward, Charles, Alex, Jonathan, Adian, Sebastian, Carson, Robert, Jessica, Arica, Kathrine, Katie, and Nicholas. Services for Francesca are scheduled for Friday, February 17. A viewing at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Helena Catholic Church, 1340 Tainter Street. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Helena Catholic Church on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. A reception in celebration of her life will follow at the Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena, 1314 Spring Street. Memories and notes of sympathy may be mailed to P.O. Box 167, St. Helena, CA 94574.
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