Vera Torres Obituary
 
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Vera Trinchero Torres

June 27, 1938 - July 22, 2014
Obituary

VERA TRINCHERO TORRES Vera Trinchero Torres, one of Napa Valley's most generous wine pioneers, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2014. She was 76. Vera was born in New York City to Mario and Mary Trinchero. In 1948, when Vera was ten, the family purchased the Sutter Home Winery and moved to St. Helena, California. After graduating from St. Helena High School, Vera began a career as a legal secretary. Later she joined the family business and held key roles at Sutter Home Winery, including company secretary and overseeing the company's charitable activities, while raising her two sons, Anthony "Tony" Torres and Robert "Bob" Torres with...
VERA TRINCHERO TORRES
Vera Trinchero Torres, one of Napa Valley's most generous wine pioneers, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2014. She was 76.
Vera was born in New York City to Mario and Mary Trinchero. In 1948, when Vera was ten, the family purchased the Sutter Home Winery and moved to St. Helena, California. After graduating from St. Helena High School, Vera began a career as a legal secretary. Later she joined the family business and held key roles at Sutter Home Winery, including company secretary and overseeing the company's charitable activities, while raising her two sons, Anthony "Tony" Torres and Robert "Bob" Torres with her husband, Ray Torres. Vera and her brothers Bob and Roger worked together to build Sutter Home into one of the top-selling premium varietal wine brands in the U.S., and one of the preeminent success stories of the wine industry. Vera's two sons followed in the family footsteps, quickly becoming key executives in the organization.
As a breast cancer survivor and owner of the family-run business, Vera continued her dedication to the cause - helping raise more than $1 million towards the fight against breast cancer through the Sutter Home program. In recognition of her philanthropic efforts and service to the community, Vera was named Woman of the Year for the 2nd District of the California State Senate in 1996, and St. Helena Citizen of the Year in 1999. Trinchero Family Estates remains a family-owned, family-run business. Vera is survived by her sons Tony Torres, Principal and SVP Administration, and Bob Torres, Principal and SVP Operations; her brothers Bob Trinchero, Principal and Chairman, and Roger Trinchero, Principal and CEO; and her four grandchildren Laina, Michael, Mathew, and Julia.
"Our mother's generosity to the community was legendary, as a supporter of many causes benefiting people young and old." Her son Bob Torres noted, "She will be remembered for her philanthropy and for the way she lived life to the fullest – working, bringing up a family, and even dancing at winery and charitable events with her lifelong best friend, Mary (Torres) Scheel."
Her brother Roger Trinchero added, "She will be dearly missed by all of us. She was one of a kind."
In lieu of flowers, charitable donations are being accepted at the following websites:
Boys and Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga
We Care Animal Rescue
St. Helena Little League

A Vigil Service with Rosary will be held August 7th commencing at 7:00 pm. at the St. Helena Catholic Church
A Mass of Christian Burial will be said August 8th at 11:00 am at St. Helena Catholic Church.

Arrangements under the direction of Morrison Funeral Chapel FD 687, St. Helena, CA.

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"How lucky I was to know Vera. When I think of her the words that come up are Genuine, Generoiusity,and Humor. Anyone that ever met Vera knew she was very..." Susan Smith (Calistoga, CA)

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