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Carol J. Finley Stein

November 29, 1939 April 16, 2014
Carol J. Finley Stein
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The family of Carol J. Finley Stein is saddened to announce her sudden passing on the evening of April 16, 2014 at 74 years of age. Carol was born on November 29, 1939, the only child of Gene “Kelly” Finley and Agnes Juanita Jenkins Finley of Chowchilla, California. Carol grew up in Chowchilla and upon graduating from Chowchilla Union High School in 1957, was accepted to Fresno State University. After her graduation from Fresno State in 1961, Carol entered the teaching profession. In her early years of instruction, Carol worked for the Fresno Unified School District and the Las Cruces New Mexico School District. In 1965, Carol attended graduate training at Sonoma State University. While at Sonoma State she met her future husband of 44 years, Roy Matthew Stein. Roy preceded Carol in death on November 26, 2010. Roy and Carol married in 1966 and after a short period of time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Roy, Carol, and their daughter Stephanie made their way to Syracuse, New York where Roy completing his master’s degree at Syracuse University. In 1968, the Stein family moved to Napa, California where both Carol and Roy continued their teaching careers with the Napa Unified School District. Carol left teaching in 1973 and enjoyed a short period as a homemaker. In 1974, Roy and Carol, along with Tom and Verna Yergalonis, also of Napa, became the owners of Dari-Delite, now called Big D Burgers, which still exists today under subsequent ownership. This was the first of eventually four restaurants which the Steins owned: Dari-Delite (Silverado Trail, Napa), Great American Burger (Bel Aire Plaza, Napa), Stein’s of Napa (Riverpark Plaza), and Stein’s of Sonoma (just off the Plaza). Carol and Roy enjoyed serving the public at each of their establishments. In 1989, Carol took a position at the Napa City County Library where she served as the literacy coordinator; a position she held for nine years. In this capacity, Carol helped a great deal of people obtain the skills to genuinely better their lives. In 1998 Carol and Roy moved from the Napa Valley, their home of 30 years, to the Diamond Gove Community of Vacaville. Carol and Roy shared many adventures both at home and abroad. Over the years, there were several trips in their motor home, numerous cruises, and a many trips to Europe, including the Soviet Block before it dissolved. These trips were almost always shared with family and or friends. Throughout her adult life Carol was involved in every community in which she lived. As a business owner she participated in Chamber of Commerce activities. As a woman-leader in her community, she was a member of Soroptimist International in both Napa and Vacaville. In support of her husband and son-in-law, she was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 7244. Her participation and leadership will be missed by all. Carol is survived by her daughter Stephanie and her husband, Wulf Corrington, of Vacaville; step-children - Doug Stein and his wife, Shannon, of Redding, California; Laura and her husband, Mike Lanke, of Dallas, Texas and Nancy and her husband, Phil Arant, of Rochester, Minnesota. Carol was also blessed with 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services for Carol will be held on Friday May 9th. At 9:00 am Carol will be laid to rest with Roy at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon. At 11:00 am, a celebration of life service will be held at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main Street, Vacaville. A reception will follow at the club house of the Diamond Grove Community, 201 Bartlett Lane, Vacaville. As a young woman, Carol was the recipient of a scholarship from Soroptimist International. This scholarship meant a great deal to her, so much so that she eventually sought membership in the organization. If desired, memorial contributions may be sent to Soroptimist International of Vacaville Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 6054 Vacaville, CA 95696.

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Friday, May 9, 2014 9:00am

McCune Garden Chapel Friday, May 9, 2014 11:00am

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