84, of Napa, passed away peacefully at home on July 17, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. Fred was born in Paterson, N.J., on April 27, 1928, to the late Fred and Ethel Nuss. He attended Fair Lawn High School and then joined the Detroit Tigers farm league team where he played from 1948-1949. He was a union carpenter in Bergen County, N.J., and later co-owned Chemical Products in Elmwood Park, N.J.
In the 1970s, Fred moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a General Contractor and spent many years there with his wife, Jeanette, and his youngest son. He and Jeanette later retired to Big Bear Lake, Calif., and then moved to Lincoln Hills, Calif., where Fred because active in the men's softball league and where they enjoyed regular dinner groups with his numerous friends. Fred and Jeanette moved to Napa two years ago and he enjoyed his last years surrounded by his large, loving family. Fred will always be remembered for his incredible strength, wit and sense of humor.
Fred is survived by his wife, Jeanette and their sons Chad Nuss and his wife Holly of Napa, Calif.; William Nuss and his wife Tina of Long Branch, N.J.; Brain Nuss and his wife Lori of Napa, Calif.; and daughter Beth Anne Guadagnino and her husband Bob of Beachwood, N.J.; 14 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a large extended family. Fred was also predeceased by his eldest son Robert Nuss in 2009.
Fred's life will be celebrated at 1 p.m on Sunday, July 22, at Twenty Rows Winery, 880 Vallejo Street in Napa, Calif. The family is extremely grateful for the loving, excellent care provided by Kaiser Hospice during the last year of Fred's life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to: Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Hospice Department 975 Sereno Dr. Vallejo, CA 94589. Designate the donation to "pediatric hospice patients".
"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 3:44 pm