Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home & Cemetery

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Wade Douglas Hoefer

March 15, 1948August 11, 2020

Wade Douglas Hoefer of Healdsburg, California passed away on August 11th, 2020 after a long battle with a terminal illness. He was able to spend his last days in the company of his children who were with him when he passed. He was 72 years old. Wade was born on March 15, 1948 in Long Beach, CA. to Josephina and Robert Buell. He graduated highschool from Ygnacio Valley High in Concord, Calif. He married his high school sweetheart, Dawn Skinner, in 1969. In 1972, earned an M.F.A. at California College of Art and Craft in Oakland, CA. Wade started his career in landscape architecture which then developed into viticulture. He was the vineyard manager at Clos Du Bois Winery for many years while building his art career. He loved spending time in the garden because of the peaceful meditative quality it held for him. He was passionate about horseback riding and possessed excellent roping skills. This was another side to Wade that many weren’t aware of. Long horseback rides, alone in nature, provided the premise for his art. Wade became an influential figure in Western landscape during his long career. His atmospheric paintings depict rivers, lakes, valleys and skies that are inspired by the scenery of California, where he made his life long home Wade’s calming landscapes grace museums, private homes, galleries, restaurants and hotels across the world. “The landscape is what I know, it’s the only thing I’m sure of”, Wade has said. “Remove the landscape tradition from painting and you’re left with a sense of loss: it’s innately cherished by people…My work is made by hand, wrought in a soulful way. We’re only human, and we want confirmation of that.” Wade’s work proved his love for the area in which he lived. He is survived by his children, Daughter Jessica Hoefer- Land (Lonnie), Son Zane Hoefer, Step-Daughters Lisa North (Roger) and Gina Gattuso (Phil) Grandchildren include: Jaimey, William, Wyatt, Madeline, Alex and Clay. Wade is also survived by his 100 year old mother, Josephina D’Agostino Hoefer, sister Nancy Hoefer-Orr and brother, Keith Hoefer (Robin) Wade loved his nieces and nephews and made a lot of memories with them as they grew into adulthood and beyond. He was proud of their achievements. He was preceded in death by his brother Mark Hoefer in 2009 and his father, William Hoefer in 2003. His long time partner, Myra Hoefer, passed in 2015. They married in 1981. Myra and Wade forged a mighty partnership and became the darlings of interior design and art. Their combined sense of style and artistic expression provided a platform in which to showcase their incredible talents. Known throughout Healdsburg for his wit, charm, style and dry sense of humor, Wade thrived on community and social gatherings. His love of parties, food, cooking, good wine (‘just a splash more’), reading cookbooks, beautiful clothes, sketching, painting and times of quiet solitude fueled his creative spirit.

Wade was fluent in 5 languages, an extensive traveler and loved researching his strong Italian heritage. He was passionate about animals and equality for all. He loved a good cigar in the company of his brothers. He enjoyed singing and playing acoustic guitar. While he loved fine cuisine, Wade’s comfort food was simply dressed pasta and his mother’s gnocchi with garlic bread. Wade’s legacy will remain an integral part of Healdsburg. He loved living here and built his career around it’s beauty. Even though his time on earth has come to a close, Wade’s presence will be felt as we see his beautiful art continue on in the world. As his family, we have joy knowing his influence continues in and around us.


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Robert MacDuff

August 26, 2020

Many memories our times together especially our trip to Paris and Naples Italy.
Laura & I will always remember that trip and all the other wonderful time we all share over the past 17 year.
You will not be forgotten my friend.
Fly with the angels.

Polly Ely

August 19, 2020

Wade was the first artist that ever captured my heart and sent me swooning and lusting over his pieces at 25 years old. Something so divine and sacred spoke to me through his art. I spent 25 years following his work and fantasizing about the great big cloud pieces I saw up at Solage in Calistoga. When I was 30 I bought my first Wade painting and at 50 (last month) my husband commissioned Wade to create a "wall of clouds" in our home. Wade took ill and so the piece didn't happen but he and his clouds live on the walls of my heart and mind forever more. I feel the loss of this spectacular human who showed me scenes even nature herself has yet to show me. May he rest so peacefully.

Elsa Poulsen

August 18, 2020

Those precious memories of Healdsburg in the era when Wade and Myra were filling the town with their art, style, hospitality and charm, I will never forget. They were the best of times. I'm so terribly sorry to hear of Wade's passing, and to hear that he lost his studio in the fires. What heartbreak. So much loss in these times. My heart goes out to all those of you who admired him and were touched by his friendliness and humor. He captured the soft, beautiful light and peaceful stillness of Nature in his artwork, and I like to think that he is lovingly surrounded in that glowing solace now.

Susan Graf

August 17, 2020

So many wonderful memories of dear Myra and Wade. Its tragic, and our world is smaller. Sending my love to all the family.

Loren Korevec

August 15, 2020

Sweet journey, Wade.

Your talent, vision, and spirit will live on.



Jim Loftin

August 12, 2020

I’ll never forget Wade’s kindness to me and the times we shared as family and as friends. Much of how I see the world’s beauty I learned from him, whether laboring alongside him building the water feature at Palladio, trudging through the vineyard in ropers or enjoying a scotch and cigar after one of Myra’s perfect Thanksgiving dinners. He will always be , to me, that quintessential renaissance man that frames a gentleman’s presence, with all the imperfections that make us human and fragile deep down inside. I miss you my friend and I have for so long. Be thou at peace.


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