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St. Anne’s Catholic Church priests bless grapes in memory of John Van Ruiten Sr.

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With John Van Ruiten’s grandson, Billy Rogan, holding a large Bible, Father Brandon Ware of St. Anne’s Catholic Church offers a blessing to the life of Van Ruiten, who died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at age 90. A large crowd gathered on for the blessing at the family winery on Highway 12 on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Van Ruiten family members observe the blessing, with John Van Ruiten’s wife of 63 years, Ann, dressed in black in the right side of the front row.

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The memory of prominent Lodi vintner John Van Ruiten Sr., was observed in a rather unusual way on Sunday — two priests blessed the grapes he left behind.

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Ross Farrow/News-Sentinel

With John Van Ruiten’s grandson, Billy Rogan, holding a large Bible, Father Brandon Ware of St. Anne’s Catholic Church offers a blessing to the life of Van Ruiten, who died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at age 90. A large crowd gathered on for the blessing at the family winery on Highway 12 on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Van Ruiten family members observe the blessing, with John Van Ruiten’s wife of 63 years, Ann, dressed in black in the right side of the front row.

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