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Harold Eugene La Marr
died May 13, 2011. Born March 30, 1935, in Fresno, he had many adventures after his dad died when La Marr was 4 years old. La Marr attended Winters High School where he was an athlete and known as “Lefty,” and also played in the band.
He went to UC Davis and Sacramento State. He was a wonderful high school teacher at Casa Roble where he made chemistry fun and was loved by his students. Later, after earning his master’s degree in counseling, he worked at Rio Americano High School. Never to be forgotten was his lip-synching to “YMCA” as one of the Village People at Rio’s graduation ceremony. He then returned to Casa Roble and chemistry because it allowed him more time to interact with the students.
He enjoyed fishing with his sons Tim (Sarah) and Chris (Kyrstin), and sadly, missed seeing his new grandson, Calvin.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years and forever soul mate, Tara, who will miss him more than words can say. They spent the past 26 years enjoying their “Sanctuary” in the pines loving each other.
La Marr was a Mentor Teacher, a Teacher of the Year at Casa Roble and a Senior of the Year in El Dorado County for his training and work with the Ombudsman program. He loved the Giants and the 49ers, flying his airplane, going to Tahoe to try his luck, and traveling to Europe with Tara.
He touched many and was well liked. He will be remembered for his compassion, his strength and his sense of humor. His friends eagerly looked forward to seeing which shirt he was wearing each day as they all had fun sayings on the front. La Marr made people laugh and feel good.
At his request, no services will be held. If you so desire, his favorite charity was St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. His wish was for all to live by his favorite motto, “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.”


William Henry Fredericks Jr. passed away May 20, 2011, in Reno, Nev., at age 73. He was born on March 11, 1938, to William Henry Fredericks Sr. and Veneva (Sidwell) Fredericks
Alcock in Woodland.
After graduating from Esparto High School in 1956 and the UC Davis agricultural program in 1958, he married the love of his life, Darlene Hintz. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, established the William H. Fredericks Construction Co. and was the owner of the Tourist Club in Truckee. He also was a past Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Darlene; brothers Steven Fredericks (Louise) of Oroville and George Alcock of Costa Rica; sisters Victoria (Bob) Murphy of Brooks and Lisa (Gary) Bricker of Gold River; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life is planned at at the Yolo Fliers Club at noon Saturday, June 25. Memorial donations would be appreciated to a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary.


Gary B. Tucker died May 18, 2011, in presence of family and friends at UC Davis Hospital in Sacramento after a vehicle crash. He was 59.
He was born Sept. 15, 1951, in Carnegie, Okla., to Fred B. and Mary K. Tucker. He was raised in Winters and graduated from Winters High School and earned degrees in gunsmithing and forestry from Lassen College, and a bachelor’s degree in computer drafting from Sacramento State University. He was manager of Yolo Sportsmen’s Association in Davis for the past three years, and worked for Cargile and Leslie Salt in the Bay Area.
Tucker is survived by his parents Fred and Mary Tucker of Woodland; daughter Stephanie (Greg) Konnoff of Livermore; granddaughter Anastashia Konnoff of Livermore; sisters Glenda (Ken) Custard of Shingle Springs and Carla (Ed) Izzo of Schaghticoke, N.Y.; seven nieces and nephews: Kendra (Ryan) Orsitz, Kelsey Custard, Brittany Izzo, Kylen Custard, Brandon Izzo and Lance Izzo.
Tucker will be greatly missed by family and friends. He loved hunting, fishing, his new granddaughter and being with his friends at the club.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Junior Rifle Team, 24189 Aviation Ave., Davis, CA; the Yolo Sportsmen’s Association, P.O. Box 82, Woodland, CA 95776; or the Diabetes Association.
A memorial will take place at a later date.
Evergreen Funeral Services of Woodland is assisting the family.


With his family at his bedside, Tadakazu “Mike” Kato passed away peacefully on May 16, 2011 in Dixon, where he lived for the past six years. He was born on April 6, 1918 in Walnut Grove, one of six children born to Sakajiro and Utae Kato. He lived in Winters for most of his life and was an orchard farmer for over 60 years, growing peaches, apricots, almonds, walnuts and prunes.
In May 1942, under Executive Order 9066, the Kato family left Winters for the Turlock Assembly Center in Turlock. Shortly afterwards, they were relocated to the Gila River Internment Camp in Arizona. Mike later joined the U.S. Army and served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. As a result of serving in Germany, Italy and France, he received the Purple Heart.
After the war, he returned to Winters to resume farming. He lived a simple and modest life and enjoyed eating at buffets and steakhouses, and occasional trips to the casinos. He will always be remembered for his smile, friendliness and for his hard work in the farming business.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Misao; children, Beverly Kato, Howard (Ruby) Kato and Gina Kato; granddaughters Tanya Kato and Leanne (Wilson) Yu; great-granddaughter Marissa Yu; sister Yoneko Okuno; brother Henry (Marge) Kato; sisters-in-law Kimi Kato and Shizuko Kato; numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 4, at the Milton Carpenter Funeral Home, 569 N. First Street in Dixon, at 11 a.m. Reverend Charles K. Hasegawa will be officiating the Buddhist service.



John Carrillo was born in Vacaville in 1927 and died peacefully with family at his side on May 21, 2011. He led a full and happy life full of love, family and accomplishment for 84 years.
Raised on a farm, he yearned to be an engineer. He realized his dream with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. His career included mechanical engineering jobs with the Corps of Engineers, the California Department of Architecture and the California Department of Water Resources designing mechanical systems for dams, hydroelectric power plants, buildings and desalinization plants. He ended his distinguished career as the chief mechanical design engineer for the California Department of Water Resources with a staff of over 50.
He was lucky in love, marrying Flora, his sweetheart for 61 years. They married 59 years ago and raised two successful children of whom John was very proud. Their retirement was filled with extensive worldwide travel, good health and good times. They were inseparable life partners.
John loved gardening and surrounding the home with beauty. He loved the family mountain cabin and fixing things. He also was a prolific painter of colorful landscapes.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Flora Carrillo; daughter Jan Carrillo-LeDu (Doug); son J. Steven Carrillo (Stephanie); sister Mary Loveall of Vacaville; and a large extended family of relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maria Carrillo, formerly of Vacaville, and a sister, Cecilia.
Family and friends are invited to two services. In Sacramento on Wednesday, June 1, a Celebration of Life will be held with a visitation from 5-7 p.m. and a Celebration of Life ceremony at 7 p.m. at George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers, 2691 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95818. In Winters on Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church (parish hall), 511 Main Street. Burial will take place at the Winters Cemetery. A reception and lunch will follow at the Winters Community Center.

Dorothy M. Bean passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Woodland, California at the age of 94. She was born on April 29, 1917, in Navarre, Kansas, and lived in Kansas for almost 50 years before moving to California with her husband, Charles, and their children. She was the oldest surviving daughter of 11 children born to Siri (Boberg) and Fred Londene.
She enjoyed a varied career that included teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Kansas, working at Boeing Aircraft during World War II in Wichita, Kansas, and clerking in department stores in Kansas and California. She moved to Abilene, Kansas in 1944 after marrying Charles Bean, and there they raised three children. According to Dorothy, being a mother was her most important role and the role that gave her the greatest sense of accomplishment.
She and her family moved to Rancho Cordova, California in 1965 and continued to live there after retiring. She and her husband enjoyed traveling across the USA, to Canada, and to Spain to visit family and friends. When at home, Dorothy could be found working in her vegetable and flower gardens or taking long walks around the neighborhood.
She loved spending time with her family and friends, sharing her delicious meals, pies, and desserts and playing cards, especially canasta. She took great pleasure in sending family and guests home with full stomachs and enjoyed teasing (or even scolding) those who did not fill and refill their plates.
She is survived by her daughter Judy Bean and husband Thomas Duncan of Winters; son Jay and wife Sue of Poughkeepsie, New York; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Virgilee Springer of Elk City, Kansas, Eileen (and Clarence) Garten of Abilene, Kansas, and Joyce Whitebread of Littleton, Colorado; three brothers, Duane (and Lola) Londene of Chapman, Kansas, Carl Eugene (and Donna) Londene of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Fred (and Judy) Londene of Huntsville, Alabama; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Jerry, two sisters, and two brothers.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Palm Gardens, Yolo Hospice, and Dr. Liana Turkot. Respecting her wishes, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617, or to a charity of your choice.


Born April 7, 1916 in San Francisco, Anita Anderson passed away April 26, 2011 in Woodland. She was 95 years old. A resident of Winters since 1944, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 73 years, Andrew G. Anderson, and is survived by her son, Robert of Sacramento and daughter Judy, of Chico. She was a proud grandmother to Nathan, Jaime (Zsolt), Scott (Lindsay), and Jeff (Sara) and a great-grandmother to 3 amazing little boys.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking, entertaining, and being with her family. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all, says a family member.
No services are scheduled; internment will be at the Winters Cemetery. In memory of Anita and her love for animals in need, memorial donations may be made to a local animal shelter or the SPCA.



Tony Cortez, 87, of Winters, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in Davis. He had been an area resident for 61 years.
He was born May 27, 1923 in Vacaville to Isabel and Antonio Cortez. When he was a child, his family relocated to Spain and in 1947 Tony moved back to California, settling in Winters. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, wine making, gardening, cooking traditional Spanish foods and loved to entertain.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Isabel; children, Isabel and David; grandchildren, Debbie, James, Tony, Melanie and Jessica; great grandchildren, Aubree, Fernando, Michael and Isabel, as well as numerous other extended family.
He was preceded in death by his son, Tony.
A Rosary was recited Thursday, April 28, and a Mass was held Friday, April 29, 2011 both at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Interment took place at the Winters Cemetery.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Aladdin Cortes Lorenzo passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the age of 77.
He was born on Sept. 23, 1933 in Vacaville, and served in the US Navy for four years. He spent his life as a grocer in his beloved town of Winters for 60 years. Al was an active member of many organizations in Winters.
He is survived by his sisters, Delores Martinez and Juanita Skaggs; his wife of 55 years, Lynda; five children, Brad, Cheryl, John, Jeff and David; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan and Anna Lorenzo.
“Al will be deeply missed by all his family and friends who celebrated his wonderful life on April 26,” said a family member..


Eric Zentner died when struck by a hit and run driver on Highway 101 near Buellton on the morning of Saturday, March 26, 2011. Born Feb. 20, 1981, in Winters, he was 30 years old.
He was in a committed relationship with Tanya Vieira of El
Dorado County and they had planned to start their lives together before his death. Loved ones remember Zentner for his amazing gift for connecting with people, his love of family and his hundreds of friends from various parts of the world.
He was a model, actor and aspiring screenwriter, and lived in New York, Los Angeles,
Redondo Beach and Santa Barbara, recently moving to Esparto.
He is survived by his father Val Zentner and stepmother Bonnie Coloretti of Esparto; mother Lisa Bricker and stepfather Gary Bricker of Gold River; brother Andrew Zentner; half brothers/sisters Aaron Zentner and Sarah Zentner; stepsisters Dawn Starr and Nicole Bricker; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Zentner’s life on April 16 at 1 p.m. at the home of his grandmother, Myrtle Zentner, 15130 County Road 85 in Esparto.


Eleanor Beck Johnson, born Oct. 1, 1915, in Mobile, Ala., to Gladys and James Beck, passed away at the age of 95, on March 10, 2011, in
Vacaville. James Beck was a student of George Washington Carver, at Tuskegee Institute in
Mobile, and following his service in World War I, returned to manage his family farm in Mobile.
Eleanor had a good long life and a number of careers. She was one of a very few African Americans to attend UC Berkeley in the 1930s. She majored in Home Economics and Design. She postponed graduation and receipt of her diploma until the 1970s when she graduated from the University of South Alabama. In
between her academic pursuits and family, she had a career as a medical assistant, real estate agent and a teacher for students in regular and special needs. Her first teaching assignment was in the Alabama Bayou. She was known and loved by students and their families as the only teacher to have stayed with them an entire year. During her tenure, and for the first time, they had a teacher who was willing to connect their academics to their environment. The students thrived. She was very proud of her work there.
Following her retirement, she served as a classroom aide at North Davis School, during the years she lived in Davis.
She is predeceased by her son, David, and husband Ralph Johnson. She is survived by her daughter Marlene Bell and husband Bob of Winters; her grandson Maurice Bell, his wife Bridgette and great-granddaughter Briana of Rowlett, Texas; and granddaughter Sharaine Bell of San Francisco who supported her greatly.
Private graveside services were held on March 22. Eleanor was interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland.


Anita Marie Casson passed away in Winters at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Gail Casson, on March 13, 2011. Born on Jan. 10, 1915, she was 96.
In addition to Paul and Gail Casson, she is survived by her daughter Mary Lynn Annen and son-in-law Kurt Annen, granddaughter Tiffany Anne Casson, and many relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Joseph Casson, daughters Mary Elizabeth and Loretta Ann Casson, and grandson Timothy Edwin Casson.
Wiscombe Funeral Home of Davis was in charge of services.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations be made to The Timothy Casson Memorial Fund through the Yolo Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1264, Woodland, CA 95776.


Memorial for Rojas planned

There will be a memorial mass service for Raymond S.N. Rojas at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 301 Main St. A reception will follow at the St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main St.


Wilmer “Wil” Leverett passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2011. He was born in Lincolnton, GA on May 3, 1951.
He grew up in Lincolnton and joined the Air Force at the age of 19, serving from 1970-75. He resigned from the Air Force and obtained his associate’s degree in criminal justice, and worked as a civil engineer at Travis Air Force Base for 36 years, retiring in December of 2010. He moved to Winters, and then met the love of his life, Vicki. They married in 1989. The two settled in Winters, and their son, Kelven, was born in 1990.
He was a loving, devoted husband and father who enjoyed woodworking, mechanics, and driving in the rain. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Wil is survived by his wife of 21 years Vicki; children, Kelcey Leverett, Stephen Duffy (Melissa), Valerie Duffy-Mendoza, and Kelven Leverett; five grandchildren; siblings Jerry Leverett (Dorothy), Racie Leverett (Maxine), Doris Pollard (Robert), Faye Crawford, Shirley Freeman, Charles Leverett (Ellen) and Delaine Bell (Terry).
He was preceded in death by his parents Garous and Onnie Leverett, and siblings Willie Walter Leverett, and Josephine Harper.
There will be a viewing open to the public on March 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, followed by a private burial. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 12, at noon at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 36681 Russell Boulevard in Davis.


Raymond San Nich-olas Rojas passed away on Feb. 23, 2011, at the age of 50. He was on his way to work when he veered off the road and his vehicle struck a concrete utility pole.
He was born on March 6, 1960, to Isabel San Nicholas Rojas and Jose Castro Rojas and is one of 12 children; a large, loving and caring family. He was born in Guam and his family moved to Winters when he was a young boy. He spent most of his young adult life here attending Winters schools and making many friends along the way. During his high school years, he was a fundamental player on both the football and baseball teams. His love for baseball continued well after he graduated from Winters High in 1979.
Rojas worked at Mariani Nut Company for several years, where he also developed more friendships. In the late 1980s, he found himself returning to the island and he began working for Guam Community College. He was the bookstore manager for the past 21 years. He became known as quite an athlete and was deeply involved in the
island’s baseball scene, having played on Guam’s Master’s League for the past four years as their first baseman. He was an all-around good player on Guam’s men’s national softball team, which represented Guam in the Micronesian Games in Palau. He also was known to be good at golf. Rojas and his wife won the GCC golf tournament last September.
Rojas leaves behind his wife, Lina, sons Aaron and Jose, and daughter Jaelin. He also is survived by his oldest brother Francisco and wife, Bridgette, of Sacramento, his brother Gerald and his wife, Josephine, of Guam, his brother Peter and his wife, Carmen, of Hawaii, his sister Teresita and her late husband, Bill, of Washington, his brother Anthony of Hawaii, his sister Margarita and husband, Carwin, of Winters, his sister Lourdes and husband, Phil, of Guam, his sister Rosa and husband, Frank, of Winters and his sister Maria of Vacaville.
He is preceded in death by his older brother Davis and his younger brother Thomas. He also leaves behind many, many cousins, nephews and nieces.
His good nature and memories will last forever in the hearts of his family and friends.
A Mass for him is planned on March 5, 2011 (a day before his 51st birthday) at Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao, Guam. When the family members return, there will be a reception and celebration of his life at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall. The time and date for that will be
announced later this month.


Ida Elizabeth Beck Wallace passed away Feb. 14, 2011, at age 90. She was born Dec. 4, 1920, in Fordyce, Ark., to Weaver and Lois
Conant Beck. Weaver, a World War I vet, had homesteaded reclaimed land near Fordyce. Shortly after Ida’s birth, the family returned to Iowa where they lived near Garwin on a farm owned by Lois’ family.
Ida graduated from Toledo High School in 1938 and received a bachelor of science degree in home economics from Iowa State College at Ames in 1942. She taught home economics at Manning, Iowa High School for a year and then married Newton Wallace in Toledo, Iowa, on Aug. 29, 1943. Ida, with her husband, moved to Winters in 1947 when they purchased the Winters Express on Jan. 1 of that year.
As an elder, she served as clerk of the session at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church and was also Sunday School superintendent.
Active in the PTA, she was named a life member. In 1990, she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce. She taught in the Winters School District for more than 10 years, in addition to working at the Express as editor, photographer, etc. She also was a charter member of the Davis Chapter, P.E.O. and was active in various quilting groups.
She is survived by her husband, Newton; sons, Wilson (Evelyn), John (Monica), James (Mary) and Charles (Sherri); and daughter Lois (Gordon). She had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alfred and sister, Eloise.
There will be a celebration of her life on Sunday, Feb. 20, between 2 and 4 p.m. at the Winters Opera House, 13 Main St.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winters Community Library or the Friends of the Library.


Mary K. Brennan Cooper died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at age 49. She was born Oct. 5, 1961, at WAFB in Tripoli, Libya, to Capt. Thomas Brennan (deceased) and Thelma Brennan.
She attended school in Fairfield and graduated from Winters High School in 1980. She also attended Solano College.
She was employed at the Buckhorn for 9 1⁄2 years and was loved dearly by many of the
patrons. She later joined Woodland Healthcare in Davis.
She is survived by Spec. Joe Withnell and wife Laura of Ft. Irvin, son Cody Cooper of Winters, SrA Sara and A1C Marc Sanchez and their son Cristian.
She also is survived by her mother and two brothers and their families and numerous nieces and nephews.
All of her organs were donated.
Services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, 301 Main Street, Winters.



Lula Fay Callison, 84, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Kaiser Hospital in Vacaville. She died peacefully after a two-year battle with several health
issues. She was a longtime resident of Winters, but born in Oklahoma.
She was a mother of 11 children. She was preceded in death by husbands L.C. Underwood and William B. Callison; daughters Linda Underwood, 6 months, Lorna Underwood, 9 years, and Shilla Callison, 3 years; son Jimmy Callison, 5 years; and granddaughter Shandra Callison (Norma), 24 years.
She is survived by son Larry Underwood of Dugan, Laura Crespo of Winters, Lecia Callison of Winters, Lorraine Underwood of Washington, John Callison of Dugan, Sandra Callison of Oregon, Cheryl Beckingham of Fairfield; 27 great-grandchildren, 13 grand children and four great-great-grandchildren.
She will be laid to rest next to her longtime boyfriend J.R. Bishop at Winters Cemetery.


Andrew Gustaf Anderson died Sunday, Feb. 6, at a nursing home in Woodland. He was 103.
Anderson was born April 10, 1907, in San Francisco.
He was a long-time Winters resident and worked for 30 years as manager of the Bank of America branch in Winters before retiring in 1975.
No memorial services are planned. Interment will be at Winters Cemetery.


Cindy Lou Layton, 51, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Kaiser Hospital in Vacaville, when she lost her long courageous battle with cancer. Born Nov. 21, 1959, to Bill and Jannes Echols in Fairfield, she was raised on the family ranch in Pleasants Valley, near Winters. She attended Winters schools and graduated from Winters High School in 1977.
She married the love of her life, Russell Layton of Winters, in 1981. They had two children, Sarah and Rusty, and made their home together in Winters. She loved her dogs unconditionally and they were a big part of the family as well.
Cindy was a fun-loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, auntie, niece and friend. She held many jobs during her life, some of which included working in retail at various establishments and working for the Winters School District, but her most notable employment was her bookkeeping position for Kimes Ace Hardware in Winters.
She was an avid reader, weekly bingo player, great cook, dog lover, elephant collector and was a member of a local book club. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, crossword puzzles, going to the movies, crocheting and playing cards.
Two things Cindy considered her great legacies were teaching her daughter Sarah how to crochet and sew, and her son Rusty how to cook. She was warm and welcoming and made people feel like they had known her forever as soon as they met her. She especially enjoyed her trips to the ocean.
Anchor Bay was her favorite beach. She had many devoted friends and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Layton; daughter Sarah Layton; son Rusty Layton and his fiancée Emma Ozment; stepdaughter Melissa Meredith, her husband Bruce Meredith and grandson Trent Meredith; sisters Thelma Maier, Rebecca Griffey and Debra Echols; brothers-in-law Stephen Griffey, Randy Simmons and Tracy Layton, all of Winters, and Lonnie Layton of Reno; sister-in law Trish Layton of Winters; aunts and uncles Joan Gates, Coy and Shirley Nichols, and Bill and Barbara Nichols, all of Pleasants Valley; a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Allie Griffey, Johnny, Nicholas and William Maier, Katie Hickman and Emily Layton.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Jannes and Bill Echols of Pleasants Valley; mother-in-law, Betty Layton; grandparents Ira and Thelma Nichols, and Marshall and Opal Echols; uncle Bruce Gates; and her brother-in-law Jerry Maier of Winters.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Winters. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in Wesley Hall. McCune Garden Chapel of Vacaville assisted the family with the arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made in Cindy’s name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309; (877) 465-6636; donorinquiry@komen.org; or http://
ww5.komen.org/Donate/DonateOnline.html.


Catherine Doane Alexander, a native of San Jose, passed away in Davis, on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011. She attended St. Leo’s Elementary School and Notre Dame High School and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1945. In 1946, she married William Alexander and they celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in 2004.
She worked beside her husband, Bill, in San Jose as the interior decorator for his custom homes. Many of the residential developments built by Bill Alexander still exist today and are well known as quality communities in the Willow Glen area. They enjoyed their life on Mulberry Lane raising their children and entertaining their many friends.
In 1965, Catherine and Bill moved their family to Winters to start a new life with the purchase of the Pleasants Ranch. They were known in the Winters area for their cherries and later for their California sun-dried tomatoes. Catherine was very
involved in the ranch and ran the packing shed and fruit stand. During the months of May and June, she was known as “The Cherry Lady.” Many times Channel 6 (KVIE) would arrive at Pleasants Ranch to do documentaries on the cherry crop and dried fruit operations. Catherine always included everyone at the ranch and she and Bill loved having friends and family over to enjoy the country life and Bill’s “Monet Garden.” 2001 began a new chapter in their lives when they moved to their final destination together, Carmel.
Nothing pleased Catherine more than having the family over for dinner. She will be remembered by her many friends as a fabulous cook, the consummate party hostess, the one possessing a positive outlook on life, a lover of adventure, a steward of etiquette and sophistication, and a great mother to her children. She also loved the game of bridge and played golf into her 70s.
She was the loving mother of Leslie Barth (Stan) of Esparto, Lindsey Bressani (Steve) of Folsom, Lorie Lindsey (Michael) of Sacramento, Matthew Alexander (Penelope) of Hillsborough, and Lisa Alexander of San Francisco. She had nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was affectionately referred to by her grandchildren as Mom and Cath.
She was respected by everyone that had the privilege of knowing her. Her memory will last forever in the hearts of all her friends and family. A private family mass will be held.


With his family by his bedside, Pete Hidetaka Kato, 91, passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2010. Kato was born on April 2, 1919, in Walnut Grove, to Sakujiro and Utae Kato. A longtime Winters resident, he graduated from Winters High School in 1939. In high school he excelled at baseball and track.
In 1941, he joined the Army and served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. The 442nd was comprised of American-born sons of Japanese immigrants. The 442nd’s motto was “Go For Broke” as they fought on the front lines and became the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the U.S. military. He served for five years with his last position being platoon sergeant. After the war, Kato returned to Winters where his family was in the farming business. Through an introduction by friends, he met Kimi Nakamura and they married on Feb. 26, 1950. He and Kimi shared a loving 60-year partnership.
Kato’s most happy times were spent with Kimi and their family: son, Ken Kato; daughter, Christine Walton and her husband, Bill; granddaughters Melissa (Willard) Overgaard and her husband, Mark and Nancy (Walton) Ha and her husband, Tim; and great-granddaughters, Kendall and Presley Overgaard.
When he wasn’t on a tractor tending to his orchard, he loved traveling to Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas and playing a game or two of blackjack. He also enjoyed playing poker or Hana with his friends and family. Kato was competitive in nature and loved all sports. He was also fun-loving and freely shared his warm smile and wink with those around him. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Along with his wife Kimi and his immediate family, Kato is survived by his sister, Yoneko Okuno and brothers Mike (Misao) and Henry (Marge) Kato as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Kato’s life is planned at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at the Winters Community Center. A private burial will be at the Winters Cemetery at a later date.


Sebastian “Sam” Ramos Lopez passed away at his home on Dec. 29, 2010 at the age of 89. He was born on May 7, 1921, in Vacaville to Rafael and Filomena Lopez, both immigrants from Spain. He and his family, which included his sisters Juanita (Ramos) and Anita (Zentner), lived for many years in Pleasants Valley outside of Winters.
After graduating from Winters High School in 1939, he worked for the original Lorenzo market, the California Market, before joining the Army-Air Force and serving his country proudly during World War II.
After the war, he returned home to Winters to marry his sweetheart, Marie (Carbahal). They were married for 55 years until her death in 2000. They had three children: Sebastian, Michael and Gloria.
Sam farmed his entire adult life in Winters, growing at various times apricots, peaches, almonds and walnuts. In 1990, his son-in-law, Michael Autry, joined him as a partner in farming S.R. Lopez
Orchards.
He was also a founding member of the Valley Farmers Co-op, serving as president for many years. Community activities included two terms on the Winters School Board, the Lions Club, VFW, and a lifetime member of the Elks Club.
Surviving him are his three children, and four grandchildren Erin Autry (Matt) Montgomery, Brett (Marilyn) Autry, Matthew Lopez and Cory Lopez.
“He was an inspiration to all, a patriarch of the family, and will be missed,” said a family member.
Services were held on Jan. 3, 2011. Donations in his name may be made be made to favorite charities and/or the Yolo Hospice.the Winters Cemetery at a later date.


Orville “Buck” Perry Baker passed away on Dec. 22, 2010, at the age of 89. He was born on Sept. 24, 1921, in Darlington, Mo., to Elizabeth and Orval Baker.
The Winters area has always been home for Baker. That’s where he met Norma Lowrie, whom he married on Nov. 5, 1944. Together they raised four children, Larry, Steve, Karen and Rick.
Buck was a great welder and worked for many years on a Winters ranch, where he made a name for himself with a lot of the local farmers. He then took a job with Johnson Farm Machinery in Woodland, where he worked until he retired. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed watching sports, especially football. He was a simple man who rarely complained and was very easy going, family members said.
After the death of his wife Norma, he met and married Debbie, who survives him.
Baker also is survived by his sons Larry and wife Gloria of Redding, Steve and wife Cindy of Winters, and Rick and wife Diana of the Dominican Republic; daughter Karen and husband Steve of Winters; sisters Marge McEathron, Colleen Duke and Delores Soares; brother Jack and wife Aloha; grandchildren Stacey Baker, Steve and Dani Ramos, Matthew, Nathan, Jeff, Andrew Baker and Allison King, Autumn and Amber Baker, Briana and Christian Baker and many great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
Baker is preceded in death by his first wife Norma, his brother Laverne and three brothers-in-law, Dick McEathron, George Duke and Ernie Soares.
A celebration of his life is planned at 11 a.m. Dec. 30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 435 Anderson Ave., Winters. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to an account at First Northern Bank.


Miguel Moreno Franco passed away Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Woodland Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. Born on Sept. 26, 1920, in Moroleon, Guanajuato, to Lucas and Felicitas Franco, he was 90.
He was a loving and caring father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed family gatherings and always made visitors feel welcome at his house.
He is survived by his sons Jaime (Ilda) and Pedro (Concepcion), and daughters Bertha (Uriel) Huizar and Teresita (Gerardo) Garcia; grandchildren, Erika Padilla, Veronica Hernandez, Jaime Franco, Oscar, Cesar and Karina Franco, Jorge, Alex and Eduardo Huizar and Natalie Garcia; great-grandchildren, Dezireé, Roger and Richard Padilla and Maximiliano Hernandez; brothers Ramon of Moroleon, Guanajuato, Mexico, Jose of Winters and sister Guadalupe of Richmond.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Natividad Franco, sister Natalia, brothers Socorro and Gilberto, and just recently, close friend Vicenta Rodriguez.
A Rosary will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. and a funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, Dec. 15, followed by burial services at the Winters Cemetery. Father Humberto Gomez of Vacaville will be officiating.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Wiscombe Funeral Home.


August Peter Gonnella died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at age 85. He was born June 11, 1925, to Pompeo and Pilmira Gonnella in Occidental.
Gonnella is survived by his wife of 61 years, Julia Gonnella; children Jimmy Gonnella of Santa Rosa, Ronnie Gonnella of Winters; Augie Gonnella of Winters; Gloria Foster of Lodi, Judy Jeffery of Vacaville and Diana Carner of Winters; daughter-in-law Nancey Gonnella; sons-in-law Ashley Jeffery, Richard Carner and Gary Foster; and the late Betty Gonnella. He had 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Gonnella had a love for his work. In the early years, he worked at Travis airbase. He retired from the Carpenter’s Union, but his greatest love was his masonry work and all the love from his family and friends. “We will miss him,” family members said.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, December 17, at 11 a.m. at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 205 Russell Street, Winters.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of McCune Garden Chapel.


Martha Mary Johnson passed away on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at age 87. She was born on May 22, 1923, and raised in Winters, where she met and married her husband of 65 years, Herbert Johnson, and where together they raised their family.
Over the years, she was employed as a bookkeeper for various Winters-based businesses, the last of which was Valley Almond Growers and, after many years of service, she retired. Martha spent her
remaining years enjoying her family and their frequent camping trips.
Martha is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, LeRoy and Debra Johnson; grandson Scott Johnson, granddaughter Kimberli Quam and her husband Brent; and great-grandson Tyler Cassidy.
She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert and daughter Darlene Newmann.
Private family services will be held on Friday, Dec. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home in Winters. Interment will be in Winters Cemetery.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Oneonta “Onie” Arnim Hailey, 99, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at the South Sacramento Kaiser Permanente Hospital in the presence of her son Bill and daughter-in-law Shirlee.
She was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Feb. 14, 1911, the youngest of three sisters born to Meta and Frank Arnim. Shortly thereafter, the family relocated to Colorado Springs, Colo., where she grew up and attended the local schools.
After leaving high school, she became a telephone operator. In 1932,, she met Cord Hailey and on June 6, 1933, they married at Castle Rocks, Colo. During the same year, they relocated to San Francisco, where Onie worked for the San Francisco Chronicle in the circulation department.
In 1934, Cord joined PG&E, which started a period of residential relocations in the high Sierra Nevada at hydroelectric power plants. These years in the Sierra were some of the happiest for Onie. Her two sons, Bill born in 1941 and Carl born in 1943, give her the full time job of mom and homemaker.
In 1950, Cord transferred to Winters as the local manager for PG&E until retiring in 1972. Onie was a homemaker through the 1950s and ’60s. A close friend talked Onie into joining her and local pharmacist Rod Baker in opening the Ju-De Gift Shop on Main Street, next to Day’s Pharmacy.
Onie excelled at purchasing gift merchandise for the store and loved the interaction with local residents, especially children. She retired in the late ’80s when Rod sold the store. During the later years of their marriage, Onie and Cord traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada
She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away in 1995 at the age of 86; sisters Nona and Nita; and her parents.
She leaves behind her son Bill, daughter-in-law Shirlee, son Carl, daughter-in-law Ginny and granddaughter Grace.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Onie’s life with graveside services at the Winters Cemetery, 415 Cemetery Drive, off of Grant Avenue, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, with a reception following at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main St.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity or to the Winters Center for the Arts, c/o Bill Hailey, P.O. Box 648 Winters, CA 95694.


James Caldwell passed away Nov. 28 at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento after a short illness. He was 67.
He was born March 30, 1943, in Wayne, Mich.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol of Winters; five children, Tammy Ruiz, James IIII, Teri Medena and husband Rolando, and Timothy Caldwell, all of Winters, and Daniel and wife Nicole of Fairfield; grandchildren Lisa, Mari, Ray, Brien, Andrew, Daniel, Lilliana, Shawn, Angel, Rosi, Rolando, Lupe and Zack, plus a little angel in Heaven, Christopher; and great-grandchild
Andrew Jr.
He also is survived by his mother, Amelia from Missouri and several brothers and sisters in Missouri and Michigan.
Caldwell was a veteran in the Air Force, serving in Vietnam. He worked for 20 years for Granberg International in Vallejo.
Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.



Henry Long, a 50-year resident of Yolo County, died on Nov. 29, 2010. He was 95.
Born July 10, 1915, in Suisun, he was the 13th of 16 children born to Go and Shee Long. He graduated from Winters High School, where he was a star all-around athlete.
Drafted into the U.S. Army, he served with distinction in the 184th Infantry Regiment from 1941 to 1945, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. For his service in the Aleutian Islands and the Pacific Theater, he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and three Bronze Stars.
For several years, he was the owner and chef of a restaurant and manager of the Buckhorn Bar in Winters, retiring in 1979. Following retirement, Henry continued to be active and enjoyed the camaraderie of students, staff and faculty at UC Davis. He joined UC Davis in Grounds and Landscaping, where he received several commendations and retired again in 1984.
Henry was a devoted husband, a loving father and a loyal friend. He cherished his family and friends above everything else, and was a generous man. He worked hard for his family and modeled for them the traits of a caring and understanding father. His children take great pride in what an extraordinary father he was to them, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
His caring extended to everyone who was fortunate to come into his life including, most recently, his friends at Covell Gardens where Henry oriented and aided residents as an informal ambassador. He was beloved by all. Henry was one of those unforgettable individuals whose lessons of life will continue to impact us all and remain in our hearts forever.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Annie Long; six brothers, Willie, Bill, Albert, George, Harold and Howard; and seven sisters, Eva Joe, Mildred Fernandez, May Foo, Mary Wong, Ivy Fong, Grace Shun and Gertrude Jang.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen Eilers (Carl); sons Timothy (Aurelia), Richard (Mary) and Gerald (Barbara); grandchildren Sarah Lee Kong (Richard), Ricky Long (Abby), Erica Batara (Chris), Anthony Long and Kristin Long; great-grandson Ethan Batara; and sisters Lorraine Lee (Robert) and Margaret Kan (Hank).
A viewing took place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Wiscombe’s Funeral Home, 116 D St. in Davis. A memorial Mass took place at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. in Davis, followed by burial at Winters Cemetery and a reception at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, 455 Main St. in Winters.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to EDAPT, UC Davis Department of Psychiatry, 2230 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817, or Yolo Hospice, 1909 Gallileo Court, Davis, CA 95616. Those who wish to sign an online guestbook may do so at http://www.wiscombefuneral.com.

Constance “Connie” Yvette Wilson passed away at her home in Woodland, with her family by her side, on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. She was 78.
A native of Chicopee, Mass., she was born Feb. 5, 1932, to Ovila and Antonia Gladu. Wilson is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jim Wilson, one son and three daughters. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Family members said she will be fondly remembered for her love of gardening and playing bridge.
Memorial contributions may be made, at Wilson’s request, to Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite A, Davis, CA 95618.
A private family graveside service is planned at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in Dixon. For more information, call (707) 693-0292 or visit the online guestbook at www.bryanbraker.com.


John Hubert, 71, passed away at his home in Gualala on Nov. 7, 2010. He was born April 27, 1939, in Winters to Bud and Welda Hubert. He spent his childhood in Winters growing up on the family apricot ranch in Pleasant Valley. He attended the Pleasant Valley School and Winters High School, and graduated with the class of 1957.
After graduation, he moved to Gualala and worked as a heavy equipment operator. He spent two years in the U.S. Army and most of his tour of duty was in Alaska.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy Mosier Hubert; daughters Cara Sternad of Santa Rosa and Jody Hubert of Gualala, and son Jamie of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Crystal Cullen of Gualala, Chase and Riley Sternad of Santa Rosa and Jason Hubert of Georgetown; sisters, Gail Gage of Mount Shasta, Vicky Hayes of Mount Rainier, Wash., and brother Bud of Woodland.
A celebration of his life is planned at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations in his memory be made to the American Cancer Society or Pioneer Presbyterian Church.


Jannes June Echols, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Alderson’s Convalescent Hospital in Woodland, when she lost her long courageous battle with a brain tumor. Born June 2, 1933, in Woodland, to Ira “Pat” and Thelma Nichols, she lived in Woodland until age 10, when the family moved to the new family ranch in Pleasants Valley near Winters. She attended
a one-room country schoolhouse in Pleasants Valley until she entered Winters High School, where she graduated valedictorian of her class in 1951.
She married Billy Lynn Echols of Winters in 1952 and continued living on the family ranch in Pleasants Valley where her father built her a wonderful blue house, which she and her husband turned into a very loving home for their four children. At the ranch, they were surrounded by her parents and all of her brothers, who also married and built their family homes on the multi-family ranch, where she continued to live for her entire life.
She was a fun-loving, kind and hard working woman. In addition to working on the family ranch, she held many jobs during her life, some of which included bank teller, fruit packer, cutter and picker, working with walnuts and teacher’s aid, but her most notable employment was her bookkeeping position for more than 25 years at the California Market, which later became the Town and Country Market.
She was an avid reader, bingo player, outstanding cook and a member of a local bridge group for more than 30 years. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, crossword puzzles, going to the movies, crocheting, playing cards and teaching her daughters how to do all of those things.
“Everyone who met Jannes, loved her,” said a family member. “She had a way about her that was very warm and welcoming and made people feel like they had known her forever as soon as they met her. She especially enjoyed her annual family trips to the ocean to celebrate the end of fruit season. Family time was always cherished by all. Jannes will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We are all blessed to have had her in our lives for as long as we did.”
She is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law Joan Gates, Coy and Shirley Nichols, and Bill and Barbara Nichols, all of Pleasants Valley; daughters Debra Echols of Fairfield, Cindy Layton and husband Russell, Thelma Maier and fiancée Randy Simmons, and Rebecca Griffey and husband Stephen, all of Winters; grandchildren Katie Hickman of Vacaville, Rusty Layton of Sacramento, and Sarah Layton, William Maier, Nicholas Maier, Johnny Maier and Allie Griffey, all of Winters; great-grandchildren Allysa Meier of Vacaville and Emily and Isabel Maier of Winters; a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins from all over;
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 43 years, Billy Lynn Echols, parents Ira and Thelma Nichols, and brother Bruce Gates, all of Pleasants Valley, and son in-law Jerry Maier of Winters.
Friends and relatives held a graveside service at the Winters Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 16, where she was laid to rest next to Billy.


Herbert Lonnie Johnson of Winters passed away Nov. 10, 2010, at the age of 86. The son of a Baptist minister, he was born April 19, 1924, in Moody Springs, Okla.
As a young man, he traveled to California and settled in Winters where he met his wife of 65 years, Martha (Pezzatti) Johnson. In 1981, after 30 years of service, he retired from the Yolo County Road Department and in the years to follow, pursued his love of hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; son, LeRoy Johnson and wife Debra Johnson; grandson, Scott Johnson; granddaughter, Kimberli Quam and husband Brent Quam and great-grandson, Tyler Cassidy. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Darlene Newmann.
Graveside services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Winters Cemetery, 415 Cemetery Drive.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Edna Thomson passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, in Woodland at age 80. She was born April 2, 1930, in Ismay, Mont., a town that changed its name to Joe, Mont. — after the NFL football player of the same name — as a publicity stunt in 1993.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles Thomson; a daughter, Joy Bearden and her husband Dean; a son, Chuck Thomson; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at
McNary’s in Woodland with graveside services following.


Marylou Judy, a well known elementary school teacher, passed away on Sept. 21, 2010, at the age of 101.
She specialized in teaching reading techniques and retired from the Sacramento School District in 1970. Born in 1909 in Mason City, Iowa, Marylou Craven Judy grew up in Boise, Idaho, and graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow where she majored in music. It was at the University of Idaho that she met her future husband, Frank Judy. After their marriage, they moved to Winters and later to Walnut Grove and finally to Sacramento where they made their home for more than 60 years. Frank Judy passed away in 1981. Marylou Judy was an active member of the Phi Beta Phi Alumni Association.
Notably, her father-in-law, D.O. Judy planted the palm tree at Railroad Avenue and Main Street in Winters.
An avid reader who loved to travel and garden, Marylou Judy is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Deaver of Washington D.C., and Francia Davis and David Judy, both of Sacramento, in addition to six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Family members said she was a wonderful wife, teacher, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be missed very much.
Donations in memory or Marylou Judy can be made to Reading is Fundamental, www.rif.org, a national organization dedicated to helping people of all ages learn to read.


Ernest McClellan Madison died Sept. 5, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz., of natural causes. He was born Jan. 13, 1928, in Topeka, Kan. His parents were Charles Clyde Madison and Violet Lavinia Scott. He joined the Marines at 17 and fought in the Korean War. He was trained as a radio man and flew in multiple missions into Korea and back, and rescued people being hunted by the North
Korean Communist regime.
After his service in the military, he met and married Rueberta Mae Carter, who predeceased him. He met his second wife,
Patricia, in Arizona.
Always a good storyteller, full of energy and laughter, he was an avid ham radio operator. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He leaves behind seven children: Chuck (Linda), Jill Lynn (Don), Christine, John, Sienna (Robin), Veronica and Andrea. His family includes 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
A family gathering is planned Sept. 26 near his home in Amado and on Elephant Head Mountain, Arizona, where he loved to hike and explore.


William Glen Nance, 84, of Winters, passed away Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at his home. He had been an area resident for 56 years.
He was born July 6, 1926, in Jerusalem, Ark., to Earley and Lila Nance. He quit school in the sixth grade to help support his family by working on farms. In 1943, he married Bernice Yaney. Shortly after, he joined the U.S. Army where he served as a nurse during WWII for two years.
In 1954, he moved his family from Missouri to California and settled down in Winters at his house on Edwards Street. In 1990, his wife, Bernice, died after 47 years of marriage. In 1991, he married Mozelle Estes and spent 18 years with her, until her passing in June 2009.
He took great pride in his home and yard, and enjoyed tending to his orange tree and tomato garden. He was a hardworking, self-educated man, who gave his all to God and his family.
He is survived by his children, Carolyn (Ed) Rutledge of Dixon, Linda (Nick) Creed of Rio Vista, Darrell (Pam) Nance of Chester, Rosemary (Anthony) Martinez of Durham and Darla (Mike) Chute of Northville, Mich.; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; Mozelle’s children, Wayne (Margo Sharon) Estes of Salem, Oregon, Susan Estes of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Glenda (Bill) Landon of Mount Vernon, Wash., as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Everett of Alabama, Iva (Ed) Kelly of Winters and Dorene Crites of Winters.
A visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main St. in Winters. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Discovery Worship Center, 315 Edwards St. Interment will follow at Winters Cemetery.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.



Betty J. Bertagnolli, 87, passed away at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding on Sept. 19, 2010. She was born in Kansas on Feb. 6, 1923. She had been a resident of Redding for the past four years.
Betty graduated from high school in Kansas and came to California when she was 18. While she was employed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, she met her husband John Bertagnolli, who was employed there as a planner and estimator. Betty worked in the Supply Department at Mare Island for 25 years.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Italian Catholic Federation and the Napa Genealogy Society.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband John in 1978. She is survived by her two sons, Gary Bertagnolli and wife Kathy of Winters, John Bertagnolli and his friend Ann Morris of Redding; and sister-in-law Arlena Wales of Napa. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Ron Bertagnolli and his wife Amy of Davis, Kimberly Pearson and her husband Jeff of Redding, Gary Bertagnolli and his wife Heather of Texas, and John Edward Bertagnolli and his wife Jennifer of Oregon. Her great-grandchildren are Jade, Casey, Kaylee, Colton, Kyle, Allison, Abigail, Shealeene and Amanda. There is one great-great-grandson, Anthony.
The funeral Mass will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 2725 Elm St., Napa, at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, under the direction of the Claffey and Rota Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 2069, Napa, CA 94558.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.claffeyandrota.com.

Janet Elizabeth Neil passed away peacefully on Sept. 6, 2010, at home on the family ranch in Winters with her loving husband Jerry, devoted family and dearest friends by her side. Born in Tacoma, Wash., on Aug. 3, 1945, she was 65.
She fought a courageous three-year battle with cancer, without so much as a single complaint. She enjoyed life to the fullest, and even during her toughest days, she would say, “I am the luckiest woman in the world, I was blessed with a wonderful husband, loving friends, I have traveled the world and I have so much to be thankful for.” She was truly more concerned about others than herself.
She loved horses, nature, photography, antique cars and vintage clothing. She only knew one way to do something and that was “the best” she possibly could. Her contact with nature was something to behold, whether it be at her Eagle Lake cabin or her beautiful home in Winters. She loved to be surrounded by bald eagles, gray fox, mountain quail and deer. One of her favorite hobbies was to photograph wildlife, especially birds, and the joy she got from sharing the photos with her husband Jerry.
“What a team we make,” she would always say. Janet and Jerry operated family businesses their entire marriage of 43 years. Some of Jerry’s fondest memories were of Janet as a young lady giving horseback riding lessons to children on a ranch in Sacramento, or touring their old cars through the mountains of Colorado, dressed in vintage clothing.
Although Janet and Jerry had no children of their own, they impacted many lives of children in the community. The friendships that Janet fostered through the antique auto clubs and the cabin at Eagle Lake were evident to the very end, as the calls and cards poured in with prayers and well-wishes.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Williams Sims; mother, Alice Ellen Sims; brother, Gordon Sims; and in-laws, Lewis and Anita Neil.
She is survived by her husband Jerry Neil; brother and sister-in-law, Walt and Sally Neil; nephew John Neil and his spouse Karen, and their children Brock and Ashlynne; nephew Clark Neil and his children Sarah and Katie, niece Laurie Neil Hoskins and her spouse Doug, and niece Sandy Neil, all of Winters.
The Neil family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to all the dear friends of Janet for their outpouring of love during her illness. Your cards and phone calls meant so much to her. A memorial service is planned at McCune Garden Chapel, 112 Main St. in Vacaville on Friday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m.

Dorothy Thomas Rutler passed away on July 27, 2010, at her home in Winters. Born April 16, 1957, she was 53. Dorothy had a heart full of love and compassion for everyone she met. She had a beautiful smile and generous spirit. Dorothy never knew a stranger, and she was a friend to all.
She is survived by her longtime partner, Steve Collette, her son Tom and Donna Nelson and their four children, Destiny, Zachary, Emily and Carly; daughter Lacey and Joe Gomes and their four children, Mackayla, Arianna, Paisley and Shelby; her brothers James Thomas and Robin Thomas; sisters Barbara Swink and Donna Thomas; and many nephews and nieces and a huge extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents James and Margree Thomas, her brother Wayne Thomas and her sister Deborah Howard.
Graveside services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Winters Cemetery.


Monsignor Andrew V. Coffey, a long-respected and beloved priest of the diocese who was pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Winters for eight years before serving at St. James Parish in Davis from 1963 to 1994, died Thursday, Aug. 12, at Sutter Hospital in Sacramento following a lengthy illness. He was 89.
Coffey was being treated for a kidney
infection at Sutter Hospital in the last two weeks of his life. Coffey also had been undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia, with which he was diagnosed about a year ago.
Coffey had moved out of the church around July to live at Mercy McMahon Terrace, an elder-care facility in Sacramento.
Those who knew him said Coffey was a man of kindness and humility, a man of sincere spirituality and a powerful advocate for the sanctity of all human life and the dignity of all people.
In addition to his work with the parish, Coffey was dedicated to Sacramento Life Center, a nonprofit resource that gives pregnant women the
support and resources they need to have and care for their babies.
Coffey grew up on a farm with three brothers and three sisters in Enfield, County Meath, Ireland. He attended the seminary and was ordained a priest in 1947.
He moved to California to work in the Sacramento Diocese and was assigned to a parish in Chico for seven years, then one in Winters for eight years, before he ended up in Davis in 1963.
At the time, the Newman Center Church at Fifth and C streets served as the Catholic church in Davis. Coffey was instructed to build a new parish separate from Newman, so he organized a parish council to help guide him.
The community was divided on whether it needed a new church or school, but plans eventually moved ahead with the construction of St. James School in 1965, as well as a new rectory. Two years later, a convent was built next to the school and the church was constructed at the corner of 14th and B streets.
Coffey was praised for facilitating discussion while keeping his values strong.
He served at St. James for many years and continued to live at the church after his retirement in 1994.
Father Bong Rojas and Father Innocent Subiza cared lovingly for the pastor emeritus in the last years of his life, said Father Martin Brusato, who knew Coffey for 20 years.
Bishop Jaime Soto will celebrate the funeral Mass for Coffey on Friday, Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 11th and K Streets in Sacramento. Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins of Oakland will be the homilist. A vigil service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at St. James Church, 1275 B St. in Davis. A potluck reception will also be held immediately following the vigil service.



Frank A. Ramos, 86, of Winters passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 at Woodland Memorial Hospital.
He was born January 5, 1924 in Madison to Isabel Aguilar and Antonio Ramos. He served in the U.S. Marines during WWII in the 6th Division, serving in the Pacific. He farmed apricots, peaches, almonds and walnuts until 1977. He then went into real estate sales until he retired.
He was a member of the Lions Club and served as president “more times than can be remembered,” say family members. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and Elks. He was a dedicated supporter of Winters High School football team and went to every game. He also filmed all the games for the team, and initiated the football banquet for at least 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Ramos of Winters; son, Ron (Diana) Ramos of Turlock; grandchildren Jennifer (Brad) Mitchell of Woodland, Ryan Ramos of Fresno and Michael Ramos of Turlock, Deborah (Anthony) Gomes of Los Banos; great-grandchildren, Sophie Mitchell of Woodland, Jacob and Tyler Gomes of Los Banos.
A time of visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Winters. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Winters Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Winters High School in memory of Frank A. Ramos or to a favorite charity. An online guestbook may be signed at www.wiscombefuneral.com.

John Leroy “Roy” Hull, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 4, 2010. He was born September 5, 1927 in Eureka to William Shinn Hull and Lurena Margaret Medcalf, making him a third generation Californian. He grew up on a dairy in
Hydesville.
Following his graduation from Willows High School in Willows, he entered UC Davis in 1945.
After one semester he asked to be drafted into the army and joined the military on March 22, 1946. He served one year and five days in military intelligence.
After being honorably discharged from the army, he met his future wife, Patsy Box, and then finished at UC Davis with a bachelor of science
degree in animal husbandry in January 1951. He went to work for the university as a field foreman, managing the Sierra Field Station cattle herd in Brown’s Valley near Marysville, as well as the feed mill and livestock on campus. He married Patsy on Oct. 7, 1951.
During his time working for the university, he was involved in grazing management research and went on to earn his masters degree in 1962. He taught animal science classes to non-majors for 10 years and was published over 50 times in various agriculture journals. He retired from UC Davis in October 1991. He was proud to be a part of the university staff and even more proud that all five of his children graduated from UC Davis.
While raising his children, he was a Little League coach and a Boy Scouts leader. Along with his wife, he was also very involved in the 4-H program for 30 years as both a sheep and beef project leader and a community leader for the Westfield
4-H Club. During retirement, Roy and Pat traveled all over the world, square-danced and played cards with friends. He also spent many hours collecting and carving carousel horses, gardening and raising animals. He also enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the Hedrick Ag History Center in Woodland.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patsy; children and their spouses Nancy and Rick Barnes of Callahan, John and Claudia Hull of Discovery Bay, Sharon and Rod Anstead of Winters, Julie and Ed Garcia of Chula Vista, and Bonnie and Chris Simas of Capay; grandchildren, Nicole and Brian Barnes, Shelley and Ryan Hull, Rick, Chelsea and Kate Anstead, Sam and Brittani Garcia, and Mason, John, Matthew and Thomas Simas; sisters, Lola Lawson and Lois Nitchman; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Edward, Joe and Albert Hull.
The family would like to thank his caregivers, Eremasi, Ana, Selita, Yvonne and Bill as well as Sutter Home Health and Sutter Hospice for their care and compassion.
A celebration of Roy’s life will be held on Sept. 5, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. at the Hull home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roy’s name to a
favorite charity.


Ronald K. Anstead passed away on July 23, 2010. Born Sept. 9, 1932 in Chico California to Bob and Vera Anstead, he was 78.
He grew up in Gridley, where he learned to fish, hunt and play guitar. He was a natural builder, a true craftsman, and will be remembered by friends and family as “forever the gentleman.”
In 1952 at the age of 20, he went to work for the
Department of Fish and Game, and after 40 years of service to the wildlife of this state he retired in 1991 as a Wildlife Habitat Supervisor. He was
instrumental in countless habitat projects throughout the State of California and his work can be seen today by the wild turkeys turned loose by his hand in the mountains west of Winters.
In 1963 due to a transfer, he moved his family from Grizzly Island; he had his choice of towns in the area to settle. He ultimately selected Winters, where the opportunity to fish Putah Creek would be in his back yard.
He grew up with the State of California’s waterfowl public hunting areas, helping develop the program that it is today. His tour of duty included Grey Lodge, Sutter, Colusa and the Sacramento Wildlife area. He made many special friendships along the way and will be missed dearly.
He is survived by his son, Rod Anstead and his wife Sharon, and their children, his beloved grandchildren Ricky, Chelsea and Katie Anstead, all of Winters; daughter Pam Shimel and husband Carl of Junction City; sister Gloria Hillier and husband Ronald of Bountiful Utah; brother Bobby Anstead and wife JoAnn of Boise, Idaho; and Bonnie Campbell of Potter Valley.
“We will all miss his smile, his music and the twinkle in his eye,” said a family member. A celebration of his life will be held on Aug. 7, 5-8 p.m. at 1024 Village Circle in Winters. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the California Waterfowl
Association, 4630 Northgate Boulevard, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95834


Joseph Frank “Joe” Cuberos, 76, died July 26, 2010 in Lancaster at the home of his son Joe, following a long illness. He was born May 14, 1934, in San Francisco, to Justo and Carmen Cuberos.
He moved to Winters in 1949 with his parents and siblings, graduating from Winters High School with the Class of 1951 Upon graduation, he was
employed at the local PG&E office. During the Vietnam War, he was a civilian employee for a year with a construction company. He held many
employment positions during his lifetime, including part owner of J.J.’s Club in Winters, consultant for the Solano Irrigation District, and was a maintenance and transportation supervisor for the Travis School District. He retired in 2005 after serving as a building inspector for the State of California. In 2006, he purchased property in Selma, Oregon and resided there until July 1, 2010, moving to Lancaster to be with his son Joe and family.
Surviving him are his sons Joseph Goodwin Cuberos and wife Michelle of Lancaster and William Gren Cuberos of Redmond, Washington; grandson Joseph Anthony Cuberos of Sand Point, Idaho; granddaughter, Saphira Carolyn Cuberos of Lancaster; brother and sister-in-law Ralph and Josie Cuberos, and sister, Carmen Jean Rubio, all of Winters; three generations of nieces and nephews, including niece and goddaughter Barbara Cummins of New Washoe Valley, Nevada.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Joe Rubio.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. at Vaca Hills Chapel, 524 Elmira Road in Vacaville.


Victor L. Bussard, 83, of Winters passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2010 at Sutter Davis Hospital. He was an area resident for 59 years.
He was born on Jan. 15, 1927 in Lipscomb, Texas to Oliver and Lottie Bussard. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years and got out in 1946 with an honorable discharge. He worked for Cranston Brothers in Woodland for seven years, then he and his wife owned Orrick Oils in Winters, retiring
after 35 years, in March 1992.
He belonged to Senior Gleaners of Sacramento for five years, Lions Club since 1975. He served as co-chairman for Blood Source blood drives since 1975 and donated for years until he was no longer allowed to due to health reasons. He and his wife, Viola, enjoyed traveling to all the western states in their RV and loved to fish, but not eat them.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Viola Bussard of Winters; children Elmer (Chrissy) Bussard of Nevada City, and Viola (David) Kidder of Winters; grandchildren Julie Morales-Tony and her daughter Sophia, and Michelle Bussard-Ryan and her son, Aiden.
To honor Mr. Bussard’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests that donations be sent to the Lions Club of Winters.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Betty Hoskins passed away Thursday, July 29, at home, peacefully, surrounded by her family. Earlier this year, Betty elected to stop cancer treatment and survived long enough to enjoy spring in her beautiful garden.
Betty was born in 1925 in Canfield, Ohio, and made her way to the Golden State in 1945. On the bus, she met and fell in love with Ed Hoskins. They married in 1946. Their life was alternately adventurous, scrappy, hard and fun. Along the way, Betty raised seven children and two step-children moving to Monticello, Vallejo, Putah Creek and Davis, before finally settling in Winters where she was city clerk for 10 years.
Betty took great joy in life’s simple pleasures — a morning cup of coffee with a crossword puzzle, a glass of wine with an ice cube, making simple but delicious meals whose recipes have been passed on to the next generation. As a young woman, she dreamed of being an artist, but in later years her artistry was expressed in the elaborate and unique cakes she decorated for family and friends as well as a few impressive paintings and drawings. Betty most enjoyed her backyard garden. It wasn’t just a flower bed; she created a stream made of pebbles that flowed around the yard surrounded by colorful plants, flowers and populated with animal sculptures.
Most especially, Betty had time to love and
attend to each of the nine children she raised and was beloved by all of them. Her grandsons in Winters always knew they could stop by after school for a soda, cookies and conversation. Her gift to all of them was simple kindness and love.
She will be greatly missed and, in accordance with her wishes, she will be buried next to her husband in the Winters Cemetery. May her legacy be a blessing to the many she touched.
She is survived by her step-son Bud Hoskins and wife Nancy of Cameron Park, Pete and Sharon Hoskins of Philadelphia, Tom and Dorothy Hoskins of Shasta, Judy and Herschell Whitley of Winters, Patty and Fred Roybal of Merced, Ann Foster of Winters, John and Jennifer Hoskins of Winters, Doug and Laurie Hoskins of Winters, 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
There will be a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church and a funeral service at the church at 11 a.m. Friday followed by interment at the Winters Cemetery. Following the burial, there will be an open house at 462 Edwards St. for family and all who would like to come.

 


Wallace Reel “Buzz” Green 83, died July 15, 2010 at Woodland Memorial Hospital. Born on March 12, 1927 in Woodland to Russell and Anna (Wyrsch) Green, where he attended area schools, he was a member of Woodland High School’s class of 1945.
He enlisted in the United States Navy, serving from 1945-46, after his honorable discharge from military service he went to work as a beekeeper and continued for the following 30 years.
A lifelong Yolo County resident and member of the VFW Post #1985, and former member of the Capay Volunteer Fire Department, he is survived by his wife of 57 years Dorothy Green of Brooks; stepson Thomas William Covington and wife Paula of Capay; sisters Marjorie Short of Marysville, Alice Burggrave of Roseville, Nancy Tibbs of Woodland, and Sandra Biasi of Winters; brother Lorne “Raney” Green of Virginia; grandchildren Brian Covington and Brandy Burns; great grandchildren Justin and Garrett Burns, and Britney Covington; numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held on Friday July 23, 2010 at Capay Cemetery District in Esparto. The family requested memorial contributions be directed to the Capay Valley Fire District in his memory.


Carroll Sloper passed away on July 6, 2010 after a short illness. A former resident of Chowchilla and Winters, he and his wife, Maxine, had lived in Fairfield since 2008.
He was born at Biola, in Fresno County, California on May 17, 1917, to Ross Sloper and Elsie Meakins Sloper. He graduated from Kerman High School in 1934 and Fresno State College in 1941, earning a masters degree in 1954. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Force, completed pilot training and served as an instructor pilot. Late in the war he led a B29 crew and was awaiting overseas assignment at war’s end.
Meantime, he had accepted a teacher’s position in Chowchilla early in 1941 and returned to that position in 1945, with a wife and two children. He remained with the Chowchilla School District serving as teacher, bus driver, principal, and district superintendent until his retirement in 1975. He helped establish the Madera County Mental Health Association & Clinic and was active in the Chowchilla Lions Club.
The Slopers moved to the Winters area in 1986 where he joined the Rotary Club and sang with the Winters Circle of Singers. He always enjoyed a good game of bridge or cribbage, and loved fishing and reading. His wife Maxine died in March of this year. His son Neal lives in Eureka and daughters Linda Eastman and Nancy Howard are Winters residents. He is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sisters Erma Maerzke and Elma Kell and brothers Wayne Sloper, Maurice Sloper and Robert Sloper. Memorial contributions may be directed to either Yolo Hospice, or the Winters Healthcare Foundation in his memory.


Charles “Chuck” Nelson, 76, passed away on July 8, 2010 at his home in Winters, after a brief illness. He was born on July 30, 1933 in Sentinel, Oklahoma. He worked for Hunt Wesson Foods for 19 years. His pastimes included fishing, boating, bowling, square dancing, camping, barbequing, football and baseball.
He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Betty; daughters, Carol, Nancy and Diana; stepdaughters, Darla, Debbie and Dana; sons, Randy and Joe; stepson Jack; 18 grandchildren; friends, G.W. Davis, Brian Leaver, Danny Benitz, and Leslie Lance and brother Roger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Elona.
A graveside service was planned for Wednesday, July 21, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Online guestbook can be signed at www.mccunechapel.com.


Mary Louise Hattabaugh died on July 4, 2010, at Woodland Memorial Hospital at age 80. She was born July 21, 1929, to John and Gaynell Sobba.
Mary is survived by children Ann and Johnnie Jenkins of Antelope, Lester and Vickie Hattabaugh Jr. of Woodland and Judy Hattabaugh of Winters; grandchildren Christopher Hattabaugh of Woodland, Jennifer and Robbie Longan of Woodland and Sheila and Ian Peterson of Citrus Heights; great-grandchildren Jacquelyn Peterson and Allyssa Peterson, both of Citrus Heights; brothers and sisters James and Zelma Sobba of Cameron Park, Teresa Manas of Winters, Mary Sunderman of Willows and Ernest Hattabaugh of
Vacaville; as well as a number of nephews and nieces and great-nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lester Hattabaugh Sr.; her father and mother John and Gaynell Sobba; father-in-law and mother-
in-law Chester and Vinnie Hattabaugh; brothers Eugene Sobba and Marvin, Kenneth and Robert Hattabaugh, Fred Sunderman and Gabriel Manas; sisters Rosemary Sobba, Betty Hattabaugh and Emily Hattabaugh; and a number of nephews and nieces.
Graveside services will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 8, at Winters Cemetery.
Flowers at the grave site or a donation to the American Cancer Society will be appreciated.


Helen Hatsumi Hiramatsu was born in Winters on March 15, 1921, to Johachi and Miya Nishikawa, and graduated from Winters High School in 1938 with highest honors. After school, she worked as a hairdresser in San Francisco, but after World War II broke out, she was interned with her family in Amache, Colo. In 1943, she married Roy Hiramatsu and, while he was in the service and stationed overseas, she attended business school and later worked for the government in Washington, D.C. After the war, she and Roy returned to Winters to farm, and for 62 years they enjoyed a happy and productive life
together until Roy’s death in 2006. In 2007, Helen was diagnosed with colon cancer, and she bravely fought that disease for more than three years. She passed away peacefully at her home in Winters on June 29, 2010, surrounded by family and friends.
Helen dearly loved her life on the farm; spending time with family and friends; visiting Japan; her Buddhist faith; her yoga practice; and the many gifts of each day. Those who knew her remember her kind, gracious and inspirational nature; her joyful spirit; and her deep love and pride for her family.
She leaves behind her son, Dennis, and daughter-in-law, Julie; her daughter, Julie; her daughter-in-law, Virginia, and granddaughter, Suzanne; her sister, Maizie; and many loving family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy; her eldest son, Ron; her sisters, Hattie and Mitzie; and her brother, George.
A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 8, at the Buddhist Church of Sacramento, 2401 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento. In lieu of flowers and gifts, a donation to the American Cancer Society or to the Yolo Hospice would be most appreciated.


Ann Verdin Whitworth, 87, passed away on June 16, 2010 in Eureka after a brief illness. She was born on Sept. 23, 1922 to James Harris and Nellie (Cambron) Verdin in Rosebud County, Montana, where her father was a rancher. After his early death, she, her older brother James, and her mother moved to Council Bluffs and later to Iowa City, Iowa, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Iowa. It was there that she met her future husband, Rex Hancock Whitworth, who was on a Rockefeller medical scholarship from Cambridge University. In 1944 they married and sailed to England where Rex served in the Medical Corps of the Royal Air Force. They lived in Manchester where their first child, Valerie, was born, and then in London for the duration of the war. Post-war, the family moved to California, where Rex practiced medicine in Salinas, San Francisco, and Monterey. They had four more children, Pamela, Rex (Rick), Victoria and Christopher. Ann and Rex divorced in 1962 and Ann obtained her teaching credential and began teaching English at Pacific Grove Junior High School and eventually at the high school, where she was a great favorite with students and colleagues. She retired from teaching in the mid-1980s, enjoying many years of travel and other favorite pursuits. In 2004, she moved to Davis to be closer to two of her children, Valerie and Victoria. She is survived by her children, Valerie Whitworth (Michael Barbour) of Winters, Pamela Graff (Stan) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Victoria Whitworth of Davis and Christopher Whitworth (Janet) of Fieldbrook; four grand-children, Steven, Cecilia, and William Whitworth, and Spencer Graff. She was preceded in death by her brother James and her son Rick. In lieu of flowers, send donations in her memory to the Yolo Adult Day Health Care Center, 20 North Cottonwood, Woodland, CA 95695, and note on the check that the gift is in Ann Whitworth’s name. Donations may also be sent to the Northern California Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. There was a celebration of her life on Saturday, June 26, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 203 East 14th Street, Davis, CA 95616. Family, friends and former students are invited to sign a guest book at the Monterey Herald’s website: legacy. com/obituaries/montereyherald/.


Willene Hyer passed away peacefully on June 15, 2010, at Woodside Healthcare Center in Sacramento.
She was born in Winfield, Ala., on May 9, 1916, to James and Alma Bishop. She married John J. Hyer on Dec. 24, 1936.
They were married 57 years and had two sons, Robert and James, and a daughter, Sherry. She was a military wife and they traveled to many states and Germany during their 20 years of service in the Army.
They retired to Winters for several years and then to North Highlands. She enjoyed their travels in their trailer and some of her favorite times were spent camping and fishing at Lake Solano with her grandchildren. Her great-grandchildren also were a special joy in her life.
She was a wonderful Christian woman, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family and will be greatly missed by all.
She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Rancho Cordova. She was preceded in death by husband John J. Hyer, daughter Sherry Hyer and her seven brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by sons Robert Hyer (Cathy) of North Highlands and James Hyer (Shirley) of Winters; grandsons Jim Hyer (Tracy) of Merced, David Hyer (Kim) of Winters, Rob Hyer (Sonoma) of Woodland, Jeremy Hyer (Crystal) of Rio Linda and Aaron Hyer of North Highlands; great-grandchildren Zachary and Miley Hyer of Merced, Justin and Tess Hyer of Winters, John, James and Jacob Hyer of Rio Linda and Stephanie Heimen of North Highlands. She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at First Baptist Church, 512 First St., Winters, with the Rev. James Allen officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church food closet or your favorite charity.



Longtime Winters resident, Naomi Faye Payton, passed away in Vacaville on April 18.
Naomi Mills was born in Sterling, Colo., on Jan. 22, 1923. She married Guy Patyon on May 5, 1941. They raised three daughters, Judy, Loretta and Cindy.
Naomi and Guy moved to Winters in the fall of 1968. Working for the Bureau of Reclamation, Guy maintained the Monticello Dam and the diversion dam on Putah Creek. Naomi was a dedicated volunteer in the community and at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church. After retirement, with their children grown, Guy and Naomi built a home on Putah Creek Road. For more than 20 years, they enjoyed country living. Naomi proudly raised prolific gardens and beautiful flower beds. Family, friends and even strangers were always warmly greeted by this loving and generous couple.
Naomi was preceded in death by Guy, her husband of 67 years, in October 2008.
A memorial and reception celebrating the life of Naomi Payton is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at the home of John and Cindy Martin, 915 Arbor Oaks Drive, Vacaville. Family and friends are cordially invited to join in the remembrance and celebration.

Eugenio Montoya Jimenez, 89, died Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Stollwood Convalescent Hospital in Woodland. Born Sept. 11, 1920 in Caldwell, Texas to Magdaleno and Santos (Montoya) Jimenez, where he grew up and attended area schools, until moving to Yolo County, where he resided in Winters for the past 60 years.
A foreman in area agriculture for Lester Farms for more than 45 years, he is survived by his daughters Stella Corrales and husband David of Redwood City, Adela Avalos and Husband Antonio of Winters, Sofia Sandoval and husband Serafin of Dixon, Aroura Cerros, Carol Jimenez, Gloria Jimenez and husband
Felipe all of Woodland, Delores Hernandez and husband Victor, Linda Jimenez, and Rachel Jimenez all of Winters, and Alice Jimenez of Los Angeles; sons, Herman Jimenez and wife Lori, and Danny Valdez and wife Robby both of Dixon, and Fred De Los Santos and wife Debbie of Winters.
He was preceded in death by his wife Carmen Jimenez.
Visitation was held Monday June 14, 2010 from
7-8 p.m. at the Woodland Family Worship Center, 386 West Beamer Street in Woodland. Interment followed on Tuesday, June 15. at Monument Hill Memorial Park, 35036 County Road 22 in Woodland.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice in his memory. Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.


Richard Stinnett passed away on May 22, 2010 at the Skylakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Born in Cardin, Oklahoma on May 1, 1928 he was 82.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 thru 1953, staying in the reserves for another 6 years, retiring in 1959. During his time in service, he had an MOS of 3008 working on liaison airplanes as a mechanic. Later, he was a mechanic on helicopters with an MOS of 3995. He was part of the Operation Snow Storm & Cold Spot in 1953.
After his honorable discharge in 1953, he worked at the Boeing Aircraft in Wichita KS on final assembly for the B47. Years later, he went to Almagordo, NM where the B52 was in production. He was assigned to the experimental phase working on the Delta Wing chase planes.
He owned and operated two 7-11 stores in Vacaville during the 1970s. Later, he started Stinnett Automotive in Winters. He owned and operated the Diamond Bear Bicycle Shop, the Cookie Corner Restaurant on 3rd Street and the Stinnett Enterprises at 117 West Main Street in Woodland in the 1980s.
In 1993 he again moved to Winters, where he started Stinnett Trucking Business, leasing his gravel truck to Double M Trucking. He owned and operated this business until the time of his retirement in 2002. It was there that his love became his backhoe on which he spent countless hours improving the 20 acre parcel he had purchased in Sprague River Oregon. In 2005, he completed the 50x60’ shop of his dreams, complete with hoist for automotive work, tire balancer and machine, compressor, and all his tools of the trade.
With his amazing sense of humor and sparkling personality, he made many friends over the years, say family members. He always had a story to tell and had the wonderful ability to make people laugh. He was so loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, says a family member.
Richard is survived by his wife of 29 years Nancy; sons Richard Stinnett and his wife Diane of Wichita, Kansas, John Stangle of Andover Kansas, Edward Stinnett and his wife Debbie of Ceres, Thomas Stinnett and his wife Marcia of Yuba City; daughters Debbie Pedersen and her husband Curt of Yucca Valley, Ramona VanDeberg and her husband Tim of Vacaville, and Wanona Ireland of Vacaville; brother Kenneth Stinnett and his wife Maudene of Wichita, Kansas; sister Mildred Elliott of Columbus, Kansas; 20 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alva Everett and Clara Carroll Stinnett, three sisters and four brothers.
A service of tribute and love was held on June 2 at 2 p.m. at Eternal Hills Chapel. A time of visitation was held on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Edward “Eddie” Allen Baker, M.D. passed away on May 25, 2010, after suffering a major stroke. He was 91 years old.
He was born in Winters in 1918, and graduated from Winters Joint Union High School in 1936, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He also played football for the Aggies while attending undergraduate school in Davis. He went on to graduate from UC Berkeley. He then
attended medical school in St. Louis, Mo., after marrying his sweetheart, Woodland resident Jane Praet, in 1941.
He served as a doctor for the U.S. Army in Korea, and established his medical career in Oakland as a Doctor of Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He later opened an office in Orinda, where he lived for over 45 years with his family. Upon his retirement, he traveled as the “Doctor on Board” with cruise ships and worked at the Borrego Medical Clinic in Borrego Springs.
He was an avid golfer, enjoying wins in the Hawaiian Pro-Am and Nor-Cal Senior Golf Tournaments. He loved bridge and dominos, and could conquer most of his friends. He was a hard-working man of integrity and honor. He believed in the value of all his friends, patients, comrades, and especially his family. He leaves us all with a great legacy: to live our lives with dignity and honesty, says a family member, adding, that he was the small town boy, and the hometown family doctor; a friend to all who knew him.
He is survived by his (second) wife, Jane Laddon Baker of San Diego; children, Steven Baker of Palm Desert, Gayle Baker Albo and Mario of Cobb Mountain, and Jan Baker Woods and Roy of Carlsbad; six granddaughters, Erin Martinez, Nicole Sutherland, Deanna Dick, Taya Delaney, Megan Woods and Mallory Woods; and five great-grandchildren
The family is planning graveside services in Winters on June 5. There will be a “Celebration of Life” to follow at The Buckhorn at 1 p.m. Friends and family are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to San Diego Hospice (1950 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, California 92009) or to the Borrego Community Medical Foundation (PO Box 2369, Borrego Springs, CA 92004).


Catherine Rose Dantzler passed away on May 21, 2010, in Yuba City with her loving family by her side. She was 84.
She was born on March 1, 1926, in Rogersville, Mo. Catherine (Cass) was a longtime Winters resident.
She moved to California in 1943 and worked in Benicia where she met her husband, William, the following year. They married in 1945 in Winters. Her husband’s military career required many transfers, mainly New York, New Mexico and California. Following her heart surgery in 1963, her husband retired from military service while stationed at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, N.M. In Roswell, she worked as a cook and owned a daycare center.
She and her family returned to Winters in 1964. She continued to work as a restaurant cook in Davis for many years and later was a tax preparer working in her home. She enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She moved to Yuba City to live with her daughter and son-in-law in December 2007. Despite health challenges, she always had a positive nature and was never one to complain. She was kind and loving with concern for the welfare of others. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her sons, William Jr. and spouse Lorraine of Woodland, and James of Winters; daughter, Janice Hill and spouse Harold of Yuba City; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Inice Carpenter; her husband of 49 years, William Dantzler Sr.; brothers, Henry,
Edward, Lee, Glen and Len Carpenter; sisters, Gladys Bond, Earnestine Cook-Hensley, Betty Lou Webster; and grandson Kenneth Dantzler.
Interment will be a private service at the Winters Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at Jehovah’s
Witnesses Kingdom Hall of Davis, 36681 Russell Blvd., on Saturday, June 12, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
directed to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.


Glover Porter Grubaugh (Col. USAF Ret.), 94, and a 41-year Davis resident, died on May 19, 2010 at his Davis home. He will be buried at the Davis Cemetery next to Maxine, his wife of almost 58 years, who died in July 2003. Services will be held at 1 p.m., on June 1 at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road.
He was born Feb. 20, 1916 in Van Wert, Ohio, the first son and second child, of William and Ada Grubaugh. He grew up in that community, attended school there, and completed college at Bluffton, Ohio, where he earned a teaching credential. He taught high school in Lucky, Ohio, but his teaching career was cut short with the advent of WW II. He joined the Army Air Corps, went through pilot training and served as a transport pilot in England. He participated in the D-Day invasion and in General Patton’s advance across Europe. He was awarded numerous decorations and citations for personal valor.
When the war ended, he was sent to Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, and soon after met his wife Maxine, of Houston, Texas. They were married September 6, 1945. Assignments followed as Director of Maintenance at McClellan AFB, California and then Director of Logistics at Tachikawa AFB, Tokyo, Japan. On return to the states he served as Director of Maintenance at Kelly AFB, San Antonio, Texas.
During the early days of the Viet Nam conflict, he was assigned as Director of Logistics at Clark AFB, Philippines. This was followed by a brief tour as Director of Logistics at Scott AFB, Illinois, St. Louis, and the final posting to Travis AFB. He was awarded numerous decorations and citations for management expertise during his long career including the Distinguished Service Medal, the nation’s second highest honor.
He was a Davis resident since 1969, moving there after retirement from Travis AFB where he served as Director of Logistics of the 22nd Air Force, headquartered at Travis. He served a long and distinguished career with the Air Force and is a veteran of World War II as well as the Korean and Viet Nam Wars.
Upon retirement, Glover earned an MBA from Golden Gate University and resumed his teaching career. He taught for 15 years at Winters High School, where he also served as a sports coach. He then went on to teach business classes at Golden Gate University, Sacramento State University and Sacramento City College.
Grubaugh was a well-known, respected and supportive member of the Davis community. He was dearly loved by family and friends, and his gracious, generous and loving spirit will be missed, says a family member.
He is survived by two daughters, Melissa Grubaugh of San Francisco, Vicki Miller and husband Don of Novato; a son, Bill and wife Claudia of San Francisco; two granddaughters, Elena and Zoe Miller; sisters, Nedra Altier and Betheen Grubaugh, both of Ohio; brother, Kenneth of Davis; numerous nephews, nieces and extended family.
Two other brothers, Boyd (Dan) Lee and Beryl, preceded him in death.
The family requests that memorial gifts be sent to the charity of choice. Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.
wiscombefuneral.com.


Thomas “Tommy” Serafini, 53, of Winters passed away in a car accident in Yolo County on May 16, 2010. Born in San Francisco on May 11, 1957 to Tolmino and Pierina Serafini, his family says he was “born Italian” and describes him as a true Renaissance man: ironworker (Locals 377 & 118), chef, hunter, inventor, mentor, and, above all, an amazing musician, bringing the beautiful song of the accordion to life and touching everyone he met with his talent. He hung iron on the Golden Gate and throughout the Bay Area, changed lives through his work with Solidarity, created new recipes and perfected the old, and loved his family and friends beyond measure.
He first shared the music of his heritage through Expresso 5, then lent his squeezebox to every kind of music from alternative to zydeco. To hear him play was to be amazed. To see him perform was to be enthralled. His beautiful blue eyes and ready smile warmed everyone he met, and his big heart was loved by all who knew him, say family members.
He is survived by his wife Samantha; sons Tolmino (TJ) and Valentino; sisters Norma Libby (Dennis) and Elisa; stepson Ethan Rubendall.
Mass will be held May 28, 10:30 a.m., at Corpus Christi Church, 62 Santa Rosa Avenue in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, he would be honored by donations in his name to a favorite charity or in trust for Valentino (age 5), care of First Northern Bank, 48 Main Street, Winters CA 95694. Remembrances can be added to his Facebook page, under Tommy Serafini.



Kevin Edward Donahue passed away in Chiloquin, Oregon, on April 27, 2010. He was born on Oct. 3, 1962 in Los Angeles. Kevin enjoyed playing pool and was a handyman/plumber. He is survived by his son Daniel, 15, and wife, Mary Purtill Donahue of Oregon; brothers, Gary of Winters, Patrick of San Diego, Dennis of Oregon, and Mike and Tim of Los Angeles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Patricia Donahue.
No services are planned.

Elizabeth Jean (Thomas) McGee passed away on May 7, 2010 in Dallas Texas, with her son and his spouse at her side. Born on Sept. 4, 1942 in Danville, Pennsylvania, she was 67. Upon the death of her father Daniel in 1956, she moved to Riverside with her mother Ella and sister Nancy. They returned to Berwick, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Berwick High School in 1961, then moved back to California to live near her sister Shirley and her family.
It was in Southern California where she married Lewis E. Beasimer and had her son Lewis and daughter Danella. She and her family moved to Woodland where she worked for the Yolo County Vital Statistics Department and earned an associate’s degree in social science from Woodland Community College.
On June 22, 1991, she married Ricky McGee and settled with her daughter in Winters. She moved to Dallas Texas to be near her son Lewis in February 2010.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, was a devout Christian and a member of the First Baptist Church in Winters. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed teasing and joking with loved ones. Despite her many challenges, her cheery outlook on life allowed her to find the good in any situation. Family members say she was well-loved and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband Ricky McGee; son Lewis Beasimer and his spouse Richard of Dallas, Texas; daughter Danella Beasimer of Boise, Idaho; sisters Shirley Gumpy and spouse George of Woodland, Nancy Carter and spouse Jim of Desert Hot Springs; numerous nieces and nephews in California; cousins in Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel James and Ella Mae Thomas.
Services are planned at First Baptist Church in Winters on Saturday, May 22, at 11 a.m. Internment will follow at monument Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, 22100 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpoint, MI, 48021; (586) 776-3900.



Roe LaVern (Vern) Judy of Cupertino passed away on May 7, 2010 from lung problems and pneumonia. Born on May 11, 1920, he was 89 years old. He is a descendent of early Buckeye pioneering families, the elder son of Roe LaVern Sr. and Jeannette (Briggs) Judy. He attended Esparto High School and was class president all four years. At Stanford University, a highlight was playing the clarinet in the band when they marched in the Rose Bowl Parade.
He graduated with a B.A. in business, married Mary Lou Hyatt of Los Angeles, and joined the Navy in 1942. He served in the South Seas for 4 years as Lieutenant and navigator aboard a sea-going tug, U.S.S. ATA 123, supplying and pulling stranded vessels off the beaches.
After the war, he returned to work at his father’s Ford dealership in Esparto. In 1951 he moved his family to Menlo Park and for 17 years commuted to work at the North American Securities Co., Russ Building, San Francisco. In 1967, though being one of the company’s vice-presidents, he left to start his own financial advising business in Menlo Park, Judy and Robinson Securities. Upon retiring in 1985 the company had 10 branches and 250 employees. Everybody was invited to and enjoyed going to the complimentary company retreats at Bass Lake. His thriftiness allowed for great generosity.
He served on so many boards, including the Los Lomitas School Board for 20 years, and the Kiwanis Club. He taught business classes at Menlo College. He and five other Menlo businessmen started the Pacific Union Bank, corner of Crane and Oak Grove.
When younger, he enjoyed skiing. Later it was tennis, gardening and tractor driving, cultivating and manicuring he and Mary Lou’s two acres of young orchard at their Atherton Avenue house.
He liked to pass by the places of his youth going up to Cache Creek Casino. He retired and Mary Lou, by then being a retired Menlo physician, moved to the Forum Retirement Community in 1993. There he served as a tour guide and board member and wrote many wonderful Money Management articles for the Forum’s Phoenix Magazine.
He is survived by children Peter (wife, Mary) of Los Gatos, Ellen Keeland (husband, Lloyd) of Reedsport, Oregon, Sally Gaines (husband, Rick Kattlemann) of Mammoth Lakes; grandchildren Joshua Whitkins (wife Helen); great-grandchildren Oscar and Angus of Freemantle, Australia, Joby White of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Vireo Gaines of Bishop, and Sage Gaines of Santa Barbara.
He is preceded in death by his brother James, wife Mary Lou, and grandchild Brittany Judy.
A memorial service was held at the Forum Retirement Community, 23500 Cristo Rey Drive in Cupertino, on Sunday, May 16. Interment took place at the Winters Cemetery on. May 17.

Ismael Del Toro, 49, died on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Courtyard Healthcare in Davis. He was born in Jalisco, Mexico on Oct. 25, 1960 to Lugardo and Maria (Salcedo) Del Toro, where he grew up and lived until moving to Yolo County at the age of 14. As a laborer, he worked in area agriculture for the past seven years and was employed by Mark Tauzer. He was a Winters resident for the past 35 years.
He is survived by his parents Lugardo and Maria Del Toro of Sacramento; daughters, Joanna, Erika, Yesenia and Vanessa Del Toro, all of Woodland; sisters Ermelinda and Elvirta Del Toro of Mexico and Ana Del Toro of Sacramento; brothers Efren Del Toro and wife Sherry, Rodrigo Del Toro and wife Hilda, Salomon Del Toro and wife Ana, all of Winters, and Rafael Del Toro and wife Maria of Marysville; granddaughters, Keianna and Jocelynne Del Toro; fiancée Lisa Addams of Winters; ex-wife, Margarita Del Toro of Woodland.
He was preceded in death by his sister Evangelina Del Toro.
Funeral services are planned for Thursday, May 20, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters. Interment will follow at the Winters Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. Evergreen Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.


Sue Covington of Vacaville, a former resident of the Winters Senior Apartments, was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Arkansas. She passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2010, in Fairfield. At her request, no services were held.
Arrangements were by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory, (707) 446-3233.


Veneva Sidwell Fredericks Alcock, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the University Retirement Community in Davis. She was born November 17, 1918 to John and Clara Sidwell, she had two sisters, Allene Pampell and Naoma Rollins, both deceased.
She lived a long and fulfilling life, growing up in the town of Montecello. Her family moved to Winters when the Monticello Dam/Lake Berryessa were built. She graduated from Winters High School and married her high school sweetheart, Bill Fredericks, who later died in a plane crash in 1955.
In 1956 she married George Alcock and they were married 50 years until he passed away in 2006. Over the span of 50 years, George and Veneva lived in Winters, Bodega Bay, Aptos, Gridley, Sierra City and their beloved Costa Rica, which they referred to as “their Heaven on Earth”.
She is survived by her and children, William Henry Fredericks of Truckee, Steven George Fredericks of Oroville, Victoria Fredericks Murphy of Brooks, Lisa Alcock Bricker of Santa Barbara, George Alexander Alcock of San Vito, Costa Rica, Andrea Alcock Fox of Sacramento and Janet Alcock Farmer of Oregon; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; Aunt, Matilda Belz Pascoe of Oakland; nieces and nephews.
A gathering to celebrate and honor her life will be held Saturday, May 8, at Tomat’s Restaurant in Winters 12-3 p.m.


Curt Christian Hansen died suddenly of natural causes at his home in Winters on April 14, 2010. Born April 3, 1954, he was preceded in death by his mother Irene Hansen of Walnut Creek. He is survived by his wife Connie Hansen of Winters. He was the beloved son of Herbert Hansen of Walnut Creek, beloved brother of Eric and Bill Hansen of Concord, beloved father and grandfather of daughter Andrea Sharp and grandson Aiden Sharp of Gilbert, Ariz., and beloved father and grandfather to hi son James Hansen and grandson Tristan Hansen of Vacaville.
A wonderful, selfless and giving person, he is truly missed by family, his wife and friends.



A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 15, at Main Street Church in Winters. Atanacio ‘Tony’ Hernandez Leon died March 22, 2010, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in Vera Cruz, Mexico. He was 47 years old. He will be remembered as a loyal friend and employee at Manas Ranch in Esparto for the past 25 years, and loved his friends and family..
He is survived by his wife, Elvia Sanchez; parents, Juventino Hernandez Alcantara and Guadalupe Leon Cornejo; and numerous brothers and sisters and extended family in Mexico and Yolo County.
He was buried in Michoacan, Mexico. All are
invited to gather together to celebrate his life on Saturday, May 1, 5-8 p.m. at Manas Ranch, 25838 County Road 21A, Esparto.

A funeral mass for Evelyn Isabel Seyman will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 29, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Dixon, followed by graveside services at the Silveyville Cemetery. Visitation was planned for Wednesday, April 28, 4-7 p.m. with a rosary at 6 p.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral Home in Dixon. She passed away on April 18, 2010 at the age of 85.
Born on Jan. 11, 1925 in Acadia Valley, Alberta, Canada, she was the daughter of Melvin Smith and Katherine MacDonnell Smith, who homesteaded and built a successful farm in the 1920s. Evelyn and her three brothers, Bill, George and Don, grew up out on the prairie.
At 15, she left home to attend a Catholic girls’ high school in Medicine Hat. From there she entered upon her nurses’ training at Holy Cross Nurses Academy in Calgary. At Holy Cross, she made lifelong friendships with her roommates. It would be a pattern she would repeat over and over again with so many people whose lives she touched as a nurse and as neighbor.
After the war, she returned with her husband James to his home town, Dixon. Keeping her love for her native country and her friends in Canada, she made wonderful new friends everywhere she worked and lived here in California. Her professional nursing career lasted almost 40 years. Depending upon the needs of her family and the demands of raising four sons, she worked either full time or part time as a nurse at the UC Davis Student Health Center, the Woodland Clinic, in practice with Dixon Doctor John Gullick, and finally as a psychiatric nurse at the California State (prison) Medical Facility in Vacaville.
During their later years Evelyn and James spent most summers traveling north to visit family and friends in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Since 1990, they also made many enjoyable trips to their son Jim’s restaurant, the Tower Café in Sacramento.
She is survived by her four sons, Richard, William, James Jr., and John; her daughters-in-law, Roberta, Carmen, and Anne-Marie; grandchildren, Innisfree, Raven, Lia, James, and David.
She was preceded in death by James, her devoted husband of 60 years.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to: UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817; http://www.ucdmc.
ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/giving/memorial_
tribute/; (916) 703-0289. Funeral Arrangements by Milton Carpenter Funeral Home, (707) 678-2189.


Charles A. Bean passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in Woodland. He was born Dec. 24, 1920, in Jackson, Wyo., to A.A. and Fanny Bean. Charles met his wife of 65 years, Dorothy (Londene), while in the U.S. Army during World War II. They lived and worked in Abilene, Kan., for 20 years raising three children. In 1965, Charles moved his family to California to work at Mather Air Force Base as a civil engineer and later as an environmental coordinator.
Charles loved to tinker, create and design,
always enjoying the process more than the finished product. He was quick with a joke and a story to enliven any situation. His other joy came from traveling and, after his retirement, he and his wife were able to visit the western United States, Canada and Spain, visiting friends and family.
He is survived by his wife Dorothy, daughter Judy her husband Thomas Duncan, son Jay and his wife Sue, four grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, a nephew and a niece. Charles is preceded in death by his son, Jerry Bean, his three sisters and a nephew.
His family thanks the staff at Palm Gardens, Yolo Hospice and Dr. Liana Turkot for their support and kindness in caring for Charles over the past six years. Respecting his wishes, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617, or to a charity of your choice.


Dr. James Buckley, loving husband, wonderful
father and grandfather, devoted family doctor and extraordinary man, died peacefully at home on April 8 surrounded by his wife of 56 years, Winnie, his family and friends. He was 82 years old.
Born in Los Angeles in 1927, Doc Buckley graduated from Bellarmine College Prep and was a member of the Santa Clara University class of 1950, where he played football and was a “boxing Bronco.” He graduated from Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola, Chicago in 1953. Jim married Winnie Brisbois, the love of his life, in 1953. Longtime Redwood City residents, they raised their 12 children there.
Jim served in the Navy in 1945 as a navigator, and in the Army’s 11th Airborne Division as a division physician/paratrooper in Ft. Campbell, Ky., and Livorno, Italy, in 1955-57. He established his Belmont practice in 1959, joined the staff of Sequoia Hospital, Redwood City, and treated patients, often multi-generational families in those locations for 50 years,
retiring at age 80. He was loved by his patients, medical colleagues and the community at large. He will be missed most for his diagnostic skills, irreverent wit and sense of humor, and storytelling. Jim made house calls into the 1970s, arriving at patients’ homes with his black medical bag, driving his 1960 VW
Beetle, equipped with a flood light for locating
addresses. He enjoyed mentoring and training nurses, and taught Physicians’ Assistants as an adjunct professor for Stanford Medical School.
Jim was an avid pilot and certified flight instructor, who combined his love of medicine and flying by becoming a certified FAA physician, which
allowed him to “talk shop” with pilots while he performed their physicals. He was a Renaissance man, pouring over books on philosophy, history, theology and politics. He loved hiking, skiing, stargazing and enjoying his beautiful backyard. He had a great love of dogs. Jim was a deeply spiritual man, a life-long Catholic, a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher, and is survived by his two brothers who are Catholic priests, the Rev. C.M. Buckley, S.J., of Saint Thomas Aquinas College in Ojai, and the Rev. Gerald Buckley, O.P., of Holy Rosary Parish in Portland, Ore. He also is survived by his loving wife, Winnie, his 12 children and their spouses, among whom are John and Erin (Buckley) Hasbrook, of Winters, and 27 grandchildren, among whom are Catherine Hasbrook, of San Luis Obispo, and Clara and Stephen Hasbrook, of Winters. He loved his visits to Winters, dined at the Buckhorn, found the people friendly and enjoyed the natural beauty of Putah Creek and considered the mountains
enchanting. We will all miss him and thank you for your love and support during this difficult time.
Services took place over the weekend in Redwood City, and were attended by hundreds of friends and family. The family thanks Crippen and Flynn Mortuary and the Parishes of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Pius for their help. Jim is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.


Geraldine “Mae” Martin passed away April 13, 2010, in Fredericksburg, Va. Mae was born June 10, 1918, in Searchlight, Nev., and moved to the
Winters area as a child with her parents, the late Oscar and Margaret Holmes. She attended local schools and received her teaching degree from San Jose State, teaching for three years prior to her marriage in 1945 to Elwin “Bud” Martin. In 1964, she returned to teaching home economics at Winters High School, retiring in 1975.
Mae and Bud were involved in many Presbyterian Church and community volunteer activities, most notably the 4-H Club, Winters Youth Day and their children’s athletic events. Both were honored as Winters Citizen of the Year and Youth Day Grand Marshal. In 2007, Mae was named Youth Day Honorary Grand Marshal for her years of service to Winters High School students.
Her varied interests included baking, cooking, gardening and reading, still enjoying some of these activities in her later years. Mae had numerous friends in Winters and Yolo County during the 80 years she resided there.
Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Elwin, in 1981, her parents and two brothers, Carl Holmes and Oscar Holmes.
Survivors include her daughter Judy Prickett and husband Tom of Fawn Lake, Va.; her sons Steve Martin and wife Susan of Escondido, Bill Martin and wife Sharon of Winters, and Doug Martin and wife Ellen of Bellingham, Mass.; her eight grandchildren, Christina Prickett Vorbau and fiancé Bert Korngage, Todd Prickett and wife Leigh Ann, all of Virginia, Robin Martin and wife Rindi of San Diego, Noel Martin and fiancée Sally Hargate of Marina, Brian Martin and wife Kim of Lodi, Greg Martin and fiancée Christine Basco of Winters, and Jenna Mae Martin and Brett Martin of Bellingham, Mass. Mae enjoyed time with four of her five great-grandchildren while living in Virginia the past few years: great-granddaughters, Debi and Katelyn Vorbau and Gracie (Grace Mae) Prickett, all of Virginia, and her great-grandsons, Christopher Prickett of Virginia and Soren Martin of San Diego; numerous nieces and nephews in the Martin-Frisbee-Neel families (Don Frisbee and wife Betty of Winters) and the Holmes families, and a cousin, Karen Christie of Sacramento.
Memorial services to celebrate her life will take place in Winters at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or a charity of choice. An online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.


Susana S. Darby passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones at her Winters home on April 7, 2010. Born in Cavite City, Philippines in 1926, she was 83 years old. She survived the bombings and rigors of World War II in the Philippines and was the sole support of her widowed mother. She came to America in 1956 and lived with her husband and children in Chicago, Sacramento, and for 37 years in San Francisco.
A loving wife and mother, when her children were grown she worked for 22 years in a convalescent hospital where her aged patients much appreciated her loving care. After retirement, she enjoyed many trips with her close-knit family.
She moved to Winters with her husband in 2001, and enjoyed the peace and quiet and the songs of the birds. Throughout her life she loved music, and was an unfailing source of inspiration to those who knew her.
She is survived by her husband of more than 60 years Gerald, and her daughters Marion and Dorothy, as well as many nieces and nephews.


Esperanza Garcia Jimenez 84, a Winters resident for 65 years, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at her home. Born in Mexico on Oct. 25, 1925, she worked at Hunts Cannery in Davis for more than 20 years. She became a United States citizen in 1995 and loved good food and socializing, family gatherings, Saturday morning yard sales, and had a boisterous laugh that could be heard from across the room.
She is survived by children, Rafael Gonzalez, Javier Gonzalez, Rudy Gonzalez and Ramiro Garcia Jimenez; several grandchildren, grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom live throughout the United States and Mexico.
A funeral Mass is planned at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Thursday, April 15, at 11 a.m.
Robert D. Newcomb of Winters died March 24, 2010, in Davis, after a brief illness. He was 90.
Newcomb was born Feb. 12, 1920, in Vallejo.
A graveside service and burial are planned at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 19, at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon.


Deborah Lee Howard, 55, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at her sister’s home in Winters following a brief illness. She was born on July 23, 1954 along with her twin sister in Corcoran to James and Margree Thomas.
She and her husband, Rev. Dean Howard, resided in Biggs. She was an active member of the Victory Chapel in Live Oak, where she organized and led the children’s ministry. Her greatest passion in life was to serve the Lord, which gave her much joy and happiness, says a family member.
“She was compelled to share this joy and the words of the Lord with everyone. The Lord gifted Deborah with many talents. Two of those special talents were singing and playing the piano. Deborah touched many lives with her kindness, generosity and wonderful smile.”
She is survived by her husband, her love of 33 years, Rev. Dean Howard; son Brandon Howard, his wife Christine and their children, Cody and Draven, of Woodland; son David Howard, his wife Donna and their children, Alyssa, Megan, and Eric, of Vacaville; sister Barbara Swink, twin sister Donna Thomas and youngest sister Dorothy Rutler, all of Winters; brothers James Thomas of Winters and Robin Thomas of Phoenix, Arizona; many nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her father James Thomas, mother Margree Thomas, brother Wayne Thomas and stepson Troy Howard.
Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, at the Winters Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 9, at The Fathers House in Live Oak. Former Winters resident Alan “Pete”“ Petersen died on March 25, 2010 in his Laguna Hills home surrounded by his children, Shirley Crowell, Bill Petersen and Kay Hendricks. Bill and Kay graduated from Winters High School in the mid 1960s during the time the Petersens owned and operated “P and L Hardware”, having purchased Finley’s Hardware from Mr. Finley.
He was known for his smile, his affection for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and his unfailing willingness to lend a helping hand, says a family member.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille
Petersen.


Patrick Francis Smyth, known to many as “Paddy,” passed on to greener pastures on Saturday, March 27, 2010. He was born on May 25, 1927, in the town of Ballyhaunnis, County Mayo, Ireland. He was raised and educated through college there.
He was a man who lived by the old Irish adage, “Never arrive with one arm as long as the other,” bringing his signature gift of meat or wood, accompanied by joy, laughter and his Irish wit with him wherever he went. In his “day,” he could often be found at the sale yard in Fortuna or at Carl Johnson’s doing what he loved best — honest work.
He immigrated to the United States in 1950 on his way to Canada to work for the Canadian Railroad. On his way north, he found Klamath, connected with some folks and decided to stay on to work as a butcher for the Brizard Company. He married Wendy Bess, the daughter of the owner of the Five and Dime store in Klamath, and together they headed to Winters in 1955 where they lived for 22 years and raised a family of four. He continued his work as a butcher and eventually bought a ranch and raised sheep and various crops. While living in Winters, Paddy always had strong ties throughout the livestock community in Humboldt and Del Norte counties. He loved working with livestock and cherished the relationships he had with all those in the industry.
In 1977, he, his wife and two youngest children moved to Arcata and eventually to Ferndale where he continued to interact in the livestock community as a broker. In 1987, he semi-retired to Klamath, making a full circle. He continued to dabble in the livestock business until 2004, when he retired fully.
He is preceded in death by his two beloved sons, Michael Thomas and Timothy Donovan Smyth, and his sisters, Noreen Keane of Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland, and Claire Walsh of Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, England. He is survived by his two daughters, Stephanie Smyth-Jackson of Eureka and Kathleen Gage (Smyth) of Carlotta and their husbands, Paul Jackson and Larry Gage; grandsons, Riley Jackson and Devin Morton; granddaughter Jordan Jackson; and former wife Wendy Smyth.
Sing a round of Danny Boy and raise a glass to a good man.


James D. Hartman, 66, died on March 15, 2010 surrounded by his loving family. Born on Jan. 3, 1944 in San Rafael, he spent his younger years in Yolo County before settling in the Marysville area.
He is survived by his wife Patricia of 45 years; daughter Linda, grandson Jay and great-grandson Hunter; brother Tony and wife Pat of Roseville; niece Paula Russell of Winters; nine nephews, Tony Jr. and James of Woodland, and Mike, Pat, Denny, Tom, Charles and John Devlin, and Jeff Hartman of Bakersfield; many great-nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Della Hartman, brother Phillip, and sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Paul Devlin
A family member said he loved his family dearly and a friend said that he was a good man and the only time he made someone shed a tear was when he died.


Jeanette “Jean” Laura Cahill, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Feb. 10, 2010, at the home of her daughter, Deborah Elaine Cahill Damon, in Winters.
Jean was born on
Jan. 7, 1923, to the late Florence Reaney Warner and Wilbur S. Warner
in Bridgeport, Conn. Jeanette married Lt. Roderick “Rod” Thomas Cahill (AAF, deceased 1999) on Sept. 6, 1944. Jean and Rod adopted their daughter Deborah Elaine in April 1955 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and son Roderick “Rory” Thomas Jr. in September 1957 in Tacoma, Wash.
The family resided in Lakewood, Wash. Jean was very active and loved sewing, bowling, gardening, cooking, reading, playing cards (bridge), raising cocker spaniels and being a member of The Ladies of the Elks.
Jean is survived by daughter Deborah “Debbi” and son-in-law David R. Damon Sr., son Roderick T. Cahill Jr., grandsons Brenden Charles Damon (Army specialist, wife Melinda), David Ronald
Damon Jr. (Navy, P.O.3), and Thomas Jack Damon, 16. She was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Annabelle Danger, 6, and Amelia Tempest, 2, sisters-in-law Kathleen Laflin and Sue Cahill of Connecticut, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial services took place on Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Mountain View Garden Chapel with
reception following in the Willow Room.
The family thanks Yolo Hospice and the love of family and friends. Donations in Jean’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.


David E. Baxter died Feb. 14, 2010. He was 76. David was born on Oct. 24, 1933, in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, where his father worked as a nurseryman on the Wrigley estate.
He and his family moved to Vacaville in 1936, and stayed there until 1940. They then moved to Winters, where his father began his real estate brokerage business on Main Street, next to the current
location of the Buckhorn restaurant.
David attended Winters Grammar School through the eighth grade, moved to Campbell in 1947 and attended Campbell Union High School, where he graduated in 1951.
During his high school years, he was involved in student government and played on the basketball, football and tennis teams. On the tennis team, he was the No. 1 men’s singles player during his senior year.
After graduation from high school, he attended UC Berkeley where he received a bachelor’s
degree in political science and belonged to the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from UCB in 1955.
David was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1955 and served most of his two-year stay on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
Upon leaving the service, he began a varied and interesting career working with U.S. Steel. He served as human resource manager at Omark
Industries; executive director of the California Commission on Aging; president of the Medical Foundations in both Mendocino and Merced counties; and worked as an independent salesman with AFLAC until retirement in 2006.
David returned to Yolo County as a resident in 1999, moving into the home of his deceased mother Constance Baxter.
After retirement from AFLAC, he became
involved in local community projects. He joined the Friends of the Library and was active in the planning of the new library building. He also was instrumental in the renovation of the Winters High School tennis courts, bringing together community members, suppliers and contractors.
He moved to the Santa Cruz area in 2008 to be closer to his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren where they were able to spend quality time
together until the end of his life.
David was predeceased by his parents David and Connie Baxter, longtime residents of Winters, and his sister Patricia Cutler. David is survived by his son David A. Baxter, his daughter Sandy Baxter-Claude, his daughter-in-law Maria Baxter, and his grandchildren Isabella, Max, Graham, Tyler and Madison. He also is survived by his brother Michael S. Baxter and a niece and nephew.
A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. March 20 at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 205 Russell St., Winters.


William Fredric Knolle, a Fort Bragg resident and former resident of Winters, lost his battle with lung cancer on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. He died at home surrounded by family and friends. He was 61.
A memorial service will take place at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Chapel by the Sea in Fort Bragg.
William was born Jan. 3, 1949, in San Francisco to William and Rosalie Knolle.
He was raised and educated in Sonoma and was a member of the long-established Knolle family of Sonoma County. William was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in Vietnam. He had worked most of his adult life as a mechanic and was a gifted woodworker, a motorcycle enthusiast and avid photographer.
He married his wife, Carol, in 1980 in Nevada and together they made their home in Solano County for several years before moving to Winters where they resided for 10 years. Retiring in 2004, he and Carol moved their family to Fort Bragg. William worked at Rossi’s and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Knolle; sons, Joseph and Steven; sisters, Sharlene Campbell and Jo Ann and Don Battaglia; and numerous aunts,
uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.


Maxine Lorraine Sloper, 88, died on Monday, March 1, 2010, at Fairview Comfort Home in Fairfield. Born on July 28, 1921, in Modesto to Leroy and Rose (Ellis) Fritts, she grew up in the Placerville-Diamond Springs area and was a graduate of Sacramento High School’s class of 1939 and attended Sacramento City College.
A homemaker for more than 70 years, Sloper had been a Yolo County resident for the past 21 years, residing in the city of Winters after moving from Chowchilla. During her children’s youth, she was active in 4-H and was a longtime member of Delta Theta Tau and Jobs Daughters.
She is survived by husband Carroll Sloper of Winters; her daughters, Nancy Howard and husband Dwight, and Linda Eastman and husband Bob, both of Winters; son Neal Sloper of Eureka; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister Lola Sykes and brother Robert Fritts.
Private family services will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to Yolo Hospice, North Bay Hospice or the Winters Healthcare Foundation in her memory.
Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is
assisting the family with arrangements.



Annie F. Ramos, 67, born in Winters to Adolfo and Ana Ramos passed away Feb. 25, 2010, at her longtime residence in Highland.
She is survived by her sister Juanita Nobriga of Arbuckle. She also is survived by a large, loving family of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Antonio and Adolph Ramos of Arbuckle.
A memorial Mass will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at Holy Cross church in Arbuckle. A reception will follow immediately at the Arbuckle Fire Department Hall.

Following his illness of several months, George F. Bawart of
Vacaville passed away peacefully on Jan. 25, 2010, with his wife, Jan, and “daughter,” Dana, at his side. He was
born Sept. 3, 1939 in Burlingame.
He was a retired Vallejo police officer. For 17 of his 28 years, he was a detective. Among his many cases, he was best known as the investigator on the ongoing Zodiac case. He served as a consultant on the movie made about the Zodiac murder investigation.
After retirement, he was frequently found
maneuvering his boat, the Bye George along the Delta waterways. At home, he built intricate radio controlled airplanes, was a voracious reader,
accomplished cook, and an avid football and Nascar fan, often watching with his “perfect” grandson, Bret. He was always ready with an entertaining story about events when he was a police
detective or life in general. Fun loving and caring, he will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife and loving companion of nearly 30 years, Jan, owner of the Cloth Carousel in Winters; stepdaughters, Debora Farrell and Dana Fishburn (whom he referred to as his “daughter”) her husband, Les, and grandson, Bret; daughters, Natalie Bawart, Christine Wheelock and Debbie Daly; granddaughters, Christina Daly, Amanda Daly, Jordan Lane and Juliette Wheelock; sisters Suzanne Day and husband, Steve, and Mimi Rapp; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at St. Peters Chapel on Mare
Island in Vallejo.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the local Cancer Society.


Dorothea Ohlhauser, 91, of Winters, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010 at her home. She was an area resident for 13 years. She was born June 18, 1918 in Germany to Johann and Katharina Korbus.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Josef Ohlhauser; daughter, Gabriele; sister, Maria; grandchildren: Michael Hienzsch, Daniel Hienzsch, Katrina Haskins, and Alexandra Haskins; great-grandchild, Athena Hienzsch.
A visitation was held Friday, Jan. 8, at Wiscombe Funeral Home in Winters. A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Saturday, Jan.9, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. A private family interment was held at the Winters Cemetery.


Steven Garfinkle, passed away on Dec. 30, 2009 in Sparks, Nevada after fighting Amyloidosis. Until the end, he was surrounded by family and encompassed by the love of his countless true friends. Born February 13, 1939 in Salt Lake City, Utah, he was 70 years old.
In his own words, this is a brief summary of his life: “After graduation I apprenticed as a carpenter for about a year. I then did the army thing, ran radar on a missile base. I worked about four years as a carpenter after the army. I then went to work in the gambling business in 1966. I was in gambling for 20 some years. I have been as high as casino manager twice. I worked in Reno, Las Vegas, and Lake Tahoe.
My main thing until my early 30s was motor cross cycle racing, until a couple of buggers dragged me on a sailboat for the first time and that ruined my whole life. I sold my motorcycles and sailing has been my main love ever since. I have sailed extensively from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas, on both sides of the Baja. Words of wisdom: Live life to the fullest.'
Steve once owned two saloons; Garfinkle’s Fireside Chat in Reno, Nevada and Eagle Station Saloon in Carson City, Nevada. He also purchased JJ’s Saloon in Winters, but poor health prevented him from leaving his mark.
With an artist’s eye and a love of adventure, Steve loved to travel. He could turn a weekend trip into a month long adventure and often did. He loved back roads to anywhere, and locally owned bars and restaurants. He always made a friend wherever he went. He explored all of the western states and most of the rest of the US, including Alaska and Hawaii. His worldwide adventures included trips with his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Gary, to Mexico, Western Europe, Egypt, Costa Rica, South Africa and just this fall, Eastern Europe.
He leaves behind his four children, Connie, Jay, Brian and Dawn (and her husband Jim) 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews; brother Buddy Garfinkle; sister, Linda and brother-in-law, Gary Kessimakis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Imey and Shirley Garfinkle, and his brother Jay Garfinkle.
A celebration in his honor was held Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Eagle Lodge in Carson City, Nevada. Memories and condolences in the online family guestbook at waltonsfuneralhome.com.


Virginia Marie Flood passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 24, 2009. Born in 1920, she celebrated her 89th birthday on Dec. 23 with all of her grandchildren. Her primary residence was in Santa Rosa, but her second home was Winters.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathy and Linda; five grandchildren, Doug and Michael Van Dyke, and Matt, Justin and Megan Mariani; eight great-grandchildren.
An informal luncheon to celebrate her life will be held at the Buckhorn’s DeVilbiss room on Friday, Jan. 8, at noon.


Esther C. Stone passed away in Sacramento on Dec. 30, 2009. She was the beloved wife of Andre Stone, loving mother of Sara Stone and Andre John Stone, cherished grandmother of Ashley Gabriel Stone, dearest daughter of Antinio M. Martin, dear sister of Angela Vasquez and her husband Juan and dear aunt of Ashley and Rachel Long. She graduated from Winters High School in 1965.
A visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m., followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, at Mount Vernon Mortuary, 8201 Greenback Lane in Fair Oaks.


Terry Max Bookout of Pittsburg passed away on Dec. 2, 2009. Born on Oct. 6, 1946, he was 63 years old.
A former Winters resident, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He loved to spend time with his family, and is remembered as a very compassionate person by family members, one who would take people into his home who needed help. He will be remembered for the love he gave to his children and grandchildren, and one who “lived for his family.”
He is survived by his sons, David, Danny and Tyler, a daughter, Devan, and eight grandchildren; brother, Jim Bookout of Foley, Ala.; sisters, Sharon Tewell of Lawrenceville, Ill., Pamela Singh of Winters, and Debbie D’Angelica of Rio Vista.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Beatrice Bookout.


Sandra Faye Self passed away at her home in Dunnigan, Tuesday, December 15. She was born in Dickinson, North Dakota at St. Joseph’s Hospital on June 19, 1949 at 2 a.m.
Sandra spent most of her life in Yolo County. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, an expert with a needle and thread, a master chef and an all around caring person. She was an avid reader and she worked at UC Davis in the libraries for 35 years.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur F. Self; her son, William A. Self; her granddaughter, Layla J. Self; her sisters, Cindi Aubrey, Pamella Craven, Lory Hunter and her dog Oreo.
A memorial service was held at Nadeau Family Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 11:30 a.m.. Inurnment will follow at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon at 2:30.
Arrangements were handled by Nadeau Family Funeral Home, 707-455-7700.


Rose Katherine Rand, age 96, passed away on December 18 in Woodland. She was born on October 7, 1913 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Clyde and Pauline Lentz Walsh. She married John Rand on July 9, 1936 in Anoka, Minnesota; he preceded her in death in 1982.
Rose and John moved from Minneapolis to Winters in 1966. Rose spent her life dedicated to her family whom she loved dearly. Her home was like a museum filled with various knick knacks and each had special meaning to her; she could tell you everything about each little treasure she had. Rose was a phenomenal seamstress and never needed a pattern to make clothing. She was a homemaker, dedicated to the care of her family. She was always very prompt; if an event began at noon she would arrive at 11 a.m. Filled with determination, she always wanted to do things her way, although her way may not have been the easiest—she wasn’t looking for the easy way out. She was very independent.
Rose and John’s lives were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Delores. Delores recalls that as a young child, when her father was working out of town, she and her mother would sit in front of a kerosene lantern and spend hours coloring pictures. Rose refused the modern convenience of a clothes dryer and insisted on hanging her clothes to dry. She loved her animals.
As Rose and John grew older, they loved to go anywhere that Delores would take them; they were always ready to go. She volunteered at the Seniors Center for many years, particularly with the Meals on Wheels program. She received numerous awards for her work as a volunteer.
Rose is survived by her daughter, Delores Sorenson of Winters; granddaughters, Julie Russell, Brenda Radulovich and Laurie Lane; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and sister, Dora Jacobsen of Columbia Heights, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katherine Miller; brothers Richard Walsh, Warren Walsh and George Lentz; and sisters Elizabeth Magnuson and Katherine Miller.
A viewing will be held on Dec. 23 from 10–11 a.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, immediately followed by a graveside service at the Winters Cemetery.
For those who wish to sign a guestbook on line you may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.



Dolores Reed Philipp, 84, died at home on Oct. 28, 2009 following a six-year illness of adenocarcinoma of the lung. She was being cared for by the Newberry Hospice in La Pine Oregone.
She was born on May 2, 1925, and worked at Vasey’s Grocery Store, at the Post Office as a substitute mail carrier, and at the grade school.
She married John A. Philipp on Nov. 29, 1975 in Fallon, Nevada after he retired from the Navy in 1966. They were married 34 years. A longtime Winters resident and resident of Abbey Street, she loved Winters “back then” when it was a small town and knew Charles Wallace and his father Newt very well.
They sold their house and traveled in a 32-foot travel trailer in 1984, and bought property in La Pine in 1986. They cleared the land themselves, and had a 1,600 square foot home built.
She is survived by her husband, John, 84; children, Lucille Reed Bastian of Shasta and Wayne Reed of Willard, Utah.
She was cremated, and her ashes placed on the graves of her two beloved dogs by her home.

Judith Ann Mohr Day, 61, passed away in her Winters home on Friday, Nov. 14, 2009. She was born on Sept. 16, 1948, in Freehold, New Jersey, to Augustus and Edna Mohr. She moved with her family to California in 1959 and graduated from Canoga Park High School in southern California.
She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1970. She moved to Davis when she accompanied her husband, Lee Erickson, to attend graduate school in Agricultural Engineering at UC Davis.
In 1989, she married Michael Day and moved to Winters; he passed away in 1998. A member of UC Davis Quarter Century Club, she was employed at University Extension, Accounting and Animal Science departments before her retirement in 2002. After retirement she was recalled to help out with UCDHS fiscal matters and provided her expertise to the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, and the Orthopedic Research Lab.
She loved her pet dogs and cats like family. She enjoyed traveling to national parks in Canada and US. She also loved to dine out with her friends.
She is survived by her brother, Dick, of Weed, and sister, Nancy Condosta, of Rancho Cucamonga; four nieces and three nephews, and her mother-in-law, Ida Mae Day, of Des Moines, Iowa.
A celebration of life will be held on Monday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 116 D Street in Davis. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Heifer International (www.heifer.org/gift) or any charitable organization that protects animals and wildlife.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Dr. Ana R. Doran Negri, 83, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 15, 2009, surrounded by loving family, with her bed positioned to look out onto a beloved view of Portuguese Bend and Catalina Island. Born Dec. 21, 1925 in Utuado, Puerto Rico, Ana Julia Rodriguez grew up in both Puerto Rico and Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from New York University in Manhattan, and thereafter obtained her Medical Doctor degree as the first Puerto Rican woman to graduate from the New York University School of Medicine.
Following a residency in anesthesiology, she had a decades long career as an anesthesiologist. It was in medical school that she met and married her first husband, Connick Doran, with whom she had 10 children. She relocated to the Los Angeles area in 1953, eventually settling in 1954 on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
For more than a quarter century, her medical career was tied to what was then San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, as a staff anesthesiologist. Following a divorce from Dr. Connick Doran in 1973, she later married widower Dr. Max Negri (who recently passed away on Nov. 3, 2009) in 1977, and became stepmother to his seven children to create a combined family of 17 children and stepchildren.
Max and Ana Negri became well known for their active involvement in supporting Marymount College, City of Hope cancer research, as well as community affairs on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, particularly the Norris Theatre and its Negri Learning Center.
She is survived by two brothers and a sister, as well as her 10 children, six step children, including Glenn Negri of Winters, 24 grandchildren, 25 step grand children, and one great-granddaughter.
There will be a private, family-only memorial. There will also be a combined Celebration of Life Memorial for both Dr. Max Negri and Dr. Ana Doran Negri, scheduled to take place on Dec. 5 at Marymount College.
More information can be obtained by calling a recorded message at (310) 377-0274. There is a guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
(Source: Daily Breeze.)


Dorothy King Vickrey, 86, passed away on Oct. 30, 2009 after suffering a heart attack. She has lived in Winters since 1970 when she and her husband moved here from Alamo. She was born on Aug. 23, 1923, and grew up in Sacramento, graduating from Sacramento High School.
She was an avid gardener and spent many hours working in her yard. She was also a great supporter of many activities in Winters including Winters Youth Day, the After School Program, Winters Fireworks Fund and Winters Healthcare Foundation.
She is survived by her sons, Peter Vickrey, of Antioch and John Vickrey and his wife, Sandy of Winters, and their three children, Chad, Jack and Devon, and great-granddaughter, Ava. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a private service, and asks that friends who wish to do so make a donation to either the Winters Library Fund or the Winters Healthcare Foundation in her memory.


Patricia Mello died peacefully on November 5, 2009, at her home in Davis. She was born April 1, 1929, in Coronado, and married Stan Mello on March 29, 1945.
A devoted wife, mother and friend who also enjoyed helping the elderly, Mrs. Mello was able to fulfill a life-long dream of studying to become a nurse. She then worked at area convalescent hospitals and later provided home health care for many years. Mrs. Mello loved being a member of the Pole Line Road Baptist Church, as well as gardening, cooking, reading and visiting with family and friends.
Mrs. Mello is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Kerry Mello of Woodland; daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Jimmy Reed, Jr., of Winters; daughters Claudia Obando and Katie Mello; grandchildren Kyle Mello of Jordan, Utah; Wesley and Kelly Cleveland of Pooler, Georgia; and Elena and Greg DiBenedetto of Halcott Center, NY. Mrs. Mello was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Stan, in 2005.
A celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Mello’s lives was held on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Pole Line Road Baptist Church in Davis.



Laura Irene Manger (Gale)
died peacefully at her home in Davis on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009. She was 87. Born on Aug. 18, 1922 in Winters, she was raised there by her parents, Archie and Mary Gale, along with her nine siblings. She lived in Davis for the past 60 years.
During World War II, she was employed as a telephone operator and waitress. After starting a family, she devoted her energy and talents to homemaking and raising her children. She enjoyed golfing with friends from Davis and especially visits with friends and her grandchildren at her cabin in Lake Tahoe.
She is survived by her brothers, Robert Gale of Davis, Gerald Gale of Woodland, Eugene Gale of Winters; sister, Elizabeth Struss of Danville; sons Gary and Tom Hayes both of Esparto, and Paul Hayes of Camden, South Carolina; daughter Patricia Johnson of Woodland; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Hayes, first husband, Jack Hayes, second husband, Lyle ‘Bud’ Manger and great-grandson, Zane Guse’.
Visitation will be at Wiscombe Funeral Home at 34 Main Street, Suite B in Winters on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 2-5 p.m. A memorial service was held at St. Anthony Parish Hall in Winters on Monday, Nov. 9. Interment took place at Winters Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.

Dr. Max Negri, well known as a philanthropist and surgeon in Southern California, died on the evening of Nov. 3, 2009. after complications during surgery. He was 84.
Born on March 7 1925 and raised in East Los Angeles, Negri graduated from Roosevelt High School. He was drafted into the Army’s 94th Infantry Division. After fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he was seriously wounded in Germany, earning a Purple Heart. He returned to California for rehabilitation and became an orthopedic surgeon. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from USC, where he was a gymnast. He was the first orthopedic resident at what is now County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
From 1959 to 1989, he practiced surgery at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, where he specialized in complicated spinal operations. He also taught at several area universities, including his alma mater.
Negri funded the Negri Learning Center at the Norris Center for Performing Arts in Rolling Hills Estates. Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, the educational center at the Norris Theater, and San Pedro’s Cabrillo Marine Aquarium also were recipients of his generosity. Locally, he established the Rancho Gardens Foundation in 1994, a philanthropic foundation in the Winters area. He funded the first radio-tracking system for Siberian tigers in Russia, according to his daughter.
He and his first wife, Gloria had seven children. Following her death in 1974, he married Anna Doran in 1977, bringing together a family of 17 children. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to a seaside home in Rancho Palos Verdes, where their cliffside hanging garden became a passion of Negri’s and was the subject of ongoing media attention.
He is survived by his wife and 17 children, including Glenn Negri of Winters, as well as 31 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
(Source: Daily Breeze)


Shirley Marie Ramos of Dunnigan died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009 at Sutter General Hospital. Born on Nov. 11, 1937 in Woodland, she was 71.
As mother and Nana, she loved her family and her animals very much. She loved to bake cakes, pies and cookies for her family and friends. Her love of cooking was passionate, and what an excellent cook she was.
She loved to play cards every Tuesday at the Woodland Senior Citizens center and also loved to shop for her family. She enjoyed listening to country music daily and recently attended her favorite country music star, Merle Haggard’s concert in Davis. She had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone in her family who was in need.
A very giving mother, she loved everyone in her family and always enjoyed family gatherings. She doted on her children and grandchildren. Her family loved her dearly and will miss her immensely. Her family will never ever forget the impact she had on their lives.
She is survived by daughters, Paula Fusaro, Penny (Patrick) Way and Teresa (Fred) Hayes; son, John (Kathy) Ramos; grandchildren, Christina Talbot, Tony Fusaro, Renee, Amber, Matthew Ramos, Gregory Williams, Chad and Jenna Hayes; sisters, Barbara Ortiz, Sandy Tipton, Harriet (Greg) Shortridge; sister-in-law Rosie (Bart) Frey.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, John R. Ramos; father and mother, Harry and Pauline Sattazahn; and sister Betty Jean Campos.
Funeral service is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6, at 12:30 p.m. at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main Street in Vacaville; (707) 448-6546. Deacon Bob Ikelman will officiate. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon. An online guest book can be signed at www.mccunechapel.com.



Jack Kelly, 68, passed away peacefully at home in Winters on Oct. 4, 2009. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his family and experienced no pain. He was born on Aug. 6, 1941.
Jack, also known as “Butch” to his side of the family, was born to John and Dorothy Kelly in Utica, N.Y. After being named valedictorian of his senior class at Poland Central School in 1959, he attended Syracuse University on a scholarship, graduating in 1965 with a degree in social studies/education, after which he taught high school for three years.
During the Civil Rights Movement, he joined Vista Volunteers and worked as a community organizer in Lynchburg, Va., from 1968-71, assisting and mentoring an almost all-black community. He once wrote that this was the best adventure of his life. In 1971, he left for Salt Lake City, where he started a 30-year career in public parks and recreation. It was in Salt Lake City where he met his loving wife of 27 years, Sopon. They had three children together and settled in California. He enjoyed the Vacaville and Winters area for its agriculture of nut and fruit orchards, where things never stop growing. He was the former recycling coordinator for the City of Winters.
Jack had many passions: reading anything and everything he came across, road-tripping to all corners of the United State with his family, the Sequoia redwoods, odd and satirical humor, and of course, politics. He was a frequent contributor to The Forum of The Vacaville Reporter for several years.
A free-spirited liberal until his death, he will be remembered for his kind heart, striking intelligence, quick with, humor and humility.
He is survived by his wife, Sopon Kelly; daughters, Sopon Elizabeth Kelly and Jacqueline Diana Kelly; son, Daniel James Kelly; sister, Gretchen McHale; and cousin, Nancy Lenore Young Bettinger.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the National Parks Conservation Association at www.npca.org.
(Source: The Vacaville Reporter, Nov. 1, 2009.)

Dolores G. Lopez passed away October 30, 2009. She was 92.
A Vacaville native, she was born May 4, 1917. Mrs. Lopez was a homemaker.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A public visitation will be held at the Nadeau Family Funeral Home on Friday, Nov. 6, from 5-8 p.m. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m.

Shirley Faye Hall 85, died on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009 at her Winters residence. Born on June 27, 1924 in Corning to James and Ivy (Oakes) Hoar, she lived her entire life in California, and was a Yolo County resident for the past eight years. A nurse for over 30 years, she was employed by the Kaiser Foundation, and was assigned to their hospital in Sacramento.
She is survived by her daughter Sheri Marshall of Washington; sons David Hall of Sacramento and Steven Hall of Paradise; granddaughter Ashley Jacob of Maryland; cousin Lois Clerk of Chico; longtime partner Louis Campos of Winters; step children Cindy Sanchez, Steve Campos, Kristina Campos, and Cesar Valeriano, all of Winters, and David and Alice Rozman of Woodland.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Gregory Hall, and grandson Kaleb Jacob.
Private family services will be held at a later date yet to be scheduled. Memorial contributions may be directed to Yolo Hospice, or the charity of the donor’s choice in his memory. Assisting the family with arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.


Floyd Vernon Fletcher, 83, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at the Woodland Memorial Hospital.
Born April 22, 1926, in Buffalo, Ark., to Webster and Minnie Fletcher, he lived in Buford and Buffalo, Ark. until 1936. Growing up during this time, he helped raise his two younger brothers, J.M. and Ray. He went to work for the Civilian Conservation Corp as a teenager to help provide for his family. Mr. Fletcher came to California to visit relatives and then returned to Arkansas to work on bridges and dams, such as the Norfolk Bridge and Bull Shoals Dam.
Mr. Fletcher married Jane Elizabeth Thornley on Jan 30, 1949, in Calico Rock, Ark. Their first child, son Vernon, was born at home in Calico Rock, Ark. Mr. Fletcher and his family moved to California, and settled in Winters in 1951. They had four more children, Sandy, Randy, Barbara and Belinda, whom all reside in or around Winters. Mrs. Fletcher passed away on March 23, 1995, after 46 years of marriage to Mr. Fletcher.
He continued to work in the construction business, building bridges and highways all over California, until his retirement in 1985. After his retirement, he began to volunteer for the Winters Senior Citizens. Mr. Fletcher spent countless hours taking seniors to the doctor appointments, and he also was a contact for any equipment needs for them. This labor of love for seniors caused him to receive the Citizen of the Year award in 2000, and he was honored and recognized for his efforts at a dinner at the Winters Community Center. He proudly rode in the 2000 Youth Day Parade for the first time with the honored title of Citizen of the Year. Mr. Fletcher continued to enjoy the senior lunches at the Winters Community Center, the fellowship with everyone who joined him there, and playing bingo. He especially enjoyed this time with his wife, Pat. During a brief time this year when he had to receive care away from home, he could not wait to return home to Pat and to the senior lunches and fellowship and bingo. Mr. Fletcher had a love for his wife, Pat and their surrounding family and friends. The second Mrs. Fletcher showed her love for Mr. Fletcher by caring for him during this past year.
Mr. Fletcher was a Christian, serving his Lord and Savior for most of his adult life. He helped construct the First Baptist Church in Winters, and was also saved through this church’s ministry. Pastor Woods encouraged him to come and get involved in the church family. He served as a deacon, sang in the choir, led Sunday School classes, and attended church faithfully.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Pat Jordon-Fletcher of Winters, sons Vernon Fletcher of Stockton and wife Karen Fletcher, Randy Fletcher of LaLoma, daughters Sandra Willard of Dixon and her husband Casey Willard, Barbara LePenske of Dixon and her husband Dennis LePenske, Belinda Fletcher of Winters, and brother Ray Fletcher and wife Retha of Calico Rock, Ark. His legacy also leaves his 12 grandchildren, Jason, Jeffrey, Kelly, Joseph, Casey D., Anna, Brian, Jed, Amanda, Dannielle, Brandon and Eli, and 17 great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Jacob, Dalton, Carson Floyd, Jasmine, Brook, Brian Jr., Alyssa, Alec, Alana, Ishmael, Devon, Ainsley, Dominic, Felesha, Cheyenne and Christian Joseph, and one great-great grandchild, Leah Jane. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Elizabeth Fletcher, his parents Web and Minnie Fletcher, and his half- brothers Tip, Bud, and younger brother J.M.
Viewing services will be available at the Wiscombe Chapel, 34 Main Street, from 4-8 p.m., on Wednesday, October 21, and the funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 22, at the First Baptist Church, followed by interment at the Winters Cemetery. Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Robert Fitzhugh Laughlin, 80, passed away on Thursday October 1, 2009, at his Winters residence.
Born on July 31, 1929, in El Paso, Texas, to Robert and Bertha (Wiskin) Laughlin Sr., where he grew up and attended area schools. Following this, Mr. Laughlin attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, receiving his bachelor’s degree in education.
A veteran, he served in the United States Naval reserves, and was a teacher for 22 years total, combined within education at Woodland, Redway, and Cottonwood Elementary Schools. Changing career paths, Mr. Laughlin received his real estate license, which he maintained for over 15 years, and was the owner of Arrow Real Estate in Winters.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Laughlin of Winters; a daughter, Laura Laughlin of Herndon, Virginia; sons Ian F. Laughlin and wife Shelly of Bremerton, Washington, Bryan F. Laughlin and wife Kristin of Ukiah, and Bruce Laughlin and wife Renee of Willows; sisters Kathy Engebretsen and husband Bill of Pueblo, Colorado, and Sheila Laughlin of Tonganoxie, Kansas. His legacy also leaves his 7 grandchildren, Ian Jr., Heather, Megan, Nicholas, Ethan, Gavin, and Chelsea. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, L. Jean Laughlin, and a brother, George Laughlin.
Graveside services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., on Friday, October 9, 2009, at the Cottonwood Cemetery, 29220 County Road 24A in Winters, with a Memorial Service to follow at 11 a.m., at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 515 Second Street in Woodland, with Rector Wendy Watson officiating. A reception will be held in the church hall upon conclusion of services.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions are directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617-1014 in his memory. Assisting the family with arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.



Clinton K. Jones
, 88, passed away on Oct. 2, 2009 at his residence in Winters. He was born on March 15, 1921 in St. Edward, Nance County, Nebraska, to Louis and Jenny Rosencrantz Jones. He married Dorothy Marie Strunk on Dec. 27, 1945 following a “love-letters” romance.
Clinton attended school at District #47, Nance County and graduated from St. Edward High School in 1939. He farmed in partnership with his father until moving to California in 1943. He worked on a large ranch in Chowchilla before he was drafted into the United States Army Air Force in 1945. Upon his honorable discharge in 1946 he again joined his father in a ranching partnership in Chowchilla until February 1954.
He was employed as Top Foreman in the Public Works Department for the City of Atwater. While in Atwater, he served four years as president of the Atwater City Employees Association, was a member of the volunteer fire department for 12 years and also a coach for the Rotary Club’s Little League team.
He moved to Winters in February 1968 and was employed as the Public Works Superintendent and Chief Building Inspector for the city until his semi-retirement in June 1976. He was then employed as a bus driver for two years with the Winters School District. He also worked for three years for the United States Department of Agriculture in the Federal Crop Insurance Division.
In 1982, Clinton became a Senior Auto Equipment Operator for UC Davis. He greatly enjoyed driving the shuttle bus between the Davis and Berkeley campuses until his full retirement in 1987.
He spent 18 years as a volunteer fireman with the Winters Fire Department and served a term as president of the department. He was honored for a total of 30 years of service as a volunteer fireman. He was a member of the American Legion, Post 208. He was also an active member of Discovery Worship Center (Assemblies of God) in Winters.
His love of travel was shared with his wife of 63 years. During his lifetime, he visited all 50 states. In 1977, he accompanied the Winters High School basketball teams to Ocala, Florida, and in 1978 traveled with the football team when they went to Hilo, Hawaii. Because of his extensive travels he enjoyed sharing many stories and wrote many of them down for generations to enjoy.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughters, Kellie Jean McCammon (Lee) of Silver City, New Mexico; Patricia Avann (Dave) of Phoenix, Arizona; Janice Rominger (Tom) of Winters; Christine Zarate (Andres) of Woodland; sons, Cliff Jones (Susan) of Coos Bay, Oregon; Roy Jones (Chris) of Winters; Tim Jones (Becky) of Kuna, Idaho; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Brother, Glenn Jones (Jacquie) of Pacific Grove, brother Max Jones of Harrison, Arkansas and sister, Wanda Hughes of Merced preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Discovery Worship Center, 315 Edwards Street in Winters. A viewing will be held just prior to the services from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Interment will be private at the Winters Cemetery.
Donations may be made in memory of Clinton Jones to the Winters Fire Department, the Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge or to the

Doris Gray died in her sleep early Sept. 24, 2009. She lived most of her life in Yolo County, the last 62 years in Winters.
Born May 30, 1908 in Hollister, she attended grade school in Esparto, high school in Berkeley and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley. She taught both grade and high school. She taught grade school most recently at Buckeye School, then she taught for 22 years at Winters High School.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Gray-Ricci (wife of Bert Ricci), daughter-in-law Mary Louise Gray, grandsons John Gray (and Linda), and Joseph Gray; and three great-grand-children.
She was preceded in death by her husband Grant Gray and her son G. William “Bill” Gray.
Graveside services, conducted by the Reverend Wendy Watson, were held Sept. 29 at the Winters Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Winters Library “Fill the Shelves” fund, P.O. Box 963, Winters, CA 95694.Salvation Army.


Alma Lee Farris, 75, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2009, at Sierra Healthcare in Davis. Born on April 25, 1934, in Sasakwo, Okla., to John and Myrtle (Battershell) Rice, she attended California area schools.
A resident of Winters for the past 22 years, she was employed by Basic Vegetable in Vacaville for more than 28 years, prior to her retirement in 1983.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie Lopez-Rojas and husband Pete Rojas of Winters; a brother, Bob Rice, of Chowchilla; grandson Brad Lopez and wife Wendy of Winters; great-grandchildren Christyna, Nathan and Katelyn Lopez, all of Winters and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Farris.
Private family services will be held at a later date, with interment at Winters Cemetery, 415 Cemetery Drive, in Winters. Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.


Frank Hendricks, 81, of Napa, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, from liver cancer.
He graduated from Armijo High School in Fairfield in 1946. Thereafter he joined the Merchant Marines. In 1950, he married Myrtle Joyce Moody and had two sons, Frank Jr. and Carlton. He worked for PG&E in Vacaville in the early 1950s then later became a barber and owned barber shops in Sacramento.
In 1968 he moved to Moskowite Corners in Napa County and went to work for the FAA as a caretaker of the Napa airport tower. In the late 1970s he moved to Napa and worked as a barber at the California Veterans Home at Yountville. During those years he developed a Christian tape ministry and was active in the Full Gospel Business Men’s fellowship International. Later he went to work at Larry’s Barber shop in Yountville for 20 years before retiring in 1999.
His retirement years were spent at leisure studying the Bible and leading people to the Lord whenever possible. He enjoyed having lunch and the camaraderie at the Napa Senior Center, where he and his companion, Barbara, rode their bicycles to. In retirement, Frank wrote and self-published a book titled “The Coming Great Reunion,” which chronicled the many miracles he witnessed over his life. The book was dedicated to his high school friends he dearly loved and expected to see in heaven.
He is survived by his son, Carlton Hendricks, and his companion of 38 years, Barbara Pridmore.
He was predeceased by his son, Frank Jr., who died in a car accident in 1977 at the age of 27.
Barbara’s six grandchildren considered Frank to be their grandfather. For seven Monday evenings prior to his passing, family and friends gathered for barbecues so Frank could enjoy his own memorial. As a final farewell, a graveside memorial service is planned on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m., at Napa Valley Memorial Park, 2383 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa. Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel of Napa is in charge of services, and family and friends may relay condolences online at treadwayandwiggerfuneralchapel.com.


Robert (Bob) Charles Wion, age 61 passed away on July 30, 2009 due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born on November 13, 1947 in Redding, California to Robert D. and Evelyn Lois (Spray) Wion.
Robert was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a law enforcement officer for over 20 years, he was retired from the Yolo County Sheriff's Department. He loved spending time with his children and grandkids.
Robert leave behind his loving wife of 31 years, Sandra Lynn (Utter) Wion; children, Andrea Jordan (Darren) Manion of Park Hills, MO; Laurie (Michael) Kelley of Guinda, CA; Deanna (Felix) Cano of Winters, CA and Dean Bell also of Winters, CA; Grandchildren, Summer Rodgers; Amber Covington; Christina Walker; Natasha Bell; Brent Bell; Laci Kelley; Dani Manion; Zack Walker; Corey Nichols; Kyle Nichols; Michael Kelley; Niko Walker; and Justin Walker; sister, Carol Susa and brothers, Richard (Arlene) Wion and Michael Wion along with numerous nieces and nephews. Robert will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2009 at the Winters Cemetery at 11:00 A.M. with a viewing held on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at Wiscombe Funeral Home 34 Main Street Suite B Winters, CA. Those who wish to sign a guest book online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Betty D. Williams, a longtime Winters resident before she moved to Madison, passed away in Madison on August 16. She was 80 years old.
Williams was born November 20, 1928 in Watonga, Oklahoma, and lived in Yolo County for sixty years, working as a hairdresser.
She is survived by daughter Charlotte “Shy” Ann Farnham and her husband Cliff of Judith Gap, Montana; son Charles Steven Williams and his wife Susan of Lincoln; sister Pat Koontz of Bow, Washington; brother Larry Long of Colorado; and grandchildren Roger Cornwell, Anson Cornwell, Nicole Williams, James Williams and Marianne Williams.
Williams was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Williams, her parents William Johnston and Ruby Dennis and her sister Naydean Stafford.
A memorial service will be held August 21 at McNary’s Chapel, 458 College Street, in Woodland. Donations will be accepted in her honor at Yolo Hospice.


Former Winters resident Janice Marie Walters, 59, of El Dorado, Arkansas, died July 23 at Medical Center of South Arkansas.
The daughter of Larry Sipp and Alma Frances Gieber Sipp, she was born Oct. 26, 1949 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
She was preceded in death by a twin brother, James Duncan.
Survivors include her husband, Eddie Walters Sr. of El Dorado, Arkansas; two sons, Chris George and his wife, Jennifer of El Dorado, Arkansas, and Eddie Walters Jr. of Arizona; a daughter, Janet Parker and her husband John Sr. of Calion, Arkansas; her husband’s sister Dorothy Hutchinson and husband Frank of Winters; her parents, Larry and Alma Sipp of Nebraska; five brothers, Johnny Duncan and Charles Duncan, both of Wisconsin, Thomas Duncan of El Dorado, Arkansas, Mark Duncan of Nebraska; and six grandchildren, Rachel George, John Parker Jr., Lacie George, Tristan George, Eddie Walters III and Tyler Walters.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, July 26 in El Dorado, Arkansas. Horace Andrew Westbrook, 68, died on Tuesday, August 4 at Alderson Convalescent Hospital in Woodland.
Born on February 22, 1941 in Mississippi to Clovis and Zella (Colburn), he had been employed within the petroleum industry prior to his retirement.
A resident of Winters for the past 20 years, he is survived by his daughter Anna Westbrook of Woodland; sons Andrew Westbrook of Susanville, and Anthony Westbrook of Corning; a sister Shirley Zimmerman and husband Ralph of Winters; a brother Marvin Westbrook and wife Bobbi of Corning.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Zella Mae Hays, Henrietta Spracklin and Midge Bemis, and brothers Junior, Thomas, Jessie, and Billie Jackson.
Private family services to be held at a later date. Assisting the family with arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.



Memorial services in honor of Marcos Enrique Gonzalez will be held on Sunday, August 16, from 2-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Winters, 512 First Street.
Gonzalez, a Winters resident, unexpectedly passed away on August 1. He was 24.


Marcos Enrique Gonzalez,
24, of Winters, unexpectedly passed away August 1, 2009.
He was born in Fort Bragg on October 10, 1984, to Francisco Gonzalez and Pennie McMillen-Bigelow. He attended Manchester Elementary School, Winters Middle School and graduated from Winters High School in 2003.
He loved being with his friends and family. He enjoyed sports and immersing himself in music. He was kind to all those who he came into contact with.
Mr. Gonzalez is survived by his mother and stepfather, Pennie McMillen and Perry Bigelow of Winters, father and stepmother Francisco and Cindy Gonzalez of Manchester, sisters Ashley and Celia Gonzalez, grandmother Sheila McMillen and grandparents Joel and Celia Gonzalez of Mexico. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be forever loved and missed by all those who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Marcos Gonzalez benevolent fund at First Northern Bank, 48 Main Street in Winters.
Memorial services will be announced.




Myrtle Oma Kidder,
age 95, passed away on August 2, 2009 in Woodland.
She was born on July 11, 1914, in Suisan, to Edward and Ruby Hopkins Walther. She married Glenn C. Kidder on July 14, 1935 in Fairfield. He preceded her in death on September 18, 1989.
Mrs. Kidder moved to Winters in 1941 from Fairfield. She was employed with the Yolo County Justice Court where she served as a legal clerk for Judge Degener and Judge Martin.
She had a love for gardening and sewing, she taught 4-H and was an avid reader. She was very active in the Pioneer Presbyterian Church where she had served as the church treasurer for many years. She served as PTA President on two separate occasions.
She is survived by her three children, Mary Louise Gray of Winters; Glenda Lee Matties of Galt and David Glenn (Viola May) Kidder of Winters, and five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 7, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the Winters Cemetery. For those who would like to sign a guestbook on line may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Robert (Bob) Charles Wion, age 61, passed away on July 30, 2009, due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born on November 13, 1947, in Redding to Robert D. and Evelyn Lois (Spray) Wion.
Mr. Wion was an avid hunter and fisherman. A law enforcement officer for over 20 years, he retired from the Yolo County Sheriff's Department. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Wion leaves behind his loving wife of 31 years, Sandra Lynn (Utter) Wion; children, Andrea Jordan (Darren) Manion of Park Hills, MO; Laurie (Michael) Kelley of Guinda; Deanna (Felix) Cano of Winters, and Dean Bell also of Winters; grandchildren, Summer Rodgers, Amber Covington, Christina Walker, Natasha Bell, Brent Bell, Laci Kelley, Dani Manion, Zack Walker, Corey Nichols, Kyle Nichols, Michael Kelley, Niko Walker and Justin Walker; sister, Carol Susa and brothers, Richard (Arlene) Wion and Michael Wion along with numerous nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2009, at the Winters Cemetery at 11 a.m. with a viewing held on Wednesday, August 5, 2009, from 6-8 p.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, Suite B in Winters. Those who wish to sign a guest book online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Antonio P. Corona, 76, passed away on July 25, 2009, at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The Winters resident was born Nov. 4, 1932, in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
Mr. Corona lived in Winters for 36 years, earning his associate degree from Solano College. He spent 20 years with the U.S. Army, retiring as a Sergeant. He worked as a registered nurse for 15 years at Contra Costa County Hospital trauma center. After retiring, Mr. Corona enjoyed spending his free time working on cars.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carmen P. Corona of Winters, daughters Karla Madueño of Woodland, Elsie Peña of Sacramento and Cynthia Corona of Vacaville, parents Sylvestre Peña and Juana Garcia, granddaughters Krizia, Ayla, Karla and Gisselle Madueño, Endedina and Yezenia Stone, and Amira Corona, and four great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be held for Mr. Corona at 7 p.m., on Thursday, July 30, at the Kraft Brothers Funeral Home, 175 Second Street, in Woodland. Mass will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at the Holy Rosary Church, 301 N. Walnut, in Woodland. Burial will follow at the Monument Hill Memorial Park, located at 35036 County Road 22 and Highway 16, in Woodland. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.


Luis N. Garcia passed away peacefully in his Winters home on July 17, 2009. Born on Aug. 20, 1922 in Moroléon, Guanajuato, México, he was 86 years old.
He came to the United States at 20 years of age, and worked most of his life in California as a farm worker until he retired in 1991. He settled in Winters 41 years ago. Shortly afterwards, he immigrated his family from México. After retiring, he kept active by walking around town in the early mornings and recycling cans. He enjoyed family parties and gathering with friends. Before the passing of his wife, they were always the first to arrive at parties and the first on the dance floor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonides García and María de Jesús Navarrete; his wife of 63 years, Ana Roque García; two infant children; siblings Elena, Socorro, Angel and José García, and a great-grand daughter.
He is survived by his 11 children and their spouses: Emilio and María Luísa García, Leonides and Graciela García, Esperanza and Antonio Villalobos, Rogoberto and Arminda García, Ana and José T. Salgado, Leonel Garcia and Teresa Maldonado García, María and Pedro Arredondo, and Arturo García, all of Winters, and Luís and Ofelia García of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Angela and Raúl López and Raúl García of Moroléon, Guanajuato, México; 40 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren, most of whom live in Winters; sister, Concepcíon García of Tangancicuaro, Michoacán, México; many nieces and nephews.
There will be a visitation on Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. followed with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters. There will be a mass on Friday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m., also at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. As per his request, Mr. Garcia’s final resting place will be back in his native Moroléon, Guanajuato, México.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Sutter VNA and Hospice, 7300 Folsom Blvd. #100, Sacramento, CA, 95826.


Robert S. McNamara. The Boston Globe reported on July 7 that Robert S. McNamara, who as secretary of defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations was a leading architect of US military involvement in Indochina, died Monday, July 6. He was 93. He died at his Washington home, had been in failing health for some time, family members said.
Besides the Defense Department, McNamara led two other institutions of global importance. He became the first nonfamily member to serve as president of Ford Motor Co., in 1960, and was president of the World Bank from 1968-81. He is best remembered and in some quarters still reviled for the seven years he spent at the Pentagon and the part he played in waging the Vietnam War. In 1995, he published his memoir, ”In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam,” in which he wrote that he and other top officials were wrong to pursue the war, which resulted in controversy, reported The Globe. Despite the withering criticism, McNamara remained a figure of public fascination. In 2003, the filmmaker Errol Morris released an Academy Award-winning documentary about him, “The Fog of War.”
The son of Robert James McNamara and Claranel (Strange) McNamara, Robert Strange McNamara was born in San Francisco on June 9, 1916. He grew up in Oakland and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1937. Two years later, he earned a master’s degree at Harvard Business School. He briefly worked for a West Coast accounting firm, then returned to Harvard as an assistant professor of accounting.
During World War II, McNamara was part of an elite group of Army Air Force officers, specializing in statistical control of the distribution of personnel, ordnance, and aircraft. McNamara rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
McNamara married Margaret McKinstry Craig in 1940. The couple remained married until her death, in 1981. He married Diana Masieri Byfield in 2004.
He leaves three children, Craig McNamara of Winters, and Kathleen McNamara and Margaret Pastor, both of Washington.

(Source: The Boston Globe, July 7, 2009; story by Mark Feeney, Globe staff.)


Melba Smith, 92, passed away on July 2, 2009, at her home in Woodland. Born Edna Melba Haskell in Pinole, California on June 11, 1917, she lived in Woodland for most of her life. She was married to the late Edward J. Smith for 58 years. Her parents were the late Arthur S. and Edna C. Haskell, also residents of Woodland.
She is survived by her daughters, Melora Speer of Woodland, Vera Arthur of Winters and Edna Westerbeck of Fresno, and a son, John E. Smith of Garden Grove; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Services are pending with Kraft Brothers of Woodland. Pastor Jerry Wells of St. John United Church of Christ will officiate, and burial will be at Woodland Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her husband.


Janis Kay Rodriguez passed away suddenly after a brief illness, on June 11, 2009. She was 69.
Born August 19, 1940, she was a Winters resident for 17 years before retiring to Garderville, Nev., with her loving husband, Victor.
Mrs. Rodriguez loved horses, puzzles, reading and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Victor Rodriguez of Gardnerville, Nev., sons Eric Rodriguez of Winters, Phillip Rodriguez of Winters, Mark Rodriguez of Davis, Shane Rodriguez of Jacksonville, Ark., and granddaughters Daytona and Victoria Rodriguez of Jacksonville, Ark.
Memorials will be private.


Nettie Mozelle (Estes) Nance, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 16, at her Winters residence. Born on Aug. 13, 1922 in Hughes, Oklahoma, to Jesse and Minnie Davidson, she grew up in eastern Oklahoma.
In 1940, she married Edward Estes, and they moved to Winters and pastored the Assembly of God church for 16 years, where she taught the adult Bible class, led the Women’s Ministries, and was the pianist. After husband Edward passed away in 1991, she married Glen Nance and spent the last 18 years by his side. She loved helping him tend his garden. She could be frequently seen wearing her straw hat and doing yard work at her home on Edwards Street. She loved to reminisce about her simple life as a child and how those humble beginnings made her grateful for her many blessings.
Before she became unable to travel, she loved visiting family and friends across the country. Her hobby later in life was to put together jigsaw puzzles and she found great joy in fitting those pieces together to make a lovely picture. She never met a stranger and always stopped to share a kind or encouraging word. She had the gift of giving affirmations in a sweet and genuine way that was often followed by a heartfelt hug. She loved to read her Bible every day and read it through numerous times throughout the years. She also faithfully called each and every family member’s name in prayer every day. Now that the final piece of her life here has been put into place, the memory of a beautiful picture of her life will always be with us.
She is survived by her husband, Glen Nance; son Wayne Estes and wife Margo Sharon of Salem, Oegon; daughter Susan Estes of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; daughter Glenda Landon and husband Bill of Mount Vernon, WA; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her husband Glen’s children, Carolyn Rutledge and husband Edward of Dixon, Linda Creed and husband Nick of Rio Vista, Darrell Nance and wife Pan of Chester, Rosemary Martinez and husband Anthony of Durham, Darla Chute and husband Michael of Northville, Mississippi, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Jackson of Lebanon, Oregon, Aimee Madden of Dallas, Texas and Margaret Stevens of Amity, Oregon.
She was very grateful for the wonderful care provided by loving family members and the kind staff of Yolo Hospice.
Services were held on Friday, June 19, at Discovery Worship Center. Interment took place at the Winters Cemetery. Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Lynelle “Lyn” Ellen McClure of Tracy passed away unexpectedly at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital on June 20, 2009. She was 65 years old.
Born Lynelle Ellen Trammel to Melvin and Charlene Trammel of Fresno on July 28, 1943, she was the middle of three children. She was an avid crochet fan and used her craft to help with underprivileged children and many other volunteer charities through the years in Nevada and California. She was a hairdresser for over 40 years, primarily at her mother’s salons in Nevada.
She is survived by her daughters and their families, Kathy and Mike Sebastian of Winters, Pamela and Paul Butler of Tracy and Lynette McClure of Chico; grandchildren Lauren, Amber and Katie Sebastian of Winters, Al Sanchez of Valencia, Rebekah and Samantha DelaRosa of Tracy, Mykel Butler of Oakley, and Jamie Lynn and Zakary Horne of Chico; brother Richard Trammel of Sparks, Nevada; aunts Velma Barkhousen of Modesto, Jonnie Jones from the Central Valley, and Lois Brock and Mae Thompson from Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Lloyd Trammel.
Remembrances can be sent in her name to the Lolly Hansen Senior Center in Tracy or to the donor’s favorite charity. At her request, there will be no services. A private family service to scatter her ashes will be held at a later date in Peevine, Nevada.


Mary Louise Constant passed away Saturday, June 20, 2009. She was 81.
Born December 7, 1927, in Texas, she grew up around Death Valley and Turlock, where she attended high school.
In 1944, Mrs. Constant married Talmage Constant in Turlock, and moved to Winters. They lived in Winters many years, raising four children.
Mrs. Constant was preceded in death by her son, Alphus Archie Constant, in 2003, and by her husband, Talmage Constant, in 2006.
She is survived by her children, Carolyn Hawley of Winters, Frances and Manuel Garcia of Winters and Riley and Terrie Constant of Gustine, as well as grandchildren Tina Weller, Diana Keala, Andrew Hawley, Don Garcia, Teresa Garcia, Carolyn Garcia, Michael Constant, Cassandra Constant, Rhonda Gregg and Terri Graves, and 19 great-grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.
A viewing is scheduled for 9 a.m., with services at 10 a.m., on Friday, June 26, at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 116 D Street, in Davis.


Hector Javier Reyes-Gonzalez, 22, passed away on Friday, June 5, 2009, at a Winters residence.
Mr. Reyes-Gonzalez was born on Jan. 2, 1987, in Woodland to Luis and Rosa (Gonzalez) Reyes, where he resided until moving to the San Diego area, where he graduated from Gomeers High School in 2005, and had been employed as a laborer in the manufacturing field for the past four years. He is survived by his parents, Luis and Rosa Reyes of San Diego, aunts Norma Ramirez, and Maria Montoy of Winters.
A service was held at Bettel Church in San Diego on Wednesday, June 17, with interment following at Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego. Assisting the family with arrangements is Evergreen Funereal Service of Woodland.


Graciela Sevilla Rosas, 79, also known as “Chela,” passed away at her home in Winters on Friday, May 22, 2009. Her daughters, Angelina and Yolanda, were at her side.
She was born on Feb. 6, 1930, in San Martin Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico. She and her husband, Rafael Vivanco Rosas, married in Mexico in 1947 and had two daughters before he ventured north in search of work. She joined her husband in the U.S. and they moved to Winters in 1953, going on to raise two sons and 10 daughters. Their beloved son Raymundo passed away in 1973 at five years of age, and is interred at the Winters Cemetery. All of their other children are graduates of Winters High School. Her husband passed away in Mexico in 1990, after more than 40 years of marriage.
She took pride in a 45-year work history working at canneries in Woodland, Davis and Winters, and retired from the Beatrice/Hunt-Wesson Cannery in Davis in 1999. Her husband worked for over 40 years in construction/landscaping. The couple and their family lived in the same house on East Abbey Street since 1956, which has served as a family gathering place for their children and grandchildren over the years. She was fortunate to live with her daughter Angelina, who was her primary caregiver, thereby allowing her to live out her last years in the home that she loved. The family is grateful to Dr. William Davis for his many years of commitment and to Yolo County Hospice for their support.
She is survived by son Rafael Rosas, Jr. of Winters; daughter Esther Thomas and husband James of Winters, and their sons Michael, Anthony, Derrick and Chad; daughter Elva Bejar and husband Francisco (Paco) of Hayward, and their daughters Alexandra and Andrea; daughter Irma S. Rosas of Hayward, and her sons Carlos and Emilio and grandsons Emilio Tomas and Carlos Jr.; daughter Yolanda Ynostroza and husband Joseph from Sacramento, and their children Rudy, Ricky and Serena; daughter Grace Rosas-Torres and her daughter Gabrielle; daughter Armida S. Rosas and David Cotti of San Jose; daughter Angelina Rosas of Winters and her son Aaron; daughter Patricia Franco and husband Jose of Winters, and their children Robert, Brian and Marilyn; daughter Virginia Rosas and husband Roger DeJesus of Hayward; and daughter Estela Rosas of Hayward; mother Maria Refugio, who is 101; brother German Sevilla and his wife Lucia; sister Estela Mandujano and her husband Jacob, of San Martin Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico; numerous nephews and nieces in Los Angeles and Mexico.
In addition to her husband and son, she was preceded in death by her father Salvador M. Sevilla, older brother Rigo Sevilla, and younger brother Carlos Sevilla.
A rosary was held on May 28, 2009 at the Wiscombe Funeral Home Chapel in Davis. The funeral mass took place at St. Anthony’s Church in Winters on May 29, 2009, followed by burial at the Winters Cemetery. Pallbearers were her grandsons Carlos Castorena, Rudy Hernandez, Chad Thomas, Emilio Espinosa and Robert Franco, and longtime family friend Don Manual V. Carillo.


Rosalie Vivian Hightower passed away on May 24, 2009 in Rocklin. Born on Dec. 1, 1922, in Livermore she was 86 years old. A resident of Rocklin, she was a housekeeper and homemaker for 36 years. She was an avid gardener, an animal lover, and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Diane and James Nielson of Rocklin, and son Larry Menniti of Livermore; sister, Jody Andrade of Redding; 10 grandchildren, Larry Jr., Angela, Gina, Andrea, Michael, Lisa, Christa, all of Livermore, and Vanessa, Alec and Sheri, all of Rocklin; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Trey, Erin, Tyler and Amya.
A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Rocklin. Burial will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the S.P.C.A.


Russel James Mills passed into heaven on May 2, 2009.
Russel is survived by his father, Eddie Mills, his mother, Cherry Rose Delacruz, and his loving brother, Kyle Mills.
Russel was only in our lives for a brief moment in time, but it was enough to touch our souls. Russel will now and forever be our “little angel.”
Services will be held at the McMune Chapel in Vacaville on Friday, May 22, at 10 a.m.


Jeffery Glenn Childress passed away on April 23, 2009. Born on Oct. 4, 1942, he was 66 years old.
He graduated from El Camino High School in Sacramento, and earned his bachelor’s degree as well as a Master of Arts degree in geography at Sacramento State University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in anthropology at UC Davis in 1967. His love of art and knowledge was a passion throughout his life.
His professional career began in 1967 when he opened the Court and Cedar camera store in Davis, which soon became the landmark Jeff’s Camera. This was followed by The J Glenn Gallery and Frame in Davis. In 2002, he moved to Winters and opened a framing shop, Jeff’s Studio 9, which he owned and operated until his passing.
He is survived by his son, Jared, and brother, Steve.
A celebration of his life is planned for Monday, May 18, 1;30-3:30 p.m. at Canyon Creek Resort, 22074 State Highway 128, west of Winters.


Naoma Mae (Sidwell) Rollins, 86, passed away on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2009 in Roseville, joining her husband James E Rollins, her parents and sister Allene. Born in Winters to John and Clara Sidwell on June 30, 1922, she was raised in Monticello and Winters.
She was the descendant of three pioneering families — Belz, Sidwell and Wurth — of the Berryessa Valley. She attended school in Winters, and was a graduate of Winters High School. For most of her adult life, she was a housewife and mother, and also worked as a secretary at her husband’s business, Rollins Realty in Sacramento. She loved visiting Bodega Bay, and enjoyed gardening and sewing.
She is survived by her sister, Veneva Alcock, 90, of Davis; daughter Kathlene Rollins and fiancée Eric Chun of Auburn; son David Rollins and his wife Jennie, of Sacramento; grandson David Tracy, of Auburn; granddaughters Kara Jenkins and her husband Loren of Elk Grove and Brooks Rollins of Sacramento; great-grandsons Tristin and Brendon Jenkins of Elk Grove; nieces and nephews Bill and Darlene Fredericks of Truckee, Steve and Louise Fredericks of Oroville, Vicki and Bob Murphy of Brooks, Lisa and Gary Bricker of Santa Barbara and George Alcock of Costa Rica, Lynn Wilson of Austin, Texas and Jennifer Huntley of Nevada and Susan Church; many great-grandnieces, nephews and wonderful friends.
A service to celebrate her life will take place on Thursday, May 14, at 2:30 p.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church 205, Russell Street.
A reception will be held at Tomat’s California Cuisine, at 1123 W. Grant Avenue. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. at the Winters Cemetery.
Donations may be made in Mrs. Rollins’ name to the charity of choice.


Robert Nickum passed away on April 27, 2009 surrounded by his family in his El Macero residence. Born on October 6, 1934 to Lena and Frank Nickum, he was 74 years old.
He attended elementary and high school in Dixon. After attending college at Santa Clara University and Sacramento City College, he served in the U.S. Army. He later founded Valley Farm Transport, Inc. and built it into a highly successful trucking company.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Ann Nickum; children and their spouses, David and Lisa Nickum, Amy and Mick Pretti, and Matthew and Joie Nickum; grandchildren, Matthew, Trevor, Dylan, Tyler, Blake, Jordan, Alexandria, Victoria, Abby and Gracie; sister, Joyce Arms of Carson City; niece Leslie McCaskell and husband Roger, and their daughter Emily; aunt Edith Moore of Yuba City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lena and Frank Nickum.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered for the Repose of his Soul on Friday, May 1, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Sacramento. Private interment took place at the Dixon Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church Restoration Fund, C/O Marion Kunze, 340 Las Plumas Court, Bodega Bay CA 94923 or Dixon High School Athletics, 555 College Way, Dixon, CA 95620.


David “Lynard” Galloway, passed away at his home in Woodland on Feb. 10, 2009. Born in Woodland on Oct. 3, 1948, he was a graduate of Winters High School, Class of 1966. He served the United States Navy in Vietnam aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Constellation. Following his military service, he drove a truck for 25 years.
He leaves behind a daughter, Brandy Galloway and a grandson, Xander Lynn Galloway-Mobley, both of Spokane, Washington; brother, Rickey Galloway of San Diego; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bud; mother, Vada; sister, Sherry; and brother, Ken.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 16, at the home of Tim and Yvonne Ferguson, 800 E. Grant Avenue, Winters. For directions, call Rick Galloway, (858) 568-8412 or Yvonne Ferguson, 219-2439.


Clayton DunHam of Winters, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2009 at his home. He was an area resident for 60 years.
He was born in Salina, Mayes County, Oklahoma, in Indian Territory to Muggie Mae Vann and William Colombus DunHam. He was the last surviving member of 12 children and was honored to be the last to carry on the DunHam name for his generation.
He and his wife and business partner, Barbara Hughes, carried on the Clayton DunHam and Sons Trucking Company for over 60 years, and were known throughout the state of California. He was delighted to be able to carry his chauffer’s license until the time of his passing, and held to a strong belief that people worked hard for what they possessed. He was very proud of his son Brett, who has managed the Winters Cemetery for over 30 years.
Mr. DunHam felt highly honored to be of Cherokee Indian bloodline. He and his family are registered at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He was a member of the Cherokee of Northern California and also with the National American Indian Organization. He absolutely loved his Indian heritage and was often heard saying, “I would have loved to be a full-blooded Indian rather than a half-breed.”
He was a very active fifth generation Democrat Party Member and belonged to the Yolo County Democratic Group and the California State Democratic Party.
The DunHams never missed a ballgame on television and he was a committed Red Sox fan, proud to support Dusty Petroia. The DunHams held deep “discussions” throughout the entirety of each game.
He was very fond of his Antique Automobile and Gun collections and particularly loved his very 1st vehicle, his 1936 Ford Coupe. On April 25, the day following Mr. DunHam’s passing, his life was honored at the opening of the Youth Day Parade with a moment of silence in his memory. He had provided antique automobiles to be displayed on Youth Day for many years.
For the last couple of years of his life, Mr. DunHam provided loving care to his rose garden and on the day of his service his casket will be adorned with the roses from his garden.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hughes; sons, Dennis, John and Brett; three granddaughters, including a special granddaughter, Sierra, and her companion Richard, three great-granddaughters and four generations of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three children, Billie Gene, Janice Sue and Tommy Clayton.
A visitation is planned for Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Main Street Church, 205 Main Street, under the direction of Wiscombe
Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be private. Pallbearers for the service will be Rex L. Hughes, Julius Hughes, Paris Hughes, Tanner Hughes, Jeremy Nelson and Bert Young. Honorary pallbearers will be Billie Gene Williams, Robin Thomas, Roosevelt Gilcrest, Dennis Ray DunHam, Vann DunHam and George Wallace Bowlin. Interment will be in the DunHam family plot at the Winters Cemetery. There will be no reception following services to provide the family with private time.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Clayton’s memory to Yolo Hospice; P.O. Box 1014; Davis, CA 95617.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


María de la Luz Lizárraga of Winters passed away on April 26, 2009, from a long-term illness. She was 71.
Born June 22, 1937, in Sinaloa, Mexico, to Petra Martinez, she married Jesus R. Lizárraga on April 16, 1954, in Sinaloa, Mexico.
Mrs. Lizárraga lived in Winters for 50 years, working seasonal jobs at Mariani Nut Co., Wesson Foods in Davis, Basic Vegetable in Vacaville and the Dixon Cannery.
She was known for her gardening and Mexican dishes.
She is survived by her husband, Jesus R. Lizárraga, sons Jesse Lizárraga and wife Marlene of West Sacramento, Armando Lizárraga and wife Connie of Camino, George Lizárraga and wife Jeanie of Vacaville, daughters María Gastelum and husband Juan of Winters, and Socorro Lizárraga and husband Michael Caravalho of Woodland.
Mrs. Lizárraga is also survived by 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be held at 11 a.m., and mass will be held at 12 p.m., on Thursday, April 30, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters, with burial to follow at the Winters Cemetery. Novenario will be held from May 1-9, and a potluck will be held on May 9, at María Gastelum’s home, 229 Maple Lane, in Winters.
Donations in Mrs. Lizárraga’s memory can be made to any First Northern Bank, account 21108250, under the María Lizárraga Memorial Fund.


Patricia Lynn Campos, 44, passed away on Monday, April 6, 2009, as a result of an automobile accident near Esparto.
Born on February 3, 1965, in Woodland to Michael and Diane (Dodge) Kelley, she attended area schools, and was a graduate of medical assistant school.
A lifelong Yolo County resident, she is survived by her parents, Michael and Diane Kelley of Madison; grandfather Thomas Dodge of Woodland; children Jennifer Kelley and partner T.J. Crider of Esparto, Melissa and Jamie Campos, and Steven Bales, all of Esparto, and Louis Campos of Winters; granddaughter Marissa Crider of Esparto; sister Tami Brooks and husband Sam of Esparto; brothers Michael Kelley and wife Lori of Guinda, and Ronald Kelley of Madison. She is also survived by her fiancé, Joe Hansen.
Visitation was held Monday, April 13, at the Woodland Family Worship Center, with internment to follow graveside services on Tuesday, April 14, at the Capay Cemetery in Esparto. Memorial contributions are to be directed to the Wayfarer Center Mission, 207 Fourth Street, Woodland, 95695, in her memory. Assisting the family with arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.


Leo James Radulovich passed away on Monday, March 23, at home in Corning. Born on Sept. 29, 1958 to Mitchel John Radulovich and Wilma Joe Childers Radulovich, he was 50 years old.
He grew up in the Santa Clara Valley and moved to Winters in 1970, residing in Winters until the early 1990s. He was a 1978 graduate of Winters High School. He worked as a pump installer for Wilson Pump in Woodland.
He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Johnson of Sacramento, Adam Radulovich of Hobbs, New Mexico, and Virginia Bass of Colorado Springs, Colorado; brother, Mitch Radulovich of Winters; and sister, Loretta Demele of Gardnerville, Nevada.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Family members say he will be missed by all who knew him.
A private memorial service will be held for family and close friends. Funeral services are planned on Wednesday, April 15, at 2 p.m. A memorial gathering will take place afterwards at 9297 Campbell Road.


Marguerite Stormont passed away in Woodland on March 26, 2009. She was born on January 23, 1919, in Wisconsin, and was a resident of Davis, Winters and Woodland.
She and her family moved to Davis in 1950, after spending almost a year in New Zealand for her husband’s Fullbright Scholarship. There they raised five children. In 1977, she and husband Clyde moved to Winters.
According to family, she was a great mom, and a great athlete, excelling in archery, bowling and golf, and was a talented gardener and cook.
She will be remembered by both young and old for her many endearing qualities, and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by husband Clyde Stormont. She is survived by her children, Bonnie Lu Stormont of Laguna Beach, Michael Clyde Stormont of Fairbanks, Alaska, Robert Thomas Stormont of Davis, Charles James Stormont of Madison, and Janet Jean Stormont of Winters, and grandson Clyde Stormont of Oakland.
In accordance with Mrs. Stormont’s wishes, there will be no public services.


Richard David “Dick” Teague passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at his Winters residence. He was 84. Born on June 11, 1924, in Brighton, Colorado, to Charles and Margaret (Huffman) Teague, he attended area schools and graduated from high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He entered the U.S. Navy in 1943, and was a member of the Navy Air Corps serving in World War II as a Navy pilot and flight instructor. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he continued his education by attending Colorado A & M, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, followed by Colorado State University, where he got his Master’s Degree in Wildlife Biology.
Mr. Teague began his career with the Colorado Department of Fish and Game, Fish and Parks in 1949, as a research wildlife technician and big game biologist. He worked his way up to Regional Manager, a position which oversaw a quarter of the state.
In 1963, he moved his family to Davis, where he assumed the position of Cooperative Extension Wildlife Specialist at the University of California. In 1970, he became Assistant Director of Cooperative Extension, UC Davis campus. In 1977, he became the Regional Director for Northern California, a position he held until his retirement on July 1, 1989. UC President Gardner conferred him with the “Emeritus” title, and he was an Honorary Life Member of the Wildlife Society.
A Yolo County resident for the past 36 years, and Winters resident for the last 10 years, Mr. Teague was active within the First Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon and adult Bible class teacher. He was also active in the Winters food closet, and the Gideon’s International.
He is survived by his son, Richard and wife Lynn, of Cottonwood; daughter Diane Gale and husband Stan of Winters; and four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dixie Teague, and a brother, Don Teague.
A memorial service was held Monday, March 30, 2009, at the First Baptist Church in Winters, with Pastor James Allen officiating. Private services will be held at the Winters cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Gideon’s International, Woodland-Davis Camp, P.O. Box 773, Woodland, CA, 95776-0773; or to the Yolo Hospice. Assisting with arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.


Ivan Dale Ham passed away on March 17, 2009, in Prescott, Arizona following a lengthy illness. Born on Sept. 30, 1933 in Bixby, Oklahoma to Pluma and Homer Ham, he was 75 years old. The family moved to Winters, where Dale grew up. He and his wife Mary made their home in Vallejo for many years. He later married Michele, and together they made their home in Solano County, Wisconsin and finally Arizona.
After his service in the U.S. Army, he returned to Vallejo and went to work for St. Francis Pie Company as a driver and loader. He had 22 years with the company before his health forced him to take an early retirement. He was a member of the Teamsters Union for over 40 years.
As a young boy his father introduced him to motorcycles and they became his life-long passion. He built them, rode them and raced them. He was a founding member of the Delta Falcons MC, a long-time member of the S.R.R.A. and a member of the A.M.A. In the early ‘80s, as the owner of Lorenzo’s Tavern in Vallejo, he enjoyed being host to many “biker” events and his many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Michele Ham, of Ocean Shores, Washington; daughter Toni Devine, Vancleave, Mississippi; sons Stephen and wife Cindy of Cameron Park, Roger and wife Paula, Bullhead City, Arizona, and Calvin Ham, of Antioch; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many cousins.
At Mr. Ham’s request, no formal services were held. He asked only that his family and friends celebrate his memory by remembering the good times they shared together. Dale’s spirit is free and he’s in the wind again, said family members. Friends and family are invited to share their thoughts and memories at http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookid=6064619144346.


Nickolas Donald McClellan passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2009, in the company of his family following a lengthy battle with cancer. Born Sept. 6, 1943, he was 65 years old. He lived in Davis for more than 31 years.
Born in Oakland, he grew up in challenging circumstances, leaving home at age 16. He graduated from Oakland Tech High School, and earned a B.A. and M.S. in English literature from Hayward State University. He was a union man and Teamster for 20 years with Lucky Stores before embarking on a second career as a teacher at Winters High School, where he taught English and British literature, debate and drama. He was also faculty adviser to the school’s Academic Decathlon Team.
He was a frequent speaker and sponsor on behalf of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization he had been closely involved with for 25 years, and which he credited with having saved his life and led him to spiritual purpose.
He was passionate about his family, and loved spending time with his children, whether in support of their athletic endeavors, hiking, fishing, camping or skiing. He enjoyed restoring classic Chevrolet, Porsche, VW camper and BMW automobiles. He was also an amateur actor, occasionally appearing in Winters Community Theatre productions. He had a great sense of humor and a love of laughter. He will be greatly missed, but his memory will always bring a smile to our faces.
He leaves behind his wife, Mia, children Aaron and Katharine, daughter-in-law Kyri, grandson Mason, sister Noellan (Bickham) and innumerable family and friends.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 East 14th Street, in Davis. An annual scholarship fund has been established in his memory at Winters High School. Memorial donations may be sent in lieu of flowers to the Nick “Mr. Mac” McClellan Memorial Fund, c/o Winters High School, 101 Grant Ave., Winters, CA, 95694 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Clare Rominger passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Davis at the age of 81. She was born Jan. 23, 1928, in Woodland to Clarence and Ora Mumma.
She lived on the family ranch in Dunnigan until she graduated from U.C. Davis in 1949, with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Mrs. Rominger married James C. Rominger in June, 1950, and they made their home on the Rominger Sheep Ranch on County Road 29. For 59 years, she was a homemaker, enjoying her crafts and gardening.
Her husband, James, preceded Mrs. Rominger in death in 1999. She is survived by her three children, Tom Rominger and his wife Janice, Patty Quigley and her husband Kevin, and Doug Rominger. She has three grandchildren, Tammy Rominger, and Regina and Todd Quigley, and three great-grandchildren, Naomi and Jessie Rominger, and Isaiah Rominger-Matthews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, at the Pioneer Church, 205 Russell Street. Memorial contributions may be made in Clare Rominger’s name to the Pioneer Church.


Rodolfo Torres Valencia, 92, of Winters, passed away on Feb. 21, 2009. He was an area resident for 52 years, and was born January 12, 1917 in Mexico to Rodolfo and Arnulfa Torres Valencia. He was an avid reader and master storyteller, and enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Maria Cruz and Domingo Rivas, Nuni, Robert and Kitty Valencia, Ruben and Larueen Valencia, Rosalinda Valencia and Farokh Guvanlu, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at noon at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Wiscombe Funeral Home. A private family interment will be held at Winters Cemetery.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.


Ronald Anthony Carrion passed away on Feb. 2, 2009. Born in Woodland on May 8, 1945 to Ted and Mary Carrion, he was 63. He attended Woodland High School, where he played football, and graduated in 1963, joining the Navy. He became a Navy corpsman, serving a tour at Subic Bay, in the Philippines.
His love of the High Sierra brought him to Eureka, Nevada, where for the last 29 years he owned and operated the Owl Club Bar and Steakhouse. Family members say his love for life and family will always be imprinted in their memories.
He is survived by his parents, Ted and Mary Carrion of Woodland; children and their spouses, Robert and Barbara Carrion of Winters, Aaron and Lori Carrion of Zamora, Eleny Carrion of Gardnerville, Nevada, Eshel Carrion of Arlington, Washington, Evven Carrion of Reno, Nevada; grandchildren, Anthony, Daniel, Gianna and Peyton; brother and sister-in-law Marty and Karen Carrion, sister and brother-in-law Linda and Gary Easterly, sister Rita (Carrion) Easterly, and sister and brother-in-law JoAnn and Michael Fuerst; several nieces and nephews; and dear friend and companion for more than eight years, Gaye Tyndall.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Woodland Elk’s Lodge, 500 Bush Street in Woodland. A second celebration will be held in Eureka, Nevada on Feb. 28.