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Antonio “Tony” Rojo Martin passed away at his home in Winters on Sept. 6, 2014. He was born on Sept. 6, 1924, in a little house on Olive School Lane and moved with his parents (John Gomez and Isabel Rojo Martin) and grandparents to the old Thurber Ranch in 1938 on Putah Creek Road, where the family grew apricots, peaches and almonds for many years. The son of Spanish immigrants, he sought employment at other ranches — he embraced a philosophy that hard work should be both fun and competitive, an important virtue, as noted in Gloria Lopez Autry’s book and film, “An American Paella.”
Tony met his lovely redheaded wife, Cookie (Claudean), at a dance in nearby Dixon. After marrying, he served in the United States Army at a hospital in Texas during World War II, caring for wounded soldiers. He returned to settle on the family ranch along Putah Creek. He gradually assumed management of the orchard and raised his own family.
He is the father of four children, Michael (Lynn Denham), Elizabeth (Lee Noring), Debbie (Marty Sengo) and Tony (Becky Trongo). Tony served the local community for many years as an assistant chief for the Olive-Pleasants Valley Fire Department, which is now a part of the Vacaville Fire Protection District. He was a founding member of the Winters Farmers Co-Op and a member of the Yolo County Farm Bureau.
Tony was an innovative farmer, a pioneer in establishing one the first walnut orchards in the Winters area. Furthermore, he was instrumental in helping other families make the transition to this new crop well suited to the local climate. In later years, Tony loved sharing the bounty of his own garden, particularly proud of the tomatoes and Spanish peppers, with elderly family and friends, and traveling with his wife.
Famous for his ever-present Mariani ball cap, booming voice, laugh and gift of gab, Tony earned the nickname, “Windy” from his friends. He spent many mornings over coffee discussing the weather, crops and politics with his friends at the round table in the Putah Creek Cafe.
Besides his four children, seven grandchildren (Martin Sengo and Marlena Sengo Petrich, Justin Jeffrey and Jennifer Jeffery Garcia, Katie and Joseph Martin and Colwyn Martin,) and four great-grandchildren (Samantha, Victoria, Clarissa and Ivan Garcia), he is also survived by his sister Ann (Schuler), and brothers John and Joe Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Fred Martin.
Tony loved his family and a good party. His life was celebrated on Sept. 16, after burial at the Winters Cemetery and a wake at the St. Anthony Parish Hall. Not only was he a treasure to his family, but to the Spanish community, the Winters community and farming industry. He will be missed by many. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Winters Fire Department, 700 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694.


Virnelle Triebsch of Davis died on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2014. She was born in Armstrong, Missouri, on June 15, 1917 to Joseph and Annie Robertson, and descended from ancestors who founded the third settlement in the United States in Roanoke, Virginia, in the early 1600s. Her grandfather migrated to Missouri in the 1840s, then the frontier, as a young man, and was one of the founders of the University of Missouri.
She taught school in Missouri, married Ernest Triebsch and moved to San Francisco in the 1930s where she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” assembling Norden bombsights during World War II. Virnelle, Ernie and children (Betty Brickey of Davis, and Robert Triebsch of Turlock), moved to Davis as soon as WWII was over. She worked at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine from its founding, for 30 years.
During the Korean War, she and other ladies from Davis became “Gray Ladies” who provided consolation and “motherly love” to the wounded servicemen who were airlifted to Travis Air Force Base. She was a Five Gallon blood donor.
After her retirement in 1982, she and her husband travelled extensively, and she enjoyed quilting. Following her husband’s death in 1991, she volunteered until age 95, working on Meals on Wheels and at the Heidrick AG History Center. She loved playing the piano and volunteered at the Davis Senior Center and various rest homes playing music that appealed to the age group of her audiences. She continued playing at home for family and friends until shortly before her death and in June celebrated her 97th birthday with her entire family.
She is survived by her daughter Betty, son Robert and daughter in-law Joelle; grandchildren Brad Triebsch, Christine Triebsch Kunerth, Erin Dini, Matthew Brickey and Lynn Shields; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A private service will be held for family. A celebration of her life for family and friends will begin at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11, at Saint James Church in Davis. Memorials may be sent to Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Cr., Davis, CA 95618 or the Heidrick AG History Center, 1932 Hayes Ln., Woodland, CA 95776.


Barbara J. Wright, went home to her beloved Lord and Savior on July 29, 2014. She was 76.
She was born on Feb. 26, 1938, in Los Angeles to Gerald G. Mincher and Geraldine Mincher. She attended schools in Los Angeles and in 1952 her mother and father moved the family to the San Francisco Bay Area, where her father had purchased a General Motors dealership.
Barbara graduated from Burlingame High School and went on to the College of San Mateo. In 1956 she was introduced to Michael Wright and they were joyfully married on June 22, 1957, at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame.
Three sweet and wonderful daughters were born in the ensuing years: Susan in 1958, Karen in 1959 and Sharon in 1963. Susan and Karen were born in Burlingame and Sharon was born in Portland, Ore.
Barbara was well known to be a 100 percent active and participating mother. She was totally involved in the raising and development of the three girls, being both a Brownie leader and a Girl Scout leader as well as a wonderful supporter throughout their high school years.
In 1970, Barbara and her husband purchased a family almond orchard in the Sacramento Valley and with their daughters moved to the small town of Esparto. Here they spent their time developing the property into a very productive and attractive ranch.
When opportunity presented itself to sell the orchard, buildings and equipment, the family relocated in the beautiful small, country town of Winters. Here they enjoyed life as their three daughters soon graduated from high school..
In 1986, Barbara and Michael moved to Palm Desert to be near Barbara’s aging mother. Barbara was employed by the Vintage Club in Indian Wells near Palm Desert, and retired after 20 years of outstanding service to the membership.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Geraldine.
She is survived by her husband, Michael; her three daughters, Susan Wright of Palm Desert, Karen Lorenzo and Sharon Warren, both of Winters; five grandchildren, John, Anthony, Robert, Sarah and Steven; and her sister, Linda Eisenman of Shadow Hills.
Barbara was a devoted, believing and thankful Christian. She was a longstanding member of Southwest Church.
She will be deeply missed by so many.
A memorial service was held on Aug. 2 at Southwest Church in Indian Wells. Forest Lawn Cathedral City was in charge of arrangements.
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Guadalupe Guzman of Winters passed away on Aug. 14, 2014, in Davis of illness and complications during surgery. He was 55.
Born Dec. 12, 1958 in Los Amoles, Guanajuato, Mexico, he worked for D.A. Rominger and Sons for 22 years.
He enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards, putting puzzles together, helping cook and watching TV shows.
His family includes his wife of almost 36 years, Domitila Mascorro, and his children, Maggie Mascorro, Jose Guzman (Milly) and Aracely Guzman.
His siblings are Francisco Guzman (Erminia), Benjamin Guzman (Eva), Antonio Guzman, Maria Vega (David), Abel Guzman (Angelita), Jose Luis Guzman, Armando Guzman (Rosario), Refugia Guzman (Jesus), Irma Martinez (Miguel), Jesus Guzman (Maria), Martin Guzman (Diana), Javier Guzman (Virginia) and a sister who preceded him in death, Estela Guzman.
His grandchildren are: Julian, Gabriela and Luis Garcia; and Izabelle and Sebastian Guzman.
His parents are Jose Guzman (deceased) and Josefa Avila, his grandparents, all deceased, are Jesus Guzman and Anita Torres, and Ramon Avila and Agripina Lopez.
He was a wonderful husband and father and will be truly missed..
Services were held Aug. 21 and 22. Memorial contributions may be made to the Guadalupe Guzman fund at First Northern Bank.


Dean Thomas, a local artist, passed away on Aug. 22, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was 77 years young. Born on Aug. 9,1937 in Pocatello, Idaho to Oran and Marjorie Thomas (now deceased), he moved to California in 1968 and lived in Sacramento and Placerville before finally moving to Winters in 1993.
Dean had a reputation as an artist that was recognized not only in Yolo County but also in Sacramento Valley, Canada, Montana, Nevada and the East Coast.
He was involved in the arts since he was in grammar school. Growing up in a college town in Idaho, he was able to have access to fine art exhibitions that stimulated his continued progress in developing his own unique style. As a Graduate of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho, Dean produced art in all forms including woodcuts, sculptures, poetry and most recently acrylic/sharpie paintings.
His unique style was achieved by experimenting with techniques in layering and color and with his signature of self- portraits in the painting and symbolic use of numbers. He was involved with the Winters Center of the Arts as one of the original board members and spent many hours providing gallery assistance and encouraging artists both established and upcoming. He had many one-man and group shows throughout the years and won numerous awards in Sacramento and El Dorado Counties.
He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and assisted at the monthly breakfasts, and helped at many church events. He loved all the parties and seeing everyone mingle and eating fine food. Playing pool with his brothers was the highlight of his week. Fishing was another of his passions, and he enjoyed talking about fishing in Pocatello, Idaho and Yellowstone.
Dean will always be remembered for his strange humor, quiet manner and uniqueness.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria; three brothers and their wives, Dr. Neil Thomas (Jan) of Missoula, Montana, twin brother Don (Vickie) of Fair Oaks, and Keith (Claudette) of Sacramento; sister-in-law Patricia Fritsch of Marlborough, Connecticut; brother-in-law Bill Fritsch (Bonnie) of Waxachie, Texas; brother-in-law Steven Fritsch (Kim) of Cromwell, Connecticut; numerous nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dean’s name to Thomas W. Fritsch Scholarship c/o Patricia L. Fritsch, 4 Waterhole Road, Colchester, CT 06415; Amador Cancer Research Foundation for Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 36, River Pines CA 95675; Citizens who Care, Woodland, CA; or St. Anthony Memorial Fund in Winters.
Arrangements are being made by Wiscombe Funeral Home. A rosary will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Mass services will be held on Friday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 511 Main Street, with a reception will follow.


Robert “Bobby” Martinez, Sr. passed away on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at home in Winters. He was born in Woodland on Feb. 28, 1949 and was a lifelong resident of Yolo County.
He worked at American Home Foods in Vacaville, retiring after 29 years as a seamer mechanic. He was very close with his
co-workers, who referred to him as “The Mayor.”
In 1998, he went to work for his best friend, Mike, at Lowrie Trucking in Dixon. He loved riding his motorcycle, trips to the mountains and the beach, parties and visiting with friends. He was a big-hearted and honorable man. He loved his friends and family, and had an uncanny knack for remembering all the birthdays and relations in the family. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte “Charlie”; children, Rachel (Cesar), Bobby, Jr. (Beth) and Ryan Martinez; grandsons, Marco, Jace and Aidan; mother, Nancy
Rivard; sister, Virginia Neese; niece, Danielle Lizarraga (Emilio); best friend, Mike (Margie) Lowrie and many other friends and family members.
A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, at noon at St. Anthony Parish Hall in Winters. Burial and graveside services will be held on Friday, Aug. 29 at the Winters Cemetery at 10 a.m.


Hazel Marie Speegle, 83, died at home in Grants Pass, Oregon, surrounded by her family. She was born on Aug. 21, 1930 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to Alta Mae Freeman and Herbert Garrett.
She married Howard Wesley McKinney and had a son, Gene McKinney. Later, they divorced and Hazel subsequently married Joseph Allen Speegle on Dec. 6,1949. Hazel and Joseph had six children: Larry, Claude, John, Joe, James and Kathy.
On Jan. 28, 1984 Hazel joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She remained an active member until her death. She lived in Winters for the majority
of her life, only recently moving to Grants Pass, Oregon, to spend her final
days with her sons, daughter in-law, and great grandson.
She is preceded in death by her husband Joseph; sons Gene, Larry, John and James; grandchildren Eric and Stacey; great-grandson Blake; and brother Jerry Garrett.
She is survived by three of her children, Claude, Joe and Kathy; daughters-in-law (whom she considered daughters) Denise (wife of late James), Beth (wife of Joe), Gail (wife of late Gene), Jean Rippy (wife of late Larry); grandchildren Brian, Jason, James, Jennifer, Toni, Jayson, Eric, Stacey, Nicole, Joey, Brandon, Layla, Lisa, Frank, Jenna, and Katie; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The last few months of her life brought numerous blessings, including a stronger relationship with her granddaughter Lisa and great-grandchildren Alexis and RJ. Lisa would sit by Hazel’s side, comforting her, making her laugh and soothing her in any way possible. Lisa reminded “Grammie” of fun times, songs and cooking recipes. Hazel also enjoyed the great-grandchildren, allowing their sweet young spirits to fill her with energy and laughter. This kept Hazel going a few months longer.
One of her greatest pleasures was the time she spent with her grandchildren; teaching them, laughing and playing with them and enjoying practical jokes, singing, sewing, cooking her family’s favorite dishes and attending church. One of Hazel’s most cherished accomplishments was to have instilled a solid foundation in all of her children; the knowledge and love for the Lord. She felt teaching her children and grandchildren to turn to the Lord both in times of celebration and thanks, as well as, in times of need, was the greatest lesson she could instill in them. She often said, families who prayed together, stayed together, and there were many a time that she gathered her family and knelt with them in prayer.
Hazel had many dear friends: Judy Dean, Charlene Tanski, Jeannine Clark, Gloria McCreary, Rosario and Edith Esquihua, Erica Ochoa, Tad and Gay Morgan and Barbara Swink, and many more. She always had a smile on her face and left a positive feeling with anyone she came in contact with.
Our mother will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held on Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 435 Anderson Avenue.


Paula Fernández Ayala “Doña Paulita” passed away peacefully at her home in Winters on Aug. 13, 2014, surrounded by her loved ones. She was 91 years old.
She was born in Mexico on Jan. 26, 1923 in Mancera, Michoacán, eventually relocating to Silao, Guanajuato at a young age. As a resident of Winters for 45 years, she was loved and respected by her surrounding community.
In her spare time she loved to garden and tend to the many colorful flowers that adorned her house. She also spent a great deal of time crocheting and knitting gifts for her family and friends.
Doña Paulita loved spending quality time with her family more than anything. Any birthday, holiday or special occasion was celebrated at her house, surrounded by her loved ones. She will always be remembered as a generous grandmother, caring mother and loving wife.
She is preceded in death by her sons Lorenzo and Apolinar Fernández, and her husband Vicente Fernández.
She is survived by her son Rodrigo (Ofelia) Fernández and her daughter Isabel (Teofilo) Gonzalez both from Mexico; sons Alejandro (Olivia), Ponciano (Rosalba) and Juan (Leonila) Fernández; daughters, Amelia (Jules) Damey and Luisa Fernández; 29 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren.
She is laid to rest at Winters Cemetery.



Guadalupe Guzman, 55, a 27-year resident of Winters, died Aug. 14, 2014.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Milton Carpenter Funeral Home, 569 N. St., Dixon.
The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 105 South Second St., Dixon.

Dr. Benjamin Boyce Davis, PhD, passed away peacefully with his family surrounding him on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 after living nearly six years with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and autoimmune neuropathy. Born on Oct. 10, 1976, he was 37 years old. He leaves behind his wife, two children, his parents, three brothers, and many more well-loved family and friends. He gifted the world with important research that could someday lead to treatments for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and other illnesses.
Ben was a researcher at UC Davis, working in the Center for Health and the Environment. He was passionate about his research on inflammation in heart and lung disease. He investigated how novel uses of drugs could decrease inflammation in lung disease, such as using statins, common anti-cholesterol drugs, to help reduce the severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Despite his advancing illness, he went on to have his most productive publishing years between 2011 and 2013, authoring five papers that he published in national and international scientific journals. Colleagues described Ben as a fantastic and generous collaborator.
His passion for scientific research began early in life. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in cellular biology from Sonoma State College. From there, he completed a PhD in cell & developmental biology from UC Davis. Ben also entered into the UC Davis Mentor Clinical Research Program and earned a master’s of advanced study in clinical research in 2009. While in this program, he gained the skills necessary to conduct human subjects research and expertise in statistical analysis.
Ben grew up in Winters and graduated from Winters High School. He was an all-around athlete, and played baseball, basketball and football, and ran track. He continued to play baseball in college, and remained an active athlete for as long as was possible. He enjoyed watching his brothers, children and nephews coach and play, and could be seen on the sidelines at Find the Cure game nights in the Winters High School gym.
Ben loved people. He made a friend of everyone he met. He was known for his twinkling blue eyes, big bear hugs, and his curiosity for life. He was one of those people who would remember the names of his friends’ and colleagues’ children.
Ben leaves his wife, the love of his life, Madoka Itoh; children, Kai and Mika; parents, Drs. Wendy and Bill Davis; brothers and their partners, and nieces and nephew Jason and wife Jo Ann and their son, Jaxson; Jonathan and wife Joanna and their daughters, Meadow and Autumn; and Ryan and his partner Sarah; close friend and honorary brother Rikki Rivera and his family.
Ben had a large extended family and leaves grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Bill Davis (Dorothy) and Rev. and Mrs. Phil Walker (Carol), numerous aunts and uncles, great aunts and uncles as well as cousins, including Tami and Bob Brunson, (Shanda, K.C., Rob, Emma), Dr. W. Rand Walker and Dr. Keri Sullivan Walker (Kristian), Kara and Roger Clarkston, (Nathan, Whitney), Robert Walker (Christie) Joe and Sam, Sabrina Chudamelka and her daughters Morissa, Briana and Vanessa, and Andy Walker, Pam Macey (Robert) and their children Kristina, Nicole and Bob; Pam and Bob Macey (Kristina, Nicole, Bobby).
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Winters Community Center. Donations can be made in Ben’s memory to the American Thoracic Society Foundation or the ALS Association Foundation.


Florina Jara passed away on July 29, 2014 at Kaiser Hospital. Florina was born on April 30,1941 in Veracruz, Mexico. She was a resident of Winters for 43 years. She enjoyed working in her garden, selling Avon, taking care of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had worked for Hunts Wesson Inc in Davis for over 20 years and also at Mariani Nut Co. in Winters until retirement.
She is survived by her husband, Miguel Jara of Winters; children, Veronica Jara of Woodland, and Miguel Jara Jr., Patricia Rivas, Christina and Leia, all of Winters; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will be dearly missed by her family and friends of the community.
Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m.


Dustin “DJ” Clay Sanders, Jr. passed peacefully in his sleep into the arms of the angels on July 23, 2014 at 19 years old.
DJ was born in Sacramento on July 10, 1995 to Melinda (Ransom-Safreed) Hernandez and Dustin Sanders, Sr. He graduated from El Camino High School in Citrus Heights and was attending American River College in Fair Oaks.
DJ loved to ride anything with two wheels and loved music. He was a talented, aspiring songwriter, and a devoted, son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin.
He is survived by his mother Melinda and sister Esmeralda Hernandez of Oregon; grandmother, Bette (Safreed) Marley of Florida; uncles, Travis and Aaron Swol, and Adam Sanders; cousins, Trevor Swol, Kayla Sanders and Kinsley Swol; grandfather Clay Sanders, and great-grandmother Marcy Fielding.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dustin Sr.; grandfather, Edward Safreed; great-grandfather Gail Kingsbury, and great-grandparents Rodger and Mary Ransom.
He was a good friend to many. He loved animals, so if you would like to, please make a donation to any animal rescue group of your choice in his name.


Barbara J. Cummins passed away on July 19, 2014 in the comfort of her home with family by her side. She fought a courageous battle of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease with Parkinson’s Disease for nearly four years.
Barbara was born on July 1, 1954 in Woodland, the daughter of Ralph and Josephine “Josie” Cuberos. She enjoyed a happy childhood with her older brother Ralph “Ralphie” Cuberos Jr. and younger brother Douglas “Dougie” Cuberos, frequenting the 5 & 10 Cent Store in Winters and playing rummy together.
Barbara graduated from Winters High School in 1972. She met her future husband, Richard “Dick” Cummins, through a mutual friend and they were married in Winters, on Oct. 3, 1981. Shortly after, Barbara and Dick made Washoe Valley, Nevada their home and together they raised their son, Richard “Rich” Cummins, Jr.
The family enjoyed many sports and activities together, especially baseball. A devoted and proud mother to Rich, Barbara cheered him on in every single baseball game he played from T-ball to college ball. Her cheers could be heard from miles away. As a diehard San Francisco Giants baseball fan, Barbara and her family also enjoyed trips to the Bay Area to cheer on her men in orange and black. She was a true Baseball Mom and Tailgate Mom.
Barbara enjoyed working in the accounting department for a few different local companies such as Western Nevada Supply Co. for 17 years, and several subsequent years at Canyon Creek Construction, Sierra Air, and Prospect Education. During her free time, Barbara would spend time with family and friends, and enjoyed working in her flower gardens.
She was passionate about her family, adored each and every family member, and made everyone around her feel special. Her infectious smile, kind heart and generosity will be deeply missed by all.
She is survived by her parents, Ralph and Josie Cuberos of Winters; husband, Dick of Washoe Valley, Nevada; brothers Ralphie (Barbara) Cuberos Jr. of Vallejo, and Dougie Cuberos of Winters; son Rich (Aimee) Cummins and grandchildren Jerek and Carlee Cummins of Reno, Nevada; stepchildren Lance (Bella) Cummins of Lamoille, Nevada, Michelle Ravera of Hyattville, Wyoming, Chris Cummins of Anchorage, Alaska, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Family and friends are welcome to
attend a memorial service for Barbara
at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. Donations
in remembrance of Barbara may be
made to the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org).


Scott Dozier, 58, died on July 12, 2014.
He was a member of the Winters Fire Department from 1975-2011, serving as chief from 2001 until his retirement in 2011. As chief, Scott was instrumental in the design, construction and opening operations of the Winters Fire Station located at 700 Main Street. Upon his retirement, Scott served as the mechanic for the fire station, and most recently helped with the design and outfitting of the new Engine 26.
Scott was a member of the Rotary Club of Winters during his term as fire chief, participating in many of the Rotary activities, including the annual Youth Day Pancake Breakfast. He was known to be generous with his time, participating as a volunteer in many activities in Winters.
When not working with the Fire Department, Scott enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Peg Dozier, and sister Anna (Sue) Morris.
He is survived by Kathy Dozier, his wife of 35 years; daughter Tiffany Dozier and husband Charlie Bruhn; son Joshua Dozier and girlfriend Tiffany Spivey; brother Rick Dozier and wife Catherine Bowers; sister Mardi Langdon and husband Peter; granddaughters Cloie and Madeline Bruhn.
A celebration of his life was held on Tuesday July 22, at the Winters Fire Station. Those wishing to make donations in lieu of flowers can do so at the First Northern Bank in Winters. Memorial funds will be given to the Winters Fire Department for the purchase of volunteer firefighting equipment.


John Gary Schneider, born Dec. 12, 1951, passed away peacefully in his home on July 5, 2014 He graduated from Ignacio Valley High and was involved in track and football. He continued playing football at the University of Arizona.
A big lover of all sports, he made lifelong friends with his fellow fantasy league players. He was an electrician/project manager for an electrical contractor and worked with many friends since 1986.
Gary is survived by his wife, Donna; stepdaughters Cindy Jordling and Stacey Orton; sons-in-law Kevin and Mark; grandsons Justin, Ryan, Cole, Dylan and Jack; brother Chris Schneider and sister Diane Holmes.
There will be no service. Donations may be made to the Winters Little League or any local youth sports organizations.


Peter Robert Marler, 86, died on July 5, 2014 of pneumonia after an extended series of illnesses. He has been a Winters resident since 1989 when he was recruited to the UC Davis Zoology Department. He retired in 1994, but continued working as head of the Center for Animal Behavior from 1996-2000.
Marler was an internationally recognized researcher in the field of animal behavior. He intended to be a plant ecologist and received a Ph.D. in botany from London University. During his field studies, he became curious about the variation in bird song from area to area, and this led to some of his pioneering work in what birds sing and how they learn their songs. His second Ph.D., in zoology, was from Cambridge University.
Marler’s first faculty position was at UC Berkeley, where he studied song variation and development in white-crowned sparrows, a migratory bird common during fall through spring in Winters. He discovered that birds are not hatched with their songs already in their brains, but learn them from others around them. They also have dialects, so a bird from San Francico will sing with an “accent” different from a bird in San Jose.
Over the years, he anticipated that genetically-based approaches would lead to new insights about animal behavior. He also moved into work with non-human primates in Africa and collaborated with Jane Goodall to analyze the vocal repertoire of wild chimpanzees.
Over the years, Marler trained many students who went on to establish new areas of research and insight into animal communication of many different species, as well as work on language learning in human infants. He was at the forefront of the totally new field of animal communication. His pre-eminent position in science is indicated by his induction, as a Foreign Member, into the British Royal Society, a privilege usually restricted to British nationals such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking. He was a member of the United States National Academy of Science, an elite group of outstanding researchers.
Marler was known as a generous and helpful mentor to students and younger faculty. In person he was affable, genial and a gentleman. A conversation with him immediately revealed a curious, questioning, inquiring mind.
He wrote a widely used textbook on animal behavior in collaboration with William J. Hamilton, an expert on animal orientation and navigation, who was also a Winters resident. It took five years to write the book.
Throughout all these studies Judith Marler was crucial in her support and participation in the bird projects, as well as being the logistician of the family. She hand-raised around 2,500–3,000 baby songbird chicks for the early studies of development of song communication, in infant birds. Raising them from egg to independence meant feeding them every 20 minutes around the clock.
Marler is survived by Judith, his wife of 59 years, and children, Catherine, Christopher and Marianne. A celebration of his life will be held in late August with former students and colleagues attending. Scientific symposia in his honor have already been planned for the 2015 meeting of the Animal Behavior Society.


Cheryl Roesch Patchen, longtime resident of Winters, died April 23, 2014 at Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. Born in 1946 in San Bernardino, Cheryl was a graduate of Pacific High School (1964) and CSU Chico (1968).
After moving to Winters with her husband Ken, she taught at Waggoner Elementary School and later at Winters High School, where she also coached cheerleading. She retired from teaching in 1996, devoting even more time to her passion for the outdoors.
Cheryl was an avid skier (an instructor at Homewood Ski area), backpacker, golfer (captain for the Davis Women’s Golf Club), and gardener.
She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Ken Patchen in 2013, by her parents Jack and Mary Roesch, and her brother Randy Roesch.
Cheryl is survived by her stepdaughters Terri Patchen and Karen Patchen; grandchildren Andres Arenas, Trina Arenas, Ronni Patchen and Alo Patchen; great-grandchild Andres Ortiz; niece Diana Roesch Toohey and nephews Rick Roesch, Jacob Roesch, and Randy Roesch, Jr.
Cheryl was an amazingly strong woman with a great sense of humor. She lived life to the fullest and created friendships wherever she went. A detailed eulogy may be viewed online at www.facebook.com/
kencheryl.patchen. Donations in Cheryl’s memory may be sent to Multiple Systems Atrophy Coalition at www.shy-drager.org.



When Julie Carol Weninger Orosco died in her sleep May 20, 2014, she had a lot to dream. She could dream about the impending high school graduation, and gap year in Senegal, Africa, of her oldest daughter, Olivia Orosco. She could dream about her youngest daughter Emilia Orosco climbing a rock wall in an arm brace at the school outdoor camp the two of them attended — a purple cast would replace the brace when they got home.
Julie could dream about finally completing her Ph.D. in mathematics education at UC Davis (her daughters will walk the stage in June to collect their mother’s doctorate).
Maybe she was a little girl attending the annual plumber’s Christmas ball with her father John Weninger. Or, maybe she was, helping her mother work a food booth at the Holy Cross Church festival. Perhaps Julie was dreaming of sharing cake decorating techniques with her older sister Jeanette (Weninger) Ward, or laughing with her older brother John Weninger about the time he whacked a croquet ball at her.
Or, maybe, she was dreaming about the adventures she shared with her former husband Rodney Orosco: discovering that their dead Texas neighbor kept rattlesnakes in his freezer; finding the best Mexican restaurant, ever, in Centralia Washington; being an Army wife and living with a husband at war; or, giving up a very lucrative teaching offer in El Dorado Hills to teach high school math and raise a family in Winters.
Julie survives in the memories of her friends and family as a woman with an un-compromising passion, a will to do what is right and a smile that squinches up around her mid-day blue eyes and reveals an enormous, honest heart.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. A dessert buffet will follow at the adjacent parish hall.
A memorial account in Julie Orosco’s name has been set up at First Northern Bank. The funds will be used to support Julie’s daughters, Olivia and Emilia, in their education. Those wishing to contribute to that account can do one of two things: Take the contribution to any of the bank branches in the name of “Julie Orosco Memorial Fund.“ 2. Mail checks made out to “Julie Orosco Memorial Fund” to First Northern Bank, 434 2nd St, Davis, CA 95616.

Marilyn San Martin, 83, a longtime Berkeley resident, died at home on May 23 surrounded by family. Born Jan. 23, 1931 in Sacramento to Gregory Michael and Fay Siler Vasey, she grew up in Winters. After graduating from Winters High School in 1948, Marilyn went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in 1952. She married Nash San Martin in Carmel on Jan. 31, 1958; he died in 2000.
Marilyn taught music to elementary school students for 40 years, first in the Richmond School District and then at Sacred Heart School in Oakland. Working in the Richmond Schools, Marilyn met her future husband, Nash San Martin. Together they had many close friends who shared their interests in sports, music and a good party. It was during these early years of her marriage that Marilyn was nicknamed “Sh-Boom” after the popular song by the Crew Cuts, probably because of her great ability to play the song on the piano at any given moment.
Among her many hobbies, Marilyn loved to play bridge, attend the opera, visit the Winters Library, place a bet at the horse races or play bingo at the Lake Tahoe casinos. Her friends were extremely important to Marilyn. Always quick to throw a party for a family member or friend, Marilyn was reluctant to miss a party. She remained close with friends and family her entire life, attending monthly lunches with her Winters High School classmates until as recently as a few months ago.
Marilyn was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and is survived by four children: Karen San Martin and Gregory San Martin, of Berkeley, Michael San Martin, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Laurie San Martin, of Davis. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Elizabeth and Alex San Martin, Georgia and Annabel Nichols, and by her daughter- and son in-law: Vivian San Martin and Sam Nichols.
A celebration of her life will be held at St Anthony Parish Center (at the corner of Main Street and Grant Avenue) on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to “Winters Friends of the Library” in Marilyn’s name.


Catherine Forsythe Scott McNeill, 77, of Winters passed away peacefully on June 1, 2014.
Catherine was born Oct. 9, 1936, in Detroit, Mich. Over the past five years, Catherine was the manager at the Winters Senior Apartments. Catherine is survived by two daughters: Kim Lessig of San Diego; and Terrie Nishimura of Sacramento. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Ashley, Matthew, Ryan, Samantha and Timothy. A Celebration of Life will be held at noon Saturday, June 7, at the Winters Senior Apartments Club House.


Alice Kerr Delwiche died peacefully on May 20 after a long illness. She was 95. Born in 1918 in San Luis Obispo, her father, Norman Kerr was a hydraulic engineer who in his youth drove an 18-mule team in Death Valley, and witnessed first-hand the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and eruption of Mount Lassen. Her mother, Rachel Minerva Bledsoe held a teaching credential from Los Angeles Normal School, now UCLA. Alice lived briefly in Davis as early as 1926, but spent much of her childhood living in the Berryessa Valley (now Lake Berryessa). She received her Bachelor's degree in Zoology from UC Berkeley in 1940. Continuing on at Cal, she met Constant C. ("Connie") Delwiche, future UC Davis Professor of Geobiology, Major General, and her husband of 58 years while both were enrolled as graduate students. During World War II, Alice watched her best friend, a Japanese-American, interred at Granada in Colorado. She turned down an offer from the National Park Service to become a Yosemite Park Ranger, choosing instead to accept a position as a school teacher in Dinuba.
In 1943 Connie, then the adjutant for the 88th Glider Infantry in Ft. Meade, South Dakota, asked Alice for her hand in marriage. Alice flew to South Dakota, and they were married on June 21, 1943. Their first child, Norman, was born in North Carolina while Connie was waiting to ship over for combat in Europe. Alice then returned to California, and spent the remainder of the war living in Twain Harte. Following the war Alice continued to teach high school in the Central Valley, with her students including several combat fighter pilots recently returned from the Pacific Theater, who presented an interesting disciplinary challenge. She also coached the school tennis team. After demobilization Connie completed his doctorate and soon accepted a position on the Berkeley Faculty, so Alice quit teaching and the family grew by three more boys: Mark, Joseph, and James. In 1956-57 the family spent a year of Sabbatical Leave in Piricicaba, Brazil, where Alice, who already spoke basic Spanish, learned Portuguese. Two more boys, Richard and Charles, followed their return from Brazil.
Alice, Connie, and the five younger boys moved to Davis in 1963, where Connie had joined the Faculty. Civil Rights law had increased the need for teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL), and shortly after moving to Davis Alice, who was trilingual and had a teaching credential, accepted a position in the Winters School District. Starting out part-time, she quickly moved to full-time. Upon arriving to teach elementary ESL, Alice discovered that the school district held a special 8th-grade graduation ceremony for Spanish-speaking children, on the assumption that the children of migrant laborers would soon join their parents in the orchards. Horrified, she let it be known that she expected all of her students to work to achieve their full potential, and many of her former students (and their children) are now successful professionals working throughout California. While working full time, she spent her evenings working on a Master's degree in counseling. After finishing that degree she became a counselor, and eventually the Vice Principal at Wolfskill continuation school, where she was a tireless champion of the disempowered.
Never one to be idle, in the mid 1970's Alice converted the old family home on 1st Street in Davis into "Daphne's Roost", a Bed and Breakfast Inn (named for a duck), which she ran while also working full-time and cooking a family meal every evening. As her younger children grew up, Alice began to travel extensively. She accompanied her friend Ida Wallace to Cameroon where they visited Ida's daughter Lois at her Peace Corps post. She also traveled to Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, Chile, and the remote Amazon in Peru. Alice was an avid horsewoman and skier, and doing both throughout her life. Starting in her 60s she ran or walked several miles every morning, a habit which she maintained through her 80s. She also had an artistic side, and was a founding member of the Dam Quilters. She was preceded in death by Connie in 2001, and is survived by her sister, Jean Stenmark of El Cerrito; her six sons, Norman, of Omak WA; Mark, of Idaho Falls, ID; Joseph, of Denver Colorado; James, of Grass Valley, CA; Richard, of San Francisco, CA; and Charles, of Washington, DC; as well as by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She will be missed.

There will be a viewing at Wiscombe mortuary in Davis on Wednesday evening, May 28 from 6 to 8 pm, 116 D St. Davis, and memorial service mass at St. James church, 14th and B St., Davis Thursday May 29 at 10 am. A reception will follow at URC in Davis.
Alice will be interment with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.


Yolo County cattle rancher Henry “Hank” Stone passed away April 24, 2014, after a brief illness.
Hank was born in Merced, on Dec. 6, 1930, but grew up in San Francisco and Salinas. His father was the regional manager for Golden State Creamery. After graduating from Salinas High School, Hank attended Cal Poly where he honed his livestock judging skills, and was a member of the winning Collegiate Livestock Judging team at Cow Palace in 1951. In the 1960s he was superintendent of the Intercollegiate Judging Contest at the Cow Palace. He judged sheep and cattle at many county fairs throughout northern California, including the State Fair. In addition to judging, he was a self-taught livestock auctioneer, and sold thousands of 4-H and FFA animals over a 40-year span.
Hank served as a meat inspector during the Korean War, then married Suzanne Storm and moved to Fort Bragg, where he worked as a ranch manager. He tried the sheep business in Lockeford briefly before becoming an ag lender at Crocker Bank in Sacramento. Eventually his family settled in Woodland, where he managed the Woodland Production Credit Association and Federal Land Bank.
In the 1970s, Hank left banking to become the business manager for Anderson Farms in Davis. His position led to the formation of Yolo Land & Cattle Co., which evolved into a partnership with his two sons. In the 2000s, Hank retired from day-to-day management, and focused on another passion, beef genetics. He developed a successful purebred Angus herd, and twice received the Top Consignor Award at the Cal Poly Bull Test. In recent years, Hank also enjoyed hosting visitors at the ranch.
A graduate of Class I of the California Agricultural Leadership Program, Hank served on numerous statewide boards including the California Cattlemen’s Association, and the California FFA Foundation. He was Past President of both the Yolo County Cattlemen’s & Woolgrowers Assn., and the California Beef Cattle Improvement Assn. He served on many local boards and was also an advisor for both the UC Davis and Cal Poly animal science departments.
He was named Commercial Producer of the Year by the California Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and Yolo County Agri-businessman of the Year by the Woodland Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, he was named the California Livestock Man of the Year by the California Chamber of Commerce, presented at the Cow Palace Grand National Rodeo.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Carol and Marea Stone, his stepmother Georgie, and his oldest son David.
He is survived by his wife Suzanne, sons Scott and Casey, their wives Karen and Angela, and grandchildren, Austin, Carson, Keeley and Wilson.
Hank’s family has set up a memorial fund with the Yolo County Fair to pay for improvements to the livestock auction building. Tax-deductible donations can be made to: Yolo County Heritage Foundation, c/o Henry Stone Livestock Facilities Fund, 1125 East St., Woodland, CA 95776. Donations can also be made to the California Rangeland Trust, 1225 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
A celebration of Hank’s life will be held on Friday, May 30, 11 a.m., at the Yolo Land & Cattle Co. ranch headquarters near Esparto. For directions, visit www. yololandandcattle.com.


Yvonne Mehl passed away peacefully on Monday May 12, 2014 at the age of 82. Yvonne was born on January 24, 1932, to Guy and Valerie Chalfant. She was raised in Southern California and later moved to Fair Oaks before settling in Davis with her family for the past 44 years.
She was a member of the University Covenant Church and was an amazing artist, enjoyed cooking, playing tennis, card games, gardening, trips to the coast and enjoying family and friends. She was a homemaker for many years before joining UC Davis in the Information Services Department where she worked until retirement.
Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband Jim Mehl, father Guy Chalfant, mother Valerie Chalfant, step mother Vivian Chalfant, and sister Virginia Flannigan.
Yvonne is survived by her son Greg Mehl and his wife Charlotte, daughter Susan Hyde and her husband David both of Winters; grandchildren Meghan, Kevin, Carson and Isabella; brother Gary Chalfant of Wisconsin and many other family and friends. Services are planned on Wednesday, May 28, at University Covenant Church, 315 Mace Blvd in Davis. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Yvonne’s memory to Yolo Hospice or the Yolo County SPCA.


Ramona Rodriguez passed away at her Winters home on May 13, 2014. She was 71.
Born Nov. 2, 1942, in Brownsville, Texas, she moved to Winters in the 1960s and worked at Contadina Tomato Canary in Woodland for 27 years.
A rosary was said May 18 and funeral mass was held on May 19.
She is survived by her seven children, Tony Rodriguez of Winters, Bertha Rodriguez of West Sacramento, Carmen Raya of Sacramento, Adelaido Rodriguez of Winters, Rosario Rodriguez of Winters, Lupe Michel of Winters and Arthur Rodriguez of Winters. She also is survived by 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mom Blaza Soliz and her dad Sebastian Saldivar of Brownville, Texas.


A memorial service for Betty Coman, a longtime Winters resident who died at home on March 21, will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 511 Main Street, on Saturday, May 24. The service begins at 11 a.m.
Born March 24, 1923, she was 91. Mrs. Coman was preceded in death by her husband, George Bertram Coman, and her son George Daniel Coman. She is survived by four children: Nancy Coman Lege, Robert, John and Phillip, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be donated to favorite charities.


Misao Kato, 90, of Winters passed away peacefully on May 8, 2014 in a care facility in Woodland. She was born on May 6, 1924 in Vacaville, and was one of four children born to Jihei and Hayae Takimoto.
Several years after moving to Suisun, Misao graduated from Armijo High School in 1942. In May 1942, under Executive Order 9066, the Takimoto family left Suisun for the Turlock Assembly Center. Shortly afterwards they were sent to the Gila River Internment Camp in Arizona and then relocated to the Tule Lake Segregation Center in California.
After the war, Misao’s family returned to Suisun. In November 1947, Misao married Mike Kato of Winters. They were orchard farmers for over 60 years growing peaches, apricots, almonds, walnuts and prunes. They later formed T & M Kato Farms, Inc. Misao worked seasonally at Tufts Packing Shed, Morgan’s Fruit & Nut Co. and Mariani Nut Co. in Winters.
Misao enjoyed listening to Japanese and Country Western music and watching Japanese and Cowboy/Western movies. She also loved taking care of her fruit trees and vegetable garden, which gave her joy in sharing with friends and family.
Misao is survived by children Beverly, Howard (Ruby) and Gina Kato; granddaughters Tanya Kato and Leanne (Wilson) Yu; great-grandchildren Marissa and Derek Yu; sister Aiko Yasutomo and brother Hideyo (Mitzi) Takimoto; brother-in-law Henry (Marge) Kato; sisters-in-law Kimi Kato and Shizuko Kato as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike, and brother, Takeo Takimoto of Wakayama, Japan.
At her request, no service will be held.


Gene Caselli, a 59-year resident of Winters died peacefully at his home on March 23, 2014, at the age of 101.
Born Aug. 15, 1912, in San Jose to Italian immigrants he grew up with a love of baseball and music. He worked as a machinist at Westinghouse building Liberty Ship parts. He and wife Marion and family moved to Winters in 1955 after purchasing the Boyce Ranch. He farmed for 32 years employing many Winters youth who worked in the infamous cutting shed and dry yard where tons of apricots and peaches were hand cut. He and his family started a fruit stand selling apricots and oranges for 25 years serving many loyal customers.
Gene was an active member of St. Anthony Parish for more than 50 years. He enjoyed tending his garden, caring for his citrus grove and building irrigation systems. Two of his greatest enjoyments were hosting numerous family functions and following the San Francisco Giants.
He is survived by Marion, his wife of 76 years, and by his children Margene, David and Stephen, son-in-law Jan and daughters-in-law Susan and Carmina. Gene is also survived by his grandchildren Philip and Christopher Caselli, Ken van Wagtendonk (Elizabeth) and Kyra Rodriguez (John). His great-grandchildren are Makenna, Parker and Ava.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, March 28, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Rosary recitation begins at 10:45 a.m. with mass beginning at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the Winters Community Center.


Betty Coman, 90, died at home in Winters, on March 21, 2014. She was born on March 24, 1923, to the late John F. (Jack) and Nancy Loretta (Griffin) Vasey in Sacramento. She attended Winters High School, graduating in 1942, after which she went to business school in San Francisco, earning her bookkeeping certification. She married George B. Coman in 1948, and they lived in Berkeley until 1952, when they moved back to Winters.
Betty was passionate about genealogy and spent many hours researching her own family’s roots and helping others research theirs. She amassed a large collection of historical documents and photographs, which she donated to the Yolo County Archives.
Information about a memorial service will be forthcoming when details are finalized.


Tammie Lynn Martin Sevy, 55 of Ogden, Utah and former resident of Winters and Woodland, passed away peacefully in her home Monday, March 10, 2014.
Tammie was born and raised in Winters and Woodland. She graduated from Woodland High School in 1977. She had a successful day care business that she absolutely loved. She loved working with and teaching children of all ages. After closing her business, she still remained very close with all the kids that attended her day care. She also had a love for the ocean. Tammie always wanted to visit Bodega Bay when she was in California.
Tammie was preceeded in death by her mother, Barbara Martin, and grandparents, Homer and Tressie Stiles and Antonio and Josephine Martin.
She is survived by her father Anthony (Liz) Martin, brothers Michael Martin and Jeffery (Tawnya) Martin; her loving husband of 9 years, Brill Sevy; five children, Christopher (Lori) Patton, Melissa Patton, Neil Sexton, and Leah Sexton; stepson Eric Sevy; six beautiful grandchildren Murphy Patton, Korvin, Kasyn and Knoxstin Damm and Kade and Kylee del Giudice, and numerous nieces and nephews she greatly adored.
A celebration of Tammie’s life will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 12-3 p.m. at The New Life Family Church at 315 Edwards Street in Winters.


Carmen Machado Borden, daughter of Gregory and Maria Machado, passed away on Feb. 5, 2014 at La Mariposa rest home in Fairfield at the age of 88.
She was born at the Machado Ranch in Olive District and attended Olive School. From there she went to the Winters High School and graduated in 1944.
She started working at the Basic in Vacaville and retired from there.
Carmen had one son, Darrell Borden, who passed away two days after she did, on Feb. 7, 2014, at the age of 62.
She is survived by her sister, Toni Ichtertz of Woodland, and Marian Kammerer of Winters, and also many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by Francis Ramos and Mary Ramos and Lola Ramos and Julia Carrion and Connie Azrar.
As was her wish, no services will be held.


Jeanne Young Wheeler, who lived in Vacaville for over 50 years and taught at Vacaville High School for 40 years, passed away at age 88 on March 5, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia. She had Alzheimer’s.
She was born and raised in Commerce, Texas. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at East Texas Teachers College. Divorced, she moved to Vacaville in 1956 with her three children, James, Melinda, and Paul, to be near her older brothers, Dr. Corbin Young and Doctor Ernie Young, who had moved to Winters and practiced medicine there. Her sister, Miriam Young, soon joined her younger siblings in California and taught English at American River Junior College.
Jeanne taught U.S. history and social studies at Vaca High for nearly 30 years and then became the school’s librarian. She was loved and respected by colleagues and students alike, many of whom she kept in touch with long after she retired. By word and example, she taught the value of hard work, compassion for others, and the importance of lifelong learning.
Jeanne was active in the Vacaville Epiphany Episcopal Church until her health declined and she moved to Virginia in 2012 to be near her daughter Melinda. She was also an avid walker and hiker and enjoyed travel. In addition to her many visits to her favorite park, Yosemite, she traveled abroad, including trips to China, Israel, and Jordan when she was in her 80s.
Her brothers and sister and her sons James and Paul preceded her in death.
She is survived by her daughter, Melinda Cooke of Arlington, Virginia; grandchildren, Sara Little of in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Nathaniel Cooke of Alameda; five great-grandchildren.



Richard Virgil Stall, 83, passed away on March 4, 2014. Born on June 29, 1930 in Vallejo to Herman and Delta Stall, he moved to Winters and graduated from Winters High School in 1948.
He married Juliann Burket on Dec. 17, 1950 and moved to West Sacramento, where he retired from Alling Iron Works after 44 years.
A Master Mason, he was raised to that “sublime degree” in Yolo Lodge No. 195 in 1954 and remained a member for 58 years. He was also an affiliated member of Scepter Lodge No. 143. He remained an active Mason until his passing.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Juliann; son, Michael Stall and wife Elaine; daughter, Sharon Groesbeck; son James Stall and wife Elaine; grandchildren Travis, Bryon, Dillon and Lilly; great-grandchildren Mason and Mallory.
A brief graveside committal will be held on Saturday, March 15, at 11 a.m. at Winters Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the Yolo Lodge, 1655 DaVinci Court in Davis.
In lieu of flowers, send remembrances to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA.


Regina Rocha, 75, of Oceano, passed away quietly in Winters, surrounded by her family Monday, March 3, 2014.
Regina was born in Glendale and lived in Baldwin Park. She grew up in Burbank, along with her two sisters, Eldridge and Elizabeth, and brother, John. She gave birth to five children and raised two more. She was a total firecracker.
Regina was one of the original Cadets in the Civil Air Patrol. As a Senior Sales Representative for International Playtex, she received numerous awards for sales excellence.
As a mom, she was the ultimate “Mama Bear,” always first in line to protect her children from anything, anywhere, anytime. She once punched a neighbors’ mom in the face because the woman complained about her sons “loud” drumming.
After her time in sales, Regina started her own successful tour business and an antiques store. She loved to go to yard sales and swap meets to find treasures. She loved her time in Oceano and liked to walk her dogs around the ponds. She was a high-energy person who was not afraid to try anything. This gift she imparted to all her children.
Regina spent the last year of her life in Winters and loved the people here, especially the breakfasts at Putah Creek Cafe.
She is survived by her children Jesse Loren, Ray Rocha, Rex Cowan, Luciano Rocha, Dora Rocha Arias and Nina Goodrich; grandchildren Crystal Foster, Jarrett Lowery, Caitlin Flaws, Jessica O’Connor, Finley Rocha, Tonya Thrash, Katrina Gillespie, Kathryn Beyer, Jacqulyn Regina Cowan, Rex Cowan, Dominic Cowan, Margo Cordova, Andrea Gutierrez, Heather Mulholland and Jen Mulholland.
She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Franklin Foster, Faith Givan, Ethan O’Connor, Joseph O’Connor, Mark Thrash, Alia Thrash, Tianna Trash, Allyson Gillespie, Skyler Gillespie, Cassandra Cordova, Machaela Cordova, Dalia Gutierrez and Rafael Gutierrez; and in-laws Brian Bellamy, Josh Foster, Damian O’Connor, Mary Turcotte, Dawn Cowan, Erik Gillespie, Carlos Arias, Michael Cordova, Joshua Gutierrez and Lindsay Mulholland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Rocha, and daughter. Cecilia Denise Rocha.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, July, 12 2014, in Oceano. Contact Ray Rocha at rayondrums@charter.net for details.


Frank “Paco” Cintas, 51, of Winters, passed away on Feb. 21, 2014 at home. He was an area resident for 43 years.
Paco was born Feb. 8, 1963 in El Chive, Spain, to Isabelita Molina and Javier Cintas. Known as the “class clown.” He graduated from Winters High School in 1981. Paco was a teamster, working as a warehouseman for 29 years, working under Lucky’s and now Savemart, where he made many close friends. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and “Wormburners” Golf Club. He loved playing golf and every summer, went to Mesquite Nevada for a fun-filled week of golf.
Paco loved spending time with his children, particularly watching Dominic play soccer and watching Jolie dance. He also enjoyed watching old movies and TV shows, especially ‘Sanford and Son’. Paco and his family relished trips to Disneyland, but his favorite vacation was taking his children to Spain. He was known for his sense of humor and his quick wit! Paco absolutely adored his family.
Paco is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Michelle, of Winters; children, Jolie and Dominic of Winters; siblings, Isabel “Peque” Cintas of Almeria, Spain; mother-in-law, Judy Viri; brothers-in-law, Mike (Michele Ann) Viri, Danny Viri, Glenn (Andrea) Viri all of Fairfield; sister-in-law, Danette Jones of Woodland.
He will be dearly missed by his nephew and nieces Greg Viri, Sean Viri, Kate Viri, Zachary Viri and Giana Jones. Paco is also survived by Tito Juan Molina and Tita Ana Molina of Winters; Tito Roger Hernandez and Tita Martirio of Vacaville as well as numerous cousins and extended family in Spain.
A time of visitation will be held Thursday, March 6, 5-7 p.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home in Winters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters. Interment will follow at Winters Cemetery. The family invites friends to join them at a reception, which will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) in Winters immediately following the interment.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations be made in Paco’s memory to the Cintas Family Memorial Fund at First Northern Bank.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.
wiscombefuneral.com.



Loretta Shugart
of Winters passed away on Feb. 26, 2014. She was born in Bay City, Texas, on April 17, 1938. In 1964, Loretta and her family moved to Winters. Loretta is survived by sister Lois of Riverton, Wyoming; children, Becky, Margie, John and Leslie; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She will be missed by her family and friends. No funeral services are planned. The family will have a private remembrance to celebrate her life.

Frank “Paco” Cintas, 51, of Winters, passed away on Feb. 21, 2014 at home. He was an area resident for 43 years.
Paco was born Feb. 8, 1963 in El Chive, Spain, to Isabelita Molina and Javier Cintas. Known as the “class clown.” He graduated from Winters High School in 1981. Paco was a teamster, working as a warehouseman for 29 years, working under Lucky’s and now Savemart, where he made many close friends. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and “Wormburners” Golf Club. He loved playing golf and every summer, went to Mesquite Nevada for a fun-filled week of golf.
Paco loved spending time with his children, particularly watching Dominic play soccer and watching Jolie dance. He also enjoyed watching old movies and TV shows, especially ‘Sanford and Son’. Paco and his family relished trips to Disneyland, but his favorite vacation was taking his children to Spain. He was known for his sense of humor and his quick wit! Paco absolutely adored his family.
Paco is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Michelle, of Winters; children, Jolie and Dominic of Winters; siblings, Isabel “Peque” Cintas of Almeria, Spain; mother-in-law, Judy Viri; brothers-in-law, Mike (Michele Ann) Viri, Danny Viri, Glenn (Andrea) Viri all of Fairfield; sister-in-law, Danette Jones of Woodland.
He will be dearly missed by his nephew and nieces Greg Viri, Sean Viri, Kate Viri, Zachary Viri and Giana Jones. Paco is also survived by Tito Juan Molina and Tita Ana Molina of Winters; Tito Roger Hernandez and Tita Martirio of Vacaville as well as numerous cousins and extended family in Spain.
A time of visitation will be held Thursday, March 6, 5-7 p.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home in Winters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters. Interment will follow at Winters Cemetery. The family invites friends to join them at a reception, which will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) in Winters immediately following the interment.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations be made in Paco’s memory to the Cintas Family Memorial Fund at First Northern Bank.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com


Honoré Irene Eldridge of Winters passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and prayers at Sutter Davis Hospital on Feb. 6, 2014.
Honoré was born a twin to her parents, Irene and Guy Rowley, in San Francisco and spent her early years in Los Gatos and Menlo Park as well as her family’s mountain properties. She graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, the Class of 1946, then graduated from St. Joseph’s Nursing School in San Francisco in 1948.
She married her beloved husband, John Henry Eldridge, in 1950.
She is survived by: their two sons, Michael Davitt Eldridge and Sean Joseph Eldridge, and their wives, Alison Hapworth-Eldridge, and Rosalynd Eldridge; her grandchildren, Dennis Eldridge II,
Jessicca Sommerfeldt, Ciara Hapworth-
Eldridge, Bridgette Eldridge and Mikenzie Hapworth-Eldridge.
She is preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Jack; her twin brother, Michael; and her son, Dennis.
Her pioneering spirit and sparkling
personality touched everyone she knew. A living piece of history is now in memory and will never be forgotten.
A reading and Mass were held at St.
Anthony’s Church on Feb. 11 and 12.
Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.


Susan Boyd Spracklen, a Winters resident of five years, passed away on Feb. 1, 2014. She was 60.
Born on Nov. 27, 1953, in Dolphin, Alabama, she graduated in San Jose, and worked as a bartender for JJ’s of Winters and for General Motors for a time. She was a member of the Auto Workers Union for General Motors.
Preceding her in death were: her husband, Rayburn Lee Spracklen Jr. of Winters; her half-brother Donny Foster; and her father Jim Boyd of Oklahoma.
She is survived by: her son Robert Carlson and his wife of Colorado, Calif.; her daughter Cindy Carlson of Sacramento; her half-brother Terry Fieldgrove of San Jose; her sisters Tammy Coya of Palm Springs and Sandy Davidson of Modesto; her mother Cynthia Synder of Modesto; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
No services are planned at this time. She will be buried in Washington state.


Edward L. Kelly of Winters passed away in Davis on Feb. 15, 2014.
Born in Oklahoma on Sept. 3, 1924, he was 89.
The viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main St., Winters.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at New Life Church, at Third and Edward streets in Winters.
Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


Julia Rose Muñoz Pettersen passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, at Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville. She was 83.
Born on July 30, 1930, to Mariano and Adoracion Muñoz at home in Winters, she had moved to Yuba City five years ago.
She was a nut buyer for most of her life and enjoyed cooking, Spanish food and gardening.
She is survived by her children Steve Martin (Loretta), John Martin (Cindy), Wendy Lopez (Joe) and Eric Pettersen.
She also is survived by her sisters Mariana Zimmerman and Doris Carrick, and her grandchildren Christopher Martin, Jeremy Lopez, Brian Lopez, Sarah Martin and Adam Martin, and six great-grandchildren.
A graveside service is planned for noon Friday, Feb. 21, at the Winters Cemetery, and a reception will follow at 1 p.m. at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave.
Donations may be made to the Diabetes Association.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.

Noel (Jeanne) Johnson passed away on Jan. 5, 2014. She was born in Clovis, New Mexico on Nov. 18, 1944 to Douglas and Muriel Elaine Muller. She attended schools in Vacaville, and graduated from Vaca High in 1962. On June 17, 1962, Jeanne married her high school sweetheart, Tommie L. Johnson.
Jeanne is survived by her mother Muriel Elaine West; husband of 51 years Tom Johnson; children, Thomas Johnson, Cora Brice (James Howard), Paula Nichols and son-in-law Matt Nichols; siblings, Trudy (Richard) Gauntlett, Michael West, Roy (Marcia) West and Charlette (Gary) Nelson; grandchildren, Betsy (Victor) Guerrero, Thomas Johnson, Holly Johnson, Meagan White, Willie Brice, Jennifer Brice, Colton Nichols and Samantha Nichols; four great-grandchildren,
numerous nieces and nephews and very special family in-laws, Bill and Barbara Nichols.
She was preceded in death by her fathers, Douglas Muller and Herb West.
Jeanne’s employment included being a dental hygienist assistant and retiring from Yolo County Landfill before going to school to become a medical assistant in Vacaville and Woodland. She was also a volunteer EMT for the Winters Fire Department.
Her major love in life besides her family and family gatherings was horses and riding. She belonged to numerous horse groups: Gold Country Cutting Assoc., 4-H, and Circle D Horsemen’s Association. She participated in trail rides and rodeos/fairs, besides just riding anytime she could to check on her own cattle or help friends/neighbors.
Sign an online guestbook at www.
bryanbraker.com/obituaries/Noel-Johnson.


Sheila Ann Parks of Winters passed away Dec. 22. She was 80.
Born Oct. 2, 1933 in England, she
attended nursing school and became a psychiatric nurse. She moved to Winters from Belmont in 2005.
She was an avid Scrabble player and loved to gamble in Las Vegas with her sister-in-law Harriet. She also enjoyed weekend estate and garage sales.
She was married for 22 years before she was widowed. She is survived by: her children David and Dion Parks, both of Winters; her siblings Jennifer, Paul and Linda; and her grandchildren Amanda, Taylor, Jorden, Dustin and Vanessa.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Winters. Burial is at Winters Cemetery.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombe
funeral.com.



Claire Lorainne Stark of Winters passed away Jan. 14 in Woodland. She was 81.
She lived in Winters for more than 60 years and lived more than 10 years in Madrid, Spain.
Born in Woodland on Dec. 15, 1932, she earned a master’s degree and became an elementary school teacher.
She was a member of Beta Alpha Sorority, Fortnightly, various bridge and card clubs and Altar Society. She loved watching her grandchildren, nieces and nephews in sports, and enjoyed local events and goings on.
She is preceded in death by her sister Lucille Russell and her parents Albert and Anne Rominger. She is survived by: her daughter Romin Guidici; her siblings Richard Rominger and wife Evelyne, Donald Rominger and Joan Martinez; and her grandchildren Anne and Tommy Guidici.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at St. Anthony Church. Interment followed at the Winters Cemetery.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscombe
funeral.com.

George Louis Kresa, 90, died of a vascular ailment on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Port Townsend, Washington while visiting family members for the holidays.
Born on Feb. 23, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, he lived a long and full life. He was an Army Air Corps pilot during World War II, assigned to the 375th Bombardment Squadron, and made numerous trips over the “Hump” between India and China to obtain gasoline, bombs, spare parts, and other items needed to prepare for and sustain combat operations. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
After his service to his country, he attended the University of Dubuque in Iowa. In 1949, George married Margery Soady, his wife of 53 years. He worked as an industrial floor salesman for 35 years before retiring and moving to Winters, where he began his second career as an organic walnut farmer, doing what he loved for the next 25 years.
After Margery died in 2002, George met and married Marilyn Stout. In 2003, they moved to Sun City in Lincoln Hills. He enjoyed his second retirement and could be found at 6:30 every morning on the treadmill at the community gym. He became a member of the Lincoln Hills Community Church Building Committee and a founding, active member of the church. He enjoyed building furniture and was an avid salmon fisherman, casting into the waters of the San Francisco Bay, Alaska and British Columbia.
He is survived by his children, Sue and Frank Pignataro, Bill and Teri Kresa, Charles and Kathy Kresa, and Chris Kresa; grandchildren, Tim and Michalee Pignataro, Andy and Nancy Pignataro, Nick Kresa and Meghan Flanagan; great-grandchildren, Anthony A.J.) and Max Pignataro.
He was laid to rest in the Winters Cemetery on Dec. 30, 2013. Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.wiscomefuneral.com.


Ralph Sylvester Norfolk of Winters passed away on Dec. 18, 2013 in Vacaville following a long illness. Born in Lothian, Maryland, on Nov. 11 1929, he was 84 years old.
Ralph proudly served in the US Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion Post 242 and the Lions Club. In years past, he served on the Winters City Council, assisted with Little League and was active in community service.
He is survived by his wife, Felicia E.
Norfolk of Winters, and son, Timothy R. Norfolk of Winters, and a long list of family, including three brothers and four sisters who live on the East Coast; grandchildren, Carrie, Jennifer, Nathan, Joseph, Kirby, Benjamin, Brian, Stormi, Dallas and Dakota; great-grandchildren China, Samantha, Shai, Raeanne, Davien, Elizabeth, Elias and Dylan, and one more on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Nellie Norfolk, and his oldest son, Randell A. Norfolk.
A military service is planned on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery in Dixon. Those planning to attend should arrive prior to 12:30 p.m. No formal reception is planned, but friends and family are welcome to visit at the family home after the service.


Charles F "Boots" Erb. On Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at age 88, Boots passed quietly into a better place where there is no pain and no dementia to hold his body and mind hostage. He is free now to join his first born child, Krista Elizabeth, his mother, Verda, his father, Charlie, his grandsons, Charlie and Chaz (Eddies’ brothers) and of course, the many special friends who went before him, including Bill Laws, Jackie Jensen, Duke Zenovich and Donnie Gale.
Boots was born in Oakland on Sept. 20, 1925 and lived there until the fourth grade when he moved to his grandfather’s ranch in Winters. From the fourth grade to the eighth grade, he went to school in a one-room schoolhouse with one teacher for the six grades — each row a different grade. In the ninth grade he went to Los Angeles to live with his dad and to attend Black Fox Military School, where he met Sid Chaplin, Charlie’s son.
When Boots’ father was called into the service in WWII, Boots had the extraordinary experience of living with Sid, Charlie Chaplin and his then wife, Lita Grey. He attended Los Angeles High School, where he excelled at the position of quarterback and was named to the All City team.
After high school the Cal love affair, that had started with his father being an All American Quarterback at UC Berkeley, continued from 1946 to 1950 when Boots played quarterback, becoming the first father and son to quarterback in the Rose Bowl. During his winning football days at Cal, his coach was the extremely popular and successful Pappy Waldorf, after whom the Pappy’s Boys group was named. Boots loved the Blue and Gold, the Saturday frustrations of the losses and the exhilarating highs of the wins, his Phi Psi brothers, the atmosphere of Memorial Stadium, and most of all, his teammates. He was a Golden Bear to the very end.
After college, Boots and his best friend and teammate from fourth grade and Cal, Jackie Jensen of the Boston Red Sox, opened the Bow and Bell in Oakland on Jack London Square in 1954. The restaurant became a mecca for sports figures from all sports who were always greeted enthusiastically by Boots while Jack was away playing baseball. Boots was a highly engaging host and loved working the door, personally making everyone feel special. In 1958, he met his wife, Karal Anne, on a blind date and they celebrated 54 years last June.
In 1991, Boots and family returned to Winters where they have resided on their walnut ranch for the last 22 years. Boots loved being back at the ranch where he felt “at home.” Boots was a friend to all, always seeing the best in people and always giving them the benefit of the doubt. He was a wonderful generous kind man with a huge heart.
Boots is survived by his wife, Karal Anne; children, Kelly Erb, Chuck Erb and Anneliese (Dave) Stanton; grandchildren, Eddie, Alli and Jack; sister, JoAnn MacNeur; mother-in-law, Vivian Skidmore; brother and sister-in-law Tom and Myra Skidmore; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank one and all at the Vacaville Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center for the loving compassionate care Boots received each and every day. Send memorial donations to VCRC, 545 Nut Tree Road, Vacaville, CA 95687.
Friends are invited to a memorial gathering to celebrate Boots’ extraordinary life on Saturday, Jan. 11, at The Buckhorn, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.



Joseph C. Singleton, 90, passed away at his home in Winters following a short illness. He was born in Sacramento and lived in Davis for about 15 years before moving to Winters in 1976. He worked as an electrical inspector at UC Davis for over 33 years before retiring in 1985.
Joe was a veteran of World War II from 1944-1946 as a member of the US Army Air Corp. He was a pilot of a C-47 carrying paratroopers and cargo during the Battle of the Bulge.
Joe was an avid golfer. He always enjoyed a good round of golf and a good glass of wine.
Joe is survived by his sons Pat (Joanne) and Jeff Singleton, sister Pat Cirac and grandson Andrew Singleton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean, in 2002.
Graveside services will be private at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Sacramento. Arrangements are under the direction of Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, Benicia. Family prefers donations be made to the Winters Library. Please visit the online tribute at www.passalacquafuneralchapel.com.

Michael Henry Riley Sr. passed away suddenly at Sutter Davis Hospital on Jan. 6, 2014. He was born in Germany to David and Margaretha (Peggy) Riley on Jan. 2, 1957.
His family moved to Winters when he was a child. He married Debra Dunlap and they had three children. He later married Susan DeWeese and had three step-children. He was preceeded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Steve Mack.
He is survived by: his girlfriend, Kathy Nelson; brother, Patrick Riley and spouse Annie of Winters; sister, Kim Mack of Granada; daughter, Mellisa Zahn of Esparto; son, Mike Riley, Jr. of Madison, Minn.; daughter, Chantel Riley of Winters; step-children Tara Castro, John Moran and Tony DeWeese of Sacramento; 13 grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family requests that donations be made to the Winters Branch of First Northern Bank, Mike H. Riley Memorial Fund.
Information about a memorial service will follow at a later date.

Carmen Madonia passed away peacefully in her home in Winters on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. Born in Coolidge, Arizona on March 5, 1928, she was 85.
A resident of Winters for 32 years, she moved from San Jose in 1981, and was a homemaker most of her life. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Having family over for Sunday dinner was one of her favorite times. She became less active in her later years, but in the past she volunteered with St. Anthony’s Alter Society and Winters Friends of the Library events.
She liked to sew and made quilts for many of her loved ones. She was famous for her chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, and she enjoyed feeding anyone coming to visit. Carmen spent many happy years watching her grandchildren and then great-grandchildren grow up, and was a huge part of her family’s lives. She will be dearly missed but is in a better place watching over all the ones she loved.
She is survived by her husband Ralph Madonia of Winters; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Ed Scianna of Winters; son and daughter-in-law Ron and Gail Madonia of Sacramento; grandchildren, Clayton, Jacob and Anna Marie Russell-Madonia of Sacramento; grandson Kye Scianna of Portland, Oregon; granddaughter and her husband Bria and Gabriel Jimenez of Winters; great-grandchildren Adriana, Amaya and Gabriel Jimenez of Winters; sisters, Cora Abreo and husband Dean, Lodia Guerrero and Doris Gutierez, all of San Jose; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 11a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Winters Friends of the Library.


Danielle “Parks” Haines, a former resident of Winters with a long local family history, passed away on Oct. 31, 2013, in Eugene, Oregon. She was born on Oct. 26, 1986, in Santa Cruz, and moved to Winters when she was 3. She attended Winters Parent Preschool and John Clayton Kindergarten before moving to Eugene with her family in 1993.
She was the granddaughter of the late John Collado Jr., whose parents migrated from Spain and settled in Winters in 1915 and became local farmers for close to 100 years.
Winters was always an important connection for Danielle because of the many memorable adventures and time spent visiting “the ranch” of her grandparents, John and Mary Collado. A lot of time was spent traveling the I-5 Corridor from Eugene to Redding to Winters visiting grandparents. There were many traditions of traveling every Christmas to Winters and annual summer trips to Donner Lake with the entire Parks and Collado families.
Danielle had a love of life, loyalty to family and friends, a sense of humor and tenacity; an amazing smile and expressive brown eyes. She loved sports and played competitively throughout her life in soccer, basketball and softball teams. She even ran cross-country for two years in high school. She was a team player; she never liked the spot light and always attempted to help others.
In her senior year in high school, she met Ty, her husband. She graduated from Sheldon High School, International Program in 2005, attended Lane Community College and began a career in dental assisting in 2008. She loved to travel to Hawaii and made numerous trips to the big island of Hawaii and Maui with family and friends. She continued playing sports primarily indoor soccer and softball in local leagues.
Her life seemed to be cruising along. Then in December 2010, she suffered a brain hemorrhage while on a weekend trip to the Oregon coast. That began a journey that ultimately changed her life. She was initially treated at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital; two months later went to Stanford Medical Center for brain surgery to what was considered a rare circulatory disease of the brain.
The operation was successful, but six months later after a post-op exam, a rare brain tumor was discovered. She subsequently had two more surgeries within six months at Stanford and returned home to Eugene. She started treatment of radiation and chemotherapy for the tumor and rehab for a stroke she experienced in her last surgery.
Despite these challenges, she went back to work as a dental assistant, accepted a marriage proposal from her high school sweetheart, and had a storybook wedding in the Eugene area countryside on Sept. 8, 2012.
She experienced more health challenges as a result of the tumor growth and was admitted to the local medical center in Eugene last July, and spent more than three months in the hospital before she passed away.
She is survived by her parents, Rob and Patty Parks; husband, Ty Haines; brother, Chris Parks of Eugene; grandmother, Mary Collado, of Winters; uncle and aunt John and Kathy Collado of Houston, Texas.
Memorial gifts for furthering brain tumor research at Stanford’s Department of Neurosurgery may be made by sending checks payable to Stanford University, “In memory, Danielle Parks Haines, Brain Tumor Research, Dr. Steinberg,” c/o Deb Stinchfield, Stanford Medical Center Development, 3172 Porter Drive, Suite 210, Palo Alto, California 94304, or online at http://medicalgiving.
stanford.edu. To designate your gift, select “other.” In the special instructions indicate: “This gift is in memory of Danielle Parks Haines to support brain tumor research, Dr. Steinberg.”


Anna Maria “Rose” Limerinos passed away in her home with her family by her side on Nov. 30, 2013. Born on Jan. 30, 1928 in Paris, France to Italian parents, Scipione and Antonietta Massari, Rose grew up with four brothers in Naples, Italy. She and her family survived World War II as civilians caught between German occupation and bombing by the Allies. Her incredible accounts of the war were what movies were made of.
Rose met her future husband, the late John T. Limerinos, an American soldier stationed in Naples, right after Germany surrendered. They became engaged before he ended his tour of duty then called for her three years later. She was escorted to the United States by her mother. They were married in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1948. Not knowing any English, she immediately took a correspondence course to learn the language and proudly became a U.S. Citizen a few years later.
Rose was a homemaker, loving wife and devoted mother to three surviving children: Tom Limerinos (Collinsville, Illinois), Nanette Hanson (Winters) and Johnny Limerinos (Sonoma). She instilled in her children a strong sense of family, love of life and of course, being Italian, a love of good food.
In 1960, the family moved to San Carlos, then in 1975 to Atherton. Her developmentally disabled son Johnny propelled Rose’s lifelong crusade to support and improve the care of her son and others like him. She was an active participant in parent organizations at Peninsula Children’s Center, Children’s Health Council and, most recently, the Sonoma Developmental Center Parents Association.
Widowed in 1980, Rose entered a new period of fulfillment: she passionately volunteered for the Charter Auxiliary for Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, collecting and selling donated items at monthly rummage sales. She advocated for appropriate care of the mentally ill, rallying her friends and family to write their congressional reps and senators. She loved to travel making yearly trips to Europe to vacation with her brothers. And oh how she loved to dance! It was during this time she began to introduce herself as Anna Maria (her legal name). She loved learning, particularly other languages and became fluent in French and even just prior to her death was learning Spanish.
Anna Maria moved to Davis in 2008 after living in Menlo Park for 19 years to be near her daughter. Still active and lively, she enjoyed all the activities offered. She even got into guided meditation. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends, though going to casinos to play video poker was high on the list.
She touched many people in her life in a special way. She had a great joie de vie, very generous and provided loving support to all she knew. Her bright and loving spirit will be missed.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers Giuseppe, Mario and Ernesto.
She is survived by her brother, Giulio Massari; grandchildren, Christopher Limerinos, Gina Miller, Amanda Hanson, Victor and Joseph Cappa; great-grandchildren Caleb, Tehya and Nya and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rosary vigil will be held Monday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at Wiscombe Funeral Chapel, 116 D Street, Davis. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec 17, at noon at St. James Church, 14th and B Street in Davis.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook
online may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com


Mike Joe Carbahal, passed away in Cerritos on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. He was born on July 28, 1989 in Castro Valley and raised all over California; he was 24 years old.
Mike (known as Mikey) grew up “living life for real in nature,” as one of his parents worked for the California Department of Parks. He so enjoyed the outdoors and braving the elements. He lived in many parks full time and visited many other
California State Parks where he enjoyed swimming, climbing, fishing, hiking, playing with his dogs, exploring beaches, boating and camping. He always wanted to be outside enjoying any type of adventure as much as possible.
He loved to work on projects around the house with his father and split and stack firewood, he also loved doing crafts, games, or enjoying various types of music with his mother.
Mike took great joy in Special Olympics and Challenger Baseball programs even though he could only play at the lowest of skills levels, he loved being on the soccer, track and field, tennis, softball, baseball, basketball, swimming and bowling teams, he loved making the finals for state championships so he could go off on two-day State final meets and he leaves behind a roomful of medals and trophies.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Maureen Foley Carbahal of Rohnert Park, who passed in July. He is survived by his father, Mike Carbahal Jr., as well as by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
There will be an outdoor graveside service for Mike at the City of Winters Cemetery, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m.
Mikey loved Special Olympics and Challenger Baseball and would wish anyone interested in helping his fellow disabled athletes to donate towards equipment for those programs instead of flowers. Persons wishing to donate may mail checks to the existing memorial fund already established on his late mother’s behalf. Make checks payable to the “Maureen C Memorial for Special Needs Athletes” and mail them to Summit State Bank, 10 Raley’s Towne Centre, Rohnert Park, CA 94928.



Leslie Renee Pinkston
passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Born in Sacramento on Aug. 18, 1981, she was 32 years old. She lived in Winters most of her life, and attended Winters schools from kindergarten through her graduation from Winters High School in 1999. She attended American River College, and received her notary public certification while she was a student there.
Leslie was the office manager at Aleco Electronic, and also worked at a gold and silver shop in Vacaville and worked as a bartender for special events at Park Winters. Prior to working her three jobs, she was a legal assistant.
Leslie enjoyed shopping and spending time with her friends. She enjoyed reading, crafting and scrapbooking, and camping and going to plays with her daughter. Another of her hobbies was decorating her home.
She is survived by her daughter, Calie West; mother, Carla Crane; grandmother, Juanita Rudpath of Woodland; siblings, Scott Crane of Selah, Washington, Crystal of Paso Robles, Kenneth, Dennis and
Marilyn Pinkston of Winters, Johnny Pinkston of Red Bluff and Marsha Pinkston of Woodland; and numerous, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father Voydell Pinkston and her brother, Brian Crane.
A funeral and celebration of her life was held on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at St. Anthony Parish in Winters. She will be laid to rest with her father in his gravesite at the
Winters Cemetery, next to her grandparents, Eula and John Pinkston.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center, 175 Walnut Street, Woodland, 95695. Donations may also be made online at www.sadvc.org. A trust fund has been
established for Calie West at First Northern Bank.


Joan Elizabeth Nelms Rodriguez passed away peacefully on Nov. 22, 2013 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 75 years old.
Born on April 14, 1938 in Denver, Colorado, to Joseph E. (Pappy) and Laura Nelms, her family moved to California when she was young and lived in Vallejo and Fairfield before finally moving to Winters in 1956.
Joan was a homemaker, waitress/ cook, and caretaker of young and old. Some of the places she worked were Myrna’s Café, Recreation Beach, Daisy/ Little Chef, Avon, Buckhorn restaurant and catering, and doing the weekly Rotary for years. Her last job before retiring was with Home Instead Healthcare as a home aide to the elderly. She received awards for “excellence in care” from Home Instead.
Joan will always be remembered for her sense of humor, she was an awesome cook and loved sewing, crafting and making homemade gifts for family and friends. She enjoyed going to concerts and Bingo with friends, taking the kids rollerskating, to Winters Youth Day, fairs, the Sacramento Zoo, and to Dillon and Stinson Beaches when they were young.
Her greatest joy in life was her large family. She loved all the parties and seeing everyone mingle and have fun together. Her favorite sports teams were the SF Giants, the 49ers, and the Sacramento Kings, she also liked Tiger Woods and Serena Williams.
Joan is survived by sisters Dorothy Vogan of Congress, Arizona, and Laurel Kent of Swansea, Illinois, and their children and spouses; sons, Dennis Kruse (Pascaline) of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Larry Hayes (Anita) of Marysville, and David Rodriguez Jr, (Jennifer) of Winters; daughters, Sherrie Lasher Barnett, (Dan) of Madison, Bunny Hayes Woods, (Ron) of Dixon, Lynda Hayes Drew (Rick) of Yuba City, and Dawn Hayes Roberts of Travelers Rest, South Carolina; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Billy and Melissa Kruse (Abbie and Ellie), Dennis and Andrea Kruse (Molly and Victoria), Nicole Kruse and Tom Walsh (Isabel), Brian and Lisa Fletcher (Jassmine, Brooke and Brian Jr), Jed Fletcher and Michelle Huitt (Alyssa, Alec, Aleanna and Alston) Amanda Fletcher and Ismael Luviano (Izzy and Julianna), Denise Barnett (Cyprus and Tavin) Chris and Rachel Woods (Jackie and Christi) Ronnie and Nikki Woods (Jake), Jenifer and Richard Jacobson (Amelia, Brooke and Gavin), Robert and Shelby Hayes (Cameron and Gina) Alexa Hayes and Tyler (Noah), Brittany Hayes, Justin Hayes, Melissa and Jessie Randolph (Paysli and Titus), Jessica and Josh Derringer (Evan, Ethan and Jagger), Cassandra and Johnny Gossnell (Leandra and Jaylee), Jennifer Lawrence, Derek Rodriguez and Mason Rodriguez; numerous nieces and nephews; and ex-husband David Rodriguez, Sr.
Joan is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Laura Nelms; brothers, Lawrence Porter, Joseph Nelms Jr, Lyle Nelms and Norris Nelms; sisters, Neva Nelms and Lucille Burgett; son, Michael Joseph Hayes; granddaughter, Natalie Woods, and grandson Matthew James Hayes.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Joan’s name to Yolo Hospice, 1909 Gallileo Court, Davis, CA. Arrangements are being made by Sierra View Mortuary of Olivehurst and per her request, a celebration of life will be held in January.

A celebration of life in memory of Joan Rodriguez will take place on Saturday, Jan. 11, 1-6 p.m., at the Esparto Scout Cabin/ Community Hall, next to the Esparto Fire Department, 6960 Yolo Avenue in Esparto.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


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