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Imogene Willo Amrine of Carmichael passed away peacefully on May 6, 2016, at the age of 86 years. She was a native of Oklahoma, although her parents moved many times during her youth. She graduated from Winters High School in 1947.
She was the loving wife of the late Clarence E. Amrine (1948-2003); and the loving wife of the late Herman Gonzales (2005). She was the caring mother of Daniel Amrine, Paul Amrine, Judy Quincy and the late Roberta Berwith; devoted grandmother of Rebecca, John, Geneva, Angela, James, Emily, Jason, Lauren and Jennifer; proud great-grandmother of Abby, Jake, Hailey, Jeremiah, Roberta, Kody, Matthew, Abigail, Gabriella, Annabella, Lilyana and Olivia; sister of Betty Williams, and the late, Pete O’Neal, Shasta Horner and Brian O’Neal.
She was a businesswoman, licensed contractor and owner of Shasta Builders. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends, and helping others.
“We are saddened by the loss of this greatly respected woman,” said a representative of the family.
Family and friends are welcome for visitation from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, and are invited to attend services at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 16, all at Price Funeral Chapel, 6335 Sunrise Boulevard in Citrus Heights. Interment will follow at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park (8201 Greenback Lane). There will be a reception to follow, with the location to be determined. For more information, call 916-725-2109.

Alecia C. “2-D” Duncan died on May 3, 2016 at Sutter Davis Hospital. She was born on Oct. 8, 1922, in Cedarville to Georgia T. Conard and George H. Conard. She lived in northern California her entire life, moving often as a child and eventually settling in Winters, and graduating from Winters High School in 1941.
She married William E. Duncan in 1943 before he entered the Army Air Corps. During the war she spent time at the bases where he was stationed and in Winters while raising their first of three children. After the war, they returned to Winters and started a farming operation.
Along with the responsibilities of raising a growing and expanding family she often drove the grain hauling trucks, ran a small egg delivery service, cared for the family horses, maintained and cleaned Buckeye School, and kept three children healthy and happy. After moving to Davis and retiring, she and her husband traveled across the United States and to Alaska, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, and New Zealand.
“2-D” loved to cook. She volunteered her time at numerous community events, often preparing and organizing large meals. More a “chef” than “cook,” she never found a recipe she could not make better. Whether it was a neighbor, friend or family in need, she jumped at the chance to send them food. She especially loved desserts much to the delight of family and friends.
She also truly listened to others. She remembered everything about them that they shared. She listened before giving advice and only then when it was wanted or would be useful. She loved to be with her friends as is evidenced by the bridge clubs to which she belonged until her eyesight ended her playing. She is the last member of a group from Winters who met once a month for over 50 years.
There are those among us who live a life that truly makes it a better world for all who know them. You will not see their names in numerous newspapers or see them on television. They are not given awards at banquets. They do not have things named after them. They do not end up with numerous degrees nor are they published in journals or write books. These people are truly loved by all who know them and are a positive influence in the lives they touch. Their wisdom from years of experience is a gift to all who seek it. They truly care for others and have an unconditional love and acceptance of the diversity in all life. They give of themselves what is needed to help those who need it without expectation of a reward or recognition. Such a person was “2-D”.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William E. Duncan; son, George W. Duncan, and brother, George H. Conard.
She is survived by her German Shepherd, Nina; daughter, Dana Duncan and husband Joe Tursi of Alameda and son, Thomas Duncan and wife Judy Bean of Winters; daughter-in-law, Sandra Duncan; four grandchildren, Brian Duncan and wife Karen, Sara Bean Duncan, Joseph Tursi and Ryan Tursi; one great-grandchild, Kayla Duncan.
Her family is grateful for the excellent health care she received through Sutter Davis Health Care, Sutter Davis Hospital, and her other Davis doctors. They are also grateful for the wonderful care provided by her caregivers. Finally, they want to thank her neighbors and friends who watched over her and helped her remain in her home.
At her request, she will be cremated and there will not be a service or memorial. In her memory, enjoy your favorite dessert and give thought to this vibrant, charming, and wonderful woman.
Those wishing to make a donation may do so to the Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, California, 94915, or an animal rescue organization of their choice.

Rose Louise Walters-Pearse (nee Holdener) of Vacaville passed peacefully surrounded by loved ones on the evening of Monday, April 11, 2016. Rose, who was a resident at Cornerstone Assisted Living, succumbed naturally after a short battle due to a sudden health condition. She was 96.
Rose was born Dec. 6, 1919 in Elmira, to Wendolin and Katherine Holdener. She was the youngest of nine children. She attended and graduated from Vacaville Union High School in 1937. She graduated high school as the Class of 1937’s Senior Class President. In her early adult life, she worked as a waitress at The Vaca Valley Creamery. It was there that she met the love of her life, Delores Bernard Walters (Snooky). They married in 1941 and had five children: Patricia, Joseph, Kathleen, Michael and Timothy.
Rose worked more than two decades as a nutrition specialist for the Vacaville Unified School District. Upon her retirement from the school district, she was awarded for not missing a single day of work during her employment. After a long cancer battle, Rose lost her husband Delores (Snooky) and remained a widow for many years. Much later in life, she married Charles Pearse of Winters. After Charles’ passing Rose moved back to Vacaville to be near family.
In addition to her career, Rose spent many years playing fast-pitch softball. She remained on a softball team until well into her 50s. She also enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time outdoors with family and friends alike. She continued participating in the family’s annual camping trip to Hat Creek, in the Lassen National Forest until her early 90s. She also was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed watching nearly every sport, although her love of baseball was most notable.
Rose is survived by her children, Kathleen Ford of Santa Rosa, Michael Walters of Vacaville and Timothy Walters of Suisun; daughter-in-law, Sharon Walters (Joseph) of Vacaville; stepson, Thomas Pearse (Justine) of Winters; grandchildren, Timothy Walters of Dixon, Ashley Edwards of Vacaville and Nicolas Walters of Winters; step-grandchildren, Carolyn Heines (Rick) of Winters, Tom (Adrienne) Pearse of Pinole, Scott Pearse of Winters, Steve Pearse (Melissa) of Clovis, Joseph Pearse of Alameda; 11 great-grandchildren.
Rose was preceded in death by her first husband Delores (Snooky) Walters, and her second husband Charles Pearse; two children, Patricia (Patsy) and Joseph; both parents Wendolin and Katherine; seven siblings, Wendolin Jr., Frank, Antone, Joseph, Herman, Katherine, and Anna; in addition to many other family members and friends.
A viewing and Rosary have been scheduled for Sunday, April 24, from 1-4 p.m. with a rosary at 3 p.m. at McCune Garden Chapel located at 212 Main Street, Vacaville, CA 95688. On Monday, April 25, a funeral service and Catholic Mass will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, located at 350 Stinson Avenue. Vacaville, CA 95688. Pallbearers for the service are Michael Walters, Timothy Walters, Thomas Pearse, Timothy Walters Jr., Nicolas Walters, Thomas Pearse Jr., Scott Pearse, Steve Pearse, Joseph Pearse. Honorary Pallbearer: Savastian Silva.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Vacaville Opera House beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday April 25, 560 Main Street in Vacaville. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family asks those wanting to donate to make donations at in honor of Rose Walters-Pearse.

Sherry Lavon DuBose Greener, 72, died quietly in her sleep after a long illness on Oct. 15, 2015. Sherry was born on June 21, 1943 in Houston, Texas, and soon after she was adopted by her great aunt and uncle. She lived most of her childhood in Modesto, where she met her husband of almost 55 years, Joseph Greener. Joe joined the Navy and they began their life of adventure and travel.
Throughout her adult life, Sherry and Joe lived in numerous cities, states and countries. Sherry loved adventure and travel. In her young adult years, she loved to go camping with her family. Sherry also loved to show dogs — Samoyeds. While living in England, she was able to travel to many countries and was introduced to her love of collectable cottages and lighthouses.
Sherry is survived by her loving husband of 55 years (April 15), Joseph Greener; two children, Jackie Monnin (Douglas) of Winters and Joseph Rex Greener of Phoenix; and stepson Gregory Greener of Roseville. She was the proud grandmother of Jonathon and Michael Monnin, Regina Greener Karish, Marcella Greener Harless, Gregory Greener Jr. and Chase Greener. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Kailee, Mariah, Mikayla, Jadyn and Oslan.
Sherry’s memorial services will be held on April 15 at 1 p.m. at the Winters LDS Chapel, 435 Anderson Avenue, in Winters. The internment will be private at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Arrangements are under the care of Fairfield Funeral Home, 707-425-1041.

Earl Ray Wurth, Jr. passed away on March 22, 2016. He was born July 7, 1928 in Woodland, California to Earl Ray, Sr. and Mildred Wurth. He worked for over 50 years as a manufacturing/fabrication welder. He was well known for his love of hunting and other outdoor activities. Earl was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Barbara. He is survived by his son Bruce (Kris) Wurth, daughter Pamela (Rick) Meline, 8 grandchildren, Jef (Lisa) Wurth, Jared (Erin) Wurth, Jennifer (Shane) Parks, Justin (Jennifer) Wurth, Sean Meline, Brent Meline, Caitlin Meline, Morgan Meline, and 9 great grandchildren. Per his request there are no services planned.

George Lindsay Martell of Vacaville, a rancher and businessman, died peacefully on March 19, 2016 after a brief illness.
Born in San Francisco on August 14, 1934, Lindsay graduated from local schools. He then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict, returning to operate the historic Martell Ranch in Pleasants Valley with his sister. He also owned and operated an earth moving business and served on the Vacaville Rural Fire Protection District Board of Supervisors 1965-1984.
Lindsay’s family settled in San Francisco and Solano County in 1850, maintaining homes in both places. The family had substantial real estate holdings in San Francisco, Alameda and Solano counties. His is one of the original Pleasants Valley families.
Lindsay is survived by his daughter, Katy Harris (Matt); granddaughter, Matison Harris; sister, Barbara Comfort, all of Vacaville; many beloved family members.
Graveside services were held at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, followed by a reception. Memorial donations in Lindsay’s name to the SPCA of Solano County at are appreciated.

Cameron Robert Koepsell, 39, of Winters, passed away on March 28, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Fairfield on Feb. 24, 1977. Cameron worked for Basalite Concrete in Dixon for 18 years.
Cameron was the type of guy who never met a stranger and was loved by all who knew him. His many friends will miss his winning smile and famous “Duuuuude!” whenever he would greet them. He was a loving and loyal friend who could be counted on to show care and compassion in times of need. He was a good listener with fair judgment, and could be counted on to call someone out when he saw wrongdoing. His honesty was appreciated and he will be missed.
Cameron had a quick wit and was well-known for his talent of the spoken word, entertaining folks with his many jokes. He enjoyed music (we hope he’s rocking out to some Metallica right now). He loved Star Wars movies and Marvel Comics.
Cameron was a manly-man who spent his spare time outdoors enjoying shooting, archery and fishing. He loved to cook, especially barbecuing with an original sauce he created. He shared a love of animals with his family and had many interesting pets.
Cameron spent the last few years of his life as a family man. He was an amazing partner to Jeanette, and a caring father to Brandy and William, supporting each of them in all of their interests. Cameron was such a blessing to everyone who knew him.
Cameron is survived by his loving life partner, Jeanette and her two children, Brandy and William; mother, Shirley Kidby; father, Donald Koepsell; brother Cullen Koepsell and his wife, Emily; nieces, Bailey, Chloe and Sophie; numerous extended family and a host of friends who will all miss him dearly.
A viewing for family and friends will be held on Thursday, April 7, 6–9 p.m. at Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home, 524 Elmira Road in Vacaville. A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8, also at Vaca Hills Chapel. Burial will follow at the Winters Cemetery at 1 p.m. Funeral arrangements are by Vaca Hills Chapel
Funeral Home, 707-446-3233, www.vaca

Aloha Gertrude Laukkanen passed away on March 29, 2016. Born on May 30, 1919 to James and Lillian Berggren in Aitkin, Minnesota, she was 96.
Aloha was a gentle and kind woman. She worked as a seamstress for many years. Aloha received many first place ribbons at the fairgrounds for needlepoint. She enjoyed crocheting blankets for her great grandchildren. Aloha was married to the late George Laukkanen for 57 years. Aloha and George started a family in Minnesota. They lived in five different states while working their way to California.
Aloha is proceeded in death by her husband, George Laukkanen; sister, Irene Salo; son, Willard Laukkanen; and grandsons Jess Shropshire and Scott Shropshire.
She is survived by her daughter, Carmen Dietz (Ralph); son, Norman Laukkanen (Carol); daughter-in-law, Beatrice Laukkanen; and grandchildren, Craig Laukkanen (Lynn), Kathalene Ramos (John), Christina Frank (Jim), Laurie Trotter (Chris), and Jamie Pomeroy Stumpf.
The viewing will be held at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main Street, Vacaville, CA 95688 on April 11 at 10 a.m. Services will take place at 11 a.m. and burial will follow at the Winters Cemetery.

Linda Elaine Corbett Conner, age 65, of American Canyon, passed from this life Friday, March 11, 2016 after a year-long struggle with her health, with the love of her life, Dennis McCall, at her side.
In Woodland, she was the fifth of six children born to the late Frank Corbett and Loretta Ziesmer Corbett of Winters.
After graduating from Winters High School, Linda moved to Vallejo and enrolled in beauty school. At this time she met Richard Peddicord, with whom she had a short marriage. When Linda’s mother became ill, she came to be her caregiver for many years. After her mother’s passing, she met and married Chuck Connor and started a family with twin boys. She ran a successful day care for many years, was an Avon representative and enjoyed her hobby of sewing. After the death of her husband, she and her faithful dog “Baby Doll” met a gentleman named Dennis at the dog park. Dennis has been her faithful companion for the last eight years.
Other than her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Robert Conner, of American Canyon and her brother Dale Corbett of Cookeville Tenn.
Linda is survived by: her twin sons Shawn Conner (Nick) and Charles Conner (Elizabeth) and grandson Evan Conner, all of Vallejo; her siblings Gerald Corbett (Masae), Daniel Corbett (Mary), Richard Corbett (Susan) and Carol Corbett Becker (Robert); along with 18 beloved nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a celebration of Linda’s life at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the SPCA or another animal charity of your choice to help sustain Linda’s love and caring for animals.

Dennis Wayne Hartwell passed away peacefully on March 8, 2016. Born on Dec. 7, 1948, he was 67 years young.
Dennis was born in Fletcher, Oklahoma. He was a welder by trade, working for Solano Irrigation District for 25 years. Dennis was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to camp and enjoyed the outdoors immensely, which is a love that he passed on to his son, Mike. He was a member of Dixon Boat Club for over three decades.
Dennis was also a skilled woodworker and furniture maker, crafting the kitchen cabinets in several homes in Winters, and hutches, vanities, dressers, and entertainment centers. He shared his artistry by mentoring a youngster for his senior project; he never thought of teaching someone else his skill, but ended up enjoying it and seeing the finished product that his student was able to create. There wasn’t a thing that Dennis couldn’t build.
He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Katherine (Kathy) Hartwell, whom he married on June 24, 1989. He leaves behind a son, Michael (Mike) Hartwell, daughter-in-law Cindy Hartwell, granddaughters Kayla and Nikki Hartwell, and his siblings, Randy Hartwell and Sue Zimmerman. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clay and Ruth Hartwell, brothers Tom Hartwell and David (Roy) Hartwell, and sister, Ginger Hartwell. Dennis will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 19, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church, 512 First Street in Winters. In lieu of flowers, designated donations can be made to First Baptist Church, in support of Children’s Church, Youth Group, or Buildings & Grounds Committee.

Joe Ogando (Papa/Pop), patriarch, passed away surrounded by his family on Feb. 21, 2016. Born on Jan. 25, 1927, he was 89.
Joe was born during the Depression in Crockett. He was a loyal son to his mother (his sister died at the age of 10 and his father also died young). Joe served in World War II as a parachute rigger for the U.S. Army/Air Force. He was stationed in Naples, Italy, during the post war occupation of Europe. Upon his return, he attended San Jose State and married Regina after seeing and falling in love with her at a John Swett High School football game. He worked for a majority of his life as a logistician for the U.S. Army.
He started his family in Lake County, where he sharpened his deer hunting, duck hunting and square dancing skills. He moved his family to Winters in 1962, where he coached Little League and taught his sons outdoorsman skills. He served as a Winters City Councilman and can claim part of the city’s success since it was his idea to invest (and grow) the city’s funds.
Except for the past few years, Joe was always a very busy man. He loved clamming, abalone diving, and fishing. When the tide wasn’t right, he was cutting wood, cultivating his garden, planting trees, making sausage, deer jerky, olives, and industrial strength wine. He could often be found helping out at the Buckhorn or biking around Lake Solano. In the evenings, he loved to play cards and eat salami and cheese with family and friends. He loved to win and to tease and will be missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Regina, and their four children and spouses Joe (Karen), Ilene (Bryan Cohen), Jim (Susan), and Janine (John Martinez). Adored grandfather to Joseph (Meika), Cole (Sara), Lexi (Terry Galletti), Maxwell and Jakob Cohen, James and Alysa, Augie, Nico and Beau Martinez. Loving great-grandfather to JoeGio & Mary-Elle, Anton & Gino, Mattix Curtis, Luca & Capri Galletti.
A service will be held Friday March 11, at 10 a.m. at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (Veterans), 5810 Midway Road in Dixon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to, VFW Vacaville, or Yolo County Hospice.

Robert N. Gale passed away on Feb. 12, 2016, at his Davis home.
He was born June 2, 1921, to Art and Mary Gale in their Winters home. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Lou, brother, Donald, sister Laura, and son Mark.
Robert is survived by his daughter Laura of Winters, son Allen and daughter Robin of Davis, his sister, Elizabeth, brothers, Gerald and Eugene, granddaughter, Teri, three great-grandsons and many nieces and nephews.
Robert graduated from Winters High School in 1939, then attended UC Davis, where he majored in agriculture engineering. He then enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and served as a fighter pilot throughout WWII. He flew 182 missions in the Burma-China-India Theater and obtained the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
He was married in February of 1945 and returned to the United States with his wife Annette of New York. He worked as a commercial contractor in the family business. He then moved to the home he built in Davis in 1960 where he lived for the remainder of his life.
A celebration will begin at noon Friday, April 15, at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, 511 Main Street. Friends and family are invited to attend.

Bernard V. Lopez died in his home in Napa, on March 4, 2016 at the age of 91.
A first generation American, Bernard was born on Jan. 1, 1925 in Vacaville to Baldomero and Julia Lopez. He graduated with honors from Winters High School in 1943 as president of the senior class.
He was a technical sergeant in the European theater in World War II and flew 35 missions as tail gunner, then Navigator in a B-17 bomber named “Sweet Dish.” Proud of his service, he considered this to be one of his greatest achievements.
He met Laura, his wife of 57 years, while working for the Bank of America where he eventually became vice president of loss operations. He retired early from the bank only to put his heart and soul into an apartment business he owned and managed until his retirement at age 85. Truly a self-made-man, he exemplified the American Dream.
Bernard is survived by his sister Sara Scherer of Walnut Creek; brother Raymond Lopez (Alicia) of Winters; son Stephen of Walnut Creek, Lauren (Mary) of Elm Grove, Wisconsisn, Matthew (Barbara) of Clayton, and Dana (Ann) of Napa. He is also survived by his grandchildren Anne, John Paul, Timothy, Madeleine, Emmelia, Catherine, Annalaura, Laura, Ronald, Joseph and Leah Lopez, and one great-grandchild on the way.
He is preceded in death by his wife Laura and sisters Carmen Lopez and Clementine Loder.
A rosary was said at Claffey and Rota Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 8, and a funeral mass was held at Saint Apollinaris in Napa at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9. Father Thomas officiated. Burial and reception followed in Winters. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VFW, St. Apollinaris Parish or Napa Valley Culture of Life.

Felix Valadez Jr. of Woodland passed away at his home after battling cancer for three years, on Feb. 1, 2016. Born on Feb. 17, 1940, he was 75.
Felix graduated from Winters High School, Class of 1958. After working many years as a welder for different companies, he retired for a year then opened his own welding business in Winters.
He was preceded in death by parents Felix and Ambrosia Valadez; sisters, Isabel Anderson and Gloria Sopranuk, brother; Francisco Valadez.
He leaves his wife of 56 years, Socorro Valadez of Woodland; children, Sharon Perry (Steve Hereford) of Woodland, Felix Valadez III (Penny Howard) of Arbuckle, Janet Valadez (Todd Green) of Benton, Kentucky, and Richard Valadez (Leticia Garcia) of Woodland; grandchildren; TJ Perry of Woodland, Richard Perry Jr. (Herminia) of Ione, Joe and Jason Valadez of Woodland, Bradley Walden (Suzanne) of Cape Coral, Florida, Kara White (Ellis) of Winters, Aaron and Roman Valadez of Woodland; 12 great-grandchildren and one more expected in April; siblings, Margaret Stroh of Orangevale, Emilio Valadez of Sacramento, Ann Heredia of Natomas, Raymond Valadez of Winters, Tony Valadez of Carmichael; numerous nieces and nephews.
Private services were held on Feb.19, 2016, when he was laid to rest in the Winters Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Virginia F. Gonzales, 77, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. She was born on Jan. 2, 1939 to Oscar and Elsie Taylor in Oklahoma. They eventually made their way to Winters, where she met the love of her life in high school, John Gonzales Sr. They were happily married for 60 years.
She is survived by her children, John (Gloria) Gonzales Jr., Cathy Gonzales, Carole (Steve) Armstrong, Chery (Phil) Thomson, Steven (Tina) Gonzales and Susie (Ron) Shoffit; grandchildren, Corrin (Pedro) Armstrong-Duran, Jayme Armstrong, Nick Gonzales, James Ogando, Sean (Fahreta) Shoffit, Hayleigh (Eddie) Marquez, Joe (Brianna) Armstrong, Alex Thomson, Alysa Ogando, Claire Shoffit, Blayne Shoffit, Kindra Preciado, Tisha Graybill, Joel Graybill, Rocheal McCoy, Christina Morton and Bertoni Delong; great-grandchildren; Christian Duran, Anthony Duran , Mattix Curtis, Isabella Marquez, Nyla Shoffit, Merisa Shoffit, Mariah Harper, Ava Mellor, Savannah Miller, Vanessa Rainsbarger and Derrick Wais.
She is also survived by Ralph and Linda Gonzales and family, Buell and Susie Gonzales and family, Ralph and Louis Foster and family, and Anna and Ron Manley and family.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, 1-5 p.m. at Eagles Hall, 37650 Highway 16, in Woodland.
A special thank you to her primary physician Dr. Banes and to the staff at Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville — your kindness and love for our wife/mother/grandmother was a great comfort in her last days.

John I. Ramos passed away on Feb. 18, 2016, due to the complications of advanced age. Born March 19, 1926, he was 89.
John was born, lived and died on his beloved ranches in Winters. His second love was boating on the delta and in the bay.
John is survived by his sons, John Ramos, Fred Ramos and Danny Ramos, as well as Grace Brett and his sister, Rose Lopez. He is predeceased by his first wife, Nora, and his son, Steve Ramos. John leaves a large and loving family of grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
In years past, he had been active in the Lyon’s Club and other civic organizations as well as several yacht clubs in the delta. He remained an active member of the Stockton Yacht Club until his health kept him home. John was a quiet man whose presence and smile warmed a room. He will be remembered and missed by many.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Burial will be at the Winters Cemetery.

Sandra “Sandy” Lee Heald, 67, passed away on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at her home in Winters, with her youngest son Robert, sister Deborah and husband Gerald present at her side. She was born April 3, 1948 in Reading, Pennsylvania to Earl C. Ruth and Ruth C. (Kessler) Ruth. She was baptized Lutheran while still a child.
When Sandy was just a child herself, she became caregiver to three sisters while her mother worked, all the while attending school and, as she grew older, working in factories in Reading. She was employed as a bookkeeper while residing in Pennsylvania and she also prepared taxes for people needing tax assistance.
Leaving Pennsylvania in the mid-1970s, Sandy spent a year in positions as an apartment renovator, maid supervisor in motels, and lead waitress/cashier in a pizza restaurant. During this time, she again was assisting people with their taxes and caring for her three children from a prior marriage, a full time job in itself.
An accomplished interior decorator and excellent financial manager, Sandy made her house a home. She loved to read, do crosswords and crypto quotes, and watch old classics on television. Her other interests included taking care of her flowers and plants, staying in contact with her sisters, brother, and other family members, and traveling to many areas in the country.
Her greatest interest was always her love and concern for her children, siblings, and husband. Even after Sandy became ill and was undergoing cancer treatment, she took a trip to Biloxi, Mississippi, to visit her sister Sharon who is also suffering from cancer. Sandy was truly the enduring strength in our family. Whenever we needed advice, recommendations, or compassion, she was always there for us. Her love and trust for her Savior Christ Jesus and absolute faith in God was so evident in her love for others.
On Dec. 31, 1991, Sandy married Gerald “Gerry” Heald in Suisun City, who survives her. Other survivors include daughter, Lucinda (William) Hamilton of Indianapolis, Indiana; sons, Craig (Joanne) Hill of Fairfield and Robert (Sherrie) Barr of Mobile, Alabama; stepson, Craig (Heidi) Heald of Cheyenne, Wyoming; brother, Earl “Sonny” Ruth of Suisun City; three sisters, Sharon Moser of Biloxi, Mississippi, Marcine (James) Zimmerman of Hamburg, Pennsylvania and Deborah Martin of Ocala, Florida; half-sister Kathy Young of Reading, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, Daniel Paquin, Robert Hamilton, Joshua Hamilton, Ricky Barr, Jesse Barr, Savannah Barr and Olivia Hill; two step-grandchildren, Christopher (Sarah) Heald and Jade Bothwell.
Sandy was preceded in death by her parents and half-sister Cheryl Ruth.
A gathering of family and friends will take place on Friday, Feb. 12, from 9-11 a.m. at Bryan Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas Street in Fairfield. Following chapel visitation, procession to Rio Vista Cemetery for funeral services and interment will occur.
If desired, memorials may be made to
the American Cancer Society in Sandy’s honor. Arrangements are under the direction of Bryan Braker Funeral Home,
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After a long bout with cancer Emily Venegas died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 in Sacramento at the age of 94. She leaves behind her sons, Zak, Jeff; and her grandson Carlos, all who live in Sacramento and her brothers Philip and Gene Holquin of Fresno, California.
Emily was born on Aug. 5, 1921 in Prescott, Arizona to parents Felipe and Carmen Holquin who predeceased her. She grew up in a large, loving family that moved to central California soon afterward. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Fresno in the late 1930s. In 1942, she volunteered for the war effort as an administrative aide in the Women’s Auxiliary Volunteer Enlisted Service (WAVES) where she served for two years in the U.S. Navy.
After the war, Emily went to business school and later began a career with the State of California as a stenographer and secretary. She married her husband, Charles, in 1951 and raised two sons in Sacramento and later retired to Winters in 1978.
Emily was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Charles Venegas of Sacramento; siblings Ray Holquin of Prattville, Alabama, Frank Holquin of Bellingham, Washington, Evelyn Arostegui, Alice Shook, and Lou Holquin, of Fresno, and Tony and Lucille Holquin of Selma.
Emily requested to be cremated. Her ashes will be interred at the family plot in Winters in a private ceremony. A memorial service will in held at a later date in Fresno. In lieu of flowers, send memorial donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the American Cancer Society.

Casey Marie Morrison passed away Dec. 28, 2015, in Sacramento, after losing her 5-month battle with Leukemia. Casey was born June 28, 1974, in Hayward to Ross and Gwendolyn Morrison. She was raised by her grandparents, Donald and Florence Morrison and in 1986 moved to Winters after Donald retired from Southern Pacific Railroad. She attended Winters High School class of 1992 and in 2003 she moved to Elk Grove.
At the time Casey was diagnosed, she was a head cashier at Lowes in Elk Grove. Her co-workers would describe her as a mom to them all. She loved her job and the people she worked with. One of her favorite places to go and relax was the beach and she loved to spend time with her family and friends. She was a big fan of Pintrist and during her illness made cancer bracelets for her friends, family and her dedicated nurses. She fought this fight with courage and determination to the end.
Casey is survived by her children, Brendon and Lindsay of Elk Grove, sisters, Rose and Melissa Morrison of Weed, aunts, Linda (Bill) Sullivan of Winters and Jayne Hall of Caldwell, Idaho, Colleen Morrison of Weed, and Uncle Jack Morrison of Winters. She also is survived by cousins, Troy, Todd and Tim (Esmer) Barnett of Winters, Ryan (Karla) Hall of Woodland, Adam (Jessica) Hall of Caldwell, Idaho, Elissa (Carlos) Gonzales of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Travis Morrison of Washington, D.C., and numerous second cousins.
Casey was preceded in death by her grandparents, Donald and Florence Morrison, her parents, Ross and Gwendolyn Morrison, uncles, William Hall of Caldwell, Idaho, Jeffery Morrison of Lodi, Charles Morrison of Turlock, and Steven Morrison of Winters.

Jack Burton died Nov 24, 2015 peacefully at home with his wife, family and friends by his side. He was born Dec 23, 1925 in San Francisco, and was raised by his Uncle Ray and Aunt Katie Baker in Winters.
At a young age, he was welcomed into the large Gale family, which lived down the street from Ray Baker, where he found friendship and a sense of belonging. He joined the US Coast Guard at age 17 and served his country honorably in World War II as a gunner on a
destroyer escort in the Aleutian Islands.
In 1944, he married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Gale, in Winters and had six children. In 1974, he married Betty Onesi.
Jack loved buck hunting, playing the piano, playing golf, and the 49ers (though of late quite frustrated with them). What he considered his greatest accomplishment were his 47 years of sobriety and his devotion to serving the Alcoholics Anonymous community, where he touched countless lives, encouraging them with his effervescent spirit and message of hope and optimism.
Jack is survived by his wife of 41 years, Betty; former wife of 27 years, Elizabeth; five children, two stepchildren, many grandchildren and great-grand children, and one great-great-grandchild.
There will be a private graveside service for the family. All are welcome to attend a reception afterwards at 123 Russell Street in Winters on Friday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m.

Lois Miyeko Shimomura, 92, passed peacefully on Dec. 8, 2015 in Woodland.
She was born on Feb. 22, 1923 in Turlock. Her parents were Waiichi and Kikuyo Morimoto, emigrants from Japan. She was the sixth in a family of six children. She had three older brothers, George, Albert, and Harry and two older sisters, Florice and Florence. Her father, Waiichi, died in a tractor accident in 1923, the year she was born. Her mother, Kikuyo, married Sam Shiojiguchi, a good man who helped raise the family. Lois graduated from Livingston High School in 1941.
In 1945, Lois married Ben Shimomura in Denver, Colorado. She and Ben were interned in Amache, Colorado along with others of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War and met while working together in the motor pool.
After the war, Lois and Ben returned to Ben’s home town, Winters. They farmed, raising apricots and almonds. They had four children: Sam Shimomura, Floyd Shimomura, Susan Shimizu and Linda Don. Lois enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lois was predeceased by infant grandson Matthew Don, and is survived by her husband Ben Shimomura and sisters-in-law, Lois Morimoto and Harumi March. She is also survived by her four children, Sam (Patricia) Shimomura, Floyd (Ruth) Shimomura, Susan (Grant) Shimizu, and Linda (Richard) Don, and grandchildren, Mark (Jamie) Shimomura, Brian Shimomura, Lisa Shimomura (Malcolm Quon), Craig Shimizu, Tim Shimizu, Stacy Don (Mike Maben) and Stephanie Don (Lukas Fend) and Great-grandchildren: Reina Shimomura, Ryan Shimomura, Ben Quon, Russell Quon, Peyton Mayben, Julian Fend and Dylan Fend.
A private memorial service for family will be held in January.

Jim Beutel
passed away on Dec. 28, 2015 at the age of 88, following a long illness.
A Winters resident and native of Orange, he attended UC Berkeley and UCLA (undergraduate), University of Wisconsin (master’s degree) and pursued his PhD at Rutgers University. He began his career with UC Extension in Riverside and Los Angeles. In 1963, he joined the UC Davis pomology department, where he worked as lecturer and researcher until his retirement in the early 1990s.
Jim served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
After retirement he and his wife, Kalayada, pursued their passion for growing fruit and began K & J Orchards. Jim took pride in selling their fruit at farmer’s markets and to some of the finest restaurants around Northern California and Nevada. He played a key role in the development of the Asian pear industry in California and was instrumental in the development of the Davis Farmer’s Market, one of the first in California.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kalayada (nee Tapganjana), his sister Ruth Beutel, daughters Aomboon Deasy, Onanong Montoya, Cecilie Starin, Lissa Stephen and Ellen Beutel, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Jim will be greatly missed. He will be remembered as a humble man and not particularly interested in university and departmental politics, preferring the study of fruit, trees, plants, his research and the growers.

Gordon Woodbury Collado
passed away Dec. 31, at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Vacaville. Gordon was born in Woodland, Jan. 16, 1964 to Domingo and Shirley Collado. He attended Winters High School where he played football and raduated in 1982. Gordon worked for California Market and numerous construction jobs.
Gordon loved fishing and hunting, and later in life turning to gardening.
Gordon is survived by his ex-wives, Lisa and Marybeth; mother and step-father, Shirley (Jim) Scullin of Winters; two sisters, Mindy Rosales of Winters and Manuela Collado of Concord; his children, Emily, Jeremy and Destiny Collado of California and Brandon (Syndee) Olson and Nick Olson of Idaho. Gordon is preceded in death by his father, Domingo Collado.
Per Gordon’s request no funeral services will be held. Arrangements are under the care of Smith Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Winters.

Walter Little, 70, of Davis, passed away Saturday, Dec. 19, at his home.
A celebration of life service will be held at 12 p.m., Jan. 2, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 515 2nd Street in Woodland. A reception will immediately follow at Mojo’s Kitchen, 428 1st Street in Woodland.
Walt was born Jan. 2, 1945, in Manilla, Philippines. He left his home country as a baby at the end of the war and relocated with his family to Winters. He graduated from Winters High School in 1963, where he was a multi-sport athlete. He was known for being humorous, generous, stubborn and warm-hearted, often all at once.
Walt was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. He enjoyed many activities, but his primary passion was for bicycling. He was an avid biker and a longtime member of the Davis Bike Club. He rode whenever he had a chance and impressed his family, friends and fellow bike club members with his combination of riding ability and fun spirit, continuing to embark on “century” bike rides throughout his late 60s.
Walt is survived by his two sons, Adam Little and Aaron Little, his life companion, Sue Little, and his three grandchildren (his “babies”), whom he loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his father, Win Little and his sister, Winnie Ferguson, earlier this year.

Doris “Louise” Shirley died peacefully at her home in Winters, on Aug. 21, 2014 at the young age of 77.
She was born on July 23, 1937 on a farm in Illinois to Dolly Dimple Brown-Boswell and Charles Boswell.
She married Quinton Shirley in 1973 while working at both the Mariani Nut Co., and as a lab assistant at UC Davis. She retired from UCD in 1992, after working there for 25 years.
A true matriarch, Louise brought her family together through love, laughter and great food. They will forever cherish her amazing personality and fun-loving character.
Louise is survived by her spouse of 41 years, Quinton Shirley, also of Winters, as well as three of her daughters, Janet Farrell of Winters, Peggy Baker of Colorado Springs and Barbara Willard of Kelso, Washington.
Louise also leaves behind four additional children by marriage; Sean Shirley, Kathy Ramsey, David Shirley all of Marysville, Washington and Charmagne “Renee” Haight, of Bothell, Washington. Amongst her eight children, she has 17 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her firstborn daughter, Jeanne Leal of Dixon.
Family members will be holding a tribute to celebrate her life in the annex of the New Life Church, 315 Edwards Street in Winters, on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. All are welcome.

Arlene R. Poston was born on Sept. 25, 1921 in Rison, Arkansas to Martin and Mahalia Randolph, the second youngest daughter of 12 children. She passed away peacefully on Nov. 26, 2015 in Calistoga. She was 94.
In 1937, Arlene graduated from Merrill High School in Arkansas. She went on to attend business school in California before serving as office manager in the optometric offices of her husband, Dr. Marvin Poston, OD. She supported Dr. Poston in his Oakland and Danville offices for nearly 40 years.
Married in 1964, their partnership included the establishment of the Vision Service Plan, VSP, now VSP Global; the West Oakland Health Center, the Children’s Vision Center of the East Bay and Professional Health Management LLC.
During those working years, they enjoyed their hilltop home in Danville. At retirement, she and Dr. Poston moved to Calistoga and established Poston Crest Vineyard and its two generations of cabernet sauvignon plantings. Their 31-year relationship with Napa Valley wineries includes Christian Bros., Heublein, Chateau Montelena, Kirkland and 14 years with Cakebread Cellars.
Mrs. Poston was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Marvin Poston and her son, Larry Smith Jr. She is survived by her son, Gene Smith, daughter, Marlene Poston Bell, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at Fouche’s Funeral Home 3665 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609.

Gilberto Alarcon, Jr. passed away peacefully with his family by his side at his sisters’ residence in West Sacramento on Oct. 22, 2015.
He was a 50-year resident of Winters. He leaves behind his wife of 15 years and best friend for over 35 years, Rita Alarcon; four wonderful children, Louis Madrigal (Rocio), Ismael Alarcon (Jessica), Erica Cyprus (Trevor) and Felipe Alarcon; his parents, Gilberto and Brigida Alarcon; siblings, Alicia Alarcon Mendez (Ernesto), Aurora Acuna, Adelaida Cope (Dewey), Anna Gomes, Angelica Mendoza and Wence, Joel and Jerry Alarcon; and six grandchildren, Kendrick, Brisa, Johny, Phoebe, Isra and Theo.
Gilberto moved to Winters at the young age of 11, coming from Brownsville, Texas. He graduated from Winters High School, where he eagerly participated in sports, particularly football. His love of sports was instilled in his children and grandchildren as he supported them in soccer, football, basketball and baseball. He continued his education after high school at UC Davis, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in
Chicano/Spanish Studies. He insisted that all of his children were bilingual, an accomplishment in which he took great pride.
Gilberto spent over 20 years with Hunts/Conagra, and over 40 years in the warehousing industry.
Visitation hours were on Monday, Oct. 26, from 4-8 p.m., with Vigil Services at 6 p.m. all at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters. A Christian Celebration of Life service was on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. at River Cities Funeral Chapel in West Sacramento, followed by fellowship in the funeral home banquet room. Inurnment was

James Richard Thomas, 73, passed away on Oct. 20, 2015 in the company of his loving wife of 47 years, Esther, and his four sons, James Michael, Anthony Richard, Derrick Scott, and Chad Christopher.
He was born on May 28, 1942 in Paragould, Arkansas, to James and Margree Thomas and was the eldest sibling to his brothers Robin and Wayne and sisters Barbara, Donna, Debbie, and Dorothy. At an early age, he moved to Winters, which he and his family called home. While James’ passing is greeted with sadness, his life will forever impart to both family and friends an incredible sense of joy and a lifetime of unforgettable memories.
Words alone always seem insufficient in memorializing the essence of an individual, yet for James Thomas, words still help to capture the enduring level of love and commitment that he felt for his family; his deep sense of patriotism that was reflected by his service in the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division as a U.S. paratrooper; his lifelong love and respect for the outdoors where perhaps he found his greatest measure of peace; his strong belief in the importance of education that manifested itself in his obtaining his undergraduate degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from California State University at Sacramento and his masters of business administration degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, where he graduated with distinction and honors at both institutions, all while engaged in full-time employment and while raising a family.
James greeted hard work and sacrifice with the ease and acceptance that one might welcome a blessing. James was able to view life in this manner because he recognized that hard work, commitment, sacrifice, friendship and integrity are the cornerstones that help to define a life worth living. James passed these beliefs onto his family; may he now rest in peace.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. at the Winters Cemetery. At the conclusion of graveside services, a reception will be held at the Buckhorn Restaurant’s DeVilbiss Room in Winters beginning at noon. All who wish to pay their respects are invited to attend. Those wishing to make a donation are encouraged to offer support to the Winters Little League, for which James coached baseball for many years, or make a donation to a charity of their choosing on his behalf.

Katy England, born Kathleen Theresa Ann Connelly, passed away early Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, 2015, at home with her loving son, Ara and devoted daughter, Zoe, by her side. She was 65 years young.
Katy was born in North Hollywood on Dec. 9, 1949, to John Henry Connelly of Suisun and Isobel Huntington Connelly of Pasadena. She will be united in heaven with her parents, husband Ken Shaw, brother John Connelly and cousin Nolan.
Katy enjoyed a blessed childhood in Newport Beach and spent many happy hours sailing with her dad around the Balboa Peninsula. She lived as a young adult in Humboldt County until her first marriage. The family, enriched by two beautiful children, moved to Napa, and Katy found her calling as a caring aide and truly gifted teacher in Special Education. She began her work with developmentally disabled children at Vine Village, a country day care center, and then worked for more than a decade teaching at Imola Central School, Napa State Hospital.
Katy continued her education and earned her degree and teaching credential in Special Education, at Sacramento State University. Katy then secured a teaching position at David Weir Elementary School in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. Her patience and skill in helping emotionally and learning challenged students to progress in life was exemplary. Thousands of students benefitted from her extraordinary expertise and the loving heart of their teacher, Katy.
In 1983, Katy and second husband, Ken Shaw, bought land in the Winters Olive School area, moving from Napa to Winters in 1984. This was the perfect property to board her horses and develop their renowned England-Shaw vineyards. Their award-winning Syrah grapes received industry notoriety for Rosenblum Cellars and other wineries, leading the way for premium wine producing vineyards in the Winters area.
Katy was an avid equestrian and her relationship with her horses was magical. Her older sister first lifted her onto a horse at the age of 2. Her passion for riding was equally matched by her passion for reading and traveling. She loved to engage in philosophical conversations that sparked the imagination. She enjoyed playing the ukulele and riding in Moms on Mopeds with her beloved Winters companions.
Katy loved and cared for her family. She will be sorely missed by her daughter Zoe England; son Ara England and wife Natalie, the parents of Katy’s grandson, Emerson; sister, Pat Connelly; step-son Terry Shaw, his wife Amy and their children, Ashley, Baylee, Colby and Dalton of Winters; nephew John Connelly Jr; and cousins Lily and Amber.
Katy’s absence will be dearly felt by all her friends and family both near and far whose lives were significantly enriched by Katy’s nurturing, kind and embracing soul. We love her deeply. We will miss her laugh, her generous heart, and the great pleasure and sense of privilege we all shared when in her presence.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters. A casual, Celebration of Life reception will be held at an outdoor venue following the service.

Lois Martin Pinkston passed away peacefully at home in Winters on October 10, 2015. Born on Dec. 24, 1924,in Culp Arkansas, she was 90 years old. She was the eldest of six children. Her parents were Joel and Delphia Martin of Culp, Arkansas.
Lois and her husband Voydell “Pinky” Pinkston relocated from Arkansas to Winters, in 1943 where they raised their five children. She was a resident of Winters for 72 years.
In 1946 Lois and Voydell opened V. Pinkston Trucking. Their Trucking company served the Yolo and Solano county area for 45 years, before they retired in 1991. Lois was also an active member of Soroptimist International of Winters for many years. Above all, she was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Winters.
Lois will be remembered fondly as “Mammaw” by those who knew her well and loved her. She was the foundation of her family and would help anyone in need. Her faith in her lord was at the center of who she was. She will be missed immeasurably.
Survivors include her children, Kenneth Pinkston of Winters, Marilyn Goodwin of Winters, Dennis Pinkston of Winters, John Pinkston of Sonora and Marcia Hayes of Woodland; 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren; five siblings, Alma, Vada, Jay, Francis and Larnel, all of Arkansas; many nieces, nephews and cousins both in Winters and Arkansas.
Lois is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Voydell “Pinky” Pinkston, stepdaughter Leslie Renee Pinkston and sisters in law Faye Haywood and Liz Martin, all of Winters.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 34 Main Street.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 512 First Street, interment to commence immediately after at Winters Cemetery with a reception to follow at First Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home in Winters and officiated by Reverend James Allen of First Baptist Church.

Dorothy Carol Girard, 90, passed away at NorthBay Hospital in Fairfield on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, following a short illness. She lived in Winters for 55 years.
Born in Richmond, Dorothy was the loving daughter and fourth child of Hazel M. and George F. Curry’s five children. She was a shy girl who loved horses. She rode horseback (often bareback!) over many poppy-covered hills in the East Bay. This inspired her lifelong love of California wildflowers, especially poppies.
A 1947 graduate of Holy Names College in Oakland, Dorothy later completed her higher education with a teaching credential from San Francisco State University.
Teaching was Dorothy’s destiny. It changed her from a shy young woman to a dynamic, zestful and powerful force in the classroom. Dorothy was loved by students and parents because of her special connection to them, and her renowned expertise in teaching reading to first graders. She was highly creative in classroom enrichment, too, from holiday programs to science projects.
Further, she mentored fellow teachers. In fact, midway through her career, she was Vacaville Teacher of the Year. In her retirement for over 30 years, she was delighted when she encountered former students in the community, their children and even some of their grandchildren. Dorothy’s influence as a highly respected and loved teacher resonated for decades.
Dorothy loved hiking, camping and fishing. She enjoyed many excursions with her second husband, Al, before he became seriously ill. At that point, she became a devoted caregiver, ever-loving and vigilant for nine years before his death.
In her head and heart, Dorothy’s most special place was Drakesbad in Lassen National Park. For 15 years, she planned all year for the annual trip to Drakesbad with her sister Barbara and niece Karen. She loved hiking there and all over Lassen. Each year, the conversations over the dinner table or campfire centered around that year’s wildflowers, fishing holes, bear sightings, snow banks that obstructed the hiking trails, and the geothermal wonders of the area.
With Dorothy, family came first. She lived for her family, and always talked about them with optimism and pride. She is survived by her loving sister, Barbara Pedersen of Santa Rosa; niece, Karen Pettigrew (Charley) of Napa; nephews, Michael Maloney (Linda) of Bend, Oregon, Patrick Maloney of Richmond, Stacy Curry, Stanley and Steven Curry, all of San Diego; and niece Lynn Pittier, of Washington state; numerous nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews; treasured longtime friends Alana and Bob Patterson of Winters, Keitha and Jerry Saylor of Vacaville, Bonnie Benshoof of Vacaville, and Joann Beck of Dixon.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Girard; sister, Ruth Maloney; brothers, George D. Curry and Frank W. Curry; nephew Daniel Maloney.
At Dorothy’s request, services will be private. She will be interred at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dorothy’s name to the Lassen Park Foundation at

Patricia Barbour Thompson passed away at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento on Aug. 31, 2015 from complications due to lung cancer. Born in Pearl River, New York, on Dec. 10, 1951, she was 63 years old.
Pat started her
education at Rochester Institute of Technology studying zoology but didn’t finish that program as she moved to Alaska. She married Warren Thompson in 1984. They lived outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, and both worked on the pipeline. Pat was a Teamster and a forklift operator.
Pat got her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Hawaii, where she graduated at the top of her class. She went on to get a master’s degree in Plant Protection and Pest Management at UC Davis. She continued on as a staff research associate in the Zalom Lab at the UC Davis Dept. of Entomology, doing research with the California Strawberry Commission in Watsonville. She retired from UC Davis in 2011.
Pat loved adventure and traveled around the world including to New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Croatia and Europe. After retirement, her trips included rafting on the Salmon River in Idaho, kayaking in the San Juan Islands, scuba diving in Palou and going on safari in Africa.
She swam regularly with the Davis Aquatic Masters including the Berryessa Open Water Swim. She loved to garden as evidenced by her beautiful yard, and was a longtime supporter of the UC Davis Arboretum.
Since moving to Winters, Pat was a member and supporter of the Winters Friends of the Library. She first learned about WFoL through the Youth Day Parade and marched in the parade each year since 2008.
She was a board member and supporter of the Winters Farm to School program in Winters since its inception in 2011, and helped organize the Bastille Day fundraiser each year. She loved music, especially playing the ukulele and played locally with several groups. She made large donations of ukuleles to Winters and Esparto schools. She was also a supporter of the arts and a collector of local artwork. She personally enjoyed the crafts of sewing and knitting.
Pat had many beloved dogs over the years including Kilo, Kiska, Phoebe and her current dog, Izzy. Part of Pat’s legacy was to have Izzy certified as a therapy dog. Izzy will continue to be cared for at 3-R rescue, where Pat used to volunteer.
She is survived by her brother, Bruce Barbour of Elizabethtown, North Carolina; stepson Zach Thompson and wife Julie; and granddaughters, Zefa and Zinnia of Solvang.
She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Barbour in 1993; husband, Warren Thompson in 1998; and mother, Agnes (McDuffie) Barbour in 2007.
There will be and internment of her ashes at Cypress Hill Memorial Park in Petaluma. A memorial celebration in Winters will be announced at a later date.
Memorial Donations may be made to Winters Friends of the Library, PO Box 963, Winters, CA 95694; Winters Farm to School, PO Box 611, Winters, CA 95694; or 3-R Rescue P.O. Box 608, Winters, CA 95694.

David C. Harvey Jr. of Shingle Springs passed away on Aug. 8, 2015. He was born to David and Jean Harvey on Dec. 11, 1956 in Rantoul, Illinois. He moved to Winters in 1969 and graduated Winters High School in 1975.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Irene; daughter, Bonnie Walsh; son Ryan and his wife Michelle Harvey; four grandchildren, Alyssa, Dylan, Claire, and Charlotte; sisters Vicki Rasul of Yuba City, Donna Carey of Spanish Fork Utah and brother Mark Harvey of Winters. David left us much too soon. He will be missed. We all love you David.

Mary Jo Martin, a previous Winters resident was born on January 11, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas to Josephine and Albert Jackson. She passed away July 22, 2015 in Ocean Park, Washington.
Mary Jo was married to the late Judge Joseph A. Martin who pre-deceased her in 2013. She was employed by the University of California Davis until her retirement.  
She is survived by her son Tim Holman (Sheila), grandson Brian Holman, granddaughter Leslie Westmoreland and great grandson Cole Westmoreland. Also surviving her are sisters Jackie Holman, Jean Nivens, Janelle Jackson, brother Al Jackson and her dear long time friend Laura Bellanca.
Mary Jo will be dearly missed but always remembered by her loving family and friends. 

Arnold J. Bauer was born on a farm in northeast Kansas on Apr. 11, 1931. He died in Davis, California on July 30, 2015. Arnie was many things: gentleman and scholar, voracious reader and meticulous vintner, onetime Airman and baseball player, curious traveler and gracious host, writer of depth and breadth, beloved teacher and avid etymologist, a kind and respectful employer, competitive bridge and tennis player, aficionado of revolutionary Cuba, a warm conversationalist and magnificent story-teller. He lived in a big beautiful house he’d built himself with the help of two former students. But despite these multiple talents, he was a modest man with a self-deprecating wit. He’d traveled widely, made himself at home in Morocco, Mexico, Chile, Spain, Great Britain and California, and indeed came a long way from his country roots. But he never really left those roots in spirit and understanding, and he was able to write brilliantly about them in a final book, Time’s Shadow.
Arnie preferred that this public notice not list the details of his distinguished curriculum vitae, which will be found elsewhere. He would want to be remembered fondly by his wife, Danielle Greenwood, his daughter, Rebecca, and her children Lily, Frank and George, by his step-children Lucy, Jonah, Colby and Colton, by his many friends, colleagues, co-conspirators and by the great number of students he served at UC Davis and in the UC Study Abroad program in Chile. His and Danielle’s table was a guarantee of splendid food, good wine and a genuine companionship. In his last days many friends and former students made time to visit him. We share in the belief that the teacher lives in his students’ lives and teachings.
Arnie’s love of poetry was profound. When asked about his life or beliefs he would often cite from memory and in Spanish some lines from Pablo Neruda’s Poem “Fin de Fiesta” that he thought spoke for him:
“…from land to land, I went exploring,
estuaries, insufferable regions,
and always I returned, I found no peace-
what could I say at all without my roots?
What could I say without coming to the ground?
…thus when I saw what I had already seen
and touched both earth and mud, stone and my foam,
I said ‘I am here’, I stripped in the light, /I let my hands fall to the sea,
and when everything took on transparency,
under the land, I was at peace.”

Longtime Winters resident Frances Ramon Martin passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 15, 2015.
Frances was born in Maui Hawaii on Sept. 7, 1915 to parents Alexandro and Mary Ramon. Her family moved to California when Frances was 4 years old.
She married Emilio Martin on Sept. 13, 1933.
She is survived by: her three children Tony R. Martin (Dorothy), Pearl Hansen (Norman) and Elena Cody (Mack); eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and three great, great grandchildren. She is also survived by four sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

Winifred Caroline Little Ferguson was born in Manilla, Phillipines on June 29, 1940. She passed away on July 24, 2015.
She is survived by: her son, Kirk Ferguson, Julie, his wife, and sons, Jake and Luke; her mother, Carmen Little of Davis; brothers Robert Little of Arkansas, Walter of Davis, Howard of Pa. and Greg of Winters; four sisters-in-law; seven nephews; four nieces; 14 great nephews; and eight great nieces.
Winnie will be dearly missed but always remembered.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at First Baptist Church, 512 First St., Winters, with a reception following at Tomats Restaurant, 1123 Grant Ave., Winters.
The family asks for donations to be sent to Yolo Hospice at 1909 Galileo Drive, Davis, 95618.

A graveside service for PFC Holden Jeffrey Philbrook, 19, will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 17, at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery in Dixon. A Celebration of Life will follow from 10:30 to 1 p.m. at the Winters Community Center.
A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, PFC Holden passed away early Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Holden was born in Sacramento on Aug. 6, 1995. He resided in Winters and was a graduate of Winters High School before joining the military, and will be remembered locally as an outstanding swimmer and member of both the Winters High School swim team and the Winters Swim Team.
Holden was an indirect fire infantryman with 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. He was a dedicated paratrooper who will be sorely missed by everyone in the battalion
Holden joined the Army in May 2014. He completed training at Fort Benning, Georgia, in August before reporting to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He had been assigned to 2nd BCT since November.
His awards and decorations included the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge.
He will also be sorely missed and forever remembered by his mother, Tecera Philbrook and father, SFC(R) Charles “Chuck” Pearce; grandparents, Jeff and Fran Philbrook and Sharon and Wally Pearce; aunt, Schell Philbrook and her fiancé, Scott Caskey; numerous extended family and close friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Holden Philbrook Memorial Fund at First Northern Bank.
Funeral arrangements are by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home, (707) 446-3233

John G Salazar of Riverton passed away June 29, 2015 at Help for Health Hospice home from a courageous battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.
John was born Oct. 8, 1954 in Houston, Texas to Roger Salazar and Lois (Baker) Salazar. He moved from Houston, Texas to Winters as a child. He graduated from Winters High School. John moved to Riverton, Wyoming in 1979. On Dec. 28, 1981 John married the love of his life, Cynthia Daniels in Ephraim, Utah.
John and Cynthia then raised a beautiful family whom John loved very much. John enjoyed animals, fishing, boating and warm weather. He enjoyed watching his children show animals at the fair and was very proud of all of his children. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren and was a proud “Goo Goo” to them. John graduated from Central Wyoming College in 2010 with high honors.
John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cynthia, his sons John Aaron (Adriana) Salazar and RJ Salazar, his daughters Regina (Nathan) Kiselewski, Rebecca Jones, Roxanne (LeRoy) Norse and 14 grandchildren; Antonio, Joseph, Cynoria, Kaelynn, Layla, Amanda, Alexis, Alyssa, Dejan, John Jr., Dustin, Antonia, Aliyah and Rebekah. John is also survived by his mother Lois Reed, his brothers Larry (Joan) Salazar and Tony Salazar and sisters, Marion (David) Raymond and Donna (Charlie) Cliame.
John was preceded in death by his father, Roger Salazar, his sister Gloria Salazar a
nd his daughter, Sheila Salazar.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.

Cecilia “Sis” Whiteneck passed away peacefully at home in Winters on June 19, 2015. Born on Jan. 31, 1947, she was 68.
A celebration of life is planned for Cecilia Whiteneck on Saturday, July 4, from 12-4 p.m. at 1001 Roosevelt Avenue in Winters.
A complete obituary will be provided next week.

Mary Evelyn Crites, long time resident of Winters died at the age of 76 on June 17, 2015. She was born in Plainview, Arkansas on Dec. 10 1938
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leland and Rosie Crites, and brothers, L.J., Joe John, and Richard Crites.
She is survived by nieces Brenda Jackson, Rebecca Crites, Kathy Dozier and Karen Archanbault; nephew Lee Crites; great-nieces Mary Flanery, Rachel Franks, and Tiffany Bruhn; great-nephews Justin Keith, Michael Cutts, Stephen Crites and Josh Dozier; grand-nieces Shayla Moreland, Brooklyn Cutts, Loveah Crites, Raeann Wademan and Madeline Bruhn; grand-nephews Caleb Crites and Logan Franks.

Lois Jean (Luppes) Nixon, 74, passed away peacefully at home in Winters on May 29, 2015. Born on April 9, 1941 in Kamrar, Iowa to Johnnie and Pearl Luppes. Lois was the baby of eight children. Lois also lived in Blairsburg and Webster City until she moved to California in 1979, where she lived in Vacaville and Winters.
Lois, or “Dusty” as she became known on the job, was a heavy equipment operator at the Napa Quarry of SYAR Industry Inc., and is a retired member of Operating Engineers, Local 3. Dusty enjoyed a long retirement full of gardening and crafts. She was a fan of the 49ers, Sacramento Kings and Nascar, and she enjoyed the slow, steady pace of road trips “off like a herd of turtles.”
Dusty is survived by her longtime companion Dee Barnes; two brothers, Johnnie (Sharon) Luppes Jr., Kenneth (Jeanne) Luppes; sister, Aretta Muxfelt; five children, Cynthia (David) Letsch of Grimes, Iowa, Ron (Beth) Nixon, Jr. of Winters, Daniel (Trisha) Nixon of Ankeny, Iowa, Teresa Fair of Winters, Lisa (Conrad) Wiser of Grimes, Iowa; and ex-husband Ron Nixon, Sr. of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Lois’ family also includes 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, a long list of nieces and nephews, and many others who called her “Grandma.”
A few weeks before her death, several of Lois’ family members hosted a two-day birthday party/Easter celebration, which Lois was able to attend and greatly appreciated. Lois was able to remain at home until her death through care provided to her by family members.

Shirley Avants passed away on May 18, 2015, in her home in Winters. She was born in Hanford to Junior Robert Cochran and Doris Anderson on Feb. 8, 1950. She leaves behind her son, Terry Hurst, and wife, Tammy; daughter, Dana Cardinale, and husband, Vince. Shirley was blessed with five grandchildren, Rachel, Emily, and Jacob Hurst, and Alexis and Calista Cardinale. She enjoyed gardening and traveling the world, and sharing those experiences with her grandchildren. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Avants, in 2005.

Lois Jean (Luppes) Nixon, was born April 9, 1941, and died May 29, 2015.
A celebration of her life will be at Vaca Hill Chapel, 524 Elmira Road in Vacaville, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 9. A reception will follow.
Look for the full obituary in next week’s Express.


Carolyn Louise Hawley, 69 of Winters, passed into the loving arms of the Father on May 9, 2015. She was born on Oct. 8, 1945 in Turlock. She grew up in Winters and was a resident of Winters on and off throughout her life.
As a wife and mother, Carolyn spent her life doing what she did best: taking care of others. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she is survived by her son Andrew Hawley of Vacaville; daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Roman Katamay of Cambria; daughter and son-in-law Diana Keola and Chris Hall of Winters; grandchildren Amber Gonzales of Cambria, Christopher and Candace Crow of Redlands, Teddy Rojas of Vacaville, Matthew Hawley of Vacaville, Kristina Keola and grandson-in-law Isaiah Waldrop of Winters, and Drew and Lindsay Hawley of Bradenton, Florida; great-grandchildren Siah and Laurence Rojas of Vacaville,
Tanner and Tyler Crow of Redlands, and Lily Waldrop of Winters; sister, Francis Garcia of Winters; brother, Riley Constant of Gustine; lifelong friend Rosalie Sarrette of Vacaville; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence (Larry) Hawley, to whom she was married to for 39 years; parents
Talamge and Mary Constant; and brother Alphus (Archie) Constant, all of Winters.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the First Baptist Church, 512 First Street in Winters, on Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m. Flowers and cards can be sent to the church c/o of Pastor James Allen. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sutter Memorial Hospice Care.

Lillian Mae Potter of Folsom passed away on May 10, 2015. She was born in the town of Monticello (now Lake Berryessa) on April 28, 1932, the youngest child of Howard and Eva Duncan. Her siblings were William, Betty and Myra.
She grew up in Winters, and graduated from Winters High School in 1950, having served as senior class president, organizing several class reunions. She worked for First National Bank until her marriage to Stewart Potter in 1957. Together they raised their family in Winters and Folsom, where Stewart built a 30-year career with the California Department of Corrections.
Lillian was a devoted wife and mother, participating in the Folsom Prison Wives Association, and her children and grandchildren’s many sports and school activities. Lillian enjoyed gardening, reading, country music and cooking, always searching for a new cake recipe to share with her sisters.
She was a loyal friend, superb listener and frequent hostess for numerous family gatherings. She will be remembered for her grace, dignity and positive outlook.
She is survived by her four children, Stewart Potter and wife Patricia of Seaside, Oregon, Donna Campoy and husband Matt of Sutter Creek, Steve Potter and partner Eric Bowers of San Diego, and Tim Potter and Adrienne Nelson of Folsom; eight grandchildren, Stewart, Jenna, Megan, Andrew, Diana and Nick Potter, and Lesley and Mathew Campoy; great-grandchildren Conner, Peyton, Kendall and Jack; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Stewart; brother, William Duncan, and sisters Elizabeth Rae Cavaglieri and Myra Jean Reddick.
A family graveside service will be held
on Thursday, June 25. All are welcome to celebrate Lil’s life at a reception at noon at The Buckhorn in Winters. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Heart Association.

Ruth Maxine Poore passed away on May 23, 2015, in La Mesa. Born in Terlton, Okla. on Aug. 19, 1922, she is survived by one brother, Roy Greenwood of Skiatook Okla., three children, Janet Kimes, Don Poore and Debbie Weiner, 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by Glen Poore, her husband of 65 years. Maxine spent time in Winters with family and friends. She will be missed by all.
We love you, Mike, Janet, Vonda and Matt Kimes.

Ralph Madonia passed away on May 9, 2015. Born on Oct. 10, 1925, in Hammond, Louisiana, he was 89 years old. A Winters resident for 34 years, he moved here from San Jose in 1981, after retiring as a heavy equipment operator with the City of San Jose
Ralph enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many of whom lived just a few blocks away. Having family over for Sunday dinner was one of his favorite times. He enjoyed planting his summer garden and had plenty of tomatoes and zucchini for everyone. Most days Ralph could be seen strolling or riding his bike around the Apricot Avenue neighborhood, talking and joking with folks.
He will be dearly missed. In the last few months, his health was failing and getting out and about was more difficult, which was a frustrating experience for him, since he was not one to be happy sitting around.
He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Carol and Ed Scianna, son and daughter-in-law Ron and Gail Russell; grandchildren, Clayton and wife Elizabeth, Jacob and Anna Marie Russell-Madonia, Kye Scianna, Bria Jimenez and husband Gabriel; great-grandchildren Adriana (AJ), Amaya and Gabriel Jimenez: Sisters, Katie LaRocca, Rose Black, and Josie Penzata; numerous nieces and nephews.
Burial will be at the Winters Cemetery on Friday, May 15, at 11 a.m. A celebration of Ralph’s life will follow at Winters Community Center patio. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winters Friends of the Library or charity of your choice.

Juanita Humphrey, 79, of Vacaville, passed away peacefully after a brief illness. She was born on August 26, 1935 in Winters to Clarence and Carmen Campos.
Juanita was retired from the position of Assistant Dean of Research Development for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine after 42 years of dedicated service.
Juanita was devoted to her family and enjoyed various hobbies, including cooking, gardening, painting and photography.
A beloved wife, mother and grandmother, she is survived by her son, Archie Humphrey (Nina) of Vacaville; grandson, Arthur Samuel Humphrey (Sarah) of Vacaville; step-granddaughter, Ingrid Jimenez (Robert Patton) of Carmichael; step-grandson, Andres Jimenez (Lilian) of San Diego; brother, Larry Campos, Sr. (Darlene) of Winters; sisters-in-law, Marge Cameron (Earnest) of Byron, Georgia, Pat Humphrey of Sonora; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded by the death of her husband, Arthur L. Humphrey, to whom she was married for 58 years. Juanita lived life with vitality and strength. She will be dearly missed.
Juanita will be laid to rest during a private burial at the Winters Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate her life on Friday, May 8, at 11 a.m. at Tomat’s California Cuisine, 1123 Grant Avenue, Winters, CA 95694.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of McCune Garden Chapel (707) 448-6546.

Lillian Juanita Parks passed away on March 27, 2015 at the age of 87, in Woodland, Ca. She was born in Ft. Dodge, Iowa on Nov. 12, 1927 to Carl and Leola Hoyt.
The family moved from Iowa to Oakland in 1943 when she was 13 years of age. She attended Oakland Technical High School and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area until 1999 when she relocated to Winters.
She loved reading, solving crossword puzzles, crocheting and especially singing. She was a member of the “Walter Hawkins Love Center Choir” in Oakland for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Stella Bianes, son Robert Pascale and three brothers Robert, Carl and Jerry Hoyt.
She is survived by daughters Ruth (Tom) Turner, Pat Boyle, Kathryn (Dan) Eldridge, Emily Parks, sons John Parks, Michael (Simone) Parks, her sisters Aileen (Bert) Smith, Priscilla Martin, her brother Edwin (Saundra) Hoyt and many nieces and nephews. She was the proud and loving grandmother of 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Capital City Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6701 Lemonhill Avenue in Sacramento.
















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