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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 www.vacahillschapel.com.


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.



In the mid-1930s, a young couple, Fred and Veda (Reynolds) Carner left Oklahoma for California to make a better life for their young family. A boy they named Ronald Eugene, was born in Woodland, and joined his older sister Katheryn on Aug. 10, 1939. As the years went by, Robert, Shirley, Richard, Linda and Ricky were added to this Okie family.
“We would like to recognize Pastor’s family that are with us today: Robert and wife Linda with their son Ryan; James Hyer, husband of Ron’s sister Shirley who pre-deceased him with their son Jim, Jr.; Richard and wife Diana; Sister Linda Angeli; and brother Rick”.
Son, Brother, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Poppy, Uncle, Pastor, Brother Ron, My Friend are all terms that describe Ron Carner the gentle, giving, compassionate, talented, gifted, humble, anointed man of God with a vision. We are celebrating his life today.
Schooled in Winters, he attended a one-room school house through eighth grade. In high school, sports was a big part of his life. Girls came in a close second. One of the things he was very proud of was being one of two boys in the Home Economics class with All Those Girls.
After graduating high school, Ron joined the Army and was discharged after two years, 11 months and 29 days. He was also fond of telling those statistics. On his way back home to Winters, he stopped in Bixby, Oklahoma to visit grandparents and other relatives. That is when IT happened: He met Carole Goines on Jan. 13, 1961. Neither of their lives were ever the same. They married a little over two months later on March 17. In March of this year, they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.
DeLayna was their firstborn who grew up and married Dennis Van Dyke. They have Kara (who has Taylor and Tyler) and Kyle. Four years later Gena came along, who grew up and married Mark Young. They have Bret who married Sabrina (who have Aubrey, Zane and Brennan); Kade who married Beth (who will in September add to the list of great grandchildren), then Dillon and Brooke.
Eight years later along came Joseph — the only boy in the family. Then, when they thought it couldn’t happen again, four years later came Mandy (who has Madison) and is married to Kevin Goodnight. This is a total of seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one on the way.
Gena remembered that on one of the many trips back and forth to California their dad was going to take her and DeLayna to see the Grand Canyon, which was an hour’s drive off Route 66. They had a picnic sitting beside the rim, then Dad grabbed each one by the hand, took them over to the edge, let them look over the rim, then pulled them back with a sigh. They quickly got in the car so they could make up time getting back on Route 66 headed toward Winters. The entire “Seeing” of the Grand Canyon and picnic took maybe 15 minutes.
Grandchildren held a special place in Ron’s heart. The first three grandsons were very innovative with Grandpa’s garden when they were younger. DeLayna remembers a time when they were playing in the back yard and went to the toolbox for tools so they could “hammer nails in the green peppers” that were in the garden. Then, they proceeded to cut the hose, which was lying all curled up, in pieces and stacked it nicely for Grandpa. Their mothers were quite upset, but Grandpa was not.
When they were old enough, he began taking them on overnight trips in that old red pickup he had. It was affectionately called “Old Red,” had no air conditioning, and they all had to sit in the front seat. On one of those trips, Joseph remembers the boys spent the night with us before taking off the next morning. His cat “somehow” got in the house and used Kyle’s bag as a place to sleep and to relieve herself. They took off the next morning ready for their adventure. Somewhere along the way in the heat they realized there was a problem. The stench was bad because it had begun to rain so the windows had to be rolled up. Kyle’s clothes had to be bagged and put in the back for his mother to handle. Didn’t bother them much, however, it really bothered DeLayna.
These trips with the grandkids have continued through the years. Carole joined the fun, going along as the cook and cleaning lady. As the older ones stopped going, the younger ones began rotating through up to last summer when four of the youngest combo of grands and greats took a trip to Western Hills. Poppy sat by the pool all day watching the kids swim and play.
Mandy remembers her dad telling about a time when he was in Braum’s getting an ice cream cone. He and Madison had stopped by. A lady customer asked him if the flavor he had was good. He promptly offered her a lick assuring her, yes, it was quite good. The lady took a big lick and ordered one just like it. Everyone but the two of them were grossed out by this exchange of ice cream.
Ron Carner, a man who loved to help others, give to others, listen to others who were in need. A man who tilled the soil and gave away the fruit of his labors. He did this very well in the natural garden on the property of Restoration Church and in the garden of people’s lives. A quiet spiritual man who had a Vision of a Prayer Walk on the north end of the property where people could be blessed in spirit, soul and body. God sent Andy along to be the helper to bring the Prayer Walk to life.
Ron will be buried at the Prayer Walk, a fitting place for a Lion of a man who gave his life in service to His Lord.

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.


In the mid-1930s, a young couple, Fred and Veda (Reynolds) Carner left Oklahoma for California to make a better life for their young family. A boy they named Ronald Eugene, was born in Woodland, and joined his older sister Katheryn on Aug. 10, 1939. As the years went by, Robert, Shirley, Richard, Linda and Ricky were added to this Okie family.
“We would like to recognize Pastor’s family that are with us today: Robert and wife Linda with their son Ryan; James Hyer, husband of Ron’s sister Shirley who pre-deceased him with their son Jim, Jr.; Richard and wife Diana; Sister Linda Angeli; and brother Rick”.
Son, Brother, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Poppy, Uncle, Pastor, Brother Ron, My Friend are all terms that describe Ron Carner the gentle, giving, compassionate, talented, gifted, humble, anointed man of God with a vision. We are celebrating his life today.
Schooled in Winters, he attended a one-room school house through eighth grade. In high school, sports was a big part of his life. Girls came in a close second. One of the things he was very proud of was being one of two boys in the Home Economics class with All Those Girls.
After graduating high school, Ron joined the Army and was discharged after two years, 11 months and 29 days. He was also fond of telling those statistics. On his way back home to Winters, he stopped in Bixby, Oklahoma to visit grandparents and other relatives. That is when IT happened: He met Carole Goines on Jan. 13, 1961. Neither of their lives were ever the same. They married a little over two months later on March 17. In March of this year, they celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.
DeLayna was their firstborn who grew up and married Dennis Van Dyke. They have Kara (who has Taylor and Tyler) and Kyle. Four years later Gena came along, who grew up and married Mark Young. They have Bret who married Sabrina (who have Aubrey, Zane and Brennan); Kade who married Beth (who will in September add to the list of great grandchildren), then Dillon and Brooke.
Eight years later along came Joseph — the only boy in the family. Then, when they thought it couldn’t happen again, four years later came Mandy (who has Madison) and is married to Kevin Goodnight. This is a total of seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one on the way.
Gena remembered that on one of the many trips back and forth to California their dad was going to take her and DeLayna to see the Grand Canyon, which was an hour’s drive off Route 66. They had a picnic sitting beside the rim, then Dad grabbed each one by the hand, took them over to the edge, let them look over the rim, then pulled them back with a sigh. They quickly got in the car so they could make up time getting back on Route 66 headed toward Winters. The entire “Seeing” of the Grand Canyon and picnic took maybe 15 minutes.
Grandchildren held a special place in Ron’s heart. The first three grandsons were very innovative with Grandpa’s garden when they were younger. DeLayna remembers a time when they were playing in the back yard and went to the toolbox for tools so they could “hammer nails in the green peppers” that were in the garden. Then, they proceeded to cut the hose, which was lying all curled up, in pieces and stacked it nicely for Grandpa. Their mothers were quite upset, but Grandpa was not.
When they were old enough, he began taking them on overnight trips in that old red pickup he had. It was affectionately called “Old Red,” had no air conditioning, and they all had to sit in the front seat. On one of those trips, Joseph remembers the boys spent the night with us before taking off the next morning. His cat “somehow” got in the house and used Kyle’s bag as a place to sleep and to relieve herself. They took off the next morning ready for their adventure. Somewhere along the way in the heat they realized there was a problem. The stench was bad because it had begun to rain so the windows had to be rolled up. Kyle’s clothes had to be bagged and put in the back for his mother to handle. Didn’t bother them much, however, it really bothered DeLayna.
These trips with the grandkids have continued through the years. Carole joined the fun, going along as the cook and cleaning lady. As the older ones stopped going, the younger ones began rotating through up to last summer when four of the youngest combo of grands and greats took a trip to Western Hills. Poppy sat by the pool all day watching the kids swim and play.
Mandy remembers her dad telling about a time when he was in Braum’s getting an ice cream cone. He and Madison had stopped by. A lady customer asked him if the flavor he had was good. He promptly offered her a lick assuring her, yes, it was quite good. The lady took a big lick and ordered one just like it. Everyone but the two of them were grossed out by this exchange of ice cream.
Ron Carner, a man who loved to help others, give to others, listen to others who were in need. A man who tilled the soil and gave away the fruit of his labors. He did this very well in the natural garden on the property of Restoration Church and in the garden of people’s lives. A quiet spiritual man who had a Vision of a Prayer Walk on the north end of the property where people could be blessed in spirit, soul and body. God sent Andy along to be the helper to bring the Prayer Walk to life.
Ron will be buried at the Prayer Walk, a fitting place for a Lion of a man who gave his life in service to His Lord.


Judy F. Correia, 75, of College City, California passed away on April 12, 2015. She was born May 5, 1939 to parents Robert and Augustina Coombs. Judy was born and raised in Winters, where she attended and graduated from the Winters High School in 1957.
She married James Correia and they had three children. Judy enjoyed hunting and collecting antiques, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and loved a trip to the casino every now and then.
She spent the majority of her years working for Woodland Healthcare, where she worked in the records department. Judy loved her work and considered everyone that worked with her to be an extended part of her family. Judy loved her work so much that she continued working up to three months prior to her passing.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. She will be missed greatly by all that knew her.
Survivors include her son Kevin Correia, of College City, daughter Tammy Haynie of Woodland, son Craig Correia and his wife Lisa of College City, stepson Tommy Correia and his wife Lori; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Augustina Coombs, stepdaughter Pam Correia, and stepson Jimmy Correia.
A celebration of her life will be Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m. at The American Legion, 523 Bush Street in Woodland.



Hilliard James Fjord
passed away peacefully on March 31, 2015 in Winters, in the home hospice care of his three children. He was born on Sept. 26, 1924 in Kankakee, Illinois, the son of Elmer Arthur and Frances Whitney Fjord. He graduated from Downer’s Grove High School.
As a DePauw University undergraduate in 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy V-12 program and served in the Pacific from 1943-44. After graduation in 1947, he married Cynthia Burtis Fjord, with whom he had three children: Francie Fjord Winnen, Laurie Lakshmi Fjord, and James Burtis Fjord. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1949 and worked in real estate law in Monmouth, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio.
In 1956, Hilliard began his long commitment to civic and work life in Cincinnati, Ohio, taking a job as lawyer for Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, later as treasurer, then vice president for community affairs. He was vice president of Southern Ohio Bank, and later opened his own estate and general law practice, actively working until the last summer of his life. He received his MBA from Xavier University, where he then taught business law, and was a regent for Edgecliff College, which bestowed on him an honorary doctorate.
The family lived in Terrace Park, Ohio where he served in lay leadership positions at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, co-founded the Terrace Park Swim Club, and served as village treasurer. He daily drove a lively carpool of young P&G executives noted for its creative use of antenna flags and later leadership of the company. He loved global travel with his wife, Hope, and family reunions at his beloved second home on Lake Huron, where he formed deep friendships.
He was deeply committed to civic and social organizations: the Scandinavian Society, Cincinnati Bar Association, Cincinnati Travel Club, Rotary, Association of Christians and Jews, Kiwanis, Armstrong Chapel, and never missed performances at the Cincinnati Symphony, Playhouse in the Park, and the Aranoff Theater.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Julie and her children, Debby Vanderswan, Jack Littleford and Leslie Wilson; wives, Cynthia Dorr Burtis Fjord, Gertrude (Trudy) Noble Stevens, William Kain and Hope Burkhart Kain; stepsons, Patrick Cole and Bob Cole
Hilliard was abundantly blessed by a large and extended family by lovingly knitting together the four families of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren his first wife, Cynthia, and widows, Trudy Stevens Fjord, Bette Cole Fjord, and Hope Kain Fjord bestowed on him. In addition to raising three children, he was privileged to actively participate in the young lives of his stepdaughter, Meg Cole, two grandchildren who lived nearby, Maren and Lee Fjord, and his step-granddaughter, Maggie Kain.
He is survived by his three children with wife, Cynthia Dorr Burtis Fjord, Francie Fjord Winnen, her husband, Gregory, and children, Jesse (wife Tebony, son Kyle), and Brian (wife Luiza), and stepdaughter, Lauren Radin (children Oliver and Dahlia Byles); Laurie Lakshmi Fjord and children, Sean (wife Giin, children, Annabelle and Lilibeth), and Shanti Fjord Levy (husband James Platts-Mills, daughter Louisa Wren Platts-Mills); James Burtis Fjord, his wife, Carolyn, and children, Sutton Bette, Maren Fjord (partner Harry Neumann, son Henry Neumann); Lee Fjord (wife Sara Becnel), and Morgan Dana Fjord;
With wife, Gertrude (Trudy) Noble Stevens: stepson, Charles Stott Stevens, wife Lisa; stepdaughter, Christina Avery Stevens Holzer, husband Dennis; stepdaughter, Anne Stevens Ulmer and children, Jennifer Hart (husband Matt, children, Abigail Joyce Hart, Nathan Ulmer (fiancé-Ayn Kirkendall); stepdaughter, Susan Stevens Nadeau, husband Thomas, and child, Jason Thomas Nadeau; stepdaughter, Jeanne Stevens Re, husband Francis Joseph Re, and children, Stephanie Marie Re, Francis William Re, Emily Anne Re;
With wife, Bette Kaltoff Cole: stepdaughter, Suzanne Cole McManmon, husband Thomas, and children: Katherine, Suzy, Tommy; stepdaughter-ion-law Janine Cole, and child Elizabeth Thompson (Jay); stepdaughter, Cynthia Cole; stepdaughter, Marybeth Cole Standel, husband Gary, and son Patrick Standel; stepdaughter, Meg Cole and daughter, Darrein Cole.
With wife, Hope Burkhart Kain, stepson, Bob Kain, wife Judy, and daughter Maggie Kain; stepson, Brad Kain, husband Scott Bridgeman, and godsons, Raymond Siffel, Theodore Siffel (wife Diana, children, Annie and Simeon), and Silas Siffel; step-niece, Kathy Burkhart, husband Ron;
He is also survived by his great-nephew Ian Vanderswan (children, Richard and Benjamin); nephew-in-law Doug, and children, Whitney Wilson Seivens (children, Ambyr, Christopher, Brandon), and Tristan Wilson (wife Laura, daughter, Ashlynn).
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Winters.

Steve Shafer (53) passed away on Wednesday March 25, in Winters surrounded by his family. He was born August 7, 1961 in Alameda, California and moved to Winters when he was five years old. He graduated from Winters High School in 1979 where he was a proud Winters Warrior football player.
They were League Champs in 1977 and his team was State Champs in 1978. Steve worked in a few odd jobs before he became a correctional officer at San Quentin Prison in 1986. He worked at San Quentin for 26 years and retired in 2012.
Shortly after retiring from the prison Steve and his wife Kellie bought a home in Oroville, California. Steve’s hobbies included fishing, rattlesnake hunting, bottle digging, and collecting and engraving rocks with his best friends Terry Vender and Don Sanders.
Steve is survived by his wife Kellie Shafer of Oroville, his daughters; Autumn Shafer of Winters, Janell (Nick) Vincent of Fair Oaks; son Cody Shafer of Oroville; his granddaughter Kaylee Vincent; his father Bill Shafer of Grants Pass, Oregon and his brother Billy Shafer Jr. of Roseburg, Oregon. A celebration of life will be held at New Life Church, 315 Edwards St. on Saturday April 11, at 2 pm, reception to follow.


Margaret Ann Danzero was born on January 4, 1919 in Woodland and passed away at age 96. Ann attended college at U.C. Berkeley and received her B.A. in History. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta while attending UCB. Ann met her husband Andy Danzero in San Francisco while working for U.S. Government contract enforcement during WWII. Ann and Andy were married in Long Beach November of 1944. They were married for 55 years. In 1947 after moving back to Winters Ann spent her life as a housewife raising her children, Andy Danzero and Fred Danzero. She served her community as a den mother and substitute teacher. Ann’s parents were Fred C. and Eva Harris Hemenway, siblings Harvey and George Hemenway. No service will be held, she did not wish to have one.



Judith Rodriguez was born December 6 1951 in Grass Valley, and settled down in her hometown of Winters for the last 45 years. Wife of David Rodriguez Sr. and mother to William, Tori, and James Spinetti, David Hidlebaugh, and Tacy Rodriguez. Grandchildren Darienne, and Marcus Hidlebaugh, Addison and Haley Dean, Demetrius and Josoline Spinetti, and Hunter Spinetti. Survived by mother Bernice Halliday brothers Joseph and Chris Edwards and David and Tony Halliday. Her family wishes to say, “Mom, loved this town and never had wishes to leave. She spent her last days relaxing in her country home, watching the sun come up, drinking coffee and feeding her chickens and dogs.”
No service will be held due to her wishes. Donations can be made in her name to the local animal shelters.

Mildred Thomson Barker passed away on March 26, 2015. Millie, as she was known, was born in Filer, Idaho on Sept. 23, 1923 to Sam and Joyce Thomson. The family moved to California in 1937 and Millie started high school in Winters. She focused on business courses in high school, as well as drama and tennis.
With war looming, after graduation she chose the business field and worked for State Farm Insurance while attending business school in Berkeley.
Millie married her high school sweetheart, James Barker, at the Winters Presbyterian Church on Sept. 24, 1943. She returned to Winters and worked as a bookkeeper for Finley Hardware.
After the war, they started Barker’s Electric and Appliances, which later became Barker’s Electric and served the area until October 2012.
She was a devoted mother to her two daughters, Joan and Jill. She was room mother, 4-H instructor and watchdog over all activities.
In later years, she and Jim enjoyed traveling. They made trips to Belgium, where Jim crash-landed a plane in World War II. They visited relatives in England and Ireland. Most of all, they enjoyed their many cruises and trips to Hawaii.
She is survived by daughters, Joan Lopez (John A) and Jill James (Lyle); four grandchildren Lori Bloomfield (Tony), Jonathan Lopez (Debbie), Heather Patterson (Shane), and Jason James (Misty); and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Thomson of Idaho.
At her request, she will be buried beside her husband at the Winters Cemetery in a private service.


Gloria Marubayashi passed away in her home in Winters on March 9, 2015. She was born June 3, 1922 to Loy and Edith (Pyle) Goeller in Terra Haute, Indiana, the oldest of four children: Dorothy (Jim) of Utica, Michigan, Marian (Vern) of Omaha Neb and Richard (Loretta) of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her father’s family were original homesteaders in Nebraska. Gloria was raised in Norfolk, Nebraska before her father returned to the farm to continue farming.
Gloria was a registered nurse who graduated from Nebraska Methodist Nursing School. She served in the US Army as secretarial staff in Washington DC. She worked in pediatric nursing in Omaha, until she met and married her husband Dr. Stanley Marubayashi in 1952. She lived in Germany where her husband was a doctor in the US Army in the 1950s.
They raised seven children in Orange County California: Stella (Sanford) Finck of Henderson, Nebraska, Roy (Cynthia) of Winters, Norma of Danville, Frances (Jay) Moxley of Santa Clarita, Richard (Colleen) of Los Alimitos, Ellen (Stephen) Jennings of Yorba Linda, and Mary of Winters.
Gloria returned to nursing in 1970 as a neonatal intensive care nurse at UCI Medical Center and at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. After Stan’s death in 1975 she continued to raise her children in Orange. She had 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren (one coming this month).
Gloria was a member of the Buddhist Temple of Orange County, and Past President of the Orange County Temple’s Buddhist Women’s Association. She was an active gardener and inspired cook, and loved nature. Gloria moved to her son Roy’s home in Winters in 2008. She enjoyed living a farm life outside of Winters. She passed away surrounded by family and loved ones.
She will be interred in Fairhaven Memorial Park next to her husband.


Oneda LaVerne Bagwell Holabird, 89, died March 13, 2015 in her home in Portola. She was born in Tupelo, Arkansas on Nov 30, 1925 to Clay and Tina Bagwell.
She leaves behind her husband Ed Holabird, brother Joe Bagwell (wife Sylvia), sister Tina Moore (husband Revel), daughter LaVerne Trafican Miskofski (husband Ron), daughter Candice Trafican Young (husband Jeff), daughter-in-law Jennifer Trafican, grandchildren Sam Silvey (wife Robin), Shelley Silvey Gray (husband Steven), Rhonda Miskofski Butz (husband John), Keli Randolph, Patrick Trafican Jr. (wife Shelby), Mathew Trafican (wife Alicia) and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son Patrick Trafican, daughter Antionette Trafican Butler and great-grandson Joseph Trafican.
Her genuine kindness and sensitive spirit will long be remembered and spoken of by those who knew her.
A private service will be held at a later date.


Dorothy Becker a longtime Winters resident passed away on Feb. 12, 2015 at the age of 90 years, with her great-granddaughter Sierra Thomas holding her hand.
She was born Sept. 23, 1924 in Hansbrough, Mississippi. Dorothy spent much of her youth in the Utica area of upstate New York, where she married and started her family. Her travels led her across the United States, following a construction company that landed her in Winters for the building of the Monticello Dam project in 1954.
Her favorite memories were of teaching three generations of Winters families to swim and also driving them on her school bus. She reminisced of taking “her boys” on the sports teams to all out of town events. She was also fond of dinner parties at the Buckhorn and years of family gatherings at Lawson’s Landing, fishing, digging clams and crabbing.
She is survived by her three children, Robert Becker (Carol) of Sacramento, Nancy Ramirez of Winters and Amy Jo Wilson (Scott) of LaHabra; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; devoted nieces Belinda Vaughn and Brenda Jordan both of Rancho Cordova; numerous nieces and nephews with great-nieces and nephews scattered in different states.
Private services will be held at a later date.


Robert “Bob” Walter Spurling passed away on Feb. 7, 2015. He was born on April 15, 1938 in Mulberry, Kansas. He moved to California with his parents and sister as a teenager and graduated from Richmond High School in 1956.
In 1958, Bob married Freda Martin and they moved to Winters, California shortly thereafter. Together they had three children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. While living in Winters he coached Little League for many years.
Early in his adult life Bob worked at a few jobs until he was hired by Amalgamated Meat in Dixon. There he graded sheepskins for 15 years. After retiring from Amalgamated Meat he went to school and became a correctional officer for the California State prison system. He worked for one year at Soledad Prison and another 14 years at Vacaville State Prison.
In 1999 Bob retired from the prison system, and Bob and Freda moved to his dream home in Lake County.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 512 First Street. Please join the family for a luncheon in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall immediately following the service.


Carl Ramos, a resident of Winters for 79 years, passed away on Jan. 19, 2015, of natural causes.
He was a lifelong ham radio operator, holding FCC second- and first-class licenses with the Ham Radio Technician Certification (WB6PIR) for 63 years.
Professionally he was a 35-year facility engineer at Aerojet Propulsion Company in Rancho Cordova, where he participated in Aero Space programs like Gemini, Apollo, Minuteman, Titan, and Small ICBM, and was the winner of the Aero-Space R.B. Young Award for Design.
He is survived by his three children, Ted, Steve and Corinne, and 11 grandchildren. He also is survived by his brother, Tom, and sisters, Ramona Martin and Lola Riolo.



Gregory Lee Valenzuela passed away on Feb. 13, 2015, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He was born to Marie and Frank James Valenzuela in Los Angeles on July 17, 1959.
Gregory grew up near Winters. He lived in the high desert region of Southern California for 20 years, where he worked for Stater Bros. Market. He moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona, nine years ago. He was wed to Amber in 1999 and he loved his two sons and three daughters. He owned Greg’s Bobcat Service of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He was a gun enthusiast, an avid survivalist and he loved boating.
Gregory is survived by his wife, Amber Valenzuela, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; sons, Douglas Valenzuela (Jamie) of Apple Valley, California and Saxon Valenzuela of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; daughters, Angie Mink (Jerry) of Apple Valley, California, Sheyanne Valenzuela of Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Savannah Valenzuela of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; brother, Darrell Valenzuela of Yolo, California; and 10 grandchildren.
Services were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory. Thoughts and condolences may be sent to the Valenzuela family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com.

Dolores A. Woods passed away peacefully at her home in Vacaville on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2015.
She was born on Feb. 12, 1940 in Oakland. She was the daughter of Addie Bill Coleman and Warren Coleman.
Dolores was a Winters resident for 36 years. She worked at Waggoner School for over 30 years. She loved the students and teachers she came to know over the years.
She was a very active lady and loved her volunteer work — with Vacaville P.D., Yolo County law enforcement and various organizations.
She also was very active in her sorority and St. Joseph’s Church.
She will be missed by so many.
She is survived by her husband, Dave Nelson, of Vacaville; her son, Ron Woods and his wife Bunny of Dixon; her daughter, Lisa Woods of Davis; grandsons, Chris Woods and wife Rachel of Winters, and Ron Woods Jr. and wife Nikki of Winters; great-granddaughters, Jackie and Christi Woods of Winters; great-grandson, Jacob Woods of Winters; and ex-husband of 40 years, Darrel Woods of Graeagle.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Church in Vacaville.


Dorothy E. Pendergast passed away peacefully on Jan. 24, 2015, and entered our Lord’s presence just a few weeks before her 95th birthday.
She was born to German parents, Lillian Cole and Martin Iceberg of Indiana.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert James Pendergast; it was a marriage of 63 years.
A lifelong resident of Sacramento, she lived in her husband’s family home of three generations.
She was the loving mother of Colleen Anne Tufts (Stan) of Winters and Kerry Anne Pendergast (Miguel) of Lake Tahoe, and the late Patrick James Pendergast and Robert E. Pendergast; sister of Velma Schaaf, half sister of Linda Wacker and the late Kay Townsend; and dearly devoted grandmother of Patrick Robert Ehrman, Tyler Tufts, Robert E. Pendergast Jr., Christine Maligad (Lou), Merry Isley (Cliff). She also is survived by five great-grandchildren (and one deceased great-granddaughter) and many nieces and nephews.
A member of the Sacred Heart Alter Society, she also was a volunteer at Immaculate Conception Church and food bank. She was a homemaker and avid sewer. She loved to dance, play cards and have picnics in McKinley Park.
Friends are welcome to attend a Mass of Christian burial at Sacred Heart Church, 39th and J streets, Sacramento, at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, with Father Michael Hebda as celebrate.


Leroy D. Harrington passed away on Jan. 3, 2015, at the age of 91 at his home in Winters. Born in Davis on March 31, 1923 to Chester L. and Beryl B. (Bruhn) Harrington, he spent a large part of his life surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins while growing up and living in Winters.
He was naval veteran of WWII and Korea, he enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, woodworking, hunting and fishing with family and friends and was proud to be a member of the Mormon Church.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Velma M. Harrington, and brother/cousin Milton Bruhn. He is survived by his son, Bill (Shelly) Harrington, grandchildren Adriann, Joe, Courtney and Ashley, step-grandchildren Jon and Ashley Pardi and five great-grandchildren, sister Loretta and her daughters Patricia, Barbara and Carla, and several cousins.
Services will be held at McCune Garden Chapel in Vacaville at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16. In lieu of flowers, make donations in his name to the Mormon Church.


Helen Turkovich, daughter of Helen Schoenstein Hirth and Joseph Hirth, and older sister to Fred, Walt and Harold, was born in Richmond on June 18, 1922. She passed away on Jan. 4, 2015.
Growing up, she spent many happy hours picnicking, traveling and visiting with her San Francisco cousins as well as vacationing in Napa and spending summers working at Mountain Home Ranch in Calistoga. Helen was a great student and upon graduation worked for her father in the Richmond Steam Laundry as office manager.
Helen met Walter Turkovich when she and a friend fueled up at his Richmond gas station. Married on May 31, 1948, they started a family then built a house in El Sobrante. In 1957, the couple purchased a prune farm four miles east of Winters on Walnut Bayou Lane. Walt managed the orchard on weekends until the family, now complete at 5 children, moved to the farm in 1961.
Helen worked very hard as a mother, raising children, cooking, sewing, canning, and bookkeeping for the farm, which over time expanded to include apricots, peaches, almonds, kiwifruit and walnuts. Walt and Helen were long-time members of Sunsweet, and participated in Royal Dryers, an apricot and peach processing co-op.
She was an active member of St. Anthony Altar Society and supported her children as they participated in 4-H, FFA and school sports. Every year the family enjoyed traveling to various fishing lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and to Dillon Beach to collect clams.
In 1980, their son Joe returned to the farm, which allowed Walt and Helen to travel more widely including trips to Germany and Croatia and to continue the trips to the mountains with extended family.
Apart from her family, she enjoyed gardening, genealogy, sewing, quilting, baking and traveling. She volunteered at Abbey House, which distributed food, clothing and household items to less fortunate people.
She is survived by children Rosanne Seitz (Jon dec.) from Grover Beach, Tony (Joan) from Winters, Marianne Pantle (Alan) from Ione, Joe from Davis and Fred (Deborah), from Davis. Grandchildren are Ben Seitz (Fran), Roslyn Hatker (Dave), Natalie (fiancé Brandon), Lorraine Pantle Sullivan, Kristin Pantle, Philip (Mariela) Pantle, Michael Turkovich, Chris Turkovich (Luciana), Dan Turkovich (fiancé Wilhelmina), Elise Turkovich and Avery Turkovich and great-grandchild Henry Seitz.
A Rosary will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 511 Main Street, on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be Friday, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception at St. Anthony Parish Hall.
Memorials may be directed to:
~ Yolo Community Foundation for Winters Senior Center, in memory of Helen Turkovich, PO Box 1264, Woodland, CA 95776
~ American Diabetes Association, diabetes.org; (800) 342-2383; PO Box 22454, Alexandria, VA 22312
~ Hannah Boys Center, www.hanna
center.org; PO Box 100, Sonoma, CA 95476.



The Rev. Jay W. Constant, 85, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at his home in Pine Knot, Kentucky.
Jay was an ordained Freewill Baptist minister. He owned and operated his own pest-control business and worked in the Marysville rescue mission. In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing, water skiing and riding horses. When he moved to Pine Knot, he helped start the New Beginnings outreach program and took great pleasure in counseling people with drug and alcohol problems. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of the Pine Knot Freewill Baptist Church.
He was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Paragould, Arkansas, to the late George Henry and Della May (Yates) Constant. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Stephens, and a son, David William Constant, three brothers, Lee, Albert and Roy, and two sisters, Dicie Bledsoe and Suzie Lessman.
Surviving family members include his wife Billie (Edison) Constant of Pine Knot, two daughters, Pamela Sue (and Gary) Stephens of Pine Knot, Jennifer Gail (and Rick) Thomas of Pine Knot, a daughter-in-law, Gail (Mendes) Constant of Pine Knot, son-in-law, Gerald Stephens of Pine Knot, one sister, Rosalie Myers of Sacramento, six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Our loving mother, Josephine R. Mermod, passed away peacefully on Dec. 26, 2014 to join our father, Jack, in heaven and to also celebrate her 88th birthday and their 67th wedding anniversary together. A resident of San Lorenzo, she was born on Dec. 28, 1926.
Josephine enjoyed square dancing and traveling the world with Dad as well as cooking, knitting, sewing and fishing the streams of Lake Tahoe.
It gave her great joy to be with her family. She is survived by her three children, Michele (Brad) Zemcik, Denise (Ron) Rainey and Jack Kevin (Corie) Mermod; grandchildren Melissa, Jon, Shelby, Jana, Laura, Carrie, Jennie, Justin and Jack; great-grandchildren Nathaniel, Haley, Owen, Harrison, Ava, Alina, Eleni, Piero, Emma, Christian, Penny and Antonia.
Graveside service will be held 11 a.m., on Feb. 7 at Winters Cemetery in Winters. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to C.A.R.H. in San Leandro, California, or a charity of your choice.


Cathey Nan Larson passed away on Dec. 12, 2014 at the age of 65. She was born in
Detroit, MI on Sept. 12, 1949. She is survived by her husband Cary; children, Marla Nikolich and Max Larson; grandchildren, Charlie and Lila; brothers, Rocky and Gary Martin and their families. She was the daughter of the late Lt. Col. Charles H. Martin and Beverly Martin.
Cathey and Cary shared a wonderful marriage for 42 years, and created a home for their family filled with love and laughter (and a healthy dose of chaos). Cathey was a sweet, caring, loving, talented, creative, witty, beautiful, funny, kooky, amazing person who loved nothing more than spending time with her family. She lived life to the fullest and gave everything she did her whole heart.
She was her own person and was not afraid to stand out. She laughed until she cried, could be stubborn when she felt she was right and would give all she had to help another. One of her favorite places in the world was her yard, where she could often be found filling a blow-up pool or setting up a game for her grandkids and kids in her neighborhood.
Cathey wore many hats, throughout her life. She was a floral designer, an artist, a school and community volunteer — driving for every school field trip, and participating or leading many school and community activities. She was also a real estate broker with her dad, Charlie Martin, and also acted as the unofficial Winters welcoming committee greeting many families new to Winters. Along with her husband, she was an owner of The Printing Shop, where she loved turning customers into friends and leveraging her creative design talents.
Cathey was a wonderful wife, sister, mother and grandmother and a very good friend. Our family, The Shop, and our neighborhood will never be the same.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 205 Russell Street in Winters.


Faye Colleen Haywood, longtime resident of Winters, passed away at home on Dec. 26, 2014 after a brave battle with cancer. She was 88.
She was born in Baxter County, Arkansas, on Sept. 12, 1926 to John and Eula Pinkston. She had two brothers, Voydell (deceased) and Doyle Pinkston.
She married Harold Haywood April 8, 1950 and they recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. They began their marriage in Michigan for about 20 years, then settled in Winters in 1971, where they raised three of their seven children. Faye could always be found in the bleachers and school performances, cheering and supporting her children and their friends in all their endeavors. She was a loving mother, thoughtful friend and caring neighbor.
In 1979, Faye began managing a local business, Dean’s Frostie, for her brother and his wife, Doyle and Phyllis Pinkston, until they closed the business. Many of us still remember her smiling face at the Frostie.
Faye is survived by her husband, Harold Franklin Haywood, and her seven children, Shirley Slagal (husband Jerry), Glen (wife Phyllis), Larry (wife Cat), Eugene (wife Betty), Christopher (wife Sue), Richard (wife Cheryl), John (wife Jean); nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.
She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Winters. Viewing will be held on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 from 4– 8 p.m., at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street. Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, corner of Grant and Main Street, on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m., reception to follow. Internment will be at Winters Cemetery.
All who knew and loved Faye will miss her dearly. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to any Cancer Society of your choice.


Patricia (Patty) Rominger Quigley of Santa Rosa passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 7, 2014. She was 60 years old.
Patty was born in 1954 in Woodland to Clare and Jim Rominger. She attended Union School just down the street from her family sheep ranch and graduated from Winters High School in 1972. Patty then went to college at CSU Chico and UC Santa Barbara, and graduated from UC Davis in 1976 with a BA in fine arts.
Patty and Kevin Quigley married in 1981 and raised their two children in Santa Rosa. Patty’s love for children and creativity helped her run a successful toddler playgroup for almost 30 years. Patty was a loving wife, amazing mother, caring friend and thoughtful neighbor. She loved to travel with family, do arts and crafts, swim, walk with friends, and go out dancing with Kevin. Patty had a playful sense of humor and beaming spirit that were loved by many. She fought a brave battle with cancer and never let her upbeat attitude waiver. She will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved her.
Patty was preceded in death by her father Jim Rominger and mother Clare Rominger.
She is survived by her husband Kevin Quigley; son Todd Quigley and daughter Regina Quigley; brothers Tom Rominger and Doug Rominger.
Services to celebrate her life will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, 1550 Pacific Avenue, on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m., reception to follow.


Joseph (Joe) Francis Aguiar, longtime Winters resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was 83 years old.
Joe was born on Dec. 20, 1930 in Visalia to Mary and John Aguiar. He grew up on a dairy farm in Laton, where his strong work ethic was developed.
After high school, Joe went to the College of the Sequoias for two years and then onto Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1950, where he majored in Dairy Science and played basketball for the Mustangs. While a student at Cal Poly, he met Mary Ann De La Rosa and they were married in 1953.
Joe graduated from Cal Poly in 1954. He joined the US Army and served as a meat and dairy inspector until 1956. Upon completion of his tour of duty, he returned to Cal Poly to obtain his teaching credential.
After completing his teaching credential in agriculture in 1957, he began his teaching career at Winters High School, where he remained until he retired in 1988. He was instrumental in getting a school bond passed which built the current high school ag site, a unique facility for vocational ag classes. The bond was the only one passed in California that year and provided a facility like no other in the state at the time.
During his years of teaching at Winters High School, he had a strong, positive influence on many of his students, not only through his teaching, but also through his years of coaching basketball and as the FFA advisor. As the FFA advisor, he developed a strong program that produced many state and national FFA officers and numerous award winners. After Joe’s retirement, he continued his commitment to education by serving on the Winters School Board.
Joe’s passions included his family, farming and basketball. He remained active in retirement by being involved in the day-to-day operations of his walnut ranches just outside of Winters. He enjoyed all aspects of basketball — playing, coaching and watching. Family was important to Joe, with much of his time spent with his children and grandchildren.
Recently, Joe’s passion was the development of the Senior Advisory Committee to focus on senior needs and a senior center.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Aguiar and brother John Aguiar. He is survived by his children, Cecilia Curry-Aguiar (Larry Harris), Vincent (Teri) Aguiar, Mathew (Doreen) Aguiar and John (Jill) Aguiar; his brother Manuel (Betty) Aguiar; grandchildren Megan Curry, Beth (Lee) White, Ben (Katie) Harris, Justin (Leah) Roberts, Shari Roberts, Kacey, Sara, Alex, Gina, Christine, Emily, Joseph and Allison Aguiar; great grandchildren Haily and Sara Aguiar, and Isaac and Taylor Roberts.
A memorial mass will be held on Friday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Yolo Community Foundation, PO Box 1264, Woodland, CA 95776, in memory of Joe Aguiar for the benefit of the Winters Senior Center.



Carl Christian Olander passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. He was 85 years old.
He was born on Jan. 17, 1929 in San Francisco to Paul and Josephine (Bias) Olander. He spent his childhood in San Francisco, his father moving the family to Vacaville (Peaceful Glen) during the war years.
Carl graduated from Vacaville High School in 1947, and the same year married Joyce Ross of Dixon. He worked at Bank of America until he moved his family to Winters in 1951 to work for Jeffery Milling Company. He continued his education while working and achieved a Masters of Business Administration leading to a career change in which he taught business at Grant Union High School, retiring in 1994.
Carl enjoyed traveling, visiting several states, Europe, and South and Central America. At one time, he taught English in the Czech Republic and spent time in Barcelona, Spain, studying Spanish.
He was a past president of the California Trucking Association, past president of Unity — Workmen’s Home Recreation Association of California and spent many hours volunteering for the YMCA and his church.
He is survived by his daughters, Christine (Steve) Long of Crescent City, and Paula (Tom) Rios of Woodland; grandchildren Jonathan (Maria) Cholewa, Stephanie (Matt) Archibeque, Siqueiro Rios, Graciela (Wallace McGaughey) Rios, Francisca Rios; great-granddaughters Haley and Madeline Archibeque; former wife Kathleen Olander; siblings Harvey Olander and Barbara Nelson.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 1:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 432 Cleveland Street in Woodland. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hostelling International or Yolo Hospice.

Shirley Louise Hyer, longtime Winters resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. She was 71.
Shirley was born on March 23, 1943 in Oklahoma just south of Tulsa, to Veda and Fred L. Carner. As a child, Shirley moved to Winters with her family. She attended Union School through eighth grade and graduated from Winters High in May of 1960. One month later, Shirley married her high school sweetheart James Hyer.
Shirley was passionately devoted to her family, and spent her life caring for others. A nurturing mother, Shirley supported her kids in all of their endeavors. Whether it was cheering them on at games or supporting them during livestock shows at the county fair, Shirley would be there in the stands beaming with pride.
A firm believer in treating people right, Shirley never spoke an ill word about another person. She took pride in tending to her lush iris garden and enjoyed the country life provided by the ranch she and Jim moved to in 1971.
Shirley was preceded in death by her father Fred L. Carner and her sister Kathy Lopez. She is survived by her husband James, her sons Jim (and wife Tracy), Dave (and wife Kim), Rob (and wife Sonoma), her grandchildren Zach, Justin, Tess, Miley, and Chase, her mother Veda Carner, siblings Pastor Ron, Robert, Richard, Linda Angeli, and Rick.
Funeral services will be performed by Shirley’s brother Pastor Ron Carner at the First Baptist Church of Winters on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. She will be sorely missed by all those who loved her.


John Stephen Streif II, 68, died peacefully at home on Oct. 13, 2014. He was born May 12, 1946, in Palo Alto to John and Eleanor Streif. He lived in Capell Valley while attending Winters High School. Life circumstances caused him to drop out of high school and join the U.S. Navy, where he served three years active duty and then
retired from the Naval Reserve after 30 years of service. He worked as a pipefitter at Mare Island until 1995. He enjoyed his
retirement years by driving a school bus for Napa Valley Unified School District and supervising the shuttle service at Sonoma Raceway for 17 years.
Steve and Mary were married Dec. 20, 1974, and raised two daughters and one son. Steve loved his family and took great pride in being a grandpa to his three grandchildren.
Steve had a devout faith that served as his moral compass in life and gave him comfort and hope as he battled cancer. He was
always willing to share his faith and the hope that he had. He will be remembered as a godly man and will be missed greatly by his family and many friends.
Steve is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Streif; daughter Jennifer (Steve) Rosburg; son Stephen (Angela) Streif; and grandchildren Joey and Katie Rosburg, and Ryan Streif.
A service to honor his life was held on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Creekside Community Church in Napa. Interment will be private at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Memorial contributions may be made to Napa Valley Hospice and Raceway Ministries.


Betty Storz of Portland, Oregon passed away peacefully on Oct. 18, 2014. She was born to the late Leona Beecher and Joe Grigsby in Woodland on March 13, 1926, and was married to Alfred “Moxie” Storz on March 8, 1947.
They lived and raised their family in Winters, before moving to Mad River in 1989, and then to Fortuna in 1996. Betty moved to Portland to be closer to family in 2009.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1996 and her son David in 2005.
Two children survive her: Diana Storz of Portland and Dennis Storz of San Francisco. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Daniel Storz, Colin Storz and Lisa Miller.
At Betty’s request no service will be held.


Jennifer Lynn Nelson Fishbaugh, 44, a resident of Zamora, was taken from us by a motor vehicle accident on Sept. 26, 2014, in the town of Robbins. She was born in San Jose on June 18, 1970.
She graduated from Winters High School, with the Class of ’88. She was a very loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, auntie, cousin and friend. She had a way about her that made you feel important anytime that you were with her. She loved to be funny and had a heart of gold. She had so much love for her animals and loved her family and friends.
Jennifer is survived by her husband of 23 years Greg Fishbaugh; two beautiful daughters Kali Fishbaugh, 17, and Maci Fishbaugh, 13, of Zamora; mother Rozann Page and stepfather Larry Page of Woodland; four siblings, Jason Pate of Vacaville, Tennille DeLaTorre of Vacaville, Larry Roberts of Knights Landing and Jamie Ford of Vacaville; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Jennifer was preceded in death by her father, Donald Nelson of Oregon.
Services for Jennifer will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12, at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main Street, at 3 p.m. There is a memorial fund established for Jennifer’s family at the Chase Bank, account number 3318062717.
On behalf of Jennifer and her family, we would like to thank you all who have shown support financially or otherwise. Your love and support means the world to us.
Jennifer will be greatly missed by everyone that she has touched.


Ron Wayne Shirley passed away on Sept. 15, 2014 at the Davis Courtyard Healthcare Center where he lived for the past three years. Born on Sept. 27. 1946, he was 68 years old.
He resided in Winters most of his life. While attending Winters High School he played football, baseball and basketball.
Following high school, Ron enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at several U.S. bases, as well as, a stint in Germany and tour in Viet Nam.
Ron was an avid sports fan and followed the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. He was known for his sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew him.
Ron was preceded in death by parents Joseph and Jewell Shirley and brother Wesley Shirley.
He is survived by his daughter Varina Millang (George); grandchildren Zane, Pilar and Ava of Yuba City; siblings Quinton Shirley of Winters, Brenda Smith (Gary) of Valley Springs, Jim Shirley (Kim) of Winters, Kathy Ralph (Glenn) of Rancho Cordova, and Joseph “Stan” Shirley of Burson; uncles and aunts and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial arrangements are pending.


Dudley Bannan Sparks, oldest son of Biggy and Martha Sparks, died on Sept. 17, 2014, at his home in Winters. Born on Jan. 26, 1931 in Woodland, he was 83.
Dudley graduated from Winters High School in 1948, and University of California, Berkeley in 1953. In April of 1954, he got a job with Pan American. He worked in Panama and Peru before being assigned to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1959, he started to work for the Case Foundations in their new office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dudley met Ruth Albuquerque while working in Rio. He and Ruth were married in 1961 and had two daughters.
In 1968, he started his own foundation construction company in Rio and later relocated his company to São Paulo. In 1971, Dudley and Ruth purchased an almond and orange ranch west of Winters, where they spent their summers.
In 1995 Dudley moved to their ranch in Winters. He loved the peace in his ranch and his oranges.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth, who was his lifelong love.
He is survived by his daughters Christiana and Karina; granddaughte
Alessandra; sisters Lou Anne Whitley and Katherine Brooking; and brother David
A memorial Mass will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters on Friday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m.


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.
To view and sign the guestbook, please visit: desertsun.com/obituaries.


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.





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


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