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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
private.


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 www.lassenparkfoundation.org.


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 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.






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


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