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Marilyn Joyce Benedict of Winters died Friday, March 24, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. Born Dec. 20, 1933 in Richmond, she was 83. She was the daughter of the late Robert Emmett Griffin and Elouise Ruth Tiller, and a descendant of pioneer families in western Yolo County, including the DeVilbiss and Griffin families. Marilyn’s great-grandfather, John A. DeVilbiss, built the DeVilbiss Hotel in 1890, known today as The Buckhorn.
Marilyn was raised in Richmond, her father worked for Standard Oil and her mother Elouise was a homemaker. Marilyn graduated from Richmond High School. Following high school, she attended University of the Pacific.
Marilyn married her high school sweetheart, Peter G. Champlin. They settled in Davis and had a son, Robert Champlin. Their nephew, Steven Griffin, was soon added to their family, followed by a daughter, Sharon. Marilyn was a homemaker and enjoyed raising their children.
Marilyn married again, to her beloved husband, Francis Mario Benedict, who had a family of two grown children, daughter Pam Haffeman and son Mark Benedict. They first lived in Woodland and then moved to their Winters home, built by Marilyn’s son Robert.
Marilyn was an avid bridge player. She played bridge at least twice a week in El Macero, Davis and Woodland. She loved working in her flower garden and spending time with her family and friends.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Frank; sons Robert Champlin (Lorie) and Steve Griffin (Linda) and daughter Sharon MacGregor (Rob); Frank’s daughter Pam Haffeman (Kent) and son Mark Benedict (Vicky); 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brother Robert “Buzz” Griffin (Maggie); numerous nephews and nieces; missed and admired by her friends and dozens more.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Elousie Griffin, and first husband, Peter G. Champlin.
A very special thank you and appreciation for physician Dr. Sonja Reichert and Yolo Hospice. As requested by Marilyn, there will be no services.


Doris Jean Draper, 85, died in her Woodland home on Feb. 16, 2017. Doris was born July 2, 1931 in Galena, Kansas to Lawrence and Leona Tackett. Doris graduated as valedictorian from Galena High School in 1949, then attended Joplin Community College and worked at the Bank of Joplin.
She began sending letters to Bobby Draper at Fort Ord in Monterey. Doris and Bob both attended same church and schools in Galena until his family moved to Winters in 1948. He graduated from Winters High School in 1949. They married April 19, 1954.
The newlyweds lived a short time in Pacific Grove until Bob’s army service was completed, then moved to Winters where they established a home for their three children. They were married 28 years before Bob died at age 50.
Doris was very active in the Winters Assembly of God Church, participating in women’s ministry activities and teaching both adults and children of all ages. Her faith in God inspired many to become believers. After her husband passed away, Doris worked 18 months at Woodland Medical Clinic medical records before beginning a career in the office of the Yolo County Librarian.
In 1994 she retired from Yolo County Library administrative services. Doris lived in Winters 31 years. To shorten her job commute she moved to Woodland in 1985, where she lived an additional 32 years.
Her favorite pastimes were traveling and reading. Doris loved to plan trips almost as much as traveling. She immersed herself into a region’s history, culture and food. She took hundreds of photos of adventures shared with family and friends. Her trips were near and far, traveling to nearly all 50 states, including Alaska and the Hawaiian islands; the Caribbean, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, England, Canada and Mexico.
Doris cherished good stories. She read, collected and traded books extensively. Her computer was a window into the world, giving her another option to travel, read and keep in touch with family and friends. Macular degeneration diminished her eyesight in recent years, thus Doris could no longer view screens or read books. However she continued to read and travel vicariously every day through the aid of “talking” recorded books or voice-enhanced devices.
The family is grateful to those who assisted Doris so she could remain in her home with a degree of independence, despite less mobility and vision. We appreciate assistance provided by friends of Woodland Bible Church, Society for the Blind, Community Care Car, Veterans Affairs and Meals on Wheels.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents and, husband; mother-in-law Juanita Draper; and brothers-in-law Allen Goff and Howard Draper.
She is survived by brother Larry Tackett (Loretta) of Lacey, Washington; sisters Dorothy Goff of Lodi and Nancy Cheatham (Dennis) of Shasta Lake; sister-in-law Janice Draper of Winters; brother-in-law Bill Draper (Janey) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; children Sharon Bouck (Jerry) of Tucson, Arizona; David Draper (Gina) of Challenge; Robert, aka Bob Draper (Lorilee) of Eagle River, Alaska; nine grandchildren, Wendy Thompson, Rebecca Bouck, Andrew Bouck, Darin Draper, Daniel Draper, Rachel Shaw, Mari Draper, Christian Gutierrez and Nina Draper; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, including Winters residents, John Draper and Chuck Draper (Denise).
A celebration of her life took place in Woodland on Feb. 25 at Woodland Bible Church. Winters Cemetery is the site of her burial.

Jose Gustavo Robles Jr., of Esparto, passed away on March 14 at Alta Bates Summit Center (Sutter Health).
He was born in Woodland on July 31, 1977. Tavo, as he was affectionately known, graduated from Vacaville High School in 1996.
He was head chef for Tex Wasabi in Sacramento, owned by Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. He enjoyed reading books, playing guitar and having deep conversations.
Tavo is survived by his mother and step-father, Adelaida and Dewey Cope of Esparto; father and step-mother Jose G. Sr. and Melissa Robles of Somerton, Ariz.; sisters Ninfa (Jose) Robles-Marmolejo of Sacramento, Lynn (Glenn) Davis of Antoich, and Amanda (Vincent) Cope of Brooks; brothers Caleb (Jenny) Cope of Vacaville, Thomas (Jessica) Cope of Esparto, and Joe and Alexis Robles of Somerton, Ariz.
He also is survived by: his grandparents, Gilberto and Brigida Alarcon of Winters; grandmother, Rosa Robles of Somerton, Ariz.; nephews, Roman and Matthew Cope; niece Genesis Lowell; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his uncle, Gilberto Alarcon Jr.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday, March 31, at noon, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 511 Main St. in Winters. A celebration of life will follow at 1 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the church. Burial will be private.


Robert W. Islip lost his battle with prostate cancer and died on March 14, 2017. Born in Winters on Dec. 13, 1937, he was 79. He grew up in Winters, and moved to the Yuba County area. Services were held on March 19 at Smith Funeral Home in Davis.


Nell Adelene Rhodes passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the age of 88. Born on April 19, 1928, in Stigler, Oklahoma, Nell was the fourth of seven children born to Charles Brady and Grace May Stout.
On Oct. 2, 1954, Nell was married to James Kenneth Rhodes. Following her husband’s career in plastering, they moved from Oklahoma to Santa Ana, where they raised two children together.
In 1979 Nell and James moved to Vacaville, and later settled in Winters.
Nell loved to crochet and paint ceramics. She always gave great advice and loved to tell stories about the past.
She is preceded in death by her husband James, and siblings Marie, Maxine, Clayton, CB, Kenneth (Cotton) and Pauline.
Nell is survived by her son Steve Rhodes and spouse (Sandy), daughter Phyllis Rhodes; granddaughters and their spouses, Stephanie (Richard), Leslie (Deda) and Danielle (Aiden); and great granddaughters Shaylyn and Bree.
Nell was laid to rest alongside her husband James at the Winters Cemetery at a private ceremony on March 13, 2017.
She will be greatly missed.

Lawrence (Larry) Kelley passed away peacefully on March 7, 2017 surrounded by family. He was born on Dec. 8, 1935 in Miller, Arkansas to Dan and Mae Kelley, and graduated from Quitman High School in 1954.
Two weeks after graduation he headed for California, where he remained for his life. He married Peggy Stratton in May 1960. That same year, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he proudly served his country.
He worked as a cement finisher for various local companies before starting his own business. Upon retirement, he and Peggy moved to Winters to be near family.
Larry was active in the Napa baseball community for many years serving as a coach and sponsor for several teams. His greatest joy was watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports. Even as his health declined, he still made it to many games. He was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church until his death.
Larry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Peggy Kelley; daughter, Traci Calvert (Don) of Winters and son, Wayne Kelley (Jeannine) of Middletown; grandchildren Andrea Hurst (Mason), Blake Calvert (Amanda), Caitlin Campos (Danny), Austin Calvert (Rachel), Sarah Dixon, Jamie Kelley, Max Dixon, Alexis Kelley, Samantha Kelley and John Kelley; great-grandchildren Riley, Raegan, Rigley, Jordan, Carsyn, Bradley, Joey, Mariah, Kaelin, Jada and Mary. He also leaves behind a brother, Jim Kelley of Michigan; nieces Donna Burnett, Joann Scott (Bill), Amanda Thomas, Carolyn McGee, Betty Snead and Maryann Aultman; nephews Wayne Thomas and Kelley Snead.
There will be a celebration of life on Friday March 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main Street. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Doug Baldridge Memorial Scholarship Fund, 605 Ivy Loop, Winters, CA 95694. Doug was Larry’s nephew, who died tragically after an injury sustained in a high school football game in 1963. The scholarship is still a coveted award given at the Winters High School graduation each year since 1964.



Frank Fernandez passed away in Grants Pass, Oregon on Feb. 17, 2017. He was born in Woodland on Sept. 20, 1947 to Frank and Katherine Fernandez, and was raised in Winters with his brother John (Maryann) and sister Mary (Austin).
Upon retiring from the Maritime Academy, Frank moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, where he enjoyed time with his godson Bobby and his wife Paula. Frank’s passion was raising orchids.
Frank is survived by three children, Frank JR (Patricia), Annie and Becky (Will), two grandchildren, and many cousins and nieces.
A graveside service will be held, Friday, March 3, at 1 p.m. at the Winters Cemetery.

Veda Carner
passed away peacefully on Feb. 10 at the age of 97. She was born on Dec. 17, 1919, to Lowrey and Ava Reynolds in Arkansas. In 1935 she married Fred Carner and they began their life together in Oklahoma. They traveled to California in 1936 in the back of a truck, with all their possessions in one trunk; the cost of their ride was $10. Veda had fond memories of the trip, cooking by the side of the road and sleeping under the stars. They relocated several times to follow work opportunities, and eventually ended up in Winters, where they raised their seven children.
Veda had an amazing memory and told detailed stories of her childhood that were remarkable and interesting, filled with American history. She also had many stories about her children that never failed to keep the family entertained and laughing. Her hobbies over the years included reading, learning, sewing, listening to music, and spending time with and cooking for her family. She loved coffee, dolls, anything with frogs, teddy bears, and Native American art, her garden and flowers, and especially enjoyed decorating her Christmas tree with the many ornaments she collected. Veda was a very loving, caring, thoughtful, strong and independent person, who will remain an example and an inspiration to her family for years to come.
She is survived by her children and spouses: Robert (Linda) Carner of Sutter; Richard (Diana) Carner of Winters; Linda (Jerry) Angeli of Cloverdale; Rick (Kelly) Carner of Winters; sister Emma Goines of Skiatook, OK; son-in-laws Abe Lopez and Jim Hyer of Winters; daughter-in-law Carole Carner of Tulsa, OK; 20 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her loving stepmother, Nona Reynolds; sister Lucille Miller; brother Jimmie Reynolds; daughters Kathy Lopez and Shirley Hyer; son Ronnie Carner; granddaughter Pam Lopez; and great grandson Keenan Casas.
Graveside services will be held at the Winters Cemetery on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the First Baptist Church, 512 First Street, in Winters. The family suggests that memorial offerings be made to the charity of choice.

Ernest Peter Jimenez died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in Woodland at the age of 61. Ernest, who liked to go by Ernie, was born in Japan in 1956, where his father met his mother while serving in the U.S. Army.
Ernie struggled with a lifetime of developmental issues, but he never let them interfere with his enthusiasm for life. Ernie moved to Winters with his family in the early ‘60s where he attended special needs programs through the Winters school system, and later worked as a groundskeeper at the high school.
Growing up, Ernie enjoyed riding his bicycle all around Winters, but his greatest passion was sports. He loved to root for the Sacramento Kings, the 49ers and the A’s. We all tried to get him to root for the Giants, but no such luck. In addition to his love of sports, Ernie was a master at putting jigsaw puzzles together. Ernie had a gentle soul, and loved to laugh and to spend time with his family. He will be so greatly missed by us all.
Ernie was preceded in death by his father Pete Jimenez and his niece Cindy Jimenez.
He is survived by his mother Kyoko Jimenez, his sister Linda Barbosa (Jimmy); brothers Albert Jimenez; and David Jimenez (Babette); nephews James Barbosa (Olivia); Max Barbosa; Philip Jimenez; Mike Jimenez; niece Haley Jimenez; and great niece and nephew Ciena and Jameson Barbosa.
Private services will be held at a later date.


A resident of Winters and a native of Yolo County, Peter W. Rubio passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 6, 2017 surrounded by his family. Born Oct. 24, 1922, he was the fifth child of 13 children of Miguel and Juliana, natives of Spain.
Peter is survived by his wife of 67 years, Anna; daughters Annie Riley (Pat), Arleen Borchard and Donna Denton; eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; sisters Faustian Carrillo, Julia Gonnella, Carmen Soulier (Bob), Josie Cuberos (Ralph) and Anna Martinez; sister-in-law Isabel Carrion, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son Joseph, son-in-law Tony Borchard, seven siblings, brothers/sisters-in-law and his parents.
Services were held at St Anthony Catholic Church on Monday Feb. 13, including a viewing and rosary; mass was held on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
He will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Yolo Hospice or the charity of choice.


Pat Joyce Jordan, 80, of Winters passed away late Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at Woodland Memorial Hospital. Pat had been a Winters resident for 46 years. She was born in Longview, Texas on June 10, 1936 to Edward and Wanda Hahn.
She worked as a volunteer at all her children’s schools. She taught catechism at Saint Anthony’s Church in Oakland. She was active in many fundraising activities such as March of Dimes and American Cancer Society.
Pat worked for the City of Winters and the Winters Police Department. She managed and was a strong advocate for the Elderly Nutrition Program in Winters. In 2007, Pat was recognized for her work with the elderly by being named Senior Citizen of the Year.
She is survived by her brothers, Charles and Roger, and her children, Sherry, Randell, Roger, John, Christina, and Lucinda.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents Eddie and Wanda Hahn, husband John Jordan, daughter Tina Jordan Mendoza, granddaughter Patricia Mendoza, brothers Randell and Carroll, and sister Sally Duvall.
A rosary will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. and services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Elderly Nutrition Program of Yolo County in Pat’s name. Family and friends are welcome to meet at St. Anthony Parish Hall after services for lunch.
For further information, including her eulogy, and to send messages to the family visit vsmithfuneralhome@gmail.com.


Dorothy Laura Daley, 84, of Cape May, New Jersey, passed away on Jan. 29, 2017 at her granddaughter’s home with her loving family by her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony J
and Etta (Ford) Casperite; husband Dennis J. Daley;
siblings James Casperite and Ruth (Casperite) Dettra; and grandson Brad Nalbone.
Dorothy is survived by four daughters, Linda Lounsberry of Cedarbrook, New Jersey, Lisa Nalbone of Winters, Wendy Morrison of Cape May, New Jersey, and Jeanine Nalbone of Chico; two sons, Kenneth E. Nalbone of Chico and Jeffrey Nalbone of Williamstown, New Jersey. Also surviving are one brother, John Casperite, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Dorothy lived in several towns in New Jersey as well as Winters. She was employed by the Burlington Country Library as an assistant librarian at the Cinnaminson Branch for 16 years.
Dot, as she was known, loved celebrating with family and friends, keeping in touch with phone calls and letters, telling jokes, reading, gardening, walking by the ocean or creek, and wearing color-coordinated hats, scarves and shoes. She loved to make people laugh — at home, work or play, and especially at the doctor’s office.
Memorial donations may be made to The ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter, 2717 Cottage Way, Suite 17, Sacramento, CA 95825 or the Winters Friends of the Library, PO Box 963, Winters, CA 95694.


Joseph (Joe) R. Gallardo, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Sutter Roseville Medical Center following a brief illness. He leaves his wife of 42 years, Sandra Gallardo; her children, Carrie Geib and Craig Bechthold; two grandchildren, Molly Cotton and Jared Bechthold; one great-granddaughter; sister Louise Stith; nephews Leland Stith, Curtis Stith, Paul Stith, and niece Debbie Thomman along with their families.
Born and raised in Winters, the son of Joseph and Theresa Gallardo, who were both born in Spain and immigrated with their families at a young age, Joe spent his youth helping on their apricot ranch. He graduated from Winters High School and joined the U.S. Army.
After his years of service, he returned to Sacramento where he attended Sacramento City College. He briefly sold life insurance for John Hancock and then began his lifelong career as an auto mechanic. He started out working for Standard Oil, eventually owning a gas station in the South Sacramento area. After the gas station, Joe opened his own auto repair garage, which he moved to Rocklin in 1974. Joe ran his shop until he retired in 2002.
Joe was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner, belonged to the Automotive Service Council, and the local chapter of Club Española. He will be missed by many.
A public memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 6365 Douglas Blvd., in Granite Bay. Interment will be Thursday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospital or Parkinson’s Research.


Barry Steven Colagrossi of Winters went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 25, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. Barry was born on Jan. 19, 1961 in Castro Valley, where he lived until his family moved to Greenville in 1977.
He graduated from Greenville High School in 1979 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy shortly after. He proudly served as a Seabee until 1985. After his military service Barry worked in the construction industry where he was able to put his many skills and MacGyver tactics to use.
Barry loved the outdoors and working on projects around the house. He was happiest when he was spending time with family and friends.
Barry is survived by his wife Kathy, daughters Megan and Courtney, son-in-law Vince, granddaughter Thaleia, mother Cynthia, brothers Scott and Craig, sisters Charlotte and Paula, long time family friends Todd, Judy, Lindsey and Tyler Berg, and many other family and friends who will miss his big hugs and generous heart.
He was preceded in death by his father John.
Interment Services will be at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery on Monday, Feb. 6, at 11:30 a.m. with a Celebration of Life following at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall 1305 N. 1st St. Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, donations made in Barry’s memory to Red River Alliance Wounded Heroes c/o Fannin Bank, P.O. Box 160 Bonham, TX 75418 would be appreciated.


Reverend Philip Walker, 85, died on Jan. 15, 2017. He was a former pastor of the Davis United Methodist Church and past Health Agency Administrator for Yolo County. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Woodland United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Lifelong Winters resident, Daniel Martinez Jr. passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the age of 62.
Danny was born Sept. 25, 1954 to Daniel C. Martinez and Anna R. Martinez. Growing up, he worked on the family ranch and was always active on the playing field, especially football and baseball. He was a graduate of Winters High Class of ‘72 and later attended Napa Junior College, where he played football.
He will be greatly missed by his son Jerod Martinez, mother Anna R. Martinez, sister Juanita Martinez-Friex and husband Doug; brother-in-law Jesse Martinez, nephew Jonathan Martinez his wife Christina and their daughter Ava; nieces Kristin Schroeder and husband Shaun, Laini Start and husband Dave, Megan Martinez-Montes and husband Adrian, and Jenna, Erin, and Ashlee Martinez, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and lifelong friends. Dear to his heart were his great nephews and nieces, Mason and Rylie Schroeder and Jackson, Ella, and Sophia Start.
Danny was proud of his Winters roots and his Spanish heritage. He was an avid San Francisco Giants and San Francisco Forty-Niner fan and loved to talk baseball and football with everyone. His happiness was being with people he loved, listening to his rock and roll favorites and working in his garden. He always had a cheerful outlook and a warm hug, and he always saw the best in people.
Danny was proceeded in death by his father, Daniel C. Martinez, and his sister, Julie Martinez.
A Catholic memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters, 511 Main Street. A reception will immediately follow at St. Anthony Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.

Sandra “Sandy” Kaye Willard, 64, of Dixon went to be with the Lord at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento on Dec. 28, 2016.
Sandy is predeceased by her mother Jane Fletcher, and father Floyd Fletcher.
Sandy is survived by her loving husband Casey Willard of 37 years. They were married in Davis on March 10, 1979.
Sandy is lovingly remembered by her daughter Kelly Lowrie and her husband David; son Joseph Willard, son Casey Willard and his wife Jennifer, and daughter Anna Willard; grandchildren Kaylee Willard, Jacob, Dalton and Carson Lowrie, Christian and Noah Willard, and Maximus Willard; great-grandchildren Leah Willard and Joel Andrews; brothers Vernon and Randy Fletcher, and sisters Barbara Lepenske and Belinda Fletcher.
Sandy was born in Woodland on Nov. 22, 1952. She graduated from Winters High School in 1971. She worked at UC Davis in the Agricultural and Natural Resource department for over 25 years. She retired in 2012. Sandy then became a full-time babysitter to her wonderful grandsons.
Sandy enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved being with her grandchildren and walking around Northwest Park in Dixon. She was an active member of Grace Valley Christian Center. She loved serving God and her church. She always had a song to sing and a joyful heart. Although Sandy is not here in body, her spirit lives on in heaven forever.
The funeral service will be held at Grace Valley Christian Center, 27173 County Road 98 in Davis, on Thursday Jan. 5, at 7 p.m.
The visitation will be held at Milton Carpenters Funeral Home, 569 N. First Street in Dixon, on Friday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a family graveside service to follow at Silveyville Cemetary, 800 S. First Street in Dixon, at 1:30 p.m.


Iva D. Kelly of Winters passed away in Woodland on Dec. 17, 2016.
Born in Jerusalem, Arkansas on Feb. 17, 1930, she was 86.
The viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30 at Familia Church (formerly New Life Discovery), at Fourth and Edwards streets in Winters. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


Marilyn Clair Maier, age 79, died at home in Winters on Dec. 20. Born in Monterey, Marilyn was a 68-year resident of Winters. Preceeded in death by her parents, Rev. Stewart and Eva Potter, brother Stewart Potter, children Gerald Maier Jr. and Cheryl Maier Andrews, Marilyn retired from the Winters joint Unified School District.
Marilyn was an avid reader. She also enjoyed gardening, playing bridge and spending time at the beach. She was a member of Beta Alpha Beta and Fort Nightly. She is survived by children David Maier (Edwina), Diane Parent, Thelma Simmons (Randall), siblings Marjorie Graf (John), James Potter (Kay), 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at noon Thurday, Dec. 29 at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 205 Russell St. in Winters, CA 95694. A reception will immediately follow the service at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main Street in Winters.


Artemio (Art) Lopez passed away at home in Woodland, surrounded by his family, on Dec. 10, 2016. Born on Nov. 5, 1945, he was 71.
He and his wife, Blanca Portales Rodriguez, had three children that were all raised in Winters: Fidel Lopez, Luis Lopez (Dolores), and Laura Perez (John).
In addition to his son, Luis Lopez, and daughter, Laura Perez, he is survived by his grandchildren, Luis G Lopez, Christopher Lopez, Elias Lopez, Francisco Dominic Angulo, Joseph Santillan, Desiree Santillan, Marianne Rodriguez, Teresa (Gabi) Rodriguez. Great grandchildren: Mia Lopez, Enaveha Lopez, Tehya Lopez, Amiya Santillan, Henessy Angulo. Mother: Maria Concepcion Cepeda; great-grandson Issac Lopez; siblings, Maria Garcia (Leonel) Guillermina Vines (Richard) Ramiro Lopez (Laura) Concepcion De Luna Jaquez (Juan); numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his son Fidel Lopez, brother Ramiro Lopez, Uncle Jessie Trevino, and in-laws Maximillano and Concepcion Rodriguez. Art was a member of E. Clampus Vitus chapters 169, 1849, 5 and 90.
He loved to garden, work on cars and spend time with his friends and family. He was also known as the Professor by his Clamper brothers. He will be dearly missed by all.


Joyce Michiko Sahara was born March 15, 1942, in Fresno and passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Nov. 27.
She will be greatly missed by her husband, Robert Sahara, D.V.M. of Davis, and daughter Jennifer Sahara Dalbec, son-in-law Tim Dalbec and granddaughter Kelsey of Saratoga.
She was preceded in death by her father Steve Sanwo and leaves behind her mother Grace Sanwo, sister Charlene (Stan) Hirotsu, brother Norman (Kathi) Sanwo, and sister-in-law Wendy (Johnny) Mori, all of Southern California; brother-in-law Fred (Julie) Sahara of Texas, and many nieces and nephews.
Joyce will be remembered for her 36 years of devoted teaching in Torrance, Davis, and Winters, and her generous volunteer work at the Asian Community Center and Sacramento Buddhist Church. She enjoyed quilting, knitting/crocheting, crafts, gardening, playing with her granddaughter and traveling.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Sacramento
Buddhist Church, 2401 Riverside Boulevard in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the SBC Legacy Endowment Fund, buddhistchurch.com/
legacy.htm, or charity of your choice.



John Joseph Martinez, 64, of Live Oak passed away on Nov. 30, 2016 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. John was born in Woodland to Juanita and Joe Martinez of Winters. He grew up in Winters before eventually settling in Live Oak.
John worked in the sheet metal trades, working for Taylor Heating and Air before going to UC Davis, where he worked more than 25 years in the Facilities Department as a senior sheet metal mechanic. He retired from the university in 2012.
John had a passion for coaching children. It began when his sons, Justin and Joseph, were small, coaching his boys in baseball and football. He continued his passion for coaching with his nephews, Brandon and Michael in Winters and eventually his grandchildren. John was able to coach his grandsons for the Sutter Jr. Huskies before becoming ill. He was affectionately called “Papa John” by the boys he coached as well as the coaches.
John is survived by his wife, Christine Martinez; son Joseph Martinez and wife Carrie of Live Oak; son Justin Martinez of Woodland; brother Ruben Martinez and sisters Cynthia Stillwell and Laura Paschoal, all of Winters; in-laws Terry and Barbara Holtschulte, and eight grandchildren, Joseph, Reagan, Colton, Mason, Lexie, Andrew, Alex and Olivia. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Juanita Martinez.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at the California Ag Museum (formerly known as the Heidrick Center) located at 1962 Hays Lane in Woodland.
The family would like to give a special “thank you” to the Sutter Cancer Centers, Sutter North Hospice and Dr. Nitin Rohatgi for the compassionate care they gave John. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network , Sutter North Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Donald Ray Snow, 86, was born on Jan. 28, 1929 in Buhl, Idaho. He moved to the Sacramento area with his family at a young age. As a young man he worked in the fields picking tomatoes and raising rabbits to earn money.
His dream was to own a piece of land and grow things himself. In 1964, Don and his wife, Edna, purchased a small piece of property in Winters, because Don told his wife he needed a little something to do on weekends.
The following year, they planted a walnut orchard with the help of friends and family. Whether growing a garden big enough to feed many families or tending his orchard, Don was living his dream. For 52 years, Don farmed their land as well as adding a few plants around their home to please his wife of 66 years.
On Dec. 5, 2016 after being surrounded by loved ones, Don passed quietly at home in Winters, just weeks after last harvest. He will be remembered as a loving husband, an amazing father who was proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a great friend to many, a man who worked hard, and was there for others in need.
He is survived by his wife Edna of 66 years, daughter Judy Barbosa of Vallejo, son Donald and wife Debra Watkins of Davis, daughter Susan Purkey of Winters, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brother Jack, sisters Betty, Linda and Vanessa, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandson Jarrod, sister Delores, brothers Wayne, Leonard, and Robert.
The family asks for any remembrances to be sent to Yolo Hospice.
The service will be private.


Steve Montosa, 60, died at Woodland Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Dec. 7, 2016. Born in Woodland on March 12, 1956 to Donna and the late Lewie Montosa of Double M Trucking, he lived most of his life in Winters.
Steve worked as a truck owner-operator for Double M Trucking in Winters for 30 years before retiring. He had a passion for music, especially the blues, and playing his harmonica with and for his friends and family.
He is survived by his son Steven, mother Donna, sisters Cathy Montosa and Christy Montosa, brother Rick Jiral and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Sherrie Barnett and the many caring friends who offered prayers and support during his illness.
A private family memorial and burial will be held at the Winters Cemetery at a future date.


Alice Mae Chapman Briggs passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday morning, Dec. 11, 2016, she was 99 years old. She was born on Aug. 25, 1917 in San Francisco to George Mandred and Louise Chapman. She was a lifelong resident of Winters and lived in the same home on the family ranch since she was a young child. She married Yolo Briggs on Dec. 24, 1942. Together they had three children, Kim, Randee and Candee.
Alice Mae attended Union School and Winters High School, and graduated in 1935. She retired from the Yolo County Superintendent of Schools office after 20 years of service. She was a true professional, graceful, and often served as a mother figure to her co-workers.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Yolo, in 2004, and all of her parents and siblings, Rhoda, George, Virginia, Fran and Mandred.
Alice Mae is survived by her son, Kim Briggs and wife Sandy, and their children, Greg, Jeff, Stephanie Briggs, Cathi (Mike) Daly, Christine (Jeff) Rivard and Karen Carlson; daughter, Randee Briggs Hutchison, and her children, Monte (Jeanette) Molina, Israel (Melody) Hutchison and Chamene Hutchison (To’o Ulutu); daughter Candee Briggs; great-grandchildren, Sara and Elizabeth Daly, Erica and Brian Rivard, Ash Cooper, Max, Conner and Hailee Hutchison, Gary and Karlee Molina, Taimane and Lole Ulutu; and one great-great-grandchild, Haven Rose Hutchison.
Our mother will be remembered by many because of her extremely patient, loving, kind, generous and giving soul. She will be greatly missed by her family and wonderful friends.
No services are scheduled. If you would like to make a contribution in Alice Mae’s name, the family requests that you choose your favorite charity or Yolo Hospice.


Linda Carmina Lopez, 28, passed away on Dec. 1, 2016 at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. She was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer in early January 2015.
Linda was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, on June 7, 1988 and grew up in Cotija, Mexico. She attended Winters High School in 2002 and was a passionate basketball player. She wore her father’s jersey Number 20, achieved the Coach’s Award, and during her sophomore year, her team went undefeated and was dubbed the Magnificent 7.
Linda attended St. Mary’s College of California where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 2010. During this time, she worked with children in the Bay Area through the Jumpstart program and studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She then worked for Mariani Nut Company in a quality control role.
Linda was kind, inspiring, smart, loving, deeply caring, artistic, funny, and a courageous young woman. She loved her family and friends dearly and always wore a smile that would warm your heart.
She is survived by her parents, Ramon and Irma Lopez; siblings Ramon, Ricardo and Estefany; fiancé Josh Hynson, sister-in-law Rachel, and nephews and nieces Ramon, Joscelynn, Nicholas, Lillian, Emma, and Justin. She will be missed by her aunts and uncles, Luis and Evangelina Lopez, Rosa and Joe Gutierrez, Juan and Debbie Lopez, Lorenzo Jr. and Angelica Lopez, Gloria Lopez, Marina Lopez, Lupe and Joe Romero, Juan and Guadalupe Garcia, Luis and Margarita Garcia, Rafael and Graciela Garcia, Jesus and Claudia Garcia, Teresa and Julian Ochoa, Lourdes Ceja, Jose and Irma Garcia, and many close extended family members.
A Rosary was held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church immediately followed by a celebration of her life at the parish hall.



Juan De La Cruz
, 74, died unexpectedly on Friday, Dec. 2, in Dixon. He was born May 4, 1942, in Jalostotitlán of Jalisco, Mexico, to Pablino De La Cruz and Maria Del Refugio De Anda.
In 1960, Juan took advantage of the Brasero Program and migrated from Mexico to the United States, and worked in the fields of Watsonville, Oxnard and Dixon. He married Zeferina Padilla on Dec. 4, 1961, and in 1968 they made Winters their home, where they raised five sons.
Juan truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures: spending time with his family, chatting with friends, sitting in his patio listening to music, riding his bicycle, gardening and spending time with his great grandchildren.
Juan is survived by his wife Zeferina of 55 years; sons Martin, Raul, Ruben, Arturo and José; grandchildren John, Erica, Angelica, Brandon and Marcus; five grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother, two sisters, one brother and his daughter.
A vigil will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. The funeral service is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow burial at St. Anthony Parish Hall. All services will be held at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church, 511 Main Street.

Surrounded by his abundant and loving family Raymond (Ray) Valadez, a lifelong resident of Winters, passed away peacefully on Nov. 20. Born on Aug. 31, 1936 to Felix and Ambrosia (Esparza) Valadez, he was 80 years of age.
Ray graduated from Winters High School, Class of 1954, and was well known for his athletic talents. Shortly after high school he completed a tour of duty in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was stationed overseas. Upon his return home he met and married his sweetheart, Nora Hereford. They had 5 children and raised them on Rosa Avenue (their home of 51 years). While working many jobs, often two or even three, he still managed to coach little league and play men’s softball. Eventually his hard work paid off, when he began his 30 year career with PG&E as a heavy equipment operator.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years; his parents, sisters, Margaret Stroh, Isabel Anderson and Gloria Sopranuk; brothers, Francisco Valadez and Felix Valadez Jr.
He is survived by his five children: Marie, Vincent, Vicki, Monica, and Paula. His beloved grandchildren: Ryan, Kelsi, Dezi, Jake, Derek, Luke, Rianna, Jessica, Maranda and Whitney, 10 great grandchildren, sister Ann Heredia and brothers Emilio and Tony Valadez; numerous favorite nieces and nephews.
Interment was at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery near Dixon on Nov. 30 at 11:30 a.m. A reception was held at Saint Anthony’s Parish Hall following the service at 1:30 p.m.


Brian J. Tramontana, 57, of San Jose passed away on Friday, Oct. 14, after a short illness. Born in Upland on June 22, 1959, he was the son of Joseph C. Tramontana and the late Agnes M. Tramontana, and husband of deceased Maureen Tramontana.
His sister, Susan Tramontana, and nephew, Blaze Tramontana survive him. His significant other, Sevtap Isik and dear friend, Gerry Molnar, also survive Brian.
Brian went to Camden High School in San Jose and studied photography at West Valley College in Saratoga. He attended Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, receiving a bachelor’s degree in photography.
He worked for Xerox at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in Palo Alto, in the Communications Dept.
In 2004, he joined West Valley College as an instructor and later Head of the Photography Program. He was also a former consultant at Opportunity International Non-Profit Organization.
Brian has influenced and inspired hundreds of students at West Valley College by guiding them in photography and by teaching important life skills. His favorite statement is “go out and change the world.”
A Mass will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 12:30 p.m. A celebration of life will be held in the Parish Hall from 1:30-4:30 p.m.



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Peggy Ann Rogers. She was born Jan. 28, 1952 to Joseph Rogers and Arlisle Farvour in San Francisco, Ca. She peacefully left this earth Nov. 19, surrounded by her loving family. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister & friend. She has blessed this earth for 64 years. She leaves behind her four beautiful daughters, Amber Keener (Kris), Olivia Lopez, Andria Lopez-Gomez (Andy) & Destiny Landry (Greg), her three wonderful grandsons Brandon Gomez, Jacob Hamilton, Erick Gomez and her only granddaughter Hayleigh Gomez and her five surviving siblings whom she loved with all her heart and let us all know often. She was a woman that would give a stranger the shirt off her back without hesitation, the type of soul the world needs more of. Her presence on Earth will be deeply missed by all who knew her for her free and energetic spirit, her selfless heart, and her strong will.
No funeral services are planned at her request. Her wish was to be cremated and spread by her four daughters at the places they visited and made memories at together.

A life well lived ... a woman well loved. Elma Barbara “Barb” Schlote Rokes, 87, a longtime Klamath Falls, Ore., resident, arrived at the end of her life’s journey and passed into eternal peace on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, at Pacifica Senior Living after a brief illness with lung cancer and after a long life well lived.
She was born near Winters in a Victorian Mansion that was built by her great-grandparents in 1865, on Oct. 16, 1928, to Louis Christolph Adolph Schlote and Elma Barbara Rice Schlote.
Barbara was raised on the family’s 8,000 acre ranch in Yolo County and went to a one room school house near Madison, until the sixth grade. She then went to Esparto High School for her freshman and sophomore years. Barbara moved with her parents to Fort Bragg, where she graduated from Fort Bragg High School in 1946.
After graduation she moved to San Francisco and started nurse’s training at Franklin Hospital until it was sold and dissolved.
In the fall of 1956 in Monterey, she went on a blind date with her future husband, Bill Rokes, and they were married on Jan. 5, 1957, in Carmel. The marriage was blessed with three children, Julie, Caroline and Matthew.
Her husband’s career took her and their family to different locations in California, including Monterey, Yreka and Happy Camp, finally settling into Oregon in 1970.
They owned and operated Rokes Security Patrol. In 1977, they sold their business and moved to Weaverville, where they had built a home on 40 acres. Barbara worked as the director of the Weaverville Art Center.
They moved to Patrick’s Point, and she worked at Eureka High School as the head cook for three years. In 1980, they moved back to Klamath Falls and she started her nine-year career in food management and worked for Kmart as its food manager.
She and Bill retired and started their eight years of RVing, traveling to Baja, Mexico, in the winter months and to British Columbia in the summer months.
Barbara was always active in her community and belonged to many organizations. She was also a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved to be outdoors, especially in her garden. Barbara always said it was in her DNA to have her hands in the dirt!
Barbara loved the holidays and decorating her home. She hosted many holiday meals for family and friends and loved entertaining. Barbara was a wonderful cook and there were always tantalizing aromas arising from her kitchen, whether the source was a pot of beans on the stove or cookies cooling on the counter. Barbara even wrote cooking tips that were published in the “Taste of Home Magazine.”
To the end of her days, Barbara never ceased loving unconditionally those who came into her life. By blood or by love, when she took you into her heart and home, she gave freely and loved beyond boundaries. Barbara never stopped smiling; she is a lasting gift to us all.
Barbara will be remembered and missed by her daughters, Julie Rokes of Klamath Falls and Carrie Rokes of Cottage Grove, Ore.; son and daughter-in-law, Matt and Debbie Rokes of Yreka; and grandchildren, Jackie Rokes, Derrick Rokes, Maddie Rokes, Christin Dickison, Stephanie Rokes and Darren Rokes; great-grandchildren, Wayne “JR” Rokes and Bailey and Blake Dickison; brother, John, and sister-in-law, Jo Schlote; dear friend and neighbor, Roberta Bolles; friend, Kim McGuire and her “acquired sons,” Michael Scollard and Gary Floyd; numerous friends, including those at Pacifica Senior Living; nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved cat, Gabby.
Barbara was preceded in death by Bill, her husband of 47 years; her parents, Louis and Elma; brothers, Stanley, Louis and David; and sisters, Ellaine and Anita.
Barbara said “Do not mourn for me and wear black at my memorial service, rejoice in my life, wear bright colors on this day for when I look down from heaven on this day, I want to see a field of bright colored flowers!”
A celebration of life and memorial service will be held for Barbara on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at 11 a.m. in O’Hair-Wards Funeral Chapel, 515 Pine St., Klamath Falls, Ore. 97601. Following the service, all are invited to a luncheon reception at the Ragland Cultural Center, 218 N. Seventh St., Klamath Falls, Ore.


Adam Davis, 35, of Winters passed away on Monday, Oct. 31, 2017 at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center. Services are planned on Monday, Nov. 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Main Street Church, with a reception to follow at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main Street.


Mary Patricia Bennett, 87, of San Jose passed away on Oct. 24, 2016. Funeral services will be held at Main Street Church, 201 Main Street, on Saturday, Nov. 12, with Steve Rutledge officiating.
Mary was born in Ontario, Canada, on July 2, 1928. She enjoyed reading, board games and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Audette Dillon, Orie Bennett, Laurie Owens, Marlene Anderson and Lloyd Bennett.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the White Blossom Care Center for their support in her final days.



Jose “Ricardo” Ornelas passed away in his sleep on Sept. 1, 2016, in Bakersfield, at the age of 59. He was born in Woodland on July 30, 1957 to Isidro and Francis Ornelas. He attended Winters schools, graduated from Winters High School in 1975, and attended UC Davis, majoring in engineering.
Ricardo enjoyed spending time with family and had a passion for drawing and playing his guitar.
He is survived by his mother, Francis “Pachita” Ornelas; brothers Isidro Jr. and Jaime (Ting); sisters Elva (Jose) Sais, Yolanda (Octavio) Almanza, Rosie Ornelas-Rodarte (Hector); numerous nephews and nieces. He will truly be missed by his family and numerous caregivers he has had along the way.
He was preceded in death by his father, Isidro A. Ornelas.
A Rosary is planned for Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters, and a Mass on Friday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. Ricardo’s cremains will be interred at a later date at the family plot in the Winters Cemetery.

George Ralph Leggett, passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2016. He was born Oct. 29, 1916 in Winters to Clarence and Allie Leggett.
George joined the Army-Air force during WWII before his Honorable Discharge after the war. He married the love of his life, Louise Crowley, on July 2, 1955. George began his career, and retired from the Yolo County Public Works Division.
George enjoyed fishing, hunting and his vegetable garden.
The family wishes to thank all of George’s friends, who added so much joy to his life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Leggett, father Clarence Leggett mother Allie, sister Ruth Clyma, brother Laverne Leggett, and two nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Winters Cemetery.


John G. Ramos passed into a heavenly reunion on Oct. 7, 2016 at his ranch home of treasured views and gatherings.
Born in Suisun City on March 31, 1939, as the son of the late Lorenzo Ramos and Carmen Gill Ramos. John grew up on the family orchards in the Olive Pleasants Valley district and graduated from Winters High School, where he excelled in baseball and football.
He achieved a SP4 ranking and decorations for rifle expert, sharpshooter and good conduct within the US Army Corp of Engineers. After a certified apprenticeship in carpentry, John simultaneously performed as both a master carpenter and local rancher as he farmed orchards including with his brothers, others and independently. He thrived in diving for abalone, on hunting or fishing trips and sports events or watching with others.
In the past years, he regularly attended Latin Masses at St. Stephen The First Martyr as well as meetings of the Order of Elks. Loyally and consistently John supported and encouraged others.
John is survived by sister, Anita Eral, son Matthew Ramos, granddaughter Nicole Williams plus aunt Jessie A. Gill, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many valued friends.
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brothers: James, Arthur and Lawrence, plus nephew L. Dean Ramos.
Services are planned at Saint Anthony Catholic Church, 511 Main Street in Winters, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 5-7 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m., with burial to follow on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m. and a lunch reception at the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations to one’s favorite charity or an online tribute at www.smith-
funerals.com will be appreciated.


Rafael Boites of Winters passed peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Rafael, a resident of Winters for 40 years, succumbed to gastric cancer after a long battle. He was 58.
Rafael was born December 8, 1957 in El Pino, Jalisco, Mexico, to Pedro Boites and Juana Guzman Boites. He was the fifth child of 10.
Rafael was very well known and loved by the Winters community and worked here in several trades. He lived on and maintained the walnut and almond orchards for both the Crum and Knapke families. He then made a change in career paths and began his mechanic and maintenance work for Sunsweet Dryers in Winters. Helping build the plant from a dirt field, he then continued as the head mechanic for 13 years.
He then made his final career change on to
construction, working with JDS Construction and Jecole Enterprises. Rafael was an asset to all of his employers.
Rafael is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jeannie Boites; daughter, Felicia Winnett and son-in-law Lawrence Winnett, and grandson, Turin Alexander Winnett; son, Alejandro Boites; siblings, sister Dolores Boites Guzman, brother Refujio Boites Guzman, brother Domingo Boites Guzman, sister Rosa Boites Guzman, sister Maria Boites Guzman, sister Gloria Boites Guzman, brother Miguel Boites Guzman, sister Luisa Boites Guzman and brother Estevan Boites Guzman.
Rafael was preceded in death by his father Pedro Boites and his mother Juana Guzman Boites.
A Celebration of Life has been scheduled at St. Anthony Catholic Church for Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m. with a wake following the services at 511 Main Street, Winters CA, 95694.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes memorial donations be made at www.cancerresearch.org in honor of Rafael Boites.


Dr. Marvin H. Goodrow, 85, of Castle Rock, Colorado, passed away on Sept. 24, 2016 at his home after a long illness.
He was born in San Fernando Valley on Sept. 27, 1930, son of the late Cecil and Dorothy Goodrow, and husband of deceased, Virginia Goodrow. His son and daughter, Jonathan and Elizabeth Goodrow, survive him. His brother, Richard Goodrow and numerous nieces and nephews also survive him.
Marvin received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pomona College, Claremont, and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a teaching assistant in organic chemistry at UCLA and an instructor at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1964, he relocated to Modesto, and was a research chemist for Shell Development Company. In 1968 he joined the Modesto Junior College as a chemistry instructor, retired in 1991.
As an internationally respected research chemist he obtained numerous research grants. He utilized his free time to pursue his passion as a research chemist at UC Davis, where he participated in a Superfund Research Program. He is a published author of numerous professional papers and is published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry.
Marvin was a member of the American Chemical Society, Alpha Chi Sigma, a chemistry and engineering professional fraternity, and Phi Lambda Upsilon, a chemistry honor society.
He enjoyed traveling internationally with his wife, specifically to remote destinations like the Cook Islands.
Funeral services were planned at
Park View Cemetery, 3661 E. French
Camp Road in Manteca, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at noon, reception following; R.S.V.P. Elizabeth.Micale@yahoo.com.


Clara Diana Marie Sunderman passed away Sept. 14, 2016. She was born at the family home in Mena, Arkansas on Feb. 16, 1946 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran in Mena shortly thereafter. She was the sixth child of Herman and Mary Sunderman with three brothers and two sisters; a third sister joining the family in 1954.
The family migrated to California in the late spring of 1948 and lived in Winters until the mid ‘60s. The Sunderman family traveled to Trinity Lutheran in Fairfield until Bethany Lutheran was established in Vacaville in the late ‘50s. She was confirmed in May 1959 and served briefly as the church secretary after graduating from Winters High School.
Diana became a single mom of her two children when they were very young. She was especially devoted to the care and comfort of her only grandchild Nic. She eventually attended Yuba Community College where she earned a Licensed Vocational Nurse degree. She remarried shortly after graduation and moved to Vacaville where she lived out her life. She began employment at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa and retired in 2008 after 25 years of service. After retirement, her main hobby was ancestry research for many friends and family.
She joins her parents and three brothers in eternity, and will forever be remembered and missed by her children, grandson, and remaining family and friends. John Charles Junkin, 97, of Vacaville, passed away peacefully on the morning of Sept. 20, 2016. He was born in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Oct. 8, 1918. Funeral services were held and he will be laid to rest at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were performed by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home 707-446-3233 www.vacahillschapel.com.


John Charles Junkin, 97, of Vacaville, passed away peacefully on the morning of Sept. 20, 2016. He was born in Ketchikan, Alaska, on Oct. 8, 1918. Funeral services were held and he will be laid to rest at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were performed by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home 707-446-3233 www.vacahillschapel.com.


Joyce Marie Zadrozny was born Sept 23, 1943 in Toledo, Ohio, and passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 21, 2016. She lived at the Winters Seniors apartment for six years until Aug 2016.


Jesus Rodriguez Lizarraga “El Güerito,” a 58-year resident of Winters, died Sept. 20, 2016. He was 86.
Born on Dec. 24, 1929 in Siqueros, Sinaloa, Mexico, he moved to Winters in 1958 and became a United States citizen on March 25, 1998.
Jesus spent most of his life in Winters working in agriculture. He also worked at Basic Foods in Vacaville for 27 years. He enjoyed farming orchards and field crops as well as maintaining an expansive home garden. He often traveled to Mexico where he eventually built a home for his retirement, although he was still found farming for Joe Martinez up until the day of his accident.
He was known for his love of Mexican Banda and Ranchera Music. Jesus was a great story teller whose stories ended in laughter. He will be missed by his family and the Winters community.
His wife Maria de la Luz, who died in 2009, preceded him in death, as did his parents Jose Maria Lizarraga and Epifania Rodriguez.
His children are Jesse (Marlene), Armando (Connie), Maria Gastelum (Juan), Socorro (Michael Caravalho) and Jorge (Jean).
His siblings are Armando Lizarraga of Dixon and Socorro Berryesa of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
His grandchildren are Jessica, Maria Christina, Juan Jose, Daniel, BO Jesse, Marina, Eric, Carla Rose, Alejandro, Antonio and Benjamin. He also had six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A service was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at St. Anthony’s Church, 511 Main Street in Winters.
Those who wish to sign a guestbook online may do so at www.smith-funerals.com.



Louie David Poteat, 66, born in Burbank, California, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.
In his early years, he was an Emergency Medical Technician II in the Mammoth Lakes area, where he saved many lives and delivered several babies in extreme weather conditions. He then continued his career in Solano County and later became a correctional officer for the California Department of Corrections, where he worked for 20 years and retired there.
David will be especially remembered for his love of family, camping, hiking, fishing, the great outdoors, storytelling, love for reading and quirky sense of humor.
He leaves his wife of 32 years, Tammy Poteat; his sons, Jimmy Lucas (Tami), Eric Poteat, Chris Poteat (Chelsey) and Brian Poteat (Rosie); daughter, Shanna Poteat, two brothers, seven sisters, two grandchildren, and many additional family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and David Poteat, along with his sister Julie.
A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 30, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 435 Anderson Avenue, Winters, CA 95694, reception to follow.

Jason Alvin McKinney passed away in a car accident outside of Pocatello Idaho on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.
Jason was born on April 16, 1974, to Gail & Gene McKinney. He grew up in Winters, but wherever he went, he made friends easily.
He loved fishing and cooking and, most importantly his girls and grandson.
He was preceded in death by his father Gene and nephew Blake McKinney.
He is survived by his daughters Abbigail and Morgan and grandson Brockman, his mother and step-father Gail and Randy Davis, sister Jennifer Cusack and brother James McKinney. He is also survived by his maternal grandparents, John and Lola Morgan, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many cousins.
A memorial service was held in Shelley, Idaho, on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Friends and family are invited to a celebration of his life on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. at the Morgan Ranch in Winters.


Fred B. Tucker, longtime Winters resident and teacher, passed away at home on July 2 at the age of 90.
He was born in Lookeba, Oklahoma, on Nov. 1, 1925 to Winona and Bert Tucker. He served in the Occupation Army in Japan after the war had ended and was transferred to the Air Force where he served as a fire captain in Tokyo.
Upon returning, he started Carnegie College in Oklahoma where he met and married Mary K. Nelson. He graduated from Weatherford Teachers’ College.
After teaching in a number of places, he and Mary came to Winters in 1960, where he taught until 1987.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He taught fly-tying to interested students and enjoyed taking them fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary, two daughters, Glenda (Ken) Custard and Carla (Ed) Izzo, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Tucker.
He will be interred with a military funeral in Dixon at a date to be determined.


Born Dec. 11, 1953, Joseph Stanley Shirley was a resident of Burson. He died from cancer peacefully at home surrounded by family members and received his crown of glory on Aug. 10, 2016.
Joe was a Winters High School graduate, a union carpenter for many years, following in his father’s footsteps, as well as a staff member of Teen Challenge San Francisco for five years. During his last two years, he was the manager at Men of Integrity House in Burson.
Joe was a member of Glory Bound Fellowship. He loved to play baseball, fish, golf and spend time with family. He was an avid sports fan of the 49ers, Giants and Warriors. He loved his family and his many animals. He had many friends in the community. Being clean and sober himself for eight years, he tirelessly spent his days helping others find “The Way” out of addiction.
Joe is survived by his son Joseph Ryan Shirley of Sacramento; his brothers, Quinton Shirley and Jim Shirley, both of Winters; sisters, Brenda Smith of Valley Springs and Kathy Ralph of Rancho Cordova; sister-in-law Kim Shirley, and brothers-in-law Gary Smith and Glenn Ralph; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and a great-great niece and nephew.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Jewell Shirley, brothers Ron Shirley and Wesley Shirley, and sister-in-law Louise Shirley, all from Winters.
A memorial service will be held on Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. at Glory Bound Fellowship. 3061 West Highway 12 in Valley Springs.
Send donations in Joe’s honor to the Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge, P.O. Box 276737, Sacramento, CA 95827; email to SVTC@Teenchallenge.ws.

Virgil Stanton Clark
was born June 12, 1949 in Windell, Id. and passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, peacefully at home after a very long four years of battling cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Tamala Clark, daughter Lisa Clark, grandson Danny Clark, mother Jeannine Clark, sisters Connie Crum, Christine Button and Jeanie Martinez and brother Larry Clark. Stan’s father is deceased.
Stan went to school in Winters and then business college in Sacramento, but people in Winters will remember him most for his carpentry business and his great sense of humor.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 435 Anderson Ave. in Winters at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

Jesse T. Rutledge passed away on Sunday July 31, 2016 at his daughter’s home in Pilot Hill. He was 73 years old. His final days were spent surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
Jesse was born on May 15, 1943 at “Jesse Turner” Army Base, after which he was named, in Van Buren, Arkansas. His parents were Mrs. Josephine Lincks and Mr. Calvin Rutledge.
At the age of 7, Jesse left Arkansas with his mother and two older sisters for California. He resided in Winters, where he graduated from Winters High School in 1961. Throughout his attendance at Winters High School, Jesse served as student body president and excelled in all three sports: baseball, basketball and football.
Jesse spent most of his adult life residing in Woodland. He retired from PG&E in 1994, after 30 years of service. Jesse played men’s softball for many years as pitcher, coached Little League, and in 1994 he was honored for 25 years of service where he was inducted into Woodland’s Softball
Association Hall of Fame.
Jesse loved music, especially ’50s doo wop, good ole rock and roll and listening to the blues. He enjoyed nature and being outside. He loved fishing, gardening, country drives and reminiscing about the good ole days.
Jesse, will be missed by many. He had a way of making us all feel special, whether you knew him all of your life or crossed paths only once.
He is survived by his three children, Frank (Carol) Rutledge, Debbie (Bary) Tory and Kelli Rutledge. Eight grandchildren survive him, Candy (Matt) Liddicoat-Vella, Tyler (Darcie) Rutledge, Vanessa Liddicoat, Karissa Rutledge, Colby Rutledge, Nicalous Rutledge-Felix, Desiree Tory, Mia Rutledge-Flores, and four great-grandchildren. Izaiah, Nevaeh, Aubrey and Lumen. Also surviving him are Jesse’s siblings, Tom (Vonda) Hobbs, Pamela (Ted) Williams, Tim and Connie Hobbs. Amongst, numerous nieces and nephews.
Jesse is preceded in death by his father Calvin Rutledge, his mother and stepfather Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hobbs, and his sisters Patricia, Peggy and Jane.
A private memorial has been scheduled. Per the request of his children, A celebration of Jesse’s life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. Jesse’s family looks forward to sharing this special day with all of his family and friends, and encourages all to join them at American Legion Hall, 523 Bush Street in Woodland.


After a brief, but courageous battle with cancer, Kristeen Evelyn Evanoff passed away peacefully on June 22, 2016, in Sacramento at the age of 53.
She leaves behind her fiancé Edward
Mendoza and his
son Dominic; her daughters Lauren McAnelly and Sofia Evanoff; and her son Alexander Evanoff.
The youngest of seven children, Kristeen was born on Aug. 8, 1962, in Campbell to parents Raymond Koll and Lavern Koll (Kaiser). She grew up in a large, loving family with three sisters and two brothers. She and her mother relocated to Woodland in 1977, where she attended Woodland High School. After graduating in 1980, she attended Career Beauty College and began her career as a hairdresser.
Kristeen married Jerry Evanoff in 1996 and relocated to Winters, where she began working at Camile’s Hair Salon. There, the couple lived and raised their three children, even after their divorce in 2004.
Kristeen’s proudest moments include watching two of her children receive their college diplomas, and her youngest daughter receive her high school diploma and head off to college. She enjoyed wine tasting, motorcycle rides with her fiancé, boating, camping, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and had a strong love for animals.
Kristeen was a sweet and considerate person who would do anything for her family and friends. When diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015, she stayed positive and encouraged those around her to do the same. She remained a courageous, strong woman, even throughout her final months.
Kristeen is additionally survived by her sisters, Brenda Hogue and husband Paul, Beverly Ryan and husband Jim, and Vivian Koll and husband Abubakar Salami; brother, Randall Koll and wife Deb; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Ronald Koll and Gregory Koll.
Kristeen requested to be cremated and her family will hold a private Celebration of Life ceremony at a later date for close friends and relatives.


Ruben Valencia passed away suddenly at Mercy General in Sacramento on June 19, 2016, one day before his 65th birthday.
Ruben was born June 20, 1951, in Texas. He was the fourth of five children born to Rodolfo and Francisca Valencia.
Ruben was preceded in death by his parents, Rodolfo and Francisca Valencia, and his sister, Mary Rivas.
Ruben is survived by: his wife, Laureen; his children, Ruben, Rudy and Francisca; his brothers, Rudy and Bob; his sister, Rosi; and many nieces and nephews.
Ruben moved to Winters with his family where he attended elementary and high school.
Directly upon graduating Winters High, Ruben enlisted into the Army. After his return, he went to work for many years as a correctional officer at the medical facility in Vacaville. After leaving there, he worked in construction and later worked for National Linen.
Ruben returned to school and upon completion, worked as a safety officer in both Woodland Health Care and Basalite.
Ruben was a member of the Tracy Loyal Order of the Moose, the Moose Legion, as well as the American Legion.
Ruben loved sports, especially softball, golf, pool and horseshoes.
Ruben made many lifelong friends and touched many people throughout his life. He is well known for his humor, as well as his sarcasm. Ruben was the guy who was always there to lend a helping hand. If he had it and you needed it, he gave it to you.
Ruben was loved by so many. Ruben is going to be greatly missed by both family and friends.
Church services will be held on July 8, 2016, at St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m.
Celebration of Life will follow after services at their hall. There will be a potluck, so everyone bring your favorite dish.

William “Bill” Stith, 83, was born on Sept. 24, 1932 in Arbuckle, and passed away surrounded by his loving family on June 11, 2016.
Bill grew up in Winters and graduated from Vacaville High School. He attended UC Berkley before serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Vacaville Masonic Lodge, Shriners, and Rotary Club. He was the third generation owner of Stith Chevrolet-Oldsmobile in Vacaville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland L. and Lurline F. Stith.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Louise, children Leland, Curtis and wife Casey, Debbie and husband Mark, and Paul and wife Marina; grandchildren Billy and wife Collene, Alyssa, Emily, Anna, Sara and Lea; great-grandchildren Isaac, Ethan and Xavier; and sister Carol Zahn.
Visitation was on Thursday, June 16, and a service was held on Friday, June 17, at McCune Garden Chapel. Burial will be Friday, June 24, at 9:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or charity of choice.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


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