Hijinio “Chema” Tejeda, formerly of Winters passed away on Sept. 27, 2006 in his home in Sacramento at the age of 69. He was born in Teocaltiche Jalisco, Mexico on Jan. 1, 1937 to Hijinio Tejeda Sr. and Maria Guadalupe Garcia. He was one of seven children.
He is survived by children Juan Tejeda, wife Bertha and three children of Sacramento; Alfredo “Freddy” Tejeda and four children of Winters; Patty Montemayor and husband Rolando of Sacramento; Marco Tejeda, wife Fatima and one child.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 4 at the St. Joseph’s Chapel at St. Mary’s Cemetery
Gay Arlene Pontious passed away at home in her sleep on Sept. 23, 2006 in Gig Harbor, Washington from complications of pneumonia. She was surrounded by her children, family and friends, who had a chance to tell her they loved her and would miss her. She was smiling as she slipped deeper into her sleep, says a family member. Born on March 26, 1935 in Long Beach, she was 71 years old.
Mrs. Pontious was the first female contractor in Solano County, owning and operating Solano Construction Company in Vacaville for 30 years. Her son, Glenn DeVries took over the reins in 2003, and moved the company to its present location in Winters when Gay retired and moved to Puget Sound. Known as “Arnie” to her family and friends, she touched many lives, both personally and professionally, she will be greatly missed, says a family member.
She is survived by her daughters, Kathaleen Marie Lovell of Winters and Geri Lynn Rasmussen of Tacoma, Washington; son, Glenn Jay De Vries of Winters; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; sister, Elaine Matsumoto of Scappoose, Oregon; brother, William Paul Brown of Santa Rosa; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gabrielle and Forrest Brown, and brother Gilbert Brown.
A memorial celebration honoring Mrs. Pontious’ life is planned on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m. at the Buckhorn DeVilbiss Room, 12 Main Street, Winters. The family invites all those who wish to laugh and share memories to join them. Appetizers, bar, and a video tribute are planned. Those who wish to attend are asked to bring a written story or photo to include in a memorial book that will be created to honor Mrs. Pontious, whose ashes will be spread in all her favorite places throughout the world.
Ruschalle “Sis” Dean Creamer died at her home in Winters Moday, Sept. 25, 2006 at age 63.
Mrs. Creamer was born Nov. 23, 1942 in Portland, Ore. to Eunice and Russel Davis. She had been a Winters resident for 41 years and a Vacaville resident for 18 years. She worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an agriculture inspector for more than 20 years.
Survivors include Mrs. Creamer’s sons, Greg and John Creamer of Winters; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Vickie Looney of Woodland; and her brother, Randy Davis of Winters. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, John Creamer; her daughter Kim Creamer; and her parents.
The family requests memorials in Mrs. Creamer’s name be directed to the American Cancer Society, 1765 Challenge Way, Suite 115, Sacramento, 95815.
A celebration of Mrs. Creamer’s life took place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1027 Kennedy Drive, Winters. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Ronald James Johnson died at his home in Winters on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006. Born in Santa Cruz on March 28, 1938 to Harry and Imogene (Fusari) Johnson, he was 68 years old.
Mr. Johnson entered the U.S. Navy in 1955, serving until 1964. After his honorable discharge, he worked in the maintenance department for United Airlines in San Francisco for 15 years.
He is survived by his daughters, LuCinda Johnson of Salem Oregon, Valerie Gary of Winters and Amanda Crowson and her husband Trever of Genoa, Italy; son, Ronald James Berry of Santa Cruz; two grandchildren; sister, Anita Willis of North Carolina; brother, Lenard Fusari of Reno, Nevada; two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Lewis.
Memorial services are pending. Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is assisting with arrangements.
Michael Silvan Ruiz of Citrus Heights, CA, passed away after a long battle with lung cancer on Sept. 12, 2006 at the age of 79 years. Michael was born on October 26, 1926 to loving parents Bernardo and Manuela Ruiz in Winters.
One of 15 children, Michael grew up in Winters where he met the love of his life, Grace McGinnis, at the age of 14. Michael served in the US Navy and is a proud World War II veteran.With his love for repairing appliances and his charming wit, Michael went on to open his own business: Econo House Appliances and Carmichael Home Appliance Center. Also, throughout his lifetime, Michael was a proud fruit farmer, writer and the most loving and generous man.
He is survived by his soulmate and wife Grace. Children: Pat, Cindy, Rick, Steve, Michael, Vicky, and Susie. Brothers and sisters: Frank, John, Mary, Millie, Joe, Rita, Antionette, Josie, Tony and Carnie, 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
According to family and friends , they will miss his warm hands, contagious smile and heart of gold.
A Rosary was held on on Sept. 19 at St. Anthony’s Church in Winters. A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church. Interment followed at the Winters Cemetery.
Edwin E. Sanders passed away early on Sept. 11, 2006 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. Mr. Sanders was a Disabled Veteran of World War II who served throughout the Pacific war theater and was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The majority of his adult life was spent in various VA hospitals around the country.
He is survived by his son Donald K. Sanders of Winters, a disabled veteran of the Vietnam War; grandfather, father and son, all are recipients of the Bronze Star Medal. He is also survived by sons James, Michael and Dennis, and daughter Diane, who were lost in the Arkansas Orphanage System. Their whereabouts are unknown.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie A. Sanders, a disabled veteran of World War I.
Mr. Sanders will receive a full Military Honors funeral and will lay at rest next to his father in the Sanders family plot in Cookeville, Tennessee. He will be the fourth generation veteran laid to rest in the family plot.
Margot Colleen Johnston, a 42-year resident of Winters, died peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday Sept. 3, 2006 at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. Born on Sept. 10, 1938 in Weaverville to Vaughan and Margaret Gates, she was 67 years old.
Her passions in life were her late husband Ivan, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was very active in the Catholic Church. She worked for the Winters School District and then the Davis School District, from where she retired. She was a compassionate, caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be deeply missed by all, says a family spokesperson.
Mrs. Johnston is survived by her mother and step-father, Margaret and Alvin Miller of Weaverville; children, Carolyn Gale and husband Ed of Winters, Carwin Brice II and wife Margaret of Winters, Cynthia Maze and husband Scott of Lenoir, North Carolina and Brian Brice of Vacaville; step-children, Richard Johnston of Sacramento, Debra Vomaka and husband Mark of Dobbins, Mickey Johnson and wife Robin of Ojai; brother, Max Gates and wife Kiyoko of Redding, sister Vaughna Plaza and husband Tim of Weaverville; grandchildren, Carney Chambers and wife Bobbie, and Colin Chambers all of Rathdrum, Idaho, Catherine and Kylie Chambers of Winters, Isabel Brice of Winters, Gina and Carwin Brice III of Sacramento, John, Ben and Leila Muller of Winters, Willie and Jennifer Brice of Vacaville, Samantha Johnston of Ojai; step-grandchildren, Holly, Danny and Cassidy Maze of Lenoir North Carolina, Michell Muller of Oregon, Ronnie and Bethany Hayes of Lake Havasu, Arizona, Troy and Rochelle Vanvelson of Corcoran, Ryan and Monica Hayes of Corcoran, Mark and Charlene Vomaka of Roseville, Nichole and Joey Vomaka of Dobbins, Justin and Amy Edgar of Parker Heights, Texas, Daphnee Johnston of Rocklin; several great-grand children, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ivan, who died Aug. 1, 2005.
Vigil services were planned for Wednesday, Sept. 20, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church at 7 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Celebrant will be Father Joe Ternullo. A private burial will be held at a later date in Weaverville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, or the American Heart and Lung Association.
Marie Rubio Goddard died peacefully at her home in Winters on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006. She was 87 years old.
Mrs. Goddard was the first of her siblings to be born in the United States to Salvadore Rubio and Gabriella Contreras Rubio, Spanish immigrants from Estepona, Spain. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Hugh Goddard, for over 60 years. She operated her own beauty shop in Winters for over 15 years and then went into fulltime farming of apricots and walnuts and raising livestock with her husband on their ranch off of Pleasants Valley Road for over 30 years. They were the first importers of Certified Aberdeen Angus cattle into the area.
Marie loved her family and her garden. She won first place at the California State Fair for her beautiful quilts and crochet work.
She is survived by her husband, Hugh Goddard; sons Fred Manas and Dennis Goddard; grandchildren, Dana Manas, Terry Talbot, Jr. and Dee Dee Talbot; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Salvadore Rubio and Gabriella Contreras Rubio, her sisters, Gabriella Manas, Frances Ariza, Salvadora Manas, and her brother, Dick Rubio, as well as her granddaughter, Liesa Manas
Funeral services will be at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Winters on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 2:00 p.m., with visitation at McCune Garden Chapel in Vacaville Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 5-8 p.m.
William George Brinck Jr. of El Macero died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2006, after a valiant battle with cancer. He died with loved ones at his side at Stanford University Medical Center. He was 77.
A celebration of his life was held on Monday, Aug. 4, at the Buckhorn in Winters.
Mr. Brinck graduated from UC Berkeley in 1951 with a major in economics. He was immediately commissioned as an officer in the US Marine Corps, tank division, and fought in Korea.
He came from a fourth-generation California farming family. Upon his discharge in the armed forces at age 24, he returned to those roots to run his family’s farming operations in the Sacramento Valley. This ran the whole gamut of growing, packing, and shipping. Later he became the director of farming operations with the Pacific Lumber Company in the Sutter Basin. He expanded into crops of tomatoes, rice and wheat, devoting himself to such cultivation for over 40 years. His love of farming continued after his retirement in which he maintained his contacts with local farmers and, to the end, worked as a consultant.
He and his wife Lois enjoyed their leisure time traveling and being with friends. He was an avid duck and pheasant hunter and a member of the California Pioneer Society. He was also actively involved in his homeowner’s association. However, his biggest passion other than farming, was his children and grandchildren. He was always there, always giving the utmost interest and encouragement. To him, heaven was never any farther than being with his family, whether at the dinner table, at a sporting event, or just being together at home.
To his friends, associates and family, he stood unfettered as a person of unblemished integrity. His family said he was a joy to be with and to be admired. They said he personified the “salt of the earth” character that most proudly exemplifies the American farmer. He brought to his friends and endeavors alike, a tireless spirit, strong core values, toil without complaint, and honesty to a fault.
He was described as a kind, generous, modest, and patient man with one-dimensional dependability. In his own words, he acknowledged the blessings of a good life and left with no regrets. He will be loved, missed and remembered forever, his family said.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Raisin Brinck of El Macero; his four children, Suzanne Brinck Malone of Diablo, William Peter Brinck of Seattle, Lizabeth Chovanes of Orinda, and Jincy Nielson of Saratoga; brother, John Brinck of Palm Springs; and 10 grandchildren,
The family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.