James Michael (Jim) McGann, a resident of Elk Grove, died March 3, 2004 following a three-year battle with cancer. He was 51.
His family described him as a devoted family man and devout Catholic who always found a way to integrate his faith into his daily living and activities. A sports enthusiast, he loved watching his three children play for their respective basketball teams.
Mr. McGann was born on Aug. 10, 1952 in Panama and grew up here, graduating from Christian Brothers High School. He received his bachelor's degree in business from California State University, Sacramento and his MBA from Golden Gate University.
He began a banking career as bank examiner for the state of California, and then worked for area banks including Capitol Bank of Commerce, Placer Sierra Bank and most recently River City Bank.
He was a parishioner of St. Joseph's and St. Ignatius Catholic churches and was also involved in St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School and St. Francis and Jesuit high schools.
Mr. McGann is survived by his wife of 27 years, Joanne McGann of Elk Grove; his children, Katherine Ashley and Christopher Austin of San Diego and Michael Fields of Elk Grove; his mother, Bertha Louise McGann of Elk Grove; and his father, John Michael McGann of Arizona.
Mr. McGann was the brother of John McGann II and his wife Nancy of Elk Grove. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services took place March 6 with interment in South East Lawn Memorial Park, Elk Grove.
Remembrances may be made to Jesuit High School, 1200 Jacob Lane, Carmichael, CA 95608; or Sutter Medical Center Foundation, Cancer Research, 2800 L St., Suite 620, Sacramento, CA 95816.
Elsie Elizabeth Peterson
Elsie Elizabeth Peterson passed away April 5, 2004 in Elk Grove where she lived for the past three years. Elsie was born in Butte, Mont. on Feb. 5, 1920 to Hanna and Victor Peterson. She attended schools in Butte and worked at Simons Department Store prior to marrying Sheldon Lloyd Peterson in April, 1941. Elsie was a devoted wife and mother of three while Lloyd worked for Firestone Tire in Butte, Mont., Idaho Falls and Burley, Idaho. They retired to Phoenix, Ariz. in 1975 where they assisted in caring for grandchildren and celebrated 49 years of marriage before Lloyd passed away in 1990.
Elsie was devoted to her family and God, faithfully attending church and various ministries. She often extended her care and opened her home to others in need. She was very proud of her extended family and is survived by her daughter, Roberta Helweg of Phoenix, AZ, her son Leonard (Sue) Peterson of Elk Grove and her daughter Nancy Peterson of Boise, ID. In addition she is survived by: grandchildren Steve (Marie) Peterson, Chris (Debbie) Peterson, Jannifer (Darin) Schmidt and Amanda Peterson all of California; Carl Helweg and Kara Helweg of Tennessee; and Daniel (Carola) Holm and Brian (Amber) Holm of Utah, plus 11 great grandchildren.
She is survived by her brother William Peterson (Delores) of Ellensberg, Wash.
A funeral service was held Friday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Elk Grove Funeral Chapel. Interment is in Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to one of her favorite charities: The Salvation Army in Sacramento, Calif. or Phoenix, Ariz.
A funeral liturgy will take place today (July 16) for James Arnold (Jim) Sheldon, a native and lifelong resident of the Sacramento area, who died July 11, 2004.
Mr. Sheldon was born March 18, 1946 and graduated from Sacramento High School and attended Sacramento City College. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
He retired from the city of Sacramento after 30 years. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 11236.
Mr. Sheldon was preceded in death by his father Joe Sheldon, his sister Janice Guzman and stepfather Lou Pennington.
He is survived by his wife Mary; his daughter Anna Vroom and husband Jason; his stepsons, Raymond Santos and wife Rosa and Anthony Santos; his mother Joyce Pennington; his stepmother Evelyn Sheldon and grandchildren.
Mr. Sheldon was the brother of Judy Battaglia and husband Tom, twin John Sheldon and wife Cheryl, Joyce Lusty and Joseph Sheldon. He was the brother-in-law of Jovita Carrasco and husband Joe, Rita Aguilar and husband Charles, Linda Stanley and husband Steve and Michael Amparan; and son-in-law of Connie Amparan and husband Pete and Benjamin Ruiz and wife Paula.
Friday's services begin at 10 a.m. in Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 9539 Racquet Court, Elk Grove, CA 95758. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Good Shepherd building fund.
Arrangements are by Elk Grove Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will take place today, Sept. 1, for Antonio Jose Arjil, a 63-year resident of Sloughhouse who died Aug. 26, 2004 at the age of 95.
Mr. Arjil was born in Mexico. He worked as foreman on the Westerberg Ranch in Sloughhouse for many years, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Elk Grove.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Louise Arjil; and his children, Anthony J. Arjil and wife Connie, Richard Arjil and wife Marilynn, Yolanda Silva, Mary Lou Nutting and husband Skip, Tom Arjil, Dirk Arjil and wife Cyndi.
Mr. Arjil was the grandfather of A.J. and wife Mary Beth, Andre and wife Trina, Paul, Melissa, Charlise, Chana, Clayton, Kurtis, Morgan, Lindy, Dawn and husband Gus, Cole, Lauren, Savanah and Halle. Great-grandchildren include Alex, Gabrielle, Jonathan and Logan.
Today's services begin at 11 a.m. in Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery
will be private.
Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer's Aid Society of Northern California, P.O. Box 1824, Sacramento, CA 95812.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 22 for Velma B. King, co-founder of King’s Roller Rink almost 60 years ago, who died Feb. 14, 2007 at the age of 97.
Roller skating and the name of King have been synonymous in Elk Grove for almost 60 years. Mrs. King and her husband Lester opened King’s Roller Rink in Franklin in December 1948, and later opened a branch in Sacramento, King’s Skate Country. Many issues of the Elk Grove Citizen have chronicled skating parties at King’s, including birthdays and others.
Her family said she enjoyed watching the different generations come to the rink and had a special connection with the children of her customers. “It didn’t matter your age, she would ask you to spit out your gum when you came in,” said her son. “And she could surprise some by telling them ‘I know your father and I will call him if I need to.’”
Mrs. King was born Sept. 24, 1909 to Elzie and Katie Bailey and grew up on the family farm in Topeka, Kansas. The King family moved to Topeka and met the Baileys when Lester and his mother came to the farm to buy milk.
Lester and Velma began dating while attending Seaman High School. Velma graduated in 1928 and went to work for Fidelity Savings Bank. It was about the time the Great Depression hit, and Lester followed his brother to Los Angeles to find work. He returned in October 1931 to collect his family and marry Velma Bailey on Oct. 15, 1931.
After a large earthquake in Los Angeles in 1933, the couple joined their family to work crops in Northern California and settled in Thornton, following the harvest in asparagus, peaches, cherries, apricots, pears and others. Later they moved to Franklin where they built their home.
When Lester King was a child his family owned a hotel and he remembered children skating in the basement. Mrs. King believed the image of happy children whizzing by on their skates stuck with him and prompted him to build a skating facility. They bought land from Otto Hanson to build the rink and opened in December 1948.
Lester King died April 12, 1964, but Velma King stayed on working at the rink, even when she was past 80 and her family asked her if she wouldn’t like to retire. She declined and continued to work until a stroke slowed her down in 1995. She was also an active member of the Royal Neighbors of America for many years.
In November 2001, the Elk Grove Community Services District honored both Velma and Lester King by dedicating a park to them.
Besides her husband, Mrs. King was preceded in death by her sisters Nellie Lipelt and Venita Applegate.
She is survived by her children Darlene Hathcock and husband Don of Arkansas and Dan King and wife Jeanette of Sacramento; and grandchildren Tim King and wife Sherri of Elk Grove, Paul King and wife Christy of Shingle Springs, Ron Hathcock, Lisa Clemens and husband Warren, Robin Mitchell and husband David, and Jim Hathcock and wife Veronica all of Arkansas.
Mrs. King was the great-grandmother of Austin, Bailey, Dalton, Danielle, Amber, Bridget, Cody, Dakotah, Wacey and Montse; great-great-grandmother of Wesley and Brock; and aunt of Vickie Applegate-Hervey.
Visitation is today (Wednesday) from 3 to 7 p.m. at South East Lawn Mortuary, 9189 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Thursday’s services begin at 11 a.m. in the mortuary chapel followed by interment in the Franklin Cemetery.
Funeral services will take place Thursday, July 12 for Donald Richard Seale, a longtime resident of the Elk Grove area who died June 23, 2007 following a battle with cancer.
Mr. Seale was born Dec. 13, 1934 in Red Bluff to Richard and Eunice Seale, and grew up in Sacramento. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1953 and served on the USS Wasp and Yorktown, traveling the world by sea.
Mr. Seale was a welder by trade and a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union No. 447 for more than 38 years. He was also a member of the South Sacramento Moose Lodge and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1267. Hobbies included hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends.
In August 1959 he married Rosann. She survives him as do his daughter Staci Bettis and husband Jimmy; grandsons David and Dylan all of Elk Grove; and sister Donna Green.
Thursday’s services begin at 11 a.m. in Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. A reception will follow at the South Sacramento Moose Lodge.
Interment will be July 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cottonwood Cemetery
Remembrances may be made to the Carmichael Emblem Club No. 355, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 426, Carmichael, CA 95609-0426, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral services are today, July 6 for Larry Kneppel, a longtime resident of south Sacramento who died July 1, 2007 at the age of 48.
Mr. Kneppel is survived by his wife of 21 years, Amy; sons Larry, John and Vincent; mother Jane; and grandchildren Janessa, Amadeu, Maudesol, Jessie, Betty, Lorena, Elena and Michael.
He was the brother of Keith and Spencer, and father-in-law of Martha and Kim. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation is today from noon to 7 p.m. The services begin at 3 p.m. at East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary, 9189 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Cremation is private.