Funeral services will take place Friday, Nov. 10 for Dana G. Dennings of Elk Grove who died Nov. 1, 2006 at the age of 54.
Mr. Dennings was a native of the Sacramento area. He received his master’s degree from Pepperdine University and retired from the Department of Motor Vehicles as a supervisor investigator 1 after 29 years. His interests included participating in karate and playing golf.
He was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Dennings.
Mr. Dennings is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sheila Dennings of Elk Grove; children Aaron and Jerod Dennings also of Elk Grove; and his father Donald Dennings of Sacramento.
He was the brother of LaMont Freeman and wife Donna of San Diego, Wendy Walker and husband Melvin of Sacramento and Denise Hampton of Elk Grove. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 9 from noon to 7 p.m. at South East Lawn Mortuary, 9189 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Friday’s services begin at 2 p.m. in the mortuary chapel, followed by entombment in South East Lawn Mausoleum.
Remembrances may be made to the Aaron and Jerod Dennings Tuition Fund, c/o Christian Brothers High School, 4315 Martin Luther King Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95820.
Fernando Espinoza, a former Elk Grove resident for many years, died Oct. 27, 2006 following an eight-month battle with cancer.
Mr. Espinoza was born June 24, 1952 in Modesto. His family described him as a devoted baseball fan, especially the Oakland A’s, and for many years he umpired the game for Northern California.
Other interests included camping, fishing, hiking, golfing, music and worshipping at Laguna Christian Center, Elk Grove. He worked for Sacramento County for 20 years.
Mr. Espinoza was preceded in death by his son Sammy in 1993.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Imogene Espinoza; sons Fernando and Gabriel; grandsons Sammy Jr. and Tyler; granddaughter Alexis Espinoza; mother Eva Wycoff; brothers Larry, Ruben and David; sisters Noni and Debbie; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services were held Nov. 2 at Laguna Christian Center. Interment was in South East Lawn Memorial Park, Elk Grove.
Graveside services will take place Sunday, Oct. 9 for Otto Hansen, a native and lifelong resident of Franklin who died Sept. 29, 2005 at the age of 98.
Mr. Hansen’s twin careers consisted of fighting fires and running Otto’s Place, restaurant and bar on Franklin Boulevard, forerunner of the present CJs in Franklin.
He began his fire fighting career as a volunteer and was hired in 1934 as assistant chief with Franklin as “his” district, a position he held for 55 years. Former Elk Grove Fire Chief Gerald Derr recalled him as “one fine great guy. He was always happy and good-natured.
“We had standing orders at the Elk Grove station that if we reached Franklin Boulevard and saw Otto coming, we let him go first because he drove so fast,” Derr recalled with a chuckle.
The Franklin fire station, Station 72 at Franklin and Hood-Franklin roads, has been moved to 10035 Atkins Drive near Franklin High School, and will be rededicated as the Otto Hansen Station on Saturday, Oct. 15. Elk Grove Community Services District officials invite the public to the ceremonies from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
In 1910 Arche Gilliam opened Archie’s Place, a saloon where CJs now stands, and after finishing school, Mr. Hansen went to work for him. During Prohibition, Archie’s was moved down the street and operated ostensibly as an ice cream parlor. After Mr. Gilliam’s death in 1936, Mr. Hansen ran the place for his wife, eventually buying it from her and moving it back to to its original location.
The Hansens served food along with the bar, and former supervisor and Franklin resident Toby Johnson remembers Stella Christesen Hansen as being an excellent cook. The couple were married for 61 years before her death a few years ago.
“Otto Hansen was ‘Mr. Franklin,’” said newspaper columnist Stan Gilliam, grandson of Arche.
Mr. Hansen is survived by his children Robert Hansen of Concord, Beverly Knuepel of Alturas and Monty Hansen of Galt; grandchildren Cindy, Cheryle, Kathy, Greg, Steven and Stephanie; great-grandchildren Otto, Josh, Travis, Derrick, Dillon, Haley, Maci, Hunter, Clint, Kurt, Casey and Scott; and great-great-grandchild Hunter.
Sunday’s services begin at 11 a.m. at Franklin District Cemetery, Franklin Boulevard and Hood-Franklin Road. Remembrances may be made to the Elk Grove Fire Fighters Association, 8812 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624.
Arrangements are by Elk Grove Funeral Chapel.
Memorial services will take place Saturday, Jan. 29 for Heather Nikkel-Lampe of Elk Grove who died Jan. 20, 2005 at the age of 32.
Mrs. Nikkel-Lampe was born May 25, 1972 in Bakersfield and moved to Elk Grove where she graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1990.
She and her high school sweetheart, Ross Lampe lived in Berkeley, Oakland and San Diego where he attended law school, and came back to this area after he received his degree. They were married March 30, 1996 and Mrs. Nikkel-Lampe attended the University of California, Davis, graduating with a degree in history. She also worked for the state.
On May 31, 2002 their daughter Stella Mae was born.
“Heather devoted her time to being a full-time mother,” said her husband. “She loved teaching Stella and she loved to shop, especially for Stella and for shoes.”
Mrs. Nikkel-Lampe’s interests included reading, cooking, dining out and traveling. She and her husband enjoyed several trips to Aruba, Italy, France, Amsterdam, Rome and Venice. She was a music lover of blues and jazz to rock, and enjoyed going to concerts.
She is survived by her husband Ross Lampe, daughter Stella Mae Lampe, parents Ray and Kathy Nikkel and sister whom she called her best friend, Carrie Nikkel, all of Elk Grove. She also leaves behind grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Saturday’s services will begin at 2 p.m. at South East Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary, 9189 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. A gathering at the Lampe home will follow.
Remembrances may be made to the Sacramento Society for the Prevention
Sandra Elizabeth (Sandy) Pellandini, one of the original members of the Volunteer League of Methodist Hospital, died Nov. 18, 2003, at the age of 65.
Mrs. Pellandini was instrumental in setting up the Volunteer Gift Shop and personnel at Methodist. She became interested due to a newspaper article about a hospital-sponsored blood drive, which caught her attention because she believed her life had been saved by blood transfusions received during an illness in her teenage years. While she could not donate blood, she did join the league in order to help. Thirty years later, she was still helping.
She served in many positions with the volunteers, but spent most of her time in the gift shop.
Mrs. Pellandini was born Nov. 3, 1938, in Sacramento and spent her early years in many places as her father was a pilot with the U.S. Air Force. During World War II her mother worked at McClellan Air Force Base and Mrs. Pellandini attended grammar schools in Placerville and Sacramento. She met Bob, her future husband, while both were students at Galt High School.
She worked at Thompson Brothers Trucking, Foremost Dairy and John Hancock Life Insurance. She was a California State Fair Official Paymaster of purses for Sacramento, Stockton, Fresno, Pleasanton and Vallejo for 18 years.
Mrs. Pellandini is survived by her husband of 48 years, Robert of Galt; her son, James Pellandini and wife Gail also of Galt; her mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Richard Ohm of Sacramento; her father and stepmother, Edward and Ki Sayers of Morro Bay; and her grandchildren, Chrissy, Michael and Spencer.
She was the sister of Suzann Underwood of Riggins, Idaho; the aunt of Kimberly Manley and great-aunt of Katelynn, Joshua, Jacob and Randy all of Riggins. Mrs. Pellandini is also survived by her aunts and uncles, Thelma and Ellis Carlson and Betty and Bill Sayers, and her stepsisters, Debbie Hilder and Diane Terhune.
Services were held Nov. 22 at South East Lawn Mortuary in Elk Grove followed by interment in Hicksville Cemetery, Galt. Remembrances may be made to a memorial scholarship fund in her name for Galt High School FFA Students, 685 Cedar Flat Ave., Galt, CA 95632.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, for Joao S. Castro of Elk Grove who died Nov. 28, 2003, at the age of 86.
Mr. Castro was born in Terceira, Azores and had resided in Elk Grove for the past 32 years.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Arminda Castro; his children, Fatima Castro, Grimaneza Melo, Celina Pereira, Joao Castro, Filomena Owen, Albert, Ondina and Arminda Castro; 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation is today (Wednesday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 9961 Elk Grove-Florin Road.
Thursday's Mass begins at 10 a.m. in the church. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorial services will take place Saturday, Dec. 6, for Mary Alice Grow of Elk Grove, who died Nov. 27, 2003, at the age of 67.
Mrs. Grow was born in Oklahoma and had lived in Elk Grove for the past 12 years.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Eldon Grow of Elk Grove, and her children, Douglas Grow of Santa Rosa, Michael Grow and wife Pam of Austin, Texas, and Karen Turner and husband Andy of El Dorado Hills.
Mrs. Grow was the grandmother of Logan Turner of El Dorado Hills and aunt of Stacey Myrice of Vacaville and Kelly Ogden of Chowchilla.
Saturday's service begins at 11 a.m. in Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. Interment is private.
Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1765 Challenge Way, Suite 115, Sacramento, CA 95815-5000.