Graveside services will take place Saturday, Jan. 10, for Charles (Charlie) Yenna of Sandy, Utah, who died Dec. 23, 2003, of pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Yenna was born May 4, 1958, in Bangor, Maine, and moved to Elk Grove in 1968 with his family. Here he was known as the "Bird Man of Elk Grove" because of his interest in anything with feathers. He maintained a hospital for sick and injured birds which he found, or friends found, and when they were restored to health, he set them free. His main interest was falconry, and a feature article in the Elk Grove Citizen in 1970 told about his training a sparrow hawk in this medieval sport.
Following graduation from Elk Grove High School, Mr. Yenna attended to University of Utah. There he worked on the Jarvik heart and was recruited to go to Minnesota for further research. While there, he earned his R.N. degree from the University of Minnesota.
He moved back to Utah and for the past 13 years has worked at the University of Utah hospital.
"Charlie had such an interest in people," said his mother. "As a nurse, he would quiz his patients about their whole lives so his patients were people to him, not just a disease.
"He listened to a different drummer all his life."
He married Mary Beth Pratt Aug. 23, 1980, in Salt Lake City. She survives him as do their children, Zachary and Lewis, and his parents, Irene and Dan Yenna of Elk Grove.
Mr. Yenna was the brother of Teri Brothers and husband Ron of Roseville. He is also survived by his parents-in-law, sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Saturday's services will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Elk Grove District Cemetery, followed by an open house at the Yenna residence.
Remembrances may be made to the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Beatriz (Betty) Maandig Gempisao McBride of Elk Grove died May 9, 2004 at the age of 66.
She was born Sept. 30, 1937 to Juan Maandig Sr. and Rita Lucagbo in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, and was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish.
Mrs. McBride is survived by her husband of 22 years Lee Andrew McBride Sr.; her children, Erwin M. and Marvin M. Gempisao; and her children from her second marriage, Carol Ann Bethel, Marsha Elaine McBride, Lee Andrew McBride Jr., and Margaret Mary McBride.
She was the sister of Rolando Maandig, Juan Maandig Jr., Educardo Maandig, Ricardo Maandig, Thelma Maandig De La Cruz, Irma Maandig Macmang and Jonathan Maandig.
Graveside service were held Monday at St. Mary's Cemetery
in Sacramento. Arrangements were by South East Lawn Mortuary, Elk Grove.
Phillip B. (Phil) Giberson, a former resident of Wilton, died April 26, 2004 in Eugene, Ore. at the age of 91.
Mr. Giberson was born Jan. 28, 1913 in St. Stephens, New Brunswick, Canada to Harry and Georgia Browne Giberson, and graduated from Sommerville High School in Massachusetts. He married Ethel Gerhart in Ogden, Utah on June 19, 1941.
Mr. Giberson worked as a wholesale electrical salesman, traveling five states. He also sold mobile homes, motorcycles, appliances, and, along with his wife, managed a mobile home park in El Cajon before moving to Wilton. While here he was an active member of the Elk Grove Masonic Lodge.
He enjoyed photography, camping, ham radio and music. He was in demand as an emcee and coordinated entertainment and performed in comedy skits at resorts throughout the northwest and California. In Springfield, Ore. he played with the Jamborinos at the Willamelane Adult Center.
Mr. Giberson is survived by his wife Ethel of Eugene; his children, Paul of Newport Beach and Marie of Idaho; and three grandchildren.
Memorial services took place May 15 at Ebbert Memorial United Methodist Church, 532 C St., Springfield, Ore. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Memorial services will take place Thursday, May 20 for Kevin George Robinson of Elk Grove, who lost his battle with cancer and died May 13, 2004 at the age of 36.
Mr. Robinson, who was the subject of an article in the Elk Grove Citizen Jan. 7, 2004, had a dream of beating his disease, an unusual adult case of the childhood bone cancer, Ewing's sarcoma, and then helping children with the disease fight through the pain.
"He was such a wonderful husband and father," said his wife, Crissie. "He was a great cook, and oh, how he loved his sports - the Sacramento Kings, the San Jose Sharks, the San Francisco 49ers - they were all special to him. Even during his last days he was cheering the Kings on during the playoffs."
Mr. Robinson was born in Michigan and moved to the Sacramento area as a child. The family has lived in Elk Grove for the past 12 years.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years Christina Robinson, and children Rebecca Nicole and Tyler James Robinson all of Elk Grove; and his parents, George and Susan Robinson of Sacramento.
Mr. Robinson was the brother of Marilyn Sullivan and husband Todd and Tiffany Robinson all of Sacramento, and George Robinson and wife Penny of Elk Grove; brother-in-law of Joyce Woznack and husband Don of Placerville; and uncle of Shawn, Devon, Aria, George, Jessica, Wesley, Kenny and Joey.
Thursday's services begin at 4 p.m. in Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. Interment is private.
Graveside services are today (Wednesday, May 19) for Juanita Bates of Elk Grove who died May 13, 2004 at the age of 80.
Mrs. Bates was a native of Colorado and a graduate of Denver University where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She was a teacher for many years in the San Jose Unified School District, and had lived in Elk Grove for the past 10 years.
Mrs. Bates is survived by her husband of 57 years, John Bates of Elk Grove; her children, Linda Bates of Santa Clara, Kathy Adams and husband Jeff and David Bates and wife Karen all of Los Gatos; and her grandchildren, Kierstin, Matthew, Trevor, Daniel and Stacey.
She was the sister of Mary Smith of Denver.
Pastor Greg Smith of Valley Grace Community Church officiated at memorial services Tuesday. Today's graveside services begin at 11 a.m. in Los Gatos Memorial Park, 2255 Los Gatos-Almaden Road, San Jose.
Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1765 Challenge Way, Suite 115, Sacramento, CA 95815-5000.
Arrangements were by Elk Grove Funeral Chapel.
Carla Christine Baker Rucker, member of a pioneer Elk Grove family, died March 21, 2006 after a short battle with cancer.
Mrs. Rucker was born March 2, 1951 in Sacramento, and grew up in Elk Grove, graduating from Elk Grove High School. At an early age she demonstrated a gift for music, singing in the choir and playing the saxophone. She also received honors in drama for directing performances.
She and husband Jim Rucker built a home on 40 acres in the Sierra Nevada mountains where they stayed until their youngest child was born in Arnold. Mr. Rucker preceded his wife in death in 2002.
Mrs. Rucker home-schooled her children, and later taught at Chalceden Christian School for several years. She shared her artistic gifts with her students through oil painting, watercolor, sketching, quilting, crocheting and gardening.
Mrs. Rucker is survived by her children Ivah Baker, Beth Baker, Emma Ballard, Andrew, Job and Jessie Rucker; parents Conrad and Betty Baker; and siblings Connie Boyer, Chuck Baker and Claudia Camuso.
Memorial services have been held. Remembrances may be made to Hospice of the Sierra, P.O. Box 4805, Sonora, CA 95370.
Funeral services will take place Thursday, April 13 for Norma Allen, a lifelong resident of the Elk Grove-Point Pleasant area, who died April 7, 2006 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Mrs. Allen was a descendant of the Schmidt family of Point Pleasant. Her grandparents, Johannes and Antje Schmidt were instrumental in starting the community church there, with services taking place entirely in German.
Norma Mohr was born Aug. 3, 1922 to Clarence and Magdalena Mohr in Thornton. She grew up in Point Pleasant, attending Franklin Elementary School and graduating from Elk Grove High School in 1940.
She became deeply involved in community activities, volunteering at the school library, working in the office of the Methodist Church and volunteering at Methodist Hospital for 15 years. She was also active in the Elk Grove Garden Club.
Mrs. Allen loved sharing her sewing talents and designed costumes for students attending Pleasant Grove and Prairie elementary schools. “Her talents brought great joy to countless children and their families,” said her family.
She was preceded in death by her sister Virginia Tisdel.
Mrs. Allen is survived by her husband of 65 years, Sherwood Allen; son Wayne Allen and wife Joann; daughters Sharon Musto and Joan Allen; and grandchildren Michael Musto and wife Cassandra, Heidi Mack and husband Scott and Matthew Allen.
She was the sister of Zelpha Smith and “grandma” to Ginger Cooper.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Harry A. Nauman & Son, 4041 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento.
Thursday’s services will begin at noon at Point Pleasant United Methodist Church, 3329 Point Pleasant Road off Franklin Boulevard. Remembrances may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.