Jesus Jose Montenegro passed away in Woodland on Oct. 29, 2007. Born on July 11, 1934 in Durango, Mexico, he was 73 years old. He was a Yolo County resident for 44 years, and worked as a supervisor for Hunt Wesson in Davis. He was a member of the Holy Rosary Church in Woodland.
He is survived by his daughters Lucy M. MacMahon and husband John, and Madeline Montenegro; sons Jesse Montenegro and wife Margaret, Manuel Montenegro, Steven Montenegro and wife Linda, Hector Montenegro and wife Whitney; sisters, Marcelina, Luz, Victoria, Socorro, Maria and Agueda; brothers, Camilo, Elisco, David, Jose, Alfonso, Juan and Raphael; 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesus and Agueda Montenegro.
A visitation was held on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church in Woodland. A private service was held on Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, with Father Fernando. Mr. Montenegro’s ashes were buried at Monument Hill.
Cheryl Ann (Maier) Andrews passed away in Woodland on Nov. 1, 2007. Born on May 13, 1963, she was 44 years old. She was a fifth generation Californian and the youngest of four children, who all grew up in Winters. She graduated from high school in 1981, attended beauty School and worked as a hair stylist at Great Clips in Davis for over six years. She spent most of her life in Winters, where she raised her two sons.
Family members say her children were the light of her life, and that her adult years were spent being a homemaker and hairdresser, in which she took great pride. She loved Halloween and Christmas most, and loved dressing up and decorating. Her favorite outings were to the beach and camping with her family. Her favorite family tradition was spending Thanksgiving at Durran Beach. She loved fun and laughter, and took it with her everywhere she went, says a family member.
She is survived by her mother, Marilyn Maier, of Winters; sons, James and Carter Andrews, both of Winters; siblings David and wife Edwina Maier of Tennessee, and Diane Parent of Fullerton; sister in law, Thelma Maier of Winters; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald Maier, II; brother, Jerry Maier; and grandparents Rev. Stewart and Eva Potter.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date, with private interment at the Winters Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Yolo Hospice in her memory in lieu of flowers.
Norman “Normie” Wayne Hobden passed away on Oct. 20, 2007 at Sierra Healthcare in Davis. Born on July 15, 1955, in San Jose, he was 52 years old. He was a Winters resident for the last five years, and worked in the janitorial field for 10 years.
He is survived by his sisters, Caroline Covey of San Jose, Diane Davis of San Jose, Debbie Singles of Marysville, Beverly Sears of Marysville and Nancy Vanderputt of Ferney, Nevada; brother, Gary Hobden of Richmond, Washington; numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Frances Hobden, sister Bonnie King, brothers, Larry and Kenneth Hobden.
A visitation was held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McNary’s Chapel in Woodland. A memorial service followed at 1 p.m.
Stewart Potter of Folsom passed away on Oct. 21, 2007. Born in Modesto on May 22, 1932 to Reverend Stewart and Eva Potter, he was 75 years old.
He graduated from Winters High School in 1950, then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He returned to Winters in 1957 to marry his wife Lillian. Together they raised their family in the Folsom area, where he built a 30-year career at the California Department of Corrections.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four children, Stewart and wife Patricia of Seaside, Oregon; Donna Campoy and husband Matt of Sutter Creek; Steve Potter of San Diego, and Tim Potter of Folsom; eight grandchildren, Stewart, Jenna, Megan, Andrew, Diana and Nick Potter, and Lesley and Mathew Campoy; sisters, Marilyn Maier and Marjorie Graff and her husband Jack of Winters; brother Jim Potter and wife Kay of Rocklin; sisters-in-law Tudi Duncan and Betty Cavaglieri and husband John and brother-in-law Hardy Reddick, all of Davis; numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.
John J. Kammerer, 86, passed away on Oct. 25, 2007 at his home, surrounded by his family following a long illness. Born on Feb. 23, 1921 in New York City, he was a 54-year resident of Winters. John attended New York University for two years before his education was interrupted to serve in the US Army during World War II. He settled in California after the war and completed his education at California State University, San Francisco.
In 1955, he accepted a position at Winters High School, where he taught for 32 years. During his tenure, in addition to teaching, he passionately coached nearly all sports that were offered at Winters High School and served as athletic director. It was during this time that he met and married the love of his life, Marian.
He was a dedicated and popular member of the Winters community who positively touched the lives of many of its youth. For many years he served as the city’s Summer Recreation Program Coordinator and Little League Coordinator. He was a member of the Winters City Council and served as vice mayor. He was honored as the Winters Youth Day Grand Marshall in 1978 and 1988, SVAL Coach of the Year in 1973 and received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Athletics in 1980 from the State of California Athletic Association.
Although sports were his passion in life, he loved spending time with his family, especially in his later years with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. During his retirement years, he traveled extensively with his wife Marian, together they toured most of North America with several trips to Europe.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marian; children John J. Kammerer III, Andrea McIlvaine and husband Larry, Ellen Pedroia and husband Kirby, John Carbahal and wife Debbie, Edward Carbahal and wife Sheila, and Manny Carbahal and wife Debbie. He is also survived by his sister Dorothy Rudolph, 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Barbara Kammerer and sister Lillian Collins.
Family members say he always felt fortunate to have a wonderful wife, family and friends, and would have liked everyone to join in the celebration of his life, says a family member.
Vigil services were held at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church, 301 Main Street, Winters at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, 2007. Funeral Services were held at the same location at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. Burial followed at the Winters Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made to Yolo Hospice or the American Heart Association.
Irene Hassett, mother of Susan Hassett and grandmother of Serena Longo and Lucretia Longo, passed away on Sept. 18, 2007. She was 91 years old, born Christmas Day, 1915. She died after a short four-month fight with cancer.
She moved here from Arizona in 2000, living with her daughter on a 30-acre ranch five miles west of Winters, towards Lake Berryessa. Coming from smaller Midwestern towns, she really enjoyed the atmosphere and easy friendliness of this town, and the town made her feel welcome, said her daughter. She chatted with Dr. Davis about music and piano when getting her checkups, and visited with the pharmacist Gary Bertagnolli waiting for prescriptions.
She worked as a volunteer for the Winters Library for over four years, mending books and covering and cataloging the new ones. She was a steady consistent worker, liked a clean work space and liked to complete all books on the shelves. She spent an average of 3 hours there weekly.
Her favorite project was baking whole grain breads and cookies, every week. She also played the organ for years and could tap out a great boogie woogie.
Her first service was on her daughter’s ranch. She will be buried next to her husband in Arizona next week.
Mary Elizabeth Rebottaro (Wilkes) passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at the Courtyard Healthcare Center in Davis at the age of 85. She was born on Nov. 20, 1921 to Robert and Mary Wilkes at home in Vallejo. The home still stands to this day outside the gates of Mare Island. She was a resident of Winters and Davis for the past three years, previously living in Vallejo, Napa and El Cerrito.
She won “Golden Girl of the Golden West” at the age of 17. She loved music, dancing and singing, and played the violin and Hawaiian steel guitar. She was employed as a pipefitter at Mare Island during WWII. In later years, she managed a care home for the elderly, and was a nurse-aid and in-home caregiver with Mediserv Home Care Services of Vallejo.
Family members describe her as a wonderful dancer. She belonged to various dance clubs, and was a member of the Vallejo #0315 Women of the Moose Lodge and a past Health and Awareness Officer. She also was a member of the Son’s of Italy Lodge. She was an avid Bingo player with a lucky streak, and is remembered by family members as a loving mother and doting grandma.
Surviving her are her daughters, Cindy Johnson and husband Jeff of Winters, and daughter Nancy Rebottaro of North Las Vegas, Nevada; son John Rebottaro and wife Phyllis of Hawthorne, Nevada; sisters Kay Wick of Lafayette; grandchildren Jeremiah, Justin and Jerred Johnson, Kenneth Risser, Christa Farr and Mandy Rebottaro-Dyer; five great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her sister Elizabeth West and brother Robert Lee Wilkes, Jr.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Twin Chapel’s Mortuary, 1100 Tennessee Street in Vallejo. A gathering will follow to celebrate her life for anyone who wishes to attend. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Twin Chapels Mortuary, Vallejo (707) 552-6696.
Memorial donations in Mary Rebottaro’s name may be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA, 95617 (758-5566).
Norman E. Halley passed away on Oct. 17, 2007 at his home in Winters. Born on Sept. 17, 1910, on the plains of North Dakota, near the small town of Harlem to Edward and Inga Halley, he was 97 years old.
His family moved from North Dakota to California in 1919 and bought a farm in the Wolfskill district in Winters in 1920. He attended Wolfskill Grammar School and graduated from Winters High School in 1929. After graduation, he moved to Rodeo, California and went to work for Union Oil Company. It was during this time that he met Marjorie Nicols, and they were married in 1933. In 1944 they moved to Winters to take over the family farm. Norman continued farming until his retirement at the age of 93.
Mr. Halley was very proud of his Norwegian heritage. He also was a California history buff and loved to reminisce about his childhood in North Dakota. He loved panning for gold, fishing, and hunting. His fondest memories included deer hunting trips first with his brothers, then with his sons and grandsons. He was devoted to his family, and his family was devoted to him.
He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Marjorie, of Winters; daughter and son-in-law Brenda and Frank Molina, of Vacaville; son and daughter-in-law, David and Jeannie Halley, of Winters; seven grandchildren; Bob Molina and wife Sheri, of Arbuckle, Don Molina and wife Rhonda, of Winters, Lisa Molina and partner Keri, of Vallejo, Shannon Halley-Cox and husband Zachary, of Sherman Oaks, Brian Halley of Winters, Norm Halley of San Luis Obispo, and Lyn DeShaw of Modesto. He is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his son, Norman E. Halley, Jr. in 1970.
The family invites friends to a visitation Monday evening from 5-8 p.m. in Nadeau Family Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Winters Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Nadeau Family Funeral Home.