Karen Anne Stroeh Galway died peacefully in her sleep on June 6, 2005, after a brief battle with ovarian cancer. She was born in Pasadena, on July 22, 1932, where her family lived on a small farm. At the age of 9, Karen was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She attended grade school in Novato, and Guadelupe Junior High School in Vallejo. Karen graduated with honors from San Rafael High School in 1950. She was Salutorian of her class and received several scholarships including Life Membership in the California Scholarship Federation. Always an excellent student, she majored in French at the College of Marin and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1952.
In October 1952, Karen married Robert Galway, an Air Force Sergeant, and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was stationed. Her daughter, Debra, was born at Scandia Air Force Base in 1953. After Robert was discharged from the Air Force, the couple moved to Berkeley, where Robert got his bachelor’s degree in economics. They purchased their first home in Walnut Creek, and in 1956, son Jeffrey was born.
In the spring of 1963, the family moved to Sacramento. While living in a rented duplex, Karen helped design their new home in Greenhaven - a source of pride and joy. During this time Karen continued what would become a lifelong passion - volunteering. During the children’s school years in both Walnut Creek and Sacramento, she was very active in the PTA and often served as an officer or committee chair. From Larkey Lane Elementary in Walnut Creek, to Ethyl I. Baker and Bear Flag Elementary Schools, Sam Brannan Jr. High School and finally J.F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, she was well known for her tireless work.
As the children grew older, Karen’s love of learning resurfaced and she returned to college. As a part time student, she returned to college in 1969. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography in 1977 and Master’s Degree in Urban Planning in 1984 from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). During that time she received numerous honors for her academic achievement.
In 1974, Karen entered Government Service at the Sacramento Army Depot where she worked in various positions leading to Employee Relations and Development. Karen and Robert divorced in 1975. In 1981, she moved to a position as Training Officer at the Concord Navel Weapons Station. Then, she retired as a GS-13, and later returned as a contract employee at the Weapons Station.
During her retirement, Karen continued her work in community service. She held many positions from Director of Homeowners Associations where she lived, to work on the Board of Administrative Appeals for the City of Antioch and the Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee, to serving as President and Director of the CSUS Alumni Association and Director of the Woodland Humane Society. These are just a sampling of the many organizations she got involved in. Those she worked with will remember her for her energy, enthusiasm and caring ways.
At the age of 64, Karen retired for good and pursued another goal. She designed and built her own handicapped accessible home in Winters. She was very proud of the completed home which is comfortable yet accessible without obvious alterations.
Karen is survived by two children, Debra Galway, Senior Civil Engineer for the City of Vacaville, and Jeff Galway of Springfield, VA, a retired Naval Officer and US Naval Academy graduate working as a Satellite Communications Engineer; one brother, Dietrich Stroeh and his wife, Margaret, of Novato; and four grandchildren, Kathleen Galway of Charlottesville, VA, Laura Galway of Springfield VA, and Alyson and Christopher Galway-Howard of Vacaville.
Karen was a loving and giving person who always kept the other person in mind. In recent years, she had been in declining health due to complications related to the Rheumatoid Arthritis. Her battle with ovarian cancer was short and she was kept comfortable at the end. She will be missed but she is now free of a life-long battle with chronic pain and other problems related to the arthritis.
Karen will be cremated and interned privately at Valley Memorial Park in Novato. A memorial service celebrating Karen’s life will be held on Saturday, July 30.
Contact her family by e-mail at email@example.com for details. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the animal welfare charity of your choice.
Mr. John Manzo died in Woodland on Wednesday, June 1, at age 82.
He was born on July 27, 1922 in Gilroy. He had been a Yolo County resident for 54 years. He was a high school graduate. For 60 years he worked in Yolo County and in Winters as a farmer.
Mr. Manzo is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jewell Manzo; son Walter “Bud” Hobbs and his wife, Martha, of Oroville; 13 grandchildren; sisters Cay Johnston, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Maggie Schmidt, of Gilroy; brothers Joe Manzo and his wife, Ramona, of Brentwood, and Donald Manzo and his wife, Rhoda, of Gilroy, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sons, Arthur Hobbs and Gene Hobbs; parents Orasula and Luigi Manzo; sister Erma De Benedetto, and his brother, Lawrence Manzo.
A funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, at Calvary Baptist Church, in Woodland, with Pastor Henry Tucker officiating. Interment will follow the service at Monument Hill Memorial Park.
McNary’s Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jack Mitchell Armstrong of Woodland died Sunday, May 29, at age 74.
Mr. Armstrong was born on October 31, 1930 in Woodland. He was raised in Woodland and graduated from Woodland High School in 1948. He proudly served in the United States Navy in the Korean War. When he returned to Woodland he was employed by the United States Post Office. He retired from Mobil Chemical after 20 years.
Jack was an avid outdoorsman; duck hunting was his passion and training bird dogs. He was a member of the Woodland Elks Lodge. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jack was a long time member of the local Pedro League. He enjoyed supporting his grandchildren in their sports and other activities. He carried on the family tradition of being an avid gardener.
Survivors include Mr. Armstrong’s son, Steve Armstrong and his wife Carole, of Winters, his daughter, Carla Fletcher of Woodland, and his grandchildren Corrin Duran of Winters, Jayme Armstrong of Davis, Joseph Armstrong of San Luis Obispo and great grandson Christian Duran of Winters. Jack leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and sisters-in-law.
Joseph Ramos Rubio, 75, of Winters passed away on Jan. 26, 2008 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident between Winters and Davis. He was born in Marchal de Lubrin, Almeria, Spain, on Feb. 8, 1932 to Jose and Esperanza Rubio, and came to the U.S. at the age of 2. He and his mother, sister and brother met his father in West Virginia and then moved to Gary, Indiana. The whole family moved to Winters when he was 6 years old and he lived in Winters for the rest of his life. He graduated from Winters High School in 1950. He also had his own electrician business after retiring from the Civil Service. His favorite pastimes were spending time with his family, gardening and Giants baseball.
Mr. Rubio served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. Following his service, he had a career as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic and electrician, and was employed in the civil service and worked at military bases in Winters, Davis, Sacramento, Dixon and Concord. He retired in 1987 and started his own business, Rubio Electric, and did electrical work for the next 20 years. He was a charter member of the local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and gave the chapter its name, the Golden Harvest Chapter. He was also a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carmen, of Winters; daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Miles Weber of Loomis and Elaine and Dan Fiser of Hanford; grandchildren Matthew Joseph and Mark Edmund Weber of Loomis and Jeanine Michelle and Amy Nicole Fiser of Hanford; sister, Marie Pitts of Winters; sister-in-law Esperanza Rubio of Glendale, Arizona; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ralph and Josie Cuberos of Winters and brother-in-law Joseph Cuberos of Selma, Oregon; many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Esperanza Rubio, brother, John Rubio, and brother-in-law, James Pitts.
A visitation will be held for Mr. Rubio on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6-7 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with a Rosary Service. A funeral Mass is planned for Friday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Michael William Buchko passed away on Jan. 27, 2008. Born on July 19, 1960 in Salinas, he was 47 years old. He lived in Las Vegas, Reno, Los Angeles and Sacramento, but considered Winters to be his favorite home. He lived and worked at the Sierra Pacific Resort on Putah Creek. He worked most recently in the construction industry, building custom upscale homes and completing projects for family and friends, who say he could build anything with his hands.
Family members say he had many close friends and touched many lives with his enthusiastic and vibrant personality. He loved spending time with family and friends, and especially his son, Ethan. He is described as “ready with his quick wit and a silly joke to make sure everyone around him was sure to have a good time.”
He is survived by his children, Mike Jr. and Ethan; parents, Mark and Gerry Buchko; brothers, Steve, Dave and Jeff Buchko; sisters, Debbie Buchko-Koll and Jennifer Guetter; companion, Shawna Cooper and her son Kyle; many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
A celebration of his life is planned on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Creekside Estates clubhouse, 6000 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.
Described by many as “legendary” and “an icon,” longtime Winters High School coach and teacher Jack Delbar succumbed to complications related to diabetes on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 in a Sacramento hospital. He was 69.
Delbar, a 29-year resident of Winters prior to moving to Davis in 1993, began his coaching career at WHS in 1965 as the head junior varsity football coach. He also coached Warrior baseball and when necessary, Warrior basketball, softball, and track. He took the reigns of head coach of the WHS Varsity football squad in 1977 with the retirement of Coach John Kammerer.
Under Delbar’s leadership over 23 seasons, the Warriors racked up North Section AA titles in 1978, ‘80 and ‘81 and the section AAA crown in 1994. In 1978 and ‘94, they went 12-0 and were ranked the No. 1 small school in the state. With a career win total of 169, Delbar ranks as one of the all-time successful High School football coaches in California.
His Warriors baseball teams won the North Section AA title in 1982 after Butte View League championships in 1976 and ‘81. In addition, he coached varsity softball in 1988 and won the BVL and section titles in 1989 and the BVL title as co-coach with Polita Gonzales in 1999.
Delbar was the WHS athletic director from 1988–2002 as well as PE coach. He was named Coach of the Year and Athletic Director of the Year. He also taught a myriad subjects at WHS, including yearbook, journalism, drivers’ education, typing and first aid during his 37 years at WHS.
Delbar grew up in the gold country town of Sonora where he was the quarterback for the Sonora High Wildcats and pitcher for the Wildcats’ baseball. After graduation, he attended San Mateo Junior College for one year before transferring to Chico State University where his childhood friends were attending college. At Chico, Delbar once again was the star quarterback and pitcher for the Chico State Wildcats. He traveled to Calgary Canada in the summer of 1960 where he played semi-pro baseball for the Calgary Buffaloes.
While at Chico, he met Eloise Cutler, and they were married in 1961. Delbar took his first teaching job at Beale Air Force Base in Wheatland for one semester, before moving to Lompoc where he taught at Lompoc Jr. High School for two years. From there, he taught at Freemont before moving to Winters to begin his distinguished career in 1965.
Delbar remarried Linda Guisti in 1995 and made their home in Davis. He retired from WHS in 2002 after 37 years of teaching and coaching generations of Winters youth. Until his death, he continued to teach drivers education to WHS students.
He is survived by his wife Linda; son Michael and wife Katie of Potter Valley and their three children, Kayla Taylor, and Matthew; daughter Michelle Dunsing and husband John of San Rafael and their children Breahna and Kennedy; stepsons Matt and Paul Mezzetta; and stepdaughter Laura Mezzetta and son Christopher; brothers Bill Delbar and Randy Selesia of Sonora; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Manuel Delbar, mother Alice and stepfather Victor Selesia, and sister Sandra Hamilton.
A memorial celebration of Jack Delbar’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Winters High School gymnasium. Memorials can be sent to: Jack Delbar Memorial Scholarship Fund, First Northern Bank, 48 Main Street, Winters 95694.
RoseMarie (Paul) Fischer passed away in Sacramento on Jan. 28, 2008. Born in Woodland on Sept. 21, 1955 she was 52 years old. She grew up in Winters, and graduated with the class of 1973. She received a business degree from Heald Business college in 1975 and moved to Sacramento, where she lived for the remainder of her life. She ran a daycare out of her home, caring for children for nearly 17 years. In 1996. she accepted a position at Sacramento State University and was a supervisor of graduate studies by the time of her departure in November 2007.
She loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren, and enjoyed gardening in her back yard, antique collecting, beading, dark chocolate, turquoise and John Wayne. She had an enormous soft spot for children, say family members, and was a surrogate mom to dozens of neighborhood kids. She is described as “always quick with a laugh or a knowing smile.”
She is survived by her children, Ryan Marino, Rebekah Gutierrez and Rick Marino, all of Sacramento; grandchildren, Joshua and Ryan Gutierrez of Sacramento; brother, Michael Paul of Winters; sister, Connie Wallis of Paradise; many nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and nephews.
Information on funeral services is pending.
Arnie McBurnett of Winters passed away in Sacramento on Jan. 19, 2008. Born in Abilene, Texas, on May 11, 1961, he was 46 years old. He enjoyed fishing with his sister, Shane.
He is survived by his parents, Loretta Ramos and John McBurnett; sisters, Shelly Pardi, Shane McBurnett and Dawn Mayes; brother, Jason Ramos; nieces, Andrea Mayes Duran, Leah Mayes, Jenna Mayes, Taylor Mayes and Ashley Pardi; nephews, Christopher Mayes and Jonathan Pardi; great-niece, Alexandria Duran.
Graveside services are planned for Monday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. at the Winters Cemetery. Father Chuck Kelley will officiate.