Georgianna “Georgie” C. Mariani, 65, of Winters, passed away Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007 surrounded by her family at her home. She had been an area resident for the past 42 years.
She was born May 13, 1941 in San Luis Obispo to Edward and Evelyn Sweeney, and attended Cal Poly, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in education. She met her husband, Dennis, while at Cal Poly and they married on Sept. 5, 1964 at the Old Mission in San Luis Obispo. She was a homemaker, never missing an athletic event that involved her children or grandchildren, a member of the Yolo Flyers Club and Beta Alpha Beta, and enjoyed golfing with friends and traveling. She especially loved family gatherings, the 4th of July and spending time at the Lake House.
Mrs. Mariani is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Dennis Mariani of Winters; children and their spouses, Dennis and Bridget Mariani of Winters, Mark and Shannon Mariani of Winters, and Molly and Tom Louer of Phoenix, Arizona; mother, Evelyn Sweeney of San Luis Obispo; brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Susan Sweeney of San Jose; grandchildren, Maxwell, Nicholas, Jordanne, Brooklyn, Abigail, Jack, Joseph, Lindsey, Lauren and Ben.
She was preceded in death by her father.
A Catholic Mass was held on Monday, Jan. 15, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters. A private family interment will take place in Winters Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mrs. Mariani’s memory to Winters Little League, Winters FFA or Yolo Hospice.
Ermyl Baker Chiles died unexpectedly on Jan. 5, 2007. Born on Oct. 13, 1923, she was the daughter of Edward E. Baker and Jesse Allen Baker, and a descendant of the pioneering William S. Baker and S. K. Baker family that settled in Winters in 1864 after purchasing some land from Theodore Winters, after whom the town of Winters is named.
She attended Winters schools and graduated from Winters High School in 1941. She went on to attend UC Berkeley, completing three years. She then attended Armstrong business school in Berkeley and with her degree came home to work in the Baker family business. Her father, Edward Baker, owned the Baker Dry Goods store from 1906 to 1952 In 1946 she married Richard W. Chiles from another pioneering family that settled in Davis in the early 1840s. Her husband “Dick” preceded her in death in 1998.
She is survived by four children, Priscilla Schultz of Santa Rosa, Rich Chiles of Napa, Joe Chiles of Ukiah, and Maribeth Ristad of Concord; a brother, Edward A. Baker of Borrego Springs; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family invites friends — especially ‘old’ friends from Winters — to join them at the Buckhorn, 2 Main Street in Winters, for a remembrance of her life on Sunday, Jan. 21, 12-3 p.m.when they sold the business to John and Bobbi Greenwood.
Christopher “Chris” P. Martinez Jr. passed away on Dec. 25, 2006 at his residence in Winters. Born on Oct. 20, 1921 in Cement City, California to Cristobal P. and Anna Carrion Martinez, he was 85.
Mr. Martinez served his country during World War II, in which he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was employed by the United States Government Civil Service department in Ground Maintenance. He was also active in farming and heavy equipment operation, and did park lawn maintenance for the Winters Little League.
He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Martinez Freeland and Linda Martinez Rodriquez of Winters, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Dolores M. Martinez, his parents, and sisters, Alice Martinez and Frances Garcia.
A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, Decembeer 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthonys Catholic Church in Winters with interment to follow at the Winters Cemetery
under the direction of Wiscombe’s Davis Funeral Chapel. Those who wish to sign a guest book on line may do so at www.wiscombefuneral.com.
Beatrice Ramos, a lifelong resident of Vacaville, passed away after a lengthy illness on Dec. 13, 2006 at home, surrounded by family. Born in Vacaville on July 28, 1920, she was 86 years old.
Mrs. Ramos was a supervisor at Basic, retiring after 33 years. She was devoted to her family and in her early years, worked in farming. She loved baking, crocheting and flower gardening, and had been active with the local senior center. Following her retirement, she traveled with her sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Trini Goutenegre of Vacaville and son, Gene Ramos of Oceanside; sisters, Mary Ramos of Williams, Emily Restuch of San Leandro, Carmen Rubio and Rose Ramos of Winters, Flora Carrillo of Sacramento and Eleanor Ramos of Davis; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Rosary was recited for Mrs. Ramos on Dec. 17. A Mass of Resurrection took place on Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, with Father Charles Kelly officiating. Burial followed at the Winters Cemetery.
Lifelong Winters resident George Bertram “Bert” Coman died on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006 at Sutter Davis Hospital. Born in Winters on Jan. 25, 1924, he was 82 years old. He was a 1942 graduate of Winters High School and was a member of the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific theater in World War II.
After the war, Mr. Coman returned to Winters, marrying Nancy Elizabeth “Betty” Vasey in 1948. He worked for Pacific Gas & Electric for six years before becoming the meat cutter for Vasey Brothers Market, assuming co-ownership in 1976. A firm believer in giving back to the community, he volunteered for the Winters Fire Department for more than 20 years. He also served as commander in both the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He enjoyed the outdoors, particularly fishing, hiking and long scenic drives with his family. In his later years, he developed an interest in jazz music and was a member of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Winters, and children Robert Coman and wife Elizabeth, and grandchildren Dorrace, Vasey and Chaney Coman of Winters; Dan Coman of Winters; Nancy Legé and husband Steve and grandchildren Jack, Alex and Matt of Davis; John Coman and wife Constance and grandchildren Alise, Douglas and Rebecca Coman and Olivia Stransky of Woodland; Phillip Coman and wife Rose and grandchildren Armando and Javier Campos and David Rivera of Selma.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Coman.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Dec. 30, at St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m.
Victoria Gill passed away peacefully early on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006 at her home in Vallejo, surrounded by her caregivers and housemates. Born on Nov. 18, 1915 in San Francisco, she was the youngest daughter of Bartholomew Gil Gil and Ana Reyes Guerra Gill.
According to family members, a childhood accident prompted Victoria’s auditory limitations, but her family successfully communicated with her and tapped into her strengths so that Victoria was a constant contributor to her early family household and ranch chores in the Olive-Pleasants district of Winters. Upon the death of her mother, Victoria was 33 and her brother John arranged for the developmental disability living and educational options in which she would have comfort, community and stimulation. During adult-recreations/education programs, Victoria received recognition for her soft-sculpting art forms and enjoyed the companionship of several special friends and caregivers. Mostly she valued visits to the Vallejo Waterfront Park, seeing seasonal decorations or images and particularly fellowships with friends, always promptly cleaning up with everyone else after mealtimes or celebrating birthdays and numerous holidays.
Through the Eucharist Outreach Program, Victoria was a parish member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. In her last 16 years, Victoria happily lived at Amogela’s Care Home and with her robust physical condition, thrived with her caregivers and dearest friends, Zeny (Frank) Amogela and her cherished “G” aka Gloria (Romero) Aradel. She will be remembered by the ladies that called her “spoiled brat” or Grandmam including Leslie, Maureen and Margaret.
With her affectionate nature, Victoria would always wave, point upwards in delight and kiss your hand in gratefulness, say family members.
She is survived by sister-in-law, Jessie A. Gill of Winters; nieces and nephews Anita Eral of Waterford, John G. Ramos of Winters, Frank F. Fernandez of Fairfield, John J. Fernandez of Vacaville, Mary L. Hill of Winters, Peggy Gill Dickson of Carmel Valley, John D. Gill of southern California and Mary Marfil O’Connell of Vacaville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Carmen G. Ramos and Katherine Fernandez; brothers Andrew and John Gill; half-siblings, Ana Anaya, Isabel Marfil, Rafael Gil, Maria Gil and Dolores Gil; nephews James Ramos, Arthur Ramos and Lawrence Ramos; long-time friends, Mary Mott and Mary Elder
Private family services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Winters Cemetery. Memorial donation’s may be made in Victoria’s name to a charity of your choice or St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 3450 Tennessee Street, Vallejo, CA 94591.
Elsie Lillian Stoner Sims passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 4, 2006 at Sutter Davis Hospital. She was born on May 28, 1913 in Youngstown, Ohio, the oldest child of the late John Deffenbaug Stoner and Mary Elizabeth Colbert Stoner.
She married Paul Sims in 1934. They moved with their family to Vallejo when Paul went to work for at the naval shipyard. For a time the family lived in Santa Cruz, where Mrs. Sims would amuse her daughter by doing cartwheels on the beach. She and her husband moved to Davis in 1957 to be near their daughter and son-in-law and granddaughters.
Mrs. Sims began working at Woolworths’ when she was in high school, back when the clerks were required to wear high-heeled shoes to work. In the late 1930s, before marrying, She worked at a photographer’s studio, using her artistic talents to hand-tint black-and-white photographs. She retired from UC Davis. For many years she taught vacation Bible school and Sunday School, and was a longtime member of the Davis Community Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Anita Deming of Silver City, New Mexico; granddaughters, Robina and husband Gary Slizeski of Davis, and Paula Deming and husband Kris Banvard of Worthington, Ohio; great granddaughters: Simona and Camilla Gamba of Milan, Italy; Elaine Banvard of Columbus, Ohio, and Honor Banvard of Cambridge, Massachusetts; great-grandsons, Alexander “A.J.” and Andrew “Ace” Slizeski of Davis; sister, Betty Hoskins of Winters; nieces Judy and her husband Herschell Whitley of Winters, Ann Foster of Winters, and Patty and husband Fred Roybal of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nephews, Alexander “Pete” and wife Sharon Hoskins of Philadelphia, Tom and his wife Dorothy Hoskins of Mt. Shasta, Doug and wife Laurie Hoskins of Winters, and John and wife Jennifer Hoskins of Winters; many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews across the country.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Paul; brothers: Jack, Jr. and Walter Stoner; son-in-law, Kelvin Deming and brother-in-law, Ed Hoskins.
Private family graveside services will be held at Winters Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mrs. Sims’ memory the Davis Community Church. Wiscombe’s Davis Funeral Chapel is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Robert “Red” MacCloskey, age 98, passed away peacefully at his home, “MacCloskey Acres,” outside of Winters on Nov. 1, 2006.
A graduate of Oregon State University, he served in the military with an honorable discharge of Lt. Col. He was a restauranteur in Davis (The Campus Inn) and Woodland (The Burgermaster), and dealt in real estate in the local area. His talents were many: athletic grace, yell-leading at Hollywood High and college; the theatre arts, piano playing. He played the trombone at the Hollywood Bowl and with the Oakland Symphony. His greatest pride, however, was being a redhead.
He is survived by three children: Craig of Bend, Oregon & Borrego Springs, California; Kathryn of New York City, Eve of Los Angeles; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ann and Nan Mason of Davis; and his longtime companion, Marilyn Johnson. His first and second wives, Ruth and Ysabel, predeceased him.
In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in his memory.
On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2006, Natividad (Nati) Acosta succumbed to her long bout with cancer. A beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, those close to her say that she was well-known and admired in the community for her ready smile, open arms and willing ear. Although small in stature, she was spunky and brave. Born on Dec. 28, 1929, she came up to Northern California in 1952 from San Martin Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico by herself on a bus to be with her husband, José Concepcion. She lived in Winters continuously since arriving in California. She worked in the fields, the canneries and packing sheds, but still found the time to care and nurture her family. Although she herself had only a first grade formal education, she pushed and encouraged her children. all of whom completed college as well as graduate studies. She herself studied and obtained her United States Citizenship, a certificate she proudly displayed. She also would comment to any who noticed the certificate that she now “had her blue eyes.”
An open listener, her home was frequently visited by young and old alike for advice as well as acceptance; not to mention one of her delicious, wafer thin homemade tortillas. She was extremely active at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and was proud of her membership in the Guadalupanas, a church sponsored community service organization.
She is survived by her husband, José Concepcion Acosta; Eva Acosta and Sesario Escoto, daughter and son-in-law; Raquel and Richard Hays, daughter and son-in-law; Abel Acosta and Martha Quiñónez, son and daughter-in-law; and seven grandchildren: Isaac and Kristina Escoto, triplets Rubén, Ruth, and Rebeca Hays, and Ileana and Victoria Acosta.
Her rosary was recited on Tuesday evening, at 7 p.m., Nov. 28, 2006 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters. Her memorial mass was celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. with internment following at the Winters Cemetery.
Donations may be sent in her name to either the Guadalupanas of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society.