Margaret (Peg) Dozier passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at Vaca Valley Hospital. Born on Feb, 6, 1925 in Iowa, she was 81 years old.
Mrs. Dozier is described by family members as a loving mother, not only to her children, but to all the children she helped raise in the Mermod Road area of Winters. She arranged many a parade up and down Mermod Road, along with her ever-popular hotdog cookouts.
She married Richard (Dick) Dozier in 1946. They moved from Susanville to Winters in 1952 where they acquired the Roseberry Drug Store and renamed it Dozier’s Pharmacy. Mr. Dozier ran the pharmacy while his parents, Len and Lura operated the soda fountain and ice cream parlor. Mrs. Dozier served her community well with many years of service in the Winters Fire Department. She was a board member for the Winters Health Care Foundation, and served as treasurer for the city of Winters. She was recently chosen as Honorary Grand Marshal for the 2006 Youth Day Parade.
Mrs. Dozier was proceeded in death by her daughter Susie in October 2005 and her husband in 1994.
She is survived by three other children, Mardi Langdon of Winters, Scott Dozier of Winters and Rick Dozier of Vacaville; grandchildren Tiffany Dozier and Josh Dozier of Winters, Don Jones of Woodland and Ian Morris of Woodland; great- grandchild, Chloi Bruhn.
At Mrs. Dozier’s request, a small family service will be held at a later date. She requested that persons wishing to donate in her memory do so to the Winters Health Care Foundation.
Andrea Jean Childress passed away gently at the age of fifty-four in the presence of her immediate family and her friend Melanie after struggling for two-years against cancer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 21, 1952, Andrea lived in nearby Norwood until 1968 when her family moved to Bel Air, Maryland. There she graduated from Bel Air High School in 1970. In 1972, she and her future husband David moved to Berkeley to attend Merritt College. In 1975 they both moved to Rohnert Park, California where Andrea graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College with an AS degree in Radiological Technology. She subsequently worked as an X-Ray Technician at the Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol and at the Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis and as an Ultrasound Technician at Sutter Memorial in Sacramento for the past seven years. Andrea loved her family, her work, gardening and walking on the beach.
Andrea is survived by her mother and father, Bill and Madeline Austin, sisters Madeline Pruett and Martha O’Fallon and brother Mark, her loving children Michael and Amelia, and by her husband David.
A Rosary will be held on Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in the St. James Parish Church, Davis, followed on Tuesday with a funeral mass at 11 a.m. Those wishing to send flowers may send them to: Wiscombe’s – Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St., Davis, CA 95616 and those wishing to make donations can send them to the: Children’s Bereavement Art Group (CBAG), c/o Peggy Gulshen, Sutter Cancer Center, 2800 L St., Ste 400, Sacramento, CA 95816. Those who wish to sign a guest book on line may do so by visiting www.davisfuneral.com.
Gail C. Page (Cary) passed away on May 1 following a brief illness. Gail, a Winters resident, is survived by her beloved husband of 25 years Dan Carey, also a Winters resident, her devoted children Dennis and Diana, parents Harry H. Page of West Sacramento and Marion Page of Yreka, and sister Nancy Henley (Rich) of Red Bluff.
Gail was a microbiologist for Anheuser-Busch for 24 years. She will be remembered for her love of roses and all animals, especially her dogs. Donations in Gail’s memory can be made to the Napa Humane Society, P.O. Box 695, Napa, Ca., 94559.
A visitation will be held Friday, May 5 from 6 to 8 at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main Street in Vacaville. A Funeral Service will follow on Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. also at McCune Garden Chapel.
Wanda Ransdell passed away peacefully on April 24, 2006 in Davis following a lengthy illness. Born April 12, 1929 in Missouri, she was 77 years old.
Mrs. Ransdell graduated from Washington High School, located in Washington, Missouri, in 1947, and attended Missouri University, graduating in 1951 with a degree in dietetics. She worked as a dietician in a group home after graduating, and married Fred Ransdell in 1949. Following Mr. Ransdell’s graduation from medical school, the Ransdells moved to California. They moved to Winters from Sacramento in 1969, and purchased the old Sackett Ranch with her husband, Fred. In addition to running the ranch, Mrs. Ransdell worked as a real estate agent and tax preparer for many years. She developed an original recipe for apricot jerky, of which she was proud.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Fred; children, Trinka MacMurrtaugh of Sacramento, Faye May and her husband Dave of Scottsdale, Arizona, Fred Ransdell and wife Andrea of Davis, Tom Ransdell and wife Frances of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and Sam Ransdell and wife Amy of Davis; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brother Dan Armistead and wife Jeanette of Union, Missouri, sister Violet Weirich and husband Harold of Lebanon, Missouri, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Wanda is remembered for her bright smile and kind words for everyone she met and will be missed by all, says a family spokesperson.
A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Ransdell at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Winters on Monday, May 1, 2006 at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow in Wesley Hall.
Well known scientist and rural Winters resident William John Hamilton III died April 24, 2006. He was born Nov. 13, 1931 in Ithaca, New York. A graduate of Cornell University in 1953, he served in the Korean War before coming to UC Berkeley to study under Starker Leopold and receive his PhD in 1960. After a post doctoral stint at the California Academy of Sciences studying duck migration, he took a position at UC Davis in 1963, where he remained until he retired in 1994, continuing his research as an emeritus professor until his death. He was an internationally recognized research scientist in ecology and animal behavior, working extensively in California and Africa throughout his career.
Mr. Hamilton began research on animal ecology in Southern Africa in 1968, mainly in Botswana and Namibia, continuing after he retired, teaching field ecology courses until 2005. He also had research projects in Egypt, the Caribbean, Central and South America and Indonesia. He was the author of numerous books and articles.
For the last several years he traveled throughout the Central Valley, for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game, studying tri-colored blackbirds. He was considered the authority on the threatened California tri-colored blackbird, studying population trends and actively pursuing management strategies to protect its long term survival.
Mr. Hamilton delighted in the natural world with a love and sense of wonder that bordered on the ecstatic, according to his colleagues. He was trained in natural history from a very young age and spent numerous days in the field with his father, Cornell University mammalogist William Hamilton, Jr. Throughout his life there were always new and fresh wonders to delight him.
He is survived by Marion, his wife of 50 years, daughter Susan and three grandchildren, Lily, Emma and William, all of Winters. Their son John preceded him in death in 2000.
A memorial gathering to remember Bill will be held on Saturday, May 27, at 10 a.m. at the home of John and Marsha Anderson, 21740 County Road 88, north of Winters. The family would appreciate contributions to the Yolo Land Trust, P.O. Box 1196, Woodland, CA 95776, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Fermin Walter Rubio, Sr. passed away on April 22, 2006 in Oroville following a lengthy illness. Born on July 27, 1938, in Suisun City, he was 67 years old.
Mr. Rubio served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He worked as a butcher for 20 years at Stoven Bros. in Dixon. He also spent 18 years working in building maintenance in Reno, Nevada, and retired to Oroville three years ago. He was the son of immigrants from Spain who settled in Winters in the early 1900s.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gladys; sons and daughters-in-law Fermin and Susan Rubio, and Mark and Jill Rubio; sisters, Fastina Carillo, Julia Gonnilla, Carmen Soulier, Josie Cuberos and Ana Martinez; brothers, Pedro and Mike Rubio; seven grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julia and Mike Rubio; sisters, Mary Albacete and Anthonette Barbosa; and brothers, Frank, John and Chris Rubio.
Visitation will take place at McCune Garden Chapel in Vacaville on Thursday, April 27, 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held for Mr. Rubio on Friday, April 28, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville, with Pastor Bob Jacobs presiding. McCune Garden Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Salvadora “Doris” R. Manas died on April 19, 2006. She was born in Hilo, Hawaii on March 8, 1917 to Salvador and Gabriella Rubio, who moved to Winters in 1918 where they remained all their lives.
Doris was a homemaker and helped her husband Pete on their ranch, sorting and selling peaches and walnuts. Doris enjoyed her family and friends and was always there to help everyone. Her kitchen was known as “Doris’ Coffee House,” where friends and family would gather to solve the daily problems.
Doris is survived by one daughter, Anna Doughty and her husband Bill. Her grandchildren are John Muller and wife Cindy, Jennifer Hoskins and husband John, Robin Warner and husband Henry, Lucy Medina and husband Mike, Pete Manas and wife Dawn, Vicky Manas and Lisa Manas. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Mitchell Muller, John Muller, Ben Muller, Leila Muller, Logan Hoskins, Joey Campos, Danny Campos, Cody Campos, Anna Campos, Hannah Manas, Olivia Manas, Gabby Manas, Elaine Medina and Andrew Medina. She is also survived by two great-granddaughters, Devin and Taylur Prescott. She is survived by her sister Marie Goddard and husband Hugh, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Pete Manas, and her son Gabriel Manas, brother Dick Rubio, and sisters Gabrielle Manas and Frances Ariza.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, April 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters. Burial followed in the Winters Cemetery. A visitation was held Tuesday, April 25, from 5-8 p.m. with a vigil at 7:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, Ca 95617.
Voicie Mae Bertinoia Dennis, known by friends and family as Vickie, passed away April 15 in Vacaville. Vickie was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and concealed her age, her date of birth and her age so well that they are unknown, but she assuredly lived a full life. Mrs. Dennis was a resident of Vacaville and was preceded in death by her husband Raymond “Buck” Dennis.
Vickie retired from Northbay Hospital as a Registered Nurse after 40 years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and sharing her maple trees with residents of Allendale and Vacaville. She was an absolute angel of a gal who loved, and is loved by, God. She gave tirelessly of herself and to others to assure their comfort ahead of hers. She had a great love for gardening and around Vicki, all things grew with love and direction.
She is survived by daughter Maria (Kent) Thompson of Vacaville; sons Bill Hicks of Cleveland, Ok., Gary (Rebecca) Hicks of Prescott, Ar., Kenneth (Christyne) Bertinoia of Winters and John Bertinoia of Vacaville; sister Ermma Ridenour; brothers Paul, Steve and Butch; grandchildren Lihn, Raymond and Rebecca Hicks, Adam, Joe and Matthew Bertinoia, Casey Mills, Chad and Andrea Thompson, Ronny and Dallas Hicks, Kimberly and Bill Hicks; great-grandchildren Dylan, Christen, Alexis, Tenia, Tristian, Sevastian, Kateland, Haley, Dustin, lil’ Casey and Ravan; and longtime friends Goldie Maner, Willie Field, Lisa Saenz and Loraine Patterson.
Memorial services will be held at 203 Main Street Chapel in Winters on Saturday, April 29 at 4 p.m. with Pastor Rutledge officiating. A private internment will follow.
Demetrius Andre Flores went to be with the Lord on April 3, 2006 in Hacienda Heights. He was 17 years old.
Demetrius was born on January 1, 1989 to parents Larry Flores and Olga Ramirez with his twin brother, Damon Flores. He is survived by his loving parents and his brothers Dominique, Damon and Darian.
Demetrius is also survived by his grandmother, Conception N. Ramirez, paternal grandparents Larry and Teresa Flores, uncles Frank Nieto and wife, Rodolfo Ramirez Jr., Tracy Flores and wife, aunts Dolores Castro and husband, Luz Rodriguez and husband, Maggie Finely, Letty Nieto, Shella Ruba Calva and husband, Helena Flores, and numerous other relatives and friends.
Demetrius was preceded in death by his grandfather Rodolfo Ramirez Sr. and his great grandparents Manuel and Beatrice Gonzalez.
Demetrius was a Winters resident for most of his life and attended Winters public schools. He was passionate about football and played for the Jr. Warriors in Winters for several years. He recently relocated to Southern California to live with his father and was hoping to play High School football next year. He also loved hanging out with his friends, who will greatly miss him.
A memorial fund has been established for Demetrius Flores at the local First Northern Bank of Dixon to assist the family with burial expenses. Contributions can be made to the Demetrius Flores Memorial Fund at First Northern Bank of Dixon at 48 Main Street in Winters.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 11 a.m. at the Main Street Church (formerly Gateway Chapel). Pastor Al Calderone from Discovery Worship Center will officiate with translation into Spanish from Pastor Joe Mejia of Miracle Worship Center of Dixon. Graveside services and a reception to celebrate his precious life at the Winters Community Center will follow. All family and friends are invited to attend.