Fidel August “Gus” Macias passed away on Feb. 22, 2012. Born on Aug. 28, 1925, in Stockton, the first of five children to Mary and Tony Macias, he was 86.
He retired from the UC Davis department of pomology in 1991. He was known as “the strawberry man.” During certain times of the year when the plants were dormant, a crew was hired to process the strawberry plants. He had the best crew possible with the likes of Shirley Rominger, Jean Harvey, Mary Hemmingway, Lavina Young, Janet Ashley, Julia West and Evelyn Meyers; his wonderful crew of poets.
He worked with and for Royce Bringhurst, Doug Shaw, Victor Voth, Dave VanHook, Hamid Ahmadi, John Hansen, Edward Ortega and Rafael Montoya and family. He played the guitar and sang professionally at one time. He
enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, wise proverbial sayings and fishing. Fishing with Gus was always fun, fish or no fish. He was a great storyteller.
Family vacations were spent in Tahoe City rafting down the Truckee River. Just a few weeks ago, Angelique organized a family trip to revisit their old vacation spot.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Darlene; children Adam Macias and Angelique Macias Petersen; brother Jess Macias, Michael Macias, Vikki Henry and son Steven Macias; three grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 24,, at 11 a.m., at Kingdom Hall, 36681 Russell Boulevard in Davis.
Helga C. McMenomey passed away after a long illness at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis on March 8, 2012.
She was born in San Francisco on Jan. 28, 1934, to Harry and Paula Dothee.
McMenomey and her family moved to Winters in 1974.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Paula Dothee; her hus-band, William F. McMenomey Sr.; her sister, Jutta Pappas; and four grandsons.
She is survived by her brother, Kenneth Dothee; her six children, Richard J. Sarro, Shelly C. Sarro, Laureen Valencia, Linda Bruce, William F. McMenomey Jr. and Kathy Quiroz; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and nine nephews and nieces.
McMenomey was a crossing guard at Hemenway Street and Anderson Avenue for many years. She truly loved her job, the children and the parents. She was sad when she was unable to work due to health reasons.
She was loved by so many. She will be greatly missed by both family and friends.
Church services will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, at St. Anthony Church in Winters. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
All are invited to celebrate her memory following the services at the home of Shelly C. Sarro, 622 Ivy Loop, Winters.
Rodney “Rod” W. Baker of Dixon died March 10, 2012, at Kaiser Permanente-Vacaville after a brief illness. He was 76.
He was born Jan. 2, 1936, in Langlois, Ore.
Baker worked for 25 years as a pharmacist at Days Pharmacy in Winters and for 20 years at B&L Printing in Dixon.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, American Numismatic Society, various coin clubs and Mensa.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Sandra M. Baker and Martha Baker, and his parents, Melvin and Edna Baker.
He is survived by his daughter Juliann Andrews; his son and daughter-in-law DeWayne and Beth Baker; his sisters, Wanda Donati and Carrie Jacobus; and eight grandchildren, Caitlin, Hillary, Zachary, Jillian and Abigail Andrews and Joshua, Kayla and Cassandra Baker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 16, at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main St., Vacaville.
A funeral service is planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at the Masonic Temple, 1655 DaVinci Court, Davis. Funeral Master Richard Stall and Chaplain Bernard Sanders will officiate.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Winters Cemetery
Donations may be made in Baker’s honor to Masonic Homes of California and mailed to Grand Lodge of California Office of Philanthropy, 1111 California St., San Francisco, CA 94108.
Sandy Wold-Grijalva passed away at Alta Bates Hospital in Oakland on Feb. 10, 2012. Born in Whittier on Nov. 9, 1948, she was 63.
She was the loving wife of Joe; daughter of Betty Cook; sister of Darlene Cole; mother of daughters, Christy, Erica and Alicia; and grandmother of Maya, Gage, Shade, Olivia, Ari and Aura. She loved spending time with her six grandchildren and family.
She will be remembered for working for 30 years as a hairstylist in Vacaville, her big heart and being a true friend to many. Sandy was an inspiration to those who knew her and had unbelievable courage during her fight against ovarian cancer. Those fortunate to be her friend say they will keep her close to their hearts forever.
A celebration of Sandy’s life will be held on Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m. in Winters at the home of Jeanette DeVries. For more information, call (916) 997-7669.
God in his eternal kindness has taken another angel to heaven. Josefina Muro Arellano, 82, of Winters passed away on Feb. 21, 2012.
Josefina, whom friends and family affectionately called Pina, was born in Florencia, Zacatecas, Mexico, on April 5, 1929, to Antonio and Teresa Muro. On Feb. 28, 1948, she married Agustin Arellano Miramontes. Of that perfect and beloved union, 12 children were born:
Everardo, José Guadalupe, Isaías, Bernardino, Mario, Abraham, Teresa, Cenobio, Josefina, Ismael, Agustín Jaime, and José Manuel. Of those 12 children, 36 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren were born.
Josefina was a devout Catholic her whole life. She loved flowers and the color purple. Her cheerful and friendly disposition made anyone who met her love her instantly. She was a strong woman who smiled at life.
A wake was held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., immediately followed by a rosary at St. Anthony Catholic Church. The funeral Mass was on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m., followed by a graveside service at the Winters Cemetery.
May you rest in peace, Mamá Pina.
JOSEFINA MURO ARELLANO
Dios en su eterna bondad se ha llevado a un ángel más. Josefina Muro Arellano, 82, de Winters, falleció el 21 de febrero del 2012.
Josefina, a quien sus amistades y familiares cariñosamente le decían Pina, nació en Florencia, Zacatecas, México, el 5 de abril del 1929, a Antonio y Teresa Muro. El 28 de febrero del 1948, unió su vida con Agustín Arellano Miramontes. De esa linda y querida unión nacieron doce hijos: Everardo, José Guadalupe, Isaías, Bernardino, Mario, Abraham, Teresa, Cenobio, Josefina, Ismael, Agustín Jaime, y José Manuel. De esos doce hijos nacieron 36 nietos y 19 bisnietos.
Doña Pina fue una devota católica toda su vida. Amaba las flores y el color morado. Su personalidad risueña y amable hacia que todos cuyo la conocieran la vieran con simpatía y cariño. Fue una mujer fuerte y llena de alegría que le sonría a la vida.
La velación será el martes 28 de febrero de las 5 a las 7 de la tarde, seguido inmediatamente por un rosario, en la Iglesia Católica San Antonio. La misa de cuerpo presente será el miércoles 29 de febrero a las 11 de la mañana seguido por el entierro en el Winters Cemetary.
Descanse en paz, Mamá Pina.
Retired Fire Chief Vernon Charles Bruhn passed away on Feb. 23, 2012. He was born Feb. 17, 1925 in Winters, where he lived all his life. He began his career in the fire service as a cadet in high school and was a volunteer firefighter at the Winters Fire Department from 1945-63. In 1963, he accepted a paid position with the fire dept and within five years, was promoted to fire chief. He retired in 1987.
When he proposed to Vera, he told her that he would never move out of Winters, something she needed to know before she answered his proposal. Vernon loved his community and served it in many capacities. He was selected as the Winters Citizen of the Year in 1974.
He belonged to several organizations, having served as an officer in many of them for years. He was a WWII Coast Guard Veteran who served in the Pacific and Bering Sea. He was an active member in many community and fire organizations. He also served on the Sacramento/Yolo Mosquito District Board for 12 years. He enjoyed camping with friends and family, growing plants and working in his garden. He especially loved working with his woodcrafts in his shop and traveled all over California and Nevada attending craft shows with Vera and his good friends Terry and Barbara Karlen.
Vernon was preceded in death by his wife of 63 yrs, Vera Yarberry Bruhn; parents, Vernon E. and Mary Stuart Bruhn; son, Robert C. Bruhn; grandchildren David and Emily; brother, Milton S. Bruhn; sister-in-law, Joyce Bruhn; brother and sister-in-law, Leon and Antionette Yarberry; and step-brother, Donald Marlow.
He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Bruhn Ehnat (Thomas), Vernon E. Bruhn II (Katherine), Jeffrey L. Bruhn (Linda); Daughter-in-law, Kathy Wilton; Brother and Sister-in-law, Edgar and Virginia Yarberry; Sister-in-law Helen Marlow, grandchildren, Stephen Ehnat (Kristin), Denise Ehnat, Jennifer Ehnat Myers (Brandon), Amanda Ehnat, Michael Bruhn (Bernadette), Sylvia Bruhn, Sondra Bruhn Smith (Joshua), Tristine Bruhn Wheeler (Richard), Vernon Charles Bruhn II (Tiffani), Tyquin Johnson (Sheryl), Mystique Johnson Chandler, Jeffery Bruhn (Tera) and Siobhan Bruhn, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, cousins, LeRoy Harrington and Loretta (Harrington) Latona,
Friends are invited to a visitation Thursday, March 1, from 2–8 p.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Winters, and to share in a celebration of Vernon’s, life on Friday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at the Winters Fire Department, 700 Main Street in Winters, (located on the corner of Highway 128 and Main Street), then to the graveside committal at Winters Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winters Fire Department, Yolo County Hospice or the Winters Community Center.