Elizabeth “Betty” Rae Cavaglieri died Feb. 24, 2012. She was 88. At her request, a memorial service with her immediate family is planned at the Davis Cemetery.
She was born in Woodland on Oct. 13, 1923, raised in Winters, and was the second child of Eva (Chadwick) and Howard Francis Duncan. Her siblings were older brother, William, and sisters Myra and Lillian.
She graduated from Winters High School in 1943. Immediately after graduation, Betty and her sister, Myra, began work at Mare Island during World War II. In 1945, Betty married Marcus A. Gunter. They had one child, a daughter, Jennifer. They divorced in 1948.
In 1965, Betty married John Cavaglieri, who coached football at Winters High School. John and Betty made their home in Davis, where they have resided ever since. She retired from the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1982 after a long career. Betty’s interests included attending John’s football games, family gatherings, gardening, travel with friends, genealogy and reading. She served on the grand jury. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members. Her most treasured moments were at family gatherings, surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Betty’s genealogy research goes back many generations in Yolo County. Her father, Howard, a horse trainer, was the son of Edwin Ellsworth Duncan, a farmer who migrated from Illinois with his family to Woodland in 1904.
Her mother, Eva (Chadwick) Duncan was the granddaughter of John Schantz, a gold miner who travelled around the Horn in 1849 from Buffalo, N.Y., to the gold fields near Placerville. He ended up farming in Winters (then called Winters Station) by the 1860s.
Eva’s father and grandparents, the Chadwicks were also farming in Winters by 1880, arriving in San Francisco from the Midwest in 1876. She traced and documented the Chadwicks back to 1775, in Kentucky. In 1840, they were farming in Indiana, and then farmed in Missouri during the 1860s. The Chadwicks left their farm in Iowa in the 1870s ending up in Winters where they farmed next door to the Schantz family northwest of Winters.
Betty is survived by her husband John Cavaglieri; daughter Jennifer (Gunter) Nease and son-in-law, Mike W. Nease; grandson, Michael Christopher Nease, his wife Kelly and great-grandchildren, Kenzy and Luke; grandson, Todd Mathew Nease; granddaughter, Alyson Elizabeth Greatorex, husband Jeff Greatorex, great-grandsons Justin and Jeremy; and her sister Lillian Potter of Folsom.
Betty was preceded in death by her brother, William E. Duncan of Davis, and sister, Myra Jean (Duncan) Reddick of Dixon.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, and the Heart Association.
Delberta Pinkston died on Feb. 19, 2012, in Davis. Born Feb. 23, 1931, in Lone Rock, Ark., she came to Winters 50 years ago with her husband, Thurman.
Happily married for 46 years, she was a homemaker who adored her family. She loved playing bingo, gardening, going to Cache Creek Casino and especially enjoyed camping, fishing and deer hunting.
She was preceded in death by her husband Thurman, daughter Sue McCracken, brother Jerry White and brother-in-law Junius Hamby.
She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Godden and Sheila Holman; sister, Mozella Hamby; grandchildren, Steve, Tawnya, Leslie, Courtney and Brian and her great-grandchildren, Robert, Stewart, Hunter, Cole, MacKenzie, Rion and Desirae.
Friends are invited to visit on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Chapel, 34 Main St., and attend the graveside service on Monday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. at Winters Cemetery. Donations to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123-1718, would be greatly appreciated.
Paul Junior Yandell died Jan. 28, 2012 in Long Beach.
He was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Sugar Grove, Arkansas. He moved from Sugar Grove while a young boy and grew up in the Chicago area. While in high school, he became an Eagle Scout. In 1944, he entered the Navy and served his first tour of duty. He was called again to serve in 1948 and was on a battle ship off the coast of Korea.
While stationed in San Francisco in January 1952, he met Priscilla Carrion just before his discharge. By Sept. 28, 1952, Paul and Priscilla where married in Winters at the Christian Church on Main Street. They ventured off to Long Beach, where they made a life, with Paul working for Richfield Oil Co.
While at Richfield, the company became ARCO and Paul was a large part of transforming gas stations to AM/PM markets. He retired from ARCO but was called back to open the AM/PM markets in Las Vegas.
He was a true family man, coming to Winters with Priscilla and two daughters, Denice and Valleree, for more than 50 years. The girls were here every summer visiting their grandparents Willie and Isabel Carrion.
It wasn’t all fun and games because Grandma Carrion would make them cut apricots to earn extra summer money.
When the girls married, they too would bring their children. Even today, Denice Yandell Krill and her husband Steve, and Valleree Yandell Whitaker and her husband Carl come to town and always have dinner at the Buckhorn after a stop at the cemetery.
Paul is missed by all his loved ones, his wife of 59 years; his daughters and their spouses, Denice, Steve, Valleree and Carl; grandchildren Jennifer Krill Valley and Ryan, Scott Lamb and Brandi Whitaker, and also Mike and Betty Ann Ireland, and Bob and Linda Carrion.
Interment was officiated by the Rev. Dr. Rene Moreno at the Riverside National Cemetery
The Rev. John Lloyd Reimers, 99, died on Jan. 23, 2012, in Medford, Ore. He was born in Oakland, on Dec. 19, 1912, to Jesse H. and Hulda M. Reimers.
He grew up in Oakland and graduated from high school at the age of 16. He was hired by the Shell Oil Company in San Francisco and then transferred to Fresno. Nine years later, he began his studies at UCLA, graduated after four years and then went on to complete studies at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Reimers led Presbyterian church congregations in Vallejo, Gridley and Winters, retiring in 1978. He married Mary Margaret Crozier on Sept. 24, 1949, in Vallejo and enjoyed 50-plus years of marriage. In 1990, the Reimers moved to Medford, Ore., to reside at the Rogue Valley Manor.
In his autobiography, he wrote, “God had a plan for me. He used me to instruct and encourage and love people. For Him, I (to count the countable events) conducted 258 weddings, 568 funeral services, presided at meetings of all kinds, worked with young people and adults and preached to everybody who would listen.”
Besides being a devoted and proud dad, grandfather and great-grandfather, Reimers’ greatest loves were fishing and the great outdoors, as well as his writing. There was never a trip or vacation that wasn’t written up and shared with others. Every Christmas card or birthday card involved his creative poetry and he even delighted in exploring the world of writing fiction after 90.
In addition, he thoroughly enjoyed backpacking trips, camping, traveling and exploring new territory. He traveled with his wife to Mexico as well as Japan. His other extensive hobbies included his love of reading, doing stained glass work, stamp and coin collecting, woodworking and other handiwork. He was constantly busy on multiple projects, which constantly amazed all who came in contact with him. He certainly led an incredible, inspiring and active life, family members said.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents, Jesse and Hulda Reimers; siblings, Alma, Juanita, Jess, Robert, Vera and Joy; niece, Carol, and nephew, Steve.
He is survived by his daughters, Anne Marie Marquez of Sacramento and Susan Lee Reimers of Winters; sister-in-law, Zelda Reimers of Reno, Nev.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life took place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Sunrise Room at the Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Ore. In Winters, a celebration of his life is planned at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church on Russell Street.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to the Phoenix Presbyterian Church in Phoenix, Ore., or the Presbyterian Church Foreign Missions.
Tom Taylor quietly passed away on Feb. 15, 2012, at Alderson’s Convalescent Home in Woodland.
He was born near El Reno, Okla., on Feb. 16, 1920, and was one of nine children. He came to Southern California at 19 and, in 1941, he married Doris Milton and there they had four sons.
In the mid ’60s they moved to Winters to reopen the local hardware store (Taylor’s Hardware) and were quite active in the community through the ’70s. After selling the store to Mike and Janet Kimes, they retired and built a home in the desert. Several years later, they returned to the area and spent their last 20-plus years in the Esparto Mobile Home Park.
After 66 years of marriage, Doris passed away in 2007. Now they are together again.
He is survived by four sisters: Mary Strickland of Winters, Janie Love of Esparto, Lois Bailer of Palm Springs, and Peggy Pinnatelli of Grants Pass, Ore.; sons and daughters in-law, Jim and Patty Taylor of Winters, Mike Taylor of Kona, Hawaii, John and Monica Taylor of Newfoundland, and Patrick and Nanette Taylor of Woodland. There are also 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
As difficult as it is to accept when a loved one’s time is up, we all have to accept it. There are no options. In his own words, “he had a good life” and we, the family, were so very fortunate to have had them for parents. We will miss him dearly.
Charlie Edward Hill died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Born in Lodi on April 19, 1943, Ed was the eldest son of Willie and Reba Hill.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother Freddie Hill and grandson Levi Robinson.
Ed is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carolyn Hill; his daughter Cara and son-in-law Ken Elliott and their children Josie, Kurtis and Gus of Winters; his daughter Chrissy and son-in-law Lowell Robinson and their children Lauren, Logan, Lloyd and Layton of Arizona; his daughter Robyn and son-in-law Mike Braun and their children Alexis and Morgan of Winters; and his daughter Katie Hill of Winters.
Ed worked as a butcher for 24 years at Armour in Dixon, and 18 years as a meat cutter at Excel in Marysville. He was most recently employed at Button and Turkovich in Winters. He was an active member of First Baptist Church and enjoyed being the organist for 30-plus years. He was a devoted, loving husband and father who had a great joy for life. He was loved by all who knew him and will be dearly missed.
Ernest Floyd Hattabaugh died on Feb. 12, 2012, at home in Vacaville. Born Oct. 22, 1927, in Heaverner, Okla., he was 84. A former Winters resident for 14 years, he lived in Vacaville for the past 48 years.
Visitation is planned for Thursday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. at the Nadeau Family Funeral Home. A graveside Service is planned to follow at 2 p.m. at the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery. Services will be officiated by Pastor Milton Steck of Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville. A gathering will follow the service in the Family Ministry Center at Trinity Baptist Church.
Ralph Soulier of Rumsey died at Sutter Memorial in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 14 at age 78.
Mr. Soulier was born March 16, 1927 in Delano to Ralph and Angelina Soulier. He had been a Yolo County resident for 75 years. After 35 years of employment, he retired from Contadina.
Survivors include Mr. Soulier’s sisters, Charlotte Apodaca and Virginia Wuest, both of Woodland and Gloria Lucero of Elk Grove; his brothers, Chenie “Senobeo” Soulier of Woodland and Robert Soulier of Winters; his niece, Lorraine Apodaca and numerous other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Florence Aguilar, Henrietta Gutierrez and Marie Losoya; and his brother, Eugene Soulier.
A funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 20 at McNary’s Chapel in Woodland. Internment was at St. Joseph’s cemetery.