Patricia Baxter Cutler, 68, lived in Fairfield for 25 years, and died Sunday, April 8, 2007 in Vallejo. She was born July 20, 1938, in Fairfield and was a public educator for 35 years. She also was an avid tennis player, golfer and a member of the Rancho Solano Country Club for many years.
She is survived by her daughter Patricia Jean Cutler of Davis; her brothers David E. Baxter of Winters, Michael S. Baxter and his wife Nadine of Carmichael; friend Sharon A. Fernandes of Thornton; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, C. David Baxter and Constance E. Baxter. C. David Baxter was a local realtor for many years.
A private family graveside gathering will be held at the Winters Cemetery
with a celebration of life memorial service to be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1125 Missouri Street, Ste. 109, Fairfield, CA 94533. The family is being cared for by Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 West Texas St., Fairfield, CA 94533.
John E. Hale Jr. passed away on March 12, 2007, at his home in Winters at the age of 77. He was born on March 4, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio to Margaret and John E. Hale. He served in the US Navy from 1947 to 1968.
He married Jackie Gale on June 23, 1967 in Los Angeles. After retiring from the Navy, he attended California State University Sacramento, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in biology. He began his second career as a lab technician at the Livermore Veterans Hospital, then worked at Eldridge State Hospital in Glen Ellen. He and his wife moved to Winters to be near family when he accepted a position at the Vacaville Medical Facility. After retiring from the state in 1995, he enjoyed many hobbies, including model railroading and attending numerous Navy ship reunions.
He is survived by his children, John E. Hale III and wife Pam, Teresa Bowser and husband Robert, Wayne Hale, Louise Gale-Cummings and husband David, Stan Gale and wife Diane, Celie Kent and husband Cliff; sisters, Betty Presley, and Marge Lafreniere and husband John; brother, David Hale and wife Carol; sister-in-law Yumiko Hale; 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Robert Hale, and brother Dale Hale and his wife of 33 years, Jackie.
There will be a graveside service at the Winters Cemetery
on March 30 at 11 a.m. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA, 95617-1014.
Grace Darlene McNeil passed away in Davis on March 12, 2007, following a long illness. Born in Sioux City, Iowa on Dec. 20, 1929, she was 78 years old. She moved to Winters around 1980, and ran her own board and care home for the elderly in Davis for approximately 20 of those years. After retiring, she enjoyed collecting Beanie Babies.
She is survived by her daughters, Lois McClaughrey and Frances Austin; sons, Robert, Charlie and Russell McNeil; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and five sisters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell McNeil.
No services have yet been planned. Cards and remembrances may be sent to Lois McClaughrey, P.O. Box 721, Winters, CA, 95694.
Ida Griffin passed away on March 13, 2007 at St. Johns Retirement Center in Woodland. Born in San Francisco on July 28, 1922 to Frank and Carnation Perez, she was 84 years old. She attended local schools through her high school years. She was a homemaker for over 60 years and was a resident of Yolo County for the past 65 years.
She is survived by her daughters, Joanne Susskind, Dorothy Quadros, Donna Hann, Patty Gandera and Marilyn Benedict; sons, Gary Darrell, John Thornton and Robert “Buzz” Griffin; 24 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren..
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Griffin.
Interment services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at the Winters Cemetery. Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is in charge of arrangements.
Irene Kelley Baldridge, 84, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2007 in Woodland. She was a Winters resident for the past 55 years. She was born Sept. 14, 1922 in Miller, Arkansas to Daniel and Ida Kelley. She was proud to be a homemaker, and loved to garden and work on cross-word puzzles.
She is survived by her sisters, Mary Miller of Napa and Jessie Sneed of Conway, Arkansas; brothers, James Kelley of Flint, Michigan and Lawrence Kelley of Winters; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Fred Baldridge, and her son, Douglas W. Baldridge, who passed away from injuries sustained while playing football for Winters High School on Sept. 17, 1963. A Winters High School athletic scholarship is awarded each year in his honor.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 10 a.m. at the Winters Cemetery, 415 Cemetery
Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Irene’s memory to the Douglas W. Baldridge Scholarship Fund, c/o Winters High School, 101 Grant Avenue, Winters, CA 95694.
Arrangements are being handled by Wiscombe’s Davis Funeral Chapel.
Daniel Martinez, 71, of Winters died Tuesday, March 6, 2007 in Sacramento. Born on Dec. 16, 1935 in Vacaville to Spanish immigrants Juan and Isabel Martinez, Mr. Martinez was a lifeong Winters resident, attending Olive School as a young boy. After graduating from Winters High School in 1954 he spent two years in the US Navy before returning to Winters, where he worked for his brother John at Johnny’s Club and then began farming, initially purchasing an apricot orchard west of Winters. In 1959 he married his high school sweetheart, Joan Marie Rominger also of Winters.
His two passions in life were his family and farming. Over the years he grew a successful farming operation, eventually growing apricots, almonds, walnuts, prunes and grapevine rootstock, a business that led to the eventual founding of Berryessa Gap Vineyards by his son Dan R. Martinez, his long-time foreman Santiago Moreno and Mike Anderson, great-nephew of the late Ernie Peninou, his partner in the grapevine nursery business. Mr. Martinez loved everything about farming, often marking the beginning or end of harvest or a work season with a feast and celebration for his employees.
Family celebrations were also a joy for him, whether it was simply Sunday dinner with his kids and grandkids, large Rominger family gatherings or the annual Martinez, Biasi, Snow (MBS) Golf Tournament for 70+ family members, which he and Joan hosted for over 20 years. Mr. Martinez will be remembered by many for his big smile and his love of life.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Joan Martinez; five children and seven grandchildren, daughter Shannon Martinez and her son Adam of Winters, daughter Corinne Martinez of Winters, daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Robert Carrion and their children Anthony, Daniel and Gianna of Winters, son and daughter-in-law Dan and Dawn Martinez and their children Isabela, Ivan and Atlas Martinez of Winters, and daughter Yvonne Martinez of Santa Rosa; sister and brother in-law, Isabel and Phil Snow of Winters; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his two brothers, John and Pat Martinez, and grandson Danny Morishige.
A solemn vigil and holy rosary will be held Sunday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters. A mass and Christian burial will follow Monday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Winters Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests gifts be made to the American Cancer Society (1-800-ACS-2345), the Leukemia, Lymphoma Society (800) 955-4572 or other cancer research and prevention organizations.
Albert A. “Sandy” McKenzie Jr. passed away peacefully on March 2, 2007, at the age of 83. As a lifelong resident of Napa County, Sandy was born Dec. 14, 1923, and lived in the town of Monticello until 1957 when the town was leveled and flooded by the government to create Lake Berryessa.
After he attended school in Winters graduating from WHS in 1940 he went to junior college in Sacramento, he then entered the Army Air Corps where he served as a P-38 pilot. Afterward, he worked alongside his father, Albert A. “Bruz” McKenzie, and his grandfather, William D. McKenzie, at Cook, McKenzie and Son, which was Monticello’s general store.
Believe it or not, Sandy served as the assistant postmaster, switchboard operator, butcher and tire changer, among any other duties they could find for him. He climbed telephone poles to fix lines and sold everything from silk stockings to nuts and bolts and ice cream comes. He even helped with the large family pear orchard and the growing and shipping of tomatoes.
On June 29, 1947, Sandy married the love of his life Janice Gosling, the daughter of another local Monticello family. They moved their family to Napa in 1956 when Monticello was soon to be flooded. Both Sandy and Janice come from pioneering families of Monticello, William D. McKenzie coming to the valley in 1888 from Nova Scotia.
Sandy and Bruz continued the family tradition of working together when they purchased Pacific Hardware in Vacaville the same year Sandy moved to Napa. Eventually, Sandy’s cousin, Jim McKenzie, joined the McKenzie clan in running the business. Sandy’s son David, and Jim’s son, Scott, continue running the business today. Sandy’s fair mindedness, gentle- mannered ways and sweet tooth for cigars made him an excellent and memorable merchant for 40 years, and he is still admired at Pacific Hardware to this day.
Sandy’s lifelong passion for golf started when he learned to play as child on the glamorous Sugarloaf Golf Course, a sheep pasture with sand greens in Monticello. Playing until he was 80, he and Janice could be seen enjoying life to the fullest on beautiful courses around the world.
Sandy is survived by Janice, his wife of 59 years; his daughter, Ann (Jim) Leonard of Walnut Creek; his sons, William Alexander (Tonia) of Seattle, Wash., John of Silver Springs, Nev., and David (Darcy) of Dixon; owner of Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, his grandchildren Amy, Katie, Courtney, Megan, Ian, Kalee and Drake; his five great-grandchildren; his sister, Rosemarie Michael of Greenbrae; and his sister-in-law Gwenn, of Napa.
Sandy was preceded in death by his parents, Albert A. McKenzie and Ethel McDonald, and his brother, Robert McKenzie.
A memorial service will be held at the Monticello Cemetery
at Spanish Flat on Wed. March 7, at 1 p.m. Friends and family are encouraged to come and enjoy the beautiful hillside setting near Lake Berryessa where Sandy grew up.
A reception will follow immediately at the senior center next door at 4380 Spanish Flat Loop Rd., Napa.
David Hoobyar died at age 93 on Feb. 20, 2007, in Winters. He was born on Jan. 15, 1914 in Delhi, California.
Mr. Hoobyar lived in Winters for nearly 30 years on Pardehsa Acres, his farm west of Winters. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Winters and a volunteer with the Winters Fire Department. He loved singing anytime, anywhere, and looked forward to joining the Circle of Singers performances. Prior to moving to the Winters area, he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and liked to tell people he rode over the Winters trestle bridge in 1937. He was a retired heavy duty mechanic at Treasure Island and a 42-year resident of San Francisco. He grew up in Turlock, and was the first member of his Assyrian family to be born in the United States.
He is survived by daughter Corrinne Baker of Modesto, son Paul Hoobyar of Eugene, Oregon, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years Gorda Hoobyar, who passed away in September 2004.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 1:30 p.m., at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 205 Russell Street. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of choice or Mr. Hoobyar’s favorite charity, Heifer International. Send donations to Heifer International, in David Hoobyars name, through the Rotary Club of Winters, P.O. Box 565, Winters, CA, 95694.
Herman “Nano” C. Lopez, a life long resident of Winters, passed away Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007 in Sacramento. Born on Feb. 11, 1942 in Winters to Christopher and Minnie Lopez, he was 64 years old. He owned the business Townhouse Salon for 43 years and rented in the same building from Newton and Ida Wallace. He loved his parents’ Spanish heritage and learning what it was like growing up in Spain and visited there along with his parents in 1970. He always took special interest in his family’s old photos and loved to display them all around the house and teach his nieces about their ancestors.
During Christmas time, his favorite time of the year, he loved spending time with his family and loved doing all the decorating. Another favorite was going to Bodega Bay with his nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. His lifelong hobby was collecting antiques and going to Goodwill hoping to find a treasure. He frequently visited the local antique shops and loved to go out with family and friends for lunches and dinners in all the local restaurants in town.
He is survived by his brother Abraham C. Lopez and sister-in-law Kathern Lopez; nieces and their spouses Pamela Lopez of Maui, Hawaii, Kathryn and Butch Branscum of Winters and Lisa and Randy Jordan of Winters; great nephew and great nieces Brian and Nicole Branscum, Monyca Casas, and Erica and Ashley Jordan.
He was preceded in death by his parents Christopher and Minnie Lopez and great-nephew Keenan Casas.
A visitation took place on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at St. Anthony’s Church in Winters. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at 11:30 a.m. Interment was in the Winters Cemetery. Arrangements are with Wiscombe’s Davis Funeral Chapel, 758-5500.