Reino Wellonen passed away January 24, 2008. He was 90 years old. Reino was born in Gebo, Wyoming on July 16, 1917. He was the youngest child of Jack and Olga Wellonen. His parents had immigrated from Finland. Reino had one brother, Axel, and two sisters, Sally and Lila.
All of them are deceased. Reino met the love of his life, Lorraine, when she was a young woman and they married in 1940. Their marriage lasted 67 years. Lorraine passed away in April, 2007. They had tree sons: Dennis, deceased (Rosemary); Jack (Georgian) and Carl.
Reino was a father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was greatly loved by many people. He was kind, always helpful towards others, funny, and hard working. He was a master cabinet maker, involved with his church, and always willing to help those in need.
Reino and Lorraine lived many years in southern California, a few years in Missouri, and finally in Winters, for the past 30+ years. Services were held on Feb. 4, 2008.
Michael Joseph Webb died at Woodland Memorial Hospital on Sunday, Feb. 3 2008. He was born in Holdenville, Okla., and moved to Woodland at age 4. He graduated from Woodland High School in 1964 and received his associate of arts degree from Sacramento City College Mr. Webb served in the Army National Guard and the U.S. Air Force Reserves in both Washington and California. He fulfilled his life’s dream of working in law enforcement, first as a Winters police officer and later retiring as a Yolo County deputy sheriff. He enjoyed going on jeep trips to the Rubicon, fishing and a good football game.
Mr. Webb is survived by his wife, Kimberly Soares Webb; son, James Webb and wife Melissa; daughter, Julie Johnson and husband Marty, and Jody Sizemore. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Courtney and Brittney Johnson, Jordan, Brynn and Charley Webb, and Ryan and McKenna Sizemore; mother Evelyn Webb; sister, Patricia Schapiro and husband Larry; and nieces, Emiley Simpson and Elizabeth Treadwell. He is also survived by in-laws, Joe and Vi Soares, Vickie Soares and her partner Bob, Stephanie and David Pacheco, Stephen and Julie Soares, Corey Taxara and her partner Jim; and nephews, Joseph Pacheco and Matthew Taxara. He was preceded in death by his father, Arley Webb; daughter, Janet Susanne Webb; and nephew, Ron Simpson.
Memorial donations in Mr. Webb’s memory may be made to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department Mounted Patrol, 2500 E. Gibson Road, Woodland, 95776.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 1 p.m., Saturday, March 1, at the American Legion Hall, 523 Bush St., Woodland. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lois Raisin Brinck, 76, of El Macero passed away in Davis with her loved ones at her side on Jan. 31, 2008, following a valiant struggle against cancer. She was born in San Francisco on April 4, 1933. She grew up in Hillsborough, California and attended Burlingame High School, then went on to attend UC Berkeley, where she was active in her Delta Gamma sorority. It was here that she met and fell in love with her college sweetheart and future husband, William George Brinck, Jr., who also attended Cal.
The Brincks enjoyed their leisure time traveling and being with friends. She was an avid bridge and tennis player. Through her efforts, a sorority system was implemented at UC Davis. She was also active in the Republican Party.
Family members say they will remember her for her humor, and say she never missed an activity or sports event of her children’s. She is also remembered as encouraging and thoughtful, and proud of her children’s achievements. She found much meaning and subsistence in spending time with her many friends. She loved to entertain, was a consummate hostess, and reveled in family gatherings, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Family members say she conferred much love upon her family and grandchildren, but her true sanctuary was her husband.
She is survived by her children, Suzanne Brinck Malone of Diablo, William Peter Brinck of Seattle, Washington, Lizabeth Chovanes of Orinda, and Jincy Nielson of Saratoga; sister and brother-law Sue and John Ritchie of San Francisco; brother John “Chip” Raisin of Southern California; brother-in-law John Brinck and his wife Diane of Palm Desert; 10 grandchildren, Kate Malone Jackson, Drew Brinck, Evan Malone, Bryte Nielson, Ted Chovanes, Jack Brinck, Bo Nielson, Tom Chovanes, Holden Malone and Hannah Nielson.
A celebration of her life will be held on Feb. 16, 2008 at noon at 33 Bistro in Davis, California. Her charities of choice are the American Cancer Society and the Yolo County Hospice.
Michael William Buchko passed away on Jan. 27, 2008. Born on July 19, 1960 in Salinas, he was 47 years old. He lived in Las Vegas, Reno, Los Angeles and Sacramento, but considered Winters to be his favorite home. He lived and worked at the Sierra Pacific Resort on Putah Creek. He worked most recently in the construction industry, building custom upscale homes and completing projects for family and friends, who say he could build anything with his hands.
Family members say he had many close friends and touched many lives with his enthusiastic and vibrant personality. He loved spending time with family and friends, and especially his son, Ethan. He is described as “ready with his quick wit and a silly joke to make sure everyone around him was sure to have a good time.”
He is survived by his children, Mike Jr. and Ethan; parents, Mark and Gerry Buchko; brothers, Steve, Dave and Jeff Buchko; sisters, Debbie Buchko-Koll and Jennifer Guetter; companion, Shawna Cooper and her son Kyle; many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
A celebration of his life is planned on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Creekside Estates clubhouse, 6000 Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights.
Described by many as “legendary” and “an icon,” longtime Winters High School coach and teacher Jack Delbar succumbed to complications related to diabetes on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008 in a Sacramento hospital. He was 69.
Delbar, a 29-year resident of Winters prior to moving to Davis in 1993, began his coaching career at WHS in 1965 as the head junior varsity football coach. He also coached Warrior baseball and when necessary, Warrior basketball, softball, and track. He took the reigns of head coach of the WHS Varsity football squad in 1977 with the retirement of Coach John Kammerer.
Under Delbar’s leadership over 23 seasons, the Warriors racked up North Section AA titles in 1978, ‘80 and ‘81 and the section AAA crown in 1994. In 1978 and ‘94, they went 12-0 and were ranked the No. 1 small school in the state. With a career win total of 169, Delbar ranks as one of the all-time successful High School football coaches in California.
His Warriors baseball teams won the North Section AA title in 1982 after Butte View League championships in 1976 and ‘81. In addition, he coached varsity softball in 1988 and won the BVL and section titles in 1989 and the BVL title as co-coach with Polita Gonzales in 1999.
Delbar was the WHS athletic director from 1988–2002 as well as PE coach. He was named Coach of the Year and Athletic Director of the Year. He also taught a myriad subjects at WHS, including yearbook, journalism, drivers’ education, typing and first aid during his 37 years at WHS.
Delbar grew up in the gold country town of Sonora where he was the quarterback for the Sonora High Wildcats and pitcher for the Wildcats’ baseball. After graduation, he attended San Mateo Junior College for one year before transferring to Chico State University where his childhood friends were attending college. At Chico, Delbar once again was the star quarterback and pitcher for the Chico State Wildcats. He traveled to Calgary Canada in the summer of 1960 where he played semi-pro baseball for the Calgary Buffaloes.
While at Chico, he met Eloise Cutler, and they were married in 1961. Delbar took his first teaching job at Beale Air Force Base in Wheatland for one semester, before moving to Lompoc where he taught at Lompoc Jr. High School for two years. From there, he taught at Freemont before moving to Winters to begin his distinguished career in 1965.
Delbar remarried Linda Guisti in 1995 and made their home in Davis. He retired from WHS in 2002 after 37 years of teaching and coaching generations of Winters youth. Until his death, he continued to teach drivers education to WHS students.
He is survived by his wife Linda; son Michael and wife Katie of Potter Valley and their three children, Kayla Taylor, and Matthew; daughter Michelle Dunsing and husband John of San Rafael and their children Breahna and Kennedy; stepsons Matt and Paul Mezzetta; and stepdaughter Laura Mezzetta and son Christopher; brothers Bill Delbar and Randy Selesia of Sonora; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Manuel Delbar, mother Alice and stepfather Victor Selesia, and sister Sandra Hamilton.
A memorial celebration of Jack Delbar’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Winters High School gymnasium. Memorials can be sent to: Jack Delbar Memorial Scholarship Fund, First Northern Bank, 48 Main Street, Winters 95694.
RoseMarie (Paul) Fischer passed away in Sacramento on Jan. 28, 2008. Born in Woodland on Sept. 21, 1955 she was 52 years old. She grew up in Winters, and graduated with the class of 1973. She received a business degree from Heald Business college in 1975 and moved to Sacramento, where she lived for the remainder of her life. She ran a daycare out of her home, caring for children for nearly 17 years. In 1996. she accepted a position at Sacramento State University and was a supervisor of graduate studies by the time of her departure in November 2007.
She loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren, and enjoyed gardening in her back yard, antique collecting, beading, dark chocolate, turquoise and John Wayne. She had an enormous soft spot for children, say family members, and was a surrogate mom to dozens of neighborhood kids. She is described as “always quick with a laugh or a knowing smile.”
She is survived by her children, Ryan Marino, Rebekah Gutierrez and Rick Marino, all of Sacramento; grandchildren, Joshua and Ryan Gutierrez of Sacramento; brother, Michael Paul of Winters; sister, Connie Wallis of Paradise; many nieces and nephews, as well as great-nieces and nephews.
Information on funeral services is pending.
Arnie McBurnett of Winters passed away in Sacramento on Jan. 19, 2008. Born in Abilene, Texas, on May 11, 1961, he was 46 years old. He enjoyed fishing with his sister, Shane.
He is survived by his parents, Loretta Ramos and John McBurnett; sisters, Shelly Pardi, Shane McBurnett and Dawn Mayes; brother, Jason Ramos; nieces, Andrea Mayes Duran, Leah Mayes, Jenna Mayes, Taylor Mayes and Ashley Pardi; nephews, Christopher Mayes and Jonathan Pardi; great-niece, Alexandria Duran.
Graveside services are planned for Monday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. at the Winters Cemetery. Father Chuck Kelley will officiate.
Myrtle Francis Ichtertz passed away at home in Winters on Jan. 20, 2008. Born on Nov. 6, 1917 in California, she was 90 years old. She worked for Yolo County Housing for 17 years and retired in 1978, organized bus trips to Reno for 20 years, and served as a 4-H leader.
She is survived by her daughters, Gaylene Anderson and Joan Larsen; grandchildren Eric Anderson, Brian Anderson, Michael and Kim Larsen, and Lanisa and Jeff Howerton; great-grandchildren Kylie, Alexis and Makaila Larsen, and Annabella and Jens Howerton.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Albert G. Ichtertz in 1998, and her parents, Sadie Oleta Little and George McClandon Little.
Private services are planned in Winters. Memorial contributions may be made to Yolo Hospice, the Winters Fire Department or the charity of donor’s choice.
Ralph H. Gustafson Jr. died at Woodland Healthcare on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at the age of 60. Mr. Gustafson was born in Los Angeles on May 3, 1947 to Ralph H. and Marjorie H. (Kirn) Gustafson Sr., who have predeceased him. Mr. Gustafson had been a Yolo County resident for the past 18 years. Upon completing high school, Mr. Gustafson entered the Navy in the fall of 1965 in Lakewood, and then went to Pensacola, Fla. for training before serving in the Western Pacific Unit of the Naval Security Group in Guam, as a radio operator and maintenance technician with the Navy, where he completed his training for advancement to chief petty officer. During his service, Mr. Gustafson was awarded the Good Conduct Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal. He was also a member of S.V.S.S. (Sacramento Valley Soaring Society) in Davis.
Surviving Mr. Gustafson is his wife of 27 years, Sylvia Gustafson of Winters; son, Marshall Gustafson of Anaheim; brothers, Robert Gustafson and wife Judy of Huntingon Beach, and John Gustafson and partner Jim Moore of Laguna Beach. He is also survived by mother-in-law, Dorothy Hunnell of Woodland; and sister-in-law, Dona Hudson of Woodland.
Memorial donations in Mr. Gustafson’s memory may be made to the Diabetes Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio, 44720.
A funeral service was scheduled for noon, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008 at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland, with Pastor Ted Selby officiating. A graveside committal followed at Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon. Military Honors were presented. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland, assisted the family with arrangements.
Robert “Bob” Martin, born in Winters on June 20, 1939 to Antonio G. Martin and Josephine Ruiz Martin, died at his home in Woodland on Jan. 5, 2008 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Bob worked as a truck driver for more than 40 years, retiring from Teichert Construction in 1999.
He is survived by his children, Tom Martin, Cindy Imbach and husband Steve, a step daughter Susan Tyree and her husband Sean, granddaughters Tori Martin, Shannon Hiatt, Jordan and Maisie Tyree and grandsons Andrew and Jason Imbach. He is further survived by his sisters, Mary Carrion, Josephine Smith, Ann Brown, Frances Johnson and Janet Martin Clarke, and brother Anthony Martin Jr. Bob is also survived by his faithful friend and companion Carol Hilton and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, wife Gayle, stepson Jim Gary, son Steven Martin and daughter-in-law Shirley Martin.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Friday, Jan. 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, located on 509 College St.
Memorial contributions may be sent in Bob’s memory to ALS Greater Sacramento Chapter, 2717 Cottage Way, Suite 8, Sacramento 95825, or to the charity of their choice.