Elizabeth Childress passed away on June 21, 2008, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, at the age of 92. Born Zepha Elizabeth Rader to Harry E. and Zepha Longfellow Rader on Aug. 20, 1915, she spent her youth on their farm in El Reno, Oklahoma.
She graduated from Central State Teacher’s College in Edmund, Okalahoma, where she met and married the love of her life, George Albert Childress. They were married on Dec. 11, 1937, and spent their lives as educators: he was a principal and superintendent and she was a teacher in the primary grades. After moving to Woodland, she enjoyed helping out at her sons’ dental practice in Davis and serving as organist for Woodland Presbyterian Church.
Although her later years were challenging, she always bloomed with joy when her family was near, say family members, who say they will miss her quick wit, her sweet laughter, and her famous peanut butter cookies and pecan pie. They add that she gave them a dependable compass by which to guide their lives and high standards to live up to. She left an indelible mark on each of them, they say, and are better for having been loved by her.
She is survived by her five children: Ron of Lewiston, Ohio; Don (Roxann) of Sandpoint, Idaho; John (Christiane) of London, England; Jim (Lucinda) of Davis, and Margaret (Robert) of Georgetown, Texas; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; sister, Zelta Fogt, of Ohio, and cousin, Zona Byrne, of San Diego. Her life was also blessed with many other extended family members and friends who filled her life with companionship and laughter, love and joy, say family members.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1992.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 12, at 3 p.m. at Woodland Presbyterian Church, 1324 Columbia Drive, Woodland. All are welcome.
Mary Ng Gutheridge, a longtime resident of Winters, passed away on June 21, 2008 at Vaca Valley Hosptial. Born on Feb. 27, 1936, to Go Toy and Ng Shew Ah Go, both of China, and raised in Stockton, she was 72.
She is survived by her spouse, George Morrissette; two of her sons, Stanley E. Lim and Jeffery A. Lim; and her grandchildren Allen Ray, Geno A., Gena L., Jenny, Angelina and Ashleigh, as well as many other family members.
Retired from Safeway, she enjoyed the outdoors and the company of her many friends and family. She was a generous and considerate person, say family members. She enjoyed helping others. In the last years of her life, she raised her two sons and also four of her grandchildren, who are all grown.
Arrangements were handled by the Neptune Society. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Willard James Laukkanen “Bud” passed away unexpectedly in his sleep Saturday morning, June 21st at the age of 66 years. He was born to George and Aloha Laukkanen in Aitkin, MN on May 3, 1942. His family lived many places until 1959 at which time they settled in Winters making it their home.
After graduating from Winters High School in 1960 Willard worked at the California Market for four years. In 1962 he met Beatrice Muller and they were married in 1963. This December they would have celebrated their 45th anniversary. In April of 1964 he joined the plumber’s union and was a plumber until the time of his death. He was planning to retire to Modoc County this winter to spend his time doing what he loved most, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his devoted wife Bea of Winters; mother Aloha of Woodland; daughter and son in law Christy and Jim Frank of Winters; daughter and son in law Laurie and Chris Trotter of Warsaw, MO; daughter Jaime Pomeroy of St. Robert, MO; grandchildren Jaina and Jerrett Frank, Shelli and Christopher Trotter, and Matthew and Jacob Pomeroy; father-in-law James Muller of Winters; brother and sister in law Norman and Carol Laukkanen of Winters and sister and brother in law Carmen and Ralph Dietz of Lincoln. Willard was preceded in death by his father George.
A viewing will be held at the McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main St., Vacaville, CA; Thursday evening between 6:00 and 8:00. Services will be held there Friday morning at 11:00. Graveside service will be private and at a later time.
Donations in Willard’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital.
Raul Valdez, 67, of Winters California, passed away June 15, 2008 in Woodland. He had been an area resident for the past 42 years.
Mr. Valdez was born March 21, 1941 in Aguascalientes, Mexico to Jose and Andrea Valdez. He came to California in 1967 where he worked in farm labor and this is when he met Lucia Rodriguez. They married in November 1968 and made their home in Winters where they have lived for 42 years. He worked for Johnson’s Farm Machinery in Woodland for 28 years and retired in 2003. He worked part-time for Sun-Sweet Dryers for a couple years. He enjoyed taking care of his grandson and hanging out with all his friends at the Eagle Drug bench. He liked to ride his bike and spend time reading, watching boxing and helping others.
Raul is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lucia Valdez; daughter, Theresa Correa and husband Jose of Winters; son, Raul Valdez, Jr. and Megan Hill of Esparto and his only grandson, Nicolas Correa of Winters.
A time of visitation will be held Tuesday, June 24 from 6-8 p.m. at Wiscombe’s Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D Street in Davis. Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 25 at 10 a.m. also at Wiscombe’s Davis Funeral Chapel. Interment will take place at Winters Cemetery.
Lorenzo C. Lopez passed away on June 9, 2008 in Winters. Born on Aug. 8, 1923, he was 84 years old. A visitation will be held on Monday, June 16, from 6-7 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church. A Rosary will be recited on Monday, June 16, at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial will follow at the Winters Cemetery.
Amelia “Emily” Delgado Hattabaugh, 76, died on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at Woodland Memorial Hospital.
Born April 19, 1932, to Geronimo and Juanita (Hernandez) Delgado in San Gabriel, she attended area schools until moving to Yolo County where she was employed by Mariani Processing for more than 10 years until her retirement in 1998.
Survivors include her daughter, Paula Hattabaugh of Winters; sons, Rudy Hattabaugh and Ken Hattabaugh Jr. of Vacaville; grandchildren Emily Fawn and Ru Hattabaugh; sister, Susan Miranda of Woodland; brother, Rudy Delgado and wife Paula of Esparto; sisters-in-law, Teresa Manas of Winters and Hope Delgado of Esparto, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Ken Hattabaugh Sr.; sisters, Ofelia Calderon and Florence Cobos; brothers, Abel, Gilbert and Jerry Delgado Jr.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, June 5, at Monument Hill Memorial Park.
E. Erikka Nielsen passed away on May 25, 2008. Born on Jan. 14, 1930, in El Verano, she was 78 years old. She graduated from Oakland High School and went on to graduate from the College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. She was a member of the Eastern Star and spent many years as a Martha. At the time of her death, her love for ancient cultures and art was evident from her vast collection of more than 1,000 books, which were all donated to the Winters library.
She is survived by her brother, Niels, and a niece, both of Tigard Oregon.
She was cremated and her ashes were buried at sea.
A memorial service will be held at the Winters Senior Apartments on Friday, June 13, at 3 p.m.
Hardin G. Reddick “Hardy,” passed away peacefully on May 19, 2008 at the age of 85. Hardy was a lifelong resident of Dixon born to Harding and Ida Bella (Hanke) Reddick on Feb. 24, 1923. He attended Silveyville School and graduated from Dixon High School. He was drafted into the Army during World War II.
Hardy married Myra Duncan on Dec. 10, 1948 and celebrated 52 years together. They enjoyed traveling the United States and Europe and Mexico, gardening, antique shopping and family get-togethers. He worked 31 years with P.G. & E. at the Winters, Dixon, Davis offices. He was skilled woodworker, photographer and all around fix it man.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myra, and his brothers Eugene and Harold Reddick.
He is survived by his brother and sisters in law John and Betty Cavaglieri, Tudi Duncan of Davis, Lillian Potter of Folsom, numerous loving nieces and nephews, and his God daughter Sandy Liu of Davis.
Private services will be held at the Silveyville Cemetery, Dixon. Donations in Mr. Reddick’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.
Vera L. Bruhn died at home in Winters on Dec. 17, 2008. Born on Sept. 15, 1926 in Ada, Oklahoma to Robert L. and Veda V. (Kirksey) Yarberry, she was 82.
When she was 7 years old, the family relocated to Winters, where she attended the local schools and graduated in 1945. Two days after graduation, she married Vernon C. Bruhn. They celebrated their 63rd anniversary in June 2008.
For many years, she was the dispatcher for the Winters Fire Department, and was the co-owner of the Winters Nursery. She was also a partner in B&K Woodcraft in recent years, and loved traveling to different craft shows with her husband in their travel trailer. She especially loved the ocean and camping at Bodega Bay. She also loved hosting family gatherings with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon; brother and sister-in-law Edgar and Virginia Yarberry; daughter Elizabeth Ehnat and husband Tom; sons and daughters-in-law Vernon E Bruhn II and wife Katherine and Jeffery L. Bruhn and wife Linda; grandchildren and their spouses Stephen and Kristin Ehnat, Denise Ehnat, Jennifer Ehnat, Amanda Ehnat, Michael and Bernadette Bruhn, Sylvia Bruhn, Sondra Bruhn, Tiffani and Vernon C. Bruhn II; Tristine and Rich Wheeler, Jeffery and Tera Bruhn, Siobhan Bruhn, Tyquin and Sheryl Johnson and Mistique Chandler; daughter-in-law Kathy Wilton; 18 great-grandchildren; friends Terry and Barbara Karlen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Leon Yarberry, sister-in-law Antoinette Carrion Yarberry and son Robert Charles Bruhn.
Visitation took place on Dec. 22, followed by a Rosary. A Funeral Mass was held on Dec. 23, with burial at the Winters Cemetery
following the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Yolo County Hospice, the St. Anthony Church Building Fund or the Winters Fire Department.
E. Mary Sharp, 81, of Winters, California, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 at Sutter Davis Hospital.
Mary is survived by her husband, Alton Lee Sharp; sons, Dennis Campos and wife Nancy, and David Campos and wife, Jan Martin; grandchildren, Paul Campos, Jake Campos and Jessica Campos; her brothers and their children. Her family lives in memory of her life. Remembrances are personal to each friend.
Helena Salaverria, 85, completed her last journey in this life and passed away peacefully on Sept. 14, 2008, in San Luis Obispo. A frequent world traveler and dedicated college professor for over 40 years, she enjoyed her last 20 years living in retirement in Cambria.
She was born on May 19, 1923 in San Francisco and lived in a small mining community, Engle Mine, in Plumas County. The family moved to Winters in 1929 when the mine closed as a result of the Great Depression. The eldest child of Blas and Eugenia Salaverria, she was joined by sisters Clara and Flora on a small ranch east of town on County Road 32.
She attended local schools in Winters, graduating from the tiny Buckeye School and later, Winters High School in 1941. She went on to attend UC Berkeley where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education and later obtained a masters degree from Stanford University. A lifelong student, Helena also attended college at the University of Madrid in Spain and enjoyed many summers at the Monterey Institute of Foreign Languages.
Helena’s first career position was as a high school teacher in Walnut Creek. After completing her work at Stanford, she taught languages at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa for two years. She returned to California in 1962 and began teaching at Bakersfield College where she remained until her retirement in 1983. It was during this tenure that she was inducted into the prestigious Who’s Who in America.
While living in Cambria, she served as a docent at nearby Hearst Castle and continued to teach part-time at Cuesta College. Ever a student herself, Helena traveled frequently to Europe, studying culinary skills in France and learning new languages and traditions while visiting most of the countries in Europe on operatic tours.
She is survived by her sister, Flora Dolinar of Grass Valley; niece, Carol Perkins Rupe of Redding; nephews Dennis Dolinar of Ventura, Stan Dolinar of Evanston, Wyoming, and Gary Perkins of San Diego; great-nieces and nephews, Aimee Rupe of Sacramento, Jared Rupe of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, Ryan and Kevin Dolinar of Ventura, and Shelley and Justin Dolinar of Evanston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Clara Perkins of Woodland, brothers-in-law, Clifton Perkins and Louis Dolinar, and her nephew Larry Perkins.
Cremation has already taken place and a memorial service was held on Sept. 27 in Cambria, with inurnment in Monument Hill Memorial Park outside of Woodland.