Paul Iribarne passed away on Dec. 14, 2008 at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento due to complications from congestive heart failure and kidney disease. A native of Carson City, Nevada and a 73 year resident of Sacramento, he was 79.
He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1947, spent two years in the U.S. Army, and then went on to earn his bachelors degree at Sacramento State University 1953, and then an administrative credential from CSUS in 1966.
He was a teacher and principal in the public schools for 37 years and was principal of Sacred Heart Catholic Grammar School for five years. He was the principal of Waggoner Elementary School in Winters from 1971 to 1990, and friends and relatives will remember his warm, gentle manner. He influenced countless young people during his years in Winters, says a family member.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Matthew and Amy Iribarne of San Francisco, Jennifer and John Milne of Sacramento, Nancy and Bruce Gervais of Sacramento, and David Iribarne of Sacramento; grandchildren Anthony, Vivian and Janine Milne, and Katherine and Natalie Gervais, all of Sacramento, and August Iribarne of San Francisco.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Ann Iribarne.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial mass to be offered for the repose of his soul at Sacred Heart Church, 1040 39th Street in Sacramento on Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. Private internment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Mercy Education Resource Center.
Jose Concepcion Acosta, 88, better known as Concepcion Acosta or simply “Conce,” passed away on Dec. 2, 2008.
He moved to Winters from his hometown of San Martin Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico in 1948. He worked on local farms getting to know many of the original owners of farms in the area. Once he established his home in Winters, Conce traveled back to Mexico to marry Natividad Montano (Nati), a young woman with whom he had a five-year courtship, mostly through clandestine correspondence because Nati had a very protective father and brother. Nati and Conce ultimately married on Jan. 30, 1952. After their wedding Conce and Nati lived the remainder of their lives in Winters.
The couple raised three children Eva, Raquel and Abel, instilling in them a love of family, a great faith in God and a love for education that led to their children obtaining graduate and doctorate degrees despite the fact that Conce and Nati had minimal formal education themselves.
Conce and Nati were most happy when their grandchildren Isaac and Kristina Escoto, Ileana and Victoria Acosta, Rebeca, Ruthi and Ruben Hays visited. Conce, who tended to be stoic and reserved, loved to play with his grandchildren to the point of even playing with dolls with his granddaughters.
He was a man of deep faith. He was one of the original members of St. Anthony Parish in Winters. He was fond of recalling that the original St. Anthony would celebrate mass on the second floor of Winters City Hall before St. Anthony Church was ever built.
Conce lost the love of his life, Nati, on Nov. 23, 2006. Nati and Conce were just weeks shy from celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. During their marriage, they were godparents and “compadres” to innumerable persons in Winters, the local area and Mexico. They were also surrogate “grandparents” to many children that enjoyed being with them.
A rosary was held for Conce on Dec. 7, 2008 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. The funeral mass took place at St. Anthony on Dec. 8, what would have been his 89th birthday. He was interred alongside Nati at the Winters Cemetery.
Joe Zane, Sr. passed away at his home Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008. Born April 10, 1921 in Woodland California to Neil and Norma (Blevins) Zane, he was 87 years old. He graduated from Woodland High School in 1939 and attended UC Davis.
In September 1942 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, a group that held his steadfast loyalty. Honorably discharged in November 1945, he came home to marry the love of his life, Louise Hollingsworth, on Feb. 20, 1946. He was a farmer, with a farmer’s love of the rhythms of the seasons. He farmed row crops and orchards for 35 years before moving on to manage orchards for Mariani Nut Company for 15 years. He was on the Board of Sugar Beet Growers from 1953 to 1961, and served as a board member of the Yolo County Archives until 2007.
Family members say he was known for his loyalty, generosity, wit and love of family. His many friends and family will miss him dearly.
He is survived by daughter Becky Ewert and husband Corky, son Neil Zane, daughter Mary Parrish and husband Dennis, and son Joe Jr. and wife Wendi; grandchildren Beth Teague and husband Jim, Justin Ewert and wife Sara, Joshua Ewert, Isaac Parrish and wife Challo, Stella Parrish, Logan Zane, and Stuart Zane; Great-grandchildren Kirsten and Aaron Teague, Zach Rickard, Julie and Brianna Ewert, Victoria and Natalie Parrish, and Isaac De La Torre; sister Jean Blickle and husband Ken, brothers-in-law Jack Meek and Robert Hollingsworth, sister-in-law Ann Sandstrom and husband Marc, and brother-in-law Jim Hollingsworth and wife Karen.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Zane; parents Neil and Norma, brother Neil Zane, niece Louise Blickle, and sisters-in-law Phyllis Meek and Georgine Reitow.
Graveside services will be held at the Woodland Cemetery, 800 West St., on Monday, Dec. 15, at noon, followed by a reception at Hotel Woodland, 436 Main Street. Memorials donations may be directed to the Elderly Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels, 40 North Street, Woodland, CA. Kraft Brothers Funeral Directors are assisting the family with arrangements.
Antionette Trafican Butler passed away peacefully on Nov. 30, 2008, following a brief illness. Born in St. Helena on Aug. 18, 1949, she was 59 years old, She was raised in Winters and attended Winters High School, and lived most of her adult life in Long Beach. She was a proud homemaker, and relatives say she had a fun-loving, affectionate personality that brought out the joyfulness in all those around her. Family members add that she adored her family and her family adored her; she will be missed immensely and family members will forever cherish all the wonderful memories they have of her.
Survivors include her mother Oneda Holabird and stepfather Ed Holabird of Portola; sister LaVerne Trafican Miskofski and brother-in-law Ron Miskofski of Covina; sister Candice Trafican Young and brother-in-law Jeff Young of Chico; nephew Samuel Silvey of Twin Falls, Idaho; niece Shelley Silvey Gray of Yorba Linda; niece Rhonda Miskofski Butz of Bakersfield; niece Keli Randolph Hammon of Casper, Wyoming; sister-in-law Jennifer Carrion Trafican of Winters; nephew Patrick Trafican Jr. and nephew Mathew Trafican of Woodland; 13 great-nieces/nephew’s and a great-niece due to be born any day.
She was preceded in death by her brother Patrick Trafican.
Preparations are being made for a private funeral service, to be held on Thursday, Dec. 6.
Clyde E. Richards passed away unexpectedly in a vehicle accident in Kamiah, Idaho, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008. He was 72 years old and a resident of Craigmont, Idaho.
Mr. Richards was born to Lafayette and Flora Richards on Feb. 2, 1936, in Quincy. The youngest of 10 children, Mr. Richards went to Meadow Valley Grade School and graduated from Quincy High School, after which he moved to Esparto, where he lived and worked for 35 years at Madison Sand and Gravel until he retired. He came to Idaho for several years to hunt with his friends, until he moved there in 2002. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Mr. Richards was preceded in death by his parents, four brother, four sisters and a half brother. He is survived by his sister, April Hill of Yuba City; his wife, Judith Richards of Craigmont; and his five children, daughter Sherri Evans and husband Brian of La Quinta; son Kelly and wife Carol of Chilcoot; son Matthew of Quincy; son Laurence of Craigmont; and daughter Lisa and husband Robert Peterson of Craigmont; as well as by five stepchildren, daughter Cynthia Carrion and husband Frank of Winters; son Gregory Fishbough and wife Jennifer of Robbins; son Richard Tunstall and companion Carol of Esparto; daughter Corina Couture and fiancé Bill Morris of Weippe, Idaho; and son David Boswell of Winters. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed by all, said his family. Donations to help the family can be made at Wells Fargo, Craigmont, Idaho, Re: Clyde Richards. Arrangements are being made by Uhlorn Funeral Home in Cottonwood, Idaho. Memorial services will be held in Esparto at a later date.
Bill Allen (Bertinoia) Hicks passed away in Tulsa, Okla., at age 59, on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, after a long-term illness. He is preceded in death by his mother, Voicie, and father, Donald.
Mr. Hicks was born on Aug. 3, 1949, in Fort Smith, Ark., and moved to Allendale at age 3. He was the eldest child of Vicki and Don Bertinoia. He attended schools in Vacaville and graduated from Vacaville High School in 1966. During high school, he worked with his father at their family-owned trucking business.
After graduation, Mr. Hicks joined the Army and received training as an Aircraft Crew Chief at Fort Rucker, Ala. He served in Vietnam as a UH-1B Helicopter Fighter Pilot in the 282nd Assault Helicopter Company. His medals and awards include: two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star Medal with letter “V” device, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with device (1960), Expert Badge with Rifle Bar, and Army Aviation-Aircraft Crewman Badge.
Upon his honorable discharge in 1969, Mr. Hicks returned to Vacaville and continued to help his father with the family business, until relocating to Mesquite, Texas, where he owned and operated trucks and car haulers throughout the U.S. He retired to Cleveland, Okla., where he lived for eight years. According to his family, Mr. Hicks enjoyed living in the small town and made many friends. He liked spending time with his grandchildren, going fishing, and racing and working on cars, trucks and motorcycles. He stayed active in the veterans groups and regularly attended reunions of the Black Cats/Alley Cats, 282nd Assault Helicopter Company.
He is survived by his wife, Barbi Bennett-Hicks; three sisters, Troycie Gillin of Keene, Texas, Linda Mitro of El Paso, Texas, and Maria Thompson and husband Kent of Vacaville; three brothers, Gary Hicks and wife Rebecca of Prescott, Ark., Kenneth Bertinoia and wife Gwen of Winters, and John Bertinoia of Vacaville; six children, Kimberly Artz and Bill Hicks of Vacaville, stepchildren Ronda and Tonya Hicks of Mesquite, Texas, Ronnie and Dallas Brown of Texas, and Rachel Franks of Oregon; and numerous grandchildren.
Memorial services are planned for Friday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, in Dixon. A gathering will follow at 7408 Gentile Lane in Vacaville.
George Conard Long time Winters resident George Conard passed away at the age of 82 on Nov. 5, 2008, at Kaiser Vallejo Hospital after a short illness.
He was born in Cedarville on July 28, 1926. Mr. Conard served three years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and four years in the U.S. Navy Active Duty on the U.S.S. Valley Forge (CV-45) and the U.S.S. Admiral Hughes (AP-124).
He retired from the U.S. Post Office in 1972, where he worked about 25 years as a career substitute clerk and rural carrier in Winters.
Mr. Conard was known for his love of cars, especially Fords, and great sense of humor and his big heart. He will be dearly missed by many friends.
Visitation will be at McCune Garden Chapel on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 5-8 p.m. in Vacaville. Graveside services will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Winters Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Winters Fire Department.
Jewell Catherine Manzo was born in Mauldrow, Okla., on May 13, 1921, and came to California in 1951, where she met and later married John Manzo on March 11, 1952. They made their home in Winters until 1974. They moved to Woodland and farmed 40 acres of prunes. Mrs. Manzo passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, in Oroville, at the age of 87. She had lived in Yolo County for 57 years.
Mrs. Manzo loved being with her family as it grew. She also loved yard and garage sales, and particularly enjoyed gospel music by Elvis Presley, which was one of her favorite listening pastimes. When it wasn’t Elvis, she enjoyed Dean Martin, listening to him on an eight-track player.
Mrs. Manzo worked as a waitress for 55 years at Bill and Kathy’s in Dunnigan, and Johnny’s Club and the Buckhorn, both in Winters.
She has family in Gilroy and San Jose, as well as in Bixby, Okla. She was a fifth generation survivor, and had 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 22 great-great grandchildren.
Most recently, Mrs. Manzo had been a resident of Country Crest in Oroville and made many friends playing bingo and cooking desserts.
She is survived by her son, Walter (Buddy) Hobbs, Sr., and his wife Martha, of Oroville, various nieces and nephews, as well as by her friends, Toni Williams and Anne Edwards, both of Woodland. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Manzo, in June 2005, sons, Arthur and Gene Hobbs, and her great granddaughter, Monique ShyAnne. She leaves behind her friend, a six-month-old Pomeranian puppy named Lady.
Visitation was scheduled from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at McNary’s Funeral Chapel in Woodland. A funeral service was set for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Calvary Baptist Church, at 506 Cottonwood Street in Woodland. Burial is at the Monument Hill Memorial Park, west of Woodland.
Donations in Mrs. Manzo’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.