Emma Krezman, 85, passed away peacefully in Davis on Oct. 11 after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer.
She was born in Crosbyton, Texas, on Oct. 18, 1922. As a young girl, her family moved to California and she graduated from Porterville High School. She earned her cosmetologist license and enjoyed a lifelong career as a beautician.
Mrs. Krezman loved to talk about how much she enjoyed being a young independent woman and about how she started her career working for her Aunt Essie in Santa Cruz. She told her family the stories of the time she spent as a welder building liberty ships during World War II and the time she visited the Palace Hotel in San Francisco during the early formation of the League of Nations and how she socialized with foreign dignitaries.
She married Houston Shepherd, a captain in the U.S. Army Air Force in Las Vegas, on Aug. 21, 1947. Her family lived in many places, including Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix and a five-year stay in Winters before settling in Dixon in 1959.
Mrs. Krezman began working at Tomiís Beauty Salon as a beautician in 1966, and purchased the salon in 1977. As a business owner, she was a member of the Dixon Chamber of Commerce and a big supporter of the Dixon Downtown Business Association. She continued to run the business until 2006, when she retired.
Mrs. Krezman leaves behind her son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Jill Shepherd of Winters; son John Shepherd of Palmer, Alaska; and daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Tom Camp of West Sacramento. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Angela, Justen, Michaela, Natalie, Jenaye, Tyler, Jeremy and Max; and five great-grandchildren with one more on the way.
She spent the last ten years enjoying life, travel, family and friends with the love of her life, Bob Mistler, who preceded her in death last year. Her life was also blessed with many other extended family members and friends who filled her life with companionship and laughter, love and joy.
A time of visitation was held on Oct. 16 with a funeral on Oct. 17 at Milton Carpenter Funeral Home in Dixon. Internment took place at Dixon Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of Mrs. Krezman.
Dale Ray Willard, 56, died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 in his motherís home, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on Aug. 3, 1952, in Woodland, to Dale and Alma (Swink) Willard. He grew up in Winters, where he attended school, graduating from Winters High School in 1971.
Mr. Willard was a Fairfield resident and was last employed with KB homes and Trinkets and Treasures. He was a devoted volunteer to Mission Solano in Fairfield.
He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Shane Willard; mother, Alma Jones; brothers, Marty Willard and Austin (Staci) Veliz; sister, Tina Minges; granddaughters, Brandee (Mario Vera) Dahringer and Shannon Willard; great-grandson, Aziah Vera; nieces, Katie Veliz, Jessica Minges, Stacy and Tiffany Gillespie, Melissa (Mark) Overgaard; nephews, Jarret and Ty Veliz, Weston (Jerri) Willard, Marty Willard, Zachary Minges, Christian Minges, Ben Veliz; great-nieces, Presley and Kendall Overgaard, Madeline and Trinity Willard; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dale Willard; bother, Rodney Gale Willard; and grandparents, Delbert and Mae Swink, Bessie Younger and Walter Willard.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. at Mission Solano, 740 Travis Boulevard in Fairfield. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. at the Winters Cemetery. A reception will follow at Discovery Worship Center, located at the corner of 4th Street and Edwards Street in Winters.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Willardís name to Mission Solano, P.O. Box 8, Fairfield, California 94533 or www.missionsolano.org. Condolences may be sent to the family by e-mailing xDaleRayx@yahoo.com.
Allen Hicks, 59, passed away on Oct. 3, 2008 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, to Voicie Mae and Gussie Lee Hicks, he grew up in Allendale where his mother married Don Bertinoia.
He graduated from Vacaville High School in 1966 and was inducted into the Army. He served in Vietnam for 18 months as a crew chief on UH-1B assault helicopters. He was awarded a Purple Heart, and a Bronze Star with Valor, in addition to receiving various commendations from both the United States and the Republic of Vietnam.
Honorably discharged in 1969, he returned to Vacaville and was employed by Solano County, and the family business, before relocating to Texas where he spent most of his working life. Best loved were his years as an independent trucker and owner of an auto towing business. His favorite pastime involved racing and restoring cars, motorcycles and trucks. Retired to Cleveland, Oklahoma, he was active in veteran groups, and attended annual reunions of the Black Cat/Alley Cats, 282nd Assault Helicopter Company.
He is survived by his wife, Barbi Bennett-Hicks; sisters, Samantha Gillin of Keene, Texas, Linda Mitro of El Paso, Texas and Maria Thompson of Vacaville; brothers, Gary Hicks of Prescott, Arkansas, Kenny Bertinoia of Winters and John Bertinoia of Vacaville; children, Kimberly, Bill, Rhonda, Tonya, Ronnie, Dallas and Rachel; numerous grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Cleveland, Oklahoma at the Feyodi Creek State Park Veterans Monument. Contributions in his memory are being accepted by The Black Cat Association, c/o Jerry Staggs, 412 Azle Hwy, Weatherford, Texas, 76086; the Cleveland Area War Memorial Fund, c/o Charles Rommel, 701 Hickory Drive, Cleveland, Oklahoma, 74020; and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund.
Longtime Winters resident, Guy Payton, passed away at the age of 90, on Oct. 8, 2008. Mr. Payton was born in Brighton, Colorado on Aug. 26, 1918. He married Naomi Faye Mills on May 5, 1941. They celebrated their 67th anniversary in May of this year. During their time together, Mr. and Mrs. Payton had three daughters, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
As a young man, Mr. Payton worked for the Poudre Valley Bottling Company. It was while he was delivering beverages on New Yearís Eve of 1940 that he met and fell in love with Mrs. Payton. Within five months, they were married. A few years later, he joined the Army and served as a military policeman in World War II.
After returning home, he trained as a carpenter and became a licensed contractor in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 1941, Mr. Payton moved his family to Wyoming and worked for the Wyoming Highway Department.
In 1959, Mr. Payton applied for a job at the Bureau of Reclamation. The family moved to Livermore, California, where he worked as a hydrographer at the Tracy Pumping Plant. During the fall of 1968, he transferred to Winters and worked as the Operations Officer of the Bureau of Reclamations Solano Project until his retirement in 1980. He and Mrs. Payton built their home on Putah Creek Road and have lived there since.
Mr. Payton will be remembered as a man who loved his family, animals, nature and the country in which he lived.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 18. The Reverend Keith Knauf will preside over the services. A reception will follow at the home of John and Cindy Martin in Vacaville.
Janet Charlene Staats, 48 of Woodland, died unexpectedly at home on Oct. 11, 2008. Char, as she is known by family and friends, leaves her husband, Barry and daughter Alyssia. She is the daughter-in-law of John and Gaye Lopez of Winters.
She is survived by her sister, Debbie Beck of Woodland, and Kenneth Gaukel of Colgate, Oklahoma; sister-in-law Kari Dee Staats of Winters, and brother-in-law Nick Lopez of San Diego.
She was preceded in death by her mother Joannn and father Arnold Gaukel of Woodland.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 205 Russell Street in Winters.
Michelina Natalina Carter passed away on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 at Sutter Davis Hospital. She was 83.
Carter was born on Oct. 24, 1924 to Guido and Pierina Berra in Asti, Italy, where she grew up and attended local schools.
A homemaker for more than 50 years, she was a Yolo County resident for the past 43 years. She made Winters her home, and was a member of St. Anthonyís Catholic Church.
Carter is survived by her daughter Paula Khodaverdi and husband Alexandre of Vacaville; sons Phill Carter and wife Carmen, and William, all of Winters; and sister Anna Bosco of Italy. Her legacy also leaves five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband William Carter, sister Dora Berra and brother Ernesto Berra.
Rosary is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m. at St. Anthonyís Catholic Church, 511 Main Street. Interment will follow at the Winters Cemetery, 415 Cemetery
Memorial contributions may be directed to the local branch of the SPCA in her memory. Assisting the family with arrangements is the Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.
Richard Lawrence Whipple passed away peacefully at his home in Winters on Sept. 24, 2008. He was 75 years old. Richard was born in El Paso Texas to Willard and Reva Truth Harris Whipple.
Following the death of his mother, he was lovingly raised by his stepmother Ellen Bowen Whipple as well. Richard attend Texas A & M University before joining the US Air Force, where he was trained as a navigator. While stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, he met and married Gloria Invernon Fernandez of Winters. Richard and Gloria were happily married for 29 years and were the parents of four children.
After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Richard worked as an almond rancher for 28 years. He then worked as a warehouseman for Luckyís food stores for eighteen years before retiring. After the death of his wife Gloria, Richard married Marilyn Brown Drumright, a widow with five children. They were married for 11 wonderful years until her death. Richard later married Lael Kirkham Allen, also a widow with five children. Lael was his constant companion and friend for 9 years until his death.
Mr. Whipple was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many church positions including the president of the Winters Branch. He also served as a full-time missionary with Lael in the Dominican Republic. Richard will always be remembered for his kind, gentle nature and his pleasant smile. His loves in life were the gospel of Jesus Christ, his family and friends and his country as well as music. Most of his activities centered around these things.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Reva Whipple and Ellen Bowen Whipple, and his wives, Gloria Invernon Fernandez and Marilyn Brown Drumright. He is survived by his siblings Betty Haymore of Douglas, Arizona, Nanie Anderson of Salt Lake City, Utah, Willard (Bud) Whipple of Mesa, Arizona, Alvin (Gerald) Whipple of Spanaway, Washington, Coy Newren of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Barbara Taylor of Elk Grove.
He is also survived by his loving wife Lael Allen Whipple, and his children Sharon Whipple of Salt Lake City, Utah, Judy Madsen of Alexandria, Minnesota, Fred Whipple of Madisonville, Louisiana, and Richard (Rich) Whipple of Provo, Utah, as well as his children by marriage, Matt Drumright of Rocklin, Corrine Staves of Garden Valley, Camille Snow of Loomis, Aaron Drumright of Winters, Glenn Drumright of Fair Oaks, Karen Bean of Walnut Creek, Lisa Harrison of Nampa, Idaho, Kendra Hoeft of Henderson, Nevada, Kimberly Dunlap of Fremont, and Aaron Allen of Henderson, Nevada. He also had many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A funeral was held in his honor on Monday, Sept. 29, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Winters. Many family and friends attended to honor Richard and his wonderful life.
Wanda Elizabeth Hahn, 94, of Winters passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 at her home. She was an area resident for 34 years.
Born Oct. 25, 1913 in Ozark, Arkansas to Forrest and Lucinda Williams, she worked as a ship welder during WWII. She enjoyed quilting, was an organist for her church, and president of The California League of Catholic Women, as well as a piano and organ teacher. She also hosted dinners for Catholic Church Dignitaries in the Bay Area.
She is survived by her children, Charles; Sally, Pat and Roger; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Hahn; children, Randell and Carol; siblings, Oden, Settles, Turner, Twilla, Evan and Maryinez, and her parents.
A visitation was held on Monday, Sept. 22, and a Rosary recited afterwards at St. Anthony Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 11 a.m. also at St. Anthony. Interment will follow at the Winters Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Association.