Josephine Dorothy Evelyn Moore Hague Chapman died quietly at home in Winters on Jan. 9, 2009 of natural causes at the age of 99 years. She was born in St. Helena on March 5, 1909 and, grew up in St. Helena, Con Valley and the Monticello areas.
In her early years she worked in her parent’s boarding house in Monticello. It was her chore to clean the gas chimneys every day, a chore she grew to hate. Later in life, she was so very happy when electricity was available even in the country. She would also help her mother with the meals and various other chores. She rode her horse to and from Napa, boarded him, changed clothes and walked to the Napa High School. She did this until her graduation.
In the summer between her junior and senior years she eloped. She kept this secret even from her parents until she finished high school then moved with her husband, Elvid Hague, to the Berkeley Hills where her first born, Delman, entered the world. Two girls followed Delman — Jackie, born in St. Helena and Mern, born in Napa.
In 1935 when working in Monticello, Elvid suffered a tragic fatal farming accident. Dorothy and the children came to Winters to live with her parents, Nell and George Moore. Dorothy’s father owned the butcher shop on Main Street, employing one James Rufus Chapman. It was at this time they fell in love and on March 20, 1937 they married.
She then began a life long career as a homemaker caring for Jim, their children and the home. In 1945 she and Jim became the parents of a son, James Robert. She was devoted to her husband and children. She was also a wonderful hostess, gladly opening her home to the many friends and relatives throughout the years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nell Foss and George Moore, her brother Foss Moore, her husbands, Elvid Hague and Jim Chapman. She was also preceded in death by three of her four children, Delman Hague, Jackie Hague Hale and Robert Chapman.
She is survived by her daughter Mern Hague Stowers and husband Tom Stowers of Dixon; daughters-in-law Viona Hague and Nicki Chapman; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. There will be a graveside service at the Winters Cemetery
on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Yolo Hospice at P.O. Box 1014, Davis CA 95617 or a favorite charity.
Arthur L. Humphrey passed away on Jan. 7, 2009, at VacaValley Hospital after a long struggle and complications due to Parkinson’s disease. He was born in New Blaine, Ark., on Dec. 8, 1932, to Arnold and Kate Humphrey.
When he was 5, his family moved to California, where he attended grade schools in Vacaville and Winters, and then Winters High School. Mr. Humphrey then attended Solano Community College and Sacramento State University, where he earned a degree in Business and Marketing.
He established a career with Standard Oil of California (Chevron) and retired with 34 years of service. He then worked for B.C. Stocking Distribution for approximately 10 years. He served in the California National Guard for eight years and was a life member of the Woodland Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita, son Archie Humphrey and wife Nina of Vacaville, grandchildren Arthur Humphrey of Bloomington, Ind., Ingrid Patton and husband Robert of Sacramento, Andres Jimenez (and wife Lilian) of El Monte, sister Marge Cameron and husband Ernest of Macon, Geo., brother-in-law Larry Campos and wife Darlene of Winters, sister-in-law Pat Humphrey of Sonora, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Hofferd, Haskell, Richard and Hoyle.
Donations in the memory of Mr. Humphrey may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or a charity of choice.
Mary Dolores (Lola) Garcia Lopez, a seventy-year resident of the Winters area, passed away recently. She was born to Ralph Dolores Lopez and Ruth Mary Garcia. She attended the country Olive School District and graduated from Winters High School.
She worked in the clerical field for forty years. She was known as a very reserved and private person. According to friends and family, “It was Lola’s way or No Way.” She lived a quiet and private life and chose to face her illness alone and passed away alone, as she requested.
Ms. Lopez was buried privately and alone, as she did not want to be a bother to anyone. She is quoted as saying that she came into this world quietly and she would leave it quietly. Ms. Lopez was placed near her parents in the Winters Cemetery.
Ms. Lopez did want to thank each and every one who showed her kindness over the years.
Joe Lawrence Martinez, 56, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. Born on April 24, 1952 in El Paso, Texas, to Lazaro and Guadalupe (Morales) Martinez, he attended area schools until the family moved to Winters, where he attended Winters High School, class of 1970, and attended Solano Community College.
Martinez served in the United States Army from May 1970 to May 1976, when he received his honorable discharge. A resident of Yolo County for the past 38 years, with longtime ties to the Winters area, he was employed as a rehabilitation inspector within the housing industry.
He is survived by his daughters, Marcy Luz Martinez and Melissa Martinez, and a granddaughter, Marlee Sue Margarita Carlson, all of Sacramento; sister Linda Carrasco of Winters; sister Gloria Martinez-Baker and husband Larry of Redding; brother Jesse Martinez of Esparto; brother Joey Luis Martinez of Sacramento; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A rosary was held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 511 Main Street, with a Mass of Christian burial to follow at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Father Chuck Kelly officiated.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Disabled American Vets in his memory. Assisting the family with funeral arrangements is Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.
Bertie Adeline Birdwell, of Payette, Idaho, formerly of Winters, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 01, 2009. Born on July 12, 1920 in Kenta, Oklahoma to Elias Thomas and Sarah Morris Hopper, she was 88 years old.
She married Lee Birdwell on July 24, 1934 in Oklahoma. The couple moved to Winters in May 1946. After 48 years of marriage she moved to Payette, Idaho after Lee’s death in 1982.
She is survived by her daughter, Bertie Keith of Payette, Idaho; 9 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lee; son Clifford Birdwell; great-grandson Daniel Clark and great-granddaughter, Donella Erhardt; brothers, Clifford and Hazel Hopper.
Memorial services will be held in Payette at a later date. Private interment will be held in Winters, California. Services are under the direction of the Haren-Wood Funeral Chapel, Payette. An online guestbook may be signed and private condolences sent to the family at www.Haren-Wood.com.
Rodolfo Torres Valencia, 92, of Winters, passed away on Feb. 21, 2009. He was an area resident for 52 years, and was born January 12, 1917 in Mexico to Rodolfo and Arnulfa Torres Valencia. He was an avid reader and master storyteller, and enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his children, Maria Cruz and Domingo Rivas, Nuni, Robert and Kitty Valencia, Ruben and Larueen Valencia, Rosalinda Valencia and Farokh Guvanlu, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at noon at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Wiscombe Funeral Home. A private family interment will be held at Winters Cemetery.
Ronald Anthony Carrion passed away on Feb. 2, 2009. Born in Woodland on May 8, 1945 to Ted and Mary Carrion, he was 63. He attended Woodland High School, where he played football, and graduated in 1963, joining the Navy. He became a Navy corpsman, serving a tour at Subic Bay, in the Philippines.
His love of the High Sierra brought him to Eureka, Nevada, where for the last 29 years he owned and operated the Owl Club Bar and Steakhouse. Family members say his love for life and family will always be imprinted in their memories.
He is survived by his parents, Ted and Mary Carrion of Woodland; children and their spouses, Robert and Barbara Carrion of Winters, Aaron and Lori Carrion of Zamora, Eleny Carrion of Gardnerville, Nevada, Eshel Carrion of Arlington, Washington, Evven Carrion of Reno, Nevada; grandchildren, Anthony, Daniel, Gianna and Peyton; brother and sister-in-law Marty and Karen Carrion, sister and brother-in-law Linda and Gary Easterly, sister Rita (Carrion) Easterly, and sister and brother-in-law JoAnn and Michael Fuerst; several nieces and nephews; and dear friend and companion for more than eight years, Gaye Tyndall.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Woodland Elk’s Lodge, 500 Bush Street in Woodland. A second celebration will be held in Eureka, Nevada on Feb. 28.
Andres Bermudez Viramontes passed away from stomach cancer on Feb. 5, 2009 at the Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Born on June 11, 1950 in El Cargadero, Mexico, he was 58 years old. A Winters resident for 32 years, he most recently lived in Mexico City, where he was a member of the Mexican congress.
He arrived in Winters in 1970, working initially as a farm laborer at Tufts Ranch, working his way up to driver and foreman. He became a U.S. citizen in 1987, and he and his brother, Jose, went on to form their own farm labor contracting business, Bermudez Brothers, in Winters. He invented a tomato transplanting machine that earned him the nickname “The Tomato King,” and was also a Yolo County tomato farmer.
A member of Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s national Action Party, he made history in 2001 when he was elected mayor of his hometown of Jerez, in Zacatecas, Mexico. He was stripped of that victory by the Mexican Federal Electoral Institute because he did not meet Mexican residency requirements. The law was subsequently changed, allowing emigrants to return and hold Mexican office, and the new law was named after him. He was again elected mayor of Jerez in 2004, but still maintained his ranch home in Winters.
A lover of both playing and watching baseball, he is described by family members as “an early riser, ambitious and a hard worker, who was very charismatic and loved the limelight.” In addition to Mexican politics and local agriculture and farm labor, Bermudez helped organize La Fiesta Mexicana at St. Anthony Church, raising money for the church. He also loved mariachi music, which will be played in his honor at his funeral services.
He is survived by his wife, Irma Bermudez, of Jerez, Mexico and Winters; son and daughter-in-law Andres Jr. and Xochil Bermudez of Winters, daughter and son-in-law Laura and Alexandro Ramos of Winters, son Ernesto Bermudez of Winters; grandchildren Andres Bermudez IV and Alexandro Adrian Ramos, both of Winters; siblings, Francisco Bermudez of El Cargadero, Mexico, Serafin Bermudez of Jerez, Mexico, Carmen Bermudez of Elk Grove, and Rafaela Bermudez, Isabel Vellegas and Gavina Torres, all of Winters; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Jose, in 1992.
A Rosary will take place at his home on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m., and in the Mexican tradition of the Rosary, an all-night vigil will be held. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main Street. Graveside services will follow at the Winters Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Bermudez’ name to the charity of choice. Wiscombe’s Funeral Chapel in Davis is handling the arrangements.
Mark Manuel Munoz, of Farmington, New Mexico, passed away suddenly from a heart attack at his home on Feb. 6, 2009. Born on June 28, 1958 in Woodland, California to Mariano and Patricia Munoz, he was 50 years old. He was the former owner of Warrior Video, and is a former Winters resident. He graduated from Winters High School in 1976. He served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school. His family remembers him as very private person but a loving and giving husband and father. He enjoyed collecting movies and comic books.
He is survived by his wife Peggy of Farmington; children Melissa and Mary Munoz of California, and Justin Ulibarri of Farmington, New Mexico; mother Patricia of Winters; sister Debbie and brother-in-law Richard Pitts of Winters; nephew Jeff Pitts and his wife, and niece Amber Pitts.
He was preceded in death by his father.
A memorial service was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Farmington, New Mexico, on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oscar Angulo-Bermudez, 18, of Winters, passed away on Jan. 24, 2009.
He was born Oct. 19, 1990, in Julisco, Mexico.
A visitation and rosary was held on Jan. 28 at the Milton Carpenter Funeral Home, and a mass was held on Jan. 29 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters.