Antonio P. Corona, 76, passed away on July 25, 2009, at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The Winters resident was born Nov. 4, 1932, in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
Mr. Corona lived in Winters for 36 years, earning his associate degree from Solano College. He spent 20 years with the U.S. Army, retiring as a Sergeant. He worked as a registered nurse for 15 years at Contra Costa County Hospital trauma center. After retiring, Mr. Corona enjoyed spending his free time working on cars.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carmen P. Corona of Winters, daughters Karla Madueño of Woodland, Elsie Peña of Sacramento and Cynthia Corona of Vacaville, parents Sylvestre Peña and Juana Garcia, granddaughters Krizia, Ayla, Karla and Gisselle Madueño, Endedina and Yezenia Stone, and Amira Corona, and four great-grandchildren.
A rosary will be held for Mr. Corona at 7 p.m., on Thursday, July 30, at the Kraft Brothers Funeral Home, 175 Second Street, in Woodland. Mass will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, July 31, at the Holy Rosary Church, 301 N. Walnut, in Woodland. Burial will follow at the Monument Hill Memorial Park, located at 35036 County Road 22 and Highway 16, in Woodland. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Luis N. Garcia passed away peacefully in his Winters home on July 17, 2009. Born on Aug. 20, 1922 in Moroléon, Guanajuato, México, he was 86 years old.
He came to the United States at 20 years of age, and worked most of his life in California as a farm worker until he retired in 1991. He settled in Winters 41 years ago. Shortly afterwards, he immigrated his family from México. After retiring, he kept active by walking around town in the early mornings and recycling cans. He enjoyed family parties and gathering with friends. Before the passing of his wife, they were always the first to arrive at parties and the first on the dance floor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonides García and María de Jesús Navarrete; his wife of 63 years, Ana Roque García; two infant children; siblings Elena, Socorro, Angel and José García, and a great-grand daughter.
He is survived by his 11 children and their spouses: Emilio and María Luísa García, Leonides and Graciela García, Esperanza and Antonio Villalobos, Rogoberto and Arminda García, Ana and José T. Salgado, Leonel Garcia and Teresa Maldonado García, María and Pedro Arredondo, and Arturo García, all of Winters, and Luís and Ofelia García of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Angela and Raúl López and Raúl García of Moroléon, Guanajuato, México; 40 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren, most of whom live in Winters; sister, Concepcíon García of Tangancicuaro, Michoacán, México; many nieces and nephews.
There will be a visitation on Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. followed with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters. There will be a mass on Friday, July 24, at 11:30 a.m., also at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. As per his request, Mr. Garcia’s final resting place will be back in his native Moroléon, Guanajuato, México.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Sutter VNA and Hospice, 7300 Folsom Blvd. #100, Sacramento, CA, 95826.
Robert S. McNamara. The Boston Globe reported on July 7 that Robert S. McNamara, who as secretary of defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations was a leading architect of US military involvement in Indochina, died Monday, July 6. He was 93. He died at his Washington home, had been in failing health for some time, family members said.
Besides the Defense Department, McNamara led two other institutions of global importance. He became the first nonfamily member to serve as president of Ford Motor Co., in 1960, and was president of the World Bank from 1968-81. He is best remembered and in some quarters still reviled for the seven years he spent at the Pentagon and the part he played in waging the Vietnam War. In 1995, he published his memoir, ”In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam,” in which he wrote that he and other top officials were wrong to pursue the war, which resulted in controversy, reported The Globe. Despite the withering criticism, McNamara remained a figure of public fascination. In 2003, the filmmaker Errol Morris released an Academy Award-winning documentary about him, “The Fog of War.”
The son of Robert James McNamara and Claranel (Strange) McNamara, Robert Strange McNamara was born in San Francisco on June 9, 1916. He grew up in Oakland and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1937. Two years later, he earned a master’s degree at Harvard Business School. He briefly worked for a West Coast accounting firm, then returned to Harvard as an assistant professor of accounting.
During World War II, McNamara was part of an elite group of Army Air Force officers, specializing in statistical control of the distribution of personnel, ordnance, and aircraft. McNamara rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
McNamara married Margaret McKinstry Craig in 1940. The couple remained married until her death, in 1981. He married Diana Masieri Byfield in 2004.
He leaves three children, Craig McNamara of Winters, and Kathleen McNamara and Margaret Pastor, both of Washington.
Melba Smith, 92, passed away on July 2, 2009, at her home in Woodland. Born Edna Melba Haskell in Pinole, California on June 11, 1917, she lived in Woodland for most of her life. She was married to the late Edward J. Smith for 58 years. Her parents were the late Arthur S. and Edna C. Haskell, also residents of Woodland.
She is survived by her daughters, Melora Speer of Woodland, Vera Arthur of Winters and Edna Westerbeck of Fresno, and a son, John E. Smith of Garden Grove; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Services are pending with Kraft Brothers of Woodland. Pastor Jerry Wells of St. John United Church of Christ will officiate, and burial will be at Woodland Cemetery
where she will be laid to rest with her husband.
Janis Kay Rodriguez passed away suddenly after a brief illness, on June 11, 2009. She was 69.
Born August 19, 1940, she was a Winters resident for 17 years before retiring to Garderville, Nev., with her loving husband, Victor.
Mrs. Rodriguez loved horses, puzzles, reading and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Victor Rodriguez of Gardnerville, Nev., sons Eric Rodriguez of Winters, Phillip Rodriguez of Winters, Mark Rodriguez of Davis, Shane Rodriguez of Jacksonville, Ark., and granddaughters Daytona and Victoria Rodriguez of Jacksonville, Ark.
Memorials will be private.
Frank Sutherland died Sept. 26, 2011. He was 69.
Born May 25, 1942, and raised in the Salinas Valley, he was a resident of Sacramento since 1988.
He was a loving father of Quincey Sutherland of Chico. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, attended Monterey Peninsula College and graduated from California State University at Chico, where he majored in business and biology. He worked as a marine biologist for the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu in the mid-1970s and developed the first marine water habitat for a marine creature called the Nautilus.
Sutherland also was an accomplished musician with a beautiful voice, entertaining family and friends over the years and at CareFree Senior Living where he lived his final years.
He was preceded in death by his father Ralph Sutherland in 1998 and his mother Violet Davison in 1999. He leaves behind many friends and will be sadly missed. A memorial took place in Winters.
Norman Pettersen died Oct. 3 in Woodland at age 89.
Born Aug. 22, 1922, in Hayward, he lived in Winters and Yolo County for about 48 years.
He served in the “Sea Bees” in France during World War II.
Graveside services are planned at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
for veterans, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon.
A loving mother and great friend, Deborah Ann Holland died Sept. 26, 2011, with her son Wayne and some dear friends by her bedside.
Born in Sumter, S.C., on Dec. 9, 1956, she was 54. Family members describe her as a beautiful, warm-hearted and devoted mother, homemaker and friend. She was a single mother who devoted her life to raising and supporting her son Wayne in whatever he did. This led to many wonderful years of involvement in various organizations and programs. She volunteered for PTA, Waggoner Elementary School, Winters Little League, Pony League Baseball, Winters Swim Team and Grad Nite, and was a member of the Lions Club.
She was a great fan of all sports in the Winters community and would travel to far away games to cheer for the teams. Friends say she could tell you how good the food was at snack bars from Sutter to Oroville and Willows to Wheatland — she knew them all.
“She will be so greatly missed in the parents section at our events, but we take solace in knowing we have an angel rooting from above,” said one parent.
She is survived by her son, Wayne O. Holland III of Winters; mother Phyllis Morton of Arizona: sister Suzanne Ropers of Texas; and brother Stanton Eschwig of the Bay Area.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne O. Holland Jr.
A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Creekside Recreation Park in Winters. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to any of the organizations with which she volunteered.
Madeline Martin Jimenez died in her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.
Born Oct. 10, 1925, in San Francisco, she was 85.
She was preceded in death by her husband Tony Jimenez, parents Frank and Amalia Martin, brother Joe Martin and sister-in-law Angelina Martin.
She is survived by her son James Jimenez, daughter Patricia Jimenez, granddaughter Emily Layton, brothers Antonio and Frank Martin and sisters-in-law Ramona and Anna Martin.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 301 Main St., Winters. Interment will follow at Winters Cemetery. After the interment, a reception is planned at St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main St.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617.