Ivan Dale Ham passed away on March 17, 2009, in Prescott, Arizona following a lengthy illness. Born on Sept. 30, 1933 in Bixby, Oklahoma to Pluma and Homer Ham, he was 75 years old. The family moved to Winters, where Dale grew up. He and his wife Mary made their home in Vallejo for many years. He later married Michele, and together they made their home in Solano County, Wisconsin and finally Arizona.
After his service in the U.S. Army, he returned to Vallejo and went to work for St. Francis Pie Company as a driver and loader. He had 22 years with the company before his health forced him to take an early retirement. He was a member of the Teamsters Union for over 40 years.
As a young boy his father introduced him to motorcycles and they became his life-long passion. He built them, rode them and raced them. He was a founding member of the Delta Falcons MC, a long-time member of the S.R.R.A. and a member of the A.M.A. In the early ‘80s, as the owner of Lorenzo’s Tavern in Vallejo, he enjoyed being host to many “biker” events and his many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Michele Ham, of Ocean Shores, Washington; daughter Toni Devine, Vancleave, Mississippi; sons Stephen and wife Cindy of Cameron Park, Roger and wife Paula, Bullhead City, Arizona, and Calvin Ham, of Antioch; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many cousins.
At Mr. Ham’s request, no formal services were held. He asked only that his family and friends celebrate his memory by remembering the good times they shared together. Dale’s spirit is free and he’s in the wind again, said family members.
Nickolas Donald McClellan passed away peacefully on the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2009, in the company of his family following a lengthy battle with cancer. Born Sept. 6, 1943, he was 65 years old. He lived in Davis for more than 31 years.
Born in Oakland, he grew up in challenging circumstances, leaving home at age 16. He graduated from Oakland Tech High School, and earned a B.A. and M.S. in English literature from Hayward State University. He was a union man and Teamster for 20 years with Lucky Stores before embarking on a second career as a teacher at Winters High School, where he taught English and British literature, debate and drama. He was also faculty adviser to the school’s Academic Decathlon Team.
He was a frequent speaker and sponsor on behalf of Alcoholics Anonymous, an organization he had been closely involved with for 25 years, and which he credited with having saved his life and led him to spiritual purpose.
He was passionate about his family, and loved spending time with his children, whether in support of their athletic endeavors, hiking, fishing, camping or skiing. He enjoyed restoring classic Chevrolet, Porsche, VW camper and BMW automobiles. He was also an amateur actor, occasionally appearing in Winters Community Theatre productions. He had a great sense of humor and a love of laughter. He will be greatly missed, but his memory will always bring a smile to our faces.
He leaves behind his wife, Mia, children Aaron and Katharine, daughter-in-law Kyri, grandson Mason, sister Noellan (Bickham) and innumerable family and friends.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 East 14th Street, in Davis. An annual scholarship fund has been established in his memory at Winters High School. Memorial donations may be sent in lieu of flowers to the Nick “Mr. Mac” McClellan Memorial Fund, c/o Winters High School, 101 Grant Ave., Winters, CA, 95694 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Clare Rominger passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2009, in Davis at the age of 81. She was born Jan. 23, 1928, in Woodland to Clarence and Ora Mumma.
She lived on the family ranch in Dunnigan until she graduated from U.C. Davis in 1949, with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Mrs. Rominger married James C. Rominger in June, 1950, and they made their home on the Rominger Sheep Ranch on County Road 29. For 59 years, she was a homemaker, enjoying her crafts and gardening.
Her husband, James, preceded Mrs. Rominger in death in 1999. She is survived by her three children, Tom Rominger and his wife Janice, Patty Quigley and her husband Kevin, and Doug Rominger. She has three grandchildren, Tammy Rominger, and Regina and Todd Quigley, and three great-grandchildren, Naomi and Jessie Rominger, and Isaiah Rominger-Matthews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, at the Pioneer Church, 205 Russell Street. Memorial contributions may be made in Clare Rominger’s name to the Pioneer Church.
Steven Garfinkle, passed away on Dec. 30, 2009 in Sparks, Nevada after fighting Amyloidosis. Until the end, he was surrounded by family and encompassed by the love of his countless true friends. Born February 13, 1939 in Salt Lake City, Utah, he was 70 years old.
In his own words, this is a brief summary of his life: “After graduation I apprenticed as a carpenter for about a year. I then did the army thing, ran radar on a missile base. I worked about four years as a carpenter after the army. I then went to work in the gambling business in 1966. I was in gambling for 20 some years. I have been as high as casino manager twice. I worked in Reno, Las Vegas, and Lake Tahoe.
My main thing until my early 30s was motor cross cycle racing, until a couple of buggers dragged me on a sailboat for the first time and that ruined my whole life. I sold my motorcycles and sailing has been my main love ever since. I have sailed extensively from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas, on both sides of the Baja. Words of wisdom: Live life to the fullest.'
Steve once owned two saloons; Garfinkle’s Fireside Chat in Reno, Nevada and Eagle Station Saloon in Carson City, Nevada. He also purchased JJ’s Saloon in Winters, but poor health prevented him from leaving his mark.
With an artist’s eye and a love of adventure, Steve loved to travel. He could turn a weekend trip into a month long adventure and often did. He loved back roads to anywhere, and locally owned bars and restaurants. He always made a friend wherever he went. He explored all of the western states and most of the rest of the US, including Alaska and Hawaii. His worldwide adventures included trips with his sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Gary, to Mexico, Western Europe, Egypt, Costa Rica, South Africa and just this fall, Eastern Europe.
He leaves behind his four children, Connie, Jay, Brian and Dawn (and her husband Jim) 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews; brother Buddy Garfinkle; sister, Linda and brother-in-law, Gary Kessimakis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Imey and Shirley Garfinkle, and his brother Jay Garfinkle.
A celebration in his honor was held Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Eagle Lodge in Carson City, Nevada. Memories and condolences in the online family guestbook at waltonsfuneralhome.com.
Virginia Marie Flood passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 24, 2009. Born in 1920, she celebrated her 89th birthday on Dec. 23 with all of her grandchildren. Her primary residence was in Santa Rosa, but her second home was Winters.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathy and Linda; five grandchildren, Doug and Michael Van Dyke, and Matt, Justin and Megan Mariani; eight great-grandchildren.
An informal luncheon to celebrate her life will be held at the Buckhorn’s DeVilbiss room on Friday, Jan. 8, at noon.
Esther C. Stone passed away in Sacramento on Dec. 30, 2009. She was the beloved wife of Andre Stone, loving mother of Sara Stone and Andre John Stone, cherished grandmother of Ashley Gabriel Stone, dearest daughter of Antinio M. Martin, dear sister of Angela Vasquez and her husband Juan and dear aunt of Ashley and Rachel Long. She graduated from Winters High School in 1965.
A visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m., followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, at Mount Vernon Mortuary, 8201 Greenback Lane in Fair Oaks.
Terry Max Bookout of Pittsburg passed away on Dec. 2, 2009. Born on Oct. 6, 1946, he was 63 years old.
A former Winters resident, he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He loved to spend time with his family, and is remembered as a very compassionate person by family members, one who would take people into his home who needed help. He will be remembered for the love he gave to his children and grandchildren, and one who “lived for his family.”
He is survived by his sons, David, Danny and Tyler, a daughter, Devan, and eight grandchildren; brother, Jim Bookout of Foley, Ala.; sisters, Sharon Tewell of Lawrenceville, Ill., Pamela Singh of Winters, and Debbie D’Angelica of Rio Vista.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Beatrice Bookout.
Sandra Faye Self passed away at her home in Dunnigan, Tuesday, December 15. She was born in Dickinson, North Dakota at St. Joseph’s Hospital on June 19, 1949 at 2 a.m.
Sandra spent most of her life in Yolo County. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, an expert with a needle and thread, a master chef and an all around caring person. She was an avid reader and she worked at UC Davis in the libraries for 35 years.
She is survived by her husband, Arthur F. Self; her son, William A. Self; her granddaughter, Layla J. Self; her sisters, Cindi Aubrey, Pamella Craven, Lory Hunter and her dog Oreo.
A memorial service was held at Nadeau Family Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 11:30 a.m.. Inurnment will follow at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
in Dixon at 2:30.
Arrangements were handled by Nadeau Family Funeral Home, 707-455-7700.
Rose Katherine Rand, age 96, passed away on December 18 in Woodland. She was born on October 7, 1913 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Clyde and Pauline Lentz Walsh. She married John Rand on July 9, 1936 in Anoka, Minnesota; he preceded her in death in 1982.
Rose and John moved from Minneapolis to Winters in 1966. Rose spent her life dedicated to her family whom she loved dearly. Her home was like a museum filled with various knick knacks and each had special meaning to her; she could tell you everything about each little treasure she had. Rose was a phenomenal seamstress and never needed a pattern to make clothing. She was a homemaker, dedicated to the care of her family. She was always very prompt; if an event began at noon she would arrive at 11 a.m. Filled with determination, she always wanted to do things her way, although her way may not have been the easiest—she wasn’t looking for the easy way out. She was very independent.
Rose and John’s lives were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Delores. Delores recalls that as a young child, when her father was working out of town, she and her mother would sit in front of a kerosene lantern and spend hours coloring pictures. Rose refused the modern convenience of a clothes dryer and insisted on hanging her clothes to dry. She loved her animals.
As Rose and John grew older, they loved to go anywhere that Delores would take them; they were always ready to go. She volunteered at the Seniors Center for many years, particularly with the Meals on Wheels program. She received numerous awards for her work as a volunteer.
Rose is survived by her daughter, Delores Sorenson of Winters; granddaughters, Julie Russell, Brenda Radulovich and Laurie Lane; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and sister, Dora Jacobsen of Columbia Heights, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katherine Miller; brothers Richard Walsh, Warren Walsh and George Lentz; and sisters Elizabeth Magnuson and Katherine Miller.
A viewing will be held on Dec. 23 from 10–11 a.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, immediately followed by a graveside service at the Winters Cemetery.
Following his illness of several months, George F. Bawart of Vacaville passed away peacefully on Jan. 25, 2010, with his wife, Jan, and “daughter,” Dana, at his side. He was born Sept. 3, 1939 in Burlingame.
He was a retired Vallejo police officer. For 17 of his 28 years, he was a detective. Among his many cases, he was best known as the investigator on the ongoing Zodiac case. He served as a consultant on the movie made about the Zodiac murder investigation.
After retirement, he was frequently found maneuvering his boat, the Bye George along the Delta waterways. At home, he built intricate radio controlled airplanes, was a voracious reader, accomplished cook, and an avid football and Nascar fan, often watching with his “perfect” grandson, Bret. He was always ready with an entertaining story about events when he was a police detective or life in general. Fun loving and caring, he will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife and loving companion of nearly 30 years, Jan, owner of the Cloth Carousel in Winters; stepdaughters, Debora Farrell and Dana Fishburn (whom he referred to as his “daughter”) her husband, Les, and grandson, Bret; daughters, Natalie Bawart, Christine Wheelock and Debbie Daly; granddaughters, Christina Daly, Amanda Daly, Jordan Lane and Juliette Wheelock; sisters Suzanne Day and husband, Steve, and Mimi Rapp; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at St. Peters Chapel on Mare Island in Vallejo.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the local Cancer Society.