William Fredric Knolle, a Fort Bragg resident and former resident of Winters, lost his battle with lung cancer on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. He died at home surrounded by family and friends. He was 61.
A memorial service will take place at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Chapel by the Sea in Fort Bragg.
William was born Jan. 3, 1949, in San Francisco to William and Rosalie Knolle.
He was raised and educated in Sonoma and was a member of the long-established Knolle family of Sonoma County. William was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in Vietnam. He had worked most of his adult life as a mechanic and was a gifted woodworker, a motorcycle enthusiast and avid photographer.
He married his wife, Carol, in 1980 in Nevada and together they made their home in Solano County for several years before moving to Winters where they resided for 10 years. Retiring in 2004, he and Carol moved their family to Fort Bragg. William worked at Rossi’s and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Knolle; sons, Joseph and Steven; sisters, Sharlene Campbell and Jo Ann and Don Battaglia; and numerous aunts,
uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Maxine Lorraine Sloper, 88, died on Monday, March 1, 2010, at Fairview Comfort Home in Fairfield. Born on July 28, 1921, in Modesto to Leroy and Rose (Ellis) Fritts, she grew up in the Placerville-Diamond Springs area and was a graduate of Sacramento High School’s class of 1939 and attended Sacramento City College.
A homemaker for more than 70 years, Sloper had been a Yolo County resident for the past 21 years, residing in the city of Winters after moving from Chowchilla. During her children’s youth, she was active in 4-H and was a longtime member of Delta Theta Tau and Jobs Daughters.
She is survived by husband Carroll Sloper of Winters; her daughters, Nancy Howard and husband Dwight, and Linda Eastman and husband Bob, both of Winters; son Neal Sloper of Eureka; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister Lola Sykes and brother Robert Fritts.
Private family services will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to Yolo Hospice, North Bay Hospice or the Winters Healthcare Foundation in her memory.
Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.
Annie F. Ramos, 67, born in Winters to Adolfo and Ana Ramos passed away Feb. 25, 2010, at her longtime residence in Highland.
She is survived by her sister Juanita Nobriga of Arbuckle. She also is survived by a large, loving family of nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Antonio and Adolph Ramos of Arbuckle.
A memorial Mass will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at Holy Cross church in Arbuckle. A reception will follow immediately at the Arbuckle Fire Department Hall.
Dorothy Thomas Rutler passed away on July 27, 2010, at her home in Winters. Born April 16, 1957, she was 53. Dorothy had a heart full of love and compassion for everyone she met. She had a beautiful smile and generous spirit. Dorothy never knew a stranger, and she was a friend to all.
She is survived by her longtime partner, Steve Collette, her son Tom and Donna Nelson and their four children, Destiny, Zachary, Emily and Carly; daughter Lacey and Joe Gomes and their four children, Mackayla, Arianna, Paisley and Shelby; her brothers James Thomas and Robin Thomas; sisters Barbara Swink and Donna Thomas; and many nephews and nieces and a huge extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents James and Margree Thomas, her brother Wayne Thomas and her sister Deborah Howard.
Graveside services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the Winters Cemetery.
Monsignor Andrew V. Coffey, a long-respected and beloved priest of the diocese who was pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Winters for eight years before serving at St. James Parish in Davis from 1963 to 1994, died Thursday, Aug. 12, at Sutter Hospital in Sacramento following a lengthy illness. He was 89.
Coffey was being treated for a kidney
infection at Sutter Hospital in the last two weeks of his life. Coffey also had been undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia, with which he was diagnosed about a year ago.
Coffey had moved out of the church around July to live at Mercy McMahon Terrace, an elder-care facility in Sacramento.
Those who knew him said Coffey was a man of kindness and humility, a man of sincere spirituality and a powerful advocate for the sanctity of all human life and the dignity of all people.
In addition to his work with the parish, Coffey was dedicated to Sacramento Life Center, a nonprofit resource that gives pregnant women the support and resources they need to have and care for their babies.
Coffey grew up on a farm with three brothers and three sisters in Enfield, County Meath, Ireland. He attended the seminary and was ordained a priest in 1947.
He moved to California to work in the Sacramento Diocese and was assigned to a parish in Chico for seven years, then one in Winters for eight years, before he ended up in Davis in 1963.
At the time, the Newman Center Church at Fifth and C streets served as the Catholic church in Davis. Coffey was instructed to build a new parish separate from Newman, so he organized a parish council to help guide him.
The community was divided on whether it needed a new church or school, but plans eventually moved ahead with the construction of St. James School in 1965, as well as a new rectory. Two years later, a convent was built next to the school and the church was constructed at the corner of 14th and B streets.
Coffey was praised for facilitating discussion while keeping his values strong.
He served at St. James for many years and continued to live at the church after his retirement in 1994.
Father Bong Rojas and Father Innocent Subiza cared lovingly for the pastor emeritus in the last years of his life, said Father Martin Brusato, who knew Coffey for 20 years.
Bishop Jaime Soto will celebrate the funeral Mass for Coffey on Friday, Aug. 20, at 11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament at 11th and K Streets in Sacramento. Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins of Oakland will be the homilist. A vigil service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at St. James Church, 1275 B St. in Davis. A potluck reception will also be held immediately following the vigil service.
Frank A. Ramos, 86, of Winters passed away Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010 at Woodland Memorial Hospital.
He was born January 5, 1924 in Madison to Isabel Aguilar and Antonio Ramos. He served in the U.S. Marines during WWII in the 6th Division, serving in the Pacific. He farmed apricots, peaches, almonds and walnuts until 1977. He then went into real estate sales until he retired.
He was a member of the Lions Club and served as president “more times than can be remembered,” say family members. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and Elks. He was a dedicated supporter of Winters High School football team and went to every game. He also filmed all the games for the team, and initiated the football banquet for at least 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Ramos of Winters; son, Ron (Diana) Ramos of Turlock; grandchildren Jennifer (Brad) Mitchell of Woodland, Ryan Ramos of Fresno and Michael Ramos of Turlock, Deborah (Anthony) Gomes of Los Banos; great-grandchildren, Sophie Mitchell of Woodland, Jacob and Tyler Gomes of Los Banos.
A time of visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Winters. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Winters Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Winters High School in memory of Frank A. Ramos or to a favorite charity.
John Leroy “Roy” Hull, 82, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 4, 2010. He was born September 5, 1927 in Eureka to William Shinn Hull and Lurena Margaret Medcalf, making him a third generation Californian. He grew up on a dairy in Hydesville.
Following his graduation from Willows High School in Willows, he entered UC Davis in 1945.
After one semester he asked to be drafted into the army and joined the military on March 22, 1946. He served one year and five days in military intelligence.
After being honorably discharged from the army, he met his future wife, Patsy Box, and then finished at UC Davis with a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry in January 1951. He went to work for the university as a field foreman, managing the Sierra Field Station cattle herd in Brown’s Valley near Marysville, as well as the feed mill and livestock on campus. He married Patsy on Oct. 7, 1951.
During his time working for the university, he was involved in grazing management research and went on to earn his masters degree in 1962. He taught animal science classes to non-majors for 10 years and was published over 50 times in various agriculture journals. He retired from UC Davis in October 1991. He was proud to be a part of the university staff and even more proud that all five of his children graduated from UC Davis.
While raising his children, he was a Little League coach and a Boy Scouts leader. Along with his wife, he was also very involved in the 4-H program for 30 years as both a sheep and beef project leader and a community leader for the Westfield 4-H Club. During retirement, Roy and Pat traveled all over the world, square-danced and played cards with friends. He also spent many hours collecting and carving carousel horses, gardening and raising animals. He also enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the Hedrick Ag History Center in Woodland.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patsy; children and their spouses Nancy and Rick Barnes of Callahan, John and Claudia Hull of Discovery Bay, Sharon and Rod Anstead of Winters, Julie and Ed Garcia of Chula Vista, and Bonnie and Chris Simas of Capay; grandchildren, Nicole and Brian Barnes, Shelley and Ryan Hull, Rick, Chelsea and Kate Anstead, Sam and Brittani Garcia, and Mason, John, Matthew and Thomas Simas; sisters, Lola Lawson and Lois Nitchman; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Edward, Joe and Albert Hull.
The family would like to thank his caregivers, Eremasi, Ana, Selita, Yvonne and Bill as well as Sutter Home Health and Sutter Hospice for their care and compassion.
A celebration of Roy’s life will be held on Sept. 5, 2010 from 2-4 p.m. at the Hull home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roy’s name to a favorite charity.