Ronald K. Anstead passed away on July 23, 2010. Born Sept. 9, 1932 in Chico California to Bob and Vera Anstead, he was 78.
He grew up in Gridley, where he learned to fish, hunt and play guitar. He was a natural builder, a true craftsman, and will be remembered by friends and family as “forever the gentleman.”
In 1952 at the age of 20, he went to work for the Department of Fish and Game, and after 40 years of service to the wildlife of this state he retired in 1991 as a Wildlife Habitat Supervisor. He was instrumental in countless habitat projects throughout the State of California and his work can be seen today by the wild turkeys turned loose by his hand in the mountains west of Winters.
In 1963 due to a transfer, he moved his family from Grizzly Island; he had his choice of towns in the area to settle. He ultimately selected Winters, where the opportunity to fish Putah Creek would be in his back yard.
He grew up with the State of California’s waterfowl public hunting areas, helping develop the program that it is today. His tour of duty included Grey Lodge, Sutter, Colusa and the Sacramento Wildlife area. He made many special friendships along the way and will be missed dearly.
He is survived by his son, Rod Anstead and his wife Sharon, and their children, his beloved grandchildren Ricky, Chelsea and Katie Anstead, all of Winters; daughter Pam Shimel and husband Carl of Junction City; sister Gloria Hillier and husband Ronald of Bountiful Utah; brother Bobby Anstead and wife JoAnn of Boise, Idaho; and Bonnie Campbell of Potter Valley.
“We will all miss his smile, his music and the twinkle in his eye,” said a family member. A celebration of his life will be held on Aug. 7, 5-8 p.m. at 1024 Village Circle in Winters. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the California Waterfowl Association, 4630 Northgate Boulevard, Suite 150, Sacramento, CA 95834
Joseph Frank “Joe” Cuberos, 76, died July 26, 2010 in Lancaster at the home of his son Joe, following a long illness. He was born May 14, 1934, in San Francisco, to Justo and Carmen Cuberos.
He moved to Winters in 1949 with his parents and siblings, graduating from Winters High School with the Class of 1951 Upon graduation, he was employed at the local PG&E office. During the Vietnam War, he was a civilian employee for a year with a construction company. He held many employment positions during his lifetime, including part owner of J.J.’s Club in Winters, consultant for the Solano Irrigation District, and was a maintenance and transportation supervisor for the Travis School District. He retired in 2005 after serving as a building inspector for the State of California. In 2006, he purchased property in Selma, Oregon and resided there until July 1, 2010, moving to Lancaster to be with his son Joe and family.
Surviving him are his sons Joseph Goodwin Cuberos and wife Michelle of Lancaster and William Gren Cuberos of Redmond, Washington; grandson Joseph Anthony Cuberos of Sand Point, Idaho; granddaughter, Saphira Carolyn Cuberos of Lancaster; brother and sister-in-law Ralph and Josie Cuberos, and sister, Carmen Jean Rubio, all of Winters; three generations of nieces and nephews, including niece and goddaughter Barbara Cummins of New Washoe Valley, Nevada.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law Joe Rubio.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. at Vaca Hills Chapel, 524 Elmira Road in Vacaville.
Victor L. Bussard, 83, of Winters passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2010 at Sutter Davis Hospital. He was an area resident for 59 years.
He was born on Jan. 15, 1927 in Lipscomb, Texas to Oliver and Lottie Bussard. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years and got out in 1946 with an honorable discharge. He worked for Cranston Brothers in Woodland for seven years, then he and his wife owned Orrick Oils in Winters, retiring after 35 years, in March 1992.
He belonged to Senior Gleaners of Sacramento for five years, Lions Club since 1975. He served as co-chairman for Blood Source blood drives since 1975 and donated for years until he was no longer allowed to due to health reasons. He and his wife, Viola, enjoyed traveling to all the western states in their RV and loved to fish, but not eat them.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Viola Bussard of Winters; children Elmer (Chrissy) Bussard of Nevada City, and Viola (David) Kidder of Winters; grandchildren Julie Morales-Tony and her daughter Sophia, and Michelle Bussard-Ryan and her son, Aiden.
To honor Mr. Bussard’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Lions Club of Winters.
Betty Hoskins passed away Thursday, July 29, at home, peacefully, surrounded by her family. Earlier this year, Betty elected to stop cancer treatment and survived long enough to enjoy spring in her beautiful garden.
Betty was born in 1925 in Canfield, Ohio, and made her way to the Golden State in 1945. On the bus, she met and fell in love with Ed Hoskins. They married in 1946. Their life was alternately adventurous, scrappy, hard and fun. Along the way, Betty raised seven children and two step-children moving to Monticello, Vallejo, Putah Creek and Davis, before finally settling in Winters where she was city clerk for 10 years.
Betty took great joy in life’s simple pleasures — a morning cup of coffee with a crossword puzzle, a glass of wine with an ice cube, making simple but delicious meals whose recipes have been passed on to the next generation. As a young woman, she dreamed of being an artist, but in later years her artistry was expressed in the elaborate and unique cakes she decorated for family and friends as well as a few impressive paintings and drawings. Betty most enjoyed her backyard garden. It wasn’t just a flower bed; she created a stream made of pebbles that flowed around the yard surrounded by colorful plants, flowers and populated with animal sculptures.
Most especially, Betty had time to love and attend to each of the nine children she raised and was beloved by all of them. Her grandsons in Winters always knew they could stop by after school for a soda, cookies and conversation. Her gift to all of them was simple kindness and love.
She will be greatly missed and, in accordance with her wishes, she will be buried next to her husband in the Winters Cemetery. May her legacy be a blessing to the many she touched.
She is survived by her step-son Bud Hoskins and wife Nancy of Cameron Park, Pete and Sharon Hoskins of Philadelphia, Tom and Dorothy Hoskins of Shasta, Judy and Herschell Whitley of Winters, Patty and Fred Roybal of Merced, Ann Foster of Winters, John and Jennifer Hoskins of Winters, Doug and Laurie Hoskins of Winters, 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
There will be a visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church and a funeral service at the church at 11 a.m. Friday followed by interment at the Winters Cemetery. Following the burial, there will be an open house at 462 Edwards St. for family and all who would like to come.
Ernest McClellan Madison died Sept. 5, 2010, in Tucson, Ariz., of natural causes. He was born Jan. 13, 1928, in Topeka, Kan. His parents were Charles Clyde Madison and Violet Lavinia Scott. He joined the Marines at 17 and fought in the Korean War. He was trained as a radio man and flew in multiple missions into Korea and back, and rescued people being hunted by the North Korean Communist regime.
After his service in the military, he met and married Rueberta Mae Carter, who predeceased him. He met his second wife, Patricia, in Arizona.
Always a good storyteller, full of energy and laughter, he was an avid ham radio operator. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He leaves behind seven children: Chuck (Linda), Jill Lynn (Don), Christine, John, Sienna (Robin), Veronica and Andrea. His family includes 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
A family gathering is planned Sept. 26 near his home in Amado and on Elephant Head Mountain, Arizona, where he loved to hike and explore.
William Glen Nance, 84, of Winters, passed away Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at his home. He had been an area resident for 56 years.
He was born July 6, 1926, in Jerusalem, Ark., to Earley and Lila Nance. He quit school in the sixth grade to help support his family by working on farms. In 1943, he married Bernice Yaney. Shortly after, he joined the U.S. Army where he served as a nurse during WWII for two years.
In 1954, he moved his family from Missouri to California and settled down in Winters at his house on Edwards Street. In 1990, his wife, Bernice, died after 47 years of marriage. In 1991, he married Mozelle Estes and spent 18 years with her, until her passing in June 2009.
He took great pride in his home and yard, and enjoyed tending to his orange tree and tomato garden. He was a hardworking, self-educated man, who gave his all to God and his family.
He is survived by his children, Carolyn (Ed) Rutledge of Dixon, Linda (Nick) Creed of Rio Vista, Darrell (Pam) Nance of Chester, Rosemary (Anthony) Martinez of Durham and Darla (Mike) Chute of Northville, Mich.; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; Mozelle’s children, Wayne (Margo Sharon) Estes of Salem, Oregon, Susan Estes of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Glenda (Bill) Landon of Mount Vernon, Wash., as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred Everett of Alabama, Iva (Ed) Kelly of Winters and Dorene Crites of Winters.
A visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main St. in Winters. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Discovery Worship Center, 315 Edwards St. Interment will follow at Winters Cemetery.
Betty J. Bertagnolli, 87, passed away at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding on Sept. 19, 2010. She was born in Kansas on Feb. 6, 1923. She had been a resident of Redding for the past four years.
Betty graduated from high school in Kansas and came to California when she was 18. While she was employed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, she met her husband John Bertagnolli, who was employed there as a planner and estimator. Betty worked in the Supply Department at Mare Island for 25 years.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Italian Catholic Federation and the Napa Genealogy Society.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband John in 1978. She is survived by her two sons, Gary Bertagnolli and wife Kathy of Winters, John Bertagnolli and his friend Ann Morris of Redding; and sister-in-law Arlena Wales of Napa. She also is survived by her grandchildren, Ron Bertagnolli and his wife Amy of Davis, Kimberly Pearson and her husband Jeff of Redding, Gary Bertagnolli and his wife Heather of Texas, and John Edward Bertagnolli and his wife Jennifer of Oregon. Her great-grandchildren are Jade, Casey, Kaylee, Colton, Kyle, Allison, Abigail, Shealeene and Amanda. There is one great-great-grandson, Anthony.
The funeral Mass will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 2725 Elm St., Napa, at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, under the direction of the Claffey and Rota Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 2069, Napa, CA 94558.
Janet Elizabeth Neil passed away peacefully on Sept. 6, 2010, at home on the family ranch in Winters with her loving husband Jerry, devoted family and dearest friends by her side. Born in Tacoma, Wash., on Aug. 3, 1945, she was 65.
She fought a courageous three-year battle with cancer, without so much as a single complaint. She enjoyed life to the fullest, and even during her toughest days, she would say, “I am the luckiest woman in the world, I was blessed with a wonderful husband, loving friends, I have traveled the world and I have so much to be thankful for.” She was truly more concerned about others than herself.
She loved horses, nature, photography, antique cars and vintage clothing. She only knew one way to do something and that was “the best” she possibly could. Her contact with nature was something to behold, whether it be at her Eagle Lake cabin or her beautiful home in Winters. She loved to be surrounded by bald eagles, gray fox, mountain quail and deer. One of her favorite hobbies was to photograph wildlife, especially birds, and the joy she got from sharing the photos with her husband Jerry.
“What a team we make,” she would always say. Janet and Jerry operated family businesses their entire marriage of 43 years. Some of Jerry’s fondest memories were of Janet as a young lady giving horseback riding lessons to children on a ranch in Sacramento, or touring their old cars through the mountains of Colorado, dressed in vintage clothing.
Although Janet and Jerry had no children of their own, they impacted many lives of children in the community. The friendships that Janet fostered through the antique auto clubs and the cabin at Eagle Lake were evident to the very end, as the calls and cards poured in with prayers and well-wishes.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Williams Sims; mother, Alice Ellen Sims; brother, Gordon Sims; and in-laws, Lewis and Anita Neil.
She is survived by her husband Jerry Neil; brother and sister-in-law, Walt and Sally Neil; nephew John Neil and his spouse Karen, and their children Brock and Ashlynne; nephew Clark Neil and his children Sarah and Katie, niece Laurie Neil Hoskins and her spouse Doug, and niece Sandy Neil, all of Winters.
The Neil family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to all the dear friends of Janet for their outpouring of love during her illness. Your cards and phone calls meant so much to her. A memorial service is planned at McCune Garden Chapel, 112 Main St. in Vacaville on Friday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m.