James Caldwell passed away Nov. 28 at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento after a short illness. He was 67.
He was born March 30, 1943, in Wayne, Mich.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol of Winters; five children, Tammy Ruiz, James IIII, Teri Medena and husband Rolando, and Timothy Caldwell, all of Winters, and Daniel and wife Nicole of Fairfield; grandchildren Lisa, Mari, Ray, Brien, Andrew, Daniel, Lilliana, Shawn, Angel, Rosi, Rolando, Lupe and Zack, plus a little angel in Heaven, Christopher; and great-grandchild Andrew Jr.
He also is survived by his mother, Amelia from Missouri and several brothers and sisters in Missouri and Michigan.
Caldwell was a veteran in the Air Force, serving in Vietnam. He worked for 20 years for Granberg International in Vallejo.
Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery
Henry Long, a 50-year resident of Yolo County, died on Nov. 29, 2010. He was 95.
Born July 10, 1915, in Suisun, he was the 13th of 16 children born to Go and Shee Long. He graduated from Winters High School, where he was a star all-around athlete.
Drafted into the U.S. Army, he served with distinction in the 184th Infantry Regiment from 1941 to 1945, reaching the rank of staff sergeant. For his service in the Aleutian Islands and the Pacific Theater, he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and three Bronze Stars.
For several years, he was the owner and chef of a restaurant and manager of the Buckhorn Bar in Winters, retiring in 1979. Following retirement, Henry continued to be active and enjoyed the camaraderie of students, staff and faculty at UC Davis. He joined UC Davis in Grounds and Landscaping, where he received several commendations and retired again in 1984.
Henry was a devoted husband, a loving father and a loyal friend. He cherished his family and friends above everything else, and was a generous man. He worked hard for his family and modeled for them the traits of a caring and understanding father. His children take great pride in what an extraordinary father he was to them, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
His caring extended to everyone who was fortunate to come into his life including, most recently, his friends at Covell Gardens where Henry oriented and aided residents as an informal ambassador. He was beloved by all. Henry was one of those unforgettable individuals whose lessons of life will continue to impact us all and remain in our hearts forever.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Annie Long; six brothers, Willie, Bill, Albert, George, Harold and Howard; and seven sisters, Eva Joe, Mildred Fernandez, May Foo, Mary Wong, Ivy Fong, Grace Shun and Gertrude Jang.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen Eilers (Carl); sons Timothy (Aurelia), Richard (Mary) and Gerald (Barbara); grandchildren Sarah Lee Kong (Richard), Ricky Long (Abby), Erica Batara (Chris), Anthony Long and Kristin Long; great-grandson Ethan Batara; and sisters Lorraine Lee (Robert) and Margaret Kan (Hank).
A viewing took place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Wiscombe’s Funeral Home, 116 D St. in Davis. A memorial Mass took place at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St. in Davis, followed by burial at Winters Cemetery
and a reception at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall, 455 Main St. in Winters.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to EDAPT, UC Davis Department of Psychiatry, 2230 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817, or Yolo Hospice, 1909 Gallileo Court, Davis, CA 95616.
Constance “Connie” Yvette Wilson passed away at her home in Woodland, with her family by her side, on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. She was 78.
A native of Chicopee, Mass., she was born Feb. 5, 1932, to Ovila and Antonia Gladu. Wilson is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jim Wilson, one son and three daughters. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Family members said she will be fondly remembered for her love of gardening and playing bridge.
Memorial contributions may be made, at Wilson’s request, to Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Court, Suite A, Davis, CA 95618.
A private family graveside service is planned at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in Dixon. For more information, call (707) 693-0292.
John Hubert, 71, passed away at his home in Gualala on Nov. 7, 2010. He was born April 27, 1939, in Winters to Bud and Welda Hubert. He spent his childhood in Winters growing up on the family apricot ranch in Pleasant Valley. He attended the Pleasant Valley School and Winters High School, and graduated with the class of 1957.
After graduation, he moved to Gualala and worked as a heavy equipment operator. He spent two years in the U.S. Army and most of his tour of duty was in Alaska.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy Mosier Hubert; daughters Cara Sternad of Santa Rosa and Jody Hubert of Gualala, and son Jamie of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Crystal Cullen of Gualala, Chase and Riley Sternad of Santa Rosa and Jason Hubert of Georgetown; sisters, Gail Gage of Mount Shasta, Vicky Hayes of Mount Rainier, Wash., and brother Bud of Woodland.
A celebration of his life is planned at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations in his memory be made to the American Cancer Society or Pioneer Presbyterian Church.
Jannes June Echols, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Alderson’s Convalescent Hospital in Woodland, when she lost her long courageous battle with a brain tumor. Born June 2, 1933, in Woodland, to Ira “Pat” and Thelma Nichols, she lived in Woodland until age 10, when the family moved to the new family ranch in Pleasants Valley near Winters. She attended a one-room country schoolhouse in Pleasants Valley until she entered Winters High School, where she graduated valedictorian of her class in 1951.
She married Billy Lynn Echols of Winters in 1952 and continued living on the family ranch in Pleasants Valley where her father built her a wonderful blue house, which she and her husband turned into a very loving home for their four children. At the ranch, they were surrounded by her parents and all of her brothers, who also married and built their family homes on the multi-family ranch, where she continued to live for her entire life.
She was a fun-loving, kind and hard working woman. In addition to working on the family ranch, she held many jobs during her life, some of which included bank teller, fruit packer, cutter and picker, working with walnuts and teacher’s aid, but her most notable employment was her bookkeeping position for more than 25 years at the California Market, which later became the Town and Country Market.
She was an avid reader, bingo player, outstanding cook and a member of a local bridge group for more than 30 years. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, crossword puzzles, going to the movies, crocheting, playing cards and teaching her daughters how to do all of those things.
“Everyone who met Jannes, loved her,” said a family member. “She had a way about her that was very warm and welcoming and made people feel like they had known her forever as soon as they met her. She especially enjoyed her annual family trips to the ocean to celebrate the end of fruit season. Family time was always cherished by all. Jannes will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We are all blessed to have had her in our lives for as long as we did.”
She is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law Joan Gates, Coy and Shirley Nichols, and Bill and Barbara Nichols, all of Pleasants Valley; daughters Debra Echols of Fairfield, Cindy Layton and husband Russell, Thelma Maier and fiancée Randy Simmons, and Rebecca Griffey and husband Stephen, all of Winters; grandchildren Katie Hickman of Vacaville, Rusty Layton of Sacramento, and Sarah Layton, William Maier, Nicholas Maier, Johnny Maier and Allie Griffey, all of Winters; great-grandchildren Allysa Meier of Vacaville and Emily and Isabel Maier of Winters; a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins from all over;
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband of 43 years, Billy Lynn Echols, parents Ira and Thelma Nichols, and brother Bruce Gates, all of Pleasants Valley, and son in-law Jerry Maier of Winters.
Friends and relatives held a graveside service at the Winters Cemetery
on Tuesday, Nov. 16, where she was laid to rest next to Billy.
Herbert Lonnie Johnson of Winters passed away Nov. 10, 2010, at the age of 86. The son of a Baptist minister, he was born April 19, 1924, in Moody Springs, Okla.
As a young man, he traveled to California and settled in Winters where he met his wife of 65 years, Martha (Pezzatti) Johnson. In 1981, after 30 years of service, he retired from the Yolo County Road Department and in the years to follow, pursued his love of hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; son, LeRoy Johnson and wife Debra Johnson; grandson, Scott Johnson; granddaughter, Kimberli Quam and husband Brent Quam and great-grandson, Tyler Cassidy. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Darlene Newmann.
Graveside services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at Winters Cemetery, 415 Cemetery
Edna Thomson passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, in Woodland at age 80. She was born April 2, 1930, in Ismay, Mont., a town that changed its name to Joe, Mont. — after the NFL football player of the same name — as a publicity stunt in 1993.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles Thomson; a daughter, Joy Bearden and her husband Dean; a son, Chuck Thomson; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 19, at McNary’s in Woodland with graveside services following.
Marylou Judy, a well known elementary school teacher, passed away on Sept. 21, 2010, at the age of 101.
She specialized in teaching reading techniques and retired from the Sacramento School District in 1970. Born in 1909 in Mason City, Iowa, Marylou Craven Judy grew up in Boise, Idaho, and graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow where she majored in music. It was at the University of Idaho that she met her future husband, Frank Judy. After their marriage, they moved to Winters and later to Walnut Grove and finally to Sacramento where they made their home for more than 60 years. Frank Judy passed away in 1981. Marylou Judy was an active member of the Phi Beta Phi Alumni Association.
Notably, her father-in-law, D.O. Judy planted the palm tree at Railroad Avenue and Main Street in Winters.
An avid reader who loved to travel and garden, Marylou Judy is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Deaver of Washington D.C., and Francia Davis and David Judy, both of Sacramento, in addition to six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Family members said she was a wonderful wife, teacher, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be missed very much.
Donations in memory or Marylou Judy can be made to Reading is Fundamental, www.rif.org, a national organization dedicated to helping people of all ages learn to read.
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.