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.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.claffeyandrota.com.
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.
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. An online guestbook may be signed at www.wiscombefuneral.com.
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.