MERCADO, CARMEN ROJO Passed away on October 17, 2001 at the young-at-heart age of 62. She was born December 19, 1938 in Stanton, CA to Guadalupe and Sebastian Rojo. Devoted sister to Rose Velarde (Armando), Luciano Rojo (Ruth), Tony Rojo (Jeanette), Marina Guzman, Mary Carrasco (Ruben), Roger Rojo (Sharon). Preceded in death by her sister, Dolores Arredondo and brother Joe Rojo. Loving aunt to many nieces and nephews and "La Tia" to her special mijas Rosie, Gia, and Dina. Carmen and her family moved to the Sacramento River Delta town of Courtland in 1946. She graduated from Courtland High in 1957 where she was active in student government but remembered most for her school spirit as head cheerleader: "C O U R T L A N D !" Carmen was an avid SF 49ers, SF Giants, and Sacramento Kings fan. Carmen's devotion carried over to her public service with the State of California for nearly 40 years. Although Carmen didn't start her career at the Health & Welfare Agency, that is where she left her legacy. Carmen worked at the Agency for 23 years, ending with her retirement in 2000. So missed, the Agency asked Carmen to return as a retired annuitant, which she did last month. Carmen's commitment to her community led her to serve as: a founding member of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, board member of Festival De La Familia, member and inductee of the Mexican American Sports Association, and a Mexican American Bowling League board member. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, Carmen became an advocate, spokesperson, and board member for the American Cancer Society. Her courage and determination to beat breast cancer, without ever losing her zest for life, made Carmen a role model for many. Her last wish was for family and friends to continue supporting the fight for breast cancer by participating in Sunday's annual march, "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer". Remembrances preferred to the American Cancer Society. Friends are invited to attend the Rosary 7PM Monday, October 22, 2001 at GEORGE L. KLUMPP CHAPEL OF FLOWERS, Riverside Boulevard & 2nd Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10AM Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 1017 11th Street. Entombment St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation Monday from 1PM-8PM at KLUMPP'S CHAPEL
PEHRSON, CRAIG W. In this city, October 16, 2001. Beloved husband of Dina. Loving father of Ryan. Beloved son of John & Evelyn Pehrson. Brother of Jeff Pehrson. A native of Sacramento, age 38. Friends are invited to attend Funeral Services Monday, October 22, 2001 at NICOLETTI, CULJIS & HERBERGER 5401 Folsom Blvd at 10:00 AM. Private entombment East Lawn Cemetery.
PIAZZA, SALVATORE A. On October 18, 2001, after 90 full years of life, and surrounded by his six children, a grandson, and a granddaughter, Sal peacefully ended his earthly presence. Late in life, Sal studied Buddha's teachings, and was a man of few words. But those he spoke were from "enlightenment". He was one of the Goodfathers of Sicilian parents, a rock of Gibraltar, and example of the noble life. Dad, you & mom will be in our presence forever All the kids.
POPPLETON, WILMA Of Sacramento, died Friday October 12th at UC Davis Medical Center. She was 62. She was born January 19th, 1939 in Pampa, Texas to William and Phoebe Evans. Her passions included her grandchildren, cooking, and QVC. Survivors include her sons, Rod Poppleton of Beaverton, OR and Ronald Ritchey of Portland, OR; daughter Melinda Ritchey of Portland, OR; brother Ralph Evans of Elk Grove, CA; sisters, Phoebe Cochran of Red Bluff, CA and Betty Crowell of Odessa, TX; grandchildren, Joshua and Hailey Poppleton, and Corey and Chris Zurcher; numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by South East Lawn Mortuary, Elk Grove, CA. Memorial donations can be made to Volunteers of America 1-800-899-0089.
PRICE, EVA Born in Ashley, North Dakota, a longtime resident of Sacramento, CA peacefully passed away October 18, 2001 at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Richard Price. Loving mother of Sharlene Wheeler of Oakley, CA, Marilyn Lee of Boring, OR, and Roberta White of Sacramento, CA. Adored grandmother of Mike, Mark, Cindy, Laura, Karyn, Shawn, Brandon and 12 great-grandchildren. Beloved sister of Fred Adam, Ernie Adam, Roy Adam, Alvin Adam and Edna Jonas. Eva had an avid interest in teaching Wilton and Lambeth Methods of cake decorating and oil painting. She loved to travel, but most of all she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Family and Friends are invited to Visitation, Monday, October 22, 2001 from 4-8pm and Funeral Service, Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at l0am. All services will be held at SOUTH EAST LAWN MORTUARY, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624.
RAMOS, JOSEPH E. In Sacramento, October 18, 2001. Sadly missed after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born December 29, 1921 in Vacaville, CA, and resided in Sacramento, CA. Beloved husband of Goldie Ramos for 54 years. Loving father of Grace Maiola (Bill) of Georgia, Joseph Ramos (Lisa) of Sacramento. Survived also by 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by parents Christopher and Grace Ramos; a brother Tony Ramos, and sister Geri Garrett. A Grant Union High graduate, 1941; Veteran WWII Army Air Corp, European Theater, retired from the California State Printing Plant after 27 years. He was active in bowling, dancing, bicycling, and traveling. Friends are welcome for visitation Sunday Noon to 5PM, Monday 4PM to 8PM and are invited to attend funeral services at 2PM Tuesday at EAST LAWN MORTUARY, 5757 Greenback Lane, with interment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Memorials to the Sutter Hospice, American Institute for Cancer Research, or a charity of your choice.
RODGERS JR, JOHN MENDES Surrounded by his family, he passed from this earth into heaven on October 17, 2001. Born May 21, 1947, he was a lifelong resident of Sacramento. He is survived by his loving parents: Katherine and John M. Rodgers, Sr., his loving partner Alaine Ross, who affectionately referred to him as "Alvin", his four children: Catena Rene Rodgers and her fiancee Van Bowen, Jenifer Amberson and her husband Harold, Michael Rodgers and his wife Kathleen and Lori Lupton and her husband Ken. Grandchildren: Nicholas & Christian Bowen-Rodgers, Brandon Amberson & the late Matthew Rodgers, Dylan & Bailee Lupton. He was the Master of "Barney". He also leaves countless family and friends. John was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam era. He was retired since 1995 from Regional Transit after 26 years. He was an avid hunting, fishing and car enthusiast. An active member of the American Portuguese Society, California Waterfowl Association, Ducks Unlimited, Sacramento Safari Club, etc. He was always one to lend a helping hand; he touched many lives and as a result, will be greatly missed. Friends are welcome to attend the Recitation of the Rosary Monday at 6:00 PM in the LAND PARK CHAPEL OF HARRY A. NAUMAN & SON, 4041 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento and are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday at 10:00 AM in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 12th & S Streets, Sacramento. Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Mausoleum. Contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society in his memory.
ROSENQUIST, EUNICE LORRAINE Born in San Jose, February 25, 1918. Passed away in Auburn, September 13, 2001. Survived by her husband of 61 years, Raymond Rosenquist; son, David Rosenquist; daughter, Carin Chapin; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Resident of Sacramento, Carmichael, and Folsom for 22 years; school secretary in San Juan Unified School District; active golfer, having made a hole-in-one in Elk Grove; avid cook, seamstress, knitter, swimmer, bridge player, and flower arranger. A private graveside gathering took place September 15, 2001, at Los Gatos Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Meadow Vista, at 10AM, Saturday, November 3, 2001. Contributions would be preferred to the Alzheimer Association.
SAMPLE, JAMES ELLIOTT In Carmichael, October 18, 2001, age 51. A recent Folsom resident and Iongtime resident of San Luis Obispo County. The loving son of Winona Sample of Folsom, brother Herb of El Dorado Hills, father of Hiedi, Leilani and Shawn, grandfather of Shawn Jr., Shaylyn, and Arianna. An avid auto racing fan, he recently retired from the State Dept. of Corrections as a carpenter in San Luis Obispo. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2001, at the Paso Robles District Cemetery, Paso Robles, CA at 11AM. Remembrances may be made to: Avalon Hospice, PO Box 161908, Sacramento, CA 95816.
WEIR, LUCILLE MARY Born September 8,1931 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Passed away October 17, 2001 in her Orangevale home. She is survived by Gordon, her husband of 50 years. Also survived by her sister, Therese Sinfield of San Diego, her five children, Muriel Group (Chuck), Doug (Kimberly), Mary Shaw (Jack), Carol Sheilenberger (Dean), and John (Kris) and many grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend a Visitation Monday, October 22nd from 3 to 8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, 507 Scott St., Folsom. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 23rd at 10 a.m. at Divine Savior Catholic Church, 9079 Greenback Lane, Orangevale. Internment to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 7101 Verner Ave., Sacramento. A reception at Divine Savior Pavilion will follow internment.
WOLLAM, RYKK (RICHARD EUGENE) Born April 10, 1963 passed on October 17, 2001. Survived by friends Myra, Judy, Jordy, Kathy, Clayton and countless others. Survived by his grandparents, Phyllis and Jim Mott-Trautman; father, Harold; mother, Sharon Denny; sister, Laurie Agerton; brothers, Bobby and Jamie; aunts, uncles, three nephews, and one niece. Rykk graduated from Palmdale High School in 1981. He earned his BA degree from CSU Sacramento and possessed a Professional Clear Single Subject Credential in Social Science, as well as a Multiple Subject Credential, Learning Handicapped Credential, Resource Specialist Program Credential, CLAD certification and a Masters Degree in Special Education. He received an Administrative Credential from LaVerne University. "Mr. Rykk" worked for Washington Unified School District for nine years. He taught a Special Day Class, and was a social studies instructor and Resource Specialist at Golden State Middle School and River City High School. He also taught third grade at Bryte Elementary and was the summer school principal at Westmore Oaks during the summer of 1999. Rykk requested that friends get together to celebrate his life. The gathering will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm. Please call (916) 375-7604 ext. 7753 to leave your name and number for directions. Rykk has also requested that donations be made in his honor to the SPCA or other charitable organizations.
Allan Olvera took pride in his heritage
As vice chairman of the Sacramento Native American Caucus, 50-year-old Allan Olvera devoted a sizeable chunk of his free time to helping Indians.
Mr. Olvera, who was murdered last week in his home near Florin High School, played an active role in the local American Indian community, according to his cousin, Alexanderia Segura.
Whether it was working with youngsters in Elk Grove Unified School District's Indian Education Program or distributing salmon to American Indian elders on Thanksgiving eve, Mr. Olvera was there to help, she said.
That was his avocation. To pay the bills, he worked as a clerical assistant in the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, where he also acted as an adviser on American Indian issues, his cousin said.
Allan Louis Olvera was one of three children of the former Dorothy Blue, a Miwok, and Henry Olvera, a Campbell Soup employee.
Mr. Olvera graduated from Elk Grove High School in 1969 and later attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, his cousin said. He was always proud of his heritage, Segura said, and at one point during the early 1970s, participated in the American Indian takeover of Alcatraz.
He never married, she said.
In addition to helping raise funds and providing encouragement to those working in the Indian Education Program in the Elk Grove schools, Mr. Olvera played a key role in the Native American Caucus' salmon distribution program, according to his nephew, Matt Franklin.
Working with the state Department of Fish and Game, he helped arrange donations of salmon from the Nimbus Fish Hatchery to American Indian people every Thanksgiving, his nephew said.
Mr. Olvera's body was found in his home Thursday night by relatives, said sheriff's Sgt. James Lewis.
As of Monday night, no one had been charged with the murder, Lewis said.
Survivors include his parents, Dorothy and Henry Olvera; brother, Henry "Sonny" Olvera; and a sister, Doreen Franklin, all of Sacramento.
Visitation is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. A rosary is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul Catholic Church, 8720 Florin Road. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in the church.
ARMSTRONG, DIANE Passed away peacefully on November 3, 2001 at the Branford Hospice, Connecticut, after a two year fight with cancer. Daughter of James and Lucille Johnston, she is survived by her three children: sons, Richard H. Armstrong of San Diego, CA, Ross H. Armstrong of Danbury, CT; and daughter Nyna Armstrong-Casey of Orinda, CA. She was the enthusiastic grandmother of four. Diane, a native of Sacramento, was born on April 14, 1934, and was active in Rainbow Girls and Ila Neb. She graduated from McClatchy High School and Sacramento City College. Diane enjoyed a varied career life which included real estate at Camelot Realty in Sacramento and construction management at several firms in the Sacramento Area. Diane lived and traveled extensively throughout the Orient and Europe. We will miss her wry sense of humor, her quick wit and her adventurous spirit. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, November 10th, St. Peter's Church, Main Street, Danbury, CT. A California memorial will be held in Orinda in early December. Please send contributions to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405 Attn: Donations
BOWERSMITH, BARBARA J. Passed away November 3, 2001 surrounded by family. A native Californian. Age 63. She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Kenneth. Daughters, Michele and her husband Billy of Elk Grove, Sandie & Lyni of Carmichael, Son Matt and Wife Stacey Fulks of Olivehurst. Six grandchildren, Lorrie, Mindy, Elizabeth, Jason, Jessica and Ben. Four great grandchildren, J.C., Kayla, Jacob and Zachary. Cousin, Carol Scott also survives her. Memorial Services will be held at the Arden Christian Center, 4300 Las Cruces, Sac. on November 14, 2001 at 1 P.M. Donations in Barbara's memory may be made to the American Lung Assoc. Arrangements by the Neptune society of NO. CA. Sacramento .
BRENIZER, JANICE LAVERN Peacefully passed away with her family by her side on November 8, 2001 at the age of 67. Devoted wife of Donald Brenizer. Loving mother of Steven Brenizer and Melissa Worden. Adoring grandmother of Janelle and James Worden, and Kenzie Menafie. Cherished sister of Ernest Miller, Margie Faries, and Christine Durst. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. Janice was a mother and a friend to many, and loved by all. Family and friends are welcome to Visitation, Monday, November 12, 2001 from 12-5PM and Funeral Services, Tuesday, November 13 , 2001 at 2PM. All services will be held at South East Lawn Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Private interment to immediately follow.