Eleanor Beck Johnson, born Oct. 1, 1915, in Mobile, Ala., to Gladys and James Beck, passed away at the age of 95, on March 10, 2011, in Vacaville. James Beck was a student of George Washington Carver, at Tuskegee Institute in Mobile, and following his service in World War I, returned to manage his family farm in Mobile.
Eleanor had a good long life and a number of careers. She was one of a very few African Americans to attend UC Berkeley in the 1930s. She majored in Home Economics and Design. She postponed graduation and receipt of her diploma until the 1970s when she graduated from the University of South Alabama. In between her academic pursuits and family, she had a career as a medical assistant, real estate agent and a teacher for students in regular and special needs. Her first teaching assignment was in the Alabama Bayou. She was known and loved by students and their families as the only teacher to have stayed with them an entire year. During her tenure, and for the first time, they had a teacher who was willing to connect their academics to their environment. The students thrived. She was very proud of her work there.
Following her retirement, she served as a classroom aide at North Davis School, during the years she lived in Davis.
She is predeceased by her son, David, and husband Ralph Johnson. She is survived by her daughter Marlene Bell and husband Bob of Winters; her grandson Maurice Bell, his wife Bridgette and great-granddaughter Briana of Rowlett, Texas; and granddaughter Sharaine Bell of San Francisco who supported her greatly.
Private graveside services were held on March 22. Eleanor was interred at Evergreen Cemetery
Anita Marie Casson passed away in Winters at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Gail Casson, on March 13, 2011. Born on Jan. 10, 1915, she was 96.
In addition to Paul and Gail Casson, she is survived by her daughter Mary Lynn Annen and son-in-law Kurt Annen, granddaughter Tiffany Anne Casson, and many relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Joseph Casson, daughters Mary Elizabeth and Loretta Ann Casson, and grandson Timothy Edwin Casson.
Wiscombe Funeral Home of Davis was in charge of services.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations be made to The Timothy Casson Memorial Fund through the Yolo Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1264, Woodland, CA 95776.
Memorial for Rojas planned
There will be a memorial mass service for Raymond S.N. Rojas at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 301 Main St. A reception will follow at the St. Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main St.
Wilmer “Wil” Leverett passed away unexpectedly on March 5, 2011. He was born in Lincolnton, GA on May 3, 1951.
He grew up in Lincolnton and joined the Air Force at the age of 19, serving from 1970-75. He resigned from the Air Force and obtained his associate’s degree in criminal justice, and worked as a civil engineer at Travis Air Force Base for 36 years, retiring in December of 2010. He moved to Winters, and then met the love of his life, Vicki. They married in 1989. The two settled in Winters, and their son, Kelven, was born in 1990.
He was a loving, devoted husband and father who enjoyed woodworking, mechanics, and driving in the rain. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Wil is survived by his wife of 21 years Vicki; children, Kelcey Leverett, Stephen Duffy (Melissa), Valerie Duffy-Mendoza, and Kelven Leverett; five grandchildren; siblings Jerry Leverett (Dorothy), Racie Leverett (Maxine), Doris Pollard (Robert), Faye Crawford, Shirley Freeman, Charles Leverett (Ellen) and Delaine Bell (Terry).
He was preceded in death by his parents Garous and Onnie Leverett, and siblings Willie Walter Leverett, and Josephine Harper.
There will be a viewing open to the public on March 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Wiscombe Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, followed by a private burial. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 12, at noon at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 36681 Russell Boulevard in Davis.
Raymond San Nich-olas Rojas passed away on Feb. 23, 2011, at the age of 50. He was on his way to work when he veered off the road and his vehicle struck a concrete utility pole.
He was born on March 6, 1960, to Isabel San Nicholas Rojas and Jose Castro Rojas and is one of 12 children; a large, loving and caring family. He was born in Guam and his family moved to Winters when he was a young boy. He spent most of his young adult life here attending Winters schools and making many friends along the way. During his high school years, he was a fundamental player on both the football and baseball teams. His love for baseball continued well after he graduated from Winters High in 1979.
Rojas worked at Mariani Nut Company for several years, where he also developed more friendships. In the late 1980s, he found himself returning to the island and he began working for Guam Community College. He was the bookstore manager for the past 21 years. He became known as quite an athlete and was deeply involved in the island’s baseball scene, having played on Guam’s Master’s League for the past four years as their first baseman. He was an all-around good player on Guam’s men’s national softball team, which represented Guam in the Micronesian Games in Palau. He also was known to be good at golf. Rojas and his wife won the GCC golf tournament last September.
Rojas leaves behind his wife, Lina, sons Aaron and Jose, and daughter Jaelin. He also is survived by his oldest brother Francisco and wife, Bridgette, of Sacramento, his brother Gerald and his wife, Josephine, of Guam, his brother Peter and his wife, Carmen, of Hawaii, his sister Teresita and her late husband, Bill, of Washington, his brother Anthony of Hawaii, his sister Margarita and husband, Carwin, of Winters, his sister Lourdes and husband, Phil, of Guam, his sister Rosa and husband, Frank, of Winters and his sister Maria of Vacaville.
He is preceded in death by his older brother Davis and his younger brother Thomas. He also leaves behind many, many cousins, nephews and nieces.
His good nature and memories will last forever in the hearts of his family and friends.
A Mass for him is planned on March 5, 2011 (a day before his 51st birthday) at Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao, Guam. When the family members return, there will be a reception and celebration of his life at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall. The time and date for that will be announced later this month.
Ida Elizabeth Beck Wallace passed away Feb. 14, 2011, at age 90. She was born Dec. 4, 1920, in Fordyce, Ark., to Weaver and Lois
Conant Beck. Weaver, a World War I vet, had homesteaded reclaimed land near Fordyce. Shortly after Ida’s birth, the family returned to Iowa where they lived near Garwin on a farm owned by Lois’ family.
Ida graduated from Toledo High School in 1938 and received a bachelor of science degree in home economics from Iowa State College at Ames in 1942. She taught home economics at Manning, Iowa High School for a year and then married Newton Wallace in Toledo, Iowa, on Aug. 29, 1943. Ida, with her husband, moved to Winters in 1947 when they purchased the Winters Express on Jan. 1 of that year.
As an elder, she served as clerk of the session at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church and was also Sunday School superintendent.
Active in the PTA, she was named a life member. In 1990, she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Chamber of Commerce. She taught in the Winters School District for more than 10 years, in addition to working at the Express as editor, photographer, etc. She also was a charter member of the Davis Chapter, P.E.O. and was active in various quilting groups.
She is survived by her husband, Newton; sons, Wilson (Evelyn), John (Monica), James (Mary) and Charles (Sherri); and daughter Lois (Gordon). She had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Alfred and sister, Eloise.
There will be a celebration of her life on Sunday, Feb. 20, between 2 and 4 p.m. at the Winters Opera House, 13 Main St.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winters Community Library or the Friends of the Library.
Mary K. Brennan Cooper died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at age 49. She was born Oct. 5, 1961, at WAFB in Tripoli, Libya, to Capt. Thomas Brennan (deceased) and Thelma Brennan.
She attended school in Fairfield and graduated from Winters High School in 1980. She also attended Solano College.
She was employed at the Buckhorn for 9 1/2 years and was loved dearly by many of the patrons. She later joined Woodland Healthcare in Davis.
She is survived by Spec. Joe Withnell and wife Laura of Ft. Irvin, son Cody Cooper of Winters, SrA Sara and A1C Marc Sanchez and their son Cristian.
She also is survived by her mother and two brothers and their families and numerous nieces and nephews.
All of her organs were donated.
Services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, 301 Main Street, Winters.
Steve I. Ramos died at home in Winters on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.
Born Nov. 10, 1953, in Woodland, he lived his entire life in Winters.
He worked as a local farmer and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an active member of the Dixon Boat Club.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Karen Ramos. He was father to Stacey Baker, Stevie Ramos and Dani Touchstone.
Dear son of John I. and the late Nora Ramos and Grace Brett. Brother to Danny, John and Fred Ramos all of Winters.
He is also survived by four grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may attend the viewing from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, and are invited to attend the mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 301 Main St., Winters.
Interment will follow at Winters Cemetery. Floral and spiritual bouquets are preferred or contributions to your favorite charity. Arrangements are being handled by Woodland Funeral Chapel, 305 Cottonwood St., Woodland.
Eugenia Cintas Ramos Gimenez, 96, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, of natural causes at Stollwood Convalescent Hospital. She was born Jan. 25, 1915, to Ramon and Julia Ramos in Vacaville.
She is survived by her son, Gerald Gimenez; four grandchildren, Laura, Kirsten, Shawn and Kevin; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Harry Gimenez; and two brothers, Raymond Ramos and John A Ramos; and a sister, Maria Consuelo Campos.
A private burial will take place for family members only. A memorial service was planned on Monday, Sept. 12, at McNary’s Funeral Chapel, 458 College St. in Woodland, and was officiated by Edward Kull.
Donations in Eugenia’s memory may be made to St. John’s Retirement Village, 135 Woodland Ave., Woodland, CA 95695; or Stollwood Convalescent Hospital, 135 Woodland Ave., Woodland, CA 95695.