With his family at his bedside, Tadakazu “Mike” Kato passed away peacefully on May 16, 2011 in Dixon, where he lived for the past six years. He was born on April 6, 1918 in Walnut Grove, one of six children born to Sakajiro and Utae Kato. He lived in Winters for most of his life and was an orchard farmer for over 60 years, growing peaches, apricots, almonds, walnuts and prunes.
In May 1942, under Executive Order 9066, the Kato family left Winters for the Turlock Assembly Center in Turlock. Shortly afterwards, they were relocated to the Gila River Internment Camp in Arizona. Mike later joined the U.S. Army and served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. As a result of serving in Germany, Italy and France, he received the Purple Heart.
After the war, he returned to Winters to resume farming. He lived a simple and modest life and enjoyed eating at buffets and steakhouses, and occasional trips to the casinos. He will always be remembered for his smile, friendliness and for his hard work in the farming business.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Misao; children, Beverly Kato, Howard (Ruby) Kato and Gina Kato; granddaughters Tanya Kato and Leanne (Wilson) Yu; great-granddaughter Marissa Yu; sister Yoneko Okuno; brother Henry (Marge) Kato; sisters-in-law Kimi Kato and Shizuko Kato; numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 4, at the Milton Carpenter Funeral Home, 569 N. First Street in Dixon, at 11 a.m. Reverend Charles K. Hasegawa will be officiating the Buddhist service.
John Carrillo was born in Vacaville in 1927 and died peacefully with family at his side on May 21, 2011. He led a full and happy life full of love, family and accomplishment for 84 years.
Raised on a farm, he yearned to be an engineer. He realized his dream with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. His career included mechanical engineering jobs with the Corps of Engineers, the California Department of Architecture and the California Department of Water Resources designing mechanical systems for dams, hydroelectric power plants, buildings and desalinization plants. He ended his distinguished career as the chief mechanical design engineer for the California Department of Water Resources with a staff of over 50.
He was lucky in love, marrying Flora, his sweetheart for 61 years. They married 59 years ago and raised two successful children of whom John was very proud. Their retirement was filled with extensive worldwide travel, good health and good times. They were inseparable life partners.
John loved gardening and surrounding the home with beauty. He loved the family mountain cabin and fixing things. He also was a prolific painter of colorful landscapes.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Flora Carrillo; daughter Jan Carrillo-LeDu (Doug); son J. Steven Carrillo (Stephanie); sister Mary Loveall of Vacaville; and a large extended family of relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maria Carrillo, formerly of Vacaville, and a sister, Cecilia.
Family and friends are invited to two services. In Sacramento on Wednesday, June 1, a Celebration of Life will be held with a visitation from 5-7 p.m. and a Celebration of Life ceremony at 7 p.m. at George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers, 2691 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95818. In Winters on Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church (parish hall), 511 Main Street. Burial will take place at the Winters Cemetery. A reception and lunch will follow at the Winters Community Center.
After battling leukemia for 17 years and lung cancer for 24 days, Truth E. Hough passed away on Friday, June 17, 2011. She was born on Dec. 15, 1936, and was raised in Washington along with her identical twin sister, Ruth I. Mihelich. In 1954, she graduated from Winthrop High School in Winthrop, Wash.
She married the love of her life, Robert J. Hough on July 3, 1955. For 28 years of her married life, she was an Air Force wife. She lived and traveled extensively all over the world, especially the United States during their active duty and retirement years. She was a former Winters resident.
In 1982, she graduated from Solano Community College with honors and a degree in psychology.
She is survived by her husband of almost 56 years, Robert Hough; eight children, Robin Hutchison (Rodger), James Hough (Carol), Randall Hough (Connie), Tracy Nguyen (Henry), Joseph Hough, Truth E. Snow, Kimberly Kramer and Corey Hough; 14 grandchildren, Amanda Hutchison, Melody Hutchison, Stephanie Hough, Jeffrey Hough, Norman Hough, Tianna Hough, Victoria Nguyen, Jacqueline Nguyen, Robert Snow, Roger Snow, Truth S. Snow, Elizabeth Snow, Loren Kramer and Danielle Kramer. Mother, Truth I. Lyons; siblings, Ruth Mihelich, Ronald Miller (Lila), Donna Shamseldin (Sam), Dennis Miller (Judy), also multiple nieces and nephews.
Truth’s life will be celebrated during a Memorial Service on Wednesday, July 20, at 6 p.m. at Cooper Ave Baptist Church, 804 Cooper Ave., Yuba City.
Dora Maria Soto, resident of Winters for the past 51 years, died on Saturday, June 25, 2011, in Davis, at the age of 84.
She was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, on Oct. 27, 1926. She was a wife and homemaker for 65 years, and a wonderful and caring mother to her seven children.
She is survived by her six children: Frederich Soto of El Dorado Hills, Mary Van Buren of Winters, William “Bill” Soto of Sacramento, Betty Silva of Sacramento, Joseph “Joe” Soto of Sacramento and Richard Soto of Sacramento; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren also survive her.
She is preceded in death by her husband Jose M. Soto and son, Gerald Soto.
A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Chapel, 6700 21st Ave. in Sacramento. Inurnment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, 6700 21st Ave. in Sacramento.
Family and friends are welcomed to join the family for a celebration of life at Moose Lodge Family Center, 8156 Florin Road in Sacramento, following the inurnment. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with the arrangements.
James Eugene O’Neil died June 20, 2011. Born Sept 8, 1928, in Chicago, and orphaned at the age of 8, he ran away from St. Mary’s Training School and worked on a farm in Wisconsin before joining the Army at the age of 14. One of the youngest veterans of WWII, he landed on Utah Beach and fought with the 313th Infantry Regiment of the 79th Division under Generals Bradley, Montgomery and Patton, earning three Purple Hearts and risking his own life to save another more than one time.
He went to aeronautical school under the G.I. Bill and worked as an airplane mechanic for various airlines, crop dusting companies and the California Department of Forestry on the planes that dropped fire retardant. He loved to fly airplanes, ride horses and tractors, fish, hunt and sharp shoot, but most of all he loved his faith and his family.
He leaves his wife of 43 years, Dorothy; nine children: Peggy (Chuck) Taylor, Patty (Vance) Shaw, Jim (Melissa) O’Neil Jr., Evangeline Matthews, Ruth (Dave Hemenway) Bauer, Bill (Hayley) O’Neil, Maryrose (Irvin) Sweeting, Tim O’Neil; stepdaughter Shana (Chris) Taylor and honorary daughter Kirstin (Kyle Binkowski) Mandalay; 25 grandchildren, Katja Gasparini of Italy, Dan and Brett Norton, David and Alicia Barkley, Jimmy and Julia O’Neil, Ashley O’Neil, Chaz and Lillian Matthews, Brian and Billy Bauer, Rachel Hemenway, Kayla, Kari, Kelli and Kaitlyn O’Neil, Arika, Isaac, Taliyah and Marlon Sweeting, and Isabel and Alex O’Neil; three great-grandchildren, Stella Gasparini, and Ireland and Desmond O’Neil.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Kathleen Gasparini.
A funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at St. Anthony Church, 301 Main St. Burial will be at Monument Hill Memorial Park, 35036 Road 22 in Woodland, between noon and 12: 30 p.m., and a reception will follow at St. Anthony Parish Hall in Winters at 2 p.m.
“Jim prayed for the poor and homeless every night at dinner,” says his wife, “so any charity of your choosing that helps provide food and shelter to the poor would be a wonderful gift in lieu of flowers.”
Beloved daughter, wife, sister, niece and friend Connie Renee Javier Gomez, born Sept. 16, 1975, passed away on Oct. 23, 2011. She was 36.
She graduated from Winters High School in 1993 and from UC Davis in 1998. While in college she was an active member of Mujeres Ayudando la Raza, and was a strong advocate for giving back to
her community. She worked as a teacher in Winters as well as a substitute teacher throughout Yolo County, and then worked for the Yolo County Housing Authority.
She was known for her huge heart-warming smile and giving heart. She adored her children and husband, her parents and brother, and her large extended family. She made friends easily and gave generously. She had a loving way of making people feel welcome and at ease. She was genuine and always gave from her heart. Her laugh was infectious and loud, and unmistakable.
“Her absence leaves a tremendous void in our family,” said family members. “She will be missed terribly. She was loved by many and a friend to all who came into her life. Although she left us far too soon, we know that she is at peace in Heaven.”
She is survived by her husband, Ryan David Gomez, and their three children, Tristen, Alyssa, and Lauren Gomez, all of Winters; parents, Louie and Yolanda Javier; brother, Louie Lee Javier of Winters; brother in-law, Philip Javier-Meisch of Winters; maternal and paternal grandfathers, Frank Trujillo of Fairfield and Humberto Hernandez of Winters; parents in-law, David and Debbie Gomez of Woodland; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sabrina Renee Gomez, and by her grandmothers, Angelina Arias Hernandez and Mary Trujillo; and her grandfather Fernando Javier.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Yolo Hospice in her honor.
A mass and eulogy is planned on Friday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. at the Saint Anthony Parish Hall, 511 Main St., Winters. The family will hold a private burial service immediately after the mass. There will be a gathering at the Winters Community Center after the service for the community.
Fred De Los Santos passed away due to a heart attack on Nov. 8, 2011, in Winters. He was born in Brownsville, Texas, on April 4, 1953. As a small child, he moved to Winters, where he lived until his death. He attended local schools, where in the seventh grade he met his future wife, Debbie.
He was an avid football fan and loved nothing better than rooting for “his” team, the 49ers. His sense of humor and practical joke playing was legendary. “He was our beloved husband, father, papa, brother and friend,” family members said. He will be greatly missed by many, including his dog Tyler.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years Debbie; daughter Justine Duncan; grandson Blake De Los Santos; granddaughters Raven and Aliyah De Los Santos; and granddaughter Isabela Duncan; brothers Herman and Lori, Danny and Robby; sisters Stella and David, Adella and Luis, Sofia and Sarafin, Dolores and Victor, Gloria and Felipe, Carol and Alfred, Rache and Andres, Linda and Aurora; in-laws Hal and Elaine Wulff; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents Eugene and Carmen Jimenez, and daughter Laura De Los Santos.
Services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the LDS Church, 435 Anderson Ave. in Winters. A luncheon reception will immediately follow services at the church.
Lois Kratzer passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2011, with family and friends around her. Lois Bernadette Robichaud was born on Jan. 8, 1927, in Binghamton, N.Y., and later moved to Nova Scotia, Canada, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She resided in Fairfield for 45 years, staying the last year with family in Winters due to health concerns. She attended nursing school to become a registered nurse and worked in that field throughout her life. She later met and married Donald C. Kratzer who preceded her in death.
With her health issues later in life, family members said Lois often said, “Whoever stated these were the golden years was mistaken.”
She is survived by her four children, Keith Kratzer with wife Patty of Snellville, Ga.; Dean Kratzer and wife Amy of Menlo Park; Lori Johnson of Sunnyvale; and Jude Kratzer and wife Elvira of Winters; seven grandchildren, James and Michelle Kratzer of Snellville, Ga.; Andrew and Katie Johnson of Sunnyvale; Elise and Amelia Kratzer of Menlo Park; Kenleigh Kratzer of Winters; and three step-grandchildren, Johnny, Riki and Geno Lucero of Winters.
In celebration of her life, a viewing is planned at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in Fairfield on Monday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 9 p.m. A memorial Mass will be on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fairfield at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the memory of Lois to your local SPCA chapter.