Amza A. Petersen
Private services will be held for Amza A. Petersen, who died Oct. 15, 1997, at the age of 85 in San Francisco after a long illness.
Mrs. Petersen was born April 1, 1912, in Kingsburg, and lived in Suisun City for 50 years.
She was a longtime cattle rancher with her husband, Reuben Petersen, who preceded her in death in 1989. She also loved working in her rose garden.
Mrs. Petersen is survived by her daughters, Peggy of Napa and Susan of Suisun; sister, Edith Morse of Fairfield and grandson, Joshua Slay of Oregon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ Scientist, 901 Main St., Suisun.
Arrangements are being handled by Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Michael Porter, an El Sobrante resident for 35 years, died Oct. 14, 1997, at the age of 48.
Services for Mr. Porter will be private.
Born Aug. 29, 1949, Mr. Porter was a laborer at Chevron USA in Richmond for 20 years.
He was a Vietnam veteran and a member of Hilltop Community Church in Richmond.
Mr. Porter is survived by daughter, Tami Lynn Vergos of Vacaville; son, Aaron Michael-Porter of Wisconsin; mother, Helen Marie Reed of El Sobrante; brother, Richard Porter of Vacaville and sister, Teri Gajkowski of Vallejo.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Veterans Memorial Foundation, 6401 Stockton Ave., El Cerrito, 94530.
Arrangements are being handled by Wilson and Kratzer Mortuaries in Richmond.
J.M. 'Dick' Werner
Funeral services with military honors for J.M. "Dick" Werner, 85, of Fairfield will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.
The Rev. Rod Hilpert of Grage Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh will officiate. Burial will be in Golden Gate National Cemetery.
Mr. Werner died Oct. 18, 1997, in San Jose after a long illness. He had lived in Fairfield for 17 years.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Werner served in the Navy in the Pacific Theatre attached to the 2nd Marine Division. He had served in the reserves and retired in 1976 with 34 years of service.
He worked as a service manager for General Motors dealerships, and worked for the County of Santa Clara for 21 years before retiring in 1979.
He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, a member of the FAST Lions of Fairfield and a volunteer for Fairfield Senior Center.
He is survived by his wife, Fannie E. Werner of Fairfield; sister, Ella Moos of Lodi; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind, P.O. Box 1200, San Rafael 94915-1200, or the Lions Eye Foundation of California-Nevada, P.O. Box 7999, San Francisco 94120.
Donna Kay Kohler
Funeral services for Donna Kay Kohler, 54, of Vacaville will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Trinity Baptist Church in Vacaville.
The Rev. Milton Steck will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Coos Bay, Ore.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Nadeau Family Funeral Home.
Born Jan. 13, 1943, in Greenfield, Mo., she died Oct. 21, 1997, in VacaValley Hospital after a long illness.
She lived in Vallejo from 1965 to 1980 before moving to Vacaville. She was raised in Sonoma.
Mrs. Kohler worked for the Department of Corrections for 15 years and was a correctional sergeant at California State Prison, Solano. She was a member of the California Correctional Supervisors Organization.
She is survived by her husband, Orla of Vacaville; daughters, Nicole Kathleen Kohler, Sharon Tubbs and Lisa Hudspith, all of Vacaville; son, Cmdr. Curtis Tubbs of Omaha, Neb.; and grandchildren, Christina Tubbs and Joshua Hudspith, both of Vacaville, and Benjamin Tubbs of Virginia Beach, Va.
Mary Elizabeth Martin
A memorial service for Mary Elizabeth Martin, 60, of Fairfield will be 10 a.m. today at the Fairmont Memorial Park, 1901 Union Ave. Inurnment will follow.
Born Feb. 20, 1937, in Galesburg, Ill., Mrs. Martin died Oct. 14, 1997, at her home after a short illness.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her daughter, Dina Murley of Fairfield; son, Richard of Grand Prairie, Texas; father, W.M. Locke of Illinois; brothers, Robert Locke of Galesburg, Ill., and William Locke of Iowa; and six grandchildren.
She worked as a cook at the Fairfield Health Care Center in Fairfield from 1988 to 1994. She loved to crochet, read and watch baseball.
Arrangements are by Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.
Thomas Y. Nishimoto
Funeral services for Thomas Y. Nishimoto, 80, of Vacaville will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Vaca Hills Chapel. Burial will be in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.
Born Feb. 27, 1917, in Hanford, Mr. Nishimoto died Oct. 21, 1997, at VacaValley Hospital after a short illness.
He worked as an aircraft mechanic for United Airlines for 20 years.
He was a member of the Vacaville United Veterans. He served in the United States Army Reserves.
Mr. Nishimoto is survived by his wife, Lily of Vacaville; sons and daughters-in-laws, Ellis and Carla of Vacaville, Mark and Vicky of Kauai, Hawaii, and Allan and Margie of Glendale, Ariz.; daughter, Carrie of Union City; grandchildren, Alan of Reno, Susan and Steve Mervau of Vacaville, Keith of San Francisco, Tammi of Reno, Robert of Vacaville, Jon and Arlene of Hayward, Mark of Union City, and Mark Anthony Moraga of Glendale, Ariz.; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in Vaca Hills Chapel.
Azelle Barton Sheldon
Funeral services for Azelle Barton Sheldon, 83, of Fairfield will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 tonight at Bryan-Braker, and burial will be in Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery.
Born Feb. 20, 1914, in Woodland, Mrs. Sheldon died Oct. 21, 1997, in NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield after a long illness. She had lived in Fairfield for 65 years.
She was a member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Suisun Chapter 2. She received her 50-year member pin in 1996. She volunteered as an American Red Cross Gray Lady during the Korean conflict and was an active member of the Demolay Mothers Club in Vallejo and Fairfield. She taught Sunday school and was a secretary with the Community Methodist Church in the late 1940s and early '50s.
She is survived by her sons, Kirk of Fairfield and Warren of Suisun Valley; grandchildren, Carren Sheldon of Orlando, Fla., Martha Sheldon Weston of Matawan, N.J., Elizabeth Sheldon Nessmith of Washington, D.C., Christopher Rust of Battle Ground, Wash., Ward C. Sheldon III of Suisun City and Sheldon Russell of Fairfield; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ward C. Sheldon, in 1990.
Memorial contributions may be made to NorthBay Hospice, 1200-B Gale Wilson Blvd., Fairfield 94533.
Darrell Leray King
Funeral services for Darrell Leray King, 60, of Vallejo will be 2 p.m. Monday at Skyview Garden Chapel in Vallejo.
The Rev. Gene Dodson of North Hills Baptist Church will preside. Inurnment will be private.
Born July 25, 1937, in Cleveland, Mr. King died Oct. 21, 1997, at his home after a short illness.
He was a 30-year employee of Mare Island Naval Shipyard. He retired in 1989 as a pipefitter general foreman.
He served in the Army, and was involved with East Vallejo Little League and the Vallejo Moose Lodge No. 468.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn King of Vallejo; daughter, Nancy Jones of Vacaville; sons, Randy of Vallejo and Roddy of San Andreas; sisters, Andrea Dickerson of Tennessee; brothers, Jerry, Kenneth, Alan, Larry, and Randy, all of Tennessee; and five grandchildren.
Contributions may be sent to Kaiser Hospital, 975 Sereno Drive, Vallejo 94589.
Alan E. Beck
Graveside services for Alan E. Beck, 68, formerly of Vacaville, will be 2:30 p.m. today at Lady Family Sutcliff Cemetery.
The Rev. Richard Wardlaw of the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo and Ferd Herriman of the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge will preside.
Born Oct. 15, 1929, in San Luis Obispo, Mr. Beck died Oct. 22, 1997, at his home after a battle with cancer.
Mr. Beck farmed until 1965, when he moved to Winnemucca, Nev., where he was also a rancher until 1971.
He sold his ranch and purchased Winnemucca Equipment Co. At a later date he owned the Nevada Valley Irrigation and United Farm Real Estate.
Mr. Beck served on the Atascadero School Board in the 1960s. He also served for Humboldt County, Nev., as a commissioner, and on the county planning board. In 1985, he moved to Vacaville. He was a partner in Air-Wise Aviation at the Nut Tree Airport. He retired in 1995 to Paso Robles.
Mr. Beck is survived by his wife, Winnie of Paso Robles; sons, Neil of Clio and Larry of Romona; daughter, Patricia Vermillion of Atascadero; brother, Kenneth Beck of Carrisa Plains; nine grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of San Luis Obispo for the Youth Education Beck Fund, P.O. 591, San Luis Obispo 93406.
Arrangements are by Chapel of the Roses in Atascadero.
Jack August Schoedinger Jr.
A memorial service for Jack August Schoedinger Jr., 84, of Vacaville will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Leisure Town Rotunda, 100 Sequoia Drive.
Born Nov. 10, 1913, in Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Schoedinger died Oct. 19, 1997, at his home after a long illness.
Mr. Schoedinger came to California in 1938, where he started working at Mare Island Naval Shipyard as an engineering draftsman, and advancing to general engineer as the head of the shipyard non-destructive test division.
He was also a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.
Prior to his retirement, Mr. Schoedinger spent five years designing and building a 41-foot wood hull sailboat in his backyard, which was featured in Sea magazine. The boat is still being sailed in the Caribbean today.
Mr. Schoedinger and his wife moved to Vacaville in 1968. He competed in national competitions for lawn bowling. He also served as president of the Leisure Town Homeowners Association.
Mr. Schoedinger is survived by his wife of 62 years, Katherine of Vacaville; brother, Vernon of Yalaha, Fla.; daughter, Judy Lehman of Esparto; son, Jack of Vacaville; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Carlton of Napa; and grandchildren, Steven Dorothy of Napa and Lauren of Eliot, Maine.
William 'Billy' T. Camp
Services for William "Billy" T. Camp, 21, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fairmont Memorial Park.
The Rev. Roger Martin of Redwood Baptist Church of Napa will preside. Inurnment will follow.
Born Nov. 27, 1975, in San Mateo, Mr. Camp died Oct. 17, 1997, at Urbana, Ill., after a short illness.
Mr. Camp worked in the auto manufacturing business, and in the last three months had lived in Rantoul, Ill.
He is survived by his wife, Brandy of Rantoul, Ill.; son, Cameron of Rantoul, Ill.; parents, David and Roni Button of Fairfield, and Bill and Shirley Camp of Fresno; sisters, Kathy Corbett of Napa and Kelly of Sacramento; grandparents, Jim Jones of Fairfield and Jeannie Jones of Fairfield; and several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and friends.
Arrangements are by Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.