Joan G. Carroll, 88, died in Portola on Jan. 8, 2012. She was born Oct. 14, 1923, in Portsmouth England. She was a longtime resident of Winters, until moving to Portola in 2000.
She is survived by husband, Otis Carroll, of 68 years; son, Paul Carroll; daughter, Verta Murray; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Pete Carroll.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Jan 12, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Winters. Interment will follow at Winters Cemetery.
Pete Jimenez, passed away peacefully at home in Winters from natural causes on Dec. 3, 2011. He was 85 years old.
A native of Los Angeles, he was drafted into the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and served 26 years in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. His military career took him down many paths. He served in the occupation forces in Japan at the end of WWII, in the Korean War he served in the infantry, including the artillery units, and in the Vietnam War he specialized in communication installations. He was especially proud of being a member of the security detail to protect General Westmoreland, during a portion of the Vietnam War.
In 1965 Pete was transferred to the Communications Installation, now known as DQ University, just outside of Winters. After two tours of duty in Vietnam, Pete retired from the military in 1969.
While stationed in Japan in 1954, he met his wife, Kyoko, and they were married in March 1955. Pete was a true family man and enjoyed his retirement years raising his family. His greatest joy was summer barbeques and holiday get-togethers surrounded by his wife, kids, grandkids and great granddaughter. His other passion was working in his meticulously landscaped yard with his canine companion, Yuki. He had a great sense of humor, which is what most people loved about him. He had his favorite jokes that continued to make people laugh, no matter how many times they were told.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kyoko; sons Ernie, Albert, David (Babette), his daughter Linda Barbosa (Jimmy); grandchildren James Barbosa (Olivia), Max Barbosa, Philip Jimenez, Haley Jimenez, Mike Jimenez and Cindy Jimenez; great-grand-daughter Ciena Barbosa.
He was laid to rest at the Sacramento Valley Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery
James David Wheeler, or Jim as most knew him, died in Seattle on Dec. 18, 2011. Diagnosed with esophageal cancer earlier in the summer, he was 63.
Jim was born on April 13, 1948, in Commerce, Texas, and moved with his family to Vacaville in 1956, where he started third grade at Elm School. He graduated from Vacaville High School in 1966 and kept in lifelong contact with many friends from those years. He was drafted into the Army in 1967, serving in Vietnam during 1967-1968, where he was wounded and subsequently awarded a purple heart.
After working for several years in construction in northern California, Jim moved to Seattle in 1994 and established Wheeler Marine, a contracting firm specializing in marine carpentry. A natural workaholic, he worked on ships along the West Coast, and routinely spent several weeks each summer in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, repairing tugboats there. He enjoyed hard, physical labor, and until his final illness, he was stronger than most men of much younger age.
From childhood, Jim was a voracious reader and a consummate outdoorsman, both in work and leisure. He was interested in everything and read extensively, leaving behind a large library of books on history, nature, science, and other wide ranging subjects. Jim began hunting, fishing, camping and hiking while a boy in Vacaville and spent his high school summers working on a ranch in Wyoming that belonged to family friends. As an adult he added diving to his outdoor pursuits, joining friends in hunting for abalone, which he shared with friends and family. Jim leaves behind many friends, who will miss his humor, intelligence, and camaraderie.
Jim is survived by his mother, Mrs. Jeanne Young Wheeler of Vacaville, his sister and her husband, Melinda and John Cooke of Arlington, Virginia, and many nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, William Franklin Wheeler of Commerce, Texas, and his brother, William Paul Wheeler of Vacaville.
Services in Jim’s memory will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. at the Epiphany Episcopal Church, 300 West Street, Vacaville. They will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be directed to the Audubon Society or the Salvation Army, both organizations that Jim supported during his own life.
Alfredo Arellano died Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Woodland. He was 80.
He was born on May 29, 1932, to the late Agustin and Francisca Arellano in Tangancicuaro, Michoacan. He married Josefa Arellano in 1962 and they lived together in Michoacan, before relocating to Winters in 1964.
Arellano worked at Mariani’s for more than 30 years and retired 13 years ago. He also was an active member of the Catholic church and loved gardening.
He is survived by four daughters: Maria del Carmen Pedraza of Mexico, Sandra and spouse Ramiro Torres of Yuba City, Esther and spouse Serafin Hernandez of Winters and Maribell and spouse Marcus Chavez of Winters. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Samantha and Brandon Torres, and Christian Hernandez and Josiah Chavez; one sister, Vicenta; one brother, Ignacio; and many nieces and nephews.
A rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at St. Anthony Catholic Church at Third and Main streets in Winters. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 27, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial will be at Winters Cemetery
following the Mass.
Martha Nevarez, beloved mother and grandmother, lost her battle with cancer peacefully with family at her side Wednesday, April 4.
Born Aug. 13, 1960, in Woodland, she grew up in Winters and graduated in 1978 from Winters High School.
A strong woman, Nevarez devoted her life and time to her three loves, daughters Lisa and Arcy, and granddaughter Lexy Jet. She lived to see her dream come true, the result of years of dedication and sacrifice, when both Lisa and Arcy graduated from college. Nevarez also lived to meet the love of her life, granddaughter Lexy Jet, and see Lisa walk down the aisle.
Though she is physically absent from the lives of those she loved and those who love her dearly, it is that love and strength she had in her which will continue to guide, embrace and join us in the future milestones ahead. Family members said they will miss this “beautiful, fun and amazing woman, who made us proud to be her mother, father, sister, daughter and friend.”
Nevarez is survived by daughters Lisa Aguina-Avalos (husband Enrique Avalos) and Arcy Aguina; granddaughter Lexy; her parents Raymundo and Guadalupe Nevarez; siblings Joe Nevarez and Dora Mundell; nephews Kenny Nevarez and Jose Nevarez; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless number of friends.
She was preceded in death by her nephew Rudy Nevarez.
Services took place on Thursday, April 12, at Sunset Funeral Homes Northeast, 4631 Hondo Pass, El Paso, Texas.
“Mom, we love you. We’ll see you when we get there,” said daughters Lisa and Arcy and granddaughter Lexy Jet.
Emily M. Paschoal died July 10, 2012, in Woodland.
She was born Jan. 6, 1915, in Kula, Maui, Hawaii.
A viewing is planned at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, with a rosary to follow at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church at Third and Main streets in Winters. A funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend. A private burial will follow in San Jose on July 20.
Susan E. Swenson (West) passed away peacefully on June 27, 2012, at her home in Winters, in the arms of her loving family. She was as graceful in death as she was in life.
Born to Alice and Bob Swenson in Fort Collins, Colo., on Oct. 17, 1956, she was the third of seven children, Steve, Deborah, (Susan), Paul, Tom, Janice and Karin. Her father’s career as a petroleum geologist required several family relocations to places including Billings, Mont.; Edmonton, Alberta, in Canada; New Orleans, La., and finally settling in Danville for Susie’s high school years.
As part of an extraordinarily nurturing family, Susie was drawn to early childhood education and development, which became the focus of her academic and professional career. She earned an associate degree in early childhood education from Diablo Valley College, a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico, and a master’s degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. Her professional life included positions as director/instructor of both the Chico State and the Merced College Child Development Centers, program director for the Merced Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and outreach/education coordinator for the California Children’s 5-A-Day nutrition campaign.
Susie spent many years as a validator for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and served as director of education for the United Auburn Indian Community for the last several years.
In 1993 at the age of 37, Susie was given a dire prognosis of advanced breast cancer. Never complacent, she took charge researching and utilizing a range of therapies, ultimately resulting in a 14-year remission. Re-diagnosed in 2007, Susie embraced an active, full life of travel, friends and family, all the while becoming a legend in chemotherapy endurance. She set a beautiful example of how to live life well and to its fullest, said a family member.
Susie will be profoundly missed by her husband of 29 years, Randy West, and by her son Bryant, as well as by all who knew her. The family is planning a celebration of her life to take place in October. Rememberances may be made to the Winters Friends of the Library.
Helen E. Patrick, 83, passed away on July 1, 2012. She was born on April 12, 1929, in Sanger to Cedric and Ruby Esqueda. She has lived in Winters for the past 36 years. She was active at both the McBride Senior Center in Vacaville, where she was a past president of the Widow and Widowers Club, and at the Winters Community Center, where she was involved with the elderly nutrition program.
She enjoyed crafting, quilting and bingo in her spare time, but her most important role was being the beloved and dedicated mother and grandmother to her four children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She is survived by sons, Gary (Betsy), Jimmy (Cyndi) and Brad (Denise); daughter, Louise Collet (John); grandchildren, Rebecca, Tammi, Myles, Carly, Jessica, Christine, Joseph, David, Kelly, Stephanie, April, John, Anthony and Alissa and 10 great-grandchildren.
A Catholic prayer service will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Vaca Hills Chapel, 524 Elmira Road in Vacaville. Prior to the service, a viewing will begin at 11 a.m. A graveside service will follow on Friday, July 6, at 10 a.m. at the Sanger Cemetery
in Sanger, where she will be laid to rest with her late husband, Myles.
Arrangements are being handled by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home, (707) 446-3233; www.vacahillschapel.com.
Jonathan Hickerson died peacefully at his home in Winters on April 1, 2012, surrounded by family members. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006 and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2011. He was born Dec. 23, 1951, in New York City, but had lived in California since he was a little boy. He resided in Yolo County for 30 years.
After he graduated with honors from Redondo Union High School in 1970, he entered UC Berkeley. He graduated with high honors and received a degree in vertebrate zoology in 1975. He earned a teaching credential and master’s degree in the philosophy of education from UC Davis. For 27 years, he enjoyed a rich and satisfying career teaching science and mathematics, first at Holy Rosary School in Woodland, next at Fairfield High School and, finally, at Independent Study in the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. He was a respected, beloved teacher and colleague.
Jonathan enjoyed hiking, kayaking, camping and travelling, and was also an avid sportsman. He lived across the street from the park in Winters for 16 years and used to joke as he headed out the door to the basketball courts, “I’m going to school them.” And with his athleticism and competitive spirit, school his sons and the other guys he did. He played Roy Hobbes hardball in Woodland, softball in Davis and, in his late 40s, took up golf. He proudly displayed his two hole-in-one balls. He was a diehard Cal Bears fan as well as a lifelong SF Giants fan.
Jonathan actively supported peace and justice causes all his life. He led Students for Peace at Fairfield High for many years, was active in his teachers’ association and co-founded the Yolo County Rainbow Coalition. He also leaves behind a large collection of his own poetry.
Jonathan was a devoted husband and father, son and brother. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 37 years, Deborah Shaw Hickerson, his sons, Aaron Shaw Hickerson and Walter Shaw Hickerson, his parents, Patricia and Nathaniel Hickerson, his brother, Timothy Hickerson, and his brother-in-law, William Walker. He was predeceased by his sister, Rachel Walker.
The family would like to send special thanks to the Winters Fire Department, Yolo Hospice, Ana and Eremasi Vabasi and Viliame Sadria of the Figian Caregivers. Sincere thanks also to the family and the many friends who provided love and support during his rapid decline from ALS.
There will be no funeral services. The family will honor Jonathan with intimate poetry readings and an outing to a Giants game. Anyone wishing to express their sympathy is encouraged to send donations to the ALS Association, the American Friends Service Committee, or to the Winters High School basketball program.