Miles Nicholson, born August 5, 1917, in Oakland, passed away on April 20, 2012, at the age of 94. He was surrounded by family, some in his room and others in loving spirit.
“Our comfort is knowing he is at peace and with our dear loving mother, Audrey Miller Nicholson,” said a family member.
He graduated from Vacaville High School in 1937. He and his wife Audrey were married in Vacaville in 1940 and had 64 memorable years together before her passing in 2004.
He was an active member of the Vacaville Chapter of the Masonic Lodge and, for many years, held the record for being youngest Past Master. He moved his family to Davis in 1944 where he established himself in the business community and as a community leader.
He served on the Davis City Council and had two terms as mayor of Davis in the 1950s and ’60s. In 1968, he retired from his business and moved to the country. He fulfilled his dream of building a ranch and raising his prized registered Polled Hereford cattle. With the exception of recent months, he spent the rest of his life at his home in the setting he loved most in the hills above Winters. He and his wife traveled, entertained, enjoyed many wonderful friendships and a very close family.
He is survived by his children, Kay Nicholson Montgomery, Tom Nicholson and wife Debra, Susan Nicholson Jones and husband Tom, and Jon Nicholson and wife Cara; grandchildren Kim Montgomery Hyer, Mitch Montgomery, Jennifer Nicholson Perry, Wade Nicholson, Sally Nicholson Rummel, Henry Nicholson, Lila Jones, Amanda Jones Hazen, and Jake, Emma and Will Nicholson; eight great-grandchildren; nephew Bill Miller and wife Judi, and niece Kristy Verwoest and husband John.
He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Jesse Nicholson, who moved their family to Vacaville in the early 1920s.
Burial services will be private.
Virginia Sue (Wells) Pilkinton passed away in her home in Davis on Jan. 7, 2013. Born in Oakland on Feb. 17, 1942, she spent most of her time in Solano and Yolo counties. She was a dental hygienist and worked in Vacaville and Winters. She was also involved as a gymnastics instructor for the City of Vacaville in the early 1970s.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Grant and Donna (Phillips) Wells, and her sister Beverly (Wells) Watkins.
She is survived by her four children Bambi (BJ) Reed, Tiffany Zander, Jereome Epling, Brodie Wells, and one niece, two nephews, and two grandchildren. She will be remembered by friends and family as a person who was thoughtful and kind to those that she could help.
Victor Arthur Ish passed peacefully on Dec. 31, 2012, in Roseville, California, at the age of 91 after a period of failing health.
He was born on March 6, 1921 in Winters to Carrol and Louisa Ish. After his mother died when Vic was 2, he was raised by his father and grandma, Sally Wolfskill, on the family ranch along Putah Creek, which was part of the original Wolfskill Spanish Land Grant that dates back to the mid-1800s. He graduated from Winters High School in 1938.
After studying pharmaceutical science for a time at UC Davis, Vic was called back to work the family farm during WWII in Winters before serving in the U.S. Army from October 1945 to April 1946. He was honorably discharged as a personnel technician at Camp Beale, California. He was married to Lydia Burak of Yonkers, New York on November 15, 1947 in Phoenix, Arizona. They later lived in Denver, Colorado, as well as Sacramento, Monterey and Auburn.
After several years as a radio announcer, including KFBK in Sacramento, Vic worked in retail office supply sales in Sacramento and Monterey, where he developed a loyal following of many customers who also became his friends. He and Lee were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey. Upon retiring in Auburn, Vic enjoyed developing new friendships at the First Congregational Church of Auburn, while retaining his lifelong activity of gardening.
He is survived by his brother Jim Ish of Yuba City; son David Ish and wife Mary Helen of La Jolla; daughter Carol Belanger and husband Ron of Rocklin; son Tom Ish and wife Jennifer of Auburn; grandchildren Melanie Belanger, Ryan Belanger and Melissa Ish. His friends and family will greatly miss his sense of humor, his loyal adoration toward his wife of nearly 65 years who pre-deceased him by exactly two months, as well as his simple, humble, and caring approach to life.
A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Auburn, 710 Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn, at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vic’s memory to the American Lung Assoc. of California, 1531 I Street Suite 201, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Karen Sue (Pence) Hill passed away at her home on Dec. 31, 2012 at the age of 57. She was born in Glendale on Dec. 14, 1955. She graduated from Napa Valley High School in 1974 and went on to work many jobs through the Winters School District including student aid, crossing guard, yard duty, secretary for independent study, and most recently, attendance secretary at Waggoner Elementary School.
Karen enjoyed being outside; she loved her country property and animals, and took full advantage of it, having many animals to welcome her home all the time. She loved riding horses, swimming and spending time with her family and friends. She was a woman full of life and energy with a contagious smile and laugh. She could light up a room in a split second just by walking through the door.
She leaves behind her husband of 26 years, David R. Hill. They were married at their home on June 21st 1986. She is lovingly remembered by her husband, and daughters, Janet and Amanda Hill; mother and father, Pat (Pence) and Carl Botenhagen; brothers, Dan and Wayne Pence; brother- and sister-n-laws, nieces and nephews, son-in-law, Nick Walters, all those to whom she was a second mom, and many more.
She is predeceased by her brother, Mark Pence, and father, Jim Pence.
Karen’s celebration of life was held on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. The family appreciates all who attended on such short notice, and appreciates all the love and support shown to them, and apologizes to anyone unaware of Karen’s passing. In lieu of flowers, those with photos of Karen are asked to send copies to the family to keep for a lifetime of memories at 209 East Main Street, Winters, CA, 95694.
Melvin Leroy Harrison passed away at his home in Winters on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Born June 24, 1934 in Messa Ariz., he was a Winters resident for 60 years
He is survived by his wife, Berta Sue Harrison of Winters, his son, Michael Anthony Harrison of Winters, his daughter Vicki Lee Harrison, and grandson Tommy William McDaniels III.
He was a barber, truck driver and jack of all trades.
Services will be private.
George Daniel (Dan) Coman passed away at his home in Winters, on Sunday, December 09, 2012. He was born on March 21, 1958, the son of Bert and Betty Coman and a descendent of the DeVilbass, Griffin and Vasey families. He attended local schools, serving as Associated Student Body President during his senior year at Winters High School. He attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and returned to Winters where he worked for the Winters School District, Kimes Hardware, and various jobs in Winters and Yolo County, most recently at Barker’s Electric.
Dan was well-read and interested in a variety of different kinds of knowledge, frequenting the library on a regular basis. He was legend in his family for having an answer to almost any question posed. He was a kind and thoughtful son and neighbor, often delivering some of his own home cooking or helping with assorted chores and tasks without being asked. He was interested in having a purpose.
Dan was preceded in death by his father George Bertram Coman. He is survived by his mother Betty Vasey Coman of Winters, his older brother Rob and wife Liz of Winters; his older sister Nancy Lege and her husband Steve of Davis; his older brother John and wife Constance of Woodland; and his younger brother Phillip of Selma; along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters on December 29 at 11:00 am, followed by a reception at the Parish Hall. Contributions in memory of Dan may be made to Winters Friends of the Library, P. O. Box 963,
Winters, California 95694 or a favorite charity.
On Dec. 6, 2012, Steve Mack lost his battle with cancer. He ended this part of his journey in the loving arms of his wife, Kim Mack, in their home in Grenada. Steve was a long haul truck driver for many years, and enjoyed the time that he drove trucks.
He leaves behind his wife, Kim; daughter, Candice Mack; son, Bert Mack; two stepsons, Sean and Daniel Snow; and four grandchildren, Olivia, Matthew and Caiden Mack and Alice Snow.
No services are scheduled. Online
condolences can be made at www.girdnerfuneralchapel.com. Girdner Funeral Chapel in Yreka, California is in charge of arrangements.
Socorro Zarate, 81, of Winters, passed away on Dec. 13, 2012 at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.
A longtime Winters resident, she was born March 4, 1931 in Guadalajara, Mexico. She retired from Contadina Foods cannery in Woodland after 30 years of employment. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, traveling overseas and fun trips to Reno, Lake Tahoe and Cache Creek. She was a longtime member of St. Anthony Parish of Winters.
She was preceded in death by her husband Andres Zarate.
She is survived by her children, Edward (Christine), Andres (Christine), Martha (Matthew Singh), Victor (Jil), Rogelio (Genny), Maria Elena (Oscar Chaveste), Maria (Karl Hockman); grandchildren, Carson, Morgan, Mason, Nathan, Andrea (Kellen Graves), Sienna, Amanda, Aiden, Mia, Jacob, Emma, Yesenia, Veronica, Arleth, Nicole, Jacob Lee, and Kai; one great-grandchild Savannah; siblings, Jesus and Jose Rodarte; and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are welcome for visitation (Rosary) on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at St. Anthony Parish, 301 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694 at 7 p.m. A celebration of her life is planned on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Parish, followed by a burial at Winters Cemetery
located at 415 Cemetery
Drive in Winters.
Ilona Mae (Herrala) Nelson died suddenly on Nov. 2, 2012 at her home in San Jose. She was 69 years old.
She was born on May 24, 1943 in Virginia, Minnesota to parents Leo and Vera Herrala. She spent her early childhood in Minnesota and Oregon. The Herrala family moved to Winters in the summer of 1954. She attended the local schools from the 6th grade through high school.
Ilona was a fun-loving individual and enjoyed many school activities and friends. After graduating from high school in 1961, she trained and entered the business world. She always had a fond affinity for Winters where she always kept in touch with many close acquaintances.
She is survived by her husband Gary, to whom she was married to for nearly 49 years; children, Sigrid and Erik, Sigrid’s fiancé Matt Paquette and grandson Leo; older sister, Marcia Jensen, and husband Barry; younger sister Alta Hyland and husband Greg; niece, Erica Hyland and nephews Cameron and Matthew Hyland, and Brian Jensen; numerous relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Mary Lilienthal (George) and niece Karen Jensen.
The family misses her greatly.
In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to Alternative Family Services in support of foster kids in Northern California counties. Donations can be made online at http://www.afs4kids.org/personalgiving.
Howard Ray Brown, 75, passed away on Dec. 1, 2012 at his home in Winters, surrounded by his family. He was born on Nov. 16, 1937, the son of Clifford and Nina Brown, and was named after a very dear friend of his parents.
Howard’s early years were spent in Platte County, Missouri. He attended and graduated from North Kansas City High School. He went on to graduate from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, with a degree in chemical engineering, with honors, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
He was a self-made man, putting himself through college, working full time and raising a family. When he was very young, his parents lived on a farm in rural Platte County, Missouri. He loved to be out with his father and grandfather doing the farm work. He was his grandfather’s pride and joy being the first grandchild. Grandpa called him “Sonny Boy.”
Howard worked for Chevron, a career that took him all over the world, until his retirement. He then settled in Winters, where he was introduced to his wife Camile by close friends. After their marriage, he began his second career as an accountant. Both Howard and Camile were very involved in their church family, where Howard served as an elder, led Bible Studies and mentored younger men.
He was preceded in death by his father, mother and one sister, Mary Jane Brown. He is survived by his wife, Camile of Winters; six children, Ken (Anne) Brown, Randy (Sandra) Brown, Lisa Thayer, Dawn (Jonathan) Edwards, Sunshine (David) Eddy, Shane (Charlene) Yhuriaga; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister, Janet (Mel) Stevenson and brother, Steven (Heather) Brown.
Family and friends are invited to join in a celebration of Howard’s life on Monday, Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Valley Church, 5063 Maple Road in Vacaville.