Enrico Joseph Bradanini
Enrico Joseph Bradanini, a rancher who moved to Vacaville eight decades ago and built his Gibson Canyon ranch home from the ground up, died March 9, 1998, after a long illness.
Mr. Bradanini, 83, prided himself on being part of a dwindling breed of independent cattlemen in Solano County, he told The Reporter in 1996.
Mr. Bradanini was born June 7, 1914, in Grass Valley.
He moved to the English Hills region with his parents, Caesar and Elizabeth Bradanini, and five brothers from Grass Valley some 80 years ago. His father bought a small apricot orchard, and Mr. Bradanini enrolled in a one-room school on Cantelow Road.
He was one of fewer than 40 graduates in the class of 1934 of Vacaville High School - back when the population was about 800 and the city was covered with orchards.
"It was all orchards then, none of this stuff that's going on now with a house every 10 feet," Mr. Bradanini told The Reporter.
Mr. Bradanini moved to his Gibson Canyon ranch in 1942, building his home with his own hands.
"I built this house $10 at a time - when I moved into it, I didn't owe 5 cents," Mr. Bradanini said.
A member of the Cattleman's Association, Mr. Bradanini rode herd on about 50 cattle scattered between his 19-acre Gibson Canyon ranch, 110 acres in the English Hills and a small leased pasture in Lagoon Valley.
He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier for 29 years.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Mary's Catholic Church, 350 Stinson Ave. The Rev. Benedict DeLeon will officiate.
Friends and family may call at the Nadeau Family Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. today and the rosary-vigil will be recited at 7 p.m.
Burial will be private in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of Vacaville; daughter, Lily Boykin of Vacaville; son, James of Vacaville; brother, Rudolph of Vacaville; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vacaville Library, 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville 95687, in Mr. Bradanini's name.
Michael John Garben
Funeral services for Michael John Garben, 44, of Green Valley will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home. Private interment will be in Rockville Cemetery. The Rev. Ben Randell of New Hope Christian Fellowship Church will officiate.
Born July 8, 1953, in San Francisco, Mr. Garben died March 9, 1998, at his home after a brief illness.
A graduate of Fairfield High School in 1971, he worked for Laborers Union in Vallejo for the past 27 years.
He is survived by his son, Nicholas of Green Valley; daughter, Jessica of Vacaville; and mother, Pauline of Green Valley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home in Fairfield, 1850 W. Texas St.
Funeral services for Francisco Gloria, 93, of Vacaville will be held 10 a.m. Friday in McCune Garden Chapel.
The Revs. Joaquin Pena and J. Rosales will officiate.
Burial will follow in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.
Born March 9, 1904, in Mexico, Mr. Gloria died March 7, 1998, in Sacramento after a short illness. He lived in Vacaville 51 years.
He was affectionately known as " 'Lil Granpa," and retired from Vacaville's Basic Vegetable Co. in 1966.
His favorite hobby was restoring 1946-48 Chevrolets. He showed several and received many first-place awards. He enjoyed reading the newspaper.
Mr. Gloria is survived by his sons, Ricardo, Pedro, Gilbert, Alfred, Adolfo and Ruben, all of Vacaville; daughters, Manuela Fisher and Maria Miller of Vacaville, Dolores Pereyra of Woodland and Alice Jackson of Sacramento; sisters, Juanita Martinez of Garland, Texas, and Natividad Jurarez of San Andreas; 32 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elvira in 1984, and three sons, Alex, Ignacio and Zaragoza.
Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday with a Christian service at 7 p.m. in the chapel.
Rosemary A. Harris
A memorial mass for Rosemary A. Harris, 57, of Vacaville was held Monday.
Inurnment will be private.
Born Nov. 27, 1940, in Albany, Mrs. Harris died March 5, 1998, in a Vallejo hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Harris was a resident of Vallejo from 1950 to 1986 before moving to Vacaville. She lived in Napa as a child and attended elementary school at Soda Springs School. She moved to Vallejo, where she continued elementary school at St. Basil's Catholic School. She graduated from St. Vincent's High School in 1957 and attended Dominican College in San Rafael, where she earned her teaching degree. Her first teaching assignment was at Falls Elementary School in Green Valley, and she also taught at Napa Junction School. Most recently she was a kindergarten teacher at St. Basil's Catholic School.
Mrs. Harris was a member of Who's Who of American Teachers and was the first kindergarten teacher at St. Basil's when the program was re-established in 1975. She was a member of St. Basil's the Great Catholic Church and was an owner of Arabian horses. She was a member of the Vintage Arabian Horse Association.
She enjoyed the outdoors and loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Harris is survived by her husband, James of Vacaville; daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and Scott Green of Vacaville; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Susan of Sacramento; father, Frank Silvestri of Vallejo; brother and sister-in-law, Will and Susie Silvestri of Elk Grove; and grandchildren, James, Andrew and Brittney Green.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Silvestri in 1990.
Donations may be made to the Diabetes Society of Solano County, 801 Jefferson St., Suite 2, Fairfield 94533.
Arrangements are handled by Twin Chapels Mortuary.
Mary 'Fanny' Kendrick
Funeral services for boarding house fire victim Mary "Fanny" Kendrick, 89, of Vacaville will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Trinity Baptist Church.
The Rev. Milton Steck will officiate.
Burial will be at a later date.
Born Feb. 2, 1909, in Melbourne, Ark., Mrs. Kendrick died during a fire March 4 in a Vacaville boarding house she had owned on Boyd Street 46 years.
She lived in Vacaville for 54 years and had retired as a dietitian assistant at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base.
She would have celebrated her 24th wedding anniversary with her husband, Charley, on Friday.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Kendrick is survived by daughters, Adele Beaird of Vacaville and Becky Garcia of Winters; grandchildren, Steven and Deena Bise of Vacaville, Guy Garcia of Winters, Lynell Mulvihill and Karen Rhodes of Vacaville; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today in McCune Garden Chapel in Vacaville.
Benjamin D. Oliver
Memorial services for Benjamin D. Oliver, 26, of Port Hueneme will be at 11 a.m. March 21 at Unity Church of the Valley, 350 N. Orchard Ave.
The Rev. Vic Jenkins will officiate.
Mr. Oliver's complete obituary ran in Tuesday's Reporter.
Gertrude Nell Wolford
Graveside services for Gertrude Nell Wolford, 88, of Vacaville will be 1 p.m. today in East Lawn Sierra Cemetery
The Rev. John Nuckolls of Sarivale Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery
Born March 6, 1909, in Iowa, Mrs. Wolford died March 4, 1998, in VacaValley Hospital after a sudden illness.
Mrs. Wolford moved to the area 22 years ago. She was a homemaker for more than 66 years. She enjoyed attending the Grandmother's Bible Study and loved to sew and read to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughters, Lois Karnatz of Vacaville and Maureen Montoya of Sacramento; sons, James of Oregon, William of Nebraska and Robert of Lodi; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are handled by Vaca Hills Chapel.
No services will be held for Carl Young, 86, of Fairfield. Entombment will be held at Fairmont Memorial park.
Born Oct. 23, 1911, in Los Gatos, he died March 8, 1998, at his home after a long illness.
A resident of Fairfield for 59 years, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of World War II, where he served as a tail-gunner. He owned and operated the Suisun Body and Fender Shop for 30 years. He was a member of the Suisun F.&A.M. Lodge No. 55, the Benali Temple and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 2.
Mr. Young is survived by his wife, Lois of Fairfield; son, Dale of Brooten, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital, Northern California Unit, P.O. Box 21-4477, Sacramento 95821.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.
Alvin Thomas Crump
Funeral services for Alvin Thomas Crump, 36, of Fairfield will be 2 p.m. Friday at Travis Air Force Base, Chapel One. The Rev. Andrew Gwinn will preside. Burial will be at Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery.
Born Dec. 25, 1961, in Swindon, England, Mr. Crump died March 6, 1998, in Fairfield after a sudden illness. He lived in Fairfield for 24 years.
Mr. Crump attended Vanden High School and graduated from Fairfield High School in 1980. He worked at the Nut Tree bakery for three years and at NorthBay Medical Center for five years. He was last employed at the Holiday Inn in Fairfield for the past three years.
He was an avid sports fan. He played football at Fairfield High.
Mr. Crump is survived by his parents, James Sr. and Sophia of Fairfield; sisters, Jeanette and Juliette of Fairfield; brother, James Jr. of Fairfield; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Medardo Zapata, 90, of Dixon will be at 7 p.m. today at Milton Carpenter Funeral Home in Dixon. The Rev. Elmer Salazar of Turlock will officiate.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Silveyville Cemetery
Born June 8, 1907, in Guatemala, Mr. Zapata died March 7, 1998, in Dixon after a long illness. He had lived in Dixon for seven years.
He owned and operated his own masonry business in Guatemala for 30 years before he retired. He belonged to the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dixon.
He is survived by his daughters, Olimpia Urizar of San Leandro and Blanca Amparo Macal, Alba Mara Zapata, Irene Zapata and Antonia Zapata, all of Guatemala; sons, Carlos Zapata, Obdulio Zapata and Neftaly Zapata, all of Guatemala; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.