Mary Elizabeth McCoey Graf, 87, passed away peacefully after a brief illness in Woodland on Nov. 25, 2012. A native Californian, she was born in Watsonville, and eventually settled with the McCoey family in Winters.
She attended Holy Rosary Academy in Woodland. She was a graduate of Winters High School, where she met Charles E. Graf. She married Lt. Graf while he was on leave from England and serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. They had three sons: Robert Charles, Richard Edward and Thomas Scott Graf.
Mary Liz was devoted to her family and community. She was a fine example of the Greatest Generation. She was a courageous woman who survived a severe attack of polio at age 21. She fought successfully to walk again, when doctors had thought that accomplishment to be impossible.
Her strong faith made her a loyal parishioner of St. Anthony Catholic Church and a member of the Altar Society. She enjoyed her affiliation with the Winters Fortnightly group and Bridge Club. She was a receptionist for Dr. Ernie Young, and after working several years for Brinley’s Real Estate, she retired. One of her strongest undertakings was her involvement with Alanon; she prayed for and helped many people within the organization.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James J. and Mary Larkin McCoey, her brother, John, and her husband, Charles E. Graf.
She is survived by: her brother, James D. McCoey (Janet), her sister, Dorothy Ann McCoey, her sons Robert C. Graf (Joanna), Richard E. Graf (Annette), Thomas Scott Graf (Michele) along with five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She had a very special relationship with her niece Dawn Barrera, husband Willie and children Mateo, Miah and Joel.
The family is grateful to St. John’s-Stollwood and Woodland Memorial for the fine care given to Mary Liz Graf. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donations in her memory to be given to Saint Anthony’s Building Fund in Winters California.
There will be a Rosary held on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Winters. Services including Mass will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Fred Rojo, 74, of Woodland died on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Woodland. A 26-resident of the community, Mr. Rojo was born on June 11, 1938, in Suisun. He worked as a barber for more than 50 years and was a bowler as well as a sports enthusiast, according to his family. Mr. Rojo served in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Rojo is survived by daughters Michelle and husband Randy Matsumoto, and Jessica Horgan-Rojo; son John Rojo; grandchildren Briana Rojo and Spencer Matsumoto; and great grandchildren Elijah, Laylah and Dallas; and by four sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents Chris and Carmen Rojo and his brother John Rojo.
A graveside service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Sacramento Valley VA Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of the donors' choice. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dolores Martinez (DeeDee) was born on Feb. 11, 1928 in El Chive, Spain.
“She peacefully slipped away from us into the arms of our loving heavenly Father October 27, 2012,” said a family member. “She will be remembered as the matriarch of the family, a loving wife, an extraordinary mother and grandmother, and a friend to all who were graced by her presence.”
She enjoyed camping trips with all her friends of the Durham Good Sam’s, playing cards with her friends and spending a lot of time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Tony Martinez; son, Anthony Martinez and Rosemary; daughter, Janice Bates and Mike; grandchildren, Shawn Martinez (Heather), Corey Farrell (Christine) Kara Maas (Curtis); great-grandchildren Zoe Martinez and Sophie Maas; sister, Juanita Skaggs and many other family members.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Al Lorenzo.
A visitation will be held in Chico on Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. A funeral service will be on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m., both at Brusie Funeral Home, followed by an internment at Glen Oaks Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Butte Humane Society in care of Brusie Funeral Home.
Carmen Barrera Rodriguez, 72, passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2012, in her Winters home surrounded by her family. She was born on March 8, 1938 in Durango, Mexico. In 1980, she and her husband Manuel moved to the United States with their family. She worked for many years at Tufts Packing Shed and Mariani Nut Company.
She will be remembered for her great cooking and sharing stories of her younger years. She took great pride in her family.
She will be dearly missed by her son, Manuel and granddaughters, Lorena and Jasmin; son Pedro and grandchildren Pedro, Angelica, Sarah, Alejandra and Dominique; son, Jose and grandchildren Orlando and Hope; daughter Teresa and grandchildren Megan, Monique and Marcelo; daughter Sonia and grandson Norberto; son Aurelio “Willie” and his wife Dawn, and grandchildren Mateo, Miah and Joel; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Manuel in 1992.
A rosary will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. and a memorial Mass will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Church in Winters. A private burial will take place at a later date.
Arthur Eugene Leber Jr. AKA “Chug” of Winters was born on May 14, 1951 in Stockton. He passed away after a long illness at Sutter Davis Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. He was 61.
He graduated from Dixon High School and Sacramento State College. In the Dixon High School band, he played clarinet, was drum major, four years in honor band and attended University of the Pacific Music Honor Band.
He served from 1969 to 1975 in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserves.
He worked for Pardi Market and Rainbow Market, managed Esparto Market and Albertsons, worked for Brett Leber Construction, M& M Masonry, Tieghert and owned Tiffany Construction for 10 years.
He was a member of Dixon Moose Lodge, Dixon Boat Club, Dixon Sportsman Club, Dixon Game Club, Laborers International Union of North America Local 324, Aggregates Union 185, the Hard Top Racing team “Stormy Knight Jr.” and was a Shriners Hospital supporter.
His passions were annual family reunions and the cars he owned and rebuilt: an Olds 442, Malibu Super Sport 1966, a Jaquar 1950s, 1930 Roadster, Thunderbird 1960, hardtop racecars and the Scooby Doo Mobile..
He is survived by: his mother, Ruth E. Leber; his brothers, Will Leber and Brett Leber; his sisters, Rhonda Leber-Rayn and Karen Leber-Duncan, his daughters Tiffany Leber and Stephani Leber; and his fiancé, Barbara Halabird; adoptive son, Grant, and a large extended group of family and friends.
There will be a graveside service on Friday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. at Silveyville Cemetery. Dixon Community Church will officiate. A memorial will be held at the old Dixon Veterans Hall in downtown Dixon.
Contributions are preferred to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, Art Leber Memorial First Northern Bank.
Spc. Ryan Christopher Goodman was born to Doug and Wendy Goodman on Nov. 22, 1985 in Sacramento. He passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 in Killeen, Texas. He was 26.
He grew up in the Dunnigan and Arbuckle area, and graduated from Pierce High School in Arbuckle. He enjoyed hunting & fishing with his dad and Pappa Shorty.
He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He enlisted in the U.S Army in November 2007. While in the Army, he served two tours in Iraq.
He is survived by wife, Brittany Goodman of Sandy Valley, Nevada; three daughters, Angelica, Hailey and Lillian; parents Doug and Michele Goodman of Winters, Wendy Lathum of Red Bluff, and stepfather Richard Tunstall of Esparto; brother Richard Tunstall of Killeen, Texas; sisters Brianna Tunstall of Red Bluff and Brittany Tunstall of Woodland; grandparents, Shorty and Nancy McCullough of Mineral, Derrel and Jean Reaves of Red Bluff, Rev. John and Lynda Hudnall of Woodland; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by Grandfather James Goodman.
A graveside service was planned for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m., at Mary’s Chapel and Cemetery
A celebration of Ryan’s life was planned directly after at Hotel Woodland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ryan’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/; Dunnigan Fire Department, PO Box 213, Dunnigan, CA 95937; Mary’s Chapel and Cemetery
Support Group, P.O. Box 91, Yolo, CA 95697 or charity of the donor’s choice.
McNary’s Chapel is assisting with arrangements.
Thomas Philip Dodge, 93, died Oct. 13 at his Winters home. Born Jan. 11, 1919 in San Francisco, he lived in Yolo County for 50 years.
He served in the U.S. Coastguard Merchant Marines in WWII. He was a milkman for the Vaca Valley Creamery and worked for the school districts in Winters, Davis and Esparto from 1967-2003.
He is survived by his daughters Diane Kelley and husband Mike and Debbie Gomez and husband David, sons Tom Dodge and wife Brenda and Richard Dodge, 11 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lujuana Dodge in 1993, granddaughter Patricia Campos in 2009, great-grandaughter Stacey Hernandez in 2009 and granddaughter Susan Kelly in 1961.
The service was Monday, Oct. 22 at the Winters Cemetery, with military honors. Chaplain Dale Swan officiated. Services were arranged by Kraft Bros. of Woodland.
Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or to Yolo Hospice.
On Oct. 6, 2012, Antonio (Tony) Madrid Martin of Sonora gently passed away at his home in the arms of his daughter and family. He was born Oct. 26, 1922 in San Francisco. Tony was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Angie; daughter Esther Stone; parents Frank and Amalia Martin; brother Joe Martin; and sister Madeline Jimenez.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Angelina and Juan Vasquez of Sonora; son-in-law Andy Stone of Sacramento; grandson AJ Stone of Sacramento; granddaughters Sara Stone of Sacramento; Ashley Long of San Luis Obispo; and Rachel Long of Sonora; great-granddaughters Ashley Hayes-Stone of Sacramento; and Genevieve Williams of Sacramento; brother and sister-in-law Frank and Ramona Martin of Winters; and sister-in-law Anna Martin of Woodland.
Tony spent a few short months living in Sonora, and was a longtime Winters resident where he grew up, farmed, owned ranches, and served the city government as a council member and mayor. He also spent many years living in Fairfield and Vacaville and worked for Valley View Packing Co. in the Suisun Valley as a fruit buyer and plant manager. His passion was his family and if it was in his power to do anything for his loved ones that was always a priority. Tony served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Europe and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. In his later years he became known as a grand storyteller and a fan of the works of Jane Austin. This wonderful and loving man will be incredibly missed by many.
A Catholic mass will be celebrated for Tony on Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 301 Main St., Winters, (530) 795-2230, with burial to follow at the Winters Cemetery. A reception will be held after the burial at St. Anthony Catholic Center, 511 Main St., Winters. In lieu of flowers, make donations in Antonio Madrid Martin’s name to The Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora, CA 95370, (209) 536-5685. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Terzich and Wilson Funeral Home of Sonora.
Rogelio “Roy” Rivas was born on August 2, 1969 and died September 27, 2012.
He was raised and lived his entire life in Winters.
Roy graduated from Winters High School with the class of 1987.
He is survived by his father and mother Domingo and Maria Rivas of Winters and siblings.
Sister Mastina Alarado and brother-in-law Rogelio Alvarado of Winters; Sister Silvia Lorenzana and brother-in-law Vidal Lorenzana of Fairfield; brother Domingo Rivas Jr. and sister-in-law Rebecca Rivas. Along with numerious aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces. Hall.