Philip John Rashid
Dr. Philip John Rashid, a Fairfield periodontist who operated the first dentist's office in Fairfield and who donated the bell tower at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, died May 13, 1999, in Fairfield. He was 81.
Born March 14, 1918, in Fort Madison, Iowa, Dr. Rashid lived in Fairfield for 47 years. He traveled annually to Mexico, Brazil and throughout the United States doing charity surgery for orphans. He was in the dental practice for 40 years before he retired in 1975.
Dr. Rashid was a president of the Fairfield-Suisun Fine Arts Council, and judged the Miss America Pageant in 1963. He and his family were featured in Look and Life magazines.
Dr. Rashid held both a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of sciences degree, as well as a master's degree in science and a doctoral degree in dental surgery. He belonged to and participated in numerous associations and was well known for his charitable donations in his church and civic life.
A Mass of the Resurrection was held Monday in Holy Spirit Church. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa, where his parents, Jacob and Saida, are interred.
Dr. Rashid is survived by his sisters, Johanna Rashid Klibanoff of Fairfield, Rosalyn Wilkerson of Fort Madison, Iowa, Edna Rashid of Toulon of Illinois and Mary Rashid of Fort Madison, Iowa.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nadeau Family Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Jim Thornock, 56, of Vacaville will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McCune Garden Chapel. Disposition will be private. The Rev. Vincent O'Reilly of St. Joseph's Catholic Church will officiate.
Born Oct. 16, 1942, in Salt Lake City, Mr. Thornock died May 18, 1999, in Vacaville.
A resident of San Mateo for 30 years, Mr. Thornock lived in Vacaville for less than a year. He worked for more than 30 years with Operating Engineers Local No. 3 in San Mateo. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in San Mateo. He was an avid San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan and loved horse racing. Mr. Thornock was known to be a very generous man.
Mr. Thornock is survived by his daughters, Kelly Mead and Kameo Campisi, both of Vacaville, Kateri Schiller of Livermore; son, John Frost of San Mateo; father, H.C. Thornock of Idaho Falls, Idaho; brothers, Pete and Joseph Thornock, both of Idaho Falls; sisters, Ann Gauss and Katie Dingledein of Idaho Falls; and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at McCune Garden Chapel.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 817 Missouri St., No. 4, Fairfield, 94533.
John Cleburn Wakefield
A celebration of life for John Cleburn Wakefield, 83, of Vacaville will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at his home, 122 Bryce Way.
Born May 4, 1916, in Telephone, Texas, Mr. Wakefield died May 19, 1999, in Vallejo.
A World War II Army veteran, Mr. Wakefield worked at Benicia Arsenal from 1942 to 1961 and at Tooele Army Depot in Tooele, Utah, from 1961 until his retirement in 1964. He was then an almond grower in Merced County. He moved to Vacaville in 1994.
Mr. Wakefield is survived by his wife of 62 years, Cora Lou Vita Wakefield of Vacaville; son and daughter-in-law, Jerald and Carolyn of Pasadena; daughters, Corinne Pangelina and Nona Wakefield of Vacaville, Lugene Martinez of Youngtown, Ariz.; grandchildren, John and Teresa Pangelina of American Canyon, Mark and Tami Pangelina and Diana Mamere, all of Benicia, Todd and Lisa Martinez of Davis, Andrea and Larry Prophet of Vallejo, Mike and Juli Toohey of Rialto, Diana Howell, Denise Priest and Donna Niederman, all of Pasadena; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bruce, in 1946.
Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Passalacqua Funeral Chapel in Benicia.
George Isadore Pizante
Funeral services for George Isadore Pizante, 71, of Fairfield will be at 2 p.m. today at Colonial Chapels in Vallejo. Burial will be at Beth Shalom Cemetery
in Vallejo. Cantor Jim Heilborn of Temple B'nai Israel will officiate.
Born April 5, 1928, in Georgia, Mr. Pizante died May 17, 1999, at home.
A resident of Solano County for 67 years, Mr. Pizante had lived in Vallejo, Fairfield and Vacaville. He was the co-owner of Solano Vending for 35 years, retiring in 1990. He served in the Navy and was a veteran of World War II. He was a 1950 graduate of California State University, San Jose.
He was a member of Temple B'nai Israel, B'nai Brith, San Jose State Alumni Association, Bocce Ball Club of Fairfield and the 20/30 Club of Vallejo.
Mr. Pizante is survived by his daughter, Laura Pizante of Sacramento; sons, Mark Allan Pizante of Vacaville, Adam Fitzgerald Pizante of Fairfield; sisters, Katie Policar and Pauline Haddad, both of Vallejo; cousin, Pearl Pizante Rothman; nephews, Michael, Raymond and Norman Policar; grandchildren, Ryan Alexander Pizante and Jennifer Pizante.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Asher and Mathilda in 1991; son, Raymond David, in 1997; sister, Stella, in 1937; and brother, Raymond, in 1949.
A visitation will be at 9 a.m. today at Colonial Chapels.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 1652 W. Texas St. Suite 110, Fairfield, 94533.
Jon M. Riley
A memorial service for the retired assistant fire chief of Vallejo, Jon M. Riley, will be at 11 a.m. today at the Church of the Ascension, 2420 Tuolumne St., Vallejo.
Born in 1935 in Belen, N.M., Mr. Riley, 63, died May 16, 1999, in Chandler, Ariz., after a long illness.
He moved to California in 1936 and graduated from Vallejo High School in 1954. He received an associate's degree from Solano Community College.
He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division before joining the Vallejo Fire Department in 1959. He rose to the rank of assistant chief in 1976 and retired in 1989.
He was skillful with his hands and was known for his classic car and boat restorations. An avid hunter and softball player in his younger years, he also worked a lot with the Boy Scouts.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ben and brother, Lewis.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara of Vacaville and Sun Lakes, Ariz., daughter Ronnette of New York; daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Michael De Freitas of Benicia; son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Cathy of Vallejo; grandchildren, Myles and Trevor De Freitas and Taylor and Conor; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ben and Carol, Jim and Mona, both of Napa, and Roger and Susan of Vallejo; mother, Besse E. of Novato; brother-in-law and wife, Jon Allen and Chris Bankhead of Vacaville; and 12 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Church of the Ascenion Endowment Fund or to the Arthritis Foundation, Northern California Chapter, 657 Mission St., No. 603, San Francisco, 94105.
Barbara Brooks Taylor
A memorial service for Barbara Brooks Taylor, 57, of Vacaville will be held Sunday at Grupe Ranch near Lodi.
The Rev. Jessie France of NorthBay Hospice officiated. Inurnment was private.
Mrs. Taylor died May 8, 1999, at home after a battle with cancer.
Born on Nov. 12, 1941, in Cleveland, Mrs. Taylor moved to the area in 1989. A breeder and trainer of golden retrievers, she had served as president of Northern California Retriever Rescue for several years and was an active member of the American Kennel Club's and the North American Hunting and Retriever Association's local chapters. Mrs. Taylor organized several hunting retriever events and served as a hunt test judge.
She is survived by her husband, William of Vacaville; son, Robert Swyt Jr. of North Fort Meyers, Fla.; brothers, Ronald L. Brooks of Shlimar, Fla., and Randall E. Brooks of Hampton, Va.; their families; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her daughter Sarah.
Memorial contributions may be sent to NorthBay Hospice, Northern California Retriever Rescue or the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are by All Faith Cremations.
Nancy Lee Berkeley
A Catholic Prayer Service for Nancy Lee Berkeley, 72, of Vacaville will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday in St. Mary's Catholic Church.
The Rev. Dan Carter of St. James Catholic Church of San Francisco will officiate.
Burial will follow in Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.
Mrs. Berkeley died on May 19, 1999, in Vacaville after a long illness.
Born in Houston, Texas, she is survived by her daughters, Linda Rae Berkeley, Cynthia Frances Whitlock and Clara Lea Rye, sons-in-law, David Whitlock Jr. and Rickey Antone Rye; grandchildren, Tahnee N. Mack, Cherice L. Rye, Rickey A. Rye II and Tatyanna L. Rye.
A visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at Vaca Hills Chapel, the funeral home handling the arrangements.
A memorial service for Russ Dyer, 80, of Vacaville will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Valley Free Evangelical Church in Vacaville.
Pastor Raleigh Galgan of Valley Free Evangelical Church will officiate.
Mr. Dyer died at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo on May 21, 1999, after a brief illness.
Born on April 8, 1919 in Oakland, he worked for the Department of Corrections at San Quentin State Prison for more than 15 years. He was also a member of the Valley Free Evangelical Church and enjoyed fishing, being with his grandchildren and spending time with his senior citizens group.
Mr. Dyer is survived by his wife, Shirley of Winters; son, Barry of Winters; daughters, Renee Dyer of Bakersfield, Dawn Eisentrager of Bellingham, Wash. Lorraine Akin of Grants Pass, Ore., Dorcee Rechtfertig of Dora, Mo., Vanery Sivesind of Gualala; son, Spencer of Lake Almanor; 22 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; uncle, Pat Burch of Red Bluff; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial contributions can be sent to the Valley Free Evangelical Church building fund.
McCune Garden Chapel is handling arrangements.
Johnny Max Milligan
Graveside services for Johnny Max Milligan, 36, of Suisun City will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Rockville Cemetery.
Born Aug. 7, 1962, in Fairfield, Mr. Milligan died May 19, 1999, at NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield.
He graduated from Armijo High School in 1980. He worked as a carpenter for 15 years.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Julie Salsman; daughter, Sarah Banks of Suisun; sons, Matthew and Cody of Suisun; parents, Billy and Alma of Fairfield; sisters, Donna Baker of Fairfield and Nancy DiPasquale of Suisun; brothers-in-law, Mike Baker of Fairfield and Mike DiPasquale of Suisun; uncles and aunt, Dick and Louise Brown of Stockton and George Jacobsen Sr. of Stockton; nieces and nephews, Justin Baker of Fairfield, Ashley Baker of Fairfield, Michael DiPasquale of Suisun and Michelle DiPasquale of Suisun.
Capt. Thomas E. Franco
Funeral services for Capt. Thomas E. Franco, 76, of Green Valley, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Capt. Franco will be buried with full military honors at the Rockville Cemetery.
Born Aug. 9, 1922, in Napa, Mr. Franco died May 29, 1999, at his Green Valley home after a short illness.
He attended Sacramento Junior College before enlisting in the Navy. He later attended the General Line School in Monterey.
He served in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator during World War II. He also served during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
He served as an air operations officer aboard the USS Antietam and was an operations officer and executive officer of the USS Pine Island. He also was an executive officer at the U.S. Naval School of Preflight in Pensacola, Fla., where he was promoted to captain. Earlier, he taught at the Air Support School of the Amphibious Training Command of the Pacific and at the flight schools at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Cabanies Field and the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.
From 1950 to 1951 he was assigned to the Air Anti-Squadron Twenty-One.
Capt. Franco's decorations and awards include a Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal and Two Stars, a Presidential Unit Citation with One Star, a Navy Meritorious Service Medal with Two Stars, a USAF Commendation Medal, the North American Campaign Medal, the Pacific-Asiatic Campaign Medal with Three Stars, a World War II Victory Medal, a Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asiatic Clasp, a National Defense Service Medal with Two Stars, a Korean Service Medal, a United Nations Service Medal and a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with One Star.
He also served at Treasure Island Naval Air Station. He retired from the Navy in 1973 with 31 years of service.
Capt. Franco and his wife, Odie, spent the last 27 summers at their summer home at Putah Creek Park, Lake Berryessa.
He is survived by his wife, Odie, of Green Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Isabel Pinto of Somerville, Mass.; mother, Madeline Kennedy of Napa; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Esther of Sacramento and brother-in-law, Don Townsend of Napa.
Memorial contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels of Solano County, 1000 Texas St., Suite G, Fairfield, Calif. 94533.