C.H. 'Charlie' Martin
Memorial services for C.H. "Charlie" Martin, 76, of Winters, will be 1 p.m. Monday at Smith's Colonial Chapel in Winters. Burial will follow at Capay Cemetery.
Mr. Martin lost his quest to "shoot his age" in golf and died on Oct. 12, 1999, at his home in Winters after a seven-year battle with leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Born on June 18, 1923, in Marion, Mich., he was an aviation cadet in the Army Air Corps. His military career included flying "The Hump" (China-Burma-India), the Berlin Airlift and Air-Sea Rescue.
He was honored by the government by being chosen to pilot the plane that picked up the Apollo 11 lunar landing capsule. He was a veteran of three wars, and his medals include several Distinguished Flying Crosses, including one issued by the Republic of China.
After serving 29 years in the Air Force, he retired to the Capay Valley to become an almond rancher, where he discovered the art of dousing. He doused many successful wells in the area.
He was diagnosed with leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and told at the time he had six months to live. Not accepting such a short amount of time to live, the avid golfer put his heart into the game, notching a hole-in-one, recording a round of 77 and consistently logging 200 rounds of golf in the past seven years at the Yolo Fliers Club.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife and friend of 53 years, Beverly Nan; daughter and son-in-law, Cathey and Cary Larson of Winters; sons and daughters-in-law, Rocky and Patti of Cotati and Gary and Roberta of Chico; grandchildren, Marla and Max Larson of Winters and Adam, Chris and Patrick of Cotati; sister and brother-in-law, Mabel and Joe Mazzola of Winters; and sister, Vera Sangre of Royal Oak, Mich. He also leaves behind his treasured golfing partners.
In lieu of flowers, it was Mr. Martin's request that people would "just do something nice for someone." Donations can be made to any blood bank, the American Cancer Society or to the Charlie Martin Memorial Fund, care of Yolo Fliers Club, P.O. Box 1366, Woodland, 95776.
Darrell 'Dino' Lavagnino
Memorial services for Darrell "Dino" Lavagnino, 61, of Vacaville will be held at 1 p.m. today at McCune Garden Chapel.
Pastor Gene Dodson of First Baptist Church of Vallejo will preside. Interment will be at Angels Camp Cemetery.
Mr. Lavagnino died Oct. 15, 1999, in Vacaville following a long illness.
Born July 7, 1938, in San Francisco, he had been a resident of Vacaville and Solano County his entire life.
He worked as a welder at Mare Island Naval Shipyard for 30 years before retiring and was a member of the Sons of Italy and a past member of the Vacaville Moose Lodge.
Mr. Lavagnino is survived by his wife of 38 years, Grace of Vacaville; daughters, Sheri Stevens and Carrie, both of Vacaville; son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Cathy of Vacaville; sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Orville Valdez of Vallejo; six grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions can be made to Kaiser Hospice, 1761 Broadway, Vallejo, 94590, or the American Heart Association Redwood Empire Region, P.O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, 95402, or the American Diabetes Association, 817 Missouri St. No. 4, Fairfield, 94533.
Richard 'Dick' McEathron
Funeral services for Richard "Dick" McEathron, 75, of Vacaville will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in McCune Garden Chapel in Vacaville.
Earl Gibbings of the Allendale Union Chapel will officiate.
Burial will be in Winters Cemetery.
Born Jan. 18, 1924, in Sacramento, he died Oct. 16, 1999, in Vallejo after a long illness.
He worked as a painter for 40 years with Painters Union Local No. 376 and was a member of the USS Hanford Association from World War II. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting and was an avid Giants baseball and 49er football fan. He coached Little League, including the first Little League team fielded in Allendale.
Mr. McEathron is survived by his wife, Marjorie; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Shizuyo Cole of San Jose; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and John Dominguez and Claire and Pete Fazzare, all of Vacaville; daughter, Margaret Shook of Vacaville; sons, Mitch and Willie of Aloha, Ore.; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today in the chapel.
Marianna C. Pokorny
A mass of the Resurrection for Marianna C. Pokorny, 80, of Fairfield will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vacaville.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Nadeau Family Funeral Home with a rosary at 7 p.m.
Interment will be private in the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery. The Rev. Benedict DeLeon will officiate.
Born Dec. 3, 1918, in New London, Conn., Mrs. Pokorny died Oct. 16, 1999, in Laurel Creek Estates at Paradise Valley in Fairfield.
A resident of Vacaville for 44 years, Mrs. Pokorny was a music educator with the Vacaville Unified School District for more than 25 years.
She was a member of the Saturday Club, Vacaville Museum, Vacaville Arts Council, St. Mary's Women's Club, Young Ladies Institute at St. Mary's Church and the Italian Catholic Federation.
Mrs. Pokorny was also the choir director at St. Mary's Church for 30 years and a member of the American Association of University Women and Delta Kappa Gamma and Beta Sigma Phi sororities.
Mrs. Pokorny is survived by her daughters, Toni Lehman of Vacaville and Shelley Weis of Alamogordo, N.M.; son, Bobby of Vacaville; sister, Jo Seifert of Napa; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Pokorny was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, on Jan. 2, 1992.
Memorial contributions can be made to Vacaville Arts Council, P.O. Box 5682, Vacaville, 95696.
Shirley Jean Wright
Graveside services for Shirley Jean Wright, 58, of Vacaville will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.
Born May 26, 1941, in Arizona, she died Oct. 16, 1999, in Vallejo.
She moved to Vacaville with her parents, Charlene and Otto Trettenero, in 1956 and graduated from Vacaville High School in 1959.
Mrs. Wright is survived by her son, Darrell of Vacaville; sisters, Charlotte Zachary of Bowling Green, Ky. and Marsha Greenwood of Salem, Ore.; brother, Dennis Trettenero of Madison; and three granddaughters.
William Sic Lim
Funeral services for William Sic Lim, 76, of Suisun will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home. Stan Sanderson of the Church of Christ will officiate. Disposition will be in Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery.
Mr. Lim died Oct. 10, 1999, at his home.
Born Oct. 10, 1923, in Canton Province, China, he lived in Solano County for 50 years. He was a butcher, grocer and was co-owner of Fairfield Grocery for 32 years before retiring in 1981 and served with the U.S. military during World War II.
Mr. Lim is survived by his sons, Walter of San Leandro and Michael of Sacramento; daughters, Shirley Stromberg of Pleasanton and Leslie Rudolph of Huntington Beach; brother, John of Hayward; grandchildren, Laura and Michael Stromberg and Jennifer Rudolph; and numerous nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.
Michael F. Lundeen
A memorial service for Michael F. Lundeen, 39, of Grants Pass, Ore., will be held 2 p.m. Thursday in McNary Moore Funeral Home in Colusa. Inurnment was private.
Born May 30, 1960, in Yuba City, he died Oct. 9, 1999, in Crescent City from injuries in a single-car accident. He was alone in the vehicle.
He had owned an asbestos removal company.
Mr. Lundeen is survived by his parents, Michael and Billie of Vacaville; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Kevin Browning of Suisun City; brother, Marty of Colusa; wife, Jody Lundeen Ross of Hayward; sons, Adam, Trevor and Erik; and daughters, Amy and Leslie.
Joseph Cantrares Martinez
Funeral services for Joseph Cantrares Martinez, 84, of Fairfield will be held at 10 a.m. today in Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fairfield. Father Luciano Valenzuela will officiate.
Disposition will be in Fairmont Memorial Park.
Mr. Martinez died Oct. 16, 1999, in NorthBay Medical Center.
Born Aug. 31, 1915, in Durango, Mexico, he lived in Fairfield for 27 years. He was a former resident of Contra Costa County. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, worked for Kaiser Steel as a welder and was a volunteer fireman for Crockett Fire Department for 11 years.
Mr. Martinez is survived by his wife, Lucia of Fairfield; godchildren, Linda Jane and Lucy Lynn, both of Los Angeles, Tynia Chavez and Barry Bradley, both of Vallejo, and Esther Norton of New Mexico; niece, Sondra Ortaga-Guevara of Bay Point; and nephew, Robbie Daniels of Ariz.
Memorial contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Northern California Inc., 1403 Fifth St., Davis, 95616.
Arrangements are being handled by Bryan-Braker Funeral Home of Fairfield.
Harold Richard Phelps
At his request, there will be no services held for Harold Richard Phelps, 75, of Vacaville. Inurnment will be private.
Mr. Phelps died Oct. 18, 1999, in the Martinez Veterans Affairs Hospital after a long illness.
Born July 15, 1924, in California, he moved to the area 30 years ago. He was a pipe fitter for the U.S. Navy and civil service for 31 years and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Phelps is survived by his daughter, Patricia Greenlee of Vacaville and SueLynn Yee of Lodi; sister, Joy Lewis of Sacramento; and granddaughter, Renee Hammond of Eugene, Ore.
Arrangements are by Vaca Hills Chapel.
Gilbert S. Sandoval
There will be no services for Gilbert S. Sandoval, 63, of Stockton. Disposition will be private.
Mr. Sandoval died Oct. 13, 1999, in Stockton after a sudden illness.
Born Aug. 14, 1936, in Corona, he lived in Stockton for 30 years.
Mr. Sandoval is survived by his son, Edward Maldonado of Stockton; sisters, Alice Fernandez of Suisun, Olga Stephens and Anita Andrade, both of Fairfield, and Lily Ruiz of Vacaville; and brothers, Frank Maldonado of Los Angeles, Joe Maldonado of Fairfield and Arthur Maldonado of Mexico.
Arrangements were by Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.
Gustavo Varela Sr.
A funeral for Gustavo Varela Sr., 73, of Fairfield will be 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
The Rev. Michael Downey will officiate. Burial will be in Suisun-Fairfield Cemetery.
Mr. Varela died Oct. 18, 1999, at his home after a long illness.
Born June 23, 1926, in Hondo, Texas, he lived in Fairfield for 44 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and worked for McClellan Air Force Base in civil service.
Mr. Varela loved morning Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He was an avid walker, gardener and loving husband, father and grandfather.
Mr. Varela is survived by his wife, Lupe of Fairfield; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Palemon Gonzalez of Fairfield; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Donna of Anchorage, Alaska; son, Gustavo Jr. of Fairbanks, Alaska; brother, Juan of Fairfield; six grandsons; and one granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his baby daughter Maria in 1960, brother Salvador in 1999 and sister, Beatrice, in 1991.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1652 W. Texas St., Fairfield, 94533.
Arrangements were by Bryan-Braker Funeral Home.