Miscellaneous Yolo County, California Obituaries


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Rachelle M. Shuman
Rachelle M. Shuman, born on June 12, 1997, at the UC Davis Medical Center, died unexpectedly on June 24, 1997, at the UC Davis Medical Center due to complications of an infection.
She is survived by her parents, Ron and Rhonda Shuman; brothers, Joshua, Joseph and Mitchell and sisters, Priscilla and Karissa, all of Woodland. She is also survived by her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. A graveside service was held on Friday at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland.
McNary's Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Charles M. Hardin
Charles M. Hardin, 88, emeritus professor of political science at UC Davis, died peacefully on June 28, 1997, at his daughter's home in San Francisco.
Together with C. Douglas Dillon, secretary of the treasury under President John F. Kennedy, he co-founded the Committee on the Constitutional System (CCS) in Washington, D.C., in 1981.
Along with Dillon, Sen. William Fulbright and historian James MacGregor Burns, he organized the CCS to explore solutions to the governmental gridlock brought about by the separation of powers. The founding co-chairs of the CCS were Dillon, Lloyd N. Cutler and Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum.
Professor Hardin continued writing and speaking about this issue until his death. In his book, ``The Power to Lead,'' Burns described Hardin as the ``intellectual leader of constitutional reform.''
He was born in Lander, Wyo., on Aug. 29, 1908. After receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming, he earned his master's degree from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Wyoming in 1977.
He was a professor of political science and agricultural economics at the University of Chicago from 1945 until 1960. In 1949, he served on the staff as Secretary of Agriculture Charles Brannan and in 1964, he was a member of President Lyndon Johnson's Task Force on Agricultural Policy.
From 1960 to 1964, he was a program director at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City and traveled extensively through South America and Asia, developing agricultural programs in Third World countries.
In 1964, Hardin was appointed a professor of political science at UC Davis, where he also headed the International Agricultural Institute. He remained at Davis until he retired in 1976.
He is the author of ``The Politics of Agriculture'' (1952), ``Food and Fiber in the Nation's Politics'' (1967), ``Presidential Power and Accountability'' (1974) and ``Constitutional Reform in America'' (1989) and many other publications.
He is survived by his wife, Sallie Gibson Hardin of San Francisco, whom he married in 1933; his daughter, Julia Hardin Hansen and her husband John T. Hansen of San Francisco; two grandchildren, Sara Hansen Wilson of San Francisco and Charles Hardin Hansen of Los Angeles; and a great-grandson, Ian Wilson of San Francisco.
The family will hold a private memorial service and requests that contributions be sent to the Charles M. Hardin Memorial Fund, attention Virginia Kelsch, 540 Mrak Hall, UC Davis, Davis, CA, 95616.

Robert W. Griffith
Robert ``Bob'' Griffith died on June 30, 1997, at home with his family, after an extended illness.
He will be remembered for his friendliness, cheerfulness and whimsical sense of humor.
He was born on July 17, 1957, in Vancouver, Wash. He moved to Davis in 1971 and graduated from King High School in 1976. He had been employed in Honolulu, Santa Cruz and Sacramento.
He is survived by his son, Christian of Santa Clara; his parents, Colleen and Doug of Davis; his twin, Mike of Davis; and his twin brothers, Brad of Davis and Steve of Dallas, Texas.
He leaves behind his grandmothers, Carrie Bichsel and Thelma McCurdy Smith, both of Davis. He also will be missed by his seven nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Christian Assembly, 3030 Sycamore Lane, Davis. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA, 95617, or the Sacramento AIDS Foundation, 1330 21st St., Suite 100, Sacramento, CA, 95814.

Mary L. Spacke
Mary Louise Spacke, a former Davis resident, died on June 17, 1997, in Roseburg, Ore., at the age of 87. She was born in American Fork, Utah, but lived most of her years in Ventura and Santa Barbara before moving to Davis and finally to Roseburg.
She is remembered as being a dedicated parent, an excellent employee and provider, a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and an enthusiastic sports fan.
She is survived by her four children, Mary Fitch of Riddle, Ore., Mark Otten and his wife Roberta of Davis, Ann Caggiano of Gardena and Julie Raffety of Santa Barbara.
She also leaves behind seven grandchildren, Colleen Trout of Telluride, Colo., Karen Baldwin of Turlock, Lisa Montgomery of Gardena, Keith Trout of Yerington, Nev., Kelly Mena of Sonora, Ken Trout of Provo, Utah, and Mark P. Otten of Davis. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held on June 23 at Santa Barbara Cemetery.

Sunny K. Lowe
A memorial service for Sunny Ken Lowe, who died on June 19, 1997, will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Davis Chinese Christian Church, 536 Anderson Road, Davis.
Parking is not available at the church, but guests may park across the street in the Davis Medical Center parking lot at 535 Anderson Road.
A reception will take place immediately following the service in the church's fellowship room. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Sunny Lowe Memorial Fund, care of the UC Davis Foundation, Department of Plant Pathology, 34 Hutchison Hall, Davis, CA, 95616.

Mendel Mazelis
Mendel Mazelis, professor emeritus of food science and technology and biochemist in the experiment station at UC Davis, died June 30, 1997, at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento.
He was born Aug. 31, 1922, in Chicago, Ill. After his family moved to the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1939. He then attended UC Berkeley. He was a member of Cloyne Court, a student co-op at UC Berkeley, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in forestry in 1943.
Following graduation, he joined the United States Navy as a lieutenant (jg) in World War II. He served on a landing craft in the South Pacific, and was involved in the battles of Leyte, Saipan and Okinawa. After completion of his naval service in 1946, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in plant physiology from UC Berkeley in 1954.
He worked as a junior research biochemist in the department of plant biochemistry at UC Berkeley for a year and spent two years as a research associate in the department of biochemistry at the University of Chicago.
From 1957 to 1961, he worked as an associate chemist for the Western Regional Research Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Berkeley.
He began his career at UC Davis and retired in 1991. He was a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Biochemical Society of London, England, American Society of Plant Physiologists, Phytochemical Society of Europe, Phytochemical Society of North America, Institute of Food Technologists and Sigma Xi.
He collaborated on research with Sir Leslie Fowden of University College, London, and the Royal Experiment Station and with Professor Birgit van Esslen, for whom he was a postdoctoral student at the University of Chicago.
He received his Ph.D. under Professor Emeritus Paul K. Stumpf, who then remained his friend and mentor for more than 40 years. UC Davis Professor Emeritus Eric Conn was a longtime friend, whom Mazelis valued for his moral courage. He liked advising and helping students. He reminded others that, without students, there would be no university.
He was a Davis institution, having lived in the city for 36 years. A member of the Davis Aquatic Masters, he exercised at the Sports Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, where he regaled people with wonderful stories. He did not complain of his infirmities, but cheered up others, a relative said.
He was a longtime supporter of the Davis High School Blue Devils water polo and swimming teams, serving as a timer for the swim team. He also supported the UC San Diego Triton sports. A die-hard UC Berkeley Bears football fan and season ticket holder for four decades, he also cheered on the Bears football team. He enjoyed ping pong, bridge and bicycling around Davis.
He liked people, as his many friends and acquaintances can attest. He rarely had a harsh word to say about anyone, except for Richard Nixon, according to his family.
He is survived by his wife, Noreen Beimer Mazelis and son Jacob; and cousins, Ariah and Pauline Schwartz of Hillsborough, Nina, Eric, Danny and David Schwartz and Frank Schwartz of the Bay Area, Mary Bernick Belfrage of Cuernavaca, Mexico, Annie Ledermann Witkovsky of Laguna Hills, Paul and Susan Witkovsky and Ignat Mayeles of Fairfield.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Sarah, and parents, Jacob and Hannah. Cousins Ariah, Pauline and Eric Schwartz, assisted by Jacob Mazelis, conducted an informal service on July 4 at Shields Grove on the UC Davis campus.
On the Yahrzeit, the anniversary of his death in 1998, a stone marker will be placed on his grave in the Davis Cemetery.
Friends may make contributions in his remembrance to the Hebrew Free Loan Society or to the Food Science and Technology Department at UC Davis.

Maria G. Lopez
Maria Gonzalez Lopez died on June 30, 1997, at the age of 73. She was born in Mexico on June 16, 1924.
She was a Yolo County resident for 41 years and was employed by Contadina as a sorter for 24 years.
She is survived by her sons, Willie Lopez, Albert Lopez Jr. and Danny Lopez, all of Woodland; daughters, Patricia Lopez-Michel and Teresa Kolstad, all of Woodland; granddaughters, Heidi Delfin, Esmerelda Lopez, Corina Lopez and Alissa (Wease) Lopez; and grandsons, Sean Kolsted, Willie (Champ) Lopez Jr., Albert Lee Lopez, Allan Lopez, Joshua Lopez and Marcos Ledesma Lopez, all of Woodland.
She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Melissa and Kaylee Delfin of Woodland, and her close friend, Barbara Smith of Woodland.
Both visitation and the recitation of the rosary took place on Wednesday. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. today at Monument Hill Memorial Park.
McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Heather D. Blyth
Heather Dawn Blyth died on June 16, 1997, at the age of 28 after a long struggle with lupus. She was born Aug. 11, 1968, in Harbor City.
She was a great mother, loving wife and hard worker, family members said. She loved athletics, especially volleyball, softball and dance. A graduate of Ricks College in Idaho, she never stopped her quest for knowledge. Throughout her life, she was driven to improve herself and those around her, always willing to help and lend a hand. For the last five years, she worked at the UC Davis Extension in the Human Services Department.
She served missions in Korea and Iowa and her love of the Gospel was strong. She enjoyed her time on Earth and relished all of God's creations. At the beach, she felt most at peace and in tune with nature and the Lord.
She strove to live and eat naturally and never took for granted the many blessings she had in her life. Loving to her family, she took pride in raising her son and working with her husband. Compassionate to those less fortunate, she understood the frailty of life and faced death with strength, dignity and courage. She is now at peace, family members said.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; a son, Kyle; parents, Ron and Mariel Allshouse of Vacaville; three brothers, Nathan and his wife Barbara of Fairfield, and Seth and Ronnie of Vacaville; and three sisters, Katrina Korsak and her husband Mike of Roseville, and Shawnda and Rachel of Vacaville. She is also survived by 35 cousins, 20 aunts and uncles, six nephews and three nieces.
Remembrances may be made in her name to the Lupus Foundation of America, 1300 Piccard Dr., Suite 200, Rockville, Md., 20850.
Davis Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Violet M. Johnson
Violet Marian Johnson died on June 19, 1997, at Sierra Health Care in Davis. She was 84.
Born in Minnesota on Sept. 24, 1912, she moved to Roseburg, Ore., as a young child. She lived there until 1993, when she moved to Davis to be near her family.
She worked for over 30 years as an elementary school teacher in Roseburg.
She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority. After her retirement, she enjoyed gardening and traveling, but mostly she enjoyed her family.
She was preceded in death in 1977 by her husband of 32 years, Carl Johnson, who had emigrated to the U.S. from Sweden.
She is survived by her children, Chris Johnson and his wife Debra of Davis, and Carl Johnson Jr. of Waldport, Ore.; two brothers, Gilbert Bloomquist and his wife Elaine of Portland, Ore., and Erland Bloomquist and his wife Helen of Seattle; two grandchildren, Matthew Johnson of Davis and Kristin Johnson of Sacramento; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Roseburg. Private burial will be at Roseburg Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances in her name be made to a donor's favorite charity.
Davis Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Sunny Ken Lowe
Sunny Ken Lowe died on June 19, 1997, in Bellevue, Wash., after a brief illness. He was 67.
Until he retired in 1987, he worked as a researcher in the plant pathology department at UC Davis and was a long-time Davis resident before moving with his wife to Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle, in 1996.
He is survived by his wife, Helena; a daughter, Mayette of Seattle; and a son, Cyrus of New York City.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Green Funeral Home in Kirkland, Wash. The family requests that donations be made to the donor's favorite charity.

Nancy L. Mentink
Nancy Lee Mentink died at home on June 20, 1997. She was 61 years old.
Mentink was born on April 7, 1936, in Sacramento and moved to Davis 40 years ago. She worked at UC Davis more than 30 years as a registrar clerk in the transcripts department. She was a graduate of Corning High School and attended Sacramento City College and Shasta College.
Mentink was a member of the First Baptist Church of Davis.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Mentink; her children, Julie Peterson and Peggy Mentink; a brother, John C. Miller; two sisters, Beverly Hardy of Chico and Carla R. Azevedo; and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Stephanie Peterson.
An open memorial service will be held in her honor at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Davis, 38141 Russell Blvd. Burial will be private.
Remembrances may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or the First Baptist Church of Davis.
Davis Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements.

Walter A. Libbey
Walter Ashton Libbey, a 10-year resident of Davis, died on June 23, 1997, at Sutter Davis Hospital. He was 89. During his last two years, he lived at Covell Gardens.
He was a native of Cresco, Iowa. During his adult life, he served as the locksmith for the U.S. Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas, and, later, at the Naval Air Missile Test Center at Point Mugu.
Following retirement, he and his wife, Pauline, lived in Northern California and enjoyed visiting flea markets and making frequent trips to South Lake Tahoe with friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Shirley Kelly and her husband Don; granddaughters, Laura Kelly and her husband Kevin and Nancy Klisiewicz and her husband Paul, all of Davis, and Lynda Stapleton of Sacramento; and brothers, Cecil Libbey of Chula Vista, Ronald Libbey of Ventura and Ross Libbey of Waterloo, Iowa.
He is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Kyle and Kayla Kelly and Taylor Klisiewicz, all of Davis, and Shaun Stapleton of Sacramento.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Libbey.
A celebration of his life will be held for family and friends at 7 p.m. today at Covell Gardens, 1111 Alvarado Ave. in Davis.

Kelsey A. Brady
Kelsey Amanda Brady died suddenly on June 20, 1997, at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento. Born on May 4, 1996, in Davis, she was 13 months old.
She is survived by her parents, Kraig and Mary Brady of Dixon; her sister, Devin Marie Brady of Dixon; and grandparents, Raymond and Jan Brady of Davis, Hibbard and Sharon Williams of Davis and Sally and Will Towne of Sacramento. She will also be missed by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road, Davis. The family requests that remembrances be made in her name to: The Kelsey A. Brady Memorial Trust, care of Raymond Brady, 1101 L St., Davis, CA, 95616.
The Davis Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Lucille A. Taylor
Lucille Alta Taylor died on June 23, 1997, at her Davis home. Born on Dec. 24, 1920, in Kendrick, Okla., she was 76.
She came to California in 1947, settling in Taft. In 1950, she moved to Grimes and then came to Davis in 1958, living here ever since.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman L. Taylor, in 1993.
She is survived by her children, Nancy Yates of Davis, Betty Rumbaugh of Davis, Dolly Taylor of Woodland and Shirley Sparks of Dixon. She also leaves two sisters in Oklahoma, one brother in Missouri, eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral service at 2 p.m. Friday at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Davis Funeral Chapel.
Burial will follow Friday's service at the Davis Cemetery. The Davis Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Viola F. Gjesvold
Viola Fields Gjesvold died on June 23, 1997, at Sutter Oaks Arden Convalescent Hospital in Sacramento. She was 93.
Born in Blue Jacket, Okla., on April 13, 1904, she was a homemaker for 70 years.
She was a member of the Sacramento Eastern Star for 60 years and the Sacramento Daughters of the Nile for 50 years.
She is survived by a son, Logan Bishop of Sacramento; grandchildren, Darcy Robinson of Sacramento, Rene Hockenberry of Spokane, Wash., and Marla McBroom of Seattle, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Brock and Devine Arthur of Spokane, Wash., Shawn Robinson of Sacramento, and Caitland and Christopher Hayes of Sacramento; and step-daughters, Melody Hayes and Carmen McFarland of Sacramento.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Woodland Cemetery.
Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is handling the arrangements.

Pat Eriksen
Pat Eriksen, 72, died on June 20, 1997, at Woodland Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Piedmont and raised in Woodland for most of her life. She had been an active Omega Nu member for numerous years. She was also a Yolo County Fliers Club member and had served as a board director of the Woodland Opera House. She was very involved with the Sacramento Jazz Society and was a volunteer with the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Vernon E. Eriksen of Woodland; two daughters, Kris Eriksen and her husband of Santa Cruz and Peggy Eriksen and her husband of Napa; and two grandsons, Rob Eriksen, 14, and Jason Eriksen, 11, both of Napa.
A private burial was held on Saturday at Monument Hill Memorial Park in Woodland. Friends and relatives are invited to a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Woodland.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodland Opera House, 340 Second St., Woodland. McNary's Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Maria T. Lopez
Maria Theresa Lopez died on June 21, 1997, at Woodland Memorial Hospital at the age of 55. She was born in Coalcoman, Mihoacan, Mexico, on Dec. 8, 1941.
She was a Yolo County resident for 20 years and was a laborer at the Marianni Nut Co. for 16 years.
She is survived by her husband, Manuel Lopez of Winters; children, Juan M. Lopez, Jaime U. Lopez and Gabriela Lopez, all of Winters; brothers, Manuel Bautista, Augustine Bautista and Alfonso Bautista, all of Mexico; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Winters. Burial will take place in Coalcoman, Michoacan, Mexico. McNary's Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Ichiro Kawaguchi
Ichiro ``Ike'' Kawaguchi died on June 22, 1997, at his Davis home. Born on Feb. 8, 1936, in Roy, Utah, he was 61.
He attended Roy Elementary School and spent his high school years at Weber High School. He graduated from Weber State University with an associate's degree, then attended Utah State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, majoring in crop and soil sciences.
Kawaguchi worked for several years for Waterman-Loomis Co. in Bakersfield and then went to work for plant genetics in Davis. In 1987, he started his own company, I.K. Seed Research Inc.
He belonged to the Kiwanis Club in Bakersfield, The American Society of Agronomy, the California Seed Association and the Pacific Seed Association. He was awarded the California Alfalfa Symposium 1995 Alfalfa Industry Award.
He enjoyed a variety of hobbies, including fishing, hunting, photography, gardening, astronomy. His favorite hobby was reading a good book.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Chizuko Kawaguchi of Davis; children, Jeffrey Kawaguchi and Kevin Kawaguchi, both of Davis; brother, George Kawaguchi of Middletown, Idaho; and sister, Elaine Ito of Campbell.
Friends are invited to attend a funeral service Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Burial will be held at the Ogden City Cemetery in Ogden, Utah. His family requests that remembrances be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of donor's choice.

Frances J. Fisher
Frances Jane Fisher died of a short illness on June 22, 1997, in her Vacaville home. Born in San Francisco on April 6, 1925, she was 72.
She lived in Vacaville for the past 42 years. A lover of animals, she was a homemaker all her adult life and worked as a crossing guard at Orchard School.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James and Garlie Fisher of Fort Knox, Ky.; sister, Virginia Mallard and her husband Paul of Woodland Hills; niece, Betty Patterson, M.D., of Davis; and grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jennilee Fisher of Fort Knox, Ky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emery Fisher.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the McCune Garden Chapel Funeral Directors, 212 Main St., Vacaville. Graveside services will be held Monday in the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery, 522 Elmira Road, in the Fisher family plot. The family will conduct the services.

Guadalupe S. Marin
Guadalupe Marin died on June 25, 1997, at the Woodland Memorial Hospital at the age of 88. He was born Dec. 12, 1908, in Chichuhua, Mexico.
He was a Yolo County resident for 50 years and was employed for 21 years by Marks Meats in Woodland. He was a member of the International Club of Sacramento, and had many talents and used them to help people in his community.
He was a self-taught carpenter and did upholstery. If something needed fixing, he worked out how it was to be done, a family member said. He also loved to sing and play his guitar.
He is survived by his wife, Guadalupe Marin of Esparto; and children, Robert Marin and his wife Julia of Woodland, Ben Marin and his wife Sophie of Woodland, Josephine Garcia of Madison, Epimenia Galvan and her husband Pablo of Esparto, Trinidad Matta of Marysville, and Pascual Marin and his wife Lorrie, Richard Marin and his wife Linda, Sarah Stotts and her husband Floyd and Felix Marin, all of Esparto.
He also leaves behind sisters-in-law, Flora Arabular of Mexico, Lorenza Umbay, Verna Plarisan and Pascuala Fernandez, all of Madison, and a brother-in-law, Isador Plarisan of Madison. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Martin's Church in Esparto. The vigil will follow at 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Martin's Church. Burial will follow at the Capay Cemetery.
McNary's Chapel of Woodland is handling the arrangements.