|Genevieve M. Rohlapp
Genevieve Mary Rohlapp died Nov. 25, 1997, at Cottonwood Healthcare
Center in Woodland, 1997. She was 85.
Born in San Francisco on May 16, 1912, to Angelo and Filomena (Blandini)
Gaggero, she is survived by her daughter Jeanette Nofziger of Woodland,
and her son Howard Rohlapp Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Rohnert Park.
She also leaves behind grandchildren Matt Nofziger and his wife, Amelia,
of Woodland; Tavis Nofziger and his wife, Janel, of Woodland; Kristy Nofziger
Hollingshead and her husband, Lee, of Browns Valley; Tim Rohlapp and Allison
Ferris of Santa Rosa; and Steven, Christopher and Melinda Rohlapp, all
She also is survived by nine great-grandchildren.
Also in mourning are Rohlapp's sisters-in-law, Charlotte and Barbara
Rohlapp of San Mateo, Eleanor Gaggero of Daly City, and Florence Gaggero
of Arizona, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, Howard Rohlapp Sr., in 1994.
Friends may call at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., in Woodland,
beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, and are invited to attend the funeral, scheduled
for 1 p.m. Tuesday.
A committal service will be held at noon Wednesday at Olivett Cemetery
in Colma, south of San Francisco.
Evan M. Rippee
Evan Michael Rippee, 15, died on Nov. 28, 1997, at his home in Davis.
He was born on Oct. 30, 1982, in Fremont.
He attended ninth grade at Holmes Junior High School and was a drummer
in the school band. His favorite pastimes were skateboarding, music and
enjoying the companionship of his friends. He also enjoyed outdoor vacations
and rock climbing with his extended family.
He was very fond of the Davis community, which he adopted as his home
for the past six years.
He was loved and adored by his family and friends and will be missed.
He is survived by his mother, Jill Johnson and her husband Loren Johnson
of Davis; father, Michael Rippee of Fremont; three sisters, Courtney Rippee
and Allison Johnson of Davis and Kristin Johnson of Portland, Ore.; three
brothers, Logan Rippee and Jason Crichton of Davis and Miguel Fuentes of
He also leaves behind grandparents, Curt and Ramona Rothe of Winters
and Garland and Pat Rippee of Fremont; aunts and uncles, Pam and Bob Stevens,
Patricia and Don Lennert, Susan and Jerry Kawaguchi, Rita and Dave Peddy
and David and Candi Rippe; and several cousins.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Funeral
Chapel, 116 D St., Davis, and are invited to attend the funeral service
at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Davis Community Church, 412 C St., Davis. Interment
services will follow at the Davis Cemetery.
Faith E. Riker
Faith Elizabeth (Sears) Riker died peacefully on Nov. 24, 1997, at
her home in Davis, at the age of 72.
She was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Marlboro, N.Y., to Geraldine McCauley
and Herbert S. Sears. Her grandfather, Sherborne Sears, was a sea captain
who brought his wife and family to settle in the Hudson Valley in the early
19th century, where they were one of the founding families in Milton, N.Y.
In 1942, she married Delmore D. Riker, whom she later divorced. Besides
successfully raising four children, she worked at many jobs through the
years, including nurse's aide in Newburgh, N.Y., and Cornwall, N.Y.; factory
worker in Mountainville, N.Y.; and house manager in Letchworth Village,
In 1967, she moved to Arizona, where she worked as an occupational
therapist in Phoenix, Ariz. In the early 1970s, she followed her daughter,
Janis, and son, David, first to Southern California and then to northern
In 1984, after a serious illness, she moved to Davis to live near her
daughter, Judith. While she had many health problems, she always kept a
good sense of humor and rarely complained. A talented craftsperson and
seamstress, she occupied her last years making quilts for her grandchildren
and dollhouse rooms for her own enjoyment.
She was preceded in death by her son, David Riker, who was a classic
(Factor VIII) hemophiliac. She was proud that she was able to make sure
that he had the best medical care available at any given time and that
he lived a full life. David died in 1993 from AIDS acquired from contaminated
blood products in the early 1980s.
She is survived by her three daughters, Judith Moores and her husband
Eldridge of Davis, Joy Coletta and her husband Vincent of Oxford, N.Y.,
and Janis Cooney and her husband Ronnie of Rainier, Ore.; and 11 grandchildren,
Geneva Moores and her husband Peter de Boor of Arlington, Va., Brian Moores
of South San Francisco, Kathryn Conley and her husband Tim Conley of Brooklyn,
N.Y., Vincent Coletta and his wife Laurie of Gaithersburg, Md., Cynthia
Armstrong and her husband Kevin Armstrong of Chenango Bridge, N.Y., Jennifer
Coletta of Oxford, N.Y., Harry, Jill, April, Annie and Maryanna Cooney
of Rainier, Ore. and Amanda Riker of Indianapolis, Ind.
She is also survived by her great-grandson, Corwin Moores de Boor of
Arlington, Va.; four sisters, Ruth McElrath of Milton, N.Y., Adeline Smith
of Walden, N.Y., Miriam Coook of East Aurora, N.Y., and Mary Pultz of Winterhaven,
Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was an active member of Women of the Moose of Rainier, Ore., and
Davis for many years and was senior regent of Davis Women of the Moose
in Davis from 1991 to 1992.
She was grateful to the medical community for the care of her son and
later herself and she said that she wanted her body to be used for medical
science when she no longer needed it, her daughter said. She will be missed
by her family and friends for her humor and her wisdom.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 at the Unitarian
Church of Davis, to coincide with her birthday. In lieu of flowers, remembrances
may be made to the National Hemophiliac Foundation or to the Short-Term
Emergency Aid Committee (STEAC).
Joseph G. Tornay
Joseph Gago Tornay died on Nov. 17, 1997, at Kaiser Hospital in Sacramento
at the age of 76. He was born April 19, 1921, in San Francisco, and was
a resident of Yolo County for 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Tornay of Esparto; son, Kenneth Tornay
of Folsom; four daughters, Judith Atwood of Sacramento, Sandra Faris of
Lake Tahoe, Mary Jo Tornay of Woodland and Kathleen Tornay of San Jose;
five sisters, Margaret Tornay of San Francisco, Isabel Panigua of San Francisco,
Jenny McMemony of South San Francisco, Georgette Heisterkamp of Gold Run
and Mary Evans of Sacramento; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was in the National Guard from Sept. 7, 1949, to Sept. 20, 1950,
after serving in the U.S. Army from Oct. 8, 1943, to April 25, 1946.
He worked for Exide Battery for 25 years.
Visitation will be held today between 6 and 8 p.m. at Kraft Bros. Chapel.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kraft Bros. Chapel.
Burial will follow at Monument Hill Memorial Park in Woodland.
Tyler Nakashima, a longtime Davis resident, died at home on Dec. 2,
1997, after a brave struggle with cancer.
He was born on Dec. 24, 1929, in Livingston to Aya and John Kohei Nakashima.
He earned a bachelor's degree in soil science from UC Davis in 1953 and
returned to the Central Valley via Modesto, where he worked for an agricultural
He returned to UC Davis in 1959, where he worked as a research associate
in soil science until his retirement in 1991. His many interests included
an encyclopedic knowledge of history, military history and the cars of
the 1930s and 1940s.
He was an avid supporter of the Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy.
His hikes into the wilderness with the Sierra Club were a true source of
enjoyment for him.
A sufferer of back pain incurred during his teens from a work-related
injury, he was an active and lifelong advocate for all victims of chronic
lower back pain. His brother, Tim, remembers him as a ``thoughtful, dedicated
man.'' ``Whatever he did, was sincere,'' he adds.
His friends will remember his concern for others as well. In 1996,
he authored and sponsored a resolution against land mines, which was adopted
at the California/Nevada Annual Methodist Conference.
He is survived by his brother, Tom Nakashima; sister, Ida Schneck;
sister-in-law, Caroline Nakashima; brother-in-law, Stuart Schneck; and
six nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend the funeral at 10 a.m. Monday at the
Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, 6929 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento.
Interment services will follow in Livingston.
The family requests that remembrances be made to The Sierra Club, Nature
Conservancy, Credit Commerce for Rural Women in Haiti, care of the Sacramento
Japanese United Methodist Church, or Yolo Hospice.
Susan C. Hunt
Susan Christine Hunt died on Dec. 2, 1997, at Sutter General Hospital
in Sacramento at the age of 48. She was born April 15, 1949, in Fargo,
N.D., and was a resident of the Davis and Sacramento areas for the 20 years.
She is survived by her mother, Christine Hunt of Fargo, N.D., and four
brothers, Gary Hunt of San Francisco, Thomas Hunt of Shoreview, Minn.,
David Hunt of Winona, Minn., and Kenneth Hunt of Dillon, Mont. She is also
survived by numerous nephews, nieces, grand-nephews and grand-nieces, who
will all miss her dearly.
In nearly 20 years of residence in the Davis and Sacramento area, she
leaves many co-workers, devoted friends and fellow musicians who will listen
for her harmonies still.
Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the Woodland Cemetery.
Dr. Don Ranstrom will officiate. A celebration of her life will be held
from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Palms Public Playhouse, 726 Drummond Ave.,
Davis. Friends, co-workers and fellow musicians are invited to attend.
Visitation will be held between 6 and 8 p.m. Sunday at Kraft Bros.
Chapel in Woodland.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations and memorials can be made in
the form of tax-deductible donations to Voices of Healing, a cancer support
and recovery project in which she participated. Checks may be made payable
Voices of Healing and sent care of Dr. Jon Hake at 8975 Providence Lane,
Granite Bay, CA, 95746.
Gloria J. Gutierrez
Gloria J. Gutierrez died away in the Woodland Memorial Hospital on
Dec. 3, 1997, at the age of 40. She was born in Woodland on Feb. 8, 1957.
She was a lifelong resident of Yolo County and graduated from Woodland
High School in 1975. She was a homemaker all her adult life.
She is survived by her husband, Ruben Cardenas Sr. of Woodland; four
children, Christina Graciano, Albert ``Bobo'' Gutierrez, Monica Cardenas
and Ruben Cardenas Jr., all of Woodland; three grandchildren, Nathan Gonzalez,
Clarissa Gonzalez and Anthony Gutierrez, all of Woodland; mother, Lydia
Gutierrez of Woodland; and six sisters and brothers, Christina Lopez of
Redding, Tony Gutierrez and Roman Gutierrez, both of Woodland, Mike Gutierrez,
Danny Gutierrez and Lisa Gutierrez, all of Salinas. She is also survived
by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.
The vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Holy Rosary Church
in Woodland. The funeral mass is set for noon on Saturday at the Holy Rosary
Church. Burial will follow at the St. Joseph's Cemetery.
McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.
for the week of Nov. 23, 1997:
James L. Contreras
James Louis Contreras died on Nov. 20, 1997, in Woodland. Born Sept.
5, 1995, he was 42.
He was a Sacramento resident for 18 years and was employed by Pacific
Bell as a communications technician for 17 years.
He is survived by his parents, Betty and Louie Contreras of Woodland;
a son, Philip Michael Bresci of Woodland; sister, Kathi Miller of Woodland;
brother, Jerry Contreras of Carmichael; and grandfather, Louie Tafoya of
Vigil services will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the Holy Rosary Church.
The funeral mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday with burial to follow at
Monument Hill Memorial Park.
The family would prefer that memorial contributions be made to Yolo
Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA, 95616.
Argo O. Giese
Argo Orville Giese died in the Woodland Skilled Nursing Facility on
Nov. 19, 1997, at the age of 82. He was born in Chaffee, N.D., on Sept.
He was a resident of Yolo County for 59 years and served in the U.S.
Army from 1941 to 1945 during World War II. He was a member of the 91st
Bombing Group Memorial Association.
He was employed by Spreckels Sugar as a mechanic for 23 years. He was
a member of the American Legion Post No. 77 and the American Lutheran Church.
He served as an usher at the church and also helped in the construction
of the church and many other projects.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Giese of Woodland; children, Delbert
Giese of Sacramento and Geraldine Jansen of Orinda; brother, Leslie Giese
of Greeley, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his granddaughter, Valerie Giese, in 1982, and by two brothers.
Visitation will be held today from 3 to 5 p.m. at McNary's Funeral
Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday
at the American Lutheran Church, with burial to follow at Monument Hill
The family prefers that memorial remembrances to be made to the donor's
charity of choice.
Bernice I. Lowell
Bernice Lowell died in the Stollwood Convalescent Hospital on Nov.
20, 1997, at the age of 94. She was born in Woodland on June 29, 1903.
She has lived in Woodland for the past four years. She was a Sacramento
resident for more than 60 years prior to her move to Woodland.
The office manager for 30 years for Finney & Brown, she was a member
of the Rainbow Chapter Order of Eastern Star in Sacramento and had received
her 50-year pin. She was also a member of the White Shrine.
She is survived by her niece, Sharon Valenti of Woodland, and nephew,
Edwin Lowell VonPingel of Cedar Pines Park. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Edwin Lowell.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at McNary's Chapel,
458 College St., Woodland.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Shriners Children's
Hospital in Sacramento.
Adie H. Mangum
Adie Holt Mangum died on Nov. 19, 1997, at the Cottonwood Care Home.
Born Dec. 1, 1915, in Durham, N.C., he was nearly 82.
Mangum led an interesting life, relatives said. In 1935, he married
Ethel, his wife of nearly 62 years. They had one daughter, Joyce. During
World War II, he served his country bravely as a fireman first class and
gunner in the U.S. Coast Guard. He looked upon his service with great pride.
He worked as a maitre d' and his family traveled all over while he
worked in some of the finest restaurants in the country. After retiring
in 1972, he and his wife moved to Woodland to be close to their daughter
He was a kind, caring man, who will be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ethel Mangum of Woodland; daughter,
Joyce Apodaca of Woodland; three great-grandchildren; five sisters; and
A funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at McNary's Funeral Chapel,
458 College St., Woodland. Burial will follow at the Woodland Cemetery.
Cleon G. Ackley
Cleon George Ackley died of cardiac arrest on Nov. 20, 1997. He was
born Feb. 3, 1923, in North Platt, Neb.
After moving to Woodland in 1943, he served in the U.S. Army during
World War II until 1946. He retired from Woodland Tractor in 1987 after
working there for 20 years. He loved camping, fishing and could always
be found in his garden.
He is survived by his wife, Stella Ackley of Woodland; sister, Sibil
Smith of Oregon; 10 children, Eugene Difuntorum of Sacramento, Linda Satterburg
and her husband Jeff of West Sacramento, Gale Holbrook and her husband
Gene of Arkansas, Dale Ackley and his wife Mary of Arkansas, Joan Keehn
of Texas, Tom Ackley and his wife LeeAnn of Oregon, Don Ackley and his
wife Yvonne of Woodland, Carol Pellant of Woodland and Harlene Smith and
her husband Al of Oregon; 33 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Levi; sisters, LaVita, Jossie,
Delilah and Eva; and two sons, Rudy Difuntorum Sr. and Gerald Ackley.
Richard L. Walton
Richard Lynn Walton, a Sacramento native and Davis resident, died on
Nov. 22, 1997, at the age of 44.
He was the night watchman for St. James School and Church and also
a eucharistic minister.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Walton; brother, A.B. Walton III;
sister, Cindy Blom; and stepmother, Carol Ann Walter.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday at
St. James Church in Davis. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. at
East Lawn Memorial Park, 43rd Street and Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. James Church of
Elvera E. Dowell
Elvera Evangeline Dowell died on Nov. 17, 1997, at Cottonwood Healthcare
facility at the age of 86.
Born March 13, 1911, in Williams, she moved to Woodland in 1947. She
was a Yolo County resident for 50 years.
She was born to Tena D. Ochs and William F. Wallace. Her parents were
both descendants of pioneer families who settled in Colusa County in 1852.
She was married for 60 years to Ray Edward Dowell, who preceded her in
death in 1987.
She is survived by her three sons, Stan and his wife Devore of Truckee,
Ray and his wife Kathy of Woodland and Ed and his wife Leanore of Woodland;
seven grandchildren, Tim and his wife Nancy Dowell, Erin and her husband
Sergio Lopez, Robin Dowell, Shaun and her husband Bill Ebert, Kristen and
her husband Tony Garcia, Karen Dowell and Stan Dowell; and four stepgrandchildren,
Lori and her husband Jose Lopez, Leslie and her husband Javier Lopez, Dayna
and her husband Rich MacKenzie and Hank and his wife Jennifer Gill.
She also leaves behind three great-grandchildren, Savannah Fletcher
and Avonlea and Cameo Dowell; 12 step-great-grandchildren, Amber and Sara
Elizondo, Nick and Ben Lopez, Felix, Ruben and Stephanie Morales, Cassandra,
Eric and Rosie Rosales and Marcus and Cynthia Gill; and two step-great-great-grandchildren,
Felix Morales and Sergio Ayala.
Private graveside services will be held at Monument Hill Memorial Park.
McNary's Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.
George W. Hoeper
George W. Hoeper, a Mother Lode historian and noted author, died Nov.
22, 1997, in his San Andreas home. He was 79. A native of Auburn, he graduated
from Placer High School and attended Placer College in Auburn.
He was a decorated veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S.
Army Air Corps from 1943-1946.
His journalistic career began in 1946 as a reporter for the San Diego
Tribune. In 1947, he joined the Sacramento Union as a reporter and progressed
to city editor until his departure 15 years later. From 1962 to 1964, he
worked as a consultant for the California Department of Fish and Game.
In 1964, he moved to San Andreas and established the Mother Lode Bureau
for the Stockton Record, covering Calaveras, Amador, Tuolumne and Alpine
counties. He continued as bureau chief until his retirement in 1986. He
was most recently the editor of the Las Calaveras, the quarterly magazine
of the Calaveras County Historical Society.
A noted expert on Mother Lode history and lore, his first book, ``Bacon
and Beans From A Gold Pan,'' was in its second edition. In 1995, he released
``Black Bart Boulevardier Bandit.'' He was working on his third manuscript
at the time of his death.
Also, he had numerous articles published in magazines and newspapers,
including Senior Lifestyles and Sierra Escape. He was an avid sportsman.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Alice; son and daughter-in-law,
Dale Hoeper and Beth Davis Hoeper of Sacramento; brother and sister-in-law,
Ralph and Rose Hoeper, of Foresthill; and grandson, Bradly Hoeper of McMinneville,
Ore. Beth Davis Hoeper, formerly of Davis, is a hairdresser at Lasting
Impressions in Davis.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at The Metropolitan
in San Andreas.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the
Calaveras County Historical Society George W. Hoeper Memorial Scholarship
Fund, P.O. Box 721, San Andreas, CA 95249.
Mary L. Downs
Mary Lorna LaVerne Downs died on Nov. 25, 1997, at her Woodland residence
at the age of 66.
Born in Los Gatos, she was a Yolo County resident for 61 years and
attended Woodland schools. She was the founder and part-owner of the Plug
'N Jug Market in Knights Landing for 19 years. She was a bookkeeper for
attorney Tom Purtell for 15 years until her retirement and belonged to
the Woodland Emblem Club.
She is survived by her five daughters, Diana Pearson and her husband
Ron, Joann Branigan and her husband Ron, Vicki Whetten and her husband
Albert, and Dana Ware and her husband Rick, all of Woodland, and Cindy
Dahler and her husband Michael of Marysville.
Other survivors include two sons, Elmer Amen Jr. and his wife Kathy
of Woodland and Daniel Parmenter and his wife Sandra of Knights Landing;
her father, William MacKenzie of Woodland; a brother, William Richard MacKenzie
and his wife Lola of Portola; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She also leaves behind two nieces, Deborah Smith and her husband Timothy
of Woodland and Kellie MacKenzie of Portola; a nephew, William Richard
MacKenzie Jr. of Hawaii; and six great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at McNary's Chapel,
458 College St., Woodland. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday with
burial to follow at Monument Hill Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Yolo Hospice or to the American
McNary's Chapel handling the arrangements.
Steven C. Franks
Steven Charles Franks died on Nov. 25, 1997, after a long battle with
cancer in Dixon. Born July 22, 1953, in Woodland, he was 44.
He worked at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for
the last 13 years and was an active member of ``Bids For Kids'' and led
the Maine Prairie 4-H.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and found much enjoyment in the
A Dixon resident for 27 years, he is survived by his wife of 25 years,
Letty Franks; a daughter, Stephanie of Dixon; his grandmother, Hazel Rigney
of Dixon; a step-father, Bud Gebelin of Suisun; his father and step-mother,
Edwin and Esther of Marysville; one sister, Rita Morrison of Fairfield;
three brothers, Bill Cusack of Fairfiled, Gary of Dixon and Kevin of Marysville;
brothers-in-law Ramon Cervantes of Dixon and Alfredo Cervantes; father-in-law
and mother-in-law, Ramon and Socorro Cervantes of Dixon; daughter and son-in-law
Jennifer and Mike Mendes of Ceres; and four brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law,
Jerry and Ana Crittenden of Dixon and John and Sandi Gullock of Veldosta,
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Gebelin; his grandfather,
Charles Rigney; and a sister, Brenda Franks.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday with a rosary at 7
p.m. at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main St., Vacaville. Services will be
held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at Silveyville Cemetery in Dixon.
McCune Garden Chapel of Vacaville is handling the arrangements.
Donna J. Groshong
Donna Jean Groshong died on Nov. 25, 1997, at the age of 61. She was
born in Woodland on May 28, 1936.
She was a lifelong resident of Woodland and was the supervising dispatcher
for Yolo County for 15 years.
She is survived by her husband, Thomas W. Groshong of Woodland; four
children, Diana Groshong of Sacramento, Renee Archer and her husband Mike
of Ogden, Utah, Terry Yeager and her husband Keith of Woodland and Trudi
Thomas and her husband Eric of Ogden, Utah; four grandchildren, Michael
and Zachary Archer of Ogden, Utah, Brianne Yeager of Woodland and Brindalynn
Thomas of Ogden; a brother, John Sharp and his wife Jerry of Woodland;
two sisters, Thelma Riley of Chico, and Dorothy McClain and her husband
Mac of San Rafael; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at McNary's Chapel.
A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Woodland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Yolo Hospice, P.O.
Box 1014, Davis, CA, 95616.
McNary's Chapel is handling the arrangements.
Violet A. Pena
Violet A. Pena died on Nov. 26, 1997, at Courtyard Healthcare in Davis.
Born on Feb. 25, 1898, in Livermore, she was 99.
She came to Davis in the 1920s and has resided here since that time.
She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and sewing and was described by
her family as the ``best baker in town.''
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Galvine C. Pena;
two brothers, Del Hanson and Curt Hanson; and a sister, Ruth H. Reynolds.
She is survived by her five children, Amelia Basinger of Woodland,
William (Bumpy) Pena of Stoneyford, Carl Wolff of Diamond Springs, Otto
Wolf of Chehalis, Wash.; and Philipa Pena Henschel of Del Mar. She also
leaves behind 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Davis Cemetery,
820 Pole Line Road, Davis. Arrangements are under the direction of the
Davis Funeral Chapel.
Albert L. Speer
Albert Leon Speer died Nov. 25, 1997, at Mercy General Hospital in
Sacramento at the age of 73. He was born July 16, 1924, in Clerit, Okla.,
and was a resident of Yolo County for 59 years.
He is survived by his wife, Melora Speer of Woodland; three daughters,
Sherry Stoner and Kori Withnell of Woodland and Kati Speer of North Highlands,
a son, Mike Speer of Northlands; seven grandchildren; his mother, Ola Speer
of Woodland; two brothers, Don Speer of Missouri and Steven Speer of Redding;
and three sisters, Mildred Brown of Vallejo, Reba Pires of Woodland and
Mary Alice Campo of Lakeport.
He was employed as a dispatcher for the C.H.P. for 11 years.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Woodland
Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is handling the arrangements.
for the week of Nov. 16, 1997:
With the death of UC Davis history professor Roland Marchand, the campus
community has lost a man who had become an historic figure in his own right.
Born Oct. 21, 1933, Marchand died Nov. 14, 1997, after a long battle
with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 64.
Friends and loved ones are invited to a memorial service, planned for
11 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Davis, 1620 Anderson
Marchand left behind not only his wife, Betsy, a former Yolo County
supervisor; two married daughters, Sue of Princeton, N.J., and Jeannie
of Berkeley; and a grandson; but also the legacy of a 33-year career at
UCD that not only earned him worldwide recognition for his scholarship
but also touched countless undergraduate and graduate students and K-12
``Roland's research was superlative, original and path-breaking,''
said Barbara Metcalf, dean of the Division of Social Sciences of UCD's
College of Letters and Sciences.
``He basically invented a field that has to do with the cultural history
of American business, and more generally he was considered one of the leading
historians in the country in 20th century American cultural history.''
Beyond his personal accomplishments, Metcalf said Marchand was a great
motivator, always finding ways to get people to do the things they knew
they could do.
While continuing to see through the publication of his third book,
``Creating the Corporate Soul'' (set to be printed by the University of
California Press), Metcalf said Marchand continued to teach undergraduates
until two weeks before his death.
Metcalf also praised Marchand's efforts in the K-12 outreach arena
through his mentoring work on campus with teachers in the California History-Social
``The teachers who worked with him were transformed,'' she said.
Davis resident Kathy Olmstead earned her Ph.D. in 20th century U.S.
history in 1993 with the help of Marchand as her major adviser. This morning,
she said she had a chance to see her mentor shortly before he entered the
hospital for the last time.
Despite his medical woes, Olmstead said, Marchand was keenly interested
in the work she was doing and offered her some helpful advice about editing
her most recent work. It was typical of Marchand, Olmstead said.
``He was one of the most selfless people I've known,'' she said.
Olmstead said she feels a great personal loss with the death of Marchand,
and said his mentoring style will be a great loss to history students at
``He was the best possible adviser a person could have,'' she said.
``He was extremely kind and caring. He had very high standards, but he
never criticized his students in a harsh way. He was always able to couch
criticism in constructive and humane terms.
``His focus was always on his students, not on himself,'' Olmstead
Marchand received his B.A. in journalism from Stanford University in
1955 and his Ph.D. in history from Stanford in 1964. He joined the UC Davis
faculty that year as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate
professor, then full professor in 1980.
He served as chair of the history department in 1987-88 and again in
1989-91, and was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award from the Davis
Academic Senate in 1970.
UCD History Department Chair Ted Margadant described Marchand as ``an
extraordinarily imaginative, hard-working and successful teacher who inspired
undergraduates and graduate students alike to undertake challenging research
projects and to share with others the historical knowledge that they have
gained in his classes, seminars and tutorials.''
Margadant said Marchand used a wide variety of pedagogical techniques,
including visual aids, in-class projects and library exercises, to foster
an active learning process. In 1990, he launched an honors seminar for
outstanding undergraduate history majors.
In recent years, Margadant said, Marchand was the most frequently chosen
major adviser and dissertation supervisor for graduate students in American
history. He also spent much effort in striving to engage graduate students
in a team approach to the undergraduate teaching process.
The UCD history department is establishing a fund in Roland Marchand's
honor to support graduate student research in American history. Contact
Ted Margadant at the department at 752-1631 or mail a check to the department
of history on the UC Davis campus.
Kenneth E. Edmonds
Kenneth Eugene Edmonds died Nov. 11, 1997, at the Cottonwood Healthcare
Facility in Woodland at the age of 78. He was born Nov. 10, 1919, in San
Edmonds was a Yolo County resident for 40 years. He grew up in San
Bernardino and graduated from high school there. He joined the U.S. Navy
in November 1937 and served until June 1957.
Edmonds served in World War II and also in the Korean War. During his
20-year military career, he served on several ships, most notably the USS
Reuben James, and was one of only a few survivors. He achieved the rank
of Chief Boatswain Mate at his discharge.
After retiring from the Navy, he moved to Woodland, where he was employed
by the Yolo County Assessor's Office for 20 years as a deputy assessor
until his retirement in 1984.
A life member of Woodland Elks Lodge #1299 and a long time member of
American Legion Post 77, Edmonds was an active golfer and member for the
Yolo Fliers Club for over 20 years.
Edmonds is survived by his step-daughters, Myrna Schroyer and Jeanie
Hermle of Woodland and his step-grandchildren, Thomas Schroyer of Galt,
Brooks Schroyer of Dixon, Stacy Schroyer of Sacramento, Rachelle Mitchell
of Granite Bay and Lisa Black of Woodland.
Also in mourning are his god-daughter, Susan Reyes of Brooks; his brother,
John ``Scotty'' Edmonds and wife Connie of Boise, Idaho; his nephew, Roger
Bartlett of San Diego; and his niece, Pam Edmonds, also of Boise.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Woodland
Cemetery, 800 West St., Woodland.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of the donor's
McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting in the arrangements.
Cameron S. Ward, M.D.
Cameron Slade Ward, M.D., died on Nov. 15, 1997. He was born Sept.
19, 1922, in Priest Lake, Idaho. He attended grade school in Priest Lake
and then graduated from North Central High School in Spokane, Wash., in
Following graduation, he attended Gonzaga University in Spokane for
two years in the pre-medical program.
Ward then joined the U.S. Air Corps Pilot Training Program. He was
involved in airborne radar after extensive training in anti-submarine warfare.
As a pilot in the Eighth Air Force, he flew B-17's in the European theater
out of England.
He completed a combat tour and finished his military career in the
United States instructing the B-29's. Returning from military service,
he re-entered Gonzaga to complete his education.
While there, he met Marilyn Monnier, who was completing a student nurse
program at Sacred Heart School of Nursing. The couple were married in 1947
in Philadelphia, where he had entered Jefferson Medical College for his
M.D. degree. They remained in Philadelphia until 1951 when he graduated
from medical school.
The couple then moved to San Francisco for an internship in internal
medicine and residency training in cardiology at UCSF. Their daughter,
Susan Kent Ward, was born in 1953. Before beginning his residency, Ward
completed two years at the Donner Lab in Berkeley, studying for his Ph.D.
in medical physics.
In 1959, the family moved to Woodland, where he became a partner and
the first cardiologist in the Woodland Clinic Medical Group. While practicing
in Woodland, he continued teaching medical students two times a month at
the UCSF Medical Center. He held the position of associate clinical professor
of medicine and attending physician.
He was a resident of Yolo County for 30 years and, after retirement,
he moved back to Priest Lake with his wife Marilyn. They built a beautiful
home on the lakeshore, where they lived for six years. Returning to California
in 1996, they settled on the Mendocino coast to be near their daughter,
Susan Ward Munson, and her family.
Ward was an avid reader with an inquiring mind. For diversion and recreation,
he was a ham radio enthusiast, computer and electronic amateur and occasional
fly fisherman. The type of flying that he really loved was in a private
plane. He flew for enjoyment as well as on air-ambulance flights.
He was a member of Alpha Omega in Alpha, California Academy of Science,
CMA, AMA and other organizations. He was decorated for his participation
in the air war in Europe. His group received the Presidential Unit Citation.
A relative said, quoting Socrates: ``Those who Rightly Love Wisdom
are practicing Dying ... Death to them is the least terrible thing in the
Ward is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and daughter, Susan Ward Munson,
both of Fort Bragg; sister, Helen Ward Palmerton of Bellevue, Wash.; brother,
J. William Ward of West Hills; two grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at St. Luke's
Episcopal Church, 515 Second St., Woodland. Memorials may be directed to
Hospice of Mendocino Coast, 700 River Drive, Fort Bragg; Yolo County Hospice,
P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA; or the Priest Lake Hospice, HC01, Box 98, Nordman,
David E. Brown, M.D.
David E. Brown, retired surgeon and longtime Davis resident, died in
his home early in the morning on Nov. 16, 1997, at the age of 74.
A native of Piedmont, Brown was born June 17, 1923. He graduated from
Piedmont High School and was a member of the renowned ``Wonder Team,''
football squad. He played football during his undergraduate years at Stanford
University and was named to the East-West Shrine All-Star football team
following the 1946 season.
In 1948, Dr. Brown graduated from Stanford Medical School, then served
active duty as a flight surgeon from 1949 to 1952 in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
In 1956, after completing his residency in San Francisco, he moved to Davis,
becoming the town's first surgeon. He was integral in upgrading the level
of surgery in Yolo County.
His medical career included a 30-year private surgical practice and
a position as associate professor of surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center
in Sacramento. He served on the staffs of Cowell Student Health Center,
Woodland Memorial, Sutter General, Mercy and Yolo General hospitals.
He was a member of the American Medical Association, California Medical
Association, American College of Surgeons, Sacramento Surgical Society
and Yolo County Medical Society.
Dr. Brown's life was characterized by his dedication as a husband,
father and grandfather. He and his wife, Mary Lou, were involved in numerous
family and community activities over the years.
He had a lifelong love of Lake Tahoe and spent much time with family
and friends at his second home at Tahoe Tavern. He was an avid sportsman
and enjoyed skiing, golf, hiking, running and biking.
His attendance at more than 50 ``Big Games'' helped maintain friendships
from high school and college days. He was well-known for his ardent loyalty
to Stanford athletics and his support of Cal Aggie sports.
He was a member of the Olympic Club of San Francisco, the Stanford
Buck Club and the Cal Aggie Boosters, and held a charter membership at
El Macero Country Club. He was a life member of Zeta Psi fraternity and
served on the board of directors of Tahoe Tavern properties.
Dr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Mary Lou Brown;
his brother, Charles Brown; and sister, Mary Vipond. He is survived by
his brother, Aubrey Brown of Florida; his sons, Donald Brown of Davis,
Steven Brown of Yuba City and Robert Brown of Sacramento; his daughter,
Susan Triphan of Yuba City; six grandchildren; and his loving companion,
Pat Welze of Zephyr Cove, Nev.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Martin's Episcopal
church, 640 Hawthorn Lane, Davis. The family prefers that memorial contributions
be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA, 95617.
Selinda T. Melbourne
Selinda Trinity Melbourne died unexpectedly at her West Sacramento
home on Nov. 17, 1997. She was born on May 26, 1997, in Woodland.
She was the infant daughter of Selinda T. Rivera of West Sacramento
and Alfred W. Melbourne III of Sacramento.
She is also survived by her grandparents, Miguel Rivera of Woodland,
Lydia Melbourne and Arturo Ybarra; great-grandparents, Rita and Ben Jimenez;
and her great-great-grandmother, Cruz Jimenez, all of West Sacramento.
She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends are invited to attend a vigil service Thursday at 7 p.m. at
McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland. A funeral mass will be held
Friday at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, Woodland. Burial will follow at
the Woodland Cemetery in Woodland.