Miscellaneous Yolo County, California Obituaries


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Mateo J. Villanueva
Mateo Jesus Villanueva, 28, died of a work-related injury on July 28, 1998.

Born Nov. 21, 1969, in Davis, to Luanna Parr and Richard Villanueva, he graduated from Davis High School in 1988, and attended one year of business college.

He married Terri Sherard on March 27, 1988. A five year-resident of Springfield, Ore., he was a barker operator for three years for McKenzie Forest Products of Eugene, formerly known as Springfield Forest Products.

He attended St. Alice Catholic Church and had an avid interest in sports. Some of his favorite activities included golf, basketball, camping, hiking, outdoor activities and dancing. He had a great sense of humor, family members said. He loved spending time with his family and had a special love for children and animals.

He is survived by his wife, Terri Villanueva of Springfield, Ore.; daughter, Kristina Villanueva of Springfield, Ore.; parents, Richard and Luanna Villanueva of Davis; brother, Bob Villanueva of Davis; grandparents, Robert and Hortense Parr of College Park, Md.; numerous aunts and uncles; and many cousins.

Rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Buell Chapel, 320 N. Sixth St. in Springfield, Ore. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Buell Chapel in Springfield.

A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Alice Church 1520 F St., Springfield. Private burial will be held at Springfield Memorial Gardens in Springfield. 

A fund has been established to assist Villanueva's family. Donations to the fund should be directed to the Villanueva Family Fund at the Wood Products Credit Union, 3701 W. 11th Ave., Eugene, OR 97402.

Norma L. Johnston
Norma ``Me me'' LaVona Johnston died on July 26, 1998, following a short stay at Sierra Convalescent Hospital. Born in Antioch on Feb. 28, 1921, she had lived in Davis for 26 years.

Many friends in the Davis community loved her, family members said. Loved ones remember, in particular, her zealous Bible teaching work, in which she had been active for 45 years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her father, Isaac Taylor, and her mother, Mary Ellen Taylor.

She is survived by her husband, Albert L. Johnston, and her two sisters, Lucille Vlk of San Jose and Nona Stewart of Sacramento.

She also leaves behind her six children, Edwin Johnston of Esparto, Kenneth S. Gillette of Rio Vista, Keith Johnston of Kingfisher, Okla., Sue Pittsenbarger of Davis, Candace Galiotto of Davis and Alona Cull of Davis, along with 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 26681 Russell Blvd. in rural West Davis.

Christeen D. Waters
Christeen Dola Waters died at Woodland Memorial Hospital in Woodland on Aug. 1, 1998, at the age of 77. She was a resident of Yolo County for 45 years.

She was born Oct. 15, 1920, in Arkansas, and was employed as a truck driver for Juisti Trucking for seven years.

She is survived by a husband, Lowell Waters of Knights Landing; daughter, Shirley Stadley of Lincoln; brother, Walter Greb of Davis; sister, Barbara Anders of Lancaster; and two grandsons, Kord Stanley of Lincoln and Thomas Stadley of Citrus Heights.

At the request of the family, no funeral will be held. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors are handling the arrangements.

Vincentia M. Smith
Vincentia Marie Smith died on Aug. 5, 1998, at Stollwood Care Facility in Woodland. She was born in San Francisco on Jan. 26, 1912, and was 86.

She was a homemaker all her adult life.

She is survived by her husband, Leon Smith of Woodland; son, Ronald V. Smith of Woodland; three daughters, Zella Dudley of Woodland, Marilyn Smith of Sacramento and Virginia Kransey of W. Covina; sister, Jenny Arceleo of Monterey; four grandchildren, Justin David Smith of Woodland, Charles Blaine Dudley of Salinas, Sarah Smith of Los Angeles and Matt Stuart of Los Angeles; and great-grandchild, Charles Leland Dudley of Salinas.

She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Christopher Areceleo, Frank Arceleo and George Arceleo; sister, Ann Hutchison; granddaughter, Donna Christine Dudley; and nephew, Robert Ford.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kraft Bros. Chapel, Woodland.

Obituaries for the week of July 26, 1998:

Robert N. Roland
Robert Nelson Roland died on July 21, 1998, at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. His death was the result of injuries suffered in a small plane crash in Chico on July 5, 1998.

He was born May 16, 1930, in Pana, Ill., attended Pana schools and graduated from Illinois University at Charlseton, Ill., with a degree in business administration.

He was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, a helicopter pilot and served two terms as the commanding officer of Reserve Squadron HMM 769 at Alameda Naval Air Station. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve.

He owned and operated Western Instrument and Scientific Equipment in Davis for some 30 years, retiring in 1992. Earlier, he was a financial analyst for both Aerojet General Corp. and the state of California, Governor's Division.

He was active in the University Covenant Church in Davis, where he sang in the choir. He was skilled in computer planning and operation and developed computer systems for business and as an avocation.

After living in Davis for nearly 40 years, he and his wife, Marilyn, recently moved to Woodland. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Marilyn; two daughters, Kathe Gardenias of Chico and Ann Roland of Woodland; a sister, Mary of Hillsboro, Ill.; and two nieces, Mary Beth Raetz and Suzanne Ausmus of Illinois.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the University Covenant Church, 1715 Anderson Road, Davis.

Memorials may be sent either to the University Covenant Church or to the UC Davis Medical Center, Burn Unit, Tower 5, 2315 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95817.

Naomi Baxter
Naomi Baxter died on July 26, 1998. Born Jan. 13, 1905, in La Follette, Tenn., to Edgar and Etta Ausmus, she was raised in Tennessee, Texas and Colorado.

Her eyesight began to give her problems as a young girl, but she was determined to continue her education and she graduated from Norwood High School in Colorado. During the summers while in high school, she worked in the local drugstore. After graduation, she worked as a night operator for the telephone company.

In 1929, she met Maurice Baxter and, after a whirlwind courtship of six weeks, they married on Oct. 31, 1929, in Montrose, Colo.

They lived in various locations in southwestern Colorado while Maurice worked as a coal and uranium miner, farmer and ranch hand and she was a homemaker and cook for ranch and field hands.

They were blessed with three children who were born while they lived in Norwood, Colo. By 1937, she was legally blind, but she continued with her homemaking and cooking skills.

In 1942, the family moved to Madera and, in 1944, they moved to Davis, where Maurice began working for C. Harold Hopkins on his ranch. In 1949, the Hopkins property became a part of the University of California.

He then worked for the university and the family lived in a house at the University Airport, which has recently been designated the Baxter House. In April 1965, they moved into town and Maurice retired from the university in 1968.

Maurice died on Jan. 12, 1992, and she remained in their home until she moved to a care home in the fall of 1993. Her family continued to take her back to her home for holiday and Sunday dinners.

She was very interested and involved in the lives of her children, grandchildren and her siblings, keeping in touch with all of them by phone on a regular basis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her five sisters, Bessie, Edna, Laura, Edith and Verna; and her two brothers, Charles and Carl.

She is survived by two sisters, Myrtle and Floy, and three brothers, Glen, Louis and Robert. She is also survived by her two sons and their wives, Melvin and Thelma Baxter of Claremore, Okla., and Glen and Shirley Baxter of Davis; daughter, Shirley Baxter McQuinn of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren, Kathy Baxter, Melvin Baxter Jr., Kellie Baxter Hibbard, Danny Baxter, Patrick Baxter, Gregory Baxter, Kimberly Baxter, Patricia McQuinn Meredith, Diane McQuinn Kurzawski and Michael McQuinn; and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the mortuary chapel.

Burial will follow at the Auburn Cemetery in Auburn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the donor's charity of choice or to the National Federation of the Blind.

Robert G. Soder
Robert ``Bob'' Gibson Soder died at home on July 27, 1998, after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.

He was born in San Francisco on Jan. 22, 1928, and lived the next 52 years in the Walnut Creek area of Contra Costa County, where he attended Acalanes High School. After serving with the 268th Army Ground Forces Band, he graduated from San Francisco State College and studied composition with Darius Milhaud, Wendell Otey and William Ward.

He was a noted pioneer in the field of jazz education. His Pleasant Hill High School Jazz Band program, commencing in 1954, and continuing until the closing of the school in 1980, was acclaimed throughout the country and served as a model for many jazz programs in high schools and colleges.

Many of his students went on to illustrious careers in jazz and classical music. Musicians such as Jon Faddis, Mark and Darius Russo, Ruth Davies, Jim Dukey, Dave Martel, Carl Leach and many more are products of his expertise.

After moving to Davis in 1980, Soder continued to compose, teach and play professionally with many Sacramento and Bay Area jazz musicians. His compositions are played throughout the world.

At his request, there will be no funeral service. Instead, a memorial celebration of his life will be held at the Lake Merritt Hotel in Oakland within the next week. Those interested may call the family for details at 753-4876 (Madeline Soder) or (415) 585-6768 (Erna and Rudy Salvini).

He is survived by his wife, Madeline; four daughters, Christine Robinson, Andrea Schewe, Janet Soder and Theresa LeQuay and their families; and sister, Erna Salvini and her family.

The family requests that any donations in his memory be sent to The Yosemite Fund, 155 Montgomery St., Suite 1104, San Francisco, CA, 94104, or Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA, 95617.

Betsy L.B. Pickering
Betsy Lee Beeman Pickering died unexpectedly on July 22, 1998, after a short illness.

She was a fourth-generation Woodland resident. Her great-grandparents on the Sieferman side settled five miles west of Woodland in 1873. This farm is still under the ownership of her brother, Howard Beeman II, and his family.

She attended Holy Rosary Academy and graduated from the eighth grade. She attended Woodland High School for one year and continued her education at the Sarah Dix Hamlin School in San Francisco.

She lived most of her life in Woodland and Reno, Nev. She and her husband Robert Pickering moved to Reno three years ago. She was a friendly, outgoing, loving person, who made friends easily, family members said. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She had a great love for animals and felt a close relationship with them. She had a gift for painting and recently had taken up writing and had an article published in Meadow, a journal of art and literature. She was a voracious reader. Her gift of humor will be remembered by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Sue Ann Beeman, and her father Howard Dean Beeman.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Pickering and her mother, Anna Marie Beeman. She also leaves behind three brothers, Howard Dean Beeman II and his wife Susan Pelican, Michael and Tootie Geer Beeman and Donald Beeman; sister, Kevan Beeman; and five nieces and nephews, Howard Beeman III, Ezra, Rachael, Timothy and Honey.

Remembrances may be sent to St. Luke's Church Episcopal or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Monument Hill Cemetery in Woodland.

DHS graduate killed in accident
Enterprise staff writer

A former Davis man was killed Tuesday in an industrial accident at the McKenzie Forest Products lumber mill in Eugene, Ore.

Mateo ``Teo'' J. Villanueva, 28, of Springfield, was a 1988 Davis High School graduate. He was described by his mother, Luanna, as a family man who was always lending a helping hand to others.

``He could get along with anyone,'' she says. ``He was so helpful. He was the kind of neighbor you would want to have.''

A three-year employee of the mill, Villanueva worked there as a barker operator. He was killed Tuesday when he became caught in a machine that strips the bark from trees, according to a report in today's Eugene Register-Guard.

The accident remains under investigation by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division, the mill and the Lane County Sheriff's Office, the Register-Guard reported.

Villanueva is the son of Luanna and Richard Villanueva, both longtime Davis residents and Davis High School graduates. He was born and raised in Davis, and his wife, Terry Renee, also grew up in the local area.

Villanueva, who has a daughter, Crissy, moved to Springfield about four years ago to be close to his wife's relatives.

During high school, he played on the DHS basketball team.

``I was his sophomore basketball coach,'' recalled his uncle, Ralph Villanueva, a school counselor and Davis High School coach.

Having grown up in a large family and extended family, Mateo's wife and daughter were extremely important to him, Ralph said.

``They were perfect together,'' Ralph said of Mateo's relationship with his daughter. ``He would always pick her up from school.''

Besides family, Villanueva's interests included fishing and golf. He was an avid fan of the DHS and Aggie sports teams.

``He loved football and basketball,'' said his cousin, Chris, who is attending school at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Villanueva is survived by his parents, Luanna and Richard Villanueva of Davis; a brother, Bob of Davis; four uncles, Ralph, Harold, Gilbert and Nicholas; three aunts, Carmen, Deborah and Cindy; countless cousins and second cousins; grandparents, Robert and Hortense of College Park, Md.; and numerous close friends.

A funeral will be held Saturday morning in Springfield, Ore.

Mateo Villanueva
Services have been scheduled for Mateo Villanueva of Springfield, Ore., who was killed July 28, 1998, in an industrial accident at McKenzie Forest Products in Eugene, Ore.

A rosary will be recited Thursday at 6 p.m. at Buell Chapel, 320 N. Sixth St. in Springfield, Ore. A funeral Mass will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Alice's Catholic Church, 1520 F St., Springfield.

Villanueva, a former resident of Davis, is a 1988 graduate of Davis High School.

A fund has been established to assist Villanueva's family. Donations to the fund should be directed to the Villanueva Family Fund at the Wood Products Credit Union, 3701 W. 11th Ave., Eugene, Ore., 97402.

Obituaries for the week of July 19, 1998:

Fletcher W. Rush
Fletcher Rush died on July 17, 1998, at Sutter Davis Hospital, in Davis. Born on Feb. 16, 1929, in Inglewood, he was 69.

He grew up in Southern California, and graduated from high school in Bell. He served in the USAF Reserve from 1953 to 1973. While in the Air Force, he met and married his wife of 43 years, Pauline Fleming. They were married at the James Connelly Air Force Base in Waco, Texas, on Oct. 27, 1954. After moving around the country exclusively, due to his military career, the family moved to Davis in December 1972. He worked as an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance in Davis for over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mildred Rush, and two brothers, Joseph Rush and Roy Rush.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline F. Rush of Davis, and four children, Michael F. Rush and wife Bonnie of Davis, Adrienne Rush of Albuquerque, N.M., Vivien M. Lorenzen and husband Ken of Davis and David R. Rush of Mesa, Ariz. He also leaves 10 grandchildren, Scott Lorenzen, Patrick Rush, Heather Hart, James Huffman, Lisa M. Hamm, Ashley (Nikki) Lorenzen, Kevin, Katherine, Kelli and Krystal Rush; and two brothers, Dale Rush and his wife Ruth of Sarasota, Fla., and Richard Rush of Los Angeles.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St., Davis, and are respectfully invited to attend a service at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the mortuary chapel. Burial with military honors will follow at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road, Davis. Remembrances may be made in his name to the Basilian Fathers Christian Mission, Sugarland, Texas, or the American Cancer Society.

Lois N. Wallace
Lois Nina Wallace died July 18, 1998, at home under the excellent care of Hospice, family members said. Born in Hood River, Ore., on Jan. 25, 1914, she was 84.

The family moved from Oregon to Davis in 1959. She was always very involved in her children's lives, coordinating sewing, church activities and youth parties in the home. Since moving to Davis, she and her family have been active members of the First Baptist Church of Davis, where she sang in the choir for many years.

She was deeply interested in mission activities and missionaries were frequent guests in her home. Daughter Juanita has served with CBI in Italy and daughter Judy has visited with Wycliffe Bible Translators in the Philippines. A trip to the Philippines with her husband for five months of visiting her and helping there was a cherished memory.

She is survived by a son, Eugene Wallace and his wife Bobbie of Richland, Wash.; three daughters, Juanita Heinze and her husband Tom of Portland, Ore., Judy Wallace of Davis and Corinne ``Corky'' Cook of Davis; two sisters, June Campbell and her husband Allan of Hood River, Ore., and Kathleen Francis of Laguna Hills; a brother, Raymond Isenberg and wife Nan of Branson, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons. she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Wallace, in 1995.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Davis, 38141 Russell Blvd., Davis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 2727, Huntington Beach, CA, 92647, or to the building fund of First Baptist Church of Davis, 38141 Russell Blvd., Davis, CA, 95616. The Davis Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Mildred C. Lederer
Mildred Crow Lederer died on July 17, 1998, at Sutter Davis Hospital. Born on Aug. 25, 1922, in Sheridan, Wyo., she was 75.

She had lived in the Davis area for the past 38 years, receiving a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University. She taught home economics at Woodland High School and sixth grade at the Eastern Middle School.

She was a member of the University Farm Circle and a leader in 4-H, where she was a judge at the events. Her greatest accomplishment was being the keystone of her family.

She leaves behind her husband, Albert H. Lederer of Davis; five daughters, Carole and her husband Stephen Gaeta of Albany, Pauline and her husband Steven Emmert of Madera, Barbara and her husband Jose Aguirre of Davis, Catherine and her husband Gene Glaeser of Davis, and Janet and her husband Sherman Lawson; a son, Steven Lederer of Davis; a sister, Sally Shannon of Kerrville, Texas; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Private family services were held. Donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association or Diabetes Association.

The Davis Funeral Chapel handled the arrangements.

Henry J. Schainck
Henry ``Hank'' Joseph Schainck died at home in LaPine, Ore., on July 16, 1998, at the age of 87. He was born in Ogden, Utah, in 1911, to James C. and Daisy Beckett Schainck.

He was an internationally known hotel and restaurant manager, cook and baker. He was manager of Las Vegas restaurants in the 1940s and 1950s, including the Golden Nugget and the Silver Slipper. He was a longtime leader with the Food Service Executives Association and the International Society of Food Consultants.

He was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, serving at the Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, and on the personal staffs of Gens. Douglas MacArthur and Matthew Ridgeway in Japan.

He was general manager of the Sanno Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, for 11 years. He also managed the Merlin Hotel in Hong Kong, the Americana Hotel in American Samoa and the Kuilima and Ala Moana Hotels in Hawaii.

A prolific food writer, he authored training manuals for military club operators, home cookbooks and newspaper cooking columns and taught college cooking, baking and hotel management classes.

He is survived by his wife, Yoko Schainck of LaPine, Ore., and two sisters, Nellie Springer of Beaverton, Ore., and Mary Spiering of Brookings, Ore. He is also survived by his six children, Geraldine Stacey of Ogden, Utah, Virginia Read of Kaysville, Utah, Henry C. Wyman of Davis, Mickey S. Netzler of Lawton, Okla., Yvonne Keller of Avondale, Ariz., and Daisy Schainck of LaPine, Ore.

He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, including Bryan Wyman, Michael Wyman and Catherine Wyman, all of whom grew up in Davis, and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles R. Schainck and daughter, Susan E. Coleman.

Interment will take place at Valley Memorial Hospital in Hillsboro, Ore., on July 28. The family requests that donations be made in his name to local hospice organizations.