Wenda (Wanda) C. Klaich
Wanda Chapman Klaich dies in Napa
Wenda (sic) Chapman Klaich died Sunday, May 18, at her home in the Napa Valley. She would have been 48 years old on June 8.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Klaich of Yountville, father Ralph Chapman of Winters, and mother Wenonah Glashoff of Fairfield. She is also survived by three brothers, Ralph Duren Chapman of Fairfield, Bradley Chapman, stationed in England with the US Air Force, and Bruce Chapman of Davis; two sons, Michael Sims of Brush Prairie, Washington, and Robert Sims of Moraga, California; two daughters Susan Bowling of Napa and Barbara Hawley of Sacramento; and four grandchildren, Dustin Sims, Genna Bowling, and Brian and Lauren Hawley.
Other survivors include a niece, Shawna Chapman; Stepmother Esther Chapman; stepbrother Robert Belmont; stepsister JoAnn Ingles; and stepson Mitch Klaich of Ashland, Oregon.
Wenda lived most of her life in the Fairfield and Napa Valley areas. She was employed by Chevron Chemical for some years, having retired three years ago.
Private memorial services will be held in the Napa Valley upon arrival of son Michael, who is aboard ship in the Aleutians.
(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, May 22, 1986, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)
Clarence (Dave) Edward Kleinhans
Clarence (Dave) Edward Kleinhans died in his Woodland home Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at age 71.
Born June 29, 1932, in Seattle, Wash., Mr. Kleinhans had been a Yolo County resident for 30 years. He was a Korean War veteran who learned to fly while in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was a pilot, flying for Frontier Airlines, and also piloted his own plane for skydivers. He also was with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency at one time. Other occupations included salesman and security agent from which he retired.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Rebecca Kleinhans of Woodland; daughters, Michelle Kleinhans of Sacramento, and Jacqi Drake of Paradise; sons, Mathew Kleinhans of Woodland, Kevin Porter and wife Susan of Victorville, and Cary Porter and wife Helen of Danville; grandchildren, Michelle Drake of Paradise, and Bryce and Rayna Porter of Danville. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Kleinhans of Lapush, Wash.; mother, Connie Stacy; and sister, Joyce Ward, both of Yakima, Wash.
The family requests memorials be directed to American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, Ga. 30329-4251; or to Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, 500 Morris Ave., Springfield, N.J. 07081. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.
Services: A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. at McNary's Chapel. The graveside service is scheduled for July at the Loyalton Cemetery.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," January 16, 2004.)
(On Sunday, January 25, 2004, the obituary for Mr. Kleinhans was published again. This time a photograph of Mr. Kleinhans was included with the obituary.)
Pauline R. Kling
Pauline R. Kling died in Cottonwood Healthcare Center, Woodland Sunday, July 14, 2002, at age 82.
Born Aug. 30, 1919, in Scotts Bluff, Neb., Mrs. Kling was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Ruth Nottingham. She was a Woodland resident for the past 10 years. She was a homemaker all of her life. Prior to living in Woodland, she and her second husband lived in Hayfork for 12 years, where she enjoyed fishing with him. According to her family members, "she had a real passion for gardening. She grew a lot of vegetables and fruit trees as well. She canned most everything she grew."
Mrs. Kling is survived by her daughter, Ruth Poarch and husband Ray of Woodland; grandchildren, Cynthia Poarch and Ronald Poarch and wife Jeanne, all of Woodland, and William B. Poarch of San Diego; and great-grandchildren, Josiah, Tirzah and Isaiah Poarch, also all of Woodland.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wayne W. Weller, in 1960; and second husband, Virgil Kling in 1992.
Respecting the wishes of Mrs. Kling no services are scheduled.
McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Thursday, July 18, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)
Clifford "Earl" Klinkhammer
Clifford "Earl" Klinkhammer died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006. He was a resident of Woodland for approximately 69 years where he was a General Contractor. Klinkhammer Building Company built many houses, apartments and commercial buildings in Northern California.
Earl was born to Gerhard and Eunice Klinkhammer on May 1, 1922 in Leoti, Kan. in Wichita County. He had one brother, Everett; three sisters, Erma, Jean and Fern and two half brothers, Henry and Frank.
On April 8, 1942 he joined the Marine Corps. He served in the Pacific Theater and his special qualifications were an aircraft mechanic. Earl received an honorable discharge on Oct. 19, 1945.
Earl was a kind, caring and giving man, loved by many and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his son Robert Klinkhammer and his wife Kathie, daughter Lori Williams and her husband Jim all of Woodland and son David Klinkhammer and his wife Darla of Kimball, Neb. Earl had many grandchildren who were dear to him, Kayle Fullerton and her husband Brian, Julia Klinkhammer, Rachel Audrey, Ryan, Evan and Derek Williams, all of Woodland and Tara, Blair, Darbi and Lacey from Nebraska and three great-grandchildren Cami Fullerton and Katilyn and Andrew Baugus. Earl also leaves behind two sisters, Jean Gormley of Woodland and Fern Willey of Bend, Ore. and a dear friend Gwen Miller.
Preceded in death is his wife of 41 years June Audrey Klinkhammer, parents Gerhard and Eunice Klinkhammer, his brother Everett Klinkhammer, sister Erma Carr and half brothers Henry and Frank Klinkhammer.
Services will be held at the Christian Church, 509 College St., on Friday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Woodland Christian Church Memorial Fund, Elderly Nutrition Meals on Wheels or Yolo Hospice.
Visit the guest book at www.dailydemocrat.com.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, February 15, 2006.)
Harold Kloss died in Woodland Sunday, April 25, 2004, at age 90.
Born June 5, 1913, in Tulare, S.D., Mr. Kloss had been a Yolo County resident for 25 years. He obtained his master's degree in education in South Dakota. He was an educator and superintendent of schools for 35 years. During his retirement, he traveled with his wife and was a volunteer with Woodland Health Care Auxiliary.
Survivors include his children, Patrice White and husband Bruce of Davis, Reba Ranazzi and husband John of Roseville, Luzanne Martin and husband John of Woodland, Karen Hopkins and husband Layne, and Faye Miller and husband Don, all of Minnesota; grandchildren, Adam and Aaron of Davis, Alex of Roseville, Samuel of Woodland, Ranae Lacey of Minnesota, and Julie Tow and Sharie Barr of Minnesota; and four great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Kloss, in 1994.
The family requests memorials be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95616. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.
Services: Services are scheduled for Monday, May 3, in South Dakota.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, April 28, 2004.)
Marjorie Madden Kloster
Longtime Davis resident Marjorie Madden Kloster died Feb. 28, 2005, in Davis. She was 85 years old.
A native of Dixon, she was the daughter of Angus Madden and Grace King Madden, two of Dixon's pioneer founding families with roots back to the 1800s. She attended Dixon schools, UC Berkeley and UC Davis.
She married Burt Kloster and the family settled in Davis in 1952. Their son Paul was born in 1949 and daughter Rebecca in 1953. The family worked in the farming business throughout the 1950s. In 1963, she and her husband established Kloster Realty. She was active in local business and community affairs for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burt M. Kloster, in 1997; and her daughter, Rebecca M. Kloster, in 2001.
She is survived by her son, Paul M. Kloster, and her grandson, Jack M. Kloster, both of Davis.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, March 18, 2005.)
Mary Klusman died in The Californian Retirement Residence, Woodland Saturday, May 4, 2002, at age 96.
Born July 14, 1915, in Alabama, Mrs. Klusman was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. James Wiggins. She moved to New Mexico with her family when she was three years old. She was raised in Estancia, N.M., and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1936. She moved to Woodland with her husband Ted and their children Phil and Ann in 1960. She was a homemaker and mother and was active in the United Methodist Church of Woodland and St. Paul's Lutheran Church. She was captain of the 18-hole ladies golf league at the Yolo Flier's Club.
Mrs. Klusman is survived by her husband Ted Klusman of Woodland; daughter, Ann Santoni and husband Gary of Muncie, Ind.; grandsons, Matthew Santoni and wife Allyson of Washington, D.C., Michael Santoni and wife Meredith of St. Louis, Mo. and Robby Santoni of Muncie, Ind.; and great-grandchildren, Corey, Hannah and Sean Santoni of St. Louis, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her son, Phillip Klusman and two brothers, Bennett and Joe Wiggins.
Visitation is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, in McNary's Chapel.
A funeral service is scheduled at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 9, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Cottonwood Street at Gibson Road, with Pastor Hank Scherer officiating. Interment to follow at Monument Hill Memorial Park.
The family requests memorials be directed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church; or to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95616.
McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial inquiries may be made by calling 662-4658, or by contacting www.legacy.com.
(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Tuesday, May 07, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)
Pat Klutsenbaker passed away peacefully Feb. 8 at her home in Woodland.
Beloved mother of Sharon DaVeiga-Ward of Tampa, Fla. Cherished grandmother of Patti Williams and her husband Allan of Rio Linda and Lorena Brady and her husband Ronnie of Charleston, S.C.; loving great-grandmother of Luke Hand-Brady and Zachary Brady. Dearest sister of Noel Devereux and Elizabeth Bullock both of Downey and the late Clara Jean Tully, Shirley West, Maurice Devereux, Thomas Devereux and Jack Devereux; loving aunt to many nieces and nephews.
Born to J.M. Devereux and Louise Racette Devereux in Ladysmith, Wis., she was the seventh of eight children. The Devereux family later moved to California.
Pat was proud to be the secretary to the Base Commander at McClellan AFB, Sacramento for a number of years. She later moved to Woodland where she resided for more than 40 years. Her interests included gardening, cooking, baking, fishing and sports. She especially loved golf and tennis, and was a member of the Yolo Fliers Club, where she played golf frequently. She was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Woodland V.F.W. and recently was awarded lifetime membership.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Star Donor-Processing Center, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, N.H. 03086-0918.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at the V.F.W. Hall No. 1985, 345 W. Kentucky Ave. Woodland.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, February 12, 2005.)
Josephine Knabke passed away at her home in Winters on Dec. 14, 2000, after a brief illness. She was born on Feb. 10, 1917 in Great Falls, Montana, and has been a resident of Winters since 1977. Formerly of Sunnyvale, she was the wife of the late William H. Knabke for 58 years, who preceded her in death in February of this year.
Growing up as a young girl, she had to leave school in the tenth grade to care for her ill mother and assist in raising her siblings, but this formed a very care-giving person, which was to follow her the rest of life resulting in a community and church caregiver.
She was an accomplished lady who enjoyed and had the ability to review art and had a good eye for doing arts and crafts and floral designs. She and her late husband enjoyed traveling worldwide and were able to walk on the Great Wall. Mrs. Knabke was a faithful member of St. Anthony Church. She loved and enjoyed her family.
She is survived by three sons, Bill and John Knabke of Winters, and Jim Knabke of Clovis; a brother, John Bucher of Napa, sister, Rose Knabke of Galt; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial Mass was held on Monday, Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Church in Winters. Inurnment will be made with her late husband in the Winters Cemetery at a later date.
Contributions may be made to the Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617-1014, or to St. Anthony Catholic Church Altar Society, P.O. Box 986, Winters, CA 95694.
Smith Colonial Chapel assisted the family in arrangements.
(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, December 21, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)
William Henry Knabke
A funeral Mass for William Henry Knabke, 89, of Winters, was held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 16, in St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial followed in the Winters Cemetery.
Born Jan. 29, 1911, in Cupertino, he died Feb. 14, 2000, in Sacramento after a brief illness.
Mr. Knabke had been a lifelong farmer and lived in Winters since 1977 after moving from Sunnyvale. He was a member of St. Anthony, enjoyed his family and friends, and world travel, hunting, and fishing.
Mr. Knabke is survived by Josephine, his wife of 58 years; sons, Bill and John, both of Winters, and Jim of Clovis; brothers, Robert Knabke of Acompo and Leo Knabke of San Martin; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, George, Joe and Frank.
Flowers will be accepted or a memorial contribution may be made to the church, Third and Main streets, Winters, 95694. Or, to The Abby house, c/o St. Anthony Parish, P.O. Box 986, Winters, 95694.
Arrangement were under the direction of Smith's Colonial Chapel.
(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, February 17, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)
Janet Knadle died Aug. 19, 2005, at the age of 88. To celebrate her life, a memorial service followed by a buffet lunch will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane.
Davis Community Transit will be available to transport people, including those in wheelchairs, by calling 757-4408 to make reservations.
She was born July 6, 1917, at the only hospital that served Wahpeton, N.D. During the Depression, she went to nursing school in Fargo, N.D., and afterward accepted an internship at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., so she could live close to her older brother and his friend, Edward J. Knadle.
The two men had learned shorthand in order to get federal government jobs as secretaries for lawyers, while going to law school at night. She and Edward were married Jan. 27, 1940. Together they had three children, Susan, Robert and Roger.
She practiced pediatric nursing for almost 30 years, including eight years as a visiting public health nurse in the poor sections of Washington, D.C., and 15 years in a clinic for children of Public Health Service and Coastal Guard personnel.
She enjoyed caring for her family and nursed her husband through Guilliam-Barre syndrome. Between her work and family, she also found time to be a seamstress and antique collector.
After her husband died in 1997, she moved to Davis to be with her daughter's family.
Her family will remember her for her ability to accept life's hard times without complaint, to love people and want to help them, and to make people feel good when her eyes twinkled and her smile was for them. They will also remember the joy she found in children.
Her family is grateful for the wonderful caregivers and friends at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, University Retirement Community, Astoria Vista, Sutter Davis Hospital and Courtyard Healthcare Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Knadle who died in 1997; and her son, Robert Knadle, who was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for bravery in Vietnam. In his honor, a four-story brick officers' billet at Fort Belvoir was named Knadle Hall.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Knadle Salocks and her husband Charles of Davis; and her son, Roger M. Knadle of Washington, D.C.
She is further survived by three grandchildren, Janamarie Knadle Salocks of Davis, and Kerrie and Robert Knadle of Maryland; one step-grandchild, William Frost, who is deployed to Iraq; and two "adopted daughters," a niece, Sally Hausken of Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Carrye Cooper of Redondo Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center (800-635-0220 or www.deloro.org) or Family Caregiver Alliance (800-445-8106 or www.caregiver.org).
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, August 30, 2005.)
Sylvia Harriet Knickelbein
Sylvia Harriet Knickelbein died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Stollwood Hospital in Woodland, at age 89.
Born in Oshkosh Wisconsin on Dec. 18, 1913, Mrs. Knickelbein was an avid landscape artist and enjoyed church and choir work and was an enthusiastic ice skater and swimmer.
She is survived by her husband, Sherman Knickelbein of Woodland; sons, Michael Knickelbein of Walnut Creek, and Mark Knickelbein of Oak Park Illinois.
She is also survived by her daughter, Gayle Taylor of San Francisco and brother, Robert Reif of Oshkosh Wisconsin.
Memorials may be made to, Assemblies of God Foreign Missions, 1445 Boonville Ave., Springfield Missouri, 65802.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," February 02, 2003.)
Ida Harbison Knight
Ida Harbison Knight died in Woodland Memorial Hospital Friday, April 30, 2004, at age 92.
Born Oct. 8, 1911, in Norman, Okla., Mrs. Knight had been a Yolo County resident for 67 years. She was a Charter member of Assembly 19 International Order of Rainbow, Placerville. She graduated from El Dorado High School, Placerville in 1930; attended College of Marin and Sacramento Junior College; Heald's Business College in Sacramento. Was a homemaker and bookkeeper for L. Knight Company, the family farm. Member and past President of Delta Theta Tau Sorority and the Priscilla Club.
Survivors include her son, Delbert Knight and wife Bonnie of Peoria, Ariz.; daughter, Becky Tobitt and husband Tad of Fairfield; grandchildren, Jamie Tobitt of Chula Vista, Molly Shock of North Hollywood, Leslie Cheaney of Klamath Falls, Ore., Chris Knight of Woodland, and Wendy Knight of Sacramento; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Sarah, Aaron and Elizabeth Cheaney, Savannah Land, and Amelia Tobitt; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Catherine Harbison; husband, Leonard (Dude) Knight; sisters, Doris Sumner and Edith Rasmusson; and brother, Burton Anderson.
The family requests memorials be directed to American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, Ca. 94010. Arrangements are under the direction of Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland.
Services: A graveside service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, May 7, at Mary's Chapel Cemetery, with a burial to follow.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, May 06, 2004.)
Verl Knight, a longtime Dixon dentist and civic leader, died June 9, 2003, at Sierra Convalescent Hospital in Davis. He was 84.
Born in Afton, Wyo., his family moved to the Bay Area when he was 5, so his father could study dentistry. Knight looked after his younger brother while their mom worked to pay for her husband's schooling.
Knight graduated from Antioch High School, where he played halfback for the football team and was a standout sprinter on the track team. He took pre-dental courses at UC Berkeley and earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from San Francisco Dental School, his father's alma matter.
Shortly after his 1942 graduation, he enrolled in the U.S. Army's Dental Corps, serving in Hawaii and the Canton Islands for three years. All the while, he wrote letters to his girlfriend, Carolyn Strohm, whom he married in Santa Barbara one month after his return from the Pacific Theater.
The couple settled in Dixon, which desperately needed a dentist. Known around town as "Doc," he walked or rode his bike to his office every day. He played golf on Wednesday afternoons but worked Saturdays, to help those who couldn't make appointments during their work weeks, and spent long hours in his lab making gold crowns and fillings.
He and his wife Carolyn had three children, John, Jim and Anne -- the first of whom attended Stanford, starting a college football rivalry with his Berkeley-loyalist father.
Knight served on the Dixon City Council and school board, and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce for four decades and the Rotary Club for five.
His passion, though, was reading. He served on the library commission for 27 years. He refused to buy from a bookstore, his family said, instead loyally checking out books from the Dixon Public Library, dotting each with a pencil mark so he'd remember which ones he'd read.
He suffered a heart attack in 1988 and underwent quadruple bypass surgery. Not expected to live long, he gave up his practice, only to end up serving his community in other ways for years. Toward the end of his life, he could often be found in his recliner with a book or in his garden tending his tomatoes.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn of Dixon; son John of Davis, son Jim of Danville, Pa., daughter Anne Lertora of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and granddaughters Heather Knight of San Francisco and Beth Knight of Los Angeles.
A small family service was held June 16.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dixon Public Library.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Saturday, June 28, 2003.)
Gladys Elvira (Stotts) Knolle
Gladys Elvira (Stotts) Knolle died in her Capay Valley home Friday, June 25, 2004, at age 86.
Born Dec. 8, 1917, a native of Capay Valley, she had been a Yolo County resident for 58 years. She attended Caņon School and became an Esparto High School graduate. She lived in Sonoma for 29 years and was a longtime member of Rebekahs Lodge.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Frank Charles Knolle of Capay Valley; daughter, Susan Knolle Farnham and husband Ron of Woodland; son, James Knolle and wife Ellen of Guinda; grandchildren, Scott Bond and wife Lois, Marlene Rattenne and husband Kirk, all of Rohnert Park, Lynn Light and husband Marvin of Louisiana, Jim Knolle Jr. and wife Carolyn of Oregon, Jess Knolle and wife Lynette of Brooks, Jonathan Knolle of Chico, Kimberly Velasquez and husband Joseph, and Kayla Farnham, all of Woodland; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Maude Stotts; and daughter, Donna Harms.
The family requests memorials be directed to the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of Kraft Bros.
Services: A graveside service is scheduled 11 a.m. Friday, July 2, in Capay Cemetery, with burial to follow.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, June 30, 2004.)
Marianna Kobler died on Jan. 15, 2005, while at Sutter Davis Hospital. She was 64.
Friends are invited to a memorial service at 10 a.m. Friday at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St.
Born July 28, 1940, in Passau, Germany, she worked in Germany as a surgical nurse for many years before moving to California in 1970 where she continued working in health care.
Her family described her as a loving, caring person who enjoyed the company of her friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Hubert Kobler, in June 1962.
She is survived by her son, John Kobler of Davis; her sister, Anneliese Handler of Seattle, Wash.; five brothers in Germany; and many nieces, nephews and good friends.
A virtual guest book may be signed at www.davisfuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday January 21, 2005.)
Philip D. Koblik
Philip David Koblik, 52, of Davis died peacefully at home on Dec. 16, 2000, after fighting a brain tumor for 21 months.
Born in Medford, Ore., he graduated from Sheldon High School in Eugene, Ore. He attended Stanford University for his undergraduate education, received his DVM degree from Colorado State University and accomplished his residency in radiology and his master's of science at UC Davis.
His professional career included practicing veterinary medicine in Eugene and teaching at Tufts University. He had taught in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UCD for the past 15 years.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his children Kevin and Kris; his mother, Pat Sanders of Portland, Ore.; and his sister, Sharon Anthony and her family, Michael, William and Elspeth of Lake Oswego, Ore.
Also mourning his death are his parents-in-law, John and Betsy Petersen; siblings John and Carol Petersen and Chris and Helen Petersen and families; adopted family Paul and Cathy Fitzgerald and family; and his extended family and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Koblik.
The family would like to thank the supportive extended communities that have helped these past two years: the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the Davis water polo/swimming community and the Emerson Junior High School staff.
A memorial for Koblik will be held in January at UC Davis. The date and time will be announced later. Those who wish to participate are asked to contact Rick LeCouteur.
In lieu of flowers, mourners may donate to a memorial for Koblik at UCD (c/o Dr. R. LeCouteur, Department of Surgical and Radiological Science, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, Davis, CA 95616; 752-3599).
Those who have photos or stories of Phil to share are asked to contact Cathy Fitzgerald at 1300 Eureka Ave. in Davis. She is making a scrapbook of memories for his children.
As per Phil's request, friends will gather at the family's home on Thursday at 4 p.m. for a wake.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, December 19, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)
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A memorial service for Philip D. Koblik, who died Dec. 16, 2000, will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the AGR Room of the UC Davis Alumni & Visitors Center on Old Davis Road.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy Koblik of Davis; his mother, Patricia Sanders of Portland, Ore.; son, Kevin Koblik of Davis; daughter, Kristen Koblik of Davis; and sister, Sharon Anthony of Lake Oswego, Ore.
In lieu of flowers, the Koblik family requests memorial donations be made to the UC Regents in c/o Richard A. LeCouteur, Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2112 Tupper Hall, Davis, CA 95616. A park bench with a commemorative plaque and a memorial in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital will both be set up using the donations.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, January 5, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)
Troy Christopher Kocarek
Troy Christopher Kocarek of Capay died as a result of injuries sustained in a car-pedestrian accident in Brooks Friday, April 29 at age 33.
Mr. Kocarek was born March 14, 1972 in Davis. He was a life-long Yolo County resident. He graduated from Madison High School and worked as an auto repair technician for 10 years.
Survivors include Mr. Kocarek's daughter, Ashley Marie Kocarek; his parents, Arnulfo Orosco and Shirley Kocarek; his brother, Ernie Orosco and his wife Suzanna; his grandfather, Genaro Orosco and his nephew, Matthew Orosco.
The family requests memorials in Mr. Kocarek's name be directed to the Greengate School, 1240 Harter Ave., Woodland, 95695.
Services: Visitation is scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland. A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, May 6 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland. Interment will follow the service at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Woodland. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, May 03, 2005.)
Violet Loy Koehn
Violet Loy Koehn died at Woodland Memorial Hospital in Woodland on Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at the age of 74. Born on March 21, 1927, in Arbuckle to Otha and Charlotte (Judson) Nickell, Mrs. Koehn had been a resident of Yolo County for more than 40 years.
Family members reported that Mrs. Koehn was very active in several local and national organizations. She was president of the Woodland Chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Association from 1982 through 1983. In 1986, Mrs. Koehn received the award for “greatest achievements as a business owner" from the Business and Professional Women's Association. She owned and operated Simply Ceramics, which provided ceramic supplies. She also taught classes in ceramic artwork.
Mrs. Koehn retired in 1991, and family members reported that she enjoyed making ceramics at her home, reading, and visiting with her grandchildren.
Mrs. Koehn is survived by her mother, Charlotte Nickell of Woodland; daughter, Diana Ware of Rancho Cordova; son, Kevin Irvine and his wife Jan of Powderly, Texas; brother, Robert Nickell and wife Elaine of Stockton; sister, Veda Nickell of Woodland. She is also survived by grandchildren, Kimberly Junker, Jason Ware, Kandace and Nicholas Irvine; and one great grandson, Dakota Ware.
Family members reported that "Mrs. Koehn will best be remembered for her loving and gentle way, and her desire to always be there for others."
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland. Pastor Henry Scherer will be officiating. Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements. Inquiries may be made by calling 662-4658 or by contacting www.legacy.com.
(Obituary from the “The Daily Democrat,” Friday, January 18, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the “The Daily Democrat,” 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)
Anton Miles Kofranek
Anton Miles Kofranek, UC Davis professor emeritus, died March 29, 2006, in Davis after a short bout with cancer. He was 85.
Born in Chicago on Feb. 5, 1921, to Antonin and Emma Kofranek, he served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II, first in the European Theater and then in the Pacific, where he served during the occupation of Japan.
He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1947, and his master's and doctorate degrees from Cornell in 1950 under Kenneth Post. He became a professor of floriculture at UCLA in 1950 and was appointed professor of horticulture at UC Davis in 1968, serving until he retired in 1987. He was best known for his work with azaleas, chrysanthemums, poinsettias and bulbs.
He authored and co-authored several books and publications during his career, including the University of California Azalea Manual and Plant Science, 2nd edition. He was a recipient of the research award of merit from the State Florist Association, the Alex Laurie award in 1993, the Garland Award and a teaching award from the Society of American Florists, and the research award for 2004 from the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers.
He was a fellow of the American Society of Horticulture Science and was inducted into the Flower Growers Hall of Fame in 2004.
He loved to travel and served as a visiting professor in the Netherlands, Israel and Egypt. He consulted in South Africa, India, Colombia and the Canary Islands. He and his wife continued to travel until very recently.
He is survived by his wife, Winifred Floyd; his children from an earlier marriage, daughter Nancy Kofranek of Oxnard and son John Kofranek of Alameda; grandchildren, Brian and Brandon Buck of Arizona, David Kofranek of Eugene, Ore., and Sara Evans of Antioch; and his former wife, Fran Kofranek of Davis.
He is further survived by five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at Wiscombe's Davis Funeral Chapel.
Flowers may be sent to Wiscombe's or donations may be made to the Veterans Home Volunteer Services, P.O. Box 1200, Yountville, CA 94599.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, March 30, 2006.)
Ruth L. Koloen
A memorial service for Ruth L. Koloen, 88, of Mt. Angel, Ore., was held on Feb. 7 in Oregon.
Koloen was born on Feb. 10, 1912, and died on Feb. 3, 2001. She grew up in Oregon and worked in private homes as a housekeeper. She is survived by her husband, Oscar Koloen; two sons, Christopher Borland and Tracy Borland both of Sacramento; four stepsons and one stepdaughter, all of Oregon, plus numerous grandchildren and step-grandchildren.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, February 11, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)
Eino J. Komula
Eino J. Komula died in Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at age 94.
Born Feb. 1, 1908, in Coburntown, Mich., Mr. Komula was a resident of Chassell, Mich. He was the son of the late Oscar and Anna (Wayrynen) Komula and attended the Sturgeon River School. On Aug. 24, 1935, he married Toini D. Virenius in Hancock, Mich. He was first employed with Komula Sales and Service of Hancock where he drove car transport. He then worked in the woods as a logger. He also worked for several farmers while living in Woodland from 1961 through 1970. Prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver for the Copper Country Dairy of Dollar Bay. According to his family members, "he was well liked by the people he met and will be remembered for his good sense of humor."
Mr. Komula is survived by his wife of 67 years, Toini (Virenius) Komula of Chassell, Mich.; daughter, Mona Thomas and husband John P. ; son, Ronald Komula and wife Linda, all of Woodland; grandchildren, Jasen and Kevin Thomas, and Erik and Ryan Komula, also all of Woodland; brother, John Komula and wife Betty of Chassell, Mich.; sisters, Ida Hilberg, a patient at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility in Hancock, Sylvia Aho of Chassell, Mich., Lydia Korpi of Colorado Springs, Colo., Helen Barkkari of the Bluffs, Houghton, Mich.; and numerous nieces; nephews; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Waino, Jack, Earl and William "Bill" Komula; and sisters, Ilene Junttila and Ann Lescelius.
A private funeral service is scheduled today Thursday, July 11, at Jukuri-Antila Funeral Home of Hancock, with the Rev. Ted Koehl to officiate. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.
The family requests memorials be directed to the charity of the donor's choice in his behalf.
Antila Funeral Service, Inc. of Michigan is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Saturday, July 13, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)
Tokuwo Kono died on Jan. 22, 2000, in a Sacramento hospital. Born on July 6, 1925, in Hilo, Hawaii, to Tadami and Sumiyo Kono, he was 74.
He was a resident of Davis for 42 years and retired as an entomologist with UC Davis.
He graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1949 and married Constance Inada in 1950. He then completed his master's degree in agriculture at the University of Iowa and then worked for a short period in Hawaii as a supervisor with the Hawaiian Sugar Plantation Association. He was also a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his mother, of Hilo, Hawaii; wife, Constance S. Kono of Davis; daughter, Donna Alko Kono of Davis; son, Terry Takumi Kono of Abilene, Texas; and two brothers, Saburo Kono of Hilo, Hawaii, and Teruo Kono of Waipahu, Hawaii.
Services will be private and are being handled by Davis Funeral Chapel.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," for the week of Jan. 23, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)
Sam Peter Kopp
Sam Peter Kopp died on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2005 in his Woodland residence at age 16.
Born Jan 24, 1989 in Sacramento to Donald and Rhonda Kopp, he was a child who was always fond of toys, Sponge Bob and Disney music.
He had been a Yolo County resident for 16 years.
Survivors include Mr. Kopp's parents, Donald and Rhonda Kopp; brothers, Robert Kopp of Roseville, Nicholas and Aaron Kopp of Woodland; grandparents, Gary and Marilyn Dixon of Woodland; uncles and aunts, Paul Schlaht, marlee Stuller and Matt Stuller.
He is also survived by numerous cousins.
Services: Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2005 at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 2nd St. Woodland. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005 at Kraft Bros. Chapel. Internment will follow at at Woodland Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Children's Therapy Center.
Kraft Bros. is assisting the family with the arrangements.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, August 21, 2005.)
Thomas Edward Koski
Thomas Edward Koski entered into rest in Roseville on June 9, 2003, Born on Feb. 20, 1952 in Richmond, he was 51 years old.
Tom was a loving husband and devoted father above all else. He enjoyed fishing, camping, going to and watching horse races, but his enthusiasm for the Raiders was unsurpassed. He was a member of St. Joseph's Church. He worked as a butcher for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife Linda Koski, of Lincoln; daughters Sondra Koski of Winters and Diana Hughes of Lincoln, Sabrina Kwok and Amanda Kwok of Lincoln; son Tommy Koski of Winters; sisters Pat Castro of Redding, Gina Hinck of Moraga, Deloris Jones of Pollack Pines, Carol Ward of Pinole and Kathy Rainford of Kalama, Washington and brothers Peter Koski of Pinole, Ronald Koski of Hercules and Stan Koski of Pinole.
A recitation of Rosary was held on Sunday, June 15 at the Lincoln Funeral Home. A mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, June 16 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Vacaville. Inurnment was private.
The family choice for memorial donations is the Children's Heart Fund.
(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, June 19, 2003, (Yolo County).)
Henry Dvorak Kozima
Henry Dvorak Kozima was born on June 20, 1925, and died on Aug. 18, 2005. He was 80.
A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m.Tuesday, Monument Hill Memorial Park, 35036 County Road 22 in Woodland.
Kozima was born in Los Angeles to Hiroshima and Agnes Dvorak Kozima and attended Garfield High School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the Army Air Corps as a staff sergeant in the 307th Bombardment Group. He flew 44 missions during World War II including a crash landing that destroyed his Liberator bomber. He was honorably discharged in 1945 having earned several medals including the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
He was employed as a butcher for the Farmer John Meat Co. for 40 years until his retirement in 1987. He lived in Yolo County for the past 12 years.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gloria Kozima. He also is survived by his daughter, Nancy Truitt, and her husband, John, and son, John Kozima, all of Woodland. Additional survivors include son Ronald Kozima of Huntington Beach, and four grandchildren in Woodland and Sacramento.
The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Alzheimer's Association of Northern California, P.O. Box 309, Mountain View, CA 94042.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, August 22, 2005.)
Carl Irvin Kramer
Carl Irvin Kramer died Monday, May 31, 2004, at age 54.
Born July 10, 1949, in Woodland, Mr. Kramer was a lifelong resident of Woodland. He was the son of Irvin Kramer Jr. and Phyllis Perrenoud Kramer. He was a 1967 Woodland High School graduate. He was a lifetime member of both the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1967 and the Twin Rivers Moose Legion 207. He was on the board of directors of District level and the Legion level. He was a member of the Bay Area Electric Railroad Association, Fairfield Lapidary Society, and Discovery Museum. He worked on the Kramer Ranch in the Sutter Basin from childhood until forced to retire due to medical conditions. He volunteered on the levee watches.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda R. Kramer of Woodland; daughters, Anna Harrison and Melissa Thompson; granddaughters, Amber and Karissa Harrison; mother, Phyllis Kramer of Woodland; brothers, John Kramer and wife Elaine of Woodland, Paul Kramer of Knights Landing and Neil Kramer and wife Sharlene of Collinsville, Okla.; nephews, Austin, Travis, Brian, and Josh; nieces, Paula and Hanna; great-nephew, William Irvin Cordoza and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Irvin Kramer Jr.
Arrangements are under the direction of North Sacramento Funeral Home.
Services: A memorial service is scheduled at 11 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at Vacaville Moose Lodge (corner of Gibson Canyon Road and Vine St.) in Vacaville. Phone (707) 448-1122, the public is welcome. There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Knights Landing Cemetery on County Road 102, Knights Landing. The public is welcome.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, June 8, 2004.)
Graveside rites for Mrs. Elizabeth Kramer, 90 year old Winters resident, were held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Winters Cemetery under direction of the McNary Funeral Home. Mrs. Kramer died Saturday evening at Yolo General Hospital, where she had been a patient since May 4.
Rev. Stewart C. Potter, pastor of the Pioneer Presbyterian Church officiated, and casket bearers were Jack and Gregory Vasey, Walter Snodgrass, Joe G. Doll, Elwin Martin and D. H. McCoy.
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mrs. Kramer was the daughter of Frederick and Mary Beck. The family moved to a farm at Agenda, Kansas when Mrs. Kramer was a child, and it was there that she was reared and attended schools.
She was married September 16, 1885, in Republic County, Kansas, to William Penn Kramer, who died in 1923. The couple made their home at Clyde, Kansas, before coming to Winters in 1900.
She was the last of four Beck children. The deceased is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Allie Leggett and Mrs. Bessie Sears, both of Winters; Mrs. Marguerite Pruden of Los Angeles; and a son, James A. Kramer, of Yolo Co., six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
("Winters Express," May 14, 1959, pg. 1)
Sarah Louise Kramer
Sarah Louise Kramer died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, following a lengthy case of emphysema, at age 79.
Born Oct. 13, 1923, in Memphis, Tenn., Ms. Kramer moved to Woodland after her marriage to Clifton Austin Kramer in 1943. According to her family members, "she loved to sew, garden, collect antiques and had great appreciation for animals." She owned and operated Sara's Dress Shop and volunteered at Woodland Memorial Hospital. She later moved to Eureka Springs, Ark., where she lived with her sister, Ellen Coffman. She was affiliated with the First Christian Church in Eureka Springs.
Ms. Kramer is survived by C.A. Kramer of Knights Landing; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Tom Van Brocklin of Woodland; grandsons and their wives, Anthony and Joanna Van Brocklin of Woodland, Garrett and Nicole Van Brocklin of Esparto; and great-granddaughters, Madison and Mikayla Van Brocklin of Woodland.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Grace and Walter L. Gay; and son, Austin Kramer of Woodland.
The family requests memorials be directed to American Cancer Society.
Cremation was handled by Nelson Funeral Service in Berryville, Ark.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, December 12, 2002.)
William Penn Kramer
"William P. Kramer Laid to Rest
Life came to a close Tuesday for William Penn Kramer, a resident of Winters since 1900. Mr. Kramer had been failing in health for several years, his last illness, however, being of but a few days’ duration. A second stroke complicated with kidney ailment proved too severe a tax for his physique of past 74 summers.
Mr. Kramer was a native of Indiana. He was married at Seapo, Kansas, to Miss Lizzie Beck, on August 16, 1885, fifteen years later coming to California. Seven children were born to them, four of whom with Mrs. Kramer survive. They are Mrs. Allie Leggett and Mrs. Bessie Sears of Winters, James Kramer of San Francisco and Mrs. Marguerite Pruden of Richmond.
Funeral services were held at the graveside at 2 o’clock, Wednesday officiated by Rev. John A. Heetebry of the Winters Methodist church. Arrangements were in charge of Wilson's Funeral Home. song service was rendered by Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Manyan, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Chapman, Mrs. M. McKellips and Miss Thema Smith. Pall bearers were Oscar Smith, Joseph McGarr, Charles Haffner, F.M. King, George Utterback and C.M. Isaacs.
Out of town relatives present at the services were Harry Baucom of Woodland, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Kramer of San Francisco Mr. and Mrs. Royal Ramey of San Francisco, Mrs. Marguerite Pruden of Richmond, Mrs. Elsie Ogborne, Mrs. Rubby Dippo, and Mrs. Minnie Smith of Oakland."
(Name and date of newspaper is unknown, although William Kramer died on 23 April 1929 in Winters, California.)
Ward C. Krebs
Ward C. Krebs died Monday, June 2, 2003, at age 90. Born Feb. 21, 1913 in Sacramento to Harry G. and Lillis N. Krebs, Mr. Krebs grew up in Sacramento where he graduated from Sacramento High School and Sacramento Junior College. He graduated from Stanford University in 1934 with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. He worked for California State Relief Administration, and the American Trust Company, now Wells Fargo Bank, as a messenger. He retired in 1978. He served in several positions with the Boys Scouts, first as president of the Bay Area Council and later of Western Region. He was also a member of the Episcopal Church of Saint Matthew in San Mateo, where he served a term as senior warden. He married Eleanor Blauth Duncan on Sept. 11, 1937 in the Stanford Chapel. They were married for 54 years and had one child, until she died in 1992. He later married Dorothy Weil Franklin.
Survivors include his son, Robert 'Rob' Krebs and his wife, Anne of Lake Forest, Ill.; and their children, Robert Ward, Elisabeth Lindstrom and Duncan Lindstrom Krebs; sister, Nancy Waldo of Greeley, Colo.; and four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wives, Eleanor Blauth Duncan, in 1992 and Dorothy Weil Franklin in 1999; and his brother, Swanston Krebs. The family requests memorials be directed to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 1 So. El Camino Real, San Mateo, 94401. Arrangements are under the direction of Crosby-N. Gray & Co. Funeral Directors of Burlingame.
Services: Private services will be held.
(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, June 05, 2003.)
Elmer Krein of Davis died on Nov. 20, 1999. Born on Jan. 16, 1921, in North Dakota, to the late Henry and Lydia Krein, he was 78.
He was an avid sportsman who loved fishing and had done pheasant hunting in the past. He was especially great with his grandchildren, family members said.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lois Krein of Davis; two daughters, Karen Wilson of South Lake Tahoe and Kathy Cummings of Vacaville and her husband Albert; three granddaughters, Traci Wilson of Sacramento, Christina Brown of West Covina and Debbie Wilson of South Lake Tahoe; two great-grandchildren, Hayley and George Brown of West Covina; a sister, Laverne Kolb of Portland, Ore.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Interment will be private. No services are scheduled.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the March of Dimes, 1787 Tribute Road, Suite E, Sacramento, CA, 95815.
Kraft Brothers Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," during the week of Nov. 21, 1999, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)
Margery Ann Kresa
Margery Ann Kresa passed away on Jan. 16, 2002 in her Winters home. Born on Dec. 22, 1928 in Rock Island, Illinois, she was 73 years old.
Mrs. Kresa and her husband George moved to Winters from Southern California in 1978. The couple own and operate the Kresa Ranch.
She is survived by her husband, George Kresa of Winters; and children, Susan Pignataro of Bloomington, Illinois, William Kresa of McPhearson, Kansas, Charles Kresa of Marysville, and Christine Kresa of Seattle, Washington. She also leaves four grandchildren and a sister, Jeann Appier of Rock Island, Illinois.
At her request no services were held. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith’s Colonial Chapel in Winters.
(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, February 7, 2002, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)
Geraldine "Gerrie" Kretzmer
Geraldine "Gerrie" Kretzmer died Aug. 4, 2004, at her home in Davis, surrounded by her family and beloved dog, Terry. She was 83.
Born Dec. 22, 1920, in San Francisco, she received her bachelor's degree in English from UC Davis, graduating with honors in 1975 at the age of 54. Throughout her life she took classes in art, poetry and writing. She was a published poet and successful in many applied art projects such as ceramics and weaving.
She established a cooperative nursery school in San Pablo, served on the Contra Costa grand jury, and was an active volunteer and board member of many art and nature organizations, including the Richmond Art Center where she also served as president, the University Art Museum Council, the Oakland Museum and the UC Lowie Museum of Anthropology.
Environmentally committed, she helped found the Contra Costa Shoreline Park Committee, working on the Mayor's Shoreline Committee in Richmond, and was an active member of the Save San Francisco Bay Association, the Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society and People for Open Space.
She was married for more than 30 years to William Kretzmer, formerly of Richmond, now of Roseville.
She was known for her skills in entertaining and home decor, and her homes reflected her eclectic taste, knowledge of art, interest in nature and her travels to Africa, Egypt, Japan, Europe, the British Isles and Mexico. She had an extensive collection of owls in every art form.
Her family described her as an independent, creative person whose interests in art, nature, literature and psychology kept her involved in many activities all her life. Her foremost passion was her love of dogs and she was seen daily walking Lass, then Sarah and finally Terry.
Her family says she had a zest for life and a perpetual sense of wonder about the world. She was a committed and loyal friend who made many friends in her neighborhoods of El Cerrito, Point Richmond, Berkeley and finally Davis. She also was a devoted mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her daughters, Kate Kretzmer of Oakland and Leslie Gordon and her husband Scott of Davis. She is also survived by grandchildren Benjamin Gerstein, Michael Gordon and Molly Gordon, as well as dear friends Clare Jurvig, Robin Pryor, Michelle Early and George Mandelaris.
Plans for a memorial service are pending. Condolences and reminiscences may be sent to the family directly, or in care of Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St., Davis, CA 95616. Memorial gifts may be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, August 30, 2004.)
Robert V. Krivohlavek
Robert V. Krivohlavek died at Woodland Memorial Hospital Saturday, April 13, 2002, at age 80.
Born Aug. 21, 1921, in Schuyler, Neb., Mr. Krivohlavek was the son of the late John F. and Ada V. (Wolfe) Krivohlavek. He had been a Yolo County resident for 18 years. He was employed at Contadina Foods in Woodland for 20 years, last working as a field department manager. And he was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Anthony's of Padua in Fresno.
Mr. Krivohlavek is survived by his wife, Lorraine Vannucci Krivohlavek of Woodland; children, William F. Krivohlavek of Fresno, Sharyl K. Orth and husband Larry of Hanford, and Kathryn A. Krivohlavek of Fresno; step-children, Ronald Vannucci and wife Susan, and Thomas Vannucci, all of Woodland; grandchildren, Robert Orth and wife Jennifer of Kansas City, Kan., David Orth and wife Jaime of Lemoore, Calif., Michael Orth of Hanford, Calif., Carrie Vannucci and Amanda Vannucci, both of Woodland; great-grandchild, Korbyn Orth of Lemoore, Calif.
He is also survived by his siblings, Thomas Krivohlavek and Shirley Kruger, both of Schuyler, Neb.
Mr. Krivohlavek was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Geraldine P. Krivohlavek.
A vigil will be held at 7 p.m., today, Tuesday, at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland.
The funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 17, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, at Walnut and Court streets, Woodland.
Interment will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 18, at Clovis Cemetery, 305 Villa Ave., Clovis.
The family requests memorials be directed to Benedictine Mission, 1123 Road I, Schuyler, Neb., 68661 or to the charity of the donor's choice.
McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland, is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Tuesday, April 16, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)
Wilbur E. Kroeger
Wilbur Everett Kroeger, 96, died on July 11, 2000. He was born in Miles, Iowa, on Jan. 13, 1904 to Hans and Christina Kroeger.
Kroeger spent his young life in Corsica, S.D., and then moved to Davis in January 1926, where he lived the rest of his life. He worked for UC Davis for 40 years, and retired in 1966. He then worked part-time stringing tennis rackets for the Davis Sport Shop until his eyesight failed in 1993.
Kroeger enjoyed walking, swimming, tending his garden, listening to music and spending time with family and friends. For 30 years, he had a pilot's license and enjoyed flying over many of California's hills and valleys.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann; sister, Esther Pattison of Armour, South Dakota; cousins Helen Sambucetti of Woodland and Robert Jacobson of Grass Valley; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Marie; his brothers Elmer, Albert, Richard, Frederick and Woodrow; and his sisters, Hilda Litz and Gladys Symens. His sister Frances Dierks survived him by two days.
A private graveside service is being held for Kroeger. Remembrances may be made to the Easter Seal Society.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," for the week of July 16, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)
Ray Krone, an expert on the design of harbors and a UC Davis professor emeritus who was deeply committed to his students, died Dec. 7, 2000. He was 78.
Krone, who had suffered a heart attack in 1979, apparently died of another while he was working on his airplane in a hangar at the Yolo County Airport.
"One of the joys in his life was flying," said his son, Ray Krone III. "We worked together on the plane on Sunday; he was very happy."
In World War II, Krone piloted a P-38 airplane over Germany in the U.S. Army Air Corps 31st Photoreconnaisance Squadron, his son said.
He added that after the 1979 heart attack, his father entered the UC Davis cardiac rehabilitation program and credited that program with extending his life and helping him regain his pilot's medical clearance.
Ray Krone earned his Ph.D. in sanitary engineering from UC Berkeley in 1962. He came to UC Davis in 1964 as an associate professor. The next year, he founded the environmental engineering program. He went on to serve as chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and as associate dean for research in the College of Engineering. He retired in 1988.
"My father's major focus in life was the university," said his son, Ray Krone. "He was committed to education. Even though he was retired, he was still working with students. I found last night that he had messages on his answering machine from students asking him to look over their papers."
Among Krone's most important contributions to the campus was his work on expanding the space available in the College of Engineering. For many years, he chaired the committee that oversaw the building of Engineering II. The Ray Krone Conference Room there was named in his honor.
"For many of us, Ray epitomized the friendly, caring, people-oriented nature of our department," said Daniel Chang, chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. "Moreover, he and (UC Davis professor emeritus) Don Brush certainly worked hard to set our program in the right direction toward national prominence, by recruiting and mentoring many wonderful colleagues in the formative years of our department."
As a researcher, Ray Krone studied sediment movement by tidal currents and waves within harbors and estuaries. He helped design many harbors and wharves in the San Francisco Bay and delta, and served as a consultant for major harbor projects throughout the country.
In 1991, Krone was awarded the Hans Albert Einstein Award by the American Society of Civil Engineers for his contributions to the knowledge of sediment transport. In 1995, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded engineers.
In 1996, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for "efforts toward advancing science or fostering applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished."
Krone's wife of 54 years, Jane, died in 1999. Krone was extremely proud of his two children and six grandchildren. His daughter, Ann, graduated from the UC Davis School of Medicine and is a pediatrician. He is survived by his son and his wife, Ray and Tanya Krone of Woodland, and their children, Ray IV and Rory; and by his daughter and her husband, Ann Krone Nelson and David Nelson, of Cincinnati, and their children, Kristen, Erik, Kurt and Peter. He is also survived by three sisters, Fleda Evans of Mountain View; Betty Asher of Scotts Valley; and Pat Hall of Boise, Idaho.
A graveside service will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road, followed by a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Davis, 38141 Russell Blvd.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a memorial fund to be established through the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Details of the memorial fund are pending.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, December 10, 2000 (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)
Grace E. Kruse
Grace E. Kruse died in Mercy General Hospital, Sacramento Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at age 88.
Born Nov. 15, 1913, in Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Kruse was the daughter of the late Constantine and Lydia (Hirst) Dallas. She had been a Yolo County resident for 54 years. She worked as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California as well as serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corp during World War II in Reims, France during the Battle of the Bulge. She was a nurse at Woodland Memorial Hospital until her marriage to Ernest P. Kruse Sr. on Nov. 7, 1948.
Mrs. Kruse is survived by her son, Ernest P. Kruse Jr. of Woodland; stepdaughters, Dolores Bernhardt of Vacaville and Dorthy Eakle of Sacramento; stepgrandchildren, Walter E. Bernhardt of San Francisco, Eric P. Bernhardt of Susanville, Steve, Craig and Kevin Eakle of Sacramento and Brian Eakle of Pioneer; and step-great-grandchildren, Brianne and Danielle Eakle of Sacramento, David and Branden Bernhardt of Susanville.
She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Emmy Anderson; niece, Paula Castles of Woodland; grandnieces and grandnephews, Kristen and Elizabeth Castles of Chico and Douglas Castles of Elk Grove.
Mrs. Kruse was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest P. Kruse Sr. on Jan. 1, 1992; and sisters, Edith and Helen Dallas.
A memorial service is scheduled at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 15, in Woodland Cemetery.
McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.
(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Friday, April 12, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)
Benjamin "Ben" Harrison Krug
Benjamin "Ben" Harrison Krug died unexpectedly at Woodland Memorial Hospital Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002. He was born April 14, 1927, in Bazine, Kan. to John and Susana (Schlegel) Krug.
Mr. Krug attended grammar and high schools in Kansas, then joined the U.S. Navy, and proudly serving with the "Seabees" during the Korean Conflict. During this time he was assigned to Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba and also in Europe.
After the Korean Conflict was over, Mr. Krug came to Woodland to join his brother who was working in the construction industry. He joined the Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 447 and began working as a plumber. Shortly thereafter, the brothers opened their own plumbing company that they called Modern Plumbing, and served the community for 50 years, doing both residential and commercial plumbing. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows Hall of Yolo County. Among his many hobbies, he loved to fish, travel, golf and was an avid spectator of all sports. According to his family, "Mr. Krug was a jolly person, who smiled at everyone, endeared himself to those he met, and left many memories on people's hearts."
Mr. Krug is survived by his wife of 25 years, Nadine (Branstner) Krug; daughters, Rhonda Meyers and husband Paul of Redlands, Barbara Paschke, Mary Cabezut and husband Sam; and sons, Ken Paschke, Steve Paschke and wife Jan, Rod Paschke and wife Michelle, and Jim Paschke and wife Lori, all of Woodland; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his sisters, Elsie Milobar of Carson City, Nev., Mildred Mallen of Elk Grove, Viola Lappell of Hayward, and Bertha Roller, Helen Weiser and Florence Welborn of Rogers, Ark.; and brother, John Krug Jr. of Woodland.
Mr. Krug was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Les, Vernon, Clarence, Elmer, Wylmer and Alvin King.
Visitation is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland. Friends and family members are invited to attend.
A graveside service is scheduled at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland. Military honors will be presented at that time.
The family requests memorials be directed to Child Abuse Victims Compensation Program, P.O. Box 3036, Sacramento 95812-3036.
Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial inquiries may be made by calling 662-4658, or by contacting www.legacy.com.
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(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Monday, October 28, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). A photograph of Mr. Krug is included with this obituary. Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)
Hideo D. "Dale" Kubo
Hideo D. "Dale" Kubo, chief of physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UC Davis Cancer Center, died Oct. 3, 2003. He was 60.
Born in Yokosuka, Japan, April 3, 1943 to Masuzo and Toshi Kubo, he was the youngest of four boys. He received his doctorate in nuclear and atomic physics form the University of Rochester in 1973. He lived and worked throughout the United States before settling in Davis in 1991, when he became a professor at the newly founded cancer center.
He was honored for his work by the American Associations of Physicists in Medicine in 1999.
He and his wife of 33 years, Paula Kubo, had two daughters. He was described as a dedicated father, passionate about his family. He also enjoyed fishing, running and traveling, journeying with his family to countries including Turkey, Brazil and Australia. He was also a nature enthusiast, insatiable learner and patron of music.
He is survived by his mother, 96-year-old Toshi Kubo of Kamoi, Japan, his brothers Teruo, 74, Tsugio, 71, and Mitsuo Kubo, 68, all of Kamoi. He is also survived by his wife, Paula Kubo of Davis, and daughters, Naomi Peters of Irvine and Hitomi Kubo of Washington, D.C.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at the Alumni & Visitors Center at UC Davis. A memorial service for the public is being planned for late October or early November.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hideo D. Kubo Physics Fellowship and sent to Golden 1 Credit Union (account No. 416952).
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, October 9, 2003.)
Kristin Kuehn died suddenly on May 10, 1999 in her home in Esparto, California, of natural causes. She was born on June 12, 1957, Nampa, Idaho.
While growing up in Nampa, Kristin was active in 4-H activities, junior leadership, gymnastics and music. She enjoyed roller skating, horseback riding and skiing. Kristin graduated from Oregon State University in 1983 with a BS in ornamental horticulture. Kristin and Mike, the son of Raymond and Doris Kuehn, of New Ulm, Minnesota were married in Winters in 1984. For the past 10 years they owned and operated Kuehn Petals and Greens, specialty cut flower production farm near Esparto.
Kristin specialized in unique flower designs, catering to individual tastes for birthdays, graduations, weddings, commencements and reunions. Kristin was very active in the local community where she taught music and gross motor skills in the elementary school, volunteered at Little League, soccer, many school committees, Friends of the Esparto Library and Almond Festival committees. She organized an annual community Easter egg hunt at her home. She also taught basic flower design classes for Woodland Adult Education and an accredited flower design course at Yuba Community College.
She is survived by her husband Michael Kuehn and their two sons, Patrick, 7, and Brandon, 5. Surviving family members include father, Maurice Clements, mother, Barbara Craven, brothers Mark and Matthew Clements and sister, Jennifer, all of Nampa, Idaho; and sister Karrie Holm, of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Visitation was held Friday May 14, at McNary’s Chapel in Woodland. A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 15, at the family residence. The burial followed at the Capay Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be directed to a scholarship fund set up in Kristin’s name. Donations should be mailed to US Bank, 120 West Court Street, Woodland Ca. 95695, Attention: Kristin Kuehn Memorial Scholarship Fund.
McNary’s Chapel assisted with the arrangements.
(Obituary from the “Winters Express,” Thursday, May 20, 1999, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the “Winters Express,” 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)
Marjorie "Lorraine" Kull
Marjorie "Lorraine" Kull, a life long resident of Woodland died quietly in Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002 surrounded by her family.
Lorraine was the daughter of Carl and Gertrude (Germeshausen) Kull. She was a graduate of Holy Rosary Academy and received her Teaching and Master Credentials from the Sisters of the Holy Cross. She taught in the Catholic, Public and Private Elementary Schools for 40 plus years at all levels and also was a Reading Specialist. She was a 'Master Teacher' and helped many aspiring student, teachers from Saint Mary's College toward their goal of receiving their teaching credential. She was highly valued for her quiet work in this endeavor.
According to her family members, "she loved to garden as well as Interior Decorating and Design. She was an artist in many disciplines. She was a Professional Floral Designer, - 'Flowers For Beautiful Occasion.' She also loved to paint and draw and taught Art for many years. Lorraine was responsible for the beautiful interior and exterior painting at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Too, many of her excellent suggestions were used in the Pastoral center. She also served as Director of Environment and Decorating at Holy Rosary Church until her retirement."
Lorraine is survived by her brothers, Edward 'Ed' and Regina "Regina" Kull and Kenneth "Ken" and Lois Stewart Kull; as well as numerous cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St. (cross street Court St.) at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, with Fr. Michael McFadden officiating. A Rite of Committal will be held immediately after the Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery, with Deacon Edward Kull officiating. A celebration of Lorraine's life and reception will be held in the Parish Hall following services.
The family requests memorials be directed to Mercy General Hospital, c/o Sr. Kathleen; or the charity of the donor's choice.
Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland is assisting the family) with arrangements. Memorial inquiries may be made by calling 662-4658, or by contacting www.legacy.com.
(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Saturday, October 12, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)
Vera Evelyn (Newman) Kull
Vera Evelyn (Newman) Kull died in Sutter Davis Hospital after a brief illness, with her family at her side Wednesday, July 17, 2002, at age 84.
Born June 15, 1918, in Woodland, to Edgar and Mamie (Jacobs) Newman, Mrs. Kull was a fourth generation resident of Yolo County and lived her entire life in Yolo County. She attended local schools and then worked at Woodland Memorial Hospital, Alderson's Convalescent Hospital and Woodland Healthcare as a nurse's aide. She also did home health care for individual patients for many years, retiring in 1985 to continue to stay active in her community. She was a member of the Knights Landing Community Methodist Church, an active member and supporter of the Senior Center, the Nutrition Program of the center, member and past president of the Knights Landing Garden Club, and a very active supporter, sponsor and volunteer with the Knights Landing Fire Department. She was responsible for the annual Fire Department dinner to raise funds for operations and new equipment such as the "Jaws of Life." She was a motivating force to all the personnel of the fire department.
Mrs. Kull was married to John R. Kull, who predeceases her, and they had made their home in Knights Landing all of their married life. According to her family members, "she was devoted to her family and her garden. Nothing gave her more pleasure than to spend time with her children and grandchildren and to work in her garden, surrounded by the beautiful and bountiful floral blooms that she cultivated. Her friends could always count on her to be there for them in times of need and she often could be found traveling the backroads of the county to see her friends and relatives.
She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Kull and significant other, Leroy Leonard of Woodland, Betty Cotten and husband, Richard of Red Bluff; grandchildren, Rodney Rushby and wife Carrie of Woodland, Russell S. Clark of Red Bluff, Crystal Clark of Davis, Rebecca Hurst and husband Rory of Red Bluff, Sean Cotten and wife Tiffany of Red Bluff; and six great-grandchildren; and brothers, James Newman and Donald Newman and wife Karen; and her dear friend of many years, Lawrence Johnson.
Mrs. Kull was also preceded in death by her grandson, Robert A. Rushby.
Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 22, at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, at Mary's Chapel Cemetery, 12020 City Road 98, Yolo. Pastor Judy Robbins of the Knights Landing Community Methodist Church will be officiating.
The family requests memorials be directed to the Knights Landing Fire Department; or a charity of their choice, in her behalf.
Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial inquiries may be made by calling 662-4658, or by contacting www.legacy.com.
(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Monday, July 22, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). A photograph of Vera Evelyn (Newman) Kull is included with this obituary. Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)
Donald Kunitz (memorial service)
A memorial service for Donald Kunitz, who died June 5, 2002, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Unitarian Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, July 2, 2002.)
Donald Kunitz (obituary)
Davis resident Donald Kunitz died of complications from surgery on June 4, 2002, in Sacramento. He was 74.
Born in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 1928, he did his undergraduate training at UC Los Angeles and earned master's degrees from UCLA in library science, University of Southern California in history and Carnegie-Mellon in printing management and graphics. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was stationed at Fort Ord.
He was chairman of Special Collections at Shields Library from 1965 until his retirement in 1991.
A most beloved, erudite, multifaceted and entertaining man-about-town, he will be remembered for his wit and intelligence and ability to discourse with both depth and humor on almost any subject. He had an insatiable memory for seemingly everything that ever happened not only in his own life, but in his boundless reading.
His specialties included anything to do with books and literature (poetry in particular), film, history, sociology, leftist and literary movements, the beat generation, the hippies, and Los Angeles, among other topics. His appreciation of movies may have begun as a result of growing up in the thick of the Hollywood scene.
He remembered every film he ever attended, every character and actor, every cinematographic achievement -- the subtler the better.
After marriage to Charlene Robbins, whom he met while they were both undergraduates at UCLA, he headed for Pittsburgh, Penn., to attend Carnegie-Mellon. His first job was as production manager for the journal of the American Academy of General Practice in Kansas City, Mo. The couple stayed in the Midwest until 1960, when the urge to return to California became too great to resist.
Back in Los Angeles, he earned his UCLA library science master's degree, but chose not to stay in a city that had become less livable than the pre-war one he remembered. He was always a fount of information about the Los Angeles of the 1930s and '40s, and could hold forth in captivating detail with reminiscences about its atmosphere, as well as its neighborhoods and politics.
In 1963, he and his family moved to Davis, where in 1965 he became head of Special Collections at UC Davis' Shields Library. The job was perfectly suited to his temperament and passions.
Growing up in South-central L.A., he acquired street smarts very naturally. But he also grew up in a bookish household, where his father spoke four languages and refused for a long time to get a telephone --not a television, but a telephone -- because he feared it would interfere with the family's reading.
One of his earliest jobs after college was as a taxi-driver "to the stars" (as well as to anyone else who hailed him). He appreciated the work because in addition to giving him needed income and a scintillating proximity to the movie industry, he could read during quiet moments on the job.
And reading is of course what a librarian loves most -- reading and all that goes with it: collecting, poring over old editions, setting up exhibits, acting as auctioneer at library sales and, on occasion, serving as the rare book and manuscript authority on PBS' "Antiques Road Show."
At Special Collections, he acquired for Shields not only rare ancient works, such as first editions of the 18th century French "Encyclopedists," but also modern first editions that will gather great value in the course of time. His expertise extended to building collections in the fields of enology and agricultural machinery as well as in the humanities.
Much as he excelled at his profession, he really came into his own in retirement. He loved his new-found freedom to visit seminars on campus, drop in at poetry readings, films and lectures, have long intellectual lunches with friends, serve on the board of the Educart Foundation and listen to BBC on his short-wave radio.
And if there was a book fair in San Francisco, he would be there, even if he had to arrive during a rainstorm.
He will be missed by all those in the Davis community who loved his delightful insights, his mastery of both an erudite vocabulary and snappy colloquialism; his latest joke, profound observation and brilliant turn of phrase.
A devoted family man, he is survived by Charlene, his wife of nearly 48 years; daughters Judith Kunitz Linnard of Berkeley and Mela Kunitz of Portland, Ore.; son-in-law Loren Linnard; and grandson Dean Linnard.
He is also survived by his brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Bernie and Barbara Robbins of Hermose Beach and Harold Robbins of Santa Monica; nephew Mark Robbins of Santa Monica; and niece Lisa Robbins Paps of Paris, France. Other survivors include Josie Abrams of New York; Bella and Bob Loeffler of Forest Hills, N.Y.; Mike and Helene Conant of Kensington; Steve and Izzie Kunitz of Rochester, N.Y.; and Anita and Ralph Segalman of Northridge.
A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, July 5, at the Unitarian Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the charity of the donor's choice.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, June 10, 2002.)
Mary Grace Kunz
Mary Grace Kunz died in Woodland on June 12, 2004. She was 45.
Born Jan. 19, 1959, in East Orange, N.J., she had been a Yolo County resident for 11 years. She was a longtime employee of Valley Records in Woodland. More recently, she was employed at Sysco Food Service in Pleasant Grove as an accounting supervisor. She also served as treasurer of Davis AYSO.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest P. Valentinsson.
She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Kunz of Woodland; daughters, Signe Valentinsson of Berkeley and Mary Caitlyn Valentinsson of Woodland; son, Leslie Valentinsson, stepdaughter, Allison Kunz, and stepson Andrew Kunz, all of Woodland; mother, Mary Valentinsson of Belleville, N.J.; sisters, Nancy Labadia and her husband John of Glen Ridge, N.J., and Pat Waterman and her husband Terry of Dorset, Vt.; and brothers, Leo Valentinsson and his wife Elizabeth of Bloomfield, N.J., and Peter Valentinsson and his wife Alicja Kaminska of Bayonne, N.J.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Mary Grace Kunz memorial account educational trust fund for her children at the Yolo Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 657, Woodland, CA 95776.
A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christian Church, 509 College St. in Woodland. Arrangements are under the direction of Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, June 15, 2004.)
Carolyn L. Kusama
Carolyn L. Kusama died May 27, 2000, in Sacramento. Born May 4, 1937, she was 63.
She was a Davis resident for 22 years. She served as the business manager for Progress Ranch Treatment Services for Children and was an avid gardener, reader, gourmet cook and camper.
She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Russell, and her children, Maggi of San Francisco, Michael of Seattle and Bryan of Davis. She is also survived by her sister, Patricia DiNaso of Davis, and her grandchildren, Rudy, Zuri, Vinca, Smudge, Mutti, Stanley and Rusty.
She was preceded in death by her father, Willis Alton Mayhew, of Bakersfield.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Kusama residence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, designated for Pancreatic Research, or to Progress Ranch.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society of Northern California.
(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," the week of May 28, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)