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SNEDEKER

Steve Snedeker

Steve Snedeker passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31 in Paradise. He was 59. Steve was born on Jan. 2, 1946 in Palo Alto to Virginia and Harold Snedeker. Steve grew up in Menlo Park and graduated from Menlo Atherton High School in 1963. After graduating from high school Steve attended Chico State. Steve received his bachelor's degree in 1967 in English, a teaching credential in 1972, and a master's degree in Corrections in 1976. He continued his educational studies at California State University, Sacramento, receiving his administrative services credential in 1988 and his second master's degree in Educational Administration in 1992. Steve served in the Navy Reserve in 1969.

Steve was employed as Principal of Fort Bragg High School for the past 10 years. Steve was Assistant Principal at Colusa High School (1994-96), Bilingual Resource Specialist for Butte County Office of Education (1982-1994), Teacher/English Language for Woodland Adult Education (1989-1993), Teacher/Counselor in Priest River, Idaho (1978-82), Teacher at Fouts Springs Boys Ranch in Stonyford (1972-1973), and an English Instructor at Chico State (1967-1969). Steve served in education for 38 years.

Steve was an outstanding educational leader. He was a valued member of his staff and an integral part of the school community. Steve was committed to all students, teachers and staff members he worked with. Steve's first and only consideration was always "what's best for the students." His character strengths were demonstrated in his keen intellect, a sense of humor, resourcefulness, work ethic and a commitment to improving public education. He was proud of his experience working with Hispanic students and their families and his ability to speak Spanish fluently, which served him well in working in public education.

Steve leaves behind his loving wife of 10 years, Debby. His two children, Darin and Kari Snedeker; five stepchildren, Paul Linton, Nicholas Driessel, Melissa Mallen, Rebecca Driessel, Jacob Driessel. He is survived by his mother, Virginia Snedeker; three brothers, Scott, Mark, and Eric Snedeker. His father, Harold preceded him in death in 1972. Steve was supported in life with many nieces, nephews, and relatives who will deeply miss him.

The family has asked that any donations may be made to Fort Bragg High School/ ESL program in memory of Steve. Mailing address: Fort Bragg High School, 300 Dana Street, Fort Bragg, California 95437-4597. A public memorial is planned in Fort Bragg on Jan. 21, 2 p.m. at the Eagles Hall Building (210 North Corry St., Fort Bragg).

Visit the guest book at www.dailydemocrat.com.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, January 8, 2006.)

SNELL

Elizabeth Francis "Granny" Snell

Elizabeth Francis "Granny" Snell of Woodland died Aug. 20 at age 91.

Mrs. Snell was born Nov. 26, 1913 in Yugoslavia. She had been a Yolo County resident for 58 years. She had worked as a nurse for 20 years and was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Survivors include Mrs. Snell's daughter Nanci Blankinship of Shady Cove, Ore.; her grandchildren, Kayce Cline, Shaun Chadwick, Josh Chadwick, Peggy Denser, Bill Coon, Tommy Brinkerhoff, Wendy Buckley, Katie Stuefloten, Kathy Phrampus, Linda Styacer, Beth Brinkerhoff, Margie Jones and Judy Clark; 31 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Angie Nedela of Fenton, Mich.; and her brothers, Joe Nedela of Davidson, Mich. and Steve Nedela of Ann Arbor, Mich. She was preceded in death by her husband of 17 years, Richard Snell; her stepdaughters, Betty Coon and Patsy Brinkerhoff and her parents, Paul and Mary Nedela.

Services: A body donor memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. today, Saturday, at the UC Davis Medical Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X St., Sacramento. Mrs. Snell's has requested that her body be donated to the UCD School of Medicine.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, October 8, 2005.)

SNELL

Gordie Marie Snell

Gordie Marie Snell died on March 5, 2005, at Sierra Health Care in Davis. Born Sept. 7, 1909, in Mansfield, Texas, to George and Fannie Ray, she was 95.

A graveside funeral service begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Davis Cemetery, 820 Pole Line Road in Davis.

She was raised in Texas and taught school for several years. She and her late husband George owned and operated their own florist in For Worth, Texas, for more than 30 years. After the couple retired, they traveled throughout the United States and Canada for more than 20 years, before moving to Davis in 1989.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, George W. Snell, in February 1999.

She is survived by her son, Bob Snell and his wife Joy of Davis; her daughter, Shirley A. Nevile and her husband William of Canton, Texas; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Her family would like to thank the staff at Sierra Health Care for their fantastic care of her.

A virtual guest book may be signed at http://www.davisfuneral.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, March 9, 2005.)

SNETSINGER

Mary Catherine Snetsinger

Mary Catherine Snetsinger died in her Woodland home Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004, at age 68.

Born Oct. 23, 1935, in Heber Springs, Ark., Mrs. Snetsinger had been a Yolo County resident for 31 years. She attended schools in Atwater and Livingston and went into banking after graduation. She worked for Bank of America for 33 years, retiring in 1998. She was a member of the Yolo Fliers Club.

Survivors include her husband, Ben Snetsinger of Woodland; daughter, Sharon Miles and husband Mike of Woodland; granddaughters, Amy and Abigail Miles; and numerous cousins; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Amy Presley; daughter, Sharla Snetsinger; and brother, Tom Presley.

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: There will be a private service. Burial will be at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, March 05, 2004.)

SNIDER

Robert Meade Snider

Robert Meade Snider, a 23-year Davis resident, died June 29, 2004, at Sutter Davis Hospital after a lengthy battle with kidney disease. He was 60.

Born Feb. 6, 1944, in San Jose, Snider proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk during Vietnam. He worked for Pacific Bell Telephone Co. as a test technician for more than 30 years. He was described by his family as a "jack of all trades" and a very "silly man." He was an avid bicyclist and studied geology and volcanoes as a hobby.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Elizabeth Snider, and his brother, Ralph Snider.

He is survived by his children, Casey Anne Snider of Davis, Stephanee Elizabeth Guidino and her husband Jake of Carmichael and David Richard Snider of Davis; grandchildren, Andrea Guidino and Michelle Casey Snider; brothers, Ron Snider of Colorado and Terry Snider of Manteca; life partner Dorothy Nielsen of Magalia; and the mother of his children, Eileen Sue Snider. He also leaves a stepson, Nicholas Alexander Nielsen of Santa Rosa, and his faithful dog, Oreo.

Private family services are planned. Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, July 8, 2004.)

SNOOK

Cheryl Anne Snook

Cheryl Anne Snook died at Woodland Memorial Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at age 58.

Born July 31, 1945, in Fresno, Mrs. Snook had been a Yolo County resident for three years. She was a former member of Old time Fiddlers Association and Powder River Gang. She was also a member of Mormon Church in Veneta, Ore. She was a cashier prior to becoming disabled.

Survivors include her husband, Lyle Snook of Woodland; children, Tammy, Charlie, Mark, Brian, and Khristina Pruitt, and Troy and Kenneth Snook; brother, Lloyd Davis and wife Paula; sisters, Ethel Long and husband Tom, and Cathrine Davis; aunt, Ellen Cheney; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Services: There is a family gathering on Sunday, Jan. 11. Ashes returned to the family.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, January 09, 2004.)

SNOW

Betty Ellen Snow

Betty Ellen Snow passed away on Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999 at the Courtyard Health Care in Davis. Born on April 1, 1939 in Antioch, she was 60 years old.

Mrs. Snow was a graduate of Winters High School in 1957 and a member of the Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Winters. A longtime resident of Winters for 46 years, Mrs. Snow worked as a tax preparer for 29 years.

Mrs. Snow is survived by her husband of 42 years, Kenneth L. Snow of Winters; father, David Kenneth McNaughton of Winters; son, Kenneth M. Snow of Winters; daughter, Katherine M. Hartwell and her husband, Dennis, of Winters; brother, William W. McNaughton of Utah; grandsons, Sean K. and Daniel Snow, both of Fort Bidwell.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen L. McNaughton, on April 16, 1999.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m., at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Winters. Visitation started at 8 a.m., prior to the service, Pastor Frank Anderson officiated. Burial followed the service at Winters Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Smith's Colonial Chapel.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, November 18, 1999 (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

SNYDER

Bonnie Snyder

Bonnie Snyder died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at age 57.

Born Dec. 9, 1944, in Woodland, Mrs. Snyder was the daughter of George and Eula Warner. According to her family members, "she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Time with her family, especially her grandchildren, always put a sparkle in her eyes. Full of spunk, she experienced life with zest. Family and friends will cherish the fond memories of annual camping trips to Sly Park, weekly Bingo nights, and frequent trips to Lake Tahoe and Reno. Just as important to her was the time at home when she enjoyed gardening and caring for her animals."

Mrs. Snyder is survived by her husband, Dan Snyder, a retired Yolo County Sheriff's Deputy; sons, Danny Snyder and wife JoAnna of Woodland, and Rob Snyder and wife Erin of West Sacramento; and daughter, Danya (Snyder) Martin and husband Dale of West Sacramento; grandchildren, Logan and Allyson Snyder and Cody and Tanner Martin; and brother, George Warner of Davis.

A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at St. John's United Church of Christ, 432 Cleveland St., Woodland. A reception will immediately follow the service at the St. John's Church hall.

The family requests memorials be directed to American Cancer Society, in her behalf. Call (800) 227-2345.

A fee has paid to have this obituary reprinted.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Friday, May 24, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

SNYDER

David Pugh Snyder

Services held today for David Pugh Snyder, 95

A graveside service will be held at College City Cemetery in College City today, Thursday, at 11 a.m. for David Pugh Snyder who died Saturday, March 2, at the age of 95.

Mr. Snyder was born in rural Woodland on August 6, 1895. He was a veteran of World War I and was a rancher for his adult life. He was a member of the Yolo County Farm Bureau, Woodland Christian Church, and Countryside Community Church in Esparto. He served as the head of the Madison Fire Department and was the secretary for a long period of time.

He is survived by six nieces, Shirley Fulton of Fresno, Dorothy Poundstone of Grimes, Marguerite Harrison of Grimes, Patricia Bradley of Berkeley, Paige Brown of Suisun, and Joan Fiddemont of Roseville; six nephews, Ernest Peterson of Walnut Creek, Gary Harold and Winston Peterson, all of Arbuckle, Dwight Peterson of Detroit, Michigan, and Theodore Peterson of Laguna Beach; and two cousins, Kenny Snyder of Winters and Gerald Snyder of Woodland.

Persons wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to direct them to Woodland Christian Church.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, March 4, 1991, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

SNYDER

Howard Glenn Snyder

Howard Glenn Synder (sic) died peacefully in his room at University Retirement Community on Feb. 13, 2005, from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. He was 87.

Born June 22, 1917, to Judge W. Cloyd Snyder and Hallie Foster Snyder, he was raised in South Pasadena. He earned his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1939 and his master's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1940. There he met Jean Elizabeth Dawson, who was studying to become a classics teacher. They were married in 1942.

After teaching in Paso Robles, in 1943, ineligible for the military, he set aside his teaching career to become secretary of the YMCA in Woodland, working with Woodland High students in Hi-Y and Tri-Y groups until 1945. After the war, he served as principal of high schools in Hanford, Paramount, Fowler, Chowchilla and Chico. In 1973, he left administration and went back to teaching in Chico area elementary schools before retiring in 1982. He moved to Davis in 1998.

The family would like to thank the staff at University Retirement Community for their help and support over the past few years.

He is survived by four children, Jim Snyder and Larry Snyder of Davis, Susan Snyder of Point Richmond and Glenn Snyder of El Cerrito; and two grandchildren, Maki Hasegawa of Point Richmond, and Cana Hasegawa, living in Japan.

There will be no services. The family encourages donations to Yolo Hospice.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday February 15, 2005.)

SNYDER

J. Herbert Snyder

J. Herbert Snyder died Nov. 18, 2000, at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Sacramento. Born May 5, 1926, in McCloud, he was 74.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served for the duration of World War II. A professor of agricultural economics at UC Davis, he served as director of the Water Resource Center for the University of California. He also was past master of the Athens Masonic Lodge and served on the board of directors of the Creation Milennial Fellowship.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth M. Snyder of Davis; his sons, Craig Snyder of Cedar City, Utah, Neal Snyder of Paso Robles, and Roy Snyder of Portland, Ore.; his sister-in-law, Betty Forsyth of Great Falls, Mont.; two cousins, Don Peaslee of Fresno and Jean Bear of Tillamook, Ore.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial gathering was held Monday. Donations may be made in his memory to the Creation Millennial Fellowship; call 747-6068 for details. Donations also may be made to Shriners Hospital. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," November 21, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

SNYDER

Keith D. Snyder

Keith D. Snyder died May 29, 2004, in Omaha, Neb. He was 94.

Born in Lincoln, Neb., the son of a Methodist minister, he attended Nebraska Wesleyan University for his undergraduate studies, and then Newbury College (associated with the Lutheran Church), where he met his wife, Evelyn.

He went on to study for his master's degree at Syracuse University, which he received in 1937. He then taught music at Boston University until he decided to study for his doctorate in public school music education at Columbia University, which he received in 1953.

He then helped to establish the music department at Cal State Los Angeles (then called Cal State College), where he worked from 1954 until his retirement in 1976. He and his wife then retired to Bear Valley Springs near Tehachapi.

In the late 1980s, the Snyders moved to Alvarado Avenue in Davis, and then in 1995 to Covell Gardens. While they lived in Davis, they were very active in the Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, with Snyder taking part in the selection of the Rev. Bill Wong. He contributed to the church until his passing.

In March 2001, he moved to Boise, Idaho, to be closer to family, relocating to Nebraska for the same reason in November 2002.

According to his son Keith, Snyder "always said a part of him was in Davis."

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, his sons Keith and Ben Snyder, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are being made by John A. Gentleman Mortuaries in Omaha.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, June 4, 2004.)

SNYDER

Merlin Loring Snyder (1st of 2 obits.)

Merlin Loring Snyder was born Aug. 9, 1959 in Lakeport, and died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at the age of 45.

Merlin graduated from Woodland High School Class of 1978, and has been an integral part of the Robinson Rancheria and more recently worked in the Security. He will be missed by all that knew him.

He is survived by his mother, Barbara White of Scott's Valley; brothers, Ron Anderson, Arvid White, Bruce White and Wendell White; sisters, Elmira, Doris, Carmella and Quita White. He is also survived by nieces, Buffy, Theodora, Littlefawn, Larena and Melinda; nephews, Nicholas, David, Nathan, Richard, Bruce, Angelo; and many other relatives and friends.

Viewing will continue today, Thursday, at 4 p.m. at Chapel of the Lakes. Friends are invited to attend a funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, July 22 at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 High St., Lakeport. Interment to follow at Hartley Cemetery, Lakeport.

For further information call Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at (707) 263-0357 or (707) 994-5611 or visit us at www.chapelofthelakes.com.

Visit our guest book at www.dailydemocrat.com.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, July 21, 2005.)

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Merlin Loring Snyder (2nd of 2 obits)

Merlin Loring Snyder died Saturday, July 16 at age 45.

Mr. Snyder was born Aug. 9, 1959 in Lakeport. He graduated from Woodland High School in 1978. He worked for the Robinson Rancheria in Security.

Survivors include Mr. Snyder's mother, Barbara White of Scott's Valley; his sisters, Elmira, Doris, Carmella and Quita White; his brothers, Ron Anderson, Arvid White, Bruce White and Wendell White; his nieces, Buffy, Theodora, Littlefawn, Larena and Melinda; and his nephews, Nicholas, David, Nathan, Richard, Bruce, Angelo.

Services: Services were held Friday. Interment was at Hartley Cemetery, Lakeport. Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, July 23, 2005.)

SOARES

Velda I. Soares

Velda I. Soares died Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Alderson Convalescent Hospital at age 90.

Mrs. Soares was born July 30, 1914 in Woodland. She had been a Yolo Country resident for 20 years. She graduated from Castlemont High School in Oakland and studied nursing afterwards. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include Mrs. Soares' daughters, Linda Fischer and her husband Victor, Vicki Facciuto and her husband Vincent and Jackie Soares; her granddaughter, Nicole Facciuto; her grandsons, Mark Eastman and Michael Facciuto; great-grandsons, Glen and Keith Eastman; her brother, Vernon Jerry Mathwig, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Soares; her daughter, Diane Eastman; her infant son, Joseph Soares and her son-in-law, Alan Eastman.

The family requests memorials in Mrs. Soares' name be directed to the donor's church, parish or the charity of the donor's choice.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, March 06, 2005.)

SOBBA

Eugene F. "Gene" Sobba

Eugene F. "Gene" Sobba passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Crystal City, Missouri. He was 76 years old.

Mr. Sobba was employed at General Motors in paint repair for 36 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army in World War II and a member of Park View Baptist Church in DeSoto Missouri.

He is survived by his sons Timothy Sobba and Ted Sobba of DeSoto, Missouri, Pete L. Sobba, of Blackwell, Missouri, Mitch Sobba and his wife Laura, of Cadet, Missouri and a daughter, Meleah Paddock and her husband Ray, of De Soto, Missouri; a brother James Sobba and his wife Zelma, of Cameron Park; a sister Mary Hattabaugh, of Winters; grandchildren John Sobba and his wife, Shelly, Melissa Martin and her husband, Tim, Alesha Recar and her husband Mike, and Erin Paddock; great-grandchildren Megan and Anna Sobba and Allison Rose Recar.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Ellen Sobba, and grandchildren Katrina and Michael Ray Sobba.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Dietrich-Mothershead Chapel. the Reverend Brian Law officiated. He was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in DeSoto, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 9374 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dietrich Mothershead Funeral Home.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, March 4, 2004.)

SODERQUIST

Charles "Charley" Soderquist

Charles "Charley" Soderquist, a businessman and philanthropist who donated countless amounts of time and money to UC Davis, other community organizations and environmental protection efforts, died Tuesday, March 3, 2004.

Soderquist, 57, suffered a brain hemorrhage and died 12 days later at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. He lived next to the Sacramento River in the Natomas area.

A successful businessman, Soderquist founded the Technology Development Center, a business "incubator" that helped fund startup technology companies.

Soderquist was a generous UC Davis donor; among his gifts was $250,000 to build the Buehler Alumni & Visitors Center. He also funded the Soderquist-Snyder Distinguished Speaker Series, which brought writer John McPhee to campus in the fall, and he spearheaded a campaign to build a new research center at Lake Tahoe.

His generosity extended far beyond money. He was chairman of the UC Davis Foundation, finishing a two-year term started in 2002. He served as president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association from 1996-98 and was the UCD alumni representative on the University of California Board of Regents from 1997-98. He also served on the UC Davis Connect board of directors as well as numerous boards for community organizations and private companies.

UCD spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said today that Soderquist supported virtually every aspect of the university. In addition to his philanthropy and volunteerism, he taught entrepreneurship courses at the UCD Graduate School of Management.

"He was one of the biggest advocates for the university we have ever had," Lapin said. "It was more than his money, it was the devotion of his time and energy and enthusiasm. Charley didn't do things for recognition, he did them for the possibilities of the future.

"He was just unbelievably kind and generous and gracious," Lapin said. "At the same time, he had a cantankerous nature. When he saw things he thought the university wasn't doing well, he pointed them out. He didn't hesitate to do that."

The exact amount of his monetary contributions to the campus is unknown.

"It's not something we've tabulated," Lapin said, adding that Soderquist was known to give money whenever he noticed a need. Lapin said he once walked into a university department, saw a broken-down copy machine and donated money on the spot to buy a new one.

UCD Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef said in a statement that Soderquist decided more than a decade ago that he was going to add the university to his "causes."

"He went at it analytically, like the good businessman that he was, learning through service on the Foundation and Alumni Association boards," Vanderhoef said. "We laughed many times together about what he one time called the 'blundering, boggling, bungling' policies and academic traditions of the university to which he was giving hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"He seemed noticeably more understanding, though never entirely, after his two-year stint as a UC regent," Vanderhoef continued. "One thing was certain, though - through it all he had proud, grateful, fond feelings for the faculty, the history and the hopeful intentions of UC Davis. He was generous with his time and money and he wanted to help.

"That, finally, was what Charley was - a caring man who wanted to help. I can't quite imagine our campus without him."

Celeste Rose, vice chancellor of university relations, said today, "The university has lost a true friend."

"There's no question that he cared for the university and he gave very generously of his time and his treasure and his talent," Rose said. "He always wanted us to be better, so he was also generous in his constructive criticism. He will be sorely missed."

Rose recalled the way Soderquist, with his ponytail and relaxed attitude, contrasted sharply with other UC regents. But he quickly gained the respect of all, she said.

UCD English professor Jack Hicks, a close friend of Soderquist, noted his many interests from science to business to the environment and literature.

"Charley Soderquist was a renaissance man in the true sense," Hicks said.

Among his many talents, Soderquist was also an author. He wrote two books, "The Waring Blender" and "Sturgeon Tales: Stories of the Delta," a series of meditations and essays about life on the river told through conversations with characters including a sturgeon and a beer-drinking river rat.

Soderquist's wife, Jan Goggans, said he was dedicated to the university because "it changed his life." Goggans said the university helped him develop a clear sense of his own value and what he could do in the world.

"He had the biggest heart of anybody I've ever met," she said. "He was very funny, he delighted in breaking rules and getting things done."

Family and friends said Soderquist also loved the Delta and the natural environment.

"He loves the river passionately, like a wife," Goggans said.

In recent years, Goggans said he put his heart and soul into environmental work. He became very active with the Nature Conservancy and was instrumental in a large land purchase for the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. He was also a consultant with the Resources Law Group, where he helped to negotiate buffer zones and land purchases, and he donated to the Sacramento Regional Community Foundation to provide grants to community land projects, Goggans said.

Born on Jan. 9, 1947, in San Carlos, Soderquist completed his undergraduate work at San Francisco State University. At UC Davis, he earned a master's degree in 1973 and a doctorate in environmental chemistry in 1978.

He was the founder and handyman at East Davis Hot Tub Works and then, along with Paul Taylor and Tony Wong of UCD, founded Cal Labs, which he epitomized on his license plate as "BMF LAB."

Soderquist started the Technology Development Center and associated seed-stage investment funds. He also founded and led several dozen companies, many spin-offs from UCD endeavors.

He served on boards of community organizations including KVIE Channel 6, the PBS station in Sacramento; the California Historical Society; and Audubon California. And he served on numerous boards for private companies including Lipomics and Hayes Medical. He received several dozen awards for his university involvement, business and philanthropy.

Soderquist is survived by his wife, Jan Goggans; his daughter, Jessica and her husband Paul Giannini and their children Olivia, 3, and Henry, 1, of Portland, Ore.; his son Chris and his wife Karen and their children Scott, 4, and Ty, 1, of Sacramento; his stepdaughter, Ellen Probst of Sacramento; and his brother, John and his wife Lisa.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, March 4, 2004.)

SOETEN

James Howard Soeten

James Howard Soeten died in his Woodland home Tuesday Aug. 27, 2002, at age 66.

Born June 27, 1936, in Van Nuys, Mr. Soeten was a Yolo County resident for 10 years. He was the son of Mabel (Howard) Soeten and James Kenneth Soeten.

Mr. Soeten was a Regional Ombudsman. His family said he was loved and respected by many people throughout the community and he was honored with a perpetual plaque from the Ombudsman Services of Northern California for his extraordinary contributions for 2001 and 2002.

Mr. Soeten was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, in 1996.

He is survived by his sister, Marsha Weeks of Woodland; brother, George Soeten of Chino Hills; sons, Bret Soeten of Brigham, Utah, and Robert Soeten, Jeff Soeten and John Soeten, all of Bakersfield; daughters, Kim Halwax and Missy Wiseman, both of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Amy Camenish, Beth Wiseman, Jacob and Sam Wiseman, Matt Halwax, Christopher Goatchard and Ashland Nicole; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Soeten's grandson, Joshua Goatchard, died on the same day, Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Services for Mr. Soeten are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at North Sacramento Funeral Home, 725 El Camino, Sacramento. Remains will be returned to the family.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Saturday, August 31, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). A photograph of Mr. Soeten is included with this obituary. Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

SOLOMON

James Marcelle Solomon

James Marcelle Solomon, aged 32, died in Willits, Ca. in an automobile accident on Sunday, May 25, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Katie and also by his three children, Lakiea, 8; Julie-Annah, 5; and James Jr. Solomon, 2; and their loving mother, Tina, all residing in Eureka, Ca. their home. Also bereft are his Woodland grandparents, Wallace and Essie Solomon; brother Raymond, and a host of other family members. I, Josie Solomon, mother of James invite all my friends to join my family in celebrating the life of my beloved son, James from 1 to 3 p.m., on Saturday, June 14, 2003, at the Community Room of Sycamore Pointe Apartments (521 Pioneer Ave., Woodland).

(A photograph of Mr. Solomon is included with this obituary.)

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, June 11, 2003.)

SOLORIO

Jose Cortez Solorio

Jose Cortez Solorio died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, in Sacramento, at age 85.

Born Dec. 19, 1919 in Electra Texas, Mr. Solorio had been a Yolo County resident for over 45 years. He worked in agriculture as a farm laborer, prior to moving to La Piedad, Michoacan, Mexico four years ago.

Mr. Solorio is survived by his wife Trinidad Solorio of La Piedad; daughters, Maria Venegas, Clara Ramirez, of Woodland and Elvira Heredia of Avenal; sons, Guillermo, Salvador, Juan, Jose, and Antonio Cortez, all of Woodland.

Twenty-eight grandchildren also survive him.

His father, Eduardo Vargas preceded him in death in 1995.

Arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Services of Woodland.

Services: A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. today, Feb. 19, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland. Internment will at La Piedad, Michoacan, Mexico.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, February 20, 2004.)

SOLORZANO

Cecil Cruz Solorzano Sr.

Cecil Cruz Solorzano Sr. died in Woodland Saturday, March 1, 2003.

Born in Sacramento, Mr. Solorzano had been a Yolo County resident for 30 years. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was self taught musician. He was a long time volunteer for Woodland's Senior Center.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Betty Solorzano of Woodland; sons, Cecil Cruz Solorzano Jr., Jimmie Cruz Solorzano, Richard Cruz Solorzano; and daughter, Deborah Lynn Solorzano; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Francisca Jimenez; brother, Val Solorzano; aunt Clara; and great grandson, Alexander Van Horn.

Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.

Services: Private burial is scheduled at Monument Hill Memorial Park, Woodland. No service are scheduled.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, March 05, 2003.)

SOLORZANO

Elizabeth 'Betty' Rose Solorzano

Elizabeth "Betty" Rose Solorzano, 67, affectionately known as "The Hat Lady," passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005 at her Woodland home, with her four children at her bedside throughout her illness. Born Feb. 16, 1937 to Joe and Emma (Gage) Hawkins in Sacramento, she attended McClatchy High School, and had been a resident of Woodland for the past 30 years. Mrs. Solorzano was an active member of the Woodland Senior Center, as a volunteer and entertainer, and devoted to her pets, Mutley, Osa and Bessie. She is survived by a daughter, Deborah Lynn Solorzano of Woodland; her sons, Cecil Cruz Solorzano Jr. of Valley Springs, Jim Cruz Solorzano of Shelton, Wash. and Richard Cruz Solorzano of Sacramento; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband of 49 years, Cecil Cruz Solorzano Sr. Our Mama was as beautiful as a rose, Bless her Heart. A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at Monument Hill Memorial Park, 35036 County Road 22, Woodland. The family requests memorial donations are to be made to the SPCA of Yolo County, in her memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, February 06, 2005.)

SOM

Sar Som

Sar Som died at Woodland Healthcare Tuesday, Dec. 7 at age 92.

Ms. Som was born in Cambodia Dec. 10, 1911. She had been a Yolo County resident for 12 years. She was a high school graduate and worked as a chef.

Survivors include Ms. Som's son, Sabath Uy and his wife Seak Kheng of Woodland; her granddaughters, Rany Ky and her husband Alexander of Citrus Heights and Cindy Chah and her husband Leo of Los Angeles. She was preceded in death by her husband Penh Uy; her mother, Hout Soy and her father, Som.

Services: A funeral is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at McNary's Chapel, 458 College St., Woodland. McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, December 11, 2004.)

SONDEJ

Martin Joseph Sondej

Martin Joseph Sondej, a two-year resident of the Davis area, died April 23, 2004, at the Sierra-Greenfield Care Center. He was 87.

Born on Oct. 14, 1916, in Passaic, N.J., to parents Carolyn Kowal of Poland and Andrew Sondej of Austria, he lived most of his life on the East Coast. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1936 where he met his first wife, Leona. He enlisted in the Army infantry in 1935 in Harrisburg, Pa., and was released at Fort McDowell in 1937.

After his release, he worked as an electroplater. In 1943, he re-enlisted in the Army as a construction equipment mechanic and demolition specialist in the Rhineland and Central Europe. He separated from the service in 1945 after being decorated with the World War II victory medal, American theater ribbon, and an European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.

He resumed his life in Pennsylvania and Connecticut with a family of one son, Robert Martin Sondej, a current resident of Sherrard, Ill., and daughter, Cynthia Sondej Kerr, now a resident of Davis. He worked for the Electrolux Corp. in Old Greenwich as a foreman in metal finishing and retired in July 1979 after 41 years.

He divorced and remarried in 1968 to Theresa Romaniello, who had three children: Barbara Brouilletteo of Arizona, Mary Lou Moker of Connecticut and the late Lennie Romaniello of Connecticut.

Sondej and his wife Tess enjoyed many days at the White Eagle Club in Connecticut, where he held many offices in the club and was honored as the 1975 Man of the Year. He enjoyed dancing, cards and the company of others.

In addition, he was a member of the Moose and the Veterans of Foreign Wars service organization in Connecticut. He was known for his calm demeanor, never requesting anything and always making the best of all situations, his family said. He loved dogs, music and children. While in California, he received many smiles from spending time with his granddaughters, Heather and Jenny Kerr of Davis.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Leona in 1981, and Tess in 2002. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, Joseph and Walter Honcz, and John Sondej, and sister, Mary Wydan.

He is survived by his brother, Henry Honcz of Connecticut. He will be remembered by his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews in California, Connecticut, Arizona and Illinois.

A funeral Mass will be held in his honor at St. James Catholic Church, 14th and B streets, on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Memorial Center. All friends of the family are welcome. Burial will be private.

The family wishes to thank the Pastoral Care Program of St. James, Yolo Hospice the VA/Mather, Citizens Who Care, and the various caregivers at Sierra and in the community for their spiritual and physical care.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, April 29, 2004.)

SONG

Sungdo Song

Sungdo Song died Oct. 28, 2001, at the age of 92.

She was born on Nov. 1, 1908, in Uiju, North Korea, near the Yalu River. She graduated from high school in Manchuria (now China) and attended a Christian theological seminary in North Korea in 1940, but the seminary was closed before she could graduate because of the increasingly oppressive colonial policy of the Japanese military government occupying Korea.

After marrying her husband, Jey Woong Chun, a Korean businessman, they moved to Shanghai, China, and lived there for 15 years. While in Shanghai, they participated in the Korean independence movement and made contributions, especially financially, to the Korean government-in-exile in Shanghai.

Prior to the end of World War II in 1945, she, her husband and family moved from China to North Korea first and then later escaped from the communist North Korea to South Korea through the 38th parallel. Later they went through the Korean War with much hardship.

After her husband died in Korea, she immigrated to the United States in 1968 and lived in Orange County, San Francisco and Davis. She had remained active and productive in serving the Korean immigrant churches in Los Angeles, especially in providing leadership in organizing nursery and Sunday school programs for children.

She lived a healthy, happy and full life as a Christian until her death of natural causes.

She is survived by three children, the Rev. Dr. Sang Wan Chun, a retired Presbyterian minister in New York, Grace Kim, a retired Davis High School teacher, and Kay Chun, a social worker in Los Angeles; and 16 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St. in Davis, on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, October 31, 2001.)

SONNER

Daniel Sonner

Daniel Sonner of Tarpon Springs, Fla., died with his children by his side on May 26, 2002, at the Helen Ellis Hospital in Tarpon Springs, Fla. He was 63.

He was born on May 18, 1939, in Newberry, Mich., and spent his childhood in Ferndale, Mich. After high school, he played baseball for the U.S. Navy in Hawaii, and then moved to California , where he played baseball for the Giants Minor League Organization.

He reared his family in California while working as a sales representative, which he did until his retirement.

He spent his retirement in Tarpon Springs, where he enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers during spring training. His true passion was baseball, and he spent countless hours coaching and mentoring teen-agers for more than 30 years.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St., Davis.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, June 10, 2002.)

SONORA

Olivo Rodriguez Sonora

Olivo Rodriguez Sonora of Woodland died at Woodland Memorial Hospital Monday, July 11 at the age of 79.

Mr. Sonora was born June 3, 1926 in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico. He had been a Yolo County resident for 47 years. He worked for Woodland Waste Management for 20 years and then worked for William Oliver Farms until his late 70s.

Mr. Sonora was also a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carmen Sonora; his son Mario Sonora and his wife Andrea, daughter Grace Duncan and her husband David, son Henry Sonora and daughter Linda Guerrero and her husband Jesse. His grandchildren, Jackie, Mario Jr., Jesse Jr., Vanessa, Zach, Samantha, Sergio and Daniel.

Mr. Sonora also has three other children from a previous marriage, Lusia, Maria and Eusevio Sonora. He also has two sisters, Irene and Elvira Sonora, all of Chilpancingo, Mexico.

His son Alejandro preceded him in death.

Services will be held at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., at 10 a.m. Friday, July 15. Interment to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, July 15, 2005.)

SORENSEN

Donald Edwin Sorensen

Donald Edwin Sorensen, a 39-year resident of Davis, died April 15, 2004, in his home. He was 80 years old.

He was born on May 2, 1923, in Oak Park, Ill. After graduating from high school, he attended Central State Teachers College in Stevens Point, Wis. Shortly after beginning college, he was called to duty during World War II. He faithfully served his country as a soldier in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1949, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin and continued to pursue his interest in psychology at the University of Illinois in Urbana, Ill., where he earned a master's of science degree in 1951.

As a psychologist, he cared for and improved the lives of many people for 35 years. He began his career at the State Research Hospital in Galesburg, Ill., where he met his future wife of 51 years, Marylou. After their wedding in 1952, they traveled to California, where he accepted a position at DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn.

From 1956 until he retired in 1985, he served the state as senior clinical psychologist at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville where he "saw it all" and strove to help patients regain a productive and meaningful life. As well as being a talented and compassionate clinical psychologist, he was also a skilled experimental, statistical and research psychologist.

He was a member of Davis Community Church and Lutheran Church of the Incarnation. He volunteered his time to benefit those individuals served by both STEAC and Loves and Fishes.

His family said that he possessed a keen intellect and was extraordinarily well versed in history, classical music and art. He spent many hours enjoying his extensive music and literature collection in his much-loved home.

He was a frequent contributor to the editorial page of both The Davis Enterprise and The Sacramento Bee, and he heartily enjoyed the controversy that often ensued.

He was loved and admired by many, but no one more than his daughters.

"He will be truly missed," said his family.

He suffered the loss of his wife, Marylou, just two months before his own passing. He deeply missed her and mourned her passing.

He is survived by his daughters, Diane of Vacaville, Donna of El Cerrito, and Nancy of Vista; grandchildren, Michelle of Melbourne, Fla.; and, David and Amelia of Vista; great-grandchildren, Ricky and Scotti of Vacaville; and, Demi and Mackenzie of Melbourne.

According to his wishes, there will be a private family ceremony. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, May 21, 2004.)

SORENSON

Glenna Beatrice Sorenson

Glenna Beatrice Sorenson died at her Woodland home on Jan. 28, 2005, at age 72.

Mrs. Sorenson was born June 4, 1932 in Hayden, Arizona. She resided in Yolo County for the past 54 years. A homemaker for more than 50 years, she was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, as well as both the Foursquare Church and Crossroads Full Gospel Church.

Survivors include Mrs. Sorenson's husband, Edward Sorenson, of Woodland; daughters Judy Garcia of Woodland and Starla Heaney of San Francisco; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services: Visitation for Mrs. Sorenson will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005 at Crossroads Full Gospel Church, 386 W. Beamer St. Graveside services will be officiated by Rev. John Hudnall and will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005 at Monument Hill Memorial Park, 35036 County Road 22.

The family requests memorial donations are to be made to Yolo Hospice.

Arrangements under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, January 30, 2005.)

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Glenna Beatrice (Flowers) Sorenson (2nd of 2 obituaries)

Glenna Beatrice (Flowers) Sorenson passed away in her Woodland home surrounded by her loving family. Glenna suffered from many life-long illnesses and is blessed to be at peace.

Glenna was born June 4, 1932 in Hayden, Ariz. to the late Carl and Nellie Flowers. She was a homemaker and lived in Yolo County for most of her adult life.

She is a past member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Auxiliary of Woodland and was an avid craft maker.

She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Edward Sorenson of Woodland; daughters, Judy Garcia and her husband Ruben of Woodland, Starla Heaney and her husband Paul of San Francisco, and her mother-in-law, Rea Sorenson of Woodland. Grandchildren, Sonia Garcia of Woodland, Tanya Garcia and her companion Allen Roberts of Woodland, Shaun Fitzgerald of Wannaska, Minn., Ruben Garcia and his companion Jessica Walpole of Davis, Casey Fitzgerald and his wife Blessing of Mililani, Hawaii, Cassidy Garcia of Woodland, Astrid Cebollero and her husband Mike of Grass Valley and Eric Heaney of Auburn. Great-grandchildren, Aaron Valadez, Joseph and Gabriel Macharro, Alenna and Junior Roberts all of Woodland, Ceana Fitzgerald of Mililani, Hawaii and Brianna and Garrett Cebollero of Grass Valley, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Nellie Flowers of Woodland; son, Thomas Dickey of Tacoma, Wash.; brothers, Clifford Flowers and his wife Francis of Reedley, OC Flowers and his wife Darlene of Bisbee, Ariz., Carl Flowers of Texas, Don Flowers of Pueblo, Colo.; sisters, Onetta Huerta and her husband Pat of Woodland, Billie Flowers of Oklahoma and sister-in-law, Cora Flowers of Fresno.

A visitation and viewing will be held at the Cross Roads Church (small Chapel), 386 W. Beamer St., Woodland on Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. at Monument Hill Cemetery. Evergreen Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family requests any memorials in Glenna Sorenson's name be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, 95617.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, February 02, 2005.)

SOTO

Jesse Soto

Jesse Soto died in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, Oct. 5 at age 56.

Mr. Soto was born Dec. 17, 1947 in El Paso, Texas and had been a Yolo County resident for 16 years. He was a 1966 graduate of Esparto High School and graduated from Sacramento State University in 1974. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany and later was a sergeant in the Oregon National Guard. He was a teacher in the Woodburn School District in Oregon for 29 years.

Survivors include Mr. Soto's wife of 22 years, Karen; his daughters, Kaly Soto of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Kirstin Soto of Portland, Ore., Megan Soto of Eugene, Ore. and Erin Soto of Salem, Ore.; his son Lindsay Soto of Salem, Ore.; his mother, Rafaela Powers of Acampo; his sister, Maria Jett of Woodland; his niece Dusty Russell of Graham, Wash. and his former wife Gloria Pena of Salem, Ore. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Russell Powers, and a brother, Ruben Munoz.

Memorials in Mr. Soto's name may be directed to Northwest Medical Team, P.O. Box 10, Portland, Ore. 97207.

Services: Visitation is scheduled for 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Virgil T. Golden Funeral Home, 605 Commercial St. S.E., Salem, Ore. A funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11 at Morning Star Community Church, 4775 27th Ave. S.E., Salem, Ore. Interment will be at Rest Lawn Memory Gardens, 201 Oak Grove N.W., Salem, Ore. Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, October 09, 2004.)

SOTTOSANTI

Angelo Anthony Sottosanti

Angelo Anthony Sottosanti of Davis died Jan. 28, 2004, at Sutter Davis Hospital. He was 86.

Born in Williamsport, Pa., June 21, 1917, he grew up in New York state. He worked as an artist, living for many years in San Francisco before moving to Yolo County five years ago.

He was preceded in death by his close friend Arnold Patnaude.

He is survived by his nieces, Laraine Mancuso of New York City and Diane Carroll of Flushing, N.Y., and nephews, Gabriel Mancuso of New Jersey and Charles Freelander of San Diego.

No services are planned. His ashes were returned to his family.

North Sacramento Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, February 13, 2004.)

SOULE

Alice Louise Magnant Soule

Alice Louise Magnant Soule died at Alderson's Convalescent Hospital, Woodland Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at age 91.

Born June 7, 1912, in Franklin, Vt., Mrs. Soule had lived in Woodland since 1995. Prior to that, she had visited Woodland many times. She was a graduate of Bridgewater State College and took postgraduate courses at Boston University. She taught first grade in Quincy, Mass. She was a member of The Church on the Cape, The Hospital Auxiliary, The Retired Teachers Association and The Republican Committee.

Survivors include her children, Martha Estey of Delray Beach, Fla., Barbara Palmer and her husband Bill of Woodland, Charles Soule and his wife Sharon of Kennebunkport, Maine, Walter Soule and his wife Diane of Bolton, Mass., and Kathryn Silva and her husband John of Holliston, Mass.; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and brother, L. Charles Magnant and his wife, Betty of York, Maine, and Highland Beach, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Lewis Soule; and her sister, Blanche Hanninen.

The family requests memorials be directed to The Church on the Cape, P.O. Box 7663, Cape Porpoise, Maine, 04014; or the charity of donor's choice.

Services: Services will be held in Wellesley, Mass., and Kennebunkport, Maine.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, March 27, 2003.)

SOULIER

Ashley Soulier

4-month-old Ashley Soulier dies

Funeral services were held last Friday for Ashley Diane Soulier, four-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Soulier of Woodland, formerly of Winters.

Ashley died November 12 at Woodland Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her parents; brother, Gene Soulier IV of Woodland; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Cyr of Woodland; paternal grandfather, Eugene Soulier Jr. of Lake Tahoe, Nevada; paternal grandmother, Lee Buckman of Nevada; maternal great-grandmothers, Sylvia Still of Woodland and Helen Cyr of Anderson; paternal great grandmothers, Laura Mann and Erma Soulier, both of Woodland.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, November 20, 1986, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

SOULIER

Ralph Soulier

Ralph Soulier of Rumsey died at Sutter Memorial in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 14 at age 78.

Mr. Soulier was born March 16, 1927 in Delano to Ralph and Angelina Soulier. He had been a Yolo County resident for 75 years. After 35 years of employment, he retired from Contadina.

Survivors include Mr. Soulier’s sisters, Charlotte Apodaca and Virginia Wuest, both of Woodland and Gloria Lucero of Elk Grove; his brothers, Chenie “Senobeo” Soulier of Woodland and Robert Soulier of Winters; his niece, Lorraine Apodaca and numerous other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Florence Aguilar, Henrietta Gutierrez and Marie Losoya; and his brother, Eugene Soulier.

A funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 20 at McNary’s Chapel in Woodland. Internment was at St. Joseph’s cemetery.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, March 23, 2006.)

SOUTH

Marvelle J. South

Marvelle J. South died at Live Oak Manor, Live Oak on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at age 82.

Born April 12, 1921, in Effingham, Ill., Mrs. South had been a Yolo County resident for 20 years. She attended grade and high school in Illinois. She was a homemaker and was employed as a bookkeeper. She was a member of two bridge clubs.

Survivors include her children, Bobbie Parker and husband Stan of Oroville, Jan South and wife Sue of Midland, Texas, and Beverly Wiker and husband Cresson of Bella Vista, Ark.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Eugene W. South.

The family requests memorials be directed to Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements are under the direction of McNary's Chapel of Woodland.

Services: A private funeral service is scheduled at Neoga Memorial Cemetery, Neoga, Ill.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, August 14, 2003.)

SOUZA

Carl Joseph Souza

Carl Joseph Souza died Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at Cottonwwod Healthcare in Woodland, at age 85.

Born Oct. 25, 1918, in Madison to Douglas and Mary (Ludovina) Souza, Mr. Souza resided in Yolo County since birth. He was a rancher on the Souza Dairy until 1960, when he went to work for Techert Construction until his retirement.

He is survived by his daughters, Diana Souza-Jansen of Williams, and Tina Maria Souza of Sacramento; a son, Douglas Joseph Souza of Woodland; a sister, Adeline Ludovina of Placerville; three Grandchildren, Nicole Jansen of Williams, Casey Souza of Natomas, and Erin Souza of Woodland.

Preceding Mr. Souza in death was his son David Carl Souza in 1955, wives, Inez Iona (Wolin) Souza in 1955 and Patricia Ann (Franklin) Souza in 1996, and nephew Carl Ludovina in 1975.

The family requests memorial donations be made to Yolo Hospice in his name.

Services: A vigil service is scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004 at 7 p.m., at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, located at Court and Walnut streets. A mass of Christian buriel will be said on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m., with internment to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Woodland.

Arrangements are under the direction of Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Monday, August 2, 2004.)

SPALDING

Neva Marie (Fowler) Spalding

Neva Marie (Fowler) Spalding died in Stollwood Convalescent Hospital, Woodland Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at age 93.

Born Sept. 27, 1908, in Cadenassa, part of Capay Valley, Mrs. Spalding was the daughter of the late Charles A. Fowler and Clelia Cadenasso Fowler. She attended Cadenassa Elementary School and graduated from Holy Rosary Academy in 1927. She worked for Rosenburg Brothers Nut Company in San Francisco. She married David G. Spalding on March 20, 1937. After World War II, they moved to North Sacramento. Due to health reasons, she was moved to Woodland February of 1998. She was a member of the El Camino Chapter of the Eastern Star and an Elkett of Sacramento Elks No. 6 lodge. She enjoyed traveling extensively after her husband's death in 1966.

Mrs. Spalding is survived by her nephew, Ken Han and his wife Jeanne of Capay; nieces, Janice Aboytes of Woodland and Barbara Simas of Folsom; cousin, Nick Cadenasso of Esparto; great-nieces, Terri Price of Woodland, Robyn Dinkins of Lakeland Ga., Marie Ferrera, and Clelia Vanoy-Mosse, both of Petaluma, Kathey, Mary and Patty Simas of Sacramento; great-nephews, Stig Han of Capay, and Jim Aboytes of Lexington, Ky., Dan, Tim, Mike and Gerry Simas of Sacramento; and sister-in-law, Grace Wood of Capay.

Respecting the wishes of Mrs. Spalding no services are scheduled.

The family requests memorials be directed to Friends of Esparto Regional Library, P.O. Box 787, Esparto, 95627; or St. John's Retirement Village/Stollwood Convalescent Hospital, 135 Woodland Ave., Woodland, 95695-2701.

McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Friday, March 22, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

SPANG

Stefan George Spang

A memorial service for Stefan George Spang, 88, of Winters was held at F. D. Sweet and Son, 8925 A Street, Orland, California, on Saturday, March 20, at 1 p.m., followed by burial at The Orland Masonic Cemetery. Pastor David Sotelo from the Valley Evangelical Free Church officiated. Mr. Spang passed away on March 17, 1999, in Davis.

Born March 23, 1910, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Spang died at Courtyard Health Care Center in Davis. He was a longtime resident of Tehama County, and recently moved to Winters.

He was survived by his wife, Lyde Spang of Red Bluff; daughter Janice Walters of San Jose; daughter-in-law, Ilse Spang of Washington; son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Bonnie Spang of Winters; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Spang was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Natalie Spang, and his son, Stephen Spang. Jr.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, March 25, 1999, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

SPAR

Penny Spar

Penny Spar, a former staff writer for The Davis Enterprise, died Feb. 10, 2004, of acute myelogenous leukemia. Born Jan. 30, 1951, she was 53 years old.

At the time of her death, she lived in Seattle, Wash.

A graduate of San Jose State University in the early 1970s, she worked on the staff of the Spartan Daily newspaper. Immediately following graduation, she came to work at The Davis Enterprise, where she covered police, fire and emergency services in the mid- to late 1970s.

She also worked for United Press International in the Sacramento and Seattle bureaus. Most recently, she was working at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., testing computer keyboards and mice.

She had a great affection for birds and tropical fish, and was a huge fan of the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. For many years, she would plan her vacation around Memorial Day weekend, even after she moved to Seattle.

She is survived by her father, Mort Spar; a brother, Jerry Spar and his wife of Laguna Beach; a sister, Stephanie Spar; and a good friend, Dottie Maxwell, who lived with her and took care of her for the last months of her life.

At her request, no memorial service will be held.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Sunday, February 15, 2004.)

SPAULDING

Robley P. Spaulding

Mr. Robley P. Spaulding died on Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, in Orangevale, at the age of 59. He was born on Nov. 24, 1939, and graduated from Winters High School in 1957.

Mr. Spaulding was a member of Local Union No. 669 for many years as a fire sprinkler foreman.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Marin Spaulding, and their daughter, Nicole. He is also survived by children Denise Lynn Chick and her husband Richard, of Oregon; Deborah Mathews and her husband Garitt or Orangevale; Rhonda Shelby and husband Steven, of Utah; and Kimberly Wilkin. Other survivors include his sister, Diane Tiche; his father Clarence "Dale" Spaulding; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Anita "Joy" Tharp-Spaulding in 1964, as well as his mother, Mabel "Jeanne" Spaulding, and his brother, James Boyce.

Services were scheduled at the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, 11427 Fair Oaks Boulevard, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, October 7, 1999 (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

SPEARIN

Carl E. Spearin

Carl E. Spearin died at Sutter Davis Hospital Tuesday, May 10 at age 88.

Mr. Spearin was born Sept. 23, 1916 in Hornbrook, Siskiyou County. He graduated from Yreka High School, joined the 3 C's and then came to Sacramento to work on a dredge on the Sacramento River. He worked briefly in Seattle at the Naval Air Station, but was a long time resident and farmer in Rumsey and Guinda. He was judge of the Justice Court in Yolo County, president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1971 and 1975, a member and employee of the Farm Bureau. Mr. Spearin worked for a time at Woodland Tractor. He was a member of the Masons and Yolo Shrine club. He served as a past master of the Masons and past patron of the Eastern Star. He was a former member of the Baptist Church in Woodland.

Survivors include Mr. Spearin's wife of 65 years, Lucille Spearin; his daughter, Nancy Ryel and her husband Tom; his grandchildren, Kate Armitage and her husband Clinton of Rochester, Wash., Michael Ryan of Great Lake, Navy Recruiting Station and Daniel Ryan of McChord AFB, Wash.; his great-grandchildren, Zach, Emily, Rachel, MacKenzie and Allison Armitage; his brothers and sisters include Vi Murphy of Salinas, Jessie Frasier of Montague, Lester Spearin and his wife Vieva of Hornbrook and James Spearin and his wife Jackie of Red Bluff.

The family requests memorials in Mr. Spearin's name be directed to cancer research, the Shriners Hospital for Children, the Esparto Library or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Services: A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, May 13 at Capay Cemetery. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, May 18, 2005.)

SPEARIN

Lucille Spearin

Lucille Spearin of Esparto died in her home Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005 at age 84.

Mrs. Spearin was born Feb. 5, 1921 in Rumsey. She had been a Yolo County resident for her entire life. She attended business school in Sacramento, where she met her future husband. She also was the postmaster for Rumsey for 26 years. She also was the 1939 Capay Valley Almond Festival Queen and the accordianist and piano player for her family's band, "The Rumsey Five."

Mrs. Spearin was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Spearin. Survivors include her daughter Nancy Ryel and huband Tom; granddaughter Kate Armitage and huband Clinton of Chehalis, Wash.; grandsons Michael Ryan, stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln, and Daniel Ryan, stationed in Afghanistan; and great-grandchildren Emily, Rachel, MacKenzie, Allison and Zach Armitage.

Services: A graveside service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Capay Cemetery in Esparto. The family requests donations in Mrs. Spearin's name be made to the charity of the donor's choice. McNary's Chapel of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, November 27, 2005.)

SPEEGLE

Eric Pasquale Speegle

Eric Pasquale Speegle passed away on Monday, March 26, in Winters. Born on Oct. 21, 1972 in Davis, he was 28 years old. A 1991 graduate of Modesto High School, Mr. Speegle also attended Modesto Junior College in 1992-93. He moved back home in 1993 and lived with his mother for awhile before moving in with his father. Mr. Speegle worked part time off and on in Davis and was employed by the Hayward House in Woodland.

Mr. Speegle is survived by a daughter, Kayla D. Foucheaux, of Davis; father, Claude D. Speegle of Winters; mother, Teresa A. Gloege and husband James of Dixon; grandparents, Pasquale and Betty J. Biasi of Dixon, and Hazel Speegle of Winters; uncles, Gene Speegle of Oakdale, Joe Speegle and wife Beth of Winters, James Speegle and his wife Denise of Winters, and Micheal (sic) Biasi and wife Nancy of Woodland; aunts, Patricia L. Callahan and husband Scott of Dixon, and Kathryn Clark and husband Larry of Winters; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by three uncles, Larry Speegle, John Speegle and Dominic Biasi.

Funeral services were held on Friday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at Smith's Colonial Chapel in Winters. Burial followed at the Winters Cemetery.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, April 5, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

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Eric P. Speegle

Eric Pasquale Speegle died March 26, 2001. Born in Davis on Oct. 21, 1972, he was 28.

He graduated from Modesto High School in 1991 and attended Modesto Junior College between 1992 and 1993. He moved back home in 1993 and resided with his mother for a time and then lived with his father in Winters. He worked part-time, off and on in Davis, and was employed by the Hayward House in Woodland.

He is survived by his father, Claude D. Speegle of Winters; his mother, Teresa A Gloege and her husband, James of Dixon; his maternal grandparents, Pasquale and Betty J. Biasi of Dixon; his paternal grandmother, Hazel Speegle of Winters; his daughter, Kayla D. Foucheaux of Davis; his four uncles, Gene Speegle of Oakdale, Joe Speegle and his wife, Beth of Winters, James Speegle and his wife, Denise of Winters and Michael Biasi and his wife, Nancy of Woodland; his two aunts, Patricia L. Callahan and her husband, Scott of Dixon and Kathryn Clark and her husband, Larry of Winters. He is also survived by numerous cousins and other relatives.

His burial took place on March 30, at the Winters Cemetery. Remembrances may be made in his name to the Eric Speegle Memorial Fund, For Benefit of Kayla D. Foucheaux, Daughter, C/O First Northern Bank, 195 North First Street, Dixon, CA 95620.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, April 5, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)

SPEICHER

Lawrence Speicher

(The following obituary was transcribed by Betty Loose.)

“Sacramento Union,” Friday morning, November 18, 1960.

SERVICE SET FOR MAN 100

Services will be held Saturday at 11 A.M. in GORMLEY's for Lawrence SPEICHER of 504 Third Street, Broderick, who died Wednesday, five weeks after his 100th birthday. Burial will be in East Lawn.

SPEICHER, a lover of good cigars, received a number of them for his 100th birthday. Noted as a beer drinker in his early days, he still took an occasional glass in his late years. Born in Pennsylvania, he moved to the Sacramento area in 1880 and worked for the Southern Pacific Company, for a lumber mill, and as a watchman for the Owyhee Dam on the Oregon-Idaho border, and on the Bay Bridge.

Mrs. SPEICHER died 17 years ago. SPEICHER was the father of Raymond SPEICHER of Broderick, with whom he lived; Mrs. Ethel LEWIS of Washington and Mrs. Hazel R. SMITH of Broderick; grandfather of three and great grandfather of three.

SPEICHER - In Broderick, November 16, 1960, Lawrence SPEICHER, husband of the late Myrtle L. SPEICHER, loving father of Raymond C. SPEICHER, Mrs. Ethel LEWIS and Mrs. Hazel R. SMITH, brother of the late John SPEICHER, also survived by three grandchildren and three great grandchildren; a native of Pennsylvania, aged 100 years. Friends may call at W.F. GORMLEY & Sons Chapel, 2015 Capitol avenue, and are invited to attend funeral services Saturday at 11 A.M. Interment East Lawn.

SPERR

Albert C. Sperr

Albert C. Sperr died in Sacramento Saturday, Jan. 29 at age 77.

Mr. Sperr was born Jan. 11, 1928 in Donnelly, Minn. to the late John and Lena Sperr. He had been a Woodland resident for about two years. He had a 27-year military career which included serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a paratrooper and on supply missions of the 11th Airborne Division and later for the U.S. Air Force. He received the Bronze Star for flying missions during the Korean and Vietnam wars. His last career was with ARA in charge of coffee service and repair division before retiring.

Survivors include Mr. Sperr's wife of 18 years, Lynn Hannagan Sperr; his daughter, Sheila Massey of Elk Grove; his sons, Joel Sperr of Wheatland, Minn. and Gary Sperr and his wife Nancy of Granite Bay; his stepchildren, Clifton and his companion Raquel Rodriguez-Hug of Paso Robles; Holly Stelmach Howard of Mendocino; Burton and his wife Debbie Slaven-Hestand of Oregon House and Lance Stelmach of Folsom; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 11 brothers and sisters; his brother-in-law, Burt Hannagan and his wife Lalo of Woodland and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family requests memorials in Mr. Sperr's name be directed to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2025 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, 95817 or Twin Lakes Food Bank, P.O. Box 743, Folsom, 95630.

Services: A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at Green Valley Mortuary, 610 Colma, Folsom. Burial with full military honors is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9 at Woodland Cemetery. Green Valley Mortuary of Folsom is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, February 04, 2005.)

SPEER

Ola Speer

Ola Speer passed away in the Cottonwood Healthcare Facility in Woodland on Aug. 29, 2000 at the age of 92. She was born in Dallas, Texas on Jan. 23, 1908 to Albert and Hettie Davis.

Mrs. Speer was a resident of Yolo County for 55 years. She was a homemaker all of her adult life and a member of the Woodland Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Mrs. Speer is survived by her children, Reba Piris of Woodland, Mildred Brown and husband James of Vallejo, Don Speer of Pittsburgh, Missouri, Mary Campo and husband Bert of Middletown, and Steven Speer and wife Sherry of Anderson. Also surviving Mrs. Speer are numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Speer was preceded in death by her husband William M. Speer and her son Albert L. Speer.

A private graveside service was held on Friday, Sept. 1, at the Woodland Cemetery.

McNary's Chapel assisted the family with the arrangements.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, September 7, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

SPENCER

Wayne Alan Spencer

Wayne Alan Spencer died at Cottonwood Heathcare in Woodland Wednesday, Feb. 16 at age 59.

Mr. Spencer was born July 27, 1945 in San Francisco to Corbett and Lola Lockman Spencer. He graduated from Mission High School in 1963. He was employed as a distribution manager for West Coast Beauty Supply and the Emporium for a combined 25 years.

Survivors include Mr. Spencer's sons, Jay Spencer of Woodland and Michael Spencer of San Francisco; his granddaughter, Rene Spencer of Petaluma and his grandsons, Jared, Riley and Wyland Spencer of Woodland, Michael, Jr., and Tyler Spencer of Petaluma.

The family requests memorials in Mr. Spencer's name be directed to the Sonoma County Task Force on Homeless. Services: Respecting the wishes of Mr. Spencer, services will be private. Evergreen Funeral Service of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Sunday, February 20, 2005.)

SPENCER-
BENTLEY

Gloria Spencer-Bentley

Gloria Spencer-Bentley of Winters passed away at home on June 1, 2004 after battling ovarian cancer for just over two years. Her husband, Bill Bentley, was at her side. Born in Woodland on June 6, 1941, and a former student in the Woodland school system, she was 63 years old.

Ms. Spencer-Bentley wove a life of art, gardening and friends. Whether it was weaving an intricate rug or fabric on her loom, re-creating Giverney in her garden, or shearing a sheep, Gloria Spencer-Bentley did it masterfully. Her friends describe her as "an artistic soul" and "the salt of the earth," someone who could always be counted upon.

She was an accomplished fiber artist, exhibiting her award-winning work in many galleries throughout Northern California. Most recently, she worked in Russian punch-needle embroidery (Igolochkoy), creating intricate tapestries with silk and metallic threads. These whimsical, narrative pieces were inspired by her dreams, stories and many adventures.

Ms. Spencer-Bentley learned to weave in the late 1960s, and spent the rest of her life exploring many facets of fiber art. She was a master spinner and an expert in natural dyes. Living in Loomis in the 1970s, she raised black sheep, prized among weavers for their finely textured, naturally colored fleeces.

Friends and family recalled her unique gift for seeing beauty in everyday objects of nature. The entry table in her home exhibited a changing collection of "found objects," which might include a hummingbird's nest from her garden, a shard of mahogany obsidian from the family ranch, or a natural wreath of thorns found in the Mojave Desert. Friends say she saw treasure in what others couldn't see, and put her hand to it so they could see it, too.

Ms. Spencer-Bentley was deeply interested in Native American art and culture, an affinity that began in childhood. In the 1970s, she worked for Pacific Western Traders in Folsom, where she met many prominent Native American artists and craftspeople. Their work informed her own.

An intrepid traveler, she gathered inspiration for her art and gardens from the people and places she visited. A photograph from the mid-1970s shows her astride a camel at the Great Pyramids of Egypt, a trip that also took her to Turkey and Afghanistan prior to the Soviet invasion. She traveled extensively throughout Mexico, the American Southwest, and Europe, where she and her husband traveled the back roads of Germany and Austria. Last year, she visited Paris and the south of France between chemotherapy treatments. Her husband describes her last trip to the American Southwest as an "art pilgrimage," where she visited Native American weavers, basketmakers, jewelers and other artists.

A prolific gardener, Ms. Spencer-Bentley spent many hours tending her antique roses and vegetables. The gardens at her Winters home are a testimony to her eclectic style, combining antique climbing roses, grasses and unusual cultivars. Over her lifetime, Ms. Spencer-Bentley enjoyed a wide circle of friends, including artists and musicians.

Ms. Spencer-Bentley is survived by her husband, Bill Bentley of Winters; mother, Jane Spencer of Woodland; daughters Wendy Heaton of Sacramento and Amy Wilson of Cool; sisters Sandy Hafley of Woodland and Kathy Farster of Marysville.

A memorial celebration will be held later this summer. Remembrances can be made to any local hospice.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, June 24, 2004.)

SPIES

Richard Davis Spies

Richard Davis Spies died Sept. 10, 2004, in Woodland at the age of 45. He was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on June 6, 1959.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at Woodland United Fellowship Church, 240 N. West St., Woodland.

He was a graduate of Davis High School and attended American River College. He was an accomplished musician, poet and writer.

He is survived by his parents, Richard and Carol Spies; sisters Joan Athey, Claire Bond and Corinne Williams; nephews Cameron Bond and Peter Athey; and nieces Madeline Athey and Kyle Corinne Bond.

The family requests memorials be sent to the Yolo Community Care Continuum, P.O. Box 1101, Davis, Ca. 95616.

McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, September 21, 2004.)

SPITZER

Elaine Marie "Mom" Spitzer

Elaine Marie "Mom" Spitzer of Woodland died Monday, Dec. 12 at age 75.

Mrs. Spitzer was born May 4, 1930 in Butte, Mont. She had been a Yolo County resident for 40 years. She worked for 15 years as an insurance claims processor at Woodland Healthcare.

Survivors include Mrs. Spitzer's husband of 40 years, Ernie Spitzer; her daughter, Lisa Colvin; her sons, Jack Devine, Mike Devine and Greg Devine; her stepdaughters, Pamela Wolf, Debra Horness, Donna Spitzer and Julie Johns; her stepson, Rick Spitzer; her grandchildren, Anelise Colvin, Matt, Robyn and Sean Devine, Isaac, Jacob and Elle Wolf, Leah Johnston, Mark, David and Mary Horness, Rikki, Jesse and Cody Spitzer, Tami and Tony Johns, Donnie Bernash, Daniel and Devin Honeycutt; seven great-grandchildren; her sister, Darlene Hylton; and her brothers, Allan, Aldan, Pete and Paul LeBeck and Arthur Galahan.

The family requests memorials in Mrs. Spitzer's name be directed to Woodland Healthcare Oncology Department, 1321 Cottonwood Dr., Woodland 95695.

Services: A celebration of Mrs. Spitzer's life is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at John Rogers Hall, Yolo County Fairgrounds on Gum Avenue, Woodland. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, December 15, 2005.)

SPIVA

Thomas "Tom" Leroy Spiva

Thomas "Tom" Leroy Spiva died at his home in Esparto Tuesday, Jan. 17 at age 78.

Mr. Spiva was born June 24, 1927 in Olustee, Okla. He had been a Yolo County resident for 48 years. He was a graduate of Olustee High School and Altus Junior College, both in Oklahoma. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to 1946. After the war, he worked for Northrup King Seed Company from 1948 to 1958; owned Barber-Rowland Farm Supply in Esparto from 1958 to 1992; and after retiring became a consultant to Wilbur-Ellis Company and Agriform Farm Supply. He was an elder of Countryside Community Church in Esparto. He was a life member of Landmark-Buckeye Lodge No. 195 of Free and Accepted Masons, Esparto Lions, where he was also past president, Esparto VFW and Woodland Elks Lodge No. 1299. He also served as a trustee on the Esparto School Board and was a volunteer for the Yolo County Sheriff's Department STARS program.

Survivors include Mr. Spiva's wife of 58 years, Wanda G. Spiva of Esparto; his daughter, Carol Ann Spiva of Woodland; his sons, George P. Spiva of Esparto, Joseph L. Spiva and his wife Myrna of Winters and James T. Spiva; his grandchildren, Jeremy Johnston of Woodland, Jedediah Johnston of Winters, Benjamin Spiva of Lubbock, Texas, Amanda Spiva of Davis, Lela Spiva and Nathan Covington, both of Winters, and Tristan, Damon and Nicole Spiva all of Esparto; his great-grandchildren, Austin and Kambree Spiva of Lubbock, Texas; and his sisters, Nell Kimbell of Springfield, Mo. and Gwen Sanchez of San Diego. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pleasant L. and Mamie G. Spiva and his sister, Betty Simpson.

The family requests flowers for the service on Tuesday, Jan. 24 to be delivered before 11 a.m. to Heidrick Ag History Center, 126 Hays Lane, Woodland. For memorials in Mr. Spiva's name are to be directed to Woodland Christian School, Esparto Fire Department, Landmark-Buckeye Masonic Lodge No. 195 or Countryside Community Church.

Services: A celebration of Mr. Spiva's life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Heidrick Ag History Center, 126 Hays Lane, Woodland. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Saturday, January 21, 2006.)

SPRACKLEN

Dale R. Spracklen

Funeral services for Dale R. Spracklen, 78, of Vacaville, was held at 10 a.m., May 10, at McCune Garden Chapel. Burial followed at the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery.

Born March 10, 1921, in Tower Hill, Illinois, Mr. Spracklen died May 5, 1999, in Winters.

A longtime resident of Vacaville, he worked for Hastings Island in Rio Vista for 15 years and also worked for J&J Auto for 10 years. He was also a member of Veterans Association of San Jose.

He is survived by his daughters, E. Lois Mackie of San Jose, Peggy Ann Dahringer of Illinois; son, Ray of Winters; brother Wilmer of Pekin, Illinois; sister, Opel of Pekin; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, Redwood Empire Chapter, P. O. Box 844, Santa Rosa, 95402.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, May 13, 1999, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "Winters Express," 312 Railroad Ave., Winters, CA 95694.)

SPRECKELS

Dorothy Belle Endicott Spreckels

Dorothy Belle Endicott Spreckels died peacefully of old age in her Rumsey home Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, at the age of 94. She was surrounded by her family.

Born in Myrtle Creek, Ore., Mrs. Spreckels resided in California most of her adult life. According to her family members, "she was inspired by many."

Mrs. Spreckels is survived by her daughter, Gretchen Ceteras, and son-in-law, John; grandchildren, Kristin Jakobsen Shaw, Nancy Jakobsen Vanderhoff, Paul Jakobsen, and Noah Ceteras; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolph B. Spreckels, in 1974; and daughter, Delilah Jakobsen, in 1993.

A private burial service will be held at the family cemetery in Oakland, Ore.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Wednesday, August 28, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

SPRINGER

Benjamin "Ben" Springer

Benjamin "Ben" Springer of Stanwood, Wash., died Nov. 27, 2004, from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash. He was 39.

Born in Bangkok, Thailand, on July 14, 1965, he graduated from high school in Newport, Ore., in 1983. In 1987, he received a bachelor's degree from Life Bible College in California and was ordained with the Foursquare Church. He met his wife at LBC and they married in Woodburn, Ore., on June 28, 1986.

He was a pilot for 20 years and for the last seven years was a rescue helicopter pilot for Airlift Northwest. He was an active leader and member of Warm Beach Community Church in Stanwood, Wash.

His family says his passions in life were Christian missions, building, flying, karate and writing for magazines. He was very involved with his children and loved his wife dearly.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Carol; and his children, Emily, Abigail, Nathaniel and Elizabeth.

He is further survived by his father, Don Paul of Kauai, Hawaii; his mother, Marianne Springer of Davis; his sisters, Janet Peiffer of Rocklin and Judy Weitz of Kailua, Hawaii; brother, Kevin Springer of Fountain Valley; and grandmother Verna Springer of San Clemente.

A memorial service was Saturday, Dec. 4, in Arlington, Wash. Burial was in Davis on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund for his children is being established through Warm Beach Community Church, 9620 188th St. NW, Stanwood, WA 98292.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, December 10, 2004.)

SPRINGER

Lois Avalena Springer

Lois Avalena Springer died in her sleep Thursday, May 9, 2002, at age 93.

Born Dec. 5, 1908, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Mrs. Springer was residing at The Californian Retirement Residence, Woodland. She was the youngest of five children of the late Louisa A. (Sperry) and John Lorenzo Mitchell. Her family moved to Chico when she was five. She graduated from Chico State College and began teaching in Sterling when she was 19. Her father died when she was 15, and she cared for her mother from the time she started teaching until her mother died. Mrs. Springer continued her teaching in Maxwell, and then Woodland. In 1942, she married Alphe L. Springer, a widower, who had a daughter, Thama. Lois quit teaching for six years to have three sons, and then returned to teaching at Dingle School. For most of her 39 year teaching career she taught fourth grade. Her last years of teaching were at Maxwell School in Woodland. She taught over 1,000 children during her career.

In 1948, she, her husband and sons moved from their rented house to a home they purchased on the edge of Woodland. They spent the next 15 years enlarging and improving the existing building, she was doing quadruple duty as mother, teacher, wife and construction worker.

Mrs. Springer is survived by her daughter, Thama Morris of Placerville; and sons, Lon Springer of Woodland, Fred Springer and wife Sandy of Franklin, Tenn., and Blair Springer and wife Debbie of Elk Grove.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Vina Jacobson and husband Roger of Sonora, Glenda Williams and husband Blake of Lincoln, David Morris of Placerville, Liam, Nathan and Locke Springer of Franklin, Tenn., Zack Springer and wife Marianne of Walnut Creek, Beja Springer of Sacramento, and Katey and Brian Surjan of Elk Grove; great-grandchildren, Rori Alves and husband Danny and Holy Jacobson of Sacramento, Kelly Garrett and husband Jim and Patrick Williams of Lincoln; and great-great-granddaughter, Deanna Jo Garrett of Lincoln; and numerous nieces; nephews and cousins.

There will be a private interment in the family plot at Mary's Cemetery near Yolo.

A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at the Woodland Christian Church, 509 College St., Woodland.

The family requests memorials be directed to Summer House, Inc., P.O. Box 1724, Woodland, 95776; or the Woodland Christian Church, 509 College St., Woodland, 95695.

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.

A fee has paid to reprint this obituary.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Tuesday, May 14, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)

SPRINKLE

Robert R. Sprinkle

Robert R. Sprinkle died April 28, 2003 in Davis. He was 96.

The son of a Methodist minister, Robert Lee Sprinkle, and his wife, Margaret, Robert R. Sprinkle was born Feb. 6, 1907, in Santa Ana. He spent most of his life working as an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, living primarily in Stockton and, for about 20 years, in Davis. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and photography.

Sprinkle was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Doris.

He is survived by his daughter, Renee Ault of Davis; grandchildren, Joseph P. Ault of Redwood Valley and Lynne Ault Lear of Sacramento; great-grandchildren, Scott Ault of Redwood Valley, Tim Ault of Ukiah, Jennifer Lear of Sacramento, Julee Carden of Woodland and Jamee and Mark Lear, both of Davis; and great-great-grandchildren, Tyler and Dylan Ault, both of Redwood Valley, and Evan and Jack Carden, both of Woodland.

Private graveside services were held Thursday.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, May 2, 2003.)

SPURR

Winifred (Blair) Spurr

Winifred (Blair) Spurr died at home on Jan. 22, 2003. She was 86 years old. She had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for many years.

Her son John and her longtime caregiver and dear friend, Ilisaveci Qeleca, were at her side when she died.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1916, in Rochester, N.H. Her father died when she was just 5 years old. Her mother remarried and moved them to Los Angeles. She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1938 with a degree in botany. She went on to earn a master's degree in botany in 1940.

In 1942, she married Arthur R. Spurr. During the war years, she worked as a research scientist in the Salinity Lab at UC Riverside and co-authored several scientific articles.

She joined her husband in Cambridge, Mass., in 1946. After he received his Ph.D., they moved to Davis in 1948.

She was involved in many community activities during her 54 years in Davis. She was active, with her husband, in the founding and development of the Davis Parent Nursery School.

As a result of her renowned talents as a gardener and baker, she won numerous prizes at area fairs. She donated her winnings to the school.

Along with her husband, she became a charter member of the Davis Unitarian Fellowship in 1955 and was one of the early Sunday school teachers. She also participated in the Davis Art Center in its early years. She was active in Friends of the Davis Arboretum for many years as a docent, docent teacher and display researcher.

She was a voracious reader and lover of language, particularly English and French.

She especially enjoyed entertaining students and other visitors from foreign countries in her home. She returned to work in the 1970s as the administrative assistant for the Ecology Group at UC Davis.

She was preceded in death by her husband Arthur. She is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Spurr of Cambridge, Mass., John Spurr and his wife Kathleen of Davis, and Douglas Spurr of Corralitos; and daughter, Pamela and her husband Nick Ranceford-Hadley of London.

She is also survived by four grandchildren, Sean and Sarah Spurr and Samuel and Stephanie Seager; her sister, Ramona Mathewson of Huntington Beach; and her niece Juliana Mathewson Bobrow, also of Huntington Beach.

She will be remembered for her loving nature, patience, generous heart and compassion for others.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Unitarian Church of Davis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Friends of the Davis Arboretum, c/o Arboretum, Davis, CA 95616.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, January 29, 2003.)

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