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Nina Mae Zahara

Born Nov. 25, 1920, in Bastrop, Texas, she was a registered nurse during World War II. She worked at Woodland Clinic for a few years then moved to the UC Davis Student Health Center, where she worked for more than 40 years.

She did volunteer work for free clinics, was an active member of University Farm Circle and a PTA president for East Davis School. She belonged to various bridge groups, decorated many cakes, enjoyed sewing and did tole painting.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Mike Zahara; daughter, Mary Zahara of Chico; grandchildren, Michael Troth of Sacramento and Kimberly Mahan of Washington; and great-grandchildren, Calvin Mahan of Washington and Brittany Mahan of Chico.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at 831 L St. in Davis.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, September 8, 2004.)


Aaron (Aram) Michael Zakarian

Aaron (Aram) Michael Zakarian, a 20-year resident of Davis, died Nov. 15, 2005, in his Davis home. Born Oct. 25, 1919, he was 86.

He was from Modesto, the eldest surviving son of Haig and Sirannosh Zakarian who immigrated from Armenia before the first World War.

His large family included his brother John, who died in combat in Europe during World War II; his brother Jim who died in 1955; his sister Mary who died earlier this year; and three brothers who survive him, Jack, Joe and Ben Zakarian.

Like all his brothers, he was known to most people as Zak.

He was a congenial man who liked people and made friends easily. He was also a passionate fly fisherman and a craftsman, known in Davis for the custom fishing rods he made, which he called Zak-rods.

He will be remembered for his storytelling, his generosity, and the twinkle in his eye. He could smile despite adversity, as was evident last spring when he was going for radiation treatments and other patients thanked him for being a cheerful presence.

He was educated at Modesto High School, where he was elected student body president and played varsity football and baseball, and at Modesto Junior College.

In 1938 he joined the U.S. Navy. He became a pilot in 1944, and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1955. He was a conscientious and enthusiastic pilot who, in later years, often regaled family and friends with stories from his time in Alaska and in the Aleutian Islands, a particularly interesting period in his career.

After retiring from the Navy in 1964, he became a stockbroker at McDowall Corporation in San Francisco and Dean Witter in Modesto.

In 1985 he moved with his wife Jane to Davis to be near his elderly mother-in-law. In 1987 he served on the Yolo County Grand Jury, an assignment he took very seriously.

He enjoyed many happy days at the family's forest service cabin in the South Fork of the American River, east of Placerville, where he loved to fish. He was an active member of Fly Fishers of Davis, and before his death he donated dozens of Zak-rods to the club.

He was preceded in death by his son, John, in 1982.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jane, who belongs to a long-time Davis family. Her father, George H. Vansell, was a professor of entomology beginning in 1922, and her bother was the administrative secretary to George Hunt, head of the UC Davis veterinary school, when it began in the 1950s. He is also survived by his first wife, Arlene.

He is further survived by three daughters from his first marriage, Patricia Griffin of Stinson Beach; Christine Gould of Portland, Ore.; and Kaye Carron of Aptos; four step-children, Gerald (Jerry) Holloway of Columbia, Mo.; Carol H. Conrad of Concord; James (Jim) Holloway of Palo Alto; and Mary H. Pfeffer of Nelson, B.C.; and 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

At his request, no services are planned. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, November 18, 2005.)


Jane V. Zakarian

A celebration of the life of Jane V. Zakarian will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Davis Community Church, 412 C St. in Davis.

Zakarian, 84, of Davis died peacefully in her sleep Dec. 23, 2005, in Concord. She was spending the holidays with her daughter and family.

Raised in Davis, she attended local schools, was active in the Girl Scouts, and belonged to Davis Community Church. Her parents both worked at UC Davis – her father as a professor of entomology and her mother at the School of Veterinary Medicine.

After raising her children in Modesto, she returned to Davis with her second husband, Aaron Zakarian, who predeceased her in November 2005.

She is survived by Jerry Holloway and his wife Rochelle; Carol Conrad and her husband Ray; James Holloway; Mary Jane Pfeffer and her husband John; Patricia Griffin and her husband Mike; Kay Carron; Christine Gould; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Tuesday, February 14, 2006.)


Luella Mae Zamzow

Luella Mae Zamzow of Davis died Jan. 28, 2006, two days after her 74th birthday, as the result of a solo car accident on Interstate 5 in Kern County.

A memorial service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Davis Community Church, 412 C St.

She was born Jan. 26, 1932, in Atlantic, Iowa. After attending Reinbeck High School in Iowa, she was the lead majorette for the Iowa State Marching Band.

Upon graduation from California State University, Northridge, in 1966, she worked for the University of California Cooperative Extension Service as the Tulare County 4-H program adviser in youth development and leadership, and later as a state specialist at UC Davis.

After retirement, her boundless energies turned to a variety of endeavors that included the Davis Flower Arrangers Guild. She most recently served as a director of the Sacramento River Valley District California Garden Clubs Inc.

She is survived by her son, Jeffory J. Scharff and his wife Jo; two sisters, Rozella Beck and her husband Vernon Beck of Grants Pass, Ore., and Morella Larsen of Palm Springs; and two grandchildren, Jessica and Stephen Scharff.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Luella Zamzow Memorial Fund for the Shepard Garden & Art Center, c/o 2625 Fair Oaks Blvd., Suite 7, Sacramento, CA 95864.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Friday, February 3, 2006.)


Louise Hollingsworth Zane

Louise Hollingsworth Zane died at her home in Woodland Thursday, March 10, at age 83. Born on June 17, 1921 in Woodland, she was a lifelong Yolo County resident. She enjoyed painting, gardening, bridge and fishing. She was the heart and soul of her family and large circle of friends in the Woodland and Winters communities. Louise’s love and thoughtfulness will be missed by many.

Survivors include Louise’s husband of 59 years, Joe Zane; her daughters, Becky Ewert and her husband Corky of Carmichael and Mary Parrish and her husband Dennis of Woodland; her sons, Neil Zane and Joe Zane Jr. and his wife Wendy, all of Woodland; her grandchildren, Beth Teague and her husband Jim; Isaac Parrish and his wife Rosario; Justin Ewert and his wife Sarah, Joshua Ewert and Tammy Hintz, Stella Parrish and Logan and Stuart Zane; her great-grandchildren, Kirtsen, Aaron, Zach, Isaac, Julie and Brianna; her sister, Ann Sandstrom and her husband Marc; her brothers, Robert Hollingsworth and Jim Hollingsworth and his wife Karen, her sister-in-law, Jean Blickle and her husband Ken and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Hazel Cobb Hollingsworth; her mother and father-in-law, Neil and Norma Zane, and her sisters, Phyllis Meek and Georgene Rietow.

A graveside service will be held Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. at the Woodland Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Louise’s life following the service at Cracchiolo’s Banquet Hall, 1320 East Main Street, Woodland.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, March 17, 2005.)


Roger Zane

Roger Zane died Dec. 31, 2000, at the Redding Medical Center. Born Aug. 9, 1916, in Ceres, he was 84.

He had lived and farmed in the Davis area for many years and attended the First Baptist Church in Davis. At the time of death, he lived in Paynes Creek.

He is survived by his daughter, Betty Resch, and his son, Steven Zane, both of Paynes Creek. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby, in 1998. He was also survived by seven grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at Belle Mill Cemetery in Lyonsville.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, January 3, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)


Walter H. Zeck Sr.

Walter H. Zeck Sr. passed away unexpectedly at Woodland Memorial Hospital on Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at the age of 85. He had lived in Woodland for the past 33 years. Walter was born Nov. 8, 1917, in Toledo, Ohio to Henry G. and Marguerite (Scott) Zeck.

Walter attended Libby High School where he met his "high school sweetheart," who would become his wife of 67 years, Ellen (Trumbull) Zeck. After graduating high school, he trained as a mechanical engineer, and then worked in the defense industry during World War II. After the war he continued working as an engineer for Autolite Company and Norris Industries while attending Tri-State Bible School. After his ordination as a minister with the United Brethren Church, he pastored for the next 40 years serving the congregations of Hebron United Brethren, Modesto United Brethren and the New Testament Church of Woodland. After his retirement, Pastor Walter continued to minister as an interim pastor, teacher, counselor and mentor for aspiring ministers.

Walter was always active in the communities he served. In Ohio he was on the Springfield Township School Board, and was the driving force for Liberty Christian Academy. In Woodland, Reverend Zeck was one of the founders of the Yolo Wayfarer Center, a member of the Kiwanis Club, a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and always involved in the local elections. He enjoyed golfing, softball, pitching horseshoes, bowling and traveling, especially visiting and dining at Occidental, Ca. He was a proud grandfather who enjoyed being part of the lives of his grandchildren as they played, performed and competed in school and sports. "Above all, Walter Zeck loved three things: God, his wife and his family. Together with his wife, he instilled in his children a devotion to family, the love of God and a desire to serve the community they live in. As it says in Proverbs 31:28; 'His children will stand and call him blessed.'" "Walter: husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, Pastor and friend. . . We honor you!"

Surviving Pastor Walter Zeck is his wife, Ellen Zeck of Woodland, his sons, Walter H. Zeck Jr. and wife Sondra of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kenneth N. Zeck and wife Pat of Toledo, Ohio and Douglas L. Zeck and wife Janice of Woodland; his daughters, Mary E. Greb and husband Douglas of Esparto and Judith R. Stockton and husband James of Woodland. Fourteen grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren also survive. His brother Richard Zeck of New Jersey, and sister Virginia Smith of Ohio, survive him as do many nieces and nephews. His parents and an infant brother, Donald Zeck predecease him.

Visitation and viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Kraft Bros. Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland, Ca. Friends and family members are invited to attend. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. at the New Testament Church, 108 W. Woodland Ave., Woodland, with a graveside committal service to follow at 2 p.m. at the Woodland City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials in Pastor Zeck's memory be donated to Globe Missionary Evangelism, c/o Rob and Jill Zeck, P.O. Box 3040, Woodland, Ca. 95776-1248.

Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements. Inquiries may be made by calling 662-4658, or by contacting

[There is a photograph of Mr. Zeck included with this obituary.]

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Wednesday, January 22, 2003.)


Rose A. Zeier

Rose A. Zeier died from complications related to a chromosome disorder called Trisomy 18 on April 2, 2000, in her Woodland home. She was 19 days old.

She is survived by her parents, Kenneth and Debbie Zeier of Woodland; and her siblings, Sophia, 6; Troy, 4; and Fiona, 2, all of Woodland.

Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13 are two trisomy conditions which occur in more than 2,000 births per year in the United States. The term ''trisomy'' refers to the presence of three chromosomes rather than the usual two in the particular chromosome pair designated. Thus, children with Trisomy 18 or 13 have 47 chromosomes, rather than the usual 46.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 1616 West St., Woodland.

The Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and related disorders is a network of families and professionals dedicated to providing support and understanding to families involved in the issues and decisions surrounding the diagnosis and care in Trisomy 18, 13 and related chromosomal disorders.

Memorial donations may be sent to SOFT, c/o Donations, 2982 S. Union St., Rochester, N.Y. 14624.

For more information about SOFT, visit

McNary's Chapel assisted the family with the arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," the week of April 2, 2000, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)


Ellen Marie Zeiss

Ellen Marie Zeiss died Feb. 2, 2004, at Sierra Health Care in Davis, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born Aug. 20, 1910, in Mullan, Idaho, she was 93 years old.

She grew up in Idaho and came to California in 1934, settling in the East Bay Area. She lived in Richmond and El Cerrito and worked for Navlet's Florist in Oakland as a bookkeeper for many years. She moved to Esparto in 1977 and had lived in Yolo County since then.

She was preceded in death by her brother and sister, Henning and Esther; her husband, Ralph Zeiss; and her mother, Hulda Erickson.

She is survived by her son, Charles Zeiss of Pinole; her niece, Linea Herger of Esparto; her nephew, Doug Erickson of Esparto; her sister-in-law, Ethel Erickson of Esparto; three great-nephews and two great-nieces.

Friends may call Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Chapel, 116 D St. A graveside service will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Colma.

In lieu of flowers, her family suggests that remembrances in her name be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Thursday, February 5, 2004.)


Burnell Lee Zentner

Burnell Lee Zentner Woodland native passed away Friday, April 11, 2003, at Stollwood Convalescent Hospital in Woodland, at the age of 85.

In 1936 he signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and in the late 40's he played baseball for the Woodland and Esparto town teams. In W.W.II he was a Platoon sergeant in Europe serving with the U.S. Army 3rd division and received the Purple Heart, Silver Star and bronze star.

Mr. Zentner is survived by his wife Myrtle (Mickie) Zentner of Capay; sons, Burnell H. Zentner and his wife Diana of Esparto, Val D. Zentner and his wife Bonney of Woodland. Daughters Sandra Allen and her husband Ben of Ft. Worth, Texas and Joan Tompkins and her husband Robert of Zamora. Grandchildren are Tony Zentner of Napa, Becky Olster and her husband Tom of Glen Ellen, Andrew Zentner of Capay, Eric Zentner of Huntington Beach, Kelly Tompkins of Zamora, Aaron Zentner of Manteca and Sara Zentner of Winters. One great-grandchild, Dalton Olster of Glen Ellen. Also numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be Friday, April 18, 2003, at the Zentner Ranch north of Capay, from noon to 4 p.m. Private interment will be at a later date. The family would prefer memorials in the form of donations to the Esparto Volunteer Fire Department; or the charity of the donor's choice.

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

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Thursday, April 17, 2003.)


Edna L. Zerger

Edna Zerger died June 16, 2005, while at Sierra Healthcare in Davis. She was 87.

A graveside funeral service begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Smith Mountain Cemetery, 42088 Road 100 in Dinuba.

Born Sept. 23, 1917, in Kansas, to David and Marrie Goering, she grew up on a farm in Pretty Prairie, Kan. At the age of 19, she married Arthur Zerger and the couple moved to California where they lived and worked on a farm outside of Chino.

She was described by her family as on old-fashioned farm wife who baked her own bread, and spread her own homemade butter and jam on it. She was known for making homemade ice cream and sausage. She also preserved and froze much of her own food.

The family dining table was known as the family gathering place for the holidays and special occasions.

She was active in her church and enjoyed singing in the church choir in Orange Cove where she and her husband Art moved in 1978. Due to her failing health, she spent the last four years of her life in Davis, close to her family. She will always be remembered by her family as a cheerful and positive person throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Zerger, in November 1995.

She is survived by her son, Darrel Zerger and his wife Phyllis of Davis; grandsons, Todd Zerger of Plymouth, Minn., and Jeffrey Zerger of Berkeley; and great-grandson Devin.

She is further survived by her sister Betty Ballentine of California.

A virtual guest book may be signed at Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Chapel.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Wednesday, June 22, 2005.)


Rose Marie Zimmer

Rose Marie Zimmer died at Stollwood Convalescent Hospital in Woodland Monday, June 6 at age 90.

Mrs. Zimmer was born June 13, 1914 in North Dakota. She had been a Yolo County resident for 40 years. She was the head custodian for Esparto Unified School District for 15 1/2 years.

Survivors include Mrs. Zimmer's daughters, Mary Jane Jordon, Martha Wright, Maxine Thompson, Jo Shaw, Margo Thomas and Alvina Sobers; her sons, Clarence J. Zimmer, Lee Zimmer, Arnold Zimmer and Gordon Zimmer; and 28 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Clarence J. Zimmer; her daughters, Alice Carlyle and Donna Jackson; her son, Odd Joseph Zimmer and her parents, Philip and Caroline Zelmer.

Services: Respecting the wishes of Mrs. Zimmer, no services are scheduled. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Tuesday, June 14, 2005.)


Linda Zimmerman

Linda Zimmerman passed away in her Winters home on June 3, 2003 after a lengthy illness. Born on Dec. 17, 1945 in Little Rock, Arkansas, she was 57 years old.

Mrs. Zimmerman was a resident of Winters for 24 years. She was employed for many years at the Bank of the West main branch in Vacaville, Sierra Pacific, Continental Pacific Bank, West America Bank and Vaca Valley Bank. Prior to being in the banking industry, she worked as a cashier at the Black Oak Restaurant and at the Nut Tree.

Mrs. Zimmerman was a graduate of Vacaville High School, class of 1963. She loved anything and everything pertaining to nature including 4-wheeling. She was a former member of the cliff hangers and loved her cactus and succulent plants.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Ralph Zimmerman of Winters; mother Audra Merritt of Vacaville; sisters Susan Carroll and Valerie Durling of Vacaville, Sara Jane Fiser of Tennessee, Steven Merritt of Spokane, Washington and Chois Knight of Conway, Arkansas; nieces Emily Carroll, Rebekah Durling, Madelyn Durling, Julina Durling, Barbara Durling and Susannah Durling, all of Vacaville; nephews Jared and Joshua Merritt of Florida, Tom Carroll of Vacaville and Nathan Merritt of Washington.

The family invited friends for a visitation on Thursday, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. in the Nadeau Family Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Friday, June 6, at 10 a.m. in Trinity Baptist Church with Pastor Milton Steck officiating. Interment was held in Silveyville Cemetery in Dixon.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund, 401 West Monte Vista Avenue, Vacaville, CA 95688.

(Obituary from the "Winters Express," Thursday, June 12, 2003.)


Frank W. Zink Jr.

Frank William Zink Jr. died peacefully in his home Oct. 13, 2001, after a lengthy illness. He was 78 years old.

He was born on June 17, 1923, in Pullman, Wash. He was a graduate of UC Davis and contributed 42 years of invaluable research as a plant breeder for the UC Davis Vegetable Crops Department, retiring on March 2, 1990.

He received recognition and honors for his melon research by the California Melon Research Board and appreciation as a plant breeder for his productive lettuce research by the Iceberg Lettuce Research Advisory Board. He published many research papers in his field. He had also served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.

After retirement, he enjoyed sailboating, gardening and traveling with his wife.

He is survived by Mary, his wife of 28 years and a resident of Winters; sister Miriam Coleman and husband Sam of Pasadena; son Howard Zink and his wife June and granddaughter Kaili of Fresno; son Ted Zink and his wife Cheryl; and stepgrandchildren Tami and Carri of Palmdale; stepdaughter Claudia Smyth of Winters; and stepgrandson Daniel Smyth of Woodland.

Private family services were held. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 300 West St. at Buck Avenue in Vacaville. A reception will follow the service in the Parish Hall.

The family requests that all memorials be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," October 23, 2001, (Yolo County). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616.)


Mary Bee Zink

Mary Bee Zink died in her Winters home Thursday, May 22, 2003, at age 81.

Born on Sept. 21, 1921, in St. Leonard, Province of New Brunswick, Dominion of Canada, Mrs. Zink had been a resident of Winters for over 25 years. She graduated from high school and business college in Boston, Massachusetts. In the past she was employed as a secretary at a law firm in Boston, a law firm in Woodland, and at the University of Davis - Coop Extension, Davis. She had many numerous volunteer jobs throughout the years such as the Pink Ladies in various clinics and hospitals.

Survivors include her daughter Claudia Smyth of Winters; son-in-law Dennis Smyth of Woodland; stepsons, Howard Zink and his wife June of Fresno, and Ted Zink and wife Cheryl of Palmdale; grandson Daniel Smyth of Woodland; granddaughter Khali Zink of Fresno; sister Edna Shimm of Brooklyn, New York. She was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Frank William Zink; son, Steven.

Services: A private memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, 2003, at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Vacaville with Reverend Lucretia Jevne officiating.

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, June 20, 2003.)


Minnie Zirker

(The following death notice was transcribed by Betty Loose.)

“Sacramento Bee,” Monday Evening, November 7, 1870.


In Woodland, Nov. 2, Minnie, daughter of Louis ZIRKER, aged 4 years, 1 month and 21 days.


George John Ziser

George John Ziser, a longtime Yolo County resident, died in an automobile accident near Winters Sept. 24, 2003. He was 84.

His wife Ruth is recovering well from injuries suffered in the accident, their family said.

Born May 28, 1919, in El Segundo, he was the second of George and Henrietta Ziser's four children. He grew up in Los Angeles, attending Manual Arts High School. He attended UCLA for two years, but left to attend to family matters following the death of his father. He later returned to college at UC Berkeley, graduating in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in soil science.

Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a lieutenant junior grade aboard the battleship USS Massachusetts in the South Pacific. He received Bronze Stars for Service for operations in the Gilbert Islands and Marshall Islands, the 1944 Asiatic Pacific Raids and the occupation of Iwo Jima.

Following his discharge from the Navy, in 1946, he returned to Berkeley and married Ruth Jane Wood of Jonesboro, Ark. He completed a master's degree in agricultural economics at Cal in 1947. With his first son, George III, in tow, the family moved to Redlands. They stayed for the next 12 years, during which time sons Steve and Brian were born.

After a short stint with Bank of America, he went to work with the state Department of Veteran's Affairs. Over the next 12 years, he served as farm and home loan appraiser, then as district manager in the San Bernardino office.

A promotion to state manager brought the family to the Sacramento area in 1960, when they settled in Davis.

Many of the family's fondest memories revolve around trailer camping trips in the 1950s and '60s, with summer vacations in state and national parks throughout California and Oregon. He and his wife instilled an appreciation for outdoor activities, his family said, and, ever the master of the campfire, he enjoyed ending a day of hiking with a barbecue.

In 1977, at age 58, he and his wife moved to Winters and prepared for a retirement that turned out to be long and rich. Have grown up in Los Angeles, he had always longed for the life of a farmer, and now he had 10 acres along Putah Creek and an adjoining city lot.

He raised walnuts, almonds, kiwis and eight varieties of wine grapes. Each year, under the direction of his son Steve, family and friends had fun gathering for the annual grape harvest and crush. Much of the wine was bad, his family said, but all of it was enjoyed.

He also tended a small collection of fruits trees - including cherry, fig, pomegranate, apple, peach and apricot - and maintained a large summer garden. He and his wife kept loved ones well-supplied with canned tomato products, jams, pickles, juices, fruits, peppers, corn and more.

Love, admired and respected by his family, he was described as "a man of character with an unpretentious devotion to his family" - a dedicated and loving husband and father, extremely proud of his children and grandchildren, who taught his sons by example about how to work hard and be responsible while still enjoying life.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth Ziser, son George Ziser and his wife Marie of Orinda, son Steve Ziser and his wife Janet of Fairfield, and son Brian Ziser and his wife Claudia of Davis. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Michael and his wife Carrie, Matthew, Joe and his wife Corinne, Emily, J.J., Diana, Kimberly, Madeline, Kristin, Samuel and Katie, and one great-grandchild, Anna.

A celebration of his life for family, friends and well-wishers for his wife's recovery will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at the Winters Community Center, 102 Railroad Ave. in Winters.

Because he was a lifelong proponent and supporter of education, his family asks, in lieu of flowers, donation be made to a school, college or university of the donor's choice.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Monday, November 10, 2003.)


Ervina A. (Thomas) Zobel

Ervina A. (Thomas) Zobel died in her Caldwell, Idaho, home Monday, July 15, 2002 , at age 87.

Born April 5, 1915, to Egbert and Elizabeth Thomas of Nevada City, Mrs. Zobel spent her early years living in Watsonville and Nevada City, and graduated from Watsonville High School in 1933. She married Melvin Zobel in Watsonville on May 19, 1940.

Mrs. Zobel spent many years in Woodland, raising family and working for the Woodland School District. When her husband retired the couple returned to Watsonville where she volunteered at the YWCA thrift store. She and her husband moved to Caldwell, in 1998 to be closer to family.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin Zobel; children; Richard Zobel of Lewisburg, W.Va., Melvory Brown of Sacramento, Kenneth Zobel of Caldwell, and Lynette Morelan of Boise, Idaho; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Respecting the wishes of Mrs. Zobel, no services are scheduled.

The family requests memorials be directed to American Heart Association; or March of Dimes.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Saturday, July 20, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). A photograph of Ervina A. Zobel accompanies this obituary. Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)


Margaret Mary Zugnoni

Margaret Mary Zugnoni died in Stollwood Convalescent Hospital, Woodland Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at age 86.

Born Feb. 21, 1916, in Goldfield, Nev. Mrs. Zugnoni was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Lynch. She was a long-time resident of the Easy Bay who moved to Woodland two years ago following a stroke. She was a graduate of Presentation High School of Berkeley, class of 1933, and of the University of California at Berkeley College of Commerce (School of Business Administration), class of 1937. She worked as a bookkeeper for firms in San Francisco and the East Bay for 21 years before retiring in 1981. She was a catechism teacher at Saint Ambrose Church, Berkeley and an officer of the Mother's Club at School of the Madeleine, Berkeley. According to the family members, "She enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and Europe with her husband, vacationing with family members in Twain Harte and caring for and visiting with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren."

Mrs. Zugnoni is survived by her husband of 59 years, Emil Zugnoni; daughter, Mary McCurdy and husband Gary of Woodland; son, John Zugnoni and wife Jeanette of Alameda; grandchildren, Paul Zugnoni and wife Sophie, David Zugnoni, Emily Zugnoni, Gina Preciado, Daniel McCurdy and wife Yujung and Patricia Moore and husband Jerry; and great-grandchildren, Justin McCurdy and Jessica Moore.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty (as a child); and brother, John in 1968.

Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, May 19, at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland, telephone number (510) 654-0123). A vigil will be held at 7 p.m.

A funeral mass is scheduled to be said at noon Monday, May 20, at St. Ambrose Church, 1145 Gilman St. in Berkeley.

The family requests memorials be directed to Yolo Wayfarer Mission, P.O. Box 1248, Woodland 95776; or Emmaus House, 1017 Hank Aaron Drive, SW, Atlanta, Ga., 30315.

Chapel of the Chimes of Oakland is assisting the family with arrangements.

(Obituary from the "The Daily Democrat," Monday, May 20, 2002, (Woodland, Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Daily Democrat," 711 Main St., Woodland, CA 95695.)


Arthur J. "Butch" Zuniga Jr.

Arthur J. "Butch" Zuniga Jr., died on Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at his home in Knights Landing.

Born in Woodland on Dec. 29, 1947, he was 55 years old. Mr. Zuniga attended Willow Spring Elementary School and Woodland High School. He was last employed by Heidrick Farms as a farm mechanic.

Survivors include his mother, Lois Stewart-Kull and stepfather Ken Kull, of Woodland; daughter Kim Hogan, son Mike Zuniga, both of Paradise. Other survivors include five grandchildren, Hannah, Joel, Rebecca, Mike and Zachary. Also surviving are sisters, Patty and her husband Bob Schieberl of Vacaville, and Loretta Hull, of Sacramento; and brother, Ted Zuniga, of Woodland.

Mr. Zuniga was preceded in death by his father Arthur "Johnny" Zuniga Sr.

Services: Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 at Kraft Bros. Chapel in Woodland. A private burial is scheduled. Memorials may be sent to 2 Del Mar St., Woodland, 95695.

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


Frank Jim Zuniga

Frank Jim Zuniga passed away at Napa, Ca. on Monday, May 19, 2003, after an extended illness. He was 73 years old. Mr. Zuniga was born in Chino, Ca. on Oct. 17, 1929, and had been a Yolo County resident for more than 30 years.

Mr. Zuniga completed his schooling and then joined the United States Army, enlisting in Sacramento and later cross-branched in the United States Navy. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict where he received the Korean Occupation Forces Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Asian Expeditionary Forces Medal. Returning to the United States, he was discharged in San Francisco and returned to Yolo County to begin working for Half Moon Produce Company where he remained for 25 years.

He is fondly remembered by his friends as the "Mexican Willie Nelson" for his love of music and style of dress. He was an avid fisherman, loved horseback riding and shepherding, and attended every rodeo he could.

Mr. Zuniga is survived by his daughter Stella Wilson, Cecilia Coronado and husband Jose, Helen Zuniga, and his son, James Zuniga and wife Mary, all of Woodland. Grandchildren surviving include Marcos and Esteban Coronado, Sanisha, Dominique and Shanel Wilson, and Alicia, Zachary, Nicholas, Lucas and Joel Zuniga, all of Woodland; sisters, Mary Torres of Roseville, Margaret Bailon of Rocklin and Carmen Tromontini and husband Mario of Davis and numerous nieces and nephews.

A prayer vigil will be held for Mr. Zuniga on Sunday, June 1, 2003 at 7 p.m., at Kraft Bros. Funeral Chapel, 175 Second St., Woodland. Deacon Ed Kull will be officiating. Friends and family are invited to attend. A memorial mass will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 301 Walnut St., Woodland on Monday, June 2, 2003, at 1 p.m. Interment of his cremated remains will follow the mass, at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mr. Zuniga may be made to the charity of donor's choice.

Kraft Bros. Funeral Directors of Woodland is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials inquiries may be made by calling 662-4658, or by contacting

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

(Obituary from the Woodland "Daily Democrat," Friday, May 30, 2003.)

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