Barbara Schulze of Dixon died May 30, 2002, in Dixon. She was 88.
Born Feb. 28, 1914, in San Francisco, she was a Dixon resident for 58 years. She was a homemaker for 62 years and a member of the Women Improvement Club of Dixon.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Schulze, and her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Jeanette, all of Dixon; her son and daughter-in-law, David and Kathy Schulze of El Macero; her grandson, John Schulze of Davis; and her grandson Mark Schulze of El Macero. She is preceded in death by her grandson Robert Schulze III.
A private service is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA, 95617. Milton Carpenter Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Robert N. Brooks
Robert Nelson "Bob" Brooks of rural Woodland died unexpectedly May 31, 2003, at Sutter Davis Hospital. He was 69.
Born July 29, 1933, in Sierra Madre to Nelson J. and Agnes (Fee) Brooks, he was raised in Altadena. He was a graduate of Pasadena City College and the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
As a young man, Brooks was a member of the Davis Jaycees and the Davis Volunteer Fire Department. He was later a professional firefighter at UCD, where he served as fire marshal. He gave up the post to pursue commercial salmon fishing, trucking and farming.
Preceded in death by his parents, Brooks is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jill; sons William N. and his wife Ann of Federal Way, Wash., and Charles R. "Sam" and his wife Tamara of Esparto; grandchildren Candice M. Brooks of Kodak, Tenn., Jack R. of Federal Way, Samantha J. and Jason T. of Esparto; and three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren, all of Yolo County.
He is also survived by his brother Charles J. Brooks and wife Romona of Saratoga and his Elizabeth R. Winter and husband Paul of Pasadena, as well as two nieces and their families.
No services are scheduled, in keeping with the deceased's wishes. He donated his organs through DCI Organ Services of Sacramento. Other arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Sacramento. His ashes will be scattered at sea by his family at a later date.
Remembrances may be directed to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Stephanie Kathleen Barreto-Woods died June 1, 2003, surrounded by loved ones in her Sacramento home. She was 14.
Born Dec. 20, 1988, in San Jose, she lived in Davis from the time she was 10 until she was 13. She attended Patwin Elementary School and Emerson Junior High School.
Though diagnosed with a brain tumor, Stephanie remained positive, her family said. Always full of life, she loved her family and friends, and was a fan of pop music -- Corey Clark of "American Idol" fame visited her less than a month before her death.
She is survived by her mother Kathleen and stepfather Everett Woods, her twin sister Jacqueline, sister Samantha and brother Thomas, sister-in-law Alisha, niece Makana, great aunts Mary and Margaret, uncle Matt, cousins and friends.
The viewing is today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home, 3601 Fifth Ave., in Sacramento. A funeral will be held Thursday at Greater St. Stephen Baptist Church, 6380 63rd St., Sacramento.
Lois. J. Pinney
Lois J. Pinney died at her Davis home June 4, 2003, with her family at her side. She was 79.
She was born Aug. 2, 1923 in Harlowton, Mont., to Claude and Alma Morley. She attended the University of Montana at Bozeman before starting a long career as a dietitian in the US Army, during which she rose to the rank of lieutenant.
On June 14, 1946, she married Theodore C. Pinney and the two began their family, eventually raising five children. She went to work as a dietitian for Napa State Hospital, then moved to Malawi, Africa for about seven years.
She returned to the Bay Area and completed her master's degree at UC Davis. She was then employed at Methodist Hospital, remaining there until her retirement in 1991. She was also active at the Senior Center, where she volunteered in the tax aid program, assisting the elderly.
In a life rich with experiences and enjoyments, Lois most loved working outside in her yard and being with her dogs. She was greatly loved, her family said, and will be missed by all those who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, son Charles H. Pinney and brother Loren Morley. She is survived by daughters Gale P. Rhoades and husband Lloyd of Daly City, Katherine Pinney of Davis, Cecilia M. Drissia and husband Fethi of Davis, Barbara M. Pinney of Healdsburg, and son-in-law Aramat Chumo of Davis. She is also survived by grandchildren Caroline and Charles Chumo and Sawsan and Sami Drissia, all of Davis.
A private service will be held at a later date at Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo, Wyo. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Chapel.
Sharon J. Mielke
Dixon resident Sharon Janean (Burke) Mielke died June 11, 2003, at the home of her sister in Esparto. She was 54.
Born in Woodland, she grew up in Esparto, graduating from Esparto High School in 1967. A homemaker, she and her husband Ron Mielke had two sons, Christopher and Ronnie.
Sharon is survived by her husband and sons, sisters Dorothy McKee and husband Charlie of Prague, Okla.; Veva Sliwinkski of Woodland; and Suzy Tadlock and husband Bruce of Esparto; brothers Marvin Burke and wife Diane; Roger Burke and wife Alberta; and Howard Burke, all of Woodland; granddaughter Kyra Wirth of Lodi, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Norma and Red Burke.
A memorial is planned for noon Sunday, June 15, 2003, at 2600 Woodland Ave. in Esparto.
McNary's Chapel in Woodland is in charge of arrangements.
Lena Bainer, a longtime, prominent Davis resident, died in her sleep at Sierra Health Care June 10, 2003. She was 101.
Born in a sod house in Scott County, Kan., Jan. 23, 1902, she attended what was then Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kan., and the State Teacher's College in Hays, Kan.
Lena returned to Scott City, in Western Kansas, where she taught fourth grade for some time. There, in her hometown, she became a leader of the Campfire Girls and joined the Order of the Eastern Star -- an organization she remained a member of for more than 75 years.
In 1926 she married Roy Bainer, then returned with him to Manhattan, where he worked as an instructor and assistant professor at Kansas State.
The couple moved to Davis in 1929. Here Roy would become chair of the UC Davis agricultural engineering program and, in 1962, the founding dean of the College of Engineering.
Lena worked part-time for 20 years in the UCD registrar's office and enjoyed her contact with students. But she guided far more youth away from the office.
She helped lead a variety of youth groups at the Davis Community Church, and, in 1930, organized the city's first Girl Scout troop. She was a scout leader for 16 years, and was lovingly nicknamed "Cottontail." She served as Mother Advisor for the Rainbow Girls, a teen branch of Eastern Star, for 26 years.
Lena was also active in other community activities, acting as president of the University Farm Circle group and the Woman's Organization of the Davis Community Church, as well as a church Circle Leader and Sunshine Chairman for several years.
She organized the first Republican Women's Club in Davis, and was a member of the Leisure Hour Club for more than 30 years.
In her free time, she enjoyed a variety of craft-making, taking part in bridge clubs and entertaining her friends.
Lena touched the hearts of many with her enthusiastic community involvement and with her deep love of people, her family said.
She is survived by her daughter LaNelle, of Mill Valley; her sister-in-law Audrey Cook, of Scott City; and three nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, at 2 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2003.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the U.C. Davis Alzheimer's Center, 4860 Y St., Sacramento, CA 95817, with checks made out to the UC Regents.
Lynn Diaz died at her Winters ranch on June 13, 2002, after a painful battle with cancer. She was 59.
Diaz was born in Oakland and grew up and went to school in Berkeley. In the early 1970s, she moved to the Davis/Woodland area and began a career in administration at UC Davis. She spent more than 25 years at UCD, much of that time in the department of medical microbiology.
Her greatest love was living on the ranch with her husband, Tony, and daughter Kirsten, and showing quarter horses and border collies. Several of her animals were named after close friends and UCD faculty members. She was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.
She was an intelligent and beautiful woman who was full of life and enthusiasm, family members said. She had a great respect for nature and had many worldly interests. She enjoyed reading and was an engaging conservationist.
She is survived by her husband, Tony Diaz of Winters; her daughters, Kirsten Hempel of Winters and Ellen DeVries of Fresno; her mother, Ann Cross of Carmel; and sister, Loren Cross-Bello of Berkeley. She also had six step-children: Vicki Webb of Paso Robles, Scott Diaz of Maryland, Tom Diaz of Woodland, Anita Hadley of Chino, Catherine Diaz-Khansefid of Elk Grove and Mimi Chavez of Los Alamos. She also had 13 step-grandchildren.
A private cremation and inurnment will take place. A public celebration of her life will be from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at her ranch.
James R. Bohannon
James Ronald "Ron" Bohannon died June 10, 2003, in Dixon. He was 62.
Born April 15, 1941, in Norborne, Mo., Bohannon graduated from Porterville High School in 1959, then attended Porterville Junior College for two years. A dedicated farmer, he worked for J.H. Meek and Sons of Woodland for the last 29 years.
In his free time, he was an active member of Ducks Unlimited, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his dogs, playing cards and drinking his Bud, his family said. He was also a die-hard fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Sacramento Kings, and liked being around the kids from his family's daycare.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dee Bohannon.
He is survived by his wife Barbara of Dixon; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Julie Bohannon of Henderson, Nev.; daughter and son-in-law Karen and John Carrion of Colusa; mother Madge of Granite Bay; brother and sister-in-law Doyne and Terry Bohannon of Port Orchard, Wash.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Karel and Bill Chessum of Granite Bay and Sondra and Bruce Lynch of Flint, Tex.; and father- and mother-in-law Bo and Dale of Port Orchard; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Bohannon's life will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2003, at Grace Fellowship, 535 West H St., Dixon. A private family burial is planned.
Memorials may be sent to: Ron Bohannon Memorial Fund in Honor of Ducks Unlimited, First Northern Bank of Dixon, 195 N. First St., Dixon, CA 95620; Oak Valley Church, 9089 Foothills Blvd., Suite 900, Roseville, CA 95747; or Grace Fellowship, 535 West H St., Dixon, CA 95620.
McNary's Chapel of Woodland is handling the arrangements.
George R. Giannini
George Raymond Giannini, a longtime UC Davis mechanical engineer, died suddenly June 16, 2003, in Davis. He was 79.
Born Nov. 11, 1923, he was raised in San Francisco. A decorated veteran of World War II, during which he served in the U.S. Army, he moved to Davis in 1951.
A graduate of a Bay Area community college and a trade school, Giannini worked for 32 years as a mechanical engineer in the UCD Department of Agricultural Engineering. His major contributions included inventing a tomato harvester and a lettuce seeder, as well as other agricultural machinery.
Away from campus, he was an active member of St. James Catholic Church and the Aquadarts and Masters Swim Club.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Connie, his sons Scott Giannini of Miwok, Mark Giannini of Sacramento, Craig Giannini of Davis and George Giannini Jr. of Granite Bay, daughter Michele Verhaag of Rocklin and nine grandchildren. He will be dearly missed, his family said.
A visitation and Mass were earlier today, Friday, June 20, 2003, at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church in Rocklin. A graveside service and reception followed in Auburn.
Remembrances should be made to: Sutter Heart Institute, 5301 F St. Suite 304, Sacramento CA 95814.
Gwen Clair Jacobsen Harvey, a co-founder and director of the Davis Parent Nursery School, died peacefully in the company of family on June 18, 2003. She was 87.
Born in Rickets, Iowa, on Aug. 7, 1915, she was the oldest of Arthur and Martha Jacobsen's seven children. She attended the University of Nebraska for three years before becoming a medical technician.
She met her husband, William Alfred Harvey, in 1937. They married two years later and moved to Washington, where Harvey worked as a nurse's aide during World War II.
The couple moved to Davis in 1945, and their daughter Martha was born the following year.
In 1950, Harvey was among the parents who started the Parent Nursery School at its original site in the Boy Scout cabin on First Street in Davis. She served as assistant director, then director until 1962, her family said, tirelessly working with parents to fund and plan construction of the first Parent Nursery School building at the West Eighth Street site.
A dedicated flower and vegetable gardener, she won many prizes -- especially for her roses -- at the Dixon May Fair, Yolo County Fair and State Fair.
Harvey was also one of the initial supporters of the Davis Art Center. A talented craftswoman, she created batiks, pottery and mosaics, but had a special interest in weaving and spinning. She was a member of the Woodland Weavers and the Sacramento Weavers, as well as president of the Yolo Weavers Guild. She was one of the first Davis residents to raise silkworms and produce her own silk, her family said.
Widowed in 1989, Harvey became an enthusiastic and extensive traveler, visiting every continent. For her 80th birthday she toured China and Mongolia; two years later, she traveled to Iguazu Falls in Argentina.
She spent the eve of the millennium in Devon, England, with her daughter, English son-in-law Ian Griffiths and her grandchildren Jackson and Laura. They survive her, as do her sisters Adeline Wright and Polly Brazier and her brother Jim Jacobsen.
A celebration of Harvey's life will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2003, at 14 Parkside Drive in Davis.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested for the Davis Art Center Scholarship Fund and may be mailed to the center: 1919 F St., Davis CA 95616.
Cassandra Zoe Nutter
Community members are invited to a memorial service celebrating Cassandra Zoe Nutter's life on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Gazebo in the UC Davis Arboretum on Garrod Drive.
Nutter, a Davis resident and recent graduate of the Davis School for Independent Study, died May 29, 2002, in a hiking accident at Lake Quilotoa near Quinto, Ecuador. She was 17 years old.
Volunteer work at an ecological reserve and a love of the outdoors took Nutter to Ecuador in February as a member of the South America Explorers Club. She completed an accelerated program at the Davis School for Independent Study as a means of fulfilling her dream of traveling.
Before deciding to more fervently pursue her education, Nutter attended Davis High School, where she was active in the drama department.
Until recently, Nutter's parents, Helen and David Nutter were in Europe, where David, a longtime UC Davis music professor, was completing a work-related assignment.
A memorial service for Donald Kunitz, who died June 5, 2002, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Unitarian Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road.
William M. Webb
Davis resident William M. Webb, M.D., died peacefully on June 22, 2002, at the home of his son. He was 90.
He was born on Aug. 23, 1911, in Lawrence, Ind.
He graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in 1936 and from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1940. After finishing medical school, he joined the U.S. Army and completed an internship at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
During World War II, he served with the Medical Corps in the China-Burma-India theater, spending many months in the jungles with the medical group of Dr. Gordon Seagrave.
Following the war, he married Dorothy Dietz and had one son. He completed further medical training at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colo., and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, becoming board-certified in internal medicine and gastoenterology.
In 1952, he served as chief of gastroenterology at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco. In 1954, he resigned from active military duty and joined the Army Reserve, from which he retired as a colonel in 1971 to pursue a private practice in Millbrae.
While in practice, he served as chief of medicine at Peninsula Hospital in Millbrae and was an associate and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Stanford. He also consulted for the Veterans Administration for the Western area.
Among many other professional memberships, he was a lifetime member of the American Medical Association and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
He returned to Indianapolis, Ind., in 1971 to be the director of the Medical Department at the Naval Avionics Research and Development Facility. He retired from the position in 1976. In 1980, he married for the second time, this time his former high school sweetheart, Maxine McGaughey. The couple moved Lakewood, Colo., where he was active with Civil War roundtables.
After the death of his second wife, he moved in with his son, Dr. David M. Webb of Davis, who took care of him when his health deteriorated.
In addition to his son, he is survived by his daughter-in-law, Susan Webb of Fort Worth, Texas; two grandsons, Scott and Nathan Webb also of Fort Worth; and cousin, Meezie Stacey of Montrose, Colo.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617 or the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, P.O. Box 79972, Baltimore, MD 179-0972.