Martin 'Skip' Quinlan
Martin "Skip" Quinlan died on July 24, 2002, in Citrus Heights after a lengthy illness. He was 70 years old.
He was born on Jan. 18, 1932, In Huntington, W. Va., to the late John and Margaret Quinlan.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1949 and attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. In 1950, he met Mary Welcome of Salinas at the local roller-skating tink and they were wed May 3, 1952. In 1953, he began working for Spreckels Sugar Co. as a part-time draftsman. He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in industrial engineering in 1958.
His 38-year executive career with Spreckels took the family from Salinas to Manteca, Mendota, Woodland and San Francisco. In 1974, he was appointed plant manager at the Spreckels plant in Woodland where he worked until his retirement in 1992.
Active in the Woodland community for more than 38 years, his service included leadership in the Chamber of Commerce serving as Ppesident in 1979. He received awards for Distinguished Member Service in 1974, Member of the Year 1976 and Agri-Business Person of the Year 1989.
He was honored to be one of the first recipients of the City Council Community Service Award, which was given to him in 1989. He was a member of Woodland Host Lions Club, serving as president in 1975. He served on the United Way board for six years and was president in 1981.
His service to Yolo County included the Yolo-Solano Air Pollution District Formation Committee, foreman of the grand jury in 1987-1988, Yolo County Historical Society and the Yolo County Fair Committee. He also received the Western Fairs Association Blue Ribbon Award.
He fulfilled a childhood dream by becoming a volunteer firefighter with the Springlake Fire Department. He served as president of the department and held the rank of captain. He was a volunteer at the Woodland Opera House and was instrumental in raising funds for its renovation. He was a lector and fund-raier for the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
After his retirement in 1992, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home and spent winters in Arizona. Though they relocated to Sun City Roseville in 1996, he continued his involvement with the Woodland community by devoting time to the Gibson House Museum. He served on its board of directors and chaired the annual May Festival. Museum board and volunteers recently honored him for his contributions.
In May 2002, the Quinlans celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at the R.H. Phillips Winery.
He enjoyed golf, fishing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Quinlan of Roseville; daughter, Joanie Quinlan of Woodland; and sons, John Quinlan and his wife Andrea of Citrus Heights, Joseph Quinlan and his fiancee Maya Nagamatanilla of Antioch and Gerald Quinlan and his wife Donni of Rancho Murieta.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Julia and Gina Quinlan of Antioch, Breanna and Garrett Quinlan of Woodland, Bailey Quinlan and A.J. Fox of Rancho Murieta, Melissa Quinlan, Brandon and Louis Dobson of Citrus Heights. He is further survived by his sister, Ann Garth and her husband William of Radford, Wash.; and brother, John Quinlan and his wife Josefina of Las Vegas, Nev.
The vigil will be held at McNary's Chapel in Woodland on Monday at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Holy Rosary Church, Walnut at Court streets in Woodland. Interment with follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Skip Quinlan Community Service Scholarship Fund c/o First Northern Bank, 11 W Court St., Woodland, CA 95695.
Edward Woodrow Ginsburg
Edward Woodrow Ginsburg died on July 22, 2002, in Danville at the age of 84.
Ginsburg is the beloved father of Susan (Ginsburg) Rios Brundage, Ken Brundage, Karen Ginsburg Berliner and Paul Berliner. He is the grandfather of Julie Koda, Daniel and Rachel Berliner and the great-grandfather of Jerico Koda. He is also a dear uncle and cousin to many others.
He was born on April 1, 1918, and was active in many organizations throughout his life. Those organizations include Temple Emanuel in San Francisco, Temple Emanuel in San Jose, Congregation B'nai Israel in Daly City, San Francisco Press Club, Marines Memorial Club, Doelger Senior Center in Daly City and Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville. He was also a World War II veteran.
He was a larger-than-life storyteller who had a zest for living. He will be remembered by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death on April, 18, 2002, by his wife of 61 years, Mollie Mindlin Ginsburg.
Donations may be made in his memory to Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, the Alzheimer's Association, the American Cancer Society or Congregation Bet Haverim.
Arrangements are being handled by Sinai Memorial Chapel.
Marilee A. Meline
After a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Marilee A. Meline died peacefully on Sept. 27, 2002, at her home in Roseville.
Born on April 29, 1936, in Woodland to Elmer and Jessie Wilson, she was 66 years old.
Until retiring in 1994, she was a longtime owner of PMP Auto Parts in Woodland. She then moved with her husband to Roseville where she was active in women's golf.
She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Robert "Bob" Meline; mother, Jessie Wilson of Woodland; brother, Jim Wilson and his wife Christine of Woodland, and their three children and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Jr. in 1965, and daughter, Carol in 1972.
Friends are invited to a memorial service Monday at 4 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Community Church, 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd. in Roseville.
Robert "Bob" Newman died in his sleep at his childhood home in Bellefontaine, Ohio, on Oct. 3, 2002. Born on Sept. 9, 1941, he was 61 years old. He was a well-known former teacher at North Davis Elementary School, who was revered by colleagues, parents and students alike.
He moved to Davis from Bellefontaine in 1964. He taught fifth grade for 34 years, retiring in 1997. He thoroughly enjoyed and cared about his students, and loved encountering former students. It was a rare occasion for him to stroll through the downtown area without engaging in a nostalgic conversation with a student or parent. He traditionally sent out high school graduation cards to each of the students in his classes and maintained contact with many of them and their families throughout the years.
He was a heartfelt and loving Christian who shared his life, dreams and time with all who crossed his path. He attended childhood church in Ohio as well as the Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Woodland. During retirement, his faith in Jesus Christ grew tremendously.
He had many interests throughout his life. He traveled to auctions and sales to collect Vaseline glass and other antiques. Recently, he began selling glass collections with the proceeds designated for helping other people. In addition, he enjoyed bridge, overseas travel, spending time with his good friends and visiting his second home in Ohio.
His parents, Carl and Mildred Newman, and his brother, Carl Jr., preceded him in death.
He is survived by his sisters, Connie Lee Newman of Davis and Imogene Marsh Morrison and her husband Coke of Benicia; his brothers, Kenneth E. Newman and his wife Emily of Medford, Ore., and Leslie David Newman and his wife Mary Anne of Woodland; and five nieces and nephews.
Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Degraff, Ohio, where a graveside memorial will take place. A local memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Christian Church Disciples of Christ, 509 College St. in Woodland.
Remembrances may be sent in his name to North Davis Elementary School Library, 555 E. 14th St., Davis, CA 95616.
John W. Weitzel
John William Weitzel of Santa Rosa died Oct. 17, 2002. Born Feb. 2, 1917, he was 85.
He was born and raised in Walla Walla, Wash., the son of the late John and Katherine Weitzel. He grew up during the Great Depression when his father, a cabinet maker, taught his boys fine woodworking skills. He was the youngest of six boys.
In 1939, he eloped with his sweetheart, Martha Raugust, to whom he was married for 63 years. They moved to San Francisco in 1939, then later lived in Kent Woodlands in Kentfield, Greenbrae and then San Rafael in late 1960s. They raised a son and a daughter.
For 52 years, he owned and operated Priscilla's Cake Box and the Viennese Baking Co., both bakeries in San Francisco. When he retired in the mid-70s, his son took over the business.
Upon retirement, he moved to Clearlake, then to Penn Valley, Palm Dessert and, finally, Santa Rosa in 1993.
He was active in the community, and was an avid golf enthusiast. He was a previous principal owner of the Buckingham Country Club in Clearlake. In his lifetime, he belonged to several golf and country clubs, including the Meadow Club in Fairfax, Buckingham in Clearlake, Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley, Chaparral in Palm Desert and Oakmont in Santa Rosa. He played golf for more than 60 years, often traveling throughout the world to enjoy the sport.
He was also a past president of the West of Twin Peaks Lions Club, and an active member of the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs of San Francisco. He served on the Rating Committee of the Northern California Golf Association.
His other hobby was woodworking, a skill he perfected in his retirement. He made many pieces of oak furniture for his children and grandchildren, most with intricate inlay designs. He passed many of those skills on to his son and grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bill Weitzel, in 1992, and his five brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Weitzel, of Santa Rosa; daughter, Sandi Minutoli and her husband Steve of Petaluma; daughter-in-law Pat Weitzel of Grass Valley; grandchildren Wendy Weitzel and her husband Scott Wetzlich of Davis, Brian Weitzel and his wife Ann of Roseville, Stephen Minutoli and his wife Bridget of Corte Madera, and Michelle Minutoli Moser and her husband Todd of Santa Rosa.
He is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Evan and Brock Wetzlich of Davis, Owen and McKenna Weitzel of Roseville, and Tyler Moser of Santa Rosa. Stephen and Bridget Minutoli are also expecting his sixth great-grandchild in March.
A viewing is planned for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Daniel's Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. A funeral will begin at 5 p.m. Private interment will be Friday at Santa Rosa Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, 95401.
Honorato 'Andy' Sebastian
Honorato "Andy" Sebastian, a 36-year resident of Winters, died on Oct. 24, 2002, at Sutter Davis Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born Oct. 14, 1928, he was 74 years old.
A native of Sao Miguel, Azores, he worked for 29 years for American Home Foods in Vacaville, moving from Oakland to Winters in 1966. He was an ardent fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers. His love for Bay Area sports teams was exceeded only by his love for his family. He was a member of Teamsters Local 857 and the Winters Senior Citizens Club.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Marge Sebastian of Winters; two sons, Gilbert Sebastian and his wife Lenore of Davis and Michael Sebastian and his wife Kathy of Winters; grandchildren, Lauren, Kaitlin and Amber Sebastian of Winters, Matthew Sebastian of Anchorage, Alaska, and Colin Gordon of Evanston, Ill.; and great-grandchildren, Kaysea Sebastian of Anchorage and Zoe Gordon of Sacramento.
He is also survived by two brothers, a sister and numerous nieces and nephews.
Following cremation, graveside services will be held at the Winters Cemetery on Friday at 11 a.m. under the direction of Smith's Colonial Chapel. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Eileen J. Carlson
Eileen Johnson Carlson died at her home in Davis on Nov. 7, 2002, at age 78. She was born on July 10, 1924.
She was the daughter of the late Harry and Mignon Johnson of Dixon. She was born and raised in Dixon and graduated from Dixon High School in 1942. She worked in Dixon and Lake Tahoe before marrying Stephen Carlson in 1947.
She devoted her life to raising her two daughters. She also raised many horses and numerous dogs.
She was an avid gardener, an accomplished horsewoman and an active member of the Yolo County Horsemen's Association. Her giving spirit will be remembered by her many friends and loved ones.
She is survived by her husband, Stephen Carlson of Davis; her daughter and son-in-law, Kristi Carlson and Sam Wells of Mendocino; her daughter and granddaughter, Terri Carlson and Teal Flanigan of Cambria; her best friend, Babe Rayn of Dixon; her sister and brother-in-law, Gen and Bud Spurlin of Sacramento; and her brother, Don Johnson of Dixon.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Yolo Hospice in her name.
Helen Danielson died on Nov. 10, 2002, in Folsom at the age of 61. The native of Woodland was born on Sept. 25, 1941.
She lived on W. Clover Street for two years and in Sacramento for 15 years. She graduated from Woodland High School and held numerous positions with the state of California. She traveled most of the globe. She loved animals and showed that by volunteering at the Sacramento Zoo.
She was preceded in death by her mother Elsie Spencer and her brother Clem Hedge. She is survived by her son Brett Danielson of Woodland; her father Wilfred Spencer of Woodland and two grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Monument Hill, 35036 County Road #22, Woodland. Donations may be made in her memory to the Sacramento Zoo. Arrangements are being handled by the Neptune Society of Northern California.
Gina M. Ferraris
Gina M. Ferraris died Nov. 14, 2002, at Kaiser Hospital after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. Born Oct. 3, 1995, she was 7 years old.
She attended school at César Chávez Elementary School and was in the first grade. She loved animals and to play dress-up. She was described as a "good, honest soul who brought light to wherever she went." She brought great joy to her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her mother, Denise F. Ferraris and her "Daddy," Jeff Scott of Davis; and her maternal grandparents, Bob and Jean Ferraris of Mount Shasta.
She is further survived by her blended family, which includes Mark and Jessica Pemberton; her brothers, Daniel Ferraris, Tim Bowes, and Basil and Darrel Pemberton, all of Davis; her aunt and uncle, Gail and Eric Stilman; her cousin, Erin of Loomis; and many beloved close friends and extended family.
A children's memorial service for Gina will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation may be made in her name to César Chávez Elementary School's Spanish Immersion Program, 1221 Anderson Road, Davis, CA 95616 or to the SPCA, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road in Sacramento.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Chapel.
Mike Logefeil died on Nov. 9, 2002, after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 56.
Born in Berkeley on Nov. 8, 1946, he was a Vietnam veteran and a welder by trade before a disabling auto accident forced him to retire. He was an avid collector of antique memorabilia and a wonderful artist. Those who knew him will miss his sweet smile and gentle nature.
He is survived by a large and loving family, including daughter Amy of Davis; father Richard and stepmother Vivian of Redding; brother Peter; sister Diane Lauro and her husband Don; sister Judy Teater and her husband Larry; nieces and nephews Sarah, Elizabeth and Jesse Lauro and Daniel and Rachel Teater.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Yolo Hospice.
Robert Munoz died on Nov. 17, 2002, at Woodland Hospital. He was 80 years old.
He was born on Aug. 13, 1992, in El Oro, Mexico, to Estanislao and Refugio (Sanchez) Munoz. He was a resident of Woodland for 47 years and worked as a welder for several local businesses for more than 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Raquel in 1990.
He is survived by his children, Eva Diab and her husband Mark of Yuba City, Jose Munoz of North Carolina, Marcelino Munoz of Citrus Heights, Robert Munoz and his wife Mary of Bakersfield; George Munoz and his wife Julie of Woodland, Carlos Munoz and his wife Patricia of El Paso, Texas, Arturo Munoz and his wife LaDonna of Chula Vista, Rachel Munoz of Woodland, Mary Delgado and her husband Jerry of Martinez, and Steve Munoz and his wife Stella of Concord; as well as 19 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Friends are invited to attend the vigil service to be held Thursday at 8 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church. Friends are also invited to attend a funeral Mass Friday at 10 a.m., also at Holy Rosary Church. Interment will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery. McNary's Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Charles R. Grau
Charles Richard "Dick" Grau, a longtime Davis resident, died Nov. 16, 2002, due to complications with pneumonia. He was 82.
Born on Nov. 5, 1920, in San Diego to Maude and Charles Grau, he lived with his parents, who ran a chicken hatchery in La Mesa, until he left to attend the university at UC Berkeley. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1942 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and received his Ph.D. in animal nutrition from UC Berkeley in 1946.
While attending college, he met Lois Sandner, a fellow student. They were married in 1941 and continued to live in Berkeley, where he was a professor of poultry husbandry, until 1954. The department, which later became the department of avian sciences and is now the department of animal sciences, then moved to the UC Davis campus.
Grau served as a professor of avian sciences at UCD until he retired in 1990 after 50 years of service with the UC system. His research interests included nutrition and physiology of poultry, seabirds and other wild birds. He was one of the world's experts on eggs. His background in studying the effects of oil and pesticides on shorebirds led him to become an active supporter of many environmental causes.
He was a dedicated researcher and teacher who was admired and loved by his students. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1960 to do research in England on embryonic nutrition and later did research on yolk formation in sea birds in New Zealand and Scotland.
He served as chair of the avian sciences department from 1969 to 1976. He was a fellow of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences and among other professional affiliations was a member of the Society for Developmental Biology. He was active with JASRAP, a summer internship program to encourage underprivileged middle school students to become scientists.
From his first days in Davis, he and his wife were active in numerous humanitarian and community service organizations, with a focus on world peace, social justice and environmental protection. The Graus were founding members of the Davis Unitarian Church where he chaired the building committee for the current church. They were also among the original organizers of the Davis group serving meals at Loaves & Fishes, a program serving the homeless and poor in Sacramento.
In 1965 the couple joined the Short Term Emergency Aid Committee, which serves immediate needs of individuals and families in Yolo County. His final volunteer activity was helping to mail the 2002 STEAC holiday fund drive letter. The Graus also worked together for Citizens Who Care, a volunteer organization serving the elderly and disabled in Yolo County.
In 1978, the Graus received the C.A. Covell Trophy as Citizens of the Year in recognition of their partnership in service to the Davis community.
He spent many peaceful weekends with his wife, family and friends at the Grau family's cottage at Dillon Beach, where he enjoyed fishing in the tidepools and collecting driftwood and shells from his long walks on the beach.
When in town, he frequented the Davis Farmers' Market where he will be missed by many who knew him by name. He and his wife also spent much of their time tending the large vegetable and flower garden along Eighth Street renowned for producing towering sunflowers, a wall of sweetpeas and some of the earliest tomatoes of the summer. When not in the garden, he could be found in his garage woodshop making furniture and puzzles for friends and family. He was a skilled carpenter who finished the interior of their Davis home.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lois Sandner Grau; children, Susan Heiser and her husband Walter of San Diego, David Grau of Chico, Ellen Hedges of Livermore, and John Grau and wife Kim of Berkeley; and five grandchildren, Kelly Boyer and her husband Jeff, Lindsey Carruthers, Emily Grau, Kathleen Hedges and Elise Hedges.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 29, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Davis. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to STEAC, P.O. Box 1047, Davis, CA 95617; Loaves and Fishes, c/o The Unitarian Church, of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road, Davis, CA 95616; or the Unitarian Church.