Obituaries for October 9, 2002
Memorial services will take place today for Robert Smith of Wilton, who died Oct. 2, 2002, at the age of 88.
Mr. Smith was born in 1913 on the family ranch on Alta Mesa Road. He grew up there, attending the old Colony School (now part of the Arcohe school district) and Galt High School.
He married Thelma Quiggle of Herald in 1937 and built a home on the ranch the following year, about 400 feet away from his parents' home.
Mr. Smith was a farmer, first in the poultry business, and later with beef cattle. He, his father and brother operated the Charles Smith Feed Store for many years, with customers throughout Alta Mesa, Herald, Galt, Wilton and Elk Grove.
He spent about 20 years with the Elk Grove Unified School District as shop foreman and mechanic for the school buses, retiring at age 65.
Mr. Smith loved hunting, fishing, gardening and camping in his RV. At age 50, he bought a plane and built an airstrip on his property, and flew the plane for the next 30 years.
He was a charter member of the Alta Mesa Gun Club and a member of the Alta Mesa Fire District for more than 60 years, also serving as fire chief at one time.
Thelma Smith died in 1994. In 1998, Mr. Smith married Alberta Waters. She died in 2000.
Besides his wives, Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his brother, Frank; and his sister, Hilda Brusven.
He is survived by his son, Donald Smith of Wilton; and his stepchildren, Carol Jordan of Oklahoma, Gary Madsen of Alaska and Nancy McConnell of Walnut Creek.
He was the uncle of Frank Smith of Oregon, Betty Jones of Cool, Henry DeVore of Ione, Dorothy Ward of Elk Grove, Judy Jacobson and Betsy Gandy of Galt, Tom McKenzie of Herald and Howard Wegat Jr. of Acampo.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. in Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove. Interment in Galt District Cemetery will be private. Remembrances may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Obituaries for March 24, 2004
Max Peterson passed away on March 19, 2004 in Galt at the Royal Oaks Convalescent Hospital. He was born Oct. 8, 1916 in Jensen, Utah.
Mr. Peterson joined the Navy during World War II. Upon discharge, he worked for Soulee Steel for many years in San Francisco as a foreman and superintendent for building big buildings in Washington, Nevada and Utah. He then moved to Terminous and worked for the Reclamation Department and then went to work for San Joaquin County as a Ferry Tender in the Delta area. He later passed his operator's license and worked for the state of California as a ferry operator in Rio Vista. Upon his retirement, he raised Black Angus cattle on Liberty Road.
Surviving him are his wife of 44 years, Esther Peterson; sons, Alan Peterson of Roy, Utah and Bruce Peterson of Montreal, Canada; stepchildren, Barbara Mekeel of Lodi, Bill Wagner of Las Vegas, Nevada and Barry Wagner of El Dorado Hills; 13 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Lillian Peterson; sisters, Eva Peterson and Essie Rauch; and son, Norman Peterson.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 26, at 2:30 p.m. at the Lodi Elks Lodge #1900 in Woodbridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the donor's favorite charity.
William G. Lucas
William G. Lucas of Galt passed away from natural causes on March 18, 2004. He was 79.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1925 in Ottawa, Illinois. He lived in Utica, Illinois for 40 years and was a resident of the Galt area for six years. He was a retired machinist and farmer who was also a veteran of the United States Army, serving in WWII. He was a 42-year member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed the Galt Seniors Club.
His wife of 57 years, Marie Lucas of Galt; daughter, Christie Pasieka of Illinois; son, William M Lucas of Galt; and two granddaughters, Michelle Pasieka and Tracy Jo Pasieka of St. Louis, Missouri, survive him.
A memorial service was held on March 21 at the St. Christopher's Church. Father Jerry Ryle officiated. Committal will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Center, UCD Department of Neurology, 4860 Y Street, Suite 3900, Sacramento, CA 95817.
Obituaries for July 28, 2004
Donald R. Kratt, Jr.
Donald R. Kratt, Jr., 48, passed away on July 10, 2004 in Grants Pass, Oregon after an extended illness. Born Oct. 12, 1955, he was a native of Galt.
Donni enjoyed sports and playing cards with his family.
Surviving him are his wife, Janet, of Grants Pass; son, Christopher Michael Kratt of Kodiak, Alaska; mother, Lillie Kratt of Galt; sisters, Ruthe Stults of Pine Grove and Barbara Loftin of Galt; and aunt, Ruth Geiszler of Lodi; two grandchildren, Alissa and Ethan Kratt; one nephew, Troy Loftin; two nieces, Lisa Luck and Nicole Stults; one great-niece, Paige Loftin; and many step-grandchildren.
Friends and family are invited to a gathering to honor Donni on Saturday, July 31 at 1 p.m. It will be held at 604 Pringle Ave., Space 20, in the Three Palms Mobile Park in Galt. Refreshments will be served.
Obituaries for Jul 26, 2006
John L. Cabral
John Lawrence Cabral (90) passed away peacefully on July 16, 2006, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Sept. 17, 1915.
John was a resident of Galt for the past 30 years and a native of Sacramento County for more than 90 years.
Preceding him in death were his wives, Viola (Winkie) Cabral and Vivian H. Cabral.
Surviving him are four children, Geraldine Flores, Joan Rayner-Lucero (Lou), Vandria Rayner-Dorland, and Al Morris (Laurie); nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
John was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. He worked for more than 30 years at the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company.
He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed. At his request, there will be no services. Ben Salas Funeral Home in Galt is handling arrangements.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Ann Gilmore (65) of Galt died on July 22, 2006 in a Lodi Hospital. She was born on Nov. 5, 1941 in Minerville, Pa., and moved to the Sacramento area as a child.
She has lived in Galt since 1990 and was employed as an executive secretary for 35 years. She was a member of St. Christopher's church, Daughters of Isabella, CAPS and NAB.
Surviving her are her husband of 33 years, Gary Gilmore; her dog 'Sweet Pea'; and many other family members.
A mass will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, at St. Christopher's in Galt. Committal will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 7101 Verner Avenue in Sacramento.
Ben Salas Funeral Home in Galt is handling arrangements.
John N. Sarwold
A graveside service was held Thursday at Galt Cemetery for John Nilsen Sarwold (101) of Galt, who died on July 10, 2006 at a local convalescent home.
He was born in Norway on Sept. 14, 1904 and came to the United States when he was 21 years old. He lived in Michigan and retired to Florida. He worked in construction as a carpenter and a site superintendent.
In 1992, Mr. Sarwold moved to Galt. He was an avid fisherman, liked the outdoors, hunting, and enjoyed building things to stay busy.
Mr. Sarwold is survived by one son, John (Mary) Sarwold of Galt; grandson, Erik and granddaughter, Karen; sisters, Agnes and Synova, both of Norway.
Ben Salas Funeral Home handled arrangements.