Miscellaneous Yuba County, California Obituaries

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Melvin D. Hilbert Sr. 
Melvin Delmar Hilbert Sr., 79, of Sacramento died Feb. 2, 2001, at Bruceville Terrace Convalescent Hospital in Sacramento. 
Born in Hamlin, W.Va., he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for five years. He was also a resident of Sacramento for 20 years and lived in Oxnard. He was retired as a command master chief in the U.S. Navy after 21 years. He served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Naval Fleet Reserve, the Masonic Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of Oxnard, Veterans of Foreign Wars of Oxnard and the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Oxnard. 
Survivors include three daughters, Susan Diane Mitchell of Santa Maria, Jane Hilbert-Love of Pismo Beach and Joyce Crawford of South Weber, Utah; four brothers, Roy Hilbert of Live Oak, James Hilbert of Gridley, Jack Hilbert of Lodi and Dale Hilbert of Pasco, Wash.; a sister, Marlene Valadez of Oceanside; and six grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, H. Louise Hilbert; a son, Melvin D. Hilbert Jr.; a daughter, Peggy Hilbert; two brothers, Conrad Hilbert and Cohen Hilbert; and three sisters, LaVonda Van Lew, Andalina Rhodes and Elma Davis. 
Services: Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Chapel of the Twin Cities. A service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the chapel with Capt. F. Wayne Garcia, U.S. Army chaplain of Fort Lewis, Wash., officiating. Burial will follow at Sutter Cemetery with military honors by personnel of the U.S. Navy, and officers and members of Judge W.E. Tucker, Post No. 2563, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Yuba City. 

Eva E. Walker 
Eva Ella Walker, 71, of Olivehurst died Feb. 5, 2001, at SunBridge Care Center in Marysville. 
Born in Fletcher, Okla., she was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 55 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Feather River Baptist Church in Marysville. 
Survivors include three sons, Owen Walker of Olivehurst, Norman Walker of Yuba City and Donald Walker of Oregon; three brothers, Samuel Trotter of Corning, Raymond Trotter of Utah and Kenneth Trotter of Oklahoma; a sister, Louise Davis of Galt; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Walker; and four brothers, Robert Trotter, David Trotter, Tom Trotter and Jim Trotter. 
Services: Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Sierra View Mortuary. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Sierra View Memorial Park. The Rev. Kieth Weatherly of Feather River Baptist Church will officiate. 

James D. Duelfer Sr. 
James Daniel Duelfer Sr., 69, of Olivehurst died Jan 31, 2001, at his residence. 
Born in Brawley, he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 30 years. He was a retired welder. He had worked for Water Works Manufacturing in Olivehurst for 10 years and for Louisiana Pacific Lumber Co. in Ukiah. 
He served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4095 in Olivehurst. 
Survivors include a son, James D. Duelfer Jr. of Olivehurst; a daughter, Debra Rose of Redding; six stepsons, Butch Wilson and Marty Wilson, both of Linda, Lee Temple, Ronnie Temple and Glenn Temple, all of Eureka, and Berry Wilson of Ukiah; two stepdaughters, Debra Lynn Rodrick of Santa Rosa and Cathy Anderson of Ukiah; two brothers, Raymond Russell of Elk Grove and Jerry Russell of Cody, Wyo.; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Sarah Duelfer, and a sister, Margaret Hammontree. 
Services: Private family services have been held. Inurnment arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Twin Cities. 

Katherine E. Bamford 
Katherine E. Bamford, 81, of Kingsburg died Feb. 5, 2001, at her residence. 
Born in Custer, Wash., she was a Mid-Valley resident for 50 years, living in the Challenge area before moving to Kingsburg in 1999. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Oroville for five years and American Sunday School Union in Challenge and Rackerby. 
Survivors include her husband, Webster Bamford of Kingsburg; three sons, James William Bamford of Challenge, Gale Edward Bamford of Kingsburg and Clifton Webster Bamford of Oroville; two daughters, Glee Edna Ritchey of British Columbia, Canada, and Katherine Lynn Doner of Foster, Ore.; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. 
Services: A service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Challenge Community Church. The Rev. Max Doner will officiate. Burial will be at Brownsville Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Creighton Memorial Chapel, Kingsburg. 

Sklyer E. Ellison 
Sklyer Earl Ellison, infant son of Kristen Alfrey and Larry Ellison of Gridley, died Jan. 31, 2001, at Oroville Hospital. 
Survivors also include a brother, Robert Anthony of Gridley; his grandmother and step-grandfather, Sheryl and Tom Crater of Gridley; his grandparents, Julia Sanchez of Gridley, Samuel Alfrey of Cottonwood and Larry Junior Ellison of West Virginia; and his great-grandparents, Juanita Snider of San Pablo, Herb and Ann Caudill of Cottonwood and Helen Frymyer of Oroville. 
He was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, John Snider, Bob Alfrey and Earl Frymyer. 
Services: A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Gridley-Biggs Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Gridley-Block Funeral Chapel. 

William R. Schroeder 
William Ronald Schroeder, 53, of Yuba City died Feb. 5, 2001, at Rideout Memorial Hospital. 
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 40 years. He served in the U.S. Marines for three years and was a member of the Planetary Society in Forrest Hill and California Ambassador for NASA's Space Academy in Huntsville, Ala. He was a welder for Sunsweet Growers. 
Survivors include a daughter, Cherri Welty of Marysville; a brother, Bruce Schroeder of Marysville; two sisters, Betty Lemenager of Sutter and Doreen Buss of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; and two grandchildren. 
Contributions can be made to any charity of choice. 
Services: Visitation will from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lipp and Sullivan Chapel. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday at the chapel. Burial will be at Sutter Cemetery.

Chloe I. Austin 
Chloe Ila Austin, 84, of Live Oak died Feb. 8, 2001, at her residence. 
Born in Gumlog, Ark., she was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 57 years. She was a homemaker. 
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Reed and Glen Austin, both of Live Oak; one daughter, Linda Talamantes of Live Oak; and seven grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Ray Austin. 
Services: Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gridley-Block Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel, with the Rev. Ray Davis officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery.

Sonja F. Mirassou 
Sonja Faye Mirassou, 56, of Live Oak died Feb. 10, 2001, at her residence. 
Born in Richmond, she was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 37 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Live Oak 4-H, Junior Women's Club and Jobs Daughters. 
Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Mirassou-Hoag and Tonya Mirassou, both of Live Oak, and Karen Mirassou-Koch of Granite Bay; a brother, Duane Renstrom of New Hampshire; two sisters, Linda Vargas of Temecula and Janice Watson of Orem, Utah; and five grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Allax Mirassou. 
Contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 21-4177, Sacramento CA 95821. 
Services: A Mass of Christian burial, in conjunction with a service for her husband, Jan Allax Mirassou, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marysville, with the Rev. Leon Juchniewicz officiating. Private burial will be at Live Oak Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel. 

Jan A. Mirassou 
Jan Allax Mirassou, 59, of Live Oak died Feb. 10, 2001, at his residence. 
Born in San Jose, he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 37 years. He was a rancher for more than 45 years and a member of the Live Oak Lions Club and the California Canning Peach Association. 
In addition, he was a board member of the Prune Bargaining Association and foreman of the Sutter County Grand Jury. 
Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Mirassou-Hoag and Tonya Mirassou, both of Live Oak, and Karen Mirassou-Koch of Granite Bay; his parents, R.A. and Aldine Mirassou of Marysville; a brother, Mitch Mirassou of Oregon; two sisters, Rolene Haulman of Live Oak and Carol Coffee of Ashland Ore.; and five grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Allax Mirassou. 
Contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 21-4177, Sacramento CA 95821. 
Services: A Mass of Christian burial, in conjunction with a service for his wife, Sonja Faye Mirassou, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marysville, with the Rev. Leon Juchniewicz officiating. Private burial will be at Live Oak Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel. 

Chloe I. Austin 
Chloe Ila Austin, 84, of Live Oak died Feb. 8, 2001, at her residence. 
Born in Gumlog, Ark., she was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 57 years. She was a homemaker. 
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Reed and Glen Austin, both of Live Oak; a daughter, Linda Talamantes of Live Oak; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Ray Austin. 
Services: Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Gridley-Block Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel, with the Rev. Ray Davis officiating. Burial will be in Live Oak Cemetery. 

Brady J. Williams 
Brady James Williams, 75, of Marysville died Feb. 11, 2001, at Fremont Medical Center. 
Born in Stigler, Okla., he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for four years. He was a steam fitter for 52 years and a member of Steam Fitter's Union Local 342 in Concord. 
He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Hallwood and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. 
Survivors include three sons, Donald Williams of Marysville, Michael Williams of Marina and Ronald Williams of Carson City, Nev.; a brother, Burl Williams of Pacheco; a sister, Jane Brewer of Pittsburg; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth Williams, and five brothers. 
Donations may be made to the charity of choice. 
Services: Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Lipp and Sullivan Chapel. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Nazarene in Hallwood, with the Rev. Alvin Jolley officiating. Burial will be in Sutter Cemetery. 

Arvle E. Chatwin 
Arvle Edwin Chatwin, 82, of Yuba City died Feb. 4, 2001, at his son's residence in Gilbert, Ariz. 
Born in Riverdale, Utah, he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 50 years. Retired, he was the former administrator of Colusa Hospital. 
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Chatwin of Yuba City; three sons, Rodney Chatwin of Yuba City, Jan Chatwin of Gilbert and Brent Chatwin of Washington; three daughters, Karen Gooch of Moreno Valley, Sharon Stringham of Washington and Judy Yard of Spearfish, S.D.; three sisters, Zola Luthy, Beth Weeks and Shirley Arnold, all of Idaho; 16 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. 
Services: A graveside dedication will be held at 10 a.m. today at Sutter Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel. 

William E. Golding Sr. 
William Everton Golding Sr., 85, of Sutter died Feb. 6, 2001, at Rideout Memorial Hospital. 
Born in Stockton, he was a Yuba-Sutter resident since 1967. He retired as manager of Dick Sanchez Auto Body in Yuba City. 
Survivors include his wife, Theo B. Golding of Sutter; two sons, Robert T. Golding of Sutter and William E. Golding Jr. of Sacramento; a sister, Doris Black of Stockton; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
Services: Private family services were held under the direction of Lipp and Sullivan Chapel. 

Andrew H. Hinz 
Andrew Herbert Hinz, 34, of Auburn died in the first part of February at his residence. 
Born in Auburn, he was a resident of the area for 26 years. He worked as a landscaper. 
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Velda and Gene Sweeney of Florida; a brother, Christopher DeLozier of Ohio; and his grandmother, Lilly DeLozier of Olivehurst. 
Services: A service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Feather River Baptist Church on Chestnut Road in Linda. Inurnment will be at New Auburn District Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Hills, Auburn. 

James D. Goodman 
James "Jim" Douglas Goodman, 60, of Williams died Feb. 10, 2001, at his residence. 
Born in Colusa, he was a lifelong Mid-Valley resident. He was a longtime employee of Woodland Tractor and later became self-employed as an equipment salesman. He was a member of the Arbuckle Golf Club and the Elks Club of Woodland and Red Bluff. 
He was a graduate of Pierce High School in Arbuckle and was the 1959 Yolo County 4-H All Star. 
Survivors include two sons, Douglas Goodman of Dunnigan and Todd Goodman of Dixon; his parents, Elmer and Elizabeth Goodman of Dunnigan; a brother, John Goodman of Arbuckle; a sister, Janis Noyer of Sacramento; and one grandson. 
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Aid Society, P.O. Box 1824, Sacramento CA 95812. 
Services: Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McNary-Moore Chapel in Colusa. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Arbuckle Cemetery. 

Santiago J. Tafoya 
Santiago Jimmey Tafoya, 69, of Marysville died Feb. 10, 2001, at his residence. 
Born in Ault, Colo., he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 13 years and lived in Roseville from 1945 to the early 1970s. 
A Native American of the Pueblo and Apache tribes, he was a stone and wood sculptor using Native American themes. His work was displayed at several locations including the Yuba-Sutter Fair, California Prune Festival, Beckwourth Frontier Days and Yuba College Pow-Wows. He also had a one-man show at The Art Foundry Gallery in Sacramento. 
In addition, he was featured in the book "Catch the Whisper of the Wind" by Cheewa James. 
Survivors include his wife, Janice Tafoya of Marysville; three daughters, Katherine Omar and Tina Tafoya, both of Nebraska, and Juana K. Tafoya-Cozine of Missouri; three stepdaughters, Veronica Smallwood of Sacramento, Brenda O'Dell of Fairfield and Trina Silva of Missouri; a sister, Marylin Torres of Roseville; five brothers, Joe Tafoya of Sacramento and Nache Tafoya, Robert Tafoya, Phillip Tafoya and Ernest Tafoya, all of Roseville; a half-brother, Richard Tafoya of Roseville; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Dora Tafoya; and three brothers, Alfred Tafoya, George Tafoya and Johnny Tafoya. 
Donations may be made to Valley Hospice, 319 G St., Marysville CA 95901. 
Services: A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Sierra View Mortuary.

Jacob A. Hixson 
Jacob Alexander Hixson, 1 1/2 months, died Feb. 8, 2001, at Rideout Emergency Center. He was born in Yuba City. 
Survivors include his parents, James and Julie Hixson of Strawberry Valley; his grandparents, Tom and Jan Malmros of Brownsville and Betty Hixson of Sunnyvale; and his great-grandmother, Geraldine Malmros of Duluth, Minn. 
Services: A graveside service will be conducted at noon Thursday at Strawberry Valley Cemetery. The Rev. Wayne Vincent of Loma Rica Community Church will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Lipp and Sullivan Chapel. 

Grace V. Hardman 
Grace V. Hardman, 81, of Yuba City died Feb. 11, 2001, at Fremont Medical Center. 
Born in Ohio, she recently moved to the Yuba-Sutter area after residing in Nevada in Las Vegas and Reno. She was a loan officer for the Montebello School District Credit Union and a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars ladies' auxiliary. 
Survivors include three daughters, June Searles of Marysville, Sandra McLoughry of Fresno and Cheryl Noone of Clovis; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth P. Troy, and a daughter, Paula Troy. 
Services: A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Hutchison & Carnes Colonial Chapel. 

Alice S. Wheeler 
Alice Scott Wheeler, 92, of Yuba City died Feb. 11, 2001, at her granddaughter's residence in Yuba City. 
Born in LaPorte, she was a lifelong Yuba-Sutter resident. She was a homemaker. 
Survivors include her granddaughter, Bonne McConnell of Yuba City. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius Wheeler. 
Donations may be made to the St. Joseph's Church Organ Fund, 223 Eighth St., Marysville, Calif. 95901; or to Shriners Hospital for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, Calif. 95817. 
Services: Services have been held. Burial was in Browns Valley Cemetery in Browns Valley. Arrangements were under the direction of Lipp and Sullivan Chapel. 

William L. Goldsmith Jr. 
William Leo Goldsmith Jr., 64, of Oregon House died Feb. 11, 2001, at Fremont Medical Center. 
Born in Long Beach, he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for nine years. He was a customer service representative for Southern California Edison. He was a member of the Catholic Church and a past member of Phi Beta Kappa. 
Survivors include his wife, Norma Goldsmith of Oregon House; two sons, Gregory S. Goldsmith of Oregon House and William L. Goldsmith 3rd of Reno, Nev.; a brother, Ronald J. Goldsmith of Moss Landing; and a granddaughter. 
Services: A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Catholic Church in Dobbins. The Rev. Leon Juchniewicz of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Marysville will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Hutchison & Carnes Colonial Chapel. 

Ramon Oliva Sr. 
Ramon Oliva Sr., 72, of Marysville died Feb. 12, 2001, at Rideout Memorial Hospital. 
Born in Jalisco, Mexico, he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for 45 years. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and a farm laborer. 
Survivors include his wife, Tomasa A. Oliva of Marysville; two sons, Ramon Oliva Jr. of Yuba City and Alfonso Cedillo of Davis; a daughter, Rosemary Cedillo of Martinez; a sister, Refugia Silva of Mexico; and six grandchildren. 
Services: A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Holycross Memorial Services. 

Wanda S. Myers 
Wanda Summerbell Myers, 80, of Colusa died Feb. 13, 2001, at Enloe Extended Care Unit in Chico. 
Born in Fallon, Nev., she was a Mid-Valley resident since 1941. She operated the Western Union telegraph office for a number of years and served as the medical librarian at Colusa County Hospital until her retirement in 1978. 
She was a member of the Colusa Golf and Country Club, serving on the Ladies' Executive Board and as an assistant tournament chairwoman. 
Survivors include two daughters, Rae Keel of Carmel Valley and Betty Jo Fitzgerald of Olympia, Wash., three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dick Summerbell and Gerry Myers. 
Donations may be made to a charity of choice. 
Services: A celebration of life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at her residence. Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico branch. 

Alex J. Mateofsky 
Alex J. Mateofsky, 73, of Colusa, died Jan. 31, 2001, at Colusa Community Hospital. 
Born in Oregon, he was a Yuba-Sutter resident for about 20 years. He was a machinist in Yuba City before moving to Colusa where he worked for I.G. Zumwalt and Hardy Harvester. He served in the Merchant Marines and the National Guard. 
Survivors include his wife, Mary Baker of Colusa; one son, Joe Mateofsky of Paradise; four stepdaughters, Kitty Garofalo of Colusa, Susie Hurst of Garden Grove, and Dena Azevedo and Ann Alvarado, both of Modesto, and one stepson, Tom Baker of Colusa; and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by one son, David Mateofsky. 
His body was donated to the University of California, Davis, Medical School. 

H. Patricia Cotten 
H. Patricia "Pat" Cotten, 77, of Marysville died Feb. 7, 2001, at Rideout Memorial Hospital. 
Born in Berkeley, she had been a Yuba-Sutter resident since 1989. She was an accountant, a member of the Fairview Community Church in Rio Oso and contributing writer for the South Sutter Connection. 
She was a volunteer for Valley Hospice/Fremont-Rideout Health Group, the Area 4 Agency on Aging Advisory Council, California Department of Aging, and a tutor for the Sutter County Library Literacy Program and the Yuba College English Department. 
Survivors include three daughters, Valerie DaPrato of Rio Oso, Robin Appleberry of Orangevale and Michelle Allen of Sacramento; a son, Allen Cotten Jr. of Sacramento; two sisters, Sandra Martinez and Audrey Stevenson, both of California; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Cotten Sr. 
Donations may be made to Fairview Community Church, 1991 Pacific Ave., Rio Oso, Calif. 95659; or the Literacy Program, care of Sutter County Library, 750 Forbes Ave., Yuba City, Calif. 95991. 
Services: A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fairview Community Church, Rio Oso. Private inurnment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Rio Oso.


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