Encina High School Alumni
|Robert Anthony Bingham
Robert Anthony Bingham was a dynamic individual who cherished the spirit and hope of young people that eventually led him down a path of coaching high school sports, ensuring the health and safety of communities through environmental health, and raising a loving family. He left this world peacefully at home at the age of 49 on June 28th, 2006, in Sacramento, surrounded by his children, wife, and very close friends. Born in Portland, Oregon on March 8th, 1957, Robert grew up in Carmichael and attended Encina High School where he was active in basketball, football, and baseball. After high school, Robert served honorably in the US Army Nuclear Security program from 1975-1978 stationed in Germany. He also was a member of the Army Special Service basketball team. He later coached at Encina and Rio Americano High Schools from 1978-1990, successfully taking the Encina football team to the playoffs in 1985. Robert mentored many youth, inspiring them to reach beyond their goals and often acting as a surrogate father. It was no surprise that his energy and devotion led him to a second career in environmental health, where, through his dedication and drive, he crafted his own special masters degree in Neuromuscular Physiology at California State University at Sacramento, which he received in 1991. This then led him to the Yolo County Environmental Health Department, where he worked for many years. However, his most cherished accomplishment was his family, as husband to wife Annette and father to Alec and Gianna. Robert was a familiar face on the Leonardo da Vinci elementary school campus, volunteering in the classroom and driving on field trips. He coached his son’s Land Park Little League team and attended his daughter’s many dance performances. He is also survived by his mother Audrey Mistretta of Sacramento, sister Debbie Bingham, niece Cheyenne Bingham, and father Chuck Bingham, all of Texas. Robert’s devotion to family, friends, and community left an indelible mark for everyone who knew his laughter, caring demeanor, and hopeful vision of life. His family wishes to invite everyone to celebrate his life on Sunday July 9th, 3pm, at the Encina High School gym, 1400 Bell Street, Sacramento. A reception will immediately follow at the CSUS Alumni Center on the CSUS campus. Friends are invited to bring a “story and song” to share as we remember Robert through his love of music. Donations may be made to the Robert Bingham Memorial Fund, Golden 1 Credit Union, P.O. Box 15966, Sacramento, CA 95852.
|Headline: WILLIAM T. BODE FORMER DEL CAMPO HIGH SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL WAS WORLD
WAR II PILOT AND INSTRUCTOR, AVID PHOTOGRAPHER AND WORLD TRAVELER
Publication Date: December 22, 1995
Source: The Sacramento Bee
Obituary: William T. Bode, a longtime principal and administrator for the San Juan Unified School District and a former Air Force officer, died Dec. 9 at Sutter General Hospital of a head injury. He was 75.
The San Diego native served in the Army Air Forces during World War II as a pilot and flight instructor. After the war, he became a reservist.
In 1949, he received a bachelor's degree in industrial technology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Bode was recalled to active duty after the Korean War broke out and was stationed at Mather Air Force Base. When the war ended, he returned to the reserves and retired as a lieutenant colonel in the 1970s.
Mr. Bode taught photography and engineering in Tucson, Ariz., for about a year. He then returned to Sacramento to teach at James Marshall High School. While working as a teacher, he graduated from what was then Sacramento State with a master's degree in education administration. After graduation, he spent a year as a Fulbright scholar in Antigua.
He joined San Juan Unified School District in 1959 as dean of boys at Encina High School. Shortly thereafter, he became vice principal at El Camino High School. He was principal of Del Campo High School for 17 years, retiring in 1978.
Mr. Bode had a strong interest in photography and shot pictures for two books written by his wife, Frances, who preceded him in death. He also wrote a book, "The Floral Designer's Guide to Photography," and was the photographer for members of the Arrangers Guild. His photographs can be found at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and in private
He also enjoyed traveling throughout North and Central America, Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Japan and Hawaii.
Mr. Bode belonged to Rotary International, Sierra Camera Club, Sacramento Delta Council and Photographic Society of America.
Survivors include daughters, Eleanor Caldwell of Seattle and Catherine Appel of Brookings, Ore.; a son, William T. Bode II of Bonney Lake, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Bode requested that contributions be made to a charity of the donor's choice. At his request, no services will be held.
BRAAFLADT, Walter T.
|CARSTENSEN, Arlene B.
Arlene, (AKA Sal or Aunt Sally) made her transition very peacefully about 2:30 Sunday morning June 21, 2009, with her devoted caregiver, Iva Mataiyalona, by her side. Dixie Meixner, her friend of 50 years, and her husband Don were also with her most of the time during her last few days. She died surrounded by the people who loved her. She was born in Waverly, Iowa, on April 26, 1917, to William and Anna Clausing Carstensen. They and her two brothers, Vincent Carsensen, M.D., and Clarence Carstensen, D.D.S., a sister Lucille Paup, and a nephew David Carstensen, preceded her in death. Her survivors are: nephews John (Jill) and Rev. Jim Carstensen, a niece Gretchen Smelcer (Jim), a great-nephew Jay Carstensen (Paige) and a great-niece Karen Peery (Scott). Many close friends are left to miss her wise counsel as well as her loving company. Arlene earned a B.A. from Wartburg College in Iowa and a M.A. at the University of Minnesota. She served as a counselor at Encina High School from September 1959 to June 6, 1981. She took great joy, pride, and care in her work sheperding her students through their high school years. During WWII Arlene joined the Women's Army Corps. After the war, she was honorably discharged as a sergeant. At her request there will be no funeral services. However, her close friends are encouraged to meet and remember her. Her nephew, John, will take her cremains back to Waverly, Iowa, where they will be buried beside her mother in Harlington Cemetery. Arlene loved her cats and wished that any remembrances be made to: Happy Tails, P.O. Box 161994; Sacramento, CA 95816-1994. Happy Tails have lovingly taken in her cat, Rocky, to give him a good home. Arlene can now rest in peace. Published in the The Sacramento Bee on 6/27/2009
|Sacramento Bee, August 19, 1996
Cruickshank, Leslie J.
In Placerville, August 18, 1996. Beloved father of Jean Thomas of Placerville. Loving grandfather of 2 and great grandfather of 5. Loving uncle of George E. Hannaford of Folsom. Preceded in death by his wife Pauline Cowan Cruickshank. A native of Fair Oaks, age 90 years. A resident of Placerville for the past 5 years and prior, he lived in Sacramento and grew up in Folsom.
He is a graduate of San Juan High School where he was an outstanding athlete participating in baseball, basketball and track. He held the title of the fastest runner in the county in the 100 yard dash while in high school. After he married Pauline, he worked at Rumsey's Grocery Store. He later left there to enter college to study to become a teacher. In 1939 he began his teaching career in the business department of Modesto High School. In 1955 he moved to Sacramento and resumed his teaching career at El Camino High School and later going to Encina High School. He never failed to encourage students to continue their education and to work hard as keys to success.
A private family service will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 1996 at 3:00 pm at East Lawn Sierra Hills Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento. Memorial contributions may be made to Snowline Hospice, 3097 Cedar Ravine,
Placerville, CA 95667.
|Sacramento Bee, February 3, 1971
Cancer Kills Woman Who Aided Invalids
Pauline M. de Gooyer who, despite knowing she had terminal cancer waged a campaign on behalf of other invalids, died last night in her home. She was 52.
Cancer plagued her for three and a half years but it was not until last March that she was forced to give up teaching at Encina High School and was hospitalized for the last time. She came home in April her husband, Marvin said, because she wanted to be in familiar surroundings when she died.
Mrs. de Gooyer continued from her home the drive she had started shortly after her last hospitalization -- collecting coupons to obtain a kidney machine. Her efforts accounted for more than 200,000 of the 600,000 coupons needed for the complicated apparatus.
Her 11 years of teaching English and public speaking at Encina earned her a life membership in the California Congress of Parents and Teachers. Encina students, impressed with her as a teacher and an individual, have dedicated their 1971 school year book in her honor.
The family came to Sacramento 14 years ago from Houston, Tex., where, although she did not teach, Mrs. de Gooyer also earned a life membership in the state parent-teacher organization. The recognition was accorded her for organizing PTA paper drives which completely equipped two elementary school libraries.
Several weeks ago, she wrote her own memorial service for the rites which will be held at 7:30 PM tomorrow in St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2391 St. Mark's Way.
A graduate of Simpson College in Iowa, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and had been working for her master of arts degree in English at Sacramento State College until she became too ill to continue.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Jon Eric of Germany; Kalen Saxton on Alaska; parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Shepherd of Des Moines, Iowa; and brother Norman F. Shepherd of New York. She also leaves four grandchildren.
The family requests that any remembrances be made to the scholarship fund of Delta Delta Delta sorority in care of Mrs. Mary K. Maker, 1701 11th Ave.
|FIGENSHU, John W. ''Jack''
Memorial Mass for Jack Figenshu, who passed away on November 17, 2005, at the age of 77, will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, December 3, 2005, (with a reception to follow) at Presentation Catholic Church; corner of Norris and Robertson Avenue, Sacramento. Jack is survived by his wife of 55 years, Shirley, four sons: John Jr., Richard, Thomas and Karl; and one brother, Robert. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Presentation Church or to a charity of your choice.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 11/19/2005.
|Press Tribune (Roseville), Feb. 2, 1996
Marie Marguerite Foster
May 4, 1930 - Jan. 29, 1996
A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Anglican Church, 5983 Webb St. in Loomis, for Marie Marguerite Foster, who died in Penryn Monday at the age of 65. A native of Huntsville, Texas, Mrs. Foster was a 28-year resident of Penryn.
She was a librarian for 25 years at Encina High School in Sacramento, and she enjoyed golfing, horseback riding and travel.
Inurnment will be at East Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento under the direction of Reichert's Funeral Service in Citrus Heights.
Mrs. Foster is survived by her son, Mark Hopkins of Shingle Springs; a brother, Frank Cowell of Texas; her companion of 16 years, Rod Beretta of Penryn; and two grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 415 Oak St., Roseville, 95678, or the Auburn Faith Hospice, 11760 Atwood Road, Auburn, 95603-9075.
Sacramento Bee, June 4, 2003
|GOLDEN, Donald J.
Age 83, died on January 25, 2010 at home in Carmichael, CA.
Donald J. Golden was born on February 17, 1926 at Walla Walla, WA to Thomas Eugene Golden and Josephine C. (Rypczynski) Golden. Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jimmie Golden of Carmichael, CA, son Thomas of Seattle, WA, daughter Mary P. Golden of Carmichael, CA, sister Eileen Boyes of Donner, CA, brother Albert Golden of Walla Walla, WA, daughter-in-law Mary J. Golden of Folsom, CA, two grandchildren, Sara and Patrick Golden, and numerous nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his son Donald J. Golden, Jr. Don served aboard the U.S.S. Belleau Wood (CVL-24). Following military service, Don returned to Whitman College where he received his B.A. in Economics and Business Administration in 1949 and a Teaching Credential in 1950. On September 16, 1950 Don married Jimmie Fryer of Albuquerque, NM. In 1956, Don and family moved to Carmichael, CA. In 1958 Don was asked to be vice-principal at Encina High School, where he remained until 1973, having become principal in 1968. In 1962 Don received a M.A. in Education at the then Sacramento State College. In 1973, Don became Director of Vocational Education for the San Juan Unified School District. During this time, Don extended the Vocational Education program to 11 high schools, one technical center and three confirmation high schools with the San Juan District. Don remained active in his love of the outdoors with abalone diving, hunting, fishing, ATV riding and rock hounding trips throughout the western United States. He was integral to the formation of the Sacramento chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Interment will be at National Veterans Cemetery, Dixon, CA. Services will be private. At his request, there will be no funeral or memorial service and his friends are requested to make any remembrance to a charity of their choice. A memorial mass will be held in Walla Walla, WA.
|The Sacramento Bee, June 18, 1987
DAN A. HALVORSON
A rosary for Dan A. Halvorson, a counselor for the San Juan Unified School District and active in Sacramento high school sports for many years, will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday in the Culjis & Son Chapel, 1525 Alhambra Blvd. He died Tuesday, June 16, from cancer at age 53.
A Sacramento resident since 1960, Mr. Halvorson joined the Sacramento City School District and coached basketball at Peter Lassen Junior High School and Will C. Wood Middle School. He joined Burbank High School's physical education staff when the school first opened in the early 1960s and was there for seven years as a football, basketball, golf, and tennis
coach. Mr. Halvorson was then a counselor at Encina High School for the San Juan Unified School District and transfered to Mira Loma High School, where he served as head counselor and the girls' athletic director and softball coach for several years. He was a counselor at El Camino High School the past few years and also officiated at football games.
The North Dakota native served in the Army during the late 1950s and earned a bachelor's and master's degree in education from Arizona State University. He later received a master's degree in psychology from Sacramento State College.
He enjoyed distance running, competing in several national marathons and triathlons, and held a national steeplechase record for his age group for two years. He also announced football games at Hughes Stadium for several years.
Mr. Halvorson is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Peter of Arizona, Brian of Texas, Stephen of Berkeley, and Kathleen and Megan, both of Sacramento; his mother, Dora Halvorson, and a brother, William, both of Stockton; and sisters, Joanne Ash of Washington and Shirley Funk of Arizona.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Church, 58th and M streets. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. The family requests that anyremembrances be made to the Dan Halvorson Fund, c/o Len Frizzi, 3406 Harger Court, Sacramento, 95821, or the American Cancer Society.
|ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2003
Anchorage resident LOUIS GEORGE HUBER, 77, died Feb. 6, 2003, at Providence Extended Care Center. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Warren of Anchorage Lutheran Church officiating.
Mr. Huber was born Jan. 17, 1926, in Great Falls, Mont.
He was a Navy veteran who served during World War II and the Korean conflict.
He earned a master's degree and was a teacher. He retired in 1982 from the San Juan Unified School District.
He came to Alaska in 1983 and settled in Fairbanks until 1989, when he moved to Anchorage.
Mr. Huber was an apartment manager and a greeter for Kmart.
He was a member of Anchorage Lutheran Church and the YMCA. He did senior volunteer work for political polling sites, urging seniors to vote during elections. He was also an umpire for girls softball and a scorekeeper for recreational district volleyball and basketball.
He enjoyed fishing and traveling to Seattle to watch Seattle Mariners baseball games. Mr. Huber also enjoyed driving the Alaska Highway and did so annually. He loved walking five miles daily.
Mr. Huber was preceded in death by his daughter, Marilyn Huber.
He is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Mark and Judith Huber of Westford, Mass., Martin and Debbie Huber of Antelope, Calif., and Michael Huber of Elk Grove, Calif.; two daughters, Michele Huber of Carmichael, Calif., and Jamie Huber of Twin Falls, Idaho; two sisters, Ruth Waetzig of Great Falls and Dorothy Hagen of Seattle; brother, Roland Huber of Oregon; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N St., Anchorage 99501.
Arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.
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|Headline: ERNIE G. JONES DEVOTED CAREER TO CAPITAL-AREA
Publication Date: October 07, 1996
Source: The Sacramento Bee
Obituary: Ernie Grover Jones devoted his lengthy career to the education of children in the Sacramento area. From teaching to counseling to administrative work, he employed his generous nature to help those around him, his family said.
"You could take problems to Ernie and talk about them. I never heard a person say a bad word about him ever," said his friend of 48 years, George Kelly of Sacramento.
Mr. Jones died Thursday of heart failure at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. He was 70.
In addition to teaching and counseling at various schools in the San Juan Unified School District, he developed work-experience programs, including the Regional Occupational Program which gives high school students academic credit for working in their field of study.
He counseled at several area schools including Mira Loma, Encina, El Camino, and La Sierra. He helped develop the curriculum at Casa Roble High School.
"He related to kids well. He treated them as adults," said his son, Steve Jones of Kahaluu, Hawaii. "He never talked down to young people."
After living in Sacramento for 39 years, Mr. Jones moved to Tucson in 1989. A native of Ensley, Ala., he was the sixth of eight children born to Earny Grover Jones and Wilda Collum Jones. He joined the U.S. Navy when he was 17 years old. He was stationed in the Pacific and Treasure Island before leaving the military as a chief petty officer after three years.
Upon leaving the military, he received his high school equivalency diploma, and entered Auburn University in Alabama. After one year, he transferred to Birmingham Southern College where he met his wife, Charlotte Jones, who also was a teacher for the San Juan district before her death last year.
The couple moved to Williams in 1949 where they worked odd job while attending what was then Sacramento State. They were both involved with the Williams Methodist Church choir that performed throughout the Sacramento Valley.
In 1950, they moved to Sacramento, and graduated from Sacramento State in 1952. Mr. Jones received a degree in communications, then went to work for Sylvan Elementary School in Citrus Heights, where he taught sixth grade. He left Sylvan after about five years, working briefly for Aerojet General as training and safety director. He returned to teaching at Barrett Middle School but soon moved to vocational counseling and administration for San Juan Unified School District.
He was an avid golfer, camper and a collector of Austin-Healey1 cars. He enjoyed traveling, taking journeys to Europe and Mexico. He was a member of Delta Sigma Phi, E Clampus Vitus (a local historical society), the Carmichael Rotary, Kiwanis, and the Navy League. He was a founding member of St. Mark's Methodist Church.
In addition to his son Steve, he is survived by a daughter, Constance Jones of Tucson, Ariz.; four sisters, Nell Brockman of Ashville, Ala., Pauline Nesmith of Columbiana, Ala., Aline Starlin of Pelham, Ala., and Clarice Sexton of Eastlake, Ala.; one brother, Robert Jones of Cottonwood, Ariz.; and two grandsons.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church of Tucson. The family requests any remembrances be made to the Ernie and Charlotte Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 16711, Tucson, Ariz., 85732.
|Sacramento Union, January 18, 1983
Ben Leafe, 53, a teacher in the San Juan School District, died Sunday (Jan. 16) in a local hospital.
Memorial services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Lind Brothers Mortuary, 4221 Manzanita Avenue.
Mr. Leafe, a member of the Sacramento State University Alumni Club, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Sacramento State. He was also a member of the Sierra Club and the San Juan Teachers Association.
Mr. Leafe was the husband of Irene M. Leafe and the father of Gregory A.and Daniel E. Leafe. He was the brother of Belle Wishnewitz and Virginia, Harry and Nancy Leafe.
He was a native of Canton, Ohio.
Inurnment will be at Home of Peace Cemetery.
Resident of Carmichael, July 16, 2006. Age 79 years. Beloved wife of Ben Leafe, who preceded her in death. Survived by her sons Gregory A., and
Daniel E. Leafe. A member of the San Juan Retired Teachers Association. A long-time member and officer of the Sutter Auxiliary. A native of
Evanston, Illinois. Friends are invited to attend memorial services Tuesday, July 25 at 2pm at Lind Brothers Mortuary, 4221 Manzanita Ave.
Inturnment at Home of Peace Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Sutter Medical Foundation. Services entrusted to Lind Brothers Mortuary 916.482.8080. Published in the Sacramento Bee on 7/22/2006.
Sacramento Bee, Sept. 12, 2000
Long time school teacher and wrestling coach, of Sacramento, passed away while surrounded by his family on March 24, 2006. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Lukehart; children Tim (Sarah), Jody (Debbie), Hugh (Tracy), Sherie (Robin), and preceded in death by his eldest son Greg. He has 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. His greatest joys in life were teaching, spending time with family and his grandchildren (''I learned more from them than they learned from me!''), all things Chevy and swap meets, gardening, playing cards, duck hunting, fishing, and living life always, and in all ways, in the now. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2006, at 11:00am at Towe Auto Museum, 2000 Front Street, Sacramento, CA. Friends and family are welcome.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 3/28/2006.
Vincent J. MARELICH Sr
|Sacramento Bee, July 27, 1967
John Burns McCalman
Memorial services for John B. McCalman, 36, a civics teacher at Encina High School, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fruitridge Christian Church.
McCalman, of 8452 Bennington Way, died after he became ill at a community swimming pool Tuesday. An autopsy was performed, but tests to determine the cause of death have not been completed.
A native of Chicago, McCalman came to Sacramento 20 years ago. He was a graduate of C.K. McClatchy High School, obtained his bachelor's degree at the University of California at Berkeley, and his master's degree at Sacramento State College.
McCalman was president of the faculty association at Encina and chairman of the board at the Fruitridge Christian Church where he also served as superintendent of the Sunday school.
Survivors include his widow, Carol; three children, Charron, Burns and Christine; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don A. McCalman of Sacramento; a brother, Donald of Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.; and a sister, Mrs. J.T. Sidener Jr. of Berkeley.
Friends may call at the New Mission Chapel of Andrews and Greilich Funeral Home until 7 p.m. Friday.
|MESQUITA DE VANEGAS, Ann-Marie Frances
Born March 30, 1965 in Reno, Nevada; passed away October 25, 2011 from injuries sustained in a fall. Ann-Marie is survived by her husband, Roberto, his parents, Jaime and Maria Vanegas, niece Heidi Vanegas, her parents William and Frances Mesquita, brother Mario Mesquita (Alexandra), nephew Alessandro of Rome, Italy; aunt Judy Waggoner of Napa, uncle Don Mesquita (Linda) of Foresthill, cousins Kara Broussard and Alex Pereira, their spouses and children and many family members in West Sacramento and Reno. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Doyle and Althea (Kramer) McGwinn; her paternal grandparents, Mario and Anna (Palamidessi) Mesquita, great-grandparents and aunts and uncles. Ann-Marie attended McClatchy High School and graduated from UC Davis, obtained a teaching credential and master's degree from Sacramento State University, and attended the language institute in Monterey. She spent several summers living in Spain and studying Spanish culture; she was active in organizing cross-cultural exchange trips to Costa Rica with her students. Ann-Marie taught at Encina and El Camino High Schools for many years. She was the advisor to the Spanish Club, organized Spanish cultural events, taught different levels of Spanish, including AP classes, and was always available for translations. She enjoyed traveling from an early age and was an AFS exchange student to Venezuela in high school. She traveled extensively in Spain, Costa Rica and England. With her husband, Roberto, she traveled to New York City, Colombia, France, Mexico, Costa Rica and Prague. Along with travel, she enjoyed languages and spoke English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and was starting German. Ann-Marie's family and friends will remember a joyous, laughing person with a welcoming smile for everyone. We will remember the little girl who continued her love of reading, the ocean, scary movies, dancing and all animals into adulthood. We will remember the girl who loved her family, her cats, and her students and who always had the patience, time, and kindness to help others. Her passing has left a void in our hearts. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at the GEORGE L. KLUMPP CHAPEL OF FLOWERS, Riverside Boulevard and 2nd Avenue, 2:30 pm Friday, November 4, 2011. Seating is limited. A graveside service will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery, 6700 21st Avenue, Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 11:00 am. Students who wish to pay their respects are encouraged to attend the St. Mary's service. Donations can be made to the Sacramento SPCA or the El Camino High School Foreign Language Department. Published in The Sacramento Bee, November 1, 2011
|The Sacramento Bee, Sunday, January 15, 2005 Wulf Meyer,
art teacher, fled E. Germany
Wulf Meyer, a 34-year Sacramento resident who enjoyed dual success as an art teacher and artist, died in a local hospital Wednesday. He was
59. The cause was malignant melanoma, his family said.
"Wulf was always busy. You never really saw him sit down," his wife, Wendy Meyer, said of how he juggled two careers at once. "The guy had energy you could only hope to have."
Mr. Meyer, who fled East Germany during the Cold War, taught art in the San Juan Unified School District for 24 years, starting in 1974. Each day after classes, he would create avant-garde paintings and sculptures in his private studio. His art was exhibited throughout Northern California.
"He liked to identify himself more as a professional artist than as a teacher," his wife said.
But his commitment to teaching was solid, said Maggie Carmona, one of his former students at Sylvan Middle School, one of the five campuses
where Mr. Meyer taught. "Mr. Meyer said, 'Everyone's an artist,'" said Carmona, 26, a community relations coordinator in Sacramento for the
Whole Foods Market chain. "He always pushed you to do your best and to never give up. Even if you thought your drawings were terrible, he would encourage you," she said.
Wulf Heinz Meyer was born in Germany on April 5, 1945, a month before Nazi forces surrendered. After Germany was split, his parents also separated, and he was raised by his mother on the communist side in East Germany.
One terrifying night, the young Mr. Meyer watched from his home's window as one of his friends was gunned down by Russian soldiers for
violating the curfew, Wendy Meyer said. "His little friend lived in an apartment across the street from Wulf," she said. "One night, the friend was running across the street to deliver some medicine to his grandmother when a spotlight went on and a bunch of Russian soldiers opened fire, killing the boy on the pavement.
Seeking freedom, Mr. Meyer and his mother escaped to West Germany. "His mother had dated some Russian soldiers, so she easily got one-day travel passes to West Germany, Wendy Meyer said. Armed with such passes, both entered West Germany one day in 1954 and requested, and received, asylum. Four years later, mother and son immigrated to the United States.
Mr. Meyer spent the second part of his youth in Hagerstown, MD. Three years out of high school, he joined the US Air Force, serving at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii from 1966 to 1969 before being sent to Travis Air Force Base.
Discharged in 1970, after he became a naturalized US citizen, he moved to Sacramento. He then became an art major, first at American River College and then at California State University, Sacramento. In 1974, after obtaining a bachelor's degree in art along with a teaching credential from CSUS, he began his teaching career in the San Juan Unified School District.
Primarily an art teacher, Mr. Meyer also taught social studies. He spent his first year at Bella Vista High School, followed by five years at Mesa Verde High School. From 1980 to 1982, he was on the faculty at Pasteur Middle School, then went to Sylvan Middle School for 14 years. In 1996, he transferred to Encina High School, where he ended his teaching career in June 1999.
Since then, he had worked as a graphic designer for Mesa Verde Beverage Co. Inc. of West Sacramento.
Mr. Meyer married the former Wendy Groth in 2000. It was the second marriage for both. He had previously been married to Katherine Reber.
Mr. Meyer, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2001, entered Sutter General Hospital on Jan. 4 after his health worsened. He died eight days
Survived by wife Wendy Meyer of Sacramento, son Erik Wulf Meyer of Rancho Cordova, stepson Bret Buchanan of Sacramento, sister Leona Simms of Hercules, and one grandchild.
A celebration of his life will be at 6:30 PM Saturday at Mesa Beverage Co. Inc., 3500 Carlin Drive, West Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to Sutter Medical Center Foundation, 2800 L St., Suite 620, Sacramento, CA 95816, or to the Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA 95828.
|Obituary: Joseph Patitucci, teacher, artist, community
He loved growing fruit and vegetables on his six acres in Carmichael.
By Bill Lindelof -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 5:35 a.m. PST Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002
Joseph Patitucci was many things: artist, professor, farmer and community leader. But he often described himself in humble terms.
Twenty years ago, he stood in his magnificent vegetable garden in Carmichael and told a newspaper reporter collecting stories about urban gardeners that he was "just an Italian peasant."
Mr. Patitucci, 70, died from kidney failure at his Carmichael home Jan. 13 -- surrounded by family that Monday remembered his talent and exuberant nature.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, 1112 26th St., Sacramento.
For decades Mr. Patitucci farmed his six-acre property off Stanley Avenue, a spread that yielded a bounty of tomatoes, corn, nectarines, carrots and other crops.
What the family didn't eat, he sold at a roadside stand.
"About the only thing I don't have is a banana tree," he once joked, revealing his sunny disposition remembered by family and students.
Mr. Patitucci tilled the soil between school breaks during a long career that included teaching at El Camino High School in 1959-60, Encina High School from about 1960-75 and American River College full time from 1975 until about four years ago.
He contributed to the Sacramento creative community as an artist, a supporter of fellow artists and a mentor for aspiring artists.
"He had this wonderful vitality," said his wife, Lucille. "Students said when they left his class, they were inspired. He made everybody feel so good."
He was encouraging not only to students, but also with family, said his sister, George Ann Patitucci.
"He was inspirational," she said. "He was always so positive, upbeat and happy."
Mr. Patitucci, a community activist, was the founding president of the Carmichael Creek Association and closely followed the actions of the Carmichael Water District. He was a sounding board for Sacramento County supervisors because of his knowledge about the community.
Another family venture led by Mr. Patitucci and his brother Jack was the family Christmas tree lot at Fulton Avenue and Fair Oaks Boulevard for more than a half-century.
The native of South Bend, Ind., was a University of California Master Gardener, and Mr. Patitucci tried new varieties of plants and growing methods at his Carmichael property, sharing what he had learned with fellow gardeners.
He married Lucille Arnold in 1954. The couple welcomed people to their home to discuss art, philosophy, gardening, cooking, winemaking, politics, religion and life.
He is survived by his wife; brothers, Jack Patitucci of Placer County and Patrick Patitucci of Sacramento; sisters, Connie Patitucci of Seattle, Wash., and George Ann Patitucci of Sacramento; sons, Michael, Joe, Jack, Paul and Mark, all of Carmichael; daughter, Catherine of Carmichael; and four grandchildren.
Remembrances may be sent to a charity of the donor's choice or the Kidney Foundation, 553 Pilgrim Drive, Foster City, CA 94404.
|George W. Porter born June 17, 1929 in Sacramento, CA, passed away on March 7, 2013 at home with his family and friends. He was survived by his wife Carol, Brother Leo, Bill (wife Alyce), and cister Virginia; children Denise, George (wife Debi), Jerry (wife Michelle), and step-children Steve, Richard, and Erin; grandchildren Cameron (wife Jessi), Courtney (husband Brent), Whitney, Hailey, Ellie, Beth, and step-grandchildren Stephanie, Tanner, Reid, Dustin; and great-granddaughter Jacquelyn. George graduated from Burlingame High School in Burlingame, CA. He continued his education at Texas Christian University (TCU) for one year and San Jose State University for the remainder of his college years, receiving his Bachelor's Degree, Master's degree and Administrative credential. He played football at both TCU and San Jose State. George was drafted into the pro football league and played for the Philadelphia Eagles for one year. His first teaching and coaching job was at Jackson High School, Jackson, CA from 1954-1958. He then continued his coaching career at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), Washington State University, and Utah State. The 1961 MPC football team under George Porter won the Coast Conference Championship with a 6-3 record. George taught a short time at Encina High School and was Head Coach for the Sacramento Capitals semi-pro football team. He retired as an administrator from the Grant Union High School District in 1993. George had a passion for all sports and outdoor activities, especially football, hunting, and snow skiing. A special thanks to Dr. Campbell for taking a special interest in George along with his "ER" nurses and doctors and the hospice team at Kaiser Permanente. Family and Friends are invited to a "Celebration of Life" on April 14, 2013. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond with the details. Published in Sacramento Bee on March 26, 2013.|
|Headline: YVONNE M. PRICE TAUGHT SPANISH AT ENCINA HIGH
Publication Date: December 03, 1994
Source: The Sacramento Bee
Obituary: Mrs. Price, 65, died Wednesday in a Carmichael hospital. The Chico native, born Jan. 24, 1929, graduated from Notre Dame High School in Belmont and earned her teaching credential from California State University, Chico. She taught in Cloverdale and Santa Rosa before her marriage to Bill Price on Sept. 2, 1956. The couple then moved to Sacramento, where Mrs. Price did volunteer work for Mercy San Juan Hospital.
Mrs. Price returned to teaching after taking time off to raise her family. She was teaching Spanish at Encina High School in the San Juan Unified School District.
She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, past president and life member of the Mercy Guild, and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
A vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home. Besides her husband, survivors include her daughter, Renee Price of Sacramento; brothers, James McLain of Cool and Robert McLain of Chico; and sisters, Angelique Lappin and Janiece McLain, both of Chico. She was preceded in death by her son, Kevin. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 160586, Sacramento, 95816.
|The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 31, 1982
John T. Psiahas
Memorial services are scheduled Monday for John Theodore Psiahas, an Encina High School teacher and department chairman who died Friday of cancer. He was 54.
The service for Mr. Psiahas will be t 7:30 p.m. in St. George's Episcopal Church in Carmichael, where he was senior warden from 1976 until 1980.
Mr. Psiahas was a teacher and foreign language department chairman at Encina for 25 years before he left last March because of illness.
A native of New Jersey, he graduated from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., and also attended the University of Paris. He was a sergeant in Marine Corps intelligence in the Korean War.
He belonged to the Comstock Club, Oak Plains Masonic Lodge 789, Theta Chi fraternity, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and several other professional organizations. He also was an honorary life member of the Parent-Teachers Association. In 1978, Mr. Psiahas was the sergeant-at-arms at the Episcopal Diocese Convention.
Surviving are his wife, Eugenia Booth Psiahas; daughters, Michele Thomas, Karen Cooper, and Carla Psiahas; stepson, William F. Raborn IV; stepdaughter, Julie Raborn; brother, Nicholas T.; sisters, Harriet LaBrunda, Mary Ballas and Georgia Condos; and one grandchild.
The family requests that any remembrances be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the St. George's Church Memorial Fund. Arrangements are by Lind Brothers.
|Headline: FIDENCIO H. SALAZAR JR. WAS SOCIAL WORKER,
`VERY, VERY CARING
Publication Date: April 27, 1996
Source: The Sacramento Bee
Obituary: Fidencio H. Salazar Jr., who earned a bachelor's degree in art from UC Davis, later taught at Encina High School -- but only for six months.
"That experience turned him into a social worker," said his wife, Diamantina Vasquez Salazar.
Mr. Salazar went on to earn a master's degree in social work from California State University, Sacramento.
Mr. Salazar died of cancer Thursday at Methodist Hospital in Sacramento. He was 60.
Except for a two-year stint as a social worker with the child protective services division of the Los Angeles County Welfare Department, he spent his entire career with the state Department of Social Services.
Most of his state service was spent as a referee, hearing officer, then as an administrative law judge conducting hearings on Medi-Cal eligibility issues.
A native of Sacramento who was reared in Yolo County, Mr. Salazar was a 1954 graduate of Clarksburg (now Delta) High School. He then attended the University of California, Davis.
Though not a lawyer, he became a Department of Social Services judge in the mid-1980s during a reorganization that saw hearing officers grandfathered in as administrative law judges.
"He had a real empathy for people and was just a very, very caring person," said Lonnie Carlson, the department's presiding administrative law judge in Sacramento. "He was an excellent . . . judge who wrote well-reasoned decisions and conducted very comprehensive hearings."
Mr. Salazar suffered a heart attack in the winter of 1995 and, while recovering, learned he had cancer, his wife said. Nonetheless, he continued working part time until two weeks ago.
"He really enjoyed his job and he liked helping people," his wife said.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Salazar is survived by daughters Luisa Beymer of Elk Grove and Christina and Theresa Salazar of Sacramento; brothers Martin of Rancho Cordova, Fernando of West Sacramento and Carlos of Sacramento; sisters Josephine Ceccato of Sacramento and Clara Arlotto of Fair Oaks.
A Mass will be celebrated in Mr. Salazar's memory at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Church, 3159 Land Park Drive. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
|Sacramento Bee, March 25, 1988
Jerome R. Sando
Funeral services for Jerome R. "Jerry" Sando, a teacher and administrator with the San Juan Unified School District for the past 28 years and the vice principal of Del Campo High School at the time of his death, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Arden Way and Morse Avenue.
He died of a stroke Wednesday at age 49.
Mr. Sando taught at Jonas Salk Junior High School and was a counselor and administrative assistant at Encina High School before transferring to Del Campo in 1986.
He was chairman and a team member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which is responsible for California high school accreditation, and was a member of the San Juan Administrators' Association and the Association of California School Administrators.
A native of North Dakota, Mr. Sando was raised in California and received a bachelor's degree in biological science from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, in 1960.
He was a member of the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, Carmichael Elks Lodge No. 2103 and East Sacramento Rotary Club.
Mr. Sando is survived by his wife, Carol, and children, Michael, Jill and Julie, all of Carmichael; parents, Rudolph and Ruth Sando of Citrus Heights; and brothers, Gordon of Atascadero, and Robert of Los Osos, San Luis Obispo County.
The family requests that any remembrances be made to the Del Campo High School Scholarship Fund, 4925 Dewey Drive, Fair Oaks, 95628, or the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1615 Morse Ave., Sacramento, 95864.
|Sacramento Bee, August 21, 1979
William M. Scott
Services for William M. Scott, 56, a teacher and coach at Encina High School, will be at 10 a.m. today in the Lombard and Co. Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Camellia Memorial Lawn.
Mr. Scott, who had been with the San Juan Unified School District for 20 years, died Thursday after a three-week illness.
The Yuba City native taught mathematics and industrial arts and was an assistant coach for the track, football, cross country, and diving teams. He attended Yuba College, Colorado A and M, and San Francisco State University.
A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Scott leaves his wife, Johnye; daughter, Rory Bouvier of Nebraska, Roxy Gwinn of San Diego, Christine Harris of Pear Valley, and Johnette and Vickye Scott of Sacramento; sons, Duncan of Arizona, and Bob, Donald, and Bill Jr., all of Sacramento; brother, Perry of Arizona; and seven grandchildren.
Sacramento Bee, May 4, 2008
|JoAnne Frances Smith
Born on Nov. 23, 1945, passed away on April 16, 2006, in her home in Citrus Heights. JoAnne was born in Hoboken, NJ. She spent much of her earlier life traveling; her father was a career military man. JoAnne lived in upstate New York; Bermuda, Chatearoux, France; Ruislip England. She graduated from Central High in London in 1963. Since that time JoAnne resided in Sacramento. JoAnne graduated from Heald Business College with a certificate in business studies and worked as a secretary and Registrar at Encina High School for 32 years. She fought a lengthy, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She will be missed by her husband Chester Smith Jr. of Citrus Heights, her daughter Kristi Smith of El Dorado Hills, mother Stephanie Sayon of Citrus Heights, brother Richard Sayon and many aunts, uncles, and cousins in the USA and Canada. JoAnne was a giving, caring person. She was conscientious in her work; everyone was welcome in her home. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, dancing, reading, but mostly spending time with her family particularly on holidays. Family and friends are welcome to attend visitation on Wednesday, April 19, from 12:00-8:00 PM, with a recitation of the rosary at 6:00 PM, and funeral services on Thursday, Apr. 20, at 1:00 PM, both to be held at EAST LAWN MORTUARY, 5757 Greenback Ln., Sacramento. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, 7101 Verner Ave. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Published in the Sacramento Bee on 4/18/2006.
|STALLINGS, Lawrence Wharton
Went home to be with his Lord and Savior early Easter morning, March 31, 2013. He was born August 5, 1931 in Pryce, Kentucky to Urban & Marion Stallings. He is survived by Greta, his wife and love of nearly 60 years, and his four daughters, Gael Stallings of Hoopa, CA, Carla Lippert (Robert) of Fresno, CA, Rachel Schottky (Dave) of Citrus Heights, CA, and Dr. Carolyn Sue Seepe (Michael) of Danville, VA, as well as 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grand children. He is also survived by his sister, Katherine Sedille of Sacramento. He was predeceased by his parents and an infant son. Larry graduated from Natrona County High School (Casper, WY) in 1949, and from Hastings College (Hastings, NE) in 1953 with a BA. He went on to receive his BS from the University of Colorado in 1960. He and Greta then moved to Sacramento, where he taught mathematics for 25 years at Encina High School as well as at local colleges. He began his military career with the Army National Guard/Reserves in 1953 and taught artillery for many years in Fort Sill, OK before retiring in 1984 as a Lt Colonel. Larry's beloved hobby was singing, and his deep, booming, bass voice could be heard in the Fremont Sanctuary Choir, Davis Choral, the Sacramento Choral Society, and any other singing opportunities he could fit in his schedule. One of the high points of his musical life was being coached by Robert McFerrin (Bobby McFerrin's father). In lieu of flowers, Larry's wish is for donations to go to: Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, 4025A Bridge St., Fair Oaks, CA 95628 ( www.sacramentochoral.com) or Fremont Presbyterian Church. A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held April 17, 2pm, at Fremont Presbyterian Church, 5770 Carlson Dr., Sacto, CA 95619. Published in the Sacramento Bee, April 6, 2013.
|Sacramento Bee, Feb. 18, 1985
Stearns, Jack. Memorial services are private. He was a long time resident and well known teacher of Sacramento. He died Thursday, February 14, 1985. He was 58. He served in World War II with the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his loving wife Geneal, daughter Rhonda, and son Robert, daughter Risa, son-in-law Rudy, and 5 grandchildren. He is the brother of Janet Mosley, Bob Stearns, Karen Hughes, and Ken Stearns. The family asks that any remembrances be made to The Mr. Stearns Scholarship Fund c/o Encina High School, 1400 Bell Ave., Sacramento, 95825.
CHAMBERS, Carole Rurie
Published in The Sacramento Bee on October 7, 2013
|THOMPSON, David N.
Passed away peacefully on August 25, 2012, at the age of 76 from heart and respiratory problems. He enjoyed his teaching career at Mira Loma and Encina high schools and was an avid supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He held many leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann; sons, Ray and Justin; daughters, Sue and Brenda; plus 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Friends are welcome for visitation Friday from 4-8PM at Price Funeral Chapel (6335 Sunrise Blvd., 725-2109) and are invited to attend services Saturday, September 1, 2012, 10AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Van Maren Ward Chapel (7009 Van Maren Lane, Citrus Heights). Published in The Sacramento Bee on August 29, 2012.
|Corvallis Gazette-Times, Aug. 4, 1982
Memorial services for Willard Glenn "Will" Stephens, 62, track and field coach for 28 years and at Oregon State University since 1977, will be at 11 AM Friday at Peavy Arboretum, on Arboretum Road, north of Corvallis off US Highway 99-W. Private family rites are planned on Friday at the Oaklawn Mausoleum.
Mr. Stephens died Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital following a sustained illness. He was born July 10, 1920, in Parma, Idaho. Mr. Stephens attended Franklin High School in Portland, where he was an outstanding track and field athlete. Following his graduation from Franklin in 1938, he joined the Marine Corps and served in both World War II and the
In 1953 he graduated from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, with a major in health and physical education. He was named the outstanding senior athlete.
The next year, Mr. Stephens was varsity track coach at Franklin High in Portland and then assistant coach until 1959, when he moved to California. For the next 18 years, he had charge of cross country and track and field coaching at Encina High School in Sacramento.
In 1978 Mr. Stephens was inducted into the Sacramento Golden West Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Survivors are his wife, Arla of Corvallis; five children. Kristi L'Armoreaux of Elk Grove, CA; Shelly Stephens of Sheldon, WA; Glenna Krauss of Riverside, CA; Matthew Stephen of Ontario, CAN; and Clay Stephens of Corvallis; a brother, Dennis Stephens, and two sisters, Penny and Junia Stephens, all of Portland.
The family suggests remembrances to the Will Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of the OSU Beaver Club, Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR 97331.
|Headline: JOHN L. TRACEY LONGTIME ENCINA HIGH TEACHER
Publication Date: February 11, 1993
Source: The Sacramento Bee
Obituary: A Mass of Christian Burial for John L. Tracey, a teacher for more than 30 years at Encina High School, will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Evangelist Church, 5757 Locust Ave. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
He died of cancer Tuesday in his Carmichael home at age 62.
Mr. Tracey was a founding faculty member at Encina, a San Juan Unified School District campus, and taught history, honors English and psychology. He previously taught for two years in Roseville.
A lifelong Sacramentan, Mr. Tracey attended McClatchy High School and the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a master's degree at the former Sacramento State College.
He was an 18-year veteran of the Army Reserve and a model railroad and airplane hobbyist.
Mr. Tracey is survived by his wife of 37 years, Del; daughters, Deborah Canino of Belmont, Kathy Tracey of Sacramento and Tammy Carter of Rio Linda; and two grandchildren.
A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Friday in Lind Brothers Mortuary, 4221 Manzanita Ave. The family requests that any remembrances be made to SWOG, a cancer research organization, c/o Jean Mack, Kaiser Medical Center, Medical Station H-Oncology, 2025 Morse Ave., Sacramento, 95825.
|Sacramento Bee, Sept. 5, 1973
JERRY FRANKLYN WARREN, TEACHER
Rites for Jerry Franklyn Warren, business department chairman at Encina High School in the San Juan Unified School District and a former president of the San Juan Teachers Association, will be conducted at 10 AM tomorrow.
Warren, 40, was pronounced dead at a Carson City, Nev., hospital Sunday after he was rushed there while camping with his wife, Carole, and friends in Diamond Valley, near Markleeville, Alpine County. He apparently was strickened with a heart attack.
The 11-year Sacramento resident had been a member of the SJTA negotiating council for six years.
Before coming to Sacramento, Warren, a native of LaJunta, Colorado, taught for four years in McClave, Colorado, and prior to that, for two years in the mining town of Erie, outside of Denver.
He received his bachelor of arts degree in 1957 from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and his master's the next year from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.
In addition to his widow, Warren leaves his children, Jeffrey, Jay, Cathy and David, all of Sacramento; parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.M. Warren of Colorado, and brother, Joe S. Warren of Florida.
In addition to his membership in SJTA, Warren was a member of St. Andrew's Methodist Church. Burial will be in Mount Vernon Memorial Park.
|Obituary: Tom Wilde, 88, was TV and movie actor
He became a drama teacher at Encina High after returning home to Sacramento.
By Steve Gibson -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 am PST Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Tom Wilde, a Hollywood actor who appeared in movie and television productions before returning home to Sacramento and teaching high school
drama, has died. He was 88. He died Jan. 22 of complications from a stroke, said his daughter, Stephanie Meeker.
Mr. Wilde, who graduated from Sacramento High School in 1932, once appeared in a television cigarette ad as the "Marlboro Man." He also appeared in such television shows as "Dragnet," "M Squad," "The Untouchables," "Perry Mason," "Dick Powell's Four Star Theatre" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."
In Sacramento, he taught English and drama for 10 years at Encina High School, and during summers performed in numerous Music Circus productions, his daughter said.
He and his wife, Neva, who died in 1999, teamed to become champion duplicate bridge players, their daughter said. The couple, who were married 61 years, lived in Land Park.
"He was always so vibrant, enthusiastic, optimistic, so full of energy," his daughter recalled Monday. "It's hard to believe he's gone."
Mr. Wilde and his future wife began dating when both were students at Sacramento Junior (now City) College, where he majored in drama. He later
earned a bachelor's degree at San Jose State College.
During World War II, he served as a bomber pilot in the Pacific, and after the war pursued an acting career full time, performing in plays and musicals on the road. By the early 1950s, he was working in Hollywood, except for summer stock musicals. But a 1964 auto collision that crushed Mr. Wilde's throat cut short his professional acting career, his daughter said. A year later, he returned to college and earned a teaching credential.
Fiercely independent, Mr. Wilde lived on his own until Jan. 9, when he suffered a stroke, his daughter said. "He was a character," she recalled
with a smile. "When he couldn't drive anymore, he got a red electric scooter, and used it to go down to Brownie's." Brownie's Lounge was Mr. Wilde's favorite watering hole, a tavern in the South Land Park Hills shopping center. "For a while he went there at least once a week," she said.
"He'd drink a beer or two."
Monday afternoon, bartender Vicki Ferretti said Mr. Wilde will be missed. Mr. Wilde drank nothing but Budweiser, from the can, she said. "He'd come in and stay a couple of hours, have lunch. Corned beef and cabbage was his favorite," Ferretti said. "He'd drive his scooter right in, and park it in front of the jukebox. If it wasn't charged enough, we'd plug it in so he'd have enough juice to get home. Everybody knew him. We all doted on him."
|WILKERSON, Isabell Renowden
Passed away on April 11, 2005. Survived by son David Wilkerson of Carmichael; daughter Roberta Coffin of Tustin; and grandchildren Megan
Wilkerson; & Margo and Tristram Coffin. Wife of Robert Wilkerson (deceased).
Retired teacher/former head of English department at Rio Americano High School. Newspaper advisor/English teacher at Encina High School. Later became a free-lance writer and editor of California S-TILE Magazine, contributing editor for Builder/Developer Magazine.
Memorial service to be held at 3:00 PM Friday, April 22, at Russ Monroe's Village Chapel, 7960 Winding Way, Fair Oaks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to help fund college scholarships through the Fair Oaks Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 236, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. Published in the Sacramento Bee on 4/20/2005.
|Donald E. and Robert K. Wurster died following a
fire in the home
Indianapolis Star, The (IN) - September 20, 2000
Services for Donald E. Wurster, 69, and his son, Robert Karl Wurster, 42, both of Indianapolis, will be private. Calling is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Leppert & Hensley Mortuary, Nora Chapel.
They died Sept. 18 from injuries in a home fire.
A graduate of Purdue and North Carolina State universities, Donald Wurster co-founded Construction Engineer Co. in 1995. From 1970 to 1995, he co-owned Wurster Construction Co. A member of the American Society of Chemical Engineers and the American Association of Electrical Engineers, he held two patents for electrical engineering devices.
He was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity and American Association of Radio Engineers and was a member and former commander of the Hoosier Power Squadron. He was also a ham radio operator, using the call letters KC94X.
A graduate of Purdue University, Robert Wurster was a self-employed stock analyst. Previously, he taught math and science at Encina High School in Sacramento, Calif., for three years.
Memorial contributions may be made to the burn unit at Riley Hospital for Children or to a favorite charity.
Donald Wurster is survived by his wife Phyllis C. Chapman Wurster sons William A., Richard D. Wurster brothers Fred C., Russell P., James A. Wurster two grandchildren.
Robert Wurster is survived by his mother and brothers
|The Sacramento Bee, July 7, 1995
JOHN ZUPAN IS DEAD AT 51 AFTER BATTLE WITH MS
John Zupan, a popular fixture on the Sacramento-area high school football coaching scene for more than 20 years, died late Tuesday night (July 5) at his east Sacramento home. He was 51.
Known as "Coach Zupe" by his players and peers, Zupan was stricken with multiple sclerosis, an incurable disease that attacks the nervous system.
"It's a big loss," said Dick Sperbeck, who coached Zupan at Bishop Armstrong High School and later worked with him at Christian Brothers. "We were all so impressed with his fortitude, the way he handled the disease. No one ever saw him get down, and that was his character." Zupan was a Bee All-Metro linebacker/running back at Bishop Armstrong, graduating in 1962. He played at Sacramento City College, where he experienced his first setback from the disease, before coaching at CBS, Encina, and Del Campo from 1965 to 1985.
His legs failing him, Zupan would lean against the press box to coach his Del Campo teams before electing to use a golf cart on the sideline. That sort of determination touched those around him. Even though the Sacramento
County Sheriff's football team he coached lost to the Police in the 1983 Pig Bowl charity game, Zupan was voted the Most Inspirational Player.
In an interview two years ago, Zupan said the necessity of the car especially bothered him because it served as a reminder of how the disease had denied him use of his legs. "And I hated riding it because I didn't want the players to think I was better than they were or that I was taking the easy way, but the sad truth was, I needed the thing," Zupan said. "Coaching finally got to be too much, so I had to stop."
Mel Fontes, an assistant at Valley High School who coached with Zupan at CBS, remembers one poignant story. "One time he fell off his cart and Dick (Sperbeck) and Dave (Hoskins) and I rushed to help him," he said. "'No, I
can do it!'" he told us. He worked his way back onto that cart, offered us a beer and laughed about the whole thing. That's the kind of proud man he was."
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