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Dolby Sr., Allen Ellsworth - Vallejo  
June 17, 1938 - April 14, 2015 Allen E. Dolby Sr., 76, of Fairfield passed away on Tuesday, April 14 at North Bay Medical Center. He was born in San Rafael. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Dolby; son, Allen Dolby Jr.; daughter, Deanne Stewart; and brother, George Ramas. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 22, at 2 p.m., at Skyview Funeral Chapel, 200 Rollingwood Drive, Vallejo. Burial to follow at Skyview Memorial Lawn. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Skyview Memorial Lawn, 707-644-7474.
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Published in The Reporter on Apr. 19, 2015
Duncan, Gail Ann Johnson - Vacaville  
Nov. 4, 1934 - April 18, 2015 Gail was born and raised in Oakland where she met and married Loren W. Duncan, her loving husband of 60 years. She was a proud mother and wonderful role model for her six children. Steve (Brenda Gordon), Greg (Debbie), Mark (Suzanne), Jeff (Shary), Lori Kennedy (John), and Rick (Teresa). Life became even more fulfilling when her grandchildren joined the Family Tree, Tim (Rosanne), Kristi White (Corey), Loren T., Allen, Blair, Trevor, Tori, Jaime Watkins (Jason), Jessica, Stephanie and Nathan. God was good! Gail lived long enough to love and cherish great-grandchildren. She was called Gigi by McKenna Rose, Parker Alice, Maddie Grace White, AKA The White Tornado and Robert James. When her last child began second grade, Gail decided she needed to add one more accomplishment to her long list of successes. She and Loren moved their family to Vacaville in 1974 and Gail began her mission to make her mark on the young minds of Vacaville Unified School District and began working as an Instructional Aide. She worked for several different elementary schools throughout her long years of service, but she is most recognized and proud to have started a Math Lab at Padan, where young students who needed one-on-one help learning their basic math skills. Gail used a special teaching technique that proved very successful and improved the math skills of many young minds. Gail was kept busy for the first 10 years they lived in Vacaville attending sports events, practices and yes Kaiser, for the many sprains, breaks and other bodily injuries that are sure to happen with her large, active, adventurous group. She even made her own appearance at Kaiser to treat a broken finger that happened in an all-women's basketball game that was being played during a fundraiser. You could always count on Gail to give her "full court press" when called upon to help. Loren and Gail embarked on a business that lasted 23 years. Duncan's Highland Llamas was started and they began breeding and training llamas, eventually purchasing a five acre ranch in the English Hills of Vacaville. They lived on the ranch for the remainder of their lives. Gail was a highly spiritual person and believed in the power of prayer. She believed angels were everywhere and St. Francis and St. Jude were her personal saints to ensure her message was received. Her parents and husband preceded her in death. Gail had no siblings. Gail was a breast cancer survivor of 25+ years and she believed in donating to many organizations. One of her favorite organizations was Relay for Life. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory. A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, April 25, and will be held at the home of Jeff and Shary Duncan, 445 Marbella Lane, Vacaville at 1 p.m. Funeral arrangements by Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home 707-446-3233 www.vacahillschapel.com .
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Published in The Reporter on Apr. 21, 2015
Erden, Martha J. - Vacaville  
Sept. 3, 1939 - March 31, 2015 Martha Erden, 75, passed away on March 31, after a long illness. Martha grew up in Maine, but spent the last 27 years in Vacaville. She was a vivacious, fun loving person with a zest for life and had many hobbies and interests. These interests included bowling, bingo, the casinos, dancing at the Moose Lodge, gardening, traveling and get-togethers with friends and family. She also was a past president of the Widowed Persons Association of CA. Martha is survived by her loving, devoted partner of 15 years, Walter Mansfield of Vacaville; son, Don Erden and daughter in law, Linda of Dayton, Ohio; daughter, Sandy Constant of Pittsburgh, CA; grand-children, Daryl, Michael and Jessica; great grandchildren, Ariana, Michael and Calie. Plus many more friends and loved ones. Our hearts are broken. Martha will be greatly missed. Services will be held on April 24, at 10 a.m., at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main St., Vacaville, 707-448-6546. Interment will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, at a later date.
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Published in The Reporter from Apr. 19 to Apr. 21, 2015
Iten, Barbara Lee - Vacaville  
April 6, 1949 - April 19, 2015 Barb passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on April 19, at the age of 66. She was an inspirational teacher, dedicated coach, loving family member and caring friend. She was born April 6, 1949 in Klamath Falls, OR to Fred and Janice Iten. Growing up in Ferndale and Ukiah, CA, Barb got to experience what she referred to as "The Greatest Childhood in America". Barb was known for her athletic prowess and competitive nature and excelled in every sport she attempted. A three-time team MVP for UC Davis and a three-sport athlete in basketball, volleyball and softball in the early 1970's, Barb was the second woman inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. She earned degrees in political science and education at UC Davis, and a Master of Science degree in physical education from Western Illinois University. Barb began her coaching career in 1974 at Davis High School with a group of young women, with whom she would develop a sisterhood that would last throughout her life. Thereafter followed 16 years of coaching basketball at UC Berkeley, Cal State Hayward, Dartmouth, and Iowa State. Returning to California, she began a 20-year tenure coaching basketball, softball, volleyball, golf and football at Dixon High School. She enjoyed traveling and had a network of friends that spans the globe. She serves as a shining example to us all of how life should be lived; with the courage to forge one's own path, the drive to get there and the compassion to care deeply for all those encountered along the way. She lived life to the fullest with a smile on her face and a song ready to sing. Although she had countless awards, honors, and recognitions for a lengthy list of achievements, she was most proud of the meaningful impact on--and life lessons she instilled in--her students and athletes. Students told Barb she was tough but fair and thanked her for helping to prepare them for life. Barb touched the lives of many and is survived by Terry Iten and John Kildahl, Liz and Matt Heres, Whitney Olmedo, Alison and Jeff Kuffel; John and Becky Iten, John Iten II, Branson Iten, Kyle and Bre Holden, Richelle and Chad Peppers, Joey Iten; Bruce and Marian Chmieleski, Steve and Kate (Russum) DeHoff, Jenny Chmieleski, Annie Chmieleski; and beloved grandnieces and grandnephews. Services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m., at McCune Garden Chapel, 212 Main St. in Vacaville. In lieu of flowers Barb would surely appreciate a contribution to the Barbara Lee Iten Memorial Scholarship at UC Davis. An award will be given annually to a graduate student working in cancer research. Donations can be made by check or by phone. Please make checks payable to: UC Davis Foundation For/memo: IMO Barbara Lee Iten Scholarship. Send to: ATTENTION: Janet S. Berry, UC Davis Foundation (2nd Floor), One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616.
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Published in The Reporter from Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2015
Knox, Richard Danford "Rick" - Vacaville  
March 17, 1944 - April 12, 2015 Richard "Rick" Danford Knox of Vacaville, age 71, entered eternal life on April 12, at Northbay Hospital after a short illness. A memorial service and life celebration will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 24 at the Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home, 524 Elmira Road in Vacaville. Burial will follow at the Vacaville-Elmira Cemetery. Rick was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lived in Vacaville for the last 31 years of his life. He quickly became accustomed to the Irish way of life when he met his wife, Margaret, and together they enjoyed many vacations around the globe. Rick worked for the Chevron Corporation for 25 years and retired in 2007. Rick's spirit is carried on by his son, Rick Knox II; his step-children, Jim Ballard and Gina Seaver, and his grandchildren, Aiden, Tristan, Christopher, Colton, Carlie, and Madison. Rick will also be missed by his extended family of in-laws, nieces and nephews who loved him very much and will always remember his laughter, his energy, and his BBQs. Rick was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Teer. He will be buried alongside her so they can continue their next journey together. Flowers may be sent to Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral home. Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home, 707-446-3233 www.vacahillschapel.com .
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Published in The Reporter on Apr. 19, 2015
Lozano, Frances Bayona - Fairfield  
May 14, 1918 - April 16, 2015 Frances Bayona Lozano, 96, passed away Thursday, April 16. For those who knew Frances, she'd have told them 96 years, 11 months and two days to be exact. She passed away peacefully in her Fairfield home surrounded by her family. Frances was born May 14, 1918 in Oahu, Hawaii to Salvador and Primativa Bayona. She was one of 16 siblings. At the age of four, she left Hawaii to come to Seattle, WA. Two years later she arrived in Solano County where she lived the rest of her life. On July 2, 1937 she married John Lozano of Vacaville. They had three children, Johnny, Diana, and Richard. While John drove truck for Sheldon Oil, Frances raised the kids, and later worked at Basic Vegetable, Fruit Growers Association, and as a Property Manager. She was a member of the Catholic Church, and lived for her nightly Bingo outings. She loved to garden, and work outside with her hands. She was famous for pulling the weeds in her own yard, and was not shy about pulling the weeds in others' yards either. Frances was a gardner by day, Bingo Queen by night. In her glory days, it was not uncommon to see Frances at the hall seven nights a week. She loved to crochet, and many of her family members have one of her handmade afghans. She also loved to cook; Christmas Eve dinner was always a huge pot of Frances' cioppino. Frances is the matriarch to five generations. She is survived by her children, John Lozano Jr., Diana Matheny, and Richard Gary Lozano; grandchildren, David Lozano, Jeff Lozano, and Toni Lozano-Parkhurst; great grandchildren, Stephanie Siverling, Alyssa, Tyler, and Rebecca Lozano, and Josh and Alix Parkhurst, and great great granddaughter, Sadie Marie Siverling, who Frances considered one of her greatest achievements. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Proof of just how special a person Frances was, is her continued close and loving relationship with her former daughter in law, Laura Carlson, and former grand daughter in law, Lisa Lozano. Her niece Sharon Lahmon has been a great support to Frances and her family. Frances was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; several brothers and sisters; daughter in law, Carolyn; grandson, Larry, and granddaughter Mary. A viewing will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., on Wednesday, April 22, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield. The funeral service will be the following day at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 23, at Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, officiated by Fr. Downy of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The family wants to thank Northbay Hospice, and the caregivers who supported Frances and her family, and allowed her to live out her life comfortably at home with those who loved her so much. In lieu of flowers, please join us in supporting Northbay Hospice through donations. www.northbay.org/services/hospice-bereavement . Arrangements are under the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, Fairfield (707) 425-4697. You may sign the guest book at www.bryanbraker.com .
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Published in The Reporter on Apr. 21, 2015
Medders, Barbara Ann - Fairfield  
April 10, at the age of 83, after a long battle with cancer. Barbara grew up in the seaport town of San Pedro, Calif where her father, Willard Buchanan was a boat builder and her mother, Eva Gertrude was a librarian. After graduation from San Pedro High School, she attended Los Angeles City College and later transferred to San Jose where she met and fell deeply in love with her husband, Jimmie. Both became teachers and had exciting careers as military dependent school educators. In their travels abroad, they lived and worked in Germany, France, Holland and Ethiopia. When Jimmie retired, they settled in the Vacaville area where Barbara continued to work as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher for the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District, teaching for many years at the old Crescent Elementary School. She was known for her gift for teaching multicultural students and pageantry with school stage productions. Peter Rabbit was always a big hit! One of their proudest accomplishments was joining the Peace Corps. Both Barbara and Jimmie were fluent in Spanish and German and felt their adventures in life were not over. After Barbara's retirement from Fairfield, both she and her husband entered the Peace Corps. They were sent to Belize where they taught American teaching methods to local teachers there. Barbara always looked back fondly on those days and kept in touch with many of the volunteers. Both Barbara and Jimmie loved to travel. They made frequent visits to Mexico to learn more about the culture there and to practice their Spanish. Another destination they enjoyed was Alaska, where their daughter, Els and her family lived. She loved to play cards, mainly Bridge and Pinochle. Later she loved playing Quidler and Five Crown with her neighbor and son. She enjoyed reading, genealogy, crocheting, and creating photo albums that chronicled her family's lives. Barbara's grandchildren and great grandchildren were a source of great joy to her, and she never missed a birthday or an anniversary of those she cared about. Barbara was a member of the Episcopal Church and took an active role there until her health prevented it. She also was proud of her association with Job's Daughters, Camp Fire Girls, and Native Daughters of the Golden West. Barbara's daughter, Els; son, Eric and husband, Jimmie preceded her in death. She will be missed terribly by her son, Kim and surviving family members. Services will be held on Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m., at the Church of the Epiphany, 300 West St., Vacaville. Arrangements entrusted to the direction and care of Fairfield Funeral Home. 707-425-1041.
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Published in The Reporter on Apr. 19, 2015
Moser, Timothy Dale - Vacaville  
March 14, 1958- April 18, 2015 A funeral service for Timothy Dale Moser, affectionately known as "Big Mo" will be 12:15 p.m., Thursday, April 23, at Vaca Hills Chapel, 524 Elmira Road in Vacaville. Burial will follow at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery in Dixon. Tim passed away on April 18, in Fairfield. He was born in North Carolina to Robah "Bob" and Mildred Moser on March 14, 1958. Tim was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a friend to many. Tim served in the U.S. Air Force. He went on to work and eventually retire from the California Medical Facility as a correctional officer. He was a member of the G.W.R.R.A. and Patriot Guard. Tim is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Martha; son, Michael and his wife Amber and their son Hayden; daughter, Meagan and her children, Laythan, Kaleigh, Dominic, Sophia and Jeremiah; his father, Bob; sister, Michelle "Mickey", and his Aunt Earline Bowers. As well as numerous extended family and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred and brother, Larry. Arrangements entrusted to Vaca Hills Chapel Funeral Home. www.vacahillschapel.com 707-446-3233.
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Published in The Reporter on Apr. 21, 2015
O'Brien, Barbara Jeanne - Vacaville  
Barbara Jeanne O'Brien Jan. 13, 1931 - March 9, 2015 Barbara "Bobbie" O'Brien, 84, of Vacaville, passed away March 9, after a brief illness. Bobbie was born in San Francisco where she met and married Tony, her loving husband of 45 years. They had four children before moving to Hawaii in 1963 where she raised her kids and started Pacific Fine Arts, a successful interior design business. Bobbie was a talented business woman, musician, athlete and artist but mostly a wonderful wife, mother, nana and friend. She leaves behind sons, Timothy (Cheryl) O'Brien, Patrick (Linda) O'Brien, Michael (Mary) O'Brien and daughter, Toni (Robert) Hyberg; brothers, Cook Sterner and Richard (Donna) Fraser; grandchildren, Lauren, Shawn, Chelsea, Anthony, Jacob, Sarah and Jennifer, as well as three great grandchildren. Bobbie was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony O'Brien. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 24. at 1 p.m., at McCune Garden Chapel.
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Published in The Reporter on Apr. 22, 2015
Oliverez, Severo Arausa - Fairfield  
Nov. 8, 1924 - April 13, 2015 Severo Arausa Oliverez died peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 13. Severo was born in Houston, TX on Nov. 8, 1924. He served in the US Army in World War II as a Medic. Then moved to California in 1954 and for the last 42 years he has been a resident of Vacaville. He was preceded in death by his wife, Aurora and daughter, Olivia. He is survived by three daughters, and son, Patricia, Linda, Carolyn and James; 14 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He was a loving and caring dad and granddad and will be greatly missed. Interment will be at the Vacaville Cemetery on Monday, April 20 at 11 a.m.
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Published in The Reporter from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2015
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