Vernon H. Estey, 90, a third generation native and life-long resident of Benician, passed away Saturday in a local hospital following a brief illness. Vern served in the United States Army during World War II, from 1941-1946. Vern returned to Benicia and opened his own real estate office, Estey Real Estate, in 1946 with his wife Frances.
Adeline Souza was born in Keyes, Calif. and attended Hughson schools. She married Manuel S. Souza in 1941, and settled in Turlock. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Souza owned and operated Manuel S. Souza Dairy and the Diamond Hay Company. Mrs. Souza was a member of Sacred Heat Catholic Church in Turlock. She loved and was dedicated to her family and was always involved with their activities.
JW, as he was known to his friends, loved to share his music. For 16 years he was a disc jockey. He was well-known in the Mother Lode for his early morning show "Scrabbled Egg and Ham" on station KVML, the voice of the Mother Lode. In 2004, he was the honorary Grand Marshall of the Mother Lode Round Up Parade in Sonora.
Carl Zarcone, 99, of Gustine and long-time resident of Patterson, passed away peacefully Monday at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson with his wife, Jeanne, by his side. He was nine months short of his 100th birthday.
Virgil Dean Richberger, 89, passed away on Dec. 24, 2009, at Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson. He was born in Oakland, Calif., the eighth of 12 children to parents William Richberger and Hazel Ross. Virgil graduated from Berkeley High School. He joined the Navy Seabees and served with the 38th CB during World War II on Kodiak and Adak Islands in Alaska.