Feb 232011

Richard Novoa



Richard Novoa, Jr.

Richard Novoa, Jr., died Feb. 10, 2011, of complications related to the 2005 liver transplant that had saved his life.

Mr. Novoa, 59, was owner of the Sacramento Gold semi-pro soccer team, which finished its first season with a championship last July in the National Premier Soccer League. The team played its home games at River City High School.

Mr. Novoa also wrote a sports column, “The Sports Insider,” for the News-Ledger for many years until illness interrupted the column late last year.

He shared his love of sports – including pro baseball and football – with his family. Mr. Novoa graduated from Washington High School in West Sacramento and attended Sacramento State. His career included ownership of a sporting goods store in the 1980s, work for several state departments and his firm “Aztec Promotions,” which promoted events and served as a travel agency. He served on the Access Sacramento board, the Cal Expo Advisory Council, and he helped return professional boxing to the State Fair. He was inducted into the Mexican American Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

In 2005, a liver infection threatened his life. But his wife, Joyce Novoa, donated part of her liver in a transplant operation, helping to extend his life.

“Rich was an energetic and positive force,” said Steve Marschke, editor of the News-Ledger. “It was wonderful to see him have such success with his new soccer team last year.”

Besides his wife, Joyce, Mr. Novoa is survived by daughters Richelle, of Sacramento; Deanna Ahloo, of Utah; and Adrianna Novoa-Villanueva and Aleesa Bojorques, of West Sacramento; by son Richard, of West Sacramento; by mother, Gertrude, of West Sacramento; brother Wayne, of Sacramento; half-brother Michael, of Woodland; half-sister Michelle Novoa-Castillo, of Sacramento, and by nine grandchildren.

A Rosary is planned for 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Henry A. Nauman & Son, 4041 Freeport Blvd. in Sacramento; a Mass is planned for 11 a.m. on Feb. 24 at St. Francis Church in Sacramento; and burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. A Celebration of Life for Mr. Novoa will be held Feb. 24 from 2-7 p.m. at Ramada Plaza, 1250 Halyard Drive in West Sacramento.

Vera Trice


Vera Ruth Hume Trice

  Vera Trice was born on December 2, 1919 in Dos Palos, California, and passed away on February 14, 2011 in Elk Grove, California. She married David Trice in 1940 and they moved their growing family to West Sacramento in 1954. Their four children, Daniel, Nancy, Susan and Stephen all attended local schools in the Washington Unified School District.

Vera was a dedicated mother, homemaker and devout Christian. She became a gardener extraordinaire and her abundant garden was the setting for several weddings. She was also well-known for her beautiful floral arrangements which she took to church each week and for her artistic decorating and arts and crafts. She smiled easily, was full of energy and always interested in learning new things, and will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Vera is survived by her son, Daniel Trice of Elk Grove, and daughters Nancy Nash-Lund of Lincoln, and Susan Trice Goodman of West Sacramento. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, David, and by her youngest son, Stephan, who was killed in a tragic accident.

Memorial services will be held on February 26, 2011 at 2 pm at Central Church of Christ, 6755 San Joaquin Street in Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society Discover Shop, 8535 Elk Grove Boulevard, Elk Grove, CA 95624.

Stephen Alpers

Stephen Alpers passed away on February 18, 2011 in his West Sacramento residence at the age of 59. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sherry Alpers; his mother, Diane Alpers; his son, William Alpers; his brother, Richard Alpers; and his sister, Rosemarie Folsom.

Stephen and his brother, Richard, loved to mine gold up in Columbia, California, and belonged to the Gold Prospectors Association. He was greatly loved by his family and friends and will be missed by all.

Visitation hours will be on February 24, 2011 from 2-8 pm with funeral services on February 25, 2011, all at River Cities Funeral Chapel in West Sacramento. Interment will be at Monument Hill Park in Woodland. Memorials may be offered to the American Cancer Society.

Mary Ann Stout

Mary Ann Stout passed away on February 19, 2011 in Sacramento at the age of 75. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Stout of West Sacramento; two children, Phyllis Dutra (Michael) and Phillip Stout (Tammy); her siblings, Reba Tincher, Kay Golding, Ron and Marvin Elbin, and Gary Edwards; and five grandchildren, Anthony, Brandon, Robert, Jacob and Samantha. She was preceded in death by two children, Cherrie and Ruby Stout.

At Mrs. Stout’s request, no services will be held. Memorials may be offered to the Meals on Wheels program. Cremation arrangements under the direction of River Cities Funeral Chapel.

 Anna “Jackie” Linton

Jackie Linton passed away on February 17, 2011 in her West Sacramento residence at the age of 80. She was the beloved wife of 60 years to the late Edwin Linton; the loving mother of Bonnie Sims (Isaac) and Alice Plute (John); the dear sister of Nina Hoffman; and the devoted grandmother of Paul, Tim, Daniel, Chrisy and Amy. She was preceded in death by her son, Gordon.

Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service on February 23, 2011 at 1 pm at the River Cities Funeral Chapel in West Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Rena Ortega Randle

Rena Randle passed away of February 14, 2011 in Sacramento at the age of 36. She was the beloved wife of Jermaine Randle; the loving mother of Andre, Angelina and Anaya; the devoted daughter of Linda and Richard Salazar and Fernando Ortega; the dear sister of Fernando Ortega Jr.; and the beloved granddaughter of Angie D. Summers.

Funeral services were held on February 22, 2011 at River Cities Funeral Chapel in West Sacramento. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Sacramento.

Charles Garton

Charles Garton passed away on February 13, 2011 in his West Sacramento home at the age of 79. He was the beloved husband of 59 years to Burlene Garton; the loving father of Chuck, Gary and Lori Garton; and the devoted grandfather of Christopher, Wendy, Elizabeth and Kayla.

Mr. Garton served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict and was an avid enthusiast of custom street rods and motorcycles. He will never be forgotten by all those who knew and loved him.

Graveside services were held on February 18, 2011 at the Woodland Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Sutter VNA Hospice, 7300 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95826.

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