Stephen Winter

Education

Stephen Winter was born and raised in Manteca. He attended local schools and graduated from Manteca High School in 1965. Mr. Winter chose a career in education attending San Joaquin Delta College and California State University, Sacramento. In 1986 he completed a Master's of Education in School Management from the University of LaVerne. Upon completion of his secondary teaching credential, he returned to teach, coach, and later became principal of Manteca High School. Stephen distinguished himself in the areas of education, athletics and school administration.
Mr. Winter has been the recipient of numerous awards for teaching, coaching, and in the role of school administrator. Among those awards are Secondary Principal of the year in 2007 and Co-Administrator of the year in 2003. Stephen has excelled as a teacher/coach by receiving recognition as coach of the year twice and being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame as a teacher, coach and principal.
Stephen has been active in the Manteca community. He has served on the Manteca Recreation Commission for 15 years, been a member of the Manteca Library Expansion Committee, the Manteca Golf Course Operation Review Committee, Manteca Rotary and on numerous California Interscholastic Federation Committees. Mr. Winter is an active member of St Paul's Methodist Church and has served on the Staff/ Parish Relation's Committee.
Stephen is married and he and his wife, Frona, have a son, Donald, and a daughter, Kristen. Mr. Winter has been a positive role model and has impacted many young people in the City of Manteca for many years. He is very deserving of being inducted into the Manteca Hall of Fame.


Jeffrey Leo Liotard

Community Service

Jeff Liotard is a dedicated man who puts the needs of others as a number one priority in his everyday life. He has organized and participated in many community activities from sponsoring youth athletic teams to feeding the hungry citizens in the community. He helped to start and sponsor the annual “Thanksgiving in Manteca" event which provides over 1,500 meals to hungry citizens in Manteca, Lathrop and Ripon. For the past six years, Jeff has been the chairman of the annual Manteca Rotary "Super Bowl Omelet Breakfast". This event raises money for Manteca Rotary's high school scholarship program. Jeff is recognized as the "go to" guy when community service projects are initiated.
In addition to his generous and active support of his community, his dedication and drive to making a better world sends him into Central America two or three times a year for eye glass clinics. This project has been going on for over eight years. Thousands of pairs of glasses have been provided for vision impaired people in Honduras by Jeff and his friend Dr. Fred Stelhorn.
Jeff and his wife, Tevani, own and operate Mountain Mikes Pizza, Chilaberries, and Mike’s Place in Manteca. Jeff’s entire family including his wife and daughters, Mahlynn and Jaslynn, are involved in all of the community service projects.
Jeff Liotard was recognized as the Rotarian of the year by the Manteca Rotary Club and was given the Mabel Brochinni Award by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding community service.


John Holbrook

Government

The Holbrook family, which included seven-year-old John, moved to rural Manteca in 1950. John went on to graduate from Manteca High School in 1961, where he was a star athlete and an honor student.
Spending four years in the Navy during the Vietnam War, he rose to the rank of Chief Boatswain Mate. College followed with John graduating from San Joaquin Delta College. During that period, he also worked for the county highway department.
John became an active member of the community, coaching youth football and baseball, being a 4-H Club leader and involved in both the French Camp and Manteca area Parent-Teacher Association councils.
As an elected member of our community, John has held two very important positions. He served seven years as a member of the Manteca Unified School District Board of Education and was chosen chairman of the group for three terms. More recently, he has been very active as a board member of the South San Joaquin Irrigation District, serving as its chairman twice in the past seven years.
John and his wife, Denise, have given firearms training scholarships for many years to law enforcement agencies in the county. This has been done with little fanfare.
John Holbrook has been, and continues to be, an important and influential leader in our community. These skills were recognized by Manteca High School in 1989 when he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.
Now is an ideal time for him to be made a part of the Manteca Hall of Fame.


Dr. Stephen Lin

Healthcare

Dr. Stephen Linn is a multi-talented young man who graduated from Manteca High School as the Valedictorian in 1982. In addition to his academic achievements, he was also recognized as an "AII Valley Oak League" tennis player.
Dr. Lin attended Wheaton College in Illinois receiving Summa Cum Laude Honors. He attended the University of California, San Diego Medical School receiving recognition for outstanding research before receiving his ophthalmology training at Stanford University where he also completed a fellowship in glaucoma. He serves on the clinical faculty at Stanford Medical Center as an assistant professor, utilizing his experience and expertise in instructing young physicians in ophthalmic surgery. Dr. Linn has many publications in his field that he has authored or co-authored.
Dr. Steven Lin, with encouragement from his father, who is also a well-known physician in Manteca, returned to Manteca and established his Ophthalmology practice. Dr. Lin has served this community as the Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Doctors Hospital. He has also served as the Medical Director at the San Joaquin Laser and Surgery Center. Dr. Lin has been serving the visual needs of the citizens of Manteca since 1996.


The Golden Girls
Evelyn Allen,
Kathryn Lauritson,
Betty Bergthold,
Selma Wrigglesworth

At Large

The Manteca Golden Girls, Evelyn Allen, Kathryn Lauritson, Betty Bergthold and Selma Wrigglesworth faithfully loved and served the people of Manteca.
They served Manteca as business owners. In 1945, Evelyn Allen opened Allen’s Jewelry and ran it until 1995. A slogan she was heard to say many times was, “If you don’t know your jewels, know your jeweler.” There was integrity behind that statement. Evelyn put her customers first. In one instance, she allowed teenage girls to slowly purchase a silver tea set for their parents’ anniversary.
Kathryn Lauritson, with her husband George, opened the Manteca Variety in 1939. She ran it by herself after George’s death in 1968 until it closed in 1976. As a business woman in the 1970’s, Kathryn had an acute sense of business insight. She enjoyed helping and visiting with her customers, making each them feel welcome and special.
Selma Wrigglesworth, with her husband Gus, opened Wrigglesworth A Man’s Shop in 1965. She relished working with customers as well as being part of the Manteca business community. She was instrumental in hiring high school students to work in their store, giving them an opportunity for work.  
Betty Bergthold, with her husband Charles, owned Bergthold Mortuary for 28 years. She received her license as a mortician, something rare for a woman in the 1940s. With tenderness and understanding, she served families during their time of grief. A favorite family saying, “Busy hands are happy hands” which Betty certainly exemplified this through her many knitting projects.
These women served Manteca through service. Their families were the center of their lives, with Evelyn having a son, Kathryn having two daughters, Selma with two daughters, and Betty with two girls and a boy. All four of the Golden Girls were active members of the Manteca Soroptomist Club. Two of them, Evelyn and Betty, were charter members. All four served as Club President. The Golden Girls were members of Pentalpha Chapter of Eastern Star. Several of them served on the Rainbow Board mentoring teenage girls. They were charter members of the Manteca Historical Society and enjoyed working at the museum. Evelyn, Betty and Kathryn volunteered as Pink Ladies and at the gift shop at Manteca Doctor’s Hospital while Selma volunteered at St. Dominic’s Hospital. Betty and Selma volunteered at the Manteca Library. Evelyn and Kathryn were members of Federated Women’s Club, Selma and Betty were members of PEO, Betty was part of the American Legion Auxiliary, Betty and Selma were active in PTA, Betty as President and receiving Honorary Life Member.
They served Manteca through their faith as they all belonged to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. They helped in the kitchen at memorial services, baked and cooked, served on multiple committees, organized fund raisers and social events, lead classes, participated with the United Methodist Women, and worked at the Nearly New Shop. They loved their pastors and church family.
They were incredible examples of individuals who supported each other and the community. They were “people-people,” ones who never knew a stranger, helped those in need, and didn’t need accolades themselves for their work. These joy-filled women lived lives of honor and generosity, served and lead, traveled and enjoyed each other’s company. They helped mold Manteca into the Family City that it is today.