Vidolt Menzel

By From page A2 | December 21, 2012

April 5, 1921 — Nov. 5, 2012

Vidolt, D.C., passed away on Nov. 5, 2012, in Placerville, Calif., after a brief illness. He was 91 years old. He was the youngest of three boys born on April 5, 1921, to John Menzel and Sophie Knall in Erie, Pa. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bernice Reese, in 1959; by his only child, Kathleen Bernice in 1992; by his second wife, Audrey Johnson, in 2000; and by his brothers, Hadrian and Sebastian of Pennsylvania.

Vidolt served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1943-1945 training dogs for the military. After leaving the military he received his doctorate in chiropractic medicine and owned and operated his own practices in San Leandro, Calif., and Placerville, Calif., until retirement in 1986. He enjoyed playing banjo with the Sacramento Banjo Band and leaves fond memories of playing with the Band in Old Sacramento for the Memorial Weekend celebration every year.He could play the organ, the guitar, the violin and the banjo. He was told to have perfect pitch.

Vidolt survived many tragedies in his life with an amazing resolve, including the deaths of his wives, the death of his only child, and the tragic loss of his home in 2007 when a helicopter crashed into it. He is survived by four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and nephews and a niece back east. A private memorial is planned for the spring. In memoriam, the family asks that donations be made to the Sacramento Banjo Band, 4229 T Street, Sacramento, CA 95819.


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