Wednesday, 05 August 2020


Peggie Rombach. Courtesy photo.

Margaret “Peggie” Rombach, born Aug. 7, 1929, left to meet God on May 24, 2020, at 4 a.m. … of course.

She was a resident of Larkspur and Novato in Marin County, California, Upper Lake, California, and more recently, Ashland, Oregon.

Peggie was proceeded in death by ex-husband Marcel and her longtime beau Don Mills.

She was the mother of Kim Rombach Smith-Harpham of Talent, Oregon, Kit Rombach of Enumclaw, Washington, and Rex Rombach (and Jane) of St Helena, California.

Peggie was also the beloved grandmother of Chris Rombach (and Adrienne) of Cary, North Carolina, Kelly Rombach (and Sherrie) of Vacaville, California, Josh Smith (and Ingra) of Weaverville, California, Meghan Smith-Moore (and Dave) of Phoenix, Oregon, Joy Harpham (and Devin) of Tillamook, Oregon, and Danit Hubbell Hudson (and Stephen) of Aurora, Colorado.

She was the great-grandmother of Melody, Ian, Owen, Kaia, Jenna, and Emily.

Born to the adversity of the great depression, Peggie did the cooking, cleaning and bill delivery at age 7 while her mother worked and attended cosmetology school. As such, she decided early to take action that would ensure a productive future.

Peggie obtained her degree at 18 and her master’s degree at age 20 after attending UC Berkeley and San Francisco State. She began teaching and coaching at 18 – only slightly older than some of her students.

Known to many as “Mrs. R,” Peg taught at Marin Catholic High, Hill Jr. High and Novato High School before retiring in 1990. She was a PE teacher, coach, mentor and friend. She influenced countless students to become teachers and coaches themselves, as well as to be the very best version of themselves.

Mrs. R never forgot a name and knew every one of her student's names by day two of class. It was always important to her that the quiet, shy or "invisible" kids got a smile, hello or wave as she spoke their name.

She loved the outdoors and travel. The Rombach family often hunted, fished or camped with friends in Clear Lake and Mill Creek, California, or went for summer drive trips – once to Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Arizona.

Peggie was a member of the International Track and Field Association. With them, she traveled the world and attended nearly every Summer Olympics since 1972.

In 1987, Peggie was inducted into the San Francisco State University Hall of Fame for Athletics. She remained a staunch supporter of the Women’s Physical Education scholarship program.

Her lovely singing voice graced church choirs and congregations in Novato (Novato Presbyterian) and Upper Lake.

Like her mother Martha before her, Peggie was an avid animal lover and caretaker. She cared for many cats (Puttie, Brat, Miss Calico, Tom Tom), as well as dogs (Jack, Susie, Don, Breu, Jack II). She fed many a “momma” or tomcat that showed up on her properties – always catching them to get them spayed or neutered on her own dime.

With her predeceased partner, Don Mills, she raised sheep – at one point over 1,100 of them – that grazed the hills above Terra Linda to help with fire control and her property in Upper Lake.

Her beau Don passed on shortly after Peg moved to Upper Lake. But in typical "Peggie" fashion, she embraced her new locale. She made many close friends. She began to ride along with the Lake County Road Riders motorcycle club, where she would participate in their annual Christmas Toy ride for charity.

The sheriff’s department appreciated Peg’s volunteering to organize the files and reports room. The Lucerne Senior Center was also grateful for her volunteering to help serve lunches three days a week. And she always volunteered to work the polls on Election Day.

Peggie was always quick to laugh, offer some keen wit or push up her glasses with that certain finger.

Anyone that knew Peggie knew she could be tough if necessary. She was fearless, but she was always humble, generous, ready to serve, assist or offer support.

Peggie was always there for a friend in need. Remember those 15-minute Peggie visits? Were you familiar with Peggie's famous 3x5 correspondence cards with over 400 names and dates?

To the amazement of many, she always sent friends and former students timely birthday cards and congratulations for life events. In turn, her home was filled with hundreds of cards sent to her – at Christmas on every tabletop, shelf and lampshade.

When she could no longer address them all, she asked for help from her “Visiting Angels” caregivers and also from her granddaughters. Some also recall that many a holiday Peggie baked persimmon pudding and delivered them to neighbors near and far.

Both Peggie and her family are extremely grateful for the loving care provided by her “Visiting Angels,” Bridget, Shyannah, Leslie, Maureen, Shannon and Nayomi, as well as Hospice of Jackson County Oregon and Hospice experts Holly and Syl.

Her family invites you to visit Peggie's memorial website at . Please feel free to share your best Peggie story or post a favorite photo.

Due to COVID-19 circumstances, no services are planned at this time.

Donations in Peggie's memory can be made to a charity of your choice – may we suggest Animal Friends Rescue Project begun by none-other-than Doris Day or geriatric research, or___?

Condolences may be sent c/o Kim Harpham, 992 Golden Aspen Pl., Ashland, OR 97520.

Keith D. Painter. Courtesy photo.

Keith D. Painter
Jan. 6, 1937 - July 21, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Keith passed away peacefully after a long struggle with respiratory issues.

Keith knew he was loved and will be missed by his wife, Betty, his children, extended family and his many friends.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

Thomas A. Moore. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Thomas A. Moore passed away in Lakeport on July 9, 2020, at the age of 78.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Glenda R. Moore.

Thomas is lovingly remembered by his three children, Jeri Meyer of Springfield, Oregon, John Moore of Lewis Center, Ohio, and Joy Moore of Half Moon Bay, California; his sister, Sandra Brugger of Reno, Nevada; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many more family and friends.

Condolences for the family may be offered online at .

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gideon International at or Cancer Research Institute at .

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

Walter Stuart. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Walter Stuart was a very well known man around the lake.

He's loved by many and missed by many. He will always hold a place in his family's heart. Always will be remembered for his loving, crazy and amazing personality of his.

He was an amazing father, brother, uncle, son and grandpa. He lived a beautiful, crazy life.

No matter what happened, he always tried to make the best out of everything in every situation.

We all miss and love him dearly, may he rest in peace with his best friend/brother and wife now.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

Jeanette Ruth Cargile Smith. Courtesy photo.

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – Jeanette Ruth Cargile Smith, 72, of Clearlake Oaks, passed away on July 20, 2020, in Lakeport, California.

Jeanette was born in Sacramento to Albert J. Cargile and Ella Mae Curley on Feb. 25, 1946. She married Edward Smith on May 18, 1985, in Hayward, California.

Jeanette graduated from Cal State, Hayward with an Associate’s Degree in accounting. She worked as an account supervisor for Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District for 26 years. She loved her fellow workers at H.A.R.D. and especially enjoyed company get-togethers.

She was an avid gardener who especially loved roses, bougainvillea and hibiscus. She absolutely loved the Christmas season and was famous for her cookies and fudge. She loved her boys and was a wonderful Mom. She also adored her puppies and made it clear to Ed that they were part of the package, currently Stormy and Ralphie.

Jeanette and Ed loved the “islands.” She was crazy about Elvis Presley and her favorite song was “Blue Hawaii.”

She was absolutely adored by her husband. He considered her to be his angel because she always was so gentle, kind, compassionate, and loving.

Jeanette is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by Ed, her loving husband of 35 years; their sons, Wesley and Joseph and their families; and her brother, Tim and sister-in-law, Wendy and their family.

The family of Jeanette wishes to extend sincere thanks to Rocky Point Care Center, Hospice and Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

Genevieve L. Miranda. Courtesy photo.

Genevieve L. Miranda (Hopper)
Sept. 9, 1945 - July 12, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Genevieve passed away peacefully with her family by her side in Lake County at the age of 74.

Genevieve was born to her parents, Marx C. Hopper and Carmelita Patch. She was sister to David, Gus and Calvin Hopper and Patricia Want. She had a beautiful soul and was a beloved mother who will be missed by many.

Genevieve is survived by her children, Edward and Antoine Ellis, Jarrett, Garrett, Ella and Silvia Want; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by the love of her life, Stanley Want; daughter, Renee Ellis; and brother, Marx Hopper.

Private services will be held.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

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