Monday, 14 June 2021

Obits

Jeanne Clemons. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Jeanne Marie Clemons was born Dec. 29, 1933, in San Francisco, California, and passed away June 1, 2021, surrounded by her family.

Jeanne was the only child to Ben and Emily Scott.

Jeanne would vacation with her parents, aunts, uncles and cousins in Lake County. In 1951 it was the year for Blue Lakes and when she met her soulmate, best friend and love of her life, Clyde. In 1952 they were married and were so for an amazing 66 years.

Clyde and Jeanne lived in the Bay Area for 32 years and raised three children. Jeanne was a homemaker and business partner to Clyde’s Tires. On the weekends she would help sell these tires at AC Flea Market in Castro Valley and later at the Freemont Drive-in Market.

Clyde and Jeanne had a summer home in Clearlake that they retired to in 1984 with children Karen and Rick following.

Jeanne continued as a homemaker and helped care for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jeanne was a loving, strong woman with a pure heart and a family that was her life. Jeanne’s family was also blessed as she was their life and heart.

Everyday her family would come for morning coffee and in the evenings a glass of wine or two. She would have weekly calls with her son, John, and every Friday night with cousin Joan who both still lived in the Bay Area.

Jeanne was an extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother, Nana, cousin, sister and friend. All of those who knew her would say what a beautiful woman she was.

Jeanne is once again with her love, Clyde.

Jeanne leaves behind her daughter, Karen Morrell; son, Rick Clemons; son, John Clemons (Cheryl McAlice); granddaughter, Christine Gonzales (Edward Gonzales); grandson, Jason Clemons; grandson, Brandon Clemons (Sara Clemons); great-grandchildren, Elias Lee Clemons, Willie Clyde Gonzales, Jayden Paige Clemons, Kaylie Ann-Marie Armstrong, Madeline Raychel-Jean Armstrong; cousin, Joan Aylworth (Jim Aylworth); and “sisters,” Evelyn Clemons and Carol Wofford.

Private services will be held with family. Family asks in lieu of flowers please donate to the American Heart Association.

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

Timothy Ramos. Courtesy photo.

Timothy Andrew Ramos, Big Valley Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians Tribal member, was born Dec. 15, 1966, in Lakeport, California.

Tim was raised at the reservation his whole childhood until he left to attend San Diego State University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism, in 1991.

Furthering his education at UCLA, Tim then graduated with a master’s degree in American Indian studies and film/TV in 1996.

While at UCLA, he wrote “Paradigms of Native Cinema,” and produced and directed his first film, “Rancheria.”

He went on to become an award winning documentary filmmaker, producing several Native American films. His feature film, “California Indian,” was filmed at Big Valley Rancheria. The film was written, directed, produced by Tim himself, who also was the main actor. It received critical acclaim, premiering at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in 2012.

Tim’s passion for storytelling was infinite and he loved sharing his cultural knowledge, tribal history and family lineage with the world. He loved mentoring youth in filmmaking, writing and language preservation. Life was filled with passion for all his endeavors.

Timmy started his new journey on May 1, 2021, preceded by his proud parents, Nancy Ann Ramos (maiden-name: Martin; Pomo) and Tommy Andres Ramos (Ilokano, Filipino), along with elder brother, Tom Ramos (Pomo, Coyote Valley).

Tim’s legacy, his children, Andres Timothy Ramos and Faith-Ann Lauren Ramos, are carrying on his work and passions.

He is survived by his sister, Nina Campbell; brother-in-law, Hiram Campbell; brother, Tom Ramos; sister-in-law, Lisa Ramos; sister, Tina Ramos; sister, Priscilla Hunter; nephews, Hiram Campbell Jr. “Chubbs,” Nick Campbell, Michael Hunter, Tony Ramos, Todd Ramos and Teddy Ramos were like little brothers and cherished along with their kids; nieces, Heather Campbell, Natoya Campbell, Tomi Ramos, Melinda Ramos, Tami Ramos and Trudi Ramos were cherished along with their kids; cousins; John Madrid, Yolanda Montoya, Lydia Madrid and Joseph Montoya were more like siblings and cherished along with their kids.

Tim was very family oriented; he loved, cherished, and treated all of his family with dignity and respect. Tim wasn’t here as long as we would have wished, but he lived life everyday as if it were his last. He’d love everyone telling stories about the stories he’d love to tell. He will always be running against the wind!

Tim was brought home for a send off on Sunday, May 9. Drew and Faith are planning a ceremonial celebration of life.

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

Betty Lee Saderlund. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Betty Lee Saderlund passed away May 1, 2021, at the age of 92.

She was born in Nebraska on Sept. 13, 1928, to Vernon and Inez Butterfield.

When Betty was a young girl, her family moved to Southern California. She graduated from Ventura High School.

Betty moved to Lake County in 1965. She spent most of her career working office jobs.

Betty enjoyed tole painting, quilting, bowling and family. She was a member of the Kelseyville Lioness and American Legion Auxiliary.

Betty was a kind and loving wife, mother, stepmother and Nana.

Betty leaves behind four stepchildren, Floyd Jr. “Skip” (Mariani) Saderlund, Kenneth “Ken” Saderlund, Marilyn Saderlund and Susan “Tami” Saderlund as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband, Floyd; children, Diane Watson and Robert Watson; and stepdaughter, Linda Rice.

Graveside service will be held at Kelseyville Cemetery on Monday, May 24, at 1 p.m.

Donations may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary, PO Box 682, Kelseyville, CA 95451.

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

Roger Smith. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Roger Smith passed away suddenly from a massive heart attack early Easter morning at the age of 83.

Roger is best known for his beautiful portraits and other art works, and his resonant baritone opera voice.

He was a type of Renaissance man, because he is also known for three amazing large log homes that he built in British Columbia and Idaho, as a younger man.

He moved to Lakeport in 2012, in semi retirement, and continued with his opera and art work, teaching art at the Main Street Gallery in Lakeport, painting portraits and driving to the Bay Area to perform with the Verismo Opera Co.

Roger is survived by his son, Robert; stepson, Eddie; and sister, Naida.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1111 Park Way, Lakeport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UCSF Kidney Project, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145.

Maynard Arthur. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Retired Command Sergeant Major Maynard Arthur passed away peacefully on April 25, 2021, surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Leomia; his daughter, Diana; and a host of relatives.

Maynard was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1935.

Maynard served in the Korean War. He served five years with distinction in Vietnam where he earned medals, including the Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Six Good Conduct Medals, five Overseas Service Ribbons, Army Commendation Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Honor Medal 2nd Class, Meritorious Unit Commendation with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and a Vietnam Campaign Medal. Maynard retired from the Army after 23 year of service.

Following his military career, Maynard purchased two Ford dealerships. His success in business can be directly attributed to his work ethic and his natural mechanical ability. His attention to detail was legendary. He took pride in the fact that he always left his customers satisfied.

The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Army never left him, as friends and family will attest.

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

Cliff Ruzicka. Courtesy photo.


LAKEPORT, Calif. — The family of Clifford D. Ruzicka announced they will hold a celebration of his life on Saturday, May 29.

The service will take place beginning at 1 p.m. at St. Mary Immaculate Church, 801 N Main St., Lakeport.

Ruzicka died Dec. 17 at age 84.

He was a well-respected local businessman and engineer who designed many projects around Lake County, the North Coast and beyond.

See his full obituary here.

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