Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Obits

Eddie Gale. Courtesy photo.

Eddie Gale, the pioneering Brooklyn-born jazz trumpeter who began his career as a sideman with legendary jazz artists such as Sun Ra, Larry Young and Cecil Taylor before forging his path as a bandleader on Blue Note Records and a performer and music educator on the East and West Coasts, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020. Gale was 78.

He’d resided in San Jose since 1972. In 1974, San Jose Mayor Norman Y. Mineta named him “San Jose’s Ambassador of Jazz,” for helping to bring jazz to the schools, an honor Gale took seriously.

Gale, also a longtime property owner in Lake County, California, used jazz diplomacy to build bridges between multicultural communities and generations, and promoted world and inner-peace through music. It caught on, earning him a loyal following and numerous awards, including the Sankofa Award from the California Arts Council for 25 years of service to youth and the Jefferson Award for community service in the arts. He was recognized by the New York Village Voice for “A Minute with Miles” named one of the Best Jazz Recordings of 1992. In 2019 he received a Black Legends Hall of Fame, Silicon Valley award.

With 35 years of support from his wife, Georgette Gale, the couple created community partnerships for youth and the world.

Gale was a healthcare advocate, especially for musicians. He created Jazz Musicians’ Self-Help Healthcare fundraisers donating proceeds from the performances to the Jazz Foundation of America.

To support the arts in public schools and engage music lovers, Gale organized the Evergreen Youth Adult Jazz Society, and the We’re Jazzed! Youth/Adult Jazz Festival to create performance opportunities for youth at venues in San Jose. One of his last San Jose projects was to give away dozens of free trumpets to youth.

With support from the San Jose State Cultural Heritage Center for 20 years, Gale produced his annual Concerts for World Peace and Peace Poetry Contest, and annual Concerts for Inner Peace in America and the World. These events were held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library and the First AME Zion Church in San Jose. Gale also held a California Arts Council Residency and received funding from the council to produce improvisational music workshops at San Jose State University, and venues in the Oakland, California, community.

A believer in the power of jazz to transform society, Gale’s musical activism is highlighted in the history book Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975 by Pat Thomas.

“Eddie Gale and Horace Silver changed the sound of Blue Note with consciousness-raising lyrical-jazz compositions,” Thomas wrote. “While there are other politically conscious recordings in the Blue Note catalog, there’s nothing quite like the two albums trumpeter Eddie Gale recorded in 1968 and 1969. Social messages aside, Ghetto Music and its sequel, Black Rhythm Happening, are delightfully unique by any comparison.”

As a sideman Gale's discography includes Cecil Taylor’s composition“Inter-Evening,” which is part of the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz.

Gale was the oldest son of Edward and Daisy Gale Stevens, both deceased. He is survived by three of his four siblings; his first wife, Marlene, and their five children, Marc, Chanel, Djuana, Gwilu and Teyonda; his oldest daughter, Donna, from a teenage relationship; and 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and admiring jazz supporters worldwide.

Final arrangements are pending.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Charlie was born on Aug. 30, 1923, in Mott, North Dakota.

He passed away on June 29, 2020.

Charlie was a proud World War II Veteran of the United States Navy.

Donations in his memory can be made to Westside Community Park or Hospice of Lake County.

Steve Lugger. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Steve John Lugger, “The Legend,” was born June 5, 1950, in Pittsburg, California.

Steve joins his parents, John and Adeline Lugger; sister, Suzette Dupont; brother, William Lugger; and son, Jonathon Lugger in rest.

As a lifetime resident of Lake County, Steve was great at basketball and was voted best looking in high school.

Saying Steve had a love for hunting and fishing is an understatement. He was a master duck caller/hunter, loved guns and enjoyed participating in the Old West Days.

Steve had a great smile, loved to joke and was a grand storyteller.

Steve is survived by his sister, Trudy Lugger; sons, Jeremy William Lugger and Jared Steven Paz; niece, Laura Lamus; nephew, Adam Lugger; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services have not yet been determined.

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

James Coppa, at left, with his family. Courtesy photo.

James Coppa
May 25, 1950 – June 9, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Loving husband, father, papa, brother, son, uncle and friend.

James is survived by his five children, eight grandchildren; two brothers, sister, ex-wife, mother in law, and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

James was born to Frank and Evelyn Coppa. He was raised in the Pinole Valley and enjoyed hunting and playing baseball and softball. He met his wife of 20 years and mother of his 5 children at a softball tournament in 1976.

James moved to Lake County in the 1980s. He was a James of many trades but the most fulfilling and long-lasting job he had was as head janitor at the Riviera Elementary School. There as “Mr. Coppa” he impacted many lives during his tenure of over 20 years.

In retirement, his joy stemmed from his family, especially his grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

This Guy … this father, this papa, brother, son, uncle, and friend is already so missed.

This guy could drive me crazy like no one else! He’d call you and talk for hours for we all know he had the gift of gab. He was a man of many many many words. After that two hour talk 30 seconds after hanging up he would ALWAYS call right back. “Just one more thing…” God, I wish he would call now.

This guy loved being a Papa, he loved to spoil, drown with sugar, bags of candy, ice cream and cookies at each and every visit. I will never forget how he would stare into the eyes of his grandchildren, how he would lean into them, draw them close and kiss them on the top of their head. When I was on his list, I knew if the kids called him he would pick up; he would always pick up.

This guy loved the Lord, he was a God-fearing man and there is no doubt where he dwells now, without pain or fear smiling down upon us all with his infectious smirk.

When he said, “Don’t drive down here,” he meant, “please come.”

The only one I ever let call me Jennifer Jo.

The only one who could “handle the truth.”

This guy was the guy putting jackets on kids, buying basketballs, mounds of Girl Scout cookies, for all those kids that passed through the school while he was there, they all knew Mr. Coppa.
This guy loved coffee, chocolate, Oreos, crisp white tee shirts, mayonnaise (no dad it is not a food group), Camel non-filters, the GSW and any and every sport.

This guy was stubborn, passionate and loud. We will forever miss his voice, his hugs and his love.

Jennifer Jo AKA the firstborn

Dear Dad, Happy Father’s day

I can see you now … watching a basketball game with Yasmine, Sampson and a big bowl of garden tomatoes on your lap arguing with Jesus about a bad call.

Without you, my world is an incredibly smaller and lonelier place. I want to thank you for raising me to be the person I am, for being one of my biggest champions in life, for being honest with me and for showing me that even later in life change is possible. I am very proud of the changes you made recently. I loved seeing your face, hearing your laugh and our long talks about life.

Know that you will always be on my mind and that I love you with all of my heart.

Daddy’s girl,
Cora

Donald D. Treppa. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Donald D. Treppa was born May 23, 1933, and passed on June 27, 2020. He was the oldest member of Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake.

Donald was born in Napa, California, and was raised in Upper Lake and San Francisco.

Donald was a Korean War Veteran who served from 1953 to 1955. On his return home from the war, he referred to his service as “Just returned from hell 53-54-55”.

He was a great deer hunter, master of a John Deere backhoe, and rode a Gold Wing motorcycle 87,000 miles across the USA. He was a licensed excavation contractor, who worked in Lake and Sonoma counties and the Mendocino National Forest.

Donald is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patti (Schellinger) Treppa; his daughters, Kathleen Treppa and Marchelle Treppa; and his granddaughter, McKenzie Boyle.

Private interment will be at Hartley Cemetery in Veteran’s Circle.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the Lake Pomo Native Family Statue.

Make checks payable to “Friends of Lake County Museum” located at 256 N. Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453.

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

Annelies Jefferson. Courtesy photo.

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Annelies Jefferson, age 84, went to be with the Lord on June 3, 2020, at her home surrounded by her daughters and family in Clearlake. God took her peacefully in her sleep.

Annelies was the devoted mother of Barbara, Linda, Dorothy, Diana and Cynthia. Loving grandma to Clint, Eric, Eli, Jessie, Mitchell, Richard, Kenny, Stuart, Teddy, Daniel, Taylor, Michael, Coral, Melissa and Derric. She had great love for her 21 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind many special loved ones and lifelong friendships. Annelies wanted all of her family to know how deeply she loved each one of them.

She was born Maria Annelies Malburg on Aug. 31, 1935, in Dresden, East Germany. Her parents were Thekla and Helmut Domagala. Helmut adopted Annelies at the age of 7, changing her last name to Domagala. She was an only child.

In 1945, Dresden was bombed, destroying most of her hometown. The family fled in the middle of the night, hiding in the forest. Her father bought a gypsy wagon, loading up their belongings and hiring farmers to pull the wagon from town to town until they arrived at Langendiebach, Germany.

Annelies attended an all-girls private school and was well educated. She loved reading from a young age and taking walks in the forest with her German Shepherd. Annelies chose to attend nursing school after high school, working in pediatrics. She was a nanny during this time as well.

She met her husband in Nuremberg, Germany, who was stationed there in the Army. The couple moved with their firstborn, Barbara, to Riverside, California, in 1958, where they lived at Sherman Indian School for eight years. They were blessed with four more daughters during this time.

Annelies worked at two different convalescent hospitals while the girls were young. As an independent mother, Annelies provided for and instilled a deep strength of character within her daughters. She later became an optometrist assistant for 13 years, moving on to own an optical shop in Huntington Beach, California. She eventually followed her daughters to Clearlake where she spent the rest of her life loving her growing family.

She spent her years in Clearlake raising grandchildren, tending to her flowers and yard. She loved flowers so much and planted a great variety wherever she lived along with fruit trees. She loved crocheting scarves and hats for her family.

She had a kind and gentle heart who took in others along their journey. She treasured her daughters and truly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She made friends everywhere she went. All who loved her deeply will never forget her tenacity, charm, wisdom, friendship and undying love for them.

She was one of the strongest women we have ever known. She wasn’t afraid of anyone or anything. Through her example, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like.

Annelies will be remembered for her thoughtfulness, humor, love of art, classical music and dancing. She was a wise and incredible woman.

A celebration of life will be held at noon on July 9. We will gather at 11444 Lakeshore Drive Clearlake. A reception will follow at the location and Rev. Chris Massingill will officiate.

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

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