Friday, 27 May 2022


Steven F. Schoeneman. Courtesy photo.

Steven F. Schoeneman

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Steve was born on Aug. 30, 1945, in Oakland, California, and was raised as the middle child of five by Fredrick Schoeneman and Geraldine Clark Schoeneman.

Steve attended Piedmont High School and then went on to obtain his teaching degree from Arizona State University, graduating in 1968.

Steve married Cheryl Jones in 1969, shortly after he began his first teaching job as a special education teacher at East Oakland High School and started a family welcoming his son Christopher Scott Schoeneman in 1973 and then his daughter Samantha Elaine Schoeneman in 1976.

In 1978, the family sold their Oakland home, bought a Jeep Wagoneer (Willie) and a small travel trailer (Mariah) to set out to find a new home in the west.

The family traveled for nearly a year and half, eventually landing in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana. Steve was hired as the Darby School’s special education teacher then transferred to Hamilton.

In 1982, Steve and Cheryl divorced, and Steve returned to California where he began a long teaching career in the Turlock school district for the next 25 years.

Steve had a passion for working with kids and seeing them grow and succeed. He worked at Roselawn High School and Freedom High School.

Leaving behind good friends and 38 years of living in Turlock, Steve moved to Hidden Valley Lake in 2020 to be closer to his son and his family where he enjoyed the lake, power walks and time with his grandkids.

Throughout his life Steve loved softball and played for over 40 years. He also immensely enjoyed classic cars which he shared deeply with his son Christopher through all the years.

Steve was a sports enthusiast and would never pass up a chance to cheer on the Warriors or take in an A’s game.

But beyond any of the joys in his life, was the joy of his kids and grandkids. Steve was full of pride, love, and support of Christopher and Samantha and their respective children, Steve’s grandchildren.

Anyone who knew Steve would agree his enthusiasm and energy was contagious. He believed in the value of experiences in making memories and connections, often supporting large family gatherings in fun filled places. He would say, “You can’t buy memories, you have to make them.” He now leaves so many with those fun filled memories as he moves on.

Steve is survived by his two children, Christopher and Samantha. Christopher and his wife Leanna and their two children Jackson and Josephine live in Hidden Valley Lake, California. Samantha and her husband, Carey Schmidt and their two children Charlise and Robin all who reside in Missoula, Montana.

Steve’s siblings, Kurt Schoeneman, Sara Schnieder, Bette Quinn and Tom Schoeneman all live nearby in Northern California and share the loss of their brother.

Steve was fun, light, at times even goofy, uncle to many nieces and nephews who he enjoyed from their birth to their adult lives.

Steve will be dearly missed and his family will continue his legacy of creating new memories for the next generation in his honor and spirit.

Sara Hernandez. Courtesy photo.

On Dec. 11, 1938, Sara Hernandez was born in Villachuato, Mexico.

She moved to the USA with a vision for a better life and opportunity for her family. She worked hard as a migrant worker, but her strength and perseverance provided opportunities and memories for herself & her family.

Sara had a passion for sewing, cross-stitching and knitting gifts for the people she loved. She had a love and appreciation for music, gardening and cooking.

She loved spending time with her family and teaching her daughters and grandchildren how to make her favorite dishes.

Her greatest accomplishment was seeing her children graduate from school, thrive in their careers, and watching them grow and build their own families.

Sara was proud to have accomplished becoming a U.S. citizen. She leaves behind her husband of 57 years, Emilio; her children, Lilia, Ignacio, Elsa, Juana, Victor and Sara; her 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

The words of wisdom she left to her family were: "Dios aprieta pero no ahorca.”

Nancy Lee Windrem. Courtesy photo.

Nancy Lee Windrem was an inspirational teacher whether instructing fourth grade students in a classroom or teaching songs to Girl Scouts around a campfire.

Born in Berkeley on Oct. 29, 1927, Nancy passed away on April 27, 2022, in Santa Rosa.

As a young child, Nancy was adopted into the family of Lee D. Windrem and Marjorie Rickabaugh Windrem and their two adult sons, Marion and Philip. They lived in Point Richmond where Lee practiced law.

In 1932, the family moved to Marjorie’s ancestral home in Kelseyville in Lake County. Nancy attended Kelseyville schools and graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Berkeley.

Nancy first worked for the Girl Scouts and then obtained her teaching credential and taught in public schools in Berkeley, the East Bay and Santa Barbara. She taught a year in New Zealand and then in a private school in Calistoga.

Nancy retired to the Burbank Heights senior community in Sebastopol where she served as a docent for many years at Luther Burbank’s Experiment Farm.

Energetic and athletic, Nancy loved swimming, camping, hiking, backpacking and skiing with friends. She shared her passions with her nieces and nephews, always with fun and laughter.

Nancy is survived by nieces, Phyllis Morales, Susan Lozano and Marjorie Windrem, and nephews, Peter Windrem and David Windrem and their spouses, children and grandchildren.

At a family ceremony, she will be laid to rest alongside her parents and brothers in the Kelseyville Cemetery.

God bless you Nancy Lee. May you rest in peace.

Michael A. Mott. Courtesy photo.

Michael A. Mott

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Michael A. Mott passed away at the age of 77.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Victor Mott and Edna Saisi (Chase).

After graduating from High School in Palo Alto, California, he was drafted into the Army, and he was stationed in Europe. Once he completed his military duties, he moved to Lake County.

He worked in the building trade and was well known for being a skilled contractor, having built many structures in the county.

Mike loved Lake County, especially the lake, where he spent many wonderful hours with family and friends water skiing and boating.

Mike was married to his wife, Christa, for 26 years, and they had many wonderful adventures together. They enjoyed traveling to Europe to visit relatives, camping with friends and family, gold panning and anything that involved being outdoors.

One of Mike’s greatest accomplishments was his children, Jim and Jamie, whom he dearly loved.

Mike is survived by his wife, Christa Mott; sister, Phyllis Passantino; son, Jim Mott (Annette); daughter, Jamie Frost (Jim); granddaughter, Jeralyn Frost; and stepsons, Michael Garrett, Shawn Garrett and their families.

Mike was a kind loving man with a great sense of humor, and adventurous spirit. He lived life to the fullest, and he will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

The family will announce the location and date for a celebration of life in Mike’s honor.

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

Brandon Snow. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — In loving memory of our father, Brandon Lawrence Snow, who passed away on May 17, 2022.

He was the loving father of Alex C. and Cherylanne J. Snow; son to Cheryl A. Holstine and Rexford L. Hazelwood; brother to Alicia M. Brown; finally many aunties, uncles and cousins. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

One of the kindest souls on this planet, our father was a gentle, giving man who worked tirelessly to ensure that his family had everything they needed. He faced every challenge in life with admirable strength and courage.

Early in life, our father learned the importance of hard work and he instilled that same work ethic in us. He was always there for us, a shoulder to cry on. He was a man of strong faith and he taught us the importance of family and doing what is right. Our father was a true role model who we will always look up to.

Visitation will start at 9460 Main St. Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Community Building on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. with funeral service there on Sunday May 22, at 2 p.m.

Graveside service will be held at Hartley Cemetery on Wednesday May 25, at 10 a.m.

He will be laid to rest with grandmother, Leona P. Snow and sister, Kimberly M. Hazelwood.

Following the burial, please join the family for a potluck meal to celebrate Brandon’s life at the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Community Building at Noon.

Auntie Alicia would like to add this, “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The gray rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass and then you see it.”

Father, you are now at peace, but you will live on forever in our hearts. We love you so much. Rest in peace.

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

Danelle Jones. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Danelle Diane Jones, 66, passed away in the early morning of Friday, May 6, 2022, after an aggressive return of cancer.

Her final days were spent at her childhood home in Clearlake, where she was visited by many loving family members and friends.

After working at the U.S. Post Office for nearly 30 years, she and her husband retired to the quaint and quiet city of Monte Rio, California. There, they lived out their dream of being close to the ocean and Russian River. The area was a perfect place for food and wine lovers, such as themselves.

The nearby Bodega Bay was a favorite destination of theirs. They loved feasting on clam chowder, mussels, oysters, crab, and other fresh delicacies from the sea. They often enjoyed a fun day of snacking and crabbing off of Doran Beach.

Not a person to sit idle, Danelle spent much of her retirement crafting and creating artwork. The ocean and its landscape inspired her to create the most unique art, sculptures and trinkets. Her hobbies spanned many interests, such as driftwood crafts, sea glass art, basket weaving and beaded jewelry.

Like her husband, she was a loyal Giants fan and enjoyed many home games in San Francisco. While black, gray, and purple were well known as her favorite colors, she regularly sported a Giants-emblemed shirt, hat, coat or pants.

Anyone familiar with Danelle knew that she was tough as nails. For example, once after coming home after a day’s worth of chemo (with a chemo pump still strapped to her side!) she proceeded to wrangle and drill holes into a luggage-sized piece of driftwood for an art project she was working on. She was a force to be reckoned with.

Danelle was loved as fiercely as she lived. As a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and dog mom, she inspired a lifetime of family and friends to live life to the fullest. Her strength, beauty and boundless love will be forever missed.

Her family finds comfort in that she is now in heaven with the love of her life and husband of 20 years, Ray Jones, who passed away in October of last year. They are now free to travel the world, staying at luxurious establishments, eating the best food and sipping exotic drinks. They are likely gazing upon the majestic orcas that live within the beautiful San Juan Islands, a place Danelle always wished to visit.

She is survived by her mother, Jan Garner; parents-in-law, Bud (Nancy) Jones; sisters, Jaye (Mac) Horst and Darsy (Shawn) Swatosh; children, Jennifer Waine, Kelly Weiper, Sam Dutton, Jeff (Holly) Jones and Kacie Weiper; grandchildren, Kelci, Kaydon, Jaelynn and Lilah; and great-grandchild Johnny.

In remembrance of Danelle’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to hospice.

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