Saturday, 18 May 2024


Gloria Jo Worges and her family. Courtesy photos.

HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE, Calif. — Gloria Jo Worges was born July 26, 1995, in Riverside, California and passed away April 20, 2023, in Hidden Valley Lake, California along with her husband Dylan.

In her 27 years she experienced hardships and struggles that made life difficult but she always maintained a caring and loving spirit.

The highlights of her life were her children, family and friends who all deeply mourn her early passing.

Gloria is survived by her three children Isaiah, Jaxston and Aniyah; her mother-in-law, Stacy; Dylan’s siblings; nieces and nephews; and her three sisters, Danielle, Nancy and Amanda.

Gatherings to celebrate Gloria and Dylan’s lives will be held in Hidden Valley Lake and Southern California respectively.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, 707-263-0357,

Shirley Jurgens. Courtesy photo.

Shirley was born in Medford, Massachusetts, on Oct. 13, 1925, and passed peacefully on April 24, 2024.

She attended elementary school through the sixth grade in Akron, Ohio, moving to Altadena, California where she completed high school, followed by Pasadena City College.

Shirley later married Bill Whipple and together they moved to Yuma, Arizona. The following year, William Donald Whipple Jr. was born, followed three years later by Robert Case Whipple (sadly passing away six months later).

Shirley moved back to Pasadena, California and worked for Avon in the accounting office for 21 years.

lt was during this time that she met "the love of her life," Chris Jurgens. They married and moved back to his hometown of Curtis, Nebraska. Shirley worked for Curtis State Bank becoming a board member. She also served as a board member for the local convalescent hospital.

Upon retirement Shirley and Chris moved to North Platte, Nebraska, to be closer to medical care and hospitals.

In 2010, after Chris had passed, Shirley moved west to California to be closer to her family in Lakeport.

Shirley is predeceased by her husband, Chris; parents, Clare and Dorothy (Dott) Zink; brother, Sarge Zink; brother-in-laws, Porge (Betty) and Glen (Beverly); sister-in-law, Frances (Marvin) Greenwood and their family; and daughter-in-law, Sheryl Whipple.

Shirley has always been embraced by her loving family. She is survived by her son, Bill Whipple Jr.; grandson, Robert (Amy) Whipple; granddaughter, Melody (Justin) Cecil; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Ashley, Jenna and Joshua; great-great-grandchildren, Rauri, Cliodhna, Gary and Carolyn Wirth and their family.

A family memorial service will be held at Curtis Cemetery in Curtis, Nebraska on Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m.

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

Javier Batres. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Javier Batres, 82, of Lakeport passed away on April 16, 2024.

He was born on April 9, 1942, in Zacatecas, Mexico.

He leaves behind four daughters and two sons. He was a great dad.

Javier also is survived by five granddaughters, five grandsons and three great-granddaughters.

The viewing will be held at Chapel of the Lakes, 1625 N. High St. in Lakeport on May 2, from 3 to 6 p.m., followed by the rosary at 6 p.m.

The mass will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lakeport on May 3, at noon.

After mass he will be escorted to St. Mary's Cemetery on Highway 175.

Chapel of the Lakes is assisting with the funeral arrangements.

Laticia Guardado. Courtesy photo.

Laticia Josephina Guardado passed away on April 10, 2024, at the age of 51, in San Francisco, California, after long battled medical conditions.

She is survived by her son, Gabriel Sullivan; mother, Ada Fogal; siblings, Ada Guardado, Kenneth Guardado, Vanessa Guardado and Georgina Marie Guardado; ex-husband, Sean Sullivan and his family who loved Laticia dearly; and many more family members, cousins and friends.

Laticia was loved dearly and deeply by her friends, family and Silverado Ace Hardware colleagues where she began working at the age of 16 and went on until her 40s when she was no longer able to work due to health issues.

The light of Laticia’s life was her son whom she loved unconditionally. Having suffered from kidney disease since her early teens, Laticia was also passionate about advocacy and raising awareness for organ donation and dialysis. She loved volunteering in classrooms and for her son’s sports games and other school events.

In the words of her cousin Che Guardado, Laticia was “strong, sassy, tenacious, vivacious and always quick with a comeback. She had the most fighting spirit and fought for every beautiful year she had. Her legacy is the strength and love visible in her son Gabriel, in her siblings, and in every one of us cousins, nieces, and nephews she helped raise. Tish, you are a part of us, a piece of our spirit, and you will live on in this world through us.”

From her former Ace Hardware boss, MaryAnn Petersen, who she viewed as a second mother, “Tish was a voracious reader. She enjoyed science fiction and mysteries. Tish was strong and endured so much in her life that she had no patience for employees who would call in sick for minor aches and pains.”

Her niece Mónica Guardado accurately describes Laticia’s fun-loving nature, “My favorite memories of her are playing the most intense Uno games, sometimes until 3 a.m., with her and my dad. Even if she had dialysis early the next morning she would NEVER forfeit. In life there were so many hardships she had to deal with, so much pain, but she always kept going, never forfeiting! I miss her dearly, as we all do, but I am at peace knowing she doesn't have to fight so hard or live in pain any longer. An amazing mom, and an amazing aunt, we all love you very much, Laticia.”

Her siblings can attest to her undying love for her family and her resilience in overcoming hardship. She inspires us all to keep going.

An end of life ceremony is planned for Friday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at the St. Helena Public Cemetery located at 2461 Spring St.

A celebration of life potluck will take place following the ceremony at Pioneer Park in Calistoga located at 1308 Cedar St.

All friends, family, acquaintances, and colleagues of Laticia’s are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring flowers, photos, keepsakes, stories and/or memories to share in honor of Laticia.

Ray Tisell. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Ray was born on Sept. 6, 1934, in San Francisco to Swedish parents Roy Uno and Edit Tisell.

Ray passed away suddenly in Lakeport, California, on Jan. 17, 2024.

In 1946, Ray’s family moved to Nice, building a mini “resort” of three cabins on the lake.

Ray attended Upper Lake High School and then went on to graduate from Mission High School in San Francisco. Ray’s father was a longshoreman and as work picked up on the waterfront, they spent time in both places.

While living in Lake County, he hunted and had a trap line in the hills behind Nice, but his main passion was learning how things worked, a trait that followed him throughout his life. While in high school he and his buddy Orin were always on the lookout for old or abandoned cars they could take apart and rebuild.

Ray worked many jobs as a young man. Though underaged at 15 ½ , he hired on with a convict crew to fight a massive ongoing fire behind Nice. He bought his first car (a Nash Ambassador) with his earnings.

In the Bay Area, he drove a poultry delivery truck delivering fresh chickens to San Francisco restaurants. He worked at the Pacific Railroad Co. on Market Street where he developed a love for skiing through company snow trips.

He was hired as a seaman on a Swedish ship. Sailing took him to Europe where he bought a motorcycle and took time exploring Scandinavia, visited family and learned Swedish. Once returning to San Francisco, he continued sailing as a merchant marine while studying for his marine engineers license.

Ray bought his first walnut orchard in Kelseyville at the age of 22. Walnuts became an ever-growing part of his life, and harvest season a family centered event.

In 1960, he married his first wife, Berit Eriksen. Rather than being out at sea while raising a family, Ray began his career in construction. He became a carpenter, a contractor and then a spec home builder. They lived in homes Ray built in Daly City with their children Diana and Steve. They were very socially active in the Scandinavian community.

Then in 1989, he married his second wife of 35 years, Irene Willumsen. They started a family and lived in the home Ray built in Hillsborough. Ray and Irene had three children, Leif, Ingrid and Lars.

Ray had two brothers, Roy and Nils. Throughout their lives, summering in Lake County was a given to the Tisell brothers and their families. They made their own water skis, and spent weekends skiing and boating — before it was a popular sport! In the fall the family gathered for walnut harvest.

Early in 2001, Ray came across a property that caught his eye whose history he knew. Plans developed and Ray, Irene and their children made the move to Lake County.

Ray was a multi-faceted man with many talents and interests: water and snow skiing, painting, photography, music, landscaping, absorbing information (reading). He was an entrepreneur with an inquisitive mind and was always learning — as he always said, “You learn something new on every job.”

He had working man’s hands but could do precision work. You name it, he could do it.

He had an uncanny perception of people and a soft spot for animals. Ray loved and was loved. He will be fondly remembered for his practical outlook and experience, many stories and sage advice. Ray was truly a one-of-a-kind person who will be sorely missed.

Ray is survived by his wife, Irene; children, Diana, Steve, Leif, Ingrid and Lars; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 3, at 11 a.m., to be followed by a luncheon.

Bring a memory of Ray to share!

Herb Colt. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Herb Colt, a beloved husband, devoted father, cherished grandfather, and pillar of his community, passed away on April 10, 2024, at the age of 87 years old, leaving behind a profound legacy of love, service and kindness.

Born on March 5, 1937, Herb devoted his life to enriching the minds of countless students as a devoted math and science teacher for many years. He also taught art and many other subjects as needed.

He first taught at Livermore High School where he taught for five years. He then taught at Hopland High School for five years before coming to teach at Kelseyville High School where he taught for over 40 years. He also taught at Mendocino Community College for 25 years.

His passion for education went beyond just academics; he also taught the values of perseverance, integrity, and curiosity. He taught with compassion and humor, always encouraging his students to work hard and do their best.

As a track and cross country coach, Herb inspired his athletes to reach for greatness, instilling in them the values of hard work, determination, and sportsmanship.

When not in the classroom, Herb could be found at the Kelseyville Fire District as a volunteer firefighter and EMT during the school year and an employee during the summer for 44 years. He later served as a fire chaplain for a short while. Herb’s commitment to helping others extended to teaching CPR, empowering countless individuals with life-saving skills and knowledge.

In addition to his professional and volunteer endeavors, Herb served faithfully in various leadership roles within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including as a bishop. His unwavering faith, compassion and dedication to serving others were a source of strength and inspiration to all who knew him.

Herb’s memory will forever be cherished by his loving family, friends, generations of students, and community members whose lives he touched with his kindness, generosity and leadership.

A celebration of Herb’s remarkable life will be held on Saturday, April 20, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 600 16th St. in Lakeport. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with light refreshments to follow.

While Herb may have left this earthly journey, his spirit will continue to inspire and uplift all who were blessed to know him.

Upcoming Calendar

05.18.2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
05.18.2024 10:00 am - 05.19.2024 4:00 pm
Buckingham Test and Tune
05.18.2024 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Land Trust benefit
05.21.2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park
05.22.2024 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Lake Leadership Forum
05.25.2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
Memorial Day
05.28.2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park

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