Saturday, 18 May 2024


Barbara Sowash and her son, Stanley Flett. Courtesy photo.

Barbara Sowash
Nov. 21, 1964 — Aug. 1, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Barbara Sowash left this life on Aug. 1, 2023, due to heart and other health issues.

She was predeceased by her son, Stanley Flett, who passed in July of 2022.

She is survived by her siblings, Steven Sowash, Theresa Hart, Rose Sowash, Richard Sowash and Stella Winckler; her “significant other,” Matthew Ray; and many others.

Barbara was very outgoing, treating even strangers as friends.

Tragically, when her son died, it took a lot of the light out of her.

She spent most of her life in Rohnert Park. About 15 years ago, she moved to Lake County, where she continued work as a well-loved caregiver.

She was one of a kind and will be missed by many.

Contact her family for gathering information on Sept. 16, 2023.

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

Albert Robert “Bob" McDaniels
1930 - 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Bob leaves behind his loving wife of 64 years, Christine, and his niece, Michelle (Steve) Gallant along with many other family members and friends.

Memorial service will be held on Monday, August 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lake County Bible Fellowship Church on Forbes Street in Lakeport.

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

Paul Bassham. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Paul Bassham passed away on Aug. 6, 2023.

He was born on Dec. 18, 1929, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to parents Vernon and Lucille.

He formerly lived in Napa, but made Lake County his home for the last 45 years.

Paul joined the Air Force at a young age, but found truck driving to be his career choice.

Paul is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon; daughters, Pamela, Peggy and Perrie; sons, Bob and Don; along with 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was so loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The family of Mary-Ellen Martin is saddened to report her passing on July 11, 2023.

Mary-Ellen was born in Hartford, Connecticut on Dec. 6, 1935, to Leonard Dugmore and Florence Anderson; her brother, Richard Dugmore, preceded her in passing.

Mary-Ellen is survived by her husband of 52 years, Chuck Martin of Clearlake Oaks, California; daughter, Kimberly Rapin and her husband, Phil of Redding, California; son, Stephen Reilley and his wife, Joy of Payette, Idaho; daughter, Cristene Fairbanks and her husband, David of Jacksonville, Oregon; stepson, Richard Martin and his wife, Nancy of Joshua Tree, California; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren scattered from Germany to Florida and clear to the West Coast.

Mary-Ellen and Chuck moved to Clearlake Oaks in 1992 after Chuck retired from his career with the Department of Defense.

After building their dream home in the Clearlake Oaks Keys they spent 32 years of an active retirement.

They traveled by motor home and travel trailers, fished for bass from their boat docked by their back door, and really enjoyed the fruits of their combined labor down in Southern California.

Chuck is a classic car aficionado and has built multiple award-winning cars; the epitome of his effort was his 1967 Mustang convertible which has won several best of show awards in the 25 plus years it was entered into competition.

Mary-Ellen and Chuck traveled extensively on the show circuit and shared many memorable experiences with some really enjoyable friends and characters with the same interests.

Mary-Ellen will be dearly missed but will be long remembered for her smile and warm loving personality.

The family is planning a gathering at a date to be determined.

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

Gloria Ann Walker. Courtesy photo.

Gloria Ann Walker
1956 - 2023

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Gloria Ann Walker passed away on July 20, 2023, in Lakeport, California, at 67, after a two-year courageous battle with lung cancer.

She was born on June 8, 1956, to Erhardt and Ann Kreisel in Richmond, California.

She was raised in Rodeo, California, and attended Catholic School until the eighth grade. She moved on to John Swett High School, where she set many records in track, and while on summer vacations in Lake County, she won many swimming competitions at Konocti Harbor Inn.

Gloria Ann Walker. Courtesy photo.

She then moved with her family to Kelseyville, California, and graduated from Natural High School in Lakeport, California.

She attended the Ukiah School of Cosmetology and became a beautician. She had many occupations throughout her lifetime; she worked for the U.S. Forest Service, cook, caretaker, bartender, United States Postal Service and a parts delivery driver.

Gloria loved to cook for her family, especially for the holidays; she was a phenomenal seamstress and loved to garden.

Gloria was very outgoing, could make friends anywhere she went, and had a huge heart, and would help in any way she could.

Gloria Ann Walker. Courtesy photo.

Gloria is survived by her three children, whom she loved very much, Richard (Karen) Knight, Brian (Natalie) Knight and Brittani (Jesse Merritt) Walker; her grandchildren, Jaden Knight, Kaylob Knight, Ashlynne Knight and Kodi Merritt; great-grandchild, Nolan Knight; and sister, Joyce Burns. She spent 37 years married to the love of her life, Bryan Walker. Gloria had many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Gloria wished to spend eternity in the ocean, so her children will spread her ashes and say their final goodbyes at a later date.

Goodbye is not forever. Goodbye is not the end. It simply means I'll miss you until we meet again.

Gloria Ann Walker. Courtesy photo.

Patricia Novotny. Courtesy photo.

Patricia Jean Novotny, 73, passed away on Aug. 4, 2023, after suffering a stroke at her home in Noyo Harbor, California.

Pat was born on Sept. 6, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Stella and Frank Novotny.

She attended Collinwood High School where she was instrumental in welcoming the African American students who were integrating her high school.

After graduation, demonstrating her independent spirit, she traveled through Europe by herself and returned to attend Ohio University where she earned a degree in English.

After teaching three years in Connecticut, she and her life partner Terry Casey, made the decision to move to California where they fulfilled their dream of starting a landscaping business.

They opened Highland Nursery and Landscaping in Clearlake where they happily remained until their retirement. Sadly Terry passed soon after. They had been together for 40 years.

Pat survived the 2015 Valley Fire but lost her house and all her belongings where she lived in Hidden Valley Lake. She was able to escape the fire and stayed with a dear friend until she made the decision to spend winters in Florida and summers in California. In both areas she lived near the water, enjoyed the wildlife and took long walks in the natural environment she loved.

Pat’s two passions were birding and traveling, two activities she often combined. She traveled to Europe, Mexico, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Canada and throughout the United States. She shared many of these trips with friends who meant so much to her.

Pat was a great friend and companion. She was full of laughter, keen insight and a sense of adventure that made these trips memorable.

Pat is survived by her brother, Bill (Gail); two nephews; and their four children. They include David (Kerry) and their sons Benjamin and William, and Matthew and his daughter Petra and son Nicholas.

We will miss her dearly.
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