Thursday, 22 February 2024

Obits

John Alotta Jr. Courtesy photo.

John Alotta Jr.
Dec. 9, 1939 – April 1, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — John was born in San Jose to John and Teresa Alotta. He was a 40 year Upper Lake resident.

When he was younger, he worked at his father’s restaurant, which is where he developed his love for cooking.

In October 1967, he married his best friend and the love of his life Marialisa “Lisa” Galletto. Last year they celebrated 55 years together.

John and Lisa opened an Italian restaurant called Alotta‘s in Los Altos. After nine years they decided to close the restaurant and open up a delicatessen which they ran for 36 years also in Los Altos.

Then they moved to Upper Lake and opened Alotta’s Italian restaurant in Capella, and then moved the restaurant to Upper Lake. After seven years they had to retire from the restaurant business due to health issues.

John really loved people. He spent his whole life trying to help others as best he could. He was a kind man and a very patriotic man. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He really loved the American flag. He had 30-plus flags flying on his property. John loved gardening and his flowers, he had a knack for beautiful landscaping and for decorating events that he would cater. He loved animals and photography.

John was a lifelong member of the Grange, the Elks and the Odd Fellows. He was also a member of the Sons of Italy, the American Legion of Lake County, SPCA, Italian Catholic Federation, the USO and the breakfast group that would meet weekly at Robinson Rancheria.

John is survived by his wife, Marialisa Alotta.

Visitation will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, at Chapel of the Lake Mortuary and his service will follow from 1 to 2 p.m.

His burial with full military honors will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 17 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon.

His hearse will leave from Chapel of Lake at 9:30 a.m. and the procession will go from there to the cemetery in Dixon.

All are welcome.

Care and arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport, telephone 707-263-0357, www.chapelofthelakes.com.

Betty Ann Fraser. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Our loving Mom, Betty Ann Fraser (nee Young), age 93, passed on to glory on March 16, 2023, attended by family, in her home.

She is predeceased by her husband, Merritt, and brother, Don Young.

Betty served faithfully in her church for many years, as secretary, choir member and Sunday school teacher, to name a few.

She and Dad hosted the small group that would come to be Grace Evangelical Free Church in Kelseyville.

Together with Merritt, she raised three children oriented to service.

She took gracious interest in others, making afghans for as many people as she could, and actively praying for family, friends, and world concerns. The memory books she made with detailed family history and photographs are a family treasure.

Betty is survived by her children, Michael (Sue) Fraser, Ann Robinson and Bruce (Lynn) Fraser; grandchildren, Geoffrey (Jennifer), Gregory and Patrick (Tasha) Fraser, Loren (Lauren) Fraser, Mari Robinson and six great-grandchildren; their dear family include Jean Young, Darrell (Judy) Young, Debbie (Jim) Gilbreth, Carolyn (Skip) Rohner, Diane (Sid) Henderson and Sharon Dillrance.

A memorial celebration of Betty’s life will be held at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 6716 Live Oak Drive, Kelseyville, on Saturday, April 15, at 1 p.m. with a gathering and refreshments following.

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

Lois Suchan. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — Lois came to Upper Lake as a bride in 1948 and passed on March 21, 2023, from the natural cause of living until just 14 days before her 96th birthday.

Nearly her entire family was by her side singing her into heaven with her favorite hymns.

The second of 10 children born to Fount and Ora Salisbury, she was born April 4, 1927, in Ukiah.

She was proud of living into her 90s but sadly outlived all of her beloved siblings and most of her friends.

Lois enjoyed a “Walton-esque” childhood living in Mendocino County with her many brothers and sisters. Although the Salisbury family was very poor, she held many happy memories of her upbringing. She said she loved watching the television show “The Waltons” because it reminded her of her own childhood.

She completed her schooling at the Ukiah elementary and high schools and attended business college in Santa Rosa. (She was very proud that she read all of the books at the Ukiah city library, then located on School Street, during her school years.)

She met Alex at a Grange dance in Ukiah and they danced at Grange dances frequently before and after their marriage in 1948 and as they began to raise their three children.

Lois was the wife of Alex Suchan for 74 years and they still held hands up until a week before her death.

She was mother to three children, Ruth (Michael) Hunter, Mary (Mel) O’Meara, and Stanley (Peggy) Suchan, and said she had wanted more.

One of her favorite things was to be the grandmother to Leah (Marcus) Everson, Matthew (Zorah) Everson, Melinda and Michael Hunter, Justin (Sabra) Suchan, Alexander (Erica) O’Meara, Ryan (Aleisha) O’Meara, Timothy (Alice) O’Meara and Andrew (Kelsi) O’Meara.

The family circle continued to widen to include great-grandchildren, Chelsea (Sean) Foley, Sadari Scott, Ella and Zinnia Everson, Calvin, Iris and Nora O’Meara, and Everly and Brecken O’Meara and great-great-grandchildren Kenzie, Kylee and Chase Foley completed the circle.
(We will always be your fweetie-hearts and polywogs.)

A great source of pride to Lois was that she helped raise the grandkids.

She clearly remembered singing the hymn “God Will Take Care of You” to all of them as she held them in her arms over the years. Among other things they learned to bake at her side. Andrew has gone on to create culinary dishes for a living, crediting his grandmother for being an inspiration.

Lois Suchan. Courtesy photo.

Lois worked side by side with her husband as he transitioned from working with dairy cattle and at lumber mills to walnut ranching and then establishing their walnut nursery. She much preferred working outside to housework, although she did enjoy creating meals fresh from her garden, from the canned fruits that she and her sister, Leta, had put up during the summers, and using deer meat or homegrown pork from the freezer. She read voraciously when she had a break from the hard work outside.

She worked outside the home also. For a time, she did housekeeping for seniors in the community. She took the most pride in her job maintaining the yard at her beloved church for 30 years, the Upper Lake Community United Methodist Church. She loved her roses, holly hocks and irises.

She was a longtime member of the Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) group that met at the church on Tuesday evenings and made many friends there. She was proud to be the weight recorder for many years.

She sang in and directed the church choir and taught Sunday school when her children were young. She donated some of the stained glass for the church windows in honor of her parents and brothers and sisters.

She enjoyed being a 4-H cooking teacher when her children were involved and a counselor at several Methodist Church youth camps. She sang duets for the church and many weddings and funerals of community members.

She was beloved.

Goodnight Lois. Goodnight Mom. Goodnight Grandma. Goodnight Great-Grandma. Goodnight Great-Great Grandma.

Memorial Service will be held Easter Sunday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Upper Lake Community United Methodist Church.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Upper Lake Community Methodist Church, P.O. Box 276, Upper Lake, CA 95485.

The family wishes to thank Hospice for their care and Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary for their service.

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

Janet and Richard Feiro. Courtesy photo.

Janet Lee Feiro
Sept. 27, 1939 — April 3,2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Janet Lee Anzoli Feiro passed away after a long illness.

She was born in San Francisco, California, and had three sisters Joan, Geri and Judy.

Jan met and married her soul mate, Richard, when they were both 17 years young; in December they celebrated their 66th anniversary.

Jan was a very gentle person with a contagious personality. She loved her family dearly and will be missed by all who knew her.

Her favorite pastime was cross stitch, many of her works adorn the walls of friends and family.

Jan is survived by her loving husband, Richard B. Feiro; daughters, Diana Katherine, Laura Ann (Garen), and Jacqueline Lee Feiro; grandchildren, Jennifer, Bryan, Richard, Veronica and Johnny; 5 great grandchildren and sister, Geri.

Private memorial services were held. She will be interred at Veteran's Circle, Hartley Cemetery in Lakeport.

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

Della May Hoffman. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Della May Hoffman (Coleman), a longtime resident, born and raised in Lake County, passed Tuesday, March 22, 2023.

She was surrounded by three generations of her direct family.

Della passed quietly in the home which she occupied for over 35 years.

Della was a strong, vivacious woman who touched the lives of many people while working in food service positions.

Della is survived by her two direct children, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Susan Van Horn. Courtesy photo.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — A celebration of the life of Susie Van Horn will take place this weekend.

It will be held at noon at the Middletown Lions Club, 15399 Central Park Road.

Attire is casual.

Read her obituary here.

For more information email Doug at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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