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Genevieve dancing the hula for Clear Lake Performing Arts. Courtesy photo.







Genevieve Ploke Snow went to be with Our Lord on Good Friday, April, 22, 2011, at the age of 70 years old, after suffering stroke and aneurysm with extensive brain damage on the morning of April 18, 2011.

Life support was extended to April 22 for organ donations and to give her a chance at recovery whereby she faded out naturally other than a beating heart to the end. Others were helped in her passing via transplant surgery.

She was blessed with a brief moment in suffering among family during the stroke, caught by her son when falling and passed on very peacefully, as did her mother who died in her sleep, as did her little brother who died at age 12 on Easter Sunday of aneurysm, and as did her sister who passed on recently in her sleep.

Genevieve was born in Agana, Guam on March 15, 1941. As a toddler among the Perez-Ploke family, which headed Guam's resistance, she survived the Japanese occupation, raiding of her house, capture of her father (CPO John F. Ploke, Zentsuji POW), starvation/emaciation/ dysentery, witnessed the torture and execution of her family and friends, the burial of her granny on the roadside during the death march, the near execution of her grandfather as a suspected American spy (Resistance chief/ SRO and the acting U.S. naval governor of Guam).

Through it all, she was blessed with severe PTSD's complete amnesia of childhood, though filled with nervous energy and hypertension all her life from it, which is part of what kept her so active and restless.

When her father returned from the Zentsuji POW camp, Genevieve (a.k.a. “Snooky”) was immediately drafted to sing and dance for the USO as a copycat of Shirley Temple, which gave much happiness to a people rebuilding in the war's aftermath and to GIs missing their families back home.

She and her little brother were celebrities on early Guam TV stations and remain famous out there among the old-timers, and this would begin a lifelong affinity Genevieve had for singing, dancing, music and being the entertainer.

In 1957, she was Guam's Liberation Day Queen. She was a graduate of George Washington High in Guam and later Creighton University in Nebraska. Genevieve worked as an editor in Guam, assistant to the governor of Guam, was a reporter for the Modesto Bee and public relations director for St. Luke's Hospital in Washington state.

She was commissioned in 1965 as Guam's first woman U.S. naval officer. She separated at the rank of lieutenant in order to care for her young son and become a military wife since her husband was busy leading combat missions over Vietnam and flying recon into Soviet airspace with Strategic Air Command. There, Genevieve was active in support of military wives and returning POW events.

In the Navy, Genevieve served as a personnel officer, public relations officer and supported the operations of NAS Glenview, NAS Alameda and also the Blue Angels.

She later worked 10 years with Kaiser Hospital before retiring to Lake County as a substitute school teacher. Active to the end and despite cardiac double bypass surgery in 2008, Genevieve is remembered by friends as a sweet lady who was much the gadabout, adventurer, always on the move, highly energetic, filled with loads of fun and laughs. She was much the social butterfly and hula dancer among Lake County's Vietnam Veterans, VFW, MOAA, Clear Lake Performing Arts and other groups.

Genevieve also was active in the Parish of St. Mary Immaculate in Lakeport, Calif. She will be dearly missed by family and friends, but has gone to a better place.

Visitation and services were held at Holy Angels/Holy Sepulche on April 30, 2011, attended by a large gathering of family, Bay Area friends and some from Lake County. Military honors were performed by the American Legion, 10th District.

The family wishes to extend its apologies for being unable to notify all of Genevieve's friends in Lake County as there was barely enough time and sleep to arrange everything from April 22 to April 30. Her funeral was very nice, however.

Due to Genevieve's friends who could not attend from Lake County, the family and friends are providing a second memorial service locally. Services are at the Parish of St. Mary Immaculate on Saturday, May 21, 2011. A rosary will be held at 11 a.m., with a Mass and memorial service at 11:30 a.m. and a reception and potluck social in the church hall at noon.

All are invited to attend and make friends with her friends. She loved to attend parties and meet people.

For those who cannot attend, family and friends have two memorial videos posted to YouTube.


Gene Necoechea of Lakeport, Calif., died Tuesday, April 19, 2011. Courtesy photo.

Longtime Lakeport resident Gene Necoechea (Geno) died on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Born to Salvador and Francisca Necoechea in Mexico City in 1922, Gene first came to Lake County as part of the Bracero program in 1944.

Although Gene traveled throughout the Western states (Texas, Montana, Washington, Idaho and Nevada) in search of work and adventure, he always returned to Lake County.

By the early 1950s he was well established here, working at the Green Ranch in Scotts Valley. After a few years Gene relocated his parents and his sisters to Lakeport.

By the late 1950s Gene had moved into construction, running heavy equipment. He became a member of the Operating Engineers and for many years worked for Lange Brothers.

Gene loved the outdoors; he loved hunting and fishing. Modoc, Klamath, McCloud, Noyo, Baja, Vancouver – these were just a few of the places Gene liked to go.

Gene was always known as the life of the party and loved to tell jokes and stories. One of his favorites was when he and his friend Homer Pulse would ride their horses into town and tie them up outside the Clearlake Club in front of the court house. Then they would go on in and have a little refreshment.

Once they were sufficiently “refreshed” they would get back on their horses and race them down Main Street all the way to the Rendezvous on Lakeshore Drive. Of course by that time they would need to refresh themselves all over again.

Gene really liked to socialize, also spending a lot of time in the Lakeport coffee shops like the Mecca and the Water Wheel. In later years he could often be found during the morning “discussion” at the Shore Line. But his favorite place was probably the Bonnie Brae out on the lake, because that’s where he met Persis Cossey, who would become his wife.

Gene and Persis were married in 1961 and lived on Voight Road in Big Valley. They both loved to fish and spent much of their time going camping and fishing. After Gene retired they built a home in Cassel, near Burney in Shasta County. They spent many happy hours fishing on McCloud Reservoir.

Gene was preceded in death by his wife Persis, and his sisters Julia Alvarez and Elsa Fowler. He is survived by his nieces, Maria Necoechea of Sacramento and Diana Madura of Santa Rosa, and his nephews, Rafael Alvarez of Davis and Michael Fowler of Kelseyville.

Services will be at Jones Mortuary in Lakeport on Monday, May 2, at 1 p.m., followed by a reception at the Lakeport Yacht Club from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Hospice Services of Lake County, 1717 S. Main Street, Lakeport, CA 95453.

Edgar Austin of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., died April 19, 2011. He was 82 years old. Courtesy photo.


Edgar Allen Austin of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., passed away on April 19, 2011. He was 82 years old.

He was born in Oakland, Calif., on July 15, 1928, and served in the Korean war. He retired from the Bakers Union after 30 years.

He was a 32 year resident of Lake County, where he was past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, and past governor of the Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his daughters, Carolyn Randall and Greta Colman, and his son, Eric Austin, all from Clearlake Oaks; four grandchildren, Lori Hyrup, Bryan and Marcel Moranton, and Jessica Tignor.

Memorial services will be held at the Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, located at the corner of Highway 20 and Highway 53, on Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m.

Russell Epperson died April 28, 2011. He was 49. Courtesy photo.

It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

Ursula Guin, novelist

Russell Troy Epperson, a man who touched the hearts of many, will be remembered by family and friends.

He passed peacefully on April 28, 2011.

Born Sept. 8, 1961, Russell’s journey here on Earth lasted 49 years.

He liked to joke and tell good stories. He enjoyed good music, fast engines, and camping at the coast. He had a vibrant personality.

Those who had the pleasure of knowing Russell knew what mattered to him most, family. A loving husband, father, papa, son, brother, uncle, and friend, he had a way of making so many feel welcomed.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia, son Kyle, daughter Carly, granddaughter Willow, mother Gwyn, stepmother Paula, brothers Charles Epperson and Robert and Gary Mayhood, sister-in-law Lisa, niece Haley, nephew Charles Junior and many close friends.

He has joined in peace his father Edward Russell Epperson and stepfather Warren Steffen.

Rest now, Russell, and know that the memories we’ve shared with you will be forever in our hearts.

Pastor Verlyn R. Newell, retired, of Cobb Mountain, Calif., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

Pastor Newell is survived by his wife, Betty Strach-Newell; sister, Myrna Deutscher of Olivet, S.D.; and sons, David Newell of Napa, Calif., and Pastor Paul Newell of Yucaipa, Calif.

A celebration of his life is planned for Sunday, May 1, at Lake County Bible Fellowship at the corner of Seventh and N. Forbes streets in Lakeport, Calif.

Sunday service will begin at 10:45 a.m. and the memorial will follow at 12 p.m. Please join us in celebrating a life well lived.

Please share your memories by leaving a comment below.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6

Leona Pogue died Friday, April 15, 2011. She was 97. Courtesy photo.


Leona Brown Pogue went to be with the Lord on April 15, 2011, at the age of 97 years old.

She was born in Missouri on April 19, 1913. In 1948 she moved to Manteca. She worked at Manteca Cannery, Manteca Hospital and Palm Haven Rest Home.

She is survived by her son, John J. Pogue of Stockton; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John O. Pogue of 67 years; daughters, Betty Joan McNeil and Phyllis Deloris Hutchings; son, Roy Francis Pogue; and three grandchildren.

Leona loved to knit, visit with family and friends, camping and fishing during the summer. She loved to travel, loved to watch basketball and mostly loved baseball.

Visitation and services will be at Park View Funeral Home, 3661 E. French Camp Rd, Manteca, Calif., on Friday, April 22, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with services starting at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Park View Cemetery.

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