Friday, 30 September 2022


Elise Gunn. Courtesy photo.

Elise Eldona Gunn passed away peacefully at 100 years old, on July 7, 2022, in Carmichael, California, surrounded by the care and love of her family.

Born April 25, 1922, in Kelseyville, California, to Leslie and Irene McIntire of the historical McIntire Ranch, she was the middle sister to Lois Jean and Patricia “the McIntire sisters," and mother to five children. Her youngest son, Donald, predeceased her in 1998.

Elise was an exceptionally loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and mother-figure to all who were blessed enough to know her.

Elise attended business school and lived in San Francisco as a young woman. As a Naval wife, she fearlessly ushered all her children and pets across the country through multiple tours of duty, experiencing life’s adventures along the way. After which, she traveled the world as a travel consultant and created a loving, fun environment for all of her extended family.

Elise was a member of the Red Hat Society, Sweet Adelines, an avid volunteer for the Arts Council and Lakeport’s Main Street Art Gallery, a volunteer in the Lake County public schools reading to elementary school students, as well as an extraordinarily positive influence on all her family members and so much of Lake County's history.

Elise will be deeply missed by her loving children, Robert (Connie), Kathleen (Michael), Dennis (Kathy), and Cheryl; grandchildren, Nicole, Janet, Bruce, Jennifer, Amanda, Eric, Matthew, Jonathon, Michelle, Stephanie, Erin May, Casey, and Tyler; as well as her 20 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Elise was a courageous soul, extraordinarily beautiful inside and out. She was the glue that held the family together. Her fabulous sense of humor, zest for life, and love of family will forever live in our hearts and memories.

A private interment will be held at Kelseyville Cemetery honoring both Elise and her daughter, Kathleen’s beloved husband of 52 years, Michael. Passing only three days after Elise, he also joined the journey to heaven surrounded by the love of his wife and daughters, and grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life honoring Elise and Michael, at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church on Thursday, July 28, at 12:30 p.m. where refreshments will be served.

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

Mark McCloud Jr. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Mark Anthony McCloud Jr., age 39, a resident of Lakeport and member of Big Valley Rancheria passed on July 16, 2022.

Mark is survived by his fiancé, Deena Chavez and his children, Vanessa, Joanna, Isaiah, Mina, Max, Myles and Fermin McCloud.

He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Dina and Mark, grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Traditional Native American visitation will be held at 3125 Red Feather Lane in Lakeport on Friday, July 22, at 11 a.m until Monday, July 25, at 10 a.m.

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

Herminia Monsivaiz Garcia. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Herminia (Minnie) Monsivaiz Garcia passed away peacefully in her home on July 12, 2022, in Lakeport, surrounded by much of her loving family and faithful friends.

She was born on Feb. 10, 1939 in San Pedro Coahuila, Mexico and legally came to the United States circa 1947.

She was a resident of Lake County for over 60 years and lived in Scotts Valley and Lakeport.

Minnie worked as a labor camp cook, walnut picker and was a teacher’s aide in the Head Start education system. She volunteered with the senior center and at the Kelseyville thrift store. She was an avid bingo goer and enjoyed going to the casino.

Minnie is survived by her life partner of 45-plus years, Jesus Macias; sister, Maria Ibarra; five children, John Daniel Baltazar, M. Dolores Arroyo (Jesús), Jesús Garcia, Rafael García (Leticia), Avigail García Flores (Tomas); 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary on Friday, July 15, with a Rosary that evening.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Lakeport on Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. with interment to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

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

Michael Ira. Courtesy photo.

Michael Paul Ira took his final breath on July 10, 2022, age 75, in Carmichael, California, surrounded by love, hugs, and kisses from his wife, daughters, and grandchildren.

Michael was an incredibly loving husband, father, Papa, son, brother, uncle, and soldier, leaving his mark on many lives.

Michael (Honey, Dad, Papa) will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Kathleen; daughters, Jennifer and Amanda; grandchildren, Chase, Dylan, Matthew, Melanie and McIntire; and family and friends.

Michael was born March 30, 1947, in San Jose, California to Joseph and Dorothy Ira, brother to Rodney, Dennis and Joey (all of whom preceded him in death).

At the age of 11, his family moved to Fair Oaks, California. Drafted into the Army (Vietnam) at age 19, earning honors, accreditations, and marksmanship awards while enlisted.

Michael met and married his wife Kathleen in 1970, had two daughters, and later five amazing grandchildren.

Michael’s passion for his family showed his love in every camping trip, driving lesson, dance recital, backyard barbecue, home construction project, and in helping his wife care for his mother-in-law during her last days.

The ache of his absence is deeper than can be said. His love and affection touched the hearts of all those who knew him and left lasting impressions on their lives. His strength and faith allowed him to endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Michael was and still is our hero.

A private interment will be held at Kelseyville Cemetery, honoring both Michael and his mother-in-law, Elise Gunn who passed at his side, only three days prior.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of their lives at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church on Thursday, July 28, at 12:30 p.m.

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

Leonso Rangel. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Leonso Paul Rangel entered into rest on July 18, 2022.

Leo was a tribal member of Big Valley Rancheria. He was always full of smiles and jokes and brought laughter to the room. He truly touched so many people's lives.

Leo is predeceased by his mother, Leota; daughter, Aliana Rangel; grandparents, Annie and Hudson Jack.

He leaves behind his honorary Pop, Kent Wooldridge; siblings, Anthony, Larry and Leah Jack; children, Nate, Teena, Jonetta, Dannette, Leah, Sativa, Junior, Joe, Kayden, Jr., Michael, Kamiyah, David and Novalee; grandchildren, Nate, Amiya, John, Pops, Waynona, Waylan, Anthony, Eagle Feather, Ricc, Phil and Emilio Jr.

Traditional Native American visitation will be held at Big Valley Gym in Lakeport starting on Tuesday, July 26, at 11 a.m. continuing until Friday, July 29, at 10 a.m.

Leonso's wish was to be cremated so there will be no graveside funeral.

Family and friends that wish to pay their condolences are welcome to attend. Anyone that would like to bring a dish to share with the family would be appreciated. Please keep the family in your prayers.

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

Constance J. Joyce
Nov. 13, 1932 — July 7, 2022

Resident of Lakeport, California.

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

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