Monday, 27 May 2024



Francys Ann Nelson passed away in Lakeport, Calif., on April 13, 2013, at age 92.  

She was born May 17, 1921, in Scotia, Calif., to Julius R. and Anna Sophia Paulson.  

Francys loved to tell the story of how she was born on the “front seat of a logging truck” owned by her father who had his own trucking company.

The family moved to Kelseyville, Calif., where Francys attended school. On May 31, 1947, Francys married Clifford F. Nelson and together they started Nelson Roofing Co. which operated in Lake County, Calif., for many years.  

Later, Francys ran the housekeeping department at Konocti Harbor Inn and after leaving there was executive housekeeper at the Heritage House on the Mendocino Coast for many years before she retired.

Francys was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Jack H. and James C. Paulson; her husband, Clifford; sons, James C. and Marc A. Nelson; daughter (niece) Barbara Tallman (Paulson); and grandsons Troy and Tyrone Nelson.

Francys is survived by her sons, Clifford P. Nelson and Leland Paulson (nephew); daughters Candace A. Prairie and Sharon Wright (niece); son-in-law Thomas Wright; daughters-in-law Betsy Nelson, Pamela Paulson, Frances Nelson, Donna Nelson and Roberta Nelson-Strom; grandchildren, Jeffrey Nelson, Catherine Lovett (Nelson), Eric Nelson, Diane Devries Nelson, James and Julius Nelson, Crystal and Justin Prairie, Jack and Blair Paulson, Brett Harmon, Heather McFrederick (Harmon), Thomas Wright and Kelly Sears (Wright); and numerous great-grandchildren.

Instead of a public service the family has chosen a private gathering. They suggest anyone who would like to honor her please make a donation in her name to your favorite charity.

Lorene Hankins passed peacefully April 17, 2013, surrounded by her children.

Lorene was born April 26, 1927, in Hominy, Okla., 20 minutes before her twin sister Irene Sutton Rush.  

She lived her childhood in various parts of Oklahoma as her father worked in the oil fields. She moved to California at the age of 18 with her parents and settled in the Upper Lake, Calif., area.

Lorene worked as a waitress when she met Earl Hankins and after a whirlwind courtship married October 18, 1947.  

They spent all of their married life in the Lakeport, Calif., area and raised three children.

Lorene was known for her fun loving nature. She was an avid bowler and huge baseball fan and was so thrilled to finally see the S.F. Giants win the World Series.

After retirement she spent many hours with her grandchildren and working in her flower garden.

Lorene is survived by her children, Jim (Kathy) Hankins, Perry (Darlene) Hankins and Earlene (David) Taylor; seven grandchildren, Kevin, Haley, Michael, Kendy, James, Roy and Heather; four great-grandchildren, Logan, Morgan, Rylie and Liam; and her youngest brother, J. P. Sutton of Upper Lake.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Earl Hankins; sisters, Hazel Pounds and Irene Rush; and brothers, Jack and Clifford Sutton.

The Hankins family would like to express deep appreciation to all the staff of Rocky Point Care Center who cared for her in her final 18 months of life. She was treated with so much love and dignity by all of them.  

Also the family would like to acknowledge Hospice of Lake County for guiding them through these past few months.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary with a celebration of Lorene's life afterwards.

The family prefers donations be made in Lorene's memory to Alzheimer's Association, Northern California Chapter, 2065 West El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View, CA 94040, or Hospice of Lake County, 1717 S. Main St., Lakeport CA 95453.

For further information call Chapel of the Lakes at 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611.

Harry Uhrmacher died on April 10, 2013, just after his 90th birthday.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Juanita; children, Evonne, Jerry and Debra; and many grandchildren.

He was loved by everyone

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Clearlake Kingdom Hall.

Thomas Larsen Lode Jr. passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 21, 2013, at home with his family. He was 95 years old.

He was born Finn Egon Lindtner Olsen in Stavanger, Norway on January 15, 1918. He was raised by his aunt and uncle.

When he was 8 years old, the new family emigrated to the United States through Ellis Island. They started a new life in America and throughout his life he was a proud American and also proud of his Norwegian heritage.

Thomas graduated from San Jose State University in 1941 with a degree in business administration and economics and became a management trainee for the JC Penney Co.

He was drafted in 1942, but college graduates who were not American citizens could not be trained as officers. He entered the Army as a Private at Camp Ripley, Minnesota in November 1942 in the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate).

This special battalion of 1,001 Norwegian speaking men was formed for the potential invasion of Europe through Norway. They had extensive skiing, winter survival, intelligence and infantry training in Camp Hale, Colorado.

Shortly before leaving for England in August 1943, he became an American citizen and attained the rank of staff sergeant.

In June 1944, the 99th joined the invasion of Normandy and they participated in the five major battles in Europe: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and the full duration of the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes.

In 1945, the 99th became part of the 474th Infantry Regiment and they were sent to Oslo, Norway for five months after the war to repatriate the country. When the king of Norway returned to the country after the war, Thomas was part of his honor guard.

At the end of the war he received the Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon, American Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was most proud of his Combat Infantryman Badge.

After being discharged from the Army, Thomas returned home to California and proposed to his future wife Lillian Christophersen. They first met at the age of 8 when he arrived in America. They were married for 60 years before her death in 2006.

Thomas is survived by two daughters, Kären Lode Nady (Louie) living in Daphne, AL, and Marette Myers (Earl) residents of Willits, Calif.

Thomas and Lillian were both proud of their three grandchildren, András Nady (Berkeley), Christian Myers (Erin) of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Kirsten Myers Shipp (Jeffrey) of Katy, Texas. Thomas also leaves two great-grandchildren, Lillian Marie Myers and Finn Sawyer Shipp.

He was delighted to meet his namesake Finn in January when four generations of the family celebrated his 95th birthday. Thomas passed away knowing that a third great-grandchild was due to be born any day.

Thomas was very proud of his accomplishments in business and his successful management career of 34 years with the JC Penney Co. He moved many times during his career and was active in each community where he lived and worked.

He served as the chairman of several Salvation Army Advisory Boards, chairman of the California Republican Central Committee, Board of Directors of United Way, founding member of Santa Maria Valley Boys Club, Member of Military Affairs Committee of Vandenburg Air Force Base, President of Retail Merchants Associations in five different cities.

After retirement and moving to Clearlake, Calif., he became a member of Commonwealth Club San Francisco, and Foreman of the Grand Jury in Lake County, California. Throughout his business career he was a member of Rotary International. Thomas was a resident of Clearlake for 38 years.

In May 2011, Thomas and the other remaining members of the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) were awarded the “Deltagermedaljen,” a Norwegian WWII medal, and received a Diploma signed by the King of Norway in thanks for their war service. The moving ceremony was held at the Norwegian Ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC. It was a proud day for him and his family.

The family will gather this summer in Clearlake to celebrate his life. The family suggests memorials to Thomas’ favorite charity, the Salvation Army, or to the 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) Educational Foundation.

Over the last few years, he has been very engaged in preserving the history of his special army unit the 99th and keeping its memory alive. Their Web site is .

Thomas had a wonderful experience as a child at a Salvation Army summer camp and for decades has sponsored a child annually to Camp Del Oro. Their address is C/O Salvation Army, PO Box 348000 Sacramento, CA 95834.

Thomas remained engaged in current events until the end of his life. His keen memory and special spark was a delight to his family and friends. He enjoyed his weekly Sunday lunch at the Main Street Café where he could keep everyone informed about the latest family news.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him.


Jerry C. Brown of Kelseyville, Calif., passed away April 16, 2013, after complications from a long illness.

He is survived by his sons, Jason, Buck and Brandon.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport.

Interment to follow at Kelseyville Cemetery.

For further information call Chapel of the Lakes at 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611.


Native San Franciscan Mary Ann Macario was born of Italian immigrant parents, Antonio and Leonilde Stephani Pugliesi, on March 12, 1933, and passed from this life on April 9, 2013.

She was the wife of Al Macario and beloved sister to Peter Pugliesi, Antonette Pugliesi and Julio Pugliesi, who all preceded her in death.

Mary is survived by her son Craig Lavezzo, and many nieces and nephews.

She retired from Bank of America as a banking collections specialist. They moved to Blue Lakes in August 1977 and were active in the Water Club and Beach Owners Association.

Al and Mary were members of the Sons of Italy; Mary worked as a hostess and cashier at the Robinson Rancheria Casino Restaurant for years. Mary was a member of Hopland American Legion Auxiliary Unit 529.

She was visited in the last few days by Betty Pugliesi and her children Raymond Pugliesi, Julie McKnight, great-niece Lydia McKnight and great-nephew Vincent Pugliesi, which delighted Mary.

Graveside services officiated by Father Ryan will take place beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, at the Upper Lake Cemetery followed by a “Celebration of Life” at 9821 Diane Lane, Upper Lake (Blue Lakes).

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 529 – Girls State, PO Box 808, Hopland, CA 95449.

Cremation arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport, Calif.

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