Monday, 25 September 2023


Neva M. Arthur passed away at her home in Kelseyville, Calif.

She leaves behind her children, Leida Daugherty of Red Bluff, Calif.; Paul Arthur of Cody, Wyo.; Elise Kear of Kelseyville; and John Arthur of Kelseyville; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Hellena Clemes of Pinole, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Arthur and a daughter, Peggy Arthur.

Born in her family's sod home in Nebraska to John and Elise Miller, she grew up on a 160 acre farm. There, she helped her dad harvest corn and wheat until she was 20.    

She moved from Nebraska to Southern California before settling in San Jose and lived in Kelseyville for the last 26 years.

She had a green thumb and loved to garden, particularly growing flowers on her land. She had rows of iris lining her driveway, and African violets inside.

She also loved to bake and always made sure at every occasion there were chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake!

Neva's work history included working for her sister as a beautician, working in a laundry service and for two gas stations. Neva was particularly proud that she only had an eighth grade education, but still
worked her way up in the medical field to become an LVN. She was a compassionate person and loved her work.

Lastly, family was very important to her and she loved spending time with all of her children and grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Lakeport on Saturday, July 21, at 4 p.m., with a visitation at 3 p.m. Committal services will be in San Jose on Monday.

Katherine Colborn passed away after a brief illness.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Colborn; children, Diane (Mike) Hodgins, Tony Spriggs, Danny (Roberta) Spriggs and Shelly Spriggs; and her grandchildren.

A memorial will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary in Lakeport, Calif.

Following will be a potluck at the Lakeport Elks Lodge No. 2704.

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

Carol Jean Cobb

Carol Jean Cobb of Kelseyville passed away June 28, 2012 at the age of 78.

Carol was a caring woman.  She was strong, brave, and beautiful, but most of all, loved.

She loved to plant flowers and play cards.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jerry; one sister; six daughters; three sons; and lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Carol was very wise and had the most beautiful red rosie cheeks. She had a heart the size of a watermelon and a very giving soul.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, July 6, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport, Calif.

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


June Bernice Goettsche, nicknamed “Bunny” by her friends, passed away peacefully July 5, 2012, in Lakeport, Calif., shortly after her 91st birthday.

She was born to Sophius and Henrietta Knudtsen June 17, 1921, in Petaluma, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Goettsche; sisters, Sophia Flach and Lee Heintz; and brother, Harry Knudtsen.

Bunny is survived by her son, Douglas Bjorn and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Bjorn of San Francisco; grandson, Erik Bjorn of San Francisco; cousins, Zelda Anderson and Marion Kleinecke and their families; nephews and nieces, Allan, Donald, Frank, Roberta, Jeanne, Karen and their families.

Prior to moving to Lake County in the early 70s, Bunny lived in San Francisco. After graduating from Girls’ High School ( ), she went to work for the Pacific Fruit Exchange and then as a bookkeeper for Graybar Electric Co. for more than 30 years.

Bunny lived in many places in her life. One of her favorites had to be her home on the Mesa in Bolinas, Calif.

Years ago, she resided at the Will-O-Point Resort where she once owned Will-O-Point Marine and managed the resort and campgrounds with her husband in the 1970s to 1980s.

Bunny had a wonderful sense of humor and her laughter was often compared to Laughing Sal’s. She enjoyed going for early morning walks, reading, doing crossword puzzles and watching the classics on the AMC movie channel.

Bunny will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.

Many thanks to Linda, Evelyn, Maria and the rest of the staff at the Edelweiss Guest Home in Lakeport for their loving care and devotion.

Dorothy Lorraine Beck was born on May 3, 1926, to Joseph Henry (Hank) and Hazel Marie Ryan in Galena, Kansas.

Dorothy was born in her dear Uncle Jake and Aunt Addie's home. Dorothy passed from this earth on July 3, 2012. She passed peacefully, in her home in Lakeport, which was her wish, looking out at the lake that she and her husband so loved, with a full moon.

Her energetic soul has now passed to her children, sisters – and the so very many people she touched throughout her life.

Dorothy lived in many places throughout her life. She lived in Bremerton, Wash., during World War II, where she was proud to be a part of the Pacific war effort.

Dorothy married and settled in beautiful Northern California, raising and caring for her family in Napa and Glen Ellen.

She was an acknowledged member of the Business Womans Professional Club. She was very generous and always had an open to door to friends and family.

Dorothy was an active member of the Moose Lodge, and loved to be a part of the events shared through her membership.

Dorothy and her husband William (Bill), retired in Lakeport, Calif., as they had always wanted to do.

Dorothy was a beautiful woman who managed a career while always having time for her family. Dorothy truly enjoyed her time with family and friends. She enjoyed people, gardening, boating, water skiing and dancing. She loved the outdoors and sharing her time with others.

Dorothy will be missed greatly and will be remembered in our hearts forever.
Dorothy is survived by her four children; three sons, Michael (Diane) Beck of Middletown, Calif., William H. (Michelle) Beck III, of Folsom, Calif., Rodney Beck of Nice, Calif., and her daughter, Carrie (Lionel) Robertson of Liberty, Texas; grandchildren, Michael Beck, Matthew Beck, Shawn Sullivan, Stacy Sullivan, Hank Beck, Kristopher McClain; and 11 great grandchildren.

Dorothy is also survived by her sisters, Beverly Robbins, Donna Jenkins, and Yvonne Mack, as well as her double cousins Gordon Ryan and Karen Kerr.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, William H. Beck Jr.; her grandson, Rodney Beck Jr.; her sisters, Joanne Kingsland and Barbara King; her brother, Donald Ryan; and her double cousin, Jerry Ryan.

Services for Dorothy will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July, 9 at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Hartley Cemetery.

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

William O. Bethke, born July 11, 1927, passed away June 30, 2012, at his home following a long struggle with emphysema.

Bill moved to Buckingham in 1978. He served in the Marine Corps from May 1945 to May 1949 as private first class.

Known as the “Master of Steel” he was a master machinist for 40 years, owner of B&B Precision Machine Shop in Paramount, Calif., for 10 years, and had a passion for making miniaturized replicas of airplane engines.

Bill is survived by his four children, daughter, Sandra (Steve) Foulkes; sons, Bill (Mary) Bethke, Rick (Pam) Bethke, and Mike (Joan) Bethke; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his longtime companion of 35 years, Helen Bacin.

We will miss his sense of humor.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with the funeral service following at 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport.

He will be laid to rest at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery.

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

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