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Edgar Hill
February 1, 1924-Dec. 2, 2012

Our beloved Husband/ Father/ Grandfather died in his sleep early morning Dec. 2 after a long illness. Edgar was lucid and still had his sense of humor and flirtatious wit when his family said goodnight the night before.

He was 88 and lived all of his life in Big Valley, west of Finley, on the same ranch that his grandfather settled in about 1870.

He worked for Ralph Devoto at Lake County Title Company as a title examiner and escrow officer for 20 years before going into real estate for Lakeport Realty. He later became office manager for Baird Anton at Anton Insurance and continued there for Lincoln Leavitt until age 82.

Edgar was a lifelong member of the Lakeport Christian Church, now the United Christian Parish, and was a trustee on the board of directors and served as chair many times. He sang in the choir most of his life and led the congregation in many of his favorite hymns and prayers with much gusto.

He was a Mason for about 70 years and the Worshipful Master of Hartley Lodge twice. He received the Master Mason Certificate in 1948 and the Hiram Award in 1982. He was the officer's coach for many decades and conducted most of the Masonic funerals in Lake County until he became ill.

Edgar was a Lakeport Rotarian and had perfect attendance for over 50 years. During those weekly meetings he was always called on to lead the invocation and was their ever-inspiring song leader. He was their President twice. He was one of the club's earliest Paul Harris Fellows.

He and his first wife, Esther, were 4-H leaders for over 25 years.

When son Gary started playing football at Clear Lake High School in 1958, Edgar started working on the sidelines as one of the chain-gang and did so for thirty years, even while his grandson Darron Jones played.

Edgar was delivering Meals on Wheels well into his 80s. He never tired of helping those in need. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by Stars of Lake County in 2006.

His second family came after Esther died in 1986 when he married his choir director, Jean. Her children and grandchildren became his own and his love of family doubled.

Edgar is survived by his loving wife, Jean; daughter, Kathy (Ross) Jones; son, Gary (Pattie); step-daughter, Carolyn Walder; step-son, David (Tina) Thompson. He was a loving grandfather to Darron Jones, Allison Jung, David Hill, Candi Hill, Katie Fording, Sara Lennon, Jacob and Daniel Walder, Heather Thompson and Sarah Todd and great-grandfather to Dustin Jones, Aaron, Sarah and Rebekah Jung, Nicolas and Alexander Lennon, and Callie Todd.

Family requests any donations be made to the Lakeport Christian Parish and or Lake County Hospice Services.

A Celebration of Edgar's life will be held at the United Christian Parish, 745 North Brush St., Lakeport at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Private interment will be at Hartley Cemetery.

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


J. Alvin Stiritz, age 78, of Upper Lake, CA passed away in Healdsburg after courageously enduring life with a locked in stroke.

With the heart of a lion, he stayed strong for his family, always greeting everyone with a smile.

He was born in August 1934 in Pittsburgh, Penn., to Harry Stiritz Sr. and Dorothy Stiritz.

The family later moved to California where he graduated from Inglewood High School.

He enlisted in the US Air Force where he was awarded airman of the month and was stationed in Marrakesh and Florida. After the service he went on to work at PAN AM/LAX where he met his lovely wife, Loy Elliott of Ukiah, Calif., and started their family in Inglewood, Calif., later moving to Marin County.

While vacationing, they fell in love with beautiful Blue Lakes in Lake County, Calif., and soon relocated. He loved to fish, boat, swim, travel, camp, garden, ride his motorcycle and raise milk goats with his family.

He later retired from a 20-year career with the federal government and spent much time happily surrounded by his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and cousins, Russ, Dewey and Bob Stiritz.

He is survived by his former wife Loy of Lucerne, Calif.; his four children, Tanya Stiritz and son Harris, of Palo Alto, Calif., Ken (Katie) Stiritz and children Nitasha, Chentelle, Jadon and Gabriel of Lucerne, Takara (Josh) Stiritz and children David, Kenley and Finton of  Portland, Ore., and Joel (Deborah) Stiritz and children Bryce, Beaux and Bristol of Lakeport, Calif.; brother, Harry “Skip” Jr. (Sharon) Stiritz  and children Tammy (Kip) Long, Pegi (Jimmy) Stone, Jim (Susan) Stiritz and Allen (Catja) Stiritz; sister, Dee (Mike) McReynolds and children Keith (Erin) Mc Reynolds, Shauna (Jason) Ianni and Megan McReynolds; cousins, Chuck Hamre, Beverly Stiritz, Don (Sandy) Stiritz, Jeanne
(Dan) and Larry Hampton, and Gaye and Denny Krch, Jeanne(Dan) Hampton Chesser, Larry Remsted and Colleen, Shelly Hampton and Gaye Hampton Hartlip.

His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary with interment to follow at Upper Lake Cemetery.

Flowers and cards can be sent to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at 1625 N. High St., Lakeport, CA  95453. Donations can be made to the American Stroke Association.

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



Our Mom passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, ending a wonderful life of 90 years.  

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, David (Dave) Lewis; sons Paul (Kathy) and Gary (Darla); grandchildren Stacie (Tim) Drain, Sandra (Paul) Watts, David Lewis and Shelby; and five great-grandchildren Timothy Drain, Annie and Maggie Watts, and Lila and Sarah Lewis.

We could not have asked for a more godly mother who taught us respect, tolerance, pride and caring for others, and who also showered us with love all of her life. As children we were always included in the fun activities of camping and fishing and neighborhood barbecues. We wish all families could experience the love that we did not only while growing up, but all of our lives.

We want to thank Hospice Services for the wonderful care they gave to our mother and also for helping Dad through his grief. We respectfully request that donations be made to Hospice of Lake County which would have been what Mom would have wanted.

A celebration of Lila's life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at United Methodist Church, 676 Clover Valley Road, Upper Lake.

Arrangements were provided by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary. For further information call 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611 or visit .


Brian (aka B) Owen is now in the arms of Jesus. He left this life in a car accident in the San Diego area on Nov. 28, 2012. He was 30 years old.

He leaves behind his mother Debbie Taber of Clearlake, father Don Owen of Nevada, sister Christine of Clearlake, brothers Bret and Brandon of Nevada, Aunt Denise and Uncle Burl, Uncles Eric and Rory, niece Alexandra (his little princess), nephew Cory (his little man), and his other brothers (you know who you are, too many to name!), numerous cousins and family, and lots of friends.

Brian grew up in Clearlake, attended Lower Lake High School and has spent the past two years living and working in San Diego. He was a manager at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in the San Diego area.

He will be remembered for his great smile, kindness to others, the love he had for his family and friends. Brian is loved by so many and will be missed beyond words. He lived and loved life to the fullest. People who walk in love, never quit – they love until they draw their last breath.

Visitation (viewing) will be Friday, Dec. 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Jones and Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, 16140 Main St., Lower Lake, Calif.

Please join us for A Celebration of Brian’s Life that will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 8, at a private home in Clearlake – 3560 Youngs Lane (off of Burns Valley Road – watch for “Brian” signs). We will have an outdoor celebration and if you would like, please bring a dish to share. Please bring any photos (or a photo board for display) that you may want to share of Brian. If you have questions on what to bring or need directions please contact Lori Aitken at 707-701-4481.

For us, death is not a goodbye; it’s a “see you later.” God’s people never say goodbye for the last time.

Arrangements entrusted to Jones and Lewis Clearlake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, Calif., telephone 707-994-6417, .


Joseph was born Dec. 9, 1992, and entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at 9:17 p.m.

He leaves behind his mother, Angela Hoaglen (Sid); brother Reggie; sisters, Mia and Knapia; the love of his life, Wendy, and their daughter Mariah Joanne; grandmas, Shirley Valadez and Dorey; grandpa Acie Hoaglen; “Pop” Kent Wooldridge; great auntie, Dede; uncles, Monty, Boss, Rico, Darick, Nate, Joe, Ray, Acie, Jaimie, Ralph and Kevin; aunties, Mel, Denise, Pete, Roxy, Little Dede, Lisa, Trisha and Stephanie; and numerous cousins.

He is predeceased by his father Joe Quintero.

“I will love you forever my son...” Joseph will be remembered by his family and friends for his pretty face, his beautiful smile and his wonderful personality.

Visitation will start 11 at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Robinson Rancheria Gymnasium with burial to follow 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at the old Robinson Rancheria Cemetery.

Bill Pimentel

Bill is survived by his son Lucas; siblings, Ken, Judy and Joe; nephews Joey and Billy; and others.

Predeceased by his Mom and Dad and little sister, Susan.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary in Lakeport.

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

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