Monday, 30 November 2020


William “Bill” Sterbenk. Courtesy photo.

William (Bill) Sterbenk, a longtime resident of Lakeport, California, passed away peacefully on Sept. 10, 2020, at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, Utah. He was 89 years old.

Bill was born on May 7, 1931, in Oakland, California, to Frank and Edna Sterbenk.

At the age of 12, Bill moved to Lake County where he graduated from Kelseyville High School in 1949.

After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War on the Bon Homme Richard as an Aviation Ordnanceman in Fighter Squad 74. He received the Korean Service, U.S. Service, and Good Conduct medals.

After completing his military service, Bill returned to Lake County and settled in Lakeport where he worked for PG&E from 1953 to 1993.

He served as the chairman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee and was appointed as director of the Lake County Fair Board by Gov. Ronald Reagan.

Bill was a member of the California Republican State Central Committee and Chairman Association, the VFW, Lakeport Volunteer Fire Department and the Konocti Rod and Gun Club.

Bill received his pilot’s license from Lampson Field Airport in Lakeport. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.

Bill is survived by his wife of 37 years, Valerie (Risi) Sterbenk of Cedar City, Utah; children, Melodee Reese, Mark (Lori) Sterbenk, Andrea Saunders and Erica Saunders (Kyle) Laws; and sister, Cheryl Newsom.

Bill is also survived by his grandchildren, Jeremy Reese, Rachael (Brandon) Burgan, Alicia (Leo) Nunez, Kyle Sterbenk, John Polhamus, Nick Seils, Natalie Seils, Morgan Wiener, Mikayla (Sam) Moses, Zachary Wiener, Nathan Wiener, Samantha Wiener and Risi Laws; and six great-grandchildren.

Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Beverly Hage, and son-in-law, Jim Reese.

Donations in Bill’s memory can be made to Wounded Warriors or a charity of choice.

Graveside memorial service with military funeral honors will be held at Hartley Cemetery in Lakeport on May 8, 2021, at 11 a.m. A celebration of life will follow.

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

Catherine Wayshak. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – On Sept. 16, 2020, we lost our Nanny, Catherine Marie Wayshak.

She was born to Dario and Minnie Romano on July 18, 1932, and married to James Wayshak who passed seven years ago.

Nanny spent her last four years in the home of Zeke and Cindy in Orchard Shores, Clearlake Oaks.

She is also survived by her granddaughter, Cristy Davis and her husband Randy; grandson, Jason Wayshak and his wife Amanda Knight. She also leaves behind four great-grandchildren, Michael, Ian, Ashlyn and Jacob.

Nanny took great pride in being the most loving grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed every moment with her grandchildren.

She was loved by all that knew her and will be greatly missed by her loved ones, including all the folks at Orchard Shores, and her dog Missy, her walking buddy.

May God Bless you, Nanny. We love you.

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

Janice Groves. Courtesy photo.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Janice Mardelle Groves passed away peacefully on July 30, 2020, at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. She was 94 years old.

Janice was born to Joseph and Ragna Broin on June 16, 1926, in Fosston, Minnesota. She grew up in Fosston, Minnesota, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Stockton California. She graduated from University of Pacific College with a teaching credential.

Jan fell in love with her future husband, Edwin Riley Groves, and was married on Dec. 30, 1951. They were married for 65 years. Ed, who was a pilot for the United States Navy, served in World War II and the Korean War.

They were stationed in Japan after the war. Jan spoke of her many memories and adventures while he was stationed there. Jan taught English to elementary school students while she was in Japan.

Upon arriving back in the Ukiah area, Jan was an elementary school teacher at Yokayo School for over 35 years. Jan loved teaching children. Jan and Ed owned several Ukiah businesses, Grove Motors, Palace Sport & Hobby Shop and Fitzgerald’s Sporting Goods.

As a couple they loved dancing, entertaining, boating, camping, fishing, hunting, traveling in their RV and wine tasting. Jan loved the color purple, parties, Mumm's champagne, shopping, decorating and great conversations.

Upon Jan and Ed's retirement, they moved to Kelseyville, California, and built a beautiful tri-level home that overlooked Clear Lake. They had many friends in Lake County and she belonged to the Red Hat Society, Yacht Club, Retired Teachers Association and the Elks Club.

After Ed's passing on July 9, 2016, Jan moved into Mountain View Assisted Living in Ukiah, California.

She was a lady at all times, dressed elegantly, loved to get her hair and nails done to look nice.

She was a friend to many and an inspiration to all. She will be dearly missed. We love you, Auntie Janice.

Jan enjoyed her large family, sister, Lilias Biegle, brother Harris, John, and Dennis who all preceded her in death.

She is survived by her nephews and nieces, Kevin Broin ( Lori), Konnie Massod (Chris) Kathy Caine, Vicki Blackwood Garcia, Randy Broin (Janet), Pamela Rogers-Rea, Sheila Reinarz (Richard); cousins, Marcella Bakken and Kimeri Gordan; and her special close family friends, Charley and Marie Myers.

A celebration of life will be arranged at a later date when family and friends can safely assemble. Jan will be truly missed.

The family would like to thank Mountain View Assisted Living in Ukiah for her excellent care these past four years, UVMC, Dr. Teran's office and Dr. Ploss. Donations in her memory can be made to your favorite charity.

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

Kelly Lewis. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Kelly Lynn Lewis passed away surrounded by love on Sept. 8, 2020.

As an organ and tissue donor, she was able to give a second chance at life to several people and enhance the lives of numerous others.

She was born in Ukiah, California, on June 4, 1961, but lived in Healdsburg from three days old until 1984. She graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1979.

She was a resident of Lake County from 1984 until her passing.

Kelly loved gardening, but despite her best efforts, was completely terrible at it.

She had a wonderful sense of humor and was quick with a smile and had an infectious laugh.

She also loved reading, animals, people, traveling and the ocean.

She is preceded in death by her dad, Bob.

She is survived by her mom, Diane; siblings, Rob (Beth) and Jacquie (Joseph); children, Amy (Dave), Tess (Joe) and Kristy (Josh); and her grandchildren, Devon, Ari, Tara and Jackson.

Due to the current pandemic, a celebration of life will be announced in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the SPCA or adopting a pet from a shelter.

Danny Clements. Courtesy photo.

A good man has left this place. Danny Scott Clements, born at McClelland, Arkansas, on July 2, 1939, died Sept. 18, 2020, in Richmond, California.

Danny is survived by wife, Priscilla (Pat); daughter, Carrie Sousa (Jeff); grandsons, Robbie Mason (Katie) and Wesley Mason; and great-grandchildren, Codey Mason and Ella Mason.

He is predeceased by his daughter, Wendy A. Clements; son, Danny D. Clements; brothers, Damon and Sonny Clements; and sister, Faye Sullivan.

Danny was born the son of a sharecropper at a home without electricity or running water. His was a sparse existence with a wood stove for heat and lanterns the primary source of light.

The stories he told were common in older generations, watching his mother wash clothes in a huge fire-heated pot and his father trapping small animals for food and trade as well as working his crop in the summertime.

He migrated to California in the 1940s, finished school, and began work as a carpenter. Danny was first employed in heavy construction then as a marine carpenter, finishing his career as carpenter superintendent for Stan Flowers Co. He was a proud member of Marine Carpenters Union Local 1149/2236 for 60 years.

Danny's past affiliations included Webelos leader of Cub Scout Troop 132, Richmond Ramblers Motorcycle Club and Rob Roy Golf Club.

Dan shall be remembered for his love of family, building, making furniture, hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, golf and willingness to help others.

A good man has left this place but the love and spirit of him will live with us until the end of our days.

Memorial service will be held in Kelseyville at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or charity of your choice.

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

Keith Hogfoss. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Keith was born on Nov. 3, 1965, and passed peacefully at home on Aug. 9, 2020, at the young age of 54.

Keith is survived by his partner of 18 years, Christine Barbauta; father, Robert Hogfoss; sister, Samantha Brandenburg; and niece, Caitlyn Brandenburg.

Keith served in the U.S. Army for 8 years during Desert Storm. He also worked at Piedmont Lumber and Mendo Mill in Lakeport.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

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

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