Monday, 05 June 2023


Della May Hoffman. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Della May Hoffman (Coleman), a longtime resident, born and raised in Lake County, passed Tuesday, March 22, 2023.

She was surrounded by three generations of her direct family.

Della passed quietly in the home which she occupied for over 35 years.

Della was a strong, vivacious woman who touched the lives of many people while working in food service positions.

Della is survived by her two direct children, four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Susan Van Horn. Courtesy photo.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — A celebration of the life of Susie Van Horn will take place this weekend.

It will be held at noon at the Middletown Lions Club, 15399 Central Park Road.

Attire is casual.

Read her obituary here.

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Kerry Roper. Courtesy photo.

Kerry Ellen Roper
March 11, 1954 — Feb. 14, 2023

Kerry was born in Fort Bragg, California to loving parents, Jack and Virginia Tredway.

She spent her childhood in Leggett, California, where she was raised with her siblings, Larry, Linda, Mike and John.

She moved to Kelseyville in her teen years, which is where she met lifelong friends, started her family, and eventually opened her own hair salon which she had for 24 years before retiring in 2020.

She lived in many places including California, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Arizona before finally settling in South Carolina, where she passed peacefully after an almost three year battle with cancer.

Kerry will be remembered for her love of Christ, her joy for life, and her desire to make everyone around her feel special and loved. She was the most wonderful, kind, loving person, she is missed so greatly.

Kerry is survived in death by her loving husband of 28 years, Brad Roper; her children, Brian Manning (Brianna), Margie Irwin (Chris), Michael Manning, Nathan Tredway (Misty) and Emily Ray (Derrick); stepson, Brad Roper Jr. (Kristina); her brothers, Larry Tredway (Kristine) and John Tredway; her many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kerry’s family would like to thank everyone who loved and supported her during her time on Earth. She loved and cherished each of you.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at Riviera HIlls Country Club, 10200 Fairway Drive in Kelseyville, California.

Lois Suchan. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. — Lois came to Upper Lake as a bride in 1948 and passed on March 21, 2023, from the natural cause of living until just 14 days before her 96th birthday.

Nearly her entire family was by her side singing her into heaven with her favorite hymns.

The second of 10 children born to Fount and Ora Salisbury, she was born April 4, 1927, in Ukiah.

She was proud of living into her 90s but sadly outlived all of her beloved siblings and most of her friends.

Lois enjoyed a “Walton-esque” childhood living in Mendocino County with her many brothers and sisters. Although the Salisbury family was very poor, she held many happy memories of her upbringing. She said she loved watching the television show “The Waltons” because it reminded her of her own childhood.

She completed her schooling at the Ukiah elementary and high schools and attended business college in Santa Rosa. (She was very proud that she read all of the books at the Ukiah city library, then located on School Street, during her school years.)

She met Alex at a Grange dance in Ukiah and they danced at Grange dances frequently before and after their marriage in 1948 and as they began to raise their three children.

Lois was the wife of Alex Suchan for 74 years and they still held hands up until a week before her death.

She was mother to three children, Ruth (Michael) Hunter, Mary (Mel) O’Meara, and Stanley (Peggy) Suchan, and said she had wanted more.

One of her favorite things was to be the grandmother to Leah (Marcus) Everson, Matthew (Zorah) Everson, Melinda and Michael Hunter, Justin (Sabra) Suchan, Alexander (Erica) O’Meara, Ryan (Aleisha) O’Meara, Timothy (Alice) O’Meara and Andrew (Kelsi) O’Meara.

The family circle continued to widen to include great-grandchildren, Chelsea (Sean) Foley, Sadari Scott, Ella and Zinnia Everson, Calvin, Iris and Nora O’Meara, and Everly and Brecken O’Meara and great-great-grandchildren Kenzie, Kylee and Chase Foley completed the circle.
(We will always be your fweetie-hearts and polywogs.)

A great source of pride to Lois was that she helped raise the grandkids.

She clearly remembered singing the hymn “God Will Take Care of You” to all of them as she held them in her arms over the years. Among other things they learned to bake at her side. Andrew has gone on to create culinary dishes for a living, crediting his grandmother for being an inspiration.

Lois Suchan. Courtesy photo.

Lois worked side by side with her husband as he transitioned from working with dairy cattle and at lumber mills to walnut ranching and then establishing their walnut nursery. She much preferred working outside to housework, although she did enjoy creating meals fresh from her garden, from the canned fruits that she and her sister, Leta, had put up during the summers, and using deer meat or homegrown pork from the freezer. She read voraciously when she had a break from the hard work outside.

She worked outside the home also. For a time, she did housekeeping for seniors in the community. She took the most pride in her job maintaining the yard at her beloved church for 30 years, the Upper Lake Community United Methodist Church. She loved her roses, holly hocks and irises.

She was a longtime member of the Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) group that met at the church on Tuesday evenings and made many friends there. She was proud to be the weight recorder for many years.

She sang in and directed the church choir and taught Sunday school when her children were young. She donated some of the stained glass for the church windows in honor of her parents and brothers and sisters.

She enjoyed being a 4-H cooking teacher when her children were involved and a counselor at several Methodist Church youth camps. She sang duets for the church and many weddings and funerals of community members.

She was beloved.

Goodnight Lois. Goodnight Mom. Goodnight Grandma. Goodnight Great-Grandma. Goodnight Great-Great Grandma.

Memorial Service will be held Easter Sunday, April 9, at 1:30 p.m. at the Upper Lake Community United Methodist Church.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Upper Lake Community Methodist Church, P.O. Box 276, Upper Lake, CA 95485.

The family wishes to thank Hospice for their care and Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary for their service.

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

Dana Billig. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Dana Lynn Billig of Lakeport passed away on March 19, 2023, from a brain tumor.

Her battle with cancer was short; she was diagnosed in January and left us in March.

Dana was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania on May 25, 1947, to Daniel and Sarah Yapp.

Dana graduated from Thiel College in 1969. Shortly after she graduated college, she married the love of her life, Gary Billig.

Eventually the two of them moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they raised their two children and Dana went on to teach high school special education for 28 years.

In 2015, she and Gary moved to Lakeport to be closer to her grandkids. She adored her grandchildren and rarely missed a game, band concert or school meeting.

She also loved reading and enjoyed going to the dog park with her dog Milo (and her grand-dog, Zoey).

She was known for building bridges between people — she was inclusive of everyone she met and always wanted to bring them home for family dinner.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gary; sister, Carol Heider; two children, Joshua and Sarah; her daughter-in-law, Karen; and her two grandchildren, Aydan and Kaylah.

She will be remembered for her loving and kind heart and her ability to bring people together — often over a family meal. Dana was the heart of our family.

Dana will be remembered at a celebration of life ceremony on March 31 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Chapel of the Lakes in Lakeport.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport,, telephone 707-263-0357.

Dr. Fredrick Belka Jr. Courtesy photo.

Dr. Fredrick Albert Belka Jr.
1937 — 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Fred, Freddie, Dad, Papa, Uncle Fred, or otherwise known as Dr. Fred Belka.

In Lakeport, California, on March 6, 2023, Fred unexpectedly passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 85.

Fred was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 12, 1937, to Maria and Fred Belka Sr.

At 17 years old Fred and his family moved to San Jose, California, where he graduated from San Jose High School.

In the early 1960s Fred was drafted into the Service, 101st Airborne Division.

He was married to Jeannette and had two children, Tammy Jane and Richard.

Fred went on to graduate from San Jose State University with a BA in teaching and became a history teacher. He loved to learn and extended his education well into his 70s. He went back to school and earned his Masters and PHD.

In 1967 Fred met his second wife Christina and daughter Nadine. Fred and Christina married and remained in the Bay Area until 1985, spending nine years in El Dorado Hills before retiring in Nice, California.

Fred and Chris lived their best life as socialites and distinguished members of the community. Fred belonged to the Lions Club, the Sons of Italy, the Lakeport Elks, the No Name Car Club and was a vital member of the Lakeport Senior Center.

Fred was always laughing, joking around, and having a good old time. He was known to talk your ear off whether or not you had the time to listen. He was an outdoorsman who loved boating, camping, and fishing.

Everyone knew Fred wherever he went and he left a long and lasting impression. Fred was a guiding light and always knew what to do. His family and friends loved him dearly. He will be missed and never forgotten.

He is survived by his sister, Caroline; children, Nadine and Rick Sr.; grandchildren, Christina Marie, Bernadette and Rick Jr.; great-grandchildren, Christopher, Emily, Jessie and Alicia; niece, Monique; great niece, Skyler; great nephews, Daniel and Joel; and fur babies, Pheobalina Foxface and Smokey.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, March 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, telephone 707-263-0357.

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06.07.2023 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
East Region Town Hall
06.08.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
06.09.2023 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Crafters group
06.10.2023 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Crafters group
06.10.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
06.10.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
06.12.2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild
Lakeport Senior Center
Flag Day
06.15.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
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