Friday, 07 May 2021


Ruth Kjos. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – On Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, Ruth Leone Sweet Kjos joined beloved husband Chander and youngest son Steven in peaceful rest at her home in Kelseyville.

Ruth was born on July 22, 1919, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Joseph and Ellen Sweet.

Her first 10 years were spent on a small farm in Lapeer, Michigan. In 1929 she and her widowed mother moved to Lake Orion, Michigan, where Ruth finished high school and attended business school, working subsequently for the Pontiac Motor Division and at Willow Run for the Ford Motor Co.

In 1942, answering her country’s call, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and shipped out to Hollandia, New Guinea for the duration of the second World War.

She met and married Chander Kjos in New Guinea. The couple returned to Chander’s hometown of Mayville, North Dakota. She attended Mayville State Teachers college on the GI Bill and earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

Shortly after finishing college they moved to Northern California, settling in Kelseyville in 1958. Here they raised two sons, Loren and Steven, and two daughters, Becky and Ellen.

Ruth worked at the Clear Lake State Park for 15 years. This job put her in daily contact with the natural world that she so loved. She found joy and blessings watching birds.

She was an active member of the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church for many years. She belonged to American Legion Post 194 in Kelseyville. She became interested in genealogy after retirement and compiled a lengthy and detailed history of her maternal grandfather’s family during that time.

Ruth was preceded in death by husband, Chander, and son, Steven.

She is survived by daughter, Becky (Jack); son, Loren, and his children, Evan and Kristina, and Kristina’s children, Amelia and Patty; daughter, Ellen, and her children, Chris (Cristie), Merlyn (Rachel) and Bill.

From Methodist Pastor John Wesley, written in 1799: “Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you ever can.”

She lived these words.

A private service will be held with arrangements being handled by Jones Mortuary.

The family is requesting donations to the either Clear Lake State Park Interpretive Association
5300 Soda Bay Road, Kelseyville, CA 95451, or the Lake County Military Funeral Honors Team, P.O. Box 1365, Kelseyville, CA 95451.

Robert E. Kitchen. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – Robert E. Kitchen of Kelseyville, born Jan. 24, 1947, and a lifelong resident of Lake County, passed away on Jan. 6, 2021.

Robert, known as Bob by most, is survived by his daughter, Stacy Szlosek, and her two daughters, Kristen and Haley Meaker.

He was in a loving relationship with Dorla Colley for almost 30 years; she predeceased him in 2005.

Through his bond with Dorla and Richard Mills, a lifetime friend, he is remembered fondly by several generations of children within these families as their favorite uncle or loving, patient, gentle grandpa. He will be greatly missed by all.

In his youth, he served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He returned to Lake County after and worked on ranches and in the agricultural industry.

He loved to sing county songs, watch western movies and spend time with friends and family.

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

Rosemarie Wood. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Our beloved mother, Rosemarie Wood, recently passed on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.

She was born in Germany on Feb. 1, 1944, and married and came to the US in 1972. She dedicated her life to raising eight children.

She enjoyed flower gardening, reading, photography, crocheting and watching her family grow.

Rosie, as everyone called her, was a wonderful person who touched the lives of those around her. She was a bright light in her family. She loved to laugh, joke (gossip) and get together with her friends.

Our mom was one of those people that just drew others to her. Wherever she went she made friends, and she never neglected to keep in touch with them.

One of the most important things a mother can do is pass on her best traits. I can only hope that the kindness, compassion and generosity she has shown us over the years remains with us as we mourn her passing and celebrate her life.

She leaves behind daughters, Elke Caesar, Silvia Saldaña (Joel), Lisa Aguilar (Pablo), Madelena Saldaña and Natalia John (Haughton); sons, Thomas Wood, Paul Wood and Daniel Saldaña (Andi); grandchildren, Michael, Steven, Naomi, Angela, Jennifer, Shelby, Thomas, Tyler, Seth, Sterling, Garrett, Dalton, Maliyna, Cruz, Lamont, Steven, Jesse, Azalayah, Olivia, Eli, Mya, Jazzmyne, Haughton, Damien, Laylah and Nations; great-grandchildren, Bianca, Gabriella, Aidan, Robert, Sienna, Elena, Lareyna, Johnny, Luralei, Tayler, Emely, Josephina, Sophia, Leoni and Honas.

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

Ronald Clima. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Ronald James Clima was born on Aug. 18, 1963, to David and Susan Clima in San Francisco, California.

Ron and his wife, Terrell, moved and made Lake County their home and enjoyed the fresh country air and living after spending many years in San Francisco.

Ron worked for many years in agriculture throughout Mendocino and Lake counties. He also was an accomplished upholsterer.

Sadly he passed at home on Dec. 25, 2020.

Ron leaves behind his loving wife of 20 years, Terrell; his mother, Suzi (Steve) Fregeau; father, Dave (Patsy) Clima; siblings, Kim, Mike, Michelle and Jill; and sisters-in-law, Debbie Alexander and Cyndi Barron.

Ron’s legacy will surely be carried on through his children, Nicole, Natosha, Bret, Michelle, Suzi and Candice, along with his 13 grandchildren, Timmy, Javaris, Sophia, Harlow, Nico, Nevaeh, Ashlynn, Asten, Greyson, Giavanna, Makenzie and Soloman, along with his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, who all loved him very much.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Joan and two brothers-in-law, Robby and Tim.

He will surely be missed by many!

A celebration of life will be held at 1125 Martin St. in Lakeport on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.

Care entrusted to Jones Mortuary FD 311, 115 S. Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453, telephone, 707-263-5389,

Charles A. West Jr. Courtesy photo.

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – Charles A. West Jr., 49, of Clearlake Oaks passed away on Jan. 7, 2021, in St. Helena, California.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1972, in Santa Rosa, California, the son of late Charles and Carmen West.

He graduated from Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, California, in 1989.

He met the love of his life in January 2007 and married his wife, Gianne Taylor-West on June 28, 2020.

He worked at Costco in Santa Rosa, California, and at Safeway in Clearlake, California, as a butcher.

Charles was a devoted and loving, son, brother, husband and uncle. Besides spending time with family, Charles enjoyed gardening, reading and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles West and mother, Carmen West.

He is survived by his wife, Gianne Taylor-West of Clearlake Oaks; his sister and brother-in-law, Tina and Brian Herron of Santa Rosa; and nieces and nephews.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

A celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date. If interested please contact Gianne Taylor-West.

Charles West and wife, Gianne. Courtesy photo.

William McNabb. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – On Dec. 21, 2020, William Charles McNabb, better known as Charlie, passed away at home surrounded by loved ones, after a long, valiant fight with cancer.

Here a few words about Charlie: While trying to sum up my father-in-law’s life, I keep coming back to one thought … Never will you meet a man who more faithfully lived his values.

My father-in-law never let another man down. He fulfilled every obligation he ever undertook. His word was his bond, and everyone knew it. I never knew him to lie, nor intentionally deceive.

My father-in-law was self-made and self-reliant. Charlie was proud to be a painter. From his career to his skill with every kind of tool that could fashion wood or metal, brick or cement, cars or trucks, my father-in-law engaged with the world as a man who would be its master. Charlie was a teacher of all things. His method was simple. He taught by example.

My father-in-law was strong in body, in spirit and in commitment. In recent years Charlie, with Cherrill or Ryan by his side, was able to relish the good things in life including hunting, fishing, travel, food and wine, and friends and family.

He had a quiet dignity, respecting himself the way he respected others. As he faced his final days, his body ravaged with the cancer, he not once lost his good humor and he never had one moment of self-pity. The day before he passed when the hospice nurse asked him how he was doing, he gave the same answer he gave every day: “I’m fine.” In his mind he was fine, he was going home.

While I know that my father-in-law is gone from this world, I know that I am fortunate enough to still get to “see” him everyday, in both my husband and my son. Thank you, Charlie, for making Ryan the man he is today and thank you for showing Asher what the best grandfathers are made of.

Charlie is preceded in death by his mother and father, Imogene and Lorenzo McNabb; and his sister, Barbara Jean McNabb.

Charlie is survived by his son and best friend, Ryan McNabb, daughter-in-law, Erin McNabb; his beloved grandson, Asher McNabb; his brothers, Ronald (Ilona) McNabb, Carl McNabb and John (Sandy) McNabb; sister, Judy (Leroy) Pruett; many beloved nieces and nephews; and his partner in crime and love of his life, Cherrill Jones.

Charlie will live forever in the hearts of those he left behind. Will always be remembered for his jolly, “give you the shirt off my back” personality and for his unwavering love of his family. Charlie was most definitely one of the good ones. We love you.

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

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