Saturday, 24 July 2021


Carl Haack. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Carl Henry Haack passed away on Feb. 24, 2021, at the age of 94.

He lived a full and productive life.

He served as a combat engineer in World War II, a race car mechanic and an auto industry executive.

His work ethic was incomparable. His craftsmanship was unsurpassed. His laughter was contagious.

He loved gardening, music, cars, racing and, above all, family.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and role model to all who knew him.

Carl will be greatly missed, but always remembered by those who were blessed to have shared time with him. Toodle-loo.

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

UPPER LAKE, Calif. – Jeffrey Alden Seely passed away on Nov. 28, 2020.

Born Jan. 17, 1961, he spent his life in Upper Lake where he attended Upper Lake schools.

He attended college in San Luis Obispo before returning home to farm with his dad on the family’s ranch. He was a farmer for over 30 years.

He loved music, the outdoors, backpacking, fun adventures and took great pride in the restoration of his Victorian home.

Jeffrey was predeceased by his mother, Frances Davis Seely; his ex-wife, Cindy Abel Seely; and grandparents, Elmer and Dixie Davis.

He is survived by his sons, Justin and Ryan.

Due to COVID circumstances, private services were held.

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

Carolyn Hughes. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Remembering Carolyn’s wonderful and gentle soul. May she rest in peace and live on in our hearts and memories. Praying that she is finally at peace.

She leaves behind so many special memories and a legacy of love. She was a mom, sister, aunt, grandma and great-grandma She was a strong and powerful woman.

Words seem too small to express the sadness we feel about her death. She will be so missed.

We will use our courage to face the days ahead, and cherish the happy memories that we will hold forever in our hearts.

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

Ed Seely. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. – Edward “Ed” Edgar Seely passed away peacefully at home on March 4, 2021, in Upper Lake of natural causes in the care of his children.

He was born on Nov. 3, 1932, in San Jose, California, to Edward M. and Mildred E. Seely. His parents grew pears in San Jose until 1955 then purchased the Lewis R. Dorn pear orchard in Upper Lake where Seely Orchard and Seely Farm Stand on Highway 20 became local landmarks.

He graduated from Santa Clara High School and received a two-year certificate in agriculture and pomology from UC Davis in 1953. He was drafted into the Navy and served at Hunters Point Naval Yard in San Francisco.

In 1958, he married the love of his life, Frances Ann Davis. She was his partner and bookkeeper in their family business and were married for 53 years.

Ed and Frances added many more acres and crops to the ranch including walnuts then wine grapes. In his mid-50s, when others are starting to consider retirement, Ed became a winegrape grower. He was a meticulous and conscientious farmer and took great pride in his ranch.

Ed and his wife loved to take family ski vacations and in later years enjoyed many vacations together traveling the world to South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and China. Many of these trips included agriculture tours in those countries.

As a younger man, Ed was an active member of the Kelseyville Lions Club and later a board member of the Kelseyville Packing Co., California Canners and Growers and Soil Conservation Service. He was a Boy Scoutmaster for many years when his boys were active in that. It was then that he discovered his love of backpacking and enjoyed many trips with the kids and their friends.

A kind man, he was quick to help his neighbor and fellow farmer, offering his good sense of humor, sound advice and generous support throughout the community of Upper Lake.

Edward is predeceased by his parents, Edward and Mildred Seely; wife, Frances Seely; and son, Jeff Seely.

He is survived by his children, Colleen (Norman) Rentsch of Lakeport and Eric (Cherie) Seely of Kelseyville; his grandchildren, Jessica Rentsch, Stephen Seely, Allison (Greg) Fricker, Mitchell Seely, Justin Seely and Ryan Seely. Ed is also survived by his sister, Betty Kjeldgaard of Eugene, Oregon, who later became his travel companion, with their trips including one around South America.

As a celebration showing his love of farming, a small tractor parade will start at 12:30 p.m. on Main Street in Upper Lake on Saturday, March 20.

Donations can be made to FARM PAC (#760960) – 2600 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento CA 95833.

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

William Magoolaghan Jr. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Lake County lost a singularly adventurous, generous and fun-loving soul when William Magoolaghan Jr. of Clearlake Riviera passed away on Feb. 28, 2021.

Born in Brooklyn, New York on Feb. 18, 1940, to English-Irish immigrants William Sr. and Mary Ellen Magoolaghan, the younger William (aka, "Bill”) spent his early years in Queens Village, New York, attending Power Memorial High School.

Bill married Theresa J. on June 24, 1961, after meeting her through his youngest sister, Mary. They remained inseparable and happily married for almost 60 years.

In his 20s Bill worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance in New York City while attending St. John's University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in business.

After living in Levittown, Long Island for five years, during which time their family’s size expanded to seven, Bill and Theresa (aka "Maggie") moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1973. They were the first on either side of their families to move beyond a five-mile radius of their relatives’ households.

In Phoenix Bill worked in the burgeoning field of information technology for Siemens and Greyhound/Armour-Dial, while attaining a Master’s of Business Administration at Arizona State University.

Moving to the San Francisco Bay area in 1985, Magoolaghan worked as an I.T. manager for Fireman’s Fund Insurance in San Rafael. Having delivered a crucial Y2K project ahead of time and under budget by employing programming students from local colleges to debug the company's code, Magoolaghan retired in 1999.

Prior to moving to Lake Country, Bill and Maggie lived in Rohnert Park, where they hosted a number of foreign exchange students who attended nearby Sonoma State University, where Maggie also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. Several of those students later invited the Magoolaghans to visit them in their home countries. Thanks to those invitations Bill and Maggie were able to explore the cultures of Japan and Thailand. They remained in touch with the former SSU students for several decades.

Bill spent his retirement in Lake County enjoying his favorite pastimes: playing golf, volunteering for his community and church, traveling, taking adult education courses and spending time with his ever-expanding family. He served as the Lake County Fair commissioner and held multiple volunteer roles for the Kelseyville Unitarian-Universalist Church, the Lake County Democratic Party and the Lake County Grand Jury, and the Kelseyville Food Pantry. He was also active in Lake County’s Sons in Retirement group, or SIRS, group, with whom he planned and participated in multiple golf tournaments and trips, including to the famous course in Pebble Beach.

Bill is survived by his wife of 59 years, Theresa (aka, “Maggie”) Magoolaghan; his five children and their spouses, Michael, William III (Buddy), Betti, Alison, Paul and Kate, and Amy and Tom; nine grandchildren, T.J., Timothy, Angela, Eleanor, Charlotte, Gabriella, Liam, Cole and Madison; and his beloved dachshund, Murphy.

In lieu of flowers, his wife and family suggest making a donation to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital or another charity of choice.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held at a later date once the COVID pandemic subsides.

Leroy Pruett. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Leroy Pruett was born in French Camp, California, on Oct. 2, 1949, to William and Mildred Pruett.

Leroy passed Feb. 23, 2021.

Leroy is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Judy; sons, Roy and Justin Pruett; and three grandchildren.

Leroy moved with his family to Kelseyville when he was in the second grade and graduated from Kelseyville High School in 1967.

He was inducted into the Marines in 1969. After going through boot camp he received a hardship discharge to come home to support his family as his dad was sick.

The day he got home he met his future wife, Judy, and they were married in 1971. They raised two sons, Roy and Justin, while working side-by-side running “Pruett’s Garden Service'' until 2008.

Leroy was a simple man. He didn’t like being in large crowds or towns. Leroy’s favorite things to do were hunting and fishing with his sons and buddies.

He also loved working in his yard. He would spend half of the day raking, pruning and adding more rocks, shed horns and rusty trinkets in the yard.

Leroy was stuck in the old days and always said, “They don’t make them like they used to.”

He loved family, friends and the outdoors.

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

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