Monday, 30 November 2020


Paul Racine. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, California – Longtime Lakeport businessman and entrepreneur Paul Racine passed peacefully at his lakeside home on July 11, 2020.

Born Paul Edgar Racine on Aug. 18, 1943, Racine was raised in the coastal town of Fort Bragg where his family owned and operated Racine’s, a retail store that has been a fixture of downtown Fort Bragg for many years.

Upon graduation from Fort Bragg High School at 17, Racine enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served with intelligence units in Germany and Turkey.

He returned home at age 21 and enrolled at Santa Rosa Junior College. There he met the woman who would become his wife, Olga Carmiggelt.

Together they started Paul Racine Distributor, a small auto parts distributorship in the Napa area and they also began their family.

With daughter Tara Dawn and son Paul Jobe (known always as “PJ”), the Racines moved to the Holiday Cove neighborhood in Lakeport and built the family home, a geodesic dome structure that was unique to Lake County at the time. It was situated at the entrance to Holiday Cove on a commercial piece of property.

The Racines were avid boaters and water sports enthusiasts.

Racine was a born entrepreneur. He had a keen eye for design and mechanical concepts, and these talents revealed themselves in the many businesses that he founded and operated over the years.

In the late 1970s, he bought and operated “Alga Baby Boat Bottom Cleaner.” It essentially was a drive-through boat wash that had an underwater array of brushes that would clean algae and other debris from boat hulls.

At the same time he cleaned local chimneys and stove pipes under the name “Sweeperman and Ashley.” Ashley was the vacuum system that he employed to keep chimney residue from damaging floors and carpets.

Racine’s signature achievement was “The Dock Factory.” He designed and built floating docks, swim platforms and other water-borne structures starting at his home in 1981. Racine’s docks can be found on many lakes throughout California.

Racine’s company manufactured the docks that today grace the shoreline at Lakeport’s Library Park. It is now located at the Soda Bay Road facility.

Racine’s son, PJ, purchased the business in 2016 to carry on the family tradition.

Racine’s latest contribution to the county’s recreation attractions was the building of a slot car track on Soda Bay Road. “Fun Time Slot Car Raceway” was a place where slot car enthusiasts could bring their cars to compete or rent cars by the hour.

In addition to his business achievements, Racine was a founding member of the Konocti Youth Soccer League, which thousands of the county's youth have been a part of growing up, and the Clear Lake Rimlander’s Association. That organization worked to promote the health and access to the lake for business and recreation purposes and many other things.

He was also a life-long Porsche fan and collector and could frequently be seen about town in one of his many classic Porsches.

Racine is survived by his wife of 52 years, Olga; daughter Tara (husband Raoul, children Jasmine, Kaia, Luna and Malia); and son PJ (wife Sausha, children Addison and Riley).

Kathy Sue Galyean. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Kathy Sue Galyean, born June 5, 1947, to parents Charlie and Cora Galyean in Oakland, California, passed in her sleep on July 28, 2020.

Kathy Warner/Brennan/Stuart was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Stuart. She is survived by her son, Rocky Parker; grandson, Logan Parker; her sister, Jackie; and two nieces.

She brought a great deal of joy to her son, Rocky, always supportive, always there for him and never short of good advice. In Rocky’s words, an awesome Mom.

Kathy became a Sister of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Lakeport in 1982, Delta Iota Tau Chapter. Kathy was a great friend to all her Delta Iota Tau Sisters, funny, full of life, a bright ray of sunshine and the ultimate accessorizor for all of us, the Queen of Bling, that was our Sister Kathy.

During her many years in Lakeport, she owned a Bible store for a while, then went to work for the Lakeport Safeway store, finally retiring from there.

During her tenure with Safeway, Kathy was in charge of hiring some who later became her Sisters in Delta Iota Tau and others who still work for Safeway.

Kathy leaves behind many friends in Portland and Bend, Oregon; Yuma, Arizona, and Lakeport. A bright light in this world, missed by many.

Wilbur Augustine. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Wilbur Francis Augustine, a Robinson Rancheria tribal member, was born in April of 1931 and passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 89 in Lake County.

Wilbur served in the Korean War and was discharged with honors. He was proud to be a Native American veteran. He was a spiritual person supporting native ceremonies.

Wilbur graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors of Science in political science and education. He obtained his lifelong teacher credentials.

He was a member of ITEPP, originally the Indian Teacher Education Project. He was a passionate advocate of Indian Education and the betterment of his people.

He worked with Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority for almost three decades as a construction project manager.

Wilbur enjoyed the companionship of many pets, playing the guitar and listening to blues music.

Wilbur was a direct descendant of Chief Augustine and was predeceased by his grandmother, Maude Bateman; his parents, Martin Augustine and Josephine Elliott; his aunt, Alfreda Knight; uncle, Nathan “Sandy” Boggs; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Wilbur is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Campbell Augustine; his children, Michael Augustine, Judy Augustine-Lopes, Ruby A. Reyes, Melody L. Williams and Terri G. Williams, and their respective spouses; along with 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins.

Wilbur's family is committed to keeping the community safe during this pandemic. The services will be private for immediate family. The family will host a celebration of life dinner when safe to do so.

A memorial with pictures celebrating Wilbur’s life along with a guest book will be available at the Robinson Rancheria Tribal Office.

Thank you for your understanding and respect in honoring our elders. The Robinson Rancheria Business Council supports the family in their decisions.

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

Viola Trujillo. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Viola Trujillo was born on April 19, 1926, in Del Norte, Colorado, and went to heaven on Aug. 9, 2020, at the age of 94.

She was the oldest of 13 children born to Juan Antonio Herrera and Maria Leocadia Gurule, but was raised primarily by her grandmother Sofia Gurule. She was predeceased by her sister Martha (Peña) and brothers Charlie, Delmer and Eppie. She is survived by her brothers Antonio and Arturo and her sisters Helen (Dulac) and Alice (Waid).

Viola married Gilberto Trujillo on Sept. 8, 1941. They migrated to California during the war in 1942 in search of a better life. They settled in Richmond where they raised their five children; Barbara Carver (Ed), Sandra Holman (Dan), Ronaldo, Roger and Lisa Romo (Absalon).

They retired in 1976 and moved to Clearlake. They were able to travel extensively with friends and family and spent several winters in Yuma, Arizona. Viola and Gilbert were married for 59 years before his passing in January of 2001.

Viola, also known as Mama, Nana Lolo, and Dodo, had 10 grandchildren: Greg Stanfill, Carrie Moore, Dan Holman, David Holman, Dean Holman, Chea Briggs, Maria Trujillo, Joanna Trujillo, Melissa Romo and Armando Romo; and 10 great-grandchildren, William R. Moore, Heather Hansell, Cherylynn Thompson, Aurora Stanfill, Tony Holman, Jason Holman, Tommy Holman, Cassandra Romo, Ariyanna Romo and Asher Romo; and one great-great-grandchild, Rylan Bemish.

She will be remembered as a delightful woman, young at heart who enjoyed life to the fullest. Everyone wanted to be in her presence listening to her stories and her jokes! She enjoyed spending time with her large, extended family: picnics, reunions, playing cards, board games, dancing, music and especially going to the casino.

While she leaves an enormous void in the family, she also leaves many memories that will be cherished and passed on forever.

Due to the pandemic, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Helen Beilsten. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Helen Beilsten, age 98, passed away very suddenly on Aug. 7, 2020. She was born in Los Angeles in 1922.

Helen was an amazing, very loving mother, and a beloved wife. She had a sweet sense of humor and a beautiful soul.

She was happily married to Harry Beilsten – who predeceased her in 2015 – for 70 years, and they had so many wonderful adventures.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Branston and Debbie Vayder; three grandchildren, Tammy Varnum, Jenny DeGroat and Sheri Obranovich; and her three great-grandchildren, Austin Penney, and Audrianna and Emilie Obranovich.

Helen was an accomplished singer and pianist. She and Dad met singing together for many churches and venues in Los Angeles and sang the leads in the opera “Carmen” for the San Gabriel Opera Co.

They married during World War II, which changed her singing ambitions. They started building houses during the war while working full-time jobs. They built 14 homes and an apartment complex over their lifetimes, for which Mom drew the plans and ran the skill saw.

In 1962 they moved from LA to Lake County. Helen loved the country and taught us to appreciate the beauty of nature. We learned to sing, play piano and cherish gorgeous music.

She came from a family of ranchers in New Mexico and Arizona and she bought a ranch in Lake County complete with cattle, horses and pear trees.

We loved every minute there learning to garden and become horse-loving cattle folk, enjoying everything the country life had to offer.

Every cow was special. The pigs all had names. She went to the horse auction and bought a horse that jumped the fence a few days later.

They purchased a restaurant in the Bay Area to supplement their lives, and ran both places for many years.

Helen had always loved art, and traveled abroad and to Alaska, Canada and the US gathering pictures for her paintings. She sold many of her paintings and was in the Painters of America catalogs.

She wrote a novel, taught us to sew, to bake, to garden, to laugh, to love, to cherish life, and in spite of many downturns and challenges in her life she always remained positive. Her message to us was “that taking risks is OK, and don’t give up when difficult times come.”

One of her favorite sayings was, “It’s in God’s hands.”

The last year of her life she said, “If you have any joy in your life, live it now,” and about the COVID-19 virus and life in general she said, “Don’t you think the Lord will take care of us?”

In her last few weeks she said, “Go with God every day.”

We will miss her until we see her happily with Dad in Heaven above. We were lucky to have known her, and I am sure she is shining brightly in Heaven.

We all love you forever, Mom.

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

Peggie Rombach. Courtesy photo.

Margaret “Peggie” Rombach, born Aug. 7, 1929, left to meet God on May 24, 2020, at 4 a.m. … of course.

She was a resident of Larkspur and Novato in Marin County, California, Upper Lake, California, and more recently, Ashland, Oregon.

Peggie was proceeded in death by ex-husband Marcel and her longtime beau Don Mills.

She was the mother of Kim Rombach Smith-Harpham of Talent, Oregon, Kit Rombach of Enumclaw, Washington, and Rex Rombach (and Jane) of St Helena, California.

Peggie was also the beloved grandmother of Chris Rombach (and Adrienne) of Cary, North Carolina, Kelly Rombach (and Sherrie) of Vacaville, California, Josh Smith (and Ingra) of Weaverville, California, Meghan Smith-Moore (and Dave) of Phoenix, Oregon, Joy Harpham (and Devin) of Tillamook, Oregon, and Danit Hubbell Hudson (and Stephen) of Aurora, Colorado.

She was the great-grandmother of Melody, Ian, Owen, Kaia, Jenna, and Emily.

Born to the adversity of the great depression, Peggie did the cooking, cleaning and bill delivery at age 7 while her mother worked and attended cosmetology school. As such, she decided early to take action that would ensure a productive future.

Peggie obtained her degree at 18 and her master’s degree at age 20 after attending UC Berkeley and San Francisco State. She began teaching and coaching at 18 – only slightly older than some of her students.

Known to many as “Mrs. R,” Peg taught at Marin Catholic High, Hill Jr. High and Novato High School before retiring in 1990. She was a PE teacher, coach, mentor and friend. She influenced countless students to become teachers and coaches themselves, as well as to be the very best version of themselves.

Mrs. R never forgot a name and knew every one of her student's names by day two of class. It was always important to her that the quiet, shy or "invisible" kids got a smile, hello or wave as she spoke their name.

She loved the outdoors and travel. The Rombach family often hunted, fished or camped with friends in Clear Lake and Mill Creek, California, or went for summer drive trips – once to Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Arizona.

Peggie was a member of the International Track and Field Association. With them, she traveled the world and attended nearly every Summer Olympics since 1972.

In 1987, Peggie was inducted into the San Francisco State University Hall of Fame for Athletics. She remained a staunch supporter of the Women’s Physical Education scholarship program.

Her lovely singing voice graced church choirs and congregations in Novato (Novato Presbyterian) and Upper Lake.

Like her mother Martha before her, Peggie was an avid animal lover and caretaker. She cared for many cats (Puttie, Brat, Miss Calico, Tom Tom), as well as dogs (Jack, Susie, Don, Breu, Jack II). She fed many a “momma” or tomcat that showed up on her properties – always catching them to get them spayed or neutered on her own dime.

With her predeceased partner, Don Mills, she raised sheep – at one point over 1,100 of them – that grazed the hills above Terra Linda to help with fire control and her property in Upper Lake.

Her beau Don passed on shortly after Peg moved to Upper Lake. But in typical "Peggie" fashion, she embraced her new locale. She made many close friends. She began to ride along with the Lake County Road Riders motorcycle club, where she would participate in their annual Christmas Toy ride for charity.

The sheriff’s department appreciated Peg’s volunteering to organize the files and reports room. The Lucerne Senior Center was also grateful for her volunteering to help serve lunches three days a week. And she always volunteered to work the polls on Election Day.

Peggie was always quick to laugh, offer some keen wit or push up her glasses with that certain finger.

Anyone that knew Peggie knew she could be tough if necessary. She was fearless, but she was always humble, generous, ready to serve, assist or offer support.

Peggie was always there for a friend in need. Remember those 15-minute Peggie visits? Were you familiar with Peggie's famous 3x5 correspondence cards with over 400 names and dates?

To the amazement of many, she always sent friends and former students timely birthday cards and congratulations for life events. In turn, her home was filled with hundreds of cards sent to her – at Christmas on every tabletop, shelf and lampshade.

When she could no longer address them all, she asked for help from her “Visiting Angels” caregivers and also from her granddaughters. Some also recall that many a holiday Peggie baked persimmon pudding and delivered them to neighbors near and far.

Both Peggie and her family are extremely grateful for the loving care provided by her “Visiting Angels,” Bridget, Shyannah, Leslie, Maureen, Shannon and Nayomi, as well as Hospice of Jackson County Oregon and Hospice experts Holly and Syl.

Her family invites you to visit Peggie's memorial website at . Please feel free to share your best Peggie story or post a favorite photo.

Due to COVID-19 circumstances, no services are planned at this time.

Donations in Peggie's memory can be made to a charity of your choice – may we suggest Animal Friends Rescue Project begun by none-other-than Doris Day or geriatric research, or___?

Condolences may be sent c/o Kim Harpham, 992 Golden Aspen Pl., Ashland, OR 97520.

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