Friday, 07 May 2021


Marilyn R. Hettema. Courtesy photo.

Marilyn R. Hettema, 90, of Clearlake, California, and Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away Jan. 6, 2021, at the Indiana Veterans Home.

She was born April 29, 1930, in Chicago, to the late Charles H. Roth and Alvida Kellstrom Roth.

She was married to Joe C. Hettema on August 23, 1952, in Pasadena, California. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Joe, in 2015.

She graduated from West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. She was a member of Lucerne Community Church in Lucerne, California, and was an alumni associate of the West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing.

She was a Registered Nurse at West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing in Oak Park, Illinois, in the oncology Department. She also worked at a nursing home in Florida.

Her hobbies were fishing, eating out and reading.

Surviving are one son, Charles D. Hettema (Leah) of Fairfax Station, Virginia; a daughter, Jennal Johnson (Kent) of Indianapolis; 11 grandchildren, Jennie Hettema, Michelle Ender (Robert), Kent Johnson, Jr., Melissa Johnson, Daniel Hettema (Florence), Rachel Johnson (John), Kaley Johnson, Camille Johnson, Alexis Johnson (Josh), Ian Johnson and Troy Johnson; and six great-grandchildren.

Along with her husband Joe, she is preceded in death by one granddaughter, Christine Hettema; two brothers, Don Roth and Ralph Roth; and one sister, Doris Johnson Wilson.

Private family services will be held at Indiana Veteran’s Home.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be directed to Lucerne Community Church, 5870 California, PO Box 144, Lucerne, CA 95458.

Share memories and condolences online at

Pauline Keil-Stocker. Courtesy photo.

UPPER LAKE, Calif. – Pauline Denise Keil-Stocker, a Lake County native and descendent of Lake County's pioneer families, died on Jan. 3, 2021, age 71, at her home in Upper Lake.

Pauline was born Jan. 6, 1949, in Lakeport, the second daughter born of Barbara Leona Alley Keil Vengley and Paul Rudolph Keil. Pauline preferred to go by her middle name, Denise.

The Alley family was one of the earliest to settle in the Middle Creek Valley north of Upper Lake. Pauline was raised in the Victorian-style house sitting on land cleared and homesteaded by her great-great-grandfather, Andrew Jackson Alley, in the 1850s.

Her great-great-grandmother, Louisa Elizabeth Perkins Alley, died as the family traveled from Missouri to Oregon by wagon train and is buried along the Oregon Trail near the Snake River.

Her great-grandmother, Phebe Gordon Alley, came to Lake County with her family by walking and riding across the Isthmus of Panama.

Her great-grandmother’s family, the Hersheys, settled in the Sacramento Valley near Zamora. A great-uncle, David Newcomer Hershey, built the Woodland Opera House in 1885.

Denise grew up on her parent’s ranch in Upper Lake, breaking in her first horse at age 12. She graduated from high school in the class of 1965 and graduated from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo. In college, she married Steven Orville Stocker and they raised two children together; Barbara was born in 1976 and Joseph was born in 1978.

Steven remembers when he first met Denise in a parking lot behind Fremont Hall at Cal Poly in 1969. “She was a beautiful young woman in a white dress that needed assistance with her Rambler station wagon. We married March 20, 1971.”

Denise was a poet her entire life and was honored to have her writing published and received various awards throughout her life.

For 20 years she attended writers workshops with the Lake County Arts Council and received a letter of recommendation from poet and author Clive Matson.

Denise returned to Lake County in the 1990s and settled in her hometown of Upper Lake where she enjoyed frequenting cafes and people watching.

Denise is survived by her two children, Joseph Byron Stocker and Barbara Schwenke Waken; her sister, Mary Lee Keil; her niece and nephew, Dan Patrick Russell and Meghan Kathleen Russell Rimrodt; her five grandchildren, Drake Schwenke, Logan Schwenke, Brennan Stocker, Brooklyn Waken and Hudson Waken; and good friend, Steven Stocker.

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

David Jack. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – David Paul Jack, born in Lake County on Nov. 28, 1943, and entered into rest on Dec. 31, 2020.

David was a lifelong resident of Big Valley Rancheria and also a tribal member.

David is predeceased by his parents, Hudson Jack and Annie Jack; brothers, Cedric Jack, Neal Jack and Tino Jack; and sister, Leota Jack.

Uncle Dave's wishes were to be cremated.

He is survived by his great nephew, Nick Jack, his caregiver that cared and loved him deeply and will always have those special memories with his Uncle Dave; niece, Natalie Cruz and nephew-in-law, John Cruz who loved his heart and soul; sons, Ernie Jack and John Jack; daughter, Anita Jack; great nieces, Alicia and Yolanda Garibay; and many other nieces and nephews.

Uncle Dave will be greatly missed by all of us. I LOVE YOU UNCLE!!!!

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

Dale Donley. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – On Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, Dale Gene Donley, loving father of four children and six grandchildren, passed away at the age of 68.

Dale was born on June 28, 1952, in Los Angeles to Mickey and Joan Donley.

Dale received his Associate of Science degree from Ventura College and graduated at the top of his class.

He practiced as a Registered Respiratory Therapist for 15 years, where he met the love of his life.

Dale had a passion for travel, the ocean and the Grateful Dead. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile and his compassionate spirit.

Above all Dale loved his family. He worked hard to be able to take many family vacations, where he was always found with a huge smile and a contagious laugh.

He was an incredible father and a wonderful grandfather.

Dale will be missed by those who loved him.

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

Cecilia Mota. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Cecilia was born in Santa Rosa, California, on Feb. 11, 1990.

Better known as Cece, she passed on Dec. 23, 2020, in Lakeport due to complications of COVID-19.

Cece has three children, Anayeli Rios-Mota, Carlos Hernandez-Mota and Bear Mota- Burrows.

Cece was engaged to Korey Burrows.

She is the daughter of Carmelita Hopper and Augustine Mota Jr; granddaughter of Benjamin and Patricia Want; sister of August Mota, Chester Mota, Jesus Frias-Hopper, Carmen Mota, Auggie Mota; and sister-in-law of Jean Mota and Amy Macias-Mota. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Cece was loved by many people. She was known to love everyone, she knew how to make everyone laugh and always have a good time.

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

Arline Koschel. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Arline Edna Koschel was born, June 9, 1926, in St. Louis, Missouri.

On Dec. 19, 2020, she met her savior at the age of 94 embracing a Life of Eternal Peace and Joy.

Her husband of 63 years, Robert Edgar Koschel, preceded her in March 2008.

They moved to Nice, California, in 1985 where Arline lived the remainder 35 years of her life surrounded by her many friends.

She is survived by three daughters, Pamela Butler, Deborah Myers and Rebecca Jones; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arline moved to Southern California in 1954. For a short period of time, she worked at France Drive Inn as a carhop taking orders and serving food on roller skates.

In addition, she applied for a job working in aerospace and was surprised that she was hired without a high school diploma. She did not complete high school due to illness. She had always been a skilled sewer and that skill got her the job. She was honored to have worked on the Space Shuttles.

Arline was loved and liked by many. She was known for her laughter, jokes and having a good time.

During her years in Lake County, she enjoyed many friends through her involvement in Lake County Bowlers, The What Ever Red Hat Club, Bingo at Lakeport Senior Center, Pat’s Dancing Feet and The Stitch and Bitch Gang.

In addition, she is survived by her best friend who loves her dearly, Casey Moneymaker.

Casey Moneymaker and Pamela Butler will be making arrangements for a celebration of life in spring 2021.

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

Upcoming Calendar

05.08.2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
Mother's Day
05.09.2021 8:30 am - 11:00 am
American Legion Post 437 breakfast
05.10.2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Woodland Community College forum
05.11.2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Tuesday market
05.15.2021 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Lake County Farmers’ Finest Saturday market
05.15.2021 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
American Legion Post flag retirement ceremony
05.16.2021 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lake County Fair cleanup event
Tax Day

Mini Calendar



Responsible local journalism on the shores of Clear Lake.





Enter your email here to make sure you get the daily headlines.

You'll receive one daily headline email and breaking news alerts.
No spam.
Cookies! uses cookies for statistical information and to improve the site.