Thursday, 25 February 2021


Lylise LaRue Gernert. Courtesy photo.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – With a prayer request and a blessing on Oct. 27, 2020, Lylise LaRue Gernert entered into eternal rest, joining her loving husband, Bob Gernert; their daughter, Christine Parks; her parents, sister, brothers and other lost loved ones.

She was born Oct. 14, 1927, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to William and Josephine Pierce.

Lylise passed peacefully under the compassionate care of the staff at Dalistan Care Home in Ukiah.

She treasured her large family. She and Bob enjoyed RV travel with friends and living in Yuma, Arizona, following retirement from Safeway. She was active with St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lakeport and guided by her faith in God.

Lylise is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Shepherd, and husband, Herb, of Oakdale, California; son, Bob Gernert, and wife, Trudi, of Ukiah; son, Gary Gernert and wife, Patti, of Santa Rosa, California; daughter, Kelli Holder and husband, Bob, of Sonora, California; and son-in-law, Alan Parks of Mulino, Oregon.

She leaves 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and several “bonus family” acquired along the way.

Lylise will be laid to rest beside her husband at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery. Services will be held once the COVID-19 threat eases.

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

Lilo Hansen. Courtesy photo.

Lilo Hansen
July 18, 1934 - Oct. 11, 2020

Memories of Lilo Hansen

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Lilo was a real people person. She loved being surrounded by friends and enjoyed life to the fullest. For her, our world and beyond was always filled with wonder.

Before she passed away, she made clear that it was her time and although we would miss her, she was ready to go on to a better place. I remember a time or two as a kid, when I needed help or made mistakes in various things.

She was always there to listen and take the edge off my problems in one way or the other. I am sure she was one the best moms ever and will be happy forevermore in heaven along with dad and all the animals.

– Lilo’s loving son, Glenn

When I first met Lilo we were two lost souls. Lilo's house had just burned down and my parents had just died.

One wonderful day I put my dogs in the car and went to get the mail. There, fate struck. Lilo fell in love with me and my dogs and a 5-year Harold and Maude friendship started. Lilo, may you be at peace and may your spirit soar.

– Dennis Gilson

The year was 2002 and Hardesters Hidden Valley parking lot was the place Lilo introduced herself to us. We had just moved to Lake County a few days prior. She and we had the exact same model Mercedes, at the time and she was amazed at that. She came over to us and introduced herself. We all hit it off immediately and remained friends for 18 years.

We were all “cat people” and we always enjoyed sharing cat stories. During the Valley fire, she sheltered us, our two cats and two of our friends, at her home up until we all had to evacuate her house. Her home finally was totally destroyed.

Lilo was a people magnet and always put a smile on everyone’s face. You’re irreplaceable, Lilo.

– With love, Pat and Jon Meyer

Lilo was a huge help at our center, first as a driver for Meals on Wheels and then as a greeter and board member.

She moved to McCloud after the Valley fire destroyed her home in Hidden Valley Lake in 2015.

Lilo will be missed.

– Lori Tourville, Middletown Senior Center executive director

Donations in Lilo’s memory can be made payable to the Middletown Senior Center and mailed to P.O. Box 1037, Middletown, CA 95461.

Miguel Castro. Courtesy photo.

Miguel Castro
June 28, 1958 - Oct. 10, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Miguel Castro, “Toledo,” was born on June 28, 1958, in Michoacan, Mexico, and established himself with his family in Kelseyville in 1990.

He became a very well known and respected farm labor contractor by many growers in this community as well as growers in the Central Valley.

Miguel was known for his great heart and desire to always help the immigrants who worked in the fields. Not caring who they were or where they came from, he always extended his hand without hesitation. Everyone in this community will always remember him by his unique smile and his great sense of humor.

He leaves behind his wife, Maria; five daughters, Leticia, Irma, Silvia, Anita and Diana; his only son, Miguel Jr.; and his 12 beautiful grandchildren.

He will always be remembered by his family as the best husband, father and grandfather; we love you “Papi Tole” and you will forever be in our hearts.

Howard K. Tate. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – In loving memory of Howard K. Tate who passed on October 19, 2020, from late-stage leukemia.

Howard was born March 26, 1932, in Williamsport, Indiana, where he lived through his high school years.

After he graduated in 1950 he joined the Navy and was trained in communications.

Howard had a career of 20 years in the Navy and was stationed all over the world. During this period he was stationed, with his family in Guam, Imperial Beach, Japan, Philippines, Maine, Turkey, Morocco and Okinawa.

For a number of years, after he retired from active duty in the Navy, he worked in construction. In 1980 he went to work for the city of Huntington Beach Police Department as a property officer. Howard loved this position and had a great working relationship with the police officers and the many other city employees with whom he was involved. In 2002 he retired from the city to start a new phase of his life.

After living in Orange County, California, for many years he and his wife decided to find a more rural area for retirement.

In 2004 they visited Lake County and fell in love with its beauty. After looking at many homes in the area it was suggested that they build a home. They found the perfect lot in Lakeport and built their retirement home. Howard had many years in his home where he especially enjoyed the view of the mountains from the front windows.

Howard is survived by his wife, Nancy; his sister, Shirley Daniels, who lives in Watseka, Illinois; daughters, Vicky Bradley, Janice Hubley and Joyce Spencer; four grandchildren, Justin, Tracy, Craig and Ashley; and seven great-grandchildren. All of his children reside in Texas.

Howard had a wonderful sense of humor, an open heart and was grateful every day for all the blessings he received in his life.

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

Janet K. Green. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Janet K. “Jakey” Green passed away in her sleep on Oct. 14, 2020, at the age of 76.

Janet was born in San Diego, California, on Sept. 13, 1944. She graduated from Upper Lake High School in 1962.

She married Byron Green on Feb. 21, 1970, and moved to a military base in Holland soon after that. She lived in Holland, North Dakota and California as an Air Force wife before returning to Lake County in 1985.

She worked as a bank teller for WestAmerica Bank in Upper Lake, California, for over 20 years.

Janet was a member of the North Shore Business Association and Avenue of the Flags, and was a former member of the ULHS booster club. She was a long-time member of TOPS.

Janet loved spending time with her family and friends, and could put together a party under the walnut tree at her Witter Springs ranch in a matter of hours. She looked forward to her “sisters’ weekends” with her sisters and her late aunt, Diane Smith.

She enjoyed gardening. She grew vegetables and flowers to enter in the Lake County Fair, and enjoyed comparing ribbons and prize money with her sisters and granddaughter, Morgan. She enjoyed spending time at the casino with her husband. Video slots were her favorite.

Janet is predeceased by her parents, Mary Janet and Fenton Rinder.

She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Byron; her daughters, Pam and Suzie; grandchildren, Morgan, Jacob, Cody and Brooklyn; great-grandson, Michael; sisters, Franny, Arlene, Julie and Barbara Jean; and brother, Billy.

Janet will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

No formal funeral services are planned at this time. Her family plans to hold a memorial/celebration of life at a later date.

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

Mary Margaret Kelley. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Mary Margaret Kelley, 82, passed away peacefully on Oct. 17, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mary was born Oct. 26, 1937, in Rock Creek, Minnesota, to Margaret (Hejny) and Irven Johnson.

In 1949 the family moved to Tulelake, California, where much of the family still resides. They joined Irven’s brother Bert Johnson and began farming.

Mary and her sister’s thrived, riding horses and enjoying everything farm girls enjoy. Mary was the 1954 Merrill Potato Festival Queen and later a homecoming queen at OTI where she was attending college.

At OTI she met James Kelley whom she married. They settled in his hometown of Kelseyville, California, and built a wonderful life together while raising two sons, Bob and Tom.

She spent decades serving as a secretary for the Kelseyville School District.

Jim and Mary had a beautiful pool built that was always a gathering spot. Everyone was always welcome, and many wonderful and fun memories were made there. Mary did not swim, but she was always poolside. Her kitchen was open and always had a fresh potato salad and chocolate chip cookies.

She also enjoyed a road trip in her red pickup to Tulelake and Merrill in Southern Oregon to visit her sisters and their families. But if there was a cloud in the sky, she would panic that snow was coming.

Mary ran on Mary Time. She was much loved by her family, friends, community and coworkers. In her spare time, she loved her horses, her grandchildren and going to the movies.

James died in 1994. Mary also was preceded in death by her sister, LaVonne Vaughn, and her parents.

Mary is survived by her sons and their wives, Bob and Jennifer Kelley, and Tom and Julie Kelley; her sister, Arlene O’Neil, and brother-in-law, Tom O’Neil; brother-in-law, Richard Vaughn; grandson, Christopher Kelley, his wife, Amanda, and their children, Alexis and Ronan; grandson, Robert Kelley, and his wife, Jessica; granddaughter, Rachel Kelley; her nieces and spouses, Debbie and Jim Robinson, Susan and Andy Hickey, Janice and Terry Woodhouse, RichAnn and Mike Mc Master, Nancy and Tracy Lyons and Tammy and Dan Shuck, along with all their children and grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be planned as soon as circumstances safely permit.

Donations can be made to the Mary Kelley Memorial Fund at WestAmerica Bank by Dec.18, for her angel caregivers for Christmas, where she last lived.

Mary was a beautiful woman, everything a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend should be, she was.

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

Mary Margaret Kelley. Courtesy photo.

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