Friday, 30 September 2022


Sara Hernandez. Courtesy photo.

On Dec. 11, 1938, Sara Hernandez was born in Villachuato, Mexico.

She moved to the USA with a vision for a better life and opportunity for her family. She worked hard as a migrant worker, but her strength and perseverance provided opportunities and memories for herself & her family.

Sara had a passion for sewing, cross-stitching and knitting gifts for the people she loved. She had a love and appreciation for music, gardening and cooking.

She loved spending time with her family and teaching her daughters and grandchildren how to make her favorite dishes.

Her greatest accomplishment was seeing her children graduate from school, thrive in their careers, and watching them grow and build their own families.

Sara was proud to have accomplished becoming a U.S. citizen. She leaves behind her husband of 57 years, Emilio; her children, Lilia, Ignacio, Elsa, Juana, Victor and Sara; her 21 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

The words of wisdom she left to her family were: "Dios aprieta pero no ahorca.”

Nancy Lee Windrem. Courtesy photo.

Nancy Lee Windrem was an inspirational teacher whether instructing fourth grade students in a classroom or teaching songs to Girl Scouts around a campfire.

Born in Berkeley on Oct. 29, 1927, Nancy passed away on April 27, 2022, in Santa Rosa.

As a young child, Nancy was adopted into the family of Lee D. Windrem and Marjorie Rickabaugh Windrem and their two adult sons, Marion and Philip. They lived in Point Richmond where Lee practiced law.

In 1932, the family moved to Marjorie’s ancestral home in Kelseyville in Lake County. Nancy attended Kelseyville schools and graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and UC Berkeley.

Nancy first worked for the Girl Scouts and then obtained her teaching credential and taught in public schools in Berkeley, the East Bay and Santa Barbara. She taught a year in New Zealand and then in a private school in Calistoga.

Nancy retired to the Burbank Heights senior community in Sebastopol where she served as a docent for many years at Luther Burbank’s Experiment Farm.

Energetic and athletic, Nancy loved swimming, camping, hiking, backpacking and skiing with friends. She shared her passions with her nieces and nephews, always with fun and laughter.

Nancy is survived by nieces, Phyllis Morales, Susan Lozano and Marjorie Windrem, and nephews, Peter Windrem and David Windrem and their spouses, children and grandchildren.

At a family ceremony, she will be laid to rest alongside her parents and brothers in the Kelseyville Cemetery.

God bless you Nancy Lee. May you rest in peace.

Lyle Stockwell. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Lyle Erwin Stockwell passed away peacefully in his Lakeport home on Saturday, April 23, 2022, in the company of his longtime companion Linda Anton. He was 87.

Lyle was born to Charles and Marjorie Stockwell on Nov. 29, 1934, in Medford, Oregon. His
father was owner of a Ford dealership in Yreka, California, where Lyle worked from age 11 until he left home for college. While at the dealership Lyle had many responsibilities, including parts clerk, driver and inventory control.

While in high school he performed in several quintets, playing drums and the saxophone. Music was his passion and it would come to guide his professional career in the years to come.

In 1956 Lyle left home for Chico State College where he majored in and earned a degree in music. He was graduated in 1960, and in 1961 he earned his teaching credential.

Prior to and during his time in Chico he served in the U.S. Navy Reserve attaining the rank of Signalman 3. His service took him to Hawaii and San Diego and numerous other destinations.

Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1960, Lyle landed his first teaching job in Ft. Jones, California. In 1964 he moved to Kelseyville where his career took off and flourished for 30 years, teaching music science at the elementary and high school levels.

It was while teaching in Kelseyville that he met Sharon Deschamps. They married in 1979 and he helped raise her two children, Barbi and Michael Deschamps. Sharon passed away in 2004.

In 2005 Lyle found Linda Anton, who had been recently widowed as well. They grew close and became inseparable. The two traveled frequently, visiting Hawaii several times, touring Alaska and Tahiti and many East Coast destinations, and they enjoyed many salmon fishing adventures on the Oregon coast.

For fun, Lyle joined with several other local musical talents to form the group “Sax-O-Rama.” Lyle played alto sax. They performed at several venues in Lake County over the years, entertaining audiences with “music for all occasions.”

The band's other members were Jack Tatum, music director and soprano saxophone; Don Carter, tenor sax; Nick Biondo, baritone sax; Tom Aiken, piano; Randy Hare, bass; Lynn Clark, drums; and Libby Larson, vocals.

In addition to being a gifted musician, Lyle was a talented wood craftsman, and he took up flying in the 1970s, earned his pilot's license and bought and flew a Cessna 172 for many years. He also participated in many exploratory searches for the volcanic vent atop Mt. Konocti.

Lyle is survived by his loving companion, Linda Anton; stepdaughter, Barbi Jolliffe; his seven grandchildren, Nicole, Clinton, Chelsea, Morgan, Carson, Shaylin and Richard; five great-grandchildren; his sister Carol Codr; and several nieces and nephews as well as many friends and former students.

He was preceded in death by his late wife, Sharon, and her son, Michael.

No funeral services are planned. The family will announce a time and place for a celebration of life in the coming weeks.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336,, Lakeport, telephone 707-263-0357.

Brandon Snow. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — In loving memory of our father, Brandon Lawrence Snow, who passed away on May 17, 2022.

He was the loving father of Alex C. and Cherylanne J. Snow; son to Cheryl A. Holstine and Rexford L. Hazelwood; brother to Alicia M. Brown; finally many aunties, uncles and cousins. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

One of the kindest souls on this planet, our father was a gentle, giving man who worked tirelessly to ensure that his family had everything they needed. He faced every challenge in life with admirable strength and courage.

Early in life, our father learned the importance of hard work and he instilled that same work ethic in us. He was always there for us, a shoulder to cry on. He was a man of strong faith and he taught us the importance of family and doing what is right. Our father was a true role model who we will always look up to.

Visitation will start at 9460 Main St. Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Community Building on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. with funeral service there on Sunday May 22, at 2 p.m.

Graveside service will be held at Hartley Cemetery on Wednesday May 25, at 10 a.m.

He will be laid to rest with grandmother, Leona P. Snow and sister, Kimberly M. Hazelwood.

Following the burial, please join the family for a potluck meal to celebrate Brandon’s life at the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Community Building at Noon.

Auntie Alicia would like to add this, “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The gray rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass and then you see it.”

Father, you are now at peace, but you will live on forever in our hearts. We love you so much. Rest in peace.

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

Danelle Jones. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Danelle Diane Jones, 66, passed away in the early morning of Friday, May 6, 2022, after an aggressive return of cancer.

Her final days were spent at her childhood home in Clearlake, where she was visited by many loving family members and friends.

After working at the U.S. Post Office for nearly 30 years, she and her husband retired to the quaint and quiet city of Monte Rio, California. There, they lived out their dream of being close to the ocean and Russian River. The area was a perfect place for food and wine lovers, such as themselves.

The nearby Bodega Bay was a favorite destination of theirs. They loved feasting on clam chowder, mussels, oysters, crab, and other fresh delicacies from the sea. They often enjoyed a fun day of snacking and crabbing off of Doran Beach.

Not a person to sit idle, Danelle spent much of her retirement crafting and creating artwork. The ocean and its landscape inspired her to create the most unique art, sculptures and trinkets. Her hobbies spanned many interests, such as driftwood crafts, sea glass art, basket weaving and beaded jewelry.

Like her husband, she was a loyal Giants fan and enjoyed many home games in San Francisco. While black, gray, and purple were well known as her favorite colors, she regularly sported a Giants-emblemed shirt, hat, coat or pants.

Anyone familiar with Danelle knew that she was tough as nails. For example, once after coming home after a day’s worth of chemo (with a chemo pump still strapped to her side!) she proceeded to wrangle and drill holes into a luggage-sized piece of driftwood for an art project she was working on. She was a force to be reckoned with.

Danelle was loved as fiercely as she lived. As a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and dog mom, she inspired a lifetime of family and friends to live life to the fullest. Her strength, beauty and boundless love will be forever missed.

Her family finds comfort in that she is now in heaven with the love of her life and husband of 20 years, Ray Jones, who passed away in October of last year. They are now free to travel the world, staying at luxurious establishments, eating the best food and sipping exotic drinks. They are likely gazing upon the majestic orcas that live within the beautiful San Juan Islands, a place Danelle always wished to visit.

She is survived by her mother, Jan Garner; parents-in-law, Bud (Nancy) Jones; sisters, Jaye (Mac) Horst and Darsy (Shawn) Swatosh; children, Jennifer Waine, Kelly Weiper, Sam Dutton, Jeff (Holly) Jones and Kacie Weiper; grandchildren, Kelci, Kaydon, Jaelynn and Lilah; and great-grandchild Johnny.

In remembrance of Danelle’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to hospice.

Millie Paiva. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Millie Grace Paiva, 97, peacefully passed away May 3, 2022, in Lakeport.

A 47-year resident of Kelseyville, she was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, on Sept. 16, 1924.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Manny.

She leaves behind son, Robert (Mary); daughter, Elaine (Dave); eight grandchildren, Kelly, Laura (Steve), Matt (Stephanie), Erin (Adrian), Kristen (Orlando), Mark, Tana (Jerry) and Rita (Andre'); and seven great-grandchildren, Evyn; Kody, Ryder, Wynter, Mackenzie, Gerard and Travis.

Millie worked at Kelseyville school’s cafeteria for many years. She loved line dancing and yard sales.

Graveside services will be held on June 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery, located on Highway 175 in Lakeport.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Upcoming Calendar

10.01.2022 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Sponsoring Survivorship annual walk and run
10.01.2022 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Konocti Challenge
10.01.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
10.01.2022 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
20th annual Falling Leaves Quilt Show
10.01.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
10.01.2022 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Lakeport Harvest Festival
10.01.2022 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction
Peace and Plenty Farm
10.01.2022 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Luau on the Creek

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