Wednesday, 20 November 2019


Russel Bean. Courtesy photo.

Russel Prestwood Bean
Jan. 17, 1938 – Nov. 8, 2019

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Russel Bean of Clearlake took his last breath peacefully at home on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, while surrounded by family, after a short battle with cancer.

Russel was born in Napa, California, in 1938 to Allan and Vesta Bean. Most of his youth was spent in Sonoma, California, graduating from Sonoma Valley High School in 1956.

It was there he met his bride-to-be, Adriene Clauson, whom he married on March 12, 1960, after spending two years in the U.S. Navy as a submariner on the USS Bashaw 241 – the last of its class diesel submarine that sank three Japanese merchant ships in World War II. His first tour of duty had him shipping out from Honolulu to Tokyo in 1957. Great stories were born of this period of Russel’s life.

Together Russel and Adriene bore three sons, Erik (1961), Vincent (1964) and Warren (1965), while he kept up the family carpentry business, C.C. Bean and Sons, started by his grandfather, Charles Clifton Bean, who served as mayor of Sonoma in 1940.

As a family of carpenters they built and remodeled much of the town of Sonoma, while his uncle, Talbert Bean, also served as the town’s mayor for a period. Family years were spent primarily in Santa Rosa, with a move to Clearlake after retiring.

He held a standard of excellence and work ethic that was demonstrated with every project he put his hand to, so that all three sons learned early the mantra of, “If you’re not going to do it right, don’t do it at all.”

While quiet and self-deprecating by nature, he had a wry humor that often caught people off guard, much to his delight.

Russel Bean. Courtesy photo.

In addition to carpentry, he loved model trains and boats, fishing, San Francisco 49er football and, in his later years, tinkering with as many computers, phones and gadgets as he could get his hands on.

His favorite sport by far was teasing favors out of his three boys by having them compete for the title of “#1 Son” in any given year.

He is survived by his wife, Adriene Bean; his sons, Erik (Eileen) Bean, Vincent Bean and Warren (Janet) Bean; along with four grandchildren, Kristen, Allan, Joel and Kyle; and three great-grandchildren, Hudson, Holden and Moses.

Russel was a faithful, loving husband, and dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather who played as hard as he worked. Under an ornery exterior he hid a very sensitive soul – one we will miss deeply.

The family will observe a graveside service at the Mountain Cemetery in Sonoma on Saturday, Nov. 23. A celebration of life gathering will be held at a date and location to be determined.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Services of Lake County.

Alice Sperling. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Alice Emily Sperling gained her wings peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of October 25, 2019.

Alice was born to the late Clint and Esther Ruddock on May 15, 1925, in Valencia, California.

She resided in Finley, California, where she met the love of her life, Billie Paul Sperling.

Alice and Bill were married for 73 beautiful years and had four children.

Alice is survived by her daughters, Sandra Wood of Lakeport and Linda Courtright (Emmitt) of North Bend, Oregon; and her son, David Sperling (Debbie) of Phoenix, Oregon.

Alice has left a legacy behind of nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren. Grama Alice had a special and individual relationship with every one of her grandchildren, but one thing remained the same with all, she was loved and adored by all.

Alice is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Billie; her son and daughter-in-law, Lonnie and Karen Sperling; and grandsons, Tony Sperling and Clifford Morris.

Alice was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is fondly remembered for her contagious smile and welcoming home.

Alice cherished her family and loved family celebrations. Holidays were always very special in her home, Christmas Eve and Easter being her favorites. On Valentine’s Day she would put her extra special love into every hand cut heart cookie she made XOXO.

Alice always sent a greeting card to everyone for every occasion. Alice loved gardening from her boysenberries to her abundance of flowers. She enjoyed traveling to Reno, Alaska, Oregon and the coast.

Alice enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting, embroidering and painting. She enjoyed spending time on the patio playing Pinochle, Chicken Track, or Yahtzee with family and friends.

Alice is now at peace in the arms of her sweet Billie.

Services will be held at Hartley Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, with a gathering to follow at the Lakeport Yacht Club at noon.

Joseph Pimentel. Courtesy photo.

Joseph Raymond Pimentel
April 2, 1990 - Oct. 31, 2019

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Joey left us suddenly, unexpectedly.

He was loved by many, especially his family. He is survived by his spouse, Shauna; his children, Joseph and Jason; his mother, Karen; his father, Joe; and extended family.

A memorial service is scheduled at Nice Community Baptist Church in Nice on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 p.m.

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

Linda Vegas. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Linda Fay Vegas passed away peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 12, 2019, at the age of 77 years old.

Linda will always be remembered as a beacon of light, we will cherish the memories of her warm smile, big greetings, contagious laugh, never ending love and endearing support.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Kelli and Stephen Bernstein; grandchildren, Johnathan and Nicole, Nicholas and Michelle; and great-grandchildren, Maynard and Sophia.

Linda always had love for the simple things, spending time with family or playing cards with her mother, Frances and best friends, Bonnie and Freda on a Saturday night.

Growing up in a golf family, Linda was known as a shark on the golf course. She was also an avid bowler and pinochle player. Golf course, bowling alley, or card table Linda had a competitive spirit which also extended to the road. She loved to drive and her pride was her 1974 Blue Corvette Stingray and her personalized “L Vegas” license plate.

Linda loved listening to Bob Seger, the Eagles or Country Western music, but her favorite singer was Elvis Presley. Linda would often share stories of her Uncle Skeeter’s Limo service in Las Vegas and his encounters with The King. On one very special occasion she along with her parents Henry and Frances attended an Elvis concert courtesy of her Uncle Skeeter. This would be a night Linda would never forget. For this was the night Elvis Presley sang a song directly to her while holding her hand. At the end of the song Elvis leaned down from the stage and kissed both Linda and her mother Frances.

After moving to California as a teenager Linda started her first job with a local bank, Crocker National, as a teller at age 16. Little did she know at the time that would lead her to a career that spanned 50 years in the banking and real estate industry.

Given Linda’s love for her career, diligence and magnetic personality she spent 25 years as the VP of Wells Fargo N.A. Northern California Escrow Division in San Jose, Ca. until retiring as VP of Equity Exchange in Palo Alto, California.

At age 21 Linda found love and married Raymond Vegas, although the marriage did not last, they were blessed with their only child Kelli. Linda always cherished her in-law side of the family and their relationships remained strong through the years.

Her later years were spent in retirement in the loving care of her younger sisters, Janice and Deborah in Clear Lake, California. Linda always loved being in Clear Lake, visiting the casino with her niece, Chrissie and her sisters, Deborah and Janice. Her memory will always be cherished for her warm smile, big greetings, never ending love and endearing support for her family.

She is also survived by her sisters, Janice Gibson and Deborah McSpadden; surviving nieces and nephews, Victor and Rebecca Rogers, son, Daniel and daughter, Jennifer. David and Chrissie Chavez, son Michael Kuzinich Jr. and daughters, Amanda, Kimberly and Lisa. Heather Turner, sons Ryan and Jake and daughters Zoe and Katie. In-laws, mother in-law, Lydia Vegas, sister and brother in-law Margo and Leonard Dos Santos and their loving families.

She is preceded in death by her parents, William (Henry) and Frances McSpadden; her brothers, Bill McSpadden and Bobby McSpadden; and niece, Crystal Rogers.

Yolanda Blocher Knight. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Yolanda “Yo” “Yo-Yo” Blocher Knight was lifted by the angels to our Lord in heaven above on Oct. 30, 2019.

Born March 24, 1983, to proud parents, Richard Knight and Yolanda Knight Paciocco, she was raised in Lakeport, California, and graduated in 2001 from Clear Lake High School.

She was a devoted and loving mother of four beautiful children, Hannah, age 14, Alexis, age 12, Vincent, age 9, and Casey, age 7. Her life was first and foremost dedicated to raising and providing a loving home for her children.

Her closeness to family and friends and her genuine ability to love unconditionally came from her strong Faith in God. Her humor was refreshing and her smile infectious, wise beyond her years, everyone valued her advice.

Her kindness was unbiased and she saw every person for their potential and not their faults. This was evident as often times lines were formed along the walls at her business, Morgan’s Barber Shop, all wanting to get in her chair, not only for the great haircut, but to be blessed with her inspiring words. Walking out always better than they arrived!

Giving so freely and easily for her family and friends, Yo showed up, she participated and never hesitated to help in any way she could.

Our Angel Yo is survived by her four loving children; father, Richard; mother, Yolanda; the love of her life, fiancé Javier Castanades; her brothers and sisters, Richard Knight and Karen, Brian and Natalie Knight, Adriane Corona Villela Knight and Pancho, Patricia Knight Alvarado and Sergio, Michael Knight and Katie, Brittani Walker, Sierra Bullman; many, many “other sisters,” nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and so many friends, you know who you are, and Yo cherished all of you.

As an Angel among us and in her giving nature Yo was also an organ donor and continued to bless others as she left our world by saving three adult lives and four newborn babies.

God bless our Yo-Yo, she has been taken into the loving arms of others who have passed before us, her grandparents, Vincent and Elizabeth Paciocco, Grandpa Obie Knight, Grandma Jan and Bill Bostick, and her uncles, Jimmy Knight, Henry Paciocco and Lou Paciocco.

We will take comfort knowing you are among the Angels watching over us. We will miss your beautiful smile and your unconditional love, the incredible memories we shared with you will be imprinted in our hearts forever more!

A celebration of Yo’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m., at 5450 Sabin Road in Kelseyville.

In lieu of flowers a trust, “Love for Yo-Yo’s Loves,” has been set up at Umpqua Bank to benefit her kids and/or contact Holly Schneider at Kelseyville Brewery, Main Street in Kelseyville, with any gifts, gift cards anything that can directly help the children during this difficult time.

If anyone has something they'd like to share about YoYo, whether funny, heartwarming or how she touched your lives, we'd be honored to hear them. Also following the celebration of life there will be food and music because Yolanda would want us to be smiling!

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

Dean Allen Martin
‘Cuz Cuz’ ‘Dougie’

May 23, 1955 - Nov. 1, 2019

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Traditional Native American visitation will be held at Dean’s home starting on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. and continue until the graveside funeral service that will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m.

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

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11.20.2019 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Special Clearlake City Council meeting
Clearlake City Hall
11.20.2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
First 5 Lake Commission
Lake County Office of Education
11.20.2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Spirit of the Season registration
11.20.2019 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Western Region Town Hall
11.20.2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rock of Faith Church Bible study
11.21.2019 6:30 pm
Lake County Progressives
Round Table Pizza
11.21.2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lucerne Area Town Hall
Lucerne Alpine Senior Center
11.21.2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Redbud Audubon meeting
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