Thursday, 20 February 2020


Barbara Joy Langer. Courtesy photo.

Barbara Joy Langer passed away in West Sacramento, California at the age of 73.

Born in Connecticut and raised in New York (Manhattan and upstate), she was the child of Rulka and Olgierd Langer, who both emigrated to the United States following Germany's World War II invasion of Poland.

She is survived by her husband, Barry Melton; her two sons, Kingsley (Jenny) and Kyle; and two grandchildren, Thomas and Conor.

After briefly attending the University of Chicago, she left for San Francisco, quickly becoming friends with many rock and roll icons of the time.

Those friendships led to her meeting, being courted by, and marrying Barry Melton, lead guitarist for Country Joe and the Fish.

Inspired by the many friends she lost to alcohol and drugs, she went back to school to become a marriage and family therapist, graduating Summa Cum Laude from UC Berkeley. She worked for many years at both Yolo Hospice and the Woodland Youth Services group home.

Joy, the name she used during the 60s and early 70s, was the very archetype of the hippie/counterculture movement. She practiced and professed peace, loved others unconditionally, and remained loyal to her friends, family and ideals.

She was a loving wife and mother who gave selflessly to all those in her life. She will be dearly missed by many.

Her family would like to thank friends, family and the team at Yolo Hospice for helping provide the very best and most peaceful passing anyone could hope for.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life that will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 2:30 p.m. at the Oddfellows Hall, 415 Second St. in downtown Davis, California.

Susan Parkinson. Courtesy photo.

Susan Kaye Parkinson
1959 – 2020

NICE, Calif. – Susan Kaye Parkinson of Nice passed away peacefully on Jan. 30, 2020, after a tough but courageously fought battle with glioblastoma brain cancer.

She is survived by her husband of almost 27 years, Jon Parkinson, and their children, Claire and Andre Parkinson.

She was a kind, loving, and resilient woman who touched the lives of so many and will be deeply missed.

Susan was born on Aug. 31, 1959, to Joanne and Lowell Fields in Sacramento, California. She grew up swimming competitively and taking family trips in her father’s plane with her mother and two brothers, Eric and Jon Fields. She was predeceased by her parents and brother Jon.

Susan graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley and went on to get her law degree at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She was a successful attorney with her own practice for 30 years, representing landlords in San Francisco, Marin and, more recently, Lake County.

She met her husband Jon at a wine tasting class in 1989 and they quickly fell in love, moving in together after a week of dating and marrying in 1993 at the Brazilian Room in Berkeley, California. They bought a home in San Rafael, of beautiful Marin County, where they raised their two children and became an integral part of their community.

With both of their kids out of the nest, Susan and Jon made the permanent move last year to their beloved cottage by the lake in Nice, California, where they have owned property since 2002.

Susan loved the peace and tranquility that Clear Lake provided as well as the wonderful friends she made there.

In her free time, she enjoyed early morning kayaking with friends, taking her trusted companion, Tico, to the dog park, and designing and decorating every interior and landscape she could get her hands on.

She was a fiery soul, always speaking her mind and never giving up when it came to her family and friends who she loved so fiercely.

Thank you to the many friends, family and health care professionals who provided support and care for Susan during her three-month battle with cancer. We are forever grateful.

A celebration of life will be held for Susan on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. at her home in Nice. Any and all friends of Susan and the Parkinson family are welcome to wear something of her favorite color, lavender, and join us in celebrating the incredible life she led.

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

Barbara Lynn Wilcox
March 16, 1944 – Feb. 9, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Barbara was a loving friend, mother, grandmother and sister who loved to crochet and play cribbage.

She spent her last years in Lake County with friends and family.

She is survived by her sister, four children, grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Lorraine Village Mobile Home Park in Lucerne on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. in the Rec Room.

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

Jason Belveal. Courtesy photo.

LUCERNE, Calif. – Jason Edward Belveal, 50, of Lucerne lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 16, 2020, at his home with his loving wife by his side. 

Jason was born on April 7, 1969, in Fremont, California, to Lawrence (deceased) and Carol (deceased).

He spent most of his life in Red Bluff, California, and that is where he called home.

Jason moved to Lucerne after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Chico State, where he started his career with the Upper Lake High School in their Science Department.

Jason’s favorite quote: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi.

Jason is survived by his wife, Jenifer Belveal; his son, Jake Belveal; daughter, Ashley Green; sister, Tracy Belveal; and brother, Paul Warnecke.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Upper Lake High School Science Department, telephone 707-275-2338

Care entrusted to Jones Mortuary 115 S. Main St. Lakeport, CA 95453, telephone 707-263-5389.

Vivienne New. Courtesy photo.

Vivienne Edythe New, age 80, passed away on Feb. 9, 2020.

She was born Sept. 19, 1936, to Frances and Milton Sohm of Staten Island, New York.

Vivienne was a longtime resident and member of the community in Lucerne, California, since 1984.

As a beloved sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she is survived by her siblings, Ann, Nancy, Ginny, Elaine, Elisa and Buddy; her children, Bill, Tim, Kathy, Susan, Richard and David; her grandchildren, Athena, Ashley, Abby, Ally, Kelli, Christopher, Sarah, Isaac and Amy; and her great-grandbabies.

Vivienne was a spirited, independent woman who cared greatly for her family and friends.

Anyone blessed to have known her will not soon forget her.

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

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Richard was born in Fresno, California on May 2, 1931, and passed away peacefully at his home on Feb. 5, 2020.

A funeral service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Clearlake at noon on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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

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