Thursday, 13 August 2020

Obits

Helen Beilsten. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Helen Beilsten, age 98, passed away very suddenly on Aug. 7, 2020. She was born in Los Angeles in 1922.

Helen was an amazing, very loving mother, and a beloved wife. She had a sweet sense of humor and a beautiful soul.

She was happily married to Harry Beilsten – who predeceased her in 2015 – for 70 years, and they had so many wonderful adventures.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Branston and Debbie Vayder; three grandchildren, Tammy Varnum, Jenny DeGroat and Sheri Obranovich; and her three great-grandchildren, Austin Penney, and Audrianna and Emilie Obranovich.

Helen was an accomplished singer and pianist. She and Dad met singing together for many churches and venues in Los Angeles and sang the leads in the opera “Carmen” for the San Gabriel Opera Co.

They married during World War II, which changed her singing ambitions. They started building houses during the war while working full-time jobs. They built 14 homes and an apartment complex over their lifetimes, for which Mom drew the plans and ran the skill saw.

In 1962 they moved from LA to Lake County. Helen loved the country and taught us to appreciate the beauty of nature. We learned to sing, play piano and cherish gorgeous music.

She came from a family of ranchers in New Mexico and Arizona and she bought a ranch in Lake County complete with cattle, horses and pear trees.

We loved every minute there learning to garden and become horse-loving cattle folk, enjoying everything the country life had to offer.

Every cow was special. The pigs all had names. She went to the horse auction and bought a horse that jumped the fence a few days later.

They purchased a restaurant in the Bay Area to supplement their lives, and ran both places for many years.

Helen had always loved art, and traveled abroad and to Alaska, Canada and the US gathering pictures for her paintings. She sold many of her paintings and was in the Painters of America catalogs.

She wrote a novel, taught us to sew, to bake, to garden, to laugh, to love, to cherish life, and in spite of many downturns and challenges in her life she always remained positive. Her message to us was “that taking risks is OK, and don’t give up when difficult times come.”

One of her favorite sayings was, “It’s in God’s hands.”

The last year of her life she said, “If you have any joy in your life, live it now,” and about the COVID-19 virus and life in general she said, “Don’t you think the Lord will take care of us?”

In her last few weeks she said, “Go with God every day.”

We will miss her until we see her happily with Dad in Heaven above. We were lucky to have known her, and I am sure she is shining brightly in Heaven.

We all love you forever, Mom.

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

Peggie Rombach. Courtesy photo.

Margaret “Peggie” Rombach, born Aug. 7, 1929, left to meet God on May 24, 2020, at 4 a.m. … of course.

She was a resident of Larkspur and Novato in Marin County, California, Upper Lake, California, and more recently, Ashland, Oregon.

Peggie was proceeded in death by ex-husband Marcel and her longtime beau Don Mills.

She was the mother of Kim Rombach Smith-Harpham of Talent, Oregon, Kit Rombach of Enumclaw, Washington, and Rex Rombach (and Jane) of St Helena, California.

Peggie was also the beloved grandmother of Chris Rombach (and Adrienne) of Cary, North Carolina, Kelly Rombach (and Sherrie) of Vacaville, California, Josh Smith (and Ingra) of Weaverville, California, Meghan Smith-Moore (and Dave) of Phoenix, Oregon, Joy Harpham (and Devin) of Tillamook, Oregon, and Danit Hubbell Hudson (and Stephen) of Aurora, Colorado.

She was the great-grandmother of Melody, Ian, Owen, Kaia, Jenna, and Emily.

Born to the adversity of the great depression, Peggie did the cooking, cleaning and bill delivery at age 7 while her mother worked and attended cosmetology school. As such, she decided early to take action that would ensure a productive future.

Peggie obtained her degree at 18 and her master’s degree at age 20 after attending UC Berkeley and San Francisco State. She began teaching and coaching at 18 – only slightly older than some of her students.

Known to many as “Mrs. R,” Peg taught at Marin Catholic High, Hill Jr. High and Novato High School before retiring in 1990. She was a PE teacher, coach, mentor and friend. She influenced countless students to become teachers and coaches themselves, as well as to be the very best version of themselves.

Mrs. R never forgot a name and knew every one of her student's names by day two of class. It was always important to her that the quiet, shy or "invisible" kids got a smile, hello or wave as she spoke their name.

She loved the outdoors and travel. The Rombach family often hunted, fished or camped with friends in Clear Lake and Mill Creek, California, or went for summer drive trips – once to Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Arizona.

Peggie was a member of the International Track and Field Association. With them, she traveled the world and attended nearly every Summer Olympics since 1972.

In 1987, Peggie was inducted into the San Francisco State University Hall of Fame for Athletics. She remained a staunch supporter of the Women’s Physical Education scholarship program.

Her lovely singing voice graced church choirs and congregations in Novato (Novato Presbyterian) and Upper Lake.

Like her mother Martha before her, Peggie was an avid animal lover and caretaker. She cared for many cats (Puttie, Brat, Miss Calico, Tom Tom), as well as dogs (Jack, Susie, Don, Breu, Jack II). She fed many a “momma” or tomcat that showed up on her properties – always catching them to get them spayed or neutered on her own dime.

With her predeceased partner, Don Mills, she raised sheep – at one point over 1,100 of them – that grazed the hills above Terra Linda to help with fire control and her property in Upper Lake.

Her beau Don passed on shortly after Peg moved to Upper Lake. But in typical "Peggie" fashion, she embraced her new locale. She made many close friends. She began to ride along with the Lake County Road Riders motorcycle club, where she would participate in their annual Christmas Toy ride for charity.

The sheriff’s department appreciated Peg’s volunteering to organize the files and reports room. The Lucerne Senior Center was also grateful for her volunteering to help serve lunches three days a week. And she always volunteered to work the polls on Election Day.

Peggie was always quick to laugh, offer some keen wit or push up her glasses with that certain finger.

Anyone that knew Peggie knew she could be tough if necessary. She was fearless, but she was always humble, generous, ready to serve, assist or offer support.

Peggie was always there for a friend in need. Remember those 15-minute Peggie visits? Were you familiar with Peggie's famous 3x5 correspondence cards with over 400 names and dates?

To the amazement of many, she always sent friends and former students timely birthday cards and congratulations for life events. In turn, her home was filled with hundreds of cards sent to her – at Christmas on every tabletop, shelf and lampshade.

When she could no longer address them all, she asked for help from her “Visiting Angels” caregivers and also from her granddaughters. Some also recall that many a holiday Peggie baked persimmon pudding and delivered them to neighbors near and far.

Both Peggie and her family are extremely grateful for the loving care provided by her “Visiting Angels,” Bridget, Shyannah, Leslie, Maureen, Shannon and Nayomi, as well as Hospice of Jackson County Oregon and Hospice experts Holly and Syl.

Her family invites you to visit Peggie's memorial website at https://www.forevermissed.com/peggie-rombach/ . Please feel free to share your best Peggie story or post a favorite photo.

Due to COVID-19 circumstances, no services are planned at this time.

Donations in Peggie's memory can be made to a charity of your choice – may we suggest Animal Friends Rescue Project begun by none-other-than Doris Day or geriatric research, or___?

Condolences may be sent c/o Kim Harpham, 992 Golden Aspen Pl., Ashland, OR 97520.

Keith D. Painter. Courtesy photo.


Keith D. Painter
Jan. 6, 1937 - July 21, 2020

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Keith passed away peacefully after a long struggle with respiratory issues.

Keith knew he was loved and will be missed by his wife, Betty, his children, extended family and his many friends.

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

Wilbur Augustine. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Wilbur Francis Augustine, a Robinson Rancheria tribal member, was born in April of 1931 and passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 89 in Lake County.

Wilbur served in the Korean War and was discharged with honors. He was proud to be a Native American veteran. He was a spiritual person supporting native ceremonies.

Wilbur graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelors of Science in political science and education. He obtained his lifelong teacher credentials.

He was a member of ITEPP, originally the Indian Teacher Education Project. He was a passionate advocate of Indian Education and the betterment of his people.

He worked with Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority for almost three decades as a construction project manager.

Wilbur enjoyed the companionship of many pets, playing the guitar and listening to blues music.

Wilbur was a direct descendant of Chief Augustine and was predeceased by his grandmother, Maude Bateman; his parents, Martin Augustine and Josephine Elliott; his aunt, Alfreda Knight; uncle, Nathan “Sandy” Boggs; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Wilbur is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Campbell Augustine; his children, Michael Augustine, Judy Augustine-Lopes, Ruby A. Reyes, Melody L. Williams and Terri G. Williams, and their respective spouses; along with 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins.

Wilbur's family is committed to keeping the community safe during this pandemic. The services will be private for immediate family. The family will host a celebration of life dinner when safe to do so.

A memorial with pictures celebrating Wilbur’s life along with a guest book will be available at the Robinson Rancheria Tribal Office.

Thank you for your understanding and respect in honoring our elders. The Robinson Rancheria Business Council supports the family in their decisions.

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


Walter Stuart. Courtesy photo.


LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Walter Stuart was a very well known man around the lake.

He's loved by many and missed by many. He will always hold a place in his family's heart. Always will be remembered for his loving, crazy and amazing personality of his.

He was an amazing father, brother, uncle, son and grandpa. He lived a beautiful, crazy life.

No matter what happened, he always tried to make the best out of everything in every situation.

We all miss and love him dearly, may he rest in peace with his best friend/brother and wife now.

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

Jeanette Ruth Cargile Smith. Courtesy photo.

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – Jeanette Ruth Cargile Smith, 72, of Clearlake Oaks, passed away on July 20, 2020, in Lakeport, California.

Jeanette was born in Sacramento to Albert J. Cargile and Ella Mae Curley on Feb. 25, 1946. She married Edward Smith on May 18, 1985, in Hayward, California.

Jeanette graduated from Cal State, Hayward with an Associate’s Degree in accounting. She worked as an account supervisor for Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District for 26 years. She loved her fellow workers at H.A.R.D. and especially enjoyed company get-togethers.

She was an avid gardener who especially loved roses, bougainvillea and hibiscus. She absolutely loved the Christmas season and was famous for her cookies and fudge. She loved her boys and was a wonderful Mom. She also adored her puppies and made it clear to Ed that they were part of the package, currently Stormy and Ralphie.

Jeanette and Ed loved the “islands.” She was crazy about Elvis Presley and her favorite song was “Blue Hawaii.”

She was absolutely adored by her husband. He considered her to be his angel because she always was so gentle, kind, compassionate, and loving.

Jeanette is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by Ed, her loving husband of 35 years; their sons, Wesley and Joseph and their families; and her brother, Tim and sister-in-law, Wendy and their family.

The family of Jeanette wishes to extend sincere thanks to Rocky Point Care Center, Hospice and Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary.

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

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