Friday, 30 October 2020


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.

Anthony Jackson. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Anthony William Jackson, “Tony,” passed peacefully into heavenly paradise surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.

Anthony was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Melissa Molly Rahmer; great-granddaughter, Aubree River Rose; mother, Amerdine Jackson McCloud; father, Robert Jackson; and sister, Gwendolyn Loss.

Anthony is survived by his five daughters and their spouses, Amber Jackson (Kyle Williams), Aimee Jackson-Penn (James Penn), Anna Jackson, Danielle Jackson (Brian Dennison), Rebecca Jackson (Jason Compton) and son-in-law Joey Rahmer; 26 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sister, Jessica Jackson; and his beloved nieces and nephews and cousins.

Anthony was a great man with an incredible sense of humor who knew the value of hard work and had an immense love for his family. He will be greatly missed by all.

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.

Katherine Simpson. Courtesy photo.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Katherine Simpson, known to all of her friends as “Dollie,” passed away peacefully on Sept. 19, 2020, in San Francisco after experiencing a stroke the previous week, just short of her 92nd birthday.

She was born on Oct. 27, 1928, in Denison, Texas, to Sidney Green and Cecil Malone.

While her parents were attempting to make a living during the Great Depression, she and her sister Naomi were raised by her loving grandparents, Amos and Naomi Malone.

Living in Texas until she was 12, she developed a love of farming and animals, which she has carried throughout her life.

In 1940, her parents decided to start a new life together in San Francisco and moved the family to the Inner Sunset where she met her lifelong friends, Gloria and Margie, and was introduced to spending wonderful summers in Lake County with Margie’s family.

Attending Lowell High School for two years and eventually graduating from Presentation High School in 1946, she completed her education at Lone Mountain College and San Francisco State University as an English Major.

Marrying Robert Fitzpatrick in 1950, she worked as an executive assistant for Bigge Drayage Co. in Oakland, her experience eventually leading her to invest in small rental properties where she gained a vast knowledge of the construction and remodeling business.

In 1964, she married her much-loved Charlie Simpson (predeceased in 1996), a general contractor, and the two continued a career of remodeling and investing in small properties throughout San Francisco and Oakland.

In the mid 1970s, Lake County came calling, and Charlie and Dollie began a grape-growing adventure in Upper Lake.

Growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc grapes became their new hobby, and every weekend was spent in Upper Lake working in the fields and maintaining their 30 acres, each year anticipating the excitement of a good grape harvest for Konocti Winery.

She and Charlie spent many years together enjoying their good friends, outdoor dinners with fresh garden tomatoes and zucchini squash, 4 o’clock cocktails, and cotillion club dances in Lake County, drinking lots of homemade wine along the way.

Always loving the peaceful environment of Lake County, Dollie lived between San Francisco and Upper Lake in her later years, watching her grapevines grow and enjoying her many cats in the Lake County summer sun.

Dollie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/dementia in 2009, and her final years were spent living at Coventry Place in San Francisco, where she was wonderfully looked after in comfort by thoughtful caregivers. Thank you also to Healthlink Hospice Care for making her final months very comfortable and peaceful.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Megan, and wonderful son-in-law, Michael; her caring nephews, Jim and Dan Mariner, along with their families Trisha, Cody, Jordan, Ashley, Nick and Lauren; and her big, old, friendly cat, Mr. Whiskers.

We will miss her very much.

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10.30.2020 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Haunted Lake County
10.30.2020 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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10.31.2020 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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