Monday, 14 June 2021


Virginia Sneed. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Virginia Louise Sneed, age 81, of Lakeport died peacefully in her home on Jan. 16, 2021.

Virginia was born on July 20, 1939, in Delano, California, to David and Ellen Kuns.

She married Ron Sneed on May 3, 1959, and they raised two daughters.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father and loving husband.

She is survived by her two sisters, Dorothy Keene and Judy Wood; her two daughters, Carin Hawks (Jeff) and Wendy Brossard (John); five grandchildren, Danielle McCauley (Shane), Janelle Porsov (Dennis), Sierra Houghton (Jared), Austin Brossard and Samuel Brossard; and four great-grandchildren, Anson McCauley, Claire Porsov, Kelton McCauley and Marcus Porsov.

Virginia’s life reflected her love of Christ, her love and care for family and friends, her limitless curiosity, patience, giving nature and many talents.

Virginia moved to Lakeport her senior year of high school. With her upbeat personality, she quickly made friends, joined the cheerleading squad, was voted “Most Fun All Around” and even became Basketball Queen.

She and Ron kept a beautiful garden and would delight family and friends with fresh produce, dill pickles and blackberry ice cream. Every year they would go elk hunting and Virginia would make elk jerky so delicious that all family members vied for their share.

She was a talented seamstress, sewing clothes and Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren. She even sewed a wedding gown for her daughter!

Virginia was gifted in performing arts; in church she played the piano, organ and guitar, narrated plays, and recited long Bible passages from memory to the amazement of others.

She was a devoted member to the Lakeport Christian Center, an Assemblies of God church for over 50 years.

Her enthusiasm for life was infectious and her selflessness and generosity of spirit touched so many lives. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Due to the COVID pandemic, services will not be held for Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Lakeport Christian Center, 455 S Forbes St, Lakeport, CA 95453, or Hospice Services of Lake County at

Joseph Selva Jr. Courtesy photo.

Joseph E. "Big Daddy" Selva Jr.


LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Ed passed due to medical complications. He spent 35 years in the US Navy, retired as Chief Petty Officer, and approximately 40 years as a sheet metal worker with SMW Local 104, retiring in 1994.

Ed was a resident of Lake County for nearly 27 years. A devoted father, American patriot, advocate of organized labor and a big fan of country living.

Ed is survived by his sister, Ninfa; daughter, Dana; son, Joseph; granddaughter, Lily; and numerous friends and family.

Ed was the type of person all friends have spoken fondly of. He will be missed. His watch has ended. RIP.

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

Ronald Clima. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Ronald James Clima was born on Aug. 18, 1963, to David and Susan Clima in San Francisco, California.

Ron and his wife, Terrell, moved and made Lake County their home and enjoyed the fresh country air and living after spending many years in San Francisco.

Ron worked for many years in agriculture throughout Mendocino and Lake counties. He also was an accomplished upholsterer.

Sadly he passed at home on Dec. 25, 2020.

Ron leaves behind his loving wife of 20 years, Terrell; his mother, Suzi (Steve) Fregeau; father, Dave (Patsy) Clima; siblings, Kim, Mike, Michelle and Jill; and sisters-in-law, Debbie Alexander and Cyndi Barron.

Ron’s legacy will surely be carried on through his children, Nicole, Natosha, Bret, Michelle, Suzi and Candice, along with his 13 grandchildren, Timmy, Javaris, Sophia, Harlow, Nico, Nevaeh, Ashlynn, Asten, Greyson, Giavanna, Makenzie and Soloman, along with his many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, who all loved him very much.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother-in-law Joan and two brothers-in-law, Robby and Tim.

He will surely be missed by many!

A celebration of life will be held at 1125 Martin St. in Lakeport on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m.

Care entrusted to Jones Mortuary FD 311, 115 S. Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453, telephone, 707-263-5389,

Jeannine Chana. Courtesy photo.

Jeannine Marie Chana

Jeannine Chana went to be with the Lord peacefully on Jan. 6, 2021, at the age of 82 at CPMC Mission Bernal in San Francisco of natural causes.

We are eternally grateful that her older brother Ron, her only sibling, was with her, by her side, as her soul slipped out of her tired body.

Jeannine was born June 7, 1938, in Los Angeles, California, to Aurelia and George Salisbury.

As a child, Jeannine spent her days helping out in her family’s restaurant, in her own way, and had many loving memories at that restaurant.

She attended Los Angeles High School and grew up visiting her aunt and uncle’s ranch in Bachelor Valley, California, for vacation.

She quickly fell in love with Lake County and decided to call it home at the young age of 19.

Jeannine met her first husband, Charles Leroy Drinnon, and had two sons, Charles and Clay. At that time, they lived in the Philo/Boonville, California area. Jeannine had many fond memories of living at a saw mill there, until they moved back to Lake County.

She later met her second husband, Eugenio Chana, in Lake County and had two more children, Eugenio and Angelica.

Jeannine was predeceased by her son, Charles George Drinnon.

Jeannine is survived by her husband, Eugenio (Camilo) Chana; sons, Clay Drinnon and Eugenio Chana; daughter, Angelica (Brian) Davis; grandsons, Jordan, Hugo, Dante, Caiden, Lincoln, Roman and Chase; granddaughters, Destiny, Briana and Audrina; brother, Ron (Darlene) Salisbury; nieces, Allison and Eryn; and nephews, Rand, Creed, Blair, Kevin and Brendon.

Jeannine never met a stranger and when she saw someone, anyone, she truly saw them through the eyes of God. She never saw white, brown, black, yellow, straight or gay, she never saw someone God did not love. She was one of the best prayer warriors we’ve known, if you were lucky enough to have known Jeannine, I guarantee you she has prayed for you.

One of her greatest desires was to share the love of Jesus and to bring people to Him. She attended many churches in Lake County throughout her life, but Big Valley Community Church was her home church for a long time.

Her greatest accomplishments were achieving the status of a loving grandmother, she adored her grandchildren but, unfortunately, her health problems intervened and she wasn’t able to spend as much time with them.

She was a wonderful wife, the best mother we could have ever asked for, and a loving sister and aunt. All of her family will mourn her passing but are thankful she is no longer in pain and look forward to seeing her again “one sweet day” in heaven.

In lieu of flowers Jeannine’s wishes were to have donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

Ruth Kjos. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – On Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, Ruth Leone Sweet Kjos joined beloved husband Chander and youngest son Steven in peaceful rest at her home in Kelseyville.

Ruth was born on July 22, 1919, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Joseph and Ellen Sweet.

Her first 10 years were spent on a small farm in Lapeer, Michigan. In 1929 she and her widowed mother moved to Lake Orion, Michigan, where Ruth finished high school and attended business school, working subsequently for the Pontiac Motor Division and at Willow Run for the Ford Motor Co.

In 1942, answering her country’s call, she joined the Women’s Army Corps and shipped out to Hollandia, New Guinea for the duration of the second World War.

She met and married Chander Kjos in New Guinea. The couple returned to Chander’s hometown of Mayville, North Dakota. She attended Mayville State Teachers college on the GI Bill and earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

Shortly after finishing college they moved to Northern California, settling in Kelseyville in 1958. Here they raised two sons, Loren and Steven, and two daughters, Becky and Ellen.

Ruth worked at the Clear Lake State Park for 15 years. This job put her in daily contact with the natural world that she so loved. She found joy and blessings watching birds.

She was an active member of the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church for many years. She belonged to American Legion Post 194 in Kelseyville. She became interested in genealogy after retirement and compiled a lengthy and detailed history of her maternal grandfather’s family during that time.

Ruth was preceded in death by husband, Chander, and son, Steven.

She is survived by daughter, Becky (Jack); son, Loren, and his children, Evan and Kristina, and Kristina’s children, Amelia and Patty; daughter, Ellen, and her children, Chris (Cristie), Merlyn (Rachel) and Bill.

From Methodist Pastor John Wesley, written in 1799: “Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you ever can.”

She lived these words.

A private service will be held with arrangements being handled by Jones Mortuary.

The family is requesting donations to the either Clear Lake State Park Interpretive Association
5300 Soda Bay Road, Kelseyville, CA 95451, or the Lake County Military Funeral Honors Team, P.O. Box 1365, Kelseyville, CA 95451.

Robert E. Kitchen. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – Robert E. Kitchen of Kelseyville, born Jan. 24, 1947, and a lifelong resident of Lake County, passed away on Jan. 6, 2021.

Robert, known as Bob by most, is survived by his daughter, Stacy Szlosek, and her two daughters, Kristen and Haley Meaker.

He was in a loving relationship with Dorla Colley for almost 30 years; she predeceased him in 2005.

Through his bond with Dorla and Richard Mills, a lifetime friend, he is remembered fondly by several generations of children within these families as their favorite uncle or loving, patient, gentle grandpa. He will be greatly missed by all.

In his youth, he served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He returned to Lake County after and worked on ranches and in the agricultural industry.

He loved to sing county songs, watch western movies and spend time with friends and family.

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

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