Monday, 15 July 2024

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Skip Rohner. Courtesy photo.

Edwin Alfred “Skip” Rohner
July 24,1929 - March 2, 2024

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Edwin “Skip” Rohner passed away on March 2, 2024, at the age of 94.

He was predeceased by his first wife Harriet Cook Rohner. His second wife, Carolyn Henderson Rohner, passed away on April 25.

He is survived by his son and his daughters Gregory Rohner (Michele), Jeanette Rohner (Steve Thiele) and Genevieve Lescohier (Bill).

Skip had five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. His sister Betty Minkler lives in Chico, California.

Skip was born on July 29,1929, to the late Hans and Claire Rohner in Saint Helena, California. They lived in Berkeley before coming to Lake County.

When Skip was around 4 years old his family moved to Lake County. They lived on Dodds Island and Skip went to school by boat, which is how he acquired the nickname, “The Skipper,” then shortened to Skip. Burns Valley School was one room with all eight grades and one teacher.

Later, his father was hired by Mrs. Gopcevic to manage the Quercus Ranch on Soda Bay Road. Skip spent many happy hours roaming all over the big ranch and along the lakeshore.

Skip graduated from Kelseyville High School and went on to Santa Rosa Junior College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He joined the Navy and served as an air ordinance man on the carriers “Valley Forge” and “Philippine Sea” during the Korean War.

During one of his leaves he met Harriet Cook, a young art teacher at Clear Lake High School, who would become his wife when he returned from the war.

After leaving the service in 1955 Skip started in the pear business along with his father Hans Rohner. His father purchased property in Upper Lake which had its own packing shed. Their label was “Colorful.” They also owned properties in Kelseyville.

Skip farmed for 48 years. He served on the board of Mt. Konocti Growers for 21 years, including four as president. One year he achieved, “Grower of the Year,” from the Lake County Fruit Exchange. He also served on state level canning and marketing committees. He and Carolyn were the Grand Marshals of the Kelseyville Pear Festival in 1999.

Skip was also active in the community. He served as Little League representative for 10 years and actively supported the school teams. He was a Kelseyville Lions club member for 30 years and took his turn as president. He was an avid trap shooter at the Lake County Rod and Gun Club. He delighted in going to shooting events and brought home many trophies. Skip was a sportsman. He and his father were part owners of the Sanborn Slough duck club near Colusa.

He enjoyed hunting ducks, pheasant and deer, fishing, and getting abalone with family and friends for many, many years. He highly valued his hunting dogs and was quite devoted to them.

Skip was also a lifelong sports fan, following the San Francisco Giants, the SF 49ers and the Golden State Warriors.

After many years of friendship and enjoyment of mutual interests, and after both endured the loss of their spouses, Skip married Carolyn Henderson on Dec. 26, 1984. They lived in the Henderson home on Gaddy Lane. Many happy memories with family and friends were experienced there. Summer gatherings at the pool, birthday celebrations, Easter, July 4 and Christmas events.

Skip and Carolyn enjoyed traveling together. Their trips included fishing in Alaska and on the Rogue River. They also cherished meeting up with Skip’s Navy buddies and their wives when they had reunions at various places across the country.

He enjoyed a good story and loved to tell a story, laugh and have a beer. He always felt blessed to have been able to earn his living, enjoy his activities and spend most of his life in beautiful Lake County.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 31, at the Kelseyville Cemetery. Following the service, family and friends are invited to gather for refreshments and reminiscing at The Ripe Choice Farm located at 2550 Soda Bay Road.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Martha Stokes Panella Scholarship fund, which benefits students of Kelseyville High School, or donate to a charity of your choice. To donate to the fund, send a check made out to “The Martha Stokes Panella Memorial Fund” and mail it to Strong Financial, P.O. Box 670, Lakeport, CA 95453.

Suzanne Marie Trujillo, known as Sissy Marie, passed away on April 14, 2024, at the age of 67.

She was born on Jan. 16, 1957, in Portland, Oregon, and most recently resided in Lake County, California.

Suzanne had a zest for life and found joy in spending time with her grandchildren, whom she adored. She had a deep affinity for animals and enjoyed sharing stories from her early years working at a pet store in Oregon.

Suzanne had a green thumb and took pleasure in gardening and exploring new places when traveling. In addition, she was an incredible cook, always experimenting with new recipes.

Above all, Suzanne cherished her family, grandchildren and animals. She found solace in Fort Bragg, California, a place that held a special place in her heart.

She was a devoted mother to Wendy Sacks, Priscilla Trujillo and Curtis Trujillo. Suzanne's legacy lives on through her grandchildren, Isaiah, Ethan, Shelby, Parker and Payton.

Suzanne's superpower was her innate ability to help others, a quality she displayed throughout her life. She pursued a successful career in computer programming and made significant contributions in her field.

Her favorite quotes and life mottos were often scriptures from the Bible, which served as a source of inspiration and guidance for her.

Suzanne was married to Martin Trujillo for 31 beautiful years, creating a lifetime of memories together.

She will be remembered with love and admiration by all who knew her for her kind heart, selflessness and unwavering commitment to helping others.

May Suzanne Marie Trujillo's soul rest in eternal peace.

Gloria Jo Worges and her family. Courtesy photos.


HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE, Calif. — Gloria Jo Worges was born July 26, 1995, in Riverside, California and passed away April 20, 2023, in Hidden Valley Lake, California along with her husband Dylan.

In her 27 years she experienced hardships and struggles that made life difficult but she always maintained a caring and loving spirit.

The highlights of her life were her children, family and friends who all deeply mourn her early passing.

Gloria is survived by her three children Isaiah, Jaxston and Aniyah; her mother-in-law, Stacy; Dylan’s siblings; nieces and nephews; and her three sisters, Danielle, Nancy and Amanda.

Gatherings to celebrate Gloria and Dylan’s lives will be held in Hidden Valley Lake and Southern California respectively.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, 707-263-0357, www.chapelofthelakes.com.

Steven Browning. Courtesy photo.

Steven Paul Browning was born on June 15, 1960, in San Jose to Dr. Donald Lee Browning and Mrs. Carolyn Louise (Cordell) Browning.

When he was one, his parents moved their young family to Lakeport, California. Steve and his two older brothers, Dr. David Browning and Mr. Mark Browning, were soon joined by a baby sister named Karen.

Growing up with Steve, Karen describes them as "two peas in a pod."

Steve attended elementary school, junior high and high school in Lakeport. He spent several semesters at Westmont College near Santa Barbara with his sister, then transferred to California State University, Sacramento.

Although he dealt with significant health issues throughout most of his life, he never lost his sense of humor and enjoyed sharing it with others.

On Nov. 14, 1987, he married Patricia Schaal. They shared a happy and loving life together for 36 and a half years before his untimely passing on April 12, 2024.

Everyone who met Steve loved him! His wife remembers him as being the most intelligent, funny, romantic, considerate and generous person she'd ever met. She felt privileged to have been married to him for so long.

He is survived by his wife; his parents; his two brothers; his sister, Karen Immekus; and many extended family members.

Roland Shaul. Courtesy photo.

Roland William Shaul, born to Wilfred and Virginia Shaul on Sept. 13, 1934, in Lower Lake, California, peacefully departed on April 25, 2024, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas, following complications from a fall.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Shirley Vidas, and his previous wife of 21 years, Carol Shaul.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 25 years, Nell Nassoy Shaul, along with his children: Kathleen Conners, Aaron Shaul, Laura Shaul, Karrie Shaul and Eric Shaul. Additionally, he leaves behind three stepchildren: Brian Hirscher, Carolyn Hough and Shane Nassoy, as well as 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

A lifelong resident of Lake County, California, Roland was a distinguished entrepreneur and businessman. Over his 89 years, he established a variety of enterprises, including a Case Tractor dealership, a construction company and a logging operation.

However, his most cherished accomplishment was founding Allied Information Networks, a pioneering communication and software firm.

As a longtime member of the Derby Hat Club, Roland enjoyed joining his buddies twice a year for a long weekend of fishing and storytelling.

Roland's love for adventure extended to the skies, where he soared as a passionate pilot, owning and piloting several aircraft throughout his lifetime, notably a powered glider that he and Nell flew back from Florida after its purchase.

Amidst his professional achievements, Roland was a pillar of his community, renowned for his warmth and generosity. He and Nell found joy in gathering with loved ones, often enjoying rounds of golf together.

A celebration of Roland’s rich life will be held on June 29 at Buckingham Golf Course in Kelseyville, California. All friends and family are warmly invited to attend and honor his memory.

Memorials may be made directly to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, www.michaeljfox.org.

Laticia Guardado. Courtesy photo.

Laticia Josephina Guardado passed away on April 10, 2024, at the age of 51, in San Francisco, California, after long battled medical conditions.

She is survived by her son, Gabriel Sullivan; mother, Ada Fogal; siblings, Ada Guardado, Kenneth Guardado, Vanessa Guardado and Georgina Marie Guardado; ex-husband, Sean Sullivan and his family who loved Laticia dearly; and many more family members, cousins and friends.

Laticia was loved dearly and deeply by her friends, family and Silverado Ace Hardware colleagues where she began working at the age of 16 and went on until her 40s when she was no longer able to work due to health issues.

The light of Laticia’s life was her son whom she loved unconditionally. Having suffered from kidney disease since her early teens, Laticia was also passionate about advocacy and raising awareness for organ donation and dialysis. She loved volunteering in classrooms and for her son’s sports games and other school events.

In the words of her cousin Che Guardado, Laticia was “strong, sassy, tenacious, vivacious and always quick with a comeback. She had the most fighting spirit and fought for every beautiful year she had. Her legacy is the strength and love visible in her son Gabriel, in her siblings, and in every one of us cousins, nieces, and nephews she helped raise. Tish, you are a part of us, a piece of our spirit, and you will live on in this world through us.”

From her former Ace Hardware boss, MaryAnn Petersen, who she viewed as a second mother, “Tish was a voracious reader. She enjoyed science fiction and mysteries. Tish was strong and endured so much in her life that she had no patience for employees who would call in sick for minor aches and pains.”

Her niece Mónica Guardado accurately describes Laticia’s fun-loving nature, “My favorite memories of her are playing the most intense Uno games, sometimes until 3 a.m., with her and my dad. Even if she had dialysis early the next morning she would NEVER forfeit. In life there were so many hardships she had to deal with, so much pain, but she always kept going, never forfeiting! I miss her dearly, as we all do, but I am at peace knowing she doesn't have to fight so hard or live in pain any longer. An amazing mom, and an amazing aunt, we all love you very much, Laticia.”

Her siblings can attest to her undying love for her family and her resilience in overcoming hardship. She inspires us all to keep going.

An end of life ceremony is planned for Friday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at the St. Helena Public Cemetery located at 2461 Spring St.

A celebration of life potluck will take place following the ceremony at Pioneer Park in Calistoga located at 1308 Cedar St.

All friends, family, acquaintances, and colleagues of Laticia’s are welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring flowers, photos, keepsakes, stories and/or memories to share in honor of Laticia.

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