Friday, 19 July 2024


Karen Hook. Courtesy photo.

Karen Sue Hook, "Mimi" as her six grandchildren called her, went to be with her Jesus Dec. 18, 2022. She was 73 years young when she passed.

Her husband, Jerry Hook, and three children, Tom Hook, Jenn Avila and Andrew Hook, are sad to see her go but know that she is laughing and singing without pain surrounded by loved ones.

Karen was born in Lakeport, California, on Dec. 31, 1948 to Melvin and Hazell Pounds. She had three sisters, Debbie, Melba and her identical twin Sharon.

Sharon Lou and Karen Sue looked and sounded so much alike that they pulled a couple of fast ones in their day (may have involved covering for each other at work and on the telephone but we can neither confirm nor deny that).

All the sisters attended schools in Kelseyville where Karen eventually became a songleader on the Kelseyville High School Cheer squad.

She met a certain young man in the hallway one day and asked him to take care of a rubber salamander she found. A few days later the young man returned the favor by asking her to take care of a wool worm he had “dug up.”

And as Jerry would later say after the exchange, “The race was on!”

What does love have to do with exchanging strange insects and reptiles? A lot.

Jerry was one year older than Karen and after graduation from high school he would pilot a plane from Davis, California, where he was attending college, to see her in Lake County. What's more romantic than your boyfriend flying over your P.E. class and tipping his wings?

After high school Karen worked at a doctor's office on Main Street in Kelseyville to raise enough money to attend and eventually graduate from Santa Rosa Junior College with a Licensed Vocational Nurse degree.

Jerry and Karen got married during spring break of Jerry's senior year at Davis. They lived in married student housing otherwise known as “Fertility Flats.” Karen once again went back to work so that Jerry could get his master’s degree in agricultural engineering.

The two moved to Hawaii for two years and Karen got pregnant with their first son, Tom. Molokai isn't called the friendly island for nothing.

Karen and Jerry made a couple more moves going from Hawaii to Modesto (they're a little different), then to Lake County, then to Washington state, and then back to Lake County.

Jerry and Karen eventually became the owners of Stokes Ladders and Karen had two more children, Jenn and Andrew.

Karen would serve her family, sacrificially cooking and preparing more food than most restaurant chains and then doing it all over again, and again, and again.

It was very common to find Karen singing or whistling the old hymn “Majesty” while busily whipping up some sort of goodness. It was also very common to find her bent over the kitchen sink at night, cleaning something to dirty again the next day.

Jerry and Karen would attend all of the sporting events, scouting events and church events that came with having three active kids.

Karen was known for her whistle, which became such a staple at basketball, baseball and volleyball games that opposing teams said they knew where it was coming from.

She even fell through the stands at a track meet after rooting one of her sons on to the finish line. Needless to say, she got into it. Also, don't mess with her San Francisco Giants or 49ers.

While raising her family and working at Stokes Ladders as a bookkeeper and human resource manager, Karen was also active in Grace Evangelical Free Church, California Women for Agriculture and the Kelseyville Pear Festival

Jerry and Karen moved from Lake County to Paso Robles on the central coast of California in 2019 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Karen would take her skill of sacrificially caring for others to a whole new level, becoming a mother-in-law and grandmother. She loved her daughters-in-law, April Hook and Kelly Hook, and her son-in-law, Travis Avila, as if they were her own.

Have you ever seen a prouder grandmother? Nope. She loved Ethan Hook, Carson Hook, London Avila, Stella Avila, Eleanor Hook and Merritt Hook to the very last second of her life. And they knew they were loved.

Karen Hook, though small in stature, left an enormous legacy of love and servanthood that will be remembered for generations.

She is survived by husband, Jerry; son, Tom (April); daughter, Jennifer Avila (Travis); son, Andrew (Kelly); sister, Melba; her grandchildren, listed above; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service for Karen at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 6716 Live Oak Drive in Kelseyville, on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m.

After the service attendees will be encouraged to stay and eat refreshments and share stories and memories of Karen.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Dorothy E. McGrath. Courtesy photo.

Dorothy E. McGrath
June 13, 1927 to Dec. 25, 2022

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Dorothy E. McGrath (Cook) of Kelseyville passed away on Dec. 25, 2022, at the age of 95.

Dorothy was born in Louisiana on June 13, 1927, to Wilburn and Rosie Cook. She was one of six children.

Her family moved to California in 1942 and settled in the Bay Area.

Dorothy married Francis (Mac) McGrath in 1952 and raised their family in Concord, California.

Dorothy worked for the Diablo Valley Unified School District, retiring in 1978.

The family spent two decades coming to their cabin on Clear Lake before deciding to permanently move to Kelseyville.

Dorothy and Mac made their home in Buckingham. After Mac passed away, Dorothy moved to town to be closer to family, where she kept active for many years.

Dorothy is survived by her sons, Dave (Pat) and Don (lzel), and daughter-in-law, Diana.

Additionally, she leaves behind nine grandchildren: Lisa (Rich), Matt (Tricia), Michael (Mandy), Morgan, Sherry (Matt), Stacy, Brad, D.J. (Sarah) and Nikki; as well as 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, Mac; son, Ron; granddaughter, Karen; great-granddaughter, Symphony; parents, Wilburn and Rosie; sisters, Eloise, Mattie Lee, Marty and Genelda; and brother, Welton.

The Rosary will be said at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Kelseyville on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 11 a.m.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336,, Lakeport, telephone 707-263-0357.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Moira Slattery Harris was born June 14, 1931, and passed Dec. 5, 2022.

She is survived by her son, Harrison of Los Gatos, California, and Jim Jardine.

Memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 2023, at Lakeport United Christian Parish, 745 N. Brush St.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336,, Lakeport, telephone 707-263-0357.

James “Jimbo” Tarpley. Courtesy photo.

James A. Tarpley II — ‘Jimbo’
1958 — 2022

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Sad to say we lost my father, James Andrew Tarpley II, better known as Jimbo, on Christmas Eve.

He had many names, but his favorite was Papa!

Jimbo was born on Dec. 9, 1958, to James Andrew Tarpley and Sally Esther Tarpley in Lakeport, California.

He lived his entire life in Upper Lake where he attended elementary, middle and went on to graduate from Upper Lake High School in the Class of 1977.

In 1992 Jimbo joined the Army, where his favorite memories and stories were of driving Humvees for his sergeant while in Germany.

Jimbo received an honorable discharge in March of 1996. When he returned home from the Army, he worked for his father at Jim’s Pumps for a few years before moving on to try other occupations. He spent many years washing dishes at Judy’s Junction, which he enjoyed because of the friendships he built with his customers.

In 2001 Jimbo’s only grandchild was born and changed the remainder of his life. Jimbo was overjoyed at being a grandfather and spent every moment possible with his grandson.

He spent his free time fishing, hunting and driving around. Every weekend he could be found watching car races, from here at our local track to hours away, it didn’t matter to him, he just loved to watch the races and support the racers whom he had developed great friendships with.

He had many friends, but notably his closest lifelong friends, who were more like family are, the Brackett Family.

Jimbo had a huge heart and was loved by all who met him. Never a dull moment when he was around.

Jimbo will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Sally Tarpley; his grandmother, Grace; and his niece, Nikki.

Jimbo leaves behind his sister, Deb (Chris) Gordon; brother, Jeff (Mary) Tarpley; daughter, Jamie (Joe) Fernandez; grandson, Junior (Emily) Fernandez; great-grandchildren, Ava and Jose IV; and nephews, Robert, Tony and Jeffrey.

The family is having a celebration of life on Saturday Jan. 14, at noon at the North Shore Event Center, formerly the Sons of Italy, located at 2817 E Highway 20 in Nice.

Please come share your stories with us.

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

Dallas Woll. Courtesy photo.

Dallas Woll

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Dallas Harold Woll passed away peacefully with his last remaining sibling, Mary Hale, by his side Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, after a long battle with leukemia.

Dallas lived life with an admirable level of enthusiasm; he worked hard but also focused on having a good time. He taught his children the value of experiencing life with a lively sense of humor.

After spending his childhood in the remote and tiny mill towns in the redwood forests of northwestern California, Dallas joined the Air Force and spent a memorable time in Japan.

He married Theresa Woll in 1972 and they had three children, Matt, Luke and Lily.

Dallas and Theresa started a very successful Roto Rooter franchise in Lake County in 1978, which they ran for 36 years. He was passionate about the business and enjoyed staying up to date on the latest in the sanitation world.

Dallas led life with gusto and a determined sense of adventure. He had many great travel experiences, including riding the ferries and cruise lines in Alaska and Europe; visiting friends from the Peace Corps in Africa and the Pacific; and chartering sailboats with friends in the tropics.

He loved boating, from racing E-Scows and single-handing sloops on Clear Lake to, later in life, pontoon boating on Blue Lakes.
At home, he enjoyed projects like building a custom “D Woll-designed” wood splitter from old tractor parts and creating his own park with a fountain and streams.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Caton, going for car rides, boating or watching trains.

Dallas inspired a sense of adventure and community-building in all those who knew him and instilled a strong work ethic in his children.

As a creative and adventurous soul, Dallas was known by many for his great sense of humor and his ability to spin a yarn.

He enjoyed and was interested in others’ ideas and successes. He touched the lives of many different people in Lake County and the world.

We imagine him driving his ‘55 Chevy Bel Air out into the sunset, pedal to the metal.

Theresa and family plan to celebrate Dallas’ life with a memorial on Jan. 7, 2023, at 2 p.m. at the Kelseyville Senior Citizen Center.

All are invited to come share memories.

Milos Leubner

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Milos Leubner, 20-year resident of Kelseyville, passed away on Dec. 15 of congestive heart failure at Lakeport Post Acute.

He is survived by his daughters, Cleariana Leubner, Champagne Leubner; son, Robin Leubner; and daughter, Zuzana Mastalirova.

He will be missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him.

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

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