Thursday, 06 October 2022


Rose Pischke. Courtesy photo.

Rose Anna Pischke
Aug. 13, 1936 — Aug. 12, 2021

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Rose Anna Pischke passed to her eternal heavenly home on Aug. 12, 2021, one day before her 85th birthday. She was at her home in Lakeport, surrounded by loved ones.

Rose was born on Aug. 13, 1936, in Mardela Springs, Maryland to George and Alice Hochmuth, the youngest of eight children. Rose grew up on the family farm, where she was born.

After graduating from Mardela High School in 1954, Rose spent a short time in nursing school, then along with her sister, Mary, and best friend, Brenda, hopped on a bus to San Diego, California, seeking adventure.

She often reminisced about working as a telephone operator, the penny walks they took, and records she loved during this time. It was here that she met the Navy man that soon became the love of her life and husband of 53 years, Arlin Pischke.

After a short courtship Arlin and Rose were married on Dec. 30, 1961, in San Diego. During their 53 years of marriage Rose and Arlin lived in Southern California and Wisconsin, before settling in Lakeport in 1978.

Rose is survived by her six children: Arlin Pischke (Danielle) of Southlake, Texas, Katheryn Schultz (Dave) of Bakersfield, California, Allyson Quinlan (Scott) of Murrieta, California, Karyn Rasmussen (Brad) of Lakeport, Kevin Pischke (Dena) of Lincoln, California and Susan Wolf (David) of Chesapeake, Virginia.

She is also survived by her 16 grandchildren, Andrew, Megan, Stephanie, Jacob, Kelsey, Joshua, Savannah, Cody, Sarah, Samuel, Logan, Caira, Cooper, Paige, Zeke and Fisher; six great-grandchildren; her siblings, Alice, Joe and Bill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rose was an artist at heart, and if you ever received one of her beautifully decorated cakes or famous Grandma Rosie quilts you are familiar with her talents. She also touched the lives of many children with her work as a teacher’s aid at Lakeport Elementary, and as a day care provider.

Rose was strong in her Catholic faith, loved Jesus, and was an active member of Saint Mary Immaculate Parish since moving to Lakeport, 43 years ago. Over the years she served the parish as catechist teacher, member of the Belles, and Eucharistic minister.

Rose was always most proud of her family, and her family loved her deeply in return. Rose is now resting in peace with her beloved husband in the arms of Jesus.

Graveside services will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Cemetery. Reception to follow at Saint Mary Immaculate Parish Hall.

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

Paul Parodi. Courtesy photo.

Paul Polycarp Parodi
July 23, 1950 – Nov. 23, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Paul Parodi passed into the presence of Jesus, his Lord and Savior, Nov. 23, 2021, at the age of 71.

Paul persevered through many health challenges, and had an exceptional knowledge of and love for classical music, especially the works of Beethoven.

He is predeceased by his parents, Rex and Helen Parodi, and sister, Rochelle Jastrab, and is survived by several cousins.

A private remembrance is being planned. Thanks to Edelweiss Guest Home, the Redwood Coast Regional Center, North Coast Supportability and Sutter Lakeside Hospital for their support and care over the years.

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

Raymond and Violet Dunken. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Raymond Neil Dunken passed Nov. 11, 2021.

He was born Aug. 6, 1931, near Exeter, California, to Roy and Arlene Dunken.

Ray was the oldest and the only boy of five children. He met his wife of 70 years in high school at Monterey Bay Academy in Watsonville, California.

Violet Marie Ogle Dunken passed Sept. 23, 2021. She was born April 18, 1933, in Arkansas to Arlie and Mary Ogle and the youngest of eight children.

Neil and Violet married June 17, 1951.

Neil served in the Army from 1952 to 1954 as a dental lab technician.

They were blessed with four children and made their home here in Lake County.

Neil founded Dunken Pumps in Lakeport and Violet was the owner and operator of Dunken’s Care Home in Upper Lake. She spent her life loving and caring for others.

Neil loved to hunt and spent many seasons commercial fishing for salmon with Violet.

They are survived by their four children; Rosetta (Earl) Cramer, Jeanine (Dennis) Opp, Lynnie (Mike) Spencer-Smith and Dan Dunken; 11 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; Neil’s sister, Carol Manuel; and a large extended family.

The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Westlake SDA School (P.O. Box 1587, Lakeport, CA 95453) would be greatly appreciated.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336 and Crematory CR351, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport, CA. 95453, telephone 707-263-0357 / 707-994-5611,

Johnny Mitchell. Courtesy photo.

Johnny Austin Mitchell was born October 3, 1963, to Ruth A. Manuel and Gene Mitchell.

He peacefully passed on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Berkeley, California.

John lived most of his life in Lake County and worked for his tribe, Big Valley Rancheria, for many years. He was known by many as a very hardworking and dedicated employee.

He was deeply rooted into his traditional ways. The Roundhouse is and always will be a big part of what he loved about his people. He always had a prayer or blessing for your health or well- being. John had a heart of gold, always so giving and loved his family, near and far.

John is survived by his son, Lorenzo Martinez; brother, David Mitchell Jr.; sisters, Karen Toledo, Joyce Pedro, Glenda Manuel and Charlene Narcia (Nick); and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his mother, Ruth A. Manuel; father, Gene Mitchell; and sister, Marlene Jack.

Visitation will be at his sister's home, 2920 Red Feather Lane in Lakeport from Thursday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. until his graveside service at St. Mary's Cemetery on Sunday, Dec. 12, at noon.

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

Ronald Alteneder. Courtesy photo.

Ronald Dean Alteneder
June 9, 1940 — Nov. 16, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Ronald Dean Alteneder was born in Iowa City, Iowa, to Alfred and Beatrice Alteneder.

Following his years of college, he worked for Rockwell International in Houston, Texas, and later transferred to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office where he worked as supervisor of the design department. While there, he mentored a Junior Achievement group of youth who learned how to start and succeed at their own business.

Then Ron enjoyed a long and successful career with Auma Actuators Inc., originally in Pittsburgh and later in the Southern California office as West Coast sales manager.

He and his wife, Marybeth, met in Huntington Beach, California, where they lived until moving to Clearlake, California, in 1997.

Ron enjoyed living on the lake, building boats and more in his big garage, and being surrounded by nature.

He retired in 2005, but never stopped building and fixing things, a real talent which first surfaced at age 6 when he rebuilt an old bicycle.

He was happiest when he had several projects going at a time, and created many unique and diverse things of all sizes, including a 28-foot steel-hull boat and a 13-foot wooden teardrop trailer for camping trips.

Ron entered into eternal rest on Nov. 16, 2021, following a brave battle with cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Marybeth; his daughters, Holly and Heidi Alteneder of Bakersfield, California; stepdaughter, Andrea (husband, Michael) VanRy of Placerville, California; and seven grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Amy (husband, Pat Graham) Alteneder.

At Ron's request, there will be no service.

Memorial donations may be made in Ron's honor to Wendy McRae, 19824 Morgan Valley Road, Lower Lake, CA 95457, who operates a local animal rescue ranch in Lake County.

Dennis McCorkle. Courtesy photo.

Dennis Kelly McCorkle, age 81, of Topsham, Maine, died Nov. 1, 2021, of a heart attack at his home.

A celebration of life will be held at his home in Topsham, Maine in the spring.

If desired, donations in Dennis’ memory may be made to the Redwood Parks Conservancy at, at any of the Maine State Parks at or the American Heart Association.

Memories and condolences can be shared, and service updates will be posted with Dennis’ obituary at

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