Sunday, 04 December 2022


Ada Lou Duacsek in 1950. Courtesy photo.

Ada Lou Duacsek, 96, passed away Nov. 21, 2021, at her home in Long Beach, California.

She was born Sept. 13, 1925, to George and (Lucy) Allen Reed in Clearlake Highlands, California.

Lou spent her childhood there aside from a short stay in Point Arena where her parents briefly worked. She attended Burns Valley School and Lower Lake High School.

Lou learned to fly a plane before she could drive. She attended San Jose State University where she pledged Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

She was the first female student to graduate in aeronautical engineering but her studies were delayed by World War II when all the men in her department left for the military.

During this time, she was a Rosie the Riveter, running an aircraft gyroscope calibration unit. At night she was a hostess at a Stage Door Canteen where servicemen living in San Francisco could socialize.

After college she applied for a direct commission in the Navy, the only place that would provide women equal pay.

Lou was in the 3rd regular commission WAVE class. Her first duty station was in Glenview, Illinois, where she was tasked to recall reserve air squadrons when the Korean War broke out in 1950.

In 1951 she was assigned to the Naval Bureau of Personnel in Washington, D.C. While there, she marched in parades down Pennsylvania Avenue and had lunch with Mrs. Truman.

From 1952 to 1954 she attended the Naval Postgraduate School and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in aerology (meteorology) as well as a husband, Lt. Anthony Duacsek, US Navy.

She reported to NAS Moffett Field for a year, then was assigned to NAS North Island. She was discharged in 1957 shortly before the birth of her first daughter. At the time, married women with children were not allowed to remain line officers.

She spent the next 18 years moving between the Atlantic coast, the Pacific coast and an abbreviated stay in South Vietnam as her husband was transferred from shipyard to shipyard.

In Norfolk, she was pursuing a secondary science teaching credential at the College of William & Mary when her second daughter arrived.

In Charleston, she was involved with developing hurricane evacuation plans for the southeastern U.S. but was delivering her third daughter when the plans were implemented for the first time.

She volunteered during Operation Babylift in Long Beach in April 1975. She also volunteered over 5,000 hours for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.

Lou and Tony retired in Long Beach in 1975. She worked briefly at Harbor Bank, then for Dr. H. Ochsner, M.D. and helped coordinate the Long Beach Police Department Emergency Translators.

Lou had a great sense of adventure and loved meeting and entertaining people. She traveled to 51 countries with different members of her family.

She was an active long time member of the El Dorado Woman’s Club, was a polls worker and precinct inspector for over 20 years, and helped organize the Long Beach International Festival.

She was loved by all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony (Tony), and survived by her daughters, Diane Duacsek, Loraine Moreno and Monica (Mark) Buehnerkemper; five grandchildren, Christopher (Annie) Buehnerkemper, Veronica (Jonathan) Brock, Julianna Buehnerkemper, Raquel and Anthony Moreno; and four-great grandchildren, Anastasia, Thomas, Cecilia and Joseph Buehnerkemper.

A service will be held in Long Beach on Dec. 28.

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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

Roger Dana. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Roger Rainey Dana passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Lakeport at the age of 76.

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was predeceased by his son, Steven, and siblings, Lamar, Sanette and Andra.

He leaves behind his wife, Susan; daughter, Liz; and sons, Brian, Robert (Wendi) and Jason (Stephanie); grandchildren, Jesse, Anika, Nathan, Amber, Jessica, Ashlyn, Gabriel, Kacy and Jackson; great-grandchildren, Kyler, Shelby, Hudson, Kaylee, Asher and Jordan.

Roger was born in Afton, Wyoming on April 4, 1945, to Wilford and Donna Dana. He graduated El Dorado High School and attended Sierra and Shasta junior colleges. He began a 27-year career in banking with Bank of America in 1967, starting as an operations officer trainee and finishing as a vice president.

He married his wife, Susan Shifflett, on Jan. 8, 1972. They moved back to Kelseyville in 1990 and four years later began a second career owning seven Subway restaurants for the next 14 years.

Life was busy with family, sports, traveling, collecting vinyl records, and loving pets Roxy and Ava. Roger held a number of positions in charitable organizations throughout his lifetime.

Graveside memorial service will be held on Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. at Kelseyville Cemetery, 3375 Bell Hill Road, with a reception to follow at the Kelseyville Lions Club, 4335 Sylar Lane, Kelseyville.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Roger’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice.

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

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.

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