Wednesday, 27 September 2023



Gayle passed away peacefully Sept. 9, 2013, in Lakeport, Calif., after a series of illnesses.

She was born June 15, 1928, to Charles Ellis Brooks and Fay Hall Brooks in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

After the untimely death of her mother in 1935 Gayle lived with and was raised by grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.

In 1943 she went to San Jose to live with her Aunt Jewell and Uncle Bill Hall, attended and graduated from Campbell High School.

Her brother David Brooks of El Paso, Texas, preceded Gayle in death.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Thoresen of Lakeport; children, Steven Gouley of Miranda, Calif., and Paula Gouley of Carlotta, Calif; stepchildren, Leann Thoresen of Eureka, Calif., Richard Thoresen of Portland, Ore., Katherine Thoresen of Emerald Hills, Calif., and Susan Thoresen of Sacramento, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

During her first marriage to Dick Gouley, Gayle lived in Garberville, Calif., where she raised her two children, worked in retail, was active in Civic Club, ESA Sorority and the Community Church.

In 1971 Gayle married Robert Thoresen and lived in Banning, Calif., for 34 years. In Banning she again worked in retail and then became a teachers aide for the local school system. She particularly enjoyed her work as a teachers aide.

In 2005 she and Bob moved to Lakeport. They built a home in north Lakeport in order to be closer to family.

A memorial gathering is scheduled for her at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Friends and neighbors are invited to join Gayle's family at 4395 Emilee Court in celebration of her life.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Lake County or organization of your choice.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport.


Loretta “Lori” Franchini, a much-loved daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and great great grandmother, passed away Aug. 22, 2013, while in the hospital in Spokane, Wash.

Lori was born Feb. 21, 1934, to Oscar and Marguerite Leonhardy in Carbondale. Colorado.

Lori lived in Lake County, Calif., for many years where she was co-owner of a TV store and bar with Jim Doyle in Clearlake.

She later married Roy Franchini, and they enjoyed golfing in their backyard along the Buckingham Golf Course.

Lori and Roy retired to Robin Hill in Lakeport, Calif., before moving to Cottage Grove then Drain, Oregon.

Roy and Lori were married for 17 years before he passed away in 1994.

Lori worked many jobs but she always said she felt like she made a difference as a teacher’s aide at the Happy Day School in Kelseyville in the early 1980s.

She helped out with the Special Olympics and loved to help kids and adults with special needs. She was known as “Miss Lori” to all of her students and their families.

Lori lived in Pierce, Idaho, with her last love of eight years, Robert “Bob” Blanke. There she was involved with the Lions Club and local town events and fundraisers.

She enjoyed playing cards such as 3-13 and pinochle; she also enjoyed camping, cooking and going out on the quad for hunts with Bob or just going for a ride in their truck.

Lori is survived by her only child, Linda Hammes, and son-in-law Gene Hammes of Clearlake; grandsons, Jim and Michael Hammes; granddaughter, Ladina Hammes Williams and her husband Andrew Williams.

Lori had seven great-granddaughters: Kourtney McKissick, Jessica Hammes, Taylor Williams, Abigail Williams, Kaitlin Hammes, Kelsey Hammes and Kassidy Hammes; and last, but not least, her great-great grandsons, Jayden, Giovani, Brody and soon-to-be-born Brantley; along with many nieces and nephews from Oregon to Germany and cousins from all over.

She also opened her home to many children through the years, fostering a few of those children, including Carol, Robyn and Sophia.

Lori will be missed dearly by all of her family and friends that loved her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Marguerite Leonhardy; and three brothers, Curtis, Don and Billy Leonhardy.

Lori had decided to be cremated and next spring/summer her family will be taking Lori to her final resting place(s). She always felt Cottage Grove, Oregon, was her home and she loved her home in Idaho with Bob as they enjoyed their snow-filled winters (always bragging about having white Christmases). She loved the beautiful green spring and summer seasons as well, where the lilacs – her favorite flower – would grow wildly next to a stream.


David Paul Bertrams, age 35, passed away Sept. 8, 2013.

He was born in Grass Valley, Calif., on June 11, 1978.

Our beloved son, brother, uncle and father, will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

May his spirit be in heaven with our Heavenly Father. 

His greatest joy was being a father.

He is survived by his sons, David and Andrew Bertrams; his mother, Wanita Edlow; sisters, Sarah Moore, Amy Buchholz, Rachael Edlow and Laura Edlow; brothers-in-law, Greg Buchholz and Scott Moore; nieces, Ashley and Audrey Edlow, and Emily, Amanda and Kaylene Moore; nephew, Ethan Moore; grandparents, Paul and Bertie Bertrams and Rozella Batt; and many more aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.

Viewing service will be held at Jones Mortuary on Friday, Sept. 13, for immediate family from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Public viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.

Arrangements entrusted to Jones Mortuary, , FD311, Lakeport, Calif.

LAKEPORT, Calif. – A memorial service for Eddie “Butch” Surryhne will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The service will begin at 11 a.m. at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St. in Lakeport.

Surryhne passed peacefully at his Hayward, Calif., home on Sept. 15.

Family prefers donations to Hospice of Hayward.

For further information call Chapel of the Lakes at 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .


Ronald Webster, a 28-year resident of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., passed away peacefully Aug. 31, 2013, at the age of 84.

Born in Everton, Missouri, he was a graduate of Grant Union High School in Carmichael, Calif., and the U.S. Naval Music Institute in Washington D.C., and a Naval Korean War veteran.

He was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church, where he attended services led by Pastor John Pavoni.

Ron is survived by his five boys, three sisters and three brothers.

The family deeply appreciates the support of Nora Mansfield and Hospice Services of Lake County during this trying time.

Per Ron's request no services will be held.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes, Lakeport, Calif.


KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – Graveside services for Delbert Deaton – who passed away April 16, 2013 – will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Kelseyville Cemetery, 3375 Bell Hill Road.

For further information call Chapel of the Lakes at 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit .

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