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Lola Lorene Koelling passed away on Dec. 18, 2010, in Fairfield, Calif.

Born in Missouri on Nov. 30, 1917, Lola and her husband William (Willie) moved to the San Mateo area in 1949 where they lived and raised their children.

Lola and Willie were married on March 31, 1936 in West Plains, MO. She was very active in the Methodist Church and she and Willie were dedicated Boy Scout leaders. Lola was named “Mother of the Year” in the early 1950’s.

After selling Koelling’s Auto Body Shop, located in San Francisco, in 1977, they retired to the Middletown area. Lola loved gardening, her family, the Methodist Church and her women’s group. She was a very giving person and was everyone’s “Grandma” whether they were related or not. She will be missed very much.

Lola is survived by her beloved family; children, Floyd Koelling (Karen) of Fairfield, Darryl Koelling of Middletown, Lorene Auvinen (Mike) of Santa Rosa; grandchildren, Ricky Koelling of Santa Rosa, Denise Ibsen (Greg) of Rifle, CO, Daniel Koelling (Shirley) of Vacaville, Brian Koelling (Rachel), Brad Koelling (fiance, Amarissa) of Fremont, Jamie Kimball (Jason) of Evans, GA, Dawn Meeks of Santa Rosa and Jason Meeks of Fort Bragg; great-grandchildren, Shane Koelling of Folsom, DJ Koelling of Fairfield, Gabby Ibsen of Rifle, CO, Jaydra Ibsen of Riffle, CO, Brooke Koelling of Vacaville, Stephen Grippin of Santa Rosa, Daylon Grippon of Santa Rosa and Mia Kimball of Evans, GA and sister Nora Bench of West Plains, MO.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Koelling; son, Ralph Koelling; grandson, Ronnie Koelling; and siblings, Lillie Jones, Ralph Johnston and Virgil Johnston.

Funeral Services for Lola will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the Middletown Methodist Church.

Visiting hours will be held at the church prior to the service from 10 a.m. until noon.

Interment services will follow at Middletown Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to Jones and Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, CA, 707-994-6417, .

LUCERNE, Calif. – A memorial service for longtime Bartlett Springs resident Zane Gray will be held this Saturday, Nov. 13.

The service will begin at 11 a.m. at the Northshore Fire Protection District's Lucerne headquarters, 6257 Seventh Ave., Lucerne.

Gray died Oct. 30 at the age of 83. He was the longtime caretaker of the old Bartlett Springs Resort property.

Community members are invited to come and share their memories of him.

A reception with coffee and other refreshments will take place after the service.

For more information call Elizabeth Larson, 707-274-9904.

Zane Gray died Saturday, October 30, 2010, at his home near Clearlake Oaks, Calif. He was 83 years old. Photo courtesy of the Gray family.






CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – Zane Joseph Gray, 83, died peacefully at his Spring Valley Lakes home Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, after a lengthy illness.

Zane was born Sept. 16, 1927, in the Missouri Flat area on the Applegate River in Josephine County, Oregon, to Joseph and Amy Gray, an Oregon pioneer family.

He was the second youngest of six children and was reared in the southern part of Oregon. He attended schools in Missouri Flat, Selma and Glendale, Oregon.

Zane enlisted in the Navy in February 1943. He later transferred to the Sea Bees and was assigned to advanced explosives.

He spent most of his time in Okinawa. He said his time there was very difficult as the island was occupied by the Japanese, who he said hid in caves and took shots at them while they worked.

He was discharged in 1946. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Metal and the World War II Victory Medal.

Zane was a logger working in Southern Oregon and Northern California. He owned his own logging business in the late 1950s, working in the Truckee area for some time.

Beginning in the early 1960s he managed the Chenoweth Lumber Mill in Bodega. He was responsible for the mill sending the first shiploads of lumber from the U.S. to Japan in the 1960s.

Zane purchased property near Bartlett Springs in 1978, commuting to Bodega weekly. His son, Wes, later joined him in the mill.

In 1985 Zane left the mill and moved full-time to his property near Bartlett Springs. In 1986 Zane began work for Vittel Bottling Co. in Nice, where water from Bartlett Springs was bottled.

It was then that Zane became involved in the restoration of several of the Bartlett Springs resort buildings and the famed gazebo. Sadly, those buildings were destroyed by an arsonist in 2007.

Zane worked for Nestle, which owned Vittel, as a caretaker of the former resort property until 2009.

Zane was a volunteer fireman for the Lucerne Fire Department for many years, before it was consolidated into the Northshore Fire Protection District.

He also manned fire equipment near his property by Bartlett Springs. He was on the front lines of the Fork Fire that burned the area by Bartlett Springs in 1996, which burned more than 83,000 acres in the Mendocino National Forest.

Zane loved to hunt and he spent many hours with his son, Wes, and grandsons in the Lake County area.

He was predeceased by children James, Sandra and Betty; older brother M.C. “Bob” Gray; and sisters, Ruby Gass, Zella Roff and Dolly Claymier.

Zane is survived by his wife of 62 years, Frances; son Wesley and wife, Debbie, of Sebastopol; brother, Kenneth and wife Barbara of Grants Pass, Oregon; grandchildren, Nathan, Jason, Randy, Aria, Clinton, Elizabeth and Sara; seven great-grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.

He will be interred near his parents at the Missouri Flat Cemetery near Grants Pass, Ore.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Delbert Lang of Clearlake passed away on Nov. 10. 2010.

Arrangements are pending.

Family is encouraged to contact Jones and Lewis Clearlake Memorial Chapel, 707-994-6417

Arrangements entrusted to Jones and Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Lower Lake, Calif., .

Dr. Dennis Greenlee died on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. courtesy photo.

Many people think of Dr. Dennis Greenlee as the chiropractor/acupuncturist who didn’t hesitate to make house calls holidays, nights or weekends because he believed that pain never took time off and if you said you cared about your patients’ health you should be willing to take care of them no matter when or how inconvenient.

Alleviating pain was one of Dennis’ main drives in life. He took courses in many different techniques and therapies, always searching for something that would fix the patient who was hard to help.

Some remember Dennis’ fresh-caught abalone and green-flesh ling cod eaten around a jaunty campfire at Anchor Bay campground on the rugged North Coast of California. Many enjoyed his homemade chili and ice cream. He loved to cook.

But by far his own happiest memories were the four trips with Christian Chiropractors he made to Ecuador, offering his services free to hundreds of people who would not have otherwise received chiropractic care.

Watching the rotund, good-natured man with snow-white hair, one Ecuadorian child remarked, “Now I know what Santa does in the summer.” The people there called him Papa Noel and Chimboraso, after the high mountain whose peak was always covered with snow.

Dennis was a Gideon, a Rotarian, a practical joker, a singer of silly songs. He taught speed reading at Zemorah Christian School and treated the aches and pains of the students of Summer Theatre Workshop. He loved polka music, Westerns, old movies, and his wife Carolyn’s singing. With Carolyn he wrote two books on microcurrent therapy and taught seminars on it with Carolyn and her father, the inventor of medical microcurrent, Dr. Thomas W. Wing.

Dennis wasn’t shy about praying for his patients, having experienced himself the healing power of prayer. He founded a prayer team at Kelseyville Presbyterian Church that continues to serve the community and beyond.

When strokes made it impossible for Dennis to remain at home, he was moved to a care facility closer to his children and grandchildren. There he treated and prayed for the other inmates, as he called them, until his health deteriorated to the point that he could no longer get around. He continued to pray many hours every day for his loved ones and the prayer requests and updates that Carolyn shared with him.

On Oct. 27, at 4:55 a.m., Dennis Greenlee stepped serenely into the presence of God, whole again and more. He leaves a legacy of prayer, hope and loving care; and four children, two stepchildren, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, many of whom are in fields of ministry, medical missions, health and helps.

Come join in the remembrance and celebration of Dennis’ life, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m. at Kelseyville Presbyterian Church, 5340 Third St., Kelseyville, CA 95451, 707-279-1104. There will be opportunity for you to share your recollections of this complex and dedicated child of God.

Please be comforted knowing that he is reveling in the presence of his cherished Lord and those he loved who preceded him there.

In lieu of flowers, Dennis wanted the good work to go on. Contributions may be sent to Christian Chiropractors at 2550 Stover, B-102 Fort Collins, CO 80525 or the Gideons at 410 Soda Bay Road, Lakeport, CA 95453-9645, 707-263-5270.

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Mary R. Lausten died October 14, 2010, at the age of 71. Courtesy photo.

Mary R. Lausten was a loving wife, caring mother and a thoughtful friend. Our dear, sweet Mary entered into heaven peacefully on Oct. 14, 2010, in Lakeport, Calif.

Born July 4, 1939 in Mangum, Okla., to Joseph and Ola Burden, she was the youngest sister of eight siblings.

Mary worked in banking locally for over 30 years. She made many, many dear friends during her years in banking and will always be remembered for her bright smile and infectious personality.

She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi and the Business and Professional Woman's Association. She enjoyed shopping, camping, playing bunkos and especially bowling.

Mary was a very social person and loved gathering with family and friends. There was always a place for everyone in Mary's heart as well as in her home. She cared deeply for many.

She will be dearly missed by her loving husband of 32 years, Pete Lausten of Lakeport; sons, Phillip Colwell of Sacramento and Douglas Colwell of Tacoma, Wash.; daughters, Janet Colwell-Nolan and her husband Mark Nolan of Penryn, Calif., and Pamela Lausten-Kane and her husband Dan Kane of Lakeport.

She also is survived by her sister, Pauline Mitchell of Houston; brothers, Dale Burden of Muleshoe, Texas, and BJ Burden of Cooper, Texas; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many friends.

Donations in honor of Mary may be made to the Lakeport Volunteer Firefighters Association, 445 N Main St., Lakeport, CA 95453.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Maxwell Cemetery in Maxwell, Calif.

A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.

Arrangements by McNary-Moore Funeral Service,

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