Friday, 22 September 2023


Albert Robert “Bob" McDaniels
1930 - 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Bob leaves behind his loving wife of 64 years, Christine, and his niece, Michelle (Steve) Gallant along with many other family members and friends.

Memorial service will be held on Monday, August 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lake County Bible Fellowship Church on Forbes Street in Lakeport.

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

Paul Bassham. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Paul Bassham passed away on Aug. 6, 2023.

He was born on Dec. 18, 1929, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to parents Vernon and Lucille.

He formerly lived in Napa, but made Lake County his home for the last 45 years.

Paul joined the Air Force at a young age, but found truck driving to be his career choice.

Paul is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sharon; daughters, Pamela, Peggy and Perrie; sons, Bob and Don; along with 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was so loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Karen Wright. Courtesy photo.

Karen Arlene Wright
Nov. 18, 1943 - July 22, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — On Saturday July 22, 2023, Karen Arlene Wright passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 79.

She was born in Alameda, California, on Nov. 18, 1943, to William J. and Arlene M. Talkin.

In the 1950s her family moved to Lake County, where she worked for the family business, the Baywood Beach Resort, throughout her high school years.

She attended Upper Lake High School where she met the love of her life, James L. Wright. They went on to get married in 1961 and had three children, Christine, Laura and Daniel.

As a young mother, Karen often worked in the orchards, quite literally "with a baby on her back" as she often took all three children with her.

In the late 1970s, she opened her own plant boutique in Nice, California, where she also taught macrame.

Once the children started school, she worked as a teachers aide at Upper Lake Elementary School for many years.

In the early 1990s, Karen and her daughter, Laura, opened up their own family business, The Wright Look Hair and Nail Salon, where Karen worked as a manicurist.

Karen loved her family dearly. Christmas was her favorite time of year, it was an “all month” event for her. Karen and Jim were well known for their annual Christmas parties.

Karen is survived by her daughters, Christine (Rex) and Laura; son, Daniel (Nancy); her eight grandchildren, Cody, Tyler, Bryan, Miranda, Jared, Rob, Dylan and Hailey; and four great-grandchildren, Josiah, Lennon, Desmond and Rozlyn.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jim Wright.

A memorial service will be held at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m.

A celebration of life will follow at Jim and Karen's home in Upper Lake.

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

Gloria Ann Walker. Courtesy photo.

Gloria Ann Walker
1956 - 2023

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Gloria Ann Walker passed away on July 20, 2023, in Lakeport, California, at 67, after a two-year courageous battle with lung cancer.

She was born on June 8, 1956, to Erhardt and Ann Kreisel in Richmond, California.

She was raised in Rodeo, California, and attended Catholic School until the eighth grade. She moved on to John Swett High School, where she set many records in track, and while on summer vacations in Lake County, she won many swimming competitions at Konocti Harbor Inn.

Gloria Ann Walker. Courtesy photo.

She then moved with her family to Kelseyville, California, and graduated from Natural High School in Lakeport, California.

She attended the Ukiah School of Cosmetology and became a beautician. She had many occupations throughout her lifetime; she worked for the U.S. Forest Service, cook, caretaker, bartender, United States Postal Service and a parts delivery driver.

Gloria loved to cook for her family, especially for the holidays; she was a phenomenal seamstress and loved to garden.

Gloria was very outgoing, could make friends anywhere she went, and had a huge heart, and would help in any way she could.

Gloria Ann Walker. Courtesy photo.

Gloria is survived by her three children, whom she loved very much, Richard (Karen) Knight, Brian (Natalie) Knight and Brittani (Jesse Merritt) Walker; her grandchildren, Jaden Knight, Kaylob Knight, Ashlynne Knight and Kodi Merritt; great-grandchild, Nolan Knight; and sister, Joyce Burns. She spent 37 years married to the love of her life, Bryan Walker. Gloria had many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Gloria wished to spend eternity in the ocean, so her children will spread her ashes and say their final goodbyes at a later date.

Goodbye is not forever. Goodbye is not the end. It simply means I'll miss you until we meet again.

Gloria Ann Walker. Courtesy photo.

Patricia Novotny. Courtesy photo.

Patricia Jean Novotny, 73, passed away on Aug. 4, 2023, after suffering a stroke at her home in Noyo Harbor, California.

Pat was born on Sept. 6, 1949, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Stella and Frank Novotny.

She attended Collinwood High School where she was instrumental in welcoming the African American students who were integrating her high school.

After graduation, demonstrating her independent spirit, she traveled through Europe by herself and returned to attend Ohio University where she earned a degree in English.

After teaching three years in Connecticut, she and her life partner Terry Casey, made the decision to move to California where they fulfilled their dream of starting a landscaping business.

They opened Highland Nursery and Landscaping in Clearlake where they happily remained until their retirement. Sadly Terry passed soon after. They had been together for 40 years.

Pat survived the 2015 Valley Fire but lost her house and all her belongings where she lived in Hidden Valley Lake. She was able to escape the fire and stayed with a dear friend until she made the decision to spend winters in Florida and summers in California. In both areas she lived near the water, enjoyed the wildlife and took long walks in the natural environment she loved.

Pat’s two passions were birding and traveling, two activities she often combined. She traveled to Europe, Mexico, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Canada and throughout the United States. She shared many of these trips with friends who meant so much to her.

Pat was a great friend and companion. She was full of laughter, keen insight and a sense of adventure that made these trips memorable.

Pat is survived by her brother, Bill (Gail); two nephews; and their four children. They include David (Kerry) and their sons Benjamin and William, and Matthew and his daughter Petra and son Nicholas.

We will miss her dearly.

Charles “Murray” Pulse. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Murray was 78 when he passed away on July 29, 2023.

He was born in Vallejo on June 29, 1945, to Ruth Ada and Charles Homer Pulse.

He attended Clear Lake High School in Lakeport. After graduation, he joined the Navy and became an electrician onboard the USS Yorktown CVS 10 where he came into contact with Agent Orange off the shores of Vietnam. Possibly due to this, later in life he was diagnosed with Parkinsons.

Fresh out of the Navy, he was hired on by Pacific Gas and Electric, where he built and maintained substations around the state and then years later transferred to work at the Geysers. Thirty-three years later, he retired, only to return to the workforce with Calpine for another 10 years. On his days off he loved to hunt and fish.

On July 3, 1971, Murray married “the girl next door,” Cathy Deacon. They were married for 52 years until the day he died and had two sons, Charles “Jody” Pulse and Jesse Homer Pulse.

Murray leaves behind his wife, Cathy; his sons, Jody (Missy), Jesse (Julie); two grandchildren, Kate and Colin; his sisters, Colleen (Harold) Young and Kathleen Rodello; and numerous other relatives and loyal friends. We all miss him dearly.

As he requested, no services will be held. Donations in his honor may be made to Hospice of Lake County, 1862 Parallel Drive, Lakeport, CA 95453.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 707-262-0357 or 707-994-5611, or visit

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09.23.2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
California Coastal Cleanup Day
09.23.2023 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lakeport Splash-In at Clear Lake
09.23.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
09.23.2023 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Passion Play fundraiser
09.24.2023 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Acme Foundation 25th anniversary celebration
09.26.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at Library Park
09.27.2023 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Town hall on homelessness
09.28.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
Middletown Art Center
09.30.2023 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
10.05.2023 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Rotary Club of Middletown
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