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Richard Lee Benjamin died June 26, 2012, in Redding, Calif., while traveling to visit family in Oregon.
He was born June 1, 1929, in Scandia, Kansas, to Leota and Harold Benjamin.

The family moved to Culver City, Calif., when Richard was about 9 years old. He graduated from Hamilton High School.

He was married to Marjory Ann Coleman from 1950 to 1970 and had two children, Rick and Susan.

After working at Studebaker as car parts manager for five years, he began his career with Pacific Telephone in 1954 as a frameman in Beverly Hills. He progressed rapidly and enjoyed many assignments in the plant, marketing and administration departments in the Los Angles area.

He transferred to San Francisco in 1978 and his job duties were transferred to AT&T at divestiture of the Bell System. He retired as staff manager-real estate in 1985. In 1988 he moved to Lake County.

Richard had a love of cars, planes, boats and motorcycles. He also enjoyed hunting, RVing and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Benjamin; son, Rick (Louise) of Damascus, Oregon; granddaughters, Amy Aivaliotis and Kimberly Benjamin; great-grandson, Gabriel Benjamin; sister, LeVonne Cooke of San Diego; and brother, Don of Lake San Marcos.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Paden Anne Cormack also known as Susan Anne Benjamin;  brother Harold; and sister Georgalee Works.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at St. Peter’s Church, Kelseyville. A reception at Glebe Hall will follow.

His remains will be interred at a later date in San Diego.

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

Muriel Eleanor Shaw, nicknamed “Honey” by her grandson, she was known to many people simply as Honey.

She was born to Ernest and Carrie Young June 25, 1915, in West Linn County, Ore., near the Willamette River.

She passed peacefully June 25, 2012, in Lakeport on her 97th birthday.

Muriel is survived by her daughter, Gail Shaw (George) Gibson of Lakeport; grandson, Christopher (Tanya) Martin of California; great-grandchildren, Katelynn and Karson of California; brother-in-law, Robert Scagel of Canada; and nieces and nephews, Rob, Nancy, John and their families of Canada and niece Cari of Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Phyllis Scagel.

Muriel lived in many places in the world in her life but always called Petersberg, Alaska her home. Her second home was in Lakeport where she lived in the Lakeport Lagoons for the last 33 years.  

Prior to moving to Lake County in 1979, Muriel lived in the Bay Area and the northwest and worked as a certified x-ray technician for more than 40 years.

She was very proud of being an x-ray tech and was a good one too.

She had a wonderful sense of humor and called many people her friends. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.

Love you Mom/Honey.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport.

Diana Gale Havrilla

Diana passed away June 18, 2012, in Santa Rosa following a brief illness.

Born in Concord, Sept. 4, 1942, to Bert and Winifred (Colton) Sullivan, she was a longtime resident of Lake County, most recently living in the home built by her parents in Kelseyville.

She is survived by her sons, Corey Call, Gary and Jeff Havrilla; daughter, Barbara Bergem; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Havrilla, and brother, Gary Sullivan.

Diana will be remembered for her quiet, gentle spirit, compassion toward others, her unique sense of humor, love and loyalty to family and friends. A great deal of her time was spent caring for those in need.

Never wanting to be in the spotlight, it is not a surprise that she requested no services.

Grateful she was in our lives, we bid her farewell, knowing her faith and trusting that we will meet again.

The family prefers donations in her name be made to: The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, or online at .

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport.

Margaret Elsing
Nov. 9, 1937-June 16, 2012

Margaret Elsing passed away at her home with family by her side.

She is survived by her husband, Gene, and numerous  family members and friends.

Margaret will be missed by all who knew her.

A memorial will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport, Calif.


Lawrence “Larry” James Ambler Jr.
October 30, 1924 – June 23, 2012

Longtime Lake County resident and former caretaker of the Upper Lake Cemetery has gone to be with his wife, “Sis” Ambler.

He will be missed by all, but mostly his son Dan (Tami) Ambler; grandkids, Jessie, Jen, Rachel and Chris; and five great-grandchildren.

All our thoughts and prayers go with him.

Services will be at noon, Saturday, July 7, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, Lakeport.

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


Longtime Lake County resident Sally June Davis McKinster Bauer passed away early Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after a long battle with cancer.

She is survived by her longtime partner, Ivan Lubich of Lakeport, her five children, Holly Bardwell of Kelseyville; Kyle McKinster of Everett, Wash;  Erik McKinster of Lawton, Okla; Brad McKinster of Lakeport; and Tyson McKinster of Elk Grove, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; her sister, Cyndy Sulots of Texas; as well as nieces, cousins and many friends who loved her.

Sally is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Davis and June Green, and sister, Judie Davis Hodson, who she loved very, very much.

Sally worked for many years as a waitress and bartender on the Mendocino Coast as well as in Lakeport, also as a Travel Agent at Cheap Tickets and was always willing to listen.  

She was full of love and laughter and always put her children first. She was deeply loved and will be missed.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 23, at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport.

All those who knew and loved Sally are invited to come.

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

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