Tuesday, 07 February 2023


Ryan Depp died on Sept. 22, 2010. He was 16 years old. Courtesy photo.


Ryan Patrick Depp, 16, died of unexpected natural causes on Sept. 22, 2010 in Hidden Valley Lake, Calif.

He is survived by his mother, Glenda Pyzer (Russ); father, Rich Depp (Julie); brothers, Jeremy Depp (SueZann) and Sean Depp; sisters, Shawndre Depp (Jay), Kaitie Depp, Annabel Pyzer and Breanna Pyzer; grandparents, Jan Beebout, Harry Depp, Ken and Diane Staudinger, and Lenard and Rose Pyzer; 11 aunts; 13 uncles; 28 cousins; three nephews; godparents, Leslie Adams and Larry Sark; and numerous other family members and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Ed Beebout; and grandmother, Mary Depp.

Ryan was born on March 17, 1994 in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was always athletic, playing baseball and football, but his great passion was basketball. He was gifted on the court and an absolute joy to watch.

Ryan, although only 16, was wise beyond his years. He had many friends in Santa Rosa and Lake County. His friends were from all walks of life, and he loved them all unconditionally. He did not judge others, instead, he managed to see directly into their hearts and find the good in everyone he met.

He is known for reaching out to others, being kind to everyone he met, accepting people for who they were, lending a caring ear when needed, warm hugs, his “million dollar smile” which lit up the room, and his love, loyalty and devotion to his family – an unbelievable legacy for a 16 year old to leave behind!

Our hearts ache for this sudden and painful loss. We all love Ryan with all of our hearts and miss him terribly. We are all blessed, and better people, for having Ryan in our lives to love, and to be loved by.

A memorial service will be held at the Resurrection Parish Church located at 303 Stony Point Road (corner of Stony Point Road and W. Third Street) in Santa Rosa on Oct. 15 at 3 p.m.

With open hearts, we invite all who would like to attend.

In lieu of flowers, our family would greatly appreciate donations being sent to Camp For A Cure, which is a local baseball camp run by Ryan’s Aunt and Uncle. All proceeds go to The American Cancer Society, Lupus Foundation of America and The American Diabetes Association, www.campforacure.org.

Checks can be mailed “In honor of Ryan Depp” to P.O. Box 2623 Rohnert Park, CA 94927.

Ryan's family entrusted arrangements to Jones Mortuary, Lakeport, California, www.JonesMortuary.com .

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – To all who knew and loved Zino Mezoui, his wife Jan and the Mezoui family extend an invitation to a celebration in honor of Zino's life to be held on Saturday, Oct. 9.

The event will take place at 1 p.m. at Zino's Ristorante on the shore of Clear Lake, located at 6330 Soda Bay Road.

Parking is available at Zino's, and at Ferndale Resort next door. Please carpool if possible, as parking is limited.

Lodging for out of town guests will be available at the Soda Bay Inn, , 707-279-4722; Ferndale Resort, 707-279-4866; and the Edgewater Resort, 707-279-0208, all within walking distance.

Please call ahead for reservations, and mention that you are attending the celebration.

Donations can be mailed to Umpqua Bank, where an account has been established in his name. Please put account number 991992488 on check donations.

They look forward to sharing memories of this man who touched so many lives, and who will be deeply missed.

Leander H. “Pete” Peterson, aka “Gunky”, passed away peacefully on Sept. 6, 2010 at his home in Lucerne, Calif.

Pete was well liked by all who knew him and had been a local businessman and resident of the community of Lucerne off and on since 1947.

He was a school psychologist in Lake County, Marin County and Butte County. He was a wonderful father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed.

After serving as a quartermaster in the Navy during World War II, he joined his mother and father in Lucerne where they built the Beachcomber Resort in 1947, where it still stands today.

Enduring several devastating floods, the beautiful location was always a draw to him, his family and many friends who came from as far away as Germany and Europe to visit the resort.

Pete was preceded in death by his beloved wife Dora ”Jean” Peterson. He is survived by daughter Dianne Bevers and husband Terry in Discovery Bay, son Bill Peterson and wife Jeanne in Red Bluff, daughter Tina Fincher and husband Cody in Lucerne, son Leonard Peterson and wife Paulette in Camarillo; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and last but always loved, his pal, Viking, his black Labrador retriever.

A celebration of Pete’s life is being planned and notifications forthcoming. Services are courtesy of Jones and Lewis Mortuary of Lakeport.

In lieu of flowers, Pete wanted donations to be made in his name to the American Cancer Society and Hospice Services of Lake County.

James Freyslaben enjoying time at the beach. Photo courtesy of Linda Freyslaben.


James Edward Freyslaben died Dec. 18, 2009, at Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Calif.

He was surrounded by family, including Linda, his beloved wife of only 23 months; his daughter Courtney McCans; and son and “buddy,” Kevin McCans.

Jim was born on March 20, 1948, in San Francisco, where he was raised.




James and Linda Freyslaben were married 23 months before his death in December 2009. Photo courtesy of Linda Freyslaben.



In 1966 he graduated from George Washington High School. Later, he worked for Pacific Orient for many years.

He moved to Lake County 2004 from Napa where he worked in restaurant management for nearly 20 years. His family is currently working on establishing a scholarship in his name for student pursuing restaurant management.

Once in Lake County Jim worked as security at Robinson Rancheria for four years and one year in the vault. He had many friends and acquaintances both at Robinson Rancheria and in Kelseyville.

Survivors include wife, Linda; sons, Kevin McCans and Kyle McCans; daughter, Courtney McCans; and stepson, Sean Gay of Upper Lake.

The family thanked two outstanding oncologists who helped Jim in his final years, Mark Turrill and Jay Joseph.

Donations in Jim's memory can be made to the National Brain Tumor Foundation, www.braintumor.org/.\




The couple met after he came to Lake County. Photo courtesy of Linda Freyslaben.


Once in a Lifetime

Once upon a time,

A man fell in love with a woman

He gave his heart to her,

fully and unconditionally.

She returned that love passionately

and protected that love fiercely

Theirs was a love story for the ages

They loved without boundries

by just sharing a glance,

They danced in the moonlight

as he sang long forgotten love songs.

Then he was gone forever and her love for him endures.

The pain and tears your death has brought,

are reminders of how great my love was for you.

You have not left me

but wait for me

waiting to make our eternity


Whisper to me now my love,

use the wind as your voice.

The day we are reunited

I will be the one singing

as we dance in the moonlight.

Linda Freyslaben



James and Linda Freyslaben. Photo courtesy of Linda Freyslaben.


The Comfort and Sweetness of Peace

After the clouds, the sunshine

after the winter, the spring.

after the shower, the rainbow,

life is a changeable thing.

After the night, the morning

bidding all darkness cease.

after life's cares and sorrows,

the comfort and sweetness of peace.

Helen Steiner Rice




James Freyslaben's family is establishing a scholarship in his name for student pursuing restaurant management, an industry in which he worked for 20 years. Photo courtesy of Linda Freyslaben.

Rebecca Rosenthal, age 18, died on September 14, 2010. Courtesy photo.


On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, Rebecca Christine Rosenthal drifted away in peace, leaving behind her burden of earthly troubles. She now soars with the angels.

Rebecca was born on Oct. 3, 1991 in Auburn, Calif. She came into the world with a twin, her brother, Russell.

This young lady lived life with intensity. At age 5, Rebecca started backpacking with her family and bagged her first of several 10,000 foot peaks. At age 9, she was the youngest player to make the first cut on the under 12 traveling soccer team. At age 10, she was comfortably shooting three pointers on the basketball court.

She attended Cobb Elementary school throughout her elementary years starting with kindergarten; she continued with the Middletown School System through Middle School and attended Middletown High School for her freshman year before leaving Lake County.

During high school, she ran cross country in the fall and was a member of the track team in the spring. In addition to her natural athletic ability, Rebecca was creative, insightful and intelligent. For a number of years Rebecca played the violin. She was an active thespian and participated in the high school debate club.

She loved meeting new people and going to new places, and she relished new experiences.

Rebecca had a profound love of learning. She excelled academically in all classes, especially in math. At the time of her passing, she was a student at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

She had an interest in a number of career paths, including teaching math and social work. The common thread in all of her possible choices was helping other people. As time permitted, Rebecca volunteered with a variety of senior citizen centers.

Rebecca touched so many people during her short journey in this life. She was a delightful and engaging person, with seemingly endless stores of charm, charisma, energy and determination. Rebecca had endless potential.

Rebecca leaves behind her twin brother, Russell Rosenthal, and her parents, Monica and David Rosenthal of Middletown, Calif., her grandparents, Janet and Pat Rosenthal of Middletown, Calif., and Anna and John Penic of Porterville, Calif., her half sister, Anna Ntifi, of Minneapolis, Minn., and a large number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, both of biological and adoptive relation. All will miss her intensely and remember her forever.

A celebration of Rebecca’s life will held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 14970 Lakeview Way, Clearlake, Calif.

The memorial service will be immediately followed by a lunch. Afterwards, all are invited to continue the “celebration of life” at the Rosenthal home in Middletown.

Donations in Rebecca’s name can be made to Redwood Children’s Services Inc. at 14130 Lakeshore Drive, Clearlake, CA 95422.

“In one of the stars I shall be living… in one of them I shall be laughing”

Mary Alice (Lehmkuhl) Goldsmith, of Lucerne, Calif., passed away on Aug. 15, 2010, at St. Helena Hospital.

She was born Sept. 18, 1930, in Paola, Kansas, to Frederick Wilhelm and Mary Pauline (Waggoner) Lehmkuhl, the third of 11 children.

Mary was an excellent seamstress, making many of her own and her family’s clothes. She was especially talented at creating square dance outfits and sewed many for herself and for others. She enjoyed other crafts as well.

Mary never met anyone who stayed a stranger for long; she had a gift for getting to know a great deal about people in a very short time.

She is survived by brothers and sisters, and her two sons, Jim (Karen) Goldsmith of Fresno, Calif., and Bob Goldsmith of Lucerne. She also is survived by five grandchildren: Heather (Dave) Christison of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Jason (Ashley) Goldsmith of San José, Calif.; Jennifer Goldsmith of San José; Luke (Kristel) Goldsmith of Citrus Heights, Calif.; and Phillip Goldsmith of Lucerne; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Galilee Lutheran Church, 8860 Soda Bay Road, Kelseyville, CA 95451.

Mary will be laid to rest in the columbarium on the church grounds.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are requested in Mary’s name to Galilee Lutheran Church; the American Cancer Society; the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; the American Heart Association; or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Tulocay Cemetery in Napa, Calif.

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