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CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Michael Trent Moore, 73, of Clearlake, Calif., died Friday, May 18, 2012, at St. Helena Hospital.

Michael was born on Jan. 9, 1939, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Wilbur Wilton Moore and Loretta Strait.

Michael was a video tech for more than 20 years in Los Angeles before moving to Lake County. He and his wife Joan Moore enjoyed their Videos 4 U rental business where he made many of his lifelong friends.

His favorite hobbies in life were weightlifting, gardening, jewelry making and reading. He was a great thinker, and could travel in conversation with anyone. His favorite topic was politics.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Joan Moore; sisters, Mary Williams of Cedar Rapids, Iowa,  Melody Price of Zionsville, Ind., and Diana Messmer of Indianapolis, Ind.; and brother James Moore of Indiana.

He had two children, Michael Moore of Apex, North Carolina, and Rebecca Cadler of Anaheim Hills, Calif; and four grandchildren.

Services are private.

He will be truly missed by his family and friends.


Susan passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2012.  

She was born March 22, 1926, in Palo Alto, Calif., to Ellis Dunsmore and Irene Alma Williams.  

She is survived by her son, Steven Frigge, and his wife, Jennifer, of Lower Lake, Calif.; daughter, Carol Lemon and husband, Mike, of Middletown, Calif.; grandchildren, Heather and John Scoggins, Nicole and Kimberly Lemon, Nicholas and Nathan Frigge, and Robert, Martin, Jason, Holly and Justin Summers; numerous great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dolores and Kathryn.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Clifford Frigge, and her son, Robert Casey Summers.  

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, May 17, at 1 p.m. at the Middletown Cemetery in Middletown, Calif.


Jessica Colleen Knight Thompson was born in Lake County, Calif., and moved to St. Louis, Missouri with her family when she was in third grade where she met her best friend Barbara Tucker and her husband Bernard “Buck” Thompson. Nothing was more important to her than her family and friends.

Jessica loved music, and she loved to go dancing. She mixed with the best of them in St. Louis in the 1960s … James Brown, Tina and Ike Turner, Bobby “Blues Boy” Bland at Club Imperial.

However, her most prized accomplishment was giving birth to her daughter Twaya Tyleen Thompson.
Jessica was also a proud to be a member of Middletown Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians.

She is survived by husband, Bernard; daughter, Twaya; mother, Charline Knight; sisterm Lydia Knight O’Riordan; brothers, Bradford Knight, Bryan Knight, Jeff Knight and Ivan Knight; best friends, Barbara Tucker and Linda Hall; and many, many loved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at 5 p.m. at Middletown Rancheria Tribal Hall Rancheria Road, Middletown, Calif.

A dinner in her honor will be held immediately following services and burial.


Bethany Angel Vogel, 33, born Oct. 27, 1978, in Klamath Falls, Ore., went to be with the Lord May 4, 2012, in Cobb Mountain, Calif.

Bethany's passion was working with special needs children and she was enrolled at Yuba City College, Clearlake Campus in Clearlake, Calif., where there is a scholarship fund set up in her memory for Early Childhood Education.

Bethany is survived by the lights of her life, her nephews and nieces, Teagen Oliver, Joscelyn and Jonathon Koffler, Sara Rowe, and Carson and Sterling Deshong.

She also is survived by her mother, Marcie Colas; father, Derek Vogel (Kami Huston); brother, David (Anna) and sister, Kristine (Charles) Koffler; grandmother, Dorol Forney; grandfather, Leon (Edith) Colas; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; as well as special friends, Sabrina, Emelie and her daughter, Elizabeth.

Bethany was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Robert Vogel and Gwen Vogel (Craig) Smith.

Memorial services for Bethany will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Hidden Valley Community Church, 18160 Spruce Road Ext., Hidden Valley Lake, CA.

The family prefers donations in memory of Bethany to the Bethany Vogel Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund, payable to Yuba College, Memo Bethany ECE, 15880 Dam Rd., Clearlake, CA 95422 or Lake Family Resource Freedom House, 5350 Main St., Kelseyville, CA 95451.

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

Christy Pells passed into the kingdom of heaven, to the room that Jesus has prepared for her in His Father’s house a little after midnight on May 9 after what seems a whirlwind battle with cancer that began in February, 2012 … She was 56.

Born in 1955, Christina Anne Williams to Ralph B Williams and Marjorie (Stalker) Williams in Poughkeepsie New York. She is a U.S. Marine Corps wife who raised our son and managed our household alone all too often as my duties took me away – including to both the exotic Cuba and the land of the morning calm, Korea.

Though she studied nursing and became an LPN, she spent her life chasing me, her Marine husband, around the world including honeymooning in Cyprus; our first anniversary in Monterey, Calif.; giving us William (our Sasquatch and much beloved son) in Scotland and, of course, a little time on the beaches of Hawaii before we settled in northern California, first in the Napa Valley and then Clearlake.

Professionally, she turned to serving others through the banking and financial industry – ultimately building and running her own book keeping service for a time before devoting herself full time to her passion for helping others through her advocacy work, dog and horse adoption and a huge heart that rarely accepted no for an answer.

Personally, her proudest accomplishments – which always brought the most joy to her days and the biggest smiles to her face – is really all about two people: her baby boy Willy – who stood tall and ignored his own pain to help me get through this from day one; and his daughter, Christy’s oh-so-precious grand-baby, Sydney – to whom Christy is “Nana,” as she was too young to be grandma – and who displayed grace and courage far beyond her 10 years, helping tend to her fading Nana and giving her Papa many spontaneous hugs when I need them the most.

Both, like her husband – Garry – already miss her profoundly … like the air we breath and the water we drink …

She is also loved and missed by her sister Diana,  who arrived in time to see her off and remained to help me through the toughest days; as well as her mom, her Aunt Kay and Cousin Lance, who drove from Reno and joined us at Christy’s side; her Aunt Bet and Uncle Richard and many more.

And my family, especially my sister Patti whose help at Christy’s bedside was immeasurable when Christy and I needed her the most … and continues today as well as my Aunt Jo whose wise counsel, love and support has meant more to me than she knows.

Christy is also loved and missed by her non-traditional family that includes:

“Will’s boys” – our son’s many friends who, from their teen years to today, always knew she’d make sure they were very well fed and taken care of – and sometimes even before she’d get on them about this and that, keeping them on the straight path, at least as she saw it; Brian and Andy from the past, Steve and Skyler today.

Our dear friend Carl, in whom Christy’s passion for tide pools, hummingbirds and advocacy blossomed.

Her many Clearlake friends including Sue and Rusty and Tammy.

And, of course, her adopted golden boy, Roscoe; her baby girl, Jazzie; her cats, Layla and Garfield; and her beloved horses, Jewel, Rebel and O’Teaka. All were adopted, most with special needs and each and every one finding a special place in Christy’s heart.

Her love and passion was always for helping others; her plate always overflowing with errands and tasks, mostly for others and, only when and if she had time, for herself.  We could depend on her to be late for everything because she never had enough time to complete her days work for others – though that would not deter her from adding one more thing for someone else as the need arose.

Only through the grace of a loving and merciful God and with the blessing of very special friends, our son Will and I saw her from the hospital to her home where she spent her last hours – away from the tubes and needles and pain and into the embrace of her family and friends, many of her beloved pets and a loving God.

She slipped peacefully away, made her last inspection tour of the house and joined her dad, Uncle Thomas and friend Bobby in heaven.

God is good, all the time, no matter what.

Very special thanks to fellow Marines Chris (w/out whom I don’t know what I would have done) and Kevin (there when I needed an ear… or a shoulder…) I love you both.

As per her wishes, we are planning a celebration of Christy’s life in an informal gathering on the southeast shore of Clearlake in Austin Park at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11.

Final arrangements are pending confirmation though she’ll be pissed if they do NOT include good food and much laughter.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Kelseyville Fire Department in Kelseyville, Calif., or to your local fire department or to support cancer research. I got the feeling that what was so special to me was part of Kelseyville Fire Department’s normal tour of duty – and probably is for yours as well.


Janis Entler Paris died following a two-year battle with cancer on Sunday, April 29.

Janis was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. She survived and escaped a troubled family, and made a life that anyone would be proud of.

A star student in high school, she found her way in to college by entering and winning the Miss Scott County pageant, which came with a scholarship. She eventually earned two master of arts degrees, in psychology and theater arts.

She lived for nearly 10 years in French Canada and taught high school while there. When she returned to the U.S. she settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she became a top book editor and project manager.

Janis made herself a master of PhotoShop, and was able to restore many old and damaged photographs that few would have been able to work with.

She became a political activist, helping to organize opposition to the Iraq war from its beginning in early 2003.

She contributed in many ways — with her ideas, her artistic ability, and sheer shoe leather and sweat — to local political issues, and helped make Lake County a better place to live. She was resolutely, and not always conveniently, committed to honesty and justice.


But her true passion was music. All the way back to her teenage years she fronted a band, and over the years she became an accomplished songwriter, singer, and bandleader.

There were many people who saw this beautiful, petite woman and were then astonished at the big voice and raw blues power that she delivered.

She completed one album with her band Paris and Frindt and Friends, and had material ready to begin work on a second album when illness forced to put the project on hold.

She leaves her husband Paul Frindt, her beloved stepdaughter Brittany Skrzypek, two sisters in Iowa, and many, many friends who will miss her very much.

To quote the song she often used to close shows, “There’s a hole in the world tonight.”

There will be an informal get together of friends to mark her life and passing at her house at 1946 New Long Valley Road, Clearlake Oaks, on Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. Light food will be provided. Please bring only your memories and thoughts to share.

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