Saturday, 09 December 2023


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.

Wayne L. Hicks of Clearlake Oaks, Calif., died on July 29, 2010.

He was born to Grace and George Hicks on Jan. 1, 1934, in Vallejo, Calif.

He served in the Korean war and was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Clearlake, Calif.

Both of his parents are deceased. He had two daughters, Kathy Robinson of Vallejo, who was raised by her mother; and Suzanne Astabie, whom Wayne raised by himself. Suzanne is married to David Astabie and they have two children, Dillon and Ariel.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Vallejo Skyview Memorial Home.

Family viewing is 10 a.m. and funeral services will be 11 a.m.

Michael William Schaffter II of Lucerne, Calif., died July 8, 2010. He was 32 years old. Courtesy photo.

Michael William Schaffter II of Lucerne passed away unexpectedly on July 8, 2010.


Michael was born in Northridge, Calif., on Dec. 23, 1977. He moved to Lake County as a child and graduated from Upper Lake High School in 1995.


He married Laura Nicole Maxwell on May 17, 2003, and they had four children.


Michael was a cabinet maker by trade and a talented woodcrafter. He worked at various cabinet shops in Lake County since high school. He was very artistic and created some beautiful pieces of custom furniture. He enjoyed playing video games with his children and exploring the outdoors. He loved his family dearly.


Michael is survived by his wife Laura of Lucerne; children, Emma, daddy's princess, Nathan, Jaden and Kyle, daddy's boys; father, Michael William Schaffter (Darlene), Granada Hills; mother, Kathy Buter (Keith), Lucerne; grandmothers, Doris Schaffter, Granada Hills and Betty Steeber, Lucerne; siblings, Louie Love (Tara) of Oregon, Chad Love (Denise) of France, Leslie Miller (Dan) of Kelseyville, Crystal Schaffter of Nice and Kenny Schaffter of Granada Hills; best friend, Bob Becker, Kelseyville; in-laws, James and Gloria Maxwell, Lucerne; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.


Per Michael's request there will be no services.


Michael leaves behind four very young children. Donations may be made to The Children of Michael Schaffter Memorial Fund c/o Gloria Maxwell at Westamerica Bank.



May the choirs of angels come to greet you,

May they speed you to paradise,

May the Lord enfold you in His mercy,

May you find eternal life.


Rest in peace Michael, we love you and miss you.

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.

Pauline Stephanski died on Friday, July 23, 2010. Courtesy photo.


Former Lake County resident, Pauline Beaulier Clark Stephanski, passed peacefully at her home in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, July 23, 2010. She was 76 years old


Born in April 1934, she was a native of Bay City, Mich.

She is survived by her husband, Charles H. Stephanski. They lived in Clearlake Park for 13 years and together founded DART Couriers.


She will be also be missed by her children, Marcy (Bob) Nunes, John C. (Genie) Mark, Clark Robert Mark, Terri (Allan) Rader, Charles M. Stephanski, Teresa (Mark) Fox, Michael Stephanski and Annie (Robert) Allen, and 13 grandchildren, Erin, Ryan, Johnny, Jordan, Hayden, Julian, Amy, Kate, Halley, Kendra, Sarah, Caroline and Julia. She is additionally survived by her brother Ted Clark, sisters, Lucy Sabourin and Peggy Gage, former husband Jack Mark and their families.


As per her wishes there will be a future private family celebration of her life at Island Lake. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Pauline's name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure ( or the Alzheimer's Association (


Father Ted Oswald died on Sunday, July 4, 2010, at Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport, Calif. He was 65 years old.

He was born on March 21, 1945, in Minneapolis, Minn.

He was raised in San Jose, Calif., and attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School in San Jose from 1952 to 1959. For his first two years of high school he attended St. Francis High School in Mountain View California and for the next two years he attended the Marist High School Seminary, Peter Chanel in Berkeley, Calif., graduating in 1963.

He joined the U.S. Army and served until January 1970, spending a one-year tour of duty in Vietnam. He served in the Military Police as a patrol supervisor and later as an instructor at the Military Police School in Fort Gordon, Georgia. From 1971 to 1975 he served as a police officer in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

During his years in the U.S. Army and as a police officer he contemplated entering the priesthood. In 1976 he joined a group of Religious Brothers in Arizona and it was from that experience that he contacted the Diocese of Santa Rosa expressing his desire to be a priest.

He was accepted as a seminary candidate for the Diocese of Santa Rosa and entered St. Joseph College Seminary, Mountain View, Calif., to being his studies for the priesthood. By 1980 he was ready to enter the Major Seminary and was accepted by the Beda College in Rome, Italy.

In 1984 he competed his theology studies and on June 6, 1984 was ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence, William Cardinal Baum, at the Basilica of Saints Cosmos and Damian in Rome.

In the summer of 1983 Father Ted served as a transitional deacon at St. Joseph parish in Cotati. After his ordination to the priesthood his first priestly assignment was at St. Mary of the Angels in Ukiah from July 1984 to January 1988 as associate pastor.

For 10 months of 1988 he served as associate pastor at St. Rose parish in Santa Rosa. Then in October 1988 he was appointed as the administrator of St. Mary Immaculate parish in Lakeport. He was named pastor on August 15, 1989 and remained in that capacity until June of 2008.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 16, 2010, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary Immaculate Church, Lakeport, followed by the burial at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Lakeport.

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