Saturday, 18 May 2024


Stephen Kacharos. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Stephen Anthony Kacharos passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 3, 2023, at his home in Lakeport.

He will be deeply missed, but there is more solace than sorrow in knowing that he lived a good, long life filled with love, adventure, and purpose.

He was born Sept. 26, 1935, to Peter and Fanny Kacharos and was raised in Mill Valley, California with his older sister and younger brother, Katherine, and Andrew.

He is survived by his three children, Douglas, David and Sandra; his beloved grandchildren, Douglas II and Serena; and his great-grandson, Zekiel.

Steve loved golf and home cooked meals. He appreciated horses, goats, dogs, cats and quail. He built cars, boats and beautiful homes, and was a fantastic plumber.

He was honest. You could count on him. He was a good son, a devoted father, a wonderful grandfather and great friend.

A memorial ceremony will be held at Kelseyville Cemetery, 3375 Bell Hill Road on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. followed by a celebration of his life at the family residence in Lakeport.

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

Stephen Kacharos. Courtesy photo.

Kimberly R. Mitchell. Courtesy photo.

Kimberly R. Mitchell

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the untimely death of Kimberly Renee Mitchell on Dec. 26, 2023.

Kimberly was born on July 21, 1995, in Santa Rosa, California. Kimberly grew up in Cloverdale, California, and graduated from Cloverdale High School in June 2013.

Kim played volleyball, basketball and softball all four years of high school. She was an exceptional athlete and known for being a team player with a big smile and an infectious laugh.

Kim is survived by her parents, Greg and Erika Mitchell; brother, Kamrin Mitchell; grandmother, Catherine Mitchell; uncles, William Mitchell, Damian Knecht and Jacob Cole; Aunt Emilia Cottrell Cardenas; and many cousins.

Kim was preceded in death by her Grandpa (Papa) Dewain Mitchell; grandfather, Homer Knecht; grandmother, Liz Cottrell; and Aunt Velika Weiskopf.

Kim worked for Donohoo Inc. for many years. In her spare time she played co-ed softball.

We are so grateful to have had this beautiful young woman in our lives for 28 years.

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

Julietta Lawson. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Julietta Concepcion Lawson, affectionately known as Julie.

She passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 19, 2023, just two days following her 81st birthday.

Julie was well loved and will be missed by all, especially Ben, her husband of 58 years; son, Greg Lawson and his wife Rhonda Philips; daughter, Michelle Balthazar and her husband Joe, and stepson, Aaron Light and his wife Maria.

She was a special grandmother to Trevor, Trent, Benjamin, Gabrielle, Lauren, Elisa, Charlie, Marcos, Loric, Ella and Ian; and four great-grandchildren, Juliette, Emelie, Sophie, and Emelia.

She is also survived by her older sister, Amparo Castellaño in Canada, many nieces and nephews and her loyal pups, Lilly and Chiquita.

Julie was born in Guatemala and migrated to San Francisco at the age of 19. Joined by all of her siblings and parents they worked hard to create a beautiful life in the United States.

Julie had a passion for hosting parties, gardening, anything animal and traveling around the world with Ben. She also worked in many volunteer organizations in Lake County.

We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Lake County for their excellent care and guidance during her last few months.

She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

A celebration of life potluck will be held at the Keys Club in Clearlake Oaks on Saturday, Jan. 13, from noon to 3 p.m.

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

Charlie Stimpson. Courtesy photo.

Charlie Augustus Stimpson was born at St. Helena Hospital, Deer Park, California, on Aug. 1, 1963, to Bill and Lorraine Stimpson and passed at St. Helena Hospital on Jan. 8, 2024.

Charlie was the youngest child of Bill and Lorraine Stimpson. He was raised in Middletown, California. Charlie was a hardworking man. This work ethic was instilled in all of Bill and Lorraine’s five children.

One of Charlie’s proudest moments was the birth of his son, Sebastian born Dec. 4, 1994. In 1998, Charlie was employed by Hidden Valley Lake when an on-the-job accident left him permanently disabled.

Charlie purchased a home in 1999 in Clearlake, California, where he and his son resided. Charlie’s parents, Bill and Lorraine, decided to move to Idaho in 2007. Charlie made the decision to move with his son to Idaho to live closer to his parents and rented out his Clearlake home. In 2014, following the passing of his parents. Charlie and his son moved back to Clearlake.

Charlie lived a life full of cherished moments. He didn’t need grandeur or applause; he was a man fulfilled with just the sound of hearty laughter surrounding him, a cooler filled with fish, and his family’s love ringing in his ears. We will remember Charlie as he lived — a quiet, humble man, larger than life, with an air of simplicity.

Charlie is preceded by his Mom, Lorraine Stimpson and his Father, Bill Stimpson.

He is survived by his son, Sebastian (Helen) Stimpson of Paradise, California; sisters, Jane Raymer of Clearlake, Helen (Joe) Owen of Middletown, Donna (Clay) Ames of Amarillo, Texas, and brother, Mike Francis of Wellington, Nevada; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Donations in Charlie Stimpson’s memory may be made to Middletown Unified Ag Boosters, P.O. Box 37, Middletown, CA 95461-0037.

Janet Byouer. Courtesy photo.

Janet Elaine Byouer, age 78, of Tipp City, Ohio, passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2024.

She was born Sept. 24, 1945, in Slayton, Minnesota to Percival and Mabel {Carlson} Lundberg.

Janet is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Clifton “Cliff” Byouer.

She is survived by her children, William (Chris) Byouer of Juneau, Alaska, Gayle (George) Lovett of Tipp City, Ohio, and Brenda (Jack) Hall of Sunbury, Ohio; and sister, Darlene Payne of Angels Camp, California.

Also surviving are grandchildren, Darriel, Alexis, Kandi, Trevor B, Terra, Cody, Trevor P, Ryan, Andrew and Amber; and great-grandchildren, Estrella, Alexander, Mason, Maverick and Montgomery.

Janet was a proud Marine Corp wife, a great mom and grandma. In addition to her home duties, she worked as a teacher’s aide for at-risk children and at several wineries near her home in Lake County, California.

A visitation will be held at 10:30 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, Ohio 45371.

The family suggests anyone wishing to make memorial contributions in Janet’s honor to please consider the Alzheimer’s Association of Dayton, 6077 Far Hills Ave. No. 117, Dayton, Ohio 45459.

Online condolences may be expressed at

John Chen-Liang Hu

LAKEPORT, Calif. — John Chen-Liang Hu was born on Oct. 25, 1942, in Shanghai, China and passed away peacefully at home in Lakeport on Dec. 25, 2023.

John is survived by his loving wife, Lydie X. Hu; his daughter, Elizabeth Hu Chen and husband, Po-Sun Chen; his son, Evan Hu; his five brothers, James, Phillip, Andrew, Paul and Eugene Hu; and 11 nieces and nephews.

His legacy is carried on by his children and four beautiful grandchildren, Gabriel, Galileo, Galahad and Genevieve Chen.

John is predeceased by his parents, William and Elizabeth Hu, and his beloved sister, Margaret Mu-Chieh Hu Wang.

John lived a long and full life, uncompromising in his beliefs and steadfast in his values, and was loved by many.

He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

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