Friday, 30 September 2022


Louise Runne. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Louise Rachel Runne, who loved to be called “Momma” by her kids, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 10, 2022.

Louise was born in Durango, Colorado on July 28,1937 to Guadalupe and Manuel Martinez. Lousie had eight children with Julio Velasquez (D): Vidal Velasquez (D), Priscilla Campbell (Kenny), Antonio Velasquez (Geri), Julia McCardell (Mike), Lizardo Velasquez (Gretchen), Barbara Velasquez (D), Edward Velasquez (Kim) and Hope Velasquez (Mike), and two stepchildren, Manuel and Louella (Lela) Velasquez.

She raised her children with much love, laughter and a stern hand.

She also had 12 grandchildren, Christopher, Michael and David Campbell, Melissa Martinez, Jennifer and Ryan McCardell, Jacob and Emerson Velasquez, Myle, Moses and Roman Velasquez and Kade Velasquez Hilden.

She also has 14 great-grandchildren, Ceejay, Timothy and Avyen Campbell, Leanne, Marissa, and Raquel Campbell, Joseph, Angel and Kane Campbell, Alex and Michael Ponce, Bella and David Beatty, Connor McCardell; and one great-great-grandchild, Elijah Campbell.

Louise was a longtime resident of Lakeport, moving here in 1987 with her first husband Julio and their three children. Julio passed away in 1989 and Louise was single for several years.

She found love again in 1992 when she met Fritz Runne. They were married one year later and are now celebrating 30 years as we speak.

When she married Fritz she gained four more children, Bobby, Bruce (D), Sandy (D) and Sharon, which also came with seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She loved them like they were her own. She was loved very much by all her family and will be missed greatly.

She loved bowling, dancing and, most of all, hitting up the casino. She would often be seen at the casino drinking a Budweiser with her best friends, trying to become millionaires and talking about what they would do with the winnings. We all would have been taken care of well, had they ever won.

She had a blessed life in Lake County, surrounded by a multitude of great and loving friends and could not imagine her life anywhere else.

She was a devout catholic and loved to attend St. Mary’s Church.

She was surrounded by family the day the Lord called her home. She was once again reunited with her sister, Helen; Mother; Father; children, Vidal (Bee) and Barbara; her grandson, David; two beloved husbands, Julio and Fritz; and a whole slew of other family members and friends.

She is survived by her sister, Priscilla Samora, and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Louise’s Rosary will be held at the Chapel of the Lake Funeral Home in Lakeport at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. A service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Lakeport, with a reception to follow at New Hope Church at 305 Peckham Court in Lakeport.

Arrangements by Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, telephone 707-263-0357,

Ed Fayle. Courtesy photo.

Edward George Gayle

Aug. 3, 1935 (born)
Aug. 14, 2022 (died)
Age: 87

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Edward George Fayle was born in Bakersfield, California, on Aug. 8, 1935, to Leonard Ray Fayle and Anna Louise (Trapnell) Fayle of Delano, California.

Ed died in his long-term home city of Lakeport, on Aug. 14, 2022.

In 1942, the family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where his father’s family had been early members of the communities of Las Vegas, Jean and Goodsprings, Nevada.

Ed attended John S. Park Grade School and Las Vegas High School, participating in many activities, including band, varsity football and the National Honor Society.

He became the Class of 1954’s Salutatorian and attended Stanford University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1958.

After working at North American Aviation in Southern California, he returned for a graduate degree to the University of California, Oakland, and received his professional engineering degree in 1962 to 63.

He relocated to Las Vegas and then to Phoenix, Arizona, where he worked designing systems in the heating and cooling industry.

In 1985, Ed moved to Lake County in Northern California and enjoyed the pastoral environment and friendly community for the remainder of his life.

He is survived by his sister, Jane Fayle Norgren of Milford, Connecticut; his nephews, Erik Ray Norgren of Stamford, Connecticut, Nils Edward Norgren (Kim) of Norfolk, Massachusetts; and niece, Anna Louise Norgren Mahon (Sean) of Orange, Connecticut; in addition to his grand nephews and nieces.

He was a proud uncle and brother-in-law to the late Philip Norgren, Jane's husband, who was also an engineer.

A graveside memorial service will be held in the late fall in Goodsprings, Nevada.

JJ Flynn. Courtesy photo.

Jon Joseph "JJ" Flynn

Jon Joseph “JJ” Flynn was born Oct. 13, 1986, in Daly City, California.

He moved to Lake County in May 1989 with family, and graduated from Middletown High School in 2004.

He passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 15, 2022, in Walnut Creek, California, at the age of 35.

Jon is survived by his father, John, of Cobb and sister, Christine, of Redwood City.

Jon is predeceased by his mother, Judy.

He will be missed by all those fortunate enough to know and love him.

Jon's ashes will be interred with other family members at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at Glenbrook Cobb Cemetery.

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

Scott VerLinden. Courtesy photo.

Scott Alan VerLinden was born April 5, 1955, and he passed away on Aug. 21, 2022, at 67 years old.

He was born to Ralph and Maryly VerLinden of Scotts Valley, California.

He grew up in El Sobrante, California, with his brother and two sisters, Nancy (Greg) Wright and Carolyn VerLinden (Dave). His only brother, Craig, was killed in Viet Nam.

Scott graduated from De Anza High School in 1973. He married Saundra on Valentine's Day in 1978. They have three lovely daughters, Leisha Romo (Rene), Shannon VerLinden and Kristin VerLinden. Scott and Saundra divorced in 1995.

In 2000, Donna Ornellas moved back to Lake County from Alaska when Scott asked her to come live with him. This union added two more lovely daughters to his family, Shannon Johns and Barbi Frisbie. Scott adored all five girls and they equally adored him in return. A loving family for 22 years. Scott also has seven grandchildren, Brandon, Aziza, Caliana, Jeoff, Charity, Jayden and Brooklyn.

Scott was a welder-fabricator his whole life. He owned Barnett Welders in Lakeport, California, with his dad Ralph for 45 years. He was very well known by a lot of local families and friends and very well liked by all that met him. His friends used to call him the Clint Eastwood of Lake County. When anyone would visit with Scott, he always gave them his full attention. He never said much, but always listened like what you had to say was important.

Scott always treated Donna with respect and love. If something was important to Donna (right or wrong), it was important to Scott.

Donna and Scott’s daughters will cherish their time with Scott forever.

We are hoping that everyone that reads this will come to Scott’s celebration of life in Lakeport, California, at the Yacht Club on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 6 p.m.

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

Dan Grothe. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Franz Daniel (Dan) Grothe, Jr., born May 31, 1925, to longtime Mendocino and Lake County ranchers Franz Grothe and Jennie Goodrich Grothe, died at his home in Scotts Valley, California, Aug. 17, 2022.

Born at the Bell Springs family ranch, Dan recalled herding cattle down what is now Main Street in Ukiah as a boy.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he served in the infantry with the First Battalion, 7th Regiment of the 3rd Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery and steadiness after volunteering to replace and repair communication lines while under enemy fire.

He married his high school sweetheart, Adele (Dell) Burris Grothe, on June 13, 1945. When he was 16 years old, he saw Dell riding a black horse through a vineyard and knew he was going to marry her. Four years later, he did.

They had four children, Lewis “Jeep,” Trudi, Jenny and Art. He never missed a school function, basketball game, a track meet or a wrestling match.

The Army awarded him a Gold Star family designation after his son, Jeep, was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

He was a beloved grandfather to six grandchildren and a much adored great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. He taught his grandchildren to play cribbage, solitaire and basketball, and his great-grandchildren the joys of Haagen-Dazs and salami.

An active community member, he served as a Lakeport School District Board Member, Lake County Fire commissioner, Mendocino College trustee and Rotary Club member. He retired as the California State Probate Referee for Lake County.

Dan is predeceased by his wife, Dell; son, Jeep; and his parents and sisters.

He is survived by daughters, Trudi and Jenny (husband Rick); son, Art (wife Janine); six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary on Monday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Lakeport Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, 445 N. Main St., Lakeport, Ca. 95453 or the Army Emergency Relief Fund.

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

Gerald Wood. Courtesy photo.

Gerald Thomas Wood
Born 1936 — Died 2022

Gerald Thomas Wood, “Jerry,” was born in Red Bluff, California, in 1936.

When he was 3 years old, he, his brother, and his mother went to live with his grandmother in Healdsburg, California, after his father went to fight in World War II.

Jerry grew up enjoying swimming in the Russian River, riding his bike, and playing with his dog, Spot.

Jerry attended college in Santa Rosa and was a member of the US Coast Guard for three years.

Jerry also served as a deputy sheriff in Lake County for 27 years. He became a sergeant and was in charge of patrolling the lakes around Lake County, including Clear Lake, Blue Lakes and Lake Pillsbury.

Jerry met his wife, Joan, when they were 3 years old growing up in Healdsburg. They were always good friends but did not marry until years later after they were both divorced.

Combined, they’ve had eight children, five daughters and three sons, as well as 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Jerry always enjoyed diving for abalone, fishing on his boat, hunting, and traveling with his wife in their motorhome.

Most of all Jerry enjoyed spending time with family and attending kids, grandkids and great-grandkids events throughout the years.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Wilda Wood; brother, Wally Wood; son, JT Wood; and grandson, Conner Thomas.

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10.01.2022 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Sponsoring Survivorship annual walk and run
10.01.2022 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Konocti Challenge
10.01.2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers' Market at the Mercantile
10.01.2022 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
20th annual Falling Leaves Quilt Show
10.01.2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekly writing workshop
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Lakeport Harvest Festival
10.01.2022 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvest Dinner and Silent Auction
Peace and Plenty Farm
10.01.2022 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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