Thursday, 13 June 2024


John Ornellas. Courtesy photo.

John M. Ornellas
April 20, 1932 – Jan. 17, 2024

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — John passed away peacefully in his home with his wife by his side.

John was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he met his future wife, Therese. He proudly served in the Coast Guard.

They moved to Mountain View, California, in 1954 and then moved to Lake County in 1973 where the family settled into becoming proud members of the community.

John is survived by his wife, Therese — they were together for 75 years and married for 70 years. He is also survived by his seven children, Laverne Saltz (Greg), Donna Ornellas, Cindy Chisholm (Steve), Ken Ornellas (Becky), Sharon Ornellas, Margie Briggs (Marvin) and Debbie Fromberg (Curt); 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

John is predeceased by his grandson, Jesse.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Lakeport on Friday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. with interment to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery also in Lakeport.

If you would like to make a donation in John’s memory, in lieu of flowers, please make them to Hospice of Lake County – 1862 Parallel Drive, Lakeport, CA 95453.

Aloha, John.

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

Barbara Annette Wright, at right, with her husband, James Wright. Courtesy photo.

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — Barbara Annette Wright, 83, of Kelseyville, passed away on Jan. 10, 2024.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1940, to R.G. and Beaulah Johns. Barbara was a sweet, generous and loving individual who will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Barbara is survived by her devoted husband, James Wright; son, Tim Wright; daughter, Becky Herren; and her foster daughter, Bridget McLeran. She was also a beloved grandmother to Jodi Peters, Chelsie Gray, Cristie Cash-Kjos, Candace Cash, Cody Cash and Wyatt Herren and a great grandmother to Cameron Smith, Siria Peters, Kinley Gray, Ximena Herren, Levi Herren, Antonio and Chevelle Gonzales.

Barbara enjoyed spending time with her family and singing in the choir at Kelseyville Presbyterian Church, where she worshiped. Her faith was an important aspect of her life.

A private family service will be held to honor Barbara's life. Contributions in her memory can be made to Kelseyville Presbyterian Church or Hospice Services of Lake County.

Barbara Annette Wright will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and love for her family. She leaves behind a legacy of warmth and compassion that will be cherished by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

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

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