Monday, 25 September 2023


Thomas Rothstein. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Born Dec. 24, 1934 to Oliver and Nannie Rothstein in Minnesota, Tom moved west to Richmond, California with his family during World War II where family members worked in the shipyards.

In 1957, Tom married sweet Lorraine (Lorrie) and they raised three children together.

Tom and Lorrie both worked full-time and shared home responsibilities equally, although that was not popular at the time.

The family enjoyed camping and waterskiing, and neighborhood kids often appeared at their home while the camper was being packed, hoping to be invited along.

Tom coached and supported his children and their friends in every sport they chose to play. His children say they cannot imagine a better father.

Tom started out working at Doggie Diner, then moved on to United Grocers where he learned to drive trucks.

After retirement, Tom and Lorrie enjoyed traveling the United States in their motorhome and it was at that time Tom learned to dance. He often encouraged young couples to take up dancing as well.

Tom and Lorrie moved to Cobb Mountain in 1990. Tom played racquetball, tennis and golf, and took long bike rides into his 80s, determined to remain active and fit.

Lorrie would survive lymphoma only to develop Alzheimer's, and Tom cared for her lovingly and unflaggingly for many years until her death. He was never heard to complain.

In 2006, Tom and Lorrie suffered the loss of their beloved daughter, Kelley. Life would never be the same.

Still, Tom remained active and continued to enjoy dancing. In 2015, beautiful Valerie danced into Tom’s life, as if a gift from God. The two married and spent the next six-plus years dining and dancing and making trips to the ocean.

They thoroughly enjoyed life together, living to the fullest. Valerie and Tom attended Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Clearlake.

After many years as a caregiver, the past year it was Tom’s turn to be taken care of. Valerie saw to Tom’s every need. After taking a fall in January 2023, Tom was unable to recover.

Still, Tom and Val remained inseparable. From Valerie’s loving arms, Tom quietly tip-toed into heaven on April 14, 2023, as Val reminded him what a good man he was and how very much his family loved him.

Tom is survived by his wife, Valerie; boys, Michael (Kathy) and Tim (Susan) Rothstein; son-in-law, Al Leong; grandchildren, Matt (Jill) and Theresa (Ploy) Rothstein, Che (Susan) and Leslie Valdez; and seven great-grandchildren.

He will be fondly remembered.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, telephone 707-263-0357.

Timothy Nolan Hill
Oct. 19, 1950 — March 3, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Tim was born in Lakeport to Edgar and Esther Hill and raised on the family farm in Big Valley.

He graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1968.

Tim married his high school sweetheart, Cindy Gardner and they had two daughters, Candi and Katie, before divorcing.

He went to Armstrong College for accounting for a year and then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1970.

He served a tour in the Philippines and then Washington, D.C., where he met and married Patti Boling, from Kentucky. Tim and Patti had a daughter, Sara Jean, before divorcing.

Tim worked for many years as the bookkeeper for the Hance-Meyer Truss Co. in Lakeport. He had his own tax service for many years while employed by the Lake County Health Department as bookkeeper and payroll officer.

He later married Judy Dibble, often saying the third time was a charm. They remained lovingly married for 33 years before she died of cancer in 2018.

Sadly, after losing the love of his life, Tim grieved for four years until he finally joined her in death by natural causes.

He was also preceded in death by his parents and beloved sister, Kathy.

He is survived by his brother, Gary (Pattie); brother-in-law, Ross; his three daughters, Candi, Katie and Sara; four grandsons, Nick, Alex, David and Darron; two great-grandsons; and many nieces and nephews.

Tim was a quick wit and had a great sense of humor, even during his last days.

He will be missed by his family and many friends, especially Bruce Jones and cousin, Skip Hyder.

We will all miss seeing him driving his 1950 Chevy pickup, “Beulah.”

According to Tim’s wishes, there will be no service.

Cremation arrangements were made by Chapel of the Lakes in Lakeport. He wanted his ashes scattered with Judy’s.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, 707-263-0357, or visit

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — A memorial service for Matthew Blair Dickert will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Grace Evangelical Free Church 6716 Live Oak Drive in Kelseyville.

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

Bob Anton. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Robert “Bob” Anton was born July 3, 1920, to parents John and Inez Anton.

He and his brother Baird were the fourth generation to be born in Lakeport.

Bob lived a long, active life! At 102, he still drove over the mountains weekly with his cat Finley to spend time with his family and friends in Chico.

Bob went home to be with the Lord on March 5, 2023.

After college, Bob worked as an aeronautical engineer at Lockheed Martin in Burbank, and then served in the Army Air Corps teaching night flying.

During his time of service, he married the love of his life, Janice, and they were married for 68 years. Bob and Jan had two children, Lynda and Tom who were also born and raised in Lakeport.

Happy to be back home with family, Bob became co-owner of Lake Chevrolet for 25 years. After that he sold real estate at Anton Realty for several years and then he became the Lake County appraiser for the VA for several more years.

Bob was a longtime member of the Lakeport Rotary Club, and 75 years in the Hartley Masonic Lodge. He was also honored to be the Grand Marshal of the Lake County Rodeo in 2021.

At the age of 80, Bob finally retired, and he and Jan often enjoyed traveling to Mexico with friends to spend time fishing and relaxing together.

In 2011, Jan passed and since that time Bob has continued to cherish the close relationships with his beloved family and his wonderful friends in both Lakeport and Chico.

Bob really enjoyed golfing, fishing and meeting regularly with his loyal coffee friends.

He was a very hard working and a loving family man who will be greatly missed!

Bob is survived by his daughter, Lynda; his grandchildren, Erin and Amber and their families, including great-grandchildren Natalie, Kaiden, Kaya and Maliya; and his niece and nephew, Jean and John Anton.

Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary in Lakeport. All are welcome!

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

Evelyn Flaig. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Evelyn Rhae Flaig, age 87, of San Mateo, California, passed peacefully on April 3, 2023, at her home in Lakeport, surrounded by family.

She was born April 24, 1935, in St. Joseph, Missouri to Ray and Marvina Jensen.

The family, including her sister Norma, moved to Indiana in 1942. At the age of 10, she moved to Arizona with her parents.

In 1960, she moved to California, and met the love of her life, Ray Flaig, and they married a few months later on April 29, 1961.

They raised five children in San Mateo and became business owners in Los Altos while welcoming 15 grandchildren.

After retiring to their family vacation home in Lakeport, they added five great-grandchildren to the party.

Over the years, Evelyn enjoyed many hobbies, loved sailing, traveled the world, was PTA president, sold Tupperware and touched many, providing daycare services to neighborhood kids.

She will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by her husband, Ray; her five children, David (Denise), Michael, Jenny Schmidt (Steve), Curtis (Kelly) and Suzanne Shepard (Jim); 15 grandchildren, Heidi Flaig, Erika Flaig, Kyle McDowell, Chad McDowell, Holden Flaig, Tyler Schmidt (Heather), Zachary Schmidt, Emily McIlhaney (Danny), Brandon Flaig, Paige Flaig, Kayla Flaig, Kyle Parker, Quintin Shepard, Alexis Lleras (Brayan) and Madelynn Shepard; five great-grandchildren, Sean McDowell, Lucy McDowell, Lincoln McDowell, Brooklyn Schmidt and Olivia McIlhaney.

Graveside services were held at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto on Monday, April 10.

Donations may be made to her neighborhood HOA for a memorial in her honor: Evelyn Flaig, Lands’ End HOA, P.O. Box 804, Lakeport, CA 95453.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, 707-263-0357, or visit

John Alotta Jr. Courtesy photo.

John Alotta Jr.
Dec. 9, 1939 – April 1, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — John was born in San Jose to John and Teresa Alotta. He was a 40 year Upper Lake resident.

When he was younger, he worked at his father’s restaurant, which is where he developed his love for cooking.

In October 1967, he married his best friend and the love of his life Marialisa “Lisa” Galletto. Last year they celebrated 55 years together.

John and Lisa opened an Italian restaurant called Alotta‘s in Los Altos. After nine years they decided to close the restaurant and open up a delicatessen which they ran for 36 years also in Los Altos.

Then they moved to Upper Lake and opened Alotta’s Italian restaurant in Capella, and then moved the restaurant to Upper Lake. After seven years they had to retire from the restaurant business due to health issues.

John really loved people. He spent his whole life trying to help others as best he could. He was a kind man and a very patriotic man. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He really loved the American flag. He had 30-plus flags flying on his property. John loved gardening and his flowers, he had a knack for beautiful landscaping and for decorating events that he would cater. He loved animals and photography.

John was a lifelong member of the Grange, the Elks and the Odd Fellows. He was also a member of the Sons of Italy, the American Legion of Lake County, SPCA, Italian Catholic Federation, the USO and the breakfast group that would meet weekly at Robinson Rancheria.

John is survived by his wife, Marialisa Alotta.

Visitation will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, at Chapel of the Lake Mortuary and his service will follow from 1 to 2 p.m.

His burial with full military honors will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 17 at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road in Dixon.

His hearse will leave from Chapel of Lake at 9:30 a.m. and the procession will go from there to the cemetery in Dixon.

All are welcome.

Care and arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, 1625 N. High St., Lakeport, telephone 707-263-0357,

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