Thursday, 11 August 2022

Obits

Gregory Wiser. Courtesy photo.

Gregory Lawrence Wiser
Nov. 23, 1976 — Dec. 5, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — With deepest sorrow, we announce that Gregory Wiser, age 45, our most beloved son, brother, family member and friend, passed peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, at home with family.

Those who knew Gregory, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. He had an enormous heart and loved helping others.

He loved travel, adventure, any and all outdoor activity including hiking, watersports and fishing.

Greg enjoyed and competed fiercely in the Special Olympics, winning many team medals and meeting many new friends.

Gregory will be missed everyday by his father, Steve Wiser; mother, Jessie Wiser; brother, Marcus; his nephews, Grayson, Liam and Makhi; niece, Ella; grandmother, Jessie Tuttle; his loving aunts, uncle and cousins; and many, many great friends.

BE STRONG and COURAGEOUS! Do not be afraid; do not be DISCOURAGED, For the LORD YOUR GOD will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:8-9

We miss and love you so much son! xoxo

A celebration of life will be held in two locations to accommodate family and friends with travel limitations: Friday Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church, 5340 3rd St., Kelseyville; and Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. at Generation Life Church, 125 Academy Dr., Sutter Creek.

Donations may be made to Lakeport Hospice or North Coast Supportability LLC* in Kelseyville (*donations not tax-deductible).

William Jensen. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — William (Bill) Henry Jensen was born on July 25, 1953, in Santa Monica, California, to Marjorie Taylor and Jack Jensen.

He unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 2, 2021, in Lakeport, California, at the age of 68.

Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Bill is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Linda Jensen; his children, Michelle Halbur, Newell Jensen, Russell Jensen and stepdaughter, Leilani Greer; as well as his two grandchildren, Madeline and Rowan Halbur. He also leaves behind his parents, Marjorie and Jack Jensen; his two brothers, Jim and Paul Jensen; and his nieces and nephews.

Bill had a huge spirit and embodied living life to its absolute fullest. No matter what interest, hobby or adventure he was embarking on, he put his whole heart into it. He was an avid mountaineer, kayaker, snowboarder, scoutmaster, wood worker, dancer, teacher, mechanic, entrepreneur, sailor, pilot, scuba diver and traveler.

In his youth, Bill assisted with the family business — Jensen Graphics and Printing — in Torrance, California. In 1981 he moved his family and the business north to Sonoma County. In 1997 he met his wonderful wife, Linda. They moved to Lake County in 2000 where they taught dance lessons and continued providing graphics and printed products to the community as Direct Image Printing.

In 2010, Bill was diagnosed with stage four cancer. During this stage of his life, he found his ultimate passion — flying. He obtained his sport pilot’s license in 2011 after having surgery and while undergoing intensive radiation and chemotherapy. He began flying ultralight aircraft, which gave him the hope, joy, and inspiration he needed, aiding in his struggle with terminal cancer.

After he survived and outlived his six-month prognosis he began to play in the air and share his passion for flying with his co-pilot wife, children and friends throughout the US. He especially enjoyed flying other members of the community that were also battling cancer for free in his “Live to Fly” program that he set up so they could build memories and share in his appreciation and wonder for life. That gave him even more joy.

Bill’s passionate and playful spirit will be sorely missed.

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends at a future date. To receive information when a date is selected, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the Cancer Research Institute at cancerresearch.org.

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

Ada Lou Duacsek in 1950. Courtesy photo.

Ada Lou Duacsek, 96, passed away Nov. 21, 2021, at her home in Long Beach, California.

She was born Sept. 13, 1925, to George and (Lucy) Allen Reed in Clearlake Highlands, California.

Lou spent her childhood there aside from a short stay in Point Arena where her parents briefly worked. She attended Burns Valley School and Lower Lake High School.

Lou learned to fly a plane before she could drive. She attended San Jose State University where she pledged Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

She was the first female student to graduate in aeronautical engineering but her studies were delayed by World War II when all the men in her department left for the military.

During this time, she was a Rosie the Riveter, running an aircraft gyroscope calibration unit. At night she was a hostess at a Stage Door Canteen where servicemen living in San Francisco could socialize.

After college she applied for a direct commission in the Navy, the only place that would provide women equal pay.

Lou was in the 3rd regular commission WAVE class. Her first duty station was in Glenview, Illinois, where she was tasked to recall reserve air squadrons when the Korean War broke out in 1950.

In 1951 she was assigned to the Naval Bureau of Personnel in Washington, D.C. While there, she marched in parades down Pennsylvania Avenue and had lunch with Mrs. Truman.

From 1952 to 1954 she attended the Naval Postgraduate School and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in aerology (meteorology) as well as a husband, Lt. Anthony Duacsek, US Navy.

She reported to NAS Moffett Field for a year, then was assigned to NAS North Island. She was discharged in 1957 shortly before the birth of her first daughter. At the time, married women with children were not allowed to remain line officers.

She spent the next 18 years moving between the Atlantic coast, the Pacific coast and an abbreviated stay in South Vietnam as her husband was transferred from shipyard to shipyard.

In Norfolk, she was pursuing a secondary science teaching credential at the College of William & Mary when her second daughter arrived.

In Charleston, she was involved with developing hurricane evacuation plans for the southeastern U.S. but was delivering her third daughter when the plans were implemented for the first time.

She volunteered during Operation Babylift in Long Beach in April 1975. She also volunteered over 5,000 hours for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.

Lou and Tony retired in Long Beach in 1975. She worked briefly at Harbor Bank, then for Dr. H. Ochsner, M.D. and helped coordinate the Long Beach Police Department Emergency Translators.

Lou had a great sense of adventure and loved meeting and entertaining people. She traveled to 51 countries with different members of her family.

She was an active long time member of the El Dorado Woman’s Club, was a polls worker and precinct inspector for over 20 years, and helped organize the Long Beach International Festival.

She was loved by all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony (Tony), and survived by her daughters, Diane Duacsek, Loraine Moreno and Monica (Mark) Buehnerkemper; five grandchildren, Christopher (Annie) Buehnerkemper, Veronica (Jonathan) Brock, Julianna Buehnerkemper, Raquel and Anthony Moreno; and four-great grandchildren, Anastasia, Thomas, Cecilia and Joseph Buehnerkemper.

A service will be held in Long Beach on Dec. 28.

Please sign the guest book at www.legacy.com/obituaries/lbpresstelegram.

Mark Reisbeck. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Mark Devero Reisbeck was born March 1, 1953, in Long Beach, California, and passed away peacefully on Dec. 3, 2021, in Lake County.

Mark grew up in Buena Park and attended JFK High school in Cypress, California.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1972. He proudly served at the USAF Satellite Control Facility in Sunnyvale, California, tracking spy satellites. He loved all things electronic and learned to build TVs and computers, mostly self taught.

While in the Air Force, Mark earned his private pilot's license and took a Bell and Howell correspondence course where he built his first television from start to finish.

After moving to Lakeport in 1975, Mark purchased Peront's TV and soon changed the name to Westlake TV Service, a business he would run in Lakeport until 2016. During this time he also worked for the Lake County TV Club, maintaining the UHF television transmitters and translators atop Mount Konocti, often making the long trek to the top of the mountain with his sons in tow during rain and snow storms in his trusty four-wheel drive truck to keep the equipment up and running.

Mark also became an avid ham radio operator (call sign KA6JJW). For 20 years he maintained a repeater on Mount Konocti that was a vital source of emergency communications in Lake County during fires and floods. In the words of a dear friend, Tom Patton, Mark was “one of the few elite” who would climb towers and work on antennas, always willing to help others.

In addition to his genius for all things electronic, Mark could fix just about anything. Mark loved hunting, water skiing on Clear Lake and flying. He was also a huge fan of music, collecting thousands of vinyl records and reel-to-reel recordings, his favorites being Peter Frampton and Fleetwood Mac.

Mark lived with a wonderful sense of humor — once purchasing a hearse from Debbie's Uncle Harold Jeffers in Lakeport and driving it to Southern California, where he and his high school friends had lots of fun playing practical jokes with it.

But what Mark's family and friends cherished most was his selfless and giving nature. He would do anything for his family and friends.

Mark is survived by his children, Brian (Veronica) and Derek (Elissa); his grandchildren, Delilah and Adeline; his brother, Matthew (Rosemary); former wife, Debbie; and his nieces and nephews, Cinamon Vann, Todd (Casey) Elsa, Jeremy Jeffers, and Geoffrey and Alex Reisbeck; and his grand-niece, Tara Elsa.

He is also survived by his beloved in-laws, Jim and Nancy Elsa, Nettie Vann, John Jeffers and Becky Jeffers, as well as close friends Steve Shafer, Tom (Candy) Chrestman, Greg (Michele) Fulton and many more.

He is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Patricia Yvonne (Devero); his aunt and uncle, Margie and Ernie Smith; and his nephew, Lance Davis.

Mark's graveside service will be held at Veteran's Circle, Hartley Cemetery with military funeral honors, on Jan. 7 at noon, followed immediately by a celebration of life at TNT`s on the Lake restaurant. Please bring your memories and stories to share.

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

Shirley Scott. Courtesy photo.

Shirley Gaile Scott passed away at age 98 years on December 11, 2021 at Healdsburg, California, from age-related illnesses.

Shirley was born in King’s City, California, on April 10, 1923 to Perry and Martha Curtis. She grew up on a ranch in Monterey County. The family moved to San Jose in 1937 where she attended high school until her senior year. She graduated from Upper Lake High School in 1941.

After graduation in 1941 she married her high school sweetheart Dean Scott. They were married for 62 years.

The married couple lived in Oakland, California, while Dean was in the Coast Guard. Shirley worked for the Montgomery Ward store in the catalog department.

In 1946 Dean and Shirley purchased the Witter Springs Store. Shirley was the postmaster of the US Post Office located within the store for 32 years.

Upon her retirement in 1978, Shirley and Dean moved to Nice, California, to a home they designed and built on Clear Lake. The couple traveled for many years and were proud of the fact they had visited every state at least once. Time was also spent in Mexico, Canada and Europe.

Shirley bowled for many years traveling both locally and out of state for tournaments with her team. She was an avid water-skier and slalom skied until she was 70 years old. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, reading, swimming and bicycling. Shirley enjoyed visiting and spending time with friends and she always had a “cute little joke” to tell.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Marsha Scott of Lincoln, California; son, Larry Scott (Linda) of Livingston, Texas; son, Lee Scott (Kathy) of West Sacramento, California; and by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Dean Scott, and brother, Cecil Curtis of San Jose, preceded her in death.

Shirley will be interred at Upper Lake Cemetery in Upper Lake, California, next to her beloved husband. No services are planned.

Anyone wishing to make a charitable donation in memory of Shirley are encouraged to do so to the charity of their choice.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336, www.chapelofthelakes.com, 707-263-0357 or 707-994-5611.

Roger Dana. Courtesy photo.

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Roger Rainey Dana passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Lakeport at the age of 76.

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was predeceased by his son, Steven, and siblings, Lamar, Sanette and Andra.

He leaves behind his wife, Susan; daughter, Liz; and sons, Brian, Robert (Wendi) and Jason (Stephanie); grandchildren, Jesse, Anika, Nathan, Amber, Jessica, Ashlyn, Gabriel, Kacy and Jackson; great-grandchildren, Kyler, Shelby, Hudson, Kaylee, Asher and Jordan.

Roger was born in Afton, Wyoming on April 4, 1945, to Wilford and Donna Dana. He graduated El Dorado High School and attended Sierra and Shasta junior colleges. He began a 27-year career in banking with Bank of America in 1967, starting as an operations officer trainee and finishing as a vice president.

He married his wife, Susan Shifflett, on Jan. 8, 1972. They moved back to Kelseyville in 1990 and four years later began a second career owning seven Subway restaurants for the next 14 years.

Life was busy with family, sports, traveling, collecting vinyl records, and loving pets Roxy and Ava. Roger held a number of positions in charitable organizations throughout his lifetime.

Graveside memorial service will be held on Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. at Kelseyville Cemetery, 3375 Bell Hill Road, with a reception to follow at the Kelseyville Lions Club, 4335 Sylar Lane, Kelseyville.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate Roger’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice.

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

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