Friday, 19 July 2024


Frawnna Thurman. Courtesy photo.

Frawnna Thurman
Oct. 15, 1960 to Feb. 27, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Our beloved Frawnna was born in Lakeport and after graduating Clear Lake High she made her home in Lakeport.

Frawnna was as kind as she was beautiful, most of her life was spent helping others.

She was a foster mother to more than 75 children.

She created Rescue Safari and rehomed more than 200 cats and dogs from our local shelters.

An artist at heart, she loved to sing, paint, even weld.

Frawnna was a licensed hypnotherapist.

She will be deeply missed by her family: parents, Elizabeth and Donald Kaneshige of Lakeport and Larry Slaybaugh of Sacramento; sister, Sabrina Bounsall; niece Zena Bounsall and nephew, Logan Bounsall of Calistoga; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial is planned for late spring.

Thank you Rocky Point Care Center for your loving care.

Care entrusted to Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary FD1336.

Jim Spero. Courtesy photo.

Jim Spero
1934 - 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Jim Spero, retired firefighter, retired Regional Occupation Program auto body teacher and U.S. Army veteran, passed away on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, at the age of 88, at Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport with his wife of 55 years, Rhoda Spero, by his side following a long struggle with cancer.

Jim always liked to say that he was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed. This was because his father was stationed there when Jim was 7 years old. He could see the bombing of Pearl Harbor from his home.

In 1954, he joined the U.S. Army and became a Master Marksman on the National Rifle Team, where he was sent across the nation for competition shooting. Following that, Jim was sent to Korea for 18 months.

After his Honorable Discharge in 1959, he joined the Santa Rosa Fire Department and served them for 16 years until injured in a fire and had to retire.

Always looking for new opportunities, Jim then went to UC Berkeley to receive his teaching credentials for vocational education and taught auto body for 10 years before retiring and moving to Lake County.

Hunting, fishing and golf were activities he enjoyed but cars were his passion. He was a charter member of the Early Ford V8 Club of Santa Rosa and member of the Lake Lords of Clear Lake. He was also a member of SIRS 168.

Big Jim had many friends whom he loved dearly and always said that he had a great life. He was always positive and loving.

Jim is survived by his cherished wife of 55 years, Rhoda Spero. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Antoniette, and son, Michael.

He is also survived by his daughter, Valerie; sons, Brian and Randy; brothers, Dennis, Jerry and Chuck Spero; and sisters, Phyllis and Joni.

As per his request, there will be no memorial services. In lieu of flowers, any donations please send to Tunnels 2 Towers in memory of Jim Spero.

For more information please visit the Chapel of the Lake Mortuary website at

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

Alan Harrison. Courtesy photo.

Alan Keith Harrison, age 61, of San Francisco, a tribal member of Robinson Rancheria, passed away on Feb. 5, 2023.

Alan was born on June 12, 1961 to Luwana Quitiquit and Kirby Harrison in Salinas, California.

After Alan left home at age 16 he chose to follow his dream of one day becoming an actor in Hollywood where he resided for over 20 years of his life.

He had many acting accomplishments such as “The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Anniversary Party,” he eventually settled in by taking a union job as a set dresser for many major films and sitcoms.

He was also an accomplished black belt in martial arts.

Alan loved to travel and meet different people from different cultures. He lived and worked in New York, Maui, Los Angeles, and San Francisco over his lifetime.

He will be missed and forever loved by his friends and especially his family. You will live on in our hearts and our memories ...

Alan was predeceased in death by Luwana Quitiquit, Kirby Harrison, Tyrone Douglas and Nickolas Harrison.

He is survived by his sisters, Christina Harrison and Suelumatra Castillo; brother, Sklyer Harrison; and two nieces, Marie Rosales and Elizabeth Davis.

He also leaves behind his numerous aunties, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will be held at Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary at 1625 N. High St. Lakeport, California, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Jerry Maul. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Jerry Ray Maul was born to Albert and Rose Maul on March 5, 1935, and went home to be with the Lord on Feb. 17, 2023, at the age of 87. He peacefully passed away at his home.

Jerry leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Beverly Maul; sons, Darrell Maul and David Maul; and daughter, Anna Maul (Steve) Hammond.

He is also fondly remembered by his five grandchildren, Nicole, McKenzie, Spencer, Hunter and Beverly, and his seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be held at Upper Lake Cemetery on Wednesday, March 1, at 10 a.m.

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

Bethany Rose. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Bethany Rose was born Sept. 1, 1949, in Santa Rosa, California to Elton and Retha Garner.

Bethany passed away on Feb. 10, 2023, surrounded by family and friends, at 73 years of age; after a courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by her husband of more than 51 years, Gary Rose; her son, Brian Rose, and husband, Anastasio, of Santa Rosa; and son, Tony Rose, and wife, Julie, of Acampo.

Bethany is also survived by her ten grandchildren, Logan Rose, Garrett Rose, Millie Rose, Onario Rose, Xavier Rose, Morgan Rose, Britney Rose, David Quigley, Stephanie Quigley and Ryan Strugnell; her brother, Randy Garner, and his wife, Renee, and their children, John, Ryan and Brianna; and many cousins and friends.

Bethany was predeceased by her mother and father.

Bethany is a fourth-generation Lake County resident. Her family homesteaded their ranch in Long Valley in Clearlake Oaks, California, where she spent a great deal of her childhood.

Bethany learned to play the piano very early in life, and played for the Methodist Church of Clearlake Oaks, now Garner Chapel. Later in life, she played for the First Baptist Church in Lakeport.

As a youth and teenager, she was active in the Eastlake 4-H Club, and became an accomplished seamstress, winning many dress reviews in Lake County and the state.

She was active in speech contests, including the Clearlake Oaks Lions Club contests, and won most contests she entered.

She was a graduate of Upper Lake High School (1967) where she was an active student, as well as a member of the cheerleading squad.

Except during her tenure at Sacramento Community College (1969) in Sacramento, Bethany lived her entire life in Lake County.

For most of her adult life she lived in Lakeport with her husband Gary, and was an active homemaker. Professionally, she worked as a medical transcriptionist for Lakeport Convalescent Hospital, Dr. Donald Browning, Sutter Lakeside Hospital and Dr. John Minotti.

Bethany and her husband Gary farmed Bartlett pears in Scotts Valley up to their retirement in 2021. Their orchard brought them great pride of ownership, and they grew beautiful pears.

Her family was her greatest joy, followed by her love of sewing and quilting. Bethany was well known for her quilts made for family and friends, many which have been displayed at the Lake County Fair, as well as the Kelseyville Pear Festival.

She enjoyed collecting vintage and porcelain dolls, a hobby that she shared with her mother; traveling to Kauai Hawaii; spending time at Hat Creek with Gary, her children, their families, and other family members and friends.

She also enjoyed golfing with friends, cooking for her family, quilting retreats, as well as participating in Wreaths Across America for the Lower Lake Pioneer and Lakeport Hartley Cemeteries.

The family would like to thank all of the medical professionals, care providers, and friends who supported and cared for her; including her first cousin and ICU nurse, Anne Garner of Clearlake Oaks.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at Fritch Hall at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 401 Martin St. in Lakeport.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lake County 4-H or the American Cancer Society.

Bethany was a one of a kind person to many, and a wonderful wife and mother. She will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

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

Carol Vedder. Courtesy photo.

Carol Marie Vedder
April 10, 1948 — Feb. 12, 2023

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — It is with great sadness that the family of Carol Vedder (née Schultheiss) announces her passing on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, at the age of 74.

Carol will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Byron; her children, Steven and Sarah; sister, Donella; brother-in-law, Bill; and the many great friends whom she considered family.

Carol was predeceased by her parents, Pernilla and Donald.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 4, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Lakes Mortuary in Lakeport.

Carol will be fondly remembered for her strong, empathetic, funny, witty and kind nature.

Memorial donations in Carol’s name may be made to the Humane Society.

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

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