Monday, 15 July 2024

Obits

David Doberstein. Courtesy photo.

David Gage Doberstein
Dec. 10, 2000 — May 21, 2024

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Davey loved life to the fullest with his infectious smile. He enjoyed riding his bike and watching his favorite cartoons such as: Paw Patrol, Teen Titans, Sponge Bob and Avatar.

He found happiness in his music. His all-time favorite was Toy Story as he could be found carrying around his Woody or Buzz Lightyear stuffies.

Davey is predeceased by his parents, Vanessa Y Niko and David M Doberstein; grandparents, Therese (Coca) Doberstein, David D Doberstein, Coveda Y Miller and Ralph Brown Sr.

Davey is survived by his sisters, Leanlynn Faber, Shably Navarro, Juliette Parker and Weya Niko, and brothers, Talisua Niko, Presley Niko and Constantine Doberstein. Also, his heart family, Robert McLean Sr., Robert McLean Jr., Breanna McLean, Desiree McLean and Sophia Morales.

Traditional Native American visitation was held at Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake community Center in Upper Lake on May 29. A funeral service was held the following day.

Davey was laid to rest at the Upper Lake Rancheria Cemetery on Dewell Road.

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

Allen Gentry. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Allen Gentry, 82, died May 24, 2024, at home surrounded by his family.

Allen was born in Imperial County on May 29, 1941, to Bessie and John Gentry. He was one of four siblings.

He graduated high school from Imperial Valley High, and went on to have a successful career in construction, becoming a general contractor and running his own business.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968, doing a tour in Vietnam.

He then moved to Lake County in 1969 and married his high school sweetheart, Frances Gentry.

They remained in Lake County, having three daughters and building a beautiful life together for 47 years.

He is survived by his brother, Joe Gentry; and his daughters, Natalie Gentry, Nicole Gentry and Stacey Gentry.

Even though he died just days from his 83rd birthday, we are comforted that he is now at peace and with the love of his life.

There will be no services, per his request.


Darrell Mondfrans. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — On May 30, 2024, his 93rd birthday, Darrell Lee Mondfrans went to be with the love of his life, Norma, in heaven.

Darrell was born in Ogden, Utah to Pete and Ann. He was the middle son of three, his elder brother was Richard (Dick) and younger brother was Earl (Sonny).

When the boys were young, Pete and Ann moved the family to San Francisco. He loved to tell childhood stories of playing football in the park, stealing fruits from stands, running track and working on his first car, a 1921 Franklin that he purchased, not working, for $50.

It was while working under that Franklin, at the age of 15, that he first saw a pair of legs that belonged to Norma Basciani. Norma asked him for a ride in the car, and the rest is history!

At 19, Darrell and Norma married and bought their first home in San Francisco. They went on a honeymoon to Santa Cruz, and they returned home with 39 cents to their names.

Ten months later they had their first son, Gary. Two years later, they had their son, Ronald. In 1954, the family moved to San Bruno, where they spent the majority of their lives. Fourteen years later, they had their son, Kenneth.

Darrell worked a variety of jobs, and eventually, went to work for Cookson Rolling Door Co. He started as a shop helper, and he worked his way up through the shop to become the superintendent. He told many stories of playing blackjack with his coworkers on breaks, supervising 75 people, and hating paperwork.

After 40 years with Cookson, he opened his open business, Rolling Door Service. While working at Cookson, he also obtained his real estate license, and he began flipping houses before it was popular.

He served as a volunteer firefighter for five years in San Bruno. He would tell stories of rolling hoses, riding in parades and being awakened in the middle of the night to help at a fire. His favorite part about being a volunteer was going to musters where they competed with a 1929 LaFrance fire engine that he helped restore.

Darrell and Norma loved to travel to Lake County to play on Clear Lake and hunt. Friends and relatives would join the family to camp out, ski and play cards. The two loved to visit the different casinos in Lake County, and one of his favorite stories was winning a $1,700 jackpot at Robinson Rancheria.

After Darrell and Norma’s health declined, they moved full time to Lake County to live with Ken’s family.

Norma passed away on May 26, 2022, just four months short of their 70th wedding anniversary. Darrell mourned the loss of the love of his life, but he knew they would eventually rejoin each other.

He spent the last two years going to his favorite casinos, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening and telling his stories to anyone that would listen.

Darrell was predeceased by his parents, Pete and Ann; his brothers, Dick and Sonny; his love, Norma; and his son, Gary.

He is survived by his sons, Ron (Lisa) and Ken (Wendy); his grandchildren, Christine Watts (Stuart), Jennifer Fosberg, Christopher (Candis), Matthew Ochoa (Jennifer), Matthew (Laura), Sarah Erlandson (Matt), Joseph, Brianna Odom (Connor), Darrell (Savonna) and Tyler Haskell; and his great-grandchildren, Matthew, Cameron, Christian, Landon, Leanna, Stephen, Alyssa, Charlotte, Karina, Eva, Landon, Steleena, Ava and Nora.

Services for Darrell will be held at Cypress Lawn on June 12 at 11 a.m.

Roberta Mae Smith. Courtesy photo.


Roberta Mae Smith became a star in our sky on Jan. 23, 2024, after being attacked by a shark while surfing in Hawaii.

Born Sept. 9, 1950, to Robert and Lois Lloyd in Oakland, California, Known affectionately as “Bobbie” to friends and family.

Her precious life was one of love, strength, and unwavering devotion to her children and grandchildren. Her family was her world, and she poured her heart and soul into caring for each and every one of them.

Whether it was a listening ear, or sage advice, Bobbie's presence brought warmth and reassurance to those around her.

As a professional singer and entertainer, Bobbie shared her passion for music with countless audiences around the Bay Area, Lake and Mendocino counties, Reno, Tahoe and the Hawaiian Islands as the lead singer of her band Holy Smoke.

For almost 50 years her vibrant performances lit up the stage, captivating audiences with her incredibly soulful voice and natural stage presence. Beyond the spotlight, she loved to entertain! She was a devoted party planner, infusing every gathering with laughter, music and infectious energy. She planned parties for everyone and everything! She loved to celebrate life with the ones she loved.

One of her elaborate events was her famous Ye Olde Tracy Street Christmas Faire in San Lorenzo, California, where she transformed her Victorian home into a bustling craft faire, and folks would line up around the block to attend.

The pinnacle of her party planning would have to be both her daughters' weddings which she planned, played and produced for close to 200 people both times. During these events Bobbie poured herself into the details making these precious life moments even more special through her incredible creativity and extreme thoughtfulness.

Bobbie's impact extended far beyond her immediate circle; she was deeply vested in her community. She organized on behalf of the Anderson Springs Water District to preserve the watershed, rallying community members to retain their water rights and insure purity when it was threatened in the late 1980s.

She was the president of the Anderson Springs Homeowners Association and Recreational Area for many years, transforming the facilities and offerings from disrepair to the cornerstone of community life in the region. If you grew up in south Lake County in the late 1980s and 1990s you definitely attended a labor day dance or went to the weekly bingo and ice cream parties. A continuation of the vacation culture of Lake County from the 1950s and 1960s that Bobbie helped to preserve for another generation of families to bond around.

Born and raised in the Bay Area during the heart of the cultural revolution, Bobbie was a lifelong flower child and peace activist. Her dedication to social justice and human rights was fostered as a small child and continued throughout her life. She fearlessly stood up for what was right, advocating for equality and fairness for all. Her advocacy was not just a cause; it was a reflection of her deeply held values and unwavering commitment to making the world a better place for ALL children, not just hers.

Despite her larger-than-life presence Bobbie remained ever authentic, outspoken and devoted to her vision of a peaceful planet until her last breath.

Bobbie was down-to-earth. Her humor and storytelling were legendary, sharing joy, laughter and a little dose of shade for good measure. She had a gift for connecting with people, making everyone feel seen and valued.

Bobbie's love for people led her to Hawaii, where she discovered a profound family connection to the islands she adored when she took her entire family on a luxurious vacation to Kauai when her mother passed away. She rented a huge house right on the beach and treated all her kids and grandkids to a dream tropical vacation.

Bobbie was smitten by the culture and the natural beauty and for eight years, Hawaii became her home, where she forged deep roots and cherished memories.One of the crowning glories of that era was her playing the famous Punalu’u Black Sands Beach Luau for hundreds of Hawaiian people who boogied to her soulful songs deep into the tropical night.

Yet, Lake County, California, held a special place in her heart and in 2017 she returned to the mainland so she could see her family and friends more. She made her last home in Nice, California, by the lake she treasured, and within view of Mount Konocti.

Though Bobbie may have taken her final bow, her spirit lives on in the timeless melodies she left behind. In her honor let us carry forward the legacy of love and music she so cherished. May her songs continue to echo in our hearts, a testament to the beauty of a life well-lived and a love that knows no bounds.

Bobbie is predeceased by her mother, Lois Lloyd; father, Robert J. Lloyd; sister, Nikeeta Hill; and cousin, Charlene Larimore.

She leaves behind her husband, Mark Smith of Nice, California; nephew, Robert “Michael” Hill of Nice; eldest daughter, Fonta Molyneaux, son-in-law, Matthew, and grandchildren, Lilyana, River and Lylah of Eugene, Oregon; youngest daughter, Nova White, son-in-law, Richard White, and grandchildren, Conifer and Cypress of Chico, California.

To hear the Roberta Mae archives, visit https://on.soundcloud.com/WzjajpMJrZPsQXzF7.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to www.Mother-Wise.org, a secular organization devoted to maternal and child mental health through early intervention and resources around Lake County, California.

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

Patricia Fooshee. Courtesy photo.

Patricia Lee Long Fooshee was born at home, in a house at 675 59th St. in Oakland, California, on Oct. 14, 1943.

She passed away peacefully on May 19, 2024, in Pleasanton, California, from complications of diabetes.

She grew up in Oakland and attended Oakland Technical High School. Her childhood was filled with joyous memories of boat racing, camping, fishing and hunting. But what truly lit up her life was her extensive family. She spent her holidays and weekends at her grandparents' home, surrounded by her beloved cousins, creating memories that lasted a lifetime.

In 1960, the Long family moved to Pierce Avenue in San Leandro, California. In 1966, she began working at Owens Illinois Glass Factory in Oakland, where she met and soon after married Clovis L. Fooshee in 1968.

Once married, they also moved into a house on Pierce Avenue in San Leandro amongst many other family members in the neighborhood, where they had two daughters, Dawn and Amanda.

As the girls grew, the family continued to camp, fish, hunt and make an almost yearly trip to Mississippi to visit Clovis' family.

In 1984, due to Clovis's early retirement for disability, they moved to Kelseyville, California. Pat loved to spend time reading, traveling, having friends over for parties, playing card and board games, cooking, eating out and having her cocktails. They frequently traveled to Sprague River, Oregon, to visit Pat's parents. In recent years, her favorite thing was to hit the casino with her girls.

Clovis passed away in 2006, and she continued to live in Kelseyville until 2021, when she moved in with her daughter Dawn in Livermore, California. She loved living in town with no dirt and lots of shopping.

Pat was predeceased by her husband, Clovis Fooshee; her parents, Lloyd and Juanita Long; and her nephew, Clinton Tobin.

Survivors include her daughters, Dawn DeMera and husband Gerald of Livermore, and Amanda Foosheeof Lakeport, California; granddaughter, Cassie Taylor of Lakeport; grandson, Cody DeMera, wife Janelle and her great-grandson, Dalton DeMera of Livermore; three sisters, Marilyn Schwartz (Darrell) of Spokane, Washington, Roberta Tobin (Mike) of Modesto, California and Tracey Hendrickson (Brian) of Chandler, Arizona; and one brother, Lloyd Long Jr. (Daisey) of Sprague River, Oregon. She is also survived by more nieces and nephews than we can count.

Mark Baue. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Mark “Markus” Greer Baue of Hidden Valley Lake, California, formerly of St. Charles, Missouri, died in April of 2024 at the age of 65.

Beloved son of the late David C. Baue and Jill Greer Baue. Dear brother of Lisa A. Baue (Monte Crabbs) and D. Paul Baue. Dearest uncle to John Devaney (Emily), Erin Devaney (Omari Bannister), Shyla Baue, Savannah Baue (Billy Hollinger) and Mason Baue. Great uncle of six; dearest cousin, nephew and friend to many.

Mark was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dr. Mark and Iris Greer, and Arthur C. and Viola Baue.

Mark, a beloved former son of St. Charles, Missouri, is leaving behind a legacy of creativity and independence. Born and raised in St. Charles, he was a cherished member of a family deeply rooted in the community, where he was involved for a time in his family’s funeral business.

Mark’s adventurous spirit led him to California, where he pursued his dream of becoming an actor. Never losing sight of his love for St. Charles, he remained connected with his dedication to co-managing the Facebook page “I grew up in St. Charles and I remember…Past and Present” which has over 13,700 members. As his career in acting was winding down, he additionally found happiness in exploring the scenic beauty of his new home state.

Mark’s artistic journey led him to wedding photography where he captured the joyful moments of countless couples. His passions in life include yoga, cycling on the many trails and mountains in California and surrounding states, riding his motorcycle on long trips and adventures both in the US and Germany, and photographing the stunning landscapes of California along with the many places he traveled to both nationally and internationally.

Living a life of freedom and independence was important to Mark who embraced each day with enthusiasm and a zest for new experiences. His work not only reflected his love for the world around him but also his desire to live on his own terms. Mark’s vibrant spirit and artistic gifts will be remembered by all who knew him. We will miss his unique perspective and joyful presence. We hope you will join us in remembering and celebrating the life of a man who saw the world through a lens of beauty and wonder.

Mark’s memorial life celebration will be on Saturday, June 29, at 3 p.m. at Baue Funeral Home, Cave Springs, 3950 West Clay, St. Charles, MO 63301. Family and Friends visiting time will begin on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central Standard Time. Interment will be private.

The event will be live streamed for those who are unable to attend in person and a recording will be placed on this obituary for future viewing.

If you wish to remember him in a special way, we ask that memorials be given to The St. Charles Historical Society or the Harbin Hot Springs Retreat Center at www.Harbin.org.

Mark’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew him. His warm smile and unwavering passion for life will be dearly missed.

The sharing of your memories and thoughts will be helpful in completing his life’s story.

Thank you for your support and love,

The Baue Family

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