Pamela Charley

Pamela Jean Charley 1950-2015

Pamela passed away at her home after a long courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her husband and sons on February 28th. To many Pam was a friend, sister, cousin, bowling partner, babysitter and a smiling face but to us she was our mom; the most loving piece of this family’s heart. Someone we went to for advice, support and a listening ear. There is no other woman stronger. No matter what she was doing; operating a chainsaw, stacking wood, doing yard work, cleaning her cars or house she wouldn’t stop until the job was done. Pam enjoyed spending time with her family, wrestling her sons, bowling, fishing, hunting, beading, listening to oldies music and taking care of the ones she loved. Her kind, compassionate spirit will be truly missed by all and her infectious, enjoyable, hearty laugh will never be forgotten. Pam was survived by husband of forty years Benjamin Charley Jr; Son Benjamin III; grandchildren Angelina, Adeline, Benjamin IV, Juan, Boaz, Gloria, Giovanna, Jacob; Son Richard and his wife Veronica, grandchildren Yesabella, Richard Jr.; Son Chris and his wife Charlie, grandchildren Henewats, Chris Jr., Gene; Son Raymond and his wife Katie, grandchildren Raymond Benjamin, Mila; Son LeRoy and his wife Brynae, grandchildren LeRoy Jr., Vincent; Son Peter and his wife Hailey, grandchildren Destiny, Miranda Jr., Tristan, Peter Jr., baby; Son Tahedah and his wife Sharon Nelson, grandchildren Anonda, Jack, Tahedah Jr., Draven. Siblings Marcella Masten, Edward and Karlinda Keller Sr., Don and Debbie Watterson, Steve and Beverly Coons, Lester and Ann Keller, Brian and Veronica Keller, Tim and Barbara Keller, Vanessa Keller. Father and mother-in-law Benjamin and Adeline Charley Sr. Brother and sister-in-laws Gene and Judy Charley, Rocco Charley, Renee and Al Montoya, Dirk and Maria Charley, Shelby and Rhonda Charley Sr., Kathleen and Tom Green and numerous nieces and nephews. Pam was preceded in death by father LeRoy Keller; mother Melba Keller; sister Tracy Keller; sister-in-law Regina Charley-Raintree; granddaughter Lily Guadalupe Charley. Services will be as follows: Rosary Thursday, March 5th at 6pm at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church on home street in Bishop, funeral service Friday, March 6th at 10am at OLPH, internment at Sunland Cemetery following funeral service, reception at OLPH following internment. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and/or Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance. Thank you to all our friends and family for all the meals, kind words and prayers.


Susan Barnato

Susan Beth Barnato 1941-2015

Susan Beth Barnato was born August 3, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to Bernard and Marjorie Clayton. She Spent her youth in Honolulu, HI and San Mateo, CA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of California at Davis, in 1963. Susan Married Dr. Carl Lind and they welcomed sons Mark William in 1965 and Steven Michael in 1968. A resident of Bishop, CA since 1969, Susan loved cooking and sewing with family and friends. She married James Richard “Dick” Barnato in 1986 and they enjoyed bowling together on league for many years. A consummate lady in any setting, Susan was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. Her “Grammie Jammies” and five star meals and desserts cooked at home will be forever missed but not forgotten.
On March 1, 2015, Susan passed away at her home. Susan is preceded in death by her parents and survived by her husband Dick Barnato, his daughter and son-in-law Tracy and Rob Hyde and son Scott Barnato; her sons and daughter in laws, Markand Heather Lind and Steve and Janai Lind; brother, Jeffrey and Linda Clayton; grandchildren, Evan Spoonhunter, Erin , Eric and Jonathan Lind, Cheyenne and Zoe Walter, and Broook Oney along with countless family friends. A private memorial will be held. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be made to local scholarship programs.


Marilyn Elizabeth Leavitt

Marilyn Elizabeth Leavitt

Died at her home in Bishop, CA on February 25th, 2015 following a brief illness.   Born in Osceola, NE on February 21st, 1924 to Esther and Coleman Brown.   She attended Osceola High School and following graduation worked briefly in Denver, CO.  Marilyn moved further west to California, living and working in Culver City before eventually settling in Woodland Hills, CA where she and her husband Don raised their children and created strong bonds with other young families in the brand new suburb.  Upon retirement she and Don moved to their favorite vacation spot and Bishop Creek became their permanent home.  While in Bishop Marilyn and Don became members of Our Savior Lutheran Church and were instrumental in the church’s growth and renovation.  Through her incredible natural hospitality and outgoing personality, Marilyn again developed great friendships.   She and Don celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Bishop Creek Lodge.   Following her husband’s death Marilyn moved into town and continued to welcome neighbors, friends and family into her home on a daily basis for lively conversation and fellowship.  In February 2014, Marilyn was feted at her 90th birthday party by over 60 close friends and family members who were delighted to help her celebrate the important milestone.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Donald A. Leavitt, cousin Dorothy Deland and son Randy W. Nicklaus.  She is survived by daughters Rayne Cumberworth of Burbank, CA and Megan (Bill) Kleinschmidt, of Palmdale, CA, son Ward (Kathy) Leavitt, of Galt, CA, daughter-in-law Laure Dunham (Nicklaus), 5 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren, .  Of course, she will also be missed by many, many friends.

Services will be held on Saturday, March 7th at 11 am at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 162 Sneden Street, Bishop, CA  93514.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Marilyn’s name to Our Savior Lutheran Church.

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“Mutt” Clarkson

Donald Robert Clarkson
“Mutt”  1932 – 2015

Don (Mutt) Clarkson passed away peacefully February 19, 2015 at Northern Inyo Hospital with his family by his side. He was born April 11, 1932 to George & Louise Clarkson, in Bishop. He was raised on the Jeffery Ranch, which is now the White Mountain Ranch.
Don went all through school in Bishop. He got his nickname “Mutt” in 2nd grade, when his teacher called him a “Mutton Head”, from then on through his life he was Mutt. He graduated from Bishop High School in 1950, and had lettered in football.
After high school, he joined the Reno Air National Guard in 1950 and was activated to the Air Force, where is served for 3 years as crew chief on P-51 Mustangs.
After the service he returned to Bishop and met Jean “Boots” Ives from Big Pine, after dating for 2 years they were married in June 1955. Together they raised two children, Desi and Jeff. Mutt worked for Nevada – California Electric Power Company later becoming Southern California Edison where he retired after 35 years.
Mutt loved being with family and friends, telling stories and playing practical jokes. He had a love for airplanes and flying. In 1972 he soloed and soon after got his pilot’s license. Mutt loved the outdoors hunting and fly fishing and was eager to teach anyone how to hunt and fish.
Mutt is survived by his wife Boots of 60 years, daughter Desi and husband Mac McElvogue, son Jeffery and wife Debbie Clarkson, 5 grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Bryan and Courtney McElvogue, Donald II, Acacia and Marisa Clarkson all of Bishop, brother and sister in law George and Sue Clarkson of Bishop, brother in law Loren and wife Martha Ives of Elberta Alabama, along with many nephews, nieces and cousins.
A Celebration of Life to be held on Mutt’s birthday April 11, 2015 at the Masonic Hall 156 East Line St, Bishop at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers anyone wishing to make a donation in Mutt’s name can do so to the Laws Railroad Museum. Interment will be private at a later date.

Harold Butterbredt

Harold Butterbredt

Harold Wayne Butterbredt, Sr. “Sooky” passed away unexpectedly on February 16, 2015 at the age of 48. Harold was born on November 26, 1966 in Bakersfield, CA.
After spending part of his childhood in Nevada and Coleville, CA, Harold moved to Bishop, CA in the late 1970s where he attended elementary and high school. Harold was the beloved eldest son of his late mother Juanita Jean Butterbredt Kinney. He was the apple of his mother’s eye and also the big brother and protector to his siblings.
After high school, Harold met Patricia Harris and they were married on February 16, 1989. Harold became the dad to Patty’s two children Nakia and Charles Hanks. The four of them loved to travel and they made their home where their work took them including Bishop, Topaz, Coleville, Big Pine, and Rovanna.
Harold worked in the construction field, joined the union, and worked on highway jobs whenever he could. He worked on remodeling houses. He poured concrete in Nevada. He worked as a used car salesman. Harold shoveled snow and cleaned condominiums in Mammoth in the winter time. He cut and sold firewood. Harold was also an auto mechanic. He did whatever work was available at the time.
After several years of marriage, Harold and Patty divorced but they always remained good friends and the kids were and still are part of the family.
Harold later met Adrienne Barlow and they had two sons Waylon Wayne Little Bear Butterbredt and Harold Wayne Quinana Butterbredt Jr. Harold loved his sons dearly and was always proud of them. He was proud to be Native American and taught his sons to be proud of their heritage. Although Harold and Adrienne never married, they cared deeply for each other.
While his sons were yet young, Harold and Brandie Gockley were married in 1999. The two of them were inseparable for many years and where one was the other was right there.
Harold loved life. He loved spending time with his family teasing and playing jokes on anyone he could. He was always making everyone laugh. Harold loved to travel and had big dreams. He enjoyed going out with his family getting wood. He loved working on cars. He loved horses, cowboy movies, and John Wayne. Harold would always help those in need and had a heart of gold.
Harold is preceded in death by his mother Juanita Jean Butterbredt Kinney, his step father Morgan Wade Kinney, his grandparents, and aunts and uncles. Harold is survived by his children Waylon Wayne Little Bear Butterbredt, Harold Wayne Quinana Butterbredt Jr., Nakia Hanks, and Charles Hanks; sisters Janet Warsinski, Teri Red Owl and brother-in-law Larry Red Owl, Jr.; brothers Larry Cawelti, Jr. and sister-in-law Shannon Cawelti, Jonathan Cawelti and sister-in-law Jackie Cawelti; nieces Nakona Cawelti, Loni Romo, Markie Wilder, Isabella Red Owl, and Alexis Red Owl; nephews Joseph Rock, Cody Cawelti, Chance Cawelti, Kyle Davis, Clifford Wilder, Chase Cawelti, Noah Williams, and Joseph Red Owl; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
Harold’s smile, laughter, and generosity will be missed. The family takes comfort in knowing that he is reunited with his mom and loved ones in Heaven and abides with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Funeral services will be held at the House of Mercy Pentecostal Church on South Paha Lane in Bishop on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:00 am. Reverend Stanley T. Summers will officiate. Interment will be at Sunland Indian Cemetery. A potluck luncheon will take place after burial. A traditional Cry Dance will be held on Friday, February 27th at 5:00 pm at 515 South Paha Lane, Bishop.


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Wenda Holland

Wenda Loreen Holland

June 28, 1935 – February 14, 2015
Wenda Loreen Holland passed away at age 79, on Feb. 14, lovingly surrounded by family. She was born June 28, 1935 in Hemet, CA to Rolland and Rhoda Nichols.
Her family moved to Bishop in 1947 when her father was transferred to the area with the California Highway Patrol. She graduated from Bishop Union High School on June 9, 1953, and married Howard Holland on the same day. Together they raised three children: Mike, Dan and Donna. She was a wonderful, tolerant and patient mother to her active kids. The family fondly recalls many eventful camping trips in Northern California and southern Oregon.
Wenda worked as a bookkeeper for various local businesses including Clyde Slagle Insurance, Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market and Z’s Flowers. She was active in the Jr. Women’s Improvement Club and a volunteer Cub Scout Pack leader, Brownie Troop leader and 4-H Project leader. In 1975 she and Howard traveled with 60 BUHS band members as chaperones on a three-week European tour. After her children were grown, she began volunteering at the Laws Railroad Museum as membership chairman. Along with her sisters-in-law, Bonnie Lee Ford and Arlene Morris, she helped set up displays in the Conway House, General Store and the Agent’s House. These displays are still on view today. She single-handedly sewed countless calico bonnets for the Museum gift shop which were sold to visitors from around the globe.
Wenda was talented and creative in many hobbies including sewing, needlework, ceramics, knitting and crochet. Over the years she won many prizes for her entries at the Tri-County Fair. She was an avid reader of mystery novels and enjoyed working crossword and other puzzles. She leaves behind a family who will always be grateful for her love and care as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
Wenda is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Gwen Coons.
Survivors include husband of 61 years, Howard; sister, Lynda and husband Lloyd Wilson; sister-in-law Arlene and husband Conrad Morris; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Annette Holland; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Donna Holland; and daughter Donna Bird and companion Tim Winkler, all of Bishop. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Matt Meier, Natalie and husband Mac Heiden, Kyle Holland, Katie Bird, and Aimee and husband Torey Michener; great-grandchildren, Taryn and Dylan Michener; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Pioneer Cemetery on West Line Street in Bishop with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Laws Railroad Museum or the Bishop United Methodist Church Senior Services.

Carl Dondero

Carl Dondero

Carl Dondero was born on October 10th, 1932 in Lee Vining/Mono Lake, CA and passed away February 13th, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was raised in Yosemite, CA Indian Village. Throughout his childhood growing up in Yosemite, Carl enjoyed the outdoors while also learning his Paiute culture. As a teen he attended Stewart Indian School in Carson City, NV. During his time at Stewart he met his wife, Loretta Burns. Together they raised 8 children. Carl enjoyed being with his family and spent every deer season around Mono Lake with his children, brothers, nephews, nieces and grandchildren.
He is survived by his brother; John Dondero. His children; Judy, Terry, Mike, Larry and Waylon Dondero, Gary and Nancy Dondero, John and Rosenda Dondero, Tammy and Tab Andrade, Rosella and Ross Stone, 20 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Carl was preceded in death by his wife; Loretta Dondero, parents; John Dondero and Lena Tom, brothers; Harvey Brown, Roy and Richard Dondero, sister; Della Hern, son; Melvin Dondero, and grandson; Daniel Charley.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 21st, 2015 at Lee Vining High School Gymnasium in Lee Vining, CA. Burial to follow at Mono Lake Cemetery. A potluck will be held at Lee Vining High School Gymnasium following the services.


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Jessie Durant

Jessie Cluette Durant

Jessie Cluette Durant was born on March 22, 1913 at Rush Creek in Mono County. She spent her childhood residing near one of the oldest lakes in North America, Mono Lake. As a survivor of a proud and ancient civilization attuned to the West, Jessie’s roots extend to the early twentieth century. Born prior to World War I, she lived through the worldwide influenza epidemic and resided for a time in thatched homes that enabled her people to move seasonally. Early on, she attended school on horseback and traveled to and from rural communities in a horse-drawn buggy. Jessie attended Carson School in Carson City, NV before finishing 8th grade at Lee Vining in 1929. She attended high school in Bakersfield CA. After high school Jessie attended St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in Santa Fe, NM. It was during her time in New Mexico that she met her husband Reyes “Ta Nu” Durant. Jessie did private nursing in Santa Fe and also worked on the Navajo Reservation at a hospital for Native Americans. She also worked at a veterans’ hospital in Los Angeles, CA before moving to Bishop, CA in 1942 and working at a community hospital. Jessie was an empathetic person with a caring nature who enjoyed her career as a nurse. For several decades, Jessie Durant has shared her vast fund of information on her culture. She has bridged two cultures, the Mono Lake Natives of California and our modern technologically orientated world of environmental resource extraction. Her contributions to our current state of knowledge about the past of the West have been used by museums, researchers, book writers and film makers. Jessie is preceded in death by her husband Reyes Durant, son Delbert Durant and grandson Christopher Charlie. She is survived by her granddaughter and numerous family members including many nieces and nephews. A private burial will be held at the Cemetery on Line Street.


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Lewis Gene Ebersole

Lewis Gene Ebersole   1933-2015

Lewis Gene Ebersole, a Bishop resident for the last 29 years, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Melvin Lewis Ebersole and Katherine Hershey Ebersole. At home he began his life-long passion for books and had an almost photographic memory for what he read. He died Friday, February 6th, at Northern Inyo Hospital after a brief, intense illness.
His ambition in life was to be a forester, and he earned a degree in forestry from Paul Smith’s College in New York. After graduation he was drafted and chose to enlist in the Navy, where deep-water adventures suited him. He developed a passion for travel, made life-long friends and enjoyed the work. His vacations during those years often were on the water. He raced small sailboats, crewed for larger boats in ocean-going races and leisurely sailed on three-masted schooners.
In 1974 Lewis retired from the Navy, earned a degree in electronics and worked for twelve years in the electronics industry in San Diego. During those years and after moving to Bishop, he actively pursued his passion for travel. He hiked in the Alps and in mountain ranges from the Adirondacks to the Sierras and Cascades. He rode his bicycle throughout the western United States and Canada, culminating in a ride from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
When physical disabilities prevented athletic touring, he became a beekeeper and gardener. He resumed a life-long enjoyment of music, attending dozens of Felici Trio concerts and driving frequently to Reno to see and hear Metropolitan Opera performances in high definition. Lewis continued to explore the world as a passenger on several freighters, on river cruises in Europe and by ferry up the Inland Passage.
He is survived by Geraldine, his wife of 45 years, his sister Sandra Sheridan (Greg), his sister-in-law Nila Treston (Steve) and his sister-in-law Helen Kashevaroff (Mark). Nieces and nephews lovingly remember their Uncle Gene for his stories, his vast store of knowledge and quick recall, and his generosity. May Lewis Gene be at peace in Fiddlers’ Green, the final resting place for men of the sea.




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Sue Carolyn Conn

Sue Carolyn Conn

Bishop resident Sue Carolyn Conn passed away on February 7, 2015. Sue was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She was born January 23, 1931 to Erma and Tom Beal. She married the love of her life Richard (Dick) Conn in 1950, not quite making their 65th wedding anniversary. As newlyweds, Dick and Sue managed the June Lake lodge, owned by Dicks father. They subsequently made their home in Covina, California.
Dick and Sue loved the Eastern Sierra, and they made the move from Southern California to Bishop in 1971. Sue was very active in the community and she held many volunteer positions. She ran the 6th-8th-grade ski program for many years; she worked at the Laws Museum, the Hospital Auxiliary and was a member of the service club Altrusa. She was a member of the 49rs, and was the group’s president in 2001.
Sue was an enthusiastic long time athlete. She played tennis for many years, and ran with Tracy Smith’s running group. She did many 5k and 10k runs, and especially loved the Bridgeport 10k held on July 4th. She also participated in the Cal Electric Squares- a square dancing group.
Sue and Dick loved to explore the Eastern Sierra and the South West with their dachshund friends and camper. They spent many summers investigating the canyons and coves of Lake Powel and other locations on the Colorado River.

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Sue leaves behind sons Peter and Chris, their wives Susan and Amy, grandsons Nicholas, Andrew and Ryan, cousin and Bishop resident Julie and Ted Metz and beloved dachshund Penny.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, February 11th at the East Line Street Cemetery beginning at 10am, Caddy Jackson officiating. In lieu of flowers please help support research for a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, or a charity of your choice.