Thildy Kaelin

Thildy Kaelin

March 30, 1933 – April 29, 2021

Our Muetti (Mommy) passed away peacefully on April 29, 2021. Anyone that knew her will understand that she gave a good fight to the very end.

She and her husband immigrated to the United States from Switzerland in 1957. After a very brief time in Tracy, CA they both discovered Lake Tahoe in 1959, bought a tiny motel that they soon completely rebuilt and over the next 25 years fulfilled their American Dream. The Matterhorn Motel was our home, our fun, our family’s fondest memories. Relationships were created that are still in place today. After selling the motel they built their beautiful Tahoe Keys home where Mommy and daddy loved gardening and entertaining, traveling and spending time with family, Mommy lost the love of her life, her husband Joe, in 1999. Her son, Martin and her daughter-in-law Paula, also preceded her in death. Through those losses our Muetti remained our pillar, our go to for everything. With so much family and extended family we shared the best of times together and we were able to keep her in her very happiest place, her home, until her last days, surrounded by her family and dearest friends, even if by phone.

We celebrate our mommy, our Muetti, for everything she taught each of us, for all her hard work, for the joys we were blessed with, for Swiss traditions and music, laughter, and for helping each of us through our own ups and downs.

Her family missing her so much includes:

Ann and Lloyd, Irene and Rick, Jeanette and Dooley

Grandchildren: Matt, Hannah, Nicholas and Sarah, Christopher and Francesca, Raquel, Vanessa, Maiella and Milan

Great Grandchildren: Matthew, Addie, Emma and Jaxson

We are so blessed to be able to have a funeral mass for Muetti at her beloved St. Theresa’s Catholic Church on Friday, May 14, 2021 at noon. Covid guidelines require masks and screening. Please arrive as early as 11:15.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Muetti’s name to Barton Health Foundation, or to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.

Robert Wolf

Robert Wolf

July 25, 1942 – March 2, 2021

Bob passed away peacefully at Renown on March 2nd, 2021 in the presence of his loving wife and son. Bob was born in Willow Grove PA, July 1942, the son of Robert and Francis Wolf. Bob Graduated from Upper Dublin High School. He attended Lafayette College and received a BA. He was active in JROTC and joined the Army after graduation, where he served two years active duty in Korea. After some years in the Reserves he was honorably discharged as a Captain. After finishing his active duty, Bob flew cross country in his friend’s private plane, sparking an interest that lead to obtaining his private pilots license. While in California, he met the love of his life Cathie Carlson (Wolf), and they married in 1970 in Minneapolis MN. Also during his time in CA, he received an MBA from the University of Santa Clara as well as working at Fairchild semiconductors in the early days of Silicon Valley. The newlyweds moved to Germany where Cathie taught elementary school, and Bob received a Masters of Education Degree from USC.

In 1975 they moved to Incline Village, NV with their one year old daughter, Karyn, and their son, Ryan, on the way. Bob began his career with the State of Nevada in what is now the State of Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation to which he would dedicate 30+ years of his life.

Outside of work Bob was relentless in his community service. He served 17 years as an I.V.G.I.D Trustee many of which he was Chairman of the Board. During his Tenure as Trustee many major projects were addressed, including the building of the Recreation Center, the Diamond Peak expansion, the Chateaux remodel, and building of the local skateboard park. He was an AYSO coach, then referee, and eventually became the area head referee for several years. He was a long time member of the Optimists, a youth community service club. He served as President of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the completion of the trail. He was active in the creation of The Children’s Cabinet in North Tahoe which became Tahoe Family Solutions.

Bob was interested in what a mountain town had to offer. He swam regularly for most of his life including taking part in the Trans Tahoe Relay. He skied into his 50’s when he took up snowboarding, which he continued into his 70’s. He biked both on the road and in the mountains. He hiked the entire Rim Trail, which he helped to create, including backpacking sections with his wife and son, as well as high peaks throughout the Sierra. Bob held a life long interest in photography and videography. He was an environmentalist and helped design the passive solar house in which the family has lived for 30+ years. He carpooled to work from Incline to Carson for many years.

Bob was preceded by his parents Robert and Francis, and his Daughter Karyn. He is survived by his loving wife Cathie, his son Ryan, as well as his older Brother Richard and his children and grandchildren.

No Memorial Service is currently planned, but the family hopes to organize something in Incline Village in the Summer.

Memorials may be directed to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association In the name of Bob Wolf

Marie Louise Mosbacher

Marie Louise


October 16, 1928 – March 27, 2021

On March 27, 2021, Marie Louise “Mary Lou” Mosbacher passed away peacefully at the age of 92.

Mary Lou is survived by her four children, Cathy (Greg), Bub (Tina), Larry (Julie) and Gretchen (Jeff, deceased), as well as seven grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Born on October 16, 1928 in Los Angeles, to parents Edward F. and Lucy A. Menke, Mary Lou attended St. Mary’s Academy and Mount Saint Mary’s College. She likely couldn’t have imagined something she enjoyed as much as learning until a chance blind date introduced her to Bernard “Barney” Mosbacher. Mary Lou married Barney on July 26,1947 and they enjoyed a 56 year marriage.

Despite being native to Los Angeles, Mary Lou would have always told you that South Lake Tahoe was her home. She and Barney came to Tahoe in 1964, with four children and hopes to build a life within the community. Over decades in South Lake Tahoe, Mary Lou built much more than just a life, she built a legacy.

Mary Lou participated in too many community organizations to count, and she had a lifetime of experiences and accolades to prove it. She was a member of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church and served as a substitute teacher for their parochial school. She was a member of the Lake Tahoe Historical Society, Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Association, Lake Tahoe Spinners and Weavers (fiber arts), Lake Tahoe Red Hats, “14,000 Planners” Community Planning Forum, City of South Lake Tahoe Recreation Commission, El Dorado County Recreation Board, El Dorado County Mental Health Advisory Board, Area 3 Developmental Disabilities Board (as appointed by Governor Ronald Reagan), and the “Awakening Peace” Youth Drug Counseling & Drop-In Center board.

Her greatest community contribution to South Lake Tahoe came in the form of her 21 years of service to the South Tahoe Public Utility District. A remembrance posted by the District recognized Mary Lou as the “Grandmother of the District” and praised her as a “devoted advocate for safe, clean drinking water and reliable wastewater services.” Over her tenure as a STPUD board member, Mary Lou advocated for legislation supporting the use of recycled water to protect communities in the event of fire, testing and litigation surrounding MTBE contamination of groundwater and infrastructure projects that supported responsible water treatment and recycling. “Mary Lou conveyed a great love for the community and our children, the district and all of her family and farm animals” said John Thiel, General Manager for STPUD.

Mary Lou’s love for her community certainly extended to her passion for educating children. Mary Lou and Barney’s hobby farm in Christmas Valley, Bar-Mar Farms, welcomed thousands of young children from Lake Tahoe area schools to learn about and experience all kinds of farm animals.

To her family, Mary Lou was at once a proud matriarch and witty conspirator. She loved nothing more than presiding over holidays in a house filled with family and was rarely seen without at least one grandchild in tow. She was a stickler for things like table manners, answering the phone properly and practicing cursive, but was also quick to turn a blind eye and give a conspirative smirk when her grandchildren were up to mischief.

A mother, advocate and South Lake Tahoe treasure, Mary Lou will be missed dearly. Her family will no doubt carry on her memory through the values she instilled – family dinners, service to community and a healthy dose of mischief.

A memorial Mass for Mary Lou will take place on JUN 25, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (PDT) at St. Theresa Catholic Church, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Israel James Valenzuela

Israel James Valenzuela

January 6, 1970 – April 8, 2021

It is with infinite sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved friend, father, brother and Son, Israel James Valenzuela. Born 1/6/1970 – Died 4/8/2021.

Better known as I.J, he was born in Barstow, CA. He lived all over Southern California with his mom, Nancy and then later finished high school in Palmdale, where he thrived in the skateboard and punk rock music scenes. As a young kid, when his family would travel to Lake Tahoe, he would cry when it was time to go home and swore to his mom that when he grew up, he would come back and make Tahoe his home. IJ made good on that promise, moving up to Incline Village, NV in 1988 with his second family, the Patas.

Soon after moving to Tahoe, he made his artist debut in the rising snowboard industry, as a photographer, writer/interviewer, and athlete. IJ found family in his friends and his “church” in the snowy backcountry all over the world, making turns with friends. During these soul sessions he was living out his dream. He lived big, documenting everything in his pictures, journals, articles in magazines or the larger-than-life stories he would tell family and friends. He lived limitlessly. He loved unconditionally, and with an abundance that most cannot conceive. If he loved you, you knew it, if he didn’t, you also knew it. IJ loved the ladies and they loved him right back. He was one of those people, no matter where you went, he knew at least one person and was always quick to greet with a smile and easy to laugh (oh that laugh). He was a consumer of music, a connoisseur of food, a chef at times, a prolific snowboarder, a doting father of his two sons, an avid support of Truckee football, and a writer of great imagination and truth. With all this said, his biggest passion to the end and always was first and foremost, his 2 amazing sons who will carry on his legacy and life, and then his family and his friends, which to him were one in the same Not many people get to live their life the way that he did, unapologetically, and absolutely free.

He is survived by his two beautiful sons, Emmanuel and Kingston, his mother, Nancy and her husband Mark, his father, Israel and his wife Lilia and his sister, Celina.

I.J’s Celebration of Life is set for Wednesday, May 26th at North Tahoe Beach at 1pm. If you have any pictures you would like to share, please send to before the 13th for a memorial display. Any contributions to carry on his legacy for his two sons should be made to the IJV Memorial at All money after the memorial will go to his sons.

IJ’s life did not end with his death. We carry on his legacy and his legendary lifestyle with love,and respect. Each and every day, find a moment to give thanks, feel the music, love one another, look to the sky and to the stars, soak up the sun, move with the wind, and bless up, because:

“That’s What We Do!” -IJV

Kyle Ryan Mazzoni

Kyle Ryan


May 4, 1990 – May 2, 2021

On Sunday, May 2nd, two days before what would have been his 31st birthday, beloved son and brother, Kyle Mazzoni, passed from this Earth to Heaven. Kyle is survived by his parents Darla and Tim Mazzoni, his brother Korey, his furry brother Max, and his Grandma Rosemary DePompa. He also was blessed with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

After growing up in Lake Tahoe, Kyle moved to Arizona to pursue his passion for golf and attend college. Yet, as many do, he eventually returned to the Sierras. Kyle worked tirelessly to run a profitable property management company. He told his mom that he wanted to be successful, so he could take care of his family. That was Kyle’s nature, always wanting to help people, always ready to relieve them of their burdens.

Kyle loved to play frisbee, golf, and one-wheel through the neighborhood.

He also loved his sweet dog Max, covering him every night in a blanket and kisses.

Kyle felt a deep and profound connection to nature. A couple of summers ago, he filmed a pair of baby bear cubs that had wandered onto the deck where the family was gathered. Suddenly, the Mama bear appeared and charged him. Kyle, his mom, and dad all scrambled to get back in the house through the front door becoming entangled and tumbling onto the foyer in a fit of laughter.

Kyle did not like to be the center of attention, but he radiated light and love. He was adored by many and inspired people through his tireless energy and his giving disposition. His friends remarked that just knowing Kyle, made them better. Sadly, his pure and beautiful light was extinguished far too early.

He will be missed beyond measure.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, May 22nd, at Tahoe Paradise Park located at 1011 E San Bernardino Ave, South Lake Tahoe from 1 to 4 p.m. Join us. Bring a chair, your favorite libation, and a Kyle story to share…

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to BEAR League or Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in Kyle’s honor.

I will go before you and will level the mountains

Isaiah 45 : 5