William N. Pennington '08HDG (humane letters)
May 15, 2011—Reno, Nev.
William N. Pennington was a gaming industry pioneer, successful entrepreneur and one of Nevada's leading philanthropists.
Born in Lebanon, Kansas March 24, 1923, Pennington grew up in Smith Center, Kansas during the Great Depression. His family struggled in those difficult times eventually losing their family farm during the Dust Bowl years. Pennington was imbued with these early life experiences and over time became the basis for the words that he lived his life by—"I never set goals for myself, they are too limiting."
In 1934, his family moved to Piedmont, California where he went on to graduate from high school and attend the University of California at Berkeley where he played football until sidelined by a knee injury. World War II interrupted his college studies so he joined the Army Air Corps and became a bomber pilot. This marked the beginning of his life-long interest in aviation.
In 1962, Pennington moved to Reno to start a career. He began a half-century of oil drilling in northern Nevada. In time, he became one of the largest oil producers in Nevada, though it was never his primary business activity.
While living and working in Reno, he developed an interest in the gaming industry. In the late 60s, he started a company that designed and built electronic gaming devices. Bill Pennington was the first person to bring pure electronic gaming devices into the gaming world. Electronic engineers, electronic technicians, and service people were assembled for the first time ever in a brand new segment of the gaming industry—electronics. These new electronic devices were the first licensed by the state of Nevada or any other gaming authority in the world. While he was growing that company and placing his machines with casinos in Las Vegas and Reno, he began searching for an opportunity to acquire a casino.
In 1974, he and his partner William Bennett acquired the financially troubled Circus Circus in Las Vegas. At about the same time, Pennington sold his electronic gaming machine company which, when later joined with two other companies, became International Game Technology (IGT). The partners soon recognized the importance of transforming Las Vegas into an entertainment center for all ages and quickly reversed the financial woes of Circus Circus into one of the gaming industry's phenomenal successes.
By the end of 1974, Circus Circus was producing substantial profits. In the following year, they opened a second 15-story hotel tower that provided and additional 395 rooms. Four years later, Pennington and Bennett duplicated the Las Vegas operations and opened a second Circus Circus in Reno in a space that had formerly been the Gray Reid department store. The Reno casino was accompanied by a 103-room hotel.
In the early 1980s, Circus Circus was among the leading gaming companies to tap new financial markets to fuel its growth and became one of the first gaming entities to offer shares on the New York Stock exchange. The company went public October 25, 1983 opening at $15 per share. By the end of the day, Circus Circus Enterprises, Inc. was trading at $16.87—and went on to be one of the most successful IPO's of the era.
The partners acquired the Edgewater in Laughlin, Nevada and later built the Colorado Belle. These pioneers of the gaming industry went on to extend the famous Las Vegas Strip south with the Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay. When it was completed in 1990, the Excalibur in Las Vegas was the largest hotel in the world with more than 4,200 rooms. The Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas debuted in 1994 and the unique pyramid design featured on the cover of Time magazine.
Bill Pennington experienced a near-fatal boating accident at Lake Tahoe after his boat capsized and he was left lying under 25 feet of water for eight minutes. He was given a zero chance to live, but he beat the odds. However, it was a good lesson for him to stop and "smell the roses." So he retired from the day-to-day business operations, but remained on the Circus Circus Board of Directors.
As with everything in his life, Pennington pursued philanthropy with a sense of enthusiasm, purpose and commitment.
In 1989, he formed the William N. Pennington Foundation mission statement as part of an even broader commitment to charity. As Pennington wrote at the time, "Having grown up in the Great Depression, when my family faced difficult times, I know very well the hardship that can befall one at any time. During my years in business, I was fortunate to work with thousands of wonderful employees, most of them Nevadans. I am grateful to all of them for their hard work, commitment and friendship. Their efforts helped create this Foundation, and I hope the Foundation will, in turn, help future generations of Nevadans for many years to come.
According to the William N. Pennington Foundation mission statement, the Foundation supports organizations primarily in the State of Nevada, with an emphasis on Reno and Northern Nevada. The focus is upon education and medicine to build a broad base to help people and families persevere through difficult times.
As a philanthropist, Pennington supported big building projects benefitting many non-profit organizations. His major gifts were all in Reno, including buildings at the University of Nevada; the William N. Pennington Emergency Department at Saint Mary's Hospital; the William N. Pennington Pediatric Nursery facility at Renown Hospital as well as numerous scholarships at UNR and Truckee Meadows Community College. Additionally, he made substantial gifts through his foundation to many charitable organizations.
Pennington's lifelong interest in construction included several of his own personal residences, which he always built on a large scale. He also designed and built racing boats and eventually substantial motor yachts, starting with his own yacht followed by others built for sale.
His hobbies were many and he pursued them with the same passion he brought to all his other endeavors in life. He flew his own airplane and later owned various aircraft. He developed agricultural operations in South Dakota where he also enjoyed hunting pheasants. Characteristically, he was successful, even in the farming business. He enjoyed boating at Lake Tahoe and expanded his interest to Europe and the Caribbean. He liked to invite friends to travel with him on his 172 foot yacht, Intrepid, to various ports around the world.
Pennington won many awards in his career. For many years he was a member of the "Forbes 400." He was particularly proud of his membership in the American Academy of Achievement, induction into Nevada's Business Hall of Fame and his recognition by the University of Nevada, Reno as a distinguished Nevadan and recipient of the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters.
June 21, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Dr James Vladimir Taranik passed away June 23, 2011 at the age of 71. He was born April 23, 1940 to Vladimir and Jeanette Taranik in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in geology from Stanford University in 1964 and earned his Ph.D in geology from Colorado School of Mines.
Dr. Taranik has served the state of Nevada, the University of Nevada, Reno, the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering and the Desert Research Institute well in his illustrious career. After four years with NASA and the Space Shuttle Program, where Jim was a senior scientist and chief of NASA's Non-Renewable Resources Branch, he came to Nevada in 1982 to serve as dean of the Mackay School of Mines.
As dean of Mackay, he secured $28 million for a new Mackay School of Mines building and the modernization of major teaching facilities. He led the School of Mines as its dean until 1987, when he was appointed by the Board of Regents as president and CEO of the Desert Research Institute. At DRI from 1987 to 1998, Jim helped it grow to one of the world's foremost environmental research organizations with an international reputation. Again with his planning and fundraising prowess, he and his team secured $38 million for two major new science centers, one in Las Vegas and the other in Reno. He became DRI Emeritus President in 1998.
Dr. Taranik returned to Mackay in 1998 and served as Regent's Professor and the Arthur Brant Endowed Chair for Geophysics. During this time, Jim also founded and directed the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy at the University of Nevada, Reno. He brought in millions of dollars in research funding, taught numerous courses and mentored hundreds of students. In yet another time of change, in 2003, the University of Nevada and the Mackay School of Mines turned once again to Dr. Taranik, asking him to serve as acting dean of the school.
After major reorganization at the University in 2004, Jim became the first director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, where he again led the school, until moving back into the academic Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering in 2009. Dr. Taranik was planning to retire from the University of Nevada, Reno June 30, 2011 as an Emeritus Regents Professor, and President Emeritus of the Desert Research Institute.
He began his career in science as a student at Stanford where he earned his bachelor of science in geology and received a varsity letter as captain of the water polo team. He joined the Iowa Geological Survey where he created the Iowa Remote Sensing Laboratory.
His next career posting was to the U. S. Geological Survey, Earth Resources Observation Systems Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he was principal remote sensing scientist for geological applications. He became branch chief for Non-Renewable Resources at NASA headquarters in Washington, D. C., and was NASA's program scientist for the first two space shuttle flights—the second of which contained the first payload of scientific instruments ever flown on the space shuttle.
Dr. Taranik served as a director of Newmont Gold Company from 1986 to 1998 and as a director of Newmont Mining Corporation from 1998 to 2010. His tenure was the second longest-serving board member in Newmont's corporate history. He served as a director of Earth Satellite Corporation from 1997-2002 and was serving as a director for Klamath Basin Geopower, Inc. before his passing.
Dr. Taranik was a fellow of the Geological Society of America, the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Explorers Club. He was an academy member in the International Academy of Astronautics and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He received the Bronze Star Medal for bravery and meritorious services as geologist for the U. S. Army Engineer Command in Vietnam and NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for leading the shuttle science team on Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications - 1. He was a Certified Professional Geological Scientist of AIPG and a Certified Remote Sensing Scientist.
Dr. Taranik was a member of the St. Mary's Foundation, the Challenger Learning Center Foundation, as well as many other national, state and local boards and foundations. He received many other honors and awards.
Dr. Taranik is survived by his wife, Colleen; his son, Dan Taranik of Singapore; his daughter Debra (Krishnan) Chittur of Decatur, Alabama; brother Nikolas (Cathy) of Auburn, Washington; and three grandchildren, Rachel Davis of Nashua, New Hampshire; Benjamin Vladimir Davis and Athena Chittur of Decatur, Alabama; as well as many nieces and nephews. Dr. Taranik was a great-great grandson of Sergeant Patrick Gass, an officer of the Lewis and Clark Expedition commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, and author of the first printed journal of the expedition.
Dr. Taranik was admired for his scientific accomplishments, leadership capabilities, mentoring of students and faculty, and easy-going, upbeat spirit, by his friends and co-workers. His passing is an incredible loss to the state of Nevada, the University of Nevada, Reno, the Desert Research Institute, his current and former colleagues, dear friends, and, of course, his loving family.
Dr. John N. Chappel, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, emeritus,
March 9, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Dr. John Nelson Chappel passed away surrounded by his family at home in Reno March 9, 2011. Born November 5, 1931, he was 79 and courageously battled prostate cancer and Parkinson's with Lewy Body Disease. John was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.
He attended Parkdale Collegiate in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and received his bachelor's degree and M.D. from the University of Alberta. John later earned a master's in public health from Harvard University.
He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Chicago, and was a member of their medical school faculty from 1968-1974. He was a distinguished professor at the University of Nevada, Reno where he taught in the medical school from 1974-2009.
John is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Valene Macdonald Chappel; his devoted daughters, Margot Chappel (Curt Fonken) of Sparks; Laura Chappel (Jackie Dauzat) of South Lake Tahoe, California; and Barbara Shaw (John Shaw) of Truckee, California; and his beloved grandchildren, Sarah and Zephyr McCormick of Reno; Lacey Dauzat Chappel of South Lake Tahoe; David Shaw (Kimberly Shaw) of Jacksonville, North Carolina; and Hayden and Gage Shaw of Truckee.
He is also survived by two sisters, Ruth Sayre of Ojai, California; and Lynn Gaaserud of Falls Church, Virginia; and was preceded in death by his father and mother, Reverend Nelson and Mabel Chappel, and his sister, Sheila Chappel.
John was a member of numerous medical associations. He was a pioneer of addiction medicine, championing treatment for impaired physicians, and was medical director of a methadone maintenance clinic.
John was devoted to helping others, including his students, his patients, his community, and his family.
John and his wife, Val, traveled the world together, beginning with a stint in Malaysia with Care Medico from 1962-1964. They took multiple trips to Valerie's native Scotland and many trips to scuba dive in the South Pacific and the Caribbean.
John loved running marathons and ultra-distances wherever a run presented itself, and his yellow sneakers were the shoes he loved to wear whenever he ran. His motto was, "Start slow, and taper off."
In addition, he was the best dad and grandpa in the world.
James M. Hoyt, professor of business administration, emeritus
May 1, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Edward J. "Jack" Horgan (attended two years in 1930s)
March 12, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Edward J. "Jack" Horgan, age 96, passed away March 12, 2011 at his home at Classic Residence. Jack was born in Reno August 14, 1914 to Jack and Veronica Horgan. He graduated from Reno High School, and then attended University of Nevada for two years before transferring to Santa Clara and graduating in 1936.
On June 26, 1940 Jack married Grace Cantlon. They had three sons: Mike (Jan), Tom (Terry) and Pat.
During World War II Jack served as a captain in the Marine Corps. When the war was over, he returned to Reno and worked at Commercial Hardware until his retirement in 1980. After he retired, he and Grace bought the TH Ranch at Pyramid Lake and lived the lives of gentleman ranchers.
During his life, Jack was a commercial pilot with multi-engine and seaplane ratings. He was a member of the SAE fraternity, 20-30 Club, Optimist Club, Rotary Club of Reno, Washoe County Horseman's Association, Nevada State Horseman's Association, Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church, Nevada White Hats and the Nevada wing of the Civil Air Patrol.
His community involvements included being an Eagle Scout and a scoutmaster, serving two terms on the Washoe County Fair Board, two terms on the Washoe County Grand Jury, director of the Nevada State Historical Society, director of Hanna Boy's Center, president of the Nevada White Hats, president of the California Retail Hardware Association, chairman of the Mayor's Citizen's Advisory Committee, chairman of the Reno Urban Renewal Agency, and president of the Reno Rodeo Association.
Jack was an avid Western history buff having retraced the complete Lewis and Clark "Voyage of Discovery" and visiting every known rendezvous site of the mountain men. He also produced, along with Grace, a slideshow on the Virginia City Waterworks.
Wright St., Reno. Following interment at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, a reception will be held at the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice Foundation of Northern Nevada.
Yvonne A. (Siard) Hager '37 (secondary education)
Feb. 25, 2011—Bellevue, Wash.
Our beautiful mother, Yvonne Siard Hager, passed away February 25, 2011 in Issaquah, Washington at the age of 95. She was born May 31, 1915 in Winnemucca, Nevada to Sylvain Siard and Blanche Robert Siard.
Sylvain Siard was a prominent rancher after whom a creek was named 60 miles north of Winnemucca and a canyon was named 50 miles south of Winnemucca. Yvonne was a "tomboy" who rode horses and refused to be limited to gender roles imposed upon girls at the time.
Yvonne's father died suddenly when she was 11 years old, and since her mother, Blanche, had been a homemaker who preferred speaking her native language, French, Yvonne basically assumed the duties of head-of-household for her mother and two younger brothers at an early age.
Without the selfless devotion of her brother Rene Amat the family would not have been able to continue its ranching tradition through the Great Depression. Yvonne was very bright and graduated from Humboldt County High School at the age of 16 and from the University of Nevada, Reno at the age of 18 with a teaching degree.
Upon her graduation, with her mother she made her first trip to France, where her beauty caused crowds of men to follow her in the streets and ask if she was an American movie star.
Her first teaching job was in a one-room schoolhouse at the Pearce Ranch in Pershing County, south of Winnemucca. She next worked for one year at the state employment office in Lovelock and then for eleven years taught the second grade at the Winnemucca Grammar School.
It was at the annual St. Patrick's Day fete at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Winnemucca that she met her future husband, Ed Hager, with whom she eloped in 1950.
Since at the time married women were not allowed to teach school, Yvonne was forced to resign her teaching position upon her marriage. Her husband's job required him to travel the world and be away most of the time on business, so Yvonne continued to have the responsibilities of running the household and caring for her aging mother until Blanche's death at the age of 94.
Yvonne always believed in the importance of education, and she taught her two sons to read when they were three years of age. She was devoted to her family and her brothers, who continued in the business of ranching in which the Siard family engaged for 108 years in northern Nevada.
Yvonne was constant in her love and care for her husband, sons, mother and brothers, making sure that they always had a warm and welcoming home and good food to eat. In 1966 she was chosen as Mrs. Nevada and competed in the national Mrs. America contest in San Diego.
An accomplished cook, she competed in the National Chicken Cooking Contest in 1969.
After their sons had gone to college and Ed had retired, Yvonne and Ed were able to travel, and they were like newlyweds. Unfortunately this period was brief-lived when Ed suddenly died in 1980. After her husband's death, Yvonne continued to reside in Winnemucca to be close to and to help her brothers, who continued ranching.
To the end, Yvonne was generous in every way and always placed the needs of her family above her own. She loved her family above all else.
Yvonne had a strong commitment to justice and abhorred "man's inhumanity to man." She contributed to numerous charities and causes to improve the plight of children, Native Americans and hospitalized veterans.
She also took an active role in civic groups. She was a charter member of the Winnemucca Business and Professional Club and the Eta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a life member of St. Paul's Altar Society, and a member of the American Association of University Women. Yvonne's energy and spirit will be greatly missed by her sons, grandchildren and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sylvain and Blanche Siard; husband, Ed Hager; and her brothers, Rene Amat, Robert Siard and Cesar Siard. Yvonne is survived by her sons, Harold (Sarah) and Robert (Lisa), and her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Robert, Ian, John, Ryne, Chantal and Mark.
Alice M. (Wade) Marean '41 (home economics)
April 11, 2011—Clovis, Calif.
Alice Marean, mother, homemaker, seamstress, teacher and friend, passed away April 11, 2011, just 11 days before her 92nd birthday.
Alice was born in Fallon, Nev., one of two children of Edwin and Gladys Wade, and grew up on their homestead ranch. She often told stories of her youth, growing up post depression. Alice trained as a teacher at the University of Nevada and instructed night classes at Reno High as well as teaching home economics at Incline High.
For years, Alice devoted much of her days to custom sewing, knitting and crocheting projects from her home studio. During the later years of her life, Alice donated much time and handmade articles to RSVP and other Senior Services. After her retirement, Alice and her close friends on Humboldt Street formed a close-knit neighborhood, helping each other out, sharing meals, and generally showing the rest of Reno what being a good neighbor was about.
Alice moved to and lived at The Manor at Lakeside for more than eight years, where she developed many more lasting friendships and often acted as if she was a tour guide, reciting the history of the locations that the residents would travel to and visit.
Then, about a year ago, Alice moved to Manor Care following a major stroke that left her in a wheel chair. She was a resident there until her passing.
Alice was preceded in death by sons Steven (1987) and Raymond (2009), and is survived by former husband, John; daughter Alona and son David, along with a daughter-in-Law, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Hilma L. (Wikstrom) Lyon '41A.A.(elementary education certificate), '74 (elementary education), '78M.A. (counseling and guidance)
March 13, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Hilma L. Wikstrom Lyon went to be with her beloved Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Sunday, March 13, 2011.
She was born in Fresno, California, on October 23, 1921, to her Swedish father, Anders E. Wikstrom, and her Finnish mother, Milja Honkamaki Wikstrom. The family moved to Reno while Hilma was still a very young child, and she was educated in the old Reno schools—Orvis Ring Elementary, Northside Junior High, Reno High, graduating in 1939, and the University of Nevada, where she earned her BA in education and her MA in counseling.
From her very early school years, she always knew she wanted to be a teacher, and worked diligently toward that goal. She first taught at a little country school, Harmon, just east of Fallon, where she found she loved her students and received their love in return; and that became a lifelong adventure for her, finding great reward in helping children learn. She taught for many years in Yerington, Denver, and Reno schools, Orvis Ring and Echo Loder, before retiring.
In 1942, while visiting her sister who worked in Washington, D.C., Hilma met Stan Lyon, and their friendship bloomed through much correspondence. His service with the U. S. Navy separated them for a time, but they were married in Reno on June 3, 1945, and enjoyed 65 great years together.
They were blessed with two wonderful children, Susan and Rick, who brought much happiness to their parents.
Hilma loved the outdoors, and through the years, the family enjoyed hiking, backpacking in the Sierras, swimming, fishing, sail boating at Tahoe, downhill and cross-country skiing, and as much travel as they could squeeze in. With another couple, they built a cabin near Markleeville, California, and enjoyed many happy times, good hikes and soaking in the Hot Springs there.
Hilma also enjoyed playing bridge with her good friends for many years. After her retirement, Hilma traveled to Scandinavia and was very happy to meet Swedish and Finnish relatives that she had never before known.
She was active in Sunday School teaching and other services in several churches through the years, and was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Teachers' Association, Retired Public Employees of Nevada, and a lifetime member of the Assistance League of Reno-Sparks, where she particularly enjoyed the Operation School Bell, providing clothing to disadvantaged school children.
Hilma is survived by her husband, Stan Lyon; daughter Susan Ryan of Odessa, Washington; brother Ccl. Floyd E. Wikstrom (Ret.) and his wife, Betty, of Fox Island, Washington; her sister Lillian Robinett, of San Francisco, California; granddaughters Brenna Jackson, Tristan Ryan and T. M'Kenzie Ryan; and great-granddaughter M'Kenna Jackson, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Richard, and her sister, Julia O'Shaughnessy.
Fritzi J.(Neddenriep) Huntington '43
March 10, 2011—Glenbrook, Nev.
Fritzi Jane Neddenriep Huntington of Glenbrook, Nevada, toe-danced into Heaven March 10, 2011, 11 days after her 90th birthday. She was the only child of Fritz Claude Neddenriep and Vida Swain Neddenriep.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, David Huntington (11/29/1910-11/7/1991) and her stepson, Todd Huntington.
Her memory remains in the hearts of her family—Claire Huntington McCloud and Kim McCloud; Casey and Nick Sage and their children, Lucia and Drake; Ashley and Bryan Buchanan; Claudia Huntington and Marshall Miller, Prentice Huntington Miller and Reid Huntington Miller, and Linn Huntington.
In her younger life, Fritzi raised championship steers (whom she named after her boyfriends) briefly attended the Pasadena Playhouse, won the doubles tennis championship of Nevada, and worked at the Red Cross during World War II.
She was the first woman editor of the Carson City Daily Appeal (now the Nevada Appeal).
Her life was filled with giving to others and to her family, which included a long list of pets including her last cat, Thunder.
Among the many institutions which she loved and supported were Kappa Alpha Theta, the Assistance League of Southern California, the Tahoe Rim Trail (founding board member) and the Tahoe Baikal Institute.
Her love of Lake Tahoe was profound and evident to all who knew her. She was recognized with the Distinguished Nevadan award, the Friends of The Lake Award, and the Dwight Steele Award.
She was one of the first board members of the Lake Tahoe Area Council, which preceded the TRPA; served on the Glenbrook homeowners board and was involved for many years with The League to Save Lake Tahoe, including serving as president from 1984-86 and again from 1987-88.
Fritzi had many friends, and those of you who knew her well also know how much she valued your calls, cards and friendship over the years. She passed into the next life as she lived the last one—without complaint; with dignity, kindness to others and grace; and dreaming of a beautiful Lake Tahoe sunset.
Charlotte (Mason) Wilcox'43 (journalism)
April 3, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Charlotte Wilcox, beloved wife of Walter Wilcox and mother of three children, recently died peacefully in her sleep.
Born Charlotte Rae Mason in Reno in 1922, she attended Orvis Ring Elementary, Billinghurst Junior High and Reno High Schools. She also attended the University of Nevada, where she majored in journalism and met her husband, also a journalism major.
The exigencies of World War II translated into putting her future career on hold while she accompanied her husband, a new infantry second lieutenant, to Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Pierce, Florida. After her husband received orders to North Africa, Charlotte returned to Reno and volunteered for the American Red Cross. She was stationed at Stead Army Air Base.
Walter Wilcox retired from the army because of grievous war wounds and returned to journalism.
In addition to being a loving wife of a wounded veteran of intense combat in France, Charlotte became his amanuensis. She aided him greatly in obtaining graduate degrees in journalism and publishing a weekly newspaper in Soda Springs, Idaho. During this time, Charlotte gave birth to three children, managed a household and still found time to socialize in faculty wives clubs, as well as being an avid bridge player and reader.
While her husband taught graduate journalism at UCLA, Charlotte was hired by a weekly newspaper in west Los Angeles as an editor. Walter, a man of Jeffersonian visions, convinced Charlotte avocados were the future. With the aid of one son, they planted and managed an avocado-citrus grove in Fallbrook, Callifornia, commuting between Fallbrook and UCLA.
Sometime after her husband died from complications of his war wounds, Charlotte returned again to Reno and bought a house in the Northwest. She was active in Officers Wives Club, elections and alumni events at Reno High School and the University of Nevada, Reno. A member of the Unitarian Church, she gave generously to the church as well as environmental, humanitarian causes.
She is survived by her three children and two grandchildren. A member of the "Greatest Generation," she departed leaving the world a better place. A woman of humor, kindness, self-sacrifice and intelligence, she was generally liked by anyone who met her.
Requiset in pacem, gentle Charlotte.
Kathryn W. (Kelly) Duffin '45 (business education)
March 21, 2011—Las Vegas, Nev.
Kathryn Wilkes Duffin, 91, passed away March 21, 2011. She was born Feb. 13, 1920, at the Blue Bell Mine near Prescott, Ariz.
In 1927, the Wilkes family arrived in Pioche, which began her 84 years as a Nevada resident. Her education began in Pioche, then to Lincoln County High School and Black Hills Teacher's College.
She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1945. She later did graduate work at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. There is no doubt her calling was to teach school and she enjoyed and excelled for 27 years as a Nevada educator in Manhattan, Ely, Pioche and Las Vegas, and 21 years at the Lincoln County High School in Panaca.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Maud and Roscoe Wilkes; and her husband of 58 years, Press W. Duffin Jr. Family members mourning her loss are daughter, Mary Kathryn (Robert) Stasak; brother, Roscoe H. Wilkes; nieces Karen (Darryl) Martin and Stephanie Cumings; great-niece, Kayla Cumings; and great-great-nephew, Dysen Fass.
Douglas H. Trail '48 (agriculture)
April 16, 2011—Boise, Idaho
Douglas Trail, 89, of Boise, Idaho, died peacefully at home just one day shy of his 90th birthday. He was born to Evelyn Ferrol Audrain and Clarence Douglas Trail in Reno and spent his youth there.
He worked for Congressman Scrugham before enlisting in the 10th Mtn. Division of the Army (Ski Troops) in WWII scaling Riva Ridge in Italy.
He returned to Reno, graduated from the University of Nevada where he joined Sigma Nu, and met Jane Littlefield of Elko. They married in 1947.
Doug worked for Ralston Purina, which took the family to Boise. Doug never forgot that Reno was his home and the family vacationed here often to see family and friends, always visiting the Old Genoa Bar.
His career later included appraising and he worked for the state of Idaho and Idaho Land and Appraisal before retiring. Doug was preceeded in death by his parents and brother, Jim Trail. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jane; his two daughters, Cindy Trail (Mike Young) and Stephanie Trail; grandchildren Rebecca Swenson (Paul), Aaron Hird (Sarah Thompson), Paul Lavoy, Brian Anderson (Amanda), and Hailey Lavoy; two great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Genevieve M. (Swick) Paroni '48 (chemistry)
April 24, 2011—Post Falls, Idaho
Genevieve M. (Swick) Paroni of Post Falls died on Easter April 24, 2011 at age 84. She was born in Eureka, Nevada July 27, 1926 to William Jackson and Myrtle Rose (Smith) Swick.
She married Walter Paroni December 26, 1954 in Eureka. The family moved to Berkeley, California for several years and then to Wallace in 1968. Walt and Gen moved to Post Falls in 2004.
Gen grew up in Eureka and graduated from Eureka High School in 1944. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada in 1948.
She taught in the Eureka County Schools and at Wallace High School for total of 34 years retiring in 1991. Gen received a Master of Science from the University of Idaho and also attended graduate programs at MIT, the University of Washington and Princeton. She was Idaho finalist for the Presidential Awards Program for Excellence in Science Teaching several years and the chemistry classroom in the Wallace jr/sr High School was dedicated in her honor.
Gen served as organist for St. James Episcopal church in Eureka starting when she was 16 and also served as organist for Holy Trinity Episcopal church in Wallace for many years. Genevieve was the first woman to service on the Wallace City Council and later served many years on the Wallace Public Library board.
Gen was active professionally in the Business and Professional Women, AAUW, Retired Teachers and Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a 55 year member and a Past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of Daughters of the Nile. She was active in the Rebekahs and Pythian Sisters in Nevada. She enjoyed the Silver Valley Arts Association after retiring. Gen enjoyed camping with her family particularly in the Sierras. She enjoyed painting, artwork, crafts and working in the garden. Gen loved history and wrote many natural history and historical articles for various publications.
She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Paroni Storjohann, of Rathdrum; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Howard Kirk; niece Mary Kirk; nephew John (Lorna) Kirk all in California; nephew Tony Kirk in Argentina and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walt, in 2010 and by her parents.
George E. Yori '48 (agriculture)
May 21, 2011—Fernley, Nev.
George Eugene Yori left this world peacefully May 23, 0001 at Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks. He was born February 2, 1923 to George A. and Vera (Minetto) Yori at his grandmother's home on Winter Street in Reno. The son of a pioneer ranching family, he spent much of his early years growing up and working on his father's ranches in the Pah Rah mountain range northeast of Sparks in the area now known as Palomino Valley. George A. Yori raised sheep and cattle on the Home Ranch and Wilcox Ranches, and later sold them to Jim Stead, whose son would later become the namesake of Stead Air Force Base north of Reno.
He often told fascinating stories of the joys and hardships of a young man driving livestock between summer ranges in Northeastern California and the winter ranges on Wabuska Mountain and the Carson River, during times when ranching in Western Nevada was wide open and free.
He attended Northside School in Reno and graduated from Reno High School in the class of 1942. Thanks to a scholarship from the Sears Roebuck Company, he was able to attend the University of Nevada where he pursued a degree in agricultural mechanics. His education was interrupted by service in the U.S. Marines for World War II where he saw action in the Pacific theatre, including battles on Iwo Jima, Tinian, and Guam. He was commissioned second lieutenant in March 1945. At War's end in 1946, he returned home to Reno and married the love of his life, Genevieve Katherine Siri.
George subsequently completed his education at the University of Nevada and joined his father in the construction business in Reno, where they developed numerous residential properties. He returned to active duty with the Marines in 1950, to serve in the Korean War. Attaining the rank of captain, he saw action in numerous battles including Inchon, and the Chosin Reservoir.
In 1954, George joined the faculty at Reno High School, where he taught welding and metal fabrication until moving on to become Chairman of the Industrial Arts Department at the new Earl Wooster High School in 1962. Many of his students went on to become leaders in the building and construction industry in Northern Nevada. George later became director of new construction for the Washoe County School District, where he was responsible for building many new schools, including Hug High School.
During his service as an administrator, he earned a Master's Degree in Education at the University of Nevada and retired in 1983 after 29 years of service with the Washoe County School District.
In 1973, George and wife, Genevieve, together with members of the Carano, Siri, and Poncia families, opened the Eldorado Hotel and Casino in Reno, which has become one of the most successful gaming and entertainment properties in Northern Nevada.
George's pride and joy was his family and especially his two grandchildren. He loved the wide-open spaces, being outdoors, and living the rural farming and ranching lifestyle. He often enjoyed fishing at Pyramid Lake, duck hunting in Fallon, and just spending time on the family ranch. He also enjoyed the company of many lifelong friends and was a regular member of the ROMEO's (Retired Old Men Eating Out), a group of long time Northern Nevada business and professional men who meet weekly for lunch at various restaurants in Reno.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve, in 2002, and is survived by son, Larry, daughter-in-law, Mary, and grandchildren, Jennifer and Anthony.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Ronald Hicks, and to Vangie Molino and his caregivers Joe and Gerald at Vista Adult Care in Sparks for the loving and compassionate care he received.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business or College of Engineering. For more information, contact Bruce Mack, associate vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, (775) 784-1352 or email@example.com.
Ida M. Gildone Kellough '48 (sociology)
March 30, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Ida Mae Kellough Gildone passed away March 30, 2011 at Renown Medical Center. She was born January 17, 1926 to Joe and Mildred Kellough in Tustin, California. She grew up in Southern California and attended Tustin High School where she graduated in 1944. After her high school graduation Ida moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada. While attending UNR she met Mario Gildone. After her graduation from the university with a major in education, Ida and Mario were married August 7, 1948. The couple lived in San Francisco while Mario attended dental school and Ida taught fifth grade for two years. After Mario graduated from dental school in 1951, they moved back to Reno, where they have made their home for the last 60 years.
Preceding her in death are her parents, Joe and Mildred Kellough, and husband, Dr. Mario Gildone.
Surviving are: son Joseph (Kathi) of Rocklin, CA; son Richard "Speedy" (Gina) of Melba, ID; daughter AnnaMaria "Pinkie" (Ben) Damonte of Reno, NV; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Ida enjoyed playing bridge with her long time friends. She also played golf and bowled. She was a long-time member of the Hidden Valley County Club, the Northern Nevada Dental Wives Auxiliary and the Assistance League of Reno.
The family would like to sincerely thank Kitty Naibose, Ida's friend and caregiver over the past three years. Kitty's companionship, kind and loving spirit helped Ida enjoy her last years.
James R. Barkley '49 (mining engineering)
April 3, 2011—Reno, Nev.
James "Jim" Robert Barkley, a devoted family man and longtime Nevada resident, died in Reno April 5, 0001, surrounded by his four children.
Jim was born at home in Fernley, Nevada, October 11, 1925, to Flora Melendy Barkley and Gordon Foster Barkley. He attended Churchill County High School, where he excelled in basketball and track and field. Jim skipped his senior year to join the Navy during World War II and was selected to attend the Navy's pre-flight school on the campus of Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California.
At war's end, Jim returned to Nevada to attend the University. He settled in Lincoln Hall and focused on academics, obtaining his bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering in three years.
While living and working in Ely, Nevada, Jim met Eleanor Dorothy Taylor in 1953 and they married February 28, 1954. They relocated to northeastern Washington where Jim was superintendent of mining at North Port Mine. For the next ten years, he worked on several mining and construction projects spanning Washington, California, Nevada, and Arizona, including overseeing the construction of Interstate 80 over Donner Summit.
By 1964 his family had grown to include four children. With the eldest children entering their school years, Jim and Eleanor chose to make Reno their permanent home. For nearly twenty years, Jim worked for Robert L. Helms Construction, first as a superintendent, then as a project estimator. In 1984, he became president of Lost Dutchman Construction, Inc., a new company that soon thrived under his direction. With the rising waters of the Great Salt Lake causing substantial damage in 1986, Lost Dutchman was awarded a sizeable contract to perform quarry and excavation work as part of the West Desert Pumping Project and reconstruction of the railroad causeway across the lake.
After Eleanor's death in 1987, Jim began a deep and lasting friendship with Anna Mae Berry. When he retired in August 1992, Jim and Anne Mae traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. His other abiding interests included trapshooting, antique books, genealogy, and University of Nevada athletics. He was also a faithful fan of Jeopardy to the extent that family members took care not to interrupt him with a phone call July 14, 2011 on weeknights.
Jim delighted in being a father and above all, cherished time with his family. With each of his parents being one of ten siblings, his network of relatives is spread far and wide. He rarely missed a family reunion, and even with his health severely compromised, he insisted on attending a Melendy family reunion at Bower's Mansion last summer. He was a man of integrity and had a remarkable sense of humor that endured into his final hours.
Jim was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of Nevada, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., U.S.A., the Kerak Shriners of Reno, the Shriners of North America, the Nevada State Board of Registered Professional Engineers, the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Petroleum Engineers, and the BPO Elks Lodge.
He is survived by four children and their spouses/partner: Jim Barkley, Jr, and Shelley Buchanan Barkley of Reno; Lisa Barkley of Fort Collins, Colorado; Lynn Barkley and Jolie Russo of Portland, Oregon; Susan Barkley Stevens and Harold Stevens of British Columbia, Canada; two granddaughters and five grandsons; brother Foster Barkley and sister-in-law Ann Barkley of Emmett, Idaho; numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
He is preceded in death by wife Eleanor Taylor Barkley and brother Bill Barkley, three sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.
The family thanks Tim Heydon, who faithfully visited Jim weekly in his final months. In accordance with Jim's preference, no memorial service will be held.
William H. Zenklusen '50 (mechanical engineering)
April 25, 2011—San Lorenzo, Calif.
William Henry (Dutch) Zenklusen, 85, passed away peacefully at his home April 25, 2011 after losing his battle to cancer.
Dutch was a graduate of Sparks High (1943) and the University of Nevada (1950).
He leaves behind his wife, Dawn, son, Fred (Candee), daughter, Shirley Beasom (Fred), his sister Carol Lepori (Frank) and granddaughters, great-granddaughters and nieces and nephew.
Robert A. Winkel '54 (business administration)
April 14, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Robert Allyn "Bob" Winkel, 78, of Reno, Nevada, passed peacefully in Reno April 14, 2011 of complications due to Parkinson's Disease.
Born in San Francisco, California, April 21, 1932 to Chester G. and Margaret E. Winkel, Bob made Reno his home when the family moved here in 1943 after a short time in Sacramento. He graduated from Reno High School and continued his education at the University of Nevada Reno where he was an active leader in the student body, serving as a Senator in student government, and a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Coffin and Keys, and Blue Key honor fraternity. During his service as a student body Senator, Bob was also instrumental in getting the Jot Travis Student Union built.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bob joined the U.S. Army and proudly served his country as a Specialist Second Class. He was stationed in Seoul during the Korean War from 1954 - 1956, receiving both a Good Conduct Medal as well as a National Defense Service Medal, before transferring to the Army Reserves.
While at UNR, he met the love of his life, Inez Carmen Pasquale, and they married a short time after his return from Korea. As a young man he participated in many sports including skiing and baseball, a youth sport he later coached as an adult.
He inherited a passion for cars from his father Chester G. Winkel, Sr., who started Winkel Motors in 1943 first selling used cars, then expanding in 1946 with new cars under the Pontiac franchise. Bob joined his brother Chet in the family business, and they added the GMC brand in 1958. He was a dedicated and effective businessman whose discipline, hard work, and determination enabled him to successfully run the dealership in partnership with his brother for many years before he retired from the car business in 1972.
He still had much to contribute, though, so he returned to school to study Accounting, obtained his CPA, and continued on to earn a Master's in Tax Law from Golden Gate University. He enjoyed his second career as a CPA with Dick Gilbert and Company, and later with Kafoury, Armstrong & Turner, which included an extensive gaming and tax compliance practice.
Bob and Inez were blessed with many life-long friends who enjoyed Friday morning breakfast at the Gold 'N Silver, regular bridge games, and Holiday parties together. They and several of these friends built a close-knit neighborhood in southwest Reno, a place where on any given evening you would find as many as 50 children outside playing the sport of the season and various other group games. These relationships and the extraordinary community they created are the source of many wonderful memories. Bob was a lover of Country and Big Band music and had a special place in his heart for two things from his childhood, dogs and San Francisco.
Bob's father, mother, and brother Chester G. Winkel, Jr. predeceased him. He is survived by his loving wife, Inez Winkel; children Rob (Chris) Winkel of Reno; Jennifer (Shawn) Humes of Sparks, and Margaret Winkel of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren Trent Winkel, Jaclyn Winkel, Megan Winkel, Kendall Humes, and Kolton Humes; sisters-in-law Syd Winkel and Rena Winchell; and nieces and nephews Mike Winkel, Nancy Gegen, Chris Winkel, Lauren Walker, and Alyse Dalrymple.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Atria, Summit Ridge, as well as China West and the staff at The Court - Reno, all of whom went well above and beyond when caring for Bob.
Michael Pintar '55 (general science), '68M.Ed (school administration)
March 6, 2011—Carson City, Nev.
Mike Pintar, beloved husband, father, and grandfather (Djede) began his heavenly journey the afternoon of March 6, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was born October 1, 1928 in McGill, Nevada to Mil and Yeka Pintar, Croatian immigrants.
He fought a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer for almost two years.
He is survived by Ruth, his wife of 57 years, his children Susan Pintar (Sheldon Kop), Nancy Yamamoto (Richard), Ann Erwin (Jeff), Michael Pintar (Karen), and Mary Mills (Chris). He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Jeffrey Erwin (Alexis), Allison Kop, Matthew Erwin, Andrew Kop, Michelle Kop, Lisa Yamamoto, David Yamamoto, Alex Mills, Jacob Mills, Michael Pintar, Nathan Mills, Katie Pintar, and Kevin Mills. He is also survived by his brothers Martin Pintar of Roseville, CA, Tony Pintar of McGill, NV, Robert Pintar of Newark, CA, sister Helen Gunther of San Mateo, CA and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, an infant daughter Catherine Ann, his brothers Lewis, Joe, John and sisters Rose Papez and Lucy Deal.
Mike was a native Nevadan who graduated from White Pine County High School, attended Compton Community College, Utah State University, where he played football, and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno where he received his masters of education degree. He served in the United States Army during World War II in Korea and was honorably discharged in 1947.
He met the love of his life in McGill, NV when Ruth accepted a job as a second grade teacher in 1952. They were married June 28, 1953. They lived in Reno, Fallon and made their home for the last 50 years in Carson City. Mike had a career in education as a teacher, coach and administrator. He also worked several sessions for the Nevada Legislature.
They enjoyed traveling the globe and made several trips to Croatia to get together with his aunts, uncles and cousins who still live there. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed many rounds of golf with friends and family. His favorite activities were spending time with his family and watching his children and grandchildren's sporting events.
He was a member of the Kerak Shriners, Royal Order of Jesters, where he served as Director in 2005, Grand Lodge #1 of Free and Accepted Masons of Nevada, Scottish Rite, UNR Alumni Association, Croatian Fraternal Union of America, AARP, American Legion and was an active member of the Men's Club at Empire Ranch Golf Course.
Vernon G. Pursel '58 (animal science)
May 27, 2011—Highland, Md.
Vernon George Pursel, 74, of Scaggsville, Maryland died surrounded by family May 27, 2011 in Olney. He had been hospitalized two days earlier after choking on food, which resulted in a loss of oxygen and significant brain damage.
Vernon was born November 11, 1936 in tiny Yerington, Nevada, the youngest son of Ralph and Gertrude Pursel. Growing up on a working farm, Vernon was an excellent student, displaying both intellectual curiosity and a passion for animals. He graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 1958 with a Bachelors of Science degree in animal science. He later earned a Masters of Science in 1961 and a Ph.D. in animal physiology in 1965, both from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
He spent his career working as a research physiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, most notably at the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland. His contributions to animal agriculture were recognized by the receipt of a USDA Superior Service Award, a USDA Distinguished Service Unit Award, the ARS Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, the ASAS Physiology and Endocrinology Award, and the ARPAS DC Chapter Distinguished Service Award. Highly accomplished during his career, he was admitted into the Agricultural Research Services (ARS) Science Hall of Fame in 2006.
Since retiring in 2002, Vernon has kept busy with such varied activities as serving in leadership roles for the Friends of Agriculture Research - Beltsville, mentoring younger scientists, website development, being a best friend and companion to his wife, tending an ambitious garden, scouring for deals on timeshares, always being there for his two sons and their families, watching his grandchildren grow and flourish, being good company to family and friends, traveling to vacation destinations in Virginia, Idaho, and Mexico, and planning new adventures.
Vernon is survived by his beloved wife Gertrude (Louise) Riedel, sons Tim and Brad, daughters-in-law Natalie and Julie, step-children Sebastian and Alexander, grandchildren Ainsley and Ethan, brother Melvin, and sister-in-laws Olive and Madeline. Other survivors include numerous beloved nieces and nephews: Cheryl, Darrell, Loren, Jan, Stanley, Karen, Tom, and Vicki. A lifelong animal lover, Vernon is also survived by his devoted canine companion and biggest fan, Wilbur. Last but not least, Vernon is survived by friends and former colleagues too numerous to name. Vernon's other two brothers, Claire and Lynn, previously died many years ago due to complications from Huntington's Disease. He was previously married two times: first to Gloria and later to Kathy.
Vernon will be dearly missed, but he will not be forgotten.
Arthur 'Chelton' C. Leonard '63 (economics)
April 5, 2011—Carson City, Nev.
Chelton Leonard, after battling numerous health issues, passed away peacefully at his home in Carson City surrounded by his family. He was born in Price, Utah, but was a lifelong resident of Reno. He graduated from Reno High School in 1941, lettering in football and skiing and was captain of the Ski Team.
Attending the University of Nevada in 1941 -1942, he was on the freshman football team and a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. In 1943 he was asked to be the "skiing stunt double" for Lou Costello in the Abbot and Costello movie "Hit the Ice". With the outbreak of WWII, in 1943 Chelton volunteered for training with the 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army. Because of his background, as a corporal he was asked to be a ski instructor at Camp Hale, Colorado. In 1946 he separated from the Army as a 2nd Lt.
The next year was spent at the University of Oregon where he was proud to be called a "Duck". From 1946 to 1947 he worked at Sun Valley, Idaho in the Ski Race Training Department and various other jobs around the resort. In 1948 he was back at the University of Nevada and a member of the Ski Team until his graduation in 1951.
The next eight years were spent as the University of Nevada Ski Coach. During this time he organized the first sanctioned NCAA Intercollegiate Ski Championships held at Sky Tavern, originated the "All American Ski Team", was awarded "Ski Coach of the Year" honors and lead Nevada to two, top five finishes in the NCAA Ski Championships. In 1958, Shelly took the position of Assistant Sports Technical Director for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley.
He was involved in the Competition Jury, was the Chief Gatekeeper for Alpine events and appointed Advisor to Nevada Governor Grant Sawyer for the Winter Olympics.
After the Olympics, he was off to Denver, Colorado as the Executive Director of the National Ski Association of America and continued working with the U.S. Olympic Committee and as Chairman of the International Ski Competition Committee. 1962 brought Shelly back to Reno for two more years as Nevada's Ski Coach.
In 1964, Chelton accepted the position as Convention Director for John Ascuaga's Nugget until his recall to active duty military in 1967. The next six years were spent as the Deputy State Director for Selective Service in Carson City. Shelly eventually retired from the Army as a Colonel.
The next 15 years were filled living his passion, as a Ski Instructor and Ski School Director at Ski Incline/Diamond Peak. The off seasons found him selling real estate around Incline Village and Carson City. His love of skiing, mountains and the Army, had Chelton traveling the world with the 10th Mountain Division Association and the International Federation of Mountain Soldiers.
He became lifelong friends with many of his former adversaries, including a German General. In 1992 Shelly was inducted into the University of Nevada Athletic Hall of Fame for Skiing and as Coach of the Ski Team. He also was a high school football referee in northern Nevada and Colorado for 24 years. With his son in Scouts, he held positions on the Nevada Area Council Executive Committee, Scoutmaster and Explorer Post Advisor.
Chelton is survived by his sister Jennie "Louise" McGill of Gambrills MD, son Peter (Jan) Leonard of Carson City, grandchildren Shari (Ed) Peterman of Carson City, Ben (Shasta) Leonard of Las Vegas, Laura (Sean) Leonard of Carson City, great-grandchildren Brennan, Hawley and Emalia Peterman, nephews Allan McGill of Edmond OK, David (Sally) McGill of Elliott City MD, Mike Leonard of Lexington KY, Louie Leonard of Carson City, nieces Kathy (Gary) Dawson of Reno, Sue (Edgar) Villarreal of Reno, and numerous great nephews and great nieces.
JWood Raw '65 (school administration)
March 3, 2011—Reno, Nev.
JWood Raw passed away peacefully July 14, 2011 at the home of his son Thomas Raw after a lengthy battle with pulmonary disease. He was brought into this world May 25, 1925 by Richard Raw and Fern Comer in Reno, Nevada.
JWood was raised in Sparks and educated in the Sparks School System. After graduating from Sparks High School in 1943, JWood joined the Navy and became a Naval Aviator. He flew a number of different aircraft during WW II, including the gull winged F4U Corsair.
After WW II, JWood returned to college at San Jose State University where he completed his Masters degree in Education. He began his teaching career with the Washoe County School District in 1952 at Sparks Junior High School as an Industrial Arts teacher. He was also part of the coaching staff at Sparks High School.
In 1958 he became the Vice Principal at Dilworth Junior High School and then Principal in 1966. He continued his military career in the Naval Reserve after his departure from active duty in 1945. He joined the Navy's experimental aircraft program developing helicopters.
He went on to retire from the Naval Reserve in 1985 after flying numerous types of helicopters. JWood also had a passion for teaching and skiing. He put these two disciplines together and joined the Sky Tavern Jr. Ski Program in the mid 1950's as an instructor. He truly enjoyed teaching kids of the Reno/Sparks area how to ski. He eventually became a Program Trainer and ultimately Program Director retiring in the early 1990's.
He retired from the school district in 1989 after 37 years of service. He continued to teach a furniture refinishing class at Truckee Meadows Community College from 1974 to 2010 where he had many enthusiastic followers. JWood distinguished himself in the community as a committed educator, naval aviator and family man.
In 1953 he married Marjorie Reed Raw of Sparks, the love of his life, and they were graced with three sons. Jwood was also an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed skiing, camping, fishing, horseback riding and took special pleasure in playing practical jokes on his friends. He and his family managed a menagerie of animals at their home in southwest Reno. JWood was a member of the Fraternal Organization of Elks for 47 years at the Reno Lodge #597.
JWood is survived by his wife Marjorie, sons Thomas Raw(Deanna) of Reno, Jonathan Raw of Reno, and Timothy Raw of Daly City, California, grandchildren Bailey(Leo), Nik, Kayla, Kelsey, and great grandchildren Jonathan James, and Kinsley.
Mark K. Boscovich '70A.A. (electronic tech)
April 15, 2011—Sun Valley, Nev.
Marko Kent Boscovich, beloved husband, father, son, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, known to friends and family as "Mark" and "Lucky," lost his courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis April 15, 2011 at the age of 63.
Born to Marco and Jeanne Boscovich in Reno at Washoe Medical Center February 13, 1948, Mark instantly gained the nickname "Lucky" which stuck with him throughout his life. Mark was a proud, lifelong Nevada resident living in Tonopah, Fernley and Reno throughout his life. He attended Mt. Rose and Jessie Beck Elementary Schools, Billinghurst Middle School and graduated from Reno High School in 1966. Mark went on to earn a degree in Electronic Technology at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Following college, Mark lived life to its fullest traveling and taking on new endeavors. Shortly after college, he joined some of his best friends to form a band called "Manzanita Jungle." Ultimately he found his true passions in life through fishing, creating beautiful Turquoise jewelry, and his most favorite pastime, water skiing at Lake Lahontan and Pyramid Lake.
Mark shared his love for the sport of skiing, and was an amazing teacher of the sport, passing on his skills to his children, nieces, nephews and friends, and spent countless days on the beaches of his favorite Nevada beaches. He also enjoyed fight nights with his "boys" and cherished his time with his fishing buddies at Lake Oroville on his boat "The Hoochie Pop."
Mark served in the U.S. Navy, and worked for Western Electric and Nevada Bell for more than two decades. While at Nevada Bell, Mark met and married the love of his life, his wife of 36 years, Linda Hill. Together they raised four children and enjoyed every minute with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mark was also adored by many of his children's friends and his nieces and nephews as a second "Pop." Mark was actively involved in numerous organizations where he was a 33 Degree Mason, and served in the northern Nevada Shrine Temple "Kerak Patrol," where he was Captain, as well as in the Temple's "Jesters" and the "Q." He was also a member of Elks Lodge 597 and served a number of years as "Rainbow Pop" for the Rainbow Girls, where his oldest daughter, Sydney, served as Grand Worthy Advisor.
Mark was preceded in death by father, Marco Boscovich, grandfathers Nikola Boscovich and Emery Johnson, grandmothers Kristina Boscovich and Fanny Johnson, mother-in-law Ludie Hill, grandson Jonah Smith, brothers-in-law Dick Hill and Val Van Houck, cousins Terry Boscovich and Karen Johnson, and numerous aunts and uncles.
He is survived by wife, Linda, mother, Jeanne Boscovich, sons Scott (Cheryl) Fullerton, Marko (Megan) Boscovich, and daughters Sydney (Steve) Smith and Melissa (Jonah) Boscovich, sister Brenda Van Houck, grandchildren Justen (Sara) Fullerton, Ashley Fullerton, Montana Fullerton, Kayla Hudson, Noah Smith, Justin Smith, Brent (Aly) Smith, Brody Boscovich, great-grandchildren Katelyn Smith and Sophia Fullerton, and his beloved cousin Sally (Craig) Miller. He is also survived by sister-in-law Carol Harriman, brother-in-law Richard Harriman, aunts Minnie Perchetti, Elaine Johnson, Marion Johnson and Ruth Burns, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mark's family would like to thank St. Mary's Hospice, especially Sister Cindy and Sister Patty, for their love and support over the past two months.
James D. Christman '71 (physical education)
March 18, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
Jim Christman, 66, of Reno, Nevada, husband of Charlene Christman, died March 18, 2011 at Renown Regional Hospital. He was born in Salinas, California, son of the late Hazel and Paul Christman. He was the youngest of three siblings. Barbara Newman and Paul Robert Christman are both deceased.
Jim was raised in Yerington, Nevada, attending Yerington High School where he was an all-state football player and an outstanding musician. He graduated in 1963. He went on to the University of Nevada, Reno, where he played football and graduated with a degree in teaching.
Jim was a lifelong supporter of University of Nevada, Reno sports, loved jazz music and enjoyed time spent with family and friends. He possessed a fantastic sense of humor, was a great storyteller, and lightened up any gathering with his presence. He also had a very genuine code of ethics, which made him a successful businessman and a true friend.
We will miss his friendship and humor but the memory of the great life he shared with us will remain in our hearts. He is survived by his loving wife and various nieces and nephews.
Opal N. Trent '73 (English)
March 22, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Opal Norene Trent, 83, passed away March 22, 2011, following a courageous nine-month battle with cancer.
Opal was born in Nebraska City, Neb., August 3, 1927 to parents Ramon and Georgia Rhodes. One of seven Rhodes children, Opal had an especially close relationship with her grandmother, Florence Thomas, who had a profound influence on Opal. Opal was a proud graduate of Nebraska City High School, Class of 1945.
Following high school graduation, Opal moved to California, living and working in Ridgecrest, Calif., at China Lake Naval Weapons Training Center for many years. Her China Lake boss, Johnny Kline, was an early mentor and friend and was fondly recalled for the rest of Opal's life.
Opal met her future husband, John Trent, a science and mathematics teacher at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, during this time. The couple married on June 1951 and remained married until John's death in 2002 at the age of 80. Opal later said that her time in Ridgecrest was one of the most enjoyable periods of her life, as she made many lifelong friends, became a mother and was joined in Ridgecrest by her younger brother, the writer James Rhodes.
Opal and John had two children, Mary Elizabeth, born in 1960, and John, Jr., born in 1963. Opal and John traveled throughout the world, visiting numerous European countries. They also lived in Hawaii (where Opal scored a hole-in-one one day while playing golf), Nigeria as part of a Department of State teacher training program, as well as Stanford, Calif., and Athens, Ohio as John pursued his Ph.D. and his career as a college professor.
In 1967, Opal and her family moved to Reno as John joined the faculty of the University of Nevada. In her mid-40s, Opal enrolled as a student at the University, where she excelled as a student. A prized possession was an "A" she received from Art Professor Howard Rosenberg for a paper she wrote on the film "How Green Was My Valley." She always recalled Professor Rosenberg's kindness to her as she built confidence and made the successful transition from fulltime homemaker to fulltime University student. Opal graduated from the University with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts in 1976.
Opal had many joys in her life. For many years she would walk up to five miles each morning on the Reno High School track, where she made several friends. On practically a daily basis, Opal shopped at the Raley's on the corner of Hunter Lake and Mayberry and made friends of all the kind staff that worked there. She loved her faithful dachshund, Fritzie, spoiling him often with toys and extra food. She was a lifelong fan of the Rams (Kurt Warner was her all-time favorite) and the Dodgers.
Beginning in 1989 with the birth of her first granddaughter, Annie Opal, and continuing in 1992 with the birth of her second granddaughter, Katie Ellen, Opal was the ultimate grandmother. She never missed any of Annie or Katie's athletic, school or social events. Each Christmas, she and John, Sr., would establish new standards for the most gifts ever presented to one's granddaughters.
Throughout her nine-month battle with cancer, Opal never complained. With her daughter Mary Elizabeth at her side and in the care of her family, Opal remained remarkably peaceful and was always more concerned with the well-being of those around her. She received the best of care from the St. Mary's Hospice team that included her Certified Nursing Assistant Vicky, Nurses Lynn, Michelle and Doris, Sister Patty, Social Worker Lisa and Dr. Kelle Brogan. Twice weekly visits with Vicky were especially memorable for Opal.
Opal is survived by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth, of Reno; son, John, and daughter-in-law, Jill, of Reno; granddaughters, Annie and Katie, of Reno; brother, James of Ridgecrest, Calif.; sister Lorraine of Elk Grove, Calif.; brother, Gene of Woodland, Wash.; brother, Richard of Rosny, Tasmania; sister, Georgia Rae of Norwalk, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ramon and Georgia, grandmother Florence Thomas, sister, Avis, and brother, Bob.
Bertha A. (Holt) Shipley '76M.Ed. (educational administration/higher education)
May 26, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
Long time Fernley/Reno resident, Bertha Anne Holt Shipley, passed peacefully May 26, 2011 from a short and unexpected illness.
Bertha was born December 19, 1930 to Abner and Nettie (Suiter) Holt in Mesa, Arizona. Bertha attended schools in Northern California and later graduated from Phoenix.
She was a talented woman with high academic achievements and a special interest in music and voice. She played several instruments, but her favorites were the bassoon, sax, and viola. July 14, 2011, Bertha attended San Jose State College and earned a degree in Music/Elementary Education. After teaching and living in Minden Gardnerville, Nev., Woodfords, Calif., and Dunsmuir, Calif., she moved to Fernley earning a Masters Degree in Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno and later retired from education having touched many hearts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, four sisters, and her husband of 38 years, Robert L. Shipley. She is survived by three children: Rod Shipley (Patricia) of Anchorage, Marilyn Shipley of Sparks, Roberta Duvall (Ray) of Sparks, as well as three grandchildren Tasha Queen (Brooks), Kaitlyn Duvall, and Kirsten Duvall.
George J. Pasco '76A.A. (electronic tech)
March 31, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
Our beloved husband and father, George Joseph Pasco, passed away March 31, 2011 at his Sparks residence. He was born April 26, 1941 in Stockton, CA.
George was a High Priest in the Pyramid Lake Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was instrumental in establishing the Reno Dry Pack Cannery for The Church.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Shirlee; son David; daughters Kristal, Karla, Sara and Leilani; 5 brothers and 5 sisters; 5 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Estela Delgado '79 (social services corrections)
April 28, 2011—Reno, Nev.
On April 28, 2011, at her residence in Reno, God called his daughter Estela Delgado home, after her battle with Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 56.
Estela spent her time enjoying life, constantly exercising and enjoying the outdoors, but her real passion was her family and friends. Estela's outgoing, magnetic personality always ensured that around her, everyone enjoyed life and had a good time. Estela always looked to the positives in life and would always live by the simple motto: "Life is good."
Estela is survived by her husband, daughter, grandson, siblings, her mother, and numerous family and friends.
Lynette S. Winn '81M.S. (nursing)
March 14, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
Jack T. Reviglio (Honorary Alumnus of the Year 1982)
April 23, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
The good Lord called Jack T. Reviglio home at the age of 73 April 23, 2011. Our loving husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle, employer and gentleman fought a valiant battle with cancer for two years with remarkable optimism. Surrounded by his loving and close-knit family, he entered into eternal life with Jesus his Savior on Holy July 16, 2011. In true Jack T. Reviglio fashion, to his last breath he was resolute in his faith and concerned only for others and not for himself.
Jack was born to Theodore and Ameilia Reviglio March 12, 1938 in Redwood City, California. He graduated from Serra High School in San Mateo, California in 1956 and Oregon State University in 1960. During his college days he was a proud member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity where he served as president in 1960.
Upon graduation Jack went to work for Dalziel Plumbing Supply in San Francisco where he learned the wholesale plumbing business from 1960 to 1964. It was during Jack's days at Dalziel that he met the love of his life and his Italian sweetheart, Rosalie Alessandri. Jack and his bride Ro were married November 10, 1963 in Redwood City, CA.
In 1964, Jack and Ro moved to Reno, Nevada to start their family and a new business. Later that same year Jack, along with his partner Bill Higgins, founded Western Nevada Supply Company - a wholesale distributorship of plumbing supplies. He was joined in business by his brother Tom in 1967. They unexpectedly lost their partner and dear friend Bill Higgins in 1973.
Jack and Ro were blessed with three beautiful children - Theodore (Ted) Ray Reviglio in 1964; Richard (Rick) John Reviglio in 1966 and their daughter Kari Marie Reviglio (Woodhead) in 1971.
While Jack and his business made the customer the focus of all their attention, at the same time he revealed a quiet devotion to meeting the needs of his northern Nevada community. He was especially active in fundraising for local non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Jack gave generously to every cause imaginable - it was not in him to say no to anyone. What made Jack happy was seeing others happy.
One of his dearest causes was the Boys & Girls Club, which he founded with a group of other local leaders in 1976. He served as president from 1983 - 1993, and he continued to serve on the executive team until his death. The Boys & Girls Club's annual fundraiser bears his name - The Jack T. Reviglio Cioppino Feed. He was also deeply involved in the University of Nevada, Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, Our Lady of the Snows, Catholic Community Services, Serra Club, the local Lions Club, Western Suppliers Association, and the National Automobile Museum.
Jack was the recipient of many awards including the Italian of the Year in 1982; Man of the Year for the Boys and Girls club in 1983; the Associated General Contractors "SIR Award" for Skill Integrity, and Responsibility in 1989; he was inducted into the business leaders Hall of Fame for Junior Achievement in 1998; he was given the Cornerstone Award for Outstanding Philanthropists in 2000; he was bestowed the Governor's Inaugural "Points of Light" Award in 2001; named the Raymond I. Smith Civic Leader of the Year Award in 2004; he was inducted into the Bishop Manogue Catholic High School Hall of Fame in 2004; he was given the Chairman's Award from NPRI in 2005; the Jake Lawlor Award in 2007; he was given President's Volunteer Service Award from the National Office of the Boys and Girls Club in 2007; and he received Catholic Charities of Nevada Service Award in 2010.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Amelia Reviglio. He is survived by his loving wife, Rosalie (Ro), his son Ted Reviglio (Trish) and their children Christian, Kaelie, Alessandra, and Hannah; his son Rick Reviglio (Dana) and their children Angelo, Mateo and Gino; and his daughter Kari Woodhead (Matt) and their children Mikaela and Jack. Also surviving Jack is his brother Thomas R. Reviglio (Vicki) and their children, Nick (Holly) and Tony.
"He was a man of natural strength, incurable optimism and uncommon compassion - in other words he was a hero."
Philip W. Thomas (journalism)
Feb. 28, 2011—Carson City, Nev.
Philip Thomas spent his early years in Southern California and Chelan, Washington, moving to Carson City in 1973, graduating from Carson High School June 8, 1976. He then attended the Reno campus of the University of Nevada, graduating in journalism May 18, 1985.
Soon after graduation he moved to Wenatchee, Washington joining the Wenatchee World newspaper, working as a reporter, covering everything from Wenatchee to the Canadian border. One of his human-interest stories was picked up by the Associated Press and published nationally.
Returning to Reno, he joined U. S. Gypsum in Empire, Nevada near Gerlach, and remained with them for a few years. He loved the greater Gerlach area, as he was an avid outdoorsman, hunter and gunsmith, being federally licensed to buy and sell guns.
Eventually he ran for Justice of the Peace in Gerlach, where he served six years as a JP. He received high marks in Nevada's Judicial College on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno. Ill health forced his early retirement from the judicial bench during his second term. He has now gone to his beloved Lord Jesus.
He is survived by his mother, Camilla Wicks, of Camano Island, Washington, his brother Paul Thomas also of Camano Island, his brother Erik Thomas and wife Barbara of Boulder, Colorado, his sister Lise-Marie Wertanzl and husband Dietmar of Seattle, Washington, his sister Angela Jeffrey of Dallas, Texas and his father Bob Thomas and wife, Ingrid, of Carson City.
Nancy J. (Richare) Helsel '85 (management)
March 26, 2011—Sparks, Nev.
Nancy Jean Helsel died at home with her loving husband at her side March 26, 2011. Those fortunate enough to have known and loved her will remember her incredible courage and strength to battle against pancreatic cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Helsel; son, Howard Mitchell and his wife, Liza Mitchell; grandson, Bass Mitchell; brother, Jim Watson, as well as her many fiends.
Odile Frost Brady '85 (music)
April 8, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Odile Frost Brady, one of Reno's most beloved and admired women, passed away April 10, 2011 at St. Mary's Hospital. A third-generation Nevadan and the steward of a lineage of endearing Silver State traditions, she will be deeply missed by so many.
As a member of one of Reno's most prominent families, her notable legacy included a lifetime on the lovely Diamond F and Lombardi Ranches in Reno. Her equine heritage and great love for horses was given to her by her dad, the founder of Frost Quarter Horses. Her family became known in the Nevada business community with the establishment of the iconic Reno Printing Company in downtown Reno in 1902.
Odile was born to Harry J. and Ethel Lunsford Frost of Reno. She graduated from Reno High School in 1947 and attended the University of Nevada where she majored in music.
Odile was often featured in many local musicals, plays and recitals both in voice and piano. She was an accomplished horsewoman and served as 1950 Reno Rodeo Queen.
As pledge President of Pi Beta Phi sorority, she was one of the University's most admired coeds. In 1951 she married the love of her life, Patrick Thomas Brady, a handsome 6'3" Irishman from Seattle, Washington who was attending the University on a football scholarship. They were married at Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church and celebrated 58 years of marriage.
Odile sought to better the community her family lived in by serving as a Washoe County 4-H Leader and helped to support countless horse shows and events for Washoe Horseman's Association. As a devout Catholic she participated in several Reno area Catholic choirs. After raising her family, Odile returned to the University of Nevada, Reno graduating with a degree in music at age 50 and went on to teach music for Washoe County School District.
Odile was preceded in death by her husband, Pat, and is survived by her sister Harrie Frost Baker (Karl), five children, Mary Brady Sanders, Joanna Ferrari Almassy (Eric), Patrick T. Brady Jr. (Julee), Elizabeth Conboy (Robert), William Lunsford Brady (Laura), 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, niece Bridgette Lesar, nephew Karl Steven Baker and numerous family members in Washington. This amazing angel will be profoundly missed by her family, friends and beloved animals.
Randall C. Cahill '92 (educational leadership)
April 4, 2011—San Clemente, Calif.
Randall Clyde Cahill passed away suddenly April 4, 2011 at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, NV. Randy was born January 26, 1950 in San Diego, CA to Clyde Cahill and Juanita Janeck Cahill.
Randy grew up in San Diego, CA and attended Helix High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University in 1976 and Masters of Education from University of Nevada, Reno in 1992.
During high school in San Diego, Randy loved the ocean, the sun, the beach and most of all surfing.
Moving to Sparks/Reno in 1980, Randy became a high school teacher at Sparks High School teaching World and U.S. History & Drama. During the production and running of Grease at Sparks High, Randy even convinced a touring Sha Na Na to attend and perform at the high school theater.
Beyond this, Randy was greatly involved in many of Sparks High's activities including the Washoe County School District World History Curriculum Committee, Social Studies Textbook Committee, Scholarship Committee, Black Student Union Advisor, Head Coach Varsity Soccer, Head Coach Varsity Girls Tennis and Coach of the Academic Olympics team.
Randy was loved by his peers and students alike. Randy's scrap book included hundreds of letters from his students thanking him for his teachings and insights.
Randy taught at Sparks High School until 1993, for 13 years, before joining the Nevada State Education Association (NSEA). As Organization Specialist for NSEA Randy helped hundreds of teachers throughout the state with their jobs, benefits, retirement and quality of life. Randy had incredible negotiation skills and unique ability to arbitrate even the most complicated cases.
Randy was also politically active and worked in many campaigns for legislative candidates including former Assemblyman Bernie Anderson. Randy attended several Democratic Party meetings and was delegate to at least one state Democratic convention.
Randy was loved by many and even those who didn't agree with him respected his passion, intelligence, strength, capability and most importantly his "bigger than life" personality. You only had to meet Randy once to remember him for a life time, his laughter and personality were evenly matched with his incredible ability to engage you in a memorable story or tell you one of his many great jokes.
Randy had many hobbies and interest including golf, music, dancing, but most notable and above everything else Randy loved history, especially early Western U.S. history and Civil War history.
Randy is survived by his sons, Derek Cahill and Aidan Cahill, and his four grandkids, including Sean, Sarah and Jake along with Aidan's daughter Ava. He is also survived by his sister, Diane Lucas. Randy is also survived by his fiancé, Polly Fraser, who was his lover and passionate partner in his life.
Additional information about Randy can be found at: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/randycahill
Judy M. (Vaughn) Vickers '93 (psychology)
May 13, 2011—Reno, Nev.
It is with much sadness, we announce the passing of Judy Vickers May 13, 2011. Judy was born in Van Nuys, California, July 3, 1966. She was preceded in death by her father, Bud Vaughn. She is survived by her husband, Aaron; son, Gideon; and mother, Irene Vaughn, all of Reno, Nevada.
She is also survived by her sisters Joyce Bitter (Norman) of Fresno, California, and Linda Miley (Kevin) of Reno, Nevada. She leaves behind many dearly loved nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. The family, although stunned by Judy's passing, were further reminded of her phenomenal giving spirit when they learned of her final gift through organ donation.
Judy, who laughed so freely, loved so deeply, enjoyed nature and cherished her family and friends was honored with a celebration of her life June 4, 2011 at Galena Creek Regional Park in the old hatchery building.
Sheryl A. Ross '94 (social work), '99M.A. (counseling and educational psychology)
March 29, 2011—Reno, Nev.
Sheryl Ross passed away March 29, 2011. Sheryl was born in Reno, August 6, 1957 to Jim and Eileen Schlink.
Sheryl attended Reno schools graduating from TMCC and University of Nevada, Reno where she received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling.
She worked for the State of Nevada as a Mental Health Counselor where she helped many families in northern Nevada.
She loved her family and enjoyed many camping trips with them. She also kept in touch with all her friends online.
Sheryl was predeceased by her father, Jim Schlink.
She is survived by daughter, Rhiannon Butler; son, Christopher Ross; granddaughter, Cienna Butler; and her mother, Eileen Schlink; brother, Steve Schlink; aunts Gladys Getty, Betty Sario and Edith Metzker (Don) and many cousins.
Lacey R. Siebert '08 (nursing)
April 17, 2011—Jackpot, Nev.
Lacey Renee Siebert, 27, of Jackpot, Nev., passed away April 17, 2011, at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Lacey was born March 5, 1984, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Michael and Debborah Siebert.
Lacey attended and graduated from Jackpot High School in 2002. After high school, she went on to study as a nurse, graduating from Orvis School of Nursing with a 4.0 grade-point average.
After graduating, she worked as a registered nurse for a year and a half at St. Mary's Hospital in Reno, Nev. Lacey then moved to Jackpot, Nev., in 2010 and continued to work as an RN for St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls.
Lacey loved sports, music, the outdoors, people, places, animals and living life to the fullest. She strived to be the best at everything she did.
Lacey is survived by her parents, Michael and Debborah Siebert; sister, Dena Michael "Cobwebbs" Siebert; her son, Tobias Jordan Torrero; grandfather, Ferdinand G. Siebert; husband-to-be, Travis Hartman; daughters-to-be, Danika Rose and Dyllen EvaMarie; Tobias's father, Luis Torrero; the Torrero family; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She would say her "family" extends wide and everyone she met became a part of it. Lacey was full of life and will be greatly missed by all.