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Jason M. Wintz

November 22, 1988 - June 28, 2020

Jason M. Wintz, 31, formerly of Batesville, died Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Reno, Nevada. Born November 22, 1988 in Batesville, he is the son of Tammi (Nee: Blair) and the late Steve Wintz. He married Billeigh Hankins of Batesville on September 14, 2013 and they resided in Reno.

Jason was very career minded, serving as a Senior Manufacturing Manager at Hamilton Company. His recent work included spearheading a mass production of ventilators due to the COVID pandemic.

When Jason wasn’t working, he and his wife, and their dog, Kaya were always up for any adventure. Some of his favorite hobbies included; rock climbing, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, biking, skiing, and recently paragliding. Jason and Billeigh were always eager to explore new places and try new things. Jason always had a smile on his face. His family and friends describe him as kind, generous, selfless, and humble. Family and friends were of top priority to Jason.

Jason will be dearly missed by his wife Billeigh and Kaya of Reno; mother Tammi; sisters Allison (William) Baum, Becca Wintz, all of Batesville, Brooke Wintz of Cincinnati; nephews Bronson and Griffin Baum; grandmothers Geraldine Wintz of Batesville and Janet Blair of Oldenburg, as well as, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. In addition, Jason will be fondly remembered by his in-laws, Bill and Shannon Hankins of Sunman, and brother in law Mylz of Florida.

Jason’s wishes were to be cremated following a private viewing held in Reno, Nevada. If you wish to make a donation in Jason’s honor, please donate to The American Safe Climbing Association at https://www.safeclimbing.org/index.htm.


 

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Virginia Pauline McGuire

March 28, 1950 - June 13, 2020

Virginia went home to our lord on 6/13/2020. She passed away in her home in Reno.

 

Virginia is grieved by her beloved husband Dennis McGuire, her brother Rudy Nelson, her sons Cory Bjostad and Brady Delsol, their wives Nancy Bjostad and Katie Delsol, and by her grandchildren Maya and Leah Bjostad and Julia, Andrew and Alyssa Delsol.

 

Virginia and Dennis were married for thirty-seven years. Virginia was an accomplished journeyman butcher. Virginia took classes and became a medical assistant and enjoyed a successful career. Virginia was a deacon at Redwoods Presbyterian Church, in Larkspur California. She went on to take and complete seminary training for counseling. Virginia was also a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Elko, Nevada. While living in Elko, Virginia was elected to the presidency of the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary for the state of Nevada. She served a one year term. Virginia had a green thumb, and she left me with both a front and backyard full of beautiful plants and flowers. She was the love of my life. Dennis McGuire.

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Jennifer Lynn Nelson

December 11, 1959 - June 12, 2020

Jennifer Lynn Nelson, 60, of Fernley passed away at 12:34 PM on Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks, Nevada.

 

She was born December 11, 1959 in Reno, Nevada and adopted by Raymond and Caryl Cullen. 

 

Preceded in death by her father, Raymond Cullen and stepbrother Benjamin Mudge, Jennifer is survived by her husband George, her children Brian, Andrew, Nicolas, and Lexey, one sister Dorne Cullen, along with two nephews D.J. and Chris Rothgeb, whom she loved like sons. Also, she is survived by her stepmother Dorothy Cullen, and stepbrother Richard Mudge.

 

She was a long-time resident of Fernley, where she lived since leaving her childhood home in Sparks, Nevada, before starting high school. Jennifer graduated from Fernley High School in 1977.

 

She married George Nelson on July 16, 1983 and decided to stay in Fernley to raise a family. She loved nothing more than her family and cheering on her kids during sports all while loving the New York Yankees. In some of her free time, Jennifer volunteered as a Little League coach to spread her love of baseball.

 

Jennifer put everyone before herself and tried her best to make everyone happy. She was selfless and loved with everything she had. Her enjoyment was found watching her four children grow, working alongside Jordan Rhodes for many years whom she loved like her own son, and living a life full of adventure, fun, and love.

 

There will be an informal memorial service from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday June 27, 2020 at her sister’s home. The service will be held at 3009 Beaverhead Lane in Fernley, Nevada.

Theodore Mitchell Miller

June 29, 1961 – May 1, 2020

Ted was born in Concord, Calif. June 29,1961. He was raised in Concord and moved to Sparks in the mid 80’s where he worked in residential and commercial construction for 38 yrs. 

 

Ted was proceeded in death by his daughter Nicole and survived by his sister Janet Tysdale; two brothers, Jeff and Robert Miller; cousin, Susan Hanson; and many nieces and nephews. Ted was very close to his mother Theo, who also lived in Sparks until she passed away three years ago. 

Ted was a skilled craftsman and worked as lead carpenter on many projects in the Reno area including Greater Nevada Field in downtown Reno.  Ted was also an accomplished HVAC Technician and was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union as well as the Carpenters Union. Ted loved to ride his Harley, one of his favorite

rides was to Twin Lakes near Bridgeport.

 

Ted was a very generous person and had many friends in all walks of life. He never hesitated to help a friend in need.  It seemed like wherever we went around Reno or Sparks we would meet a friend of Ted’s. He will be missed by many.    

 

We will have a celebration of life in Teds honor, date and place will be named later.       

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Anthony “Tony” Monaco

September 29, 1945 - January 13, 2020

     Anthony Louis Monaco “Tony” was born in Buffalo, NY on September 29, 1945, the first child of Virginia and Louis Monaco.  He died in Reno, NV on January 13, 2020.   Tony spent his early years in Buffalo, NY.  He then moved out with his family to Burbank, CA where he graduated High School at Notre Dame High School.  There, he embraced the Southern California “relaxed” lifestyle.  After High School, he attended UCLA and worked at Van de Kamps.  During his second year at UCLA and still working at Van de Kamps, he met the love of his life, Karen Brissel and they were married on June 3, 1967.  Together, they raised two sons and built an idyllic life in Burbank.  After both kids were grown, Tony and Karen moved to Reno, NV in 1995.  When Tony became a grandpa (G-pa) to Claire Ryan Monaco on November 3, 2007, he knew a love like he had never known before.

 

     Tony loved to cook and have family and friends over to his home for a meal.  He loved to entertain and share his love of cooking with family and friends.  Tony liked most sports and his favorite teams were the Pittsburgh Steelers and LA Lakers.  He loved his family and the friends that were like family, with his whole heart.

     Tony leaves behind his heartbroken family:  wife Karen, sons Louis and Kevin, daughter-in-law Nancy, granddaughter Claire, brother Jeff, sister Kathy and brother-in-law Tom, his extended Schneider family and many nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

     Tony was a devout Catholic and volunteered at Knights of Columbus.  His faith was very important to him.

 

A Funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, January 29 at 11:00am at Our Lady of The Snows located in Reno, NV.  Reception to follow.

 

Burial/Graveside Service

               Friday January 31, 2020 @ 3:00pm

               Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Los Angeles

               Follow funeral director to “Woodland Hills” section

               Reception to follow

 

Memorial Donation Accepted

               Mail to: 

               Knights of Columbus

               1138 Wright Street, Reno, NV 89509

Virgil Lee Hughes

November 6, 1940 - December 16, 2019

Virgil was born November 6, 1940 in Marchfield, MO and passed away on December 16, 2019 of cancer. Relocated to the Reno area 32 years ago and worked as a copier tech at Nevada Office Machines. 

He was preceeded in death by his parents Zelpha Wrinkles & Charles Hughes, and his biological father Clyde Myers. He was raised in Twin Falls, ID by his father's sister. After searching for many years he was able to reconnect with his 10 long lost siblings. 

Survived by his wife of 60 years Dorothy Jean, sons John C. Hughes of Sun Valley; Chris (Peggy) of Neatsu, OR; Robert (Dawn) of Esteros, FL; and daughter Kerri Letendre of Kimberly, ID. Cousins Carole Gough, Ron Massie-Betty of Twin Falls, ID. Grandchildren John C Hughes, Jamie Ramos, Aaron Letendre, and Jessica Thompson. Step Granddaughters Candice & Katie, and 11 great grandchildren. 

After returning Virgil & son John enjoyed camping, fishing, restoring a 1948 Plymouth, going to car shows, and restoring a boat 'The Deplorable". Ide was a great husband, father and fed many stray cats. No services are planned. 

MARILYN K. CHILDERS

(nee Marilyn Kubisch)

August 31, 1934 - December 1, 2019

Marilyn K. Childers (née Marilyn Kubisch) died after a brief illness, in Renown Regional Medical Center on December 1, 2019, in Reno, Nevada at the age of 85.

Marilyn is survived by her children, Kenneth M. Randall (Lyn), Quilcene, Washington, Duane M. Randall (Sigrid), Oro Valley, Arizona, and Julie Randall Pablo (Michael), Nashville, Tennessee. She is also survived by her niece, Shelly J. Case, Nashville, Tennessee; Sisters, Shirley R. Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee and Teddy L. Simon, Reno, Nevada, nine grandchildren, a great granddaughter, and other nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ernest A. Kubisch and Lucile M. Kubisch, of Dolan Springs, Arizona, and a brother, Ernest Frank “Frankie” Kubisch, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Marilyn was born on August 31, 1934, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to Ernest and Lucile Kubisch. After high school, in the early 1950s, the young wife and mother moved to Southern California, where she lived many years. In 1968, she relocated with her three children to Seattle, Washington. After living in Seattle for several years, and her sons were grown, in 1974, she moved with her husband, Leland E. (“Lee”) Childers, an Air Force colonel and physician, and her daughter, to Honolulu, Hawaii. There, she experienced many adventures.  She loved jogging on the beach and snorkeling in the ocean. She attended Honolulu Community College in 1976. Marilyn eventually returned to Southern California. Her final home for many years became Fernley, Nevada. There she made a number of special friends. Her children and grandchildren were never far from her thoughts.

Marilyn was a talented writer. She had a hilarious sense of humor. She had an appreciation for great music, which she passed on to her children. She loved Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, and Peggy Lee. She loved old monster movies, a love she passed on to her daughter. She was fun and adventurous. She loved the beach, and roller coasters. She once had an antique business. She was loyal to her friends. She was proud of her family. She bragged about all of them behind their backs. She loved all of them more than she could say.

Marilyn stood 5’1”, and weighed less than 100 lbs. soaking wet, but she was fearless. She would take on any challenge. She encouraged others to go after their dreams. She was empathetic and enthusiastic. She was a little pistol. She could be serious and private; an enigma to some.

Marilyn chose a simple cremation. Truckee Meadows Cremation & Burial is handling the arrangements. She would want to be remembered and celebrated in the hearts of those she loved.In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Marilyn’s memory to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at stjude.org. The family would like to thank her longtime neighbor and friend, Michael “Mike” Utterback, Fernley Nevada, for his consistent help and kindness to her. Additionally, the family would like to thank the volunteers at the Living Faith Christian Church, Fernley, Nevada, for their ministering to her needs over the years.

Elica (Lisa) Whitfield

July 28, 1949 - October 12, 2019

Elica (Lisa) Whitfield, 70, passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 12, 2019 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.  She was a loving wife of 30 years to Van Whitfield and a cherished mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. 

Lisa was born in Twin Falls, ID and moved to Reno in 1964.   She started working in Table Games at Grand Sierra Resort (formerly MGM Grand Reno, Bally’s Reno and Reno Hilton) and after 30 years she retired as a Table Games Supervisor in 2006.  Lisa enjoyed retirement spending her time at Lake Havasu, AZ, golfing, and making unique crafts.  Lisa was known for her quick wit, her infectious smile, and her kind and compassionate spirit.

Lisa was preceded in death by her daughter, Monica Ritchey, and her parents, Velda and Hal Dickenson.   She is survived by her husband, Van, sons Chris Hamlin and Duane Hamlin, daughter Therese Mott, 6 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.  Lisa touched the lives of many with her warm and caring nature.  Her final gift was a donation of organs to the Donor Network.

In lieu of flowers/gifts, donations may be made in Lisa’s name to the Donor Network – donornetworkwest.org.

Robert Henry (Bob) Butler Sr.

September 26, 1930 - April 18, 2019

Robert Henry (Bob) Butler, Sr. passed away April 18th at the age of 88.  He was surrounded by family at the time of his death.

 

Bob was born September 26, 1930 to William Tecumseh Butler and Louise (Battle) Butler. He was the oldest of four children, including sisters Louise, Harriett and Marlon. He had a life of rich fulfillment with his family and a life of disappointment as a fan of the Cleveland Browns and Indians.

 

Bob graduated from Hughes High School in 1948 and played trumpet in the high school band. He joined the Navy at the age of 17. He served for 20 years and retired in 1968 as a senior chief, E-8, the second highest enlisted rank in the military. He served aboard five naval ships and was stationed on shore duty in Boston; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Alameda, California.

 

In Boston Bob met Leola Moore. They married in July, 1951 and had five children; Maxine, Robert, Jr, Alicia, Mark and Melissa. He made several cruises to the Western Pacific where Leola always sent him with a shopping list for fine china or porcelain dolls. Leola passed away in 1989. Bob especially loved jazz and passed that love to his all of children. Maxine is an accomplished singer. He passed down his trumpet, first to son Robert, then to great-grandson Zion who is currently taking lessons.

 

After his retirement from the Navy, Bob worked for Applied Technology in Sunnyvale then became a supervisor in 1972 at the Thrifty Drugs Distribution Center in San Leandro. He moved with the company when it relocated to Reno in 1976. He retired from Thrifty in 1989 and went to work at the Starlight Bowl for two years. He went to work at the Peppermill Casino in 1992.

 

The following year he approached co-worker Marites Olazo about going on a date. She eventually agreed. They married in 1994 and Bob adopted 9-year old Leya Kerr and 7-year old Liz Kaylean. The girls called him Uncle Bob but, in a celebration of his 85th birthday, Leah Kerr wrote both girls considered him their father. Bob and the family were members of Sparks Christian Fellowship.

 

Bob retired for the final time at the age of 75. He belonged to the Fleet Reserve Association and was an honorary member of the Disabled American Veterans.

 

Bob was preceded in death by his father and mother and sisters Marlyn and Louise.

 

He leaves behind his wife, Thez, children, Maxine, Robert, Alicia, Mark, Melissa, Leya Kerr and Liz Kaylean; sister Harriett, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Services are at 3pm Wednesday, May 8 at Sparks Christian Fellowship, 510 Greenbrae Drive, Sparks, NV 89431, preceeded by military internment at 11am at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.


In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Bob’s favorite charity, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. https://fbnn.org/in-memory-of-robert-butler

Celeste M. Pierce

1957-2019

Celeste Pierce (Crnkovich), age 62, passed away on February 18, 2019 in Reno, NV after a long battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Celeste graduated from Bellevue High School (East), in Bellevue, NE in 1975 and attended Regis College (now Regis University) in Denver, CO receiving a B.A. in Political Science in 1979. Although Colorado has its beautiful mountains, it was a warmer climate and the ocean that called to Celeste. She moved to Cupertino, CA in 1980 where she met her future husband and obtained a certificate as a para-legal from Santa Clara University. She began her career as a litigation assistant with several law firms in Silicon Valley.

Celeste enjoyed hiking, camping, and boating in California, plus visits to the beach. She also had a warm spot in her heart for stray animals and rescued several dogs and cats that became beloved pets. She was generous with friends and family, alike. And, she made a great sandwich!

Celeste and her husband Dennis moved to Morgan Hill, CA in 1999 where Celeste continued her career as an independent legal assistant. In 2016 they moved to Dayton, NV when Celeste joined the State of Nevada, Attorney General's Office, as a Legal Researcher assigned to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

She was preceded in death by her father, George A. Crnkovich, also of Bellevue.

Celeste is survived by her husband of 29 years Dennis Pierce of Dayton, NV and mother Dolores Crnkovich of Bellevue, NE, brothers Greg Crnkovich of Jacksonville, FL, Dr. Tim Crnkovich (Sue Ward) of Omaha, NE, Chris Crnkovich(Hilary) of Chicago, IL, and Dr. Frank Crnkovich (Patricia) of Littleton, CO.

Memorials may be sent to your local chapter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). 

 

She will be interred in a private ceremony in Bellevue, NE on March 2, 2019.

Paul Douglas Moore

November 23, 1954 - January 5, 2019

Paul Douglas Moore (Ludolph), 64, of Sparks, Nevada passed away unexpectedly from an aortic aneurysm on January 5th, 2019.  Paul was born in California but lived in many places throughout his life.  Paul served our Country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hancock as a disbursement clerk.  Paul was an amazing chef and loved to experiment in the kitchen, often surprising his family with his delicious concoctions.  Paul was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Barbour (NV), and his father, Marion Paul Moore (AZ).  Paul is survived by his children Robert Moore (Shelby), Jessica Moore-English (John), Terry Moore and Stacey DeNigro.  He was “Poppa” to Elizabeth, Isabelle, L.J., Katie, Alyssia, Angelina, Austin and was “Pawpa” to Dixie, his best friend.  Paul did not want a formal service, instead remember his twisted humor and laugh.  In lieu of flowers please donate to the humane society.

Caryn Sue Elder

April 21, 1952 - October 4, 2018

Caryn Sue Elder, beloved daughter, niece, cousin and friend, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2018 at Saint Mary's Hospital with family by her side. Caryn succumbed after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. 

She was born on April 21, 1952 to William (Bill) and Jaqueline (Jackie) Elder in Reno, Nevada. 

Caryn attended  Billinghurst Middle School and graduated from Wooster High School in 1970, where she was a cheerleader. She furthered her education by attending Chapman University in Southern California and the University of Nevada, Reno. Caryn started her career as an Administrative Assistant with a local attorney, Dyer Jensen. She moved on to work for Mark Handelsman, when he was an attorney and later as he was elected to the Reno Municipal Court and the Second Judicial District. Mark passed on in 1996, and Caryn became the Administrative Assistant to Judge Deborah Schumacher in April of 1997 until she retired in April of 2012. 

Caryn was lovingly nicknamed "Curly" by her uncle Gerry, a family name that stuck with her throughout her lifetime. Caryn also celebrated life with many friends whom she cherished. She treasured each friendship and enjoyed the different adventures they experienced together. Caryn enjoyed traveling, planting and caring for her beautiful flowers, celebrating football games with friends and good cheer and listening to wonderful music. She especially enjoyed a great meal with good company, and a wonderful glass of wine. Caryn's laughter, sense of humor, and warm heart will be remembered by her loving family and friends. 

Caryn was preceded in death by her sister, Lauren; her father, Bill; and her brother in law, Syd. She is survived by her mother, Jackie, of Reno, Nevada; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Nevada, California and Arizona. 

Caryn's family would like to express their sincere thanks for the medical care she received from Dr. Tay and the staff at Saint Mary's Center for Cancer; Dr. Van Meter and Dr. Reddy at Cancer Care Specialists; Dr. Uhalde at Sugar Pine Family Medical; and the caring 3rd floor Medical staff at Saint Mary's Hospital. 

There will be no memorial service in accordance with Caryn's wishes. Although a time for remembrance and celebration will be planned at a future date.

Caryn was beloved by all who knew her and will be dearly missed. Rest in peace.

Olga "Nanny Cat" O'Buch

November 21, 1924 - August 14, 2018

Olga “Nanny Cat” O’Buch , age 93, passed away peacefully  on August 14, 2018. Olga was born in the Bronx, New York to John and Mary Malesky.

Olga is survived by her daughter Cindy Huffman, son-in-law Hilary, grandchildren Jonathan Duet and Mattie Huffman.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Emil, husband John, son John Robert “Bobby” and grandson Elliot.

 “Nanny Cat” as she is remembered by those closest to her, was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She spent her entire life caring for others with little thought of herself. Her pride and joy was her family. She shared with them endless and unconditional love every day of her life.

Olga moved to Reno, Nevada in 1985 and became employed at JC Penney where she worked as a sales associate for 30 years and retired at the age of 90. She was admired and loved by fellow co-workers.  She could strike up a conversation with anyone and truly enjoyed visiting with her repeat customers who would ask for her by name.

She was an avid reader, cataloging over a 1000 electronic books in her lifetime. She liked to use her green thumb in the garden and had a fondness for plants and flowers.   She enjoyed all creatures great and small from bird watching in the backyard to sharing ice cream with the family dogs.

At 93 she was incredibly independent, still driving  and had endless energy. She was always up for an adventure;  you might catch her riding on the back of a jet ski or an ATV. In her younger years she lived in Israel for 2 years and traveled to Lebanon, Greece, and Cyprus.

 In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to the Eddyhouse.org (a homeless /at risk youth organization) or the Northern Nevada SPCA spcanevada.org .  A celebration of Olga’s life open house will be held on Saturday Sept. 15, 2018 from 4-7 pm at the Huffman’s home, 140 Gazelle Road Reno, NV 89511. All are welcome to attend.

Gordon L. Moore

March 1, 1936 - April 16, 2018

Remembering Gordon L. Moore

 

Passed away peacefully, age 82, at Life Care Center in Reno. 

 

Survived by wife Peggy, brother Dennis & wife Genie Moore. Sons Darrel & Bryan, daughters Rite & Cindy, and 7 grand kids. 

 

Member of the Iron Workers Union 118 for 50 years. Retired in 1990. Gordon did a lot of cutting & baling hay in 70's & 80's in Reno & surrounding areas. 

 

Known for his rough talk & grumpy ways, but was loved & respected by all who knew him. We miss you dearly. 

 

Hope to have a celebration of life at a later date. 

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