Miscellaneous Pershing County, Nevada Obituaries


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Burghard Raymond "Birdie" Krocak
Burghard Raymond "Birdie" Krocak died Dec. 27, 2000, at Washoe Medical Center.
Born to Frank and Anna (Kaisersatt) Krocak, Oct. 14, 1919 in Montgomery, Minn, he was one of eight children including Lambert, Frances, Eugene and Arnie Krocak; Margaret Bolls and Lucille Belanger preceded him in death. He has one surviving sister, Florence Burlile of Nampa, Idaho.
Krocak came to Lovelock in 1940 where he worked at several mines in the area. In later years he was of invaluable service to the many ranchers in the area as a mechanic. He retired from Carpenter's Equipment in 1984.
In 1943 he married Tina Quilici, whom he was married to until her death in 1987. Their son Michael Krocak was born in 1949 and now resides in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to his son, he was a father figure to many children including Dan and Anna Hill.

Hallie C. Pfeifer
Hallie C. Pfeifer, 84, died at the Auburn Garden Convalescent Home in Auburn, Calif., on December 30, 2000.
Pfeifer was born on the Montana and North Dakota line on April 16, 1916 to Frank and Ida Pfeifer.
He was a long-time resident of Lovelock.
Pfeifer worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator and miner.
While in the Navy during WW11, Pfeifer was a Sea-Bee.
He is preceded in death by son Hallie W. Pfeifer, Jr., who died at 16 due to a school-related accident.
Pfeifer is survived by a daughter, Bonny Pfeifer Boehler and a stepdaughter, Mary Van Blarcom, both of Elko, grandson Tim Cress of Elko. Other survivors include twin brother Howard of Applegate, Calif., and two sisters Fern Halverson and Edna Ahl, both of Montana. There are also several nieces and nephews.
There are no services planned at this time.

Pauline M. Cerini
Pauline M. Cerini, 85, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 10, 2001 at Pershing General Hospital. She was born July 3, 1915 in Austin, Texas.
Mrs. Cerini attended school in Austin. She came to Nevada about 1930. She married John A. Cerini, Sr., Dec. 18, 1937.
She is survived by son John A. Cerini, Jr., of Lovelock, Daughter Bette Springer of Reno, eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and by son Clinn (Bill) Lamb, Jr.
Cremation was held in Fallon at Smith Family Crematory. No funeral services are to be held. Lovelock Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Lena Nan Quilici Fontana
Nan Fontana, 63, died Jan. 8, 2001 at California Pacific Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. She was a native of Lovelock.
She was born June 7, 1937 to Angelo and Julia Quilici. She moved to Reno in 1062, and worked for Boomtowm for 27 years.
Her parents, sister Tina Krocak, and brother Elmo Quilici preceded her in death.
Surviving are her husband Mike, son Donald, and daughters Julie Fontanaand Gina Guglidemo, all of Reno; brothers John, Julio and Frank of Lovelock, Gino of Elko, Harry of Winnemucca, sisters Bruna Pope of Reno, Angelina Shaden and Norma Hill of Lovelock; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
At her request, no funeral was held. Cremation was under the direction of Pacific Internment San Francisco California.
A celebration of life was held on Jan. 13, 2001 at the home of her son.

Jean Evelyn Tachoires Coppin
Jean Evelyn Tachoires Coppin, 58, died Jan. 15, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center.
A Reno native, she was born July 5, 1942, to Maurice and Phoebe (Byron) Tochoires and had lived in Reno since August, coming from Incline Village, where she had lived for 31 years. She also lived in Lovelock and graduated from Pershing County High School.
Mrs. Coppin was an educator, teaching for 28 years at Incline High School. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of San Francisco, where she earned a master's degree.
Her father preceded her in death.
Surviving are husband Ed, mother Phoebe Tachoires, and son Kelly, all of Reno; several aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service is scheduled for 11a.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian Church, 736 McCourry Blvd., Incline Village, under the direction of Reno Memorial Cremation and Burial Society.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established with Saint Mary's Hospice, 360 S. Grant Drive, Reno, Nev. 89509.

John Arrascada
John Arrascada, 74, died Jan. 10, 2001 at Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
He was born in Elko, April 18, 1926 to Pete and Bonificia (Salutege) Arrascada.
Arrascada moved to Lovelock in 1958. He was a WWII veteran, a one time president of the Pershing County Horseman's Association, a Lovelock Volunteer Fireman Department member and ambulance driver for 34 years, a member of the Pershing County Search and Rescue team for five years.
He was married to Cleo Brown in San Francisco, Calif., on Nov. 4, 1965.
Surviving are his widow, Cleo Arrascada, of Lovelock, brother Alec Arrascada of Carson City, three daughters, two step-daughters, one step-son, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 15, at the Lovelock Funeral Home.
Burial was at the Lone Mountain Cemetery in Lovelock.

Michael Ray McKenna
Michael Ray McKenna, 53, died in Paso Robles, Calif., Jan. 19, 2001. He lived in Paso Robles for 18 years.
McKenna was born in Nebraska, Dec. 12, 1947. He served as a ranger in the 101 Airborne during the Vietnam Campaign. He was honored with a Bronze Star with cluster and two Purple Hearts.
He enjoyed fishing and his Harley Davidson motorcycle.
McKenna is survived by one brother, Timothy McKenna of Sacramento; two daughters, Mary Nugent and Cheryl Aitken, both of Winnemucca, Nev.; four grandchildren Ehin Nugent, Aimee, Katelyn and Julia Aitken.
He was preceded in death by brother David McKenna in 1998, sister Cheryl Linn in 1954 and his parents Walter and Mary McKenna.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2001 at Calvary Chapel of Paso Robles.
Internment/disposition was handled by Blackhills Nation Cemetery, S.D.

Arvella K. Melis
Arvella K. Melis, 86, a former home economics teacher, died Jan. 20, 2001 after a series of strokes in Sublimity, Ore.
Mrs. Melis taught home economics at Colusa High School in California for ten years, at Chemawa High School in Salem, Ore., for several years, and at a high school in Grandview, Wash.
Born Arvella Kubin in Salem, Mrs. Melis graduated from high school in West Salem and earned a degree in home economics at Oregon State University in 1938.
She married Alphons R. Melis in 1939. For a time they lived in Tunisia, where he was a government agronomist with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Mrs. Melis and her husband, who worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, lived in Lovelock during the 1980s.
In 1991, they moved from Nevada to Woodburn, Ore., and in 1996 they moved to Sublimity. Mrs. Melis enjoyed painting in watercolor, oils and pastels and exhibited her work in Nevada and Oregon.
Survivors include her husband, daughter Shirley Nagelschmidt of Reston, Va., son Al of Houston, Texas, brother Gerald K. Kubin of Salem, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Interment will be in the Mist Cemetery, Mist Ore. The family suggests contributions to a health charity of choice.

Jim Dorian
Jim Dorian, 72, of Orovada, Nev., died Feb. 1, 2001 after a long battle with cancer.
He was a resident of Orovada for 40 years. He was born Nov. 8, 1928, and raised in Courtland, Calif., prior to moving to Buffalo Ranch in Orovada in 1961.
In 1965 he leased the Rocky View Inn and he purchased the Orovada Mercantile in 1968, at which time he became the postmaster of the Orovada Post Office and remained so until Dec. 31, 1999 when he retired after 32 years of service.
Dorian was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed sports, especially football. He served in the U.S. Army and in the Korean War from December 1950 to November 1952.
He is survived by his wife, Gussie, of 47 years; brother Bob Dorian, and three daughters, Lynette and husband, Wes Murphy, Janie and husband Buzz Zimmerman, Sally and husband Mike Stager. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Cory and Travis Zimmerman, Nikki Rounds, Derick Driggs, and McKenzie Stager.
A rosary was held Sunday, Feb. 4 at Albertson Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 5 at the Orovada Community Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Home Health Services of Nevada, P.O. Box 1359 Elko, Nev. 89803

Edgar Ardent Hollingsworth, Sr.
Edgar Ardent Hollingsworth, Sr., 76, died on Feb. 11, 2001 at the Northern Nevada Medical Center in Reno.
Hollingsworth was born in Lovelock on Oct. 15, 1924 to Edgar Ardent Hollingsworth and Ruth Davis Sullivan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters LaVerne Hollingsworth and Nancy Gomes, and brother Walter D. Sullivan.
Hollingsworth graduated from Pershing County High School. He went to UNR-Mackay School of Mines and graduated from UNR with a degree in mining engineering. He attended American College in Washington, D.C., the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in law.
He followed a career in mining and then practiced law until his retirement in 1995. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Nevada Bar Association, registered Professional Mining Engineer and co-founder of Nevada Miners and Prospectors.
He was a member of several Catholic churches, including Little Flower, Our Lady of Snows and St. Thomas. He enlisted in the army in 1941, was stationed in Europe during WW11 and was a member of the Army Specialized Training Program.
Hollingsworth is survived by daughters Cydney A. Liles of Reno and Kimberly M. Chamberlain of sandy, Utah; sons Edgar A. of Brentwood, Calif., Jeffrey V. of Reno, Jon P. of Portland; sisters Leola H. Armstrong of Carson city and Marilyn Cervantes of Sparks; brothers Eugene (Sully) Sullivan of Reno and Terry Sullivan of Washoe Valley; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001 at the Little Flower Church. Cremation was handled by Masonic Memorial gardens and funeral arrangements were by O'Brien-Rogers & Crosby.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Nancy Gomes Scholarship Fund, c/o UNR Foundation, mail stop 162, Reno, Nev. 89557.

Noel Greene
Noel Greene, 63, died Feb. 9, 2001 at his home in Imlay.
Greene was born Dec. 25, 1937 in Sioux Falls, S.D, to Rob and Lillian Chesley Roy.
He married Margaret Beaner, Nov. 26, 1955 in Montrose, S. D. and together they raised five children. The family moved to Imlay approximately 20 years ago from Brea, Calif.
After Greene retired as plant manager from the Crockett Container Company, he was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Cleo, Bonnie and Lisa, and brothers Jack, Don and Jim.
He is survived by his wife Margaret of 37 years, sons Michael Greene of Rialto, Calif., Jerry Greene of Imlay, Brian Greene of Lovelock, and Darrell Greene of Winnemucca, daughter Diane Ledesma of Chino, Calif., sisters Coleen, Mitzi and Zelda, brother Zane, grandchildren Mathew and Nicole Ledesma, Jake, Mitch and Ralene Greene, Mike Conner and Tia Pilikian.
A funeral mass was held Feb. 15, 2001 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Winnemucca.
Albertson Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Mary F. Minoletti Drake
Native Nevadan Mary F. Minoletti Drake, 90, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Regent Care Center, Reno.
Born March 26, 1910, in Eureka, Nev., she was the daughter of Charles A. and Julia R. Minoletti. She was a graduate of Eureka County High School and attended UNR and U.C. Berkley. Having earned a normal school certificate, Mrs. Drake taught in numerous rural communities. She completed her career in Washoe County, having taught most recently at Huffaker and Jesse Beck Elementary Schools.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Cameron Drake.
Survivors include son C.R. of Winnemucca, daughter Maryellen Petronzi of Reno, five grandsons, seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Monday, Feb.26, 2001, at Our Lady Of The Snows Catholic Church, on Walker Ave., Reno. Entombment followed at Mountain View Cemetery's Garden of the Apostles.

Barbara Ann Story
Barbara Ann Story, 71, died Saturday at her home in Lovelock after a long illness with cancer.
Mrs. Story had lived in Lovelock for 58 years, coming from Utah where she was born, Sept. 23, 1929.
She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Story of 53 years, and sons Robert Story of Reno, Jim Story of Winnemucca, and Ken Story of Lovelock, daughter Peggy Holland of Lovelock, brothers Dean Black, Carl Black, Ben Black, all of the Blanding, Utah, sisters Leila Drown of Carson City, Nev., and Kay Tea of Ithaca, N.Y., and nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Story and her husband owned and operated Story Distributing Company for 25 years, and Story Hour Video store for seven years.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and taught primary and gospel doctrine in the church for many years. She played piano and the organ for the church for more than 40 years.
She loved quilting, sewing and knitting, and was an active member of the community. She served on several boards over the course of several years.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the LDS Church. A viewing was held at the church. Burial was at Lone Mountain Cemetery, following the church service.
Lovelock Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Lyle "Bud" Trainer
Lyle "Bud" Trainer, 76, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, in Reno Nev., after a long illness.
Trainer was born Feb. 12, 1925.
A native of Chamberlin, S.D., he lived in Lovelock 23 years. He worked for the Pershing County Water Conservation District for 11 years until he retired as a water master.
Trainer refurbished International Harvester tractors and won first-place trophies for showing the tractors in parades. He was also an avid gardener who liked to grow tulips, gladiolas, peonies and he had a great strawberry patch.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Jean Elizabeth Trainer. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Eugene Provencher, Linda and Mike Hernandez, Marlys McMullin of Fairfield, Calif., and Melissa Hoefert of Lovelock; sons and daughter-in-law, Michael and Susan Trainer and Ronald Trainer of Rodeo, Calif., and Terry Trainer of Folsom, Calif.; sister, Myrtle Etbauer of Gann Valley, S.D.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A graveside funeral was held at St. Alphonsus Catholic Cemetery, Fairfield, Calif., with family members officiating.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, 2701 Cottage Way No. 26, Sacramento, Calif. 95825.

James Levi Jones
James Levi Jones, 81, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Washoe Medical Center.
Born Sept. 5, 1919 in Hamilton, Ohio, he was the son of James L. and Florence May Jones. He was a life-long member of the Carpenters, Millwright and Machinery Erector's Local No. 1241. He was preceded in Death by his wife, Sharon Jean Jones, and two sons, James L. and Thomas E. Jones.
Survivors include daughters Betty Kennedy of Lovelock, Florence Rowland of Whitehall, Mont., and Suzie Spitzer of Eureka, Calif., six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
At the request of Mr. Jones there will be no service.

Miriam Burson
Miriam Burson, 84, died Jan. 30,2000 at Pershing General Hospital.
She was born April 24,1915 to Lawrence Kemerly and Laura (Knepper) Kemerly in Akron, Ohio. She worked for the Ohio Oil Company until W.W. 11 when she became a civil servant working at the Presidio of San Francisco and Fort Ord in California.
Mrs. Burson is survived by a son, Eris Burson; a brother, Robert Kemerley and three grandchildren, Brittany Burson, Cody Burson and Anthony Burson.
Internment will be at Pacific Grove, Calif., where she will rest next to her husband, Dr. E.H. Burson.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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