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ARENA, LUCY  
LUCY ARENA Jan. 29, 1929-Feb. 20, 2015 Lucy Arena, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native and 34-year resident of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 20, 2015. Lucy was the beloved wife of John, devoted mother of John Jr. and dedicated mother-in-law of Christine. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, including her sisters, Ann, Renee and Grace; brothers, John and Jerry; nephew, Sam Facchini; niece, Linda Falcone; and many other nieces, nephews, Godchildren and countless friends. She was the matriarch and co-founder of Metro Pizza and Lulu's Bread and Breakfast and was affectionately called, "Aunt Lu" by hundreds of team members who came to know her as a loving spirit in their lives. Lucy was an accomplished seamstress and had a gift for design and artistic creativity. She was a past president of the Siena Ceramics Club, where she shared her talents and skills generously. She will be remembered for her grace, her humor, her optimism and her remarkable spirit of adventure. Service to honor her memory will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, at St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, Catholic Church, 7260 W. Sahara Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice.
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Auralle, Joseph P.  
JOSEPH AURALLE In loving memory, we say goodbye to Joseph P. Auralle, 72, a 44-year resident of Las vegas, a veteran of the Vietnam War, and a retired pharmacist, who passed away Feb. 5, 2015, while in Centennial Hills Hospital. He was born Dec. 5, 1942, in Chicago, to Paul and Frances Aurella. He is survived by this partner and companion, of 32 years, Gyla Conroy; and his friend, Chad Conroy, both of Las Vegas. He is salso survived by his sister, Diane Kosono and brother-in-law, Fred Kosono of Las Vegas; and his cousins, Joann Sliteris of California, John Sliteris of Illinois, and Marie Krasne of North Carolina. Private service will be held at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. He will be greatly missed and in all our hearts.
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BARNETT, IDA  
IDA BARNETT Ida Marette Barnett, a native resident of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 11, 2015, in the home of her loving daughter, Shirley Houston. Ida was born July 24, 1930. She married R. S. "Barney" Barnett, and they had five children, Buck, Shirley, Beverly, Cindy and Debbie. Ida was preceded in death by her husband; and daughter, Cindy. She is survived by her son, Buck Barnett of Maui; daughter, Shirley of Reno; daughter, Beverly of Truckee; and daughter, Debbie of Dumas Texas. She is also survived by her sister, Irene Brown of Las Vegas; and many grandchildren great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Ida will be remembered for her legacy of love for family and for her unique brand of counsel she provided to all who knew her. Services are private.
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BASSETT, KEITH  
KEITH BASSETT Keith W. Bassett, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loved ones Feb. 28, 2015. He was born Jan. 27, 1940, in Sioux Falls, S.D. After graduating from Wilmot High School in Wilmot, S.D., he continued his education by attending business school in Minneapolis. His real estate career began with the development of the first regional mall in Rochester, Minn. In 1975, Keith brought his family to Las Vegas, where he continued his real estate career. In 1975, Keith started Realty Holdings Group in the Las Vegas valley. While at the helm of Realty Holdings Group, Keith worked with and represented the Molasky Group of Companies and Irwin Molasky. Consequently, Keith was involved in bringing some of the nation's largest retailers to Clark County. Commercial real estate was Keith's passion as he managed and leased millions of square feet. His knowledge, expertise, and understanding of the Las Vegas real estate market were matched by very few in the industry. In 2004, Keith sold Realty Holdings Group to Burnham Real Estate which was later acquired by Commerce Real Estate Solutions, a Cushman and Wakefield Alliance member. Keith also joined Commerce Real Estate Solutions in the January 2008, and prior to his retirement, Keith became a Senior Director of Commerce Real Estate Solutions. In addition to his successful real estate career, Keith also found time to keep involved in several business and civic organizations. He served two terms as Nevada State Director of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and held the Certified Shopping Center (CSM) designation for the same organization. Keith was a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas - class of 1987-88, was a past president of the Las Vegas Rotary Club and a past Chairman of the UNLV President's Associates Foundation. He also served as the Trustee for the UNLV Lied School of Real Estate. Keith spent time as the Chairman of the Catholic Community Services of Southern Nevada, and was on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club and the Boy Scouts of America. Keith took great pride and joy in his family. He is survived by his wife, Dianna; his children, Teresa, Brett, Tara and Penny; his eight grandchildren, Chariane, Brandon, Kyra, Brad, Alec, Carter, Maia, and Brady; and his one great-grandchild, Lucas. Keith is also survived by the mother of his children, Bernadine. Viewing will be 3-6 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, with Rosary following, both at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4925 S. Torrey Pines Drive. Graveside services following at Palm Memorial Park-Northwest, 6701 N. Jones Blvd. The family will be hosting a reception in Keith's honor following graveside services. Donations can be made in Keith's memory to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Building Fund and the Nathan Adelson Hospice.
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BECKMAN, NORMA  
NORMA BECKMAN Norma L. Beckman, 84, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully at home Feb. 13, 2015, while surrounded by loved ones. She was born Christmas Eve in 1930 to Kenneth and Audrey Ryan in Omaha, Neb. Norma regularly attended the First Baptist Church, was baptized at 12 years of age and was a member of the International Order of Jobs Daughters. She graduated From Omaha Central High School, class of 1948. Norma was married to Richard Beckman in the spring of 1950. She moved to Las Vegas in 1984, where she worked for the Federal Government Interagency Motorpool until her retirement in 1995. Norma served as a volunteer at Basic and Del Sol High Schools from 2004-2009 and was an active member for many years of First Henderson United Methodist Church. Norma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard E. Beckman; and daughter, Tawnya L. Aston. She is survived by her sons, Les L. Beckman (Darcie) of Friendship, Wis., and Scot L. Beckman (Tamera) of Las Vegas; and six grandchildren, Christopher, Seth, Patric, Tabitha, Alexandria and Trevor. Norma was a loved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. No services are scheduled.
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BECKWITH, HAROLD  
HAROLD BECKWITH Harold Joseph "Pat" Beckwith, of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 18, 2015, at the age of 84. Everyone knew him as "Pat," a nickname given to him as a child by his mother. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Bernadette Beckwith; and his siblings, Doris Casella, Russell Beckwith and Ronald Beckwith. He is survived by his wife, of 55 years, Elizabeth; his children (and their spouses), Francis Beckwith (Frankie) of Woodway, Texas, James Beckwith (Kimberly) of Las Vegas, Patrick Beckwith (Paige) of Dayton, and Elizabeth Wuebben (Patrick) of Redondo Beach, Calif.; and his grandchildren, Dean Beckwith, Dylan Beckwith, Riley Beckwith, Devin Beckwith, Darby Beckwith, Sophie Beckwith, John Paul Beckwith, Camilla Beckwith, Michael Wuebben, Frances Wuebben and Phoebe Wuebben. Pat was born May 25, 1930, in Willimantic, Conn. His family moved to the neighborhood of Astoria in Queens, N.Y. a few years later. After proudly serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he and his parents opened up the New York City diner, Pat's Luncheonette. While managing that establishment, he also worked, along with his brother Russell, as a busboy at the famous Stork Club in Manhattan. In 1956, he enrolled at St. John's University (New York), where he earned a bachelor of business administration degree in public accounting. It was at St. John's that he met his future bride, Elizabeth Guido. After graduating from St. John's, he worked as an accountant at Bache & Company in New York. In 1967, he and his wife and children moved to Las Vegas. Over the course of three decades he held executive and managerial positions at a number of Las Vegas establishments, including the Fremont, Caesar's Palace, the Thunderbird, the Stardust, the Aladdin, the Sands, the Landmark, the Dunes, and the Four Queens. In the late 1970's, he and his wife and brother, Ronald founded Sweets of Las Vegas, a company that offered gourmet candy and arrangements. He served a term as president of the International Association of Hospitality Accountants, Las Vegas Chapter, and was a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors since 1965. After retiring from the Four Queens in 1996, he and his wife began what they had thought would be a modest tax consulting business. But by just word of mouth and reputation, it became highly successful, as the client list increased exponentially each year. Pat possessed a rare combination of quick wit, humor, native intelligence, and an authentic affection for people, that made everyone in his presence feel at ease. They sold the business in 2007. Pat was an active parishioner of St. Viator Catholic Church, where he served in the 1970's as president of the Parish Council and general fundraising chairman for the New St. Viator Church. He also loved sports. He played semi-professional football as a halfback in 1947 for the Astoria Falcons, and was an avid booster of UNLV basketball and a fan of his beloved Dodgers (especially when they were in Brooklyn). A gifted writer and artist, he often composed poems individually tailored for family, friends, and special events. Although a larger than life figure with a remarkable array of gifts, his most impressive accomplishment was as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, with rosary at 7 p.m., both at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St. Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at St. Viator Catholic Church, 2461 E Flamingo Road. Burial will immediately follow at Palm Memorial Park-Downtown.
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BIAGIOTTI, STEPHEN  
STEPHEN BIAGIOTTI Stephen Michael Biagiotti, of Greenwood Village, Colo., passed away Feb. 17, 2015, of complications from the flu. He was born July 16, 1945, in Boston, the son of George and Kathryn Biagiotti. He graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder, with a degree in finance, and later received his MBA in finance from the University of Oregon. Steve had an extensive background in real estate finance as a mortgage broker. He financed many of the early projects in the Denver Tech Center that he later utilized in his real estate development business. Steve founded SDA, Inc. in 1979, a full-service commercial real estate development company. He maneuvered the company through the very difficult 1980's market crashes with great success and eventually focused on government build-to-suit lease projects, single family and low income housing. His properties are primarily in the western United States. Steve was a visionary for Colorado's and America's futures. He was a regular sounding board for industry leaders and always had time to discuss anyone's ideas and opinions. Steve was never heard uttering a negative word; he was devoutly optimistic. In the mid-1990's, he expanded the business to open an office in Reno, where for more than a decade he made SDA the premier office developer in the city. He combined this success in 2001 by opening an office in Las Vegas and successfully completed 13 projects in the two cities. His legacy in downtown Las Vegas continues with new developments underway. Over the course of his career, Steve was involved with many commercial trade associations. He was an avid skier who dreamed of powder days, an enthusiastic runner, a dedicated golfer, and a devoted family man. He was married to investigative reporter and author, Paula Woodward for 45 years. Steve and his family lived in Colorado since 1975. Steve was preceded in death by his parents; and by his brother, Peter. He is survived by his wife, Paula; son, Marc (Tiffany); granddaughter, Sydney; sister, Kathie (Rick) Cade; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; six nieces; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. As an organ donor, Steve has given the gift of sight to two people. He was a loving and inspirational man to his adoring family. His wonderful laugh, kindness, generosity, intelligence, wit and enthusiasm will be deeply missed as a presence in their lives. Memorial services were previously held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, Englewood, Colo. Donations may be made in Steve's name to National Jewish Health by phone at (303) 728-6551 (Cristin Snelling) or by mail to 1400 Jackson St., Denver, CO 80206, attn: Memorial Dept. Please include both Steve's name and Asthma Research on the memo line of the check.
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BOAG, HANK  
HANK BOAG Henry John "Hank" Boag, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Friday evening, Feb. 20, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Hank was born in Jersey City, N.J. (his family promised to never give away his age). Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Anna Boag. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Ingrid; son, Paul; daughter, Kimberly and her husband, Mark Stuhmer; and four grandchildren, Paul Boag, Sydney Stuhmer, Logan Heese and Colin Stuhmer, who were his pride and joy. He also leaves behind a brother, Gene Boag; a sister, Barbara Dwyer; and many nieces and nephews; as well as his former wife, Tina who remained such a big part of his life. Hank moved to Las Vegas in 1965. He earned the respect and friendship of so many in our area. Starting as a shill at the Lady Luck Casino downtown, his ambitions and motivation took him from the Lady Luck to running several casinos on the Las Vegas strip. Hank ended his casino career in order to initiate a very successful communication center and verification company where he employed hundreds of people. Through all his endeavors he was always known for his caring generosity and sense of fairness. Along his journey with us here he made many life-long friends. He was known for his sense of humor, love of adventure, and his unique ability to make everyone laugh even at the most inappropriate times. He will be missed by so many. His memory, however, will remain in our hearts forever. A mass will be offered at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Bishop Gorman chapel, 5959 S Hualapai Way, Las Vegas. Celebration of Hank's life will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Hank's name to the Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation, 4141 Swenson, Las Vegas, NV 89119, where he received such wonderful care.
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BORGAARD, KENT  
KENT BORGAARD John "Kent" Borgaard, of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 22, 2015. J. Kent Borgaard was born Feb. 11, 1929, to Ray and Ethyl Borgaard. Surviving him in life are his wife, Mary G. Borgaard; and his brother, Weldon Borgaard of Cheyenne, Wyo. Kent married Mary (nee Goodson) Borgaard in 1950 and together they raised four children, Barbara Strahl (Al), Boni Moretti (Robert), Jay Borgaard and Dave Borgaard (Kristie). He also has 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Kent served in the Korean War in the U.S. Navy on the USS Boxer and the USS Princeton. He worked many different jobs providing for his family as he attended the seminary to become a pastor as his father had been. Through the years, his pastoral services took him to Pleasantville, Iowa, Sioux Falls, S.D., Des Moines, Iowa, Elkhart, Ind., and Las Vegas. He was an avid writer and published two books. He counseled married couples through his work at Oaklawn Center in Indiana in his "Recovery of Hope" program. He helped people through AA and addictions. He was the ear that everyone and anyone could bend and he'd listen intently. Kent was a man of little needs, a good sunset, a glass of wine with friends and he was content. He often said, "leave the world a better place than you found it and the rest will work itsellf out." He was the messenger of hope and joy. He will always be pictured by his family rising from his bed in the dark because the words in his mind had finally put themselves together, in a way that had danced ahead of his consciousness during the waking hours. Careful not to disturb the household, he fumbled in the twilight for his glasses and tiptoed to his office to write it all down. His words were always eloquent and flowed through him to his writings that he loved to share with the world. He was the "bridge over troubled" water to everyone he ever knew Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at First Christian Church, 101 S. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89106. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to, Vegas PBS, 3050 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89121.
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BOSETTI, ROSEMARY  
ROSEMARY BOSETTI Rosemary "Robbie" Bosetti, 85, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Robbie was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Middletown, Conn., to Daniel and Francis Robinson. She served in the Korean War as a PFC/WAC from 1949 to 1951. She was a hairdresser by trade as well as a church volunteer, substitute teacher, advocate for foster children and a licensed pratical nurse. Robbie also rose through the ranks of the Girl Scouts from leader to national trainer. She also devoted many hours to horses and the handicapped. Robbie loved her many horses, dogs and cats. She also enjoyed reading and crocheting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Bosetti; and her brother, Gregory Robinson. Robbie is survived by her children, Robin Owens, Patty Schmitz and Kelly Phillips; four grandchildren, Michael Schmitz, Matthew Schmitz, Steven Owens and Faith Phillips; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Steven Robinson and Harvey Robinson; sister-in-law, Beryl Robinson; and many, many friends. There will be a celebration of life at 11:20 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, donations can made to the Shiloh Horse Rescue or the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society Rescue.
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