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ARNDT, MAVIS  
MAVIS ARNDT Mavis E. Kopitzke Arndt went to be with her Lord Sept. 1, 2015. She was born June 28, 1925, in Lake Benton, Minn., to Otto and Elsie Kopitzke. Mavis celebrated her 90th birthday this year. She married Eugene F. "Bud" Arndt Sept. 10, 1948. Mavis was the eldest of eight children. Her siblings are Darleen Schesso, Laverna Schwingler, Yvonne Crandall, Orinne Jones, Kenneth Kopitzke, Carol Gregory and Linda Drayton. Mavis has three children, Gretchen F. Olson, Timothy J. Arndt and Nancy A. Gifford; sons-in-law, Eric D. Olson and Alan Gifford; daughter-in-law, Leah Arndt; grandchildren, Kristen L. Olson, Kelsey F. Olson, Molly A. Olson, Katelynn F. Arndt, Nathan A. Gifford and Hannah K. Gifford; as well as great-grandchild, Jade. Mavis attended school in Lake Benton and moved to complete high school in Jordan, Minn. She worked for her paternal aunt and uncle's cafe throughout high school. Mavis later worked for an attorney in Shakopee, Minn., moved to California and finally settled in Las Vegas in the mid-60's with her beloved husband. She worked for the city of North Las Vegas in a variety of jobs. In the legal system, she worked as court reporter and retired in the position of court administrator. Throughout Mavis' life she was very involved in church work. She took pride with singing in the choir and attended the Lutheran Women's Missionary League functions on a regular basis. She enjoyed making crafts for bazaars and baking desserts. Her favorite past time was crocheting, stitching plastic canvas crosses for members and making baby blankets for the newborns at church. She has cherished the family and friends she has had over the years and is grateful for all that they have done. Mavis was a member of First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Las Vegas. Viewing will be 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, at First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 301 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Burial following at Palm Valley View Memorial Park. A meal will be served from 2:30-6 p.m. in the parish hall of the church. Mavis has requested that donations be given to First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in her memory.
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ATIYEH, FRED  
FRED ATIYEH Anees "Fred" Atiyeh, 84, a 56-year resident of Las Vegas, passed away Aug. 12, 2015, after a brief illness, at Nathan Adelson Hospice, with his loving wife, Anita, by his side. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Khalil and Aniese Atiyeh; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Harold Wilson; and his brother-in-law, Richard Mlady. Fred leaves behind his beloved wife; their three children in the Las Vegas area, Kathi (Lee) Brunson, Joanne (Tom) Crine and Ron (Valerie) Atiyeh; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Fred is also survived by his sisters and brother-in-law, Lyn Bair of Vancouver, Wash., and Jeannie and Gene Buran of Marietta, Ga.; sister-in-law, Phyllis McCormick of Nehalem, Ore.; and many nieces and nephews that looked up to him as head of the Atiyeh Clan. Fred was known and loved by many in southern Nevada through his ownership of Atiyeh Chevron and his work with youth athletics, as a coach, referee, umpire and avid, sometimes too vocal, cheerleader. Fred will be missed more than words can describe. Celebration of life will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at the Clark County Fire Fighters Union Hall, 6200 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children in the memory of Anees "Fred" Atiyeh.
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BAGLEY, DR. MELVIN  
DR. MELVIN BAGLEY Dr. Melvin J. Bagley, 91, a 60-year resident of Henderson, passed away Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Pinedale, Wyo. Melvin, aka "Mel", "Heller" and "Doc", was born Jan. 1, 1924, in Green River, Wyo. to Hawley and Adelila Hogensen Bagley. The third of five children, he grew up in a loving, musical and multi-talented family. At the age of 18, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He thereafter married the beautiful Barbara Gibson, who he met while attending the University of Utah. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Los Angeles College of Optometry in 1955. With good judgment and foresight, Mel decided to establish his practice in Henderson, becoming Henderson's first optometrist. His marriage to Barbara produced four daughters in a three-year time span. During the 60's and 70's Melvin personally built the family home on the Black Mountain Country Club, his optometry office on Lake Mead Drive and their summer home in Pinedale (the - - A, named after his wife Barbara). He served on the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of the Black Mountain Country Club. Without wasting a moment of any day, Mel also was a single-handicap golfer, a painter, a piano player (by ear) and a fisherman. He loved hosting parties and playing clever games and contests he originated. Traveling in a wood-paneled station wagon, he also took the family on memorable vacations throughout the west every summer. A true visionary seeing the potential for growth of the Las Vegas Valley, Mel purchased and independently developed the Calico Ridge Subdivision in Henderson. He later established several custom home subdivisions in his beloved Pinedale. Doc practiced optometry until 1998, and proceeded to travel throughout the world and write books. Five of these books were published. The Bagley family was blessed to have such a unique, fun-loving and motivating father and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 57 years; parents; his brothers, Allan and Gerald "Jiggs"; sister-in-law, June Bagley; sister, A. Marie Bagley; and granddaughter, Hayley Hendricks. Dr. Bagley is survived by his four daughters, Nancy McGuire (Pat) of Pinedale, Mari Bochanis (Chris Cookson) of Henderson and Pinedale, Hawley (Rob) Doyle of Pinedale and Bobbi (Dr. Jerry) Hendricks of Henderson; grandchildren, Parris Crooks, Jessica (Joe) Stull of Henderson, Athena Bochanis, Andrew (Dana) McGuire, Hannah (Cody) McKinney, Jeri (Clayton) Melinkovich, Theo Bochanis, Calli Adamson, Aris Bochanis, Jaylin Hendricks and Gabriel Hendricks; great-grandchildren, Roxanne and Portia Melinkovich; sister, Jeanne (LeRon) Low of Coaldale, Alberta, Canada; numerous adoring nieces and nephews; and his loving caregiver for the past six years, Maria (May) Holland. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, both at Palm Mortuary, 800 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson. A celebration of Melvin's life will be held immediately after the service at the Black Mountain Country Club in Henderson.
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BELL, PEGGIE  
PEGGIE BELL Peggie Bell, of Henderson, passed away Aug. 23, 2015. She was loving mother of twins, Roderica and Roderick Bell (wife, Kay); son, Israel; adoring and devoted companion, of 50 years, James Przewoznik. She was born Aug. 18, 1934, to Willie James Wiley and Margaret Wade Wiley. Family circle includes her sister, Shirley Henderson of Chicago; four bothers, Bobby Wiley, Lewis Waddell Wiley John Wiley, Carl Wiley and Archie Stokes; and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives. As a single mother, Peggie went to school and worked nights so as to best raise the twins. During her 26 years of employment at Chicago Northwestern Hospital, she utilized her PhD nursing skills at many levels from nursing to patient administration. On a personal level, her joy and warm personality and demeanor were emphasized by the over 1,000 people who attended her retirement party. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Visitation again 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, both at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. Please send any sympathies, correspondence, pictures or thoughts about our dearest Peggie to P.O. Box 777473, Henderson, NV 89077. God Bless all in her world.
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BRIGHT, DONALD  
DONALD BRIGHT Donald Ray Bright, age 65, passed away Aug. 25, 2015. He was born Feb. 14, 1950, in Long Beach, Calif., the son of late Raymond and Estelle Bright, the youngest of three brothers. Don graduated from the California College of Commerce in the early 1970's with a degree in accounting. He worked as an accountant for a few years, then, in 1979, he joined the Pacific Stock Exchange. In the late 1980's, he went on to become a pioneer in the electric car business and, in 1996, he joined his brother's professional stock trading firm, Bright Trading, where he filled many key positions since then. He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry. He is survived by his wife, of 23 years, Gina; his son, Geoff; daughter-in-law, April; grandchildren, Abbey, Hailey, Ethan, Harlie and Hunter; brother, Bob; sister-in-law, Pam; and several nieces and nephews. There will be a private memorial service in his honor Sunday, Sept. 27.
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BROWN, GLORIA  
GLORIA BROWN Gloria Allean Brown, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Sunrise Memorial Hospital. To quote her sister, Carrie, "Allean was tremendously loyal and loved her family and friends but she would also tell you the truth when you needed it." Gloria was born March 30, 1940, to Seymore Brown Sr. and Maudine Otis Brown in Franklinton, La. She lived 75 triumphant and valiant years!! Being a 40-year cervical cancer survivor, she never gave into the temptation to just stop and give in to the pain and tiredness. She surely was an incredibly independent African-American woman. One of her favorite memories was of going to the "County Fair" in Franklinton. She would always enjoy even the thought of being at the fair. She would say, "You haven't lived until you went to the fair!" Gloria graduated from Washington Parish High School and moved on to become a proud graduate of Grambling State University (Class of 63'). At Grambling, she attained her degree in physical education. After graduation, she accepted a job in the Clark County School System of Las Vegas. She taught various subjects including arts and crafts along with physical education. Gloria furthered her education by receiving her masters from NOVA University. After 35 years, she retired from the school system. Not one to sit idly by, she became a very active political enthusiast (Democrat) and a member of "Alpha Kappa Alpha" sorority. Gloria was in attendance at President Bill Clinton's inaugural and she was also invited to President Barack Obama's inaugural. She loved her community and fought to find ways that would make sure that the communities of North and West Las Vegas had a voice. Of course being in Las Vegas, she also enjoyed all of what Vegas had to offer, fine dining, concerts and movies. Among her favorite activities included tending to her flowers and taking family and friends to the "Hush Puppy." Being 75 did not stop her from being aware of the current music scene. She especially enjoyed "Nicki Minaj" and old school rapper "Ice-T." She is survived by her sister, Carrie L. Brown Thomas of North Las Vegas; nephews, Michael A. Thomas of Silver Spring, Md., Brian K. Thomas of North Las Vegas, and Jerome Brown of Detroit; and niece, Janette of Detroit. Gloria will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. We take comfort in knowing that she is now with so many family and friends who are always watching over us. Viewing will be 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a cancer charity of your choice in Gloria's name.
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BRUSCHKE, EMILEE  
EMILEE BRUSCHKE Emilee Bruschke, 34, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully, Aug. 29, 2015, in her sleep. She was born Feb. 18, 1981, in Salt Lake City, and raised in Oakley, Utah, until she moved to Las Vegas. Emilee excelled at Cimarron Memorial as a high school athlete in both volleyball and track. She loved traveling with her partner, William, their children and family members visiting more than 40 countries during her short but fruitful life. A dedicated stay-at-home mom, Emilee found immense joy when she moved to Park City in 2013. In addition to taking care of her two sons, she dedicated herself to full-time care for her companion, William, who was recovering from treatment of throat cancer. Emilee loved to watch her boys play sports and cuddle with them at home. Her dog, Daisy Bella, brought her immense joy and love. She enjoyed sitting outside on the patio deck with her family talking about life, politics and what God has intended for her future. She was loved by so many and will be missed immensely by all those lives she touched over the years. She was preceded in death by her father, Kim L. Bruschke. Emilee was mother to Ethan, age 14 and Jayden, age 11. Emilee is survived by her significant other, William Gayler; her mother, Terri Bruschke; brothers, Joshua (Sky) and Marcus (Brandi); and sister, Kimberlee (Mathew) Bruschke-Ruiz. Visitation will begin at 2:45 p.m. at the Oakley LDS Ward, 1224 W State Road 32, Oakley, UT 84055, (435) 783-2470. Graveside services for Emilee will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, in the North Bench Cemetery Oakley, Utah. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers a donation in her name be given to either the ChurgStrauss Association.org or the Huntsman Cancer Institute. For more information visit www.crandallfhevanston.com
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BYRNES, BILL  
BILL BYRNES William T. "Bill Byrnes Jr., 73, of Dayton, passed away Aug. 23, 2015, after medical complications. Bill was born Aug. 28, 1941, in San Francisco and educated at Riordan High School. He earned his bachelor of science degree at the University of Nevada, Reno and his master's degree at Northern Arizona University. He played for the Wolf Pack football team as starting left defensive end. He retired from the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, where he taught history and government and coached soccer teams. He relocated to Dayton Valley Country Club in Dayton. Family members include Lenore Byrnes; and sons, Mike Byrnes (Shawna Ekholt) of Sparks, Patrick Byrnes of Utah and John Byrnes of Utah; grandchildren, Kelli and Braden Byrnes of Utah; and sister, Barbara McDonald of Greenbrae, Calif. He was a loyal fan of Wolf Pack teams and the San Francisco 49'ers and Giants. Bill will be buried in the Dayton Cemetery in Lyon County.
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CARNEVALE Sr., JAMES  
JAMES CARNEVALE SR. James J. Carnevale Sr., age 91, passed away peacefully June 22, 2015. He was born Feb. 9, 1924, in Williamsport, Pa., to Achille and Lucy Carnevale, and was a 26-year resident of Las Vegas. After graduating high school in 1942, he went in to the Coast Guard and served during World War II. During that time, he met Ruth Cantor, whom he married in 1944. They were married almost 69 years when Ruth passed away July 15, 2013. Jim had a long and successful career with Stanley Vidmar in Pennsylvania and then in California and maintained numerous friendships for many years beyond his retirement. Jim and Ruth had three children, Jim Jr. of Los Angeles (deceased 2012), Roxanne and Karen, both longtime resident of Las Vegas. Jim enjoyed traveling with Ruth in their RV, gardening and he never found anything he could not fix for himself, his family or his neighbors. Jim Sr. and Ruth will be inurned at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.
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CURRY, THOMAS  
THOMAS CURRY Thomas Gene Curry, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully, in his sleep, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. The love of his life, Alice Mae Curry, passed away three weeks earlier July 26, 2015, and Thomas was unable to continue without her. They were married Dec. 23, 1961, after a two-week engagement and remained loving and devoted to each other until their last breaths. Thomas was born Oct. 5, 1937, in Lamesa, Texas, 1937, the only child of Thomas and Violet (nee Looney) Curry. He grew up in Texas and Nevada, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno. He was an avid golfer, a life member of the Las Vegas Elks and a retiree of over 40 years from the Nevada Test Site. He is survived by his sons, Richard Curry, Thomas Curry and Ralph Curry; daughter, Carol Brothers; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Celebration of life memorial will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Elks Lodge, 4100 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. Please come and enjoy some of Tom and Alice's favorite thingscard games and country music. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you send a donation to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, the American Cancer Society or your local Elks Lodge. "Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love."
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