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CORCHIS, JONATHAN  
JONATHAN CORCHIS Jonathan Frank Corchis passed away Feb. 23, 2015, at the age of 44. Jon was known by all for his big heart and his even bigger personality, which will be missed, of course, but more importantly, remembered always with a smile. Jon is survived by his parents, George and Loretta; his brother, George (Amy); nieces and nephews, Jordin, Nathan, Alyssa and Gillian; and his beautiful children, Isabella, Jonathan and Dylan, whom he loved dearly. Jon was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He was a long-time resident of Las Vegas and enjoyed a successful and adventurous career in the gaming industry, most notably having played an integral role in the opening of CityCenter. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to college funds for Isabella, Jonathan and Dylan. Please have the checks made payable to "WFAFN," in the memo line, please reference "2568-6348-Children's 529 plans." Checks to be mailed to Attanasio Financial Strategies Group, Attn: Tammy Staub, 1140 N. Town Center Drive, Ste 270, Las Vegas, NV 89144. Wire transfers can be made by contacting Tammy Staub at (702) 851-5858.
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D'AGOSTINO, JEAN  
JEAN D'AGOSTINO Nov. 13, 1923-Feb. 24, 2015 Jean Porter Somerville McGuire D'Agostino, of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 24, 2015. She was born Nov. 13, 1923. She was a free spirited, kind, generous, uniquely creative individual with talents for fine arts, sculpture and textile design. Her early years were dedicated to raising her family and the commercial arts. She was a role model and pioneer among women. With Rosanne Slavin, she founded Matisse Fabrics, the first female owned and operated textile converting company located in the heart of the New York City fabric district. She received the prestigious Textile Designer of the Year Award bestowed at the Lincoln Center of the Arts in New York City. In her later years, she moved to Las Vegas, and was passionately dedicated to the development of the fine arts including the Desert Sculptors, the Art Factory and the First Friday artist events. She worked with the city government to promote and support the arts. She was noted as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in Las Vegas. She served as an inspiration and mentor to women and artists. Jean was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be missed by many family members and friends, especially by her daughters, Loran, Colette, Marleen, Sharda, Laurie and Sharon; her sons in-law, Steven and Oswaldo, Ian; her grandchildren, Janine, Kevin, Matthew, Soledad, Olga and Diana; her great-grandchildren, Chloe, Lola and Ethan; her adopted son, Peter; her close friends, Ronnie and Steve; her longtime caregiver, Consuelo; and countless others who will always celebrate her wonderful life and adventurous spirit. Services are pending on the East Coast. She will be greatly missed. "Love you Mom."
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GARSIDE, BETH  
BETH GARSIDE Beth Macfarlane Cory Garside, 97, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Born Nov. 15, 1917, on a small farm outside St. George, Utah, Beth was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. Beth was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac Chauncey Macfarlane Jr. and Mabel Clara Whitney Macfarlane. Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Glenna Stephens, Idona Merrill, Georgia McGarvie, Anne Shead and June Jeffers; and her brother, Howard Macfarlane. She was married to the late Calvin M. Cory. Beth and Calvin spent their first 10 years together in Washington, D.C. before returning to Las Vegas to raise their family. They had three children, the late Carolyn Laura Cory Gossett, Judge Kenneth Calvin Cory (the late Karen Dyal Cory and Larainne Jones Cory) and Timothy Steven Cory, Esq. (Joyce Catmull Cory). Later in life, she married Sherwin "Scoop" Garside. Years after Scoop's passing, she married Wayne Trotter, who also preceded her in death. Beth and Calvin, an attorney, were active in the Las Vegas community, and Beth was a member of Junior League. She traveled six continents, painted under the name "Hepzi Mac," appreciated music, art and entertaining and, most of all, loved being with her family. Beth is survived by 17 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. As matriarch to her family, her great legacy is her faith, endurance, optimism, enthusiasm, humor and wit, independence and compassion to all within her reach. Viewing will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at Palm Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd. Viewing again at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 7, with services following at 10 a.m., both at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Willows Ward, 9825 W. Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas. Graveside services following at Woodlawn Cemetery, 1500 Las Vegas Blvd. N.
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INGSTAD, JUDITH  
JUDITH INGSTAD Judith Mary "Judi" Ingstad, 68, of Las Vegas, went to be with her parents in Heaven Feb. 25, 2015. Judi was born Nov. 26, 1946, in Boston, to Edwin and Marjorie Howland. She had two brothers, Danny and Bobbyand her twin sister, Patricia. She always had a caring heart when it came to people. Judi married the love of her life, Ed Ingstad, July 24, 2010. She spent the next five years with Ed, traveling the country in their camper and visiting family and friends. Judi was known to be a kind, considerate and compassionate person and always thought about other people first. She enjoyed sharing her gift of baking as well and was always making cakes and other treats for friends, family and co-workers. Judi was an active member of Henderson Presbyterian Church and she loved God. She gave of herself every week donating her time at the church to help with the food bank. Judi was survived by her husband, Ed; two brothers; twin sister; eight children; 14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Henderson Presbyterian Church, 601 N. Major Ave, P.O. Box 91346, Henderson, NV 89009. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Henderson Presbyterian Church. Please include "Food Bank Donation" on the note line.
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JACKEL, GREGORY  
GREGORY JACKEL Gregory Michael Jackel, 57, passed away Feb. 5, 2015, in Las Vegas. Greg was born June 13, 1957, in Racine, Wis., to Ernest and Dolores Jackel. Greg served in the U.S. Navy for four years and then attended St. Lukes Nursing School in Racine. He moved to Las Vegas in 1986, where he worked at several Las Vegas hospitals. Greg loved spending time with his children and playing music and had recently joined a local band. He called 2014 one of the best years of his life. Greg is survived by his two children, Hannah and Max; his parents, Ernest and Dolores; brothers, Paul and Peter; and sister-in-law, Terri. Greg was a lovable, one-of-a-kind man. His family and friends will celebrate his life at a "Gregapalooza" (Hawaiian shirts mandatory). His body will be cremated and his ashes spread over Long Lake in Wisconsin by his family this summer.
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KELLER, JUDITH  
JUDITH KELLER Judith Merle Keller, 72, of Henderson, passed away peacefully Feb. 10, 2015, after a five-month struggle with pancreatic cancer. Judie was a human resources executive for 35 years, retiring from Northrup Grumman Corporation as corporate director of Benefit Planning and Design in 2000. Previously, she was the corporate director of Human Resources for Logicon, Inc., a Fortune 500 company until its acquisition in 1997. Judie and her twin sister, Joan, were born July 21, 1942, in Denver, to Thomas Lewis Barnes and Barbara Ann (nee Stophlet) Barnes, moving to the Chicago suburbs in 1949. She graduated from Oak Park-River Forest high school and the University of Illinois in 1964. Judie married Bob Keller, a patent lawyer, in 1969 and moved to California, where they worked and raised their one son, Thomas Joseph Keller (born 1972), now a realtor in West Linn-Lake Oswego, Ore. She lived in various California cities, San Jose (eight years), Rancho Palos Verdes (25 years) and Indian Wells (10 years), and lived part-time in West Linn for seven years, before moving to Henderson in 2013. Judie loved spending time with Tom, his wife, Sunny, and their twins, Christian and Alison (born 2003), worldwide travels, attending classic jazz music festivals, studying healing crystals and painting mostly in oils and acrylics focusing on old cars, animals and scenery. She extensively researched her family and her husband's family resulting in joining the Tualatin, Ore. Chapter-Daughters of the American Revolution. She wrote the "Ancestors and Descendants of Volney Goodrich Barnes and Ina Fletcher Families 1600-2007," which she privately published and shared with relatives. She was a member of the Nevada Genealogy Society and was elected Regent of the Old Spanish Trail Chapter-NSSDAR. Her family and friends will miss the caring, kind, generous, funny, feisty, determined, wise, committed, inspirational Judie, along with her strong ethics and beliefs. Her joy and laughter lit up a room. Judie is survived by her husband, of 45 years, Bob; her son, Tom (Sunny); grandchildren, Alison and Christian, Cockapoo, Kia; sister, Joan Healy (nee Clark); and nephews and nieces. Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Forest Hills Cemetery in Madison, Wis., where she will be interred beside her parents and her brother, Peter (Janice). Tax-deductible donations may be made to the Old Spanish Trail Chapter-NSSDAR, c/o Margaret Hendrickson-Regent, 3694 E. Tompkins Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89121, for patriotic, educational and preservation purposes.
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KNIGHT, KENNETH  
KENNETH KNIGHT Kenneth L. Knight, age 78, a retired poker dealer with Stations Casinos and MGM, of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 26, 2015. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Palm Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas.
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KOPPEL, ELEANOR  
ELEANOR KOPPEL Eleanor Madlyn Koppel (nee Jacobson), 72, gathered to G-d Jan. 26, 2015. Beloved sister, wife, mother and grandmother, she was born Feb. 10, 1942 in Baltimore. Eleanor was a former professional Adagio dancer, stage name, Ponie Maronie, in Las Vegas. She was elected an official, a Commended Citizen Crime Fighter, newspaper reporter and land investor. She will be greatly missed and remember by her family and friends with love and respect. We pray that Eleanor will rest with G-d Almighty in comfort and peace. Eleanor is survived by her sister, Roslyn; husband, Marty; daughter, Lisa; and grandson, Quinten. Funeral services were previously held Friday, Jan. 30.
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LACKER, VIRGINIA  
VIRGINIA LACKER Virginia Mae Lacker, 93, a homemaker, passed away Feb. 19, 2015. Services were held Friday, Feb. 27. Burial was at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
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LOWE, DOUGLAS  
DOUGLAS LOWE Douglas Leroy Lowe, age 74, of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 26, 2015. Douglas was born Oct. 31, 1940, and was a life-long resident of Las Vegas. He was fourth generation of his family to live in Clark County. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his ancestors being among the first members of the LDS church. Douglas was proud of his pioneer heritage. His ancestors crossed the plains with Mormon handcart companies, survived many hardships along the way and were among the first to settle in Utah and southern Nevada in the 1840's and 1850's. Douglas was also proud of the history of Las Vegas and watched it grow from a small community of 5,000 in the 1940's to what it is today. His father, Lloyd Lowe was chief architect and engineer of the Thunderbird Hotel, the fifth hotel and resort to be built on the famous Las Vegas Strip. Douglas worked for many years as a warehouseman for Sierra Construction Corp. and then worked for Deseret Industries, until his retirement at age 65. Douglas was skilled at woodworking and designed and built many fine furniture pieces. He considered himself a furniture maker. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lula and Lloyd Lowe; and sister, Myrna Lowe. He is survived by his brother, Nolan (Ann) Lowe of Central, Utah; sister, Patricia (Eugene) Badame of Las Vegas, and Sybil Conlan of Reno; brother, Donald (Victoria) Lowe of Fernley; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services will be held at Bunkerville Cemetery in Bunkerville. Douglas will be buried next his parents and sister. Arrangements by Palm Mortuary, South Jones Chapel.
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