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SALTZ, COLETTE  
COLETTE SALTZ Colette Riedinger Saltz, 88, passed away peacefully May 21, 2015, at her Las Vegas home, with her son, Robert, and her dog, Benji, by her side. Colette was born May 31, 1926, in Paris, France, Marie-Therese and Robert Riedinger. During World War II, the family escaped to Toulouse, France. A square in the Village of Eze on the Cote d'Azur is named after ColetteLa Place Colette. After the war, Colette studied at the Paris Conservatoire, where she received the Premier Prix. She debuted over 54 roles in her career, including the youngest Mimi in La Boheme at age 20. Colette appeared at Le Chatelet, Opera Comique, Capitole Toulouse and theaters throughout Europe. She made 34 recordings for Decca Records, was the European Max Factor Girl, made a film for Columbia Pictures called, "Au Plein Mains" (With Full Hands) and revealed her comic talents on French National Radio for many years. In 1959, Colette came to Las Vegas to perform the famous opera scene in the first edition of the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel. In 1964, she married Sidney Saltz, the vice president of the Tropicana and in 1968, their son, Robert, was born. To this day in France, Colette has many fans who still celebrate her beautiful voice and career. Colette's passion for the arts, children and animals was evident in her support of Nevada Ballet Theatre, of which she was a Grand Founder, Child Haven and the Lied Animal Foundation. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to any of these charities would be appreciated.
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VAUGHN, CHARLIE  
CHARLIE VAUGHN Charlie F. Vaughn, of Las Vegas, passed away May 20, 2015. He was born July 8, 1928, in St. Joseph, Mo., and resided in Las Vegas since 1963. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Nora Vaughn; and wives, Mary and Joanne. He is survived by his daughters, Norita Epinosa and Lynn Ann Lescenski (John); grandsons, Jordan and Jarred Espinosa; granddaughters, Rebekah and Abigail Lescenski; stepdaughter, Michelle Bell; sister, Esther Sundberg of Mesa, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews. Charlie served in the U.S. Air Force, as a B 26 gunner, during the Korean War. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri at Rolla (Missouri University of Science and Technology) with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a vice president of Nevada Power Company (NV Energy) and retired as president of their subsidiary Nevada Electric Investment Company (NEICO). Charlie remained active in the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Nevada. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Las Vegas (Grace Presbyterianfor over 50 years. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 1515 W. Charleston Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grace Presbyterian Church.
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WEST-EKSTROM, MARIA  
MARIA WEST-EKSTROM Maria Mercedes West-Ekstrom, 71, passed away April 28, 2015. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 5, at Palm Memorial Park-Northwest, 6701 N. Jones Blvd.
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WILKINS, MORRIS  
MORRIS WILKINS Morris Benjamin Wilkins, a World War II veteran and an entrepreneur who established several honeymoon resorts in the Poconos and created the iconic heart-shaped bathtub, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, Memorial Day, at the age of 90. The cause of death was heart failure. Mr. Wilkins was born in 1925, in Stroudsburg, Pa., the eldest of three children, to Benjamin and Rose Wilkins, Russian and Hungarian immigrants. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Wilkins served in the Pacific theater on two submarines, the U.S.S. Rasher and the U.S.S. Gurnard, until after the end of the war. Trained as an electrician during the war, he built a successful electrical contracting business soon after his discharge from the Navy. Mr. Wilkins eloped with the love of his life, Lois Faye Weitz, in 1955. They were married for 47 years, until Mrs. Wilkins passed away in 2002. In 1958, Mr. Wilkins along with a partner, Harold O'Brien, purchased Hotel Pocopaupack, an 18-room hotel located on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack in Lakeville, Pa. Mr. Wilkins renamed the hotel Cove Haven and began marketing it as a couples-only resort. In an effort to generate more honeymoon business, in 1963 Mr. Wilkins created the heart-shaped bathtub and installed them throughout his hotel. Business boomed, particularly after a 1971 Life magazine featured a risque photograph of a couple covered only in soap bubbles sharing an embrace in the glossy red tub. Cove Haven quickly grew to more than 230 rooms. A 2010 Wall Street Journal article noted that the design quickly took hold at vacation resorts all over the world. "Morris Wilkins has done more for romance than a box of chocolates," quipped Jim Nolan, staff writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, in a 2000 profile. After selling Cove Haven to Caesars World of Las Vegas in 1969, Mr. Wilkins expanded and opened other resorts, including Paradise Stream, Pocono Palace and Brookdale, and became president and chief operating officer of Caesars Pocono Resorts. In the 1980s, Mr. Wilkins continued to define the style of the quintessential romantic getaway property with innovations like the private in-suite swimming pool and the seven-foot-tall champagne glass whirlpool. Mr. Wilkins retired in 1997. Mr. Wilkins and his late wife, Lois, leave three children, Lori Wilkins Immerman of Los Angeles, Michael Wilkins of Las Vegas, and Jill Wilkins of Bethesda, Md.; and five grandchildren. Morris is also survived by Thomas Wilkins, of Stroudsburg, PA, a son from a previous marriage; and two grandchildren. He is also survived by his younger brother, David Wilkins, of Miami Beach, Fla. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, at Temple Beth Israel, 615 Court St., Honesdale, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Temple Beth Israel in Honesdale.
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ZACHARIAS, MEGAN  
MEGAN ZACHARIAS Megan Nicole Zacharias, 21, a student, of Henderson, passed away May 25, 2015. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 30, with services following, both at Palm Mortuary, 800 S. Boulder Highway. Burial following at Palm Memorial Park-Henderson.
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FALVEY, HENRY  
HENRY FALVEY Long time Henderson businessman, Henry Lawrence Falvey, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at home, after a long illness, surrounded by his family. Henry was born May 10, 1927, in Las Vegas, N.M., to parents Henry and Evelyn Falvey. After attending Highlands University, Henry pursued a career in the auto parts business. He was a genius in detecting any car problem and his clients followed him as he moved up into larger stores. Eventually, his career brought him to Henderson, where he opened and operated Ace Auto Supply on the Boulder Highway for 25 years. His professional low-key style was enjoyed by clients and he made many friends that traveled from Boulder City and Las Vegas to shop in his store. Henry was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Bobby, Eugene and Clarence Falvey. He is survived by his sister, Gloria (Jess) Price; his loving wife, of 60 years, Isabel Falvey; son, Henry A. (Prieda) Falvey; daughters, Debbie (Paul) Wiggs and Elizabeth (Dennis) Hershey; eight grandchildren, Danielle Falvey, Joey Falvey, Rickki (Brian) Sevchuk, Bob (Melissa) Tasios, George (Stephanie) Tasios, Amanda (Dan) Boschert, and Devin and Brooke Hershey; six great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Coroneos and Josephine Duran; brother-in-law, John Fresquez (Fabie); his beloved dog, Rusty; and many nephews and nieces. Henry enjoyed life to the fullest, he was happy making others happy and his home was an open restaurant to all that wanted to share a meal. He will be dearly missed but we know you are in Heaven looking down on us you sweet, sweet Man! Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, led by Deacon Tim O'Callaghan. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, both at St. Andrews Catholic Community Church, 1399 San Felipe Drive, Boulder City. Burial following at 1:20 p.m., at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. Special "thanks" to Visiting Angels and VET Assistance, for the wonderful care of Henry. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to ASPCA, website www.aspca.org Funeral arrangements under the direction of Boulder City Family Mortuary, Boulder City.
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KOTOFF-KODY, LOUISE B.  
In Loving Memory of Louise B. Kotoff-Kody "Beezie" Louise B. Kotoff-Kody, 85, of Las Vegas, passed away May 21, 2015. She was born Jan. 11, 1930, in Palmdale, CA, to Clarence Stockton and Earstena Vena Stockton. The History of Beezie: Louise's father called her Beezie when she was a toddler because she was so active and the name stuck all of her life, until her death. She married Joseph Napolitan after graduation. They had three sons, Joseph Jr., Christopher and Randal. She led a single mom's hard life, raising the boys after the divorce, from Joe Sr. I say she did a great job of it. Louise remarried Albert Martin and they enjoyed a wonderful life of 10 years, until Albert passed away. At her 40-year High School Reunion, she met William Kotoff-Kody, her boyfriend from grammar school in 3rd grade (1938) at Laguna School, in Bell Gardens, CA. Their first kiss was shared at age 12. Louise was an organizer and promoter in Jr High School. She started a girls' club named the B.G.B's (Bell Garden Bells) with 15 girls, to date only 4 are left. Bill and Louise married, she becase stepmother to his 3 children, Michael Kotoff, Karey White and Colleen Van Fleck. She retired from her company, Correct Employment in City of Industry, CA, which she owned and managed, before moving to Las Vegas. To this day, there are many, many high ranking CEOs of companies she gave them their start. Louise and Bill enjoyed a beautiful life together for 26 years, until the death. She died from a massive stroke, she had a mild one 6 years ago, before this one took her life. We know that she is in heaven. She was a very devoted Catholic. "I'll see you soon! Love you, Bill." Bezzie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her devoted husband, Bill; sons, Joseph Jr., Christopher and Randal; stepchildren, Michael, Karey and Colleen; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many wonderful friends. The family thanks Nathan Adelson Hospice, Tenaya, for the super care giver they provided in her final days. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, with services following, both at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123. Burial following at Palm Valley View Memorial Park.
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LAUGHLIN, BRUCE  
BRUCE LAUGHLIN Bruce Aubrey Laughlin, 72 of Henderson, passed away May 19, 2015, in Solari Hospice Care. Bruce was born April 11, 1943, in Phoenix. He was raised in Parker, Ariz., where he was an outstanding high school athlete. He lettered in football, basketball and track. He was a standout lineman in football and played on both offense and defense. His team won the B West Basketball title in his senior year. Bruce was an outstanding discus and javelin thrower for the track team. Bruce graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. in 1964. He took his first teaching job at Basic High School in Henderson, where he remained his entire teaching career. He taught science classes and coached many sports while at Basic. His real pride was establishing the first girl's tennis team and was the coach of the boys or girls reams all 29 years that he taught while at Basic. He also taught adult night school at Western High School in Las Vegas, and was a driver's education teacher. He also earned his master's degree in chemistry from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. Bruce loved the outdoors and loved to camp, hint and fish. After retiring from Basic, he went to work at Hoover Dam as a guide. He worked there full-time for 20 years before retiring in 2011. He was preceded in death by both sets of his parents; his first wife; two stepsisters; and his son, Thomas. Bruce is survived by his wife, DeLoris Nadine (nee Ryan); his daughter, Cathy of New Mexico; his son, Wesley of Ohio; and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. Private services were previously held. A celebration of life service is pending. The family requests donations be made to Solari Hospice Care, 5550 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89118. A very special thanks to all the nurses at the Respite Center at Solari and to Bruce's personal nurse, Mary Winslow, for all of the help and comfort of Bruce and his wife.
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LEAHY, TIMOTHY  
TIMOTHY LEAHY Timothy J. Leahy, 70, of Las Vegas, passed away May 25, 2015. He was born April 18, 1945, in Shullsburg, Wis., and was a 28-year resident of Las Vegas. Tim owned and operated Family Insurance Center for over 20 years until his retirement in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; his children, Brian (Carolina), Dianne and Patrick; and grandsons, Alejandro and Santiago. Services will be through Erickson Funeral Home, 235 N. Judgement St., Shullsburg, WI 53586. Arrangements under the direction of Palm South Jones Mortuary.
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LEANY, GLENNA  
GLENNA LEANY Glenna Maud Hannig Leany, 100, of Cedar City, Utah, died May 25, 2015. Viewing will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Southern Utah Mortuary, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30, with services following at 11 a.m., both at Iron Springs Ward Building, 1650 W Center St., Cedar City.
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