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FELECOS, SOPHIA  
SOPHIA FELECOS Sophia P. Felecos, age 77, of Las Vegas, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away Wednesday May 25, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, Panagiotis A. Felecos. She is survived by her children, Apostolos, Nektaria, John and Panagiota; son-in-law, Paul; grandsons, Alex and Nick; and her beloved cats, Ari, Plato and Fluffy. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, at St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 5300 S. El Camino Road, Las Vegas, NV 89118. Burial following at Woodlawn Cemetery, Las Vegas Blvd. N. Las Vegas, NV 89101.
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KOST, ROBERT  
ROBERT KOST Robert "Bob" Louis Kost, 73, of Queen Creek, Ariz., passed away, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at his home, surrounded by family. Bob was born Sept. 21, 1942, in Brighton, Mass., to Robert and Laura (nee Swartz) Kost. He graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1961 and Northrop University in Inglewood, Calif. in 1965. He went on to receive his MBA from National University in 1989. Bob resided in Las Vegas from 1948 to 2012. Bob began his career as an electronic engineer with Boeing Aircraft in Seattle in 1965 and in 1966 returned to Nevada for a career that spanned over 44 years with the Nevada Test Site. Bob supported the weapons program, which helped facilitate the end of the cold war era. In 2012, Bob moved to Arizona, where he received a "gift of life" with a heart transplant at the Mayo Clinic. Bob had a passion for flying. He received his private pilot's license in 1963 at the age of 20. Bob was an active member of the Southern Nevada Officials Association and refereed for over 20 years. Bob is survived by his wife of 23 years, Leslie; father, Robert J. Kost; and twin brother, Bill (Nancy). He was preceded in death by his mother, Laura V. Swartz Kost (2010). He is also survived by his two sons, Richard (Rebecca) and James (Angelique); and two grandchildren, Tyler and Connor, all of Queen Creek. Bob was a loving father, husband, grandfather, uncle and friend to all. There will be a celebration of life in his honor 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Macayo's, 12637 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85044. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's name can be made to the Mayo Clinic Department of Development, P.O. Box 450, Albert Lea. MN 56007-9849.
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MARTINEZ, AURORA  
AURORA MARTINEZ Aurora Martinez, 85, loving wife and mother, passed away May 22, 2016, surrounded by her family. Aurora was born May 11, 1931, in San Antonio, the youngest of eight children to Cristobal and Juanita Angelini. She married the love of her life, Cesar J. Martinez, April 19, 1952, who was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. They traveled through Europe and the South and along the way had six children. Aurora had a fulfilling and social life as an officer's wife and raising 6 children. Upon their arrival at Nellis AFB in September 1971 as the wife of Col. Cesar Martinez, Vice Base Commander, Aurora was very involved with the Officers Wives Club. Later in the 80's, she joined the Las Vegas Mesquite Club, a charitable organization and she was also manager of the Valley Hallmark store in the Fashion Show Mall. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cesar. Aurora is survived by her children, Dolores Martinez (Ken Sowards), Martha Mitchell, Cesar Martinez II (Chris), Mark Martinez (Sherrie), Joe Martinez and Tina Carrell (Ron); and six grandchildren, Angie, Larissa, Mari, David, Amy and Lexi. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123.
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ORTEGA Jr., QUIRINO  
QUIRINO ORTEGA JR. Quirino M. Ortega Jr. was killed and born as Heaven's angel Monday, April 25, 2016. He was born as an Earth angel Oct. 19, 1955, in Santa Fe, N.M. He was a loving husband, for over 34 years to Leslie Ortega. He was a beloved the son of Margarita and Quirino Ortega Sr.; a much-loved brother by blood of Patsy Ortega and Carmen Otto; a brother by love to Judy Moss and Michael Rivera; a devoted uncle to Lisa, Samantha, Tito, Albert, Chris and Wayne; and great-uncle to Isabella and Vivian. He is survived by his son, Shawn; and grandchildren, Faith, Hope and Jacob Hubbard. Celebration of life was held Saturday, May 21. He lives forever in our hearts, the memories we hold dear and in the lives he has touched.
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TANNER, JOHN  
JOHN TANNER John Gordon Tanner, 69, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully May 22, 2016. He was born Jan. 20, 1947, in Pensylvannia, and was a 40-year resident of Las Vegas. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a retired locksmith from Harrah's Las Vegas and Operating Engineers Local 501. John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Julie Tanner. John is survived by his beloved wife, Brenda (married July 3, 1976); daughter, Melissa (Bryan) Severance of North Las Vegas; son, Michael (Amanda Rechtsteiner) of Las Vegas; brother, Rex (Karyn) Tanner of Arizona; and grandchildren, Emma, Elijah, Scott, Masen and Grace. He was known for his many stories and his great love for his grandchildren. John will be cremated and services will be private.
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Obituaries from the Past Week

BROWN, JUDITH  
JUDITH BROWN Judith Rae Frehner Brown, 81, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016, surrounded by her husband, children and many grandchildren. She was born May 31, 1934, in Las Vegas, to Merle and Beulah Conger Frehner. She attended both historic 5th Street Grammer School and Las Vegas High School, graduating in 1952. She married Dewaine Martin Brown March 3, 1954, of Virden, N.M. She is survived by her husband, of 62 years; her eight children, Gary Brown (Betty), Cheryl Parks, Tom Brown (Diane), Barry Brown (Wendy), Shawn Brown, Ann Christensen (Eric), David Brown (Darci) and Marie Catlett (Joe); 37 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; her sister, Kathleen Feilbach of Stockton, Calif.; and Johnny Morris, whom the Brown family embraces as a son and brother. Completely dedicated to her family and faith, Judy brought music, theater, drawing, oil painting, sewing, fashion and delicious food and fun to all who knew her. She played the organ for 58 years at church and served an 18-month mission in Japan for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with her husband, a one-year mission for the Las Vegas LDS Employment Center and several years in the Las Vegas Temple. Viewing will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, with service following at 11 a.m., both at the LDS Buffalo Chapel, 3300 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89129.
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Cosgrove, Msgr Joseph  
MSGR. JOSEPH COSGROVE Msgr. Joseph Cosgrove, age 80, of Las Vegas, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016. He was born Sept. 20, 1935, in Ireland. Monsignor Cosgrove was ordained into the priesthood June 19, 1960 and accepted his first assignment at Nativity Catholic Church in El Monte, Calif. During his devotion to the priesthood, he was assigned to eight different parishes in the Los Angeles area, ultimately receiving the assignment of Founding Pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Moorpark, Calif. in 1981. He was named monsignor June 6, 1995. After his retirement in 2005, he moved to Las Vegas, celebrating Mass at St. John Neumann and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic churches. The youngest of 13 children, he is survived by his brother, Michael of Ireland; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, May 25, with funeral Mass Mass following, both at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2575 W. El Campo Grande Drive, N. Las Vegas. Burial will be in Simi Valley, Calif.
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DEUTSCH, JASON  
JASON DEUTSCH Jason Abraham Deutsch, passed away May 19, 2016, from unfortunate circumstances, in Las Vegas. Jason was born May 5, 1982, in Englewood, Colo. He was baptized a member of the LDS church June 2, 1990. He moved to wherever life would take him, whether it was to Las Vegas to be with family, Orlando, Fla. to serve a two-year mission, Provo, Utah to earn a bachelor's degree in business in information technology from BYU, or to Houston to start a family and a bright new future. He also resided in Portland, Ore., South Jordan, Utah, and Hartford, Conn. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Jeffery Deutsch. He is survived by his son, Drake; mother and stepfather, Valerie and Chuck Dimick; grandmother, Peggy Dimick; sisters, Jamie (Jason), Jennifer (Kirk), Sarah (Mitch) and Lindsey (Fred); and brother, Ken. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at the LDS Chapel, 2295 N. Walnut Road, Las Vegas, NV 89115. Burial is pending in Virgin, Utah. Flowers and condolences may be delivered to 4825 E. Carey Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89115.
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ERWIN, BILL  
BILL ERWIN William F. "Bill" Erwin, 68, of Las Vegas, passed away quietly May 1, 2016, at Desert Springs Hospital. Bill was born Jan. 6, 1948, in Hayden, Colo., to Lemuel and Virginia Erwin. Bill was a caring father, son, and friend. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Always concerned with the well-being of those he loved, Bill gave up a career in the oil industry, a career which took him to locations such as Norway, Egypt, and Colombia, and moved to Las Vegas to raise his son and have a stable family. There, he started in the concrete industry and eventually owned and operated several of his own construction companies. He took his work as seriously as he took his vacation, often traveling to Alaska to go deep sea halibut and salmon fishing. Bill was also a lifelong Denver Broncos fan. He was preceded in death by his father, Lemuel. He is survived by his son, Will Erwin; mother, Virginia Erwin; and companion of 11 years, Caroline Steveson. Memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, May, 27, at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119.
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GILES Jr., KENNETH  
KENNETH GILES JR. Kenneth R. Giles Jr., 68, of Henderson, passed away May 10, 2016. He was a general and electrical contractor, residing in Las Vegas for 50 years. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at The Terrace, 1361 W. Warm Springs Road, Henderson. Reception to follow.
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