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SIANO, JAMES  
JAMES SIANO James Siano, 63, of Las Vegas, passed away Dec. 11, 2014. He served in the U.S. Navy, and was a hotel porter. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.
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SMOLENS, JULIAN  
JULIAN SMOLENS Julian Smolens peacefully passed away Jan. 26, 2015. He was born April 9, 1924, in the Bronx, N.Y. Julian was a true leader holding various occupations during his lifetime including grocery management in Malibu and throughout southern California. He owned and operated Mr. J's restaurant in Los Angeles, owned Roadrunner Realty in Las Vegas and was the proprietor of Gatsby's Party Rentals in Las Vegas. As a young man, Julian proudly served as a sergeant of the U.S. Army in World War II and received a Purple Heart. While Julian was in the service, he met the love of his life, Iris Cooper, in a nightclub where she was singing. That relationship resulted in a 66-year marriage, until she passed away July 15, 2010. Julian gained solid life-long friends and was known as a man who would give the "shirt off his back." His generosity to friends and family was legendary; his love of his daughters, granddaughters, grandson, and great-grandson was without parallel. An avid UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball fan, Julian cherished time with his "buddies" in Las Vegas and on-the-road. Even at 90, Julian appeared and acted 20 years younger, keeping up with the global scene, sports, music, and vocabulary word games. He will be greatly missed for his gregarious personality, hilarious "comebacks" and his devotion to his daughters, Marilyn Polovina (Jack Bulavsky), Judy Boyd (Bill) and Trudy Abell. His grandchildren include Gina Polovina (Ira Sternberg), Juliette Abell Mongeon (Brian), Shane Abell; and great-grandson, Antonio Gutierrez. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas. The family requests that donations may be made to D.E.L.T.A Rescue (Dedication & Everlasting Love To Animals), Attention Leo Grillo, P.O. Box 9, Glendale, CA 91209.
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STAPLES, GARY  
GARY STAPLES Gary G. Staples, 67, of Las Vegas, passed away Jan. 9, 2015. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Services will be at 11:20 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.
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Stewart, Floyd  
FLOYD STEWART Floyd Ivan Stewart, 93, of Henderson, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. He was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Memphis, Ind., to John and Jessie Stewart. He proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, and was a graduate of the Univ. of Utah. He was a sales manager for Reynolds Metals for 27 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 64 years, Virginia; brother, Bobby; and sister, Helen. Floyd is survived by his son, Steve (Judy) Stewart of Crown Point, Ind.; daughter, Patricia (Matt) Hills of Henderson; brother, Marvin of Washington, Utah; six grandchildren, Kelly, Brady, Jeff, Tim, Sarah and Luke; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral and graveside services will be at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Disabled American Veterans ( www.DAV.org ), in honor of Floyd Stewart.
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SWORD, SANDRA  
SANDRA SWORD Sandra Lynn Sword, age 67, of Henderson, passed away Jan. 26, 2015, at Nathan Adelson Hospice. She was born May 1, 1947, in Omaha, Neb., to Clarence and Minette Kaufman. She was a long-time resident of Las Vegas. She married Richard Sword Dec. 26, 1991. Sandra was a very crafty person; she enjoyed knitting, and sewing. She loved working outside in the garden. Her true love was spending time with her grandchildren. Sandra is survived by her husband, Richard Sword; three children, Debbie Christie, Mike Smith and Dan Smith; two stepchildren, Ricky Sword and Angie Sword; three sisters, Kathryn Ostrov, Cheryl Vittorino and Susan Hardin; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at www.bouldercityfamilymortuary.com
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TEXTOR, RON  
RON TEXTOR Ronald Dale Textor, 67, passed away Jan. 23, 2015, in the Nathan Adelson Hospice, after being ill for three months. Ron was originally from Flint, Mich., and was a long-time resident of Las Vegas. He was twice married and divorced and had three children. A professional trombonist and a teacher, Ron began his career after graduating from Central Michigan University in 1969 with a bachelor's of music education. He joined the U.S. Army as a member of the North American Air Defense Band (NORAD) and completed his service in 1972. Ron toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for three years and returned to Central Michigan University for a master's degree in performance (trombone), which he completed in 1976. He taught at Interlochen Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, at Ladysmith College in Wisconsin, and at Mott Community College in Michigan. He moved to Las Vegas in 1981 to pursue his career in music and over the following 23 years performed on the Strip with various artists, including Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. He also taught at Clark High School (band, math, history of rock and roll) for over 20 years. Ron was a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic since its inception in 1998 and enjoyed performing classical music as well as jazz. Ron was known among friends as a great host who loved food, drink, music, animals and good company. He will be missed by his children, Jamie, Ryan and Logan; his long-time partner, Julie; and by his many friends. Celebration of life is pending for Saturday, Feb. 7.
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THOMPSON, BLAINE  
BLAINE THOMPSON Blaine Wade Thompson, 50, passed away peacefully Jan. 18, 2015. A beloved husband, stepfather, coach and teacher, he was born in Corvallis, Ore. He attended Oregon State University, where he received his bachelor's degree. He then moved to Henderson, where he began teaching at Green Valley High School in 1991. Thompson has taught mathematics for 23 years and will be especially remembered as head coach of both the track and field and cross country teams. With his leadership and unparalleled passion to see his athletes succeed, the boy's track and field team took the state title in 2003 along with the Sunrise Region boy's titles in 2003, 2009 and 2014. The girl's team finished as region runner-up seven times under Thompson. The boys cross country team won four region championships and took the Sunrise title in 2014 and finished second at the Division I state meet. He will be remembered as the coach who impacted the lives of so many student athletes, providing strength, inspiration and will power on and off the track to an entire generation of youth. Thompson found his truest love in 2002 when he met and later married his wife, Gina, with whom he loved to laugh, travel and spend as much time as possible at their cabin in Duck Creek, Utah. Thompson was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Blaine Thompson and Patricia Lee Ryall. He is survived by his wife, Gina, stepdaughter, Paige, and stepson, Ryan, all of Las Vegas; and brother, Clay Thompson of Portland, Ore. Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in the Green Valley High School gym. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.
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TITUS, JANET  
JANET TITUS Janet Lyn Titus, 63, of Las Vegas, passed away Jan. 15, 2015. She was born July 13, 1951, in El Paso, Texas, and grew up in Los Angeles. She was incredibly loving, nurturing and kind-hearted. Her unwavering optimism and faith defined her beautiful spirit as a woman. Her career consisted of managerial work with DriversTalkRadio.com , Tiberti Construction and Quillin Advertising. She was preceded in death by her father, Ted Quillin; her mother, Martha Goff; and her sister, Deborah Jo Williams. She is survived by her husband, Rick Titus; daughter, Jessica Lyn Krick; son, Spencer Krick; grandson, Aiden Weidner; brother, Tim Quillin (Sharry); cousins, Dave Wilson and Susan Lichtenberg; and nephews, Art Nikisch (Michelle) and Tyler Quillin. Contact family for celebration of life information. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Ranch for Children or Opportunity Village.
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TWARONITE, BARBARA  
BARBARA TWARONITE Barbara "Barb" Twaronite, 72, of Henderson, passed away the morning of Jan. 22, 2015, after a short illness. Barb was born Feb. 2, 1942, in Waterbury, Conn., to Stanley and Sophie (nee Bartkowski) Krasowski. She graduated from the University of St. Joseph (formerly St. Joseph's College) in West Hartford, Conn. in 1964 with a degree in chemistry. She also received an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After a brief career in the State of Connecticut's Toxicology Unit, Barb worked at the home offices of The Hartford and CIGNA Corporation. She held a variety of administrative and managerial insurance positions in market research, product development, strategic planning, financial and systems analysis and database design, retiring from CIGNA as an officer in 1995. Barb is survived by her loving husband, of almost 50 years, Joe. Barb and Joe retired to Sun City MacDonald Ranch in 2000. Once there, Barb was very active in both the Better Life Mixed Chorus and the Sun City Corkers, a wine-tasting club, where she served as secretary or treasurer for several years. She truly enjoyed her daily meetings at the community pool with her many SCMR friends where the problems of the day were resolved amidst much joy and laughter. Barb is also survived by her daughter, Lisa Twaronite of Tokyo, Japan; son, Joe Twaronite of New York City; and brother, Bob Krasowski of Alexandria, Va. Other survivors include her son-in-law, Ichiro Sone of Tokyo; her daughter-in-law, Karyn Twaronite of New York City; and four precious grandchildren, who held a special place in her heart, Joshin, Anna and Matthew Sone of Tokyo, and Jack Twaronite of New York City. In keeping with Barb's expressed wishes, no memorial services have been planned. A private family gathering to celebrate Barb's life is being scheduled. Friends or family wishing to do so are asked to make a small donation in Barb's memory to the Lung Cancer Alliance or a charity of their choice.
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WARREN, PATRICIA  
PATRICIA WARREN Patricia Lee Warren, 73, of Las Vegas, passed away Jan. 18, 2015. No services are scheduled.
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