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AMBACHER, NANCY  
NANCY AMBACHER Nancy Ambacher, 68, a resident of Las Vegas, passed away May 18, 2015. She was born Sept. 1, 1946, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Ambrose and Wilmina. Nancy graduated high school and went to work for the Allen-Bradley Company in Milwaukee as a line operator. She met and married the love of her life, David Ambacher, Aug. 3, 1971. Family was priority to Nancy, she retired from work and stayed at home to raise her family. Nancy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed supporting her children participate in athletics, traveling the country for her daughter's soccer and son's bowling. Nancy loved spending time with her grandchildren, fishing, and looked forward to vacationing in Fremont, Wis. Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Ambrose; and one sister, Rosalie. She is survived by her husband, of 44 years, David; two children, Amy (Crissi) and Robert (Heather); three grandchildren, Charlie, Henry and Max; her 100 year old mother, Wilmina "Willie;" sister, Marie; niece, Lori (John); aunt, Regina; and numerous cousins. Services are pending in Wisconsin.
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AVERY, WILLIS  
WILLIS AVERY Willis V. Avery, 93, of Boulder City, passed away May 13, 2015, following his wife, Miriam, and son, Raymond. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Sanders of El Dorado Hills, Calif.; son, Bill Avery of Boulder City; grandsons, Chris, Jason and Tim Avery and Greg Sanders; and two great-granddaughters. Willis grew up on a dairy farm in Vestal, N.Y. He joined the U.S. Navy at 18 years old prior to the beginning of World War II. He served as a first class pharmacist mate aboard the USS Solace, a hospital ship that was moored alongside Battleship Row during the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. He and members of his crew went aboard the burning USS Arizona to give aid to the wounded and help them abandon the sinking ship. He was given a Naval Commendation of Service for his "distinguished devotion and extraordinary courage and disregard for his own safety." Willis hosted the first USS Solace Reunion 49 years later. Willis played saxophone and clarinet in the Navy band in Auckland, New Zealand, where he met his wife, of 54years, Miriam. Willis enjoyed a 33-year career with IBM Corporation in Endicott, N.Y., as a computer trouble shooter. A devoted husband and father, Willis had a wonderful sense of humor, loved to laugh and enjoyed telling a good story. His interests included raising Beagles, Ham radio and golf. He continued to play clarinet throughout his life. He and Miriam retired to Lady Lake, Fla., and then to Boulder City in 1991. Much of his time in later years was spent enjoying the company of friends and playing pool at the senior center. Services will be at 10:40 a.m. Friday, May 29, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City, NV 89005. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Senior Center of Boulder City, 813 Arizona St., Boulder City, NV 89005.
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DAVIS, MICHELLE  
MICHELLE DAVIS Michelle F. Davis, of Las Vegas, and formerly of Federal Way, Wash., passed away May 16, 2015, after suffering a stroke. Michelle was born May 16, 1984, in Kirkland, Wash. She graduated from Federal Way High School. Michelle is survived by her daughter, Ava Rae; parents, Pam Novak and Dan Davis Sr.; brother, Danny Davis Jr., his wife, Katrina, and his children, Daniel Davis III and Lilly May Davis; along with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Services will be at 3 pm. Sunday, May 31, at Church of the Good Shepherd, 345 S. 312 St., Federal Way. Reception following.
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EXBER, DORIS  
DORIS EXBER Doris Exber, of Las Vegas, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Born Aug. 30, 1928, in the Bronx, N.Y., she was the bouncing baby girl of James Gordon of Yugoslavia and Lucille Kwitchoffof New Jersey. Doris Gordon grew up with four brothers and sisters during the hardest economic time in U.S. history, the Great Depression. Those trying times led her to become independent and adventurous throughout her entire life. She left home at age 16 becoming a June Taylor Dancer, which was a great accomplishment for a girl whose grandmother was a ballerina in the Russian ballet. Her show business career sent her to numerous cities such as Philadelphia, Miami, Fla., and others. If you were lucky you could coax her to tell stories of celebrities she spent time with. She didn't mind telling the story about having breakfast with Howard Hughes and how they paid their own checks. Her career eventually led her to glamorous Las Vegas in the late 1940's, where she worked at the El Rancho Vegas Hotel. Although she worked with many big time celebrities (her favorite, Dean Martin), she fell in love and married future gaming pioneer Mel Exber. Doris and Mel settled down to become active members of the community they had come to love. Doris had many pursuits in her life. After her dance career, she became an accomplished figure skater, avid equestrian, earned her pilots license, and spent many years snow skiing. Her greatest joy became spending her summers in San Diego. Enjoying the beach, the cooler days, and taking her dog, Bugsy, on long walks. "He's more human than a lot of people." She had an eclectic taste for art, purchasing pieces that were mostly humorous. She loved doing the New York Times crossword puzzle every week and playing her piano. In recent years, she took pride in becoming a very good bridge player. Throughout her life, she was always a spiritual person. In fact, throughout her house, you can find numerous books relating to spiritual guidance. The Bible, a book of Zen sayings, but her most prized possession was a little blue-covered book written by her mother consisting of hand-written poems dating from 1939 through 1965. Doris is survived by her son Brady' daughter, Laurie; her two granddaughters, Samantha and Jordan; and her great-grandson, Asher. Services will be private. There will be a public memorial at noon, Wednesday, May 27, at TPC Summerlin Country Club, 1700 Village Center Circle. In lieu of flowers, Doris would appreciate your donation to the Humane Society.
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HARRIS III, PAUL  
PAUL HARRIS III Paul Charles Harris III, 60, of Chcago, left his physical body Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Paul was born Feb. 28, 1955, in Allentown, Pa., to beloved parents, Paul and Charlotte, and moved to Las Vegas at the age of four. Paul grew up performing in children's' theatre and graduated from Valley High School in 1973. Paul relocated to New York in his 20's to pursue his acting career and from there moved to Chicago, where he resided since 1993. He was employed by Xerox for 19 years. Paul is survived by daughter, Mia Erenberg-Haris; his former partner, Joan Erenberg; sisters, Vicki Serio and Amy Wills; nephew, Geoffrey Gardner; niece, Saundra Gardner; cousins, David Harris, Richard Harris, Jimmy Harris and Hillary Moldovan; his dog, Sweet Pea; and several friends whose lives he touched, and who will truly miss his kind and selfless spirit. Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Paul C. Harris, Jr. Theatre, at UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154. In honor of his passion for theater, donations may be made in Paul's memory to the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Theater Department Foundation, which houses the Paul Harris Theatre (built to honor his father, also named Paul Harris). For information about how to donate, please email joanzoan@gmail.com and detailed instructions will be provided.
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HOCKETT, CHARLENE  
CHARLENE HOCKETT Charlene Sue Hockett, age 65, passed away Friday, May 15, 2015, at Centennial Hospital. She was born Jan. 9, 1950 in Woodstock, Ill. to Ruth and Ernie Phillips, and was a 19-year resident of Las Vegas. She is survived by her husband, of 27 years, Jack Hockett; sister and brother-in-law, Pam and Steve Schwichow; niece, Jennifer; nephew, Robert, and his wife, Tina Schwichow; stepchildren, Chris, Joni and Chuck Hockett, and Julie Larsen. Char was an energetic, fun-loving person who will be truly missed by her family and friends. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." A party celebrating Charlene's life will be 4-9 p.m. Friday, May 29, in the clubhouse at Grand Canyon Village, 8250 Grand Canyon Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89166. Donations can be made in memory of Charlene to ORION Cancer Foundation, through their website, http://www.orioncancerfoundation.org/
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HORIST, GENEVIEVE  
GENEVIEVE HORIST Genevieve Mary Horist, 85, of Las Vegas, passed away May 21, 2015. Genevieve enjoyed reading, movies, Bingo and her rose garden. She is survived by son, Joseph; daughters, Genevieve Strzemp and Regina Jones; her loving grandchildren, Michael, John, Jacqueline, Jessica (Jeremy) and Amanda; and former husband, Joseph Horist. Genevieve dearly loved all of her nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 6-10 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Palm Eastern Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 29, at St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, Catholic Church, 7260 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89117. Graveside service following at Palm Valley View Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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JOHNS, ANOINTETTE  
ANTOINETTE JOHNS Antoinette Johns, 84, of Las Vegas, passed away May 20, 2015. Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, with celebration of life following, both at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 S. Eastern Ave.
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KAUFMAN, DENA  
DENA KAUFMAN In loving memory of Dena Kaufman, of Las Vegas, went to her eternal rest May 17, 2015. Dena was born Nov. 29, 1933, in Los Angeles, the daughter of William and Mary Kobzev. She graduated Garfield High School, winter class of 1951. She married the love of her life, Julius, July 2, 1955, in Las Vegas. They lived and prospered in Temple City, Calif., raising two sons, Mark and Christopher. In 1989, they retired to Las Vegas, where they enjoyed 25 years of retirement. Julius and Dena are now back together with their Heavenly Father. She will be missed, but the light of her life will always burn brightly in the hearts of her sons, relatives, and those who had the pleasure of knowing her. Services will be private. "Rest in peace dear mother."
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McKAY, JAMES  
JAMES MCKAY In memory of James Vincent McKay, of Las Vegas, who passed quietly in his sleep Sunday, May 17, 2015, after a brief illness and will be sorely missed. "Big Jim" was a caring, inventive, wonderful man who always believed he was blessed with a most loving family. Jim revered his wife, Shelia McKay, to whom he was married for over 49 years, loved his children, James and Michelle, and their spouses, Kristine and Andy, and, perhaps most of all, his two granddaughters, Campbell and Leila. Jim was born and raised in New York City, and in his youth could be found playing football and stickball or swimming in the Hudson River with his buddies from the Inwood neighborhood and Good Shepherd Parish. He married Shelia in 1966 and eventually moved to northern New Jersey to raise his family and start Bergen Industries, a successful electrical manufacturing business now owned and operated by his son, James P. McKay. In the 1990s, Jim and Shelia packed up and traveled west and fell in love with Las Vegas. The New York guy had become a true westerner. Big Jim loved sports and horseracing and could often be found cashing in another winning bet at the Santa Fe. He was an award-winning amateur photographer who also enjoyed painting and the arts. Jim was four days short of his 84th birthday when he passed. He filled those years with friends and family whom he loved, and who loved him back. Maya Angelou may have said it best about Jim McKay, "The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness." Big Jim certainly did that. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89128. Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada at www.catholiccharities.com or Nevada Public Radio at www.securenvpr.org Condolences messages may be posted on the Kraft Sussman Funeral Services website at www.kraftsussman.com
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