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CURTIS, THOMAS  
THOMAS CURTIS Thomas F. Curtis, of Las Vegas, passed away Nov. 22, 2014, after a year-long battle with cancer. Thomas was born Feb. 19, 1954, to Jerry and Gwen Curtis. He was the youngest of three children. Tom is survived by his two sons, Steven and Anthony Curtis of Lake Forest, Calif., along with their mother, Martha Curtis. Tom is also survived by his sisters, Lynda Fleming of Mt. Charleston, and Diane Mannschreck of Aguanga, Calif.; stepbrother, Eric Grijalva; stepsister, Karen Vogt; and too many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends to count. Tom's life was devoted to volunteering in his community and he was the recipient of numerous awards. He spent thousands of hours with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Volunteers and the U.S. Forest Service. One of his proudest moments was receiving a certificate of merit from Gov. Brian Sandoval. Memorial services will be at noon, Saturday, Nov. 29, at Palm Mortuary, 6701 N. Jones Blvd.
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GUNN, SHARON  
SHARON GUNN Sharon Kay (nee Evans) Gunn, of Las Vegas, passed away Oct. 30, 2014, after a short hospital and hospice stay. She was born to Charles and Marvel (nee Jochim) Evans in Caney, Kan., March 4, 1944. Her childhood and high school years were spent in Peru, Kan. When she graduated from Peru High School, she attended cosmetology school and graduated. Soon after graduation, she moved to Las Vegas, where her grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins from both sides of the family were living. After arriving, she lived with her Aunt Mary and Uncle Jim Bond. However, her favorites were Aunt Viv and Uncle Ray LaDuke. She soon started working for Frontier Savings and Loan in the accounting department, where she was fascinated by the challenges. She had found her lifetime occupation. She continued to work at Frontier Savings and Loan for the next 20 years, becoming comptroller before she left. During this period, Sharon and David were married, and later started a printing franchise store. Sharon then left Frontier to handle the accounting side of the business they owned for 30 years before selling for health reasons. She is survived by her husband, David Gunn; sister, Linda Evans of San Antonio; cousin, LaRae Gray of Yuma, Ariz.; cousin, Duane LaDuke and wife, Bobbi of Las Vegas; and many friends and relatives. Cremation has taken place. Services are pending in Kansas.
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HAO, ELVIN  
ELVIN HAO Elvin Kaho' onewa- newaonalani Ha'o, 73, passed away peacefully Nov. 20, 2014, at his home in Las Vegas, with his loving wife, Frances at his side. He was born in Kohala, Hawaii, and lived in Pu'uanahulu, Honokaa, and Waikoloa before moving to Las Vegas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Irene; brothers, Nelson and Francis; and sister, Edith. In addition to his wife, of 45 years, he is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Hawaii and California; two sisters in Hawaii, Violet Ka'ai and Juliette Lucena; seven children, Terri Romero, Bryan Ha'o, Cindy Ulrich, Maggie Ha'o, Jennifer Kaawaloa, Naomi Ha'o and Kahea Maggio; and 18 grandchildren in California, Oregon, Maryland and Nevada. He will be remembered for his generous, kind, and gentle manner and a sense of humor that accompanied his constant smile. He was recognized in 1989 as Father of the Year by the Hotel King Kamehameha for his unwavering commitment to his family. A private memorial celebration for friends and family will be Saturday, Dec. 27. Donations in his memory may be made to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, 4600 Devitt Drive, Cincinnati, OH, 45246 or the Alzheimers Disease Research Foundation, dba Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.
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LOCATELLI, JOSEPH  
JOSEPH LOCATELLI Joseph J. Locatelli, "Joe Locatelli," a long-time Nevada Jazz musician, passed away Nov. 23, 2014. Born I Boxton, Joe received his AA degree from Newton Junior College and attended the Berkley School of Music in Boston. Joe began his professional career as a musician in the late 1950's. After serving in occupied Germany during the Cold War, he was in the U.S. Army military police before joining the U.S. Army band. He toured with the band throughout Europe before being discharged. Upon his return, he moved to New York City, where he became part of the jazz community. Joe played many venues and began touring the country with the Johnny McCormick Trio. He played with various dance bands, toured with Billy May, Jackie Cain-Roy Kral, Warren Covington, Vido Musso, Red Norvo, Bill Holman, Johnny Smith and Charlie Mariano, Buddy Rich and Louis Prima, to name just a few. He played the Reno, Tahoe, and Las Vegas circuit and after marrying, he settled in Las Vegas, where he made his home. In Las Vegas, he played with many big name stars such as Dinah Shore, Bobbie Gentry, Connie Stevens, Peggy Lee Patti Page and Bobby Darin. He also was the drummer for the Follies Bergere show in the late 1960's at the Tropicana Hotel and the percussionist at the Lido de Paris at the Stardust Hotel in the mid-1970's. In the 1980's in addition to being a drummer and percussionist, Joe became a featured vibraphonist. He played with Terry Gibbs and also with his own group at the Four Queens Hotel and other local venues. Joe Locatelli had a long and extensive career in the music industry. He was honored at the Los Angeles Jazz Society VIBE Summit 16 in 2009 as the outstanding vibraphone player of the year. Some of the noted honorees of past include, Cal Tjader, Gene Estes, Terry Gibbs, Milt Jackson, Larry Bunker, Emil Richards, dave Pike, Tommy Vig, Charlie Shoemake, Victor Feldman, John Rae, Gary Burton, Ruben Estrada, Herb Gibson and Mal Sands. From the 1990's until his passing, Joe has still been very active in the jazz arena playing drums and vibes in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles clubs, as well as at the annual Los Angeles Jazz Society Vibe Summits. Joe continued to teach drums and vibes and was the author of two internationally renowned percussion books; these include, "Beginning Snare Drum and Drum Study" and "Beginning Chromatic Study for Keyboard." Joe's passing is a great loss to the jazz community and he will be dearly missed. For anyone who would enjoy seeing his talent playing on the vibes, he can be viewed at www.youtube.com/results?search_query=joe+locatelli He was preceded in death by his parents, Eleanor and Joseph Locatelli. His son, Joseph Jr.; brother, Robert; sister, Sandra Jones; brother, William of Los Angeles; and three grandchildren survive him. A celebration of life is pending next year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Los Angeles Jazz Society, 5903 Noble Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91411.
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RODRIGUEZ, ROSEMARIE  
ROSEMARIE RODRIGUEZ Rosemarie Rodriguez, of Las Vegas, passed away Nov. 12, 2014. She was born in Detroit, and raised by her beloved aunt and uncle. She moved to Chicago, and met her loving husband, of 56 years, Rodolfo. They moved to Las Vegas with best friends, Betty and Jim, where she became a showroom waitress at the Stardust, Flamingo and Desert Inn. They all loved Las Vegas, where they will remain for the rest of their lives. She was preceded in death, by her husband, Rudolfo; and brother, John. She is survived her sons, Rudy and Rick; daughters, Randy and Robin; grandchildren, Kayla, Maddie and Anna; and stepgrandsons, Eric and Chad. She loved to travel and visit with family in Mexico and Detroit, and to see new places-Hawaii, Europe, and Argentina. Services were Sunday, Nov. 16, at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. Family and friends please sign memorial guest book at www.palmmortuary.com
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STEVENS, EMILY  
EMILY STEVENS 2005-2014 Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, our sweet little nine-year-old girl went from the loving arms of her parents, Larry and Karen (nee Hare) Stevens straight to Heaven. Emily was born Jan. 17, 2005, and was a native Las Vegan. She was preceded in death by her grandpa, Larry "Shooter" Stevens; grandma, Emily Hare; and uncles, Richard Ayersman and Tom Hare. She is survived by her parents; grandma, Christie Miller (Mike); grandpa, Glenn Hare; aunts, Laurie Hrnciar (Jeff) and Donna Bartlett (Bill); uncle, Tim Hare (Pamela); and many cherished family friends. Emily loved life! She was a happy and sweet little girl. She was so proud to be a "Greyhound" at Goolsby Elementary School. She was kind to everyone. She loved playing with her friends, reading, ice cream, dogs and never met a stuffed animal she didn't love. Most of all, she loved her family, friends and her puppies, Jewel and Scooter. She endured an uphill battle with a DIPG brain tumor, an especially mean childhood cancer. She fought back for almost a year with a grace and strength that was admirable. Help her parents celebrate her short but wonderful life. Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Celebration of life services will be at noon Sunday, Nov. 30, both at Palm Mortuary, 6701 N. Jones Blvd. All events will be closed casket. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to www.youcaring.com/EmilyStevens or a donation to your favorite charity in her honor. God is our refuge and our strength. Psalm 46:1
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ZUPANIC, SHIRLEY  
SHIRLEY ZUPANIC Shirley Rose (nee Mathews) Zupanic, 79, passed away suddenly Nov. 22, 2014, at home in Boulder City. She was born March 25, 1935, at Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, London, England. While she was growing up, she was very close to her sister, Brenda, who was one year and three months younger than Shirley. During World War II, they were evacuated to Wales, by themselves, with name tags around their necks and their gas masks. They were allowed to return when the war appeared to be ending. Shirley met her husband, Frank Zupanic Jr. at the Lyceum Ballroom on the Strand in London, while he was stationed in England with the U.S. Air Force. They were married on June 23, 1956. A 20-year Air Force career brought them to Boulder City in 1972. She loved watching old movies, fishing and trailer camping in Nevada and Southern California. She never lost touch with her family in her native England and travel there several times. She made many special friends while working at Montgomery Ward in Las Vegas and later at the Railroad Pass and Goldstrike Casinos outside of Boulder City. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Percy John and Louisa May Matthews; a sister, Louisa Florence Woollams; and brother, Peter John. She is survived by her husband, Frank Zupanic Jr.; her son, Gary (Susan) Zupanic; daughters, Cheryl (Steve) Davis and Donna (Patrick) Pimm; as well as three sisters, Brenda Tutton, Marge (Stanley) Tutton, all of England, and Janet Campbell in Australia; also, six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the Boulder City Family Mortuary, 833 Nevada Way. Funeral services will be at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. Family and friends may sign an online memorial guestbook at www.bouldercityfamilymortuary.com
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FULCHER, LUCILLE  
LUCILLE FULCHER Lucille "Lucy" Gwendolyn Fulcher, 93, a resident of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Nov. 19, 2014, after a long and fulfilling life. Lucy was born Oct. 20, 1921, in Pulaski, Ohio, the daughter of Mr. John Clarence Kitter and Jennie Charlene Reiter. Although born in Ohio, she was raised in Blissfield, Mich., after moving there in 1922. Lucy thoroughly enjoyed traveling and being with people. In 1947, Lucy married the love of her life Jacob Fulcher; and upon his completion of service in the Navy during World War II, they moved to Harbor City, Calif., where Lucy taught kindergarten for more than 30 years. After retirement, they relocated to Las Vegas to enjoy the bright lights the city had to offer. In addition, to raising their three children she also volunteered and was an active member in the community. She owned a piano organ and was still actively playing up until the age of 92. Lucy thoroughly enjoyed children and spending time with her grandkids during the summertime. Lucy was a member and an active volunteer of Trinity United Methodist Church, in Las Vegas. Lucy is survived by her daughters, Merrie Farrar of Las Vegas and Holly Hoffer of Harbor City; daughter-in-law, Lisa Evans; grandsons, Jonathan Farrar of Albany, Ga. and Adam Hoffer of Torrance, Calif.; granddaughter, Jennie Hoffer of Toluca Lake, Calif.; three great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and close friends. Shortly, after her departure there was a private viewing for immediate family at the Neptune Society in Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in her name to Trinity United Methodist Church, Las Vegas.
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Graci, Joanne Elizabeth  
JOANNE GRACI "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." Joanne Elizabeth Graci, 67, of Henderson, formally of Buffalo, N.Y., passed away peacefully Nov. 17, 2014, at home, after a battle with cancer. Joanne was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa (Kevin) Shaw; and her son, Jason (Amber) Insera; her six grandchildren, Kathleen, Marissa, Jakob, Anthony, Tyler and Max; her great-grandson, Xavier; along with countless other family and friends whom were blessed to know her. Joanne touched the lives of many people and will be deeply missed. No services are scheduled. "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure."
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Gustafson, Marjorie Lee  
MARJORIE GUSTAFSON Marjorie Lee Gustafson, of Henderson, passed away peacefully Oct. 18, 2014, in her sleep, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born July 2, 1941. She is survived by her three children, Michael Grenia (Debbie) of Dunsford Ontario, Canada, David Grenia of Cudahy, Wis. and Dawn Gustafson of Las Vegas. She was the beloved grandmother of Andrew, Joshua and Jacob Grenia, Alexandra, Kyle and Amber Dammeir. No services are scheduled.
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