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ALENIK, DAVID  
DAVID ALENIK David Alenik, of Henderson, passed away suddenly Sept. 15, 2016, at age 58. He was born to Eileen and Marvin Alenik in Binghamton, N.Y. David graduated from Binghamton Central High School and Johnson and Wales Culinary Academy in Providence, R.I. David arrived in Las Vegas in 1980 to begin a successful 37-year career in the restaurant industry. He worked at both the Golden Nugget and Bally's before opening the Pasta Shop Ristorante and Art Gallery in 1989. The Pasta Shop quickly became a local favorite and remains so to this day. In 2002, David won Restauranteur of the Year from the Nevada Restaurant Association and also served on the Association board from 2001-2007 as membership chairman. David was highly-respected and regarded throughout the Las Vegas community. David was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed cycling through Red Rock Canyon and hiking desert trails with his family. He enjoyed friendships with diverse people, engaging everyone with the same warmth, curiosity and respect. These are the same qualities that made him such an extraordinary father, husband and brother. David felt strongly about giving back and helping those less fortunate. He supported and volunteered for several organizations including the Marty Hennessey Inspiring Children Foundation, Three Square Food Bank, Las Vegas LGBT Center, Opportunity Village, Disabled American Veterans and the Special Olympics. David is survived by his beloved wife, Ann Keefe Alenik; three children, Trenton, Bianca and Clayton; and three siblings, Jon Alenik, Glenn Alenik and Gail Alenik Peck. There will be a celebration of life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept 24, at Sunset Park. In lieu of flowers, the Alenik family requests that donations be made to Marty Hennessy Inspiring Children Foundation, P.O. Box 60953, Boulder City, NV 89006, or www.inspiringchildren.net/donate . Please note "David Alenik Scholarship Fund."
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ANDERSON, SARA  
SARA ANDERSON After 73 years of life, Sara Lou Anderson (nee Rhoades) passed away peacefully the morning of Sept. 5, 2016, in the home that she has shared with her husband, of 14 years, 1st Sgt. John J. Anderson, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.). She is also survived by her brother, Jack Rhoades; her daughter, Tara Lyn Roelen-Adkins; and grandsons, Chance and Dustin Adkins; her son, Richard Rhoades Roelen; and her granddaughter, Anabella Rose Rhoades Roelen. Celebration of life in her honor will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Leatherneck Club, 4360 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89102, (702) 368-1775.
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ARENDS, BRENDA  
BRENDA ARENDS Brenda M. Arends, 80, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 17, in Henderson. She was born Feb. 13, 1936, to Muriel and Ronald Tynan, in Warrington, England. As a teen, Brenda was an outstanding athlete playing numerous sports in school. She did so well on her high school tennis team that she was invited to play at Wimbledon. As an adult, she became a scratch bowler. Following high school, she moved with her family to Baie Comeau, Canada, where they stayed for two years before relocating to Chicago, where she worked as a nurse at Ravenswood Hospital. Throughout her life, Brenda loved socializing with friends and relatives. She loved children and animals and retained a lifelong fondness for them. She sang in the Lakeview Methodist Choir with her father and it was there she met her husband, of 46 years, Neil. She made friends easily and until her recent illness was an active member of Green Valley United Methodist Church in Henderson. She was active in the church working as an usher, always trying to make people feel welcome and part of the church. Brenda is survived by husband, Neil; son, Phil (Maritza); grandchildren, Dylan and Taylor of Des Plaines, Ill.; and brother, Kevin Tynan (Wendy) of Chicago. Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Green Valley Methodist Church, 2200 Robindale Road, Henderson, NV 89074. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to ASPCA.
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BALL Sr., MSGT. WILLIAM  
MSGT. WILLIAM BALL SR. U.S. Marine Corps, Retired MSgt. William "Bill" Ball Sr. passed away Sept. 11, 2016, at home, from a broken heart and cancer. He was born Feb. 28, 1939, in Rye, N.Y. Bill joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1957, where he met his wife, Connie, and had four children. Bill served in Vietnam, where he received the Purple Heart and many other awards for bravery. The family settled in Las Vegas after he retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1977. He then had various security jobs at different casinos, Timet, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Las Vegas 51's baseball organization until he retired in 2015. Bill loved being a Marine, but his favorite pastime was baseball, especially watching his New York Yankees play. He loved any movie with Ann-Margret, a cold beer, listening to the Beach Boys, old country music, westerns, playing video poker and giving his favorite bartenders and waitresses a hard time. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, of 56 years, Connie, who passed away last year and he was never the same. He is survived by sons, Billy, Robert and Bernie; daughter, Laura; son-in-law, Sean Steele; and grandson, Ryan. He will be dearly missed, but we know he's with our mom now. Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday Sept. 24, at La Paloma Funeral Home, 5450 Stephanie St. Next month our parents will be buried together in a private ceremony at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, in Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, please think about helping out a veteran's charity of your choice. Our dad loved being thanked for his service, so please when you see a veteran, active duty service member, police or fireman, tell them, "Thank you for your service." "Semper Fi"
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BARNES<, FRANK  
FRANK BARNES Frank "Bill" Barnes, 82, of Las Vegas passed away suddenly Sept. 16, 2016. He was born in Dunkirk, N.Y. He will now join his love, Kathy. He is survived by his sister, Jean Kubera; daughters, Tracie and her husband, Benton Carver, Kelly and her husband, Wade Singleton, and Keri and her husband, Gerard Gonzalez. He had five grandchildren, Ashley, Katie, Jacob, Paige and Chase. He was a great man and will be deeply missed. Services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Palm Mortuary-Eastern, 7600 S. Eastern Ave.
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BATTISTONI, BARBARA  
BARBARA BATTISTONI Barbara Battistoni, 49-year resident of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Sept. 10, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Born Feb. 7, 1926, in Bakersfield, Calif., Barbara was the only child of Lee and Bill Robinson. She graduated in 1943 from East Bakersfield High School, where she was on the champion debate team. After graduating, she went to work for the Kern County School District in Bakersfield, where she was a valued employee for over a decade. Barbara married John Battistoni, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, June 28, 1947. Their son Richard was born in 1954. Barbara's husband's business took the family to Mexico City, where they lived for two years and, in 1967, the family moved to Las Vegas, where Barbara would live the rest of her life. In Las Vegas, Barbara worked as a dress shop manager and then as a property manager for two local real estate developers, before turning her attention to helping John with the enzyme manufacturing business they owned together. The two of them got to travel to many countries together for business and pleasure. They especially enjoyed several trips to Tuscany, Italy with family members. Barbara loved hosting family and friends at holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. Her generosity and giving spirit were always evident. During her whole life, and even at age 90, Barbara's mind was exceedingly sharp and her memory never failed her. Her knowledge of current events and social media, and her abilities on her iPad amazed all she encountered. Barbara leaves behind her husband, John; her son, Richard and his wife, Betsy Ritz of Lincoln, R.I.; granddaughters, Alyssa Battistoni, of New Haven, Conn., Katharine Battistoni, of Austin, Texas, and Marielle Battistoni Fortune and her husband, James Fortune of Philadelphia; as well as many loving relatives, caretakers and friends. Celebration of Barbara's life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Palm Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Barbara's memory to the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter, or to the St. Labre Indian School in Ashland, Mont.
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BERMAN, HENRY  
HENRY BERMAN Henry Goodman Berman, 68, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. He was born Aug. 30, 1948, to Lawrence and Lois Berman (nee Rieger). He was a former residence of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and a Las Vegas resident since 2003. Henry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sister, Andrea Harris of Las Vegas; former wife, Ellen Elizabeth Kappe of Las Vegas; two nephews, Matthew Harris of New York, and Daniel (Jamie) Harris of Oakland, Calif.; and one great-nephew, Ezra. Services will be private at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bedford Heights, Ohio. Family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Congregation Ner Tamid, 55 N. Valle Verde, Henderson, NV 89074.
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BROWN, KATHERINE  
KATHERINE BROWN Katherine Lou Brown, 63, of Henderson, passed away peacefully Sept. 18, 2016, with her family at her side, following a hard-fought battle with lung cancer. She was born June 22, 1953, in Lower Burrell, Pa. She graduated from Burrell High School in 1971 and moved to Las Vegas in 1974. She was previously employed at Lamb & One Industries, Household Finance and Video Tyme. She was in her 20th year of employment at Fisher Space Pen at the time of her passing. Spending time with her family and friends was most important to her and she cherished the times spent with them. She would warm the room with her smile. You were attracted to her for her hilarious sense of humor. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Evelyn Reitz. She is survived by her husband, of 38 years, George Brown; her two sons, Steven and Raymond Brown; her three grandchildren, Emmalee, Evalyn and Carter; her sisters, Sylvia Reig and Christine Lueck; her brother, Phillip Reitz; and her three dogs, Betty, Ricky and Homer. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Palm Mortuary, 800 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson.
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BRYAN, BONNIE  
Celebration of Life Please join the Bryan Family in celebrating the life of Bonnie Bryan September 25 at 1:00 pm Richard H. Bryan Elementary School 8050 Cielo Vista Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89128
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BRYAN, BONNIE  
BONNIE BRYAN Bonnie Belinda Fairchild Bryan, June 24, 1939-Aug. 30, 2016, former first lady of Nevada and friend to all she met, died in Las Vegas Aug. 30, 2016, following a valiant battle with leukemia. She was 77. Born June 24, 1939 in Lodi, Calif., to Bonnie and Bailey Fairchild, Bonnie was a fourth generation Californian, a dairyman's daughter, and a Grape Festival Princess who graduated from Lodi High School in 1957. Upon her graduation, Bonnie followed her mother's footsteps and enrolled at the University of Nevada. As a student, Bonnie was active in a variety of campus activities, including as a pledge of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, she made many life-long friendships, and she met her future husband as he was running for student body president. The 1958 campaign was a close race. Friends told Dick Bryan it might improve his chances if he took a Theta to the college dance. So, to lift his standing at the Theta house, Dick heeded his friend's advice and asked Bonnie to the Comstock Stomp. It was a decision that forever changed both their lives. Dick won the election by a slim margin but, as he quickly discovered, he won the prize of his life in Bonnie Fairchild. Bonnie graduated from the University of Nevada in 1961. She remained active in University affairs throughout her life, including serving on the Alumni Board and regularly attending University events. At the recently dedicated Richard H. Bryan Plaza on campus, a plaque was installed that pays tribute to her significant contributions to the University. Bonnie and Dick were married on Sept. 1, 1962, in Lodi. They lived in San Francisco for a short time as Dick completed his final year at Hastings Law School. After graduation, they settled in Las Vegas to start a family and begin their 40-year career in public life. After arriving in Las Vegas, Bonnie immersed herself in numerous local organizations. But, her primary focus during those early years was raising her young family. Bonnie and Dick were blessed with three children, Richard, Jr., Leslie and Blair, who remained the proudest accomplishments of her life. Bonnie was the quintessential mother, attending various school activities, games, ballet recitals, PTA meetings and school open houses. Even though Dick was required to be away from home on occasion due to his busy law practice and budding political career, Bonnie insisted the family sit together each night for a home-cooked meal - a family tradition she carried forward to their time in the Governor's Mansion. In 1982, Bonnie helped Dick achieve his lifelong dream - his election as Governor of Nevada. Although she was already recognized by many political observers as Dick's biggest asset in each of his campaigns, as first lady, the people of Nevada were introduced to a gracious and engaging hostess who went on to became one of Nevada's most admired citizens. In 1989, the Bryan's left Carson City for Washington, D.C. following Dick's election to the U.S. Senate. During her 12 years in Washington, Bonnie enjoyed all that Washington offered, including observing the Senate conduct its regular business, attending state dinners at the White House, joining the International Club and Senate Wives' Club and touring the many museums and historical sites in the area. In 2001, Bonnie and Dick returned to Nevada. Home again for good, Bonnie relished the time she spent with her children and their families and her many friends across the state. She attended her grandchildren's sporting and school events, enjoyed weekly lunches with her many friends, traveled the world with Dick, and true to form, scarcely missed a social event in Las Vegas or Reno. Her fondest memories, however, over the past 16 years of her life were the annual family summer vacations which enabled the entire Bryan family to treasure their quality time together. Bonnie's contributions to the people of Nevada will long be remembered. During her years in public life, she initiated the Bonnie Bryan Brown Bag lunch program in which Nevada pharmacists would visit homes of the elderly to provide prescription medicines to senior citizens on fixed incomes; she initiated Reno's Safe Ride program, which encouraged teenagers who had been illegally drinking alcohol to call sober friends who would drive them home safely; she traveled the globe boosting tourism in Nevada earning the nickname "The Official Ambassador for Tourism"; she introduced the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to Reno; she was a 40-year member of the Junior League of Las Vegas and the proud recipient of its Lifetime Community Achievement Award; and she was founding Chair and Honorary Chair of the Great Basin National Park Foundation. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Bette Fairchild Albrecht. She is survived by her husband, Richard; her son, Richard, Jr. (Karen) Bryan; daughters,, Leslie (Johnnie) Marvel and Blair (Tom) Butler; and the lights of her life, her six grandchildren, Conner, Jack, Will, Emilee, Allison and Grace. Private family service was held earlier in the week. Celebration of Bonnie's life will be scheduled in Las Vegas in the near future. In lieu of flowers and in memory of Bonnie Bryan, donations can be made to the Richard H. and Bonnie B. Bryan Scholarship Endowment, c/o The University of Nevada, Foundation, Mail Stop 0007, Reno, NV 89557. The Bryan family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Bonnie's physician, Dr. Ed Kingsley, and to the physicians, nurses and staff at Rose de Lima, San Martin campus, for their extraordinary compassion and care for Bonnie.
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