Obituaries Nov. 12

A celebration of the life of Francis Lee Morgan Schlaegel Hauss Callahan, 83, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane. Pastor Pete Nelson is presiding.

Mrs. Callahan died Nov. 3, 2008, at her home in Gardnerville. She was a member of the Douglas County Republican Women, and was proud to have been able to cast her absentee ballot in this historic election.

Born on Election Day in Bear Creek, Mo., April 7, 1925, to John Pecky Morgan and Zula Margaret Galyan Morgan, she moved with her family to Gardena, Calif., where she graduated from Gardena High School in 1943. She attended the University of California at Los Angeles and Compton Junior College.

Mrs. Callahan married LeRoy Witmer Schlaegel on Aug. 21, 1944, at the Spanish American Institute. She married Dr. Walter F. Hauss in 1973. They lived in Bakersfield, Calif., where Hauss was superintendent of the Bakersfield City School District. She worked as the supervisor of payroll/retirement for Newhall and Bakersfield schools. In 1987, she retired with 28 years of service. In 1982, she married Kenneth R. Callahan, and after her retirement in 1987, they moved to Bear Creek, Cedar County, Mo., where she became the caregiver for her aunt Eva Fox until Ms. Fox's death in 1996 and was an ombudsman for the Stockton Nursing Home.

After Mr. Callahan's death in 1988, she enjoyed traveling worldwide.

In 1997, she came to live in Gardnerville, where she was active in many community activities including AARP, Tax Aide for Seniors, Douglas County Historical Society member, docent and editor of the newsletter, United Methodist Women president and treasurer and a member of the Carson Valley United Methodist Church. Her other associations included National Court Appointed Special Advocate association and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. She also made a quilt block for the millennium quilt for the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. In 1999 she attended the Douglas County Senior Citizens Law Enforcement Academy.

During a 2005 trip to Rome and Sicily to visit her grandson who was there with the U.S. Navy, Landon Smallwood, and his wife Kimberly, Mrs. Callahan's dual dreams of visiting the Eternal City and having a great-grandchild were fulfilled when she learned her grandson's wife was expecting. Landon Kayne Smallwood was born May 31, 2006. Mrs. Callahan loved to read and sing to him. He called her 'Nama.'

She helped sell T-shirts and visited with the community at the Main Street Event Friday night of the Valley Cruisers. She took yoga classes as a means to a healthy lifestyle and the DART Senior program gave her independence. Mrs. Callahan loved her toy poodle, EB.

Mrs. Callahan was honored in July 1999 in 'Sierra Magazine for Your Active Senior Lifestyle' for extraordinary volunteerism.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Schlaegel Smallwood and her partner, Clarence 'CT' Fleming of Gardnerville; son Verne K. Schlaegel of Bakersfield, Calif.; grandsons Stefan R. Delia, Barrett K. Smallwood, Landon (Kimberly) Smallwood; great grandson Landon Kayne Smallwood and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She will be buried in the Lindley Prairie Cemetery in Bear Creek, Cedar County, Mo., near five generations of ancestors. Donations in her name may be made to the Douglas County Historical Society Gardnerville or a charitable organization of your choice. Family members thanked those who blessed Mrs. Callahan's life and to Barton Memorial Hospice of the Lake/Valley for their kindness in the last two months.

A funeral mass for native Nevadan David H. 'Davey' Fulstone II, 57, was held Nevada Day at Holy Family Catholic Church in Yerington. Mr. Fulstone died Oct. 23, 2008 after a six-month battle with lung cancer.

Born in Yerington on Dec. 23, 1950, to David and Angelina Fulstone, he lived in Yerington his entire life where he farmed with his father for more 40 years.

Mr. Fulstone married Diane Reynolds on Sept. 10, 1977.

Actively involved in politics, he was named the youngest Lyon County Republican chairman. A Nevada Farm Bureau president for 10 years, he went on trade missions to five European countries and Japan.

The Fulstones went on a bi-national exchange to Israel to study water conservation techniques and different farming methods. Mr. Fulstone was appointed to the National Board of Agriculture Finance by President Reagan and served on the Walker River Irrigation District board.

He served on the Mason Valley Fire Department Board and also served as chairman of the Desert Research Institute Board for two terms. Mr. Fulstone was also a Lyon County commissioner for eight years. He was a member of Rotary and was president for two terms and a Paul Harris Fellow.

He also enjoyed having his own talk show on the local radio station.

Mr. Fulstone was preceded in death by his mother, and grandparents, Fred and Dr. Mary Fulstone and Angelo and Josephina Margaroli.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; two sons, Joshua and Jeffrey; father, David; sister, DeeAnn Fulstone.

He was buried at the Valley View Cemetery.

Family and Friends may sign the online guestbook at

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to Tucker Maxon Oral School for the Deaf, 2860 S.E. Holgate Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97202;

The American Cancer Society, 6490 South McCarran Blvd., Suite 40, Reno, NV 89509; or to an account at Wells Fargo that has been established to help with medical expenses.

A funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6 for Gardnerville resident Richard B. Joseph at First Presbyterian Church, 1400 North Cedar, Abilene, Kan., with the burial at Abilene Cemetery.

He was born April 25, 1958, the youngest of four children, to Donald Joseph and Ruth (Joseph) Morse.

He was the stepson of Ernie Morse of Abilene, Kan.

Mr. Joseph was a musician, recording engineer, songwriter and record producer in New York City for many years, receiving a Grammy Award for his work on Whitney Houston's "Bodyguard" soundtrack. He engineered and played guitar on Patti LaBelle's "Flame" album. He wrote and performed an original song for the movie "Empire;" and received a commendation from President Bill Clinton for the sound engineering and production of his second White House inauguration.

Mr. Joseph is survived by his mother Ruth Morse of Minden; wife Susan Shumway Joseph; sons Tyler and Matt Joseph of Riverdale, N.Y.; brother Donald Joseph; sisters Annie Joseph, Susan (Terry) Joseph-Taylor, Cathy (Mike) Whitehair of Abilene, Kan.; and Ann (Don) Huntington of Leawood, Kan.

Arrangements are entrusted to Danner Funeral Home. Donations in his memory may be made to Douglas County Mental Health, 1538 Highway 395, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410.


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