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Celebration of life Saturday for Minden resident

Staff Reports

A celebration of life is 10 a.m. Saturday for Minden resident Stephanie Waggoner, who succumbed to injuries she received after falling off a paddleboard at South Lake Tahoe last week.

The celebration will take place in Heritage Park in Gardnerville.

Waggoner, 49, died June 9, two days after she was pulled from the river, according to the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner's Office.

Waggoner was paddleboarding with friends Tara Addeo and Chrissy Reese on the Upper Truckee River on June 7.

Addeo said all three women were experienced paddleboarders. She said they launched at 11:30 a.m. after checking the river for hazards.

"We board 1-2 times per week during the season," she said.

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Addeo said the first 15-20 minutes into the ride were smooth.

"We never really ever stood up and only kneeled most of the time since the current was fairly strong," she said.

Addeo said she fell off her board and her leash hooked onto a downed log, and it took four to five minutes to get free.

She said that there was a significant undertow on the river.

Rescuers said Waggoner was knocked off her board by a downed tree near the Highway 50 bridge. Waggoner was tethered to the paddleboard and couldn't get free.