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Record Courier Staff Reports

Edna May Callahan


Memorial Services will be 11a.m. Friday at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville for 78-year-old Edna May Callahan, who died Sept. 16, 2004, at her home in Gardnerville.

Mrs. Callahan, a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, was born May 28, 1926, to Philip and Florance LeBlanc. She lived for 30 years in Lynn, Mass., working for General Electric for 20 years, retiring in 1987. She has lived in Gardnerville for the last three years.

She is survived by her husband, Charles J. Callahan of Gardnerville; daughter and son-in-law Gail and Peter Difillipo of Gardnerville and son, Wayne Callahan also of Gardnerville.

Arrangements are being made through FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home with Cremation to take place at FitzHenry’s Crematory in Carson City. Inurnment will follow the services at Eastside Memorial Park in Minden.

Judith Arlene McCall


No memorial services will be performed for Judith Arlene McCall, 70, who died at her home in Coleville, Sept. 18.

Mrs. McCall was born in Bakersfield, Sept. 16, 1934, and she was married to Carial “Mac” McCall on August 25, 1951. They just celebrated 53 years of marriage. She loved painting, photography, gardening crocheting and hiking. She also enjoyed watching her grandchildren participate in athletic events and supported the CHS athletic programs.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mrs. Emma Olesen of Coleville. She is survived by her husband, Carial McCall, and her four children and their families; Deborah, Larry, Joel and Matt Carter of Coleville, Danny and Patty McCall and Diana and Sabino Fosmier of Washington state. Terry and Donna Davis of Mariposa, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and her brother-in-law and sister Sidney and Janice Hayes of Coleville.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Coleville High School Boosters Club, and the family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the Walker paramedic team for their quick response and for the compassion they showed our family.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville.

Vernita Bruns

Springmeyer Smith


A memorial service is 1 p.m. Oct. 4 for Alpine County native Vernita Bruns Springmeyer Smith, who died Sept. 6, 2004, at her home in Los Angeles. She was 96.

Mrs. Smith was born May 24, 1908 in Fredericksburg to Fred and Eugenia May Bruns. Her birth was attended by Dr. Eliza Cook, well known as one of the first female doctors in Nevada. She attended grammar school in Fredericksburg, Douglas County High School, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1929.

Mrs. Smith taught school in Dresslerville and Gardnerville. Among her former students are long-time Valley residents John Henningsen, Rhoda Chichester and Marcella Oxoby.

In 1934, she married Lloyd Springmeyer. The two raised Angus cattle on their ranch in Dutch Valley in Alpine County until his death in 1959. She continued to run the ranch until her marriage to Ted Smith, an old college friend, in 1962.

She then moved to Los Angeles, and became an honorary partner in Ted Smith Aircraft Co., where her husband designed and manufactured small business planes including the Aero Commander and the Aerostar. Mr. Smith died in 1976.

In 2002, Vernita was honored for her 50 years of membership in PEO, a philanthropic organization for the education of women. She had been initiated into Chapter N in Carson City, Nevada, and later transferred to Chapter GT in Beverly Hills. She was one of the original members of Minden Fortnightly, and continued as an honorary member until her death.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her brother, Hubert Bruns of Fredericksburg; niece, Shirley Bruns of Sacramento; niece, Linda Bruns of Fredericksburg; nephew, Bruce Bruns, and Ida Glazier, of Dutch Valley. Also surviving is stepson, Ron Smith, of Santa Maria, California.

The service will be held at the Hubert Bruns home in which where Mrs. Smith was born, in Fredericksburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the charity of your choice.