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Marie Valerie

Kish Gunderson


Marie Valerie Kish Gunderson, 96, died Nov. 29, 2004. at the Evergreen Health and Rehab in Gardnerville. A celebration of her life will be announ-ced to her family and friends at a later date.

Mrs. Gunderson was born July 4, 1908, in Omaha, Neb., to Anton and Teresa Hessner Kish. She attended high school in Boise, Idaho where her family went to live for several years before moving back to Omaha, Neb. She belonged to the R.O.T.C. while she was in high school. She formed a dance band while in high school and played the piano for dances. She married Robert S. Gunderson in 1932 in Omaha. She moved to California in 1947 where she lived in the Fresno and Los Angeles areas. She worked in various positions, mainly in the accounting field. After losing her husband during WWII, she went to work as an armed guard at the Glen L. Martin B-29 Plant in Omaha, Neb.

In 1995 she moved to Nevada with her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and John Leveck. She lived with them in Gardnerville until 2003 when she went to live at Evergreen Mt. View Care Center in Carson City and then to the Evergreen Center in Gardnerville.

Mrs. Gunderson was preceded in death by an infant son Stanley, and her brothers John and Frank Kish.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and John Leveck; nieces Rae Ann Kish Marx of Coarsegold, Calif., and Judee Kish Richey of Monterey, Calif.; nephew Louis Kish of Morgan Hill, Calif.; sister-in-law, Amber Kish of Monterey, Calif.; cousins Dorothy Hupp Spike of Sacramento, Mildred Hupp Hill of Cottonwood, Calif., Joseph Hessner of Omaha, Neb., Ray Hessner of Evergreen, Colo,. and Patricia Hessner Rakozy of Boise, Idaho.

Mrs. Gunderson was entombed on Dec. 3 at Eastside Memorial Park in Minden. FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville was in charge of arrangements.

The family requests any memorial donations be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 1250 Hylan Blvd., Suite 4B., Staten Island, New York, N.Y. 10305-1946.

James Francis Lebar


A funeral service was Dec. 6. at Waltons’s Chapel of the Valley in Carson City for James Francis Lebar, 68, who died Dec. 2, 2004 at his home in Minden.

He was born Nov. 27, 1936, in Rock Springs, Wyo., to Jack and Christine Lebar. He was a resident of San Jose for 37 years and lived in Minden for the last 15 months. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1965, stationed in Korea as a language specialist. Mr. Lebar graduated from Wyoming University in 1967, receiving a BS in electrical engineering. He had some graduate studies and was a member of Sigma Tau, Omega Chapter. He married W. June Lebar on April 5, 1975, in San Jose. Mr. Lebar was a systems engineer for Ford Aerospace and lastly for Lockheed-Martin. He was an Eagle Scout, served as an alter boy in the Catholic church for many years, received awards for engineering projects and Army Meritorious Service. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife W. June Lebar of Minden, former spouse, Kim Lebar of Mountain View, Calif.; sons Michael J. Lebar of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Mark D. Lebar of Fort Collins, Colo.; step-sons Tony Lebar, his wife and two children of Santa Clara, Calif., and Michael Roderiques and his wife of Danville, Ky.; step-daughter Janelle Ricksen of Los Angeles; brothers, Robert Lebar and wife of Los Angeles, Lawrence Lebar of Rock Springs, Wyo., Donald Lebar and wife of Madison, Wis., and Dennis Lebar and wife of Denver. Interment will be on Dec. 13 in the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Rock Springs, Wyo. Memorial contributions may be made to your local heart association or medical research hospital. Arrangements are in the care of Walton’s Chapel of the Valley in Carson City.

Eileen Louise Ronald


A funeral service will be 11 a.m., Dec. 10, at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville for Eileen Louise Ronald, 71, who died Dec. 4, 2004 at the Tahoe Pacific Hospital in Reno.

Mrs. Ronald was born Aug. 2, 1933 in Ohio, to Clarence and Angela Higgins Kirch. She married Wally Ronald April 16, 1966 and they have been married for 38 years. She enjoyed gardening and working, making her home a beautiful place. The Ronald’s moved to Minden five years ago, coming from Walnut Creek, Calif. She was active in the A.A. Program for 17 years and she was a member of St. Gall Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her sister Mary Clare Joyce.

She is survived by her husband Wally Ronald of Minden, son Robert and daughter-in-law, Mishell Ronald of Concord, Calif., sister, Ann Therese Bordonaro of Ohio, granddaughter Sapphire and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The viewing will take place Dec. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a rosary to be said from 7 p.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville.

Burial will take place at Eastside Memorial Park in Minden. FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

William Mark Thomas


A funeral service will be 2 p.m., Dec. 9 at the Gardnerville Assembly of God Church for William Mark “Bill” Thomas, 49, who died Dec. 2, 2004 in Gardnerville.

Mr. Thomas was born May 24, 1955 in Burbank, Calif. to William R. and Jean Larson Thomas. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran of Vietnam. He married Diana Hampton Thomas in Sept. 21, 1980. He was a member of the Elks Lodge of Gardnerville, a member of the Citizens Patrol of Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and a member of the V.F.W. Post of Burbank, Calif. Mr. Thomas loved the outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and camping. He enjoyed people and he loved the St. Louis Rams. He has been a resident of Gardnerville for the past 14 years, moving to the area from Burbank, Calif.

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his mother Jean Larson Thomas. He is survived by his wife Diana Thomas of Gardnerville, sons, Billy Thomas and wife Ashley of Gardnerville, Bobby Thomas of Reno, daughters, Luwana Ferguson and husband Mario of Van Nuys, Calif., Rebecca Thomas of South Lake Tahoe, his father, William R. Thomas of South Lake Tahoe, brother Bob Elliott of Portland, Ore., sister Dawn Elliott of Anaheim, Calif., grandchildren Daniel Ferguson, Ivy Rose Barkdoll and Amber Evelyn Barkdoll and niece, Jane Mandell. Interment will take place in the Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Mimi Toft


A celebration of life for Mimi Toft, 68, a Carson City resident for the past 23 years, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fountainhead Foursquare Church with a gathering to follow.

Mrs. Toft died Nov. 24, 2004, of lung cancer. She was born Bette Montrose Gillespie July 15, 1936, in Selmer, Tenn., to William and Bessie Gillespie.

She moved to Coleville, where she and her husband owned and operated the Meadowcliff Resort from 1970-74. She was involved in the local chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, PTA, Boosters and Lions clubs.

After moving to Carson City, Mrs. Toft was a Realtor for 15 years, most recently working with her husband, Ron, as a team for Heritage West Century 21, where she earned numerous awards including Realtor of the Year. She served on the Sierra Nevada Board of Realtors on the Grievance, Professional Standards and MLS committees. She enjoyed reading, the smell of the ocean, to watch the sunset, travel and spend time with her family. Among her survivors are her husband of 50 years of Carson City; sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Nick Medina of Fairfield, Calif.; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Marlene Gillespie of Antioch, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, Brett and Tammy Toft of Ft. Collins, Colo.; daughters and sons-in-law Terri and Craig Zager of Lake Tahoe, Denise and Dene Kelley of Silver Springs and Sheri and Ken Fayal of San Diego; grandsons Ronnie Toft, Jordan Zager, Ian and Jake Kelley; granddaughters Sarah, Jahna and Elizabeth Rico, Jenny Salvo, Joelle, Grace and Shelby Toft, Katie Kelley, Sheri Fayal; two great-grandchildren and dear friends Julie and Gerd Reichardt and daughters Brandy and Brittany of Gardnerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Gardiner Home, 1522 W. Myrtle Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021-7939.