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Nathaniel Hellman


No services have been announced for Nathaniel Hellman, 86, who died Dec. 27 at his home in Zephyr Cove.

Mr. Hellman was born Aug. 30, 1918, in Oakland, Calif., the only son of Joseph and Jeanette Cohen Hellman. He attended Piedmont High School and Santa Clara University before receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a graduate degree from Stanford University’s School of Business. Mr. Hellman was an entrepreneur and successful real estate developer for forty years. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II.

While in the military, he met his wife, Zelda, an Army nurse. They were married in the Bay area in 1947, and after spending many summers at Lake Tahoe, made the lake their permanent home in 1962. A outdoor enthusiast , he loved to ski, fish, hike and relax at the beach. He was affectionately known as “Grumps” by his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Zelda, and five children, two sons, Michael Hellman and wife Kathy, Douglas Hellman and wife Ame, three daughters, Jo Anne Hudson and husband Robert, Patricia Woody and husband Tom, Kimberly Sweatt and husband John as well as seven grandchildren, Cheryl, Andrew, Jeannette, Rachael, Lesley and Hannah.

All arrangements are in the care of McFarlane Mortuary of South Lake Tahoe. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of Mr. Hellman, his family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th Floor, Chicago, Ill 60601-7633.

William Fred Mueller


William Fred Mueller, 64, a Gardnerville resident for the past 17 years, died Dec. 20, 2004, at his home. He was born Oct. 19, 1940, in New York to William F. Sr. and Jane Rich Mueller.

He attended New Hampton High School in New Hampton, N.H., and the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo.

Before moving to Gardnerville, he lived in Hemet, Calif., and East Hampton, N.Y.

Mr. Mueller was a corporate pilot for 20 years and worked as a computer network engineer for 20 years.

He was a member of the Minden Airport Association, Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio Association, the Soaring Society of America, the Academy of Model Aeronautics and MENSA. He held commercial ratings in gliders, hot air balloons, fixed-wing prop and jet aircraft, seaplanes and helicopters. Until recently, he flew gliders and was a glider tow pilot at Minden-Tahoe Airport.

As an avid U.S. Practical Shooting Association member, he reached Master Class standing in competitive pistol shooting and as a ham radio enthusiast, he held an “Extra” license.

He served in the U.S. Air Force reserves.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Among his survivors are his wife, Sally, of Gardnerville; mother of Santa Barbara, Calif.; children Susan Mueller of Sacramento, William D. Mueller of Marysville, Calif., Kim Mueller Lewis of Edinboro, Pa., Scott Darran of San Diego and Jay Darran of Mobile, Ala.

A celebration of life will be at a later date. Cremation will be at FitzHenry’s Crematory.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

John Paul Rojas


A memorial and party is being planned to celebrate the life of John Paul Rojas, 47, who died Dec. 23, 2004, at the Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

Mr. Rojas was born Jan. 2, 1957 in Sacramento, Calif., to Paul and Mary Rojas. He spent 11 years in school in Sacramento and completed his education in the United States Marine Corps. After four years in the Marines, he worked for Aervoe for 15 years. He moved to Gardnerville from the San Francisco Bay area in 1988 when he helped move Aervoe Pacific Company to Nevada. He retired from the company in July of 2003 because of a medical disability for his leg.

Mr. Rojas is survived by his soul mate and best friend, Roberta Simon of Gardnerville; two sons John Paul Rojas, Jr. and Seth D. Rojas, both of Carson City; daughter Lynsey M. Rojas of Carson City and their mother, Mary M. Rojas of Carson City. He is also survived by his parents, Paul and Mary Rojas of Sacramento, Calif., brother, Joe Rojas, sisters, Anna Rojas, Rose Ann Rojas, Jean Marie Rojas and Lisa Bohrer, all of Sacramento, Calif. as well as five nieces, two nephews, one great nephew and many wonderful friends.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville. Cremation will take place at FitzHenry’s Crematory in Carson City. A memorial fund has been set up at Nevada State Bank in the name of John P. Rojas, acct. No. 440042141.

Billy Thomas


Memorial services took place Thursday at the High Sierra Fellowship Church for Billy Thomas, 21, who died Dec. 26, 2004.

Mr. Thomas was born Feb. 26, 1983 in Burbank, Calif. to William M. and Diana Hampton Thomas. A 15-year resident of Gardnerville, he attended local schools and married Ashley M. Barnett June 6, 2004 in Gardnerville. He was a cabinet maker for Sunshine Construction Co. in Gardnerville for the last ten months and he attended High Sierra Fellowship Church. He loved the outdoors and he loved to hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Thomas in Dec. 2004. He is survived by his wife, Ashley M. Thomas of Gardnerville, his mother, Diana Thomas of Gardnerville, brother, Bobby Thomas of Reno, sisters, Luwana and her husband Mario Ferguson of Van Nuys, Calif., Rebecca Thomas of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., and a cousin, Josh Hampton of Burbank, Calif.

Arrangements are in the care of Douglas County Mortuary in Minden. Cremation will take place at Walton’s Sierra Crematory in Carson City.