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Jerry Edwards

Yerington resident loved

fishing and gardening

A memorial service for Jerry C. Edwards, 75, will be held Friday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 37 N. West Street in Yerington. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Northern Nevada Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.

Mr. Edwards died Dec. 19 at Northern Nevada Medical Center.

He was born June 13, 1926, in Libou, W.V., to George and Mamie Redner Edwards. His family moved to Middletown, N.Y., where he spent his younger years. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944, and after his discharge in 1948, traveled the country for awhile.

He lived in California and then moved to Nevada, where he met and married Mae Freeman in 1962. He worked as a cook and bartender in Topaz and as a bartender at Sharkey’s when it was the Golden Bubble. He also worked at Bently Nevada and as a security guard before retiring in 1991.

After the death of his first wife, he married Ruth Edwards on July 4, 1990.

Mr. Edwards loved fishing and gardening and was a member of the American Legion Post #9, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Southern Lyon Medical Center Auxiliary.

He is survived by his wife Ruth of Yerington; sons Tom, Ron and John Edwards and daughter Pam Eruhow; stepchildren Frank and Paul Cordisco, Roxanne and Jerry Brooks, Bob Edwards and Charles Rogers, Marilyn and Joe Freeman, Reid and Romy Freeman, P.J. Freeman and Pam Stout; John Jenkins of Pennsylvania, whom he called brother; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and a brother.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Legion Post #9 or the Ellen Wildbur Memorial Fund at South Lyon Medical Center, both in Yerington.

Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home in Yerington handled arrangements.

Dominic Moccio

Lived in Topaz Ranch Estates

for 14 years

Dominic Nickols Moccio, 70, died Dec. 28 at his home.

He was born in New Brunswick, N.J., Aug. 10, 1931, to Steve and Ana Colazzo Moccio and was one of nine children.

He retired in 1980 from United Ready Mix in California, where he had worked for 18 years.

He resided in Topaz Ranch Estates for 14 years.

Mr. Moccio is survived by his wife Maureen of Gardnerville, daughters Linda and Laurie, both of Gardnerville, Zita of Virginia and Donna of New Mexico; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

FitzHenry’s Carson Valley Funeral Home in Gardnerville handled arrangements.

Loreita von Berg

Former Genoa resident;

licensed private pilot

Loreita Johnson von Berg died Dec. 27 in Stockton, Calif.

She was born in Ft. Scott, Kansas, in 1904 and moved to California with her family when she was a child.

She lived in Modesto and then Stockton, where she graduated from high school and worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Union Oil Co. and other Stockton businesses.

In 1928, she married Henry von Berg and assisted him in the operation of the aviation firm he started in 1929.

She was the first woman in San Joaquin County to become a licensed private pilot. Together, the von Bergs organized the Stockton Aeronautical Association to encourage interest in private flying.

In December 1941, the von Bergs moved to Carson City to operate a government flight school, training instructors for the military.

The von Bergs returned to Stockton in 1944 to continue operation of their aviation business.

In 1959, they fulfilled their dream of building a home in Genoa and moved there permanently. During their retirement, the von Bergs traveled extensively, most of the time flying their own airplane.

After her husband died in 1984, Mrs. von Berg continued to live in Genoa until 1997, when she moved to Stockton.

Survivors include her daughter Joan and her husband Don Waugh of Stockton; granddaughters Adriane Antonelli of Smith Valley, Anne Cammack, Alison Grey, Kathryn Hannay and Dustyn; and great-grandchildren Zeb Hardin, Sarah Cammack, Martin Cammack and Ryder McCray.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Ave., Stockton.

Memorial gifts may be made to Heifer Project International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, Ark. 72203, or the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville, Nev. 89410.

Cherokee Memorial Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Wanda Lawton

Beta Sigma Phi member; active

in Little League, Pop Warner

Wanda M. Lawton, 69, died Dec. 30 at Carson-Tahoe Hospital in Carson City.

A rosary will be held tonight, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville.

Father Bill Nadeau will preside at the funeral mass tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the church.

Burial will be at Eastside Memorial Cemetery in Minden.

Mrs. Lawton was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Milwaukee, Wisc., to Ralph and Marcie Leick Novak.

She was a resident of Gardnerville for 20 years, coming from Lake Tahoe, Calif. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 50 years and served as president several times.

She was also active in Little League and Pop Warner and a supporter of the Douglas High School Booster Club.

Preceding Mrs. Lawton in death were her parents, brother Don Novak and sister Audrey Harris.

She is survived by her husband Morris “Morey” C. Lawton of Gardnerville; son Michael Lawton and his wife Shelli of Las Vegas; sister Jackie Desmond of Grass Valley, Calif.; and one grandson and one granddaughter.

Walton’s Douglas County Mortuary in Minden handled arrangements.

John McNeill

MInden resident; had love for

wolves and Cherokee heritage

A memorial service for John Michael McNeill, 53, will be held today, Jan. 2, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Spruce and Deseret streets in Gardnerville.

Mr. McNeill died Dec. 27 at his Minden home.

He was born in San Francisco April 11, 1948.

He had lived in San Mateo, Calif., and Lake Tahoe and had a love for wolves and his Cherokee heritage.

Mr. McNeill was preceded in death by parents and is survived by his wife Sandra McNeill of Minden; sons Sean McNeill and Michael McNeill, both of Minden, and James McNeill of Carson City; and daughters Katie McNeill of Minden and Kelly McNeill of Salt Lake City.

Walton’s Douglas County Mortuary in Minden handled arrangements.