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Leslie Lance Guilford

Leslie Lance


January 6, 2021

Leslie Lance Guilford, 82, of Imlay, Nevada passed away peacefully on January 6th, 2021.

Les was born in Wanganui, New Zealand to James (Chum) and Florence Guilford and was the eldest of 3 brothers. He is preceded in death by Chum, Florence, and brothers Roger and Lindsay.

Leslie immigrated to the US in in the early 1960’s and through his love of the mountains found a position teaching skiing in Squaw Valley, CA which then turned into various mountain operations positions during his tenure at Squaw Valley. He was a master machinist having learned his trade on the New Zealand Railway. In 1974, he brought his skills to use at Viking Metallurgical Corp. in Verdi, NV where he ran one of the world’s largest lathes and worked until his retirement in 2000. Leslie loved the American West and felt a deep connection to the arid open spaces and blue skies of Nevada where he enjoyed spending time on his ranch in the Buena Vista Valley. He volunteered at the Reno Rodeo for over 20 years manning the same security gate and was always dressed in a crisp, starched Western button down, pressed Wranglers, cowboy boots, and a white straw Resistol.

He took great pride in being an American citizen, was an avid reader of western history, and a trivia master. Les was grateful for the helping hands of his neighbors during his many years in Imlay, for the care he was given during his last months, and for all the friendships he made along his journey. His two greatest passions in life were his children and skiing. He will be remembered as a loving dad and grandpa. Leslie was kind, gentle, warm hearted, an incredible listener, and will be dearly missed.

Leslie is survived by daughter Amie (Max) Bervy of Vail, CO; and son, Peter (Marguerite) Guilford of Raphine, VA; four grandchildren, Max III and Katie Bervy, Addison and Daisy Guilford; and former spouse Patti Guilford.

Per Les’ wishes, there will not be a memorial service, rather his family will hike and ski on his favorite mountains in California and Nevada in celebration of his life. Memorial contributions can be made to the Oglala Sioux Tribe COVID 19 Disaster Relief Fund. https://www.oglalalakotanation.info

Stephen Cowan

Stephen Cowan

December 22, 1941 – November 19, 2020

After a long illness Stephen “Steve” Cowan passed away on November 19,2020 in La Mesa California with his loving wife Karen by his side.

Steve was a graduate of Truckee High. Where he lettered in football and baseball. After high school Steve joined the US Air force where he was a propeller mechanic. Steve came home to Tahoe after his service and worked with his father Claude Cowan in construction. Steve stayed in construction for 40 plus years specializing in remodels. Steve enjoyed both snow and water skiing and was never too busy for a round of golf with friends. In later years Steve and his wife Karen divided their time between Lake Tahoe and Campland by the bay in Pacific Beach California.

Steve was predeceased by his parents Claude and Mary Cowan. Survived by his wife Karen his three daughters Debbie, Valerie and Pamela. His siblings Claudia Jones, Donald Cowan and Christine Leach.

Steve will be truly missed by his friends and family.

No service at this time.

Dwight Peterson

Dwight Peterson

June 26, 1943 – December 13, 2020

My stepdad Dwight passed away peacefully, Sunday Dec 13th. He’d been a long time local of the Westshore and Olympic Valley for 50+ years. Long haircuts and long conversations was what he was known for. You’d have to plan on staying a while when sitting in his chair. Dwight was a devoted caretaker of a lake front home as well, which is where I grew up in Tahoma. He was a health nut, an avid runner, and biked to work when he could, before his health turned and got the best of him. Many of you knew he was battling a blood disease for the last 10 years. I packed him up and moved him to Reno almost 2 years ago, after he slipped while shoveling snow and breaking his legs. Who would’ve thought it would take a terrible accident like that to make him leave Tahoe. Recently, his blood disease became blood cancer, and just before Thanksgiving, he contracted Covid. Declining significantly, and in a skilled nursing facility, my husband and I were able to see him and say goodbye. He passed 2 days later. With this terribly sad news I share with you, I leave with you some words to reflect on, that may remind you of him. Miles Davis, hair, story teller, classic cars, bears, conversation, Tahoma, eggs, running, compassionate, skeptical, laughter, Anacortes WA, temperamental, Braggs Aminos, toothpicks, Chinese food, N. Dakota, Bob Dylan, Gun Smoke, chocolate, frugal, sentimental, family, vitamins, coffee, splitting wood, Chevy truck, Schlitz Beer, gossip, brown rice, Denzel Washington, false teeth, shoveling snow, brown down jacket, Paradise, generous, Norwegian, dreamer, Diana Krall, oatmeal, Homewood, Duran Duran, PBS, Lefse, birthday cards, a good friend, and set in his ways. RIP Dwight, and thank you for the memories.

Ian Hass

Ian Hass

November 18, 1957 – December 28, 2020

Ian Witter Hass passed away at his home on December 28th, 2020. He is survived by his daughter Fenja Vandehei, ex-wife Anke C. Hass, and his four grandchildren: Valory, Sverre, Baet and Adina Vandehei. His memorial will be held at Sierra Bible Church, Truckee, CA, and available via live streaming.

For more information contact: ankeartworks@gmail.com

John Francis Desmond

John Francis


September 6, 1930 – January 1, 2021

John Francis Desmond, age 90, died on January 1, 2021, in Reno, Nevada.

Beloved by his extended family, Frank, as he was known, was born and raised in San Francisco. After a brief move to Napa, California, he relocated permanently to Reno, Nevada, in 1958. A pharmacist, he established the Keystone Owl Drugstore with his business partner, Jim Henderson, which was a fixture in northwest Reno for 38 years.

He is survived by his much-loved wife of 65 years, Jennie, whom he met at the University of Wyoming; their seven children, Mary Duffy, Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Judith Heath, Kevin Desmond, Theresa Desmond, John Desmond, and Jennifer Desmond; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Lehane, and two brothers, Tom Desmond and Gerald Desmond; cousins, nieces, and nephews, and many friends.

A longtime parishioner of St. Albert the Great Church, he was devoted to service and to his faith.

He will be warmly remembered for his kindness and generosity, his humor, and his love of Donner Lake and the cabin he built there.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Desmond Family Scholarship Fund at Bishop Manogue Catholic High School, 110 Bishop Manogue Drive, Reno, Nevada 89511. For more information please call 775-336-6060 or email april.gonzales@bishopmanogue.org.

Due to COVID-related concerns, we will gather to celebrate Frank’s life when it is safe to do so.

Anne Marie Witzleben

Anne Marie


May 23, 1955 – October 30, 2020

Anne Marie Witzleben

May 23, 1955–October 30, 2020

Anne Marie Witzleben, born in Washington DC, passed away peacefully at her

home in Truckee, California. Her father, John LeRoy Witzleben, worked for Trans World Airlines for several decades, and while growing up Anne spent three years in Tokyo, Japan, and attended high school at the Taipei American School. She received her B.A. in English from Santa Clara University and her M.A. in English as a Second Language from University of Nevada, Reno and went on to teach at UNR and Truckee Meadows Community College, where she was a Professor in the English Language Learner Program. Anne’s love for traveling continued throughout her life, and her journeys with friends and family took her to Tuscany, Machu Picchu, and many parts of Europe and Asia. She was an avid hiker and cross-country skier, and a lifelong music lover—she was especially fond of the Grateful Dead and traveled to Egypt to hear them perform at the pyramids. Anne was a connoisseur of good food and wine and a fine cook, and she often spoke with enthusiasm of her culinary adventures with close friends. She could regularly be found at a local restaurant with these same friends, glass of white wine in hand and a plate of calamari on the table. She remained very close with many of her classmates from Taipei American School and regularly attended TAS reunions around the US and in Taiwan. She is survived by her mother Mary Keller, brothers Larry (John Lawrence) and Charles Keller, sister-in-law Jo-Ling, niece Geneva, nephew Paul, cat Izzy, and her loving “posse” of longtime friends who shepherded her to her journey’s end.

Victor Joseph Belloli

Victor Joseph Belloli

December 19, 1932 – December 23, 2020

Victor Joseph Bertolino-Belloli passed w/ his daughter Cristi Belloli at his bedside in Agoura Hills, Ca. He was born in San Francisco, Ca to Joseppi Bertolino & Beatrice Opizio who migrated from Piedmonte, Italy. He was the President of his senior class and well loved. He was in the Airforce then earned a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. He worked for Lockheed in Burbank, Ca. He co-owned a Cessna plane and flew his family all over California in the 1970’s. Expert snow skier w/ beautiful form. Self taught construction abilities. He & his son Victor built his cabin in Truckee, Ca in 1983 & lived there till October 2020. There was nothing this man could not accomplish. Counted cards in Black Jack, taught his kids to play chess and love the game. He loved the outdoors, fishing & mountaineering w/ his kids and grandkids. He was vibrant, boisterous, loving, warm, intelligent, the family Patriarch that was adored. He has 6 kids. Was proceeded in death by his 2 sons: Victor Joseph Belloli II & Richard Victor Belloli. He is survived by his 4 daughters; Cheryl Garrett, JoEllen Belloli-Garvin, LeighAnn Belloli & Cristi Belloli. He has 7 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren. Condolences can be mailed to: Cristi Belloli 26500 Agoura Rd #314 Calabasas, Ca 91302

Donald E. Jones

Donald E. Jones

March 30, 1939 – November 2, 2020

A dear friend to many in Truckee, Don Jones, 81, passed away Nov. 2, 2020.

He lived in Truckee for more than 50 years, in his retirement he enjoyed winters in Arizona. He was a talented photographer and passionate about taking photos of wildlife and scenery in Yellowstone National Park.

He was born March 30, 1939, in Twin Valley, Minn., attending Twin Valley High School and North Dakota State College of Science. He worked for 55 years as an IBEW 112 union electrician, traveling to job sites across the country, including the Alaska Pipeline.

His family and friends will miss him greatly. He is survived by sister Barbara Jones Colhapp, niece Andrea (John) Perendy, nephew Aaron Colhapp, cousin Craig Garrett and close companion Dodie Gadient. He is also survived by best friend Pete Rossi, Kellie Baker, Anna and Paul Marderosian, Maribess and Buzz Johnson, Jerry Sivao, Dave Guiragossian and many friends from the Glenshire General Store. He will be especially missed by his beloved German shepherd, Echo.

He was preceded in death by parents Elton and Ida Jones and brother-in-law Ted Colhapp. No service is planned. Memorials can be sent to desired charities.

Mary B. Ansari

Mary B. Ansari

January 15, 1939 – December 18, 2020

Mary Blanche Ansari passed away peacefully at home on December 18, 2020, while holding hands with her husband, Nazir. She had been fighting a heroic battle with lung cancer, though she had never smoked a day in her life.

Mary was born in Lincoln, Illinois on January 15, 1939 and lived there until she moved away to pursue higher education. She received her bachelor’s and MLS degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and MBA from Western Michigan University. While she was working at the University of Illinois, she met her future husband, Nazir A. Ansari. The couple had a long and happy marriage and were fortunate to live to celebrate 60 wedding anniversaries.

Her professional career was spent as a librarian and library administrator at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries. In 1990, she was elected president of a national professional organization, the Geoscience Information Society. The Society’s Distinguished Service and Best Reference Works awards bear her name. While working, she and her husband made their home in Reno where they were active in the community and philanthropy. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Incline Village, Nevada to take advantage of the recreational opportunities at Lake Tahoe. There they spent many happy years on the beach and hiking and snowshoeing in the Sierra. In Incline Village she became an advocate for the black bears and was active in NoBearHuntNV.org and was a member of the Bear League. She was active on the Incline Village Hospital Foundation Board, was trustee and secretary-treasurer of the Nazir and Mary Ansari Foundation and served as a board member for Educational Pathways International. Along with her husband, she was recognized as Distinguished Nevadan by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, received the Desert Research Institute’s President’s Medal and was honored by Jr. Achievement of Northern Nevada. She was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Nevada, Reno.

Mary’s passions were hiking and snowshoeing with her husband in the Tahoe Basin and caring for her home and her pet cats. Recently, for winter use, they bought a home in Indian Hills, Nevada with a breathtaking, 280 degree view of Freels and Jobs peaks, the Carson River flood plain, the Sweetwater and Pine Nut mountains, Hot Spring Mountain and Prison Hill. With her husband, she travelled extensively, both domestically and abroad. Her hobbies were reading, writing, gardening and planning home remodels. She was the author of several books on the origin of Nevada geographic names, the most recent of which was published in 2015. She lived to see the publishing of her novel, The Bobwhite Doesn’t Always Sing (LeRue Press), which is a personal account of her own triumphs and tragedies.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Reinhold and Blanche Schweikert of Lincoln, Illinois; her son, Eric Michael Spellman of Middletown, Illinois and her brother, Robert F. Hogarth of Howe, Oklahoma. It was Mary’s wish that any celebration of life be held outdoors steeped in nature, with attendees sharing some humorous stories about her so that everyone gets some good laughs; it will be scheduled at a later date due to pandemic restrictions. In lieu of flowers, consider supporting one of the following: the Incline Village Community Hospital Foundation, 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village, NV, 89451; NoBearHuntNV.org, P.O. Box 394, Zephyr Cove, NV, 89448; the Low Income Families and Neighborhood Program of the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, 605 Washington St., Reno, NV, 89503; Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada, 1575 Delucchi Lane, Suite 207A, Reno, NV, 89502; The Children’s Cabinet, 1090 S. Rock Blvd., Reno, NV, 89502.

Debra Sue Nicholson

Debra Sue


April 20, 1959 – September 27, 2020

Our hearts are broken and our minds bewildered at the tragic passing of our dear mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend who was killed on September 27, 2020 when the plane she was piloting crashed shortly after take-off in Santa Barbara.

In the words of the countless hundreds of people who loved and admired Debbie, she was beautiful, kind, adventurous, energetic, whip-crack smart, fun to be with, a positive force, spirited, good at bringing people together, upbeat, enthusiastic, warm, generous, devoted, a loyal friend, fearless, humorous, interesting, witty, loving, accomplished, unforgettable, inspirational, efficient, resourceful, disciplined, compassionate, one-of-a-kind, remarkable, authentic, a bright light, independent, courageous, my hero, the bottom line. She had an infectious happy spirit, high-wattage energy, a tremendous sense of fun, and lived each day to the fullest. It’s impossible to imagine the world without her and we were the lucky ones to have had her in our lives.

Debbie was born in 1959 to Marilyn and Bob Nicholson and graduated Arcadia High School (’77), Stanford (’81) and UVA law school (’84). She took after her father who passed away two years to the day before her and taught her that she could do anything she set her mind to. She continued to talk to him and ask for his guidance as she managed many extended family matters. She began her career practicing tax law in San Francisco and went on to have her own estate planning law practice in Tahoe City. In her lifetime she was a cheerleader, song girl, president of the speech team, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Big Sister, congressional intern, secretary/treasurer of the Tahoe Truckee Bar Association, judge pro-tem for the Placer and Nevada Counties Courts system, water utility board member, newly appointed member of the Truckee Tahoe Airport Advisory Committee, co-correspondent for Stanford class of ’81, and member of the Tahoe Yacht Club and Valley Hunt Club.

Debbie worked incredibly hard so that she could play even harder, and she became a pilot and loved flying her plane because it gave her the ability to accomplish a multitude of projects and activities. She loved world-wide traveling with family and friends and all types of sporting activities but especially skiing and mountain biking. Many of us found ourselves behind her skiing West Face or climbing to Stanford Rock but she always waited for us with humble patience. She took on each day with purpose, gusto and razor-sharp focus whether it was flying to Utah for mountain biking, Sun Valley for skiing or Los Angeles and Phoenix for business and visiting family and friends.

Debbie leaves behind her two beloved sons, Bob and Will; her mother Marilyn; siblings Diane and Bob; brother-in-law Jim and sister-in-law Shannon; ex-husband and father of Bob, John (Tinker) Ward and ex-husband and father of Will, Pete Craig; nieces and nephews, Meagan, Nick, Sam, Sophie, Jack, Ben and Bryce; as well as numerous cousins and nieces and nephews through marriage who will all miss her for the rest of their days. Debbie’s passing leaves a big hole in a lot of people’s lives but we know she would have wanted all of her friends and loved ones to live life like she did, with passion and energy and a commitment to positivity that will honor her incredible life.