Obituary: Mari Carmen Mintegui Mann
Mari Carmen Mintegui Mann passed away June 2, 2011, at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.
She succumbed only after a very long and hard fight with a debilitating respiratory illness. She was 68 at her death. Maria leaves her beloved husband Kenneth, of Truckee, and son Kevin and wife Ivonne of Reno; sister Bego Mintegui, brother John Mintegui and wife Cheri Montero of The Basque Country; brother Angel Luis and wife Connie of Saratoga, CA. Maria was preceded in death by her parents Juan and Carmen Mintegui of Gernika in The Basque Country, northern Spain.
Maria was born Jan. 17, 1943 in Gernika, Spain. She immigrated to the United States with her parents and siblings when she was 15 years old relocating to Stockton, Ca, where she attended Saint Maryand#8217;s High School and San Joaquin Delta College. In the early sixties she and her family relocated to Truckee where for several years they operated a Basque restaurant. Maria and husband Ken were married Dec. 11, 1965 in Truckee, Ca.
She started her teaching career in the early 1970and#8217;s in special education and then as a bi-lingual assistant at Truckee High School. Through her teaching, she had hundreds of students who thought of her as a confidant, educator and friend. Mariaand#8217;s joy and love for her family, friends and students was evident to all who were in her presence. She was multilingual and well-versed in all subjects in order to meet the needs of Truckee High School E.S.L. students. To everyoneand#8217;s amazement, she would switch from Spanish to English and from economics to geometry. Her academic skills could only be surpassed by her laughter, humor, generosity and dedication. Tirelessly, and often without pay, she would stay after school in order to help a student with an upcoming test or essay. After graduation, students would see her in the community and come running: and#8220;and#8216;Chochaand#8217;! and#8216;Chochaand#8217;! I miss you so much. Gracias! Thank you! You were the reason I kept going and finished high school.and#8221;
She was an incredible person. It would not have been possible for her to have been a better friend. No one could have asked for a more intelligent or fun-loving person in our lives.
Poor health forced Mari Carmen into retirement in 2003. Our hearts are broken. We miss her so much already. Weand#8217;re not ready to say good-bye.
At Mariaand#8217;s request, there will be no services. However, celebrations of her life will be held both in Truckee and in Gernika, Spain, for relatives and friends. She will have a simple cremation at the Truckee Meadows Crematorium without a service. Her preferred charities were the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Special Olympics for those wishing to make donations.