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Vanni, Pietro (Pete) Joseph

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In the company of his four beloved daughters, Pietro (Pete) Joseph Vanni passed away Oct. 4, following a brief hospitalization.

The son of Italian immigrants who settled in the Lake Tahoe area, Pete was born on July 12, 1925, in Truckee, and lived in Tahoe City nearly his entire life. His last five years were spent in Auburn, Calif., where he made many new friends.

Pete served with distinction during World War II as part of the 10th Mountain Infantry, but only in recent years did family members learn that he was awarded the bronze star and a citation for courage under fire while fighting in the mountains of Italy.

Following the war, Pete returned to the Sierra, providing electrical power to mountain communities for more than 39 years as an employee of the Sierra Pacific Power Company. He also served his community for 25 years as a member of the Tahoe City Volunteer Fire Department, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief. Pete was an active member of the Elks Club for many years.

Pete was preceded in death by Patricia (Pat) Ann Vanni, his wife of 50 years. He was active in the lives of his four daughters, Theresa Motroni, Lisa Melin, Sandy Smith, and Susie Small; his four sons-in-law; and 10 grandchildren. Pete was well known for recounting endless stories of Tahoe life.

Services for Pete Vanni will be held at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Tahoe City on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11:30 a.m. Burial services for both Pete and Pat will be held at Trails End Cemetery immediately following church services.

Arrangements in care of Truckee-Tahoe Mortuary: 587-4342.


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