Rachel L. Struve-Mould
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February 16, 1915
March 27, 2014
Rachel Struve-Mould, age 99, passed away on March 27, 2014 at Park Place Assisted Living in Reno. She was born February 16, 1915, on a farm near Fontanelle, Nebraska, to Ted Schafersman and Minnie Niebaum Schafersman, and was the oldest of three children, including her brother, B.T. Schafersman, and sister, Geraldine Bream.
She married Don Struve in 1938 in Los Angeles, CA and they had son, Larry Struve, in 1942. Subsequent to Don's death in 1971, she married Ray Mould in 1987; he died in 2002.
Rachel was a school teacher for 41 years. She earned a teaching credential from Midland College in Fremont, NE in 1933 and a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Whittier College in California in 1941. She taught in rural Nebraska schools, inner city schools in California, and many public schools in Reno, NV. She was a kindergarten teacher at McKinley Park School, and started the first kindergarten class at Elmcrest Elementary. Rachel then became one of the first kindergarten teachers at Peavine Elementary School. She culminated her career as a seventh grade Clayton Middle School teacher for ten years, specializing in Nevada history. In 1960, she received a Master's Degree from the College of Education at the University of Nevada in Reno, and helped train many student teachers in early childhood education. She taught in the first Head Start Program at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony in the mid-1960s and was recognized as an outstanding teacher both by her peers, and in the community at large. She touched the lives of hundreds of students, many of whom still speak highly of her today.
In 1947, Rachel became a charter member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Reno, and was an active member of that choir for fifty years. She retired from teaching in 1976 and became a part-time aide for the Nevada Humanities Committee for a few years. She had many interests, including ballroom dancing, world travel, and participation in her professional sorority for teachers, Alpha Delta Kappa (ADK), of which she was also a charter member.
Rachel was a woman who made a difference and deeply appreciated the many friendships she made - whether with close companions or total strangers. She was devoted to her family and deeply loved by them. Survivors include her son Larry (Colleen); granddaughters, Heidi Currey (Phil) and Shannon Struve; great-grandchildren Rachel, Quinn, Larry, Sebastian, and Emmalee; three nephews and three nieces; along with several cousins. She considered her greatest life accomplishment to be that of a devoted, loving mother, wife, grandmother, and aunt, who gave all she had to make her family happy.
A viewing will take place on Friday, April 4, 2014, from 5 to 8 pm, at Walton's Sierra Chapel, 875 W. Second St., Reno. A funeral service will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 501 California Ave., Reno, on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:00 am, followed immediately by a reception at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Endowment Fund of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 357 Clay St., Reno, NV 89501, or to an educational
Walton's Sierra Chapel, Reno
875 West 2nd Street Reno, NV 89505
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Apr. 1 to Apr. 3, 2014