Katherine "Kay" Laura Barbagelata
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Passed away peacefully in Santa Rosa, California on October 15, 2012 at the age of 90. Loving mother of Karry (DeVincenzi) Lensing and her husband John of Sandpoint, Idaho, Kathleen (DeVincenzi) Daulton and her husband Howard of Santa Rosa, California and Lawrence DeVincenzi and his wife Laurel of Reno, Nevada; Adored grandmother of Brett Lensing, Stacy (Lensing) Cable and her husband Matthew, Suzette (Green) Linebarger, Clay Daulton, Anthony DeVincenzi, Loren DeVincenzi and Serafina DeVincenzi; Special great- grandmother of Katelyn Cable; Dear sister-in-law of Francesca Barbagelata. Katherine was the daughter of Italian immigrants, Guiseppe and Vittoria Barbagelata. She was born in Sparks, Nevada and she and her brothers Al and Gene were raised in the Reno/Sparks area and were lifelong residents. Kay was a graduate of Reno High School, where she was the first female president of her senior class and she attended the University of Nevada, Reno. She was active in various social and philanthropic groups throughout her life including St. Mary's Hospital Guild, where she was a lifetime member, Reno High School Alumni Association and the Twentieth Century Club. Kay had a magnetic personality, an infectious laugh, and a special sense of charm. She was incredibly proud of her Italian heritage and had a natural ability to play the harmonica and accordion. Kay realized her dream of traveling the world, having visited nearly every continent. On one of her first trips, she and her brother Gene took their parents back to Italy for a very meaningful and significant visit. She returned frequently to Italy and visited family and friends. Always the consummate and engaging hostess, Kay's culinary skill was held in high esteem by many, especially her family. Kay spent most of her summers at Lake Tahoe, which she always believed was the most beautiful place in the world! Special appreciation is extended to the staff at Villa Capri and Memorial Hospice for their loving and attentive care.
Private family services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Kay's memory may be made to Memorial Hospice, 821 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 or to Reno High School Alumni Association, PO Box 5807, Reno, NV 89513.
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Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21, 2012