Bruno Ronald Nerino
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Dec. 2, 1920
July 25, 2014
Bruno Ronald Nerino was born on December 2, 1920 in Indiana, to immigrant Italian parents, Domenico and Maria Nerino, and passed on to join Nenzi on July 25, 2014.
He was 93 years old, still walking, talking, laughing, enjoying outings with his family and friends he made at his wonderful home away from home, Emeritus Memory Care. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Nenzi Boano Nerino, his parents, Maria and Domenico Nerino, and his sister, Norma Ferazza, of Indiana. He is survived by his stepdaughters, Adrienne Trinchero of Idaho, and Lilliana Trinchero of Reno, nephew, Mark Ferazza, of Washington, and niece, Mary Jo Ferazza, of Chicago. a niece, Carla Boano Pendill, of Reno, her daughter, Marissa Pendill, and son Taylor, of Reno, a grandson, Darren Farnesi, of San Diego.
He spent his youth in Chicago, then joined the Army in WWII and served in the Pacific Theater as a weapons transport driver.. He served in India and had many stories about his time spent in India, with the snakes and the monsoons, and the Indian Special Forces, called the Gerkas.
After his discharge, he moved to Reno, and that is where he met Nenzi, a single mother of 2 girls, who owned the Riviera Hotel, on 4th Street, where he worked as a musician and bartender.
They fell deeply in love, married and were together for 51 years until her death in 2008.
They also were the owners of a very popular local, Shirt Laundry and Cleaners..the B & N Shirt-o-Rama on Wells and Vassar, where the entire family worked, in the 1950's and 60's.. They were famous for the quality service they provided for the employees at Harolds, who wore western shirts and Harrahs Club, who wore white on white starched shirts and blouses, and the traveling entertainers at these establishments. They were known for their attention to quality. Nenzi and Bruno were perfectionists. They even took care of Bill and Verna Harrah's personal laundry needs, picking up and delivering to their home in the southwest.
They had many travels, their favorite being Hawaii. They loved to sit in the jacuzzi tubs by the ocean, and enjoy the beautiful flowers. Nenzi loved to dance and Bruno was a great dancer with his built in rhythm.
Their homes were always a profusion of evergreens, fruit trees, (peach and apple pies), flowers of every color and height and shape, and beautifully manicured lawns and roses. People would stop in front of their homes to admire the display.
In 2002, Bruno had some health challenges, and was ultimately unable to return home, and so he took residence at Emeritus of Reno, a Memory Care Facility. With the love and care he received from the staff at Emeritus, who became his extended family, especially after he lost his Nenzi, he was able to live a full and functional life until the 4 days before he passed, He went on outings weekly with the staff and weekly with his family, walking with his walker, eating, laughing, enjoying the activities at Emeritus and in the community, his TV movies and sports features every day, until his passing.
The staff at Emeritus was so very attentive to his needs and supportive, that without their care, he may not have been so happy and functional after Nenzi's passing
His passing was sudden and unexpected. He was at the VA lab getting his blood drawn for his annual Dr appointment to follow when he sustained a major stroke..... a blessing ...in that it was rapid and seemingly with little discomfort. After CT scan and EEG, it was determined to place Bruno on Hospice care at his home of 11 years, Emeritus. Within 5 days he passed , giving the staff there a chance to say their goodbyes...
HUGE KUDOS to Ofelia and the wonderful staff at Emeritus. He was the "King of the Boat House" to them and they made him feel that way !!!
A special thank you to Gentiva Hospice for their attentive care of Bruno and his family during his hospice stay..AND for anyone who knew Bruno and Nenzi, and who would like to share some funny stories about their lives, the family is hosting a Celebration of Life / Thank You party for the staff at Emeritus Care Center, 3105 Plumas Ave, on Saturday August 23 at 2PM
In lieu of flowers, please send a small donation to the
of Reno in Bruno's name..although he definitely did not suffer from Alzheimers...but many at Emeritus do !!
You are invited to read a complete obituary and share a memory or condolence message in the Book of Memories at the website www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com.
Walton's Sierra Chapel, Reno
875 West 2nd Street
Reno, NV 89505
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Aug. 2 to Aug. 20, 2014