Kora Lennje Smith Gottschalk
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September 2, 1916
October 17, 2013
Kora (Kay) S. Gottschalk passed away peacefully on October 17, 2013. She was 97 years old. It is such a blessing for her family to have had her in our lives for so long. Kora, to her many friends she was known as Kay, has been a resident of Reno since 1939. We celebrate the life of Kay with many happy and loving memories. Her greatest joy was being a Mother, grandmother, and Great Grandmother.
Kay was born September 2, 1916, in Lovelock, Nevada to Matthew and Hilda Smith. She graduated from Churchill County High School and worked in Fallon after her graduation. She married E.L.(Buzz) Gottschalk in 1939. Together they owned and operated Gottschalk Construction Company which was the original swimming pool builder in Reno and Gottschalk Plumbing and Heating. They owned and enjoyed their ranching, the Riverside Ranch and Lower Arobio Ranch in Lovelock, Nevada. They were also involved in quick silver mining in Almaden, California. As a young Mother, Kay was active in Trinity Episcopal Church, the Twentieth Century Club, Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, and President of the P.T.A. She enjoyed walking, traveling, playing bridge, reading, swimming with her Grandchildren, and spending time with family.
Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Hilda Smith, her husband E.L. (Buzz) Gottschalk, brothers John Smith, Carl Smith, and Matthew Smith, sisters Fran Bradley and Ruth Carpenter and Grandson Travis Owen. She is survived by her three daughters Jill (William) Dennison of Reno, Barbara (Don) Perdue of Missouri and Joanne Owen of Reno. Her Grandchildren Erin (Jim) Marren of Reno, Tracey (Kresh) Rogina of Reno, Jaime (Walter) Thomas of Phoenix, Matthew (Tracy) Perdue of Cupertino, Scott (Carrie) Owen of Reno, and her Great Grandchildren Avery and Carter Marren, Alyson, Kyle, and Jordan Rogina, Cameron Thomas, Carter Perdue, and Mason and McKenna Owen.
Kay, lovingly known as Baba to her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was so pleased when she would be out somewhere and she would hear one of her daughters' or Grandchildren's friends call out "Hi Baba" and then come over to talk to her.
A private family memorial was held for her. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Kay's name to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Reno, NV and the Mayo Clinic's Celiac Research in Rochester, Minn.
Baba, we all love you so much and we will miss you every day.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Oct. 26 to Oct. 27, 2013