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Barbara F. Vucanovich

June 22, 1921

June 10, 2013

Former U.S. Representative Barbara F. Vucanovich died Monday, June 10, 2013 after a brief illness. Born June 22, 1921 in Camp Dix, New Jersey, Vucanovich was the daughter of Major General Thomas Farrell and Ynez White Farrell. Vucanovich graduated from the Albany Academy for Girls and attended Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in New York.

In 1982, Vucanovich became the first person elected to Nevada's Second Congressional District and the first woman from Nevada to serve in the House of Representatives. She was elected to seven terms and retired in 1996, serving the second longest tenure of any Nevadan in the House. She was elected Republican Conference Secretary (one of the four leadership positions) in the 104th Congress, making her the first Nevadan to serve in a leadership position in House of Representatives.

Vucanovich served on the Presidential Debate Commission, the Commission to Select White House Fellows, and the Fund Board of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Justices. She was a trustee on the Board of Saint Mary's Health Network and the Board of Casa de Vida, and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The University of Nevada, Reno awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities in 2004. The main post office in Reno was named the Barbara F. Vucanovich Post Office in her honor.

Vucanovich is survived by her daughter Patricia Dillon Cafferata and son-in-law Dr. H. Treat Cafferata of Reno; son Kenneth P. Dillon, Jr. and daughter-in-law Sandra Dillon of Reno; son Tom Dillon and daughter-in-law Catherine deTar Dillon of Statesville, North Carolina; daughter Susan Dillon Anderson and son-in-law Grant "Butch" Anderson III of Reno; brother Stephen Farrell of Reno; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Thomas, Jr., Peter, and Richard Farrell; sister Patricia Naleid; husbands Ken Dillon, Sr. and George Vucanovich; a son, Michael F. Dillon, Sr., a grandson, Trevor P. Dillon, and a great-grandson, Thomas Daniel Golden.

A Rosary was held Thursday, June 13th at Our Lady of the Snows Church. A Funeral Mass of Resurrection was held on June 14th at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Reno Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Casa de Vida, 1290 Mill Street, Reno, NV 89502 or the Nevada Women's History Project, 770 Smithridge Drive #300, Reno, NV 89502.

The family invites condolence messages in the "family guestbook" at the website

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Walton Funeral Home in Reno.

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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from Jun. 11 to Jun. 16, 2013.
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November 12, 2016
Valenda Newell
July 21, 2016
A great American who embodied everything this country is about. May other women and men follow in her footsteps and stand on her shoulders.
Steve Slattery
June 17, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Barbara always had a smile.
Tracy (Payton) Robinson
June 16, 2013
Pat how lucky I have been to know you and your Mother. She was someone special. I know you will miss her a lot. Our prayers to you Pat and your family. Hope to see you soon.
God Bless you and your family.
Ann (Sulllivan) & Keith Flanders
June 16, 2013
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Allen Montoya
June 16, 2013
To the family of Barbara Vucanovich. We are so sorry for your loss. We pray for strength and Gods comfort during this most difficult time in your life.
Craig (Bill) Comstock
June 14, 2013
I am very sorry for your loss. I offer my condolences at this sad time. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. 2Cor. 1:3
June 13, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers to Patty and your family. Sincerely, Jeannette Dupouy Hale and family.
Jeannette Dupouy Hale
June 13, 2013
Words cannot express the sympathy this brings to you . . May God light the way
with His peace and make a way with His love.
Ms. Marion Larson
June 12, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers to the family. She was a ground-breaking and inspirational leader. We could use someone like her right now. May you feel God's comfort during this difficult time.
Kres & Linda Hilts
June 12, 2013
A wonderful woman--a wonderful friend for fifty years--the memories we shared--prayers to all
Ed Allison
June 12, 2013
It is with sadness that I read of Barbara's passing. Her devotion to the State of Nevada was admirable and she will be missed. My deepest sympathy to Patty and the family.
Joanne Oakes
June 12, 2013
Friends like Barbara are never lost to us in death; just held closer in our hearts. Separated by time and space we are never separated by the loving ties that bind us.
Bonnie Wilson
June 12, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
June 12, 2013
Our sympathy and prayers for Barbara and the family. She was well admired by us and many Nevadans.
Dorothy & Bill Dobson
June 12, 2013
What a "special mightiness" to have lived 91 years. (Psalms 90:10) My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Kathy J
June 12, 2013
to the family of BARBARA VUCANOVICH I SEND MY COMDOLENCES.During this time of sorrow I hope you draw comfort from the GOD of comfort. ISAIAH 61,1,2.

Ms Carruth
June 12, 2013
W offer our sympathy. may the comfort and strength only God can give be with you.
June 12, 2013
America currently lacks the leadership her generation provided. She will be missed!
June 12, 2013
My condolences to the Vucanovich family. I hope you all can have peace from God during this difficult time. (Romans 15:33)
June 12, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
June 11, 2013
I would like to express my sincere sympathy for the passing of your love one. May you find peace and comfort from the God who comfort those who mourn. Isa 66:13.
Jerdine Duncan
June 11, 2013
My Deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Barbara. May she rest in peace in the hands of the Lord. She was a great lady and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Dave Woodworth
June 11, 2013
We are so sorry and sad for your families loss. Barbara was a good and kind person. She will be missed. Al and Jeannie Trejo
June 11, 2013
What a great lady! Nevada could use more politicians like Barbara! Thank you Barbara for all you have done. Nevada will miss you!
Tony Ilardi
June 11, 2013
Sympathy and condolences to the family of Barbara Vulcanovich.
Joy Brandt
June 11, 2013
My deepest condolances to the family. I remember back when George & Barbara dated and then married. Many fond memories of Barbara. We now have a new angel.

Kitty Rose (widow of Harvey Rose)
Kitty Rose
June 11, 2013
I'm sorry for your loss. Mrs.Vucanovich served her country,and the family will be in my prayers.
June 11, 2013
Dear Repubican Congresman Barbara Vacunovich my sincere Condolence deep sympathy.Sincerely,Marlin Rivera, Johnny Rivera, Hale Rivera, David Rivera, Linnette Mary Rivera, Jeremy "JJ' Rivera, De Angel Dominguez, Daniela Rivera, Glabiela Rivera, Amanda Huertas de Rivera, Tristan San Michael Rivera Juliano Rivera, Nestali Rivera, Nathacha Rivera, Nethenio Rivera, Luis Antonio Rivera, Nestor Rivera, Bianca Rivera, Naomy Rivera. Sincerely,Nestor Luis Rivera P.O Box 937 Belden St Norwalk Ct 06852
Nestor Rivera
June 11, 2013
My condolences to family and friends. Mrs. Vucanovich was a figure in Nevada politics from the time I came to Nevada in 1982. I believe she was a lady of principle.
Fannie Toner
June 11, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Al Lockett
June 11, 2013
In appreciation of your service to our country and support of women's issues.
Betty Thompson
June 11, 2013
God Bless and thank you for your great service to the state of Nevada.
Derek TenEyck
June 11, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the family
June 11, 2013
So Sorry to all the family for your loss.I remember doing roof repairs for her,quite some time ago.God Bless,Take care.
Greg White
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