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Marilyn Moore Drendel

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Marilyn Moore Drendel

Reno - Marilyn Moore Drendel passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on June 6,1927, to Dr. Victor Rhodes Moore and Sophia Uttermann Moore. Marilyn grew up in Dalhart, Texas. She went to elementary school in Dalhart and graduated from St. Mary's of the Wasatch Girls High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marilyn attended the University of Colorado where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science and pursued a graduate degree in Music.

Marilyn married John Squire Drendel in August of 1948, and they moved to Reno shortly thereafter. She was a devoted mother and cherished the strength, support and camaraderie of her family. Marilyn also had a strong commitment to her local community with her generous support of music and the arts, including the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, KNPB Channel 5, KUNR and The Nevada Womens' Fund. She was a founding member of the Assistance League of Reno.

Marilyn and fun were synonymous! She truly loved life, was the spirit of any party and traveled the world. She was a consummate lady, mother and friend. Her Catholic faith was unwavering and she was the essence of kindness, forgiveness and compassion. Her concern for the well-being of others was always paramount to her own needs. Marilyn was an accomplished pianist and organist and music was a part of everyday life in the Drendel home. She was also a Life Master bridge player and never missed an opportunity to host her friends at the bridge table or travel the west to compete in bridge tournaments. Her greatest joy was spending summers with family and friends at the family home at Glenbrook, Lake Tahoe.

Survivors include John Squire Drendel, her children Mary Drendel Heise (Frederick), John Victor Drendel, Ann Drendel Haas (Joseph), Thomas Edward Drendel (Terrel), and grandchildren Sarah Heise, Andrew Heise (Robyn), Anne Kelly (Christopher), Clara Drendel, Nathaniel Haas, Mary Alice Haas, Matthew Ronhaar (Leah), and four great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Bryan Young, Dr. Movses Kazanchyan, Dr. David Ritchie, the nurses and staff in the ICU and Telemetry Units at Renown South Meadows, Sara McAbel, Armida Diaz and the care providers from Home Instead Senior Care. Their compassion, care and support were extraordinary and deeply appreciated. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Marilyn at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 1138 Wright Street, Reno, NV. Reception to follow at 2245 Hedgewood Drive, Reno,Nevada.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra or the Reno Chamber Orchestra.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from July 11 to July 14, 2018
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