Lisa Ann Ruggiero
FUNERAL HOME
Mountain View Mortuary
425 Stoker Avenue
Reno, NV
Lisa Ann Ruggiero

Reno resident, Lisa Ann (Kuhn) Ruggiero, 52, passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Renown Hospital, Reno, Nevada. She was born on October 26, 1962 in Norfolk, Virginia to Richard and Teresa (Dorman) Kuhn.

Lisa was a 1980 Awalt High School graduate in Los Altos, CA, and has worked as an administrative assistant for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, SDV Telecommunications Company, and Colin Construction Company in Grass Valley, California. Locally, Lisa worked for the Nevada System of Higher Education as a Human Resources Personnel Technician. Lisa has also been active in RISE, Reno Initiative for Shelter and Equality, (renoinitiative.org) that serves meals to our homeless population in Reno. Lisa also supports the Food Bank of Northern Nevada (fbnn.org) and as a Cancer Survivor, the Moms on the Run Event.

On March 25, 1989, she married Michael Ruggiero at Bally's in Reno, Nevada. In their 26+ years together they had two children Domenic (Cori) Ruggiero and Anthony Ruggiero. Lisa also has a son John (Emma) Alexander from a previous marriage, and gave Lisa and Michael their first granddaughter, Allison Grace Alexander.

Also surviving is Lisa's parents Richard and Teresa Kuhn, her brother Ronald (Linda) Kuhn and their lovely daughters Krystal and Victoria.

Everyone that knew Lisa considered her to be a wonderful person and the best of friends. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her well…

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted at Mountain View Mortuary , 425 Stoker this Saturday, 10/17/15 with a follow-up gathering of relatives and friends at the California Building, Idlewild Park, Reno, NV.

In lieu of flowers, donations on behalf of Lisa can be made to RISE at "renoinitiative.org" and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada at "fbnn.org".

Arrangements under the direction of Walton Funeral Home, Reno.




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Published by The Reno Gazette Journal and Lyon County News Leader on Oct. 14, 2015.
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Lisa we All Love and miss you
Ronald Kuhn
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April 24, 2021
Remembering you today Beautiful Lisa our world isn’t the same without you we miss you so much. Lighting this candle in remembrance of you. You brought so much light and love to so many of us we will all continue to Live Like Lisa. We Love You
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Lisa it would be nice to hear your calming voice of reason in these insane times I miss it.
Ronald Kuhn
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No matter how many years go by, I miss you everyday just the same mom... Today's a hard day for me. I LOVE YA!!!!
I will never forget the person you were!!! Talk to you tonight by the lake with the family....
John Alexander
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October 8, 2019
We all LOVE ❤❤❤You Lisa.
Ronald Kuhn
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October 8, 2019
We love and miss you Lisa Ron Linda Krystal and Victoria the world has become a darker place without your light filled presence sister.
Ronald Kuhn
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September 7, 2019
We often think about you Lisa.
Shawn and Sandi Flynn
October 28, 2018
Happy 55th birthday Lisa.
Ronald Kuhn
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October 26, 2018
Beautiful sister your momma is home now with us, we are taking great care of her having many laughs and love.
We know your watching down over us I just see your smile now... I miss you so much think about you every single day. We said prayer on Oct. 8th evening and lit a candle together Ron, your Mother and I for you and your father I love you Lisa xoxo
Linda Kuhn
October 10, 2018
I love you mom!!!! And I miss you everyday. I am being the husband and father you would be proud of and doing the best I can. You will always be my best friend mom, and this month is really hard without you! Think about you everyday.

Emma is 5 weeks pregnant mom..... hoping for a little boy! Just wanted to tell you.....
John
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Dad went to be with Jesus on Sept 11, 2018 at 3:30 ET and I am confident that Lisa is there to GREET HIM. CONGRADULATIONS Richard E Kuhn.
Ronald Kuhn
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We miss you dearly everyday life is not the same without you.
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RECOVERY by Té Kuhn

She was just 23 years old when she got cancer. Hodgkin's lymphoma, the doctors said, is mostly a young person's disease! It was discovered quite by accident, during a routine chest exam. She was applying for a job at a medical center and they required an x-ray! There it was, on her lung, in the tissue surrounding the heart. The doctors rated her as a Stage IV-A.

Immediately, she called her mother and asked her to come to the Bay Area. The mother said, yes, of course, and did what it is that mother's do she went to be with her daughter. Her mother loves this daughter much, and did not want her to be alone. The mother in this story is me. So, I hastily closed down my life in the country, put my dog in the pound and told my dear husband that I was leaving and didn't know when I'd return.

My son drove me down. Monday morning, early, she and I went for our conference to hear what the doctors had to say. Two doctors were in that room one was behind his desk and a younger man came over by us. He held up her x-ray to the light.

I'm sorry to say, it doesn't look good, he said. We hope it's not what it seems. She'll be needing some tests right away. Neither doctor would look at us, so we knew the news was not good.

Later that afternoon, I sat in her tiny, gray house, feeling quite desperate. The rent was steep and due. She could no longer work with the little ones that came to her home for care. She kept her house neat as a pin, in spite of the lively crowd of small children she took in. Her husband wasn't with her, now she was left alone to cope.

Somehow, together we managed. She began her tests and her treatments not eating, and only drinking ginger ale. She survived on saltine crackers and her weight dropped to almost nothing. She seemed to doze a lot. Her beautiful hair began to fall out and when her hair turned up in the waste basket, she would sit me down for a haircut, too. By the time the radiation treatments were over, we were both nearly bald.

Now, with her huge expenses and payments, we needed a new place to stay. A dear sweet lady named Nancy offered us two rooms in her house one for Lisa, her son and his dog, and one for me. It was a cozy, beautiful place to be. I thought I would stay for only a while, but stayed instead for about six months.

Then, in late October, we gave our daughter a birthday party, with a banner, bubbles and streamers, play dough, and kids and dogs galore! Lisa had many dear friends. They all came to her party to express their love. Her friends came to see her and bring her their gifts. There were lots of red roses and Nancy's mother knitted a nice, warm afghan. No one wanted her party to end.

Next morning, on her 24th birthday, our daughter was back in the hospital again having her spleen removed; to kill more cancer cells, the doctors said. She was all hooked up to IV's and all sorts of tubes. Our daughter looked small and pale in that hospital bed.

On Halloween Eve, Nancy and I dressed up as rabbis. Then we crept up the back stairs of the hospital and went straight to Lisa's room. We wanted to make her laugh. We wore black, false beards and big noses with glasses attached. We carried shopping bags full of all sorts of funny surprises. As we got out the match to light up her tiny, Halloween pumpkin, a nurse came in and cried out, don't light a match in here near the oxygen! You'll blow us all up.

Christmas time came. Nancy and Lisa decorated her home and tree. Her maximum radiation was ending! One evening our daughter came home from her last bout of radiation, ready to wash off the radiologist's black lines on her chest and back. She and her little son climbed into the bathtub and he washed off her lines. His mother was going to live!

Our daughter moved up to our house in the country. We thought this would be a good place to rear her son and be happy. She could begin again.

On the 18th of December in that year, our daughter came home to us for Christmas. We put up an 18-foot tree with glittering, foil ornaments, and strings of light. We lit a warm crackling fire on our hearth and turned up the music loud! We enjoyed our Christmas feast and laughed and loved each other Lisa's father, her brother, her little son and me.

Our most precious gift that Christmas, was our daughter! She was our miracle gift, that year, and every year since. We give thanks that Lisa has made a full recovery!
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