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*2wCAPFb*Mary Jane (Liz) MoiolaJanuary 6, 1930-December 19, 2017

Mary Jane (Liz) was born in Winnemucca, Nevada the youngest child of Genaro (John) and Marie (Esponde) Esparza. Her parents owned and ran the Winnemucca Hotel. Liz’s first language was Spanish. She started school in Winnemucca speaking very little English. Being bilingual was a great asset for Liz throughout her life. Liz’s father passed away when she was 9 years old. Several years later she and her mother moved to Reno, Nevada where she attended Reno High School. She loved school and was a cheerleader for Reno High. After graduation she attended a dance in Fallon, Nevada where she met Lawrence Moiola who was playing the accordion in the band. She often told the story that she went home and told her mother that she had met the man she was going to marry.

Lawrence (Lorry) and Liz were married on April 9, 1950 at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno. They lived in Reno, Fallon, Winnemucca, and then moved to Elko where they have lived since 1962. Lawrence and Liz loved to dance and would dance at any function that had music and a dance floor.

Liz spent most of her working life in the banking profession. She worked her way from a teller, to a manager’s secretary, and finally to a loan officer. Her proficiency in Spanish helped her assist many Basques in the Elko area with their banking needs. Liz also worked many years in the evenings as a hostess at the Nevada Dinner House for Mary and Johnny Aguirre.

Liz was known for her excellent cooking and prepared many delicious meals over the years for family and friends. She loved to make paella and had different sized paella pans to fit her needs for the number of people served. Liz was very active in the Elko Basque Club where she helped with the annual Basque Festival. She also taught Basque dancing to her children and many other Basque children in the area. One of the highlights of her life was to visit the Basque country in both Spain and France with her daughter and friends.

After her retirement from banking, she fell in love with fishing and would go on trips with her fishing buddies, Mary Aguirre and Lucy Echegaray. When Lawrence retired, he and Liz enjoyed many trips to different lakes around Nevada where they enjoyed fishing and camping. Liz loved her camp trailers and cried when they finally had to sell the last one. Some of their favorite spots were Wild Horse Reservoir, Angel Lake and Cave Lake.

Liz and Lawrence lived a full and happy life, enjoying 67 years together. Liz was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Louie Esparza. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, and their two children, Mitchell (Clayre) Moiola and Nona (Jerry) Robinson; her older twin sisters, Honorine (Bengoa) Pedroli and Josephine Reeves; her very special “adopted” granddaughter, Kaylee Filippini; her “adopted” sons, James (Kandiss) McVey and Bill (Aline) Mooney and their families; her nieces and nephews and their families, Margarita (Tim) DeLong, Frank (Kathy) Bengoa, Mark (Connie) Reeves, Johna Reeves, Steve (Maite) Moiola, Teresa (Loredano) DelSarto, Tammy (Pete) Mori, Andrea (Tom) Muth and Craig (Jenny) Moiola.

A funeral mass will be held on January 6, 2018, at 10:00am, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with a luncheon following at The Terraces at Ruby View (Elko Senior Center).

Those wishing to donate can do so to the Northeastern Nevada Museum, the Terraces at Ruby View (Elko Senior Center), or a charity of their choice.

Sen. Hatch to retire, opening door for possible Romney run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah said Tuesday he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the Senate, opening the door for 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run for his seat.

The 83-year-old Hatch, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, opted for retirement despite a full-court press from President Donald Trump to stay in Washington, particularly as Romney’s ambition for the seat became apparent.

Romney was a vocal critic of Trump’s during the 2016 election and could be a potential thorn in the president’s side in the Senate. He also has drawn the ire of Trump’s former White House adviser, Steve Bannon, who recently derided Romney as a draft dodger who “hid behind” his Mormon religion to avoid serving in the Vietnam War.

Hatch said he decided to retire at the end of his seventh term after “much prayer and discussion with family and friends” over the holiday break. He said he’s always been a fighter, “but every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.”

“Only in a nation like ours could someone like me — the scrappy son of a simple carpenter — grow up to become a United States Senator,” he added.

Trump had been open in recent months about pressuring Hatch to stay in the Senate, and his private lobbying campaign was bolstered by a public love fest, with Trump inviting Hatch with him on Air Force One in December when he shrunk the boundaries of two Utah monuments.

“Congratulations to Senator Orrin Hatch on an absolutely incredible career. He has been a tremendous supporter, and I will never forget the (beyond kind) statements he has made about me as President,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “He is my friend and he will be greatly missed in the U.S. Senate!”

Hatch chairs the powerful Senate Finance Committee and was a major force in getting a tax overhaul through Congress and signed into law in December. He also played a key role in persuading Trump to sign proclamations scaling back the two Utah monuments that Hatch and other conservatives considered examples of government overreach.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who now lives in Utah, thanked Hatch in a statement on Facebook and said Hatch “has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor.”

Romney’s statement did not mention his own plans.

If he ran, Romney would enter the Senate race as the heavy favorite, having carried Utah in 2012 by a margin of nearly 3-to-1 over Democrat Barack Obama. Romney would likely be among a small number of influential Republicans willing to take on Trump.


September 10, 1930 – December 31, 2017

Frank Emilio Micheli, 87, of Carlin, passed away on December 31, 2017 surrounded by family in Nampa, ID. He was born on September 10, 1930 in Carlin, Nevada to Italian parents. Frank was one of 13 children born to Emilio and Guglielma Micheli. He attended elementary and high school in Carlin.

After high school Frank served his country in the United States Army from 1951 to 1953 in the Korean War era. After returning to Carlin, he married Ruth Ann Troupe on October 13, 1956 in Wells, Nevada. There, in Carlin, he and Ruthann made their home raising four children, Steven, Patricia, Judy, and Amanda.

In his younger years Frank was a true cowboy, a hard-working ranch hand, and an avid hunter. He spent a lot of time chasing mustangs and deer all over the mountains of northeastern Nevada. Remnants of his mustang traps can still be seen today while out for a drive around the hills of Carlin.

Frank worked for the Nevada Department of Transportation as a foreman from 1955 until he retired at the age of 56 in 1986. Born a natural supervisor, he was good at his job, and even in other areas of his life, he never resisted sharing his wisdom with others.

Known for his quick wit and great sense of humor, Frank loved having an audience to share his stories with, and he recited old songs, quips, and poems. Anyone who knew him knew you could have a drink with Frank and expect two things: you’d laugh your way through it and learn a lesson by the end of it. Like any good storyteller, Frank’s stories got better each time he told them – one never heard the same exact story twice.

Frank loved his wife and family dearly. He loved spending time surrounded by his children and grandchildren, especially around the holidays with a table spread with traditional family foods and drinks. He had a unique way of always making guests feel welcomed as an extension of the family itself and he could often be found sitting on his front porch waiting for his next visitor.

Franj is survived by his wife, Ruthann; children: Steven (Christine) Micheli, Patricia (Michael) Pawelek, Judy (Donnie) Hopkins, and Amanda (Howard) Pennington; grandchildren: Nathan, Justin, Preston, Trevor, Caleb, Miranda, Logan, and Grayson; and siblings Mario, Rosie, Bill, Louie, and Alisia. He is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Yole, Lino, Annie, Johnie, Mary, Gloria, Joann, and Jenie.

A family greeting will be held at 11:00 am followed by funeral services at 12:00 pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 315 Peter’s Street, Carlin, Nevada on Saturday January 6, 2018. Burial will follow at Carlin City Cemetary. Services are under the care of Flahiff Funeral Chapel of Caldwell, ID. Condolences may be given at Frank will be missed dearly, but he is a legend in the hearts of those who knew him and his stories and wisdom will be cherished for generations to come.


Mrs. Ruby Mae Jennings Inman, age 80, of Shepherdsville returned to her Heavenly Father on Monday, January 1, 2018. Mrs. Inman was self-employed working at a Christian book store. Mrs. Inman had a passion for painting doing freestyle oil and canvas. She loved camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

Among those that preceded her in death include her parents, Russell and Blanche (Shope) Jennings. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 61 years, Dennis Inman; children, Troy Inman (Tina), Tracy Inman (Tammy) Debbie Hartley (Larry) and Shelley Rose; grandchildren, Joe Miller, Jason Miller, Dusty Rose, Bret Rose, Taylor Inman and Miya Inman; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and brother, Delbert Jennings and a host of loving family and friends.

Funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 pm on Thursday, January 4, 2018 in the chapel of Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (Preston Highway at Brooks Road) with interment in Brookland Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects on Wednesday from 2-8 pm and Thursday from 10:00 am until time of service at the funeral home.


Paul J. Vietti Jr., Portland, Oregon, journeyed home to the arms of his Savior on Sunday, December 17, 2017. He spent his last earthly days surrounded by his loving wife and family members, and cared for by the staff at Legacy Hopewell House Hospice.

Paul Joseph Vietti Jr. was born on May 24, 1932 in Reno, Nevada, the only child, and beloved son of Paul (Sr.) and Sue (Marchini) Vietti. Paul was truly their pride and joy. He was raised and educated in the Reno/Sparks area. As a natural and very gifted athlete he excelled at many sports; especially basketball, baseball, and football. He attended and graduated from Reno High School in 1950.

He met the love of his life, Jane (Kernan) in high school. The high school sweethearts were married in 1951, and spent the early years of their life together in the Reno/Sparks area. Together they welcomed five sons, and 2 daughters. Paul’s greatest commitment, love, and devotion went to the care of his wife, his children, and to his parents.

Paul and Jane eventually moved their growing family to Elko, Nevada, where he opened his own electrical contracting business. Always a man of his word, and with integrity, hard work and dedication, he proudly operated VIETTI ELECTRIC for over 30 years. He enjoyed his life and raising his family in the town of Elko and was actively involved in the church, Elko civic community, and the local sports community.

Paul was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt. Many memories were made over the years of fishing at the Ruby Marshes, as well as his many hunting trips with family and friends both near and far.

Paul and Jane retired to Arizona and truly enjoyed their years there. There they were blessed with wonderful friendships, and a loving, active community that they called home for many years. He had a great love for music, and played the washboard in several groups in their community. He loved knowledge, and pursuing new hobbies. A man of incredible talent, he took great pride in attention to detail, and believed in excellence. He was a Master Craftsman of refinishing antique furniture, jewelry, silversmithing, stained glass, and wood working. His eye for beauty in the use of various elements and colors to create his pieces was astounding. Each piece is exceptional, unique and beautiful, and is treasured by those he gifted them to. He took great joy in mentoring others, and helping them excel at their own talents, and gifts. He especially adored his work at The Villages wood shop, and the special friendships he made there.

Paul was a man of deep faith, and had a love for God, and for his Savior, Jesus Christ. He was gifted with true kindness and love for people. He was quick witted, and full of humor and loved to make others laugh. There was no mistaking the mischievous twinkle of his eye as he got ready to say something funny. That sparkle brought so many smiles, and joy, and laughter to those around him.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife Jane; sons, Mark (Kyle), Tony, Jon (LaDonna), and Jim (Gloria); and daughters Teri (David) Drom, and Amy (Bill) Lucas; 16 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his son Tom (Kara), and his grandson Anthony.

A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held in the Spring.

Memorial donations in Paul’s name may be made to Legacy Hopewell House Hospice (mail check to PO Box 4484 Portland, OR 97208)