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Cities and Municipalities in Lyon County:

Artesia, Buckland's Station, Cambridge, Carson River Canyon Mills, Clear Creek Station, Colony, Como, Curry's, Dayton, Desert Station, Dessert Well Station, Elbow, Empire City, Fort Churchill, Gregory's Mill, Hinds' Hot Springs, Honey Lake Smith's, Hudson, Fernley, Johntown, Ludwig, Mason, Mound House, Nordyke, Palmyra, Pine Grove, Ramsey, Reed's Station, Rockland, Silver Springs, Smith, Stockton Well, Summit Station, Sutro, Sweetwater ("Wahappa"), Swift's, Talapoosa, Thompson, Wabuska, Walker River Station, Weed Heights, Wellington, Wiley's Station and Yerington. Yerington is the county seat of Lyon Co. and was named for Henry Marvin Yerington, railroad superintendent.

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Lyon County Offices, County Office Complex
27 S. Main Street Yerington, NV 89447 Phone 775.463.6510
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Submitted by: Pat Fabri 8/15/2003

Louis Fabri died unexpectedly in his sleep on Saturday, February 8, 1958. He had suffered a mild case of the flu but had been about every day.

Funeral services were held at Holy Family Catholic church. Recitation of the rosary was held in the Freites funeral chapel on Monday night.

A Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Florence Flahive on Tuesday morning with Pio Galantuomini, Louis Francesconi, Frank Compston, Ugo Buonamici, Bill Simmons and Walter Cox as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers were Fred Panelli, Frank Rosaschi, Charles Wood, Arthur Poli, Manuel Grulli and E. Aiazzi.

He was a charter member of the Yerington Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a former member of the Yerington Rotary club. At the time of his death, due to a heart attack, Louis was a prosperous businessman and history maker of Yerington. Yerington businesses closed for two hours during the funeral service.

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Submitted by: Pat Fabri 8/15/2003

(Mason Valley News, Friday August 1, 1952)

Phyllis Fabri passed away Tuesday evening and the community has not yet recovered from the shock of the death of the popular young matron. Mrs. Fabri entered the hospital for treatment in June, and returned to her home July 25th. She was brought back to the hospital in Reno last night.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church. This evening members of the family will attend the recitation of the Rosary at the Freitas Funeral Chapel.

Phyllis was born in Goldfield, Nevada, on February 9, 1917. As a baby she was brought to Yerington when her father became manager of the Lam Hanson and Netherton store. The family remained in Yerington for a few years and later moved to Southern California.

In 1924, she returned to Yerington where the climate was more beneficial to her health and on June 16, 1935, she became the bride of Peter Fabri a young Yerington merchant. The couple led an ideal married life and were the proud parents of two sons, Dale and Bobbie, and a daughter, Karen.

Mrs. Fabri took an active interest in civic affairs as a member of the P.T.A., Junior and Senior Women’s clubs, and served on many other committees.

In addition to her grief-stricken husband and children, she is survived by her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Harry Little of Inglewood, California, two sisters, Mrs. Gene Martin of Inglewood and Mrs. Robert Wild of Hawthorne, California, two brothers, Norman of Inglewood and Francis with the Air Force in the Far East.

Father Florence Flahive will say the Requiem Mass and pallbearers will be Phillip DeLongchamps, Jack Burns, Dino Ricci, Woodrow Carney, Don Askins and Elmer Pemberton.

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Pat was born October 21, 1970 at Washoe Medical Center, Reno NV.

He attended Washoe County Schools including Wooster High School and graduated from Washoe High School in 1989. Pat enlisted in the Army after graduation and served in Desert Storm and in Korea and completed active duty in 1996. He moved to Ohio where he and his brother owned Stewart Brothers Construction Company and in 2001 he returned to Nevada and met his wife Roberta and her daughter Ali.

Roberta and Patrick were engaged in Ensenada, Mexico and married in the Virginia Highlands on November 22, 2003 in a spiritual outdoor ceremony. Patrick has always been Roberta's Hero and now he will remain a Hero to us all.

In 2002 Pat enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard and deployed with Task Force Storm to Afghanistan in early 2005. Pat's awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (posthumous), Purple Heart (posthumous), Air Medal (posthumous), Army Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal (2nd Award), South West Asia Service Medal with three bronze service stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Kuwait Liberation Medal-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Liberation Medal-Gover nment of Kuwait, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Nevada Distin guished Service Medal, Nevada National Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge Senior Crewman Badge, Expert Rifle Badge, Expert Pistol Badge. He died Sunday September 25, 2005 in Deh Chopan, Zabul Province, Afghanistan when his CH-47 Chinook Helicopter was shot down by enemy fire.

Pat is predeceased by his grandfathers, Patrick Ivan Stewart, Stanley W.Abbott and Harold Edward Nahhas, and cousin Clay Stewart.

Pat is survived by his loving wife Roberta and stepdaughter Alexandria Max well of Fernley, NV; son Raymond Stewart of Spring, Texas; parents Steve and Sandy Stewart, Reno, NV; brother Jason and wife Tiffany nephew Takoda and niece Cheynne Stewart of Silver Springs, NV; grandparents Ruth and Norman Hult, Sparks NV and Margaret Nahhas, Bishop, CA; aunts and uncles Jim and Mary Stewart, Virginia City, NV, Virginia Cryer, Sparks, NV, Ken and Pam Abbott Bishop, CA, Nancy and Tom Pehl, Vallejo, CA, and Richard and Creda Stewart, Biloxi, MS. Pat is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews and an extended family of Abbotts, Maxwells, Nahhas, Springers and Stewarts. Services were held Wednesday October 12 at 11:11 am in the Kleiner Oak Grove at Rancho San Rafael, Reno.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat's memory can be made to the Patrick D. Stewart Family Fund account number 004971028272 at Bank of America. Pat had a strong belief that what he was doing in Afghanistan was the right thing and his trust in and support of his comrades was extraordi nary. He was an outdoorsman and will be remembered for his love of hunting, fishing and rock hunting. He was a warrior, a wonderful hus band, son, brother, uncle, and father he will be missed. Northern Nevada Memorial Cremation Burial Society has been en trusted with the funeral arrangements.

We invite you to send a condolence message in the “Remembrance Registry Guestbook“at the web site of: Reno Gazette Journal Journal, April 30, 2007


Annunziata Fabri was born in Castelvecchio, Italy (a province of Lucca)on April 29, 1862. Her parents were Givacchino Isola and Elvira Cecconi. She was one of eight children: Annunziata, Marcello, Carlo, Emilia, Fannie, Severa, Louigi and Lorenzo. The last three children were triplets.

On April 29, 1882, she married Pietro Fabbri from Lammari, Italy, son of Louigi Fabbri and Marianna Jurilani. They had five children: Giovanni, Marianna, Amadeo, Elvira, Guido and Carlo. Pietro died in 1902 in Lammari.

In 1922, Annunziata and son Carlo joined her other children who had emigrated to Yerington, Nevada. She lived with her son "Guy" until her death on January 19, 1929. She was buried in Yerington near other family members. Posted: 5/27/2013 Submitted by: Pat Fabri, Phoenix


Carlo Enrico Fabri was the youngest son of Pietro Fabbri and Annunziata Isola Fabbri. He was born on October 7, 1900 in Lammari, Frar. Di Capannori, Italy.

Carlo was in the Italian army at age sixteen and in World War I at age seventeen. After serving seven years, he emigrated with his mother in 1922 to Yerington, Nevada where his other living siblings lived.

Carlo worked in the mines for awhile near Coleville, CA. On August 28, 1930, he met his death by the explosion of a gas stove which burned his cabin to the ground about six miles from Antelope.

He is buried in Yerington, near his mother and other family members.

Submitted by: Pat Fabri, Phoenix 5/27/2013

ELVIRA E. FABRI Birth: 1927

Death: 1927

Elvira E. Fabri was the infant daughter of Guy Fabri and Susie (Scatena) Fabri.

She is buried in Yerington, near other family members.

Submitted by: Pat Fabri, Phoenix 5/27/2013


Geremina "Gemma" Fabri was born in Lammari, Frar. Di Capannori, (a small commune of Lucca) Italy on May 8, 1892 to Cherubino and Antonio (Menicucci) Masini. Their other children were: Lorentino, Alaide, Celide, Ersilia, Anthony and Ettore.

Gemma's father ran a small grocery store out of their home in Lammari. For a time, her mother worked as a nursemaid for wealthy families. Gemma helped take care of her siblings.

On September 6, 1908, at age 16, she married Louis Fabri after a three month courtship in Lammari. Louis had returned to Italy to find an wife. They left Italy on September 23rd, arriving in New York. They took a train for Yerington, Nevada where Louis had a business.

The couple had four children all born in Yerington: Peter, Carol, Harry and Eleanor.

She was a member of the St. Gemma Alter Society.

Gemma passed away on January 3, 1976, at her daughter's home in San Diego where she was visiting . She was buried in Yerington next to her late husband in St. Joseph's Cemetery, the Catholic section of Valley View Cemetery.

She was call "Nonna" by her grandchildren.

Submitted by: Pat Fabri, Phoenix 5/27/2013


Peter Robert Fabri was born on September 25, 1910 in Yerington, Nevada to Louis and Gemma (Masini) Fabri. The couple had four children: Peter, Carol, Harry and Eleanor. Louis was a prominent businessman in Yerington.

Peter worked for his dad after school and on Saturdays; he joined the business full time when he completed high school in 1929.

Peter married Phyllis Kalla Little on June 16, 1935 in Inglewood, California at the home of her parents. They had three children: Dale, Robert and Karen.

Phyllis died unexpectedly in a Reno, Nevada hospital on July 30, 1952. She was buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Yerington.

Peter was active in various local civic and community affairs including Rotary Club, Eagle and Boy Scout Clubs,and the 20-30 Club. He served as a volunteer with the Fire Dept. for 33 years and was a member of the school board for 12 years. He was a co-chairman with Louis Isola for Lyon County's Radio Free Europe's "Crusade for Freedom" drive.

Peter married Mrs. Orpha Adelle Dietrich on June 14, 1959. They lived in Yerington until Peter retired from Fabri Furniture in 1972. They moved to Chico, CA for a few years where Peter was named Senior Adult of 1980. Following a minor stroke, they moved to Sun City, AZ to be near family. Peter continued to be active in local community affairs until his death on Oct. 8, 1991, in Phoenix.

His body was taken to Yerington for burial. The funeral service was held in the local high school auditorium to accommodate the large number of local people paying their respect to a much admired father, husband and businessman.

Peter was buried in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Yerington, Nevada next to his first wife Phyllis.

Submitted by: Pat Fabri, Phoenix 5/27/2013


Eleanor Vanda Fabri was born 12 Dec. 1923 to Louis and Gemma (Masini) Fabri in Yerington, Nevada. Her siblings were: Peter, Carol, and Harry.

Eleanor's father was a prosperous businessman in Yerington. Both of her parents were born in Lammari, Italy. She was educated in the local school system and she attended Fresno State College and Reno Business college.

Eleanor's musical talent included playing the violin.

She was a member of the Catholic faith and attended Holy Family Catholic Church in her youth. She worked for a number of years for the Nevada Legislature in Carson City in the early 1940's.

Eleanor met her future husband, Merle Parke, an M.P. serving in Hawthrone after WWII at a social function in Yerington. They married in 1946 and moved to Long Beach, CA for several years where Merle purchased and resold boats.

The business expanded when the couple in partnership with Eleanor's brothers, the family invested in the Sun Harbor Marina in San Diego, CA where Eleanor and Merle lived for many years. After the sale of Sun Harbor, Eleanor and Merle invested in the Charter Yacht Brokerage on Shelter Island.

After several years of retirement, the couple returned to Yerington, where Eleanor passed away on 25 Apr 2007 at age 85, at the Long Term Care of South Lyon Medical Center facility.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. at Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home in Yerington. She was buried in Valley View Cemetery near her husband and parents.

Submitted by: Pat Fabri, Phoenix 5/27/2013


Merle Beam Parke was born in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California on 9 Nov 1919, to Arthur C. and Floss (Beam) Parke. His siblings were: Kenneth, Ingersoll, and Sydney.

His parents were born in New York and left for California after Sydney's birth. It is believed his parents were killed in an auto accident around 1930 as Merle and his brother Sydney Reed were listed as wards of Burr and Elma Brown and Elma's obituary lists her as their foster mother.

Merle served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He met his future wife, Eleanor Fabri, while on duty near Yerington, Nevada. They were married 28 May 1946 in Yerington. They settled in Long Beach, CA and Merle purchased and sold boats for Jerry's Boat Sales. After a few years, they joined a partnership with Eleanor's brothers and purchased Sun Harbor Boat Marina in San Diego where they lived for many years. After Sun Harbor was sold, Merle and Eleanor started Merle B. Parke Yacht and Ship Brokers which they managed until retirement.

Following retirement, they returned to Yerington, Nevada. Merle passed away on 2 Dec 2001, age 82, at Washoe Medical Center, in Reno, Nevada

Submitted by: Pat Fabri, Phoenix 5/27/2013

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