Arlene Merialdo DePaoli

Arlene Merialdo DePaoli, age 90, passed away January 6, 2014 after a brief hospital stay at St. Mary’s in Reno.  Her three children visited her on the last days of her life.

Arlene was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Dolores Mann Merialdo, her husband of 59 years, Willis DePaoli, her sister Roberta Damele and her oldest son, Bernie DePaoli.

Arlene was born April 15, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah but lived in Eureka, Nevada during childhood and most of her adult life. Her father was a prominent figure in county and state politics, including the positions of Eureka County Auditor and Recorder, Nevada State Comptroller and Deputy Director of the DMV.  Her mother, of English and Welsh descent, began her earlier adulthood as a teacher at Ruby Hill, Nevada and became a wonderful cook of Italian cuisine, which she passed down to future generations.

Arlene graduated from The University of Nevada, Reno in 1945 and taught Spanish at Las Vegas High School for a brief period prior to her marriage. After a few years of living in Reno and Yerington, she and Willis moved back to Eureka to raise their four children, where she was a well known resident until 2010. During her many years in Eureka, Arlene taught school, was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and a life long member of the American Legion Auxiliary.  Four years ago she relocated to Reno to be closer to her oldest daughter, Gina, and enjoy the company of new friends and many new bridge players.  She loved to garden, be involved in her community and church, and lived to play bridge.  Arlene stayed in daily contact with her children and grandchildren by emails and phone calls for the last decade of her life.

Arlene is survived by her daughters, Gina Gilbertson of Reno and Terri DePaoli of Sammamish, Washington, her son Stephen DePaoli of Oakland, California, her grandson, Joe of San Francisco, grand-daughters Ellie, Lauren and Maddie and great- grandson Angelo, each of whom knew her lovingly as “Nonna”.  She will be missed but never forgotten.  Services were held at Five Star Premier Residence of Reno, 3201 Plumas St., at 11 a.m., January 11, with Reverend John from Trinity Episcopal Church presiding.