Una passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014. She was born October 18, 1925 in Fallon, Nevada, to Ferla and Mary Ethel Weaver. Mardelle graduated from Churchill County High School where she played basketball, was active in numerous sports activities as well as making the honor roll. She was popular and energetic and a worthy advisor in Rainbow Girls, always congratulated by her superiors for her excellent leadership. Immediately following high school graduation she moved to San Francisco with her good friend Enid Boden, where they got an apartment together and explored big city life. She eventually met and married Ray Hertel, who ran a hotel there. After a year of living the apartment life, they moved to Sunnyvale California where they bought a house and spent the next 30 years. Ray, who was very handy, converted a back shed into a small guest-house complete with bathroom. The relatives loved to drive to California, stay in the guest house and experience the surrounding attractions as well as Mardelle’s excellent cooking. Ray eventually retired from Grayhound where he worked as chief mechanic and Mardelle retired from her state job. They then moved to Winston, Oregon, in the early 1980’s, where they resided until Ray’s passing and Mardelle’s eventual move into Callahan Memory Center in Roseburg where she has spent the last eight years. Mardelle was an immaculate housekeeper, great cook, religious about her weight and appearance and had an infectious laugh as well as being a cut-up herself. She loved her dogs, first the collies and then the poodles. She was a devout Christian, always attending the Sunday service. She was preceded in death by her three brothers: Fred, Cossie and Danny. She has one living sister, Beulah Warren of Reno. She also leaves behind six nephews and nieces and numerous grand nephews and nieces. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. A funeral service will be held at Taylor’s Family Chapel on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Civil Bend Pioneer Cemetery.
Una Mardelle Hertel
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