Elizabeth was born on May 14, 1925 in McGill, Nevada to Greek immigrant parents, Elias and Anastasia Vasilias who came to the United States in the early 1900’s. She was the oldest of four children, and she grew up in a company mining community and attended schools in McGill and Ely, graduating from White Pine High School in 1942. She worked locally in McGill and later met and married the love of her life, the late Tod V. Carlini on December 24, 1950 and enjoyed 52 years of marriage ending with the death of her husband in 2002. Once married, Elizabeth followed her husband to Logan, Utah where Tod was a student and standout college football player at Utah State University in Logan. They moved to Yerington, Nevada in 1953, once again following her husband to his first teaching/coaching assignment and where she remained until her death, some 61 years. Elizabeth worked several clerical jobs in her early years in Yerington. In 1958 she gave birth to her only son, Tod F. Carlini. She began working for Lyon County School District/Yerington High School in 1965 and worked until her retirement in 1986. She worked as the high school secretary in the school counseling office with the long time friend Alice “Totty” Cooper. Following her retirement, she enjoyed the company of family and friends and spending time with her husband, Tod. Liz was especially proud to be a native Nevadan and of Greek ancestry. She spoke, read, and was able to write Greek. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, being an avid reader, needlepoint, collecting ceramic ornamental owls and bells, and visiting with her many close friends in Yerington. she was a very strong person and lived independently until her time of passing.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Tod, her parents, Elias and Anastasia Vasilias, and her younger brother, Bill (Kay) Vasilias of Salt Lake City, Utah as well as several nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. She is survived by her son, Tod (Jennifer) Carlini of Gardnerville, Nevada, step granddaughters, Olivia Wotman of Spokane, Washington, Natalie Wotman of Pacifica, California, sisters, Helen (Nick, Deceased)Deceased) Angelopoulos of Ely, Nevada and Sophie (John-Deceased) Sarbach of Casper, Wyoming and several nieces and nephews, as well as three cousins on her Mother’s side of the family.
The family would like to thank Phyllis Longero, Pat and Cecil Mackey, Lloyd Cooper, Mike and Clarice Lommori, Doug Homestead, Gene Carr, Debbie McGraw, Terri Merritt, Francis DeGiacomo, Ron and Nancy Nagel, Dr. Brenda Blackham and Steve Tognoli, all who continued to regularly look in on or call Elizabeth following her husband’s death. Only in a small community like Yerington does that happen. The family would also like to thank Dr. Bruce Vogel of Yerington, Hospitalists, Dr. Ricardo Almaguer and Dr. David Miller, Annette Petellos, Director of Clinical Services, the entire nursing and administrative staff, all at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, who most recently provided care, treatment and comfort to Liz.
In honor of Elizabeth’s wishes, there will be a graveside service 1:00 pm Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Valley View Cemetery in Yerington for her family and friends who would like to attend. There will be no fellowship following the service.
Donations may be made in her name to either the Yerington Animal Shelter, PO Box 374 Yerington, NV 89447 or the South Lyon Medical Center Auxiliary, PO Box 703 Yerington, NV 89447.
Family and friends are invited to sign her online guest book at www.FRFH.net, also sympathy cards may be sent directly to her son, Tod from this site.
Arrangements are under the direction of Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home, 25 Hwy 208 Yerington, NV 89447 (775) 463-2911.