Henry ‘Hank’ Totaro
Henry (Hank) John Totaro passed away Sept. 25, 2006, at Barton Memorial Hospital.
Henry was born Feb. 22, 1918, in San Jose, Calif. and was a resident of Zephyr Cove for 37 years.
Totaro attended San Jose State University where he majored in industrial arts before being drafted into the U.S. Army 31st Field Artillery 7th Division. During his service in the Pacific Theater during World War II, he achieved the rank of corporal. He fought in the campaigns of the Aleutian and Marshall Islands and the southern Philippines where he was wounded in action.
He received medals for good conduct, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, and the American Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on Oct. 17, 1945, at Camp Beale, Calif.
He then pursued a career as a topographical draftsman for the H.M. Goushea Map Company in San Jose. He resided there until his retirement in 1969. He then relocated his family to Lake Tahoe, where he built his home and purchased and ran a business. He later co-founded a casino-shuttle business in which he was involved for nearly a decade. He then worked in security until his final retirement in 1990.
He was an avid master wood craftsman, building anything from home furniture to outdoor wooden bridges. He enjoyed long walks throughout the Roundhill Pines area with his dog Molly. He had a great sense of humor with a contagious laugh, a bone-crushing handshake, and an affinity for stimulating conversation with anyone he would encounter.
Henry was preceded in death by parents John and Theresa Totaro; wife Jeannette Helen Totaro; sister Rose Ancora; sister Annette Griffith; and nephew John Santana.
He is survived by sister Tess Santana of Santa Rosa, Calif.; brother Patrick Totaro of Aptos, Calif.; daughter Linda Jean Nelson of Coroma, Calif.; daughter Deborah Ann Totaro of Medford, Ore.; son Timothy John Totaro and wife Debbie of Minden, Nev.; son John Jeffrey Totaro and wife Deana of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; granddaughter Makena Leigh Totaro of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; nephew James Santana; nephew Jerry Santana; nephew Freddie Ancora; nephew Tony Ancora, niece Patsy Totaro; niece Lani Guenther; niece Cherie Greenfield.
Visitation will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, 1041 Lyons Ave., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Funeral mass is at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church.
Internment to follow at 11 a.m. at Eastside Memorial Park, 1600 Buckeye Road, Minden. After the ceremony friends and loved ones will gather at the Timber Lodge Room, Lakeside Inn in Stateline at 1:30 p.m., where lunch will be served.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, (775) 355-7311 or the Animal Coalition of Tahoe, (530) 400-4766, in his memory.
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