Obituary- Howard N. Brake Jr
A memorial gathering will take place Sunday, Feb. 10 for Howard N. Brake Jr., who died Feb. 2, 2002, at his home in South Lake Tahoe. He was 71.
Mr. Brake was born Sept. 11, 1930, at Lansing, Mich., to Howard Brake Sr. and Florence Lucille Mosher Brake and graduated from J.W. Sexton High School at Lansing in 1948. He was in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserves for nine years and received a bachelor’s degree in hotel and hospitality management from Michigan State University in 1957. He owned and operated two restaurants in Chicago and another at Aspen, Colo. Mr. Brake had been a 20-year resident of South Lake Tahoe, where he worked in restaurants at the hotels before his retirement. He was an avid fisherman and an excellent cook and loved to tell stories. He also enjoyed watching football and playing keno. In high school and college he was on the varsity swim team and in his young adult years he competed as a national speed boat racer.
Survivors include his children, Mark Jankovich, Michele Brake, Chantal Brake, Adam Brake and Simone Nixon; granddaughter, Gabrielle Nixon; sister, Joan Persinger of Fallon, Nev.; and brother, Wendell Brake of Texas. He was predeceased by his parents.
A memorial gathering is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. For location call (530) 544-9120. Inurnment will take place at Masonic Memorial Gardens at Fernley, Nev.
Donations in Mr. Brake’s memory may be made to the Lake Tahoe Cancer Society, P.O. Box