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Funeral Held for Former Representative Barbara Vucanovich

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Hundreds of people gathered at a funeral in Reno to pay tribute to Barbara Vucanovich, the first woman sent to Congress from Nevada.

Vucanovich died Monday morning after a brief illness at the age of 91.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, former Sen. John Ensign and former Gov. Bob List were among the dignitaries at Friday's service at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

A reception celebrating Vucanovich's life will follow at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks, beginning at 4pm. Burial services are private.

In 1982, Vucanovich became the first person to hold a new Congressional seat encompassing all of 16 Nevada counties and a portion of Clark County. She was the first woman from Nevada to serve in the House of Representatives. She was elected to seven terms and retired in 1996, serving the second longest tenure of any Nevadan in the House.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Casa de Vida, 1290 Mill Street, Reno NV 89502 or the Nevada Women's History Project, 770 Smithridge Drive #300, Reno, NV 89502.

The family invites condolence messages in the ‘family guestbook' at the website Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Walton Funeral Home in Reno.

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