On July 22, beloved mom, nana, grandma, sister and partner, Brenda Stracner unexpectedly joined the angels above and is reunited with her husband of 33 years.
She leaves behind three children, three grandchildren, a grand-dog, two sisters, her partner of 15 years and countless friends. She was “No Ka Oi,” the very best and will be missed dearly.
Brenda was born July 12, 1943 to Virginia L. Stevens and Rodrick Broad. She was adopted later in life by Joseph P. Barcaglia. That union blessed her with two sisters, Teresa and Kathy.
After graduating from Weed High School, Brenda moved to Berkeley, California to pursue an education in the medical field. This is where she met Ralph Stracner. They were married November 24, 1967 and two daughters soon followed, Kristen and Denise.
They were a blended family of six with Ralph’s two sons, Daniel and Glenn, whom Brenda loved as her own.
The lights of Brenda’s life were her grandchildren Andrew, Marisa and Chelsea. Brenda also loved to travel the world; exploring all the sites, cuisine and art other lands had to offer.
After Ralph’s passing in 2001, she met and joined lives with Gary A. Uriarte, with whom she spent the last 15 years of her life, enjoying all the things that make life grand: travel, family, cooking and more.
Brenda was caring, thoughtful, and giving. She was smart, feisty and devoted. She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, nana, grandma, and sister, and her departure will leave a deep void, but will be filled with the peace that she is back home where she’s always dreamt of.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 3 at noon at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1135 12th Street in Sparks, Nevada.
The family would like to recommend a donation to a charity of one’s choice be made in Brenda’s honor in lieu of flowers. This would have been her wish.