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22 Thursday, April 10, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Pahrump Mourns Loss of Caring Citizen By Andy Holtmann Nobody knows why Kathleen Strobehn took her own life, ncr does anyone apparently want to. What is definite though is that she wiU bc missed. Strobehn had been missing since Monday night, March 31. She was not found until Satur- day, April 5 by Pahrump Val- ley Sheriffs deputies. She had not reported to work and the last anyone had seen of her was at 9:00pm March 31. A five year resident of Pahr- ump, Strobehn was known as a pleasant woman who always had a smile. Friends and fam- ily described her as a caring and loving individual who always put others' needs above her own. Her father, Ron Bottom told of her giving nature. "She had met a man who was collecting cans along the roadside," Bottom stated. "She began saving and collecting more cans which she would give to him to help him out." Her sister, Karen Niece, said that she never quit giving. "She had helped out at a local Alzheimer' s charity event here in Pahrump and was active in the community," Niece said. "She just didn't realize how special she was." Born in California in 1956, Strobehn had recently turned 40. She lived in Henderson, Nevada for ten years and worked at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in the distribution and supplies department. She moved to Pahrump around five years ago and worked at Terrible's Town Casino as a change person. Family members had said that Strobehn's health had been faltering in recent years. She suffered from severe eight hour headaches and ulcers. After surgery for a hernia, her health deteriorated even more and stress set in. None of her health problems seemed to extinguish her outgoing personality though. Those who she worked with at Terrrible's Casino described her as constantly friendly and showing no signs of problems. "She was one hell of a nice person," said Terrible's chief of security, Les Kochan. "The employees and customers alike thought of her as a friend and She was good for business. She will be missed by all of us here." Kochan considered Strobehn to be a close personal friend of his and said he was in shock when he heard the news. The management at the casino wants to buy a tree and a plaque to go in front of the casino in memory of Kathleen Strobehn. The family was distraught when the news hit and they say that the Nye County Sheriff's department made matters worse for them. According to the family, Strobehn's hus- band, Gary, had tried several times to contact the police when she had turned up missing. They apparently were getting no response until Strobehn's sister, Karen had the sheriff' s department of her hometown in California contact the Nye County Sheriff, "Up until then, they were very belligerent with us," said Ron Bottom, Strobehn's father. "They told Gary to call them back when she returned home." Detective Huggins, who handled the investigation, said that these claims are surprising. "I find that hard to believe," stated Huggins. "We ask the family to contact us if the person returns home so that we can take the individual out of our missing persons report in the computer. If someone in our department acts rudely, then we are held accountable. I have heard nothing from the family." Sergeant Bob Redmond apparently handled the call the night of the disappearance. He was unavailable for com- ment. Strobehn is survived by her husband Gary, her two sons John and Danny Alarcon, her three grandchildren, Sydney, Kathleen, and Alicia, all of Pahrump, her mother and father Mona and Ron Bottom of California, her brother Curtis Strobehn of Las Vegas and her two sisters, Karen Niece and Coleen Read of California. Memorial Services were held in Pahrump on Wednesday April 9. Strobehn is scheduled to be laid to rest at Fore'st Lawn Cemetery in West Covina California on Friday, April 11. She will be missed. USDAAutomates Home Loan Servicing for 1,000 Rural Nevada Borrowers CARSON CITY--A state-of-the-art, computerized loan-servicing system is now on-line which will enable the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve service to more than 1,000 home-loan borrowers in Nevada. "This project represents a major stride forward by USDA to meet the promise of Vice President Gore's National Performance Review initiative to improve the efficiency of the federal government," said Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman. "The dream of homeownership is closer to a reality for many rural Americans as a result of USDA's centralized- loan system," Gliokman said, "Nevada families will have better service and easier access to mortgage information, and employees can provide better follow-up and tracking of payment progress." The new loan system relies on one center in St. Louis, Mo., to provide loan servicing nationwide. 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