LAS VEGAS -- Former U.S. Representative Barbara Vucanovich died Monday after a brief illness. She was 91.
In 1982, Vucanovich became the first person to hold a new Congressional seat encompassing 16 Nevada counties and part of Clark County. She was the first woman from Nevada to serve in the House of Representatives. She was elected to seven terms.
Her family issued the following statement: "Barbara Vucanovich enjoyed her years of service to the people of Nevada, and like other Nevadans we are immensely proud of all she accomplished. We also know that while Barbara was deeply honored to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, her family always came first. Perhaps that is why she was so admired as a politician. We will miss her and we wish to extend our thanks to everyone for their support during this time of loss."
Vucanovich's funeral will be held in Reno at St. rose of Lima Catholic Church at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 14. Her viewing on Thursday, June 13, begins at 5 p.m. at the Snows Church in Reno followed by the rosary at p.m.