Barry Steven RastelliMay 22, 1950March 4, 2017Barry Steven Rastelli, 66, 'Bear' to many of his friends, passed away on March 04, 2017, at the VA hospital in Reno after a long and valiant war with cancer.Barry was born on May 22, 1950, at St. Mary's hospital in Reno. He attended Mt Rose elementary school, the old BD Billinghurst Junior High school and graduated from Earl Wooster High school in 1969, where he also played football. Barry joined the
United States Navy
April 14, 1970, and was honorably discharged at Treasure Island, San Francisco, California on January13, 1972, as a Seamen E3. Barry served on the USS San Jose during the Vietnam conflict.Upon discharge, he worked in the family business, Crystal Springs Ice/Water Company, until the company was sold. He then worked for 7-Up Bottling Company, retiring after 30 plus years. Barry loved to fish and his love for animals was overwhelming. He was never without a dog or two or three cats to keep him company. He fed an estimated 12 to16 outside cats twice daily at his residence. A Mother cat once set a sick kitten at Barry's feet, trusting him to care for the kitten. The kitten became one of his treasured inside cats. He kept in contact with the Nevada Humane Society to ensure that outside cats were spade and neutered as new ones happened along. Barry was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Betty Rastelli. He is survived by his Uncle, Joseph Rastelli, and sisters, Sandra McFarland and Pamela Burgarello (Peter); Nephews Bo Burgarello (Kristin), Brad McFarland (Heather), Antonio Burgarello; Great Nephews, Christopher Gerlach, Hayden McFarland, Dominic Burgarello and Great Nieces Bailey McFarland and Gianna Burgarello. He will be sorely missed by his two inside cats Gianna and Misty. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all the doctors, nurses, nurse assistants, and infusion staff at Renown for all the help and understanding they gave Barry as well as his family. We would also like to thank the Palo Alto VA and the Doctors from Stanford who did their best to help him. A special thanks to everyone at the VA, Reno, for the special loving care Barry received at the end of his battle. You made it not only easy and gentle for him but your special care and concern for his family made things so much easier for us. A funeral service including military honors is scheduled for 1pm, Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Meditation Chapel in Mountain View Mausoleum, Reno. In lieu of flowers, Barry would appreciate donations made to your favorite animal charity in his name. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Walton's - O'Brien-Rogers & Crosby Funeral Home, Reno.