Obituary for Delia F. Bohdan

It is with great sorrow that the family of Delia Frances Bohdan (née Gower) announces that she lost her battle with COVID-19 on January 5, 2021.

Nina, Chester and Delia Gower circa 1938

Delia was born June 26, 1935 in Reno, Nevada, the oldest child of Chester and Nina Gower, and later becoming the big sister to Clara and Harold. When she was 7 years old, the family moved to Winnemucca where she would graduate from Humboldt County High School in 1953.

Delia Bohdan, Harold Gower, and Clara Garigoitz

In 1957, she married A. T. (Tex) Giger in Farmington, New Mexico. The couple had two children, Janice and Raymond. They divorced after a few years, and Delia and her children moved back to Sparks, Nevada. In 1966, she married Edward John Bohdan. Ed adopted Jan and Ray, and in 1970, a third child was born—daughter Gwen.

Janice, Ed, Gwen, Delia, and Ray Bohdan 1970

Delia was employed for 24 years at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology as coordinator for the Northern Nevada Craniofacial Clinic. She retired in March 2008.

Fiftieth wedding anniversary for Chester and Nina Gower (center) 1982.

She loved her family more than anything. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, and aunt.

Grandma Delia playing piano with granddaughter, Sabrina.

In her off time, she enjoyed playing piano and attending services and Bible study at the Sparks United Methodist Church.

Delia is preceded in death by her parents, Nina and Chester; husband Ed; sister Clara, and great-granddaughter, Raeanna. She is survived by her brother, three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Christmas 1993

Due to COVID-19, funeral services are being postponed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Sparks United Methodist Church or other charity of the donor’s choice.

Hail the traveler.

Published by Gwen Clayton

Gwen Clayton is a freelance writer living in northeast Indiana. She is the former editor of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, and has written for numerous other publications since 1986. Her first book, the paranormal thriller "Fermata Cellars," was published in 2016, and her Bible-inspired short story, "Purr: A story of love, lions and a Hebrew named Daniel," was released in 2019. She recently finished writing, "Zinfandel’s Grimoire," which is the sequel to 'Fermata;' that book is in the editing and design phase of publication. Her current works in progress include the third book in the Rivervine Trilogy, tentatively titled, "The Comatis," and the nonfiction, "Dragon's Poker Table: A rocker chick's breast cancer journey." Her books are independently published under the imprint, Rivervine LLC. In addition to writing books, Clayton contracts as a copywriter for local, small businesses. She lives in southwest Fort Wayne with her husband Eddie, a retired military veteran and avid photographer. When not working on their various projects, the couple enjoy traveling through middle America searching for adventure, patronizing mom-and-pop businesses, and promoting the general welfare of current and former service men and women. Gwen serves as the marketing chair and board member of the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council. She holds a bachelor of science degree in public administration from Regis University.

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