LaVerne “Coco” Regnolds, a long-time resident of Cupertino and Los Altos, died of complications from lung and brain cancer on April 6, 2011.Â She was 87.Â She attended San Jose State University and graduated from the Highland School of Nursing before entering the Army. Here she attended to a young soldier, James Regnolds, wounded in 1944 in “The Battle of the Bulge”.Â She was the nurse, he was the patient, and it was love at first sight. They were married for 57 years.
After leaving the Army in 1945, Coco was a VA hospital volunteer and a surgical hostess at El Camino Hospital for 16 years.
During her marriage, she and Jim traveled extensively, missing very few countries. They were members of Los Altos Golf and Country Club where she was an active golfer with 3 holes-in-one.Â She loved her friends, played in her bridge groups and enjoyed weekend get-a-ways and monthly dinners with the “WIDS”.Â Additionally, she loved to read, tend her beautiful garden and just “enjoy life”.
She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Randy, a Marine killed in Khe Sanh, Viet Nam in 1969 as well as her “sole mate” husband, Jim, in 2003.Â She is survived by her daughter Vickie Warden and Vickie’s husband, Carl; grandchildren, Scott Moore and Wendy Marlin and Wendy’s husband, Brad; her sister, Phyllis Fatchner; and her cousin, Tamara Declercq.
Funeral and interment was private.Â In lieu of flowers, any donations are appreciated and should be sent to The Marines Memorial, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.