One of the Very Best
October 17, 1941 – Reno, Nevada
May 31, 2022 – Winnemucca, Nevada
Aliceann Monaghan attended St. Thomas Aquinas, graduated Reno High School with the Class of 1959 and the University of Nevada Class of 1963.
Throughout her high school and college years she was active, popular, loved, and respected.
At Reno High School she was a cheerleader for the Huskies and a student body officer.
At the University of Nevada she was both fun-loving and accomplished; she was the Panhellenic President, selected as the Outstanding Sorority Woman of 1962-1963, and was named in Who’s Who of American Universities.
In August 1963, Aliceann married Johnny Doyle, a love story that began when they met at Pickett Park at 12 years old; she was selected by the Gazette-Journal as “Bride of the Year.”
John and Aliceann then moved to San Francisco to start their next adventure in life. Aliceann worked in the Financial District offices on Montgomery Street while John attended and graduated from USF Law School in 1966.
After moving back to Reno for a short time they started their next great adventure in Winnemucca, an adventure that would last for the next 55 years.
During those years they raised their 4 children and made many dear, lifelong friends.
Aliceann taught elementary school, received numerous accolades in her distinguished teaching career of nearly three decades, and was very proud of pioneering the Talented and Gifted program in Humboldt County.
Aliceann and John traveled life’s roads together for many years, an interesting journey filled with love and adventure.
They sat together in duck blinds, rock and roll concerts, high school bleachers, and Broadway shows; walked the fields of Uruguay hunting birds, strolled Chrissy Field holding hands, and traveled to places near and far, often with fly rods in tow.
They loved their years of skiing together from their early teens into their seventies.
She appreciated the full range of her life’s experiences, from the people and places of Nevada’s high desert solitude to the culture and energy of the great cities of the world.
For the past several years Aliceann bravely and graciously accepted the challenges of living with Parkinson’s Disease; her days were filled with the love and devotion of her family.
Aliceann’s warmth, sincerity, and beautiful smile were infectious. She was a true and faithful friend to many. Hers was a full and well lived life; she will be terribly missed.
Aliceann was preceded in death by her parents Jerry and Jenny Monaghan, and brother Patrick Monaghan.
She is survived by her best friend and husband John; her sons Sean (Michele) and Brenden; daughters Katie and Adriane (Kene); as well as her seven cherished grandchildren: Kayla, Colin, Maeve, Mickey, Neko, Ryder, and Sage.
She is also survived by her sister JoAnne Burke (Randy), nieces, nephews, and cousins.
We will celebrate Aliceann’s life at the Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca on June 18th at 1:00 pm.
Aliceann had a passion for inspiring young minds. You may donate to the Boys & Girls Club of Winnemucca in her memory or to a charity that carries that same spirit.