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Alexandria Veronica Stansbury

October 12, 1941 — January 15, 2024

Las Vegas, Neada

It is with profound sorrow that we say goodbye to Alexandria Veronica Giacovelli Stansbury, or Sasha for those who loved her best, a remarkable woman whose life was a testament to love, adventure, and the pursuit of extraordinary experiences. And whose love for Tom, transcended time and space, leaving an indelible mark on all of our hearts.

Sasha was born to the late Gertrude Blaschtzik & Thomaso Giacovelli in Hohenlimburg, Germany, on Sunday, October 12th, 1941. She was the third child of her parents, after her sister Grazia was born in 1933, and her brother Manfred was born in 1934.

Her brother's constant care forged an exceptionally close bond between them. This connection deepened, particularly during times of war and the aftermath, when resources were scarce. Both older siblings, determined to secure the happiness of their baby sister, made great efforts to collect whatever sweets they could possibly find.

Sasha had a happy childhood and attended school in Hohenlimburg, and later cosmetology school. She went to work for a salon in Munich shortly after, but still felt a deep desire to see more of this world. This desire intensified following the tragic loss of her first fiancé, prompting her to move to London, where she formed friendships that led to exciting travels.

Over the course of her life, Sasha would come to cross paths with people who added a touch of glamour to her already vibrant life. From sharing moments with Frank Sinatra, to savoring the wit of Sammy Davis Junior, and standing in awe of Charlton Heston's presence, fame intertwined seamlessly with the fabric of her extraordinary life. However, the most exciting chapter of her life unfolded when she met Thomas Stansbury, weaving a love story rich in laughter, quiet moments, and a bond that deepened with each passing day. Sasha's true legacy lies not only in the adventurous life they shared, but in the profound love that now serves as an anchor for us all.

During a summer trip to Los Angeles in 1974, Sasha found a home with her best friend, Marianna at the Oakwood Apartments in Burbank. Fate took its course when, a few days later, Sasha and Marianna crossed paths with Danny Stansbury in the elevator as he headed to work at the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood. Observing their load of groceries, Danny graciously offered assistance, and from this seemingly ordinary encounter, destiny unfolded. Little did Sasha know that this simple meet-and-greet would set the stage for her to meet the man she was destined to marry. 

With Sasha’s telephone not yet installed, Sasha ventured down the hall to Danny's apartment to borrow a phone. Little did she know, Thomas, Danny's brother, had arrived earlier due to an unfortunate gravy incident involving the esteemed actor Henry Fonda. When Sasha knocked on the door, she was met by Thomas instead of Danny, an unexpected encounter that would later be etched in her memory as a moment of love at first sight. Leaving a quarter for her phone call, Sasha returned to her apartment, bubbling with excitement, sharing with Marianna the tale of the intriguing and handsome man she had just met. 

Following their meeting, Tom & Sasha soon began dating, and continued through December. The timing was fortuitous as soon, in early January, Tom was rushed to UCLA Hospital with a rupturing cancerous tumor. Faced with a grim prognosis, he bravely agreed to an experimental procedure in an attempt to save his life. The surgery was successful, but his odds were still very poor.

 Sasha stayed by his side every day through recovery and would not let him give up. She believed that God had arranged their meeting, and she would not accept any outcome but life. Sasha stood by Tom with a steadfast commitment that defied the limitations of illness. Her love became a powerful force, guiding him through the arduous journey of recovery, proving that love, indeed, has the transformative power to overcome even the most formidable challenges. Sasha's love became a source of strength and healing for Tom, and miraculously, he made a full recovery. Their love story unfolded like a masterpiece, and Tom and Sasha were married two years later in Las Vegas, at the Little Church of the West, on Sunday, July 18th, 1976. 

Soon after, they settled in San Diego, where they spent many happy days together, basking in the Southern California sunshine. Tom, leveraging his connections, delved into running hotels and restaurants, and publishing a home improvement magazine. His entrepreneurial spirit thrived as he discovered and nurtured a young talent, who would go on to become the number one Elvis act in the world. Their journey took an exciting turn to Las Vegas and the famed "Legends in Concert." After a successful four-year stint, Tom and Sasha ventured into their own production, "Flashback," captivating audiences in Hawaii from 1987 to 1994. The show extended its success across Japan and Australia until its conclusion, prompting their return to the sunny shores of Southern California. 

It was then that Tom and Sasha purchased the rights to an exceptional nutritional formula for pets and people. Reuniting with Danny in 1996, they embarked on a new venture, founding the health food business, Biopet Inc. The company was officially incorporated in 1999, introducing their distinctive line of nutrition products under the brand name Nzymes. In 2004, they relocated the business from California to Las Vegas, where it continues to thrive and operate successfully today. 

With the passing of Tom in 2021, Sasha found herself navigating a world that suddenly felt quieter, missing the comforting presence she'd cherished for so long. In the years that followed, she bravely walked through life's changing landscapes, leaning on memories of their love that remained an unwavering beacon. These were the years where echoes of their shared laughter mingled with the challenges of living without him, marking a chapter in Sasha's story where she carried the weight of their love until the final pages in her own chapter came to an end. 

On January 15th, 2024, at the age of 82, Sasha peacefully transitioned into eternity, surrounded by family in Las Vegas. Preceding her were her mother, Gertrude Blaschtzik, in 1994, and her father, Thomaso Giacovelli, in 1974. Sasha's memory stands as an enduring testament to the strength of love, an everlasting inspiration for us all. May her love serve as a guiding force for our family, a reminder that even in the face of daunting circumstances, love can triumph. 

Sasha's legacy extends well beyond blood relations. She is survived by her brother, Manfred Giacovelli, and sister-in-law, Elfie Giacovelli, her niece, Silvana Kraft, her stepson, Michael David Stansbury; her grandson, Andrew Thomas Stansbury; her granddaughter, Ruth LeAnn Sargent, and husband Caleb Hugh Sargent; her great grandson, Gatlin Thomas Sargent; her great granddaughter, Scotlyn Jaymes Sargent; her brother-in-law, Danny Ray Stansbury; her daughter by choice, Krystal Molina; her brother-in-law, Terry Lynn Stansbury and sister-in-law, Carol Stansbury. 

Visitation will be held at 9:00 am, Monday, February 12th, 2024, at Davis Funeral Home: 6200 S Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Monday, February 12th, at Davis Funeral Home immediately following visitation. Pastor Caleb Sargent will be officiating.

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Visitation

Monday, February 12, 2024

9:00 - 10:00 am (Pacific time)

Davis Funeral Homes & Memorial Park

6200 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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Funeral Service

Monday, February 12, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Pacific time)

Davis Funeral Homes & Memorial Park

6200 S Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119

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Burial

Monday, February 12, 2024

Starts at 12:00 pm (Pacific time)

Southern Nevada Veterans Memoiral Cemetery

1900 Veterans Memorial Dr, Boulder City, NV 89005

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