PRICE - Berlinda Constance Grako, age 88, passed away in Price on June 16, 2007 at Castleview Hospital.
She was born on March 3, 1919 to Joseph and Catherine "Clara" Teano Grako.
After graduation from Carbon High School, she received her teaching degree at St. Mary's of the Wasatch in Salt Lake City.
She taught junior high school in Price before moving to Lakeland, Fla.
She earned her master's degree at Columbia University in New York City and started teaching accelerated English in Polk County.
She changed to the exceptional child program in 1948.
As directing teacher of special services at Seth McKeel Junior High School, she was the first recipient of the annual Polk County Exceptional Child Teacher of the Year Award.
Berlinda enjoyed spending summers in Price, golfing and traveling to visit all of her extended family.
For the past five years, she lived at the Heirloom Inn in Price where she received so much loving care. The family wishes to thank the staff for making her last years so happy and peaceful.
She is survived and will be missed by sisters, Rita Silvagni Kirby, Peoria, Ariz.; Kay Silvagni Quillinan (Bill), Bothel, Wash.; sisters-in-law, Vivian Grako, Price; Rose Grako, Orem; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by parents; step-father, Tony Silvagni; brothers, Louis and John Grako; and her Florida companions, Marjorie Mitchell and Mabel Caperton.
Memorial Mass, Friday, June 22, 10 a.m., at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Price, where the family will gather at 9:30 a.m. Vigil service, Thursday evening, 7 p.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home, where friends are welcome one hour prior to Vigil. Committal service, Price City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Price or your favorite charity.
CASTLE DALE - On June 10, 2007, LaNelda Rae Brown Colette was once again united with her eternal companion.
She was born Aug. 23, 1931 to Vernon and Rhoda Williams Brown in Koosharem. She married the love of her life, Frank Edward Colette, Oct. 10, 1949 in Sunnyside. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Mesa Arizona LDS Temple. They were a spectacular couple. Frank died May 29, 1993.
LaNelda was a devoted member of the LDS Church, working in the Manti LDS Temple.
She was famous for her cooking and was an expert seamstress. She was never happier than when she was entertaining and cooking.
LaNelda was a superb wife, mother, homemaker and grandmother. She and her husband made their home in Dragerton and Columbia; Carlsbad, N.M.; Oakland, Md; St. Clairsville, Ohio; Terre Haute, Ind.; Hazard, Ky.; Evansville, Ind.; and finally settled for good in Castle Dale.
She is survived by children, Diana (Doug) Litster of Salt Lake City; Debbie (Ritchie) Hibbert of La Grande, Ore.; Perry (Jackie) Colette of Pleasant Grove; and Tab (Cynthia) Colette of Ivins. She is also survived by sisters, Ella Dean Hunter of East Carbon; Janice (Denny) Sereano of Knoxville, Tenn.; Mary (Tom) Boatwright of Washington; brothers, DeLoss (Barbara) Brown of Carlsbad, N.M.; and Lonnie (Diane) Brown of Layton; and sisters-in-law, Marcy Boss of Delta, Colo.; and Phyllis Colette of Paonia, Colo. She leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, June 16, at the Castle Dale LDS Stake Center. Interment Castle Dale Cemetery.