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Karen JoAnn Jarvi

HELPER - Karen JoAnn Jarvi passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2008, after a long hard fight with cancer.

She was born Feb. 1, 1948 in Price.

She was a resident of Helper for 22 years.

She dearly loved camping, fishing, bowling, playing pool and her cat and dog.

Karen will be sorely missed by her family and extended family.

A dear and faithful friend has been beckoned to leave her earthly things behind to meet her maker, who waits for her with an outstretched hand. He whispers softly, come with me to an unknown and peaceful land. She was not afraid to go. He brought her here; He takes her back through the path He only knows. She took his hand as he leads her to a happy afterglow.

Preceded in death by her parents, John Alvin and Leona A. Jarvi; brother, Jerry Jorgenson and sister-in-law, Darla Jorgenson; brother; James Michael (Mike) Jarvi; and Dean Votaw, her soulmate. Survived by Cory Gene Jarvi and Shannon Johnson; Michelle Sanders and Karen's grandsons, Steven Allen and Jackson Dean Sanders; a granddaughter, Carsha; sister-in-law, Toni Jarvi; and her nieces and nephew, Stephanie Jarvi Peterson and children, Michael and Christopher; Michael (Mike) John Jarvi, Kelly (Jarvi) and Brandon McArdle; and Darla and Jerry Jorgenson's family. Extended family, Elsie Ware; Bing Santamour; Dave Shaver; Joyce Cochrane; Bill and Irene Van Soelen; Bernie Jones; Louise Schneider; Virginia Martinez; Brent and Edie Steele; Laney Booth; John and Judy Damron; Kevin and Tahnee (Wright) Redman and children, Chieloe Green and son Brackon Fisher, Brandon Green, Chase Redman and Destanee Redman; Heather (Wright) Davis and children, RoBee Muncy, AnDee Muncy and MaCee Muncy and Sean Wright.

Funeral services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary.

Donna Wallace

FERRON/PRICE - Our loving mother, grandmother and great-grandma, Donna Bryan Wallace, passed away peacefully Feb. 22, 2008 at the age of 87.

She was born Sept. 30, 1920 in Ferron to Clinton and Reva Rasmussen Bryan. Married James Thomas Wallace May 12, 1943 in Kenilworth; he passed away Jan. 5, 1980.

Donna was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She was a longtime resident of Emery and Carbon counties, where she was a teacher for many years.

Donna always enjoyed a good hand of cards with the girls and she anxiously awaited her bus trips to Mesquite and Wendover.

She loved family outings, barbecues and spending time with her loved ones.

Survived by her three daughters and their spouses, Colleen (Larry) Davis, Spring Glen; Joan (Bob) Coli, Arizona; Laurey (Scott) Herzog, Price; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Bryan, Price; four grandchildren, Michael Davis, Lisa (Travis) Wilberg, Shane (Amy) Herzog, Nick Wallace; five great-grandchildren, Tony, Kayla, Marissa, Zoie and Caulen. She was preceded in death by her son, Tome E. Wallace; one brother and two sisters.

A celebration of Donna's life will be Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2at Mitchell Funeral Home. The family welcomes friends to join them for a visitation beginning at 9 a.m., followed by a sharing of memories starting at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in the Ferron City Cemetery.

Neesha Lee

PRICE - Neesha Kay Thorsen Lee, age 45, passed away suddenly Feb. 22, 2008 in Price after a lengthy battle with health problems.

She was born Nov. 16, 1962 in Provo to James Kenneth and Gwen Brasher Thorsen. Married Scott C. Lee March 16, 1989 in Elko, Nev.

Neesha's greatest love was for her family and she cherished the wonderful memories that she shared with her husband, children and grandchildren.

Everyone will miss her wonderful sense of humor and her sisters will miss the fun times they shared.

She enjoyed family gatherings, camping, barbecues and working on the computer.

Neesha loved angels and was constantly intrigued with paranormal and supernatural events.

Neesha, we love you and will miss all the joy and happiness you brought us.

Survived by her loving husband, Scott Lee, Price; one daughter and three sons, Toni Jaramillo, Wellington; Tracey (Misty) Olsen, Tyler Lee, Travis Lee, all of Price; granddaughters, Tyrca and Cerenity; four sisters, Deanne (Dale) Ashton, Lehi; Becky (Larry) Fox, Orem; Jolene Hamouri, Lehi; Karla (Gordon) Hall, Price; and a special sister, Sherri Thorsen, Price; a loving father, Virgil Engvall, Carbonville; special friend, Debbie Zele, Price. Neesha was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Karen Seevers; brother, Rocky Thorsen; and mother-in-law, Cora Lee.

Funeral service Tuesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Tuesday one hour prior to service. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price.

Naz Giordano

HELPER - Our loving brother-in-law, uncle, neighbor and longtime friend, Daniel Victor "Naz" Giordano, age 73, passed away suddenly Feb. 23, 2008 at home while clearing snow.

He was born March 4, 1934 in Helper to Angelo and Helen Verde Giordano. Naz married his sweetheart, Betty Lou Anderson, on Sept. 22, 1962 in Helper; she passed away on April 3, 1994.

Naz and Betty were blessed with a loving son, Michael Giordano, who passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 23, 2002.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and Stella D'America Italian Lodge 77 of Helper.

Graduate of Carbon High School Class of 1952. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict as a military police officer.

After returning from the service, Naz began working in Helper for D&RGW and eventually ended up retiring from the IPP.

He was active in baseball in the area, where he played for the American Legion and Helper Merc in the semi-pro industrial league.

He loved to cook and bake and he shared many of his dishes with family and friends.

For the past several years, his constant companions were his two little dogs, Morgan and Chelsey.

We love you, Uncle Naz, and you'll be forever in our hearts.

Survived by his sister-in-law, Lois Giordano, Helper; nieces, Kathy (Don) Fausett, Helper; Sandy Funcannon, Tucson, Ariz.; Mona (Paul) Jaramillo, Price; Judy (Darin) Olson, Helper; brother-in-law, Stanley Anderson; many loving great- nieces and nephews; and special friends, Karlo Kuru, Julie and Butch Crandall and Brian Taskar. Naz was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; son, Michael; and brother, John Giordano.

Funeral Mass Wednesday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, with the Vigil service beginning at 10 a.m. at the church in Helper. Friends are invited to a visitation Tuesday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home. Committal service, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.

Vera Elizabeth Finley

PRICE - Vera Elizabeth Finley, our loving wife, mom, grandmother, sister, and wonderful friend to all who knew her, passed away due to complications of pneumonia after a very courageous battle on Feb. 22, 2008.

Vera was born on Feb. 27, 1921 in Brigham City to John and Dora Rolph, where her mother taught school for several years. Prior to that time, her mother taught school in Star Valley, Wyo.

Vera, along with her mother, moved from Brigham City to Emery County and settled in Castle Dale, where her mother taught school again. Vera attended grade school and high school there before she accepted a scholarship to Snow College. There, she studied hard, learned shorthand and became a legal secretary.

She was employed by the law firm of Romney and Nelson in Salt Lake and, later, the law office of Frandsen and Jensen in Price.

She married her sweetheart, Max Finley, on Oct. 17, 1942, just a few months before Max was inducted into the U.S. Army during World War II and was sent to the battlefields of France and Germany.

After nearly two and one-half years, he returned to his cherished love and they made their home in Hiawatha and then in Price.

Vera was passionate about the beauty in life, especially that beauty created by Mother Nature in the nearby Alpine areas, where she loved to spend her free hours studying the beautiful landscapes.

Remembering the beauty she found there, she painted oil landscapes which now bless the homes of her family.

She loved flowers, both wild and tame. They were her treasures. She studied each variety carefully and could name many with their Latin names.

With this enthusiasm, she and her husband produced a wonderful wildflower book that has become well-known and is placed in hundreds of homes and used often in schools.

Wildflowers of Castle Country has been a great success for her.

Her gift to all of us was the beautiful roses she grew in her several flower gardens.

We believe she loved roses more than any other wild or tame flower.

Above all else, she loved raising her cherished children.

Her life was complete, she often said, when she became the mother of twins, Stanton and Shannon, and then later, Randall. She raised them to love life as she did, to be energetic, hard working and kind, loving persons.

She was always so involved with the many activities that her children and grandchildren were involved in and loved to be part of the important things in their lives.

She loved her church work, including, working and teaching in Relief Society and teaching Primary.

She belonged to the Carbon County Historical Society and the Utah Historical Society because of her love of local history.

She lived through a great and remarkable generation.

She was the "Lady of the Greatest Generation," selling World War II bonds. She sold a great number of these. She was also a great comfort to the families of those who lost their loved ones in the war.

Vera was a wonderful friend to many people and was devoted to helping them any way she could.

Vera's work here on earth is complete and she has gone to join Heavenly Father and prepare a way for her family.

She is survived by her sweetheart, Max R. Finley; three children, Stanton Finley, Shannon (Gail) Hamilton and Randall (Jill) Finley; a sister, Helen (Kirk) Snow; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank our family doctor and his staff for their help and the nurses and attendants at the hospital and Parkdale Care Center.

This poem expresses her heartfelt thoughts, which she knows to be true:

"Across the years, I will walk with you in deep green forests, on shores of sand and, when our time on earth is through, in Heaven, too, you will have my hand."

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. at the Price 4th LDS Ward Chapel, 545 East 400 North. A viewing will be Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8: p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Cliffview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Utah Historical Society (801-533-3500), 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.

Eloy Maestas

EAST CARBON - Our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Eloy Jose Maestas, age 62, passed away Feb. 13, 2008 in Price.

He was born Nov. 29, 1945 in Dragerton to Jose Eloy and Francesqita Trujillo Maestas. Married Louella Cisneros Sept. 11, 1964 in Elko, Nev.

Eloy loved spending time with Louella driving around town and traveling to see their family.

He enjoyed watering the lawn and washing the car and truck.

He was the nanny to his grandson.

He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survived by his wife, Louella, East Carbon; children, Clint (Jennifer) Maestas, Price; Bryan (Andrea) Maestas, Rio Rancho, N.M.; grandchildren, Bryann Shannel, Charlie Ray, Carson Joel Maestas; sister, Naomi Martinez, Antonito, Colo.; and brother, Manuel (Rose) Maestas, Magna. Preceded in death by his parents; infant brother; and sister, Junia Medina.

Funeral service Tuesday, Feb. 19, Mitchell Funeral Home. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery.

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