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Clyde Zorn

SPRING GLEN - Clyde L. Zorn, age 84, passed away Jan. 23, 2003 in Price.

Born Feb. 21, 1918 in Canon City, Colo., to George and Mary Fennell Zorn. Married Julia Sluga Feb. 16, 1946 in Price. She died Jan. 8, 1982.

Member of the Catholic Church. Longtime resident of Spring Glen. Served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Europe.

Proud member of the United Mine Workers of America, where he retired from Braztah Coal in 1980.

Clyde was a dedicated husband and father and his work ethic was an inspiration to his family and friends.

Survived by three sons, Clyde L. (Julie) Zorn Jr., Pleasant Grove; Terry A. (Sheila) Zorn, Steve L. (Mary) Zorn, both of Price; brother, Delbert Zorn, Green River, Wyo.; four sisters, Edith (Lynn) Nielson, Blackfoot, Idaho; Irene Perri, Spring Glen; Delma Dougherty, Helper; Doris Rae (Luke) Pappas, San Bernardino, Calif.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Ed and Cecil Zorn; one grandson and one great-grandson.

Funeral Mass Tuesday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church in Helper. Vigil service was Monday at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's one hour prior to services. Committal service, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.

Ann Rachele

ROOSEVELT - Ann Blanusa Rachele, age 75, of Roosevelt, who was suffering from Alz-heimer's disease, died peacefully in her sleep Jan. 25, 2003 at her home.

She was born Nov. 9, 1927 in Standardville (mining town near Helper in Carbon County that no longer exists) to George and Kata Tomlyenovich Rubtich (Rupcic). After her first husband, George, died in an accident, Kata married Rudy Blanusa, who adopted Ann and her sisters, Margaret and Mary. Ann grew up in Helper and graduated from Carbon High School. Her mother died while Ann was in high school.

She married Orlando Rachele, Helper, on Nov. 25, 1949. In 1952, they moved to Roosevelt, where Orlando was employed by the Uintah Basin Standard and later the Ink Spot.

Ann was a homemaker, but also cleaned the church and rectory for St. Helen's pastors, Monsignor Francis Pellegrino; Father Michael Winterer, Father David Richardson and others. She also cleaned and ironed the linens for many years.

Ann had Alzheimer's disease since the early 1990s and had lately been unable to attend Mass.

She also cooked meals for the priests and Catholic sisters. During the summer, Ann and Orlando took care of the church, rectory, convent and grounds. Ann helped with bazaars, church celebrations and church pre-school classes.

When she was well, she made stuffed cabbage and potica (nut roll) from her Croatian mother's recipes. She was proud of her Croatian heritage and being a member of St. Helen's Catholic Church. She was a long-time member of the Croatian Fraternal Union.

She enjoyed taking trips to see her brother in California, son in Georgia and daughter and son in Salt Lake City. She also spent vacation time in Helper every summer. Often because of her illness, she would walk out of the house without telling anyone. When she was located, Ann when asked where she was going would say, "I'm going home to Helper."

Ann was proud that all her children, Orlando Jr., Aldon, Steven and Kaye, are graduates of the University of Utah. She was also a devoted Utah Jazz fan and like rooting for John Stockton and especially Karl Malone because he was always nice to his mother.

She enjoyed making scrapbooks of her children and husband.

She is survived by husband, Orlando; three sons, Orlando Jr. (Gala) Atlanta, Ga.; Aldon, Roosevelt; Steven, Salt Lake City; one daughter, Kaye (Mark) Rachele-Flanery, Salt Lake City; two grandchildren, Cara and Sara; and one sister, Mary Rada-kovich, Salt Lake City. Ann was preceded in death by parents; sister, Margaret Anderson; and brother, Rudy (Mike) Blanusa, who recently passed away Dec. 10, 2002. An older brother, also named Mike, died in the early 1920s as a child.

Ann Rachele, a long-time St. Helen's Catholic Church member for close to 50 years, was St. Helen's 2002 Woman of the Year. Her daughter, Kay, and son, Steve, accepted the award for her in Salt Lake City as she was too ill to attend.

Thanks to the nurses aides and nurses from Uintah Basin Home Health and Hospice, who gave her excellent care over the years, and to Rosie Roberts, who did Ann's hair while she was bedridden. Her husband, Orlando and son, Aldon took care of her at home since 1990.

A funeral Mass will be at St. Helen's Catholic Church in Roosevelt Thursday, Jan 30, 11 a.m. A rosary will be Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the church, with a viewing to follow until 8 p.m. Burial, Mountain View Cemetery in Helper, Friday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m., under the direction of Hullinger Mortuary.

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