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Margaret Nelson

GREEN RIVER - Margaret Dorothy Nelson, age 63, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Feb. 5, 2004 at her home in Green River.

She was born Jan. 10, 1941 in Russell, Manitoba, Canada, to George and Florence Pearl Porter Robb. She married Bruce Earl Nelson Dec. 27, 1962 in the Cardston, Alberta LDS Temple.

As an active member of the LDS Church she served in numerous callings. She graduated from SUU with a degree in elementary education and taught for a short time in Green River, quitting only to raise her eight children, to whom she dedicated her life. She encouraged and supported them in all they did, from ball games, to queen pageants and educational pursuits. She found her professional passion in serving others as an EMT for 18 years, achieving a high degree of skill. She was recognized on a state and national level for her volunteerism and dedication to community. She will be sorely missed by all those whose lives she touched.

Dorothy is survived by husband, Bruce of Green River; children, Robert and Kaye Nelson of Green River; Pearline and Peter Ninow of West Valley; Craig and Heidi Nelson of California; Warren and Kordine Nelson of Green River; Dorolie and Zane Peters of Wendover, Nev.; Saralyn Nelson of Denver, Colo.; Tyresha Nelson of Green River; Arianne and Douglass Wright of Grand Junction, Colo.; and 17 grandchildren. Also survived by brother, Don Robb; and sisters, Cathy Floyd. Preceded in death by one grandchild, R.J. Nelson; and both parents.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Feb. 10, noon, in the Green River LDS Chapel where friends may call from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Elgin Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Taylor Leonard

FERRON - Taylor Lund Leonard, age 89, died peacefully in his sleep at the care center in Ferron. on Feb. 7, 2004.

Lund was born in Huntington on April 6, 1914 the seventh of eight children of John Hyrum and Alice Rowley Leonard. He married Dorris Williams July 2, 1937 in the Manti LDS Temple.

He was a lifelong resident of Huntington where he raised his family and contributed to the betterment of his church and community as bishop of the Huntington 2nd LDS Ward and as mayor of Huntington City and president of the Emery County School Board. His most rewarding and satisfying church service was as a temple worker with his loving wife in the Manti LDS Temple, where he also served as a sealer and later as First Counselor in the Temple Presidency. Lund loved to sing and sang with the Huntington Glee Club for most of his life. He valued the association and feelings of brotherhood in that distinguished organization.

He leaves his children, Therald (Peggy Ann) Leonard of Auburn, Wash.; Larry (Karen) Leonard of Price; Rita (Angelo) Perri of Spring Glen; Keith (Jill) Leonard of Arlington, Wash.; and Carol Ann (Steven) Stream of Huntington; 25 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents; loving wife, Dorris Williams Leonard; grandson, Stephen Lund Leonard; and all his brothers and sisters. Ironically his last surviving sister, Adeline Wakefield Starr, preceded him in death by just 36 hours.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m., at the Huntington LDS Stake Center. A viewing will be Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and also one hour prior to services at the church. Interment, Huntington Cemetery.

Adeline Starr

HUNTINGTON - Adeline Leonard Wakefield Starr, 95, passed away peacefully at home Feb. 5, 2004.

Born Aug. 11, 1908, in Huntington, to John H. and Alice Leonard. Adeline married Perry P. Wakefield Dec. 5, 1933 in the Manti LDS Temple. He died April 24, 1965. She married William Starr May 24, 1969. He died Dec. 21, 1987.

She was valedictorian at Huntington High School in 1927. Adeline was county chairman of the American Cancer Society for 10 years, president YWMIA, president of relief society, teacher and active member of the LDS Church all her life. She loved traveling, writing, reading, sewing. She sent numerous articles to the Utah State Fair very year since 1921, winning hundreds of ribbons and prizes. Due to her many accomplishments she has been the subject of articles and features in many newspapers and periodicals and has chronicled her own life of 95 years in several volumes.

She is survived by six sons, Gregg (Eldyth), Price; Garth (Kay Lynn), Salt Lake City; Shelton (Sharon), Houston, Texas; Wendell (Lynette), Roswell, N.Mex.; Lond (Valene), Huntington; Preston (Becky), Salt Lake City; one daughter, Jerilyn Wakefield, Stansbury Park; brother, Lund Leonard (who passed away on Feb. 7), Ferron; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Her family expresses heartfelt thanks to her many friends.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 9, 1 p.m., at the Huntington LDS Stake Center. Burial, Huntington City Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Mary Pinarelli

SPRING GLEN - Our beloved mother, nana, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mary Helen Aragone Pinarelli, age 87, passed away Feb. 4, 2004 in Sandy with her kids by her side.

She was born Dec. 1, 1916 in Shinnston, W. Va., to Tony and Maria Fratto Aragone. Her parents later moved to Columbia, where she was raised. On June 8, 1940 she married Samuel J. Pinarelli in Price, and she will be reunited with her husband who preceded her in death on April 21, 1966. She also reunites her sisters, brothers, parents and many dear friends.

Mary was an active member of the Roman Catholic Church. She served as president of the St. Anthony Altar Society, B.P.W., and the Merry-Mix Ups. Mom was honored as Woman of the Year for St. Anthony's in 1985 and as Woman of the Year for the B.P.W. in 1997. She was a member of the Business Professional Women for 25 years. Member of Stella D'America Lodge 77, Slovenian Home of Spring Glen and the Helper American Legion Auxiliary. Mom worked most of her life for Notre Dame School Lunch Program, Carbon Country Club, Price Elks Lodge and Red Balloon.

Survived by daughter, DeAnna (Wayne) Sittre, St. George; son, Ron (Eva) Pinarelli, South Jordan; grandchildren, Mike (Cindy) Smith, Nicolle Pinarelli, Nicholas Pinarelli; two great-grandchildren; and large extended family of relatives and dear friends. Mary will be missed by all that knew her.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Mark Rada and the entire staff at Health South for their loving care given to our mother.

Funeral Mass Tuesday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, 5 South Main, in Helper. Vigil service Monday evening, 7 p.m., at the church in Helper. Family will be at St. Anthony's one hour prior to services. Friends are welcome at Mitchell Funeral Home daily. Committal service, Price City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to St. Anthony Catholic Church, 5 South Main, Helper, Utah 84526.

Terry Johnson

EMERY - Terry Mervin Johnson, age 75, passed away Feb. 5, 2004 in Phoenix, Ariz.

He was born Oct. 18, 1928 in Emery to Mervin Randolf and Velma Jane Maxfield Johnson. He married Gwen Watson Jan. 23, 1948 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Terry will always be remembered as being an honest, industrious man of many talents, having worked with heavy equipment as a mechanic and operator. He also worked in the coal and uranium mines, a welder, a lumberman and wood worker. He loved horses, farming, Nine Mile, Caterpillar equipment, square dancing, "buggin", children and above all else, his family. He was also a "teacher of life", sharing what he had learned with others. He was a retired member of operating engineers.

Terry is survived by wife, Gwen of Emery; and children, Kelly Ray Johnson, David Lee and Lynn Johnson, Ralph Terry and Julie Johnson; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Also survived by brother, Dilworth Randolf Johnson; and sister, Dora Jane Peterson.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, Feb. 11, noon, in the Emery LDS Chapel. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. prior to services at the church. Burial, Emery Cemetery.

Ed Shaff

EAST CARBON - Edward Eugene Shaff, age 79, passed away Feb. 5, 2004 at his home.

Born Oct. 19, 1924 in Grand Junction, Colo. to William A. and Mable Stacy Shaff. Married Sherry Fern Preston March 31, 1975 in Elko, Nev.

Ed was a 60 year member of the United Mine Workers of America, Kaiser Steel Local 9958. He was very proud of his country and served honorably in the U.S. Army during Korea. Ed loved camping, fishing and his special trips to Mesquite, Nev. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Survived by wife, Sherry Shaff, East Carbon; son, Kelvey (Kim) Shaff, Vernal; daughter, Julie Shaff, Price; grandchildren, Amber Kinsey, East Carbon; Justin McKelvey Shaff, Centennial, Colo.; special great-grandson, Harrison William Kinsey, East Carbon; sisters-in-law, Teresa Shaff, East Carbon; LaDonna (Neil) Robertson, West Valley; Kay (Richard) Lewis, American Fork; LeighAnn (Larry) Martinez, Sunnyside; Mae (Bill) Crank, Kearns; Billie Jean (Corky) Koss, East Carbon; brother-in-law, William (Sondra) Preston Jr., Orem; father-in-law, William "Bill" Preston Sr., Sunnyside; nephews, William (Pam) Shaff, Ogden; Jerry (Janice) Shaff, Elko; stepchildren, Josh and Christa McLean, Price; and Megan Kimbal Rowley, East Carbon. Preceded in death by parents; son, Mark Christopher Shaff; and three brothers, Elmer Vernon, William Albert and Joe Anthony Shaff.

Graveside service Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m., at Valley View Cemetery, Sunnyside. Friends are welcome at Mitchell Funeral Home daily.

Yoshie DiCaro

WELLINGTON - Yoshie Kogachi DiCaro, age 57, passed away suddenly Feb. 7, 2004 at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake.

Born June 10, 1946 in Kametsu, Tokunoshima, Kagoshima Ken, Japan to Hukuyoshi and Taru Shirai Kogachi. Married Benjamin DiCaro Nov. 14, 1974 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan; later divorced.

Yoshie was a longtime resident of Wellington where she owned and operated Yoshie's Alterations. She was an excellent seamstress and her doors were open to everyone since 1981. She had a great love of music, especially for the organ and guitar. She also enjoyed cooking and loved animals. Yoshie was very proud to have earned her diploma from Carbon High School on June 2002 and she was presently attending the College of Eastern Utah. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and many patrons.

Survived by daughters, Maria (Barushiem) Baker, West Valley City; Sophia DiCaro, Salt Lake City; grandson, Raiden Baker; three brothers, Kiyoshi, Hiroshi, Shigeshi; sisters, Sigeko and Tatsuko. She was preceded in death by parents; granddaughter, Kimiko Baker; and brother, Hukuhiro.

Funeral service Thursday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to services. Interment, Price City Cemetery.

Evan Johnson

CASTLE DALE - Evan F. "Killer" Johnson, age 42, passed away at home peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Feb. 8, 2004.

He was born Feb. 16, 1961 in Price to Allen and Glenda Abel Johnson. Married Nance Wanders Feb. 22, 1986 in Castle Dale.

Evan was a loving husband, father, son and brother who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, camping and playing as much golf as he could. Evan graduated from Carbon High in 1979 and began working for Utah Department of Transportation. After working for UDOT for two years, Evan went to work mining coal for the past 22 years.

He is survived by wife, Nance Johnson; daughter, Kristie; son, Kyle, all of Castle Dale; mom, Gertrude Johnson, Kenilworth; identical twin brother, Kevin Johnson, Long Beach, Calif.; brothers, Mike (Valerie) Johnson, David (Diana) Johnson, both of Price; George (Diane) Richards, West Jordan; sister, Peggy (Ross) Christensen, Salem. Preceded in death by parents, Allen and Glenda Johnson; and sister, Rebecca DeRose.

Funeral service Thursday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to service. Interment, Castle Dale Cemetery.

Junia Medina

PRICE - Junia "June" Medina, age 66, passed away Feb. 4, 2004 of a heart attack during her dialysis treatment at Castleview Hospital.

She was born Dec. 28, 1937 in Gallina, N. Mex., to Jose and Francisquita Trujillo Maestaz. June grew up in Dragerton and met the love of her life, Juan Medina, while picking cherries in Utah Valley, June and Juan Medina would have celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on Sept. 11 of this year.

The Medina's settled into Salt Lake City in 1960, to provide the American Dream for their children. June lived for her family, who treasured her as their matriarch. She was the light who led the whole family. Everyone went to her for love and advice. June and Juan were an inseparable team; she was his left hand and he was her right hand.

Survived by husband, Juan Medina, Price; sister, Naomi Martinez, Antonito, Colo.; brothers, Manuel Maestaz, Magna; Eloy Maestaz, East Carbon; seven children, Tom (Leticia), Veronica (Ignacio), Alfred, John (Sophia), Michele, Greg, and Denise; eight grandchildren, Raquel, Leti, Jessica, Alicia, Tori, Karley, Alexandria and Juan Antonio. They will all miss her greatly. Preceded in death by parents; and an infant brother.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 9 at Mitchell Funeral Home. Interment, Cliffview Cemetery, Price.

Catherine Rhinehart

PRICE/FORT COLLINS, Colorado - Catherine Margaret Lowe Rhinehart, 92, of Fort Collins, Colo., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004 at a local nursing home.

She was born April 4, 1911 in Trinidad, Colo. to Alexander Mill and Willie Winona Ramey Lowe. Married Arvil Lee Rhinehart Sept. 12, 1929 in Trinidad, Colo. He died Nov. 30, 1997.

Catherine was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Naomi Chapter 13 in Price. She was an accomplished seamstress, homemaker and enjoyed collecting hummingbirds.

Survivors include daughter, Billie Jean (Arnold John) Ackerman, Fort Collins, Colo.; granddaughter, Brenda Rhodes, Fort Collins, Colo.; grandson, Paul Ackerman, Vista, Calif.; and great-grandson, Kevin Rhodes, Fort Collins, Colo. Preceded in death by husband, Arvil; and brother, William Lowe.

Graveside service Saturday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m., at the Price City Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

Edith Bemis

ORANGEVILLE - Edith Dawn Bemis, of Orangeville, passed away Feb. 6, 2004.

Born Sept. 29, 1930 in Salt Lake City to William Chester and Aileen Beatrice Linton Cummings. She was the oldest of four girls, Doris Larson, Bonnie Thomas and Marge Ball. She has two sons, Lory and John Bemis and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was an active, endowed member of the LDS Church. She was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by those whose lives she touched.

Graveside services were Monday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m., in the Orangeville Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

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