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Patti Giandonato

PRICE/NATHROP, Colo. - Patricia Mele Ruden Giandonato, age 41, passed away April 30, 2002 in Nathrop, Colo.

She was born July 22, 1960 in Price to Louis and Claudette Wright Mele. Married Randy Ruden June 1977 in Price, later divorced. Married John Gian-donato Nov. 21, 1997 in Denver, Colo.

Patti's greatest joy in life was her children. She especially enjoyed watching the boys wrestle and Michelle play ball. Patti loved hunting, fishing and running the river with her family.

She will be dearly missed by her family and a community of friends.

Patti is survived by her husband, John Giandonato, Nath-rop, Colo.; sons, Jimmy Ruden, Price; Michael Ruden, Nathrop, Colo.; daughter, Michelle Ruden, Price; parents, Lou and Claudette Mele, Price; brothers, Louie (Kathy) Mele, Glasgow, Mont.; Greg (Kym) Mele, Vernal; sister, Jamie Rodriquez, Santaquin; grandmother, Thelma Wright, Price; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Sam and Rose Mele; grandfather, Wilmer Wright; and niece, Amanda Mele.

Graveside service Sunday, May 5, Cliffview Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.


Ruby Lunelli Sporcich

HELPER - Ruby D. Wilson Lunelli Sporcich, age 75, passed away May 4, 2002 at Parkdale Care Center in Price.

She was born July 31, 1926 in Blackfoot, Idaho, to Alfred and Marguerite Rowland Wilson. Married Tullio Louis Lunelli Sept. 29, 1946 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died April 1, 1961. Married Frank A. Sporcich July 9, 1966 in Helper.

Member of the Catholic Church. Ruby was a longtime resident of Helper. She enjoyed camping and dearly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survived by her husband, Frank Sporcich, Helper; son, Alan (Trish) Lunelli, Carbonville; daughter, Ann (Larry) Young, Sandy; daughter, Patricia (John) Perla, Hotchkiss, Colo.; sister, Afton Marie Gough, Blackfoot, Idaho; sister, Jean (Max) Heino, Helper; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents; brother, Milton Wilson; sister, Yvonne Trudell; grandson, Darrell Young.

Funeral Mass Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church. Vigil service Friday evening, 7 p.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church. Family will be at the church in Helper Friday and Saturday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.


Fay Jensen

EMERY - Our beloved Fay M. Johnson Jensen, age 83, left her earthly home and returned to her heavenly home May 4, 2002.

She was born Nov. 14, 1918 in Emery to Arile and Beata Keele Johnson. She married Dewey M. Jensen Nov. 19, 1938 and April 2, 1954, they were sealed together in the Manti LDS Temple.

She loved gardening, sewing, quilting and was an extremely hard worker. Her house and yard was always kept clean and neat.

She was a member of the LDS Church and served in many positions, including Primary teacher and visiting teacher.

She is survived by children, Morrie (Ronnie) Sorensen, John (Vickie) Byars and Gordon (Jane) Manchester, all of Emery; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Travest, Eldon, Rex and Max Johnson, all of Eastland.

Friends may call at the Emery LDS Ward Chapel on Tuesday, May 7, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Funeral services will be held at the chapel at noon. Interment will follow in the Emery City Cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary, Castle Dale.


Thomas Kent Frandsen

BOISE, Idaho - Thomas Kent Frandsen, 62, beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, passed away at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho, Saturday, May 4, 2002, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Kent was born July 17, 1939 in Price to Glen and Irene Frandsen. He was a graduate of Carbon High School. He was active in athletics playing basketball, track, and received a football scholarship.

Kent married Carole Lynne Baker of Price in 1964 in the Manti LDS Temple.

Kent served a mission for the LDS Church in the Central States Mission. He was drafter and served three years in the U.S. Army. He earned a BS in business administration from Metro State University in Denver, Colo. He was a 25-year resident of Boise, where he raised his four children.

Kent worked 36 years for the department of interior, serving with the BLM as the administration officer in Bakersfield, Calif., and Boise. He later transferred to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, where he served as budget analyst until his retirement in January 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Carole; daughter, Ann (Greg) Johnson, Highland, and children, Brie, Hunter and Elise; son, Dan Frandsen (Leah), Mesa, Ariz., and children, Savannah and Broc; son, David Frandsen, Highland; son, Paul (Tara) Frandsen, Tracy, Calif., and children Gabriel and Parker; mother, Irene Frandsen, Helper; sister, Phyllis Sillitoe, Helper; brother, Stanley Frandsen, Woodruff; sister, Marlene Carlson, Salt Lake City; sister, Jolene Owens, West Valley; and brother, Ted Frandsen, Salt Lake City. He was preceded in death by his father, Glen Frandsen.

Funeral services Wednesday, May 8, 2 p.m., at the LDS Chapel located at 11918 W. Ustick Road, Boise, Idaho. Friends may call one hour prior to services. Graveside service Friday, May 10, 1:30 p.m., Price City Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services at Mitchell Funeral Home.


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SPRINGVILLE - Annette Marie Bennett, age 29, died Friday, April 26, 2002, in Springville.

Marie was born May 21, 1972 in Provo to Suzan Pearl Smith Bennett and Myron Glen Bennett.

Marie was admired by all who knew her for her example of good cheer among trials.

She graduated from Payson High School and attended UVSC ,where she studied sign language. Marie served an LDS mission in Riverside, Calif., where she taught American sign language.

She enjoyed counted cross-stitching, sewing, scrapbooking genealogy, and photography.

She is survived by her parents; nine brothers and sisters, Eugene Reed Bennett, Myron Glen Bennett Jr., Laura Jeannette Hale, Janine LaNae Belak, Wendell Robert Bennett, Samuel John Bennett, Benjamin Thomas Bennett, Holice Edwin Bennett and Jens Hans Bennett.

Graveside services were April 30 at the Price City Cemetery.


Marie Young

PRICE/SALT LAKE CITY - Marie Partridge Young passed peacefully from this life on May 5, 2002 at St. Joseph's Villa in Salt Lake City after an extended illness.

Marie was born June 12, 1924 to L. Dow and Elva Partridge Young.

Marie lived her life in Price until her illness required her moving to Salt Lake City in 2000. In spite of her physical limitations, she accomplished much during her life. She loved to sing and had a special singing voice.

She graduated from Carbon High School in 1944. She played the piano and the accordion. She loved to learn and took classes at the college in Price.

She was an active and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She is survived by sister, June Young Orme, Salt Lake; and two brothers, Leo Partridge and Myron Partridge, both from California. She is also survived by special aunt, Florence Simmons, Salt Lake; aunt and uncle, Agnes and Leland Young, Idaho Fall, Idaho.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, May 7, 1 p.m., at the Price City Cemetery, under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.


Clifford Ned Leavitt Jr.

ORANGEVILLE - Clifford Ned Leavitt Jr., age 38, died May 1, 2002 in Orangeville.

He married Deborah Bronson on Jan. 16, 1982 and they were blessed with two children, Jeramy and Bethany Leavitt.

He lived in Orangeville for 34 years.

He had a love for fishing, hunting and camping as a young boy and young man and had a love of motorcycles that never ended.

He worked a short time in the coal mines, then he became a proficient prefab welder at Tram Electric.

Cliff was loved by many and will be missed by all. All his life struggles have ended and he is at peace from them with his Heavenly Father, for which we are grateful.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie Leavitt; son, Jeramy (Janice) Leavitt; daughter, Bethany Leavitt; and parents, Ned and Geraldine Leavitt; also brother, Kip (Julie) Leavitt.

Graveside services were May 3 in the Orangeville Cemetery and interment followed under the direction of Fausett Mortuary, Castle Dale.


Yolanda Stella Greco

PRICE/ALBANY, Calif. - Yolanda Stella Greco, age 84, died April 29, 2002 in Richmond, Calif.

She was born Nov. 20, 1917 in Green River to Giorgio (George) Stella and Concetta Navicella. Married Dominic Greco in Martinez, Calif.

Former resident of Carbon County, where she attended schools in Helper.

While residing in California, she owned and operated Yolanda's Beauty Shop in Albany for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Dominic Greco, Albany, Calif.; brother, Frank Stella, Reno, Nev.; sister, Theresa Holeman, Orville, Calif.; many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Mike and Tony Stella; and sister, Mary Ryan.

Graveside service Monday, May 6, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.


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