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Rissa Staker

ELMO - With family members surrounding her, our gracious and loving mother and grandmother, Rissa Oviatt Staker, peacefully slipped away Jan. 31, 2006.

Born Oct. 14, 1917 in Elmo, daughter of Wilford and Ella Minchey Oviatt. Married Melvin J. Staker July 15, 1933 in Price; later solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple.

Rissa was raised on a ranch and worked hand in hand with her husband for more than 50 years.

She was a very strong willed and optimistic person. She had a way of making each of her grandchildren feel like they were her favorite. She was always willing to share fond memories of her life experiences. She had a keen sense of humor and a quick wit.

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

Rissa is survived by son, Robert Allen Staker; daughter, Vicki E. (Jeff) Huntington; brother, Lavon "Pete" (Lawella) Oviatt; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband; sons, James M. and Jerry; two sisters; and five brothers.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 4, 1:00 p.m., at the Huntington LDS Stake House, 215 North Main. Family and friends may visit Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S. Redwood Road, Taylorsville and Saturday, 12 to 12:45 p.m. at the church in Huntington. Interment; Cleveland Cemetery.

Orlando Rachele

MOHRLAND/ROOSEVELT - State amateur championship baseball player and World War II veteran, Orlando "Orlie" Rachele, age 87, died Jan. 25, 2006 at the Basin Care & Rehabilitation Center from congestive heart failure.

He was born in Mohrland, the old mining town, to Salvatore and Rosina Rachele on Oct. 19, 1918. He married Ann Blanusa Nov. 25, 1949. She died on the same Jan. 25, 2003.

He was most proud of being an Italian-American. For years he made the best spaghetti in town. The only one who did a better job was his momma.

He considered Steve and Karen Uresk and children his adopted family. They called him "Grandpa Orlie."

He was a longtime printer at the Uresk business, the Ink Spot where he was almost as old as the presses. He also was a linotype operator at the Uintah Basin Standard and the Helper Journal and viewed himself as an expert speller. If you wanted to know how to spell a word or proper grammar you just asked Orlie.

Orlando served as a scout in World War II where he survived five bullet wounds during action in New Guinea. He carried a bullet in his right thigh the rest of his life.

He was a member of Helper Utah's state amateur championship team and is "rounding third heading for home in the Big Baseball Diamond in the Sky."

Orlando would fondly recall getting a hit off major league star, Satchell Paige and his Carbon team beating state champ, Granite which featured Herman Franks, who went on to become a major league catcher and manager. He was also a member of a state championship tennis team at Carbon where he was graduated in 1936.

Orlando was a devout member of St. Helen's Catholic Church where he was a Diocesan Development Drive chairman, lector, Eucharistic Minister and honored at a special banquet called: "Orlie Rachele Night".

His favorite baseball team was the New York Yankees. He rooted for Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Derek Jeter, and Mickey Mantle. He loved watching all sports on TV and rooting for the Utah Jazz and the University of Utah.

Orlando is survived by sons, Orlando Jr. (Gala and daughters, Cara, Sara), Atlanta, Ga.; Aldon, Roosevelt; Steven, Kaye (Mark) Rachele-Flanery and their dog, Sally, both of Salt Lake City; sisters, Vee Cobain, Margaret (Fred) Pearce; Rosie; brothers, Rudy, Sam, Guido (Dorothy), Henry (Dorothy); and Ray (Shirley). He was preceded in death by parents; wife, Ann; sister, Helen; and brother, Eldon.

A rosary and viewing were Monday, Jan. 30, at St. Helen's. A funeral Mass was Tuesday, Jan. 31, with viewing one hour prior to service. Burial was Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Helper Cemetery with full military honors presented by the American Legion Post 21.

Dominick Ielati

Dominick entered into rest on Jan. 6, 2006.

Born May 16, 1924 in Scido, Reggio Calabria, Italy, to Anthony and Josephine (Scibilia) Ietali.

The family immigrated to America in 1937 and lived in Schenectady, N.Y. In 1944, they relocated in Oroville, Calif., and in 1955 to Chico, Calif. On April 11, 1970 he married Dorothy Pellegrino.

He spent many years as a general contractor, building homes and apartments in the Chico area. After retirement, he enjoyed tending his large fruit and vegetable garden. Mr. Ielati was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 50 years. He was also a member of Italian Catholic Federation and the Legion of Mary.

He is survived by wife, Dorothy; son and daughter-in-law, Dominic and Elranor (Gabriella) Ielatri of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Robert Brown of Chico, Calif.; grandchildren, Rebecca, Jacob, Alex, Mylie and Macey; brother and sister-in-law, Pete and Donna (Wall) Ielati of Oroville, Calif.; sister and brother-in-law, Carmella and Renso Del Carlo of Granite Bay, Calif.; brother-in-law, Monsignor Francis Pellegrino of Carmichael, Calif.; sister-in-law, Joan (Cannariato) Pellegrino of Sacramento, Calif.; as well as many nieces and nephews. Mr. Ielati's parents; infant daughter, Maria Ann; and brother, Frank preceded him in death.

Visitation was Sunday, Jan. 8, and a rosary was recited also, both at Lind Brothers Mortuary. A Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 9, at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers spiritual bouquets or masses. A special thank you to all of our friends at Sunbridge Care Home of Carmichael for their special care and attention.

Shane Jacobson

HELPER - Shane "Jake" Jacobson, age 37, passed away Jan. 29, 2006 from the results of an industrial accident.

He was born May 28, 1968 in Provo to Jay and Sally Gadd Jacobson. Married Wende Gale July 10, 1993 in Helper.

Shane lived for his family and he loved every minute that he spent with them. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially when he was hunting and fishing with his "Dads" and his "Boys". He loved four-wheeling, barbecuing, and was quick with a punch when the boys weren't paying attention.

He was a graduate of Carbon High School Class of 1986. Shane was very hardworking, honest and he always put his family first. He was employed with Andalex Coal Mine where he was regarded as a friend to all. He was very generous, outgoing and he would do anything for anyone.

Shane's hat, smile, sunglasses, and his wave will always have a special place in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Survived by wife, Wende Jacobson; three sons, Derek (Danielle) Gale, Tyler Gale, Conner Jacobson, all of Helper, parents, Jay (Sally) Jacobson, Spring Glen; sister, Michelle (Todd) Hamilton, Price; grandmother, Vivian Jacobson, Price; parents, Dwayne "Dewey" (Barbara) Gale, Helper; sisters, Donie (Shane) Hackney, Deena (Bobby) Schade, both of Price; and many loving uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of many friends. Preceded in death by grandparents, James Harold (Lena) Gadd; Donald E. Jacobson; and aunt, Peggy Carter.

Funeral service Thursday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m., 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, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.

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