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Mary Vetere

GREEN RIVER - Mary Ellen Schoenberger Vetere, age 79, passed away Nov. 4, 2006 at home while surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 11, 1927 in Durango, Colo., to Carl and Beatrice McCormick Schoenberger. Married Frank Vetere July 24, 1948 in Helper.

Mary's brother-in-law Jay Vetere, said that "Mary was the backbone of the Vetere family, planning the reunions, funerals and all the important Vetere events for the past 58 years." Jay stated he "doesn't know what they will do without her."

Mary was a devout Catholic and she could not rest until Green River had a Catholic Church. She was instrumental in every aspect at St. Michael's Mission and her tireless commitment enabled St. Michael's to continue. She taught religious education classes to hundreds and wherever there was someone in need, "Saint Mary" was there to help. In 1983 she received the Papal Blessing. Mary's passion was for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild and making sure those in need were cared for. She will never be forgotten for her willingness to help others and her memory will be with us forever.

She is survived by husband, Frank Vetere Sr., Green River; children, Frank Vetere Jr., Green River; Mary Alice (Marshall) Thompson, Grand Junction, Colo.; John Vetere and Joanne Chandler, Green River; Greg (Tammy) Szafranski, Battle Creek, Mich.; four grandchildren, Andrea (Ryan) Lee, Danielle (Troy) Behrens, Amanda and Derek Szafranski; great-grandsons, Parker Lee; brothers and sisters, Albert (Billie Jean) Schoenberger, Vernal; George (Linda) Schoenberger, Candor, N.C.; Anna Kontas, Taylorsville; Alice (Amedeo) Beacco, Price; in-laws, Jay Vetere (Jackie deceased), Green River; John (Bonnie) Vetere, Green River; Ida Ryan, Valencia, Calif.; and hundreds of nieces, nephews, god children and a community of friends.

Funeral service, Thursday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m., at Green River Bible Church. Family will be at the church Thursday two hours prior to service. Interment, Elgin Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to St. Michael's Catholic Church or Green River Bible Church.

Carolyn Kister

PRICE - Carolyn Phyllis Kister passed away in Price.

She was born in Pasco, Wash. in 1950 to Arthur Glen Ramsey and Alberta Louise Crabtree.

She grew up in Washington State and lived in Utah for the last 21 years. Carolyn was known for her kindness, gentleness, and her uncomplaining optimism. She loved poetry, cats, and was a dedicated Christian. She adored her grandchildren, Michael, Devon, Darrian, Trista and Hayley.

Her son and daughter would like to thank Susy and the others that she lived with for their care and concern for Carolyn over the last few years.

She is survived by brother, Richard Jim Ramsey; sister, Eileen Tobin; son, Michael Daniel Kister; and daughter, Tina Marie Kister.

Friends and family are invited to gather and remember Carolyn at Pioneer Park, 100 E. 550 North on Monday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.

Ed Chavez

HELPER - Edward Manuel Chavez Sr., passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2006 in Price.

He was born Feb.12, 1926 in Salida, Colo. to Ezekiel "Zeke" Chavez and Candelaria "Vera" Vigil Chavez DeHerrera. He married Aurora "Dora" Aguilar June 12, 1954 in Spring Glen. She died Sept. 10, 1992.

Dad joined the U.S. Army March 4, 1944. He served in World War II in the 1252nd Combat Engineers, mostly in the European Theatre. He was vice president of the American GI Form in the 1960s. Dad worked for the Utah Railroad for 37 years as a laborer, track patrolman, and a heavy equipment operator. Dad enjoyed fishing, hunting and family reunions.

He is survived by sister, Frances Martinez of Helper; sons and daughters, James (Ruth) Chavez, Price; Pat (Arnie) Sosa, Helper; Gloria (Marion) Hamaker, Price; Edward (Jerry) Chavez Jr., Wellington; Tina (Juan) Serna, San Antonio, Texas; Eugene "Bob" (Julie) Baca, Houston, Texas; John Baca, Helper; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife; parents; son, Ralph Baca; and grandson, Jason Wayde Hamaker.

Funeral service Thursday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m., at Mitchell Funeral Home, 233 E. Main Street, Price. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday evening, 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to services. Burial, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper.

Dolli Perri

SPRING GLEN - The world has lost a beautiful person, Frances (Dollie) Skriner Perri. How can a notice explain what a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother Dollie was. On Nov. 4, 2006, heaven welcomed the soul of Dollie Perri. Dollie was a survivor throughout her many struggles in life and she is finally at rest.

Frances (Dollie) Skriner was born on the 25th of March 1923 on a cold, windy day in Wattis. Anton and Magdalena Blatnick Skriner welcomed their tiny daughter to their family. Dollie fell in love with and then married Bill Perri on the March 29, 1947. To this marriage was born their son, Billy D. Perri.

Dollie's life revolved around her husband, Bill and Billy. She was a wonderful wife and mother who, with strength and courage, persevered through many health struggles. Despite these hardships, she was the proverbial "Austrian" mother who took pride in keeping an immaculately clean, warm and inviting home in Spring Glen. Although small in stature, her heart was huge with love for family and friends.

She was a longtime resident of Carbon County and a member of the Catholic church. Dollie enjoyed being with her friends and she loved to "polka" will Bill at the Slovenian Home. She was very creative with arts and crafts, and she loved to go to the Jeep races with her son. She loved camping, fishing, traveling and singing around the campfire in Austrian. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by loving husband, Bill; devoted son, Billy, and wife, Kerry; grandchildren, Alecia (Bill) Kelley, and Jalynn Snider; five great-grandchildren, Cassie Martin, Andie Kelley, McKenzie Kelley, Daniel Jay (DJ) Snider, BreAnna Snider; sisters, Zelpha Vuksinick, Antonia (Milan) Corak; brother, Henrie (Nadine) Skriner; sister-in-law, Violet Skriner; many loving nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a community of friends. Preceded in death by parents, brother, Anton Skriner; and three sisters, Mary, Olga and Anne LePere.

The family would like to thank the nurses from Community Nursing Service, Tisa Pendergrass and Terri Fausett. They made Dollie's quality of life manageable.

Funeral Mass, Thursday, Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church in Helper with a Vigil service at 10 a.m. Friends are welcome to join the family at St. Anthony's Thursday morning beginning at 9 a.m. Committal service, Mountain View Cemetery in Helper, under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Dollie's name.

Lylas Kofford

HUNTINGTON/APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - Lylas Grange Kofford, age 84, passed away Nov. 4, 2006 in Apache Junction, Ariz.

She was born Jan. 22, 1922 in Huntington to Myron and RaNae (Nielson) Grange. On July 31, 1941, Lylas married her sweetheart, Don B. Kofford in the Manti LDS Temple.

Lylas was a wonderful seamstress and loved quilting and crafts. She enjoyed being surrounded by family members and doing genealogy work. She especially enjoyed traveling with her husband. Lylas was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a faithful mission with her husband as ordinance workers in Atlanta, Ga., and Denver, Colo. LDS Temples.

Lylas is survived by husband, Don B. Kofford of Apache Junction, Ariz.; son, Gary D. (Glenna) Kofford of Castle Dale; son, Kay G. (Florence) Kofford of Apache Junction, Ariz.; daughters, Joann (Dale) Kisn of Colstrip, Mo.; Pat (David) Jones of Atlanta, Ga.; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; brothers, Mar U. Grange of Huntington; Scott (Phyllis) Grange of Las Vegas, Nev.; and sister, Verna (Vern) Evertson of Orem. Preceded in death by great-grandson, Mclaine Kofford; brother, Pete Grange; and parents, Myron and RaNae (Nielson) Grange.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. at Castle Dale LDS Stake Center, 33 E. Main and a viewing one hour prior to services. Burial, Castle Dale cemetery under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Leonard Wilson

HUNTINGTON - Leonard "Von" Wilson, age 76, went to his eternal home on Oct. 31, 2006.

Von was born July 28, 1930 in Huntington, to Leonard Wilson and Lela Grange Wilson. Von was the second child in a family of 10 children.

After completion of his school years, Von joined the United States Marine Corps where he faithfully served his country for four years. Von married his sweetheart, Etheleen Airhart on July 24, 1953 in Los Angeles, Calif., and moved to Huntington to make their home. Von was sealed to his beloved Ethel in the Manti LDS Temple.

Von was an honest man and worked tirelessly to provide for his family. When the coal mines were temporarily shut down, he immediately served as a manager of a truck stop in Flagstaff, Ariz. When the mines started up again, he returned to Utah where he worked until he retired.

Von was a natural born cowboy and enjoyed riding horses and working with cattle. He was a valuable asset to the Huntington Cattle Association whereby he assisted in the fall cattle roundups.

Von is survived by wife of 53 years, Etheleen Airhart Wilson; daughters, Linda (Duane) Alphin, Diane Sers; sons, Kenneth (Tina) Wilson, Kevin Wilson, Steven (Kelly) Wilson; brothers, Grant (Nelda) Wilson, Reed (Mavis) Wilson, Bevin (Floann) Wilson, and Ernest Wilson; sister, Donna (Ronald) Kenner; 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by parents, Leonard and Lela Wilson; brothers, Dick (Doris) Wilson, Bruce Wilson, Dale Wilson; and sister, Lela Ann VanBuren.

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be sent to the American Lung Association.

Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 4, in Huntington. Burial, Huntington cemetery, under the direction of Fausett Mortuary.

Mary Lou Haynes

PRICE - Mary Lou Reynolds Haynes died Oct. 1, 2006 in Huntington, W.Va.

She was born to Walter and Nellie Reynolds on Nov. 8, 1930 in Hoopeston, Ill. She married William Harrison "Bill" Haynes Jr. on Sept. 6, 1954 in Illinois. She lost Bill in a tragic mining accident on June 4, 1986.

Mary Lou was a registered nurse and worked in various hospitals in Birmingham, Ala., Salt Lake City and at Castleview Hospital in Price.

Mary Lou is survived by son, John Reynolds (Barbara) Haynes of Huntington, W.Va.; daughter, Mary Ann (Mark) Crumly of Price; grandchildren, Sherry (Jeff) Banks, Amy (Matthew) Lemley, John William Haynes, Jenna Ann Crumly and Katelyn Michelle Crumly and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Lucille DeArman and HattieLee Haynes; brothers-in-law, Jerry Dahlquist and Donald (Miriam) Haynes; numerous nieces; and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews. She is preceded in death by parents; husband; sister, Vontella Dahlquist; in-laws, William Harrison (Evelyn) Haynes Sr.; sister-in-law, Margaret (Lester) Griffith; and brothers-in-law, Curtis Martin DeArman and Chris Haynes.

A memorial service was at the Ascension St. Matthews Church, in Price, on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mary Lou's name to Ascension St. Matthew's Church where Bill and Mary Lou were among the initial founding members of the church and remained members of the church until their deaths.

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