HELPER/SALT LAKE CITY - Our beloved mother, nonnie, sister, aunt and friend, Violandia "Iola" Rachiele Cobain, age 87, passed away Oct. 8, 2008 at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City after a short illness.
She was born Nov. 12, 1920 in Kenilworth to Salvatore and Rosina Marchese Rachiele. Married Robert T. Cobain Jr. of Sparta, Ill., on Sept. 14, 1946; he passed away Nov. 28, 1947.
Iola was raised in Carbon County and resided in Helper until 2002. After graduating from Carbon High, she attended LDS Business College in Salt Lake City. She returned to Carbon County and worked at the Helper Journal Printing Shop as a proof-reader and also as a secretary at Central Elementary School and Helper Junior High. During that time, she was also an assistant at the Helper library as well as the school libraries in Kenilworth, Spring Glen and Spring Canyon.
When she was appointed full-time librarian at the Helper library, she attended BYU in Provo to attain her library certification. She remained as the librarian for Helper city for 55 years. At the time of her retirement, she received a certificate from the state of Utah for longest service record.
Iola was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Helper, where she served as president of the Altar Society from 1964-65.
She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Stella D' America Italian Lodge. She was so proud of her Italian heritage.
In 2002, she moved to Salt Lake City to be near her family. She lived at St. Joseph's Senior Apartments, where she made many friends.
She loved to play Bingo and listen to "The Piano Man Fond."
She appreciated the wonderful staff who gave her such great love and care.
Her grandchildren will always remember their wonderful visits to Helper, where Nonnie's house smelled of garlic and rigatoni sauce and she drove them everywhere in her blue Pinto.
Mom, you taught us love of God and respect and love of family. We enjoyed having you close to us so we could make such lovely memories. You will be missed.
Survived by her daughter, Elizabeth "Liz" (Joseph Charles) Veltri, Salt Lake City; grandchildren, Nicole and Charles Anthony; sisters, Margaret (Fred) Pearce, Aspen, Colo.; Rosie Gillespie, Salt Lake City; brothers, Guido (Dorothy) Rachiele, Price; Raymond (Shirley) Rachiele, Helper; Salvatore Rachiele Jr., Corvallis, Ore.; Henry (Dorothy) Rachiele, Las Cruces N.M.; many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Helen; and brothers, Orlando, Eldon and Rudy.
Funeral Mass Monday, Oct. 13, St. Anthony Catholic Church. Vigil Service Sunday evening, St. Anthony Catholic Church. Committal, Mountain View Cemetery, Helper. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.
In lieu of flowers, family suggest donations in memory of Iola to the Carmelite Monastery, 5714 S. Holladay Boulevard, Holladay, UT 84121.