Sunday, December 22, 2013

Hilda Rae Hale Anderson Thomas

Angel Mother
Hilda Rae Hale Thomas- loving wife, angel mother and beloved grandmother and great grandmother-returned to the arms of her Heavenly Father and Mother December 19, 2013 after an extended illness.
Hilda was born in Oakley, Idaho, on August 30, 1928 to loving parents, Wallace A. and Annie Penola Dayley Hale. She was the 9th of ten children. She attended Brigham Young University for two years then transferred to Utah State University where she received her degree in Home Economics. While teaching in Huntington, Utah, she met Gail Q. Anderson. They were married on August 24, 1951 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had three children, whom she adored, served and sacrificed for until her last breath; Kathryn Rae, David Gail and Anna Colleen. They were later divorced. She was a phenomenal Home Economics teacher for 27 years at Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah. Besides teaching foods and sewing she received advanced training in and taught Child Development, Interior Design and Vocational Foods. She served as the advisor for the FHA club for many years. She loved teaching and her students.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was faithful her entire life. She not only taught her children the Gospel but was an exemplar in service. She served in many positions in the church and served two missions after her retirement- one to the Denver Temple Mission and the other to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. While serving the second mission she met the 'Love of Her Life', Harold B. Thomas. They were married on November 7, 1993, in the Jordan River Temple. Through this marriage she was able to inherit seven more children whom she loved dearly. Harold promised her 20 years and kept that promise as they celebrated their 20th anniversary this year. Hilda loved to dance, and Harold took her dancing every chance he could. They served as temple workers together in the Jordan River LDS Temple. They loved spending time with their children's families. Harold loved and was beloved of her children and grandchildren. Her greatest joy in life was family. Kathryn says BYU sports was a close second; Dave says U of U sports was a close second and Colleen is fine with either.
Hilda is survived by her sweetheart husband, Harold, and 'their' children: Kathryn Anderson Minster (Reid), David Anderson (Sharon), Colleen Anderson Bean (Tim), Dlorah Thomas Henson(Dean), Dennis Thomas (Peggy), Kaye Thomas Clayton (Dave), Dale Thomas (Shauna), Boyd Thomas, (Danna), Lynn Thomas (Cassie) and Rosemary Thomas Bridges (Dwight). She is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 26+ great-grandchildren as well as Harold's extended family; Siblings - Whitney D. Hale, Murray, UT; Anna Lou Bair, Heyburn, ID; Claire Spence, West Virginia; and Fielding Hale, Oakley, ID. Preceded in death by her parents, great- grandson, Logan Grant; Siblings Relia Paskett, Ronald Hale, Eliphet Hale , Verla Martindale, and Yvonne Reed.
Goodbye, Angel Mother. Our lifelong refrain has been and will ever be, "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my Angel Mother." -Abraham Lincoln.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the LDS Chapel, 8059 W 2700 S, Magna, UT. Viewings will be held on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 S Redwood Road, Taylorsville, and at the chapel on Saturday from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Interment , Valley View Memorial Park, 4335 W 4100 S, West Valley City.

Published in Deseret News from Dec. 22 to Dec. 26, 2013


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dean Gust Petrulas

1936 ~ 2013
I was born in Hiawatha, Utah to parents George and Elizabeth (Katsufakis) Petrulakis on August 10, 1936 where I spent seventeen of my formative years. I attended and graduated from (the old) Carbon High School where I played sports, but became a casualty, as many were, of favoritism by a certain coach!!
I attended the University of Utah for a year and half. I played freshman basketball and traveled with the baseball team. In the interim I transferred to and graduated from Westminster College where I played basketball for three years and was captain my senior year! My college experience was energetically rewarding and fulfilling, which relates to an excellent job history. Member of the Greek Orthodox Church.
My working career began at Packaging Corporation of America, Salt Lake City, where I held various positions. After eight years I became the General Manager of Folding Carton Division. Later I solicited employment with American Pad and Paper (Ampad) North Salt Lake, where I was hired as Plant Manager, later becoming General Manager and Manufacturing Manager-Western Region. I retired after as many might know, American Pad and Paper is one of the companies that Mitt Romney (Bain Capital) and his hit men ruined! Consequently Ampad no longer exists in North Salt Lake or Utah, which is despicable!
I was introduced to golf which agreeably was a hate/love relationship! I did have a hole in one that came with many good/bad scores. But first and foremost I met and played with many outstanding friends.
I was asked many times "why I didn't get married" my stock answer was "I couldn't afford the divorce!" But I did meet the love of my life and soul mate, Judy Morley with whom I spent many enjoyable years. Thank you Judy for being "just Judy"
I am survived by my sister in law Ursula, St. George, Ut., sister in law Anna, Modesto, Ca., nephews George (Karna) Modesto, Ca., Nick (Karen) Alameda, Ca., Dean (Laura) Modesto, Ca., nieces Elizabeth, Kristina, Adrianna, Eleni and nephew Andoni and Judy Morley, Fountain Green, Ut.
Preceded in death by parents, brothers Tony and Pete, sister Sylvia, many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., in the Prophet Elias Church, 5335 South Highland Drive, Holladay, Ut. Friends and family may call Friday, October 25, 2013 at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary 2350 East 1300 South from 6-8 p.m. Trisagion service at 7:00 p.m. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

From:Duane Merrill ( This sender is in your contact list.
Sent:Thu 10/24/13 12:07 PM
To: Wallace Baldwin (; Jones Shirley (
Wally, thanks for communicating with all of us.  I am the son of 
LaVille H.Merrill,M.D who practiced in Hiawatha in the 50ths and 60tths.
I am a retired Cardio-thoracic surgeon.  My wife of 69 years, HILDRED
GLEASON MERRILL, passed away Sept.26, 2013 after six years in
a Skilled Nursing Care unit in Palo Alto, CA. She was a world class Dietitian, a
Super  Institution Manager, and a wonderful Mother, and my Soul Mate!

 She was the daughter of Frank E. and Grace G.Gleason and her sister,Shirley G.Jones lives in Nashville, TN (who is on your e-mail list.)They grew up in Hiawatha. I grew up in Spring Canyon before my father moved to Hiawatha.
It was a long way to take Hillie to a dance in Price, and even a longer way to court her in New York where they moved from Hiawatha during World War II.,which I did two times by train, once with a fraternity pin and once with a diamond ring!
After her graduation from Cornell, she came back to Utah on a Troop Train with
Violin in hand and we were married in the ADPI Sorority house at the U of U while I was in Medical School. In 1944.
HILDRED and I have two sons, and two daughters, fifteen grand and four 
great grandchildren, and two more on the way.



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Archie McCarrie passed away yesterday 18 Sept 2013./ I will post his obituary notice as soon as I get one.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The above link my be interesting to some of you old Hiawathaites.,

Friday, August 30, 2013

John Hartzell Obit Notice

John Hartzell
John Hartzell
PRICE - John Edward "Big John" Hartzell, age 94, passed away peacefully at his home with family on Aug. 24, 2013. He was born Sept. 1, 1918 in NuMine, Penn., to Alberta Alta Smail and Elmer Hartzell. Dad's family made their trek to Sego, UT in 1923 to attend his ailing grandfather, Edward Hartzell. Later moving to Carbon County where he resided the rest of his life. He went in the coal mine at the early age of 13, where he worked alongside his father and his Uncle Jim. Dad learned black smithing and coal mining from his father. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II based out of Camp Carson, Colo., where he received many medals for his sharp shooting abilities. After returning to Carbon County, he worked as a coal miner in several of the local mines including Hiawatha, Wattis, Spring Canyon and Hardscrabble where he made lifelong friends and gained a life full of stories he loved to tell up until the end. He was known for his tall tales and practical jokes. Dad was a proud advocate supporter and strong member of the UMWA with over 70 years of membership. He was an active member of the NRA, enjoyed fishing, camping, gold prospecting, carpentry, auto mechanics and reading. Towards the end of his life he had a special relationship with "grandpa's baby" Lil' Miss Harley, his great great granddaughter with whom he spend every morning sharing his coffee. John married Lucille Adams and they later divorced. He married Twila Jane "Mickie" Hayes Vestal on May 6, 1955 in Grand Junction, Colo., and together they raised eight children. She preceded him in death on July 22, 2003. Survived by his children, John (Elena) Hartzell, North Cape May, N.J.; Janet (David) Meye, Lake Ozark, MO, Jaime Hartzell, Price; Alfreda Hurlich, West Valley, Louise Wilkinson, Salina; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Lula Grundvig, West Valley, Rosalee Buckly, Bothel, Wash. Preceded in death by his wife Twila "Mickie"; four children, Connie Echols, Sharon Stokes, Larry Vestal, Rodger Vestal; siblings, Dorothy Wilcox, Mae Aho, Dewey Hartzell, Alta Knorp, Ernest Hartzell, George Williams, Annie Duran and Charley Williams. I want to thank Dad for the principles he instilled in us, honesty, hard work and truthfulness. A special thanks to his grandchildren Twila Martak and Katie Marquez for tending to his daily needs. With their help he left us with dignity. We love you Dad. Until we meet again. As per John's request there will be no funeral service. A memorial graveside will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of John online at

Saturday, August 17, 2013

I went to an activity today that I look forward to from one year to the next. I am not sure if I would classify it as a reunion for people or a reunion for a TOWN. The annual
Hiawatha Day get together was held in Price, Utah. There were about 90 to 100 people there. I think everyone there enjoyed the camaraderie---the Tall Tales that were told---and renewing OLD friends. (And yes, I do mean OLD.) Thanks to all who made it a success. I did not take many pictures this year so if any of you took some that you want posted on the Hiawatha Blogger, you can post them of send them to me and I will. I am looking forward to our Hiawatha Breakfast next Monday the 19th so we can talk about what went on today. As I said "thanks to all" and I hope I am able to make it next year.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Levi Armstrong obit notice

Levi Armstrong

Levi Armstrong
PRICE - Levi Christopher Armstrong, age 15, was called home on July 20, 2013. He was born on Sept. 26, 1997 in Price to Chris Armstrong and Kym Ockey Melo. Levi was family to many, but a best friend to more. Although Levi's journey through life was short he touched the lives of many. Always making their bad days better, with a kind word, listening ear, funny joke, or comment. His favorite past times were hunting, camping, fishing, playing sports and cracking jokes. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his loving family, friends and his beautiful girlfriend. Levi was known to be the protector of his siblings. He was kind, intelligent, compassionate, soft- hearted, determined, hardworking and had a great sense of humor with a dare devil streak containing a mischievous smile. Everyone around him young and old alike was able to look up to him and find qualities that they admired. Levi was always seeking out new challenges and adventures. He loved testing limits, especially his own. He taught those around him to look on the bright side of any situation and he made everyone's lives better by just by being in it. Survived by his great grandmother, Dee Lister; grandparents, John (Janet) Armstrong, Scherl and Brenda Wayman and Ron Ockey; parents, Chris (Brandie) Armstrong, Kym Ockey Melo; siblings, Kyra (Ethan) Preston, Zakhary (Kaleigh) Armstrong, HayLee Armstrong, Alyssa Armstrong, Aspyn Armstrong, Preston Melo, MeMarie Melo, Presly White, Kourage White (his partner in crime), Tayton White; nephews, Tripp Preston, Aiden Preston, Rieker Armstrong; niece, Kashleigh Armstrong; aunts and uncles, Dennis (Ann) Milano, Vince (Angie) Turner, Janet Roedel, Jimmy (Becky) Allen; soul mate Johnni Cloward, and their unborn son; many other aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and his brotherhood of friends. Preceded in death by his great-grandpa, John Lister; great-grandparents, John (Bernice) Armstrong, Ezra (Josphine) Buttrey; grandma, Helen Armstrong; step dad, Johnny Melo; and uncle, Charlie Roedel. Funeral service, Thursday, July 25, 2013, 2 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Wednesday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. and Thursday one hour prior to services. Interment, Mt. View Cemetery, Helper. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Levi online at

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This is an e-mail I got from Gary Moffitt---if any of you have unique or interesting memories of Bill Thomas would you please post them to this blog or on the Hiawatha Utah page. Thanks Wally.
Hi Wally,
     Would you mind posting, on your Hiawatha Blog and see if those who remember Bill Thomas could post their remembrances for his family in Alaska.  They would like to know about his younger years and family when they lived in Hiawatha.  I remember him but he was a little older than me and I do not remember a lot about him.  His family would appreciate it.  His son contacted me and I told him I would see what I could do.

Gary Moffitt

Monday, June 10, 2013

Cody Douglas Vaseleou

Vaseleou, Cody Edited
Cody Douglas Vaseleou
1987 ~ 2013
Our beloved, beautiful, and cherished son, left this life unexpectedly, on May 17th, 2013, at the age of 25.
Cody was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 23, 1987, to Micheal and Angela Vaseleou. Cody had a tender soul, he was a very sweet, and compassionate young man. He was brilliant, he graduated early from High School (Centennial Scholarship, International Baccalaureate Programme, Debate; Multiple Awards, Advance Placement), and was currently working on obtaining his B.S. in Economics.
Cody loved the outdoors and taking photographs of nature. He went on many walks with his dog, wupples, who he loved dearly.
Cody is survived by his parents, Micheal and Angela Vaseleou. His brother, Chase (Candace), and his sister Kelsey (Tim) and their new baby, Jude. He also leaves his paternal grandfather Chris Vaseleou, maternal grandparents Jesse and Pat Oakey, Uncles, Aunts, Cousins and Dear Friends.
Cody will be buried next to his paternal grandmother Louise Vaseleou.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Mountain View Memorial Mortuary, 3115 East 7800 South. A viewing will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the Mortuary, and from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. prior to the services on Thursday

Albert Nucich Obituary

Lansing, Michigan.
Age 85 passed away June 9, 2013 after a dauntless battle with Leukemia. He was born August 13, 1927 in Hiawatha, Utah to John and Mary Nucich.
Albert was a WWII Veteran of the United States Army Air Corps. He owned and operated Century Travel Trailers in Webberville for many years and later worked at the Edgewood Target Store for 18 years. Albert was a very skilled craftsman, but his greatest love was for his family.
He is survived by his loving children: Jean Nucich, Jan Nucich, Jeanette (Mike) Ongena, Greg (Teresa) Nucich, Jennifer (Russ) Cashmore, and Stephan (Vicki) Nucich; 14 loving grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; loving sisters: Rose Bartlett, Alice Nucich; and many other extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 50 years Joan; 4 sisters and 1 brother.
There will be a private service held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the MSU Breslin Cancer Center at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Catherine G. Arnason Obit Notice

Catherine Gayle Arnason

June 07, 2013 8:30 am
June 18, 1944 — June 2, 2013
Catherine Gayle Arnason (Ford), 68, of Peoria passed away on Sunday. 
Born in Huntington Beach, Calif., she was the daughter of the late Louis and Eula Mae Ford. She was also preceded in death by her son, Richard Shane Wenig.
 She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Jack Arnason; two daughters, Cori Hoggatt and Teri Arnason; three sons, Bill Arnason, Steve Arnason and Charles Wenig; eight grandchildren; one great granddaughter, Kendra Hoskins; three sisters, Louise Evans, Pat Owen and Sheila Gardner; and one brother, John Ford.
 Her greatest joy was to be with her family. Times would involve laughter and silliness at each and every gathering. She loved crafting, sewing, cooking and dancing.
“As our mother her love and lessons provided strength to grow. As a wife, her love carried a wonderful marriage.  As a sister, communication created strong bonds. As a daughter she created lasting memories for her parents. As a grandma she shared giggles and tons of happy hugs. She will forever be held in our hearts and thoughts.”
 The family will receive friends on June 16 at her home in Peoria. Sentiments can be mailed to 29699 Peoria Road, Shedd, OR 97377.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Catherine G. Arnason Obit Notice

Catherine G. Arnason, 68, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center In Corvallis. Oregon

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Emilie W. Chandler-- Obit Notice

Emilie W. Chandler

May 30, 2013 1:50 am  • 
Emilie W.
May 8, 1920
May 28, 2013
Emilie Mae Wilde Chandler, 93, of Delta, and previous longtime resident of Provo, completed her life's journey May 28, 2013, in Delta. Born May 8, 1920 in Clear Creek, Utah, to Earl Heber and Loyas Ora Christensen Wilde. Early years spent in Hiawatha, Carbon County. Graduated Carbon High in Price, and attended BYU for 3 years, studying English and art. Emilie was a secretary, and began career at office of Kaiser Coal Mine in Sunnyside. Transferred to Kaiser Steel Corp. offices in Fontana, CA. At retirement, was secretary to forest supervisor of Uinta National Forest in Provo. Emilie loved literature and was a voracious reader. Hobbies she enjoyed, making porcelain dolls, including the clothes, and knitting. Was an excellent seamstress. A highlight of her life was having her grandson, Scott Thomas Chandler, live with her in Provo for 71/2 while he attended a Utah School for the Deaf and Blind extension in Orem. Also took care of her granddaughter, Michelle Todd Staley, several years while her mother worked. Life long and active member of LDS Church, holding various positions. A favorite church calling was singing in the choir.
Survived by daughter: Jamie Chandler of Kearns; son: Dr. Thomas Earl (Karen) Chandler of Delta; brother: Robert Earl (Renee) Wilde of Provo; grandson: Scott Thomas Chandler; and granddaughter: Jennifer Chandler of Delta; granddaughter: Michelle Todd (Joshua) Staley of Taylorsville; and great-grandson: Maxwell Joshua Staley. Preceded in death by parents: Earl and Loyas Ora Wilde.
Sincere thanks to Stephen W. Shamo, MD, and staff of Millard County Care Center for loving and professional care they gave to Emilie during last 41/2 years of her life.
Funeral: Saturday, June 1, 12 noon, at Delta Stake Center, 125 S White Sage Ave. Viewing: 10:30-11:40 AM, prior to service. Burial Delta Cemetery. Online condolences at

Joy Irene Tidwell Boren--Obit Notice

Joy Irene Tidwell Boren

November 10, 2012 12:50 am  • 
Joy Irene
Tidwell Boren
1920 ~ 2012
Joy Irene Tidwell Boren, 92, passed away peacefully on November 6th, 2012, in Mesa, Arizona. She was born June 8th, 1920, to Archie Ronald and Mary LaVina Sperry Tidwell in Hiawatha, Utah. Her early childhood was spent in Nephi, Utah, before her family moved to American Fork.
She married Carl Boren October 2nd, 1940. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Provo Temple. They enjoyed 67 years together before Carl preceded her in death on May 24th, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, and a granddaughter.
Joy is survived by her three children: Bonnie (Dale) Carroll Mesa, Arizona; Jerry (Laura Lee) Boren, Lehi, Utah; Betty Lu (Richard) Merkley, American Fork, Utah. She has 16 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. She loved her family.
Friends and family may attend a viewing at Anderson and Sons Mortuary, 49 East 100 North in American Fork on Sunday, November 11, from 6 to 8 pm. A family memorial will be held Monday, November 12th at 11:00am with interment at the American Fork City Cemetery. Online memories and condolences may be shared at

Monday, June 3, 2013

Betty Marakis Elkin Obit Notice

Betty Marakis Elkin

Our beloved Betty Elaine Elkin went home to be with the Lord on May 23, 2013. She was born Jan. 2, 1931 in Hiawatha to loving parents Mike and Annie Marakis. Betty grew up in Price, graduating from Carbon High in 1949 and continued her education at Carbon Junior College. She had resided in Raton, N.M. for the last 41 years. Betty worked for Dr. Armin Keil in Raton for several years and was also a volunteer with CASA. She was an active, involved member of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for many, many years. Betty was a loving, caring daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who will be dearly missed. She deeply loved her family and they deeply loved her. She was the devoted and treasured wife of the late Harry Elkin. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years, Harry; and her beloved daughter, Gerrie Perry. She leaves behind to cherish her memory sons Harry (Sherri), Henderson, Nev., and John (Ailene), Green River, Wyo., seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Betty was also the dear, sweet sister of Nick (Cathy) Marakis, Goldie Bartlett and Mary (Clifford) Madsen. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and many, many good friends. Betty will always be remembered as the beautiful person she was, inside and out. There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Raton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to Holy Trinity.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Grand Marshall's Jul 2012

Heritage Days Selects Grand Marshals

Vicky and Claron Durrant
Claron and Vicky Durrant have been residents of Huntington for 33 years. Vicky was born in Price and was raised in Hiawatha, where her father Allen Cox worked in the coal mine. She graduated from Carbon High School, then worked as a secretary in Orem, following her graduation from high school Claron was born in Franklin, Idaho. He graduated from Preston High School. Following graduation he attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a BS degree in Elementary Education. It was while attending BYU that he met and married Vicky Lee Cox. Following graduation and marriage in 1970, they lived in Pocatello, Idaho, where Claron taught elementary school for 10 years. In June 1979 they moved to Huntington where he taught at Huntington Elementary School for 31 years, retiring in May 2010. Claron and Vicky are parents of six children: Alana Olsen, Melinda Durrant, Dennis, Stephen, Errol, and Sharol Sorenson.

Roma Kay Anderson Cooper Obit Oct 2011

Roma Kay Anderson Cooper

EAST CARBON - Roma Kay Anderson Cooper, age 69, passed away Oct. 1, 2011 in East Carbon, Utah. She was born Aug. 9, 1942 to Alfred M. Anderson and Mable Jacobson in Hiawatha, Utah. She married John M. Cooper on June 12, 1971 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is survived by her husband, John; children: Sherrie Montoya of St. George, Utah, and Janile (Jim) Kennedy of Evanston, Wyo.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters: Rene Cupples of East Carbon, Utah, and Oreen Sawyer of Evanston, Wyo. Preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; two sisters; and one son Mark Alfred Cooper. Roma's family will receive friends and family on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 from 6 - 8 p.m. at Crandall Funeral Home (800 Uinta - Evanston, Wyo.) A graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the Randolph Cemetery (305 West Canyon Street - Randolph, Utah.) Interment will be in the Randolph Cemetery. Friends and family may sign the guest book and share memories of Roma at

Lola Jean Nelson Obit notice

Lola Jean Nelson
Lola Jean Nelson
WELLINGTON-Lola Jean Nelson, age 82, of Wellington, peacefully passed away on May 11, 2013. She was born on Oct. 23, 1930, in Hiawatha, to Ervin and Grace Erickson. A graduate of Carbon High, Lola married Dwane "Pinky" Nelson in March 1948. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Temple on Oct. 31, 1987. Lola had a way of making everyone feel loved and important. She was an avid reader and pen-pal, who loved card games, bowling, fishing, and camping with family and friends. She was like a mother to many, especially to her beloved nieces and nephews. Lola's life exemplified charity. She was an amazing mother and grandmother. She was the first woman to be elected as President of the Carbon County Chamber of Commerce. Lola also served as Chapter President of both the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and the Business /Professional Women of Carbon County. She served on the College of Eastern Utah Foundation, American Legion Auxiliary, Daughters of the American Revolution, and for more than 20 years in the American Red Cross. She was named "Outstanding Young Woman" from the Price chapter of Beta Sigma Phi for her service work. Lola was a banker at Carbon-Emery Bank/Zions Bank, and later became a proud Pink Lady Volunteer. She was a dedicated member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in Relief Society, Sunday School, and Primary teacher. Lola is survived by her son, Chris Nelson (Laurie) of Price; sister Carolyn (Louie) of Seattle; sisters-in-law Renae Hill, of Wellington, and Beth Barnier, of Santa Clara; son-in-law Doug Ehler, of Elmo; grandchildren Greg Nelson (Amanda), of Crestview, Fla.; Jared "Buck" Ehler, of Salt Lake; Will Ehler, of Wellington; Cara Jenkins (Bud), of Castle Dale; Ryan Nelson (Carlie), of Price; eight great-grandchildren; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Lola was preceded in death by her husband Pinky; daughter Julie Ehler; parents; sisters Winona Marx and Enid Baldwin; and brother Wayne Erickson. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Wellington LDS Stake Center (935 East Main St., Wellington). A viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Fausett Mortuary in Price and Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the church. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Family and friends may sign the guest book and share memories of Lola at

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Patricia "Patti" Colosimo O'Neil Obit Notice

Patricia Colosimo Patti O'Neil

March 17, 1959 ~ May 19, 2013
PRICE, Utah-Patricia "Patti" Colosimo O'Neil, age 54, passed away May 19, 2013 in Provo.
She was born March 17, 1959 in Price, Utah to Louie and Patricia Littlejohn Colosimo.
Patti was a lifelong resident of Carbon County who attended Notre Dame Regional School and graduated from Carbon High School in 1977. On October 12, 1980, she married George Patrick O'Neil in Elko, Nevada.
Patti was a member of the Catholic Church. She enjoyed camping, gardening, traveling and going to Wendover. Patti worked many jobs in Carbon County and touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. Whether it was at work or play, Patti could brighten anyone's day regardless of the situation. Her beautiful smile, contagious laugh and gift to gab left many speechless at times.
Patti shared an unwavering love for her family, friends and neighbors. She cherished her family and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild in November. Patti will be dearly missed by her family and a community of friends
Survived by her husband, Pat O'Neil, Price; daughter and son, Tiffany (Richard) Williams, Tyson (Carrie) O'Neil, both of Murray; mother, Pat Colosimo, Price; sisters, Sidnee (Robert) Krajnc, Mesquite, NV; Kelli (Allen) Nielsen, Huntington; niece, Mandee Krajnc, Mesquite, NV; aunt, Joni Orphanakis, Salt Lake City; special friend, Sandra Barff, Helper; many cousins, dear friends and her constant companion, "Cubbie".
She was preceded in death by father Louie Colosimo; nephews, Louis and A.J.; and beloved aunt Mary.
Funeral Mass, Friday, May 24, 2013, 10:00 a.m., Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church. Vigil service, Thursday 7:00 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Thursday and Friday one hour prior to services. Committal service, Cliffview Cemetery, Price. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Patti at

Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 22, 2013

Del Bert "Butch" Leamaster OBIT

Del Bert "Butch" Leamaster

Del Bert "Butch" Leamaster
HUNTINGTON - Bert "Butch" Leamaster, age 81, passed away May 15, 2013 at his home in Huntington. Bert was born Aug. 12, 1931 in Hiawatha to Delbert and Mary Marie Ungerman Leamaster. He married Janet Nielson on Nov. 13, 1954 in Huntington. They then moved to Las Vegas, Nev., where they raised their family. Their marriage was solemnized in the Manti LDS Temple on April 9, 2011. Janet passed away later that same year. Bert moved to Huntington at the age of 16. He graduated from North Emery High School. He and his brother, Fon, enlisted together in the U.S. Navy where they proudly served during the Korean Conflict. Bert was a sheet metal worker by trade, and was a member of the Local 88 Sheet Metal Union retiring in 1998. Following retirement, they moved back home to Huntington. He was a handyman who could fix anything. He enjoyed the outdoors where he loved to hunt, fish, and camp. Bert was a proud member of the American Legion Post #73. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Bert is survived by his children: Joni (Steve) Miller of Mapleton, Kelly (Steve) Wilson, Huntington, Ronni (Tony) Torre, Huntington, and Cassie Brown, Las Vegas, Nev; siblings, Reid "Fon" Leamaster, Huntington and Faye Leamaster, Las Vegas, Nev; 10 grandchildren: Michael Stipanov, Stevoni Doyle, Brandon Skeem, Kris Barker, Kalleen Barker-Young, Bryan Torre, Dominick Torre, Colton Torre, Wade Brown, and Megan Brown-Munford; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janet; sister, Millie; sister-in-law, Ramona; nephews, Vic and Del Leamaster; and nieces, Sherri Brown and Dawn Leamaster. Funeral services were held Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Huntington LDS 1st and 5th Ward Chapel There was a viewing Sunday, May 19 at Fausett Mortuary in Castle Dale and on Monday at the church. Interment was in the Huntington City Cemetery. Services were in the care of Fausett Mortuary. Family and friends may sign the guest book and share memories of Bert at

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Pete Petrulakis obit notice

Pete George Petrulakis

Pete George Petrulakis
Our Beloved Husband, Daddy, Opa, Son and Brother
Pete George Petrulakis passed away on April 28, 2013. Pete was born in the coal mining town of Hiawatha, Utah, January 3rd 1934. He grew up in Hiawatha with all his friends with whom he had breakfast twice a month until he moved to St. George. He played football for Carbon High and they took the Championship in 1951. The Families moved to Salt Lake City in 1950, when he began his studies at the University of Utah for 4 years. He served in the Army in 1955 in France. Pete worked for 35 years for the Utah Department of Transportation. He retired in May 1994 as the Administrative Manager of Project Development.
He married Ursula Doebbeling Hill on February 14, 1970. They lived in Sandy for 31 years, moved to St. George in 2003. He is survived by his wife Ursula of 43 years, 2 daughters, Leslie and Tia. Granddaughters; Ashley (Jake), Stephanie (Chad), Grandson; Andrew; six Great-grandchildren; Brother, Dean (Judy); Sister-in-law, Anna; 3 Nephews, George (Karna), Nick (Karen), Dean (Laura); 1 Great nephew, 4 Great nieces; Cousins in the USA and Greece, and our long time friend Bonnie D'Grazio.
Preceded in death by his parents George and Elizabeth Petrulakis, his brother Anthony George Petrulakis, his sister Sylvia Petrulakis, brother-in-laws, Dieter Doebbeling (Germany) and Rolf Doebbeling, and mother-in-law, Elfriede Doebbeling.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Creek Orthodox Church, 279 South 300 West. Friends may call at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Trisagio service at 7:00 p.m. Burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
May his memory be eternal.


Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 5 to May 6, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Max Arlin Robb- Obit Notice

Max Arlin Robb
PRICE-Our loving father and grandfather, Max Arlin Robb, 93, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013 in Price, Utah. He was born in Spanish Fork, Utah on January 14, 1920 to Arlin and Hazel Johnson Robb. Funeral service, Wednesday, April 10 at 11 a.m., Price North Stake Center, 449 North 100 East in Price, Utah. Family will receive friends at Mitchell Funeral Home (233 East Main Street) in Price Tuesday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. and at the stake center Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment, Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are always welcome daily and may share memories of Max online at

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

William Reese Thomas
February 23, 1938 - April 20, 2013
Longtime Soldotna resident, Mr. William Reese Thomas, 75, died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at his home in Soldotna with his family by his side.

Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, 159 Marydale Drive in Soldotna. Stake President Olaf Hartvigson will be officiating.

Mr. Thomas was born February 23, 1938 in Price, Utah. He graduated high school and attended a year of college. Bill served in the U.S. Army for a short while before being honorably discharged. He lived in Anchorage when he first moved to Alaska in 1957. After moving to Kenai he worked for the Kenai Power Company and most recently worked as an oil field worker for Chevron Oil until he retired. Bill was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in Soldotna. He taught Art, was a volunteer fireman and EMT and a Boy Scout Master. Bill loved painting, wood carving and his Ham Radio.

The family wrote, “William Thomas touched the lives of all who met him. He had a great love for the outdoors and spent much of his time hunting in the wilderness with pack horse and fishing. He taught art at remote Alaskan Villages and his legacy continues as his painting and relief carvings are spread across the world. After surviving cancer, he spent many years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. He loved the Lord and he exemplified Jesus Christ’s example by spending his life in service to others.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Cora Thomas; brother, Ron Thomas and son-in-law, Dee Jay Palmer.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Pickett Thomas; daughter, Misty Palmer; son, Wade Thomas and his wife, Susan; daughter, Hillary Bergeron and her husband, Robert; granddaughter, Jessica Smith and her husband, Austin; grandsons, Jared Thomas and Chris Palmer; granddaughters, Nicole Thomas, Rachel Thomas, Kate Palmer and Amanda Bergeron; great grandson, Oliver Smith; brother, Keith Thomas.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit Bill’s obituary and online guestbook at

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fred Crogan obituary

Fred Crogan

September 28, 1916 ~  April 4, 2013

PRICE-Our loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, Lloyd Fredrick “Fred” Crogan, age 96, passed away April 4, 2013 at Pinnacle Care and Rehabilitation in Price.
He was born September 28, 1916 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Lloyd Francis and Catherine Virginia Clark Crogan.
Fred was a longtime resident of Carbon County where he grew up in Hiawatha. He attended Wasatch Academy, graduated from Carbon High School in 1935 and furthered his education at BYU. Honorably served his country in the U.S. Army/Air Corp during World War II where he was a gunner on a B17 in the South Pacific. After returning from the service, he married Carol “Kelly” Larsen in Hiawatha on May 29, 1947.
His working career began as a railroad agent for Utah Railway. He later went to work for US Steel in Dragerton in the accounting office and eventually retired from the preparation plant in Wellington as a coal analyst. Fred lived a very colorful life and after his retirement he went to work for Dan Garber delivering parts for Price Mine Service.
He was a member of Price Elks Lodge #1550 where he served as treasurer for 10 years. Fred was also a member of Carbon Lodge # 16 F. & A.M. His greatest joy in life was his family and he especially enjoyed being “Papa” to Marisa. Fred touched the hearts of many and will be dearly missed by his family and a community of friends.
Survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Kelly Crogan; son, Steven Crogan, daughter, Carrie (Vernon) White, all of Price; six grandchildren, Derrick (Patricia) White, Chad (Becky) White, Brooke (Dan) Burke, Darin (Diana) White, Hayley (Brandon) Bower, Marisa White; great grandchildren, Tyler White, Kiersten Garlock, Dylan White, Kolton Porter, Dagan White, Reagen Bower, Kristen White, Keylee Bower, Jamison Bower, Dylan and Logan White; cousins, Dan (Ranae) Garber, Price; James (Beth) Garber, Kearns.
Preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral service, Monday, April 8, 2013, 11:00 a.m., Mitchell Funeral Home (233 East Main Street-Price). Family will be at Mitchell’s Monday one hour prior to services. Interment, Price City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price where friends are welcome daily and may share memories of Fred at

Friday, April 5, 2013

Fred Crogan born 28 Sep 1916, passed away 4 Apr 2013. Funeral will be Monday 8 April 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Price, Utah. The family will be at Mitchells one hour prior to service

Monday, April 1, 2013

The next 22 black & white pictures are of Mohrland, Utah. There were a lot of us living in Hiawatha that moved there from Mohrland about 1938. These pictures were saved by Gladys Bearnson and are in the possession of Jim & Darrell her sons. They gave me permission to add them here because of the many Hiawatha connections. If you want to copy them please get permission from Jim or Darrell.
Enjoy this little piece of history.

Typical Mohrland home

Tipple Trestle?

Building in back housed-store, mine office & butcher shop

1 of 2 old steam engines pulling coal from Mohrland

Mohrland, Utah early 1920's

Mohrland, Utah (Shop?)

Mohrland Shop 1910

Morhland Mine Portal

Mohrland Hotel & Annex

Mine Bath House-- Mohrland

Mine rescue training car--Crew waiting for training

Kenneth Jeffs- Mohrland, Utah

JoeTrulon (?) Mohrland Butcher

Japanese hotel (in rear)-Japanese Docoter making rounds on horse- nocars in Mohrland in 1914

Train switching railcar of groceries for store

Dillerd De Freeze

Dillerd De Freese & baby son at Mohrland Barn

Mohrland Coffee House

Coffee House in Mohrland

Bert Risley-D.O.Morgan-Jim Wilson -?

Ball Field Grandstand-Mohrland

2 wheeled garbage dump wagon- 1915

We had a good turnout for breakfast today. At first, when they kept coming in I thought it was an April Fool joke. Here we are----
Glenn Davis
Bob Wilde
Merlin Blackburn
Chris Vaseleou
Don Reaveley
Archie McCarrie
Darrell Bearnson
Jim Bearnson
Ken Allred
Don Wallace
Tom Neilson
Wally Baldwin
Paul Mecham

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Mr. Craighead--By Burmester

Labor Day Celebration

Labor Day-Price, Utah

Wallace I was looking through you blog and came across a picture  with my dad in it. Can you tell me who the others are and maybe what role my dad may have played in the everyday of the mine operations. His name was Ruben Franklin Prater. He is in the overhauls in this picture. I was in Utah this last summer and when out to Hiawatha and looked around nothing much to look at but it was the fist time I had been back there since we moved back to Oklahoma. I was about three when we left there. Me and I twin sister Connie were in the Hiawatha paper one year at Christmas with other sets of twins around 1948 to 1950. Dad with by the name RF. Moms name was Opal Prater. I had a older sister named Gail and me( Donald) and Connie. I have sent the picture I am talking about. Any information would be great. The picture is at the bottom of you message.

Donald Prater
Oklahoma City