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Reese, Rita Gilbert - Salt Lake City  
1930 ~ 2016 Rita Gilbert Reese was born on April 29, 1930 to Clifford Frank and Florence Christine Gilbert in Salt Lake City, Utah. Rita died in the early morning hours of May 23,2016, her son Rick's birthday. She married Ralph Elmer Reese on September 19, 1952 after graduating from the University of Utah. She and Ralph are the parents of Rick, Rob (Mary Jo Laramie), and Ruth (Greg Peters). Their granddaughters are Ambra (Trim Wellbeloved) and Molly (Bill Pilivi) along with great-grandchildren; Reese, Ian, Tate Wellbeloved and Sia Pilivi. Her faithful companion, Reilly, stayed with her throughout her last days, he will miss her dearly. Rita is preceded in death by her parents, her twin brother Ray, youngest brother Marty, son, Rick, and husband, Ralph, just eight months ago. Rita always said she wanted only these words for her obituary: "I was born, I lived, and I died." Shortly before dying she emphasized she only wanted a boring, ordinary obituary. Well, those of you who know and love Rita, know she was anything but boring and ordinary! Rita attended Hawthorne Elementary, Irving Jr. High, South High School, and the University of Utah. She enjoyed friendships from each of these schools throughout her life. She was proud to be a UTE and enjoyed memories of her Alpha Phi sorority days. Rita and Ralph enjoyed an active life. During winters they skied while summers included boating, water-skiing and hiking. The five R's spent many hours on the ski slopes and lakes throughout Utah. Twenty years of Friendship Cruises, dinners and dancing and playing bridge brought a lot of laughter to their lives. Rita enjoyed bowling on various leagues, playing tennis with Jack and Kay Alder weekly for many years and golfing with just the ladies or with Ralph's insurance groups. In most recent years they followed the Red Rocks yearly to Regionals with Bob and Arita Sparks. Rita and Ralph have been members of the Crimson Club from its inception. Rita was born with a creative and productive spirit. She was a master seamstress creating beautiful tailored suits, wedding dresses, quilts and baby clothes. It saddened her to lose her vision ending her sewing days. Christmas trees were decorated differently each year and each unique. She painted several beautiful pieces for both her Salt Lake and Bear Lake homes, as well as, cultivating exquisite landscaping at these homes. She would get our dad to clear the path and she would do the planting. Volunteering was always an important aspect of her life. Rita and Ralph first joined the Salt Lake City Jaycees, then she went on to join the Salt Lake Council of Women, school PTA groups, volunteering with the Sheriff's bicycle safety program, involvement with The Boy Scouts of America and receiving the Silver Beaver Award for over twenty years of dedicated service, The Ladies Literacy Club, The Utah Republican Party, and in several church callings while living in the Winder West Third Ward. She cherished her ward family and dear neighbors. She believed in conservation and environmental issues long before it was deemed necessary for our planet's future. Each of us has an appreciation of the world around us and we take the time to look at our beautiful world because of Rita. She would often sit on the deck of her cabin and say, "I wonder what my friends are doing tonight?" as she gloried in the beauty surrounding her. She loved studying and learning about EVERYTHING. And if you were lucky, she would share her knowledge with you. It was her adamant wish that no services be held in her honor. As her great-grandson, Ian, expressed, "But what about us?" We ask that you take the time to say, "I love you" to your family and friends, everyday. If you wish to make a donation in her honor, she would want you to think of the Humane Society of Utah or The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. She also supported anything Utah UTES, especially The Red Rocks. Think of her when you attend the symphony, ballet, or Pioneer Theater. When football/basketball seasons begin, put up your U, and cheer on her favorite team. Call your family and have them look at the beautiful sunset or full moon as she always did with us. But most of all, thank you for loving our mom, and know she loved and cherished each of you and the friendship you shared. Rita was an extraordinary woman and she was anything but boring! Do something for the greater good in honor of Rita's life well served. Our family greatly appreciates the love and attention Gloria and her CNAs showed both of our parents. Thank you to the IHC Palliative and Hospice Care, as well as the many doctors who took great care of Rita. Drs. Jeffrey Twitchell and Jordan Schaeffer have always been genuinely kind and caring toward our mom. Rita and Ralph wanted their ashes placed at "R" Retreat. We will honor their wishes this summer. If you want more information please contact Rob or Ruth.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 24 to May 29, 2016
Reiser, Cory - South Jordan  
Cory Ryan Reiser April 3, 1977 - May 17, 2016 Cory is now embraced in God's sweet eternal love. He took his last breath surrounded in love from his family. It was cancer that destroyed his body, but the flesh is not who we are. We are eternal souls and it is life that gives Cory value in creating his story. Cory leaves a legacy of abundant love and respect for his son, Isaiah. He is a loving devoted father involving himself in every detail of his son's life. He is a man of strong faith, a God loving Christian with a strong personal relationship with his creator and strength in Christ's love. As a child, Cory was always a good student with goals and great expectations. God blessed him with amazing speed and athletic abilities. He excelled at basketball, baseball and football. He was proud to play basketball for the University of Montana Grizzlies, where he made many lasting friendships. He married Karen Anderson, the mother of his only child in 2005. They were later divorced, but remained good friends and equal partners in raising their son. Cory has always been an independent thinker. He is a free spirit who seldom judges others, he is funny, seldom taking life too serious. He loves wrestling with Isaiah, enjoying time with his family, golf, animals, dinner at his sisters' house, watching the Utah Utes basketball team, his beloved Chicago Cubs and watching his son play sports. He has enjoyed many traveling adventures all over the world, exploring beaches in Bermuda, Hawaii and many islands in the Caribbean. He has fond memories of Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Cory leaves behind his young son Isaiah Cory Reiser, his parents Chris & Fred Reiser (Laurie), his brother Bill (Leslie) whom he has always looked up to, his sister Shannon (Justin) who has been there for him in so many ways, and Justin, who is more like a brother than a brother-in-law. Cory is a fun adoring uncle to Courtney, Pat, Austin, Justis, Aubrey, Ace, Dash and Nixon. He was also blessed to have two special cousins, who have been his best friends for many years, P.J. Holden and Joe Reiser. The three are all sports enthusiasts with the same sick sense of humor. Cory has always believed that everything happens for a reason and that God sends you the right people at the right time. Having said that…Cory and his family would like to thank the Larry & Jan Krystkowiak Family who from the get go jumped in with both feet, knowing that it would be tough, to embrace Cory & Isaiah with their love, support and providing them with many good quality experiences. Also, Cory is grateful to work with so many wonderful friends at TSA, Salt Lake International, who visited often and have donated their personal vacation time so he could keep his employment and medical insurance active. Many thanks to the Brian Ellison family and all the friends and family that contributed their time and donations for Cory's "Cancer Fund Raiser Golf Tournament". Cory knew he was blessed with so many good friends and family. Cory would rather be remembered by his twinkling green eyes and his fun, mischievous smile, so there will be no viewing, but rather a Visitation at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Chapel, 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway, (10600 So.) South Jordan, Utah 84095 on Monday, May 23, 2016 from 6-8 pm. The Memorial Service will be held at the Capital Christian Church, 700 South 1010 East, SLC, UT 84102 on Tuesday, May 24th at 11:00 am. There is no need to wear black or feel sad, for an amazing soul is set free! In lieu of flowers you can choose to donate to Isaiah's education fund: Make checks payable to: Krystko Foundation c/o Isaiah Reiser at 7098 Cottage Point Drive, West Jordan, UT 84081. Online condolences may be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 21 to May 22, 2016
Rettie, Eleanor - Salt Lake City  
1931 ~ 2016 Our beloved Eleanor Rettie, age 84, died May 26, 2016. The family will greatly miss her love and guidance. Born December 8, 1931 in Ogden, Utah to Roy and Mary Erickson. Mary passed away in 1943, and Roy married Cleone Huffman in 1948. The family then moved to Holladay, Utah and she graduated from Granite High School. She met George A. Rettie at a church social at First United Methodist Church and they married in 1953. Later they became members of Christ United Methodist Church. She worked for Zions Bank in many different capacities at several different times of her life. Survived by her husband, George; children Mrs. Ann (Ted) Itchon, Mr. David (Sharon) Rettie, Mrs. Martha (Joey) Davis, Mrs. Mary (Randy) Ding, grandchildren Tamaira, Kaden, Alex, Michael, Grace, and Ella. Preceded in death by her younger sister, Carol, son John and grandson Ben. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 East 3300 South, with a viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 27, 2016
Rice Jr., William James - Salt Lake City  
William James Rice, Jr., loving husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather passed away peacefully on May 21, 2016. He was 63 years old. William, warmly referred to as Bill, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 18, 1952. Bill graduated from St. Dominic Savio High School in 1970. After high school, he served his country in the United States Navy. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts and received postgraduate degrees in counseling from the University of Phoenix and teaching from the University of Utah. He also made progress towards a doctorate degree. Bill married the love of his life, Jayne Ann Crandall, in the Salt Lake Temple in 1983. They were blessed with two children, Rebekah Mary Elizabeth (Becky) and Jordan Spencer, and two grandchildren, William Hayward Sparks and Jacob Daniel Sparks. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 27th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bountiful 27th Ward Chapel, 1145 North 200 East. Friends and family may visit on Thursday, May 26th from 6:00 - 8:00 at the Bountiful 27th Ward chapel and on Friday morning from 9:45-10:45 prior to services. Interment-Spanish Fork Cemetery. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 25, 2016
Ringholz, Joseph Francis - Salt Lake City  
Joseph Francis Ringholz 1926 - 2016 Ending a long and eventful life, Joseph Francis Ringholz died on May 19, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 29, 1926, he was the son of Joseph Francis Ringholz and Edna Watkins Ringholz Gaupp. He married Janice Pile in1948. They were later divorced. He married Raye Carleson Price in 1974. Joe's father died when he was less than four months old. His mother remarried and they moved to a number of cities, causing Joe to change schools several times. He graduated from Vista High in California at the age of 17 and immediately joined the Navy V-12 program, which enrolled him in Occidental College. He later entered the NROTC program at UCLA, where he joined the Sigma Nu fraternity. Following graduation from UCLA, Joe was commissioned as an Ensign and served on the U.S.S. Montpelier until the end of World War II. In1947, his uncle, Walter Watkins, brought him back to Salt Lake to start a career at the Selbach Insurance Agency. Joe excelled and became a partner and the firm`s name was changed to Watkins, Muir and Ringholz (later Watkins Ringholz Agency). In1957 he was designated a member of the C.P.C.U. and was elected the first charter president of the Intermountain chapter. When Walt Watkins died, he became C.E.O. of the agency. The firm merged with Corroon and Black in 1970. Joe was a member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Salt Lake Rotary Club, and the Dirty Shirts of America. He served on boards of the Alta Club, the Country Club and the Kimball Art Center. Joe and Raye were married on a hunting safari in Africa. Joe was an avid skier, golfer, pilot, bird hunter and fisherman who shared his enthusiasm for life with Raye. They returned to Africa several times, summited the Grand Teton, went bone fishing at Christmas Island, trekked in the Himalayas, hunted and game fished in Alaska and travelled extensively. They also considered their 20 years in Park City, Utah an adventure and enjoyed skiing home after a day on the mountain or riding their horses for picnics in Thaynes Canyon. They then moved to Salt Lake City and enjoyed a winter home in Coronado, California, where they lived full time for two years before settling in Palo Alto. Joe is survived by his wife Raye; children Cindy (Chris) Cunningham, Jane (Kenn) Poznar, Mary Ann Garrett, Michael Ringholz and Paul's widow Sherry Ringholz; step-daughters Allyn (John) Taylor, K.C. (Joe) Muscolino, Cam (Leon) Vance; grandchildren Matthew (Cindy) Cunningham, Rachel (Ted) Fisher, Patrick (Candace) Cunningham, Aaron (Tani) Houk, Beau (Jesalyn) Garrett , Clayne (Sunny) Garrett, Andrew Garrett, Jennifer, Krissy and Joey Ringholz, Jennifer (Josh) Salcman, John Andrew Taylor, Nick (Christine) Muscolino, Max Muscolino, Ashley (Tyler) Celey-Butlin, Adam Kelly, Lyndsey Kelly, Gabrielle Vance, Bridger Vance; great-grandchildren Taige and Riley Houk, Henry Reiner, Ellie Cunningham, Braden and Zack Fisher, Grady and Quinn Garrett, Chloe, Hank, Grace and Nina Garrett, Jackson Ringholz, Olivia, Andrew, and Jack David Salcman; and by Carlie and Allegra Shurtliff. He was preceded in death by sons Paul and John Ringholz. The family is truly grateful for the wonderful care and friendship of Walter Barker III. A celebration of Joe's life will be held on Tuesday, May 24th from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Guests are encouraged to use the complimentary valet parking provided on the south side of the building. Joe was laid to rest during a private family committal service at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 4th Ave T Street, Salt Lake City. Online condolences may be offered at www.starksfuneral.com In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charity of your choice.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 22, 2016
Robinson, N. Tom - Salt Lake City  
N. "Tom" Robinson 10/8/1944 ~ 5/21/2016 Noel Thomas Robinson passed away peacefully at home after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He spent his last days surrounded by family and friends. He had a loyal tribe, and many will miss him dearly until we can play another game of dice by the campfire. He has gone ahead to play a long-awaited game of fetch with his beloved dog, Bear, and to run the river with his oldest friend, Rick. He leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Dixee; his daughters: Holly (Branden) and Heidi (Joe); grandson, Dylan; and granddaughters: Aubrey and Cassidy. He was loved by many and made many feel loved. Private services will be held. Online condolences: www.jenkins-soffe.com
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on May 29, 2016
Roper, Alvin Charley - Cottonwood Heights  
Alvin Charley Roper 1921 ~ 2016 Our kind and beloved father, husband, grandfather and great grandfather, Alvin Charley Roper, 94, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2016 at The Legacy Assisted Living Center in South Jordan, Utah. Born October 20, 1921 to Bert and Nellie Jacobsen Roper in the rural community of Oak City, Ut. He went by "Charley" most of his life. He attended and graduated from Delta High School in 1939. He moved to Caliente, NV in 1940 to work for the Union Pacific Railroad at the local depot. While there he met his future lifelong wife, Charlotte. They were married in Los Angeles, March 1942. During WWII he served in the Army 778th Tank Battalion which was part of Patton's 3rd Army. He trained in various domestic locations starting in October 1942 and eventually arrived in Cherbourg, FR on Labor Day 1943. On VE day, May 8, 1945 he was fighting in Czechoslovakia. The last week of 1945 he arrived in New York, was honorably discharged in January 1946, and received a Purple Heart medal. After the military he and Charlotte settled in Los Angeles. He went into the ice business but that was short-lived due to the advent of refrigeration. He went to work in the HVAC business and remained with it until his first retirement in 1978 after 31 years. All 3 of his children were born in Los Angeles. Favorite pastimes in Los Angeles were ocean fishing and attending Laker games during the early LA years. In 1978 they moved to Cottonwood Heights to be closer to relatives. He went to work as the first engineer for the Jordan River Temple. He was an avid landscaper and gardener and the house showed it. After retiring from the second job sometime in the 1990's he and Charlotte traveled to see children, grandchildren, and attended reunions of the Tank Battalion. Locally he resumed his fishing interest, particularly along the creeks of the Wasatch Front. They stayed in their home until March 2008 when health reasons required them to move to assisted living in South Jordan. He was a lifelong faithful member of the LDS church; holding various positions in the wards they lived in. He and Charlotte were sealed in the L.A. temple on August 13, 1976. He was preceded in death by Charlotte who passed in March 2014. He leaves behind all three children, Charles (Jane), Richard (Colleen) and daughter Margaret (Douglas) Peck. Grandchildren Spencer (Erin), Elliott (Maggie), Brett (Laura), Preston, Douglas (fiancé Karis), Emily (Aaron), Allison and Brian Peck; and 6 great grand children Madeline, William, Nolan, Michelle, Korah and Mila. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 11:00 am at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 E. Bengal Blvd. (7600 S.), Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121. Visitation with the family will be Monday, May 23, 6-8 pm at Cannon Mortuary. Interment Mountain View Memorial Estates. Online condolences www.cannonmortuary.com .
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 21 to May 22, 2016
Russell, Loa Grace  
1920 ~ 2016 Loa Grace Russell passed away May 15. At her request, there will be no obituary. A Celebration of Life will be held June 9 from 4-6 at the Girl Scouts of Utah office building. Memory sharing will begin about 4:30. Donations may be made to Girl Scouts of Utah.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune from May 29 to June 5, 2016
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