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Emma Bombardieri Yerkovich


1916 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Emma Bombardieri Yerkovich Obituary
1916 ~ 2016
Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and aunt, Emma Yerkovich, passed away peacefully on November 28, 2016. She will be greatly missed as she has been such a significant part of our lives, but we are comforted knowing that she is with God in Heaven, "rocking baby angels" as she has always wanted. We feel blessed to have had so many years with her and will always cherish the memories of the special times that we shared. She was brave and strong until the end and was so very grateful for the love and care that she received from her family and friends.
Emma was born on October 6, 1916 to August Bombardieri and Celeste Raschetti Bombardieri in Rock Springs, Wyoming. She grew up there with her younger sister and partner in crime, Josephine. In 1938, she married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Nick Yerkovich, and together they raised two sons, James and Neil Yerkovich. In 1959, they left Rock Springs and moved to Utah but still spent many weeks each year in Wyoming at the cabin that they built in the Wind River Mountains.
"Sunshine," as Nick always called her, could not have been a more perfect nickname. Emma was truly a special person who touched the lives of so many people with her caring soul and gentle wisdom. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, who loved to spoil her family and never missed a birthday or holiday or any other opportunity to make them feel special. She liked to say, "I love you more", and she truly did.
Emma was a devout Catholic whose deep faith guided her through each step of her life. She had a special devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and to the rosary which she prayed at least once a day. She attended Mass whenever possible and truly enjoyed being able to celebrate daily Mass with the community at St. Joseph's Villa while she was there. Her family members and friends were convinced that she had a direct line to God and took great comfort in knowing that they were always in her prayers.
In addition to her family and her faith, Emma loved nature and spending time outdoors, especially time spent at their cabin in "God's country". She had a soft spot for all animals which she instilled in her sons, grandkids, and great grandkids--she loved her pets, especially the nine dogs which she and Nick had throughout their lives, and spoiled them rotten too. She was a great cook and loved to cook for her family most of all. Whether it was one of the traditional Italian recipes that her mother brought with her from Italy, or an apple pie cooked on the wood burning stove at the cabin, she put her love into every dish. Fortunately, she was able to teach her grandkids how to make many of their favorite dishes so her traditions will live on.
Emma is survived by her son, Jim Yerkovich (Betty); grandchildren, Noël Ladner (Michael), Mary Chris Finnigan (Matthew), John Yerkovich (Jeni Makepeace-Yerkovich), and Bret Yerkovich; great grandchildren, Ian, Olivia, Fennel, Peyton, Taryn, and Lily; niece, Celeste Pentila; and daughter in law, Kathleen Lucas. She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years; her son, Neil Yerkovich (Kathleen); her parents; her sister, Josephine Pentila; and her brother in law, Art Pentila.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 3 in the chapel that she loved at St. Joseph's Villa, 451 E. Bishop Federal Ln, Salt Lake City. Committal service, Mount Calvary Cemetery, 4th Ave and T Street.
The family wishes to thank all of the caring people at St. Joseph's Villa, especially Eddie, Katosha, Stephan, Matilla, Boronka, Andrew, Heather, her special friend Catherine who was always by her side, and so many more who took such good care of her and always made her feel loved. Also, Tim who took her to church for many years, talked politics and sports with her, and was always there for her and the family in times of need; her friend and spiritual counselor, Msgr Joseph T. Fitzgerald; Pat, a longtime friend of the family; and her "Snow Angel" Russ, his wife Janelle, and the many neighbors in Midvale who kept an eye on her over the years.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 1, 2016
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