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The Press OBITUARIES - January 2012

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Eugene Henry Gabert, 83
Eugene Henry Gabert, 83, of Blackfoot, ID, passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Bingham Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and following a long and extended battle with severe complications from diabetes .
Gene was born the last of nine children Dec. 22, 1928 at the family homestead in Aberdeen, to David and Emily [Emilie or Amelia] Gabert, formerly of Consta/Svastopol, Romania; David was the son of Andrew [Andreus] Gabert and Emily the daughter of Jacob Schweigert, born 1846, Borodino, Russia; David and Emily settled around 1911 at Flat Top, then Aberdeen, ID. He is preceeded in death by siblings Hilda, Godiff, Edna, Herb, Al, Paul, Freida, and Ed Gabert. Jacob Schweigert is buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Following their parents death in 1940 and 1943, Ed and Gene moved to the Salmon River at Bayhorse and then near Hat Creek, where they farmed and ranched together. Gene joined the Army in 1946, and on Feb. 22, 1947, married Barbara Ann Salisbury, who also preceeded him in death from cancer on Sept. 10, 1974.
Gene is survived by his wife of 26 years, Connie J. Crystal Watson, married April 26, 1986, in Virginia City, NV, and by four sons, David Eugene Gabert, Allan Wesley and Eileen [Wheeler] Gabert, Richard Jay and Rhonda [Moore] Gabert, and Rocky and Pat Watson, with 12 grandchildren: Troy and Robbie Pottenger, Scott Dixon, Chad Allbrett, Sarah Fournier [Gabert], Laurinda Gabert, Heidi Gabert, Boise Andrew [Bo] Gabert, Heather Ann Gabert, Ronnie Sue Bosquez, Connie M. Dominguez, and David P. Lewis, and numerous great-grandchildren. Gene was also preceeded in death by his daughter, Donna Lee Pottenger, and his second wife, Darlene Trahan, whom he divorced in 1984, who also has preceeded him in death in 1997, and is survived by her daughters Patty Tea and Jackie Wall.
Gene and Barbara mined from Contact, NV, to Patterson, Cobalt, then farmed and ranched at Clover Creek near King Hill, ID; Gene and Barbara bought Zims Plunge in New Meadows, ID, before moving back to Coeur d’Alene, then Mackay, ID, in 1971. He enjoyed trading in real estate and ranches. Gene was elected the Big Lost River Watermaster 13 times, and loved the challenging dynamics of Idaho Water Law and applying the flood irrigating family tradition. Connie and Gene lived at Bartlett Point above Mackay, where she worked at the Lost River Hospital while Gene ran the water; Rocky and Pat Watson also lived and worked and performed music in Mackay during this time and enjoyed country music, dancing, and having fun. Gene and Connie developed and sold the Bartlet Point property and moved to Blackfoot in 2002.
He served n the United States Army and mostly drove jeep for the brass; Gene was a perfect marksman who it was said never missed a target! This can be seen by the massive 31 point prize mule deer buck he shot while farming there in the Challis, ID, area. Gene was a lifelong and traditional follower of the Lutheran Church, but also enjoyed playing the accordion and dancing to polka and country music.
A Celebration of Life, viewing and services are scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. until 2 p.m on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Hawker, Lost River Funeral Home, 345 Sunset Drive in Arco, ID. Interment will follow at Mount McCaleb Cemetery in Mackay, ID, with a continuing celebration at Kens Club Banquet Hall in Mackay. Condolences may be sent to the family at condolences@hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Ada Rae Haskell Christensen Wangsgard
Huntsville, UT – Ada Rae Wangsgard, 95, passed away peacefully due to old age and complications of Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Country Pines Assisted Living in Clinton, UT.
Mom was born Sept. 13, 1916 in Sublett, ID, the daughter of Raymond Levi and Sarah (Horn) Haskell. Ada married Max Christensen on Feb. 5, 1934 in American Falls. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. They had three children, Max L. (Betty) Christensen of West Point, Leonard R. (Georgia) Christensen of St. George and Karen Christensen Kimber Boeslund (deceased). Max passed away on Feb. 7, 1961. She married Gilbert A. Wangsgard on April 24, 1965; he passed away on Nov. 25, 1990.
She attended schools in Rockland, and graduated from high school.
She worked at DDO in the kitchen; she learned many cooking skills there and received many awards. She worked at Hill Air Force Base for a while, during that time she even washed B-25 and B-26 airplanes. She worked at Snow Basin in the kitchen and was known around the area for the wonderful pies she would bake.
She was a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers. An active member of two women’s social groups, she was highly involved as secretary and met monthly. She was honored as the Grand Marshall in the Huntsville July 4th Parade in 2001.
She loved to garden, raise flowers and embroidery. She bottled fruit every fall and was good at it. She loved to watch boxing matches on TV. She enjoyed the rodeo in her younger days. All her children and grandchildren loved her homemade apple pie. She was an active member of the LDS Church, where she served as the Librarian for 25 years.
Ada is survived by her two sons; 11 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters and three brothers, Erma Moss, Ivan Haskell, George Haskell, Lola Mae Stokes and Carl Haskell, all of Idaho, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; her daughter, Karen; two brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be at Aultorest Memorial Park.
The family would like to give special thanks to Country Pines Assisted Living for their care of Ada.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com.
Erica Rachel Nicole (Jennings) Van Komen
1977 ~ 2011
Our beautiful Erica Rachel Nicole (Jennings) Van Komen, 34, passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Salt Lake City, UT. She will be dearly missed and never forgotten. She was an amazing mother, companion, sister, cousin, niece, aunt and friend.
She was born Sept. 26, 1977 in Boise, ID, to Kathleen (Kathy) and Donald Jennings. After her mother’s death, at the age of four, she was raised by her loving grandparents, James and Elizabeth Cobia of American Falls.
Erica grew up in American Falls, and graduated from American Falls High School in 1995, where she excelled in cheerleading, student council, Junior Miss, and was a member of a competitive dance team. She had an active childhood and loved being with her many friends.
After graduating, she moved to Salt Lake City and attended University of Utah. She then met and married Tyler Van Komen and was blessed with two sons, Tristan and Sier. They later divorced. Erica’s greatest joy in life was spending time with her children. She loved watching and filming them participate in all their sports and programs. She would watch them over and over when she would get home with a big smile.
In 2010, Erica met her companion and soul mate, Todd Parris, whom she loved. They enjoyed many weekends four-wheeling, boating, camping, going to the movies, family get-togethers with all of the kids, especially the summer trips to Bear Lake and the kids’ birthday parties with everyone there.
Erica was always thinking of others and wanted everyone else to be happy. She was an outgoing and fun person to be around. She always saw the good in everything and everybody, and had a way of making people feel comfortable. She could talk to someone she had never met like they were her best friend. She had a magnetic personality. There was not one ounce of “mean” in her. Her contagious laugh and the ability to make everyone feel loved and special will be missed by all.
Erica is survived and loved by Todd Parris, sons Tristan and Sier, father Donald Jennings, brother Jimi (Karen) Jennings, sister Diana Rose, sister Katie Nemelka, Dayten Jennings, nephew, Christy Jennings, aunts and uncles who adored her, Carol Cobia (Auntie C), Brenda (Ant B) (Breck) Rich, Colleen (Jamie) Mayer, Betty Sue Rasmussen, Noel (Jean) Cobia, Dennis (Leslie) Cobia, Linda Sewell and many cousins all of whom were very close.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Kathleen Jennings, her grandparents, James and Elizabeth Cobia, her Uncle James Cobia Jr., and her Aunt Barbara Shepherd, all of whom she couldn’t wait to see.
Viewing will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, at Wasatch Lawn, 3401 South Highland Dr., Salt Lake City, UT, followed by the funeral at 12:30 p.m. Grave dedication will be held at Falls View Cemetery, American Falls, Thursday, Jan. 5, at 12:30 p.m. Online condolences and memories may be sent to www.davisrosemortuary.com.
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