Obituaries 4

Elly Vander Kraan, age 71, passed away on Jan. 2, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born on Jan. 22, 1944, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands to Henk and Nell Vander Kraan. She was active in the Christian Reformed Church. She loved being a part of the choir and enjoyed fellowship with her friends and family. She worked for JC Penny’s for over 30 years before retiring in 2009. Elly is survived by her sister Maryke Moffitt, brother-in-law David, nephew Brian (Natalie) Moffitt, niece Amy (Charles) Miller, niece Cathleen Moffitt, six grandnieces and nephews, and numerous cousins here in the U.S. and in The Netherlands. She is preceded in death by her parents and her cousin Bob.

Fred Vender Werff

Fred Dowie Vender Werff, 48, died July 17, 1992 at his home in Orem.

He was born May 12, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Dowie J. and Apolonia Sophia Versteeg Vander Werff. He married Kathryn Thompson, August 9, 1965 in the Logan LDS Temple.He attended East High School. He received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He was a High Priest and home teacher in the LDS Church at the time of his death. he held many priesthood, leadership and scouting callings.

He served nine years active duty in Korea and Viet Nam, as an Army Captain. He served seven years in the Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of Major. He worked full time at the 96th U.S. Army Reserve Command Headquarters at Fort Douglas, Utah.

He is survived by his wife Kathryn of Orem; four sons and two daughters, Heidi Wilson, College Station, Texas; Fred D. Vander Werff, Jr., Orem; Elder Kevin Scott Vander Werff, Brasil Sao Paulo South Mission; Gregory Brett Vander Werff, Thomas Jesse Vander Werff, and Katrina Vander Werff, all of Orem; one grandson; two brothers and six sisters, Pauline Ricks, Bennion; Dowena Devey, Wilma Wells; Betty James, all of Salt Lake City; Sandra Harper, Orem; John Vander Werff, Coperas Cove, Texas; D. J. Vander Werff, Kansas City, Kansas.


1944 ~ 2013
Klaus Wagner left us on January 16, 2013, after an eight-month battle with cancer. Born in Annaberg, Germany, September 18, 1944, to Erhard and Marianne Langheinrich Wagner. Klaus emigrated from Germany to the U.S. with his parents and siblings in 1953. The family enjoyed three years in Gunnison, Utah before moving to Salt Lake City. Klaus graduated from East High School in 1962, and served in the Army National Guard. He served a 2½ year LDS mission to Austria. Klaus' life was full of highs and lows. He was a sportscaster on TV in some of the biggest national markets, and locally with channels 2 and 4. Some great clips of his work can be viewed on YouTube, at After that career, he worked just as hard in counseling wayward youth and was a dependable commercial truck driver. He had a testimony of his Savior Jesus Christ that he never denied, and a great knowledge and love for the LDS Church.
Klaus is survived by Gerhild (Tyler) Smith, Boise ID, Christian Wagner, Mebane, NC, and Joan (Gale) Francis, Sandy, UT. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Steven. The family wishes to thank CNS Hospice, and Avalon Valley Rehabilitation, for many hours of service, kindness, and friendship.
As a final gesture he has donated his body to science. Please donate to the American Cancer Society in his name. [Online condolences accepted at: within 30 days]

Published in Deseret News on January 27, 2013

Cherie Wallberg Matthews


DEATH 1 Apr 1989 (aged 44)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
BURIAL Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes scattered in Little Cottonwood Canyon at the temple brick's shaving site.

She was born to Waldemar Albert and Judith Adella Clawson Wallberg. She was their seventh child. She married James David Matthews Aug 1969. Together they had two children; Chandra Alyss and Aaron Michael.

Loyola Wallberg Sohn
          Ralph William Sohn, born August 20, 1938, and Loyola Patricia Wallberg Sohn, born March 16, 1943, passed away on June 17, 2004.
          Starting their married life together on August 27, 1976, in Evanston, Wyoming, they passed away together in a traffic accident on Interstate 80 near Evanston where they made their home.
         Ralph was the son of Frederick William Sohn and Olive Mona Whitaker Sohn. Loyola was the daughter of Waldemar Albert Wallberg and Judith Adella Clawson Wallberg.
          Together in life, home and family were important. At the center of family life was Lola, a caring and loving mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt and friend. She had a generous heart. Her joy in life was her family, her sons Waldemar Frederick Sohn, Patrick Ralph Sohn, and grandson Joshua Sohn. She included as family her dear friends, Joey Smith, Margaret Chapman, Christa Chapman, Zachery Purvis and niece Chandra. Always glad to be of service to others, she was a member and Past President of the Rebekah Assembly of Utah, IOOF.
          Ralph William Sohn was also father of Micheal, Kelly, Timothy and deceased Betsy and Robert. He was grandfather of Michael and Jennifer's children, Ashley, Amber, Marcus, Anita and Shyona. He was a courageous cancer survivor who was always ready to give a word of support. He spent time as a volunteer at the Veterans Hospital encouraging others and helping them to cope. Ralph loved being with Lola, his family and around people. He always had a moment to share with others.
          Loyola is survived by two brothers, Albert and Zane Wallberg. Ralph is survived by one brother David Enoch Sohn, and his sisters Hannah D. Sohn Buchanan, Cordelia E. Sohn Roberts, Larina Mary Sohn and Ziona Dawn Sohn Olsen. Loyola was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Melba, Judy, Cherie and Waldemar Fredrick. Ralph was preceded in death be his parents and sisters Elizabeth Jane, Barbara Elnita and Margaret Gwenllian.
           Funeral Services will be Friday June 25, 2004, at Evans & Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South in Salt Lake City, Utah. The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:45 prior to the service. Interment will be in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.


Robert Glen Warner
Robertwas born to Reed E. and Hazel L. Warner on October 25, 1944, in Spanish Fork, Utah. He died at the age of 72 on July 19, 2017, from liver failure caused by cancer. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who served willingly when called. He prepared his High Priest lessons weeks in advance and loved to do Home Teaching. He married Lana Lee Payne on April 19, 1967, in Bloomington, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple on June 19, 1999. His family was his pride and joy and he loved them all unconditionally. We will always remember his contagious sense of humor,the twinkle inhis eyes,his hugs and his love of the "UTES". He was an Eagle Scout and could build anything. He spent weekends and holidays remodeling our 150 year old farm house in Bear Lake. It took a long time but he did 99% of it himself and it was a proud accomplishment for him. He loved the farm and his completely restored bright red International Super C tractor.He drove it in the parade on the 4thof July in Paris, Idaho ‚ usually with a child on his lap. Bob worked hard all of his life and was a great provider. He was a store manager for Albertson's and a print salesman and production manager for Color Litho Lab, a family owned business. He retired in 2008 from Printech. If Bob was in a room, there was laughter and happiness. When his grandchildren started to talk he would tell them "say Bob and I'll give you a horse". As a result of his love, they would come in the house and immediately look around and ask "where's Bob?" He is survived by his wife of 50 years, his sons Robert Glenn (Sharon), Christopher Russell and 5 grandchildren: Garrett Robert Warner, Dallin Evan Warner, Mekayla Ann Warner, Madison Leigh Warner and Marcus Ethan Warner. Brothers: Reed Eugene (Kathy), Gary C. (Gwen), Steven C., Ronald C. (Colleen), Michael C. (Connie) and sister Mary Ann.Brothers and sisters in law: Rao and Sandra, Wayne and Jolene, Craig and Robin, Kelly and Julie, and David and Celine. Preceded in death by his parents and three grandsons: Braiden Ethan, Cameron Drew and Mason Ellis. He leaves many precious memories and a hole in our lives and hearts.

James L. Welsh
“Jim”, age 77 passed away on June 3, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was born

on April 19, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Chrystal and Leon Welsh.Jim grew up in Salt Lake City. He grew up fishing, hunting, and racing cars, but especially loved
fishing and enjoyed his solo fishing trips later in life. He graduated from East High School in1962, lettering in band, baseball, and football. He served in the army during the Vietnam War and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Jim married Sandra Daniels on April 24, 1971 and together they raised two children. They later divorced. He married Louise Jaeger on July 17, 1999. They later divorced but remained close friends. Jim loved baking and close friends and family were often the recipients of his amazing chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies. He was a
member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and recently served as a worker at the Salt Lake and Bountiful Temples. He loved the people in his wards and branches and enjoyed serving them in any way he could. He liked taking drives to Idaho and loved trail rides with “Mav” in Southern Utah. Jim is survived by his son Court (Meshelle) Welsh; Catherine “Riki” (Brock) Greenwood, both of Woods Cross; five grandchildren, Luke, Seth, and Brooklyn Greenwood; Hunter (Kelsea) Welsh,
and Avery Welsh. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Carleen Durantos.


Susan Wheatley Hatch

April 10, 1944 — September 23, 2022

Bountiful, UT

Susan Hatch, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away at her home in Bountiful, surrounded by loved ones, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Susan was born in Chester, England, on April 10th, 1944, to Beryl Mary Lisle Wheatley and Wilfrid Hampden Wheatley.

Susan’s family emigrated from England when she was a young child. They lived in Lethbridge, Canada, for several years, and later moved to Murray, Utah. Susan valued freedom, and receiving her United States citizenship was a great accomplishment in her life.

Susan graduated from East High School in 1962 and continued her education at Brigham Young University. She loved her time at BYU and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. When she graduated, she began working for the State of Utah in the department of social services.

While working for the state of Utah, she met her husband, Robert W. Hatch. They were married in San Diego, California, on July 3rd, 1976. Robert brought his grown children and their families to the marriage. In 1982, Susan and Robert were blessed with their daughter, Jennifer, who was the light of their lives. Their family was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on December 23rd, 2000.

Susan loved to help people. She had a gift for doing exactly what was needed at the right time. Her charitable nature made her more than willing to give whatever she had to help someone else. As a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she made lasting impressions on others while serving in the Bountiful Temple and in the Relief Society, Primary, and Young Women organizations. Susan was also a volunteer at LDS Hospital for many years, working at the information desk. She made wonderful friends during her many service experiences.

Susan enjoyed anything BYU, gardening, rodeos, and chocolate. She loved traveling with her family and friends. Her travels with Robert took her to the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, the Middle East, and Europe. Favorite family vacations included England; Branson, Missouri; and San Diego, California.

Susan is survived by her daughter Jennifer Leslie Sarahs (Carl) and their children, Madison, Cameron, Jameson and London; Robert’s sons, Robert Steven Hatch (Barbara), and Richard James Hatch (Julia) and their families; She is also survived by her siblings, Richard Wheatley (Vickee), Mary Evans (Max), Ann Gillen (Darrell), Sarah Dunn, and John Wheatley (Kathy).

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Robert. Her family would like to thank Laura, Deana, and Shellee for their help in the final days of Susan’s life.

Carolyn Williams Barrani
Carolyn Fairbanks Williams Barrani
1944 - 2020
Salt Lake City, UT-Carolyn Fairbanks Williams Barrani, age 76, of Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away with her family at her side, on July 24th, 2020, a Pioneer Woman of her time. Carolyn was born March 18th, 1944, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Darlene Louise Bigler and John B. Fairbanks Jr. She was later adopted by Wallace Williams who raised her. Carolyn attended East High School, were she was the first Sterling Scholar in Art, then attended BYU. She later attended the Royal School of Needlework.
Carolyn had a love for the Arab people at a young age and met her eternal husband, Omar A. Barrani, at the University of Utah in 1960 at an Arabic calligraphy exhibit. They were married on November 9th, 1963. She designed jewelry for OC Tanner and then Carolyn and Omar moved to Benghazi, Libya in 1965, and started their family there while running the family import/export business. Carolyn loved her new Libyan family and thrived in the change of culture. In 1970 Carolyn returned to Salt Lake ahead of Omar, and started her own business on Main Street, The Tapis-Tree, a needle arts business catering to the new resurgence of handwork. Her needlework and profile were featured in national magazines such as Woman's Day and Family Circle. Carolyn decided to design and manufacture her own high-end needlework kits with Omar, a business they maintained for 50 years. She spearheaded the American effort to restore the bedcurtains of Sulgrave Manor, Sulgrave, England, the ancestral home of George Washington. Carolyn and Omar enjoyed traveling abroad and attending needlework shows across the United States.
Carolyn was a lifelong and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Everyone could feel her loving and forgiving kindness and she lived her life under the example of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As a mother she brought her faith, appreciation of the arts and world travel to her children. She balanced discipline with love and focused on a happy home and creating memories such as allowing birthday cake for breakfast and flexibility on school attendance on Fridays to catch up on old movies together. She loved art, beauty and graciousness in all forms; classical music, ballet, opera, painting, architecture and gardens. She was an accomplished painter of the highest caliber, especially in oils, using the Old Masters technique as she studied under the great Frank Covino.
Carolyn and Omar created a very close family and she is survived by her husband of 57 years, Omar Barrani; sister, Lynn B. Williams; children: Maha Barrani (Mark Rex), Kadri Barrani, and Rheim Penman (Jon L. Penman); grandchildren, Tyler, Kadin, Mia, Duncan, Jason, and Jonny.

Dennis James Willoughby 1944 ~ 2006
          Dennis James Willoughby passed away on July 17, 2006 after a brief illness. Dennis was born on July 2, 1944, in Tooele, Utah. He married Connie Huff in 1964 and was later divorced. Dennis grew up in Salt Lake were he attended East High School. He lived in Reno, Nevada and most recently in Wendover where he had many friends. Dennis served in the Utah National Guard including two years in Germany. Dennis enjoyed the outdoors going fishing, boating and camping. Early in life Dennis did a lot of painting which he was very good at. He was full of life with a likeable personality He had many friends and will be missed by all. Dennis is survived by his mother Reva (Gordon) Gerber, his daughter, Lachael (Luis) Hemanadez, two grandchildren Lacey and Levi, two brothers Elmer (Betty) Willoughby, Richard (Roxanne) Baese, and sister Dorothy Willoughby Maynard. Graveside services will be held at Wasatch Lawn, 3401 So Highland Drive, Salt Lake City On Thursday July 20, 2006, at 11:00 a.m.

William D. Woodcox, passed away on April 13, 1993 in San Diego, California.
          Born March 3, 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Paul and Fae Woodcox who preceded him in death, along with two of his sisters.
          Survived by his twin sister, Carol Pulliam, three brothers, Harry, Jerry and Joe Woodcox and Bill's companion Tom McMahon.
          Bill had a warm sense of humor and loved helping others. He was devoted to the aged and was voted California Activity Director of the Year for his work at the Cloisters Retirement Home in LaJolla.
          Graveside services, conducted by Anderson & Sons Mortuary, American Fork, will be held Saturday, May 1, 1993, at 11 a.m. at the American Fork Cemetery.