96 South Main Street, PO Box 77, Nephi, Utah 84648 - Voice: 435 623-0525 - FAX: 435 623-4735

In Memorium


Alice Gae Denison Sperry
1928 - 2018

Alice Gae Denison Sperry, 90, our beloved mother and grandmother passed away on August 3, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born April 10, 1928, to Melvin and Lenore Gottfredson Denison in Ogden, Utah. She grew up in Manti, Utah with one brother and four sisters. She graduated from Manti High School and later attended Snow College.

Gae met Arvel Duane Sperry while working in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they were married in the Manti Temple on November 12, 1948, and lived in Nephi, Utah. She worked for First Security Bank, Thermoid Rubber Plant, Juab School District, and Juab County. She and Duane also operated a floral business in Nephi for a number of years.

Gae was the wonderful mother of Nickie (Von) Andreasen, Sheryl (Michael) Andersen, Alan (Becky) Sperry, Dan (Alice) Sperry, and Tony (Meridee) Sperry. She enjoyed supporting her children and grandchildren in all of their many school and church activities. She also loved to knit, crochet, and sew and make beautiful gifts for her family which they will always cherish. Her doll collection was her pride and joy. She kept a journal and created photo albums for each member of her family. Her greatest passion in life was her family.

She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and faithfully fulfilled many teaching callings and served as Young Women’s President. Her faith and love for our Savior taught us the importance of knowing Him and His Gospel. She loved doing family history and spent many hours gathering names, dates, and stories of her ancestors.

Gae is survived by her children, 24 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and her sister, Sharon Denison Christensen. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane, three grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.

Steven Mark Ostler

Steven Mark Ostler returned to his heavenly home Friday, August 3, 2018. A true friend, a loyal companion, and ever the comedian, he always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. Steve often said, “I better check the obituaries to see if I’m there so I know if I need to go to work.” Well, he finally made it, and his family hopes he enjoys some well-deserved time off.

Steve grew up in Nephi, Utah and always shared stories about growing up on the farm with his eight siblings. He attended Juab High School where he played football and was student body president. Immediately upon graduating high school he entered the armed forces, which became a 20-year career. Ultimately he retired as a Captain in the United States Army.

Steve served an LDS mission in the Eastern States Mission from 1964-1966. He continued to show his love for the Lord through lifelong service to others. Steve held various callings, including serving in multiple bishoprics. He loved his Highland 19th Ward family.

Upon Steve’s return from the Eastern States he attended Brigham Young University where he earned his teaching degree. To pay for school, he took a job moving pianos with a friend, and continued to move pianos as a side job for the next 40 years. He delighted in the friendships and connections made in each home he would visit. He taught at Olympus Junior High for 30 years. When asked what he taught, his answer was always, “kids.” This kind of humor was Steve’s hallmark.

Steve eventually met the love of his life, and on November 26, 1975, Steve and Ruth were married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple. Steve is survived by his wife Ruth as well as their children: Steven (Jacy), Angela, Mikelle, and John. They have four grandchildren: Max, Sophie, Kate, and Sam. His family was the light of his life and he loved them dearly.

Steve was the son of LeRoy and Anna Grace Ostler and was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brothers: LeRoy, David, John, and Morris.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Chapel located at 9621 North 6050 West, Highland, Utah. Friends and family may visit on Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. or on Thursday from 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. at the chapel. Steve will be laid to rest at the Highland City Cemetery.

The family extends their gratitude to Eudene Anderson, her wonderful staff, and the many friends Gae made while living at Red Cliffs Assisted Living. They would also like to thank Dr. Grant Rasmussen, Julieann Parkin, and staff of Central Valley Hospice as well as friends, neighbors, and members of the Nephi 1st Ward.

Services were held on Monday, August 6, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Nephi 1st Ward Chapel, 222 South 100 East, Nephi, Utah. Interment will be at the Vine Bluff Cemetery.

Margaret LaRae Goates Jarrett
1923 ~ 2018

Margaret LaRae Goates Jarrett returned to her Heavenly Father on August 2, 2018 in Delta, Utah. LaRae was born on October 29, 1923 to David Ray and Cathrine Virl Clark Goates in Lehi, Utah. She married her eternal companion, Dee Olpin Jarrett, on June 14, 1946 in the Manti LDS Temple.

LaRae was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was also a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving as a chorister and choir director; teacher in Sunday School, Primary, Mutual, and Relief Society; and counselor in four Relief Society Presidencies. Dee and LaRae served as missionaries in their stake as well as in the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission. She was a devoted temple patron, right up to the end.

LaRae was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Norman; her grandson, Cody; and three great-grandsons, Austin, Kasen, and Landon. She is survived by her children: Dale (Mary), Alvin (Mary), DeAnn (Morris) Burton, Carolyn (Russ) Wilks, and Phyllis (Clyde) Ellertson; twenty-seven grandchildren; seventy-two great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Nephi Utah Stake Center, 351 North 100 West in Nephi, Utah. Interment will be at the Vine Bluff Cemetery.

Mavis Hansen
1918 ~ 2018

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt Mavis Munk Hansen completed her lifetime of service on the Earth July 30, 2018.

Mom was born at the post office of the Ute Indian reservation in Talmage, Utah, August 8, 1918. She was the second oldest of eleven children of Louis and Dagmar Munk. At the age of 3 months old, with her older brother and parents, loaded into their wagon and moved to Manti, Utah. She grew up attending schools in Manti and Gunnison, Utah. Graduating from Gunnison High School, she married Joseph Howard Hansen November 30, 1938. They had 6 children: Louis (Bud), Gary, Tom, Carol, Richard, and Lynn. They lived in the Salt Lake area after marriage, then moved to Nephi in November of 1944, where she would make her home the remainder of her life and raise her family.

Although a wife and mother first, she also worked as a nurses aid for many years, as well as an agricultural surveyor for the USDA. One of her greatest passions was service in the church in which she held many stake and ward callings. Perhaps one of her favorite callings was spending over 20 years as a gospel doctrine teacher, taking only a short break in 1984 to serve a full time, 18-month mission in Denver, Colorado. Other callings and activities included: Ward Relief Society president, Young Women’s presidency, the singing mothers – a traveling singing group that performed in various locations including the tabernacle. Besides family and church, another love she had was for sports. She enjoyed watching her children performing in athletic events and was a life-long fan of watching sports on television.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard in 1974, one son Bud in 1998, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and 6 siblings. She is survived by her 5 children: Gary (Barbara), Tom, Carol, Richard (Gay), and Lynn (Kris); 25 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren.

Our family would like to express our heartfelt love and appreciation to her care givers, Doctor Jones, CVMC staff, CVMC Home Health Care, Laurel Groves Assisted Living staff, and Mike and Brace at Anderson Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held on August 3 at 12:00 pm in the LDS Chapel located at 100 East and 200 South in Nephi, Utah. Interment will take place at Vine Bluff Cemetery.

Samuel Richard Geldmacher

Samuel Richard Geldmacher, our wonderful father, husband, brother, the best uncle, grandpa and dear friend, age 74, returned to Heaven from complications of his heart on August 2, 2018, at Utah Valley Hospital with his loved ones at his side.

He was born December 3, 1943 to Ray and Virginia Worthington Geldmacher in Portola, California.

He enjoyed growing up in Grantsville, Utah. He loved working at his family grocery and hardware store. He graduated from Grantsville High School where he loved and lettered in football. He attended SUU in Cedar City, Utah.

He met and fell in love with Valeen Teerlink. They were married in the Salt Lake City Temple and made their home in Mona, Utah.

Sam was a true workaholic for his trucking business, Geldmacher Trucking, but knew how to turn a work load into a memorable family vacation.

Sam is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has a firm belief of the power of prayer and knows without a doubt of the life hereafter.

He will be remembered for his loving heart, warm smile, concern for others, notable work ethics, generosity and the unconditional love for his friends and family. He leaves mortality knowing we will all be together again. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Valeen, children: Kimberly (Mike) Hanigan, Clifton (Julie) Geldmacher, Tonya (Sheldon) Bronson; brothers: Gary (Carol) Geldmacher, David (Julie) Geldmacher; sister Shirley Pope and sister-in-law Tonna Geldmacher; 15 cherished grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 2 nieces, Shawna and Tory, that he loved as his own.

Preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles Geldmacher, brother-in-law Don Maxwell, son- in-law Todd Kelson and his favorite dog Nike.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Mona 3rd Ward Church, 100 East 800 South Mona, Utah. A viewing will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Anderson Funeral Home at 94 West 300 North in Nephi, Utah and Saturday, one hour prior to the service.