Emma Mae Palcher Tomassi passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Feb. 4, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 85 surrounded by loving family and friends.
Emma was born in Edison, Kan., on Aug. 4, 1927, to Anton and Ladene Palcher. She grew up in Barbour and Butte Valley, Colo., and met her future husband, Louie Tomassi, in Colorado. Emma married Louie at the age of 16 on June 15, 1944, and they remained happily married for 64 years. Together they had three children, Vincenzo (Mary Louise) Tomassi of Kemmerer, Anthony (Kathy) Tomassi, also of Kemmerer, and Louann (Tom) Heydt of Big Piney. Emma had six grandchildren, Luigi (Renae) Heydt, Zack (Alyssa) Heydt, Vincent Heydt, Christopher Tomassi, Kiley (Casey) Ingersoll, and Randall Gunter. Emma also had four great-grandchildren — Natalie, Emily and Timothy Heydt and Izabella Heydt.
Emma came from a large family of ten children; she and her surviving sisters, Lillian Pryich of Rock Springs, Helen (Bob) Wilson of Big Piney, and Carrie (Frank) Baker of Pearce, Ariz., remained close.
Emma was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Louie, and siblings Robert, Chuck, Anna, Josephine, Jim and Billy.
Emma’s passion was being around her family, teaching them how to enjoy life and how to work hard. She was fiercely loyal to her family members and to her friends. Emma was an extraordinary cook and loved keeping busy while still having fun. Despite the many business successes she and Louie were involved in, she remained completely down-to-earth.
A rosary will be held in Big Piney on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church with funeral services to follow on Friday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Southwest Sublette Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Emma Tomassi Alzheimer’s Silverado Fund, P.O. Box 951, Big Piney, WY 83113, or to A Woman’s Work, P. O. Box 435, Big Piney, WY 83113.
The family would like to sincerely thank all the family and friends who cared for and thought of Emma during the past several years, especially the dedicated staff of the Silverado Nursing Home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ball Family Chapel of Kemmerer has been entrusted with arrangements.