Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Farewell Bro. Mark Sevy

From the St. George Spectrum:

St. George - Surrounded by his loving family, James Mark Sevy passed away of natural causes due to age at the Dixie Regional Medical Center December 24, 2011. He was born January 12, 1927 in Panguitch, Utah to Blaine Erastus and Mary Fenella Sevy. He spent many summers as a youth watching over the family sheep herd and was very active in sports, excelling in basketball. He was drafted into the Army at the age of 18 and participated in the occupation of Japan. After his service, he attended Dixie College where he met his eternal companion, Joyce Milne Sevy. They were married in 1947 in Las Vegas, Nevada and later sealed in the St. George LDS Temple.
He worked for Anderson Jewelry, Arthur Stewart Sterling Silver Company and spent a career with Zales Jewelry as manager and supervisor. After retiring to St. George, he started another business with his brother in law, Wes Milne, M&S Turquoise, which blossomed into a successful family business.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he was a High Priest and served in the group leadership, many years as Superintendant of the Sunday School and a member of the bishopric. He was a member of the Cheyenne, Wyoming and Bloomington Lions Clubs and a member of the Bloomington Country Club. He also was a member of the Cheyenne and Las Vegas Chamber of Commerces. He was well respected as an outstanding businessman and had many loyal customers over his careers in Wyoming, Nevada and Utah. Mark and Joyce loved to dance and became square dancers and enjoyed dancing with the Country Carousels. He was an avid fan of the Utah Jazz and Dixie College sports where he still was a member of the Colonels Club after 39 years.
He and his wife loved their family and enjoyed spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were great supporters of all of their posterity's endeavors whether it was musical, dramatic, athletic or academic. Mark and Joyce have especially enjoyed traveling and have taken many wonderful trips throughout the world. He loved riding his thoroughbreds through the hills surrounding Snow Canyon. He owned many beautiful successful race horses which was a fun hobby for him and his wife.
He was survived by his wife of 64 years, Joyce Milne Sevy; daughter, Linda (Kent) Tonioli; sons: James Mark (Jill) Sevy, Kent (Carol) Sevy and Bret (Coleen) Sevy; one sister, Nina Beth Harding; 20 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 7 siblings.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bloomington LDS 7th Ward Chapel, 3381 South Mulberry Drive, St. George, Utah. Visitations will be held Wednesday evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd. and on Thursday, prior to services, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel. Interment will follow services at Tonaquint Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Please visit our website at for condolences, complete obituary and funeral listings.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Second Annual: Christmas Around the Ward

This year's "Christmas Around the Ward" was a great success.  The Beckers, Goldhardts, Grafs, Kanenwishers and Lowe's graciously opened their homes to members of the ward, friends and neighbors.  Each home was individually and beautifully decorated along with plentiful scrumptious food being served.

The Open Houses opened at 3:00 PM and the last of the visitors left at 8:00 PM.

Members could be seen walking around the neighborhood all evening, enjoying one another's company and the scenes of Christmas.  With so much to do over the holiday season, it was a wonderful way to touch base with one another and become acquainted better with our ward family.

Many thanks to those who spent many hours of hard work in preparation for this evening of inspiration as well as to those who partook of the opportunity.

Merry Christmas Bloomington 7th Ward!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Ward Family Christmas Together

Last night members of our Bloomington 7th Ward enjoyed each other's company along with a delicious meal of ham, potatoes, jello salad, rolls, corn and scrumptious chocolate cake.
Tonal Eclipse, the Barbershop Quartet, also treated us to a musical show which left us feeling the Spirit of Christmas.  Of course, the highlight for the children is a visit from Santa Claus.  It was a magical way of uniting us and getting us in the holiday spirit for the Christmas season.

Many thanks to all who participated.  Bro. and Sis. Dove and the food committee provided a wonderful dinner.  The Young Women decorated the tables and the Young Men served.  Many hands made this activity possible and we appreciate everyone's participation, sacrifice and hard work in bringing about a memorable occasion.  

Merry Christmas Bloomington 7th Ward Family!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Soaring with the Eagles

Braden J. Evans, son of Eric and Shannon Evans, has received the rank of Eagle Scout.  Braden's eagle project was a 30 ft. pedestrian expansion bridge at George Washington Academy.  This bridge has helped to get the children across the ditch safely and has also helped with traffic congestion.  An Eagle Court of Honor recognizing Braden will be held at the Courtyard Marriott on November 19, 2011 at 7 pm followed by refreshments and dancing.  All are welcome to attend and enjoy the evening.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wilson Wright, In His Own Words

Till We Meet Again

Funeral services for Bro. Wilson Wright will be held today at 11:00 AM in the Mulberry Chapel.
 Wilson George Wright III, Commander U.S. Navy (Retired) passed away on November 2, 2011 at his home in St.George, Utah . He was 95 years old. He was born in Ogden, Utah on May 15, 1916 to Wilson G. and Lelia D. Wright. He graduated from Ogden High School, and attended Weber College for one year and then entered the U.S. Naval Academy in June of 1935 graduating with the class of 1939.

Following graduation from the Naval Academy, Wilson served one year on the Battleship USS Idaho and one year on the Destroyer Lamson, then reported to Pensacola, Florida for Flight Training and was designated a Naval Aviator on December 16, 1941. His first aviation duty was in Fighter Squadron 71 aboard the Wasp participating in the landings on Guadalcanal and was aboard when the Wasp was torpedoed and sunk. Then came a lengthy combat tour of duty as Executive Officer of Fighter Squadron 33 which was land based in the Solomon Islands, flying many combat missions including fighter sweeps and bomber escort missions over Rabaul. For this service he was awarded five Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following six months as a Fighter Type Instructor at the Naval Air Station, Atlantic City, he was ordered to the Naval Air Station Grosse Ile, Michigan to start and commission Air Group 97 and served in that unit as the Commanding Officer of Fighter Bomber Squadron 97. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his service in Air Group 97. Upon decommissioning
 of Air Group 97, the next assignment was Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron 153 then Commanding Officer of the Flag Administrative Unit and staff Personnel officer of the staff of Commander Fleet Air Alameda. Continuing assignments were Executive Officer of the Combat Information Center School, Commanding Officer of Fleet Aircraft Service Squadron 9, Operations Officer in the Aircraft Carrier USS Wright, Executive Officer Naval Air Station Moffett Field and Chief Staff Officer Utility Wing Pacific Fleet.

After retirement from the Navy, Wilson worked as an Engineer and Supervisor in the Aerospace Industry. Three years with the Lockheed Missile Division on the Polaris Missile project and seventeen years with Rockwell Space Division involved with the Moon Landing and the Space Shuttle programs. During his retirement years, he and his wife traveled extensively and he enjoyed home projects and working with his computer. He and his wife, Doris served a “Couple Mission” in the Philippines for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Wilson married his first wife, Betty Jean McGee on July 19, 1946. She passed away in November of 1960. He married his second wife, Doris Leinbach Rothermel (Sattezahn) on November 4, 1961. This marriage was solemnized in the Los Angeles Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 20, 1971. Doris passed away on December 18, 2002.

Wilson is survived by seven children, twenty-three grandchildren and 21 greatgrandchildren. The surviving children are: Pamela Alfieri of Garden Grove, CA, Candice Steelman of San Tan Valley,AZ, W. GeorgeWright of Buckeye, AZ, Robin Wilson of Provo, UT, Peter Wright of St. George, UT, Bambi Shinoda of Santa Ana, CA and Michele Morales of St. George, UT. He was preceded in death by first wife Betty and second wife Doris, one daughter, Cynthia Selby and 3 granddaughters.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bloomington LDS 7th Ward Chapel, 3381 S. Mulberry Dr., St. George, UT. Visitations will be held on Friday, November 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Metcalf Mortuary, 288 West St. George Blvd., and on Saturday, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services at the chapel. Interment will be in the St. George City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Please visit our website at www . metcalf mortuary . com for condolences, complete obituary and funeral listings.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Trunks and Treats

The Bloomington 7th Ward ghosts and goblins were served more than enough treats at this year's Trunk-or-Treat.  The youth went from trunk to trunk enjoying the festive decorations, costumes and goodies.

Components of the successful Trunk or Treat:
Fine Dixie weather.
Hot dogs for hungry tummies.
Enormous amounts of candy.
Halloween spirit.
Great ward support.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this safe and fun ward social to be a success.  See you next year!

Monday, October 31, 2011

In This Very Room

Our youth had the privilege of hosting and carrying out a Halloween activity for the Green Valley Special Needs Mutual last week.  They arrived at the church early to set up and be instructed in a prayer meeting on how to be a special helper to the "angel friends" who would be attending.

There are currently four special needs mutual programs running in Washington County. Each program has a Young Men's Presidency, a Young Women's Presidency and all the counselors and advisors that a regular mutual would have.  These leaders plan and hold activities very similar to the ones that our youth participate in.  Special Needs Mutual meets weekly and participates in scouting, personal progress, courts of honor, dances, talent shows, and many other activities.

The Bloomington 7th Ward YM and YW helped their new friends decorate sugar cookies, paint pictures, play pumpkin bowling and sing songs.  Everyone had a wonderful time enjoying each other's company and friendship.  The theme for the Special Needs Mutual is, "In This Very Room".  Our ward was blessed to hear a performance of this musical number accompanied with sign language.  The Spirit was very strong as they sang, "For Jesus, Lord Jesus....Is In This Very Room." There is no doubt of the Saviors love for all His children.

Serving the Special Needs Mutual is an opportunity that our youth will never forget.  Friendships were forged, service was given and the Spirit was felt in abundance. These "angel friends" are an inspiration.  Our youth know that when they served them, they received much more than they gave.

Our ward was also blessed to be able to hear the Special Needs Mutual come and speak and sing at Sacrament this last Sunday as well.  We will miss their great hugs and the joy they brought to us and we look forward to seeing them again. Thank you to all those who made this activity possible.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Kids in Kanarraville

The Bloomington 7th ward youth went on a hiking adventure in the Kanarraville Creek last Saturday.

What a great day for our great youth!  Thanks Sis. Stephenson for making it happen!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Stake Summer Picnic

Tonight's annual Bloomington Stake Picnic was a success!

Plenty of hot dogs and watermelon to go around.

Activities and games for kids of all ages.

Good times with our Bloomington Stake Family.

Thank you to all who participated and helped bring about a great activity.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Welcoming Tracy Ball

Sis. Tracy Ball has recently joined the Bloomington 7th Ward family.

Originally a native of St. George, she returned here after living in Gilbert, Arizona for 23 years.

She has three children:
Brita (27), who lives in Salt Lake City.
Mason (23), currently living with her and attending Dixie State and the singles ward.
Emma (18), a freshman at Utah State.

Tracy enjoys walking. She has walked the St. George Marathon but currently prefers walking 1/2 marathons.

We welcome you Tracy!!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Geology Field Trip

The Seasoned Singles of Bloomington 7th and friends, had the opportunity yesterday to participate in a educational Field trip taught by Bro. Steed, a geologist and professor.

Bro. Steed prepared a route and made arrangements for rides to take the members in the mountains high above Cedar City.  There we learned about the Clarion Lake, conglomerate, coalescing sink holes, solution caves, vesicular lava, hoodoos, as well as many other details about how and when these formations and events took place.

Some of our stops on our geological tour were:
Navajo Lake
Ice Lake
Mammoth Caves
Mammoth Springs
Cedar Breaks

Thunder could be heard rolling in the distance but kept at bay during the picnic lunch provided by Valerie Swanson and the other sisters.  We were treated to some entertaining cowboy poetry and great company.

It was an educational, enjoyable day for all who attended.  Many thanks to those who participated and organized this wonderful event.  Thank you especially to Bro. Steed for sharing his wealth of knowledge and time as well as Sis. Swanson for her fried chicken and shepherding skills.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Happy Campers Return

Bloomington 7th's Troop 817 returned from another successful year at Scout Camp, high in the Uinta Mountains.

Many thanks to those who made this expedition possible!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Getting to Know Katelyn

Katelyn Taylor, now a member of the Bloomington 7th Ward, grew up and moved here from Idaho Falls, ID about a year and a half ago.

Her son, Brecken, is a very energetic three year old stud.  He is chock-full of personality, and will always turn your frown upside down.

Katelyn grew up dancing most of her life.  She loves running, kick boxing and enjoys most any kind of fitness routine.  She is currently a student in the new Physical Therapist Assistant program at Dixie State College.

We are so blessed to have this dynamic duo in our ward!  Welcome Katelyn and Brecken!

Friday, July 15, 2011

We Welcome the Bertschi Family

James and Anne Bertschi and their family have recently moved to the Bloomington 7th Ward from the Santaquin/Genola area in northern Utah. Originally, James is from Akron, Ohio and Anne is from Elko, Nevada, but now call St. George their "home".

The Bertschi's have 4 children:
Kaci, the oldest is 21.  She lives with her husband here in St. George and works at Dillard's while her husband, Josh, is attending Dixie College.

Saige is 19 and attends Snow College in Ephraim where she has one year left.  She is currently home for the summer break.

Levi is 16 and will be attending Dixie High School this fall as a Junior.  He loves to golf and is just getting used to driving.  His parents warn, "Stay off of the sidewalks!"  

Cache is the youngest at 11 years old.  He is very social and loves to have friends over.  He is your typical energetic, lego loving, Star Wars watching young man.

The Bertschi's enjoy boating and being on lakes.  They moved to Utah County in 1997 from Las Vegas where Bro. & Sis. Bertschi met while James was serving in the Air Force.  They lived in Santaquin and Genola for the past 14 years.  They are business owners and have been for most of their married lives.  They are sometimes accused of "practicing for retirement".

We welcome the Bertschi Family!  We are grateful to have them in the Bloomington 7th Ward.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

To Girls Camp They Go...

The Young Women began their Girl's Camp experience today high in the mountains above Beaver.  They traveled through mountains and over water, set up tents and were ready to go by early afternoon.

They were instructed on altitude sickness, wildlife rules, tree pushing, and fire safety.

Thank you to the leaders and parents who have made this possible for our Young Women.  We can't wait to hear about their adventures.