Emma Mae Palcher Tomassi passed away peacefully in her sleep on Feb. 4 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the age of 85. She was 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. At the age of 16, Emma married Louie on June 15, 1944, and they remained happily married for 64 years. They had three children, Vincenzo Tomassi of Kemmerer, married to Mary Louise, Anthony Tomassi, also of Kemmerer, married to Kathy, and Louann Heydt of Big Piney, married to Tom. 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, consisting of 10 children, and she and her surviving sisters, Lillian Pryich from Rock Springs, Helen (Bob) Wilson from Big Piney and Carrie (Frank) Baker from 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 at Big Piney on Thursday evening, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church with funeral services being held on Friday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Southwest Sublette County Pioneers Senior Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations can be made to the Emma Tomassi Alzheimer’s Silverado Fund, P.O. Box 951, Big Piney, WY 83113 or A Women’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.
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