In Memorial

William Leo MORTENSEN, age 81. Beloved husband of 58 years to Rita (nee Vargo). Dearest father of Jim (Tracey), Kim Barto (David) and Bill (Katie). Loving grandfather of Vicki Muller (Nick), Kelli, Julie Phillips (Jake), Jeff, Chris; great grandfather of Mason. Dear brother of Virginia Plevelich (Frank, decd.) and the late Bob (Dolores, decd.), Marjorie (Pete, decd.), and Jerry (Janet). Dear Uncle and friend to many. US Army Vet.

PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH for the FUNERAL MASS: TUES. MAR. 31, 10:00 AM at St. JOHN BOSCO CHURCH. Interment: Western Reserve National Cemetery, 2:30 PM.

Cremation by The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow & Ridge). In lieu of flowers, donations to the church. To offer condolences visit

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  1. Dave Proctor on March 30th, 2015 7:47 am

    Hi Kim,
    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Please pass my condolences onto Vicki, Kelli, and the rest of your family.


  2. Patty Callahan on March 31st, 2015 6:07 pm

    Dear Bill, Katie, Julie, and Jeff,

    Sending my condolences to you, and to the rest of the Mortensen family.


  3. Jack Vargo on April 1st, 2015 10:49 am

    Dear Aunt Rita, Kim, Jim, Bill and families,

    I am sorry I wasn’t able to able to attend Uncle Bill’s services. My deepest condolences to all of you, and I want to let you know, you are all in my daily prayers. God Bless.

    Jack Vargo

  4. Meliton on November 14th, 2015 10:44 pm

    Ina Mae is my father’s coisun. Ina had moved to the Bay Area when I was young, so I didn’t know her while I was growing up in SLC. But I moved to the Bay Area in 1979 and I met Ina Mae at the San Francisco Affirmation Group in 1980. We realized from the spelling of our last names that we were related. And we made a wonderful connection. They would stop to see us when we lived in St. George, UT. They came to St. George nearly every year to visit Ina’s brother. I loved both Ina and Stella so very much. As Rodney said, they were always the life of the Murri Family Reunions. Both Ina Mae and Stella were Pioneers of both the Women’s Rights and the Gay Rights Movements. I admire their courage, passion, honesty, integrity and intellegence in making this a better place and time to live as Gay Americans and especially Gay Mormons. I’m so very proud of both those amazing women. We as a community have lost 2 of the best! Michael and I both love and will miss Ina & Stella! But I’m glad they’re still together, forever !!!

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