HELPER-Carinda Eaquinta, age 87, passed away Nov. 17, 2008 at her home. She was born Sept. 19, 1921 in Helper, Utah to Giavonni and Saveria Gallo Eaquinta.
Aunt Carinda lived a wonderful and full life. As the surviving sibling of 10 brothers and sisters, she loved all of her nieces and nephews, their children, their children, and their children's children. She treated each as if they were her son or daughter. She always helped anyone who was in need. She had an open door, loving arms, warm smile and terrific food in her kitchen.
From a very young age, she always supported her brothers and could be seen at all of their football and baseball games. As a little girl at one of her brother's Carbon High football games, the ball went out-of-bounds and right to her. She thought it was her ball and she was going to keep it and give it to her brother - so she began to run away with it. The game had to be stopped as all chased her to get the football back.
To this day, she would always talk about the Utah Jazz and the players, the University of Utah and her San Francisco 49ers. She was planning Saturday to watch her Utes beat BYU.
For most of her life, she worked in the LaSalle hotel and cafÃ©. She started at a very young age helping her father and her brothers - until she and her sisters were the only ones running the LaSalle. She could always be found behind the counter cooking on the stove as she was telling one of her favorite stories. And of course, she was always smiling and laughing.
As her sisters Katherine and Mary grew old and became ill, as the youngest sister, she was responsible for their care. She never complained and was always there to make sure all of their needs were met.
Aunt Carinda will be missed. She has touched many lives, but not as much as she touched the lives of her family. As she leaves us, an Eaquinta era comes to an end, but the memories will live forever.
Aunt Carinda is survived by her sisters-in-law, Florence and Sophie; many cousins; and up to and including four generations of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, baby sister; brothers, Sam, Joe, Louie, James, Frank and Carl; sisters, Rose Eaquinta Spatafore, Katherine Marie Eaquinta and Mary Thressa Eaquinta.
Funeral Mass was Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008, 10 a.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church. The vigil service was Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the church in Helper. Family received friends at the church Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. Committal service, Price City Cemetery, Price. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home of Price.