LaNiel Gardner Reasch

1933 ~ 2024


LDS Church, 1223 E 7800 S, Midvale, Utah
Jan 6, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Funeral Service

LDS Church, 1223 E 7800 S, Midvale, Utah
Jan 6, 2024 12:00 PM


Lovell, Wyoming
Jan 8, 2024 11:00 AM

LaNiel Gardner Reasch finished her turn on earth on January 2, 2024. Born to Brigham Delos and Camera Lorean Gardner on May 1, 1933, in Grover, Wyoming. She was the fourth of eight children.

After graduating from Star Valley High School in Afton Wyoming at age 17, she attended the University of Wyoming. She graduated with a degree in Secretarial Science. She was a teacher at the National College of Business. She taught both elementary and high school but her passion was teaching business to teenagers. Throughout her life she was an exemplary teacher of business and the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

While attending the University in Laramie she met and dated Joseph Rex Reasch. They were sealed for time and eternity on September 14, 1954, in the Salt Lake Temple.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints. She served in many callings from gospel doctrine teacher, young women president, temple worker, and seminary teacher. She served a mission with Rex in Hartford Connecticut, and after his passing (in 1997), she completed (two) service missions in Salt Lake City with the Hosting Department and Church History in Missionary Exchange Information. It was here (this last mission) that she learned to love family history indexing and has indexed over 530,000 records.

She loved her people, especially her siblings, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

She was a strong matriarch of the family with examples of service and love. She was generous to all that crossed her path in life or entered her home. She never missed a birthday card for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Her passions in life were chocolate, Wyoming, family history extracting, knitting dish rags, and the Jazz. She loved visits and always offered visitors M&Ms as you left her home.

She is survived by daughters, Suzan Desotelle, Rhonda Hatch (Brent), Joleen Zimmer (Michael) and son, Larry (Bobbi) Reasch, 11 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren, siblings Joel Gardner, Margorie Bradshaw and Vivian Jones.

She was preceded in death by her sweetheart Rex, baby, Cara Rae, mother, Camera Lorean, father, Delos Gardner, grandson, Josh Cotrell, in-laws Chasty Allred and Frank Reasch, brothers Delworth and Harold Gardner, sisters Nola Jean Leavitt and Julia Sarvey.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday January 6, 2024 at 12:00 pm at the Latter-day Saint Church located at 1223 E 7800 S in Midvale. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 10:00 am-12:00pm.

Interment will take place on Monday, January 8, 2024 in Lovell Cemetery, Lovell Wyoming.

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I'm so grateful I was blessed to have known such an amazing woman. Thank you LaNiel for all your beautiful lessons you taught in the 7th ward.🙏 We will miss you always.

- Ruth Ashby

I loved my visits with LaNiel. She was so proud of her family and I enjoyed her family updates, stories and her humor. She was my neighbor for over 20 years and was always so kind to me. I will miss her sweet spirit.

- Jan Weaver

LaNiel is a bit older than I am, but I always felt comfortable around her because of her sweet personality. Then she became a good friend of my Aunt Ramona. Whenever Aunt Ramona came to Utah I drove her to LaNiel's or LaNiel came to my home and we had lunch together. It was always a delight and I got to know her so much better. What a grand person.

I am so happy she can be with her sweetheart and other loved ones now. I feel grateful to have precious memories with her. I am sorry for such a big loss. I hope you will feel comfort and peace -- eventually. With love, Cousin Suzanne

- Suzanne Gardner Stott

We feel bad for not being there today. We have duties here in St. George today and tomorrow. We are watching on zoom. I was assigned to visit LaNiel right after she moved into our ward. What a wonderful lady and spirit she was. We became good friends with her after that first meeting. She was surely a light in our lives. Reid & Sandy

- Reid & Sandy Sjoblom

Mrs Reasch was my third grade teacher in Cowley, Wyoming. She and her family lived just a few doors down from mine. I think most of my classmates would agree that she was one of the finest teachers we ever had. I know she made me feel like I was somebody special. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing and I wish I could’ve told her how great I thought she was before she passed on.

- Edward Willis