Josefin Kreiner Eddings passed away on December 24, 2013 after suffering a stroke. Josefin was born March 15, 1935 in the small village of Lindgraben in Burgenland, Austria, daughter of Alois and Maria Kreiner. She learned to work hard from a very early age while living in a small peasant village, where everything had to be grown or made by hand.
As a young woman she obtained a domestic position with a family in the city of Vienna; and it was in that city where she met her future husband, G. Franklin Eddings, who was serving in the U.S. Army at that time. After a brief chance meeting in Vienna, and an extended courtship by mail, they were wed on December 18, 1956 in Baden, Austria, and their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Dec. 11, 1958. The young couple established their first home in Salt Lake City and shortly thereafter, moved to Bountiful where they have resided for the past 53 years.
Josefin was an example of hard work and service to others throughout her life. She never thought of herself and was always “moving” as her husband would say. She liked to be busy and was always working in the yard, cooking, gardening or doing things for her husband, family members, friends and neighbors. She helped her music teacher husband in the family business by providing piano lessons to beginning students. Her inexhaustible patience was invaluable in helping young children discover the joy of music. Raised in the Catholic church, she became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints soon after moving to Utah, and served in many positions over the years. She could always be counted on to provide service to others who were in need, and her faith was very important to her. Her spiritual strength was a great example to her family and to all who knew her. She was always kind in word and in deed, and was beloved by all.
She is survived by her husband, G. Franklin Eddings; her 3 sisters, Anna Köck, Petronell, Austria; Erni Laussegger (Alfred), Oberwaltersdorf, Austria; Resi Gugler (Herbert), Lindgraben, Austria; her 7 children, Arnold Eddings (Debbie), North Salt Lake; Sonja Brown (Lowell), Northridge, CA; Eric Eddings (Julie), Centerville; Roy Eddings, Logan; Calvin Eddings (Kristene), Bountiful; Xiomara Eddings, Atlanta, GA; Mark Eddings (Sarajane), Knoxville, TN, her 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Family requests no floral tributes, but suggests contributions to the Perpetual Education Fund, 50 East No. Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150. Graveside services were held Dec. 26, 2013 at 9 a.m. at the Bountiful City Cemetery, and a memorial was held Dec. 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the LDS Chapel at 1250 So. Main, Bountiful.