LAYTON -- Two ribbon heart wreaths stood near two small white caskets that were covered with roses Friday at Lindquist Memorial Park.
Pink, yellow and purple ribbons adorned one wreath, while blue, green and tan colored ribbons circled another. Classmates of James Warhola, 8, and Jean Marie Warhola, 7, created the wreaths in memory of the two siblings found dead in their home Sept. 8.
East Layton Elementary third- and second-graders wrote on the ribbons attached to two heart-shaped wires with photographs of the two children in the center.
Sentiments included, "I love you," "You are a good friend" and "I'm going to miss you."
The two children were laid to rest following a funeral Mass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Layton, which more than 150 people attended.
Some were classmates, some came with parents, while others came with their friends. Teachers and school staff were able to attend the funeral because PTA volunteers took over classes.
Also in attendance was the children's father, Kenneth Warhola, who served as one of the pallbearers. He found his children's bodies inside a bedroom with his wife, the children's mother, after he came home from work.
Police and investigators said Kenneth Warhola had nothing to do with his children's murders and accusations of him abusing his children are also unfounded.
Their mother, Sun Cha Warhola, has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder in connection with their deaths. The charges carry the possible sentence of death if the 44-year-old woman is convicted. She is being held in the Davis County Jail on no bail. Her next court hearing is at 1 p.m. Monday in 2nd District Court in Farmington.
Friday's funeral services were officiated by Monsignor Victor Bonnell.
Family members traveled from New York to attend the funeral, said victim advocate Janae Stone.
Friends and family participated in prayers, songs and readings from the Bible during the one-hour service.
Bonnell said the children are angels now and James and Jean Marie will be their family's guardian angels.
He said he knew some were asking, "How could a good and loving God allow such tragedies to impact our lives?" Bonnell said God does not "give us more than we can bear."
He said the two children gave "more joy, comfort and solace to their family," than most people know.
Even though the two children had short lives, they blessed all those who came in contact with them, Bonnell said.
"We will miss these children," he said.