Miscellaneous Denver County, Colorado Obituaries - 1999

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STEPHEN ''ROCCO'' CASTAÑEDA (CASTANEDA), 40, of Denver died April 18. Services were April 23, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Castañeda was born in Denver on March 1, 1959. He served in the Army. He was a construction worker. Survivors, all of Denver, include father Joe; mother Mary Lopez; stepfather Eugene Lopez; brothers Emanuel Stanchieff, Donald; sisters Joyce, Victoria Lujan.

PAUL EDWARD CHRISTENSEN, 62, of Littleton died April 10 in Englewood. Services were April 14, with burial at Littleton Cemetery. Mr. Christensen was born in Aurora on Aug. 16, 1936. He married Janice Joan White, 1973. He was a supervisor at Keene Sechrist Lighting, a foreman at Eaton Metal and retired from Rocky Flats in 1999. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and United Steel Workers Local 8031. Survivors include his wife; daughter Danese Blackwell of Utah; three grandchildren.

J.A. ''BUZZ'' COFFMAN, 83, of Montrose died April 20. Mr. Coffman was born in Anson, Kan., on July 26, 1915. He married Dorothy Hartman. He worked in public relations and as an executive secretary for the Petroleum Retail Association and WOOD Inc. Survivors include his wife; a daughter; four grandchildren.

EVELYN E. COMPTON, 90, of Littleton died April 19. Services were April 23, with inurnment at Parker Cemetery. Mrs. Compton was born in Avoca, Iowa, on Jan. 5, 1909. She married Charles Compton, 1937. She was an elementary-school teacher in Iowa for 43 years and worked at All Saints Parochial School in Denver. She was a member of St. James Presbyterian Church, Littleton. Survivors include her husband; daughter Demeris York of Parker; two grandchildren. 

MARGARET ELLIOTT, 94, of Denver died April 16. Services were April 21, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Elliott was born Margaret Pfalzgraf in Aurora, Ill., on May 17, 1904. She married Edward Elliott, 1927. She worked for the Van Briggle Potter Co. and a telephone company. She was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis. Survivors include sons John of Washington, Daniel, Lawrence, Michael, all of Denver, Frederick of Fort Collins; daughters Mary Rosenast, Margaret Philippides, both of California, Dolores Rutherford of Oregon, Janet Stephens of Nevada, Catherine of Rome; 24 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren.

JESSIE FOOTE, 90, of Denver died April 19. Services were private. Mrs. Foote was born in Loup City, Neb., on Aug. 30, 1908. She married George Foote, 1952. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Galilee Baptist Church. Survivors include daughter Joyce Strait of Aurora; son Paul Davis of Denver; sister Ione Cheff of Michigan; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

TARA LIANE GRAHAM, 19, of Lonetree died April 18. Services were April 22. Miss Graham was born in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 24, 1979. She graduated from Highlands Ranch High School, 1998. She attended Colorado State University. Survivors include mother Linda English of Lonetree; father William Graham Jr. of Texas; stepfather Randy English; brother Brandon; stepbrothers Kevin, Clay English; half-brother Trevor; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Edward Turano, Mrs. William Graham.

HELEN M. HARLAN, 81, of Lakewood died April 21. Mrs. Harlan was born in Pacific Junction, Iowa, on June 6, 1917. She married Donald Harlan. She was director of admissions at Lutheran Medical Center. She was a member of Lakewood Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband; daughter Cathy Conover of Montana; sons William of Broomfield, Thomas of California; five grandchildren.

DONALD HERMAN, 81, of Wheat Ridge died April 20. Services were April 23, with entombment at Crown Hill Mortuary. Mr. Herman was born in Minatare, Neb., on Feb. 13, 1918. He married Millie Wagner, 1947. He was a warehouse manager. Survivors include sons Donald of Arvada, Robert, Michael, both of Wheat Ridge; sister Clara Cintola of California; brothers Walter of Montana, Eddie of California; three grandchildren. 

LaVERNE H. KRIER, 75, of Arvada died April 20. Services were April 23. Mrs. Krier was born in Denver on May 5, 1923. She married Burton Krier, 1942. She was a retired care-facility cook. Survivors include her husband; son Burton Jr. of California; daughters Doris Tripp of Arvada, Penny Polowchena of Glenwood Springs; five grandchildren.

ESTHER G. LoVERDE, 90, of Aurora died April 20. Services were April 23, with entombment at Hampden Memorial Gardens. Mrs. LoVerde was born in Appleton, Wis., on July 12, 1908. She married George LoVerde, 1945. She was a retired nurse. Survivors include sons Joseph of Aurora, Tim of Castle Rock; sisters Irene Timm of Michigan, Agnes Albert of Wisconsin; five grandchildren.

BETTY L. MILLER, 75, of Lakewood died April 17. Services were April 20. Mrs. Miller was born Betty Aegerter in Staplehurst, Neb., on April 15, 1924. She married Duane Miller, 1946. She worked at Cobe Laboratories for 10 years. Survivors include her husband; son Michael of Utah; daughters Bobette Thurber of New Mexico, Deborah Sanders of Denver; brother Ralph Aegerter of Wyoming; eight grandchildren.

EDNA B. OLSON, 82, of Denver died April 4. Services were April 7. Mrs. Olson was born in Hastings, Neb., on Oct. 30, 1916. She married Clarance Olson, 1954. She was a homemaker. She was treasurer of Friendly Lutheran Church. Survivors include sons Robert Stark of Westminster, Thomas Stark of Denver; daughters Shirley Stewart of Nevada, Aubrey Stadtler of Florida, Carol Lea Lee of Aurora; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

KENNETH ROBERTS, 74, of Arvada died April 17. Services were April 22, with inurnment at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Roberts was born in Leadville on Sept. 24, 1924. He married Mary Jean Jones. He served in the Navy. He was a telephone course developer. Survivors include his wife; son Richard of Arvada; daughters Barbara Becay, Sandra Koons, both of Arvada; sister Jean Hren of Leadville; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

J. MARION RODRIGUEZ, 89, of Lakewood died April 4. Services were April 7, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Rodriguez was born in Las Vegas, N.M., on June 5, 1909. He married Emma Vigil, 1930. He was a retired mechanic for Don Ward Trucklines. He was a member of the Teamsters and the Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife; daughters Ida Moya of Lakewood, Shirley Sisneros of California, Loretta Cordova of Aurora, Esther Rodriguez Mahoney of Denver, Margie Callahan of Littleton; sons Lou of Arvada, Gene of California, Robert of Littleton, John of Denver; 21 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

WILLIAM SAMSON, 83, of Arvada died April 19. Services will be in Scotland. Mr. Samson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on May 15, 1915. He married Jean Sharp. He was a pub manager. He was a member of St. Andrew's Society. Survivors include daughter Elizabeth Cooper of Arvada; brother Hugh of Australia; two grandchildren.

LAWRENCE SANTISTEVAN, 21, of Denver died April 17. Services were April 23, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Santistevan was born in Denver on Dec. 19, 1977. He was a construction laborer. Survivors include son Brandon of Denver; father Ruban Martinez of Englewood; mother Sylvia Martinez of Denver; brothers Ruben, Jesse Martinez, both of Englewood, Josh of Denver; sister Candace Martinez of Englewood.

ROLLAND R. SEEGER, 66, of Littleton died April 18. Services were April 22, with burial at Evergreen Memorial Park. Mr. Seeger was born in Bensenville, Ill., on Feb. 11, 1933, He married Marlene Zeimer. He served in the Army. He was a retired electronics technician. Survivors include sons James, Gordon, both of Littleton, Clifford Ceimet of Sheridan; daughter Deborah of Aurora; brothers Harvey of Illinois, Edwin of Littleton; six grandchildren.

JUDITH R. VINING, 62, of Federal Heights died April 15. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 30, at Mountain States Baptist Church, West 38th Avenue and Acoma Street, Thornton. Mrs. Vining was born in Minneapolis on June 27, 1936. She married Kenneth Vining, 1956. She worked at Rocky Mountain Pipe. She was a member of The Club. Survivors include her husband; sons Patrick of Grand Junction, Lee of Northglenn; four grandchildren; a stepgrandchild.

ERIC ALAN WAHLMEIER, 38, of Aurora died April 14. Services were April 20. Mr. Wahlmeier was born in North Hollywood, Calif., on March 5, 1961, He married Jan Miller, 1996. He cut concrete. Survivors include his wife; son Jordan Miller of Aurora; parents Victor, Bobbie of Oregon; sisters Sandy Kritner of Denver, Margie LaPointe of Oregon.

ELLA MAE WIMER, 76, of Westminster died April 20. Services were April 24, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Wimer was born in Acme, Wyo., on Aug. 6, 1922. She married Dean Wimer, 1940. She was a homemaker. Survivors include sister-in-law Margaret Brownlee of California.

ALYSSA ''ALLIE'' S. BRENNER, 11 months, of Boulder died April 21 in Denver. Services were April 24. Alyssa was born in Denver on May 9, 1998. Survivors include parents Ken and Amy of Boulder; twin brother Jake of Boulder; grandparents Carol and Bob Kammer of Telluride; Barbara and Martin Brenner of New Jersey; great-grandparents Pauline and Ferris Highsmith of Florida, Mary Kammer of Fort Morgan; Ruth and David Greenhouse of New Jersey. 

CHARLES FRANK BUKACEK, 80, of Aurora died April 19. Services were April 23, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Bukacek was born in Putnam, Iowa, on Nov. 20, 1918. He was a medical specialist and later worked in the Veterans Hospital. He served in the Army for 20 years. Survivors include sons Steve, Don and Charles, all of Kansas; daughter Dorothy Ancheta of Kansas, Mary Anne Tolliver of Parker; four grandchildren; a great-grandchild.

ALBERT JONES ''PAT'' COLEMAN, 93, of Englewood died April 19. Services were April 23, with inurnment at Fairmount Cemetery. Mr. Coleman was born in Farragut, Iowa, on Nov. 13, 1905. He married Carla Dennison Swan. He was a pharmacist. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta, University Club and Denver Country Club. Survivors include sisters Virgina Johnson of Denver, Isabel Musick of Washington; numerous nieces and nephews.

FREDA LORENE DENNIS, 81, of Denver died April 18. Services will be 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 26, at Allied Jewish Apartments, 44 S. Adams St. Mrs. Dennis was born in Harveyville, Kan., on Oct. 3, 1917. She married Glen H. Dennis. She was a dental assistant. Survivors include her daughter Glenda Williams; sons Dallas, Joseph, all of Denver; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

JOHN P. FRANK SR., 70, of Denver died April 13. Services were April 16, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mr. Frank was born in Denver on April 21, 1928. He married Lydia M. Herman, 1967. He worked for Yellow Freight Trucking. He served in the Navy. Survivors include his wife; sons Kenneth of Denver, John Jr. of Elizabeth; daughter Sandra of Parker; brother Jack of Denver; sisters Ann Magan of Denver, Mary Jimerson of California; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild.

CHRISTINE L. FREY, 45, of Commerce City died April 16. Services were April 24, with burial at Fairmount Cemetery. Mrs. Frey was born Christine Royle in Lebanon, Mo., on Aug. 11, 1953. She married Gerald V. Frey. She helped operate the family trucking business, Frey Transfer, and worked as a cook for Pizza Hut. Survivors include her husband; son Jarrod of Commerce City; daughters Mary Jean and Selena Padilla, both of Westminster; brothers Henry Royle of Illinois, Galen Royle and James Royle, both of Missouri; sisters Rebecca Stahlschmidt and Lois Borden, both of Kentucky; father William Royle of Missouri; three grandchildren.

KATHRYN I. HIGGINS, 73, of Denver died April 1. Services were April 21, with burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Higgins was born in Colorado Springs on Jan. 5, 1926. She married Marion Higgins, 1948. She was a cashier at Child's Pastry Shop. Survivors include daughters Sheila Davis of Denver, Janice Banta of Hudson; brother John Harahan of Aurora; sister Shirley Kuhns of Alabama; three grandchildren.

EMMA LEAH HILL, 75, of Denver died April 19. Services were April 22, with burial at Bear Cañon Cemetery in Sedalia. Mrs. Hill was born in Arkansas City, Kan., on April 19, 1924. She married George A. Hill, 1943. She was a homemaker. Survivors include son Larry of Lakewood; daughter Joy Brooks of Englewood; sister Martha Harr of Kansas; five grandchildren. 

KERMIT WALTER HOFFERT, 47, of Golden died April 17. Services will be 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Mother Cabrini Shrine Chapel on Lookout Mountain. Mr. Hoffert was born in Rugby, N.D., on Oct. 29, 1951. He was a certified public accountant. Survivors include parents Rose E. and Pius J.; sister Karen Christenson; brother Timothy; grandmother Elizabeth Wentz, all of North Dakota.

ROBERT E. KOTOWSKI, 69, of Denver died April 20. Services were April 23, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Kotowski was born in Denver on Sept. 4, 1929. He served in the Navy during World War II as a gunner's mate. He was a meat cutter. Survivors include his mother Stella of Denver; sister Marge of Denver; sons Bob and Tim, both of Broomfield, Mike of Poncha Springs, Rich of Wheat Ridge; six grandchildren.

RICHARD WARD KROMINGA, 74, of Denver died April 21. Services will be Monday, April 26, at Drinkwine Family Chapel, Littleton. Mr. Krominga was born in Albert Lea, Minn., on Nov. 22, 1924. He married Gloria Jeanne Brady, 1947. He was an engineer for Lockheed Martin from 1956 to 1991 for the Titan Program. Survivors include daughters Debra Wolf and Lori Anderson, both of Englewood; sister Shirley Jasperson of Washington; three grandchildren.

ELVIRA LUKS, 94, of Boulder died April 21. Mrs. Luks was born in Tartu, Estonia, on March 13, 1905. She married Johannes Luks, 1924. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Estonia Evangelical Lutheran Church in Califonia. Survivors include daughter Hilja Darnell of Boulder; two grandchildren. 

MAX MAESTAS, 73, of Brighton died April 21. Services were April 24, with burial at Elmwood Cemetery. Mr. Maestas was born in Las Gallinas, N.M., on May 8, 1925. He married Emma M. Lujan. He worked as an Environmental Pest Control Technician for Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. He was a life member of the Brighton Eagles and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his wife; daughters Shirley Flores of Thornton, Peggy of Fort Lupton, Rita, Rebecca Dominguez, Elaine Quintana, Cathy Lucero, all of Brighton, Geraldine Vigil of Lafayette, Francis Fuentes of Indiana; sons Ron of Nevada, Robert Moreno of Westminster, Larry Moreno and Danny Fuentes, both of Brighton; sisters Pam Quintana and Mary Delgado, both of Brighton, Pauline Sanchez of Denver; 35 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren.

CAPT. HORNER ALEX McCREREY, 79, of Frisco died April 16. Services were April 23, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Capt. McCrerey was born in Hiawatha, Kan., on July 29, 1919. He served in the Navy during World War II as ship engineer on USS Strive and later as a meteorologist in the Naval Weather Service. He served as commanding officer of Fleet Weather Central at several posts. He was decorated nine times during his 31-year career and received a United Nations Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal and many others. He was active in the Timberline Toppers Square Dance Club. Survivors include children Linda Jo of Denver, Mark Roger and Daniel Lee, both of Frisco, Rebecca Jean of Dillon; sisters Eunice Fern Sunderland of Kansas, Lois Rose Gronquist of Idaho, Ruth Irene White of California.

JOSEPH MOTTERSHAW, 83, of Littleton died April 19. Services were April 22, with burial at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Mr. Mottershaw was born in Kincaid, Ill., on Aug. 16, 1915. He married Martha C. Ibberson, 1936. He was a coal miner and service station owner. He was a member of Masonic Lodge of Englewood No. 166 AF&AM. Survivors include his wife; daughters Margaret Baker, Joann Basinger, Priscilla Bickel, all of Littleton; son Joe R. of Parker; brother Harold of Illinois; sister Catherine Boen of Illinois.

BERNICE D. O'NEIL, 90, of Littleton died March 25. Services were March 29, with burial in Littleton Cemetery. Mrs. O'Neil was born in Omaha on Jan. 5, 1909. She married Gerald C. O'Neil, 1935. She was a homemaker. Survivors include daughters Jean Nolan of Littleton, Eileen of Massachusetts; son Richard of Connecticut; two grandhcildren; a great-grandchild. 

JANE DOWNIN RIES, 83, of Denver died April 20. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 26, at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd. Mrs. Ries was born in Lancaster, Pa., on July 10, 1915. She married Arthur Ries, 1941. She was a registered nurse. She was a member of Isles Yaught Club. Survivors include her husband; daughters Nancy Brown of Littleton, Judy Smith of Arizona; four grandchildren.

HELEN CAGLE SAUNDERS, 89, of Lakewood died April 21. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 26, at Olinger Chapel, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Saunders was born Helen Wolschon in Fort Lupton on Jan. 5, 1910. She was a guard on the Kersey High girls' basketball team and helped in the state championship in 1929. She married Glenn I. Cagle, who died in 1967, then Charles Saunders, 1980. She worked as a bookkeeper and wrote for the Jefferson Sentinel newspaper. She was active in the PTA and was a Brownie troop leader. Survivors include her husband; daughter Linda Schneider of Lakewood; sister Bertha Anderson of Denver; brother George Wolschon of California.

DELORES E. SCHOEPP, 46, of Brighton died April 8 in Denver. Services were April 12. Mrs. Schoepp was born in New Orleans on Dec. 29, 1952. She married Donald J. Schoepp, 1981. She worked for Sno-White Linen Service. She was a member of Calvary Chapel of Brighton. Survivors include her husband; daughter Erika Chavez of Denver; son Ian of Brighton; brothers Rick Sosias of Aurora, George Sosias of Denver, Daniel Sosias of Thornton, Lucas Socias of Northglenn, Gary Sosias of Maryland; three grandchildren. 

FLOYD ''MIKE'' SPENCER, 29, of Denver died April 20. Services were private. Mr. Spencer was born in Aurora on Dec. 2, 1969. He married Charleen Lane, 1994. He was a truck driver for BMC West Lumber. Survivors include his wife; daughters Nicole "Star," Alicia "Michelle," Tiffany Lynn, all of Denver; mother Alice of Denver; father Lanney of Minnesota; stepmother Jodie of Minnesota; brother Cory of Minnesota; sisters Kari of Minnesota, Nicole of Sheridan; grandparents Helen and Harold Spencer of Pueblo, Genevieve Peterson of Denver.

LEON K. SUHM, 82, formerly of Colorado, died April 22 in Texas. Mr. Suhm was born in Wichita, Kan., on Sept. 14, 1916. He married Dorothy Beazley, 1942. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and then joined the Air Force Reserve. He owned Leon K. Suhm Inc. Bridge and Road Construction and then worked for the city of Denver as deputy city engineer before retiring in 1983. Survivors include his wife; son Douglas of California; stepdaughters Louise Fritz of Washington, Janet Chinn of Texas; four grandchildren.

BERTHA M. ''BETTY'' THOMPSON, 90, of Denver died April 4. Services were April 9, with burial at Littleton Cemetery. Mrs. Thompson was born Bertha Moran in Muskogee, Okla., on March 29, 1909. She married Edward Thompson, 1932. She was a homemaker. She was active at the Cherry Hills Country Club and the Assistance League of Denver. Survivors include son Richard; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren.

DAVID BURKE TUCKER, 47, of Arvada died April 5. Services were April 10, with burial at Arvada Cemetery. Mr. Tucker was born in Houston on Dec. 14, 1951. He married Doris Lazarony, 1996. He was a physical therapist. Survivors include his wife; stepdaughter Heather Doyle Walstrom of Alamosa; parents David and Betty Tucker of Maryland; sister Christy Stolper of Maryland; brother Tim of Arizona.

JOYCE MARIE STENGL VANEK, 57, of Bailey died April 17 in Englewood. Services were April 21, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Mrs. Vanek was born in Grand Forks, N.D., on Sept. 27, 1941. She married Mike Vanek, 1960. She was an office manager. She was a member of the Couple to Couple League, Vita Marie and the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband; daughters Anette Dunshee, Carmen; sons Brad, Chad, Tim; mother Elsie Sirek Stengl.

RUDY L. VIALPANDO, 50, of Brighton died April 20. Services were April 23, with burial at Highland Cemetery. Mr. Vialpando was born in San Luis on June 5, 1948. He married Vicki Reyes, 1969. He was in law enforcement for 27 years. He was past Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus No. 325 and helped operate the Knights of Columbus Hall. Survivors include his wife; daughters Julann Torres, Melanie; son Michael; parents Moses and Sveida; sisters Evan Sanchez, Patsy Salazar, all of Brighton; two grandchildren.


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