Miscellaneous Denver County, Colorado Obituaries - 2000

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PAUL V. AUSTIN, 32, of Denver died Oct. 28. Services were Nov. 2. Mr. Austin was born in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., on June 13, 1968. He worked in landscaping. Survivors include his parents Paul and Violet of Englewood; brother Robert of Denver; sisters Melissa Mongold and Tammy Humphreys, both of Virginia, and Sonya Ceruanyk of Littleton; sons D.J. and Tyler, both of Denver; daughters Nichole and Ashley, both of Denver.

RUTH ARAGON, 91, of Denver died Oct. 30. Services were Nov. 2, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mrs. Aragon was born in Wagon Mound, N.M., on July 4, 1909. She was a lab assistant at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was a member of the North Denver Senior Friends. Survivors include sons Arthur and Frank Florez, both of Denver; daughter Mary Zapien of Denver; 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 41 great-great-grandchildren.

ALLAN CORDEL BALKEMA, 41, of Englewood died Oct. 16. Services were Oct. 20, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mr. Balkema was born in Denver on March 16, 1959. He was the network systems administrator for RTD. Survivors include parents Herman and Alvina Balkema of Englewood; sister Carolyn Morales of Aurora; brother Richard Balkema of Littleton and fiancee Patti Schreiber of Aurora.

VINCENT BALKE, 87, of Aurora died Oct. 31. Services were Nov. 3, with burial at Hampden Memorial Gardens. Mr. Balke was born in Kenesaw, Neb., on Oct. 9, 1913. He married Edna Knopp, 1940. He was a retired printer. Survivors include his wife; daughter Sue Sheriff of Aurora; sister Dorothy Olson of South Dakota; a grandchild.

JESSIE ELIZABETH BRADSHAW BERRY, 81, of Denver died Oct. 30. Services were Nov. 2, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Berry was born in Valdese, N.C., on May 14, 1919. She married Lawrence Berry, 1938. She was a factory worker and homemaker. Survivors include brothers Hobart and Buck Bradshaw, both of North Carolina, and Joe Bradshaw of Florida; sisters Ruth Metz of Indiana and Joyce Peper of Florida.

if0,0-JERILYN MAE COHEN, 59, of Missouri died Oct. 28. Memorial services will be Monday, Nov. 6, in St. Louis. Burial was private. Ms. Cohen was born in St. Louis. She was a deputy district attorney for Adams County until 1982. She was a lawyer in the juvenile division of the Missouri Family Court for the city of St. Louis since 1986. Survivors include her son Matthew Cohen of Denver; a grandson. 

RALPH E. CROWE, 72, of Port Orford, Ore., formerly of Arvada, died Oct. 4. Services were in Eugene, Ore. Mr. Crowe was born in Stamford, Texas, on July 22, 1928. He married Lorraine Kurz, 1955. He served in the military during the Korean War. He was a free-lance photographer. Survivors include sons Patrick of Lafayette and Eric of Arvada; brothers Mike of Aurora and Patrick of Arizona; five grandchildren.

CHARLES JAMES DVORAK, 69, of Lakewood died Oct. 20. Services were Oct. 24, with entombment at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Dvorak was born in Stanton, Neb., on Nov. 4, 1930. He married Genevieve Wiedel on June 27, 1959. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked with Western Area Power Administration for 31 years. Survivors include his wife; sons Kenneth Dvorak of Lakewood, Steven Dvorak of Arizona and Gary Dvorak of Denver; daughter Linda Peterson of Virginia; sister Helen Jedlicka of Nebraska; brother Lavern Dvorak of Golden; and eight grandchildren.

VIOLET ROSE ESPINOZA, 85, of Denver died Oct. 31. Services were Nov. 3, with burial at Highland Cemetery. Mrs. Espinoza was born in Delagua on Feb. 5, 1915. She married Ben Espinoza, 1935. She was a retired restaurant owner. Survivors include son Rudy; daughters Shirley Barnhart and Dorothy Cantu; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren. 

RONALD JAMES FABRIZIO, 52, of Albuquerque, formerly of Denver, died Oct. 27. Services were Oct. 31. Mr. Fabrizio was born in Denver on Oct. 19, 1948. He served in the Army. He was an auto mechanic. Survivors include his father James of Littleton; sons Richard and Wayne, both of New Mexico; daughter Vanessa of New Mexico; brothers Donald of Denver and Steve of Nebraska; three grandchildren.

JUDY V. FAULKNER, 54, of Fort Lupton died Oct. 23. Services were Oct. 27. Mrs. Faulkner was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on April 12, 1946. She married Larry Faulkner, 1963. She worked for Kmart. Survivors include daughters Stacy Delgado of Fort Lupton and Shannon West of the Army; brother Paul Bennett Jr. of Missouri; sisters Roxanne Nichols of Texas and Colleen Estrada of California; three grandchildren.

EMERY LEWIS GRAY, 84, of Englewood died Oct. 31. Mr. Gray was born in Shovel Lake, Minn., on June 12, 1916. He married Mary Cusack. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a manager for Picker X-Ray. Survivors include his wife; sons Raymond of Phoenix and Thomas of Henderson; daughter Mary Ann of Englewood; brother Carlton of Virginia; four grandchildren.

JASON LEE HIRTER, 31, of Denver died Nov. 1. Services were Nov. 4. Mr. Hirter was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on Sept. 24, 1969. He was engaged to Amy Driesback. He was the catering manager at Basil Ristorante. Survivors include his fiancee; mother Clara of Arizona; father and stepmother Stan and Helen of Texas; grandmother Mary Trump of Missouri; grandfather Fritz of Missouri; sister Julie Milinowski of Arkansas.

GODFREY HOFFMAN, 76, of Greeley died Oct. 31. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Brighton. Mr. Hoffman was born in St. Peter, Kan., on April 10, 1924. He married Lena Bisbee, 1944. He served in the Army during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He was the head mechanic for the ground department. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife; sons John of Commerce City, Kenneth of Greeley and Larry of Fort Lupton; daughters Sharon of Arkansas, Carol Valdez of Brighton and Debora Bonacquisti of Texas; brothers Carl and Severine, both of Denver; sisters Serphina Hawthorne of Nebraska and Leona Brown of Thornton; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.

WINIFRED E. JORDAN, 82, of Centennial died Oct. 23. Services were Nov. 5, with inurnment in Plainfield, N.H. Miss Jordan was born in Newburgh, N.Y., on Aug. 15, 1918. She was the head of central services at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital. She was a volunteer at the Montshire Science Museum. Survivors include nephew Scott Munstock of Centennial; nieces Pamela Munstock of Centennial and Patricia Proctor of Illinois. 

DUANE EDWARD JUNK, 53, of Englewood died Nov. 2. Services will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Holy Name Catholic Church. Mr. Junk was born in Tipton, Kan., on Sept. 14, 1947. He was a maintenance supervisor. He was a member of the Holy Name Parish. Survivors include his mother Bernadine of Englewood; sons Joel Rodriguez of Littleton and Sonny Rodriguez of Texas; daughters Melina of Englewood and Becky Ramirez of Aurora; brothers Leon and Robbie; sister Rose Edgar of Littleton; eight grandchildren.

SUSAN R. KNAUS, 64, of Littleton died Oct. 30. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the First Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Knaus was born in Leadville on July 3, 1936. She married Frank Knaus, 1959. She was a teacher for Denver Public Schools and a homemaker. She was a member of the Littleton Gem and Mineral Club. Survivors include her husband; son Scott of Littleton; brother Michael Green of New Zealand.

PRISCILLA RAYMOND LULL, 70, of Brighton died Nov. 1. Services were Nov. 4. Mrs. Lull was born in Boston on July 10, 1930. She married Phillip Lull Jr., 1978. She was a hospital volunteer. Survivors include sisters Ann Luce of Boulder and Elise Wallace of Massachusetts.

ILAH NELSON, 90, of Denver died Oct. 31. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Fairmount's Little Ivy Chapel, 430 S. Quebec St., Denver. Mrs. Nelson was born in Litchfield, Minn., on Jan. 5, 1910. She married Marion A. Nelson. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Montclair Women's Club. Survivors include brother Wayne Johnson of California; sister Miriam Merten of Denver; a grandchild; two great-grandchildren.

MARTHA ANN PICARELLO, 75, of Lakewood died Nov. 2. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 2910 S. Sheridan Blvd. Mrs. Picarello was born in Stratton on Jan. 24, 1925. She married Harry Picarello, 1945. She was a secretary for the government. Survivors include son Dino of Lakewood; daughter Gina Johnson of Lakewood; brother Leo Burggraff of Denver; twin sister Margaret Patton of Littleton; four grandchildren.

BOB SEARS, 60, of Aurora died Nov. 1. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Queen of Peace Church in Aurora, with burial at Fort Logan Cemetery. Mr. Sears was born April 13, 1940, in Massachusetts. He married Judy Sears. He served in the military for 30 years and retired as a sergeant major. He was a cashier at Gart Sports. Survivors include his wife; sons Robert Sears and Chad Sears, both of Aurora; daughters Gina Woitas of California, Donna Jeffrey of Elizabeth and Cheryl Sears of Aurora; and seven grandchildren.

ROSEMARY SELBY, 82, of Denver died Oct. 27. Private services were held. Mrs. Selby was born in Alton, Ill., on Aug. 6, 1918. She married Lloyd Selby, 1934. She was a retired supervisor for Wesco Fabrics. She was a volunteer at St. Andrea. Survivors include sons Guy of Parker, Glen of Denver, Gary of Thornton and Dennis of La Port; daughter Patricia Zarn of Missouri; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.

MARJORIE G. STALTER, 73, of Glenwood Springs died Oct. 30. Services were Nov. 3, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mrs. Stalter was born in Kansas City on Dec. 22, 1926. She married Robert Stalter, 1947. She was a hospital admitting clerk. She was a member of the Aurora Seventh-day Adventist Church and a volunteer at the Community Services Center. Survivors include daughters Theresa Hendrickson of New York, Deborah Robertson of Glenwood Springs, Phyllis Miller of Washington and Jennifer Defluiter of South Dakota; three grandchildren.

JOHN W. WRIGHT Sr., 85, of Westminster died Oct. 24. Services were Oct. 27. Mr. Wright was born in Oblong, Ill., on Sept. 26, 1915. He married Lucille. He was a retired truck driver. Survivors include son John Jr. of Arvada; daughter Carol Gerace of Denver; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

STELLA W. ABBOTT, 94, of Arvada died Oct. 30 in Lakewood. Services were Nov. 3, with burial at Arvada Cemetery. Mrs. Abbott was born in Arvada on Nov. 16, 1905. She married James Abbott, 1924. She was a floral designer. She was a member of Arvada United Methodist Church, Friendship Chapter No. 137 and Chapter C.V. of P.E.O. Survivors include daughter Phyllis Harper of Arvada; sister Flora Hardy of Arvada; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

JESS BOOKOUT, 74, of Broomfield died Nov. 2. Services were Nov. 6. Mr. Bookout was born in Tularosa, N.M., on Sept. 25, 1926. He married Mary Sigler, 1945. He was a plumber. Survivors include son Jessie of Broomfield; daughter Sharon Sanborn of Arvada; five grandchildren.

CLEO EVELYN BOWMAN, 84, of Federal Heights died Oct. 28. Services were Nov. 3, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mrs. Bowman was born in Carrollton, Mo., on Sept. 8, 1916. She married James Bowman, 1940. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Plum Creek Ladies Club. Survivors include daughters Carol Werkmeister of Westminster, Nancy Morgan of Texas; son Samuel Bowman-Morning Star of California; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

MAXINE COOPER, of Wheat Ridge died Oct. 31. Services were private. Mrs. Cooper was born in Leadville. She married Bill Cooper, 1935. She was a secretary and stenographer. She was a member of the Wheat Ridge Woman's Club. Survivors include her husband; son Dennis of Edgewater; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

BERNARD O. DEVRIES, 75, of Mesquite, Nev., formerly of Bailey died Oct. 25. Services were Oct. 30, with burial in Minneapolis. Mr. DeVries was born in Minneapolis on May 17, 1925. He married Helen Goodman. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He worked in construction. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity. Survivors include his wife; stepsons Larry, Gary, Ron Goodman; sister Dorie of Arizona; brother Dirk of Minnesota; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

ALBERTA W. EISENACH, 89, of Arvada died Oct. 29 in Lakewood. Services were Nov. 3. Mrs. Eisenach was born in Scottsbluff, Neb., on Aug. 7, 1911. She married Edward Eisenach, 1949. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include son Barry of Arvada; a grandchild.

ROBERT S. ERICKSON, 79, of Englewood died Nov. 3. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at First Baptist Church. Mr. Erickson was born in Englewood on June 1, 1921. He married L. Grace Barr, 1943. He was an electrician in retail. He was a member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife; daughters Martha Marshall of Englewood, Mary Laderer of Arizona, Ruth Ewoldt of Florida; son Bob of Englewood; sister Jeannette Legg of Arizona; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

MARGARET M. GAZAWAY, 74, of Denver died Nov. 2. Services were Nov. 6. Mrs. Gazaway was born in Boyd, Okla., on June 29, 1926. She married Howard Gazaway, 1945. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Windsorettes and Cactus Wrens. Survivors include her husband; daughters Susan Mercer of Iowa, Deborah Jones of Nebraska; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

JEANNE LOUISE GREGORY, 85, of Wheat Ridge died Oct. 22 in Westminster. Mrs. Gregory was born in Newark, N.Y., on Dec. 3, 1914. She was a psychiatric social worker. Survivors include a niece and cousins.

EDRIE G. HARRIS, 88, of Springfield, Mo., formerly of Arvada, died Oct. 25 in Republic, Mo. Services were Nov. 3, with burial at Crown Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Harris was born in Dallas County, Mo., on April 28, 1912. She married Clayton Harris. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Wendyville Baptist Church and Community Baptist Church. Survivors include sons Thomas of Minnesota, Fred of Colorado Springs, David of Missouri; daughter Jeanie Craighead of Missouri; sister Evanell Grande of Denver; brother Wendall Scott of Texas; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

KURT P. HERRMANN, 55, of Denver died Oct. 16. Services were Oct. 19. Mr. Herrmann was born in Denver on Dec. 30, 1944. He married Dail Herrmann, 1963. He was a general contractor. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife; mother Hedwig Kima of Germany; son Kurt of Denver; a grandchild.

FRED LAGUARDIA, 86, of Wheat Ridge died Oct. 30. Services were Nov. 4, with entombment at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Laguardia was born in Denver on Oct. 27, 1914. He married Meryle Kunkle, 1935. He was a meat buyer. He was a member of Meat Cutters Union. Survivors include his wife; daughters Arlene Beal of Denver, Jeannene Bays of Aurora; sisters Lorraine Dire, Lucille Zupancic, Theresa, all of Denver; brothers Vincent of Lakewood, Leonard of Denver; great-grandchild.

MATTHEW STEVEN LINK, 30, of Stockton, Calif., formerly of Arvada died Oct. 21. Mr. Link was born in Arvada on Oct. 27, 1970. He was a student at San Joaquin Delta College. Survivors include father and stepmother Donald and Sarah of Lakewood; mother and stepfather Mary and Lester Sabo of California; grandparents Dan and Catherine of Arvada; brother Pat; sister Erin, both of California.

JOANNE CATHERINE MOORE, 75, of Denver died Oct. 30 in Littleton. Services were Nov. 1. Ms. Moore was born in Spooner, Wis., on June 14, 1925. She was a retired office worker at Martin Marietta. Survivors include sons Gregory Keena of Littleton, Patrick Keena of Kentucky, Kerry Keena of Florida; half sisters Kathleen Bergran and Edith Spangler, both of Wisconsin; nine grandchildren.

JUAN RAMON RAMIREZ, 28, of Denver died Oct. 28. Services were Nov. 5, with burial in Mexico. Mr. Ramirez was born in Francisco, Coahila, Mexico, on March 28, 1972. Survivors include parents Ramon and Rose of Mexico; brother Mario of Denver; a brother and sisters in Mexico.

NANCY TAYLOR SHIVERS, 83, of Englewood died Oct. 21. Services were private. Mrs. Shivers was born in Pueblo on April 27, 1917. She married Marcus Shivers, 1941. She was a homemaker. She was a member of PEO and volunteered at Assistance League and Red Cross. Survivors include seven nieces; a nephew; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; numerous great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

MONICA SLON-DASILVA, 37, of Aurora died Oct. 29. Services were Oct. 31. Mrs. Slon-DaSilva was born in Brazil on July 2, 1963. She married Marcos DaSilva. She was an actress and writer. Survivors include her husband; parents Evangelina and Claudio of Aurora; sisters Cynthia of Oregon, Patricia of California.

if0,0-GEORGETTE E. SMITH-PIELKA, 34, of Lakewood died Nov. 1 in Englewood. Services were Nov. 4, with burial in Inglewood, Calif. Mrs. Smith-Pielka was born in Compton, Calif., on Aug. 6, 1966. She married Mariusz Pielka. Survivors include her husband; mother Anna Maria Beard of Lakewood; son Corin Smith of Lakewood.

JOSEPH GASPER TAIBBI, 58, of Federal Heights died Oct. 30. Services were Nov. 2, with burial at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Mr. Taibbi was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 19, 1942. He served in the Air Force. He was a warehouse manager for Western Star of Colorado. Survivors include daughters Donna Rody of Broomfield, Debbie of Morrison; son Darrell of Thornton; brother Michael of New York; sister Lois Young of Colorado Springs; two grandchildren.

HELEN J. YOUNG, 63, of Castle Rock died Oct. 19 in Littleton. Services were Oct. 24. Mrs. Young was born in Canton, Miss., on Nov. 21, 1936. She married John Young. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband; mother Beulah Carter of Mississippi; sons Ricky Rogers, Henry Rogers, both of Texas, Robert Rogers of Littleton, Nathan of Aurora; daughters Sandra Rogers, Debra Smith, both of Mississippi; brothers Landon Ables, Joe Ed Carter, both of Mississippi; sister Ellen Carter of Mississippi; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.

STAN LYLE YOUNG, 41, of Wheat Ridge died Oct 3. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Young was born in Warsaw, Ind., on Jan. 24, 1959. He married Mary Ellen Mino, 1980. He was a computer operator at First Bank. Survivors include his wife; parents Jo Ann and Alan; grandmother Helen; sons Robert and Alex; daughter Theresa; brother Craig; sister Robin.


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