Miscellaneous Lake County, Colorado Obituaries - 1999

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Thomas Leroy Smythe
Leadville resident Thomas Leroy Smythe, 40, died June 14 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Denver.
Born Jan. 14, 1959, in Fairplay to Albert and Cecilia (Martinez) Smythe, he graduated from Lake County High School in 1977.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He was an avid elk hunter and Bronco fan and had never missed a game. 
He was a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church of Leadville, the Elks Lodge #236 of Leadville and the National Rifle Association. 
He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his mother Cecilia Smythe, Leadville; sister Allison (Greg) Smith, Grand Junction; niece Whittney Smith, Grand Junction; nephew Spencer Smith, Grand Junction; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary and Mass of the Christian Burial were held June 19 at the Annunciation Catholic Church of Leadville with Father Tom Killeen officiating. Organist was Neil Reynolds and vocalist was Sister Mary Clarita.
Pallbearers were Greg Chambers, Randy Chambers, Dan Costa, Manuel Marquis, Kirk Schurman and Greg Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Spencer Smith, Henry Martinez, Sr., J.B. Martinez, Anthony Cano and Gerald Cushman.
Interment services followed in Elks Rest Cemetery in Leadville with members of the Leadville Elks Lodge. Leadville Post #859 V.F.W. and Buena Vista Post #55 American Legion provided a flag presentation, twenty-one gun salute and taps..
Arrangements were handled by Lewis and Glenn Funeral Home, Salida.

Amy Sue Fairchild
Amy Sue Fairchild was just 17 when she died in an auto accident on June 28 near Redcliff.
Born on Nov. 25, 1981 in Denver to Peggy Rowe and Terry Fairchild weighing only 1 lb. 13 oz, she started her life as a fighter. 
Even though she was so tiny, it never stopped her from joining all activities. She would have been a junior at Lake County High School this fall. She loved playing T-ball and taking part in Girl Scouts and dance class. As she grew, she enjoyed playing softball in the summer and basketball in the winter. Amy loved cruising in her mother's car with her cousins, who will miss her everyday.
She was a member of the Catholic Community and was an altar girl. 
She was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Helen Rowe and Pat Hardy and her aunt, Bonnie Fairchild.
She is survived by her parents, Peggy Rowe, Leadville, and Terry Fairchild, Grand Junction; grandfather John Rowe, Canon City; grandparents Benny and Janis Fairchild, Grand Junction; greatgrandmother Mahamalea Fairchild, Salida; seven aunts, Theresa (Jeff) Rutkey, Leadville; Anna (David) Fear, Canon City; Shona (Wes) Thomas, Grand Junction; Maggie (Dan) Foster, W. Va.; Pam (Randy) Nygren, Gypsum; Susan (Jerry) Kissel, Ariz. and Sherry Hardy, Phoenix; and four uncles, George Rowe, Eagle Vail; Bob Rowe, Kansas; John (Brenda) Rowe, Mo.; and Billie Hardy, Phoenix.
She is also survived by many cousins, great aunts and great uncles. 
Amy had a very special relationship with her great aunt Dot Marble, Salida. Amy loved her like a grandmother.
The Rosary was recited July 1 and Mass of Christian Burial July 2, both at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Patti Smith sang accompanied by Jean Elliott.
Pallbearers were George and Robert Rowe, Jeff Rutkey, David Fear, John Rowe, Jr. and John Lacey. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry and Stephen Rutkey, John Fear and David Fear, Jr., Jason Cerise and Jared O'Leary.
Interment was in St. Joseph cemetery. 
The family received friends at a reception at La Cantina Restaurant.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Amy Sue Fairchild Memorial Fund c/o First Mountain Bank, 403 Harrison Ave. Leadville, CO 80461.

Carvel N. "Lefty" Stout
Carvel N. Stout, 81, better known as "Lefty", died July 2 at St. Vincent General Hospital, where he had been a patient. 
He was born in Rolla, Kansas on May 17, 1918 to the late John W. and Nora (Clark) Stout. 
After graduating from high school, Carvel attended a year of college at Ft. Collins and was then drafted into the United States Army, serving in WWII. 
After receiving an honorable discharge, Carvel returned to Colorado to work for the Resurrection Mining Company/ASARCO; he remained there for 25 years. He then went to work for the Lake County Road and Bridge Crew as a heavy equipment operator.
On Sept. 13, 1947, Carvel married Margaret F. Elliott in Annunciation Church in Leadville. They were married for 51 years and one daughter, Patricia, was born. 
"Lefty" had many hobbies, including feeding the birds in the winter, fishing, hunting, gardening and cooking, of which his specialty was roast beef. He also enjoyed traveling, going to plays and telling stories of the old mining days in Leadville. He was also an avid Bronco fan.
He also enjoyed working on the family home which is about 115 years old. Carvel redid every room in the house. 
He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret; three sisters, Viola Wilcox, Audrey Yarbrough and Delma Klostermeier, and one brother, Virgil Stout. 
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Stout, Leadville; one brother, John Stout, Jr., Centralia, Wash.; a niece, Mary (Lynn) Washburn; other relatives.
Mass of Christian Burial was July 5 at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Paul Sykora officiated. Dave and Carol Schutte, Lizbeth Firestone and Joan Dawson provided music. Judy Fabian read the readings during the mass. The eulogy was given by Jean Marie Dawe. 
Pallbearers were Calvin and John Dawe, Rodney Fenske, Don Fabian, Frank Shober and Dr. J. L. Brookshire. Honorary pallbearers were Jennifer and Karen Fenske, Rudy Shober and Herman Fernandez. 
Interment was in Elk's Rest Cemetery with committal services by the B.P.O.E. Lodge #236. A reception followed at the Elk's Lodge in Leadville where Carvel had been a member for 53 years.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Annunciation Catholic Church, 609 Poplar, Leadville, CO. 80461.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

Richard Douglas Tinkler
Richard Douglas Tinkler, 41, died July 5 following an accident at his home in Plano, Texas.
Born in Montrose to Forrest and Joan (Jutten) Tinkler, he attended area schools in Montrose and graduated from Montrose High School in 1976. He won numerous local, state and national awards for his science fair projects in junior and senior high school and was an outstanding football player for the Montrose Indians.
He graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1982 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. He moved to Dallas and began his career with Texas Instruments. 
His love of engineering began as a young boy building rockets and computers and grew to his present position as Senior Electrical Engineer in the Defense Systems department at Raytheon where he developed the technology and patents for some of the world's most advanced night vision systems.
He was a loyal and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. He always had a kind word and helping hand for all who had the good fortune to know him. Although his time on earth was short, he will continue to live on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife Kathy Tinkler, Plano, Texas; daughters Christina and Jennifer Tinkler, Plano, Texas; parents, Forrest and Joan Tinkler, Montrose; sister Wendy Werner and nieces Shelby, Chelsea and Taryn, Fort Collins; mother- and father-in-law, Tina and Manuel Flores, Leadville; brothers-in-law Joe Flores, Denver and Manuel Flores, Leadville; sisters-in-law Julia Flores, Leadville and Tina Flores, Denver; and many friends.
Memorial services were held July 8 in Plano, Texas and July 10 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville.
Interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Memorial gifts to benefit Christina and Jennifer Tinkler may be made to the Richard Tinkler Memorial Fund, c/o Bank United, 551 East 15th St., Plano, Texas, 75074. 

Ronald J. Van Voorst
Leadville resident Ronald J. Van Voorst, 41, died in a vehicle accident near Copper Mountain July 22. 
Born in Zeeland, Mich. to Howard J. and Lois A. (Padmos) Van Voorst, he attended school in Holland, Mich. before coming to Leadville in 1979.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching car races, and was a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge #236.
He was preceded in death by his brother Jim Van Voorst.
He is survived by his daughter Katie Van Voorst, Corpus Christi, Texas; parents, Howard and Lois Van Voorst, Leadville; brother Bill (Diana) Van Voorst, Georgetown, Colo.; sisters Julie (Tim) Hamilton, Kuna, Idaho and Karen Cooper (Russell Nauta), Woodland Park, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held July 27 at the First Presbyterian Church in Leadville with the Rev. Austin Van Pelt officiating. Cecil Tapey, accompanied by Joelyn Linn provided music. 
Pallbearers were Stan and Scott Hinton, David Wilson, Mike Flores, Mike Ambrose and Kevin Dycus. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Barrett and Douglas Czerkies from Michigan.
Interment was in Elks Rest Cemetery with committal services by B.P.O.E. Lodge #236. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Elks Lodge, P.O. Box 856, Leadville, CO 80461.
Arrangements were by Bailey Funeral Home.

Staffie D. Harrington
Leadville resident Staffie D. Harrington, 87, died Aug. 3 in the ECU of St. Vincent General Hospital District.
Born in Bimetalic, Colo. on April 5, 1912, her parents were Joseph and Josephina (Germ) Drobnick.
She graduated Lake County High School and in 1938 married Bernard McKittrick, who died in 1942. She married John J. Harrington on Feb. 16, 1944 in Glenwood Springs; their marriage was later blessed at Annunciation Church in Leadville on Oct. 31, 1981.
She was a life-long member of St. Joseph's and Annunciation Parish and belonged to the K.S.K.J. Lodge. She enjoyed reading, working word puzzles and watching the Broncos-Sundays were dull without a Bronco game. Her family will remember her best as a wonderful mother, grandmother, great grandmother and home maker. Up until she entered the E.C.U. at St. Vincent's, she loved to cook for her family. She also made sure she was involved in all their activities and interests. She enjoyed life to its fullest and was very committed to her faith in God.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Bernard McKittrick; her second husband John Harrington, who died in 1993; and a son, John Harrington Jr., who died in 1981.
She is survived by one sister, Olga Williams; one sister-in-law, Staffie Drobnick, both in Cañon City; two daughters, Bernice (Ron) Rohr, Arvada; and JoEllen (Gary) Jones, West Jordan, Utah; one son, William B. (Marcia) Harrington, Leadville; ten grandchildren, Mike, Dave and Diana Rohr, Teri, Tricia and Paul Harrington, Gena Hannaway, Chandra Leetham and Kathleen and Johnny Harrington; and six great grandchildren.
The Rosary was recited on Aug. 5 and Mass of Christian Burial on Aug. 6, both at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Tom Killeen and Father James Kane, her nephew, officiated. Her niece Joan Dawson sang accompanied by Jean Elliott. Pallbearers were Mike and Dave Rohr, Johnny Harrington, Mike Leetham and Chuck and Tiny MacDonald.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery in Leadville and a reception followed the committal service at the Parish Hall.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Extended Care Unit at St. Vincent General Hospital District, 822 W. 4th St., Leadville, CO 80461. 
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

Warren Nord
Former Leadville resident Warren Nord, 83, died July 24 from a massive stroke. 
Born in Leadville, he graduated from Leadville High School and then began work at Climax Molybdenum Co. as a sampler, advancing to the Safety Engineering Department after twelve years. 
He then became district manager for Farmers Insurance Co. in Boulder County, transferring to Durango in 1954. There he continued as district manager in the tri-county area, writing extensively on insurance products for a variety of trade journals.
In 1968, he began teaching business subjects at Durango High School. He left in 1976 to travel with his wife. 
His interests were varied: he loved music, fishing and Vallecito Lake.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Myrtle Schaefer Nord, Tucson, Ariz.; sister Dorothy Burns, Silverdale, Wash.; niece JoanMae Farren Clark, Paulsbo, Wash.; and nephew David Farren, Leadville.
Following cremation, no immediate memorial is planned. 
For those who wish, donations may be made to the Easter Seal Society of Crippled Children and Adults, or your favorite charity.

Ludwig F. Hren
Ludwig F. Hren, 84, died Aug. 21 at St. Anthony's Central Hospital in Denver.
The Rosary was recited Aug. 25 and the Mass of Christian Burial Aug. 25, both at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Fund, 1280 S. Parker Road, Denver, CO 80231.
Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
A complete obituary will follow in next week's Herald.

MaShelle Denise Klingenberg
MaShelle Denise Klingenberg, 36, died Aug. 15 at University Hospital in Denver following a three year battle with cancer.
She was born in Louisville, Ky. on March 6, 1963 to Dwight W. and Mary E. (Layton) Edwards. 
After her high school graduation, MaShelle went to Ellendale, N.D. where she attended Trinity Bible College. It was here that she met fellow student Mark Klingenberg, whom she married in Los Gatos, Calif. on Aug. 6, 1983. Together they served in parishes in North Platte, Neb. and Winter Haven, Fla. before moving to Silverthorne, Colo. where they served at Abundant Life Church.
MaShelle, a gifted musician, sang and played the piano for the church, taught Sunday school and children's church and directed the youth choir.
Along with her music, MaShelle loved to read, sew, cross stitch, walk, bike and decorate the family's home. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with her husband and two daughters.
She is survived by her husband, Mark Klingenberg and their daughters, Denise and Dayna, Frisco; parents Reverend Dwight W. and Mary E. Edwards, Winter Haven, Fla.; sisters Elizabeth (David) Braddock, Virginia Beach, Va. and Cynthia (Brad) Klingenberg, Frisco; her brother Nolan (Kathleen) Edwards, Minneapolis, Minn.; and grandparents, Preston and Clara Layton, Oroville, Calif.
Services were Aug. 20 at the Abundant Life Church in Silverthorne. Bob Cook, district superintendent of the Rocky Mountain District of the Assembly of God officiated.
Interment was in the Dillon Cemetery and the family received friends at a reception back at the church.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the MaShelle Klingenberg Memorial Fund at West Star Bank.

Gus Green Robinson
Gus Green Robinson, 88, died Aug. 15 at his home in Leadville.
He was born March 10, 1911 in Montrose, Colo. to John and Maggie (McCluskey) Robinson and spent his early years working as an open ranch cowboy on his family's ranch. 
During the depression, they lost the ranch and Gus moved to Leadville in 1936, where he worked for the Bureau of Roads several years. He later worked construction on Treasure Island, Calif. during WW II.
After returning to Leadville, Gus became an appliance repairman for the Public Service Co. of Colorado, eventually retiring from their employ.
He married the former Thelma Green on Sept. 17, 1939 and together they raised three children.
He loved playing with children and devoted his life to doing things with young people. He was widely respected for his work with the Boy Scouts of America and his church, the First Presbyterian Church of Leadville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma, who died in 1981.
He is survived by his daughter Mary (James) Cunio, Canon City; sons Dale (Carla) Robinson, Omaha, Neb. and Ray (Ione) Robinson, Edmond, Okla.; five grandchildren, Wendy and John Robinson, Lynne Howard, Katie and Kristopher Cunio and one great granddaughter, Katherine Ione Robinson.
Services were Aug. 19 at the First Presbyterian Church of Leadville. The Reverend Tom Abbott officiated and the music was provided by Lynette Booth and granddaughters Wendy Robinson and Katie Cunio.
Pallbearers were Bob Casey, Bob Roeder, Pat Lucero, Kit Bogert, Chet Magil and Dave Taliaferro. Honorary pallbearer was Kristopher Cunio.
Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Leadville. 
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to The Boy Scouts of America or the First Presbyterian Church of Leadville.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home. 

Bernel L. Martin
Bernel L. Martin, 83, died Sept. 3 in Canon City.
He was born May 24, 1916, in Hazelton, Kansas to Earl and Mayme (Garlow) Martin.
He was raised on a farm in Kansas, entered the U.S. Army during WW II and served in the European theatre. 
Upon his discharge, he began work at the Climax Mine, retiring in the early 1980's. At that time, he and his wife, Teresa Byrne, whom he married in 1976, moved to Canon City.
He was a member of the Tuesday afternoon bowling league, loved gardening, fishing and macrame.
He belonged to the Sunrise Lions Club, Golden Age Center and the VFW.
He was preceded in death by one sister and his first wife Mary.
He is survived by his wife Teresa Byrne, Canon City; daughters Carolyn (Raymond) Byrne and Linda Martin, both of Leadville; Carlotta (Geoff) Miller, Penrose; and Vivian (Scott) Woodhouse, Canon City; his son, Robert Seabolt, Kansas City, Kan.; his brothers George (Benita) Martin, N.M.; and Glenon (Mary) Martin, Kan.
He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Cora Lou (John) Byrne, Leadville.
A Service of Remembrance was Sept. 8. with Glendon Martin officiating. He was cremated at Wilson-Andrews Crematory in Canon City.
Those wishing may make contributions to the Sunrise Lions Club Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1624, Canon City, CO 81215-1624.

Emily A. Slifka
Leadville resident Emily A. Slifka, 83, died Sept. 12 at St. Anthony Hospital Central.
Visitation was Sept. 15 and Mass of Christian Burial will be Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville. 
Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Community of Leadville for the Meals Program, 609 Poplar, Leadville, CO 80461.
A complete obituary will follow in next weeks Herald.
Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

Peter F. Berger
Peter "Pete" F. Berger, 67, died Sunday, Sept. 26 at his home in Canon City. 
A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville. 
His ashes will be interred in St. Joseph Cemetery following the Mass and his family will receive friends at a reception at the Parish Hall. 
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice West, 517 W. 3rd St., Florence, Colo. 81226. 
Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home. A full obituary will be in next week's Herald.

Joseph G. Francis, III
Joseph G. Francis, III, 74, died Sept. 23 in Lakewood.
He was born on Sept. 13, 1925 in Leadville to the late Joseph and Frances (Gornick) Francis. 
After graduating from high school at The Abbey in Canon City, he went to work on the Lake County Road and Bridge Crew from January of 1949 to November of 1986. At that time, he took a medical retirement. 
Although an only child, he grew up with many cousins including Beverly Francis, whom his mother raised, and she became like a sister. Beverly preceded Joe in death. 
His many friends spoke of his pleasant, considerate personality and his straight-forward attitude in dealing with everyone. 
He was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Church and also belonged to the Elk's Lodge #236.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his cousin Beverly Francis Bogunovich.
He is survived by his first cousins: Joan (Ray) Dawson, Pauline (Sue) Fikany and Joan Kochevar, all of Leadville; Marie (Martin) Gornick; Joe Matekel, Daly City, Calif.; John (Joan) Bartulovich, Glenwood Springs; John Lansford, Las Vegas, Nev.; Greg Lansford, Boulder City, Nev.; Larry Lansford, El Cerritos, Calif.; and Judy Duppman and Richard Duppman, both of Oakland, Calif. 
He is also survived by the daughters of Beverly (Francis) Bogunovich, Judy, Debbie, Gloria, Michelle and Beverly, who were all very special to him. 
The Rosary was recited on Sept 26 and Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 27, both at St. Joseph Church. Mass was concelebrated by Father Tom Killeen and Father Tom Kane. Joan Dawson sang accompanied by Joyce Gornick. 
Pallbearers were Keith and Kevin Dawson, Victor Quintana, Dick Cody, Bill Skala and Mark Reid. 
Interment was in the family plot in Elk's Rest Cemetery and the B.P.O.E. Lodge #236 conducted the committal service. Following the interment, a reception was held at the Parish Hall. 
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Catholic Community of Leadville, 609 Poplar, Leadville, CO 80461.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home. 

Irene Leffel Geib 
Irene Leffel Geib, 97, died Dec. 9 at Miller's Merry Manor in New Carlisle, Ind.
Born June 4, 1902 in Logansport, Ind. to Charles and Chloe Surface Leffel, she lived her life on a farm in Akron, Ind.; in Leadville and in South Bend, Ind.
She graduated from a Chicago business college and then worked as a secretary for South Bend Christian Day School, Studebakers, Bendix, AM General in South Bend and Pike Lumber Company in Akron, Ind.
She was a member of Mayflower Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and a summer camp teacher. She was also a 4-H leader, a poet and an artist.
As Irene Leffel she married Robert Burns, who preceded her in death. Then on Dec. 16, 1943 she married W. Bryan Murrill in Leadville. He died on Jan. 1, 1969. She then married Ezra Henry Geib on June 4, 1970. He died on Feb. 5, 1982.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; a sister Geneva French and a brother, Chester Leffel, both of South Bend; and two step sons, Bill Murrill, Kellogg, Idaho and Ed Murrill, South Bend.
She is survived by her daughter Peggy Callander (Newt) Collins, South Bend, Ind.; grandson Skip (Mary) Callander, South Bend, Ind.; great granddaughter Missy Callander, South Bend, Ind.; and two step granddaughters Peggy Leonhard and Nancy Collins, both of South Bend.
Services and burial were Dec. 13 in South Bend.

Edith Ann Hren 
Edith Ann Hren, 89, died on Dec. 13 in North Glenn.
She was born on March 5, 1910 in Ouray, Colo.
She married Victor Hren in 1939. She was a switchboard operator for the phone company and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She had been a resident of North Glenn for the past several years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Victor who died March 14, 1993; brother Tom Sardy; and sister Olive Sardy.
She is survived by brother- and sister-in-law John and Clementine Hren, Leadville; sister-in-law Alice Rachel Sardy, Aspen; three nephews, Frank (Twila) Mohar, Denver; T.J. Sardy, Anchorage, Alaska; and Don McQuaid, formerly of Grand Junction; and one niece Sylvia Hellums, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Visitation was held on Dec. 15 at the Bailey Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Dec. 16 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Tom Killeen officiating. The pallbearers were Arthur DuPont, Camille DuPont, William Hren, Daniel Hren, Bill Skala and Joe Hren. 
Interment was held in St. Joseph Cemetery under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home. A reception followed the services at the church rectory.

John Fredie Mallow
John Fredie Mallow, 77, died Dec. 11 in Grand Junction.
He was born on Dec. 11, 1922 in Potosi, Mo. and came to Leadville in 1943 to work at Climax, where he was a crane operator.
He loved the outdoors and to hunt.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, JoAnn Rose Yones who died in 1996; son Rudy Kochevar; and three brothers, Paul, Walter and Howard.
He is survived by two sons, John W. (Dana) Mallow, Grand Junction and Robert (Jean) Kochevar, Denver; two daughters, Nancy (Ralph) Criss, San Antonio, Texas and JoAnn (Robert) Lomax, Colorado Springs; two sisters, Naomi Matthews, Salida and Wilma Chapman, Albuquerque, N.M.; 23 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Visitation was held on Dec. 14 at the Bailey Funeral Home, Leadville.
The Rosary was held on Dec. 14 and the Mass of Christian burial was held on Dec. 15, both in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery. 
Pallbearers were Johnny Mallow, Jason Mallow, Todd Mallow, Mike Kochevar and Mike Dudley.
A reception followed at the church rectory.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

Ila Mae (Sammons) Gierhart, 53, died Dec. 28  in Paonia, Colo. 
She was born in Leadville on Aug. 6, 1946 to Alva and Lorelia (Dolly) Sammons.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband Frank Gierhart, Paonia; two daughters, Brenda (Fred) Bullard,Greenbriar, Ark.; and Debi (Grant) Arterburn; two grandchildren, Daniel Ballard and Laura Arterburn; two sisters, Ruth McDonnough, Gunnison; and Ruby (Dan) Hollenbeck, Salida; four brothers, Paul, Perry, Don and Glenn Sammons; and one aunt Cecelia Foreman, Leadville.

Gustav (Gus) Adolph Peterson, 90, died Dec. 27 at St. Vincent General Hospital in Leadville where he had been living in the Extended Care Unit.
He was born in Gullabo, Sweden on June 11, 1909 and came to the United States when he was 18. 
Although he didn't know English, he found work in a variety of places in and around Leadville. Some of his previous employers included Climax, New Jersey Zinc in Gilman, Smith Lumber Company, Furman's, Gambles and the Lake County School District. He became fluent in English through his work and self-motivation.
His favorite pastimes included spending time with his family, friends and the family pets, photography, fishing and boating-he built a boat in 1949. He also spent many weekends at his cabin on the shore of Turquoise Lake. He was also very fond of his homeland, Sweden, and the people he knew there. 
He was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Leadville, as well as the Eagles Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida K. Peterson; his wife, the former Eleanor Ekstrand, until her death in 1954; his second wife, Rose Mary Ambrose, whom he married in 1961 and also preceded him in death in 1988.
He is survived by his stepchildren, Darlene (Bruce) Milliken, Carbondale; and Tony (Kathy) Ambrose, Leadville; and his grandchildren Bill Milliken, Carbondale; Suzy (Corey) Sefcovic, Fort Collins; Mike Ambrose, Leadville; and Kristina (Stan) Hinton, Leadville.
As he wished, he was cremated and his ashes will be buried in Evergreen Cemetery. A memorial service was held on Jan. 3 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, with Pastor John Petersen officiating and Donna Schaefer playing the organ.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 303, Leadville, CO 80461.


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