Miscellaneous LaPlata County, Colorado Obituaries

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Lupe M. Quintana
Sept. 30, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Lupe M. Quintana, who died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, in Durango. She was 88.
The Rev. Joseph Gallegos will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Visitation will be 1-4:30 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary. A rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. today at the church.
Mrs. Quintana was born Sept. 15, 1910, in Durango and was raised in Durango.
Mrs. Quintana was a homemaker. She was a member of Sacred Heart Parish.
Survivors include her husband, Jose Eugenio Quintana of Durango; son, Joseph Quintana Jr. of Durango; daughter, Suzanne Martinez of Durango; sister, Alice Garcia of Ontario, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Paul LaMont Williamson
Sept. 30, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Ertel Memorial Chapel in Cortez for Paul LaMont Williamson, who died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1998, at his home in Cortez. He was 73.
The Rev. Gerald Andrews will officiate. Burial will be at Cortez Cemetery.
Mr. Williamson was born April 14, 1925, in Holdrege, Neb. 
Survivors include his wife, Helen Julia Beres Williamson of Cortez; daughter, Kay Parker of Coaldale, Colo.; son, Ken Williamson of Cortez; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and sisters, Lois Koll and Joan Larson, both of Denver.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, Cortez, CO 81321.

Sharon Kay ‘Shary’ Doak
Sept. 23, 1998
Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Lewis College Concert Hall for Sharon Kay "Shary" Doak, who died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, at her home in Durango after a battle with cancer. She was 42.
Ms. Doak was born Oct. 2, 1955, in Rifle, Colo. She moved with her family in 1970 to Glenwood Springs where she graduated from high school. She came to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College and graduated from Fort Lewis College in 1978. She then served briefly in the Peace Corps and returned to Durango where she had resided since. Ms. Doak had taught wine appreciation classes at Fort Lewis College for the past several years.
At the time of her death, Ms. Doak was a sales representative for State Chemical based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ms. Doak was a member of the Fort Lewis College Alumni Association and served on the board. She had completed the Leadership La Plata training. She enjoyed hiking, camping and working in her yard and garden.
Survivors include her parents, Edward and Genevieve Doak of Glenwood Springs; brother, Edward Maxwell Doak of Albuquerque, N.M.; sisters, Susan Benson of Windsor, Colo., Elizabeth "Libby" Weir of Rifle, Colo., and Mary Louise Doak of Westminster, Colo.; and four nieces.
Memorial donations may be made to the Fort Lewis College Alumni Association, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO 81301.

Una Vera Anderson
Sept. 23, 1998
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Greenmount Cemetery for Una Vera Anderson, who died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in Durango. She was 77.
The Rev. Sterling Schaaf will officiate.
Mrs. Anderson was born Feb. 15, 1921, in Pauls Valley, Okla. She married Raymond K. Anderson on June 26, 1938, in Maysville, Okla. They moved to the Durango area in 1977.
Mrs. Anderson was a member of Hesperus Baptist Church where she served as treasurer and taught Sunday School. She enjoyed sewing and embroidery.
She was preceded in death by her husband on March 1, 1989.
Survivors include her son, Raymond K. Anderson of Hesperus; daughter, Donna J. Randolph of Poway, Calif.; brothers, Richard Cheatwood of Brawley, Calif., and Chancie Cheatwood of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister, Nita Mannarion of El Centro, Calif.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, P.O. Box 8766, Albuquerque, NM 87198-8766.
The cause of death was not available.

Dorothy M. Zipperer
Sept. 20, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Columba Catholic Church for Dorothy M. Zipperer, who died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M. She was 75.
The Rev. Mike McCleary will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Visitation will be today at Hood Mortuary. Rosary service will be 7 p.m. today at the church.
Mrs. Zipperer was born May 27, 1923, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a longtime resident of Durango. She retired from U.S. government service.
Mrs. Zipperer was a member of the Legion of Mary, Catholic Daughters of America, and served as a Eucharistic minister in Durango. She enjoyed gardening and golf.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Zipperer of Durango; daughter, Dorothy M. Young of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and three grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Mercy Medical Center Rehabilitation Center, 375 E. Park Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
The cause of death was not available.

Dolores Rae Springer
Sept. 20, 1998
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. today at Rotary Park for Dolores Rae Springer, who died Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, in Bayfield after an extended illness. She was 44.
Mrs. Springer was born July 27, 1954, in St. Louis, Mo. She moved with her family to Durango as a young girl. She attended school in Durango and graduated from Durango High School.
She married John M. Springer Aug. 16, 1980, in Glendale, Ariz.
Survivors include her husband, John Springer of Glendale, Ariz.; daughter, Mary Tiffany Rizzo of Glendale, Ariz.; mother and stepfather, Dorothy and John Strain of Bayfield; sisters, Cheryl Linde of Los Angeles, Calif., and Ginger Peters of Fayetteville, N.C.; and brother, Scott Miller of Monument, Colo.
Memorial donations may be made to Southwest Safehouse, P.O. Box 2107, Durango, CO 81302.

Douglas Johnson
Sept. 19, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Mountain View Mortuary Chapel in Mesa, Ariz., for Douglas Johnson, who died Saturday, Sept. 19, 1998, in Albuquerque, N.M., after suffering a heart attack. He was 66.
Visitation will be 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Mountain View Mortuary.
Mr. Johnson was born in Rochester, Mich. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956.
Mr. Johnson retired from General Motors Proving Grounds.
He lived in Durango for three months of the year, and Mesa, Ariz., was his home base.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Johnson; daughter, Ann Hessler; son, Dwight Johnson; brother, Graham Johnson and three grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 2707 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85208.

George F. Coen
Sept. 18, 1998
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M., for George F. Coen, who died Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, at Centura Health-Mercy Medical Center. He was 81.
Mr. Coen was born in 1917 in Oil City, Ohio, and grew up in the midwest, graduating from Warsaw High School in Warsaw, Ind., in 1934. In 1938, he joined the 153rd infantry and was later transferred to the Army Air Corps. He completed his 50 combat mission requirement as a navigator flying B-17s from North Africa with the 416th Bombardment Squadron during World War II.
Mr. Coen graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1947.
He married Martha Cantrell Aug. 4, 1970, in Albuquerque, N.M.
Mr. Coen was active in the 99th Bombardment Group Historical Society, New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers and New Mexico Mountain Club, and he was an avid birdwatcher and hiker.
Mr. Coen was a resident of the Four Corners Health Care Center.
Survivors include his wife, Martha of Durango; daughters, Patricia Coen-Mattingly of Durango and Bettie Coen of Montrose; sons, Tom Coen of Placitas, N.M., Richard Coen of Pinon, Ariz., and George M. Coen of Evergreen, Colo.; stepchildren, Sarah Tedford of Oklahoma City, Okla., Susie Taylor of Albuquerque, N.M., and Robert Flenniken of Lubbock, Texas; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The cause of death was not available.

Glen Mary Mergelman
Sept. 18, 1998
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Hood Mortuary Chapel for Glen Mary Mergelman, a native of Mancos, who died Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, in Durango. She was 88.
Pastor Rick Calhoun will officiate at services.
Mrs. Mergelman was born April 26, 1910, in Mancos. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin A. Mergelman, in 1986.
Mrs. Mergelman enjoyed gardening and playing bridge. She taught school for several years in Mancos and was a member of PEO, reading club, First United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star and numerous bridge clubs,
She is survived by her daughters, Mary Lee Butterfield of Littleton, Abbie Kay Marschner of Grand Junction and Lousie Fry of Fountain Valley, Calif.; a sister, Lillian Ruland of Durango; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Mercy, 375 Park Ave., Durango Co. 81301.
The cause of death was unavailable.

Florence M. Rea
Sept. 17, 1998
Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Hood Mortuary Chapel for Florence M. Rea, a lifetime resident of the Durango area, who died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, in Durango. She was 69.
The Rev. Robert Kujath will officiate the services. Burial will be at Florida Cemetery in Durango.
Mrs. Rea was born October 25, 1928 in Arboles. 
Mrs. Rea was a homemaker as well as working at the Durango/La Plata County airport in security.
She is survived by her husband, Walter, of Durango; two sons, Bob and Kenny, both of Durango; two daughters, Marilyn Nasky of Austin Texas and Linda of Bayfield; a brother, Leonard Bixler of Farmington; two sisters, Audry Tyckson of Cahone and Devona Hostetler of Pinedale, Ariz.; and eight grandchildren.
The cause of death was unavailable.

Valvina S. Litz
Sept. 15, 1998
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Greenmount Cemetery for Valvina S. Litz, who died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, in Durango. She was 99.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate.
Mrs. Litz was born Oct. 19, 1898, in Porter, Colo. She was a lifelong area resident.
Mrs. Litz was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Litz, in 1965, and by a son, David Litz, in 1988.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Taylor of Farmington, N.M.; sons, Andy Litz of Boulder, Colo., Johnny Litz of Utah and Gilbert Litz of Ignacio; many grandchildren, including Laura Lee Neylan of Farmington, N.M., whom she raised; many great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
The cause of death was not available.

Rebecca L. Chacon
Sept. 15, 1998
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Rebecca L. Chacon, who died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 1998, in Durango as a result of head trauma suffered in an auto accident Sept. 9 on Main Avenue. She was 74.
The Rev. Joseph Gallegos will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Rosary service will be 7 p.m. Friday at the church.
Mrs. Chacon was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Durango. She was a lifetime resident of Durango.
Mrs. Chacon was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia.
Survivors include her husband, James "Jimmy" Chacon of Durango, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 789 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203.

Dale W. West
Sept. 14, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Dale W. West, who died Monday, Sept. 14, 1998, in Durango. He was 65.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate. Burial will be at the Bayfield Cemetery.
Mr. West was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Bosque Farms, N.M. He married Patricia Aragon on Oct. 19, 1996, in Durango. 
Mr. West was a rancher throughout his life. He also worked as a heavy equipment operator, school and activity bus driver, selling real estate and as a truck driver. He was a retired county employee.
Mr. West’s interests were playing guitar and music, fishing, hunting and time in the outdoors.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia M. "Pat" West of Bayfield; father and stepmother, Walter and Stella West of Cortez; children, Kathi McLraith of Farmington, N.M., Daleen Washington and Billy Hahn, both of Ignacio, Theresa Washington of Carlsbad, N.M., Cheryle Stevens of Marvel, Arlen Dale West, Tammy Fields and Valerie Hahn, all of Bayfield, Timothy Hahn of Denver and Sharon Connors of California; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The cause of death was not available.

Myrtle ‘Mom’ McDonald Girodo
Sept. 6, 1998
Memorial services will be 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ertel Memorial Chapel in Cortez for Myrtle "Mom" McDonald Girodo, who died of natural causes Sunday, Sept. 6, 1998, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home. She was 85.
Mrs. Girodo was born Sept. 2, 1913, in Telluride. She lived and attended school in Telluride and Rico. She moved to Silverton, where she met and married Tony Girodo. Mrs. Girodo worked at the Grand Imperial Hotel in Silverton where she was known as "Mom" Girodo. She moved to Durango in 1965 where she was head housekeeper at the Strater Hotel until her retirement. She lived in Mancos for the past six years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Antone "Tony" L. Girodo and sons, Joe and Louis Girodo. Survivors include her son, Donald Girodo of Grand Junction, Colo.; daughter, Dianna Robinson of Amado, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or the charity of your choice.

Devon Katharyne Ellis
Sept. 5, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Bayfield Cemetery Chapel for Devon Katharyne Ellis, who drowned Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998, at Lake Powell in Utah. She was 10.
Visitation will be Thursday at Hood Mortuary.
Devon was born March 22, 1988, in Durango. She was a resident of Ignacio. She attended grade school in Ignacio, Bayfield, Farmington, N.M., and Aztec, N.M. Devon enjoyed singing, dancing, cheerleading and water-skiing.
Survivors include her parents, James R. Ellis of Ignacio and Carla A. Ellis of Flora Vista, N.M.; brother, Kennen J. Ellis; grandparents, Charles and Nell Caspar of May, Texas, and Jim and Marilyn Ellis of Bayfield; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pine Valley Foursquare Church Youth Group, P.O. Box 740, Bayfield, CO 81122. 

Sarah Louise Martinez
Sept. 4, 1998
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church for Sarah Louise Martinez, who died Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, in Riverside, Calif. She was 35.
The Rev. Larry Gallegos will officiate. Rosary will be before Mass.
There was cremation. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Ms. Martinez was born Oct. 31, 1962, in Grand Junction, Colo.
Survivors include her mother, Sarah Martinez of Durango; daughter, Brandi of Riverside, Calif.; son, Daniel of Riverside, Calif.; two grandchildren; brothers, James of Washington and Charles of Minnesota; and ex-husband, Lonnie Romero of South Carolina.
The cause of death was not disclosed.

Mykel Christopher Nieto
Sept. 4, 1998
Mykel Christopher Nieto died Friday, Sept. 4, 1998. He was 4.
Mykel was born Sept. 1, 1994. 
He is survived by his grandmother, Sarah Martinez of Durango; sister, Brandi; brother, Daniel; and uncles, James and Charles.
There was cremation. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
The cause of death was not disclosed.

William Thomas Rhoades
Sept. 2, 1998
No services are planned for William Thomas Rhoades, who died of cancer Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, in Silverton. He was 69.
There was cremation at Hood Mortuary Crematory.
Mr. Rhoades was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Silverton. He served in the U.S. Air Force and Navy. Mr. Rhoades was employed as a miner. He was a member of the American Legion Silverton Post.
He was preceded in death by his son, Butch Rhoades. 
Survivors include his wife, Fadona Payson Rhoades of Silverton; son, Terry Rhoades of Silverton; daughters, Ladonna Jaramillo and Becky Rhoades, both of Silverton; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
 
Star Mariah Martinez
Sept. 2, 1998
Private family services will be held in Durango for Star Mariah Martinez, who died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1998, at Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colo. She was 2.
Burial will be in Durango.
Star was born Nov. 30, 1995, at Mercy Medical Center in Durango. 
Survivors include her father, Geoffrey Martinez of Thornton, Colo.; mother, January L. Riggin of Ignacio; sister, Emily McCoy; and grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Memorial donations may be made to Children’s Hospital of Denver or to K&R Plumbing of Parker, Colo., c/o Rundus Broomfield Funeral Home, 1998 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020.
The cause of death is not available.


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