|Viola Rose (Wommer) Hallsted
April 29, 1998
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bayfield Cemetery for Viola
Rose Hallsted, a native and longtime resident of Bayfield who died April
29, 1998, in Rio Rancho, N.M. She was 88.
The Rev. Dan Straw will officiate at graveside services.
She was born Viola Wommer Nov. 1, 1909, in Bayfield. She was the daughter
of Louis and Emma Rosena Wommer, pioneers of the Pine River valley. She
lived in the area until moving to Rio Rancho in 1990. She also taught school
in Cherry Creek before turning 18.
She held a life teachers certificate in music and taught at the Ignacio
schools, as well as giving private lessons, and continued to teach after
moving to Rio Rancho.
Mrs. Hallsted married Ored Dale "O.D." Hallsted in Aztec in 1929. He
preceded her in death in 1983.
She is survived by two daughters, Ora Viola McCathron of Albuquerque
and Eloise Faust of Ignacio; a brother, Harold Wommer of Durango; a sister,
Lily May Farrow of Steamboat Springs; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association,
c/o La Plata County Heart Fund, P.O. Box 1777, Durango CO 81302.
Fern D. Ellis
April 26, 1998
Services will be 4 p.m. Friday at the Mancos Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints for Fern D. Ellis, who died Sunday, April 26, 1998,
at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Cortez. She was 83.
Bishop Dan Whitehead will officiate. Burial will be at Webber Cemetery
in Mancos. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the church.
Mrs. Ellis was born July 8, 1914, in Mancos and spent her entire life
in the Mancos Valley.
Mrs. Ellis was a past president of the Mancos PTA, and worked at the
Mancos Valley Bank. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Ellis.
Survivors include her sons, Darrel Ellis of Mancos, Jede Ellis of Salt
Lake City and Ronald Ellis of Fredonia, Ariz.; daughter, Maurine Smith
of Salt Lake City; sister, Pauline John of Kaysville, Utah; brother, Carl
Decker of Mesa, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mancos Historical Society, P.O.
Box 124, Mancos, CO 81328.
John A. Broderick
April 24, 1998
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church in Fort Collins for John A. Broderick, who died Friday, April 24,
1998, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colo. He was 70.
The Rev. William Bacon will officiate.
Mr. Broderick was born July 18, 1927, in Grand Junction., Colo. He
married Phyllis Lee Tharp Jan. 2, 1954, in Denver. He was an Army veteran
of World War II and Korea.
Mr. Broderick had lived in Fort Collins for 27 years, and had also
lived in Denver, Durango, Gunnison, Colo., and Cheyenne, Wyo. He was employed
in real estate.
He was preceded in death by his wife.
Survivors include his sons, Trevor Broderick of Santa Monica, Calif.,
and Brandon Broderick of Loveland, Colo.; and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Memorial
Fund, c/o Warren-Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins,
Roger James Erickson
April 23, 1998
Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greeley,
Colo., for Roger James Erickson, who died Thursday, April 23, 1998, in
Monte Vista, Colo. He was 72.
Private family burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley.
Mr. Erickson was born May 6, 1926, in Monte Vista, Colo. He served
in the U.S. Army in the Philippines with the 30th Traffic Regulating Group.
He was with Co. 33 WD 45 at the battle of Luzon. He received the Asiatic
Pacific Campaign medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star,
World War II Victory medal, Army of Occupation medal and Good Conduct medal.
After being discharged in 1946, Mr. Erickson returned to Monte Vista.
He married Luella Mattison in Campbell, Neb., June 23, 1954. They moved
to Durango in 1954, where he worked for Vanadium Corporation of America.
In 1969, they moved to New Orleans, La., where Mr. Erickson became equipment
instructor for Lockheed-Martin at the NASA Assembly Plant. They moved to
Del Norte in 1980 and later to Evans, Colo.
Mr. Erickson was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Luella Erickson of Evans, Colo.; daughter,
Pat Erickson Shaffer of Greeley, Colo.; brothers, Kenneth Erickson of Cortez
and Victor Erickson of San Diego, Calif.; sisters, Vivian Baker of Rosemead,
Calif., Edith Barker of St. Maries, Idaho, and Eloise Olson of Grangeville,
Idaho; and three grandsons.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Boy Scouts
of America Long’s Peak Council or Hospice of Northern Colorado, c/o Trinity
Lutheran Church, 3000 35th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631.
Tead R. Russell
April 23, 1998
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Bayfield Church of Christ
for Tead R. Russell, a longtime Ignacio rancher, who died Wednesday, April
23, 1998, in Durango. He was 86.
Gene Chapin will officiate at services. Visitation will be 1:30 to
5:30 p.m. today at Hood Mortuary. Burial will be at Bayfield Cemetery.
Mr. Russell was born March 23, 1912, in Aspermont, Texas. He lived
near Ignacio for 64 years. He married Juanita Kinslow in 1933, at Syracuse,
Mr. Russell was a member of the Bayfield Church of Christ. He was a
rancher throughout his life and also worked at the Vanidium Mill in Durango
and the helium plant in Shiprock, N.M.
He retired from El Paso Gas in 1976. He enjoyed riding horses, hunting
and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita, of Ignacio; three daughters, June
Haga of Bayfield, Verda Manning of St. George, Utah, and Connie Lloyd of
Bayfield; a sister, Verda Hamilton of Julesburg, Colo.; 12 grandchildren
and 34 great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Bayfield Church of Christ building
fund, 2011 U. S. Highway 160B, Bayfield, CO 81122.
Dr. Charles L. Shafer
April 22, 1998
Memorial services will be May 9 at Santa Maria de la Paz Community
Church in Santa Fe, N.M., for Dr. Charles L. Shafer, who died Wednesday,
April 22, 1998, at his home in Santa Fe. He was 79.
Dr. Shafer was a longtime resident of Los Alamos and Santa Fe, and
spent summers in Durango. He was born in 1919 in Fayette, Mo. He earned
his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Missouri in 1941 and graduated
from Harvard Medical School in 1946. He completed his internship and residency
in St. Louis.
Dr. Shafer married Kathleen "Kay" Meissner and moved to Los Alamos,
N.M., in 1947. After completing his fellowship in internal medicine at
the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., he returned to Los Alamos in 1954
and began practicing medicine.
Throughout his 20 years of private practice at Los Alamos Medical Center,
Dr. Shafer served as chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and
chief of staff and director for the General Practice Residency Training
He retired in 1974 from the hospital and then served as a staff member
at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, department of occupational medicine
until 1982 and as consultant until 1987 when he retired.
Dr. Shafer’s love of the mountains and fly fishing led to his founding
in 1981 of Alpine Ranch Reclamation Inc. He worked in wilderness and environmental
conservation and renewal, including trout fishery and wildlife habitat
enhancement. Most of his summer work was in the Durango and Pagosa Springs
area. His stream rehabilitation projects are being continued through his
Dr. Shafer is survived by his wife, Kay; sons, Chas Shafer of Durango,
Greg Shafer of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Capt. John Shafer, serving
with the U.S. Marine Corps; daughters, Dr. Beverly Shafer of Boston, Mass.,
and Dr. Diane Shafer of Albuquerque, N.M.; and five grandchildren.
Donations may be made to the Los Alamos Medical Center for Cancer Research
in the name of Dr. Charles Shafer, Box 995, Los Alamos Council on Cancer,
Los Alamos, NM 87544.
Martha Luella Clark ‘Granny’ Goff
April 21, 1998
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Greenmount Cemetery for
Martha Luella Clark ‘Granny’ Goff, who died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at
Saint Joseph’s Manor in Florence, Colo. She was 81.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate her life at 4 p.m. May
3 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cañon City,
Mrs. Goff was born April 1, 1917, in Hesperus. She married James Russell
Goff in Cortez Jan. 1, 1935.
Mrs. Goff was a homemaker and an active member of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.
She moved to Cañon City’s Royal Gorge Manor apartments in 1980
from Durango and resided there until January of this year.
She was preceded in death by her husband and by two daughters.
Survivors include her children, William Goff of Bloomfield, N.M., Martha
Smith of Aztec, N.M., and Thomas Goff of Florence, Colo., formerly of Durango;
seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and sister, Laura Nelson of
Mary Margaret ‘Margy’ Peterson
April 20, 1998
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Cope Memorial Chapel in
Aztec, N.M., for Mary Margaret Peterson, a Bloomfield resident, who died
Monday, April 20, 1998, at home from lung cancer. She was 71.
Jack Wheat will officiate at services. A lunch at the Masonic Lodge
Hall, 204 N. Main Ave., Aztec, will follow the services. There was cremation.
Mrs. Peterson was born April 25, 1926, in Pagosa Springs. She married
Paul W. Peterson in 1946 in Durango.
She went to school at Upper Piedra Community School, and graduated
from Pagosa Springs High School and from secretarial school in Denver.
She was an active member of Rebekah’s for several years and was a 4-H leader.
She enjoyed cooking, ceramics, gardening, fishing, horses, ranching, and
her family and friends. She helped her son Dale with his life insurance
and mutual funds business for 10 years.
She is survived by her husband, Paul, of Bloomfield, Colo.; two sons,
Dale and Dean, of Bloomfield; one sister, Ivy Gaines, of Durango; three
grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to NWNM Hospice Bereavement
Program, P.O. Box 3336, Farmington, NM 87499.
Juan B. Rodriquez
April 19, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Juan B. Rodriquez, who died Sunday, April
19, 1998, at Centura Health-Mercy Medical Center. He was 90.
The Rev. Joseph Gallegos will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount
Cemetery. A Rosary service will be 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Mr. Rodriquez was born April 4, 1908, in La Gina, N.M. He worked for
San Juan Lumber before his retirement.
Mr. Rodriquez was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Mestas Rodriquez and
by a son, George Rodriquez in January 1998.
Survivors include his sons, Joe Rodriquez, Tony Rodriquez and Alex
Rodriquez, all of Durango; daughter, Sylvia Lucero of Las Vegas, Nev.;
and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Marion Pink ‘Pinky’ Mounts
April 19, 1998
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday for Marion Pink "Pinky" Mounts, who
died Sunday, April 19, 1998, at Centura Health-Mercy Medical Center. He
Location of the services will be announced today. The Rev. Robert Kujath
will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mr. Mounts was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Clinton, Okla. He married Georgine
Driever April 20, 1953.
Mr. Mounts graduated from Wellington High School in Wellington, Texas,
in 1947 and attended Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas, for one year. He
served in the U.S. Army in the Korean Campaign 7th Infantry, as instructor
at NATO Intelligence School in Oberammergau, Germany, and as instructor
at Mountain 2nd Ranger Co. in Dahlonega, Ga.
He worked at Mercy Hospital, 9-R School District, Tamarron Resort and
Sunnyside Metals in Silverton.
Mr. Mounts was a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader for approximately
25 years and a leader for the junior and senior high school youth fellowships
at the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Georgine Driever Mounts, of Durango; sons,
Richard, Michael and Dave Mounts, all of Durango, and Ronnie and Doug Mounts
of Phoenix; daughters, Geriann Campbell of Durango, Cindy Gilbert of Fort
Leavenworth, Kan., and Claudia Tillman of Wheatland, Wyo.; sister, Billie
Wilson of Show Low, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Pine Valley Foursquare Church, P.O. Box
740, Bayfield, CO 81122.
Cavanaugh O’John, Sr.
April 17, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. today at Nuuciu Bible Church in Ignacio for
Cavanaugh O’John, Sr., who died Friday, April 17, 1998, in Denver, after
a long illness. He was 54.
The Rev. Robert Griggs will officiate. Burial will be at Ouray Memorial
Mr. O’John was born Dec. 24, 1943, in Ignacio. He had spent the past
35 years with his wife, Eva Lee.
Mr. O’John had spent years working as a seasonal custom farmer for
the Southern Ute Tribe.
Survivors include his wife, Eva Lee O’John of Denver; children, Cecilia,
Cavanaugh, Jr., and Amos O’John, all of Denver; brother, Roy O’John of
Ignacio; sister, Olive O’John of Ignacio and four grandchildren.
Martin Lyle Stewart
April 17, 1998
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Bayfield Church of Christ
of Latter-day Saints for Martin Lyle Stewart, a 30-year gas industry employee,
who died Friday, April 17, 1998, in Ignacio after a short illness. He was
Bishop Monte Miller will officiate at services. Interment will be at
Mr. Stewart was born July 3, 1927, in Thatcher, Ariz. He graduated
from Safford (Arizona) High School in 1946, where he was an all-American
center on the school’s football team.
After high school he moved to Mesa, Ariz., to work with his father
and brother in the dairy business. There, he met Norma Ruth Resley, whom
he married May 3, 1948.
In 1951 Mr. Stewart went to work for El Paso Natural Gas Co. in Farmington,
N.M. He was promoted to field superintendent in 1953 at the Blanco field,
where he was responsible for more than 600 wells and many employees.
After 30 years, he retired from the gas business and spent his time
ranching and farming.
Mr. Stewart is survived by his wife, Norma, of Ignacio; two sons, Steven
Lyle Stewart of Durango and Lyle Stewart Jr. of Bayfield; four daughters,
Candace Dial of Aztec, N.M., Crystal Ross of Ignacio, Stacy Basinger of
Grand Junction, Colo., and Tracy Rodeback of Ignacio; and two sisters,
Leva Jean Kempton of Socorro, N.M., and Carma Neese of Mesa, Ariz.
Ila Slade Flower
April 17, 1998
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Red Mesa Cemetery in
Mesa, Colo., for Ila Slade Flower, a former Navajo art dealer, who died
Friday, April 17, 1998, in St. George, Utah. She was 79.
Mrs. Flower was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Kline, Colo. She married Charles
Ruford Flower Nov. 9, 1936, in Aztec, N.M. Their marriage was solemnized
in 1948 in the Mesa Church of Latter-day Saints temple.
Mrs. Flower was an active member of her church. She was an avid gardener
and enjoyed handiwork. She ran a curio shop in Winslow, Ariz., and dealt
Navajo fine art.
Mrs. Flower is survived by a son, Charles Randall Flower of Ivins,
Utah; a sister, June Gardner of Winslow, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles.
Kathryn Dale Erler
April 15, 1998
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the home of Charlie and
Ivy Gaines in Durango for Kathryn Dale Erler, an Animas City/Hermosa Valley
native who died Wednesday, April 15, 1998, at Centura Health-Mercy Medical
Center. She was 89.
Chaplain Mike Darmour will officiate.
Mrs. Erler was born April 22, 1908, 38 years after the founding of
Animas City. During her young years, she helped on the homesteads of the
Gaines families. She was the granddaughter of Dan and Belle Gaines Culver
and a cousin of Charlie Gaines of Durango and the late Bertha Gaines Hubertus.
As a young adult, she worked as a phone operator in the area. She then
married and traveled abroad but always found herself back near her family.
Mrs. Erler collected antiques and old pawn turquoise, and was known
as an historical storyteller of the area.
She was preceded in death by three husbands.
Survivors include her cousins, Charlie Gaines of Durango, Ron Gaines
of Vancouver, Wash., Carolyn Gaines of Silver City, N.M., Patti Tobin of
Susanville, Calif., Tom Hubertus, Susan Hubertus, Steve Hubertus, Shelley
Hubertus, all of Durango, Michael Hubertus of Pagosa Springs and numerous
Ottilia M. Chitwood
April 15, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday at St. Columba Catholic
Church for Ottilia M. Chitwood, a lifelong Durango resident, who died Wednesday,
April 15, 1998, in Durango. She was 88.
The Rev. Mike McCleary will officiate at services.
Mrs. Chitwood was born Nov. 27, 1909, in Durango. She was a homemaker
for her and Frank Schoser’s families when her sister died at an early age.
She was known for her knitting, crocheting and quilting.
She is survived by two sons, Richard Chitwood of Frederick, Md., and
Ronald Chitwood of Benton City, Wash.; a daughter, Patricia Quink of Crownpoint,
N.M.; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Johnson Chitwood,
in 1963; and a daughter, Margie Marie (Joy) Sauer in 1990.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Columba Catholic Church,
1830 East Second Ave., Durango, CO 81301.
Florence Kiteley Griffith
April 10, 1998
Florence Kiteley Griffith died Friday, April 10, 1998, in Durango.
She was 77.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at their
home at 2019 Eastlawn Ave.
Mrs. Griffith was born Oct. 13, 1920, in Longmont, Colo. She married
Dale Griffith before he entered the service in World War II.
Mrs. Griffith attended school at Colorado Women’s College and Western
State College, receiving her degree in art.
Mrs. Griffith moved to Durango in 1975. She enjoyed gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1972 and by a step-daughter,
Survivors include her daughter, Jean Campion of Durango; brothers,
Tom and Ernest Kiteley, both of Longmont, Colo.; sister, Margaret Sparkman
of Boise, Idaho; three grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave.,
Durango, CO 81301, or to the Friends of Colorado Talking Book Library,
180 Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80226-8097.
April 9, 1998
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Seventh-Day Adventist Church
for LaVange Ward, longtime Durango resident, who died Thursday, April 9,
1998, at home. She was 85.
The Rev. Tom Lemon will officiate at the memorial service.
Mrs. Ward was born June 16, 1912, in Nowata, Okla. She married Ed Ward
Nov. 8, 1935, in Delta before moving to Durango in 1945.
She was a member of the Animas and Pamona granges where she was involved
in the Kitchen Club. She was also active with the Community Hospital Auxiliary.
Mrs. Ward won many awards in local and state fairs for her needlework.
She worked at City Market for 14 years.
She is survived by her husband, Ed Ward of Durango; two daughters,
Barbara Bennett of Pueblo, Colo., and Kristine Poer of Durango; seven grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave.,
Durango, CO 81301.
Ernestine Haag Ragsdale Rupe
April 8, 1998
A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at City Cemetery in Poplar
Bluff, Mo., for Ernestine Haag Ragsdale Rupe, who died Wednesday, April
8, 1998, in Mesa, Ariz. She was 83.
The Rev. Daniel Snider will officiate.
Mrs. Rupe was born Nov. 15, 1914, in Poplar Bluff, Mo. She later was
a resident of Hermosa Orchards in Durango and a resident of Mesa, Ariz.
She married John Franklin Ragsdale Feb. 14, 1937. He preceded her in
death in 1972. In 1981, she married Jackson Rupe.
Mrs. Rupe was a homemaker and was a member of the First Presbyterian
Survivors include her husband, Jackson Rupe of Mesa, Ariz.; sons, John
Ragsdale of Tucson, Ariz., and David Ragsdale of Gig Harbor, Wash.; sister,
Louise Bacon of Olathe, Colo.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Alexander G. ‘Steve’ Park
April 8, 1998
No services are planned for Alexander G. Park, known as Steve to his
friends, who died Wednesday, April 8, 1998, at his home in Durango. He
Mr. Park was born July 19, 1920, in Boston, Mass. He received his bachelor
of arts and master of arts degrees from the University of Iowa at Iowa
City, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta social fraternity and Phi
Delta Kappa journalism fraternity.
Mr. Park earned a second master of arts degree from the Russian Institute,
Columbia University, New York, and a doctorate, also from Columbia. In
addition, he received a law degree from Georgetown University, Washington,
Mr. Park taught for five years as an assistant professor in the School
of Journalism at the University of Minnesota. He then worked in the Foreign
Research Section of the Library of Congress and later as head of the Russian
desk of the U.S. Information Agency in Washington, D.C.
Upon retirement from the federal government, Mr. Park practiced law
for 10 years in Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
Mr. Park was a veteran of World War II, and he received the Bronze
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Park; sons, Robert Park of Albuquerque,
and Steven Park of Potomac, Md.; daughter, Elizabeth Beck of Arlington,
Va., and three grandchildren.
Rose Mary Lucero
April 7, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at
Sacred Heart Church for Rose Mary Lucero, who died Tuesday, April 7, 1998,
at Centura Health-Mercy Medical Center after a long illness. She was 71.
Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday
at the church.
Mrs. Lucero was born Nov. 6, 1926, in La Jara, N.M. She married Thomas
Rubel Lucero July 16, 1945, in Blanco, N.M.
Mrs. Lucero was a homemaker all her life. They lived in the Ignacio
area until 1968, when they moved to Durango.
Mrs. Lucero was a member of Sacred Heart Church and was active in Mother’s
Club and Cursillo.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1980.
Survivors include her children, Tommy Lucero of Olathe, Colo., Dora
Lerma of Rifle, Colo., and Flo Jaramillo, Danny Lucero, Mary Romero, Nancy
Lucero, Geraldine Lucero and Anna Casias, all of Durango, Rubel Lucero
of Austin, Texas, and Cindy Lucero of Broken Arrow, Okla.; 25 grandchildren;
13 great-grandchildren and brothers, Agapito Martinez and Anselmo Martinez,
both of Ignacio, and Lloyd Rivas of Cortez.
Marilyn Virginia Krul
April 4, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday
at St. Columba Catholic Church for Marilyn Virginia Krul, who died Saturday,
April 4, 1998, in Durango. She was 68.
The Rev. Mike McCleary will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount
Visitation will begin this morning at Hood Mortuary Chapel.
Mrs. Krul was born Dec. 2, 1929, in Durango. She graduated from Durango
High School in 1947. She then attended Loretta Heights in Denver for a
year and returned to the old Fort Lewis College at Hesperus and graduated
Mrs. Krul was a floral designer for years at Schluter Floral Co., which
was owned and operated by her parents, Herb and Virginia Young. She was
still working at Schluter at the time of her death.
Mrs. Krul was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church and a member
of the Swingers, a widowed persons’ group.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Chuck" C. Krul,
Survivors include her daughters, Mary Jeanne Brittain and Beth Sawyer,
both of Durango; brother, Bill Young of Durango; and grandchildren, Ryan
Sawyer, Danika Brittain and Eric Brittain, all of Durango.
Fanny ‘Little Jo’ Roracher
April 3, 1998
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for
Fanny Josephine "Little Jo" Roracher, who died Friday, April 3, 1998, in
Durango. She was 78.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate at services.
Mrs. Roracher was born March 20, 1920, in Durango. She married Joseph
Andrew Roracher Dec. 15, 1950, in Aztec, N.M.
Mrs. Roracher was a lifelong resident of Durango except for the time
she spent in California during World War II when she worked as a shipwelder
for the war effort. During her years in Durango, she worked as a waitress
in many cafes, and was known primarily for her years at The Diamond Belle
Saloon. In her spare time she enjoyed making crafts such as needlepoint,
crochet, fly tying and small clay creature sculptures.
She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1988. She was also preceded
in death by a son, James Borders, in 1974.
She is survived by two grandchildren, Rose Burch of Flora Vista, N.M.,
and Jamey Borders of Clifton, Colo.; three brothers, Charles Cable of Aztec,
Earl Cable of Buena Vista, Colo., and Arthur Cable Sr. of Urbana, Mo.;
and two great-grandchildren.