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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, CO 80521.

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, Kan.
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 Program. 
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 sons.
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, Colo.
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 Salida, Colo.

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 was 68.
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 Cemetery.
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 70.
Bishop Monte Miller will officiate at services. Interment will be at Bayfield Cemetery.
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 five great-grandchildren.
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 other relatives.

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, Marilyn Ciccolani.
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.

LaVange Ward
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 Church.
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 was 77.
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, D.C.
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 Star.
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 Cemetery.
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 in 1950.
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, in 1989.
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.


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