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Walter Lee Tinker
July 29, 1998
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Howe Mortuary Chapel of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont, Colo., for Walter Lee Tinker, who died July 29, 1998, at his Longmont residence. He was 37.
Deacon Bill Lee will officiate at services. Burial will be at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery.
Mr. Tinker was born Nov. 29, 1960, in Durango, Colo., before moving to Longmont. He is a 1979 graduate of Niwot High School.
He is survived by his mother, Judy Sauck, of Longmont; his father, Donald I. Tinker of Longmont; an aunt, Lorna Coy, of Durango; and two uncles, Lester Tinker, of Durango, and Richard Sauck of Bertha, Idaho; and numerous cousins.
The cause of death was not available at press time. 

Michael John Gonzales 
July 25, 1998
A mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Michael John Gonzales, a Durango native, who was found dead July 25 in the Animas River. He was 37.
The Rev. Joseph L. Gallegos will officiate at services. Burial will be at La Posta Cemetery. A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart. Mr. Gonzales was born April 4, 1961, in Durango. He was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman and a member of the Sacred Health Catholic Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Mallory and Whitney Gonzales, both of Durango; parents Fidel and Edna Gonzales of Durango; two sisters, Phyllis Rivera and Kathy Gonzales, both of Durango; two brothers, Robert of Rock Springs, Wyo. and Ronald of Durango; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harold Rudd
July 27, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Belpre Cemetery in Belpre, Kan., for Harold Rudd, who died Monday, July 27, 1998, in Wichita, Kan. He was 94.
Mr. Rudd was born Dec. 15, 1903, in Belpre, Kan. He married Vivian Phares Aug. 5, 1927, in Osawatomie, Kan. They were active members in the churches where they lived, including Calvary Baptist in Durango and First Baptist in Wellington, Kan.
Mr. Rudd was a retired teacher and rural mail carrier. He was a graduate of Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1992.
Survivors include his son, Jack Rudd of Pagosa Springs; daughter, Ann Fogel of Strongsville, Ohio; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to Prairie Homestead Retirement Center, Wichita, Kan.

Darlene Nichols
July 25, 1998
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Darlene Nichols, who died Saturday, July 25, 1998, in Durango. She was 52.
Elder Darrell Veach will officiate.
Mrs. Nichols was born March 21, 1946, in Cortez. She lived in Cortez until six years ago when she moved to Durango.
Mrs. Nichols was employed as a restaurant manager.
Mrs. Nichols was a strong supporter of 4-H and was actively involved with it when her children were growing up.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Nichols.
Survivors include her daughters, Darmell Nichols of Durango and Monti Renner of Sharon Springs, Kan.; mother, Inetha Vee Fletcher Keith of Maysville, Okla.; sister, Ilean Silva of Durango; brothers, Bobby Eaton and Rick Eaton of Gardnerville, Nev., Billy Eaton of Las Vegas, Nev., and Rodney Keith of Maysville, Okla.; and grandson, Santi Wright of Durango.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 931, Durango, CO 81302.

Kenneth Ray Hopperton
July 24, 1998
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Ertel Memorial Chapel in Cortez for Kenneth Ray Hopperton of Mancos, who died Friday, July 24, 1998, in Beaumont, Texas. He was 88.
The Rev. Alane Griggs will officiate. Burial will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Mancos. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at Ertel Memorial Chapel.
Mr. Hopperton was born Oct. 22, 1909, in Crittenden, Ky. He was a longtime member of the Mancos United Methodist Church and the Masons. He was also a member of the Gideons and Professional Engineers Society, and was a Kentucky Colonel. He was a former member of the Mancos Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Hopperton of Orange, Texas; son, Ronald Hopperton of Orange, Texas; daughter, Beverly Jo Cunningham of Cortez; sister, Bonnie Loop of Dallas, Texas; brother, Harry Hopperton of Verona, Ky.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mancos United Methodist Church, Mancos CO 81328.

Margaret Ann Campbell Henry
July 22, 1998
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Exciting Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2400 N. Butler, Farmington, N.M., for Margaret Ann Campbell Henry, a Fort Lewis College graduate and former Bayfield teacher, who died Wednesday, July 22, 1998 at Centura Health-Mercy Medical Center from injuries sustained in a head-on collision below Coal Bank Pass. She was 55.
Pastors Mack Milner and John Morgan will officiate the services. A reception will follow the service at the church. Burial will be at Bloomfield Cemetery. Mrs. Henry was born Margaret Ann Campbell April 11, 1943, in St. Louis, Mo. She met her husband, Bruce, at Fort Lewis College and they married on June 12, 1965, at Palmer Lake.
Mrs. Henry enjoyed teaching Sunday school and went to St. Petersburg, Russia, with her husband to be part of a children’s ministry outreach in the summers of 1996 and 1997. She enjoyed gardening, caring for animals and motorcycle riding. 
She is survived by her husband, Bruce, of Bloomfield; her father, Gilbert of Palmer Lake; her sister, Helen Keen of Golden; her brother, Gilbert Jr, of Boulder; a daughter, Becky Parker of Aztec, N.M.; a son, Scott Henry of Monticello, Utah; four grandchildren; and 10 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Mrs. Henry’s name to the following: Children’s Ministry, union of Christians, P.O. Box 701888, Tulsa, Okla., 74170. Shalom Ministries, P.O. Box 668, Santa Fe, N.M., 87501. Victory Life Center, Shiprock, N.M., 87240. Checks can be routed through Chapel of the Valley Church, 2016 E. 16th St. Farmington N.M.

Guillermo Alfredo Gomez
July 22, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. July 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Guillermo Alfredo Gomez, who died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, in Durango. He was 89.
The Rev. Joseph Gallegos officiated. Burial was at Greenmount Cemetery. Rosary service was held at 6 p.m. July 26 at the church.
Mr. Gomez was born Dec. 22, 1908, in Espanola, N.M. He was a pioneer of McPhee, Colo., in 1924 and a historian of the area. He married Lizaida Lee Salazar Gomez Oct. 11, 1930, in Cortez.
Mr. Gomez moved to Durango in 1949. He was employed as a machine set-up man in the sawmill. He retired from the lumber industry in 1971.
Mr. Gomez was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lizaida of Durango; daughters, Cris Lucero and Liz Gomez of Durango, Carol Moon of Birmingham, Ala., and Toni Gardner of Louisville, Ky.; sons, John Gomez of Cortez, Phil Gomez of Pueblo, Colo., Al Gomez of Lakewood, Colo., Bob Gomez of Fort Collins, Colo., and Garry Gomez of Golden, Colo.; brother, Art Gomez of Durango; sisters, Ester Montano of Ouray, Colo., Angelina Ulibarri of Ogden, Utah, Ruth Lobato of Denver, Colo., Dora Aradillas of Westminster, Colo., and Marjorie Garcia of San Manuel, Ariz.; 18 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Harry Henry Parmley
July 20, 1998
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for Harry Henry Parmley, who died Monday, July 20, 1998, at his home in Durango. He was 73.
Mr. Parmley was born July 1, 1925, in Fraser, Colo. He married Roberta Jane Beach Sept. 20, 1947, in Gallup, N.M. They moved to Durango in 1948.
He served as a Navy Seabee in American Samoa during World War II and in Adak, Alaska, during the Korean War. After the Korean War, he returned to Durango where he worked at the U.S. Soil Conservation Service before entering the University of Denver in 1954. In 1956, he transferred to Fort Lewis College and was a member of the first class to graduate at the present campus. He transferred to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1957 and retired from the bureau in 1980.
Mr. Parmley was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, American Legion Post No. 28, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and the Seabee’s Historical Foundation.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Thomas Wayne Parmley.
Survivors include his wife, Roberta of Durango; daughter, Gloria Hildman of Northglenn; son, Gary Parmley of Moreno Valley, Calif.; sisters, Blanche Frazier of Mesa, Ariz., Rena Wartzinger of Redding, Calif., and Ruby McCollum of Chester, Calif.; and six grandchildren.
Mr. Parmley’s remains were cremated, and his ashes are buried in the Pine River Valley Cemetery. 

Pauline Mary Frame Cummins
July 20, 1998
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the Aztec Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on N. Oliver in Aztec for Pauline Mary Frame Cummins, who died Monday, July 20, 1998, at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, N.M. She was 73.
Ron Goimarac and the Rev. Curt Alderton will officiate.
Mrs. Cummins was born May 18, 1925, in La Plata, N.M. She was a former resident of the Durango area. She resided in Aztec.
Mrs. Cummins enjoyed dancing and cooking for others.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Leroy Hocker Sr.; and daughter, Mary Jane Hocker.
Survivors include her children, Jess Leroy "Roy" Hocker of Ignacio, Robert "Ross" Hocker of Pinedale, Wyo., and Kathy Kay Oelke of Aztec, N.M.; numerous grandchildren and companion, Charles Kelly. 

Eleanor Olbert Fanto
Aug. 19, 1996
Graveside services and interment of the ashes of Eleanor Olbert Fanto will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Greenmount Cemetery. Mrs. Fanto died Aug. 19, 1996, in Encinitas, Calif. She was 78.
The Rev. Mike McCleary will officiate.
Mrs. Fanto was born Sept. 4, 1917, in Denver, Colo. Her parents, Norman Olbert and Bertha Patscheck Olbert were early settlers of the Thompson Park area. She grew up in Hesperus, and attended Durango High School, graduating in 1935. 
On Dec. 11, 1938, she married Arthur L. Fanto in Durango. They moved to San Diego, Calif., in 1942, then to Hemet, Calif., where they operated a ranch for 30 years. In 1972, they retired to Encinitas, Calif.
Survivors include her husband, Art Fanto of Encinitas, Calif.; daughter, Krystie Robbins of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and two grandchildren.

Carl R. French
July 19, 1998
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Monte Vista, Colo., for Carl R. French, who died Sunday, July 19, 1998, at Parkview Episcopal Hospital in Pueblo, Colo. He was 66.
Mr. French was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Creede, Colo. In January 1951, he married Jacquie Ryan in Del Norte, Colo.
Mr. French owned and operated French Hardware in Durango until 1967, when he returned to Monte Vista and purchased Charles Pollard Plumbing, which became French Plumbing until it was sold in 1986. Mr. French was active in the Jaycees in Durango and Kiwanis Clubs.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia French.
Survivors include his wife, Jacquie French of Monte Vista; daughter, Carla Clutter of Monte Vista; two grandchildren; sister, Linnea Close of Durango; three nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkview Episcopal Hospital three southwest oncology floor for special needs, c/o Rogers Family Mortuary, 205 State Ave., Alamosa CO 81101.

Margaret Mae ‘Jackie’ Covey
July 18, 1998
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Ignacio for Margaret Mae "Jackie" Covey, who died Saturday, July 18, 1998, in Durango from a long illness with emphysema. She was 72.
Private family graveside service will follow at 2807 Highway 151 in Ignacio.
Mrs. Covey was born Sept. 23, 1925, in Carrizzo, N.M. She had lived in Ignacio since April 1971.
On July 31, 1943, she married Alton J. Covey in Williams, Ariz.
Mrs. Covey was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Ignacio. She sold Avon in the area for several years. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.
She was preceded in death by a baby daughter, Glinda Jean Covey, in 1950.
Survivors include her husband; daughters, Judy Poulton, Joyce "Jo" Taylor and Jolene Hopper, all of Ignacio, and Linda June "June" Covey of Butte Falls, Ore; son, Jimmy Covey of Ignacio; brothers, Carl "Tuff" Leslie of Modesto, Calif., and Charles "Chuck" Leslie of California; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Bettie Elaine Tillotson
July 19, 1998
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Bettie Elaine Tillotson, who died Sunday, July 19, 1998, in Farmington, N.M. She was 69.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery.
Mrs. Tillotson was born Dec. 2, 1928, in Oakley, Kan. On April 17, 1947, she married Charles Richard "Chuck" Tillotson in Garden City, Kan.
Mrs. Tillotson had been a resident of Southwest Colorado and Northwest New Mexico since 1957. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include her husband, Chuck Tillotson of Bloomfield, N.M.; children, Sandra Kaye Carter of Durango, Sheila Tillotson of Bloomfield, N.M., and Steven Tillotson of Farmington, N.M.; brothers, Donald Fechner of Oakley, Kan., and Bill Fechner of Bristow, Okla.; sisters, Joyce Nye of Oklahoma City, Okla., Janice Dreher of Manhattan, Kan., Darlene Wright of Aurora, Colo., and Jo Ellen Schaffer of Liberal, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Caroline E. McConnell
July 16, 1998
Caroline E. McConnell died Thursday, July 16 at her home in Arvada, Colo. She was 86.
Mrs. McConnell was born on April 6, 1912 in Durango, Colo. She lived most her life in Durango, and worked at Woolworth’s for 47 years. She moved to the Denver area in 1978 to be near her family.
Survivors include a nephew, Bill Schiller of Denver; great-nephew Dexter Schiller of Denver; and several cousins. Her husband, Frank H. McConnell, died in December 1962.
There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. July 21 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Father Andrew Cooley will be officiating.

Larry M. Hitchell
July 14, 1998
Graveside services will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Greenmount Cemetery for Larry M. Hitchell, who died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, at the Four Corners Health Care Center in Durango. He was 66. The Rev. Bud Rousset will officiate.
Mr. Hitchell was born Oct. 15, 1931, in Le Roy, Ill. He and his family moved to Durango in 1972. He owned Triple H Builders and was a member of Electra Sporting Club for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Hitchell; children, Rene McLellan of Fort Collins, Colo., Jerry Hitchell of Atlanta, Ga., and Jeff Hitchell of Durango; sister, Barbara Eby of Le Roy, Ill.; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, La Plata County Heart Fund, P.O. Box 1777, Durango, CO 81302.

John Joe Ponikvar
July 14, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Columba Catholic Church for John Joe Ponikvar, who died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, in Durango. He was 88.
The Rev. Mike McCleary will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Rosary service will be 7 p.m. today at the church.
Mr. Ponikvar was born March 5, 1910, in Leadville, Colo., and grew up in Leadville. On July 14, 1940, he married Josephine Ann Plut in Leadville. He died the morning of their 58th anniversary. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. The couple moved to Durango in 1958. 
He was a carpenter throughout his life, and worked on projects including Mercy and Community hospitals, Fort Lewis College and Durango High School, as well as many residential homes.
Mr. Ponikvar was a member of the local Carpenter’s Union No. 244 and a member of St. Columba Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine Ponikvar of Durango; daughters, Janice Davis of Memphis, Tenn., and Ann Louise Teague of Dallas, Texas; son, David Ponikvar of Carrollton, Texas; sister, Theresa Krizman of Leadville, Colo.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Abenilde A. Martinez
July 11, 1998
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Abenilde A. Martinez, who died Saturday, July 11, 1998, in Durango. She was 84.
The Rev. Joseph Gallegos will officiate. Burial will be at Greenmount Cemetery. Visitation will be today at Hood Mortuary Chapel. Rosary service will be 6 p.m. today at the church.
Mrs. Martinez was born Nov. 25, 1913, in Allison. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Martinez was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Melquiades Martinez; a daughter, Gloria Gomez; and a son, Lionel Martinez.
Survivors include her sons, Herman Martinez of El Paso, Texas, J.R. "Marty" Martinez and Dino Martinez, both of Everett, Wash., Valentine Martinez of Aurora, Colo., and David Martinez, Orlando J. Martinez and Edward Martinez, all of Durango; daughters, Nancy Walker of Durango and Florina Martinez of Longmont, Colo.; sisters, Celia Lobato of Denver, Colo., Ruby Archuleta of Freemont, Calif., and Beva Montoya of Cuba, N.M.; brother, Alex Lucero of Albuquerque, N.M.; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Melba Laverne Ives McDonald
July 8, 1998
Melba Laverne Ives McDonald died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, at her home in Gem Village. She was 75.
No services will be held.
Mrs. McDonald was born Aug. 5, 1922, in Cedaredge, and was a lifelong resident of Colorado. July 3, 1942, she married Ray McDonald.
Mrs. McDonald first lived in Durango in the early 1960s, and returned to La Plata County following her husband’s retirement. She was active as a library volunteer and in bowling leagues.
Survivors include her husband; son, Mike McDonald of Durango; daughters, Robyn Schoenfeld of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Kimla Kelly of New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society. 

Levi I. Martinez
July 10, 1998
Funeral services are pending for Levi I. Martinez, a longtime Durango resident, who died Friday, July 10, 1998, in Durango. He was 54.
Mr. Martinez was born January 14, 1944 in La Jara, N.M. He moved to Durango at a young age. He married Della Gallegos on July 2, 1955, at Durango.
Mr. Martinez served in the National Guard. He worked as a mechanic for Lam Motors for 22 years and La Plata Electric Association for 23 years. He was a member of the JCs and Elks 507.
He is survived by his wife, Della, of Durango; two sons, Anthony Martinez of Sarasota, Fla., Arnold Martinez of Durango; one daughter, Ericka Kemple of Hesperus; three sisters, Carmen Sotelo of Sacramento, Calif., Mary Schmidt of Durango, and Mable New of Farmington, N.M.; two brothers, Arthur Martinez and Joe Martinez of Durango; and five grandchildren. 
 
Charlotte Welch Morgan
July 9, 1998
Funeral services are pending for Charlotte Welch Morgan, a former Durango resident, who died Thursday, July 9, 1998, in Aztec, N.M. She was 89.
Arrangements will be by Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home in Farmington, N.M. Services will be in Indiana. Burial will be in Chesterton, Ind.
Mrs. Morgan was born Charlotte Welch March 8, 1909, in Westville, Ind. She married M. Gale Morgan on July 11, 1931, in Chicago.
Mrs. Morgan graduated from the Michael Reese School of Nursing in Chicago in 1930. She was a private-duty registered nurse.
She and her husband retired to Fort Collins, Colo., in 1968 before moving to Durango in 1982. They moved to Farmington in 1991.
She is survived by two daughters, Jo Ann Richmond of Englewood, and Mary Rohwer of Farmington; a son, William G. Bolingbrook, Illinois; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gale.
 
Vern E. Shore
July 6, 1998
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church for Vern E. Shore, who lived in La Plata County for more than 50 years. Mr. Shore died Monday, July 6, 1998, at Mercy Medical Center following a brief illness. He was 83.
Burial will be at Marvel Cemetery. 
Mr. Shore was born Jan. 22, 1915, in Forgan, Okla., before moving to La Plata County in 1943. He married Dorothy A. Smith on Jan. 17, 1933, at Guymon, Okla.
Mr. Shore farmed in the Breen area for 20 years prior to working for the La Plata County Road Department until his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Durango; brother Earl Shore of Socorro, N.M.; two sons, Rev. Verle A. Shore of San Jose, Calif., Rev. Mark R. Shore of Hudson, Wis; two daughters Jaxine A. Blake of Albuquerque and Bonnie L. Blanka of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Stephen Keith Bell
July 5, 1998
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Rotary Park gazebo for Stephen Keith Bell, a Durango business owner, who died Sunday, July 5, 1998, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident east of Mancos. He was 36. If it rains, services will be moved to Hood Mortuary Chapel. Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate.
Mr. Bell was born Oct. 14, 1961, in Durango. He graduated from Durango High School in 1977. He lived in Denver for a while before returning to Durango.
Mr. Bell is survived by his wife, LeAnna Bell of Durango; daughter, Candace of Durango; father, Charles Bell of San Antonio, Texas; mother, Carole Wiggins of Durango; sister, Dana Adams of Farmington, N.M.; grandmother, Esther Bell of Santa Fe, N.M.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the La Plata County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2164, Durango 81302.

Charles A. Stilwell
July 5, 1998
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Hood Mortuary Chapel for Charles A. Stilwell, a longtime Durango banker, who died Sunday, July 5, 1998, at home after a short illness. He was 75.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate services. Interment of cremains at Greenmount Cemetery will be followed by a reception in the Oak Room of the Strater Hotel.
Mr. Stilwell was born Nov. 1, 1922, in Durango. He married Charlotte Ann Carmon on March 10, 1947, in Durango.
Mr. Stilwell graduated from Durango High School in 1939 and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business in 1943. He began his banking career at the First National Bank of Durango. In 1953, he was named manager of the Durango Building and Loan Association. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. 
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, of Durango; three sons, Charles of Miami, Ken of Atlanta and Greg of Colorado Springs; and four grandchildren. Mr. Stilwell was preceded in death by son Gerald, who died in 1995.
Contributions may be made to Friends of the Durango Public Library, 1188 East Second Ave.

Katherine Baumstark
July 2, 1998
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hood Mortuary Chapel for Katherine Baumstark, who died Thursday, July 2, 1998, in Durango. She was 88.
Chaplain Myron Darmour will officiate at services. There will be cremation.
Mrs. Baumstark was born July 22, 1909, in Bukin, Yugoslavia. She married Frank J. Baumstark in 1928. She enjoyed gardening and German cooking and attended St. Columba Catholic Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Marjorie F. Philp, of Durango; two sons, Michael J. of Poland, Ohio, and Frank Jr., of Placentia, Calif.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank, who died in 1968.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Mercy, 3801 Main Ave., Durango, CO 81301.


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