Miscellaneous Lake County, Colorado Obituaries - 2000


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Regina E. Beckemeyer
Regina E. Beckemeyer, 47, died Dec. 16 at St. Vincent General Hospital.
She was born in Germany Aug. 12, 1953.
She moved to Leadville in 1996 and worked as a cashier for Walmart in Frisco.
She enjoyed doing cross stitch and was very interested in learning to paint. She had a wonderful way with children and she loved being around them.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Merrifield.
She is survived by her companion Brian D. Hobbs, Leadville; mother Betty Smith, Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters Elizabeth Beckemeyer, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Vanessa Beckemeyer, Gold Wait, Texas; and Teresa Miller, Las Vegas, Nev.; and sons George Herrera, Amarillo, Texas and Donald Beckemeyer, Denver. She is also survived by three grandchildren.
Services were held Dec. 20 at Bailey Funeral Home. Father Tom Killeen officiated.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery and a reception followed at the Parish Hall.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Regina's name to the High County Bank to help with funeral expenses.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

Frank Rhodes Cain
Leadville resident Frank Rhodes (Pete) Cain, 78, died Dec. 11 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
He was born in Ft. Worth on Aug. 27, 1922, to Lewis Tyner and Belle (Shugart) Cain.
He married Margie Nell Foster June 20, 1942, and soon left for Greenland, where he served in the Air Force during WW II.
After the war, he worked various jobs, from welder, mechanic, sheet metal worker and foreman. The growing family traveled from Texas to Colorado to Alaska following Pete's adventurous drive. He retired to Leadville 15 years ago to live near family.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Nell Cain, Fla.; daughters Evelyn (Dick) Boggs, Leadville; Linda Cain, Fla.; Nancy Cain, Leadville; Candy (Dave) Burnett, Conifer; sons Frank (Phyllis) Cain, Fla.; Bob Cain, Denver; 11 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

Earl D. Nordwall
Earl D. Nordwall, 78, died Dec. 1 in Trout Lake, Wash. following an extended illness.
He was born July 17, 1922 in Braham, Minn. to John and Anna (Peterson) Nordwall. As a teenager, he moved with his family to Hollywood, Calif. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army Air Force serving during WW II.
He married Wanda Mae Larson and after the military service, settled in Minnesota and started a family. He was involved in the dairy industry prior to owning and operating restaurants.
He later met and married Marcia Thorson in 1970.
They moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota to lease a restaurant. A year later, they moved to Leadville, where they owned and operated The Prospector restaurant for 15 years. 
After selling the The Prospector, they moved to Redding, Calif. for one and a half years where they owned an office cleaning service. 
Missing the restaurant business, they moved to Trout Lake, Wash. to purchase and develop Serenity's, a lodging and restaurant establishment.
He will be remembered for his gracious hosting of guests, his cooking and special luncheons and dinners that he organized to serve others less fortunate. 
He is survived by his wife Marcia Nordwall, Trout Lake, Wash.; sons Scott Nordwall, Minneapolis, Minn.; Kim Nordwall, Mankato, Minn.; and Kurt Nordwall, Marlon, Okla.; sisters Lucy McCoy, White Salmon, Wash.; and Elaine DeGarmo, Vista, Calif.; five grandsons Chad, Jason, Kyle, Matthew and Kevin Nordwall; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Dec. 6 at Bethel Congregational Church in White Salmon, Wash.
Concluding services and interment will be held Dec. 14 at Crow River Lutheran Church Cemetery in Belgrade, Minn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Foundation, C/O Anderson Funeral Home, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, Oregon 97031.

John Rodney Pitts
John Rodney Pitts, 88, died Dec. 3 in the Extended Care Unit of St. Vincent General Hospital.
He was born March 29, 1912 in Leadville to John and Margaret (Dolan) Pitts. He attended school in Leadville, graduating from Leadville High School and then furthered his education with a teaching degree from Oklahoma University.
It was in Colorado where John met the love of his life, the former Ann Marie Caffrey. They married in Oklahoma City on May 25, 1946 and stayed there until 1956 when they returned to Leadville.
John was a Naval Veteran who served in WW II. He taught elementary school until he retired.
He was a member of the Mason Corinthian Lodge #35, AF and AM and also the Leadville Elk's Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ann, who died in 1996. 
He is survived by his sister-in-law Genevieve Caffrey, Oklahoma City and several nieces and nephews.
The Committal Service was Dec. 6 at the Elk's Rest Cemetery with services by the Corinthian Lodge #34 AF and AM, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Cecil E. Tapey sang accompanied by Joelyn Linn. 
Pallbearers were Joe and Chris Roeder, Dick Smith, Kenny MacLennan, Dan Windorski and Todd Frye. A reception followed at the Parish Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Gary Baker Scholarship Fund, PO Box 225, Leadville CO 80461, or St. Vincent General Hospital, Extended Care Unit, 822 W. 4th Street, Leadville CO 80461.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home. 

Mary Lou Zakraisek
Mary Lou Zakraisek, 70, died Dec. 14 at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver.
She was born Aug. 10, 1930 in Leadville to Louis B. and Mary Drobnick Heinz. She went to school at St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Leadville High School.
She married Edward J. Zakraisek.
She was a life long member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and also belonged to the K. S. K. J. Lodge.
She enjoyed traveling, doing various types of craft, feeding the birds and watching the activity of her many bird feeders. She took great pride in decorating for Christmas, putting up several trees in her home. She found wonderful companionship with her beloved dog, Panda.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her brother Louis Heinz, Englewood; nieces Cheryl Heinz and Phyllis Duran; nephew Michael Heinz; sisters-in-law Tina (Joe) Jakopic and Josephine (Rudy) Malesich, both of Leadville; Pansy Stevens, Canon City; brothers-in-law Carl (Olga) Zakraisek, Midvale, Utah; and Louis Zakraisek, Leadville. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Rosary was recited Dec. 17 and Mass of Christian Burial Dec. 18, both at St. Joseph Catholic Church. 
Father Tom Killeen officiated and Joan Dawson sang accompanied by Beverly Pologar. 
Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery with a reception held at the Parish Hall following the interment.
Pallbearers were Frank Bradach, Bill Harrington, Ray Dawson, Victor Quintana, George Malesich and Marvin Wells.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home. 

Arthur Valentine Martinez
Long time Leadville resident Arthur Valentine Martinez, 64, died Dec. 20.
He was born in Chama, N. M. July 29, 1936 and raised in Leadville.
He was preceded in death by his mother Matilda C. Martinez; and his brother Nick B. Martinez of Leadville.
He is survived by his wife Maxine Martinez, Grants, N. M.; daughters Tina Jaramillo, Rio Rancho, N. M.; Linda Martinez, Grants, N. M.; Sandra (Jim) Coats, Grants, N. M.; and Kathy (Alfred) Gallegos, Grants, N. M.; grandchildren Joseph Jaramillo, Krystil Martinez, J. D. and Jeff Coats; Alisha, Jennie and Alfred Gallegos, all of Grants, N. M.
He is also survived by his sisters Cleo (Tony) Mascarenaz, Leadville; Katie (Albert) Smale, Golden; Dorothy (Roy) Shockey, Denver; Mary Martinez, Baldwin, Wisc.; brothers Ray (Sally) Martinez, Rio Rancho, N. M.; Victor (Irene) Martinez, Leadville; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were J.D. Coats, Jeff Coats, Eddie Lovesee, Donald and Dennis Mascareñaz.
Interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery. 

Nancy Ann Hilleary
Former Leadville resident Nancy Ann Hilleary, 64, died Jan. 6 in Parker, Colo.
She was born Nov. 9, 1936 in Leadville to Fred and Angela (Smalich) Kettunen. She graduated from Lake County High School in 1954.
She married Robert Hilleary March 7, 1964 in Leadville.
She was a former County Treasurer of Lake County, from 1994-2000.
She was a member of the Elks Club in Leadville and secretary of the Leadville Democratic party.
She was preceded in death by her sister Frances Saucke.
She is survived by her husband Robert Hilleary, Parker, Colo.; daughter Jackie (Dave) Rendon, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; sons James (Robyn) Hilleary, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; John (Felicia) Hilleary, Littleton, Colo.; Jerry Hilleary, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; grandchildren Timmy, Eric and Jared Rendon, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Dante Weddell and Brandon Hilleary, Littleton, Colo.; and Hailee Hilleary, Highlands, Colo.
Cremation was held at Parker Crematory in Parker. A private service will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made in memory to the American Cancer Society, 2255 South Oneida, Denver, CO 80224.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Parker Funeral Home, Inc.

Frances LuRee Stout
Former Leadville resident Frances LuRee Stout, 80, a homemaker, died Dec. 30 at the St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, Mo.
She was born Aug. 23, 1920 to Francis and Lilly (Drake) Anthony in Attica, Kan.
On July 20, 1940, she married Leslie C. Stout in Ponca City, Okla. They made their home in Colorado until his retirement in 1976, when they moved to Attica.
She was a member of the Christian church, joining with her husband on Sept. 19, 1979 by letter of transfer from the Leadville United Methodist Church. Rev. Mike Linn was pastor. She loved the church and was active in the CWF and loved 'lots of little children' in the church. Even after she was unable to attend on a regular basis, she was faithful in her financial support of the church. She was also a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star.
She enjoyed playing cards with various groups and always loved to have company, with the exception of when her favorite game show, Jeopardy, was on. She was an avid reader and loved a good book, even sharing several of her books by donating them to the library shelves.
She also loved animals and was always concerned for their welfare during inclement weather. She had two very pudgy little dogs that she dearly loved and missed when they died.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother Lee Anthony; and her sister Wilma Deane Miller.
She is survived by her son Dennis Stout, Copiapo, Chile and Sparks, Nev.; daughter Virginia Brooks, Webster Groves, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were on Jan. 5 at the Christian Church in Attica, Kansas.
Interment was at the Christian Church cemetery in Attica, Kan.

Marie (Donoher) Burger
Former Leadville resident Marie (Donoher) Burger, 84, died Jan. 6 at St. Francis Nursing Center in Colorado Springs.
Arrangements and a full obituary will appear at a later date. 

Marie A. Burger
Marie A. (Donoher) Burger, 84, died Jan. 6 at St. Francis Nursing Center in Colorado Springs. 
She was born June 21, 1916, in Leadville to Peter Donoher and Elsie Hermann. 
She was married April 7, 1936, to Al Burger. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Kay Bryant and a great-grandson Jasen Andersen. 
She is survived by her son James Burger; daughters Marie Ann Anderson, Kim German and Belinda Kohl; grandchildren Scott Andersen, Ramona Green, Eunice Crowley, Dustin Burger, Julie Burger, Dee Dee Burger, Carisa German, Quentin German, Cara Knapp, Michelle Gertson and Christina Doll; and great-grandchildren Todd LaRue, Ryan LaRue, Derek LaRue , Nicole Green, Sean Green, Jesse Crowley, Tara Crowley, Williams, Cory James Kohl, and Corryn Doll. 
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 23 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Buena Vista.
Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Buena Vista. 
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rose of Lima Church, P.O. Box 458, Buena Vista 81211

Henry R. Cerise
Former Leadville resident Henry R. Cerise, 81, died Jan. 4.
He was born June 28, 1919 in Carbondale to Henry and Mary Cerise. 
He was a veteran of the US Navy. In 1983, he retired from the CF & I after 28 years of service. He was a member of Local # 2102 United Steelworkers Union and a lifetime member of Pueblo Aerie # 145 FOE.
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Pauline Cerise; children June DeHaven, Pueblo; Dave (Darlene) Cerise, Florissant; Dick (Bev) Cerise, Arvada; Brenda (Floyd) Bieker, Penrose; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Donald J. Cerise; one sister and four brothers.
Rosary was recited on Jan. 7 and funeral Mass on Jan. 8, both at Holy Family Church. 
Interment was at Imperial Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.

Robbie Lee Herron
Robbie Lee Herron, 87, died Jan. 6 at St. Vincent General Hospital. 
She was born April 17, 1913 in Farmersville, Texas to Robert and Maude (Kemp) Cox.
In 1947 she and her husband William H. Herron moved from Oklahoma to Climax and to Leadville in 1954.
She worked as a bartender at both the Silver Dollar and Manhattan bars and owned her own business for a while. 
Her garden was her paradise and she spent many hours enjoying her flowers and the outdoors. She was also an avid painter. Her daughters will long cherish the many paintings they have of hers. Her dog "Blackie" was a much loved companion.
She was a member of the Leadville Moose Lodge and the Climax Cloud Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William; sons Gary, Billy and Kenneth Herron and daughter Joon Mae Potter.
She is survived by her daughters Sue Lamar, Leadville; Sharon (Leo) Mondragon, Pueblo; Nelta (Graham) Fryer, Caddo, Okla.; and Barbara Nelson, Atoka, Okla. 
She is also survived by eight grandchildren.
Services were held Jan. 9 at Bailey Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Tom Abbott officiated and Neil V. Reynolds played the organ. 
Pallbearers were Frank Seme, Glenn Kragovich, and Twyla and Alicia Cherry.
Interment was in the family plot in Evergreen Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

Sister Maura Thompson
Sister Maura Thompson, 91, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, died on Jan. 12, at Ross Hall, Mother House, Leavenworth, Kan.
Marie E. Thompson was born on April 12, 1909 in Leavenworth, Kan, one of four children of Michael J. and Eva J. Brady Thompson. She graduated from Immaculate Conception and Immaculata High School, Leavenworth, Kan.
She entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth on August 14, 1932 and, as Sister Maura, made her profession of vows on June 17, 1934
After profession, Sister taught at St. Peter's Cathedral School and St. Mary School, Kansas City, Kan. She then served as an office worker and switchboard operator in hospitals in Kansas, in Montana, and at St. Vincent Hospital, in Leadville. Her ministries also included St. Vincent Home, Topeka, Kan. and Mount St. Vincent Home, Denver, Colo. She served eight years as switchboard operator for Saint Mary College, Leavenworth, Kan. and later she served as clerk and typist to the Community Officers and coordinated the copier services; she retired to Ross Hall in 1993. Everyone saw Sister Maura as a loving and sweet person.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
A vigil was held on Jan. 16 in Ross Chapel of the Sisters of Charity Mother House in Leavenworth. Mass of Christian Burial was in Ross Chapel on Jan. 17. 
Interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds. 
Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Chapels are in charge of arrangements. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Retirement Fund, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan. 66048-5054

Helen M. Wilson
Former Leadville resident Helen M. Wilson, 84, died Dec. 14 in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. 
She was born in Denver and made her home for nearly twenty years in Leadville and Climax. She also lived in Englewood, Fla.
Her husband William H. Wilson preceded her in death in 1986.
She is survived by sons William (Theresa) Wilson, Lansdale, Pa.; and John (Regina) Wilson, Pinckney, Mich.; daughter Arlene Neuburger, Evanston, Ill.; sister Jennie Marr, Denver; and four grandchildren. 
A memorial service was held in Ann Arbor. 
Interment will be at Mt. Olivette Cemetery in Denver. 
Memorial donations may be made to St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 770 Kilbourne Ave., Englewood, Fla. 34223.

Maclovio Cristobal 'Max' Medina, Jr.
Maclovio Cristobal "Max" Medina, Jr. died Jan. 27 at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville.
He was born in Gilman, Colo. July 4, 1938 to Gertrude (Espinosa) Medina and Maclovio Medina.
He married Helen F. Martinez on Jan. 29, 1957 and together they raised five children. They would have been married for 44 years.
He worked as a miner in all the areas' mines (Gilman, Climax, Day Mines, Black Cloud and also the Questa Mine near Taos, the Diamond Mine and Silverton). After 32 years of service, he retired to enjoy his family and become a 'couch potato,' where he supervised the remote control. 
He liked watching most sports, except for hockey. When he watched professional wrestling, he would complain it was all "put on." And he loved to fish, both in the summer and ice fishing. He also was especially fond of western movies.
He enjoyed being with his family and was very proud of all of them. They will always remember his aversion to onions and garlic, saying "if they ate that, they must be starving!" People who knew him will remember his talent for nicknaming people and his love of the mountains. Just before his death, he couldn't wait to get back to the mountains and then he was at ease.
He was preceded in death by his father; grandson Gabriel Medina; and one sister, Lila Lopez.
He is survived by his wife Helen Medina, Leadville; mother Gertrude Medina, Redcliff; sons Anthony (Mable) Medina, Vail; and Paul (Pam) Medina, Leadville; daughters Maxine (Bobby) Montoya; Louine Medina; and Mae Shine, all of Leadville; sisters Jane (Joe B. O.) Martinez; Frances (Jimmy) Fernandez; and Vicki Medina, all of Redcliff; and brother Jimmy (Ruby) Medina, Redcliff.
He is also survived by his brother-in-law Virgil Lopez, Tooele, Utah; grandchildren Jason Medina, Toby Gonzales, Crystal Shine, Louise Montoya, Lori Medina, Ryan Medina, Adam Gonzales and Lynette Montoya; and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the First Presbyterian Church in Leadville. The Reverend Tom Abbott and Father Tom Killeen officiated. Cecil E. Tapey sang some of Max's favorite hymns accompanied by Lynette Booth.
Pallbearers were Jason Medina, Toby Gonzales, Joe Manly, Arnold Vigil, Armando Romero and Roy Lujan. Honorary pallbearers were Joseph Martinez, Herman Fernandez and Albert Gallegos.
Following the Committal, the family received friends at a reception at La Cantina Restaurant.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

Margaret Emma Russell
Margaret Emma Russell, 84, died Wednesday, Jan. 24 in Leadville.
She was born in Leadville on May 24, 1916 to Nels and Anna (Oquist) Nordstrom. After graduating from Leadville High School, she went on to two years of business college in Colorado Springs.
On Sept. 30, 1935, she married Ralph Russell in Leadville and together they raised four children. 
She worked at various jobs and eventually retired as a secretary for the Lake County School District. 
She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, 4-wheeling and was an avid Bronco fan. She dearly loved animals and treated her dogs and cats like family. She was active with the Senior Center and was very proud of her membership to the Cloud City Rebekah Lodge #38, serving in various offices including Noble Grand.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph; son Ralph F. Russell; sisters Helen Nordstrom and Bertha Harris; and brother Roy Nordstrom. 
She is survived by her son Jay Dee (Mary Ann) Russell, Phoenix; daughters Penny Randall, Leadville; and Nancy (Jim) Raper, Oklahoma City, Okla.; grandchildren Donald P. "Randy" Randall, Silverthorne; Gregory G. (Hege) Randall, Colburn, Colo.; Deborah D. Foley, Parker, Colo.; Linda (Robert) Johnston, Florence, Mont.; David D. (Renee) Phillips, Great Falls, Mont.; Brenda I. Russell, Spokane, Wash.; Scott A. (Lori) McArthur, Lake Villa, Ill.; Shari A. (Marty) Marcely, Lakewood; Dean A. McArthur, Westminster; Terri A. McArthur, Gurney, Ill.; Lori A. (Patrick) Enright, Denver; Julie A. Russell, Cozumel, Mexico, and Jamie A. (Wayland) Engle, Dallas, Texas. 
She is also survived by 29 great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter.
Services were held Jan. 27 at Bailey Funeral Home. The Reverend Tom Abbott officiated and Neil V. Reynolds played the organ. 
Pallbearers were Paul Copper, Dick Dougherty, Rod Gifford, Ed O'Leary, Scott Bond and Roland McDaniel.
Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Committal services were conducted by the Rebekah Lodge.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to either the Rebekah Lodge #38 Scholarship Fund, 139 W. 8th Street, Leadville, CO 80461 or to the Lake County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 566, Leadville, CO 80461.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home. 

Alfred Daniel Rivera
Alfred Daniel Rivera, 45, died Wednesday, Jan. 31 at St. Vincent General Hospital after along illness.
He was born in Prescott, Ariz. on Sept. 22, 1955 to Reymundo and Lebyna Vigil Rivera.
He grew up in Redcliff, Colo. where the family moved in 1970. Then, in 1990, he moved to Leadville where he stayed.
He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church. His hobbies included working on cars, etching mirrors and listening to music. His son Toby remembers how he and his father loved watching western movies together. 
On Feb. 5, 1999, Alfred married Inez L. Romero in Leadville.
He was preceded in death by his mother Lebyna, who died in 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Inez Rivera, Leadville; son Toby Rivera, Leadville; daughter Alicia Rivera, Leadville; father Reymundo Rivera, Prescott, Ariz.; brothers and sisters Bobby (Jo-Anne) Rivera, Gypsum; Olivia Rivera, Denver; Bart (Marlene) Rivera, Leadville; Elizabeth Rivera, Redcliff; and Matthew Rivera, Redcliff.
He is also survived by his grandchildren Victor and Britney Martinez and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Rosary was recited Feb 2 and Mass of Christian Burial Feb. 3, both at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Tom Killeen officiated and music was provided by Steve Gonzales and Jean Elliott.
Pallbearers were Joe B. Romero, Julian, Ray, Eugene, Harold and Devin Rivera. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby, Bart, Matthew and Toby Rivera.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery and a reception followed at La Cantina.
The family suggests, those wishing may make memorial contributions to help with the expense of a headstone for Alfred. Send to Inez Rivera, 400 W. 17th St., #79, Leadville, CO. 80461
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.

Pauline Schneiter
Pauline Schneiter, 101, died Feb. 1 at Columbine Manor Nursing Home in Salida.
She was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Sept. 11, 1899, to John and Anna Wallick.
She married Carl Schneiter June 20, 1918.
They moved to Buena Vista, Colo. in 1945 and owned and operated Schneiter Service Station, Grocery and Liquor (now Little Daisy). After selling the businesses, she managed the Sterling Trailer Court for 17 years. After that was sold, she lived with her daughter Ruth Linke and grandchildren Cal and Carle in Buena Vista.
For many years she was very active in the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She loved to crochet and embroider and gave most of her work away through the Legion.
She was preceded in death by her husband Carl in 1950; and her daughter Geraldine in 1961.
She is survived by her daughter Ruth Linke, Buena Vista; son Carl (Elva) Schneiter, Leadville; eight grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren.
Interment will be with her husband at Dover Burial Park in Dover, Ohio. Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Legion Post #55, Buena Vista.

Marcel M. Molleur
Leadville resident Marcel M. Molleur, 60, died Feb. 1 at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver.
He is survived by his wife Cheryl Molleur, Leadville; and four children.
Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Bailey Funeral Home.
The Rosary was recited Tuesday and Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Feb. 7, both at Annunciation Catholic Church.
Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery and a reception followed at the Leadville Elk's Lodge.
The Molleurs are requesting friends to write down "memories" of Marcel or send any pictures you might have of him along with your name and address.
Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
A full obituary will be in next weeks Herald Democrat.

Shirley L. McCall
Shirley L. McCall, 75, Denver, died Feb. 3.
She is survived by her husband Wally M. McCall; children Jack W. (Angel) McCall; Jim (Debbie) McCall, Leadville; brother Melvin Saunders; five grandchildren and five great grandsons.
Funeral services were Feb. 7 at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 3101 S. Wadsworth.
Interment was in Norwood, Colo.
Memorial remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2255 S. Oneida St., Denver, CO 80224 or Norwood Cemetery, Norwood, CO 81423. 

Dennis Duran
Former Leadville resident Dennis Duran, 83, died Feb. 16 in Elko, Nev.
He was born June 16, 1916 in Penasco, N.M. to Rafael and Lucia (Lopez) Duran.
He married Teresina Romero on June 14, 1937. 
He served with the United States Navy during W.W. II and received an honorable discharge.
In 1950, he came to Leadville to seek a better living for his family and worked in the mining industry and with highway and tunnel construction.
He was a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church as well as the Eagles and Moose Lodges. He was also a member of the O.C.A.W. union while employed at ASARCO.
He loved to fish, hunt, socialize with friends and spend time with his grandchildren. He and his wife moved to Elko, Nev. in 1995 due to health reasons.
He is survived by his wife, Teresina Duran, Leadville; sons Daniel (Karla) Duran, Leadville and Donicio Tomas (Rebecca) Duran, Taos, N.M.; daughters Bertha (Charles) Brannen, Elko, Nev.; Ida (Phillip) Chacon, Elko, Nev.; Mary (Ken) Olsen, Elko, Nev.; and Florenia (Gilbert) Rivera, Ojo Calinte, N.M.; and one brother, Antonio Duran, Albuquerque, N.M.
He is also survived by his grandchildren Henrietta, Elizabeth, Joseph, Gilbert, Dennis, Lynn, Betty, Theresa, Anthony, Martin, Leroy, Herald, John, Debra, Tony, Thomas, Tom Casias, Dennis, Tamera, Joshua, Patrick, Vincent, Andrea, Lindsey, Brian and Stacy and 41 great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
The Rosary was held on Feb. 21 and Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 22, both at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Bobby Mascarenas and Jean Elliott provided the music.
Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home in Leadville.

Helen Louise Slonecker
Helen Louise Slonecker, 100, died Feb. 25 in a nursing home in Thornton.
She was born April 26, 1899, in LaGrange County, Ind. to C. C. and Fidelia Kelly Yoder.
She graduated Fort Collins High School and then Colorado Aggies (now C.S.U.), receiving a B.S. degree in 1921. She had lived in Fort Collins since 1904.
On March 19, 1924, she married Lyle N. Slonecker in Denver. As a homemaker, she was an avid seamstress. 
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who died Feb. 20, 1990.
She is survived by her son Robert N. Slonecker, Sterling, Colo.; daughters Ruth Fellers, Des Moines, Iowa; and Rosalie Templeton, Boulder; sister Mary Margaret Friehauf, Brush, Colo.; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Feb. 29 at the Bohlender Funeral Chapel. Interment was at the Grandview Cemetery.

William Robert "Bill" Hodge
William Robert "Bill" Hodge, 61, of Kents Store, Va., died June 11 in a Charlottesville Hospital.
He was a retired employee of Sears.
He is survived by his mother Lucille Hodge, Richmond, Va.; son Robbie (Connie) Hodge, Leadville; daughter Tammy (Mark) Sayers, Kents Store, Va.; and sister Martha Poole, Richmond, Va.
Funeral services will be private.
Sheridan Funeral Home of Kents Store is in charge of arrangements.

Anthony "Tony" Hren
Anthony "Tony" Hren, 67, died June 7 at St. Vincent General Hospital in Leadville.
Born on July 23, 1932 in Leadville, he lived his entire life in Leadville, attending school here and, after the Army, settling down here with his wife, the former Sharlene Sadar.
He was a great supporter and promoter of this community, devoted to the growth and enrichment of Leadville. He helped start the annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July in Leadville. He owned the Sayer-McKee Drug Store in Leadville. 
He was also a lifetime Elk's member, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Colorado Pharmacists Association, St. Vincent General Hospital Board, the Downtown Improvement Board, Ski Cooper Board and the St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was also a Colorado University Alumnus.
He was quite the history buff and he loved the outdoors. He took good care of the elderly of Leadville, helping make sure their needs were met. A real family man, he made sure that children who could not afford much needed medicine, never went without.
He was preceded in death by his parents Anton J. and Frances Hren.
He is survived by his wife Sharlene, Leadville; son Allan (Trudy), Longmont; grandson Matthew Hren, Longmont; Stella McKee, Leadville; aunts Marge Kozlevcar, Denver; and Emma (Gus) Paustian, Leadville; uncles Frank (Patsy) Vidrik, Leadville; John (M'laide) Vidrik, Arvada; and John (Clemmie) Hren, Leadville; and numerous cousins.
The Rosary was recited June 11 and Mass of Christian Burial held on June 12, both officiated by Father Tom Killeen. Dave Schutte and Joan Dawson were vocalists with Neil Reynolds as organist.
Pallbearers were Bob Roeder, Chuck Bost, Dr. Jack Brookshire, Kenny MacLennan, Don Seppi and Ken Olsen.
Memorial contributions should be made to the Irving Granet MCL Research Fund in memory of Tony Hren, Lymphoma Research Foundation, 8800 Venice Blvd. Suite 207, Los Angeles, CA 90034; or St. Joseph Catholic Church of Leadville.

Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Speaks
Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Speaks, 56, died June 7 at her home in Leadville.
She was born on August 9, 1943 in Taos County, N.M. to Filadelphio and Josie (Vigil) Gurule.
She was a longtime resident of Leadville, where she was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church. She loved music, dancing and most of all, she loved her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her daughter Cheryl Speaks, Leadville; son James Speaks, Canon City; three brothers Eddie (Pauline) Gurule, Gypsum; Albert (Juanita) Gurule, Leadville; and Danny (Geraldine) Gurule, Leadville; two sisters Mary (Fred) Mondragon, Pueblo; and Clieo (Marcello) Arguello, Leadville; grandchildren Mallory and Joshua Speaks and Jasmine Arguello.
She is also survived by her very best friend Rosie Gouchnor; one godchild Annette Arguello; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
The Rosary was recited on June 12 and the Mass of Christian Burial on June 13, both at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Tom Killeen officiated both services.
Music was provided at the Rosary by Bobby Mascarenas and at the Mass by Joan Dawson and Jean Elliott.
Pallbearers were Danny Gurule, Jr., Albert Gurule, Jr., Joshua Speaks, Eddie Gurule, Jr., Teo Tarango and Marshall DeVargas. Honorary pallbearers were Jasmine Arguello and Mallory Speaks.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Receptions were held at the Eagles Lodge and La Cantina Restaurant.
Arrangements were handled by the Bailey Funeral Home.

Janet C. Johnson
Janet C. Johnson, 68, died Sept. 20 in Wheat Ridge.
She was born March 27, 1932 in Leadville. She attended St. Joseph's School of Nursing for three years.
She married Kenneth Johnson Jan. 13, 1952.
She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Arvada. She enjoyed the Bronco's, the Rockies, the saxophone, musicals and bowling.
She was a funeral counselor for Horan and McConaty Funeral Services.
The Rosary was recited Sept. 24 and Mass of Christian Burial Sept. 25, both at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Arvada. She was cremated.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Johnson, Arvada; son Robert K. (Lynn) Johnson, Lakewood; daughters Janna L., Lakewood; and L. Suzie (John), Littleton; sisters Marilyn Montgomery; and Johnette Sullivan; and five grandchildren.

Ricardo Samora
Leadville resident Ricardo E. Samora, 60, died Sept. 30 at his home in Leadville.
He was born in Leadville on May 4, 1940 to Louis and Porfiria (Mascarenas) Samora. 
Ricardo was a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church and also attended services at St. Joseph Church. 
He loved visiting with all the Leadville locals and exchanged many a "fish tail" as that was his favorite pastime. Ricardo was such a good hearted person­he often volunteered to sweep floors and wash dishes at St. George Episcopal Church. 
He also enjoyed boating, camping, hunting and just being outdoors. 
Ricardo loved Spanish music, especially the songs of the Hurricane Band. And he had quite a sweet tooth, always enjoying his candy, donuts and coffee and cigarettes. 
His niece recalls how much he loved a recent trip to Central City to gamble. She stopped by his home shortly after their trip and he proudly showed her the quarters he had saved for their next trip. 
He is survived by his sisters Carmelita (Max) Gallegos; Denver; Sally (Jake) Mascarenas, Grants, N.M.; and Teresa (Ben) Fernandez, Albuquerque, N.M.; stepsister Shirley Vasquez, Espanola, N.M. and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. 
The Rosary was recited on Oct. 5 and Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 6, both at Annunciation Church. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Joan Dawson sang accompanied by Jean Elliott. Pallbearers were Willie Gallegos, Herman Hernandez, Lloyd Gallegos, Rubel Baca, Octavio Madrid Jr., Gabriel Madrid, Joseph Gonzalez, James Gallegos, Marcos Madrid, Robert Padilla and Albert Gurule Sr.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery and following the interment, the family received friends at a reception at the home of Ricardo's niece, Juanita Gallegos.

Katrina Elise Thielke
Katrina Elise Thielke was born and died Oct. 1 in Denver.
Private services were held. She was cremated.
Although her life was very short, she touched her family's hearts forever.
She is survived by her parents Stanley Alan and Janet Lynn Thielke, Littleton; brother Shawn Andrew Thielke, Littleton; grandmother Lois Jane Bower, Lakewood; grandparents Stanley and Ann Jean Thielke, Denver; uncle Chris Thielke; uncles and aunts Dave and Cheryl Bower; and Mike and Cyndi Hurlbut; and cousins Zach, Emily and Connor.

Herb Thomson
Herb Thomson, 74, died Feb. 21 at his home in Estes Park.
He was born in Leadville on July 27, 1926 to Laurence and Viola (Foster) Thomson.
He graduated from Leadville High School and entered the U.S. Navy for two years during WW II, stationed in the South Pacific.
After returning home from the war, he went to college and earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Denver University, class of 1950.
He married Rosa Witsell on Easter Sunday, March 25, 1951 in Denver.
After college, he worked for Mountain States phone company in Phoenix for four years and then taught art in junior high school in Pueblo for another four years.
In 1962 he moved to Estes Park to pursue a career in art. He taught in the Estes Park schools for several years and was the camp artist at the Y.M.C.A. of the Rockies for 14 years.
Annually, he presented the Tommy Thomson memorial award to a member of the Park School District staff. The award was a gifted painting by Herb in memory of his father, Tommy Thomson, who had been a science teacher and principal of Leadville High School.
In 2000, he received the Community Service to Education award.
He was a member of St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife Rosa Thomson, Estes Park; daughter Susan (Harry) Stevenson, Travelers Rest, S.C.; sons Bruce Thomson, Las Vegas, Nev.; Scott (Jona) Thomson, McCleary, Wash.; and Steve (Sue) Thomson Lafayette, Colo.; cousins Gaylord Thomson; Mary Louise Gilkes; Frank (Christine) Heider; and Roger (Joann) Martin; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Feb. 26 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church with the Rev. M. Paul Garrett officiating.
Interment was at St. Bartholomew's Churchyard Columbarium.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church or to the American Diabetes Association in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517 

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