Obituaries

Bailey Kent

Howard John Van Voorst

Howard John Van Voorst, 86, of Leadville, Colorado passed away Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. He was born August 22, 1931, in Holland, Michigan to John R. and Sarah Elizabeth (Betty Slager) Van Voorst. On December 9, 1952, Howard married Lois Padmos and they had five children: Karen, William, Ronald, and twins James and Julie.
Howard proudly served his country in the Army and was honorably discharged in 1954 because of a non-combat related injury.  He worked in construction most of his life and enjoyed driving with Lois to many state and national bowling tournaments and Elks conventions.  He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Leadville, VFW Post, #859, Past Exalted Ruler of BPOE #236 of Leadville and Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler.  He was a former member of Leadville Eagle’s Lodge, #91 and served on the Leadville Sanitation District Board.

Howard is survived by children: Karen Cooper (Russell Nauta), Woodland Park CO; William (Diana) Van Voorst, Georgetown CO; Julie (Tim) Hamilton, Kuna ID; grandchildren: Kimberly (Tim) LaRue, Jeremy, James & Jennifer Van Voorst (William Naeve), Katie Van Voorst (Scott Elliott), Heather Dworshak, Amber Hamilton (Zach Olds), and Ashley Hamilton (Shawn Bonde); great grandchildren: Lane, Jaylin, Lily, Augustine, Hope, Mercy, Shilo, Kolton and Tayvin; Sister, Elaine Schwander; sister-in-law Ethel Bruursema and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; sons, Ron & Jim and infant great grandchildren, Braxton, Jessalyn & Trevor.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Bailey-Kent Funeral Home in Leadville.  A funeral service will be held Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Leadville with Reverend Peggy Marshall officiating.  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the Elks National Foundation, c/o BPOE #236, P.O. Box 856, Leadville CO, 80461.  Please visit Mr. Van Voorst’s online obituary at www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for his family.

Michael Loukota

Michael Allen LoukotaMichael Allen Loukota was born March 4, 1960 in McCook, Nebraska to Richard and Charlene Loukota. Michael moved with his family to Thornton, Colorado in 1962. After graduating from Thornton High School in 1976, he enrolled in the flight program at Northwestern Community College in Rangley, Colorado getting his private license and air frame and power degree. Soon after college, he was hired by Anheuser-Busch in Fort Collins where they were building the plant. Playing soccer on the men’s team meant so much to him, especially taking a 1st place trophy. Art was his special talent which showed when he was very young. Michael was a caring and loving adult. After a motorcycle accident in 1988, it changed his life. He still worked to do the best he could and loved the life he was given. He is survived by his mother Charlene, two sisters from Leadville: Deann Skala and Michele Hahn and 3 nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10:30 am at St. John’s Lutheran Church,11040 Colorado Blvd, Thornton, Colorado followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, you may donate in Michael’s honor to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Highland Mortuary & Cemetery, Thornton, Clorado.

Irene Berger

Irene Berger, 84, of Canyon City, Colo., passed away on October 8, 2017 in Arvada, Colorado. She was born on March 14, 1933 to Jacob and Barbara (Schall) Becker. She enjoyed many hobbies including reading and sewing.

Irene is survived by her sons Ken (Patty) Berger, Bill (Kathy) Berger, Tom (Gail) Berger , Dan (CeeCee) Berger and Greg (Debbie) Berger; grandchildren Nick (Karena) Berger, Emily (Chris) Gotfrey, Scott (Clara) Berger, and Adam (Michelle) Berger; great-grandchildren Rylan, Ashlyn, Harlan, Tom and Aystyn; step grandchildren Jill and Bob Stamps, Amber and Jason Benjamin, Jennifer and Scott Zappitello and Darille and Dewayne Ranffer; sisters Margaret St. George and Mary Ann Kingston and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Pete, son James and ten brothers and sisters.

A graveside service will be held on November 3, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Leadville, with a reception to follow at the Leadville Elk’s Lodge. Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for Mrs. Berger’s family.

Robert Anthony Cowfer

Robert Anthony Cowfer, 59, of Leadville, Colorado passed away on Friday, Oct. 6. He was born on July 12, 1958 in Washington, D.C. to Robert Russell and Patty Ann (Rowe) Cowfer. Robert was the owner of the Silver Dollar Saloon in Leadville. He enjoyed visiting the ocean and traveling.

He is survived by his brother Scott and wife Joyce Cowfer.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at the Bailey-Kent Funeral Home Chapel in Leadville. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Leadville. Bailey-Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for his family.

Edith Marie Seppi

Edith Seppi Obituary photoEdith Marie Seppi, 95, of Leadville, Colorado, passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at her home in Leadville.  She was born on March 7, 1922 to August and Lee (Everhart) Johnson in Missouri and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1940.

Edith owned and operated the Texaco Station at 9th and Poplar in Leadville from 1944 to 1951 with her husband Joe Zaitz.  After Joe’s death, she continued operating the station.  She then married Aldo Seppi 18 months later in November 1952 and continued to operate the station with Aldo until 1969, when the station was closed.  Edith began planning and development of Sugar Loafin’ Campground in 1965 which opened for business in the summer of 1967. She operated Sugar Loafin’ until the summer of 2004, when she decided to retire at 82 and turn the operation over to one of her sons.  In her spare time, Edith and Aldo ran a small ranch off of Highway 300 in Leadville. Over the years, Edith was an owner and operator of several small businesses and a supporter of the Chamber of Commerce where she served on the Chamber Board.  She was one of the founders of the Colorado Campground and Lodging Association (CCLOA).  She was a member of the Lake County Planning Commission for many years and was very active in the fight to keep the Colorado Mountain College Timberline Campus open and viable.

Edith received an award from CCLOA for her service as President, helping the association through a particularly difficult time.  In 1995, she received an award of honor from the National Campground Association for her contributions.  She was a member of the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1986, and she received the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Lake County Soil Conservation District in 2000.  Even in her later years, because of her extensive knowledge of Colorado Water Law, she assisted the Lake County Commissioners with the county’s water rights issues. Edith was an environmentalist before it was the thing to do.  She was a steward of the land, the animals and plants.  Every dog or cat that was on the ranch was a stray or dumped animal.  She was passionate about all things Leadville and particularly interested in the area history.  She was very knowledgeable about the local history and had the vision to interview many of Leadville’s “old timers” to document their experiences for future generations.  She was convinced this was the only place for her.  Edith loved being on the ranch and operating Sugar Loafin’ Campground, which was her brain child and one of her greatest loves.

Edith is survived by her sons Robert Kent Zaitz and his wife Diane of Boulder, CO and Donald Aldo Seppi and his wife Sheila of Leadville as well as her 4 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Leadville Elks Lodge, #236 on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. with a reception to follow at the Elks Lodge. Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for Mrs. Seppi’s family.

Gail McClave Davey

Gail McClave Davey age 87, passed away at her home in Sun Lakes, Arizona on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 after a brief illness.
Gail was born in Benton Harbor, MI on April 2, 1930 to Julian F. & Alice Handy McClave. Gail graduated from Marietta High School, OH in 1948. She went on to graduate from Benton Harbor College in Benton Harbor, MI and then attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in Ruston, LA.
before moving to Chicago to work for American Airlines. Gail married Louis R. Davey in Chicago, IL on April 10, 1954. They later moved to Leadville, CO and eventually retired in Sun Lakes, AZ.
Gail loved the sun and loved to swim. She played bridge weekly and was an avid Denver Broncos fan. Her two cats Jill and Gulliver were very special to her.

She is survived by her daughter Jeffra Lou Clough and her husband Al of Juneau, AK; son Michael James Davey and his wife Vicky; grandsons Jake Michael and Maxx McClave all of Scottsdale, AZ; nieces Beckie Kagan & Debbie Diemer, nephew Kent Diemer. She was
preceded in death by husband Louis R Davey, sisters Corrine Diemer & Connie McClave; her parents Julian F & Alice McClave.
At Gail’s request, no services were held. A private family gathering will be held in the spring.

Michael “Mike” D. Lujan

Mike Lujan PhotoMichael “Mike” D. Lujan, 59 of Leadville, Colorado passed away on September 6, 2017 at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado.  He was born on August 20, 1958 in Leadville to Arthur and Theresa L. (Martinez) Lujan.  Mike graduated from high school and went to work in construction.  He was an avid sports fan and loved the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies.  He also enjoyed fishing and watching television.  He is survived by his pets Kujo and Lobo, his parents, brothers, sisters and nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish Church in Minturn, Colo.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish Church, with interment to follow at Riverview Cemetery in Minturn.  Contributions may be made to the family.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Mike’s online obituary a www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for his family.

Filemon L. “Tito” Fresquez

Filemon L. “Tito” Fresquez, 83, of Salida, Colorado, passed away on August 30, 2017 in Salida. He was born on September 13, 1933 in Llano, New Mexico to Filemon and Amadita Gonzales Fresquez. He married Dolores C. (Martinez) Fresquez on December 13, 1958 in Leadville, Colorado.

Filemon served in the United States Army from 1955-1957 where he was awarded the good conduct medal and then in the United States Army Reserve from 1957-1961. He worked on the westbound Eisenhower Tunnel, the Homestake Dam and the Leadville Intermediate School.   He was a dayminer and worked at the Gilman Mine, the Black Cloud Mine and later retired from ASARCO. Filemon belonged to the Old Moose Lodge in Leadville and the Labor Union Local 720 since 1963. He was an avid fisherman, loved trips to Cripple Creek and enjoyed watching old westerns on TV.

Filemon is survived by his son Ron (Lynette) Fresquez of Leadville; daughters  Debi (Jon) Turner of Sailda and Aimee (Tony) Romero of Denver; grandchildren Mark Fresquez and Becky Day of Pueblo, Zachary Fresquez and Haley Fresquez of Leadville, Brandon Fresquez Romero of Brush and Janelle Fresquez Romero of Denver; great grandchildren Mason Fresquez of Pueblo and Genesis Fresquez-Romero of Sterling; brothers Jake (Joan) Fresquez of Raton, New Mexico, Alfred (Pam) Fresquez of Alamosa; sisters Della (Lawrence) Alejandro of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gladys (Hilario) Martinez of Raton, New Mexico, Myra Fresquez of Guymon, Oklahoma, Eileen (Robert) Gonzales of Raton, and Evelyn Fresquez as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his grandfather Eliseo Gonzales, brother Frank Gonzales and sister Cheryl Rendon.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church in Leadville. Inurnment will follow the Celebration of Life at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Leadville, with a reception to follow at Leadville Elk’s Lodge, #236 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 p.m. Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance of Mr. Fresquez, for his family.

Dorothy Hayes

Dorothy Hayes, 90 of Leadville, Colorado passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 at her home.  She was born on June 29, 1927 in Leadville to John and Florence (Glover) Geary.  She graduated from Leadville High School and on July 21, 1949, she married Donald Rex Hayes at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville.  Dorothy was an owner and manager of apartments in Leadville.  She was a lifetime member of Holy Family Parish and the Alter and Rosary Society in Leadville.  She enjoyed reading, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Dorothy is survived by her daughter Patty Berger (Ken) of Leadville; grandchildren Jennifer (Scott) Zappitello of Logan, Utah, Jill (Bob) Stamps of Leadville, Nick (Karena) Berger of Arvada, Colorado and Emily (Chris) Gotfrey of Greeley, Colorado; great grandchildren Maria, Kevin, Melodee, Jordan and Brian Zappitello, Sean, Zach and Tori Stamps, Ashlyn, Rylan and Harlan Berger and Timothy Gotfrey; nephews Mark and Dave Glenn; niece Gail Berger and numerous cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Rex, sons Dennis and Geary Hayes, sister Mary Glenn, two nephews and a niece. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Annunciation Catholic Church with Reverend Father Leo Smith as Celebrant.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Leadville with a reception to follow at Leadville Elk’s Lodge, #236.  Contributions may be made to the Leadville Animal Shelter.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.comto leave a condolence or remembrance for the family.

Debra Nachtrieb

Debra Nachtrieb Photo 001Debra Nachtrieb, 63 of Leadville, Colorado for 38 years passed away on August 2, 2017 at home after a long battle with cancer.  She was born on October 6, 1953 in California to Fred and Mary Lou Furr.  On June 16, 1973 she married Noe Nachtrieb in Broomfield, Colorado.  Debra was a devoted housewife and a wonderful mom and grandma.  She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at Eagles Lodge, #91 of Leadville and loved spending time with and taking care of her grandkids.

Debra is survived by her husband Joe Nachtrieb, son Wade Nachtrieb and wife Shiloh and daughter Kim (Nachtrieb) Chavez and husband DJ, all of Leadville; grandchildren Jordan, Tyra, Daniel and Lisahna Chavez and Erie Nachtrieb; brothers David and Barry and sister Joyce.  She is preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter Piper Nachtrieb.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 at Eagles Lodge, #91 at 9th Street and Hemlock in Leadville.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Mrs. Nachtrieb’s online obituary at www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for her family.

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Service Notice

Carol Overmyer Smith. Rosary will be Friday June 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 1 p.m. Both services will be at Annunciation Catholic Church located at Poplar and East 7th Streets in Leadville.

William “Bill” Jacobson

William Jacobson Obit PhotoWilliam “Bill” Jacobson, 77, of Strasburg, Colorado, (formerly of Leadville, Colorado) passed away peacefully on June 3, 2017 with his family by his side at his home in Strasburg. He was born on August 22, 1939 to Simon “Rudy” and Ann Jacobson in Leadville. He graduated in 1958 from Lake County High School.

Bill was a radio announcer and DJ for KBRR in Leadville for many years and was also a weather observer and sports announcer in Leadville. He later spent many years driving semi trucks. He had many hobbies including being a big fan of the Denver Broncos and the NFL. He loved a variety of music and played the guitar, enjoyed watching western movies, loved spending his time pampering his little twin granddaughters and in recent years he enjoyed helping out with small chores on the family campground.

He is survived by his former wife and special partner in life Marjie (Hodson) Mays; children Scott W. (Marina) Jacobson and Glenn A. Jacobson; grandchildren Rochelle and Michael Jacobson and Isabella and Angelina Jacobson; uncle Bill Fudie and several special cousins and family members as well as several dear friends, including Terry and Carol Douglass and Ivan and Frances Fiechter. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bailey-Kent Funeral Home Chapel in Leadville, with burial to follow at the Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for Bill’s family.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith, 65, lifelong resident of Leadville, Colo. passed away on Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Leadville.  He was born on December 2, 1951 to John Carol and Mabel May (Francisco) Smith in Leadville.  Jim graduated from Lake County High School and served in the United States Navy.  He is survived by his son Mike and wife Amanda Smith and his daughter, Christine Smith.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his significant other, Carol Dice.

All services will be private.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Mr. Smith’s online obituary at www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for his family.


Brent Gary Welch

Brent Gary Welch, 56 of Grand Junction, Colorado passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 in Leadville, Colorado.  He was born on March 3, 1961 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Gary and Irene (Krueger) Welch.  He was a graduate of Lake County High School and the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.  He also attended the University of Nebraska and was a member of the Husker Marching Band.  Brent was a former math teacher and golf coach at Lake County High School and was a math, business, information technology teacher and golf coach at Grand Junction High School.  In 2014, he received the Outstanding Visionary Educator Award from the University of Colorado. He loved golf, the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and Nebraska Football.

Brent is survived by his parents Gary and Irene Welch; sister Reba (John) Neufeld, brothers Kyle (Susan) Welch all of Leadville, CO and Sean (Kate) Welch of Lecompton, Kansas; six nieces, two nephews, and three great nieces.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Leadville.  There will be a reception immediately following, at Leadville Elk’s Lodge, #236.  Donations may be made to the Brent Welch Memorial Fund at Peoples Bank in Leadville for computers to deserving students at Grand Junction High School.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Brent’s online memorial at www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for his family.

John T. Byrne

John T. Byrne, 80 of Leadville, Colorado since 1959 passed away in Denver, Colorado on Monday, May 1, 2017.  He was born on December 29, 1936 to Benedict and Anne (Hageman) Byrne in Denver.  He married Cora Lue (Eberle) Byrne on June 18, 1960 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville.  John graduated from West High School in Denver before serving in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1957.  He attended Emily Griffith Trade School where he graduated as a machinist in 1958.  He worked for Eberhardt of Denver as a machinist from 1958 to 1959 and later in 1959, he began work as a master mechanic for Climax, where he worked until 1993.  At Climax, he was a member of the Climax Union where he served as Vice President and Arbitrator.  He was a mechanic and operator for T & C Services from 1994 to 1995 and worked as a mechanic with IPS Industries from 1995 to 1998.  From 1998 to 2013, he worked as a mechanic with Eagle River Sanitation.  John was very active in church and was a faithful catholic and member of Holy Family Parish of Leadville. He was also very active with the Knights of Columbus, receiving his first degree in 1983 and his fourth degree in 2005.  He went on to serve as Grand Knight and District Grand Knight.  John was also active with the Leadville Senior Center and delivered Meals on Wheels.  With all of his accomplishments however, his greatest achievements were his marriage and six children.

John is survived by his wife Cora Lue Byrne of Leadville; children Rita Baeten (Bill) of Billings, Montana, Anita Harbin (Dave) of Evans, Colorado, Loretta Barela (Teddy) of Leadville, “Ginny” Virginia Gorman (Mark) of Buena Vista, Colorado, William Byrne of Leadville and adopted daughter Jessica Getman of Berwick, Maine; grandchildren James Byrne, Daniel Gorman (Jessica), Patrick Harbin (Briana), Jason Gorman (Brooke), Richard Barela, Denise Byrne, Briana Baeten, Justin Baeten, Johnny Byrne, Rose Baeten, Mary Baeten and Jacob Baeten; great grandchildren Trinity Mollman, Drake Putnam, Chase Gorman, Peyton Gorman, Nevaeh Harbin, Mathyus Harbin, Daya Getman and several brothers, sisters and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Noreen Byrne, brothers Pat and Ray Byrne, sister Bernice Carpenter, nephew Rick Byrne and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 6 – 7 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville with a Rosary to follow at 7 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Leadville.  A reception will follow the burial, at Leadville Elk’s Lodge, #236.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Mr. Byrne’s online obituary at www.kentfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for his family.

Benina A. Mascarenas

Benina A. Mascarenas, 83, of Leadville, Colorado since 1963 passed away on April 17, 2017 in Frisco, Colo. She was born on July 30, 1933 in Dixon, N. M. to Fidel Lopez and Maria Aguida Lopez. She married Louie (Louis) J. Mascarenas on November 6, 1950 in Taos, N. M. Benina was a very proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved cooking for all her kids and grandchildren. She also enjoyed garage sales, puzzles, word searches, spanish music and collecting clocks and cookie jars.

She is survived by her children Joe Mascarenas of Brighton, Bertha Recendez of Leadville, Corinne Mascarenas of Lakewood, Roy Mascarenas (Debbie) of Minturn, Bobby Mascarenas (Eva) of Leadville, Diane Mascarenas (Robert) of Brighton, Anita Mascarenas of Leadville, Janet Cruz (Elevinio Jr.) of Leadville, Rachel Mondragon (David) of Brighton and Fabain Mascarenas (Amanda) of Leadville, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers Nick Lopez (Julia), Junior Lopez (Josefina) and Alden Lopez; sisters Ruth Montoya-Percina and Arellano Becky Garcia and numerous family from Rocky Ford, New Mexico. She is proceeded in death by her parents, husband Louie (of 52 years), son Carlos, twin boys, sisters Lydia and Rose and brother Dennis.

A Rosary Service will be held on Sunday, Apr. 23, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville. A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, Apr. 24, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church with burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. A reception will follow the interment at the Leadville Elk’s Lodge. Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for Mrs. Mascarenas’s family.

Verna Mae Mullings Martin

Verna Mae Mullings Martin, 86, of Leadville, Colo. since 1960 passed away on April 1, 2017 in Leadville. She was born December 11, 1930 in Alamosa, Colorado to Lewis Gray Mullings and Lola Mae Koontz. She married Robert Duane Martin in Alamosa on March 8, 1952. Verna attended Newsome School in Alamosa and graduated from Alamosa High School. She was very happy taking care of her home and her children.

Verna was a member of the First Baptist Church of Leadville. She taught the kindergarten AWANA program for 25 years at the First Baptist Church and helped with bible school every summer. She had many hobbies including horseback riding, hiking in the mountains, rock hounding, reading and crocheting.

She is survived by her sons Lewis D. Martin of Leadville and Keith R. Martin of Hayden, Colorado; daughters D. Michele (John) Clapper of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Karen K. (Tim) Mondragon of Pueblo, Colorado; five granddaughters Melanie D. Clapper, Kristin M. (Jeremy) Jaramillo and Lyndsay M. (Ross) Schustedt all of Colorado Springs, Sydney J. (Bobby) Tillman and Tiffany A. Mondragon both of Pueblo; great grandchildren Meleah M. and Dakoah G. Jaramillo of Colorado Springs and Alexander M. Mondragon, Ellyanna R. and Braxton K. Tillman of Pueblo and numerous nieces, nephews  and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers George and Billy Joe Mullings and sister Mary Ellen Speeze.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Leadville, Colo. There will be a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Baptist Church or your favorite charity.

Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for Verna’s family.

Mary Teresa Laing

Mary Teresa Laing nee Simonton, 49, passed away March 17, 2017. 
Mary was born August 19, 1967 in Denver, Colorado to the late Regina and Frederick Simonton. She married the late Richard Laing.

For the past several decades, she worked in education with Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs and Leadville and the Lake County School District. Students of all ages would go to desk for technical advice about their education, a sympathetic ear, laughter, and perhaps a piece of candy. A strong advocate for education in Leadville, Mary was always involved as a parent and as a member of the community in decisions that affected students in the public school system and in higher education.

Regardless of circumstances, Mary was there for her family in times of need. The sacrifices she made during the illnesses of her parents and her brother qualify as superhuman. When her children find success, it will be because of the sacrifices their mother made for them. She was the embodiment of a strong and successful woman.

Mary was preceded in death by her father Frederick Simonton, her brother Paul Simonton, her husband Richard Laing, her mother Regina Simonton, and her brother John Simonton.

Mary is survived by her sons Gavin and Conor; her sisters Sienna Simonton, Susan Simonton, and their families; her brothers Eric Simonton (Patricia), Jim Simonton (Angie), and their families; her sister in Law Chrissy Laing, her brother in law Mike Laing, and their family; her parents in law Susan Ford and Todd Ford; her friends in every corner of the country; and all who were touched by her encouragement, wisdom, and kindness

A public ceremony will be held at the Elks Lodge in Leadville on March 22 at 1 p.m. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

Carol Overmyer Smith

Longtime Leadville resident Carol Lavonne Overmyer Smith succumbed to cancer on February 23, 2017, resting peacefully within view of the Pacific Ocean in Gold Beach, OR.  She was born near the Pacific in Hynes (now called Paramount), CA, on September 16, 1934, the daughter of Lillian Ruth (Miller) and George Merlin Overmyer, and spent her pre- and primary school years in Hynes and Littleton, CO.  She attended Littleton Jr/Sr high school where she excelled in softball, student newspaper, theater, Honor Society, student government, and was the school’s female high jump champion.  Carol graduated as valedictorian of Littleton High School in 1952, and was awarded a Joint Honors Scholarship which funded her education at Colorado A&M College (now Colorado State University).  While in college, Carol majored in Occupational Therapy, was president of Kappa Delta Sorority, and met her future husband, Bernard Smith. Carol interned at Los Angeles County Hospital, received her OT degree in 1956, and worked as an Occupational Therapist in Denver.  Carol and Bernard were married in Englewood, CO on December 28, 1957, and immediately moved to Nevada, living first in Minden, and later Reno, where Carol supported Bernard’s veterinary practices.

The couple returned to the Leadville area in 1959 to manage the Smith ranch, which was homesteaded by Bernard’s grandfather in 1874.  Carol ran the household, managed the accounts and finances of the Hereford and sheep ranch, and never hesitated in performing backbreaking physical labor. Carol was instrumental in helping her husband establish his Leadville veterinary practice, which began in their ranch-house basement, but by 1966, had moved into a brand-new facility on Leadville’s Front Street. Carol multi-tasked the financial management of the ranch and veterinary clinic while giving birth to and raising eleven children. Carol, famous for her dry wit and in reference to her many children, quipped that “we would accept whatever God gave us, but we had no idea he would be so generous”.

Carol was highly artistic in a variety of mediums. Her sketches, paintings, stained-glass windows and hangings, knitted and crocheted garments and creations were marveled at by family and friends. As an expert seamstress, Carol created many outfits, prom attire, costumes, church vestments, sportswear and snowshoe decking which were skillfully and lovingly crafted for her children, St. Mary’s school, Lake County public schools, Annunciation Church, and the Nordic Sun Sportswear and Red Feather Snowshoe Companies. Carol’s culinary expertise produced gourmet meals and desserts enjoyed by family and lucky guests, and the salads she prepared while working at the Prospector Restaurant were customer favorites. Carol was blessed with a beautiful singing voice, which was on display more than once when she was invited to sing at weddings.

Carol was patriotic, civic-minded and invested in the Leadville community and beyond. She held memberships in the DAR, PEO, St Mary’s and Lake County School PTAs, and was a booster of 4-H, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, LCIS, LCJHS & LCHS sports teams, Colorado State University Rams and the Denver Broncos.  She was a lector, eucharistic minister, choir and parish council member at Annunciation Church, and she was office manager at the Mt. Massive Trout Club, where she developed many enduring friendships. Carol was the behind-the-scenes force managing details, campaigns and communication that enabled her husband to garner his achievements on the Lake County School Board, the Lake County Soil Conservation District, and the Upper Arkansas Watershed Association.

Besides enjoying her family and craftwork, Carol loved to travel, and she ranked trips to Venezuela and Ireland as her most memorable.

Carol had a wonderful sense of humor and was reeling off one-liners up to the end.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and aunt, and she will be greatly missed by her 11 children, 16 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents, brother-in-law James Joseph Smith and his wife Marjorie (Diemer) Smith, and nephew Michael Smith.  She is survived by her brother Bill (Barbara) Overmyer of Loveland, CO; Sister-in-law Margaret Mary (Jim) Fassler of Worland, WY;  Children Monica Stevenson; Anne (Don) Spor; Erin (Warren Park) Smith; Blaine (Kay) Smith; George (Brenda) Smith; Padraic Smith (partner: John Morin); Kate (John) Borton; Vicki (Matt) Schehrer; Grace Smith-Sodic (partner: Manny Flores); Barbara Medina (fiance: Steve LaRocco), Eileen (Tom) Henry.
Grandchildren-Natalie (Robert) Sudar, Brigid Crandell, Lesley (Luke) Hinzmann, Sister Karol Joseph Spor, Ryan (Kayla) Spor, Keeley, Gannon and Quinn Smith; Ricky and Natalie Byno; Evan and Anna Schehrer; Alex Charrier, Aidan and Kiera Medina; Olivia LaRocco; Etta,
Devin and Neeve Henry. Great-Grandchildren-Emerson, Reese and Keaton Sudar; Elijah Hinzmann; Rebekah Grace Charrier. Nephews: Dennis, Stephen, Christopher, Allen and Richard. Nieces: Theresa, Becky, Debby, Amy, Jodie and Abbie.
A Rosary Service will be held Friday, June 23, and Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 24, 2017, at Annunciation Catholic Church, times to be announced later.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the “Building Fund”, c/o Holy Family Parish, 609 Poplar, Leadville, CO 80461, or P.E.O. Chapter AF, 121 Baby Doe Drive, Leadville, CO 80461.

Thomas Earl Cherrier

Thomas Earl Cherrier, 78 of Leadville, Colorado since 1965, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Evergreen Life Care Center in Evergreen, Colorado.  He was born on May 23, 1938 in Lancaster, Wisconsin to Earl Bernard and Irene Mary (Saengling) Cherrier.  Tom received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mineral Engineering from the Wisconsin Institute of Technology in Lancaster in 1960.  He enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.  After his honorable discharge, he enlisted in the Reserve from 1965 to 1967.  In 1968 he received his Master of Science Degree in Mineral Engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.  He worked for the Climax Molybdenum Company for 12 years, AMAX in Golden, Colorado for 14 years and retired in 1992.  After retirement, he worked for ASARCO on the EPA project.

Tom was a member of Leadville Elk’s Lodge, #236, the Leadville Lion’s Club where he was a regular fixture at their beer tent and career fair, the Knights of Columbus and Holy Family Parish where he would help usher Masses, a member on the Board of Directors at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum and a member of the Society of Mining Engineering. He was very active in the community, and assisted with the Kid’s First Program and helping in the creation of the Mineral Belt Bike Trail where you could find him sweeping off the trail, just to keep it safe. He was always walking around town, to and from, visiting with his many friends. In earlier years, he played on the local softball team, played many a golf game with his buddies at the Mt. Massive Golf Course and made trips to Alice Arm, BC. He enjoyed hiking, cross country skiing and cribbage and was a constant learner.  He always had a genuine curiosity about the world which never dimmed to him. Tom was a person who was filled with integrity.  He was loyal, steadfast, kind and genuine to all he met.

Tom is survived by two cousins from his maternal and paternal sides of the family and a sister in law. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, two brothers: Lynn Flavian Cherrier and Timothy Bernard Cherrier, and a loving aunt, Catherine Cherrier Blaney.

A memorial of Tom’s life will be held in Leadville at a later date.  Burial will take place in South Lancaster Township in Wisconsin.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville and Martin Schwartz Funeral Home of Lancaster are assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Tom’s online memorial at www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for his family.

Marilyn Martha Schroeder-Luoma

marilyn-schroeder-luoma-photoMarilyn Martha Schroeder-Luoma, 86, of Bend, Oregon since 2010, long-time resident of Leadville, Colo. passed away on February 5, 2017 in Bend, Oregon. She was born on March 13, 1930 in Buena Vista, Colo. to George P. Fields and Kathleen J. Mahon-Field.  She married Robert John Luoma on July 12, 2010 in Canon City, Colorado.

Marilyn graduated from Lake County High School in 1948.  She worked as a desk clerk for the Vendome Hotel and the Silver King Motor Inn of Leadville.  She was a member of the Leadville Elks Lodge, the Leadville Eagles Lodge and enjoyed playing in the Leadville bowling leagues.  Marilyn enjoyed snowmobiling, bowling, crocheting, watching baseball, football, sporting events and classic movies.  She loved animals and spending time at her cabin at Williams Fork Reservoir. 

Marilyn is survived by her sons Norman C. and wife Mary Schroeder and John K. and wife Terry Schroeder, all of Leadville; stepchildren Robert, Dave, Beckie and Dale Luoma, all of Bend, Oregon; grandchildren Sheila K. (Chad) Bailey of Granby, Colorado, John M. Schroeder and Kathy F. Schroeder of Leadville; great grandchildren Carver C. Bailey and Corbin R. Bailey; brother George F. and wife Maelene Fields of Denver, Colorado; nephews George P. Fields, and James M. (Jacquie)Fields of Arizona and niece Randi Sue (Tom) Hamilton of Wyoming.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Norman E. Schroeder.

A rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Bailey Kent Funeral Home Chapel in Leadville.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Buena Vista with Reverend Father Stephen Parlet as Celebrant.  Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Buena Vista.  A reception will be held at St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall, following burial.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Mrs. Luoma’s online obituary at www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for her family.Spac_50

 Nancy Lee Leonard

Nancy Lee Leonard, 68 of Leadville, Colo. passed away on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at Life Care Center of Evergreen, Colorado after a lengthy battle with cancer.  She was born on June 5, 1948 to David R. Leonard, Sr. and Ella Mae (Bowser) Leonard in Niagara Falls, N.Y.  Nancy was a supporter of the Denver Rescue Mission.  She was very creative and loved to craft, crochet, decorate cakes and bake.  She was a loving person with a heart to help those in need.  She will be forever in our hearts!

Nancy is survived by her daughter Tina Leonard of Dillon, Colorado; sons Mike Leonard of Ohio and Jonathan Leonard of Georgia; sister Patricia Jennings of Buena Vista, Colorado; brother David R. Leonard, Jr. of Leadville; four grandchildren and four nieces and nephews and their families.  She is preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at The Church at Agape Outpost, 15404 Highway 9, Breckenridge, Colo., 80424.  The service will stream live online at www.agapeoutpost.org (click on the Media tab and then on Live Stream).  A reception will follow the service at the Agape Outpost Fellowship Hall.  Donations may be made to the The Church at Agape Outpost Benevolence Fund in memory of Nancy Leonard to benefit the homeless and those in need in our area.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Nancy’s online obituary at www.kentfuneralhomes.com.Spac_50

Joseph W. “Jody” Manly

joseph-manly-obituary-photoOn January 10, 2017, Joseph W. “Jody” Manly passed away at home after a long battle with cancer.  The Leadville icon and Godfather of Skijoring was born in Dillon, Colo. on February 24, 1932 to Joseph J. and Clara (Carmen) Manly.  Jody attended school in Breckenridge, Colorado and graduated in 1949.  He joined the Navy in 1950 and served in Long Beach, California until 1954.  At the time of his discharge, Jody returned to the mountains he loved.  He met and married Nancy (Moede) Manley in Dillon and went to work for Public Service Company of Colorado in Leadville.  He and “Nan” moved to Leadville and raised two boys, Jeffrey and Joseph, Jr.  He retired from Public Service in 1992.

Jody soon became a household name in Leadville.  He was an active member in the community.  Known for his love of hunting, fishing, skiing, skijoring, yard sale bargaining, and storytelling, he never knew a stranger.  If you had a moment or more than likely an hour(s), he would be glad to share his expertise on any subject.  When it came to organizing an event, Jody was the “go to guy”.  He knew the best fishing hole, best bait, and if you needed a pole he would have one or a dozen.  He was well known around the skijoring circuits.  His expertise in organizing and course building earned him the title of GODFATHER of skijoring.    He made many life time friends and was consulted on a regular basis, mentoring newbies to the sport.  He will be missed at the Coffee Club at Paul’s place.  He enjoyed visiting with the “gang” and getting caught up on all the goings on and gossip.  Jody valued his friendships.  There are too many to mention, but know that we the family appreciate all the love, care and friendship given to him.

Jody was preceded in death by his wife Nancy, his parents, his brother Elton and grandson Ed Johnson. He is survived by his sons Jeffrey (Alberta) of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Joseph Jr. (fiance Suzanne Sumners) of Leadville; niece Mary Bowker Young (Jeff) of Long Beach; nephew Mike Bowker (Misako) of Roy, Utah; and great nephew Matthew Bollig of Grand Junction, CO.  He leaves grandchildren Robert (Tamra) and Helen (Jack) Shandy, all of Billings, Montana;  grandson Brenden Lacy of Aurora, Colorado and numerous step-grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jody wished to have a memorial service this summer at the Elks Lodge in Leadville.  The dates will be determined when the snow melts.  Donations may be made in his name (Joseph W. Manley), to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital for cancer research.

Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence, remembrance or “story” for his family.Spac_50

Nemecino (Casey) Casias

nemecino-casias-obituary-photoIt is with a deep sadness and heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dad, Nemecino (Casey) Casias, who passed away January 2, 2017 in Leadville, Colo. Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special someone to be a Dad and he definitely was that special someone.

Casey was born in Ortiz, Colorado in 1931. He lived there until his enlistment into the Army from 1949 to 1952. He served his country during the Korean War and was a recipient of the Silver Star on two occasions, a bronze star and a purple heart. He married Olivama Vigil shortly after his return from Korea and moved to Leadville in 1954. He was a Master Mechanic for Amax/Climax Mine and retired in 1984 with over 25 years of service. After his retirement he provided his expertise to many in the community by keeping their vehicles in running condition. He kept young at heart by going out to his garage every morning to repair any vehicle that was brought in for his delicate attention.

During his life, he was active in the Elks, Eagles and the local union of mine workers, as well as a number of years in the local bowling and baseball leagues. He spent the majority of his free time riding horses with his kids when he was younger and catching as many fish as was allowed from the lakes and streams of the Rockies.

Casey was a wonderful man. He was loved in life and will be missed and cherished in death. He was an amazing husband to his wife of nearly 62 years before Ollie’s passing in March 2015. He was an amazing father to 10 children, and grandfather to numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a friend to the entire community and would go out of his way to help anyone in need. His passing will leave a hole in the hearts of many.

He is survived by 8 of his children Elizabeth Davis, Christine Casias, Christopher Casias, David Casias, Carrie Casias-Scura, Dean Casias, Ann Casias and Rose-Mary Brandt-Casias; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces and several brothers and sisters.

Loved ones that cleared the path for his journey to the Lord are his loving wife of 62 years and 2 of his children Evelyn and Christian Casias.

We have lost, Heaven has gained, the most wonderful man this world contained, there’s just one thing that makes us glad; God chose you to be our dad.

We will celebrate our parents in a joint service in the early summer. A notice to our family and community will be sent out in mid-June.

Bailey-Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.baileykentfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for Casey’s family.

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Ward Osborn

wade-osborn-obituary-photo-001-2Ward Osborn, 65, of Leadville, Colorado passed away on December 24, 2016 in Leadville. Ward was born on May 24, 1951 in Holdredge, Nebraska to Marvin and Carol Osborn.  He attended school in Kokomo, Colorado and graduated from Lake County High School in Leadville. Ward served in Vietnam and Germany with the Army from 1969-1977 and was awarded the bronze and silver stars. He was currently working in the maintenance department at Copper Mountain.  Ward enjoyed rocks, hiking, electronics, computers, fishing, and he loved the outdoors.  He was a kind and loving man who will be missed by all who knew him.

Ward is survived by his daughter Lily Ramirez of Ogden, Utah; brothers Trent Osborn of Dolan Springs, Arizona and Marvin and (Faith) Osborn of Leadville; sisters Cheri Pitkin of Montrose, Colorado, Anjula and (Chris) Cottle of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Michelle (Dave) Stewart of Vancouver, Washington and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.

In honor of Ward’s love of the outdoors, a memorial service will be held sometime in May or June of 2017. Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.baileykentfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence or remembrance of Ward for his family.Spac_50

Piper May Nachtrieb

Piper May Nachtrieb, of Leadville, Colo. passed away on December 1, 2016 in Aurora, Color. She was born on November 22, 2016 to Wade and Shiloh (Sparkman) Nachtrieb.

Piper is survived by her parents of Leadville, big sister Erie Nachtrieb of Leadville, paternal grandparents Joe and Debra Nachtrieb of Leadville, maternal grandparents Darrel and Loretta Sparkman of Leadville, great grandfather David Sparkman Sr. of Salida, Colorado, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

All services will be private. There will be a Celebration of Life and spaghetti benefit on January 14, 2017. Contributions can be made to www.youcaring.com/wadeandshilohnachtrieb or directly to the family.

Bailey-Kent Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.baileykentfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for her family.Spac_50

Carol Dice

Carol Dice, 62, of Leadville, Colorado passed away on November 14, 2016 in Leadville. Her services will be private. Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family. Please visit www.baileykentfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for Carol’s family.Spac_50

Rose Everett

rose-everett-photoRose Everett, 78, lifelong resident of Leadville, Colorado passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016 in Leadville.  She was born on January 31, 1938 in Leadville to John and Molly (Widmar) Kochevar.  She married Paul A. Everett at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville.  He preceded her in death.

Rose attended the West Park Elementary School and St. Mary’s Catholic School in Leadville.  She was an excellent student and made straight A’s.  After graduation she worked as a school attendant and was the receptionist at the Leadville Medical Center.  She was also a homemaker, caring for her husband and children.  She loved gardening, reading and church and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Rose is survived by her children David, Janet and Richard; grandchildren Leann, Jamie, Jerica, Dwayne, Brittni and Sydney; great grandchildren Kaden, Gauge and Samuel; brother Joe and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Paul, son Kurt, sister Margaret and brother George.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 from 6 -7 p.m. with a Rosary Service to begin at 7 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church, Leadville.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church with Reverend Father Rafael Torres-Rico as Celebrant.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Leadville.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Mrs. Everett’s online obituary at www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for her family.

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Eileen (Blamey) Bertolas

eileen-bertolas-obituary-photoEileen Helen Bertolas, 84, succumbed to her death after a short battle with cancer on November 2, 2016 at her home surrounded by her children and grandchildren.  Eileen was born on May 8, 1932 in Leadville to Frank & Mary Ellen (McHale) Blamey.  Eileen attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, worked at the Manhattan Café until she met Albert “Bart” Bertolas. In 1953 they married in Raton, New Mexico. Together they had 3 sons and 3 daughters.

 Eileen was a lifelong member of Holy Family Parish (Annunciation Church), the Eagles Auxiliary,  a member of the Altar & Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters.  Eileen’s life was centered around God and family. She loved taking care of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, cooking and delivering Meals on Wheels, taking Sunday rides, bowling, making chocolate covered cherries, watching her favorite game shows or Judge Judy. In addition, she compiled a scrap book of children she supported at St. Jude’s Children Hospital. When she wasn’t babysitting, she was busy answering the phone or bringing her sons lunch at “Bart’s” the family business.

 She is survived by her six children: Mary (Jim) VanPelt, Kathy (Eddie) Micklich, Albee (Barb) Bertolas, Tina (Bob) Tekansik, Alan (Saige) Bertolas, Rohn (Cindy Mascarenas) Bertolas, 14 grandchildren, 3 (step) grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 5 (step) great-grandchildren, sisters in laws, Beverly Blamey, Annie Blamey, Rita Blamey and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, Johnny, Francis, Joe and Aloysius Blamey, sisters, Agnes Pinkston and Dolores McGeehan and great grandson, Corey McEachern.

Eileen was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. on November 11, and the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on November 12, at Annunciation Church.  Fr. Rafael Torres-Rico, Pastor will officiate assisted by Deacon Tony Werckman. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery; with reception to follow at the Eagles Lodge.  In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Holy Family Parish.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.baileykentfuneralhome.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for Eileen’s family.Spac_50

Jean Johnson

johnson-photo-2Jean Johnson, 89 and a longtime resident of Buena Vista, Colorado died in her sleep September 17, 2016 after a lengthy illness.  She was widely known in the
community as a medical technologist at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Leadville, Colorado, as an organist at St. Rose of Lima and Grace Churches, and as a member of the Columbine Garden Club.

She was born Aug. 24, 1927 to Dorothy and John Race of Parker, Colorado, and the third of four children. She grew up on the family dairy farm near Parker, now a historically preserved stagecoach stop known as the
Seventeen Mile House.  She graduated from Parker High School in 1944 and from the University of Colorado in 1949.  For two years she worked at Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, where she met Edward L. Johnson. They were
married in 1951.

In subsequent years they had three children, Kristine Johnson of Worcester, Mass., Neil Johnson of Denver, Colo. and Erik Johnson of Buena Vista.
Dr. Johnson, a veterinarian, re-enlisted in the U.S. Army and the family spent many years in postings throughout the U.S. and in Berlin, Germany. Once the children were school age, Jean resumed her career as a medical
technologist and volunteered for various civic and church activities.

Dr. Johnson retired as a colonel to the family ranch north of Buena Vista and spent several decades studying and performing music and being a volunteer fireman.  Meanwhile Jean became the mainstay of the laboratory at St.
Vincent’s Hospital, working there until age 74.  She volunteered in many church activities, played the organ and piano, and won numerous prizes in gardening.

She is survived by her three children, her siblings, Ruth Race Dolan and John Race, Jr., sister-in-law Gene Avery, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Buena Vista on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 11 a.m.  Runyan-Kent Funeral Home of Buena Vista is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Mrs. Johnson’s online memorial at www.kentfuneralhomes.comSpac_50

Roger M. Avila

Roger M. Avila, 69 of Leadville, Colo. passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 in Leadville.  He was born on November 13, 1946 in Taos, N. M. to Frank and Eliria Avila.  He married Ida Avila.  He worked at the Comfort Inn in the maintenance department.

Roger is survived by his wife Ida of Leadville; son Roger Avila, Jr. of Leadville; daughters Maxine Avila of Thornton, Colorado, Paula Aldava and husband Juan of Bozeman, Montana and Stephanie Bogeart and husband Mark of Belgrade, Montana; grandchildren Eric, P.J. Gurule, Toni Avila, Stefan, Miguel, Osiel, Alonzo Aldava, Ethyn, Ryllieh, and Alyxcia Bogeart and great grandchildren Khyree and Avalana Lee Gurule.  He is preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Laura Gurule, brother Leroy Avila, sister Gloria Montoya and nephew Frankie Salazar.

A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 at Annunciation Catholic Church.  A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. Inurnment will be private.  Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Please visit Roger’s online memorial at www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for his family.Spac_50

Gail B. Dunning

gail-dunning-obituary-photoYou were fortunate if you knew Gail B. Dunning.  If you did, you would have experienced her genuine kindness, dignity, gentle grace, determination, fluid intelligence, dry wit, love for Colorado history and natural beauty, endless curiosity, compassion, inspiring courage, integrity and vitality of spirit.

Gail transitioned suddenly early Saturday morning, September 3, 2016, at her Leadville cabin. A seizure is believed to be the cause of death.  She made the transition peacefully and quickly with her two fur babies, Zeva the heeler and Sir Thomas the Siamese, by her side.

For having such a petite frame, Gail was a human dynamo.  She was born in Greenville, North Carolina and spent her childhood living in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.  Gail excelled in everything she touched—art, writing, languages, scholastics, music, photography, athletics and business.  From grade school through high school she participated in virtually every special activity offered; she was a human sponge for experiences and knowledge.  She received love and care during her summers from her Aunt Katie in Pennsylvania who owned and ran a coal mine.

Gail attended Drake University where she was the president of Chi Omega sorority. She graduated from the School of Journalism with high honors.  At Drake, she met Kit Williams who became her husband in 1982.

During her adult life, she pursued her love for business.  She received her MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs while working full time.  During her years in Vail, she was a publicist, curator of antiques, entrepreneur in property management and retail, avid winter skier, sky diver, scuba & snorkeling enthusiast, and a successful businesswoman.

Gail called Vail her home but The Historic Hotel Delaware in Leadville, Colorado, was her passion.  She transformed the old 1886 hotel into a thriving, fully operational historic hotel filled with antiques, art and vintage clothing. It was her dream to create a living historical interactive experience for guests. She worked tirelessly to give Leadville a source of historic pride and to develop the community’s businesses and government.  Toward the end of her life, the demands of the hotel were very taxing on her physically and spiritually.  It was clear to those who knew her well that her dwindling energy was channeled into the hotel.

Gail was also a deeply spiritual person.  She had a closeness with the spirit world and listened to her guides.  With her passing, she assures us we are to be happy for her!!  She is rejuvenated and wishes all of us support Kit in the years to come.

From your friends, co-workers, family, and husband, “Thank You Gail” for being such a remarkable person and for touching our lives.  You rarely thought of yourself but always considered the needs of others, yet unaware of the magnitude of your gifts to others.  You are missed.

Gail is survived by her husband, Kit C. Williams of Vail, Colorado, and her sister Loraine Dunning-Cavallo of Wellington, Florida.  Her father, Preston Markham Dunning, Jr., M.D., her mother, Barbara Temyer Dunning, and her brother, First Lt. David Michael Dunning, U. S. Army, preceded her in death.

A memorial celebration will be determined at a later date.  Any contributions in Gail’s name would be appreciated by her favorite organizations—St. Jude’s Children’s Research (www.stjudge.org/donate-now). FusFoundation which is the vanguard for treating brain tumors and disorders (www.fusfoundation.org/donate).Spac_50

Fred L. Slifka

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Fred L. Slifka, 76 of Leadville, Colorado, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016.  He was born in 1940 in the old St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville to Edward A. and Emily A. Slifka.  He graduated from the Leadville High School in 1958 and worked for the Climax Mine from 1959-1992, retiring after 33 years of service.  Fred was a member of the Leadville Elk’s Lodge, #236.  He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, jeep rides, his mountain cabin, his boys and grandchildren.

Fred is survived by his wife Kathy of 53 years, 3 children; Michael (Andrea, Sydney, David); Gary (Jeanette, A.J.) and Doug (Wendy, Denver).

A celebration of his love of life and family and friends was held August 12, 2016 at his home in Leadville. Bailey-Kent Funeral Home of Leadville assisted the family with arrangements.  Please visit Fred’s online memorial at www.kentfuneralhomes.com to leave a condolence or remembrance for his family.