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    Callie I. Robertson

    Callie I. Robertson passed away quietly in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 28. The daughter of Marie Hughes and Otto Thompson, Callie was born on Sept. 16, 1931, on their family’s ranch in Glendo, Wyo. Her father passed away at an early age when Callie was just four. After her mother married T. Robert Ingram, Callie moved frequently with them, especially during the war years. Among her fondest memories were attending Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, while Bob Ingram was serving in the Navy in the Pacific Theatre, and graduating from Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass. Callie was a talented artist and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial…

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    Nadine Henry

    Nadine Henry, 63, died Oct. 2 at the Gunnison Senior Care Center Hospice Room after a short but courageous battle with an aggressive form of non-smoker lung cancer. She was born Feb. 21, 1956, in Denver, Colo., to LaMar C. and Nancy Jane Henry. She attended school in Brighton, Colo., and graduated high school in Goodland, Kan. She graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Physical Education and History. The first love of Nadine’s life were the youth, whom she taught and led throughout her career and considered “her kids.” Upon college graduation, she first taught school in Hagler, Neb., and then coached basketball and taught P.E. at…

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    Betty Lou Rosenthal Light

    Betty Lou Rosenthal Light died Oct. 6 in Tucson, Ariz. She was 97. She is survived by her three children, Patty Hayes (Larry), Ken (Marcia), and Rick (Morgan), seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Her brother and sisters preceded her in death as did her beloved husband of almost 60 years, Dr. Mason M. Light. Betty Lou Rosenthal was born July 13, 1922, a lucky Friday the 13th, in Denver, Colo. She was the fourth of six children. She grew up in Denver and graduated from East High School. While attending Denver University, she met a handsome young doctor. Mason Light was a friend of her older brother, and had completed…

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    Frances Pederson

    Frances Pederson, the last true pioneering spirit of a long-standing pioneering Gunnison County family, died on Monday, Sept. 16. Invoking her lifelong strong will, at 103 and on the 37th anniversary of her husband’s passing, she declared her life complete and initiated her own demise. Following in the historic footsteps of the Axtells and Spencers, Frances forged a purposeful and respected career as a teacher, administrative assistant and dedicated mother to her own children and countless young college athletes who played football and basketball for her latehusband Pete Pederson. Among other notable accomplishments, she was the first female economics graduate from Western State College. While residing in Gunnison, she worked…

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    Jeffrey Philip Winslow

    Jeffrey Philip Winslow, 63, passed away on Aug. 13, 2019, at Littleton Adventist Hospital due to injuries from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at his home. Jeff was born on Dec. 18, 1955 in Denver to Roy and Helen Winslow. When he was 8 years old, the family moved to Gunnison. He graduated from Gunnison High School in 1973, where he was involved in the speech and debate team, drama club, German club, was secretary of his class and attended Boys State. He attended Western State College for one year before moving to Santa Fe, N.M., to attend St. John’s College. There he studied the great books and received his bachelor’s…

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    Jim Baril

    A celebration of Dr. Jim Baril‘s life is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at the Western Colorado University Student Center ballroom after the homecoming football game. The celebration is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. with coffee and refreshments after to allow friends and family to remember Jim and his contributions to Gunnison and Western Colorado University. The Dr. Jim Baril Memorial English Scholarship has been established to celebrate Jim’s legacy of teaching. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages you to consider the scholarship fund from the Western Foundation. If you would like to make a taxdeductible gift in Jim’s memory, please send a check payable to: Western…

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    Lois Faye Wilson

    On the morning of Sept. 23, 2019, Lois Faye Wilson of Powderhorn passed away peacefully in her home. Lois Faye was an avid mystery reader and gardener, she enjoyed needlework and making hand knit sweaters and afghans for her loved ones. Lois Faye spent her entire life in the Powderhorn Valley, living the ranch life she so enjoyed. She delighted in watching the hummingbirds and other wildlife around the ranch. Lois Faye is survived by her five children — David, Greg (Jeanette), Kenny (Helene), Audrey Dirksen (Chris), and Pat Ritchie (John). She is also survived by six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Lois Faye is preceded in death by her…

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    Maggie O’Brien

    Maggie O’Brien, or Sandie Jones in her homeland Ireland, passed peacefully the morning of Sept. 19, 2019. Twas grace that brought us safe thus far, and grace has taken her home. Maggie was a native of Ireland who had performed since childhood. Her first broadcast appearance was on radio at age nine. Thereafter she represented Ireland in international music festivals and sang the first and only Gaelic-language entry in the EuroVision Competition. During her lengthy professional career, Maggie performed at the Cork Opera House; at the Gaiety, Olympia and Abbey Theatres in Dublin; and at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh. She was voted the most popular female entertainer in Ireland…

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    Donavon and Kaycee Moss

    A memorial service will be held for Donavon and Kaycee Moss, who were killed in a three-car collision on Aug. 28 on Hwy. 50, nine miles east of Gunnison. Donavon was known as “The Junk Guy.” A service for both will be held on Sat., Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Multipurpose building on South Spruce Street in Gunnison.

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    Kaycee Moss

    Kaycee Patricia Lynn Moss, 58, passed away on Aug. 31 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. Kaycee and her husband were coming home from a doctor appointment in Gunnison when they were both in a tragic car accident on Hwy. 50, nine miles east of Gunnison, on the evening of Aug. 28. Her husband, Donavon Moss, passed away at the scene of the accident. Kaycee was transported to St. Mary’s and passed away only a few short days later. Kaycee was born to Joe Lawrence Aicher and Marian Martha Inez (Osborn) Aicher on July 19, 1961. She was the oldest of four children: Joe, Mike and Jim Aicher. Kaycee…

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    Candis Wood Bradshaw

    Candis Wood Bradshaw, 74, of Amarillo, Texas passed away surrounded by family on Saturday, Aug. 31. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Sept. 4 at LaGrone Blackburn Shaw Coulter Road Chapel with Pastor Robert Brown officiating. Candy was born on Aug. 24, 1945 in Big Spring, Texas to J.T. and Daisy Wood. She graduated from Amarillo High School and received her LVN license from Amarillo College. She married the love of her life, Jimmy Bradshaw, on Friday, Sept. 13, 1974 at Paramount Baptist Church. Candy and Jimmy moved to Gunnison, Colo., in 1986 and lived there until returning to Amarillo in 2006. Candy was very active in Middlepoint Community Fellowship and…

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    Gerald Arthur Ashford

    Gerald Arthur Ashford, 85, went home to be with his Lord on Aug. 25 at Parkdale Manor Care Center in Maryville, Mo., of complications from lung disease. Born April 28, 1934, in Joplin, Mo., to George and Bertha Ashford, Jerry was the fifth of six very active and creative brothers. He graduated from Joplin High School in 1952 and worked for a short time at Southwestern Sash and Door in Joplin before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. Jerry served as a jet aircraft mechanic, stationed in Landstuhl, Germany, until 1958. He and his wife Betty (Wilson) married on Nov. 2, 1958 at Braddyville (Iowa) Christian Church. Jerry enrolled in…

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    Garnet L. Manning

    There will be a memorial service to celebrate Garnet Manning’s life in Fort Collins on Sept. 14, 2019 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rio Grande Restaurant’s “Agave Room” located at 143 W. Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524. If you plan to attend, please contact Kelly Bailey via e-mail at [email protected] Garnet was raised in Loveland (still has family in the area), and the Denver hub allows more family to attend. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Pioneer Museum in Garnet’s memory.

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    Mary Esther Field

    Mary Esther Field passed peacefully at home on Aug. 14 at the age of 86. Born on Aug. 19, 1932 in Gunnison to John and Rosellen McIlwee; she was raised in her early years on the campus of Western State College where her parents were employed to manage residence hall and cafeteria operations. She attended public schools and graduated from Gunnison High School before attending Colorado A&M for one year where she majored in Home Economics. In 1952 she married her high school sweetheart Fred Field. After his enlistment in the U.S. Army they were stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. They returned to Gunnison and purchased the family ranch,…

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    Joanne Williams

    Joanne Williams, age 72, died on Aug. 17 in Gunnison, the town she loved so much, after a year-long struggle with cancer. Joanne dealt with the cancer and its impact on her body like every other aspect of her life — with strength, humility, deep curiosity and a continued zest for life right up to the end. Joanne’s friends and family know her as a woman of mischievous wit and deep intellect whose real compassion and strong connections to people, animals and birds enriched the lives and days of everyone in her orbit. Joanne Marie York was born June 5, 1947 to Leo and Sarah York at the Naval Station…

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    James R. (Jim) Baril

    James R. (Jim) Baril, age 84, passed away peacefully with his children and wife by his side July 31, 2019. Jim was born May 26, 1935 in Crookston, Minn. He was the son of the late Theophil “Tuff” and Myrtle Baril. Jim graduated from Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, Minn. He was active as a drummer in the jazz band, as an athlete he ran track, played basketball and was the quarterback of the football team. Following high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army and extended his service in the Army Reserves. While in the Army Reserves he received his Bachelor of Arts in English at Bemidji…

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    Edwin Lemuel Foster II

    Edwin Lemuel Foster II, famed long-time local of Gunnison County, left us suddenly and unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 10, at age 56. Witty and energetic, humorous and kind, Edwin’s trailblazing legacy persists in his many areas of athletic and intellectual talent. Edwin was born Oct. 1, 1962 to the late Gary Lee and Sarah-Jane Nelson (Futch) Foster in Reno, Nev. The majority of his childhood was spent in Clancy, Mont. Edwin moved to Colorado the October of 1980, where he would remain for the rest of his life. He attended Western State College and received his Bachelors of Art in English Literature in 1986. Edwin worked predominantly as a stucco contractor,…

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    Edgar William Hartmann, Jr.

    Edgar William Hartmann Jr., 89, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019. He was born on July 7, 1929, in Rowena, Texas where he attended elementary and high school at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and was known throughout the town as Junior. Edgar is preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Hazel Hartmann Sr. Left to cherish his memory are: his loving wife of 61 years, Evelyn Hartmann; sons, Duane Hartmann and wife, Carolyn, Carl Hartmann and wife, Sheryl; daughters, Karen Turnbull and husband, Bob, Jeaneen Rychlik and husband, Michael; grandchildren, Steven Rychlik and wife, Kristal, Michele Lalloe and husband, Eric, Alec Hartmann, Kimberlee McCabe and husband, Aldan, Courtney…

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    Brent Sargent

    Brent Albert Sargent passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 9 at his home in Grand Junction, Colo., at the age of 65. personal judgments. Brent also had a creative and imaginative side, especially when it came to gift giving. Every Christmas, his family would look forward to his idea for the perfect gift: personalized dog tags (in case we were in an accident); a specialized egg cooker; an atomic halogen clock that showed the time on the wall with an outside thermometer; the list goes on. He truly put thought and into his choices. Brent will be most remembered for his loyalty, commitment and service to his family. He was…

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    Virginia Lasater

    Virginia Lasater passed away on July 7 at 9:04 a.m. She was born Aug. 15, 1934 in Nebraska. She was married to Barney. Her parents were Luella Oconell and Leo Oconell. She was sister to Laveta Sangosti and Cindy Geriddio; aunt to Shelly Sangosti and Selma Eastman, and great-aunt to Stephanie. She liked to joke a lot and tell stories, she was a funny person. She liked gospel music and bluegrass. She had lots of friends at the nursing home. She got along with Conny when she lived with Laveta, Shelly and Herbert. She liked to climb the stairs, eat ice cream, drink coffee, go shopping, dance, go for walks…

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    Garnet Louise Manning

    Garnet Louise Manning joined her husband in Heaven on July 24. She was 86 years old. Born in 1933 to Albert and Delphia Clark, she was the second youngest of ten children. She grew up in Loveland, Colo., in a large, loving, hard working family who always looked out for each other. It was a legacy that she would carry on for her whole life. In 1948, when she was fifteen, Garnet met the love of her life, Paul Manning. And just as soon as she graduated from high school in 1951, this small town girl got on a train all by herself and headed to South Carolina where Paul…

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    Norman Artus

    Our Norman Artus, 64, ended his battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (a rare lung disease) on June 18. He was born Sept. 7, 1954 in Boise, Idaho. He lived in several foster homes most of his young life. Norman’s hobbies included mountain biking, great tunes, hiking, reading and exploring the wonderful Gunnison Valley. He loved to cruise and honk and wave in his classic red 1967 Ford Mustang with his favorite sidekick, Opal Mae, in the passenger seat. He could often be seen riding his bike, oxygen on his back, with his golden doodle pulling him on their way for tacos, iced tea or coffee. Norman moved to Gunnison in…

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    June Sophie Krizmanich

    June Krizmanich, 93, of Gunnison peacefully passed away at home on July 22, 2019. June was born in Crested Butte to Peter and Lucy Marasco. She attended school in Crested Butte, graduating in 1944. She married John William Krizmanich of Crested Butte on June 28, 1947. They made their home in Crested Butte just two doors down from her parents and lived there most of her life. John Peter, born in 1951 was their only child. Because of the war, there was a teacher shortage so June became a temporary teacher after high school, later becoming a homemaker and also working at Stephanie’s General Store for many years where she…

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    Kathleen McFeely Coleman

    On July 17, Kathleen McFeely Coleman passed away in Gunnison after 76 years of a life filled with a love of the outdoors, exploration, and her family and friends. Born March 28, 1943 in Evanston, Ill., to James and Leona McFeely, Kathy grew up in Berkeley, Calif., with brothers Jim, Stephen, and Michael and sisters Ann and Pat. In 1965 she married Hajime Amano, with whom she shares three children: Yumiko of Kofu, Japan, James of San Francisco, and Hugh of Chicago. Living in Japan for nearly a decade, Kathy’s embrace of the local culture enriched her life, and she shared that love with others when the family moved to…

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    Michael Wayne Turner

    On July 4, Michael Wayne Turner passed away, he was 71 years old. He died peacefully at home after a long struggle with an illness. He was a kind husband and father of three who will be remembered for his sense of humor by those closest to him. Michael was born in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb. 21, 1948 to Sarah Leota (Weir) and William Dean Turner. Michael was a graduate at Melcher-Dallas High School in 1966 and attended the University of Iowa and later graduated from Killen College of Killeen Texas in 1970 after fighting in Vietnam. During his tour in Vietnam, he was a Gunner for the U.S.…

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    James Irving Shurtleff

    James Irving Shurtleff, 75, passed away in Grand Junction, Colo., on June 20 after battling a brief but vicious staph infection. Jim was preceded in death by his father Leonard and mother Jeanne. Jim was born July 11, 1943 in Tulsa, Okla., to Leonard Shurtleff and Jeanne Shigley-Shurtleff and was the second oldest of seven brothers and sisters: Jerel (Don) Davis, Anita (Marlin) Ratzliff, Charley Shurtleff, Phyllis (Steve) Grimm, Dave Shurtleff, and Fred Shurtleff. Jim had many jobs growing up but found a profession in sheet metal, heating and air conditioning that he succeeded at for many years. He began this career at Weiler Air Conditioning in Paris, Texas. He…

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    James Darcy

    James “Jim” Darcy, 61, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., died suddenly on June 22 at his home. Jim was born to Joseph and Ruby (Blackstock) Darcy in Gunnison, Colo., where he went to Gunnison High School and Western State College. He worked for Mobil Oil and as a Professional Landman, and returned to Western to obtain his Master’s degree in Finance. In Steamboat Springs Jim was a talented and creative builder and real estate developer. Jim loved the Rocky Mountains and spent as much time as he could hiking, camping, hunting, climbing, dirt biking, and skiing in the mountains, while fishing, boating, and rafting in the waters. In 1994 he married…

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    Teresa Bell

    Celebrate the beautiful life of Teresa Bell on Tuesday, July 9 at the I Bar Ranch in Gunnison. A service and luncheon in memory and celebration of Teri will begin at 10:30 a.m. Share your stories, smiles, tears and hugs! The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind. Please RSVP to [email protected]

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    Letha Marian Phelps Vader

    Letha Marian Phelps Vader passed away in the presence of family members on June 11. Letha was born in Powderhorn, Colo., probably with (as she said) the help of her older sisters on March 9, 1929. She was the tenth of 12 children born to Helen (Rouviere) and Jesse Phelps. Her family has a long history in the Gunnison area. Her parents were married in Powderhorn in 1908 and her mother had moved to Iola in 1890. Letha attended Gunnison High School where at age 14, she met the one and only love of her life. She said she “liked his personality, his looks, he was very nice, and my…

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    Clea J. Greenawalt

    Clea J. Greenawalt passed away peacefully on Sept. 16, 2018, at Bee Hive Homes in Santa Fe, N.M. She had been under Hospice care for two years. Clea was born on May 9, 1927 in Gunnison. Clea was the daughter of the late Dr. John C. Johnson and Vera Adams Johnson, and step-mother Mildred Fisher Johnson. Clea is survived by two daughters: Jennifer Tager of Santa Fe, N.M., and Karen Rogers of Frederick, Md. She is survived by her grandchildren: Alex, Jack, Eli, Krista, Jason, Michael, Doug and Kenny as well as 12 greatgrandchildren. Clea was preceded in death by: her parents; her brothers Chris Johnson, Larry Johnson, and Clarence…

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    Corinne Collier Cram

    Corinne Collier Cram was born Dec. 22, 1942 and passed away Feb. 25, 2019. There will be a celebration of Corinne’s life on Wednesday, June 26 at the pavillion in Rainbow Park, with a gathering time of 2:30 p.m. and the service starting at 4 p.m. Corinne moved to the Crested Butte area in 1997 with her husband, Roger, and sons Mark and Bret. Corinne created the Spirit, Mind and Body Group as well as what has come to be known as the Well-Being Connection, which connects health and spiritual workers with our community. As an author, Corinne published the book “Attraction Based Consciousness, A Guide to Mastering the Energies…

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    Angela ‘Angie’ Casey

    Angela “Angie” Casey, age 74 of Gunnison, passed away on Sunday, March 24. Angie was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Feb. 25, 1945 to Leonard and Angela Casey. She is survived by: her daughters, Stephanie (Andy) Eflin of Gunnison and Nichole “Colee” Blecher of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren Dustin (Anna) Rockwell and Angela “Beth” (Joe) Rockwell; greatgrandchildren Jack Leon Rockwell and Emerson Joseph Doyen. She is preceded in death by her parents and daughters Jill and Angela Gina Blecher. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, June 19 from 3-5 p.m. at St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 400 W. Georgia Ave in Gunnison.

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    E.S. Caloger

    E.S. Caloger came to the end of a very long life on June 3. She outlived many dear friends and relatives and was fortunate to have a few long time friends to keep her company in her last years, as well as friends she made since moving to Gunnison. She was preceded in death by her husband Peter and is survived by her sister Evangeline and son Peter.

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    Spencer Fickel

    Spencer Fickel died on June 5 in Gunnison. Born near Chanute, Kan., on May 4, 1940, to Leo F. and Ella Beth (Nichols) Fickel, Spencer lived the life of a farm boy with his sister and brothers. He began his education in a one-room schoolhouse and later graduated from Chanute High School. Spencer completed his undergraduate degree at Pittsburgh (KS) State College. Shortly thereafter he moved to Hill City, Kan., working as a social worker. On Oct. 15, 1966, he married the love of his life, Arlene Dinkel, and they settled in Hays, Kan., where they started a family. Spencer earned a master’s degree in counseling from Fort Hays State…

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    Domenick M. Maimone

    Domenick Maimone passed away May 13 at the age of 93 in Sun City, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his daughter Debra Sue. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Janet and seven children: Donna Turner of Arizona, Theresa DeGoede of Arizona, Steve Maimone of Oregon, Linda Heeley of Oregon, Mike Maimone of North Carolina, Danny Maimone of California and Christopher Maimone of California. Born in East Los Angeles on Oct. 25, 1925, he joined the Army Air Force near the end of WWII, and was a member of American Legion Post 54 here in Gunnison. Dom and Janet moved to Gunnison in 1992, and were…

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    David Guerrieri

    A celebration of life for David Guerrieri will be held Saturday, June 22 in Gunnison at the Fred Field Heritage Center from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Please RSVP to Cindy at 970.210.9577.

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    Thalmann memorial

    A memorial service for Victor Thalmann, who died on Feb. 13, 2019 and Jacqueline “Jackie” Thalmann who died March 2019 will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 2830 Riverside Parkway in Grand Junction, Colo. The service will be held Thursday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m. Victor was the Postmaster in Gunnison until 1976 and Jackie was a hostess at the Cattlemen’s Inn.

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    Raymond Eric VanHoesen

    Raymond Eric VanHoesen was born in Albany, N.Y. on March 26, 1970. He was the son of Raymond Morris VanHoesen and Camille Jones. Raymonds family includes Kris Vanhoesen, Jenna VanHoesen, and Jeffry VanHoesen. Raymond grew up on the east coast living in Albany and Schenectady, N.Y. Raymond moved to the Gunnison valley in 2010 with Margaret VanHoesen and Maria McCormick living on the Monson Creek Ranch. Raymond was a good husband and patriarch to his family and raised Tyena Moxham, Amanda Vasquez, Kimmy Willsey, Carlos McCormick and Maria McCormick. Ray’s life was one of honor, dignity and a strong work ethic. Ray found great comfort and peace in our community…

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    Phyllis D. Hrehovcsik

    Phyllis D. Hrehovcsik, 92, of Oceanside, Calif., formerly of Lincoln Ill., passed away Thursday, May 16. She was born July 6, 1926 to Ermer and Belle Young of Shelbyville, Ill., as the tenth of eleven children. She was the last of her immediate family as her seven brothers and three sisters and their spouses preceded her in death. Phyllis attended Illinois State (Normal) University where she met her future husband, George Hrehovcsik. They moved to Lincoln, Ill., where George taught math and science at Lincoln Community High School from 1947-1968. They moved to Denver, Colo., for the next 20 years where she worked beside her husband in the insurance business.…