Isaiah Nicholas Macias
Isaiah Nicholas Macias, 9 months old, died unexpectedly Nov. 13 at St. Vincent General Hospital in Leadville.
In the short time he was here, he touched many lives.
His brother Daniel, who died in May of 1999, preceded Isaiah in death.
Isaiah is survived by his parents Daniel and Candy (Velasquez) Macias; and his sister Adriana, all of Leadville; grandparents Corinne Mascarenas, Leadville; Walter Velasquez, Grand Junction; Rosa de la Paz, Mexico; Jaime Macias, Mexico; uncles and aunts Rachel (David) Mondragon, Leadville; Melissa Velasquez, Leadville; Christopher Velasquez, Grand Junction; Celine and Ciana Martinez, Leadville; Maria de Carmen (Daniel) Rodriquez, Mexico; Rosa Velia (Pedro) Espitia, North Ridge, Calif.; Ernesto (Brenda) Macias, Leadville; Norma (Cesar) Andrade, North Ridge, Calif.; Yesenia (Manuel) Mesa, Denver; five great grandparents; many great uncles and aunts, and numerous cousins.
The Rosary was recited on Nov. 16, and Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 17, both at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Jean Elliott played the organ. Pallbearers were Ernesto Macias, Olaf Alejandro Rodriguez, Ben Flores, Daniel Ramirez and Joseph Vigil.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery and a reception followed at La Cantina.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Norma Jeane Hays
Norma Jeane Hays, 69, died Oct. 26 in Wichita, Kan.
She was born on Aug. 21, 1931 in Sublette, Kan. to John Silas and Minnie (Ledbetter) Hays.
She married George F. Rutkey, Jr. Sept. 1953 and lived in Leadville until 1968.
She married Charles Feldman in 1968, moved to Wichita, Kan. and lived there until her death.
Encouraged by her son Jerry, she pursued her life long dream of becoming a nurse. So in 1980, at the age of 50, she went to nursing school and became a L.P.N. She worked in nursing homes caring deeply for the elderly, until she retired in 1997.
She loved cooking and baking, especially her specialties of spaghetti dinners with homemade sauce, and Mexican food, that she learned how to cook while living in Leadville. She especially loved bowling with many of her friends in Leadville and Wichita.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother John Allen Hays; sons Jerrald Kevin Rutkey, who died in 1978; and John Julius Feldman.
She is survived by her sister Angeline (Louis) Schindler, Magnolia Springs, Ala.; children Jannece Rutkey (Charlie) O'Leary, Leadville; Jeff (Theresa) Rutkey, Leadville; Merri Rutkey Hagle, Wichita, Kan.; and twins Jason Feldman, Wichita, Kan. and Justin (Carol) Feldman, Houston, Texas.
She is also survived by grandchildren Jarred O'Leary; Kerri Hagle Bear; Kasey, Geoffrey Hagle; Jerry, Mallory, Stephen and Leslie Rutkey; nieces and nephews Ron, James, Allen and Jake Schindler; John Edward, Annette and Douglas Hays.
Services were held Oct. 30 at Central Christian Church, Wichita, Kan.
She was buried next to her parents Nov. 1 in Haskell County Cemetery in Sublette, Kan.
James William Mason
Former Leadville resident James William Mason, 39, died in Denver Nov. 11.
He was born in Leadville Nov. 20, 1960 to Jesse and Helmena Mason.
He attended Leadville schools and would have graduated with the class of '79 but a shooting accident resulted in him being paralyzed from the neck down and the family moved to Denver to be close to doctors and hospitals that could take care of his special needs. He received a GED from Arapahoe Community College in '79 but his health kept him from getting a business degree.
Even though his hospital stays were too numerous to count and over 40 surgeries set the pattern for his life, Jim never lost the will to live or the smile on his face. He became a familiar sight tooling around his neighborhood in his motorized wheelchair. He was always anxious to hear news of Leadville and enjoyed sharing Leadville memories with friends who dropped by. He was able to go on outings to the mountains; he loved the mountains and always wanted to go home.
He was preceded in death by his sister Pam.
He is survived by his parents; sister Amy (Dwayne) Crichfield, Denver; brother Andy Mason, Marysville, Wash.; three nieces, two nephews, three great nieces and many other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be sent to Craig Hospital, 3425 S. Clarkson St., Englewood, CO 80110. The Masons reside at 2301 S. Bannock, Denver, CO 80223.
Harold V. Nadon
Long-time Glenwood Springs resident Harold V. Nadon, 80, died Dec. 6 at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born July 7, 1920 in Denver. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Leadville. He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant in India and China during World War II. After he was honorably discharged from the army, he returned to Leadville, where he married Lorena Cerise on Sept. 27, 1947.
In 1949, they moved to Glenwood Springs and began a family. After working 33 years for the Denver and Rio Grand Western Railroad, he retired early in order to keep his family of 10 in Glenwood Springs. He then worked for Rocky Mountain Natural Gas for 10 years and later for Farnum Mortuary.
He was an active member of the Glenwood community. He was a two-term member of city council and was a commander of the local VFW twice. In addition, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Eagles and the Elks, and served as president of the local chapter of AARP.
He was a tireless volunteer and a giving neighbor. He volunteered at the Chat and Chew, delivered meals and medicine to the homebound, and shoveled sidewalks for many of his neighbors.
He will be remembered as a loving and giving husband, father, brother and grandfather. He instilled in his children and grandchildren the importance of hard work, of giving to one's community and the value of family. He will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister Alberta.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lorena; children Jean (Steve) Alberico; Jim (Ann) Nadon; Paul (Sandi) Nadon; Don Nadon and Anne Byrne; Ron (Karen) Nadon; Kathy (Mike) Lancaster; Susan (Jim) McClelland; Teresa (Dean) Dick; 17 grandchildren ranging in age from 18 months to 25 years; brothers Albert Nadon and John Nadon; sisters Irene Eussen and Mary Ann Graves.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Dec. 9 at St. Stephen's Catholic Church. Graveside services followed at Rosebud Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Harold's name to the Glenwood Springs High School Booster Club or to Roaring Fork Hospice, 410 20th St., Suite 203, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.
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.