Frank Rhodes Cain
Leadville resident Frank Rhodes (Pete) Cain, 78, died Dec. 11 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
He was born in Ft. Worth on Aug. 27, 1922, to Lewis Tyner and Belle (Shugart) Cain.
He married Margie Nell Foster June 20, 1942, and soon left for Greenland, where he served in the Air Force during WW II.
After the war, he worked various jobs, from welder, mechanic, sheet metal worker and foreman. The growing family traveled from Texas to Colorado to Alaska following Pete's adventurous drive. He retired to Leadville 15 years ago to live near family.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Nell Cain, Fla.; daughters Evelyn (Dick) Boggs, Leadville; Linda Cain, Fla.; Nancy Cain, Leadville; Candy (Dave) Burnett, Conifer; sons Frank (Phyllis) Cain, Fla.; Bob Cain, Denver; 11 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Earl D. Nordwall
Earl D. Nordwall, 78, died Dec. 1 in Trout Lake, Wash. following an extended illness.
He was born July 17, 1922 in Braham, Minn. to John and Anna (Peterson) Nordwall. As a teenager, he moved with his family to Hollywood, Calif. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army Air Force serving during WW II.
He married Wanda Mae Larson and after the military service, settled in Minnesota and started a family. He was involved in the dairy industry prior to owning and operating restaurants.
He later met and married Marcia Thorson in 1970.
They moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota to lease a restaurant. A year later, they moved to Leadville, where they owned and operated The Prospector restaurant for 15 years.
After selling the The Prospector, they moved to Redding, Calif. for one and a half years where they owned an office cleaning service.
Missing the restaurant business, they moved to Trout Lake, Wash. to purchase and develop Serenity's, a lodging and restaurant establishment.
He will be remembered for his gracious hosting of guests, his cooking and special luncheons and dinners that he organized to serve others less fortunate.
He is survived by his wife Marcia Nordwall, Trout Lake, Wash.; sons Scott Nordwall, Minneapolis, Minn.; Kim Nordwall, Mankato, Minn.; and Kurt Nordwall, Marlon, Okla.; sisters Lucy McCoy, White Salmon, Wash.; and Elaine DeGarmo, Vista, Calif.; five grandsons Chad, Jason, Kyle, Matthew and Kevin Nordwall; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Dec. 6 at Bethel Congregational Church in White Salmon, Wash.
Concluding services and intermenty will be held Dec. 14 at Crow River Lutheran Church Cemetery in Belgrade, Minn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Foundation, C/O Anderson Funeral Home, 1401 Belmont, Hood River, Oregon 97031.
John Rodney Pitts
John Rodney Pitts, 88, died Dec. 3 in the Extended Care Unit of St. Vincent General Hospital.
He was born March 29, 1912 in Leadville to John and Margaret (Dolan) Pitts. He attended school in Leadville, graduating from Leadville High School and then furthered his education with a teaching degree from Oklahoma University.
It was in Colorado where John met the love of his life, the former Ann Marie Caffrey. They married in Oklahoma City on May 25, 1946 and stayed there until 1956 when they returned to Leadville.
John was a Naval Veteran who served in WW II. He taught elementary school until he retired.
He was a member of the Mason Corinthian Lodge #35, AF and AM and also the Leadville Elk's Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ann, who died in 1996.
He is survived by his sister-in-law Genevieve Caffrey, Oklahoma City and several nieces and nephews.
The Committal Service was Dec. 6 at the Elk's Rest Cemetery with services by the Corinthian Lodge #34 AF and AM, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Cecil E. Tapey sang accompanied by Joelyn Linn.
Pallbearers were Joe and Chris Roeder, Dick Smith, Kenny MacLennan, Dan Windorski and Todd Frye. A reception followed at the Parish Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Gary Baker Scholarship Fund, PO Box 225, Leadville CO 80461, or St. Vincent General Hospital, Extended Care Unit, 822 W. 4th Street, Leadville CO 80461.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Mary Lou Zakraisek
Mary Lou Zakraisek, 70, died Dec. 14 at St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver.
She was born Aug. 10, 1930 in Leadville to Louis B. and Mary Drobnick Heinz. She went to school at St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Leadville High School.
She married Edward J. Zakraisek.
She was a life long member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and also belonged to the K. S. K. J. Lodge.
She enjoyed traveling, doing various types of craft, feeding the birds and watching the activity of her many bird feeders. She took great pride in decorating for Christmas, putting up several trees in her home. She found wonderful companionship with her beloved dog, Panda.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
She is survived by her brother Louis Heinz, Englewood; nieces Cheryl Heinz and Phyllis Duran; nephew Michael Heinz; sisters-in-law Tina (Joe) Jakopic and Josephine (Rudy) Malesich, both of Leadville; Pansy Stevens, Canon City; brothers-in-law Carl (Olga) Zakraisek, Midvale, Utah; and Louis Zakraisek, Leadville. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The Rosary was recited Dec. 17 and Mass of Christian Burial Dec. 18, both at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Father Tom Killeen officiated and Joan Dawson sang accompanied by Beverly Pologar.
Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery with a reception held at the Parish Hall following the interment.
Pallbearers were Frank Bradach, Bill Harrington, Ray Dawson, Victor Quintana, George Malesich and Marvin Wells.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Arthur Valentine Martinez
Long time Leadville resident Arthur Valentine Martinez, 64, died Dec. 20.
He was born in Chama, N. M. July 29, 1936 and raised in Leadville.
He was preceded in death by his mother Matilda C. Martinez; and his brother Nick B. Martinez of Leadville.
He is survived by his wife Maxine Martinez, Grants, N. M.; daughters Tina Jaramillo, Rio Rancho, N. M.; Linda Martinez, Grants, N. M.; Sandra (Jim) Coats, Grants, N. M.; and Kathy (Alfred) Gallegos, Grants, N. M.; grandchildren Joseph Jaramillo, Krystil Martinez, J. D. and Jeff Coats; Alisha, Jennie and Alfred Gallegos, all of Grants, N. M.
He is also survived by his sisters Cleo (Tony) Mascarenaz, Leadville; Katie (Albert) Smale, Golden; Dorothy (Roy) Shockey, Denver; Mary Martinez, Baldwin, Wisc.; brothers Ray (Sally) Martinez, Rio Rancho, N. M.; Victor (Irene) Martinez, Leadville; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were J.D. Coats, Jeff Coats, Eddie Lovesee, Donald and Dennis Mascareņaz.
Interment was at St. Joseph's Cemetery.