Former Leadville resident Dennis Duran, 83, died Feb. 16 in Elko, Nev.
He was born June 16, 1916 in Penasco, N.M. to Rafael and Lucia (Lopez) Duran.
He married Teresina Romero on June 14, 1937.
He served with the United States Navy during W.W. II and received an honorable discharge.
In 1950, he came to Leadville to seek a better living for his family and worked in the mining industry and with highway and tunnel construction.
He was a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church as well as the Eagles and Moose Lodges. He was also a member of the O.C.A.W. union while employed at ASARCO.
He loved to fish, hunt, socialize with friends and spend time with his grandchildren. He and his wife moved to Elko, Nev. in 1995 due to health reasons.
He is survived by his wife, Teresina Duran, Leadville; sons Daniel (Karla) Duran, Leadville and Donicio Tomas (Rebecca) Duran, Taos, N.M.; daughters Bertha (Charles) Brannen, Elko, Nev.; Ida (Phillip) Chacon, Elko, Nev.; Mary (Ken) Olsen, Elko, Nev.; and Florenia (Gilbert) Rivera, Ojo Calinte, N.M.; and one brother, Antonio Duran, Albuquerque, N.M.
He is also survived by his grandchildren Henrietta, Elizabeth, Joseph, Gilbert, Dennis, Lynn, Betty, Theresa, Anthony, Martin, Leroy, Herald, John, Debra, Tony, Thomas, Tom Casias, Dennis, Tamera, Joshua, Patrick, Vincent, Andrea, Lindsey, Brian and Stacy and 41 great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
The Rosary was held on Feb. 21 and Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 22, both at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Bobby Mascarenas and Jean Elliott provided the music.
Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home in Leadville.
Helen Louise Slonecker
Helen Louise Slonecker, 100, died Feb. 25 in a nursing home in Thornton.
She was born April 26, 1899, in LaGrange County, Ind. to C. C. and Fidelia Kelly Yoder.
She graduated Fort Collins High School and then Colorado Aggies (now C.S.U.), receiving a B.S. degree in 1921. She had lived in Fort Collins since 1904.
On March 19, 1924, she married Lyle N. Slonecker in Denver. As a homemaker, she was an avid seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who died Feb. 20, 1990.
She is survived by her son Robert N. Slonecker, Sterling, Colo.; daughters Ruth Fellers, Des Moines, Iowa; and Rosalie Templeton, Boulder; sister Mary Margaret Friehauf, Brush, Colo.; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Feb. 29 at the Bohlender Funeral Chapel. Interment was at the Grandview Cemetery.
Richard E. Samora, 60, died at his home in Leadville Oct. 1.
A Rosary was held on Oct. 5 and Mass of Christian Burial on Oct. 6, both at Annunciation Catholic Church.
Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Leadville resident Ricardo E. Samora, 60, died Sept. 30 at his home in Leadville.
He was born in Leadville on May 4, 1940 to Louis and Porfiria (Mascarenas) Samora.
Ricardo was a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church and also attended services at St. Joseph Church.
He loved visiting with all the Leadville locals and exchanged many a "fish tail" as that was his favorite pastime. Ricardo was such a good hearted personhe often volunteered to sweep floors and wash dishes at St. George Episcopal Church.
He also enjoyed boating, camping, hunting and just being outdoors.
Ricardo loved Spanish music, especially the songs of the Hurricane Band. And he had quite a sweet tooth, always enjoying his candy, donuts and coffee and cigarettes.
His niece recalls how much he loved a recent trip to Central City to gamble. She stopped by his home shortly after their trip and he proudly showed her the quarters he had saved for their next trip.
He is survived by his sisters Carmelita (Max) Gallegos; Denver; Sally (Jake) Mascarenas, Grants, N.M.; and Teresa (Ben) Fernandez, Albuquerque, N.M.; stepsister Shirley Vasquez, Espanola, N.M. and numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
The Rosary was recited on Oct. 5 and Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 6, both at Annunciation Church. Father Tom Killeen officiated and Joan Dawson sang accompanied by Jean Elliott. Pallbearers were Willie Gallegos, Herman Hernandez, Lloyd Gallegos, Rubel Baca, Octavio Madrid Jr., Gabriel Madrid, Joseph Gonzalez, James Gallegos, Marcos Madrid, Robert Padilla and Albert Gurule Sr.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery and following the interment, the family received friends at a reception at the home of Ricardo's niece, Juanita Gallegos.
Katrina Elise Thielke
Katrina Elise Thielke was born and died Oct. 1 in Denver.
Private services were held. She was cremated.
Although her life was very short, she touched her family's hearts forever.
She is survived by her parents Stanley Alan and Janet Lynn Thielke, Littleton; brother Shawn Andrew Thielke, Littleton; grandmother Lois Jane Bower, Lakewood; grandparents Stanley and Ann Jean Thielke, Denver; uncle Chris Thielke; uncles and aunts Dave and Cheryl Bower; and Mike and Cyndi Hurlbut; and cousins Zach, Emily and Connor.
Floyd William Harbuck
Floyd William Harbuck, 71, died Dec. 25, 1999 at his home in Cordell, Okla.
The son of Albert and Stella (Ralls) Harbuck, he was born Aug. 10, 1928 in Antlers, Okla. He attended school in Antlers.
For 33 years, he was employed by the Climax Molybdenum Mine, where he was a general foreman over concrete. After retiring in 1982, he and his wife Wanda traveled. In 1990, they moved from Leadville to Cordell, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and six brothers, Olaf, Atward, Theodore, Farles, Kelsey and A.L.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Harbuck, Cordell, Okla.; daughter Glenda (Jim) Ellenberger, Winnemucca, Nev.; two sons, Johnny (Martha) Harbuck, Henderson, Nev.;, and William (Karen) Harbuck, Anchorage, Alaska; two sisters, Oleta Harris, Hugo, Okla.; and Loretta (Cecil) Kirksey, Waggoner, Okla.; one brother, J. W. (Donna) Harbuck, Dill City, Okla.; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Services were held on Dec.28 at the First Baptist Church, Dill City, Okla. with Ron Roskam officiating.
Pallbearers were Harry Welch, Mark Browser, John Bowser, Ricky Harbuck, David Harbuck, Mitchell Harbuck and Dale Russ.
Interment, under the direction of the Jack Loftiss Funeral Home, followed in Lawnview Cemetery, Cordell, Okla.