Victor Dan Cisneros
Victor Dan Cisneros, 59, died Jan. 25 at Denver Health Medical Center.
He was born in Questa, N.M. on Feb. 19, 1943, to Abel and Margaret (Valdez) Cisneros, Sr.
He graduated from Battle Mountain High School and then attended Adams State College in Alamosa and Miami Dade Community College in Florida.
He worked for the New Jersey Zinc Company in Gilman, Black Cloud, Climax and Day Mines in Leadville. He was an Eagle County school bus driver and even helped Vail Associates install lift towers in the early years.
He enjoyed politics and loved to debate.
He ran for Eagle County Commissioner, served as Red Cliff Town Trustee and served on the Red Cliff Water and Sanitation Board.
Victor will always be remembered as a prankster, and nobody escaped his mischievousness. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. As he always reiterated in his father's words, "Te Quires Casar!"
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Gerald Eloy and Jimmy Cisneros; and son Eric Julian Cisneros.
He is survived by his wife Diana (Martinez) Cisneros, Red Cliff; children Victor Cisneros, Pueblo; Elaine Cisneros, Texas; Rumaldo (Melissa) Cisneros, Brighton; Veronica (Michael) Ross, Yampa; and Marika Cisneros, Red Cliff; grandchildren Lucas and Chris Martinez; Marquisa and Tina Martinez; Tanya and Valerie Trujillo; Rey Lujan; Joshua Cisneros; and David Ross; great grandchild Keauna Raygoza; and siblings Dolores Gonzales, Calif.; Abel (Ilene) Cisneros, Jr., N.M.; Eugene C. (Anita) Cisneros, Denver; Gilbert (Rosie) Cisneros, Denver; Julia (Reymundo) Griego, N.M.; and Linda Cisneros, N.M.
He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held on Jan. 28 at the Red Cliff Auditor-ium with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Red Cliff. Pastor Jeff Hansen officiated and Bob Trezise provided music.
Pallbearers were Daniel Griego, Lucas Martinez, Jerry Wonders, Dennis and Louie Cisneros, and Manuel Griego. Honorary pallbearers were Juan Pena, Michael Ross and Rey F. Lujan.
A reception followed the interment, also at the Red Cliff Auditorium.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home in Leadville.
The family suggests those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Red Cliff Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Jim Bradford, P.O. Box #157, Red Cliff CO 81649.
Elene Louise Elliott
Elene Louise Elliott, 84, died Jan. 21 at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville.
She was born in Leadville on July 26, 1918, to John and Gertrude Carlson.
She graduated from Leadville High School and then went on to attend librarian school in California. She returned to Leadville where she was in charge of the Lake County Public Library for seven years.
On Nov. 10, 1946, she married Robert John Elliott. They had three children, and she became a full time mother and homemaker. She enjoyed reading and sewing and loved cooking and baking.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, who died in 1979; and sisters Hildur Carstens and Irene Walker.
She is survived by daughters Jean Elliott, Leadville; and Joan (Robert) Mason, Kenai, Alaska; son Ken Elliott, Aurora, Colo.; and granddaughters Jennifer Mason, Austin, Texas; and Kelly Mason, Spokane, Wash.
Funeral Services were held on Jan. 24 at Annunciation Church in Leadville. The Reverend Jay Jung officiated, and Joan Dawson sang accompanied by Beverly Pologar.
Pallbearers were Frank Bradach, John Cirullo, Jim Martin, Bob Savoren, Howard Tritz and Mike Bradley.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery next to her husband.
Her family received friends at a reception at the Parish Hall.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Mary Elizabeth Brinsky
Mary Elizabeth (Koncilia) Brinsky, 93, of Canon City, died March 23, 2003 in Canon City.
She was born Oct. 28, 1909, in Canon City to Frank and Mary (Zupancic) Koncilia.
She married Daniel John Brinsky on Sept. 11, 1932, in Canon City.
She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Western Slavonic Association.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, who died on April 11, 1952 in Leadville; and brothers Frank W. Koncilia and Joseph J. Koncilia.
She is survived by her sisters Louise Flick, Gering, Neb.; Teresa Bole, Canon City; and Betty Spears, Pueblo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 26 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church preceded by the Recitation of the Rosary with Reverend James King as celebrant.
Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.
Arrangements are through Holt Family Funeral Home in Canon City.
Billee Gregory, 85, of Aurora died on March 17, 2003 at Life Care Center of Aurora after a short illness.
She was born Nov. 26, 1917 in Glenwood Springs to Gretta and Wilson Pottenger.
She attended schools in Glenwood Springs, Basalt and Leadville, graduating from high school in 1935.
She married William (Bill) Gregory on Dec. 4, 1935. They lived in Leadville and Climax for more than 45 years. In 1982, they moved to Denver to be closer to their sons.
She was a passionate and committed Democrat and a delegate to the Democratic Party State Convention.
She also was a long-time active member of the PEO sisterhood.
An avid golfer, she enjoyed being with people and many called her “friend.”
She supported her husband in his many roles in life during their 52-year marriage. She actively campaigned for him while he pursued public office, including school board member and Lake County commissioner. She enjoyed being hostess during his rise to state president of the Elks. The couple traveled the world in their later years.
She is survived by her children William C. (Vonna) Gregory and James J. (Karen) Gregory, both of Aurora; Jean Ann (Frank) Kochevar, Clifton, Colo.; and Michael J. (Becky) Gregory, Aurora; grandchildren William ‘Bud’ (Jackie), Thomas (Dawn), James (Jennifer), Susan (Laddie) Kent, Lisa (Chris) Hofman, Shawn (Bob) Salvato, Haley (John) Watkins, Julie, Diedre (Eric) Weaver, Shira and Ryan; great-grand children Travis and Kelsey Kent; Jonathan and Jordan Hofman; R.J. Natalie; Joey Salvato; Avery Weaver; and Tyler Watkins.
She is also survived by her sister, Carol Bershenyi; nephew Wilson (Alice) Bershenyi, Glenwood Springs; niece Billee Jean Nachtrieb, Cortez; sister-in-law Winifred Slavin; and nephew Donald Slavin, Wheatridge.
Services and burial were at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Lakewood on March 22, 2003. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent in her name to Excelsior Youth Center, 15001 East Oxford Ave., Aurora, CO 80014.
Gordon LeRoy Webster
Gordon LeRoy Webster, 73, died March 19 in Golden, Colo.
He was born in Minneapolis, Minn. on Jan. 21, 1930, to Forrest and Nellie (Hedglin) Webster.
At the age of 14, he went to work for the railroad and then entered the United States Navy at the end of World War II.
After receiving an honorable discharge, he reenlisted in the Army where he served for the next six years in Leghorne, Italy. At the end of his tour of duty, he returned to the United States and was stationed at Camp Hale.
In 1956, Gordon married the former Betty Sterley.
He worked at the Smelter and also at the Climax Molybdenum Mine for 10 years.
He owned and operated his own business called Mount Massive Construction Co. and spent three years on the city of Leadville road crew before going to work for the Colorado Department of Transpor-tation. He continued to work for CDOT for the next 19 years until his death on Wednesday.
He lived in Leadville until September of 1993 when he moved to Buena Vista, and then in November of 2002, he moved to Sargents, Colo.
He belonged to the Leadville Masonic Lodge.
He was an avid fisherman and great cook, but most of all he was a devoted father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Wendy, who died in 1990; and brothers Gerald and George.
He is survived by daughters Wynell Webster, Clifton; and Wanda Webster, Denver; grandchildren Barett, Jerica, Trent and Noah; sister Fern; and brothers Howard and Bob.
Memorial services will be held on Friday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church in Leadville. The Reverend Frances McWilliams will officiate. The family will receive friends in the church basement after services.
Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
The family suggests those wishing may make memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 2480 W. 26th Ave., #120B, Denver, CO 80211.