Dorothy Marcella Cook
Dorothy Marcella Cook, 85, died Sept. 16 at the Extended Care
Unit of St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville.
Cook was born June 9, 1918, in Hersey, Wis., to Donald and
Mamie (Hovde) Reid.
She attended grade school in Hersey and graduated from
Menomonie High School in Wisconsin. She went to nursing
school in Marshfield, Wis. where she became a licensed practical
During her nursing career, Cook worked in various Wisconsin
hospitals, at TB sanitariums and chiropractic clinics in Colorado,
and did private-duty nursing in Washington state. The last 20
years before her retirement, she was an aide at the Northern
Colony in Chippewa Falls, Wis., a state-run care facility for the
mentally and physically handicapped.
Cook met her husband, Howard Cook, in River Falls, Wis., where
he was a bricklayer working on a new hospital building. They
were married Aug. 16, 1946. They had four children, three of
whom died in infancy. The first part of their marriage, they lived
in Marshfield, Wis.; later they lived in Chippewa Falls, Wis., on
Lake Wissota for 38 years.
Living on the lake was a perfect setting for the things Cook loved
to do the most, particularly entertaining. Howard would catch the
fish (mostly walleye and northern pike) and Dorothy would cook
the fish. She was a great cook and could whip up chicken and
biscuits for a crowd in no time. She loved gardening and her
flowers were beautiful.
She enjoyed traveling and would come to the Rockies whenever
she could. Before she had macular degeneration, she was an avid
Cook was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Cadott, Wisc., and
belonged to the English Lutheran Church of Bateman, Wisc. She
moved to Leadville nine years ago to be near her daughter, Mary,
and her beloved mountains. She had been a resident of the St.
Vincent Extended Care Unit for 1 1/2 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Howard Cook; her
parents; two sons and one daughter; and brothers Wayne, Stanley
and Calvin Reid.
She is survived by her daughter Mary (Max) Duarte, Leadville;
sister Marjorie (Ed) Zimbelman, Chippewa Falls, Wis.;
grandchildren Scott (Kim) Clifton, Canon City; Jessica (Jeff)
Steele, Roy, Utah; great grandchildren Kendra, Matthew and
Makeala Clifton; step-grandchildren Mike (Laura) Duarte, Dillon;
Jennifer Duarte, Laramie, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and
She is also survived by her dear friend and ECU roommate
Florence Kastrinos; and beloved cat, "Pumpkin.”
According to her wishes, Cook's body has been cremated.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 6:30
p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on W. 8th and James
streets. Pastor Rasmussen will officiate.
Another memorial service will be held in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
where her ashes will be buried next to her husband in Prairie
Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Ester (Peggy) Haist
Ester (Peggy) Haist, 88, beloved wife of Robert Haist, died Sept.
17 in a care center in Aurora.
Haist was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Florence
Reynolds Burr, Buffalo, N.Y.; and brother Wesley Burr of
She is survived by her daughters Anne (Richard) Dougherty,
Leadville; Ruth (Walker) Berkshire, Crested Butte; and Jeannie
(Frank) Shipman, Prescott, Ariz.
At her request there will be no service. Donations may be made to
the Helping Hands group in Leadville.
George F. Eussen
George F. Eussen, 75, of Denver, died Sept. 20, 2003.
He was born April 7, 1928, in Leadville to James and Madaline
Orr Eussen. He graduated from Leadville High School in 1946.
Eussen served in the United States Marine Corps before a lifelong
career with the U.S. Postal Service.
He was united in marriage to Irene Nadon on Feb. 3, 1951.
Eussen was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and
Eussen is survived by his daughter Sharon Ann (Robert)
Pennington, Parachute; son Steve Eussen, Nashville, Tenn; and
granddaughter Mindy Pennington.
A Committal Service will be held at a later date with interment at
the Leadville Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Horan & McConaty Funeral
Wilbur S. Hillyer
Buena Vistan Wilbur S. Hillyer, 83, died Sept. 16 at Heart of the
Rockies Regional Hospital in Salida.
Hillyer was an employee of Climax Molybdenum Mine for 36
years, retiring and moving to Buena Vista in 1977.
He and Mildred loved wintering in Phoenix. He loved to fish,
hunt and keep his property well-groomed.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred; son Jerry; and
Hillyer is survived by his daughters Sharon (John) Stonehocker,
Littleton; and Judy (Frank) Centanino, Casper, Wyo.; son Robert
(Debra) Hillyer, Cedaredge; daughter-in-law Betty Hillyer, Buena
Vista; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
A memorial service was held on Sept. 20 at Cornerstone Church
in Buena Vista. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to
the Missions Fund through the church.
Arrangements were made through Runyan Mortuary.
Frank R. Zancanella
Native of Leadville Frank R. Zancanella died Sept. 15 at his home
in Aurora with his wife Bernadette at his side.
At his request, no services will be held. The family requests
memorials be made to Hospice of Metro Denver, 425 S. Cherry
St., #700, Denver, CO 80246.
Beatrice “Bea” R. Cato
Beatrice “Bea” R. Cato, 95, died Sept. 26, 2003, in Ft. Collins.
She was born Dec. 14, 1907, in Ft. Steele, Wyo., to John H.
and Ella Mae Roberts. She was raised in Grass Creek and
Cato graduated from the University of Utah in 1929 with a
bachelor’s degree in education. She taught school in North
Summit County, Utah; Leadville; and Sterling, Colo.; and
retired from teaching in the Salida school district in 1972.
During her years as a teacher, she was an inspiration to
Cato married Vernon Cato on June 1, 1931.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981.
She is survived by her children Patricia Cato Hogan, Moreno
Valley, Calif; Lyzenna Cato Lockwood, Ft. Collins; and Robert
H. Cato, Ogden, Utah; grandchildren Verna Watkins, Moreno
Valley, Calif.; Steve Lockwood, Ft. Collins; Susan Sullivan,
Modesto, Calif.; and Leslie Smith, Ft. Collins; 13 great
grandchildren; and eight great great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Oct. 1 at Christ United
Methodist Church in Ft. Collins.
A family graveside service will be conducted at Fairview
Cemetery in Salida at a later date. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to Hospice of Larimer County or the
charity of your choice, in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel,
121 W. Olive St., Ft. Collins, CO 80524.