Sister Rose Carmel McKenna
Sister Rose Carmel McKenna, 90, a Sister of Charity of
Leavenworth, formerly a high school teacher of chemistry,
physics and mathematics, a principal, and pastoral care
director, died Nov. 3, 2003, at Ross Hall, Mother House,
Amelia Catherine McKenna was born in Leadville on Oct. 15,
1913, one of four children of Joseph and Mary Hazeltine
McKenna. She attended St. Mary’s Grade School in Leadville
and graduated from St. Joseph Grade School in Salida; she
attended St. Scholastica High School in Canon City and
graduated from Salida High School in Salida.
She entered the religious community of the Sisters of Charity
of Leavenworth on Sept. 8, 1934, and, as Sister Rose
Carmel, made her profession of vows on June 20, 1936.
After profession, Sister taught at schools in Kansas, Missouri
and Montana and also served as a principal at a school in
From 1972 to 1992, Sister served as a licensed clinical
pastoral educator (CPE) and as the director of the Pastoral
Care Programs in Colorado, Kansas and California. She
served as a certified ombudsmen in Johnson County for the
Kansas Department on Aging.
She retired in 1992 and devoted much of her time to the
Ministry to Women program.
Sister Rose Carmel received her A.B. and M.S. in chemistry,
and an M.S. Ed. in vocational counseling and rehabilitation.
She was accredited as a pastoral associate supervisor by the
National Association of Catholic Chaplains (N.A.C.C). She
completed her clinical pastoral education at medical centers
in Houston and Philadelphia, and also studied at various
She received numerous grants and awards that included the
Pro Meritus award from Rockhurst College, Kansas City, Mo.,
for her contributions to teaching. She also received the
Diplomate Award in recognition for the work she did for the
church, for the N.A.C.C. and for the chaplaincy as a whole.
In the religious community, she was preceded in death by
her great aunt, Sister Mary Amelia Quinn.
She is survived by her brother, Austin McKenna, Kailuna-
Kona, Hawaii; nieces; and nephews.
A vigil was held on Nov. 6 in Ross Chapel of the Sisters of
Charity Mother House in Leavenworth. Mass of Resurrection
was celebrated in Ross Hall on Nov. 7. Interment followed in
Mount Olivet Cemetery on the Mother House grounds.
Belden-Sexton-Sumpter Chapels is in charge of
arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Sister of Charity of Leavenworth Retirement Fund, 4200 S.
4th St., Leavenworth, KS 66048.
Michael A. Eddy “Monster” Duarte
Michael A. Eddy “Monster” Duarte, 37, of Dillon died
Wednesday, Nov. 12, at his home.
Duarte was born April 14, 1966, in Leadville. He grew up there
and graduated from Lake County High School. He later attended
Mesa State College in Grand Junction for one year and also
attended an automotive specialty school in Missouri.
In 1999, Duarte moved to Summit County. He married his
wife Laura on Dec. 31, 1999. He loved people, and his 15-year
job as a United Parcel Service driver allowed him to make
many friends. He loved being a prankster, and was always
known for his smile. One of Duarte’s joys was to work on
classic cars. He was a member of the Elks, the Eagles and
Teamsters Local 17.
Duarte is survived by his wife Laura Duarte, Dillon; father
Max Duarte and wife Mary, Leadville; mother Ruth Schafer
and husband Henry, Las Vegas, Nev.; sister Jennifer Duarte,
Laramie, Wyo.; brother Patrick (Amanda) Schafer, Denver;
his mother and father-in-law Carol and Gary Ashurst,
Aurora; sisters-in-law Connie (Brian) Brown, Aurora; and
Rose Ashurst, Ft. Collins; brothers-in-law Shane Ashurst,
Bryers, Colo.; and Daniel Ashurst, Missouri; and numerous
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services were held Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m.
at Annunciation Catholic Church with Father Jay Jung
Arrangements were under the direction of Rocky Mountain
Funeral Home of Breckenridge.
Mahamalea Fairchild died Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Heart of
the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida. She was 92
She was born on Oct. 29, 1911 in Winnsboro, La. Her
parents were the late Thomas C. and Kallie M. (Ashley)
Fairchild went to school in Winnsboro, and then on July 10,
1927, married Grover Cleveland Fairchild.
Together the Fairchilds had eight children, and parenting and
homemaking became Fairchild’s full-time job as well as
They moved to Leadville in 1951 where Grover worked at the
Climax Molybdenum Mine for 19 years until his retirement.
Fairchild loved working in the garden. She and her husband
raised wonderful vegetable crops and beautiful flowers. She
was never happier than when she could be digging
dandelions with her butcher knife and doing yard work.
She was also a very accomplished seamstress. She could
look at clothing in a catalog and turn around and make her
own patterns, then sew it. Many Leadville and Salida people
wore clothing custom made by Mahamalea Fairchild.
Fairchild was a wonderful cook. She never had a recipe, but
just knew how to put things together.
She was preceded in death by her parents, nine siblings, her
husband, Grover, who died in 1981, one son, Loyd Ray
Fairchild; one granddaughter, Bonnie Fairchild; and one
great-granddaughter, Amy Sue Fairchild. She is survived by
three sons, G.C. (Laura May) Fairchild in San Manual, Ariz.,
Benny (Janis) Fairchild and Tommy (Mary) Fairchild, both in
Grand Junction; four daughters, Jackie (Larry) Kern in Aztec,
N.M., Dot Marble in Salida, Billie (Jerry) Bollig in Henderson,
Nev., and Carolyn (Bill) Wilson in Grand Junction; three
brothers, Otha (Gloria) Nielsen, in Del Hi, La., Shirley (Mary)
Nielsen in Rayville, La., and Willie Nielsen in Epps, La. She is
also survived by 31 grandchildren and numerous great and
great, great grandchildren.
Fairchild was laid to rest beside her husband in Elk’s Rest
Cemetery in Leadville on Tuesday, Dec. 16, with memorial
services at 11 a.m. following the intermenty at Bailey’s
Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Russell Baker officiated, and
Joan Dawson sang, accompanied by Neil V. Reynolds.
Pallbearers were Terry and Kenny Fairchild, Dale Wilson,
John Lacy and Mark and David Bollig.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the
Heart of The Rockies Regional Medical Center, 448 E. 1st St.,
Salida, CO 80201.