Grant Edward Bellm
Grant Edward Bellm, 78, died March 21, 2005. He was born on Aug. 19, 1926, in New Castle, Colo., to Roy and Edith (Bird) Bellm.
On Jan. 24, 1947, he married Rosamae Morgan in Raton, N. M.
Bellm worked at Climax Molybdenum Mine Co. from 1952 to 1978. He retired to Canon City, living there for 29 years.
Bellm was an avid hunter, fisherman and a gardener. He served on the finance committee, vestry and men’s Bible study group at Christ Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Elks club, American Legion, National Foot Printers Org., and Kristi Lanes bowling league.
Bellm was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Wendy Michelle Gilmer; and brother Harold Bellm.
Bellm is survived by his wife Rosamae; children Rixie (Jim) Burke, Winnemucca, Nev.; Grant (Margaret) Bellm, Leadville; and Charlotte (Harold) Tuxhorn, Leadville; grandchildren Preston Kip Gilmer, Canon City; Ginger “Mickie” West, Henderson, Nev.; Tracy (Pat) Key, Henderson, Nev.; Nicole Tuxhorn, Leadville; Amber (Oz) Ousback, Leadville; and Kim-Lee Grant Tuxhorn-Seoul, South Korea; six great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held March 24 at Holt Family Funeral Home. A memorial service was held on March 25 at Christ Episcopal Church with Reverend Mark Meyer officiating.
Arrangements were handled by Holt Family Funeral Home.
Edith Mary “Sue” Chamberlain
Edith Mary “Sue” Chamberlain, 85, died March 22 at her home in Frisco with her family close by her side.
Chamberlain was born on Sept. 13, 1919, on a ranch between Frisco and the old Town of Dillon. She went to school in Old Dillon until her senior year when she graduated from North Denver High. She received her nursing degree from St. Anthony Hospital in Denver and then went on to post graduate work at Colorado General Hospital.
Chamberlain served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Nursing Corps. After receiving an honorable discharge, she returned to Colorado and continued in her nursing career.
On Sept. 7, 1947, she married Charles G. Chamberlain and together they had two daughters.
Chamberlain was one of the founding members of the Frisco Historical Society and was also a member of the Eastern Star for several years. She attended the Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Frisco and, most recently, belonged to the Abundant Life Church in Silverthorne. Her hobbies included painting, music and shopping.
Chamberlain was preceded in death by her parents Wilbert S. and Elizabeth A. (McDonald) Giberson; and brothers Roy, Glenn, Jim and Kenneth.
Chamberlain is survived by her daughters Mickie L. Ostermiller, Colorado Springs; and Peggy L. (Ron) Alexander, Frisco; brother Howard Giberson, Frisco; sisters-in-law Berdena Giberson, Colorado Springs; and Eldora Kongable, Riverton, Wyo.; grandchildren Chris, Cody, Colt and Cassidy, all of Colorado Springs; and Veronica and Jolene, Denver; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The viewing was held on March 26 at the Rocky Mountain Bible Church in Frisco followed by services. Pastor Bruce Miles officiated and Wanda Toney sung accompanied by Sandy Olson. Military honors were provided by Ft. Carson Army Base.
Interment was in the Dillon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chamberlain’s grandchildren, Christopher, Cody and Colt Carabello, Cassidy Ostermiller, Veronica Buck and Jolene Houchens.
Following graveside services, the family received friends at a reception back at the Church.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home in Leadville.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Bristlecone Home Health Care & Hospice, P.O. Box #1327, Frisco, CO 80443 or to the Frisco Historical Society, P.O. Box #820, Frisco, CO 80443.
Mary “Day” Damjanovic
Mary “Day” Damjanovic, 92, died during Palm Sunday Mass on March 20, 2005, at St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church in New York City.
She was born in Leadville on March 22, 1912, and baptized at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Her father, Jure (George) was killed in an accident in the Louisville Mine in 1913.
Following his death, Mary’s mother Helen Predovic took Mary and her older siblings, George and Zora, back to her native Croatia (then part of Austria-Hungary).
Damjanovic grew up in Yugoslavia, then returned as a young woman to the U.S. to study nursing in Chicago. She lived in the U.S. the rest of her life, though she made repeated trips to visit her family in Yugoslavia.
Her life was devoted to caring, first for children, and later for the elderly. Devoutly religious, she was an active member of St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church in New York City for more than 50 years. She was widely admired and praised for her devotion to the church and for her volunteer work with the needy, the poor and the elderly. She was a lay sister with the Third Order of St. Francis and belonged to many other Catholic societies. In her 60’s and 70’s, as a member of the Blue Army, she carried the message of the Virgin Mary around the world.
In 2001, Damjanovic came to Leadville for the first time since infancy to visit her father’s grave. At this time, she met distant Damjanovic cousins including Louise and Jan Clune, Martha Hren, Fred Slifka and Janine Weitzel.
Damjanovic is survived bv many nieces and nephews in Croatia and Slovenia, and by the Freeman family of New York.
As was her desire, Damjanovic was buried with her beloved father in St. Joseph’s Cemetery on March 29, 2005.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery in Leadville. Memorial Mass will be recited at St. Jean Baptiste Catholic Church in New York City on Sunday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m.
Boyd “Rod” S. Rodaway
Boyd “Rod” S. Rodaway, 74, died on Aug. 16.
He is survived by his loving wife Dolores “Dee” Mae Rodaway; sons Kerry and wife Doreen, Sean and wife Veronica, and step-son Ken Forrest; brothers Joy of Littleton, Keith of Nebraska, and Gene of Denver; sister Ruth Rudolf of Wyoming; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Rodaway belonged to the Elks and Eagles, and is survived by friends there as well as friends too numerous to name in Buena Vista, Leadville, Twin Lakes, Colorado Springs and Denver.
Donations can be sent in his memory to: Hospice of Metro Denver, 501 S. Cherry St., Suite 700, Denver, CO 80246.
Former Leadville resident Teresina Duran, 91, passed away Dec. 30 in Elko, Nev. She was born April 8, 1914, in El Rito, N.M. to Fidelia and Paz Romero. She married Dennis Duran on June 14, 1937.
In 1950, they moved with their family to Leadville seeking a better life with the mining industry.Duran was a homemaker who worked part-time. She loved to cook, quilt and most of all spend time with her family. She also loved to garden; she could grow anything, even in Nevada. She was the mother of 12 children. Teresina and Dennis moved to Elko in 1995.
She is survived by sons Donicio Tomas Duran, Taos, N.M., and Daniel (Karla) Duran, Leadville; daughters Bertha (Charles) Brannen, Ida (Phillip) Chacon, and Mary (Ken) Olsen, all of Elko, Nevada.
She is also survived by her grandchildren Henrietta, Elizabeth, Joseph, Gilbert, Dennis, Lynn, Betty, Theresa, Anthony, Martin, Leroy, Harold, John, Debra, Tony, Tom Casias, Thomas, Tamera, Joshua, Patrick, Vincent, Andrea, Dennis, Lindsay, Brian and Stacey, 55 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Duran was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, one daughter and six sons. Services will be held in Leadville. The Rosary will be Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. and Mass of Christian Burial will be Jan. 5 at 10 a.m., both at Annunciation Catholic Church.
She will be laid to rest next to her husband in St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home in Leadville.