Celedonio “Tony” E. Cisneros
Celedonio “Tony” E. Cisneros died Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Denver Health in Denver. Cisneros was 78 years old. He was born in Questa, N.M., on Aug. 17, 1927. His parents were the late Rafael L. and Maria T. (Martinez) Cisneros. Cisneros went to school in both Questa, N.M., and Hooper, Colo., graduating from Hooper High School.On March 14, 1946, Cisneros married the former Dorothy Sanchez in Del Norte. For a while, Cisneros and his wife lived in Center and Kokomo before moving to Leadville, where they have lived ever since.Cisneros enjoyed hunting, fishing and all kinds of sports, but he especially loved doing things with his family. Cisneros was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Leadville.He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Erma and Nellie Cordova and Mary Baca. Cisneros is survived by his wife, Doroth of Leadville; sons Floyd “Ben” Cisneros and Eli (Debbie) Cisneros of Leadville; two daughters, Mary Ann (Lee) Sandoval of Lakewood and Mildred (Julius) Ferran of Espanola, N.M.; three sisters, Rose Garcia of Leadville, Mary (Eddie) Lovato of Ojo Caliente, N.M. and Edna Arellano of Sun Valley, Calif.; grandchildren, Bernadette and Bridgette Cisneros, LeAnn (Roger) Delgado, Donna (Joe) Padilla, Tammy and Donald Ferran, and Anthony Sandoval. Cisneros is also survived by nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.The Rosary was recited on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m., and Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m., both at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Jay Jung officiated, and Lilly Vigil recited the Rosary. The church choir sang accompanied by Barbara Bost.Cisneros’s grandsons and nephews, Anthony Sandoval, Donald Ferran, Roger Delgado, Joe Padilla, Albert Cordova and Ray Cordova, served as pallbearers as they laid their grandfather and uncle to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were LeAnn Delgado, Tammy Ferran, Donna Padilla, and Bernadette and Bridgette Cisneros. Following the interment, the family hosted a reception at the Leadville Elks Lodge. Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Bobbi Lee Shelton
Bobbi Lee Shelton died at her home in Leadville on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Shelton was 55 years old. She was born on Oct. 11, 1949, in Omaha, Neb.In 1975, Shelton moved to Leadville where she met her future husband, Oscar Shelton. On Boom Days weekend, Aug. 3, 1984, the couple were married on top of a parade float on Harrison Avenue. The Reverend Robert Pings officiated, and that float went on to win the grand prize.Leadvillites will always remember seeing Shelton working at various restaurants in town including the Golden Rose, the Burro, the Prospector and, most recently, Tracks.Shelton enjoyed collecting dolls and clowns and, being part Choctaw Indian, she was especially fond of American Indian artifacts.All holidays were dear to Shelton, and she loved making the most of them for her grandchildren whom she spoiled whenever she could. Shelton was an animal lover with a real soft spot for cats and dogs.Shelton and her husband were members of St. George Episcopal Church in Leadville.Shelton is survived by her husband, Oscar of Leadville; and daughter Jasmin Shelton and grandchildren, Marten and Liana, all in Colorado Springs. Shelton is also survived by a host of dear friends.According to her wishes, Shelton was cremated. There will be a Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. at the May Queen Campground at Turquoise Lake. The service will be officiated by Gary Snyder. In keeping with Shelton’s happy attitude about life, her family would like to invite everyone to bring a dish to share at a potluck following the service at the campground.
Melvin “Curly” C. Kirwan
Melvin C. Kirwan “Curly” died Saturday, Sept. 3, in Denver. Kirwan was 71 years old.Memorial services were Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. at the Leadville Elks Lodge. Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home. A full obituary will follow in next week’s paper.
Victor Elias Marquez
Victor Elias Marquez died Friday, Sept. 2, at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville. Marquez was 76 years old. He was born in Center on July 17, 1929. His parents were the late Joseph and Albina (Lucero) Marquez.Marquez moved to Leadville in 1948 at the age of 19 and, three years later, married Betty Maestas (Fletcher). They were married for 25 years and had four children.Marquez worked at the New Jersey Zinc Mine in Gilman for 17 years until the mine closed. He followed the trade and worked at the ASARCO Mine for a few years.Marquez was known for his mechanical aptitude and his quick ability to master a skill. He was a mechanic, a welder, a carpenter, a barber and an electrician.His current beloved wife, Linda N. Marquez of Leadville, survives him. He is also survived by three sons, Victor Lawrence Marquez of Breckenridge, Ernest Richard (Maureen) Marquez of Leadville and Robert Alan (Kelly) Marquez of Englewood; one daughter, Therese (John) Schroeder of Leadville; and two step-daughters, Jennifer (Mike) Tenorio and Lara (Tommy) Stubbs. Marquez is also survived by his sisters, Bertha (Gilbert) Medina and Louise Marquez and family; one brother, Harry Marquez; and several grandchildren: Paul (Angie) Marquez, Joseph Marquez, Sheila (Chad) Bailey, John Michael Schroeder, Jasmine (Josh McNicholas) Marquez, Nick, Elias and Lizzie Marquez, Jessica, Ashley and Christopher
Amsberry, Tyler and Lisa Tenorio; as well as great-grandchildren, Selena Marquez and Jeremy McNicholas.The Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church. Father Jay Jung officiated and Joan Dawson sang accompanied by Jean Elliott. Honorary Pallbearers were Paul and Joseph Marquez, John Schroeder, Jr. and Ricky Medina. Marquez was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery, and the family received friends at a reception at the Eagles Lodge following the interment.Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Harold R. Metcalf
Harold R. Metcalf, 96, passed away at the Open Gate Assisted Living in Glenwood Springs, Colo., on Sept. 4, 2005. He was born May 4, 1909, in Avon, Colo., to John Wilbur Metcalf and Geneive Cunningham Metcalf. He married Anne Sullivan in Leadville on June 7, 1964. Metcalf worked as a miner in Climax, Colo., for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Anne, and his first wife, Genevieve Sullivan Metcalf.He is survived by his brother Lee Metcalf of Springfield, Va., sister Josephine Bonin, of Concord Calif., and sister-in-law Rhoda Metcalf of Yakima, Wash. He is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church,1885 Blake Ave., Glenwood Springs, with Father Cliff McMillian officiating. Burial will follow later at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Leadville. The family requests memorial contributions to St. Stephen’s Church or the Alzheimer’s organization.
Leanard M. (John) Wilder
Leanard M. (John) Wilder, 74, resident of Grand Junction for 13 years, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital on Aug. 28. Wilder was born in Strasburg on Sept. 9, 1930, to James B. and Ruth (Myers) Wilder. He spent his childhood in Colorado mountain towns and attended high school in Steamboat Springs.Wilder married Carolyn on Dec. 26, 1958, in Laramie, Wyo. They lived in Leadville and Creede before moving to Grand Junction. Wilder was a miner and mining instructor, and he also enjoyed collecting rock specimens. He was a member of the Leadville Corinthian Lodge #35 and an honorary member of Mesa Masonic Lodge #55 AF & AM in Grand Junction.Wilder is survived by his wife, Carolyn Wilder; son John Wilder and beloved daughter-in-law Sue Wilder of Aurora; brother, Glen Wilder of Buena Vista; sister Marge Overmeyer of Cedaredge, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law who loved him. He also had several nieces and nephews who adored him. Wilder will be remembered as having the “bluest eyes and biggest grin” in the world, and will be missed by all who knew him.Memorial contributions may be made to Corinthian Lodge #35 AF & AM, Education Fund, Leadville, CO 80461, or to the Education Fund, Mesa Lodge #55 AF & AM, 2400 Consistory Ct., Grand Junction, CO 81501.Arrangements entrusted to Martin Mortuary.