Cidelia Gomez-Gurule, 87, of Albuquerque and formerly of Leadville, passed away Monday, May 8, in an Albuquerque hospital. She was born Sept. 4, 1918, in Rosa, N.M., to the late Jose Francisco Sotelo and Inesita Sanchez Sotelo. In addition to her parents, Gomez-Gurule was preceded in death by her first husband of 35 years, Epimenio Gomez, her second husband of 1 1/2 years, Phil Gurule; two sons, Charles and Melvin E. Gomez; and two daughters, Loretta May Gomez and Susan M. Stewart.Survivors include her companion of 22 years, Matias Martinez; her children, Delfino E. Gomez, Wheat Ridge; Leroy A. Gomez and his wife, Diane, of Ft. Collins; Marie I. Brodie of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Ruby M. Danbury and Nancy E. Romero, both of Albuquerque; Thomas Gomez and his wife, Kathleen L. Gomez of Arvada; a son-in-law, Terence Stewart, of New York City; 22 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Gomez-Gurule was a caring, loving and good person throughout her life. She was a good wife, mother, grandmother and a person who cared about others. She was devoted to her family, the Catholic Church and most of all what God wants all people to be like. A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Leadville. Viewing will be from 5:30 p.m. until the time of the Rosary at the church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Annunciation Catholic Church with Father Jay Jung, celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her granddaughter and grandsons. Arrangements were made by French Mortuary in Albuquerque.
Everett Thomas Jardee
Everett Thomas Jardee died Monday, May 1, at Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida. He was 39 years old. Jardee was born in Colorado Springs on April 15, 1967. His parents are Benjamin and Ruth (Kissinger) Jardee. He was raised in Leadville and went to school there. After graduating from Lake County High School, Jardee went on to art school in Phoenix, Ariz., Jardee also loved to cook, and he put his artistic talent to good use when he later became a chef and was in charge of decorating buffet tables and food.Jardee was never happier than when he was fishing with friends or spending time with his parents whom he loved with all his heart.Jardee is survived by his parents, Ben and Ruth Jardee of Leadville and his faithful companion, his dog, Fingers. Memorial services were held on Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at the Leadville Assembly of God Church. Pastor Tim Garrison officiated. Services concluded at the church.
Jon Byrd Lockhart
Jon Byrd Lockhart died Thursday, May 11, at St. Vincent
Hospital in Leadville. He was 45 years old.
He was born on Nov. 14, 1960, in Wharton, Texas. His
parents were the late Willard F. and Mary Lou (Parker)
Lockhart went to school in Texas and Arkansas, receiving as
associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Alvin
He married the former Amy Hamby and together their love
of the mountains brought them to Leadville about a year
Both Jon and Amy Lockhart worked as respiratory
therapists at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville.
Lockhart loved fishing, camping and hiking and had a real
talent for woodworking and carpentry. He made beautiful
armoires and furniture.
Lockhart was never happier than when he was spending
time with Amy, his son Seth and their dogs, Woody and
Lockhart was preceded in death by his parents. He is
survived by his wife Amy in Leadville; his son Seth
Lockhart, in Ada, Okla.; sisters, Jerilou Lockhart, Jaqueline
(Woodie) McElduff and Judy Keith Lockhart; brothers, Paul
David (Alice) Lockhart, Willard James (Joanne) Lockhart
and Freeman Plez (Toni) Lockhart. He is also survived by
numerous nieces and nephews as well as many wonderful
According to his wishes, Lockhart was cremated.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincent Hospital,
Respiratory Therapy Department, 822 W. 4th St., Leadville
(tax deductible) or to the Jon B. Lockhart Memorial Fund, c/
o High Country Bank, P.O. Box 1809, Leadville, CO 80461.
Memorial services were Wednesday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at
Bailey Funeral Home Chapel in Leadville. Pastor Edward
Andreas of the 1st Pentecostal Church of Buena Vista
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Carl Calvin Schneiter
Carl Calvin Schneiter died Friday, May 12, of pulmonary
fibrosis at St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville. He was 81 years
Schneiter was born in Dover, Ohio, on Dec. 6, 1924. His
parents were the late Carl C. Schneiter Sr. and Pauline
Schneiter went to school in Ohio and after graduating from
Dover High School, enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Following his
service in World War II and surviving a kamikaze attack on
his ship, he received an honorable discharge and returned
to civilian life.
Carl and Elva Schneiter were married on Sept. 6, 1946, in
Buena Vista, and together the Schneiters moved to
Leadville where he first worked for Myron Stapleton
Chevrolet. After the business was lost in a fire, Schneiter
worked for Les Gay American Motors in Leadville.
Eventually an opportunity presented itself, and Schneiter
was able to buy into the auto-body repair business, and
Leadville Auto Body was born. Schneiter owned and
operated the business until his retirement in 1997.
The couple took a sincere interest in their community.
Schneiter loved Leadville and was always concerned about
its future. He was never afraid to take a stand on issues
important to the welfare of the town.
The Schneiters have always taken great pride in their home
and yard and never let a holiday go by without
acknowledging it with decorations or an encouraging sign in
the yard for competitive runners and bikers.
Schneiter was excited about the prospect of Climax
reopening and the possibility of a more solid financial base
Schneiter was preceded in death by his parents and one
sister, Jeraldine Schneiter. He is survived by his wife, Elva,
in Leadville; daughters, Kay (Bob) Hartzell in Leadville,
Debbie (Steve) Pace in Rifle, and Gail (Eric) Gunnerson in
Logan, Utah; and one son, Jim (Dawna) Schneiter in
He is also survived by one sister, Ruth Linke in Buena Vista,
and six grandchildren, Beau Gunnerson of Logan, Utah;
Jeremy (Mindy) Hartzell of Avon; Jeffrey Hartzell of
Superior; Andrew Hartzell of Leadville; and Brooke and
Brad Pace of Utah.
Memorial services are planned for Saturday, May 20, at 10
a.m. If weather permits, services will be at Turquoise Lake
Matchless boat ramp and parking lot. If it is raining,
services will be at the Colorado Mountain College cafeteria.
Join Schneiter's family in remembering him.
Memorial contributions may be made to Panther Athletics, c/
o Lake County High School, 107 Spruce St., Leadville, CO
80461 or to Yaffe House, 3700 W. 17th Ave., Denver, CO
Matthew James Tapper
Matthew James Tapper, 43, Buena Vista, died on April 19,
at his home.
Tapper was born on Sept. 17, 1962, in West Hartford,
Conn., to Joycelyne Marquerite Payette Tapper and Vincent
Tapper had a very diverse life. His interests and talents
were numerous. He liked traveling, and his love of nature
was paramount as he climbed three fourteeners: Mount
Massive, Mount Princeton and Mount Yale. He treasured
literature and music. He was an excellent carpenter,
landscaper and interior decorator. Animals loved him, as he
loved them. Tapper was also an exceptional Tarot card
Tapper is survived by his mother of West Wareham, Mass.;
his twin half-brothers, Mark of Brattleboro, Vt., and John of
Brooklyn, N.Y.; his half-sister Michele Racine of Fairhaven,
Mass.; his daughter Lillian and her half-sister Tberry; nine
nephews and nieces; and all of his friends from coast to
A memorial service will be held the end of May.
Contributions may be made to SCAP, 1301 S. 8th St., Suite
200, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
Thomas Lawrence “Larry” Vigil
Larry Vigil, age 51, of Montrose, passed away peacefully in
the early morning on Monday, May 8, at the Montrose
Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.
Vigil was born on March 30, 1955, in Leadville, the son of
Samuel T. Vigil and Molly (Quintana) Vigil. He spent his
childhood and attended school in Montrose. He received his
GED and attended college at the University of Southern
Colorado in Pueblo. He furthered his education at Mesa
State College and was a few credits shy of his B.A. in
psychology/counseling at the time of his death.
Vigil enjoyed spending time with family, collaging, music
and gardening. He was an avid reader. Vigil’s special gift in
life was his uncanny ability to make people laugh. Through
life’s adversities and blessings, he brought humor, wit and
inspiration to those around him. Larry will be deeply missed
by all those who were touched by his love.
Vigil leaves behind his mother; sons: Dylan Pacheco and
Tyler Christian; granddaughters: Arianna and Asia; siblings:
Jacob Vigil, Elaine Martinez, Loretta (John) Wyman, Julie
(Bob) Shayne, Dean (Christine) Vigil, Robbie Vigil; Aunt
Mary Quintana; Godson and nephew Captain Denny Vigil;
many loving nieces and nephews - especially Sierra Sage
Vigil; and many good friends - especially Anna Pacheco and
Vigil was preceded in death by his father; brother Tim Vigil;
uncles Tony Quintana, Ed Quintana and Ted Quintana and
A vigil service and Rosary was held on May 11 at the
Montrose Valley Funeral Home Chapel.
A memorial Mass in celebration of Vigils life was held on
Friday, May 12 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Montrose.
Arrangements are being handled under the direction of the
Montrose Valley Funeral Home, 505 S. Second St., in
Montrose, (970) 249-4400.