June Ann Covey
Former Leadville resident June Ann Covey, 76, died Oct. 25 in Arizona.
She was born Oct. 6, 1924 to Charles and June Calvert in Leadville.
She attended grade school at St. Mary's in Leadville, then her family moved to Denver where she attended and graduated from South Denver High School.
She had various jobs, one of which was manning the candy counter at the Kenmark Hotel, where she first saw her future husband, Charles Kenneth Covey, who was working as a bellhop.
During WW II, she worked for the Office of Price Administration. Then Ken, who was studying electrical engineering on the G.I. Bill at the University of Denver, reappeared and after a brief courtship, they eloped to Raton, N.M.
While living in university housing, first child April Lea appeared, followed by second daughter Kristi May.
On graduating, her husband went to work for the Schlumberger Well Surveying Corp. as a field engineer in Sidney, Neb., where daughter Kerry Ann was born. June enjoyed her activities in the Schlumber Janes as well as being a girl scout leader.
Then her husband was transferred to Farmington, N.M., where daughter Janel June was born, followed by son Blake Edward.
Because of the job changes, June experienced family life in Grand Junction, Colo; and Winter Park, Fla., where she took her children to the beach and the Florida State Fair. Her family finally wound up in Tempe, Ariz., where her husband worked many years for Motorola prior to a 1989 retirement.
After this, she lived with her husband, Kristi, Janel and grandson Artemis in her Tempe home. Since Artemis is her only grandson, he was very important to her in her later years.
Although her family came first, she was a second mom to her children's friends and many neighborhood children, a talent enhanced because she was a good listener, enjoyed a good joke and loved to laugh. She maintained contact with friends from childhood and early adulthood.
She loved her sister and brother and enjoyed memories of their childhoods in Leadville, and drew on these to tell great stories of her Calvert and Hibschle ancestors and relatives.
Her favorite television program was Jeopardy and she was a crossword master envied by all because she, without assistance, worked the truly difficult New York Times puzzle in the Sunday Arizona Republic.
She had a beautiful soul and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
Services will be private.
Carr Tenney Mortuary handled arrangements.
Louis J. Koroshetz
Former Leadville resident Louis J. Koroshetz, 70, died Oct. 17.
He was born Dec. 18,1929, in Leadville, Colo.,
He graduated from Capitol College of Pharmacy in 1948 and served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Korean conflict.
After the war, he worked as a pharmacist in several different cities in Colorado. In the 1960s, he was in partnership with his brother Adolph and I. A. Taylor at the T. and K. Pharmacy in Leadville.
Louis retired from the Safeway Pharmacy in 1992 and then worked part time at Blende Drug until ill health forced him to retire again.
He was a life member of the DAV and BPOE No. 236; a member of the Colorado Pharmacy Association; Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th degrees; the Eagles Lodge; the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center; Rosemount Museum; Pueblo Zoological Gardens; Greenway Nature Center; and the Pueblo Art Guild and Gallery 106.
He was a Eucharistic Minister at the Shrine of St. Therese, where he served on several committees including the building committee.
He was preceded in death by his father, Adolph M.; and brother, Robert Charles Koroshetz.
He is survived by his mother, Isabelle Koroshetz, Canon City; wife, Jackie; sons, Mark, Paul, Chris and Ken; brother, Adolph J. (Phillis) Koroshetz; granddaughters, Amber and Michelle; niece, Ann (Brian) Carlson and their sons.
Cremation, Almont Crematory.
Inurement, Imperial Memorial Gardens with military honors by the Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine of St Therese Building Fund or the Colorado Pharmacy Association Scholarship Fund in care of George McCarthy Funeral Home. www.legacy.com
Gardner N. Robertson
Gardner N. Robertson, 81, a long-time resident of Leadville, died in Ormond Beach, Fla., Oct. 31.
He was born in Omaha, Neb., educated in Pittsburgh, Pa., and employed by Climax Molybdenum Co. for 30 years.
His interests included mountain climbing and exploration, flying, reading, family and new sources of energy.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Anna Robertson, Ormond Beach, Fla.; sister Shirley Owens, Ormond Beach, Fla.; daughters Maddie Robertson, Denver; and Amy Fairclough, Lynwood, Wash.; sons James P. Robertson, Leadville; and Thomas G. Robertson, Jefferson City, Mo.; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Senior Center, 421 W. 6th St., Leadville, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.
Shawna Ashley Karen Biffle
Shawna Ashley Karen Biffle died suddenly Sunday, Nov. 5 in her home in Leadville. Shawna would have been one year old on Nov. 20. Her parents are Bob and Tamara Biffle.
Services will be Thursday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Leadville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adoption Alliance, 3090 S. Jamaica Court, Suite #106, Aurora, CO 80014.
Arrangements are being handled by Bailey Funeral Home.
Shawna Ashley Karen Biffle
Shawna Ashley Karen Biffle died Nov. 5 at her home in Leadville. Shawna was not quite a year old. Shawna was born on Nov. 20, 1999, in Colorado Springs. Shawna's time on earth was far too short, but the joy she brought to every person she met was permanent.
Her days were spent in love and wonder, jumping for joy, squealing with delight. Always smiling, always laughing, all trusting. She loved everyone she met and she welcomed every day. Her time on earth was far too short, but her works were immense. She was an angel from the day she came into our lives and now as a guardian angel. She will continue to bless all of our lives. When you think of Shawna, try not to be too sad, her memory would best be served with a smile. She will be greatly missed. Thank you God for sending her to us, and may we all remember the lessons she has taught us.
Shawna is survived by her parents Bob and Tamie Biffle; her brother Tyler John Biffle; sisters Brandie Elizibeth and Kimberlee Ann Biffle, all of Leadville; grandparents Lee and Robert Biffle, Sr., Parker, Colo.; and Nina and Gordon Larsen, Northridge, Calif.
She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Nov. 9 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Leadville. Phil Lowe and Bill Ponder officiated and Rachel and Rakell Lowe sang accompanied by their parents Phil and Sue Lowe.
Interment was in St. Joseph Cemetery and the family received friends at a reception at the Church.
Pallbearers were Jay Tallman, Bill Ponder, Tom Henderson and Ken Rinehart.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions to The Adoption Alliance, 3090 Jamica Court, Suite 106, Aurora, CO 80014.
Arrangements were handled by Bailey Funeral Home.