Bradley R. STENBERG
STENBERG, Bradley R., Funeral services 1 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Church of the Good Shepherd. Burial Foothills Garden of Memory, Longmont. Memorials to the Bradley Stenberg Memorial Fund in care of Viegut Funeral Home.
Bradley R. STENBERG 58, of Loveland died May 5, 2005, at his home.
He was born April 3, 1947, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Lloyd and Billie Ramey Stenberg. He graduated from high school in Ventura, Calif.
He was a graduate of Eugene Bible College in Eugene, Ore., and attended Oral Roberts University.
He and his wife, Ruth Ann, were married June 19, 1970.
He was a pastor with Foursquare International for 35 years. He loved the church, the church life and its people.
He moved to Loveland in 1998 from Longmont. He and his wife owned and operated the Coffee Emporium in Loveland for four years.
He enjoyed golf, crafts and swimming.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Stenberg of Loveland; a son, Chris Stenberg and fiancee Dana; daughter Melisa Bjorklund and husband Tom of Loveland; and two grandchildren, Kalei and Jolei Bjorklund of Loveland.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Church of the Good Shepherd, with the Rev. Douglas Trentham officiating.
Viegut Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Bradley Stenberg Memorial Fund in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1440 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, CO 80538.
Irene STEPHENSON, 94, of Loveland died May 8, 2005, at Sierra Vista Health Care Center in Loveland.
She was born Feb. 17, 1911, in Guthrie, Okla., to William F. and Pamelia Walker Farrar.
She married Orville Hicks in 1932; they later divorced. She married Glen Lee Stephenson in 1946 in Oklahoma City, Okla. He died in 1960.
Mrs. Stephenson worked as an inspector at Douglas Aircraft Co. during World War II. She worked as a licensed practical nurse in nursing homes in Loveland and Fort Collins for 20 years.
She moved to Loveland in 1957 from Oklahoma City.
She was a member of Galilee Baptist Church and AARP. She loved hiking in the mountains, sewing, crocheting and reading.
She is survived by a son, Michael Stephenson and wife Janet of Loveland; two daughters, Glenell Harvey and husband Larry of Littleton and LaJuanta Stephenson and husband Charles of Arlington, Texas; five grandchildren, including Chris and Jillian Stephenson of Loveland; and a sister, Letha Moore of Loveland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Lee, two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Viegut Funeral Home, with the Revs. William Damberg and Ross Sackman officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1440 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, CO 80538.
James Robert Vickland, M.D., M.P.H.
James Robert Vickland, M.D., M.P.H. of Longmont, died May 6, 2005, at his home with his family at his side, at the age of 48. He had courageously and uncomplainingly battled a malignant brain tumor for seven months.
Dr. Vickland was a well known and highly regarded anesthesiologist at Longmont United Hospital and the Longmont Surgery Center. He served his community with dedication for 20 years.
Dr. Vickland was born in Los Angeles Oct. 16, 1956, to Harold and Lorraine Vickland, and spent his childhood in the area.
He attended the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1978. He received a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, after which he earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He remained there for an internship and residency in anesthesia.
Jim met his wife, Patricia Sankey of Lincoln, Neb., during medical school and they married in 1984.
Dr. Vickland was a board-certified anesthesiologist and a member of the medical staffs at Longmont United Hospital and the Longmont Surgery Center. He was a partner in Longmont Anesthesia Associates. He was a member of The American Society of Anesthesiologists as well as the American Medical Association, Colorado Medical Society and the Boulder County Medical Society.
He was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary and a past member of the Longmont Rotary Club. Jim was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Longmont.
Medicine and anesthesiology were his professional passions. He particularly enjoyed working with pediatric cases and children. In addition to providing anesthesia for surgery he was an expert in pain control measures. This aspect of anesthesiology was in its infancy when he first came to Longmont. Jim was loved by many patients, colleagues, and fellow hospital workers. He will be missed.
Outside of medicine his passion was his large family. He enjoyed snow and water skiing along with fishing, boating and the Colorado mountains. He loved animals, nature and architectural design. Above all he loved anything that involved his children, which frequently included numerous 4-H projects.
Jim is survived by his wife Patricia of Longmont and seven children, Mark James, Sarah Patricia, Emma Rebecca, Hannah Rose, Grant Adam and twins Vada Anna and Hans Gregory Vickland; and a brother, David Vickland and his family.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Matthew Scott Vickland, Grant’s twin brother; his father Harold Vickland; and a brother Roger Vickland.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel with family present to greet friends 5-7 p.m. A funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with the Rev. Brian Morrow of St. John’s and the Rev. Steve Berke of First Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will take place at the Vickland Home in the Vickland Family Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and School or to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, sent in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, 326 Terry St., Longmont, 80501.
Bobby Joe WHITFIELD
WHITFIELD, Bobby Joe, of Loveland. Funeral services 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 10 at Viegut Funeral Home. Interment Highland Cemetery, Wellington. Memorials to Rancho Vista Equine Therapy Center in care of Viegut Funeral Home.
Bobby Joe WHITFIELD 46, of Carr, formerly of Loveland, died May 5, 2005, at Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville.
He was born Sept. 25, 1958, in Cyril, Okla., to Billy Joe and Betty Jean McGee Whitfield. He graduated from Erie High School in 1976 and later from electrical trade school.
Mr. Whitfield married Marilyn Sims on Aug. 2, 1997, in Fort Collins.
He lived in Loveland from 1997 to 2002 and then moved to Carr. He worked for Black Rock Paving Co.
He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, boating, camping and motorcycle and horseback riding.
Mr. Whitfield is survived by his wife, Marilyn Sims Whitfield of Carr; a son, Westley Whitfield of Colorado; a stepson, Chad Sims of Eaton; his parents, Billy and Jeanne Whitfield of Lafayette; a brother, Rick Whitfield and wife Heidi of Erie; a nephew, Justin Whitfield of Erie; two grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Viewing will be 5-8 p.m. Monday at Viegut Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Viegut Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charles Bixler officiating.
Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Wellington.
Memorial contributions can be made to Rancho Vista Equine Therapy Center in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1440 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, CO 80538.
Kimberly "Kim" ALKANA
ALKANA, Kimberly "Kim", of Loveland. Cremation has been completed, and no services are scheduled.
Kimberly "Kim"ALKANA 41, of Loveland, died May 19, 2005, at her home.
She was born March 13, 1964, in California to Les Alkana and Sandy Harlow.
She lived in Loveland for the past 25 years.
She was a waitress for many years.
She loved to go to the flea markets and shopping.
She is survived by her partner, Michelle Nollenberger; father, Les Alkana; and mother Sandy Harlow. She lived in Loveland with her close friend Karen Lewis.
Cremation is completed.
Final services will be in Pasadena, Calif.
MarkBader, formerly of Loveland, passed away May 19, 2005.
He was born Jan. 6, 1952, in Greeley. Mark attended Loveland schools, the University of Tennessee, and Colorado State University, where he earned a degree in psychology.
Mark lived in La Quinta, Calif., for a number of years and moved to Kona, Hawaii, in 1989, where he owned and operated a scuba diving business until 2003. The past few years he worked as a psychologist for the state of Hawaii.
Mark had many passions, including studying and practicing Jungian psychology, playing the piano, writing poetry, screenwriting, scuba diving, competitive swimming, underwater videography and working on his coffee farm.
He was also passionate about helping people with health challenges. He operated a healing center at his coffee farm and created a Web site where people could contact him for help regarding health related issues. He was recognized by many
For his work in health and psychology and received awards for some of his poetry writings. He was also recognized for his accomplishments in competitive swimming not only at the high school and the collegiate levels, but later swimming competitively in many masters events.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Warren D’Aquin of Kona, Hawaii; his father, Elden Bader of Loveland; a sister, Cheryl Thornton and brother-in-law, Val Thornton of Las Vegas, Nev.; a brother, Scott Bader of Kona, Hawaii; a niece, Anne Uhlir of Seattle, Wash., and a nephew, Michael Bader of Las Vegas, Nev.
His mother, Mildred Bader, preceded him in death in 2001.
Donations can be made in his name to the charity of your choice.
Melva L. BARR
BARR, Melva L., of Johnstown and formerly of Loveland. Wife of Clarence W. Barr. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, Pastor Dale Piers officiating. Interment Resthaven Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions to Hospice of Larimer County in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home. Viewing 1-5 p.m. Tuesday and at services on Wednesday.
Melva L. BARR 72, of Johnstown, formerly of Loveland, died of natural causes May 21, 2005, in hospice care at North Shore Manor in Loveland.
She was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Turon, Kan., to L.O. “Orley” Smith and Myrtle Levens Smith.
She attended elementary school in Turon, and graduated from Turon High School in 1950.
She married Clarence W. Barr in Turon on Sept. 17, 1950.
They owned and operated West Cafe in Cunningham, Kan., for 71/2 years.
In 1966, they moved to Longmont. From there they moved to Loveland in 1967, then Johnstown in 1997.
She and her husband owned cafes where Mrs. Barr was the cook. She cooked at Branding Iron Cafe, Dude Corral Restaurant and Skylark Buffet in Loveland. She retired in 1988.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence W. Barr of Johnstown; son, Richard Barr and wife Gale of Onaga, Kan.; daughters, Deborah Tovar and husband Richard of Loveland, Catherine Harmon and husband Gary of Loveland, and Janet Moyes and husband Randy of Loveland; brother, Robert Smith of Turon; sisters-in-law, Pat Worta of Oklahoma, Lorene Oak of Penalosa, Kan., and Clella Diorio of Canon City; 14 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Lee Barr, who died in 1979, and a brother, Dean Smith.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home. Viewing 1-5 p.m. Tuesday and before the services Wednesday.
Burial at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.
BLAGA, Benjamin, of Loveland. Arrangements pending.
Benjamin BLAGA 85, of Loveland died May 19, 2005, at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette.
He was born Feb. 18, 1921, to Peter Blaga and Sinefta (Telea) Blaga in Milwaukee, Wis. He attended school in Milwaukee and a vocational school to become an auto-body repairman, a career which he maintained for over 40 years.
He married Joyce Golengeske in Waukesha, Wis., on June 7, 1947.
He was employed at Davidson Chevrolet in Loveland, and also Antique Autos, where he restored antique automobiles.
Mr. Blaga had many interests, including automobile restoration, woodworking, photography and music. He enjoyed traveling and loved the mountains.
He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Loveland for 63 years.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce Blaga, of Loveland; one son, Ted Blaga of Anaheim, Calif.; one daughter, Ellen Blaga of Loveland; two sisters, Eleanor Janke of Florida and Margie Blaga of New Berlin, Wis., and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by one brother, John Blaga in 1995, and a sister, Kathy Olson in 2002.
Cremation has been conducted and a memorial service will be arranged at a later date.
Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Bryan L. BROWNLEE
BROWNLEE, Bryan L., Arrangements pending.
Bryan L. BROWNLEE, 47, of Loveland died in May 2005 in Burns, Wyo.
He was born in October 1957 in Loveland to Gloria Powell and Rolan Brownlee. He attended school in Fort Collins and helped set up Centennial High School in Fort Collins and Ferguson High School in Loveland. He was an excellent carpenter.
He loved dogs, especially his three dogs, little kids, to fish and camp and had camped all his life.
He was baptized as a Presbyterian. He had an indomitable spirit and a lust for life.
He is survived by his mother, Gloria Powell of Loveland; his father, Rolan and stepmother Grace of Fort Collins; two sisters, Shanda Brisbin of Golden and Cindi Rutledge and husband Kevin of Loveland; a stepsister, Cynthia Houston and husband Carl of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a stepbrother, Chuck Lemon of Drake; and six nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Resthaven Funeral Home north of Loveland.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Bryan L. Brownlee Memorial Fund in care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S. U.S. 287, Fort Collins, CO 80525.
Ben L. CHAVEZ
CHAVEZ, Ben L., of Loveland. Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Collins. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.
Ben L. CHAVEZ Trail-blazing Hispanic businessman, Ben Leo Chavez, belongs to the Ages.
Ben Leo Chavez, 82, of Loveland and formerly of Fort Collins, died on his birthday, May 20, 2005, after a long illness at Sierra Vista Nursing Home.
He was born May 20, 1923 in Ingleside, to Leonadro and Marcelina Chavez.
Ben lived a long, varied adventuresome life. He started life with nothing, but his hardworking zest to succeed brought him many rewards later. His journey working in fields and saving his hard-earned money allowed him to start enjoying some of the finer things life has to offer.
An encounter with a narrow-minded restaurant owner who refused to serve Hispanics led him to meet his future wife, Selina “Sally” Cordova, who under the threat of losing her job served Ben the cup of coffee he requested, knowing Ben wasn’t going to leave without it. It may not seem like a big deal now, although in those days that took a lot of guts and courage!
Ben married Selina in Fort Collins on Nov. 4, 1949. Together they had four children, twin sons Don and Ron, Matthew and a daughter, Adelita.
Ben, Selina and Ben’s two brothers started the Fort Collins landmark restaurant, “The Eldorado.” Ben built the building and all three brothers ran it. In Ben’s own words, “My wife Selina was the backbone of the restaurant with her incredible cooking!”
In 1971, Ben and Selina bought out the surviving brothers and ran “The Eldorado” until 1989. During that time, Ben and Selina ran a very successful construction company building fine custom homes in the Fort Collins area.
After selling “The Eldorado” and taking a two-year hiatus, they decided to start a new restaurant where everyone would be welcome no matter who they were, and they would run it with the help of their four children. Buying an old, rundown building, Ben remodeled every room under the direction of his wife and daughter. Ben was especially proud of the custom mirror frames he put in “Adelita’s.”
Ben was an avid sports fan. He loved to fish, dance and talk with many people who visited Ben and Selina’s restaurants. Ben suffered from a stroke in 2001 and spent the last four years at Sierra Vista Health Care.
Mr. Chavez is survived by his wife, Selina Cordova Chavez; twin sons, Ron and Don Chavez; daughter, Adelita Chavez; son, Matthew Chavez; brothers, Harold Chavez of Las Vegas and Ray Chavez of Johnstown; sisters, Angie Valdez of Cheyenne, Wyo., Molly Valdez of Fort Collins, and Dee LeVette of Windsor.
Survivors also include grandchildren, Roxanne Rounds of Colorado Springs, Mario Chavez of Denver, Bryan Chavez of Fort Collins, Adam Chavez of Fort Collins, Ashley Ramos of Windsor, Gavin Chavez of Fort Collins, and Dillon Chavez of Fort Collins; and three great-grandchildren, Shanell Chavez, Dialo Rounds and Ivasia all of Colorado Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Art Chavez.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2005, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will be at Roselawn Cemetery.