Jere Lynn Holmes
Jere Lynn Holmes, 51, of Loveland died April 23, 2006, at Kindred Hospital in Denver.
She was born April 1, 1955, in Mount Clemens, Mich., to Dale and Sue (Hansen) Picardat. She graduated from high school. She worked for the city of Loveland for 17 years.
She moved to Loveland in 1981 from Colorado Springs. She enjoyed being with her family, scrapbooking, taking pictures and vacationing to Michigan.
She is survived by two daughters, Bridget Paris and husband Shane of Eaton, and Carleen Holmes of Loveland; her parents, Dale and Sue Picardat of Manistee, Mich.; five brothers, Jim Picardat, Dale Picardat, John Picardat, Phil Picardat and Ken Picardat; a sister, Patti Forsythe; one grandson, Matthew Paris of Eaton; grandmother, Harriet Picardat; close family friends Cammie and George Lundeen of Loveland.
Family and friends will have a celebration of her life 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2006, at George Lundeen’s, 5894 W. U.S. 34, Loveland. All friends welcome.
Virginia Mellon, 85, of Milliken died April 18, 2006, at Fairacres Manor in Greeley.
She was born April 28, 1920, in Kersey to Ralph Preston Hubbard and Wilhelmina A. (Wright) Hubbard. She graduated from Loveland High School in 1938.
She married William “Jack” Mellon on Feb. 14, 1945, in Ogden, Utah.
She moved with her husband to the family farm near Milliken in 1946, where they lived until his death in October 1996. She continued to live on the farm until February 2004, when she moved to The Bridge in Greeley.
Mrs. Mellon was a homemaker and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2585 Ladies Auxiliary, former member of Estrellita, a Sunday school teacher for 20 years and a lifetime member of the Methodist Church.
She was a very social person who loved one-on-one relationships with people. She had a great memory, was family-oriented, warm and caring and considered her Sunday school students her own. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, sewing and traveling.
She is survived by two sons, Marvin Douglas Mellon and wife Geri of Milliken, and Dr. Monte Tim Mellon and wife Louella of San Diego, Calif.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by brothers Raymond, Vernon and Ralph Hubbard.
Cremation will be conducted.
Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church of Johnstown.
Burial will be in Johnstown Cemetery in Johnstown.
Memorial contributions can be made to the United Methodist Church of Johnstown, Johnstown Senior Center or Milliken Senior Center in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631.
MONTGOMERY, Silvia, of Loveland. Memorial services 11 a.m. Friday, April 28 at First Christian Church. Burial Loveland Burial Park. Memorials to Silvia Montgomery memorial fund in care of Viegut Funeral Home.
Silvia MONTGOMERY, 69, of Loveland died April 22, 2006, at her home.
She was born Dec. 16, 1936, in Lorraine, Texas, to Jose and Anita Subia Reyes. She moved to Loveland in 1942 with her family from Stockton, Texas.
Mrs. Montgomery was a checker at both Safeways in Loveland for many years. She was the union steward for Safeway.
She loved to do crafts, crocheting and embroidering.
She is survived by a son, Ray Montgomery of Loveland; a daughter, Katherine Felker and husband Lance of Loveland; four brothers, Paul Reyes of Bloomington, Ill., Alonzo Reyes of Denver, Diego Reyes of Loveland, and Ramiro Reyes of Albuquerque, N.M.; six sisters, Minerva Rodriquez of Monahans, Texas, Annabel Bermea of Casper, Wyo., Mary Williams of Sequim, Wash., Patsey Tuxhorn of Loveland, Sue Messinger of
Vancouver, Wash., and Pradellia Clemens of Rio Rancho, N.M.; and two grandchildren, Amanda Felker and Lisa Felker-Miller of Loveland.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Darrel Vance Whiteman; infant brother, Ramiro Reyes; and a sister, Grace Rodriquez.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church, with Chaplain Dale Piers and the Rev. Lane Hardy officiating. Burial will be in Loveland Burial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Silvia Montgomery memorial fund in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1440 N. Boise Ave., Loveland, CO 80538.
Patricia J. Oden
Patricia J. Oden, 58, of Johnstown died April 21, 2006, at Boulder Hospice in Louisville.
She was born Oct. 12, 1947, in Alliance, Neb., to Mayme and Bob Barnt. She worked in health care with Kaiser and Hospice for many years. She was a member of Campion Seventh-day Adventist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Dave; mother; stepfather; in-laws; and four brothers and families.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Campion Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Metro Funeral and Cremation Center in Lakewood is in charge of arrangements.
Jodi Lynne WASHNOCK
Jodi Lynne WASHNOCK 43, of Loveland passed away April 19, 2006.
She was born June 20, 1962, in Akron, Ohio, to William W. Washnock and Ann Elizabeth Oyston.
She was a top sales representative working for several companies, including Genzyme and General Foods. She graduated from Shawnee High School in Medford, N.J., and received her B.S. in business management from the University of Denver. She attended Harvard Dance School.
She was a cheerleader in high school and at the University of Denver. She was Miss Wheelchair Colorado and Miss Medford Lakes, a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, the founder of the Magic Dance Foundation, wrote a book, “Dancing On Wheels,” and taught dance classes at the Domestic Violence Center in Denver.
She was a free spirit who loved life, dancing, poetry and all types of music, especially classical. She brought a lot of joy into people’s lives and will be missed by many, many friends.
She is survived by her parents, Bill and Ann Washnock of Loveland; sisters Pamela Ann Washnock of Greeley, Julie Washnock of Boulder, Liz Butler and husband David of San Francisco; nephews, William and David Butler of San Francisco; best friends, Bob and Lisa Dahlen, Valerie Chapman, Shannon Young, Kathleen Chandler; and her assist dog, Lucy.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Helen and Ernest Oyston, William and Sarah Washnock; uncle, William Oyston; and her cat, Griz.
Memorial service and Requiem Eucharist will be 11 a.m. Monday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Sathi Bunyan officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Magic Dance Foundation in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.
Marilyn A. Whittaker
Marilyn A. Whittaker of Longmont died Monday, April 17, 2006, at Longmont United Hospital. She was 72.
Marilyn was born Aug. 3, 1933, in Loveland to Roy C. and Florence (Evans) Danielson.
On March 12, 1953, she married William L. “Bill” Whittaker in Loveland. During their marriage, the couple made their homes in Denver, Washington, D.C., Aspen and San Francisco. They moved from San Francisco to Longmont in 1989.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Bill Whittaker of Longmont; three daughters, Sharon (Neil) Milito of Colorado Springs, Laura (Steve) Wright of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Elizabeth (Mark) Marston of Montrose; a sister, Linda (Jerry) Voss of Arvada; and six grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick, Daniel, Christine, Rachel and Kelly.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Graveside services were held Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Loveland Burial Park.
August Annie ALEXANDER
ALEXANDER, August Annie, of Loveland. Memorial service 2 p.m. Friday, May 12 at Crossroads Covenant Church, the Rev. Gordon Peterson officiating. Memorial contributions to Loveland Habitat for Humanity in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home.
August Annie ALEXANDER 28, of Loveland died May 7, 2006.
She was born May 24, 1977, in Fort Collins to Eldred Michael Alexander Jr. and Julie Lynn Bush Alexander.
She was employed as a financial service representative at Norlarco Credit Union and enjoyed a special relationship with her customers and co-workers.
She attended Timberline Church in Fort Collins.
She enjoyed the outdoors, playing with her dog, Dio, and collecting snowmen and Fontanini figurines.
She is survived by her parents, Mike and Julie Alexander of Loveland; a sister, Michelle Gist and husband Jason of Anchorage, Alaska; a niece, Kaitlynn Gist of Anchorage; grandparents, Mickey and Elvira Alexander of Pueblo West and Vernon and Betty Bush of Sun City, Ariz.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Cremation has been conducted.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. today, Friday, at Crossroads Covenant Church, 5420 N. Taft Ave., with the Rev. Gordon Peterson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Loveland Habitat for Humanity in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.
Launa L. (Rine/Boyd) Crego
Launa L. (Rine/Boyd) Crego, 55, of Fort Collins, formerly of Newark, Ohio, passed away, after a yearlong bout with cancer, with family at home on May 6, 2006.
Launa was born June 2, 1950. She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1968. She also attended Licking County Joint Vocational School. Launa had a career in cosmetology for 18 years while residing in Ohio. She was an instructor at the 3-B School of Beauty in Newark. In 1991, Launa migrated to Colorado where she worked for Teledyne Water Pik, Clinique and Fort Collins Heating & Air.
Launa was preceded in death by her mother, Jacqueline M. Koczera (1996); father, John D. Boyd Sr. (1989); brother, Jeffrey A. Boyd Sr. (2004).
She is survived by her life partner, Dean Rasmussen; her children, Stacey Rine (Susan K. Rodgers) and Matthew Rine; sisters, Cindy Fields and Christy Martin; brothers, David Boyd, Jerry Boyd and John Boyd Jr.; stepmother, Irene Boyd; stepfather Joseph Koczera; grandchildren, Daylan and Hayden Rine; and an innumerable group of lifetime friends who will never be forgotten. Thank you for the memories.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Hospice of Larimer County, 7604 Colland Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525. A Celebration of life will be communicated to family members and close friends.
Please contact (740) 349-9334 with questions about the Ohio celebration.
“As parents, we can profoundly influence the direction of our children’s lives by the words we say to them.” — Joel Osteen
"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there
I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glint on the snow
I am the sunlight in the ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you wake in the morning hush;
I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there
I do not sleep"
Mary Frye — 1932
The Rt. Rev. William “Bill” DAVIDSON
DAVIDSON, The Rt. Rev. William “Bill”, of Loveland. Husband of Mary Davidson. Requiem Eucharist, 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11 at All Saints Episcopal Church. Inurnment All Saints Episcopal Church Columbarium. Memorial contributions to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund or to All Saints Episcopal Church.
The Rt. Rev. William “Bill” DAVIDSON, retired Bishop of the Episcopal Church, was born in Miles City, Mont., July 20, 1919, and died May 8, 2006, in Loveland.
He graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1940 and taught Vocational
Agriculture in Sidney, Mont. until 1943, when he went to Berkeley Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., graduating with a bachelor of sacred theology degree in 1946. He was ordained Deacon in August 1946, and Priest on St. Mark’s Day, April 25, 1947.
From 1946 to 1952, he was Vicar in charge of churches in Townsend, White Sulphur Springs and Martinsdale, Mont. From 1952 until 1956 he was Rector at St. James’ Church in Lewistown, Mont.
In 1956, Davidson joined the staff of the National Council of the Episcopal Church in New York City as Associate Secretary of the Division of Town and Country Work. He held this position until 1962, when he became Rector of Grace Church, Jamestown, N.D. He was serving this church when he was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kansas in 1965. He was consecrated Bishop on Epiphany, Jan. 6, 1966, and served until 1980, when he became Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Ohio. He retired in July, 1986.
As a retired Bishop, he served as an assisting Bishop in the Dioceses of Indianapolis, Central New York, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Rio Grande and Colorado.
In 1966, he received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Berkeley Divinity School, and in 1978, an honorary doctor of laws from the Episcopal Seminary in Lexington, Ky. His special interests were rural and small churches, interfaith and ecumenical relations and Christian peacemaking. He has held many official and voluntary state and national church offices.
In 1997 he co-authored a book “Vision Fulfilling,” which is the story of the rural and small community work in the Episcopal Church during the 20th century.
Bill married Mary Shoemaker of Helena, Mont., on June 3, 1942. He and Mary are parents of four children, Carol (Ron) Carpenter, Bemidji, Minn.; Tom (Lillian Shirley), Portland, Ore.; George (Sally McHale), Denver, and Bob (Linda Brower), Loveland. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
They have made their retirement home in Loveland since August 1987. While in Loveland, Bill has been active in many voluntary activities including Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, Kairos Prison Ministry, Loveland Peacemakers and All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
A Requiem Eucharist will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 11, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 3440 N. Taft Ave., with the Rt. Rev. Robert (Rob) O’Neill, Bishop of Colorado, the Rev. Sathi Bunyan, the Rev. Robert P. Davidson and the Clergy of Colorado officiating. His ashes will be interred in the All Saints’ Columbarium following the service. Memorials may be directed to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund or to All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Loveland.
Friends and family may visit www.kibbeyfishburn.com to send condolences or view this obituary.
Merle Gustafson, 72, died on Friday, May 5, 2006, near Plummer, Minn.
Visitation was Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Thief River Falls, Minn., with a prayer service. Visitation was also held for one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.
Funeral services were Thursday, May 11, 2006, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Thief River Falls, Minn., with the Rev. Merrill Kindall officiating. Organist was Helen Dahlstrom. Soloist was Ken Wiggs. The congregational hymn was “Soon and Very Soon.”
Casket bearers were Matthew Gustafson, Joshua Bohm, Andrew Gustafson, Jason Cervantes, Preston Johnson, Jordan Gustafson and Dylan Gustafson. Honorary casket bearers were Jennifer Land, Danielle Gustafson, Travis Bohm, Dustin Gustafson, Tyler Gustafson, John Cervantes, Angella Farias, Tiffany Gustafson, Lacey Gustafson, Brittany Gustafson, Chasity Johnson, Courtney Gustafson and Brooke Gustafson.
Burial was in the Community Cemetery in St. Hilaire, Minn. Military honors were conducted by Plummer American Legion. Bagpiper was Dan Aird.
Merle Orville Gustafson was born Sept. 19, 1933, in Thief River Falls, Minn. He grew up in River Falls Township, Red Lake County. He attended school in Plummer, Minn., graduating from Pershing High School in 1951.
Merle was united in marriage to Carol Lee Conklin on Nov. 13, 1954, in St. Hilaire, Minn. The couple made their home on Merle’s family farm, where he lived all of his life except while in the military. Merle served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1958.
The couple returned home from the service, and Merle took over the family farm after his dad became ill. They raised chickens and turkeys and then converted over to dairy. Merle also worked other jobs while farming, including: the turkey plant in Thief River Falls; Detroiter Home Manufacturing in Red Lake Falls, Minn.; installing curb and gutter in Middle River; and driving a school bus for Plummer School District off and on for over 50 years.
Merle took pride in keeping a beautiful yard. He also enjoyed four-wheeling, card playing with the grandchildren, water skiing, and dining out.
He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Thief River Falls, where he served as a deacon. He was also a member of the American Legion in Plummer.
Merle is survived by his wife Carol, St. Hilaire; seven children, Barry (Lynn) Gustafson, Loveland, Treva (Jon) Bohm, St. Paul Park, Minn., Todd (Nancy) Gustafson, Plummer, Mike (Rosemary) Gustafson, Thief River Falls, Blair (Vicki) Gustafson, St. Hilaire, Sheila (Wayne) Johnson, St. Hilaire, and Troy (Tamara) Gustafson, Oklee, Minn.; 20 grandchildren, Jennifer Land, Matthew Gustafson, Danielle Gustafson, Joshua Bohm, Travis Bohm, Andrew Gustafson, Dustin Gustafson, Tyler Gustafson, John Cervantes, Jason Cervantes, Angella Farias, Tiffany Gustafson, Lacey Gustafson, Brittany Gustafson, Jordan Gustafson, Preston Johnson, Chasity Johnson, Courtney Gustafson, Brooke Gustafson and Dylan Gustafson; eight great-grandchildren, Katie, Nicholas, Carly, Josie, Aidan, Ben, Lilliana and Macaella; one brother, Raymond (Jean) Gustafson, St. Cloud, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Russell “Gufty.”
Arrangements were with Green Funeral Home in Thief River Falls.